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objects. But take the words of Christ the great sacrifice of the Son of God literally and immense difficulties im- has opened the way for the redemption mediately ensue and irreconcileable con- of the world, and that if man perishes, tradictions follow."
he perishes through his own wilful Had we space, many other passages impenitence. As may be supposed, of equal force might be quoted. Dr. these comprehensive views of the Gospel Pusey's theory is, that remission of sins have excited the ire of the ultra party. is communicated through the Eucharist, Poor men! are they afraid that God -a doctrine so contrary to revealed truth should save too many? To us it appears that we wonder how any enlightened awful that human bigotry and selfishness mind can for a moment entertain it. should set limits to infinite benevolence. The time is come when protestants must In the Evangelical Magazine for May, be well grounded in the faith. Let 1843, it was stated on good authority, them make the word of God their daily that “the whole of the congregational study, that they may be able to stand in body in Scotland are one in their belief the evil day. We sincerely thank Dr. in the universal extent of the atoneGodwin for his able letters, and cordially ment.” This statement has brought recommend them to our readers.
from his obscurity the author of the
above tract. He seems in a perfect A TRACT FOR THE TIMES. On the Atone. fright that so many should take God at
ment of Christ, considered as to its extent ; his word, “that Christ tasted death for comprehending with general remarks, a brief every man,” and most solemnly protests examination of certain statements which against the assumption that such sentiappeared in the Evangelical Magazine for
ments are generally entertained by the
congregationalists of England. Well, May last. By John PETHERICK, Minister
whatever Mr. Petherick may think, it is of High Street Chapel, Exeter. 8vo.
“ Truth is great and must prevail.” London : Jackson and Walford. The palmy days of hyperism are gone
by, and we most heartily rejoice. It is The atonement is confessedly a doctrine passing strange that any one can take of high importance, but it has been the Bible into his hands without at grievously misrepresented by a great
once perceiving that the gospel of Christ variety of parties. Ingenuity has at- is a universal religion, and that its blesstempted to explain away those portions ings are offered to all without money of holy writ which unfold this sublime and without price. Mr. Petherick, with and cheering theme, and exclusiveness all his vapouring, understands not the has endeavoured to deprive our fallen word of God. We would recommend race (with few favoured exceptions) of it again for his perusal, wishing him its unparalleled benefits. Happily, clearer to remember that humility, meditation, views of truth are beginning to predo- and prayer, are essential to its truths minate among all evangelical christians, being seen in their amplitude and and it is now generally conceded that majesty.
THOUGHTS ON SACRAMENTAL OCCASIONS, 1730,” and the last, “Meditations at the extracted from the Diary of the Rev.
Sacrament, June 2, 1751," little more than
four months before the excellent doctor died. PHILIP DODDRIDGE, D. D. 16 mo. p.p. 136. Tract Society.
Foot-PRINTS OF POPERY; or places where THERE is a sweet and melancholy interest Martyrs have suffered. 24mo. pp. 100. associated with the reading of this book. It
Tract Society. brings before the mind the spiritual exercises and meditations of one of the best of men, in An old man tells young Robert something connection with the most solemn ordinance about “ Foxe's acts and monuments," its picof the Christian Religion. The dates and tures, &c., and then describes several of the titles are given, as contained in the diary. It places where martyrs have suffered. Coventry, will be perused with great pleasure by every Bristol, Salisbury, Canterbury, Oxford, Camdevout person, but more especially by ministers. bridge, &c., pass under notice with this view. There are fifty-three meditations. The first is The engravings in this book are numerous headed, “ before my fourth sacrament, July 5, and excellent.
LETTERS between the Baptist and Wesleyan almost hesitate in our judgment as to the Ministers, Stockport.
propriety of Mr. Baker taking any notice of
his Wesleyan assailant. If the Wesleyan's We have perused these letters, and wish they letters are a specimen of the Lectures which had not been published. The insulting ar- are forthcoming, surely the religions public, rogance of the Wesleyan can neither serve and especially his own party, will be under the interests of truth, nor of his party. We no obligation for their publication.
ON EMPLOYING AN EVANGELIST. we have helped to conduct to their blest
abode! Let the possessors of property, let Bradford, Dec. 17th, 1843. those who have a lucrative business, or a DEAR BROTHER,—As you desire to com. fair remuneration for their labour, and all municate to the Connexion the earliest in. others, regard themseves as God's stewards, telligence of special movements in every and seek to give an account with joy. part, I embrace the first opportunity of Estcem that money best expended, excepting gratifying your wishes; and if you deem only what present need requires, by which my miscellaneous remarks adapted for use- the glory of Christ in the edification and fulness, and appropriately following the enlargement of his Church is promoted. observations on the employment of an To improve the piety of our Churches is to evangelist, you may insert them.
promote their readiness to every good word That the Church at Bradford, and some and work, to increase our resources for every neighbouring Churches, approve of the em- God-like object. ployment of an evangelist, and deem brother In last month's Repository reference was Tunnicliff a very suitable person, is apparent made to the statistics of our connexion. from their anxiety frequently to secure his Not being able at the time to lay hold services during a portion of the week days. on the minutes for 1843, a comparison was Whether they be able and willing to assist made betwixt those of 1832 and 1842, from efficiently in supporting one is another which it appeared that in ten years seven matter. Brother T. gave addresses at Brad- Churches had become extinct; that some ford on the evenings of November 27th and others, unable to maintain their separate 28th. He preached at Clayton on the 4th existence, had united with other Churches ; and 5th of December, and again at Bradford that twenty-six Churches had experienced a on the 11th and following evenings of the diminution, nine of them having each more week, Saturday excepted. The confinement than 100 members, ten others having each of our people in factories prevents the more than 50, and the whole containing holding of meetings during the day except in 1832 more than 2400 members; that one by stealing a portion of the hour allotted for Church reports an exact equality of number; dinner. The intention of the speaker has that ten Churches have not added ten been to instruct Christians as to the nature persons each during the ten years; and that of their profession and magnitude of their the total increase of the Connexion is less responsibility, and to prove the sinner's than five per cent. per annum for each obligations to make an immediate choice of Church in the Connexion during these ten God's service. In both these objects, the years. Shall not this be for a lamentation ? the success, through God's blessing, has Could any of our Churches have died if the been encouraging. The attempt has not Spirit of God had been amongst them ? If been to promote excitement, but to inform division has crept in amongst these or other the judgment, and draw the affections Churches, and has been their curse, does it supremely to God. Could brother T. be not prove a low degree, or the entire want of released from Leeds, and devoted to this pure Christianity? What has been done by work, we doubt not his very extensive use- these dying Churches, and, alas ! by many fulness. And though the writer is deeply others, to save a perishing world! During solicitous that the Connexion should practi- this period, on a very moderate calculation, cally regard the calls and claims of India 200 millions of souls have entered eternity and of China, he would rejoice to hear that without any hope of salvation through the ten persons had resolved to give immortality blood of the Lamb! This is the state of to a portion of their substance in the a section of the Christian Church, believing support of an evangelist. How much it in the universality of the atonement made will enhance our eternal bliss to meet in by Jesus Christ! May not the infidel well heaven with a host of ransomed souls whom say, ' And is this the religion that is shortly
to bear universal sway ?' Can nothing be It was delivered in the Methodist Chapel, done? Is it attributable to God's mysterious lent to us, as ours at that time was under. sovereignty? ls it God's delight that the going an enlargement. It was indeed an heavens over the General Baptists should excellent sermon. I heard it, and have be brass ? Begone the blasphemous thought. heard many from him, but I never heard an The fault is in us. We are verily and
inferior one. He was a man of sound prinexceedingly guilty. We hear of infidels ciples. His remains were interred in the circulating their tracts of poison and death. meeting house at Donington, and this was We read of Roman Catholics spreading the first time it was used after the enlargeabroad their delusions. We know that ment. His funeral sermon was preached at other evangelical denominations are increas. the same time by Mr. William Felkin, of ing their efforts and contributions to the Kegworth, from 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8. “ I have cause of Christ. We can do much more fought a good fight." &c. I heard this ser. than our efforts and contributions have yet mon also, and remember several observations reached. We must do more even to maintain Mr. Felkin then made. our position amongst the Churches of Christ. He said he was one of the most extraorLet us say, We will do more; and He that dinary men he ever met with, although says ‘Prove me now herewith,' will open the naturally unassuming and very diffident, yet windows of heaven and pour out a blessing when once introduced he was remarkably that there shall not be room enough to affable and conversant, and he never seemed receive it.
at a loss on any subject, or doctrine, that In addition to a suitable response to the was introduced, for the word he wanted most. solemn and piercing appeal of brother Pike He was a good'man, and faithful minister of on behalf of India, let an evangelist be our Lord Jesus Christ. He was willing to employed similarly to brother Pulsford. spend and be spent in the cause of Jesus Let ministers co operate with him,-let Christ. Although not a man that used special services be held, and all Christians much action in the pulpit, yet whilst preachbe aroused to the help of the Lord, “ to the ing on the love of Christ, previous to adminhelp of the Lord against the mighty.” istering the Lord's Supper, he broke a
J. blood vessel whilst in the pulpit, and which P. S.--The writer would not have it was a considerable time before it could be understood that by numbers alone the stopped ; this I also saw. He consequently prosperity of a Church must be estimated, was laid aside from preaching for a long nor that the same increase ought to be time, indeed he never recovered, and preach. expected when the population is small as ed but seldom ever afterwards, and it was when it is dense. He is aware, too, that this circumstance that cut short his days. the position of some Churches has delight- At his funeral the enlarged chapel was filled fully altered during the past year; but almost to suffocation, and the people seemed considering the number of souls that have very much impressed with what they heard. advanced beyond the reach of Christian A more solemn assembly I never expect to efiort, and that are still hastening to the see, till the Judge shall be seated, and all bar of a righteous God from all quarters of nations gathered together before him. May the globe, he conceives there is reason for you and I be daily looking for, and be fully humiliation as well as thanksgiving.
prepared for that awful period. I have
that you may insert them in your next
Repository. To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository,
And remain very sincerly, Sir,--I have read in the January number
J. BAKEWELL. an account of the decease of Mrs. Pickering,
Castle Donington. who died a few weeks back aged 73, the widow of our late much esteemed pastor, Mr. T. Pickering, who died on Lord's day morn- EDITOR'S NOTE.—We propose in future ing Nov. 15th, 1807, aged about fifty. It to dispose of a number of minor queries, is said by the person who wrote the memoir and topics, in a few words. If any of our of Mrs. Pickering, that it is believed that no correspondents, at any time, think some of memoir was made of ber husband. But if the topics too important to be so treated, he, or you, or any of your readers, will take we shall be happy to receive their matured the trouble to refer to the second Vol. of the thoughts on such subjects. General Baptist Repository, at page 287, The practice of sending dinners to the they will find a brief memoir. His last bakehouse on the Lord's day is in some sermon which was thought peculiarly ex. respects objectionable, but not equally so cellent was delivered from Colossians i. 28. with that of staying at home to get dinner. “ Whom we preach, warning every man,” &c. One baker may serve fifty families. A
man's conscience is not always a safe rule; many persons have been conscientious persecuters and murderers, see John xvii. 2.
. The payment of tribute, by our Lord, Matt. xvjii. 24, is a fact very much forced if it is made to bear on the payment of Church Rates.... It scarcely seems decorous and reverential for Christian professors to take bread at the eucharist with covered hands.
.. Habak.iii. 3, is plainly a quotation from Deut. xxxiii. 2, and refers poetically to the glorious manifestations Jehovah gave of himself in the giving of the Law, and in the desert. Teman, being in mount Seir, and Paran in the South of the Wilderness. The expres. sions came from” (or, to), rose up,” being poetic allusions to the manifestations referred to. The double form of speech, or parallelism, is very common to Hebrew poetry.... The practise of dissenters going to be married at Church is very delightful to Church people, and bishops. It fosters
the popish notion they wish to propagate, that marriage is a sacrament, which can only be performed by a priest, and that other marriages are unholy and unblest.
It sus. tains the idea that the Episcopal Church is still, and ought to be, supreme; it is homage paid to established abuses, at the expense of consistency. The New Marriage Law is not what it ought to be; but that is no reason Dissenters should despise their own honor.... It would be well if all the ministers of our Churches would occasionaly attend the Sabbath-schools; to hear a class, and examine the progress of the children, as well as give addresses, would be of service.... While we see no impropriety in pious females engaging in social prayer at a private meeting, or one composed of females only, to us there is something which neither comports with true female modesty, or scriptural propriety, for them to lead the devotions of a public assembly.
OBITUARY. MR. SAMUEL BAILEY, of Thurlaston, re- tive congregation, from Rom. viii. 35—39. ceived an early religious education. He Two children with their widowed mother sat, in the days of his childhood, under the are left to lament his loss. The deceased preaching of Mr. Thos. Yates, to whose acted as Treasurer, took the oversight of faithful and instructive ministry he has often the Sabbath-school, and earnestly sought its borne the most affectionate testimony. He order, comfort, and prosperity. In him the was apprenticed to Mr. Farmer, of Barton. school has lost an invaluable teacher; the While there he became a scholar, and after. Church a zealous, pious, and eminently wards a teacher, in the General Baptist useful member; and the town a peaceful Sabbath school. He was baptized and and useful inhabitant. “ The memory of united to the General Baptist Church at the just is blessed." Barton, May 10th, 1830. After his union
J. D. with the Church he was encouraged to take part with others in conducting prayer- MRS. GRANGER, of Stanton, Derbyshire, meetings, and, though he was very diffident, departed to her everlasting rest, on Tuesday he was soon encouraged to assist in preach. Dec. 19th, aged eighty-six. She was the ing. Some time after the expiration of his daughter of the Rev. Francis Smith, the apprenticeship he removed to Markfield, first pastor of the General Baptist Church, where he married and settled ; and opened Melbourne, and sister to our aged and his house for the public worship of God. esteemed brother Mr. James Smith, of NotSuch ministers as he could obtain to preach tingham. Mrs. G. had been a member of there, he cheerfully entertained; and when the Melbourne Church upwards of sixtynone went, he officiated himself. His trade
Our sister was a modest, but not succeeding at Markfield, he removed very sensible and consistent disciple of to Thurlaston, his native village, where, in a Christ through her long pilgrimage. She few years, he ended his earthly career. А was more willing than able to be liberal little before his departure, he was asked, if he to the Saviour's cause; and before prefound Christ precious. He replied “Yes, vented by the infirmities of age, was very very precious. I disclaim," he observed, regular and punctual in attending the pub. “all merit. By the grace of God I am what lic means of grace. She interested herself
O the love of Christ; nothing is able in the salvation of her relatives; and it was to separate me from the love of Christ.” On the dying assurance of her son in law, Monday, June 16th, 1843, he died, in the " that she had first caused him to think of thirty-first year of his age, exclaiming with right and wrong, and to remember his his dying breath, “Nothing shall separate Creator in the days of his youth.” Let all me from the love of Christ!" On the professed christian parents imitate her exfollowing Sabbath, his death was improved by ample; then, should they live to old age, Mr. J. Hawley to a crowded and atten. their “hoary head will be crown of glory."
DERBYSHIRE CONFERENCE.—This Con. Conversion. Brethern Kenney and Peggs ference assembled at Belper, on Monday delivered brief addresses. afternoon, Dec. 25th, 1843. Brother The next Conference is to be at Ilkestone, Garratt opened the meeting with prayer, on Good Friday. and brother Kenney, was called to preside. In the evening an interesting revival One of the Churches reported eleven bap- meeting was held, brother Simmons gave out tized, and five candidates for the ordinance, suitable hymns, brethren Ward, Richardson, but the baptisms in the other Churches, and Argyle and Simons, prayed ; and brethren the number of candidates were stated to be Wilders, Burrows, Garratt, and Peggs, adfew. It was suggested that special prayer, dressed the audience. should be offered by the Conference, that
J. PEGGs, Sec. the work of conversion, may proceed rapidly in our congregations. Brethren Burrus, MIDLAND CONFERENCE.-This Conference Peggs, and Richardson, then engaged in which was numerously attended, assembled prayer. The interesting account was referred in Friar Lane, Leicester, on Thursday, Dec. to of the conversion of Jabez Carey, in India, 27th, 1843. Brother Ferneyhough being in answer to the prayers of a large assembly prevented attending, by an accident which in London, which paused in the midst of Dr. occurred in the street, and by which he was Ripon’s sermon, at the pious suggestions, considerably hurt, brother Buckley sup. of the venerable preacher, a beautiful illus. plied “his lack of service," and preached trations of the promise, “ And it shall come from, The pleasure of the Lord shall
that before they call, I will answer ; prosper in bis hands." and while they are yet speaking, I will
In the afternoon, brother Wigg presided. hear."-Isa. Ixv. 24.
Brother T. Smith, of Hinckley, opened the Chesterfield.—Brother Bumbruff stated, meeting with prayer. Several letters were on behalf of Chesterfield, that two bad been received from Churches, in answer to the baptized, and three received, since the last circular of the Secretary. From the reports Conference. The treasurer had £10. for of the Churches by their representatives and the pulpit, forms, &c., for the filling up of letters, it appears that 120 bave been bapthe chapel, after receiving several sums he tized since the last Conference, and 84 are then laid his account before the meeting, candidates for baptism and fellowship. The showing that a balance was due to him of meeting expressed its gratitude by singing, £5 4s.; some conversation followed “ From all that dwell below the skies," &c. to the support of the cause. It was con- Smeeton.-It was resolved that the friends sidered economical and advisable, that the in this village, be directed to invite the Chesterfield friends, should procure supplies pastors in Leicester, and those who will for their pulpit. on the first Lord's day in the be most likely to visit them, to administer month. Brother Kenney was desired to
the Lord's Supper. write a letter to the Church, on the best Dissenters Rights in reference to Marriage means of advancing the interest of religon, in their chapels.—The following communi. in the town and its vicinity.
cation from Spalding, addressed to the perAshford -Mr. Kenney gave a full report manent committee, to watch over our rights, of the proceedings, respecting the old chapel was laid, by Mr. Winks, the secretary, before in Ashford Lane. It appeared advisable to the meeting," I am directed by Mr. Hoe, let the chapel to the Independent Church at and our friends, to request your attention and Bakewell, for the term of twenty years, upon
answer to the question,-Can the registrar, or conditions of its being put into, and kept in his deputy, for marriages, &c., demand the excellent repair, a small nominal rent being key of our chapel, and marry persons without paid. This step is taken with deep regret, Mr. H., as minister, or even consulting him but it appeared requisite, on account of the on the subject ?" It was the general im. dilapidated state of the chapel, and the pression that it was contrary to the law, and difficulty of supplying it.
the spirit of the age. It was judged adBradwell. The deeds for the securing of visable to refer the question to the Comthis chapel, prepared by a friend at Derby, mittee in London “ for the protection of the were laid before the Conference, and several civil and religious rights of dissenters.” of the trustees signed their names. The Melbourne.-Relative to the inquiry from Lord raise up for his people, “ The repairer this Church,“ Can any thing be done by of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell this Conference to promote the establishin."
ment of day schools in connection with our It was suggested that some observations Churches ?' After a very interesting dismight be usefally made upon the subject of cussion it was resolved, “That we recom.