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blind and wicked superstition.”
interesting to get even a glance of that reordinary feelings did they several times visit markable spot, where the beloved disciple saw the place, which, on good grounds, is believed the visions of God; the spot, too, where the to be the garden of Gethsemane.
“ We read Saviour was seen, and his voice heard, for the over all the passages of Scripture relating to last time, tiil he comes again. It is the only Gethsemane, while seated together there. Each spot in Europe where the Son of Man showed of us occupied part of the time alone, in private himself in his humanity.' meditation; and then we joined together in There are many illustrations of Scripture prayer, putting our sins into that cup which in this volume which cannot fail to interest our Master drank for us here, and, pleading the general reader. We select two, almost at for our own souls, for our far distant friends, random :-“We stopped a little to examine a and for the flocks committed to our care." plough, which lay thrown aside under a tree. Additional interest was felt on each succes. It was made entirely of wood, the coulter sive visit to this hallowed spot, and the last only being sheathed in a very thin plate of “left a fragrant remembrance on their minds, iron, and was therefore exceedingly light, and that can never fade away.” With Bethany, fit to be guided by a single hand,
We at the village where resided the happy family once saw how easy a matter it would be which Jesus ofttimes visited, and from which literally to fulfil the words of the prophets, he was received up into glory, they were • They shall beat their swords into ploughhighly gratified. “How pleasing are all the shares,'” “A laborer was returning from associations that cluster around it! Perhaps the country, with his pruning-hook in his there was no scene in the Holy Land which hand, a long piece of iron, curved towards the afforded us more unmingled enjoyment; we point. This pruning-hook might once have even fancied, that the
been a spear, and could easily be converted where rests so visibly upon the land, had into one again. The prophets attended to fallen more lightly here. In point of situa. the nature of things when they said, “They tion, nothing could have come up more com. shall beat their spears into pruning-hooks ;'' pletely to our previous imagination of the and again, reversing the command, ‘Beat place to which Jesus delighted to retire at your pruning-hooks into spears." evening from the bustle of the city, and the In many of the places which the deputation vexations of the unbelieving multitude; some. visited, they saw much of the superstition of times traversing the road by which we had popery, and of the Greek church, especially come, and perhaps oftener still coming up the of the former. The appendix contains a very face of the hill by the footpath that passes striking article on the coincidence between on the north of Gethsemane.
modern Judaism and popery. ful scene! Amidst these trees, or in that It appears, that the number of Jews in grassy field, he may often have been seen in Palestine is about 10,000, and that their condeep communion with the Father; and in sight dition is deeply afflictive. Many of them are of this verdant spot it was that he took his supported in part by contributions from last farewell of his disciples, and went upward Europe ; but, unlike their brethren in France to resume the deep, unbroken fellowship, of and Germany, they are firm believers in the his God and our God,' uttering blessings
Old Testament. The deputation express a even at the moment when he began to be fear that half the nation of Israel is tottering parted from them. And it was here that the on the brink of infidelity! two angels stood by them in white apparel, In commending this work, which, we are and left us this glorious message, -- This glad to find, has already reached a . third same Jesus, which is taken up from you into edition, to the favorable regard of our readers, heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye we cannot but express our fervent hope that have seen him go into heaven.'” At Naza- it will excite increased attention to “the lost reth, a town long proverbial for wickedness, sheep of the house of Israel.” and tend to they saw little to interest them. The igno. accelerate the day when they, with the fulness rant monks of Bethlehem shewed them a of the Gentiles, shall be gathered into the marble manger, though, as their visiters were fold of Immanuel. intelligent Protestants, they had the honesty to allow, that it was not the original manger,
TAE CHRISTIAN ALMANACK, for the Year but they affirmed, that the spot was the same;
1845. The Pocket-BOOK ALMANACK, for which, however, there is no reason to believe.
1845. THE TRACT SOCIETY'S PENNY The deputation saw the fulfilment of the woe
ALMANACK, for 1845. Tract Society. pronounced by the Divine Teacher on Caper.
The first of these books contains a great va. naum, Chorazin, and Bethsaida. The remains
riety of instructive and useful matter; astro. of Capernaum, Christ's “ own city," are
nomical occurrences, planets, tides, tax tables, scarcely to be found; those of Chorazin and
&c. The third is small and simple, and the Bethsaida are still more doubtful. We were
second is like it, only every alternate leaf is pleased with the remark, which the distant
blank for memoranda. sight of Patmos called forth, “ It was intensely
What a peace
ON PUBLIC COLLECTIONS. is still of opinion that any church has a
scriptural right to make public collections if To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
they are voluntary. The gospel ministry* MY DEAR SIR,—I am not certain that I by the appointment of our Lord, is to conhave the honor of I. B.'s acquaintance, but tinue to the end of time; he hath ordained should he write again it is hoped that he that those who preach the gospel should live will have the kindness to introduce himself; of the gospel, but he hath not ordained any and in the moan time permit me to tender him particular mode by which contributions shall my hearty thanks for having so completely be collected, and therefore if the members of demolished the silver test. Your original any church (for the sake of perspicuity it is correspondent, sir, seemed to invite alten. here confined to them) should think proper tion, not to the propriety of making public to make a collection every Lord's day, for collections, but to the lawfulness of making the support of their minister, they would certain collections in a particular manner; have the approval of the word of God in so and my previous letter was chiefly designed doing. It might from time to time, an. to meet his views on that point. The remarks nounce from the pulpit, or from the press, or of I. B. contain, or imply, an objection, from both, that such collections would be though not equally strong, against every made ; they would then be public, that is, public collection, and therefore against notorious, generally known; still it would every mode in which such collection may be have a scriptural right to make them. If it made; for it is obvious that there can be no has not this right now it could not have it if right method of doing that which is morally all were pious. Is this conclusive ? Furwrong, upon which the word of God has set ther, it appears, sir, to your correspondent, the seal of condemnation. That it is sin. that it is lawful for any church to make ful to make public collections—that the word public collections in the ordinary way, that of God condemns the practice, is what I am is, to collect of all indiscriminately who are anxious to see proved ; and this anxiety was willing to give, and this, if I can understand produced by its being asked, “If the appeal I. B. (for he seems to have taken care not to be to the word of God, will not the whole commit himself too far) is the point of practice of public collections be found to be difference. “ In public collections," says disapproved ?"-) Cor. xvi. 2. My remarks I. B, “at least, when the box is taken from upon this passage were designed to show pew to pew, and presented before each in. that it did not answer the end for which dividual, a request is made to each person, it was quoted, that is, that it did not disap- irrespective of moral and spiritual character, prove of public collections. This is the for pecuniary support, which he grants or only scripture that has been adduced, and refuses according to his own option. This, even this is left undefended; nay, I am for purely spiritual purposes, is not enrequired to "shew more clearly how it can couraged, according to the writer's percepafford a precedent for soliciting the money
tions, either in Luke x. or 1 Cor. xvi. It of the unconverted in support of the Re. is persumed, however, that there is some. deemer's cause." Why truly if I can do this, thing in each of these chapters that does 60 much the better, but if not it will be encourage the practice in question. I. B. sufficient for me to know that it does not says “ the expression, Luke x. 7, does not condemn the practice. By this time my apparently recognize a solicitation, but 'good brother will better understand my anticipates an offer, and enjoins its acceptposition in this discussion. All that aro ance for the reason stated. associated with making public collections lie Well then, verse 10, anticipates some cases under the imputation of doing what the in which they would be rejected, and denied word of God disapproves; and under such those necessaries to which their office entitled circumstances have they not a right to ask them; and if so, they must have placed for proof? This has already been done, themselves in such a position as that it was but no proof has been given; and if none be in the power both of the good and bad either forthcoming, if the sinfulness of the practice to receive or reject them. How this was be not proved from the word of God, I shall done our Lord clearly shows in verse 5. consider myself entitled to a very honorable Their first salutation, upon entering any acquittal, however inconclusive my reason- house, was to be, “ Peace be to this house." ing, or however wide my dednctions may ap- This was the criterion, the box if you please, pear from the point. I might here have left the by which they became acquainted with the subject, and have waited for a response, had different dispositions of men, and which led not some of my previous observations been to reception or rejection. It appears quite subjected to a little friendly criticism which it is deemed necessary to notice. The writer
* I refer to the ministry simply and solely as a medium of proof.
evident that the disciples sent forth by Christ be given, it may be given in any, and therewere cast by him, during the period of their fore in public collections. In 1 Cor. ix. 11, mission, entirely upon the public; that their Paul asks, if we have sown unto spiritual salutation of peace led in some cases to their things, is it a great thing if we shall reap reception and entertainment, gave them an your carnal things ? Spiritual blessings are opportunity of healing the sick, and of saying, the most valuable of all blessings. The the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you ; apostle had been the happy instrument of and that in other cases this salutation led to conveying these to the Corinthians, and their rejection; that such rejection occa. therefore it would have been no great thing sioned their departure, and heightened to a if he had reaped in return their carnal things. fearful extent the condemnation of those by He had a just claim upon them on the whom they were thus treated. Now, unless ground of benefits received; and this text it can be proved that all those persons that clearly recognizes the principle, that those did receive and entertain the disciples were, who are under obligation to religion, whether at the time of such reception and entertain- pivus or not, many lawfully contribute to its ment, pious persons, and except it can be support. There is not an individual in this shown that the disciples did not give to great nation wbo is not under obligation to the wicked an opportunity of receiving and religion, and who may not therefore contri. entertaining them, and that the wicked by bute to its support. If the church may not refusing to give such receptions and enter. receive the money of the unconverted as tainment, did not increase their guilt and voluntarily given in public collections, it heighten their condemnation, I shall hold, may not receive it in any other way, and it not simply that there is something in this is bound by every principle that we hold chapter that encourages public collections, sacred, not only to refuse such aid in future, for purely spiritual purposes, but something but to restore, so far as it can, the large sums which gives to such collections, and to all received in time past. Finally, suffer me to other, the force and power of law. I might remind I. B. that all the pious are not at blot from the book the kind salutation, and present within the pale of the church, nor allow my brother his very good-natured are all the ungodly beyond its limits; and if invitation, and even then I should have suf- there be a law which makes it sinful for any ficient left for my purpose; I should even but the pious to contribute to the support of then argue that the rejection of something, religion, that law was given, it is presumed, necessarily supposed something offered; it that it might be obeyed; but it would be was anticipated that some wicked men would utterly impossible at present to receive it as not receive the disciples, and therefore it was a rule of action; it would require an amount anticipated that they would have the oppor. of intelligence not possessed by mortals in tunity, the offer. Is it not proved that the the present state. The Lord might commu. ungodly might have received the disciples nicate this, but until such communication into their houses, and have supplied them was made, all good men would decline with those things that were necessary? The the collector's office, lest they should might is all I ask for, is all I want.
offend. It is not believed that the Saviour might have contributed to the support of was in the habit of giving rules of action these ministers, support may be given now upon which it is impossible to act, and for by the same kind of persons; and as there this reason it is not thought that there is any is no appointed mode, it may be given in any, such rule upon the subject. I fear, sir, to and therefore in public collections; and proceed: suffer me, however, to add, that again we say that this holds in relation to after this free expression of opinion, I am all religious institutions.
not anxious again to return to the subject. Further evidence is not wanting to show If I. B., can demolish my premises, overthat our Lord himself was sustained, during turn my conclusions, and establish the his ministry by others, or to prove that the opposite proposition, he will have my hearty publican and pharisee contributed to his thanks for his labors. Let this be done, or support, see Luke vii. 36, viii. 1-3, xix. 1- the imputation be withdrawn. I am ready 7. How, or by what means our Lord found to bow to the truth ; but I confess that the way to the homes and tables of these significant hints, half-uttered and halfmen is not of the least importance; it is suppressed sentiments, are worse to me than quite sufficient to know that he was there, the fear of purgatory. If the church is in and that they did contribute to his support. error, let her be humbled and reformed; let Now, sir, unless it can be proved that the the whole fabric of religion fall,-fall finally, Saviour acted improperly, another verdict is fall eternally, rather than resort to and con. claimed for the principle in question, viz., tinue a sinsul practice to sustain it; but let that it is lawful for the ungodly to aid the no man, without just reason, be aided in his ministers of Christ, and to support religious attempts to destroy it, or furnished with an institutions. And as the Lord Jesus has excuse for not supporting it. not ordained any method in which this shall I remain, my dear sir, yours respectfully,
ON THE IMPROPRIETY OF CHURCHES NOT PAYING THE EXPENSES OF THEIR PASTORS TO ATTEND CONFERENCES AND THE ASSOCIATION.
To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository. Dear SIR,~I was surprized on a recent parties with the candour with wbich they occasion to learn that some ministers in our are offered.
I &c., connexion, who are settled pastors, frequently
A LAY OFFICER. are compelled to refrain from attending conferences and the association, because the
HOME MISSION SERVICES. Churches over which they preside, do not re- It has been resolved to hold an annual imburse them the expense thus incurred. meeting to promote the interests of the Home It has been so customary with the Church Mission in the Derby and Donington cir. to which I belong to defray these expenses, (as cuits. The first of which will be (D. v.), much so as paying the ordinary salary of the Melbourne, on Christmas day next. In the ministry,) that I took it for granted it was a afternoon a public meeting will be held in universal rule, excepting in very small and the General Baptist meeting-house, when it destitute Churcbes. “Who goeth a warfare is expected that addresses will be delivered at his own charges ?” may well be applied to by the Rev. J. J. Owen, J. Staddon, I. this case. I do think where such cases Stubbins, R. Stanion, and others. exist it must have been an inadvertent over- In the evening, the Rev. I. Stubbins will sight on the part of the officers which the preach, (d.v.), on the reciprocal interests of diffidence and modesty of the pastor, has the Home and Foreign Missions. Service to prevented him from bringing under their commence at half-past two, and half-past notice. Allow me, therefore, Mr. Editor, six. As these meetings are designed to to solicit the attention of any church to promote the zealous co-operation of all the whom these remarks may be applicable, im- churches comprising the above circuits, in mediately to remedy such an evil. There forwarding the object of the mission, it is may be cases, when the meetings may be at hoped as many as possible will attend from such a distance, that the expenses would be each church. Tea will be provided in the so great that it might not be desirable for the school-room. As the churches in the cirpastor to be sent. Hoping these remarks cuits usually collect, there will be no public may be beneficial and be accepted by all collections on these occasions.
THE LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE was his three years of office, and desired the Conheld at Stamford, Sep. 26th, 1844. Brother ference to appoint a successor. Resolved, Maddeys, of Gedney Hill, preached in the that the thanks of the Conference be presented morning, from Phil. i. 27. A Home Mis- to brother Pike, for his past services, and sionary meeting was held in the evening, that brother Burditt, of Long Sutton, be which was well attended. Forty-one persons requested to undertake the office of secretary
reported baptized since the for the next three years. last Conference:-at Boston, nine; Bourne, The next Conference to be at Fleet, on three; Castleacre, two; Fleet, three; Gedney Thursday, Dec. 19th. Brother Pentney, of Hill, three; Magdalen, seven ; March, six; Stamford, to preach. Stamford, one; Whittlesea, one; Wisbech, six.
J. C. PIKE, Secretary. A report was received from brother Jones,
OPENINGS. of March, stating, that, in compliance with the wish of the Conference, he had visited BRADFORD.–Our chapel was re-opened Stamford, made several calls among the for divine service on the 20th, 27th, and 28th, friends, preached to them one Sabbath, ad- of October. Messrs. Calvert, (Independent) ministered the Lord's-Supper, and held a Pottinger, (P. B.) Ingham, and Hudson, Church meeting.
were engaged. Collections amounted to £53. An application was received from brother 73., which sum is very nearly one half of the Scott, of Norwich, for a deputation from this outlay. We have also received from Birch. Conference, to attend the first half-yearly cliffe £2. ls. 6d., and from Tarporley £1. 10s.
ng of the Norfolk Branch Conference, to The assistance of other friends will be gratebe held in that city Oct. 24. The application fully received, and duly acknowledged. was cheerfully acceded to, and brother Jones
BAPTISMS. was requested to undertake this mission, or, in case of failure, brother Yates, of Fleet.
LONGFORD, Union Place.-On Lord's-day, The secretary stated, that he had fulfilled Nov. 3rd. 1844, a discourse on the subjects and mode of christian baptism, was delivered tea together in the school-room. In the by J. Shaw, minister of the place, from Acts evening a public meeting was held, and adviii. 35—39. After which he baptized four dresses were delivered by the Revds. E. H. persons, two males and two females, and Burton, J. T. Wigner, T. Yates, Dr. Simpson, received them into the church in the usual and T. Burditt. This opportunity was peway.
culiarly interesting, and it is hoped that the HINCKLEY.-On the 17th of March, six solemn and impressive exhortations given, persons were baptized, three males, and an
and the striking instances of usefulness reequal number of females ; and on the 23rd
lated, have produced an effect, the fruits of of June, seven others followed their example,
which will appear in
the future. The four males and three females, declaring their
amount realized by these services was about faith in Christ, by being immersed in the £20., being an advance upon last year: be. name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
sides which, there are weekly, and other
subscriptions expected, that will bring in a RAMSGATE.-On Tuesday, Oct. 29th, the much larger sum. On these accounts we ordinance of believers' baptism was attended
have reason for thankfulness and rejoicing, to in the ancient General Baptist chapel,
-though in reference to the enlargement of Ramsgate, when two females submitted to
the church and progress of the cause of the sacred rite, and on the following Lord's.
Christ amongst us, we have cause for humi. day were received into the Church.
lity and sorrow. Our desires are not ful. Boston.—Mr. Mathews baptized one on
filled, and we feel discouraged ; our prayer the 31st of October.
F. M. is, that the reviving and refreshing showers
may come down, so that precious souls may London, Ænon chapel.-On Lord's-day,
be gathered from an ungodly world, and be Oct, 27th, after an appropriate sermon by our
planted and flourish in the vineyard of the pastor, from Acts viii. 12, he administered
C. A. the sacred rite to twelve persons, eleven of whom, received, the following Lord's day
STAMFORD. — The General Baptists at Stamevening, the right hand of fellowship. We
ford celebrated the anniversay of their chapel trust soon to report of many hopeful ones
Oct. 20th, and 21st. On the Sabbath, three who in like manner will have put on Christ.
sermons were preached by the Rev. T. W. J. G.
Mathews, of Boston, and on Monday a teaGĘDNEY HILL.-On Lord's-day, Sep. 22,
meeting was held, and addresses delivered, the ordinance of believers' baptism was ad
by the Revds. Amos, Whitlock, Green, Orton, ministered by our esteemed pastor, in the
Mathews, and Pentney. The liberal sum new river, Parson Drove, to three persons; a
of £9. 10s. 8d. was realized. That which very assembly being present.
rendered this anniversary so peculiarly interOne or two of the candidates have been
esting was, twelve persons, eight of whom rescued from the depths of Satan.
have lately been baptized, were received as
members of the church on Sabbath-day, and BELPER.—On Lord's day, November 10th, sat down with us at the table of the Lord. the ordinance of baptism was administered to One other person was baptized, but not three persons, when the Rev. R. Kenny, of received into the church, as he lives at a Wirksworth, preached from Gal. iii. 27, considerable distance from Stamford. We and brother Sims administered the ordinance.
anticipate more shortly. May God send It is a long time since we witnessed such prosperity.
W. P. delightful seasons. Clouds and thick dark
BELPER.-On Lord's day, Oct. 20th, two ness have too long beset our path. May this be the commencement of happier days.
very useful and appropriate sermons were
preached in the General Baptist chapel in CASTLE DONINGTON.-On the first Sab. this place, by Mr. John Dunkley, of Exhall, bath in October, two persons were baptized near Bedworth, for the benefit of the Sundayby Mr. Owen, after a sermon from Matt. school connected with the above place of xxviii. 18, 19, “ All power is given unto me worship. Collections £7. 4s. in heaven and earth," &c.
London, Ænon chapel.The anniversary CRADELEY.-Eight persons were baptized services were held Oct. 20th, 21st, and 22nd. on Lord's day, Nov. 3.
On Lord's day two sermons were preached by
J. Burns, the pastor, and a special prayer. ANNIVERSARIES.
meeting was held in the afternoon. On Long SUTTON.—The anniversary services Monday evening a sermon was preached by of the Baptist chapel in this town were held the Rev. J. Hamilton, M.A., of the Scotch on the 27th, and 28th, Oct. Sermons were Free Church; and on the Tuesday evening, preached on Lord's-day by the Rev. E. H. the annual tea meeting was held, which was Burton, of Portsea. On Monday afternoon, more numerously attended than on any the Rev. J. T. Wigner, of Lynn, preached, former occasion. Excellent addresses were after which a large number of friends took delivered on the occasion, by the Rev. J.