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express, that we are compelled to add, that, CHARLES STREET CHAPEL, so far, humanly speaking, from seeing any prospect of a revival of religion amongst us, the future is clothed in the garb of a yet ing, Monday April 21st, in the above quiet
We spent a pleasant and profitable even
It was the jority of the young men who are studying in and happy little sanctuary. Independent and Baptist Colleges, are more annual meeting of the Sunday School. The or less tinctured with the Neological heresy. chapel was nearly filled with a most cheerful They have drunk more or less deepls of the assembly; and the pastor, brother Attwood, poison of German Rationalism. The inspira- was surrounded by a large number of inteltion of the Scriptures, if not absolutely and ligent and devoted men, who, by their adexplicitly denied, is explained away in such a dresses and exertious are evidently a great manner, as to make it in reality no inspira- blessing to the place. We gire the following tion at all. And we need not tay, that once note as given to us by one of the members. the plenary inspiration of the Scriptures is
“DEAK BROTHER BANKS, – On Sunday given up, the whole Christian scheme falls to evening, February the 24th., our beloved the ground.”
pastor, Mr. T. Attwood, of Charles Street We have several controversial articles for
chapel, baptised four persons; among them
were one of his sons and his wife. We had a warded this month. “ A Little One's" views, solemn sermon from Mark xi. 28; and on the on some points, are closely
canvassed ; but; - following Sabbath five were received into full although we wish every good man freely to speak his mind on disputed points,-- we cannot but the beginning of good days, and all praise
communion with us. Oh, that this may be consent to fill the pages with articles of this shall be given to the Lord of hosts. The kind; and filled to the brim we should be if Mr. Gosling s second paper,—" A blast," and chapel was crowded. On Monday April 21st, some others had been inserted. We will
we had a tea meeting on behalf of the Sabbath
school, when from 90 to 100 sat down to tea; give them as quickly as the appointed space after which, inore assembled, when brethren will admit.
Ashburn, Stenson, Wimper, C. W. Banks, The late Mr. William Tuffnell. – Mr. Ballard, and Rayment addressed the meeting Josiah Cowell, of Chelmsford, has recently and end in view of the Sabbath School Teacher.
upon the duties, difficulties, encouragements, written a most interesting volume of " Glean- I believe all present could say from the heart, ings” from the Life and Letters of the late it was good to be there." E. A. B. Mr. William Tuffnell. We have enjoyed this pithy memoir; and hope to furnish our readers with a more extensive notice of it
CLARE, SUFFOLK. next month.
On Tuesday, April 22nd, the friends at the
Baptist Chapel held a social tea meeting; “ The Millenium.”—Mr. W. Palmer, the about 120 persons were present. The obpastor of the Baptist Church at Homerton, ject of the meeting was iwo-fold : first, to has written and published -(through Houl- congratulate our brother Pells in coming to ston and Stoneman,) No. 1, of " Plain PAPERS settle in our midst, and to express our gratiON THE MILLENNIUM.” We know of no tude to the great Head of the church, who is man better qualified to write en Theological crowning his labours with abundant success. questions than Mr. Palmer is; and although we may not be able to coine with him to the Another object in view was, to encourage same conclusions, yet, we believe, some good our young friends who are taking an active
When our will arise from the comprehensive and de- part in the Sabbath-school. cidedly talented manner in which he enters brother Pells first came, not only was the upon this new series of papers. We hope to cause very low, but the Sabbath-school had watch him closely, and to avail ourselves of dwindled away to almost nothing. Our some of the results of his extensive research. good brother solicited help, young friends A deep conviction has long been concealed in came nobly forward to assist, so that we our feeble spirit respecting “ THE MILLEN have a nice little band of teachers and up
We believe the subject to be full of wards of 40 children. After tea we had a the sweetest comfort, unto the Church of Christ, but we are standing back to see what very comfortable meeting-opened by sing
Brother Ince stated the all these penmen write thereon. We may, ubjects of the meeting, snd brother Pells some day, have our turn.
called on brother Barnes, of Glemsford, who We have a bundle of beautiful books
addressed the meeting in a very able manner, headed “Hawker's Sermons and Tracts;' to the comforting of many souls; he also re-printed at the Bonmahon Industrial Print. gave some wholesome advice to our youthful ing School, and published by W. H. Colling. minister, to which he cheerfully responded, ridge; and by sending to him you can have and expressed his gratitude for the same; sixty sorted, post-free, for five-shillings. The and after having addressed the audience for world and the church, too, will soon be full some time, our happy meeting closed by singof books ;-we must indeed, teach and induce ing and prayer. On the following afternoon the people to read more than ever, or our the children had their treat, when we did prolific printers must stand still awhile. These tracts are all first-rate.
our utmost to interest the youthful race.
BAPTISMAL REGENERATION DENIED.
THE NEW BIRTH DEFINED. AMONGST the many 'very beautiful and But let us come to the second pasblessed doctrines of the sacred Scriptures, sage, to which our attention is more how mutilated do we find many of them! particularly required. It is found in the Scarcely did the words which fell from the Epistle to Titus iii. 8. “ Not by works of dear Redeemer fly on their mission, but righteousness which we have done, but acthey were caught, and, with that ingenuity cording to his mercy he saved us, by the known to men of fallen state, they wrapped washing of regeneration, and renewing of the around them the cloak of materialism, Holy Ghost.” In this last passage we have which has ever since been a source of con. the word “washing” presented ; and it is tention and dispute between the Church of on this that baptismal regeneration takes God and the world. It is so even in the its start. But this is an ancient error, by ordinance of Baptism. Men who search which it was held that the spiritual prinnot the Scriptures, and who do not look to ciple is so connected with the material the testimony of God's Word alone for principle, as to be in some way dependent their wisdom, have been grossly misled upon it. into the doctrine of so called “Baptismal This was evidently the ground of the regeneration;" and so tenaciously do they belief that the principle of holiness was hold the doctrine, that to attempt to per- derivable, and was derived, from the ceresuade them to the contrary would be al mony or ordinance of Baptism : the thing most impossible. However, let us just signifying was put in the place of the thing glance at that very important dogma— signified; thus it was believed and mainREGENERATION. The word, as translated tained that the quality and faculty of holiin our English version, regeneration, only ness were, by the special act of God, occurs twice, and is mentioned under imparted to the water with which the cere. peculiar circumstances. At one time, mony was performed, and then that the Peter, after professing that he had for quality and faculty of holiness, so held by saken all things to follow Jesus, asks Him the water, was imparted and retained what they were to expect, or look for, as by the persons who underwent this ceretheir reward; Jesus replies, “ Verily I say mony. But this doctrine is contravened unto you, That ye which have followed me, and exploded by the simple facts that are in the regeneration when the Son of Man presented by the cases of so many bapshall sit in the throne of his glory, ye tized persons; when the case is brought also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging to the sure test, which Christ himself es. the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matt. xix. 28.) tablished, which test is comprised in these Jesus, in this verse, declares the reward the words, “ Ye shall know them by their disciples should have in a future period fruit." Look at our county gaols, the racein the regeneration, or it may be under course; see, are they not all baptized perstod to refer especially to the revolution sons? It must be obvious to every careful and restoration of all things to order; for reader of the Word of God, to every one as the term signifies the new birth by that is born of the Spirit, and knows the grace, it could not possibly be applied to power of grace in his soul, that to be reChrist; for Christ was not born again ; newed by an inward washing of the blood and in no proper sense could it be said of Christ, applied to the soul and con. that they had followed Him in the new science of the individual, under the operabirth. The words of Jesus evidently show tions of the quickening Spirit of life, is the that they had particular reference to an true meaning of this latter passage. It is aniversal birth, when the dead should rise; the Divine implantation of the Holy when those that sleep in Jesus, and those Spirit in the soul. Man, in his first state, that are in the arms of the wicked one, is deep in the quarry of Nature, seeking should come forth from their graves; when the pleasures of this world, and delighting the sun and moon should be turned into in them, far from God and truth, an enemy blood, and the earth melt with fervent to Him by wicked works, loving the works heat. Then should the twelve disciples of darkness rather than light, and going sit on twelve thrones, judging the tribes of astray speaking lies, one continual and Israel.
progressive course of enmity against God. VOL. XII-No. 136.
This is the description that the Holy Ghost | but we will conclude our present paper, gives of every sinner in his sins; and such and on some future occasion close what we has been the condition of every saint: all have here only glanced at. W. R. JARRETT. have sinned, and come short of the glory Rehoboth, Tunbridge Wells. of God. Deep in the rubbish of the Fall lies some
MAZZAROTH; unconcerned sinner; he has no happy
OR, THE thoughts of God; in his soul he has never desired the ways of God, nor loved to meet TWELVE SIGNS IN THE BIBLICAL
HEAVENS, with His children in humble prayer ; but laughed them to scorn, poured contempt (Continued from page 103.) on God's most holy Word, and shunned the sight of every follower of Jesus, and This month of May is a busy one in outin every sense dead to God. But while we door work. I hope it is my good Master were yet in our sins, Christ died for us. that calls me to so much labour, that I He feels at times deep remorse overshadow cannot find a day to sit down diligently to his dark benighted mind, but as yet cannot ponder my precious boon. Prejudice, perfind any exact cause. He looks retrospec- secution, and poverty, have joined hands tively on the path of wickedness he has and laboured hard to stop both my pen trodden; he is permitted to look within; and my preaching, but still I am susthe deep depravity of his walk causes him tained, and more than ever am I favoured to reflect; he can see, in lines written to feel a holy love to the Gospel of Jesus, indelible, his own character — " Dead in and sweet liberty in giving forth all I can trespasses and sins : " then, finding himself find in that grand and glorious mystery under the curse of God's law, he reads the which the Spirit reveals to the ransomed fiery sentence, “ Cursed is he that con- sheep of heaven. I could not, last month, tinueth not in all things that are written in finish Reuben's history; therefore, if my the Book of the Law to do them.” It is reader will walk a little way with me, we the work of the Spirit to convince the will further notice what the Scripture saith sinner of sin; for him to feel his lost and of him. We left Reuben pleading with undone state is the first work of the new Jacob, and endeavouring to obtain permisbirth. “ Ye must be born again," said the sion that Benjamin might go down to Divine teacher, for unless ye are born Egypt, as Joseph had desired. After this, again, ye cannot enter the kingdom of there is a silence as regards this man. His God: ye must be regenerate. It is the name is not mentioned in connection with Divine communication of the Holy Spirit, Benjamin going to Joseph, por Joseph's imparting pardon through the blood of reception of the sons of Jacob the second Christ.
time. How true it is, that many who are The soul that has felt its lost and ruined most busy in Zion's outwurd matters, see condition, and has been under the Law as but little, say but little, seem to know but his schoolmaster, desires earnestly for a little of her prevalence, her inward power, manifestation of God as a witness of his and her precious spiritual intercourse with forgiveness, and this is made known to the Lord our God! A patient endurance of him, sooner or later. He is then a renewed trials, is the effect of real grace; and " to man, having passed from death unto life. them who, by patient continuance in well Being born again of the Spirit, we set up doing, seek for glory, and honour, and im. no standard, nor can we go through the mortality;" to them belongeth eternal trials and temptations, the buffetings, the life. Patience is a beautiful fruit of the wrestlings, that he passes through. But Spirit-it is a special gift of Heaven. It he is now regenerate; he is clean through has two weeping eyes : it looks with an eye the word that was spoken; he has a soul of grief and sorrow on all the sins and aspiring to God; a hope for future bliss ; transgressions of its life, and weeps with a heart for the ways and people of God; bitter repentance » it looks with an eye of a mind imbued with heavenly treasure. faith unto Jesus, the poor wretched sinner's
To be regenerate is to have felt the friend, and weeps with earnest prayer; and cleansing efficacy of the blood of Jesus, to in this pathway of soul-trouble it findeth be chosen of the Father before the world that “ tribulation worketh patience, and pabegan, and sanctified by faith through our tience, experience,”—an experience which Lord Jesus Christ. This is what we under- gives birth to a hope-a hope that brings stand by the Scripture term regeneration; no shame with it, because the love of God,
coming from Himself, and carrying the soul | falling on our necks, doth love us with a up to Himself, enables it to cast all its most vehement love." Before Joseph cares and sorrows upon Him who has said, charges home his brethren's faults upon “Come unto me, all ye that are weary and them, he causes every man to go out; heavy laden, and I will give you REST.” he will not expose his brethren before
Now, whether Reuben was the subject strangers. And Mercer thinks Joseph of this grace of patience is not yet clear; never did tell his father of his brethren's but one thing is plain,-Reuben laboured, cruelty, for, if he had, Jacob would not but Judah entered into his labours. More have forgotten it in his dying words. It of this, when we consider Judah's case was a quaint saying of a godly man, “ It and character.
is wisdom, when you plaister the wounds The next time we meet with Reuben's of others, to clap your hand on the place, name is in the catalogue of Jacob's family, that the world may be none the wiser.” when he and his came into Egypt. The Like Joseph's brethren, I have done wrong account which the inspired penman gives in many ways (not wilfully);—but, oh! of this part of the narrative is so full of what cruelty have I experienced at the merry, so big with all the new-covenant hands of some. Instead of praying for, glories and matchless grace of Jacob's God, advising with, and trying to help, some, that I would fain dwell upon it a long whose names I should not be afraid to time. This, with me, is impossible; but mention, have made it their trade to adwho would not like to have a life-like pic-vertise, and to exaggerate my sorrows. ture of that scene, that series of wonder- Were I to open my heart on these matters, ful events, when “ Joseph made himself I think I could remove much prejudice, known unto his brethren!” when Joseph and clip the tongues of many idle talkers ; said, “ Doth my father yet live?” when he but there is a time for everything, and the said, “ Come near to me, I pray you!” and time for that thing is not yet come. No, when he preached that beautiful sermon to no. Let us leave such, and look and listen then,-taking his stand upon the ground again to Joseph. One word, and I must of relationship, — pointing to their dire be gone. He said, “I am Joseph !” A necessities, arising out of the famine, and curious, but correct, old commentator, says, then, looking to Heaven, and acknowledg-“ At the hearing of that word, 'I am ing the Divine Sovereignty and bountifully Joseph,' what a strange conflict of conmunificent wisdom and goodness of God, trary passions must have fallen out in he said, “ I am Joseph, your brother, whom the hearts of Joseph's brethren! Wonye sold into Egypt. Now, therefore, be not der, doubt, reverence, fear, hope, guiltiness, grieved, nor angry with yourselves, FOR joy, and grief, must all have struck their GOD DID SEND ME BEFORE YOU TO PRE-hearts at once.” And shall it not be so with SERVE LIFE." Then the springs of holy the Jews at their glorious conversion, when joy and of natural affection flowed in such they shall hear, “ I am Jesus of Nazareth, vast abundance in his heart, that it leaped whom ye persecuted and pierced ?" But, with an almost unrestrained emotion once he not only said, “I am Joseph !”—but, more to see and embrace his dear and aged“I am your brother!” Joseph is not sire, so he broke out, “ Haste ye, and go up ashamed to call them brethren. Christ is In my father, and say unto him, Thus not; at the great day, He will not, be saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me ashamed to call them “ brethren.” An old lord of all Egypt, COME DOWN UNTO ME—mother in Israel once took great comtarty not. And thou shalt dwell in the fort from this. She said, “He that was land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near willingly judged for me, will surely give unto me, and there will I nourish thee.” | no hard sentence against me; therefore we Then he fell on Benjamin's neck, and may say to Him, as Ruth said to Boazkissed and cried; then he embraced them • Spread thy skirt over me, for thou art a all ; " and after that his brethren talked with near kinsman.'” There is a two-fold knowhim. An old martyr once said of Christ ledge thrown by Joseph, as it were, into -(drawing the figure from this type)- the minds of his brethren-he brings up - He is a very tender-hearted Joseph; and a conviction, or powerful recollection, of though He speak roughly to his brethren, their cruel treatment, of their sinful conand handle them hardly, yes, and threaten dition ; then he reveals to them his brogrierous bondage to his best beloved therly heart, and opens to them his bounBenjamin, yet He cannot contain Himself tiful hand. Old Master Bradford would from Feeping with us, and upon us, and, say—“Get God's law as a glass to look in; so shalt thou see thy foul face, and dirty | God, when at the same time they are not born self.” But, if there be no other glass to of God. They enter in at the wide gate of look in, woe unto us all! Christ made some general profession, and walk in the broad way
of professed universal charity. The doctrine eye-salve, " He spat on the ground, and of duty-faith is just that doctrine which sets made clay of the spittle, and he anointed men down for Christians that are not Christhe eyes of the blind man; and then said, tians; and you, my good Theophilus, will • Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” This find that these duty-faith men, when they go signified a knowledge of Christ by the a little way with you in your tribulatory exword which proceedeth out of his mouth, thus show their ignorance of the new co
periences, soon contradict it all again, and anıl also a knowledge of ourselves, who, venant ministry of the Holy Ghost. These being of the earth, we know nothing but men tell us that all is of grace, that God earthly things, until Christ anoint our alone can quicken the soul, and often in the eyes, and send us to wash in the waters of same sermon tell us, that if a inan be lost it a Gospel or God-sent ministry; then, we chosen people, and the rest might be saved if
is his own fault, thus holding that there is a shall see and know both sides savingly, for thoy would; whereas nobody wishes to be to know our misery without Christ, breed. lost. All are willing to be saved; but it is not eth desperation; while a knowledge of that kind of willingness that accompanies Christ, without a sense of our vileness, will salvation. often lead to presumption. We want the the Word of God contradict itself; and then
Now, iny good Theophilus, such men make spittle and the clay-- Christ's Word, and say they are not bound to reconcile it; but the waters of a true living ministry; then where, in all the Word, is their authority for our knowledge will be profitable and plea- making the Holy Spirit of God contradict sant to the soul.
What kind of a Will would that be which From the moment of writing this, I
should contradict itself?
What attorney stand engaged to preach and travel, for would risk his credit in drawing up such a several weeks, at the rate of ten times Will? Would it not be utterly impossible for per week. I am far from well. I have executors to act upon such a Will? and is sickness in my house, and increasing not eternal salvation a matter entirely of trials around. It may be I shall not be God's good-will? and is not his will called able to write more; but, if the Lord will testamental will, or covenant, ordered in all
his testament, or covenant? and is not this uphold and bless me, I will take my Bible, things, and sure ? and yet these duty-faith book, and pencil, and as I journey on, an men advocate what they themselves acknowlook upon Zion's cities, and meditate upon ledge to be a contradiction; and then say
This the Master's Word: I will endeavour still to they are not bound to reconcile it. be useful by making notes of all I see, and Word of God is quite after another order of
is what they say; but the general tone of the hear, and know, that may appear good for things. The Apostle Paul felt bound to rethe poor of the flock. These notes will be concile Law and Gospel, and to show that so found under the heading, “ THE CHURCHES tar from faith making void the Law, it OF CHRIST, AND THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST."
(faith) receives the Saviour as the end of the Thus would I desire to prove myself, in and established the Liit. Here is no contra
Law for righteousness, Christ having fulfilled some humble measure,
diction-all is harmonious; and so with the Your useful and industrious servant, attributes of God, mercy and truth meet to
CHAS. WATERS BANKS. gether, righteousness and peace have kissed N.B.–Next month I hope to finish each other; as also between the Old and the
New Testament dispensation. There exists 110 Reuben, and get further on.
contradiction--the one being taken away that
the other may bo established; but if the two EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. dispensations attempted to exist together, then
there would be contradictions; but one no longer exists as a dispensation, but only as a
testimony; and the Apostle, in his Epistle to My goop Theophilus.-You know that the Hebrews, shows how, as a testimony, but not it is written that many be called, but few as a dispensation—but how as a testimony it acchosen. Upon this solemn and discriminat- corded with the New Testament dispensation. ing Scripture I wish to say a few words, both Fly, my good Theophilus, fly from such that you may understand the same and be preachers and doctrines as make the Word of stirred up to seek more and more to make God self-contradictory; and do thou still your calling and election sure,
sacredly hold that all Scripture is given Now it is a self-evident and solemn truth by inspiration of God, and gives not an unthat the Worl of God t:kes, without the special certain, but a certain, sound. But so it is. grace of the Holy Ghost, such a strong hold It is the many not the few, but the manyupon the consciences of thousands as to who are called, but not chosen; it is not the turn them religious, and they delude them- few, but the many, that shall come in Christ's selves into the notion that they are born of name, and shall deceive, not the few, but