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is our duty to love our brethren, our might see it his duty to give our propoor brethren, and to endeavour to set posed attempt at realizing his own them in such a position as that the ideas, the powerful aid of his voice industrious and prudent may obtain and pen. the necessaries of life. It cannot be | No doubt this plan of colonizing done in this country. The enormous must be far more expensive than national debt, the exceedingly ex- merely to assist the brethren to pay pensive government, and the national their passage out. By so doing we church incubus, with other irra- should doubtless improve the temporal tional laws made by rich men (which condition of our poor brethren, as the bave the effect of grinding the poor, churches in America might be induced, whether framed for that express pur- for Jesus' sake, to prepare homes, and pose or not)—form such a national find employment for their emigrating burden, which directly or indirectly, brethren, before they were fairly must always press upon the shoulders entered into a new country, and used of the producing classes, as extin- to a new mode of life. Indeed, were guishes all national hope of their ever, such a scheme to meet the general apunless by some radical revolution, probation of the brethren, we should being" enabled to gain a fair day's do all in our power to forward it. wages by a fair day's work. Such But would not this take from the at least is the conviction of all the scheme its missionary character ? intelligent men who have seriously And ought not we of the reformation devoted their attention to this subject. -the sect of the Nazarenes-to be The conviction is general. It prevails | as zealous as others in that good work ? over the whole country, for hundreds We have no missions. This is a and thousands are emigrating from reproach. Let us roll it away, and England, Wales, Scotland, and Ire- doing so, at the same time show our land, who never would leave their love to the brethren. native land unless forced to do so by According to proposition 6th, it is the pressure of circumstances. And proposed to form our society upon the the conviction deepens daily and model of the Potters'. We have given yearly. From the port of Liverpool a brief statement of the principles of alone, for one part of this year, there that society in our first article, and is an increase of ten thousand above those who wish for further informathe enormous emigration of last season. tion, may order from their booksellers These go out on their own expenses. “The Emigrant's Advocate," a weekThis is impossible in the case of our ly—or “ Evan's Guide," a monthlypoor brethren. Hence the necessity publication : both are very low in for an emigration society, under the price, and valuable in matter. management, and supported by the We believe that the plan is susliberality, of the church.
ceptible of improvement that it is According to our 5th proposition, not advisable to put all and sundry it is proposed to locate the emigrants | upon the land—that the colonists in in colonies, that they might enjoy the general should work at their various advantages of church fellowship them trades, and only be employed in agriselves, and act as missionaries to their cultural operations in the busy seasons. neighbours.
But in the weekly payment of small If we are not misinformed, this plan shares by those who desire to emigrate of missions, or one very similar, has --in the reservation of lands for sale been advocated by Brother Campbell, -in the repayment of all the expenses as preferable to that in use among all of location in annual instalments of the sects, with the exception of the produce or money, by the colonists, Moravian brethren. Would that he 'we see much to approve of. The
colonists are preserved from the degra
calculated to awaken, the following reflections
spontaneously arose to the mind :dation of pauperism, and the share
1st. The extreme smallness of the meeting, holders are insured against loss ;
notwithstanding its timely and distinct anwhile the church has an ever increas nouncement in the BRITISH MILLENNIAL HARing fund to carry out the charitable BINGER, was mush calculated to bring a damp and Christian scheme.
over the mind, particularly of those who did We shall conclude this present
attend, and who had, some of them, come from
a considerable distance. It will be best known article by noting an objection or two to the absentees themselves whether they can, that has been brought against the in every instance, render a satisfactory reason. scheme by brethren whom we highly
This circumstance was also calculated to imrespect. One brother asks if our | P
press us with our own insignificance as a body;
and trying to the faith when we call to mind own large cities would not be better
the imposing spectacle of more popular divifields for evangelizing purposes than sions of the professed Christian community, the back woods of America ? To whose anniversary gatherings, in some inwhich we reply_first, that the largest
stances, can scarcely find a covert under the cities in the world will soon be in the
same roof, and who can send out whole legions
of preachers to foreign parts, the annual intelback woods of America. This we
ligence of whose operations are far more volubelieve will be admitted : well, then, minous than even the Acts of Apostles altois it not of the utmost importance that gether! When shall it be that we shall exhibit these cities, in their very formation,
such an appearance, and do such an amount of
work? But we must look a little under the should be leavened with pure and
surface, and not be discouraged. These splenprimitive Christianity. This is a did appearances of popular sects, do they not gospel hardened country. The ears owe their popularity to the very fact of the of the people are so shut by various great amount of worldliness which enters into
their composition, and tinges all their operacauses against the truth, that we
tions — the most ancient, the most splendid, might almost as well preach to stocks
and the most popular of them all still being the and stones. One principal cause of holy apostolical Church of Rome itself! Are this wilful deafness is the indifference we then to despond because few and small, in with which all parties view the suffer- comparison of such ? No, verily! Are we not
intelligently confident of standing more perings of the poor. Hence our scheme
pendicular than any of them on the apostolic would be the means of opening the platform, and that we are seeking to advance ears of thousands, and probably in Christ's cause by a stricter attention to the crease forty-fold the number of our only authorized plan of doing it — to have the
approval of heaven, or to be attended with lemembers : so that instead of lessen
gitimate success ? Are we not conscious of ing, we should augment the number
knowing the truth in its simplicity, which saves of our brethren even in this country and that makes men free Are we not re—for there is a scattering, and it formers of the right school, who seek a restoratendeth to increase.
tion of original Christianity in spirit and truth?
Well, if we be worthy of such a name, it beBut it is said the plan is utopian-
comes us not, though few and small, to shrink that is, as we understand it, impracti from the responsibilities which such a name cable. To this objection we will implies; but to consider it our highest honour speak in our next.
and privilege to be used as instruments in bringD. L.
ing about such a restoration as the congregation of God, long held a captive in Babylon,
and despoiled of her purity, requires—humiliaCORRESPONDENCE. ting to think of, up to this late period of the
19th century. And let us draw encouragement REFLECTIONS ON THE SUNDERLAND from the fact that the Most High, in effecting MEETING
his purposes, is pleased often to use an instruNO, I.
mentality, though by the wise of the world DEAR BROTHER - On returning from the
“ Deemed weak, subyerting worldly strong meeting held at Sunderland 29th, 30th, and
And worldly wise, by simply meek.” 31st May, and allowing the excitement to | 2nd. For our encouragement, our meeting, abate which the scenery of a strange place, and though small, was very harmonious. Nothing personal interviews with brethren beloved, are' was said but what the law of love and brotherly kindness dictated; nor any thing resolved to
NO. II. be done, but by perfect concord and unauimity DEAR BROTHER-I seize the first leisure mo-while a tender solicitude was evinced by all
ment I have had since my return, to drop you to avoid the presumptuous error of legislation
a line expressive of my views and feelings on and domination on the one hand, and isolation
the retrospective of our late meeting, and in and self-willed independency on the other, by
anticipation of our future hopes and prospects either individual members or congregations.
in the great cause of reformation. I have no 3rd. Another encouraging circumstance lay doubt you are as pleased as myself with the in the fact, that the brotherhood at large seem review of the Sunderland meeting, which to be fully alive to the scriptural bearing and breathed forth the spirit of peace, love, concord, utility of unity and organization, as the letters and zeal, as fully manifested (though the meetwhich were read bore evidence from almost ing was small) by the spirit of the brethren who every locality, as well as the reports from dis- were able to attend, and by the numerous lettrict associations already formed, and all of ters from the several churches, declarative of which were responded to so heartily by the their unity in the principle on which these anbrethren present : so much so, indeed, that on nual meetings are founded, and their hearty anticipating the next general meeting, agreed concurrence in the duty and necessity of mainto be held at Nottingham, it was thought by taining a “long pull, å strong pull, and a pull all present, that it would chiefly, if not alto altogether,” for the evangelizing of the world, gether consist of delegates or messengers from and the building of one another up in our most the different local district associations, most holy faith : to which great ends our general likely then to be in existence, encircling the meetings will, I feel persuaded, powerfully proentire brotherhood in Great Britain and Ire | mote, together with the immediate pleasure land.
and sympathy enjoyed in each other's presence, 4th. But still it is matter of regret that our
and the extension of personal acquaintanceship. chief organ of periodical intelligence, the Bri- I do entirely approve of the course adopted TISH MILLENNIAL HARBINGER, labours from by the churches in Fifeshire, and its success so too straitened a circulation, barely yielding as far should encourage the other churches to folmuch as defrays the necessary outlay for paper low on in the same path. Let a church or a and printing, without any remuneration to our number of churches in a district appoint suitmuch respected Brother Wallis for the conduct. I able persons as evangelists, whose duties, being ing of it. But while he is still willing to make confined to their own immediate locality, will such a sacrifice for the good of the cause, it is involve less expense than if a wider sphere were too much to oblige him to suffer loss in addi- given to their labours : for not only will traveltion to his non-pay service, against which, in ling expenses be saved, but the parties engaged part, to indemnify him, a distinct pledge was as evangelists, not being withdrawn from their given by brethren attending the Chester meet- | business or ordinary employment, will not reing in 1847, a considerable balance of which quire to be supported. But while these conremains still unpaid -- which may be from in- siderations are urged, at present, in favor of advertence, or not considering that it would be the plan of local evangelists, it must be admitted needed. It is expected that the slightest hint that the labours of an earnest and efficient to this effect will be sufficient to awaken atten- general evangelist or two would be most imtion, and lead to a fulfilment of all our respec- portant. There are many of our church weak tive pledges. And, better still, to stir up the both in point of number and talent, and in very brethren in every locality, to use their utmost many perhaps no one qualified for the evaneffort to procure for the HARBINGER a more gelical office could be found. If, now, we had extensive patronage, which, to be allowed to a general evangelist, to such churches he should drop, we certainly would look upon in the light be sent, and not to those churches where gifts of a most severe calamity.
more abound. But, for the present, is there In conclusion, we would observe that the
not a possibility of having this work donc
" without a general evangelist? It has occurred preparation made for the meeting by our brethren of Sunderland—the place chosen, the noti
to me and a few others, that all we want for fication given to the public for Wednesday
the performance of it is, a general fund under evening, and which succeeded so well in calling
the management of a committee, for the purpose out so large, respectable, and attentive an audi
of defraying the expenses of occasional visits of ence, to hear the apostolic gospel so faithfully
the most prominent of the local evangelists, to propounded by our Brother King, of London,
such churches when necessary. This general and Brother Wallis, of Nottingham-together
| committee and general fund will, I trust, with the Christian kindness and hospitality
mitolito | receive the attention of the brethren at our next shown to the strangers--were all such as could
meeting in Nottingham, unless, in the meanbe desired, worthy of imitation, and not soon
time, some better way of effecting this very to be forgotten.
important object may be suggested.
J. K. T.
cause, having made such a mistake, Brother DEAR BROTHER -- After we returned from Lee is bound, in your pages, to admit it. the co-operative meeting, we placed before our Your readers who know not Greek are, by his brethren the resolution respecting the conntry mistake, prevented from concluding the imbeing divided into district associations, and portant question before us. The man who they passed a resolution approving of the sug. | prints error, and allows it to remain uncorrected gestion. Subsequently Brother Perkins and when he has discovered its character, commits myself were delegated to see the brethren at a high offence; and I, therefore, write to reLeigh and Whittle, which we did last Lord's day, quire Brother Lee to relieve those who cannot when a resolution was passed forming ourselves
decide for themselves, by saying he was misinto a district association, Brother Turner being
taken. Should Brother Lee neglect to do so I requested to write to the brethren at Liverpool must call upon you, Brother Wallis, as one deepand Ashton, to invite them to join with us for
| ly interested in the contents of your pages, to mutual help and district co-operation.
declare who is right. I do not mean as to Wigan. June 13th. 1849.
T. C. whether pastors should be paid, but as to what
the Greek word is, which in our common verDEAR BROTHER-I send you a copy of a let sion (1 Tim. v. 17) is translated “honor.” ter which has been sent to the churches in this I trust you will understand that in calling district, to show you that we are a little on the for this admission on the part of Brother Lee, move in the right direction.
I am not seeking a personal triumph — I ask “At the late meeting in Sunderland it was it not as a thing due to me. It may not be unanimously agreed to recommend the forma- long before either in speaking or writing I mistion of the various churches in this country
take as extensively; but I demand it, that your into district associations. According to that readers may not be deluded. request the churches of Wigan and Leigh, and
As Brother Lee is near you, perhaps you can by letter from Whittle, met at Leigh on Lord's show him this. Should it then produce the day, June 11th, 1849, to consult upon the best requisite admission, that will suffice; should it means of carrying out such a desirable object; not, I shall thank you to place it in the next and being unitedly agreed that a co-operation | HARBINGER. of the churches would tend greatly to promote
D. KING. Christian union and brotherly love, as well as give a better opportunity to the brethren to
DEAR BROTHER WALLIS—I dare say you recarry out the principles of the Christian reli- |
relicollect my stating to you, a few days ago, when gion, it was unanimously resolved
you were at my house, that I had abridged my “]. That the above churches be formed into
arguments concerning the payment of pastors, the Lancashire District Association.
by erasing matter which would have demanded “ 2. That the churches at Ashton and Liver
four additional pages of the HARBINGER, and pool be invited to unite with us in the above
therefore encroached too much on your limited association.
space. This matter I shall send to you for “3. That the second meeting be held in the
insertion in the August number, as it contains disciples' school-room, Wigan, and that a depu
an analysis of all the arguments for and tation from the churches be requested to attend.
| AGAINST the payment of pastors, and a disserta"4. That Brother Turner be requested to
tion on the etymology of the various passages transmit a copy of these resolutions to the
referred to. The brethren will then be able churches in the district, and request their co
to judge concerning the “high offence” I have operation.
committed, and the extent to which I have
been "deluding" them. “Signed on behalf of the meeting,
The subject so far as
I am concerned, will then be at rest. “WILLIAM TURNER.”
John GLEN LEE. PAYMENT OF PASTORS. DEAR BROTHER—Some little time since I re
SERIES OF TRACTS. plied to some remarks by Brother J. G. Leeupon In accordance with the desire and resolution paying of pastors. I undertook to demolish of the Glasgow meeting, Brother King has prohis argument in favor of such an anti-Christian duced eleven stereotyped tracts, others being practice, by showing that he had mistaken the soon expected. No. 1 is by Brother Campbell, Greek word translated “honor,” which word proving by the New Testament alone, that imhe affirmed to be what it was not. Now I mersion is the only Christian baptism. No. 2 fully perceive that if Brother Lee is correct as is designed to prove the same truth from the to the word, the argument stands, and pastors testimonies of the learned, and contains a valumust be paid. But, as I then affirmed, the able selection from ancient versions, and from word is time, and therefore our brother is Christian and Pagan writers, amply sufficient wrong. You may say, “Well, he has not de- to silence those who talk of the “ meaning of nied it, and therefore why write again ?” be- | the Greek.” No. 3 is the “ Origin of the Clergy,” from the Christian Baptist. No. 4 vessels of both kinds, as Paul says, 2 Tim. ii. is on the “ Design of Baptism,” selected from 20. It is one of the comforting promises to the Rice debate. No. 5 is on Election. No. the church, that her foundation shall be laid 6 is an exhibition of a Christian church attend and garnished with precious stones, Isaiah liv. ing to the original order of things, of which 11; and John in vision saw this fulfilled, Rev. very many thousands have been circulated. No. xxi. 18, &c. All the wood, hay, and stubble, 7 is entitled “ Are you a Christian ?" showing which the builders had collected together, what constitutes a Christian, and what a Chris making a great show of numbers converted, tian is called upon to attend to. No. 8, on without regard to the character of the materials Faith and Obedience, was formerly printed by they build with, shall be utterly consumed, Brother Wallls, and is well fitted to present to Mal. iv. l; not the lively stones, or such as were those who know their duty, but do it not. No. “fitly framed and compacted together;" these 9, on Repentance and Conversion, sweeps away grow up into a “holy temple in the Lord.” Calvinism, and clearly exhibits the way into
S. S. the kingdom. No. 10 shows that Infant Baptism is not from heaven, being a masterly pro
QUERY.—What did Christ mean, Mat. x. 23, duction by Brother Lawson, of Newburgh. No. / if they persecute you in one city, flee ye to 11 exhibits the false ground upon which men another, &c. ? J. E. — These directions were build their hope of salvation. Brother King given by Christ to his disciples, when he was will send to order, carriage free, a few hundreds sending them forth to proclaim among the of the above to any part of England and Scot- | Jews the approaching reign of Messiah, by the land. For information concerning price, &c. | influence of which their theocracy would be direct to him, 71, High-street, Camden Town, overthrown. He informed them that in the London.
pursuit of their work they would be as sheep We cordially recommend these Tracts to the among wolves; and therefore, as their comnotice of the churches, and hope they will be
mission extended to the Jews only, and not to extensively circulated among the people.
the Gentiles or the Samaritans, he commanded that when they were persecuted in one city they
must immediately flee to another. These diQUERIES AND REPLIES. rections are not applicable to any members of
a family who embrace the truth, though opIn answer to questions 3 and 5, respecting | posed and even persecuted by their relatives. the materials of the spiritual building, the The wife who is so treated, is commanded by foundation of which Paul, the architect-master- | meekness, affection, and obedience, to win the builder, laid--which is Jesus Christ, I beg leave unbelieving husband; and the same command to say that the querist of No. 5, appears to is applicable, we conclude, to the husband. have mistaken the Apostle, if (as he intimates) (See 1 Cor. vii. 10-24.)
J.W. he supposes that Paul warns not to build with any of the six specified kinds. This appears QUERY.—What were the fruits of repentance to be the meaning of the Apostle, that in build
required by John, Mat. iii. 9.? J. E. – The ing this temple, every one take heed with what
Jews at this period had entirely forsaken and materials he builds, for a day of fire is coming | corrupted the law of Moses : yet they were to try every man's work, of what sort it is; vain, self-conceited religionists. John exhorted that gold, silver, or precious stones, will not
them to lay aside all their uninspired traditions suffer by it—nor he who built these on the
and personal conceits : or, in other words, they foundation suffer loss, in his work being burnt.
were to cease to do evil, and learn to do well, by But wood, hay, stubble, are combustible ma
obeying the command now sent to them in terials, and he who builds these even on a sure
mercy from God, and by which they could ob. foundation, will suffer loss in his work being tain the remission of their sins. Those who consumed.
refused obedience, rejected the counsel of God “If any man's work abide, he shall receive
against themselves (Luke x. 30, Mat. xxi. 31a reward;" the gold, the silver, and precious
| 32.) Jesus is the author of eternal salvation stones wil be jewels in his crown (see 1 Thes. ii. to all who obey him.
J. W. 19; 2 John i. 8.) “ If any man's work be burnt he shall suffer loss,” &c.-lose all his labour, and he himself, the builder, or minister
OBITUARY. in these things, must undergo the same trial by fire, that burns up all his showy, frothy The ruthless hand of death has again visited accumulation of greatness in the Lord's house. the congregation of disciples of Jesus in Not.
I fear much of the great building in Zion tingham. On the 1st ultimo, Brother William now is wood, hay, and stubble, and will, in the Marriott, one of the deacons of the church, end, be consumed like chaff; these are much | after five months' gradual decay of physical more easily gained than the gold, the silver, | strength, during the last of which he was conor the precious stones which are scarce, and fined to his bed, fell asleep in Jesus, aged 55 seldom met with. In a great house there are years within five days. Our deceased brother