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Our Centenary Association-The Retrospect.
reasons for adopting Payne's translation. In 1780 Payne was chosen to the high and responsible office as chief accountant in the Bank of England. This office he resigned in 1785, and died in 1787, at a very advanced age. While a bookseller he had published a volume of “Evangelical Discourses," a “Letter to Bishop Warburton on his
Doctrines of Grace," and other works. Dr. Johnson bas said, “The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.” If this is correct then the General Baptists are entitled to more honour from numerous contributors to English literature than has ever been acknowledged or recorded.
OUR CENTENARY ASSOCIATION—THE RETROSPECT.
The first century of the General Baptist fraternize with England. Scotland is body is completed. Our anniversary meet- represented by two of her sons; Germany ings are over, and we have fairly, and with by two of her daughters; and far-off India cheering promises and sacred pledges, by brother Miller, just arrived from his started upon the second hundred years of labours amongst the people of Orissa. our existence. The most remarkable an. What is it that has brought all these nual gathering ever held by us is passed, hearts together ?
Where is the charm, and it is not too much to say that it was in more powerful than ancient magic or most respects all that could have been modern science, that accomplishes this desired or expected. We began with cor- wonder? Thanks be to our Father in dial greetings, lofty aspirations, and ardent heaven for the uniting love of Christ desires. We ended with stronger attach- which can thus make the heart of a multiment to our redeeming Saviour, and to tude as the heart of one, and blend one another, and a more fixed and resolute together the sympathies, and efforts, and determination to consecrate ourselves with prayers, and hopes of those whom it fresh zeal and glowing enthusiasm to our redeems. work for God and men. A spirit of earnest The Centenary services began, as and devout gratitude pervaded the assem- meet, with prayer and praise. The Rev. blies. Every heart was beating loyally to Thos. Stevenson, a father amongst us, the great principles and sublime enter- presided, and prayers were offered by prises which hold us together. Memories brethren Allsop, W. R. Stevenson, and of the past were with us, and we were Marshall. Following this, & sermon was happier and stronger for their sustaining preached by the Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., on and encouraging influence. The powers of 1 Cor. ix. 22, 23. The theme was timely, the world to come were upon us, filling us and the handling intensely earnest. The with reverence and awe. The needs of self-sacrificing devotedness of the apostle the present were before us, quickening our Paul was portrayed as (1.) firing him with lagging hearts, and urging us to imme- a noble ambition to save souls ; (2.) condiate endeavour. Our second jubilee will straining him to a generous compromise mark the beginning of a new era in our to be and become all things necessary to denominational history.
gain this end; and (3.) as leading to such Little was wanting to make the Cen- results as the increase of the glory of tenary celebration successful. The weather Christ in the gospel, the richer enjoyment was propitious in a high degree. Jeru- of the blessings of grace here, and of the salem was not better situated for the rewards of glory hereafter. The preacher “ tribes that went up to the testimony of closed with an appeal to the younger the Lord” than Leicester for the Associa- brethren to imitate the early fathers, and tion of General Baptists; and the efforts give up everything to save souls. of the friends there to multiply the com- Tuesday morning, seven o'clock, found a forts and increase the joys of their many large number of persons gathered in Archvisitors deserve the highest possible praise. deacon Lane Chapel, to listen to a sermon The representation was almost universal. by the Rev. T. R. Stevenson, of Luton. A The council was really ecumenical. Portsea brother who was present writes—“The shakes hands with Dewsbury. Norfolk is chapel and the man were chosen to fit seated by the side of Cheshire. Great each other. The grandfather of the Grimsby and Birmingham are in the same preacher began his ministry in that place, pew.
London and Misterton converse and the uncle of the preacher is the senior together. Dwellers in the Midland towns pastor at the present time. The sermon and villages rejoice to welcome troops of was eminently characteristic, and very apfriends from North and South and East propriate to the occasion. Our Lord's and West, New York and Minnesota words to Nathaniel Thou shalt see
greater things than these,' were used as was opened by the Rev. J. Stevenson, A.M. calling us to greater consecration, greater The Doctor's text was “ Christ is all and in effort, and greater prayerfulness in Chris. all.” He discoursed on the exalted positian enterprises. The work of the century tion and unapproachable pre-eminence of was admitted to be great, but greater Christ in creation, in providence, in the things were possible, and to be hoped for various dispensations of grace, in the in the future. The clear voice, the calm whole of the Scriptures, in the experience quiet earnestness, the youthful appearance, of Christian life, and the hope of the no less than his terse epigrammatic style future, and then applied this glorious and freshness of anecdotal illustrativeness, theme to the circumstances of the Cen. gave much interest to the sermon, and tenary year. made it a very profitable and pleasant Feelings of the deepest interest, morning service." At ten o'clock the solemnity, and joy were awakened by the Chairman delivered his address. It con. United Communion Service. A holy calm sisted in the main of a review of the con. diffused itself around, and an earnest dition of the world and of the church in penitence; faith and hope struggled for 1770, and of brief sketches of the men who expression as we listened to the gracious began our denomination, as well as of and comfortable words so pathetically and those who have taken a leading part in tenderly addressed to us by brother Pres. building it up. The following resolution ton. The scene itself was most hallowed, was unanimously passed :-“That we offer and the experience exalting and purifying. our most cordial thanks to the Rev. Dr. Gathered from every part of the ConUnderwood, for his most instructive, in. nexion, some belonging to the ranks of teresting, suitable, serious, practical, and fleet and nimble youth, fresh for service admirable address, and request that it be and eager for work; and others ready to be printed, not only in the minutes' for the offered, and sensible that the time of year, but also separately, and that forth. departure is at hand; and yet all joining with, for general circulation." Let every to commemorate the love of God in the one of the 21,000 of our Israel take care gift of His Son for our redemption. Never to get and read this interesting and in. can we forget the solemn occasion, and structive document.
surely it will be long before its sanctifying The business of the Association was influence has passed away from us. commenced by the election of Mr. H. The day closcd with the annual meeting Jelley to the position of Vice-Chairman, of the Foreign Missionary Society. This and Mr. F. Squier to that of Assistant was held in Belvoir Street chapel, kindly Secretary. The report for the year was lent by the Rev. J. P. Mursell. G. Steread by the Secretary. The number of venson, Esq., Mayor of Leicester, presided, members was then (eleven churches not and addresses were delivered by the Revs. having reported) 20,997. The details will W. Sampson, of Folkestone, W. Bailey, be given in the “ Year Book," both of the and Dr. Haycroft. report and of the business transacted The last Association morning brought during the sittings of the Association. In with it a sermon from the Rev. Robert the evening the public meeting on behalf Cameron, M.A., the deputation (along with of Home Missions was held, Mr. T. W. the Rev. N. H. Herrick, of Minnesota) Marshall presiding, and addresses being from the Free-Will Baptists of America to given by the Revds. J. H. Atkinson, W. our assembly. The discourse was based Gray, H. N. Herrick, W. Cookson, M.A., upon the prayer of the disciples to the and T. Goadby, B.A.
Master, “ Lord, increase our faith," and The early service on Wednesday morn- contained sound and seasonable advice on ing was conducted by the Rev. R. Hardy, the increase of faith, and the urgent of Queensbury, and brethren Chamberlain, necessity for strenuous effort to gain more Salter, and J. Stevenson, M.A., engaged in faith in God, in one another, and in the prayer. The Sunday School Conference, kingdom of Christ. The abundant busi. managed by Mr. Goodliffe, of Nottingham, ness of the day was relieved at twelve followed quickly upon the morning meet- o'clock by the reading of the Letter preing. F. Stevenson. Esq., took the chair, pared by the Rev. J. C. Pike, on and papers, which will appear in the Future." This document will also appear “Magazine,” were read by Mr. B. Baldwin
“ Minutes," and may be studied by and the Rev. J. Clifford, on the “ History our readers at their leisure. One thing of our Sunday Schools," and the “Sunday about the business of the Association may Schools of the Future," respectively. The be interposed here, and that is, that if it is meeting was numerously attended, and to be done with any efficiency, we must very enthusiastic in Sunday School work. have more time for it. It is impossible to At eleven o'clock Friar Lane Chapel was transact even the ordinary work of the crowded in every part to hear a sermon Association, and we ought always to have from the Rov. J. Burns, D.D. The service something or other of an extraordinary
211 character, in the time allotted to it. We of His gracious blessing, for the opening must make up our minds to take part or years that now stretch before us rich with the whole of Friday, and also see if we promise and white to the harvest. The cannot in these days of swift transit get Lord has niet with us amid our greetings more work into Monday than we do. and farewells, and He will go up with us These changes are absolutely necessary; - to our new tasks in these new years, and and whatever difficulties aro in the way of make us more than conquerors. Let this making them must be mastered, and that be our impulse for the future. England right early.
needs us, and our message about the The Centenary meeting on Thursday Father's warm love drawing to Himself all evening crowned the whole of our anni. men without respect of persons. There are versary gatherings. In the absence of R. many regions in our own land where such a Wherry, Esq., Mayor of Wisbech, through life-giving gospel is not heard, and beyond, illness, W. Newman, Esq., of Louth, took alas ! darkness and death still reign. the chair. Speeches of fifteen minutes' Honoured fathers ! making ready to unduration (which we are sorry we cannot gird because your work is done, plead for describe for want of space) were made by us who are in the thick of the battle, that the Revs. T. W. Mathews, W. E. Winks, we may not trail in the dust the banner J.J. Goadby, C. Springthorpe, I. Stubbins, ye have uplifted so long and so well. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., and W. Evans. Young men and brothers ! let us by a The Secretary closed with prayer and the Christ-taught unselfishness, a total forgetbenediction; and so terminated this emi. fulness of personal ease, and a sublime nently successful Centenary celebration. abandonment of ourselves to Him who
Of the many things that might be said has redeemed us, fulfil His purposes of concerning this Association, one is so im- grace to this generation. We of all men perative that it cannot be passed over must not dare for a moment to think of in silence. We must not forget those living to ourselves. Ours is a nobler am" women who laboured with us” for the bition and a more absorbing passion. increase of the Centenary Fund, by patient Courage! brethren ! We need not fear. and self-denying efforts at the Bazaar. A Our Leader is with us, and by His grace and large debt of gratitude is due to them, as strength we shall fill this new century with also to the many friends who have so the fame of His illustrious conquests, and generously contributed to secure the the blessings of his extending dominion. magnificent result of an addition to that “Have mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, Fund of the sum of £500. This contri. and behold us, and send Thy fear upon bution, together with what has already all the nations that seek not after Thee. been given or promised, will carry us close Lift up Thy hand upon the strange nato one-half of the £5,000 it is proposed to tions, and let them see Thy power. As raise.
Thou wast sanctified in us before them, Brethren, we cannot review the closing so be Thou magnified among them before hours of the century spent thus together us, and let them know Thee as we have without the profoundest thankfulness to known Thee, that there is no God but God for the large earnest He has given us only Thou, O God.” J. CLIFFORD.
CENTENARY HYMN. ARM of the Lord, awake;
Thy blessed conquests for His sake, The standard high upraise ;
Who for this dead world died. Put on Thy strength, the nation shake,
Arm of the Lord, awake; As in the ancient days.
Redeem our sin-yoked race ; Arm of the Lord, awake ;
Let all earth's captive sons partake Thy strength is all our trust;
The triumphs of Thy grace. The bands of slumbering Zion break, Arm of the Lord, awake; Exalt her from the dust.
Slay with Thy keen-edged sword Arm of the Lord, awake;
The proud self-will that scorns to quake Confound Thy foes' loud boast;
At Thy dread summons, Lord.
Show forth before our eyes
Thy glorious power, all nations shake, Extend thou far and wide
So shall Thy church arise. Derby.
Sons of God, now join the chorus
Sung in morning realms on high,
Loved and laboured
Sons of God, possess their spirit
In a doubly rich supply ;
Make us worthy
Crave not wealth or kingly favour;
Won the battle
Build the wall, the foe defy;
So our fathers
Lo! the witness cloud draws nigh! Men who won for Christ before us Bid us neither fear nor fly
Forward ! forward !
E. H. J.
Sons of God, their fight and labour
We must be equipped to try ; Ripley.
Brief Notices of New Books.
SHALL I LIVE FOR EVER? By W. Barker. ls. PAULINE THEOLOGY; or the Christian Doo.
trine of Punishment, as taught in the Epistles of Paul. By H. L. Hastings.
1s. London: E. Stock. Books on this interesting and painful sub. ject multiply at a very rapid rate. In the pamphlet by Mr. Barker, the opposing statements of “Restorationists” and “ An. nihilationists" are arranged with siderable skill and effect, so as, in fact, to clear the ground for the subsequent build. ing up of the doctrines of man's “natural immortality," and the "overlasting punishment” of the wicked. The treatment is reverent and able. The aim is to con. vince the understanding rather than to excite the feelings. We commend Mr. Barker's pamphlet to any who are seeking for an answer to the question, “Shall I live for ever?"
Grant that the word translated “perish" in the writings of the Apostle Paul means uniformly " to destroy, utterly to annihi. late, to come to an end," and then the reasoning of Mr. Hastings is of the most convincing kind.
But this is our preliminary difficulty. Is the wisdom of the wise (1. Cor. i. 19) utterly extirpated, anni. hilated ! Or is the word “ destroy” used in a figurative sense, and equivalent to rendering void or bringing to nought? We do not hesitate about the answer, and there. fore we cannot follow a book which passes over this fundamental difficulty, and builds up a theory without ever facing it. Though there is much that is good in Mr. Hastings' pamphlet, this fault vitiates the whole.
THE PLYMOUTH BRETHREN. Their Rise
Divisions, Practice, and Doctrines. By
E. Dennett. London: E. Stock. Price 6d. The contents of this carefully prepared lecture are, from one point of view, of a most painful character. We had some knowledge of the nature and extent of the errors into which " Plymouth Brethren" had fallen; but we scarcely imagined it possible that such intolerance, bigotry, and uncharitableness, as they have displayed, could find place in these days. The claim of infallibility is openly made by the Pope, and if this witness be true, and there is every reason to believe it, Mr. Darby as. sumes to himself the same divine prerogative amongst the congeries of sects called “ Plymouth Brethren !” Mr. Dennett has rendered most valuable service to the cause of truth and charity by this timely and faithful exposure. Whoever is fascinated by the peculiar teaching of this last and worst incarnation of sectarianism, let him get this pamphlet, and he will be instantly set free from the false and perilous charm.
WON AT LAST. By Thornley Smith. Lon.
don : E. Stock. This is one of the most fascinating biographies we have recently read. It held us spell-bound from the first to the last page. Happy the son of such parents, and fortunate the parents in having such a son to chronicle their earnest, humble piety, fervent devotion, and high spiritual worth. Not a law of good biographical writing is disobeyed. The arrangement of the facts, the practical suggestions coming
least to consideration, and may, by God's blessing, lead them to change their conduct. The story is simple, and told in a style adapted to those for whom it is in. tended.
THE WILTSHIRE CENTENARIAN.
By W. Jeffery. London: E. Stock. Fourpence. A BEAUTIFUL illustration of God's faithful. ness to His words of gracious promise addressed to the aged, and calculated to minister comfort and joy to those whose “hoary hairs" tell them they are approaching the new Jerusalem, and to cheer the young in spending their strength for God without any fear of the future.
to the sarface, the quotations from poets and prose authors, are all of the most appropriate character. It is an excellent book for a Sunday school library, and specially suited for youths going to sea : but its chief charm is in the discovery it makes of a serene and holy godliness gracing and beautifying a lowly home. This is another chapter added to the long story of piety in humble life. FEATHERS FOR ARROWS; or Illustrations
for Preachers and Teachers. By C. H. Spurgeon. London : Passmore and
Alabaster. 2s. 6d. PREACHERS and Teachers given to an abundant use of anecdote will find here what in all probability they need, a new supply of illustrations remarkable for freshness and force, raciness and robustness. To men who lack imagination, the book will prove a stimulus of no common kind, partly by supplying material, but chiefly by suggesting the manifold ways in which the events of daily life may illustrate and enforce the teaching of the Bible. This book is specially handy. It is the right sort of thing to have by you when you need an illustration, for you need lose no time in finding anything it contains. The arrangement of subjects is alphabetical. This is supplemented with a copious index, and a list of references to texts of Scripture illustrated therein. Let ministers and teachers, whether old or young, but specially if young, get hold of and rightly affix these “ feathers” to straight, strong, and well-made “
arrows, and their teaching will be more likely to stick in the hearts of the King's enemies. There is still a better thing they may attempt, and that is to keep a “note-book" of their own, and as near to this in excel. lence as possible.
BAPTIST HISTORY from the foundation of
the Christian Church to to the present
time. By J. M. Cramp, D.D. This work is being issued by Mr. Stock in twelva onthly parts, and deserves to be widely circulated amongst our young people. For a review of it see G. B. M., 1868, p. 270.
“ THE KEEPSAKE SCRIPTURE TEXT Book," which has just been issued, is an attractive little volume. The Rev. J. C. Ryle, who has contributed a well-written preface, describes the work as a pocket companion containing “a text and a few lines of a hymn for each day in the year, with a blank space opposite for recording any thought or fact that one wants not to lose.” The “ Keepsake," which will be found very acceptable to gather together the autographs of friends, and to record wedding, birthday, and all memorable days, has been neatly printed on good paper, and is very prettilg bound.
THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION: " Our Work." By R. A. Hatchard. This paper gives in a brief space an able and stimulating account of the aims and plans of operation of their organization.
THE LATE JUDGE PAYNE.- A portrait of this eminent philanthropist, accompanied by an interesting biographical sketch, will appear in the June number of Old Jonathan.
GENTLE DRAWINGS: or the Influence of
Well-doing. By Mrs. S. J. Chew. Lon
don: Jarrold & Sons. This book is well fitted for circulation amongst the cottager and artizan class, and will effectively draw such as are indif. ferent to habits of virtue and sobriety, at
BAPTIST UNION. THE AUTUMNAL MEETINGS of the Baptist Union will be this year held at Cam. bridge, in the week commencing Sept. 18. Applications for accommodation should be sent early to one of the Local Secretaries, viz., W. S. Aldis, Esq., M.A., J. Foster, Esq., B.A., and J. Nutter, Esq.
J. H. MILLARD.
CONFERENCES. THE YORKSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE Con. FERENCE, Clow Bridge, near Burnley, Wednesday, June 8th.
The Rev. J. Alcorn opened the morning service, and Rev. J. Andrews preached from 2 Thessalonians ii. 16.
At 2.15 p.m. the Conference met for business, the Rev. J. Maden, jun., in the