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fully avoid dwelling upon the excellences of

REVIEWS. the creature more than those of the Lord Jesus and his salvation-grace, and thereby minister to an appetite for hearing that which neral Sermon för Charlotte Brooker. By B.

Remembering the Creator in Youth. A F only moves the natural passions. This we Tatham." London: W. H. Collingridge. We know our brother did not do; yea, some had purposed ere this to have given some thought he hardly said enough. But could choice extracts from this vital testimony to our departed friend havo been consulted, we the truth of an inward and saving faith in doubt not but he would have said, “ Let Christ; but, upon consideration, we feel it Jesus alone beexalted, and the grace that saved our privilege rather to advise the perusal of a sinner so unworthy be alone proclaimed." the whole, than to cull out the choicest porThe Gospel, and not the amiable disposition tions. We have no acquaintance with the of the creature or the charity of the Christian preacher, but from this sermon we should (though both are indeed commendable and to hope he is a great blessing to the churches at be desired), is best suited for pulpit ministra Five Ash Down and Eastbourne, in Sussex. tion; and those who love the one most will at all times be anxious to proclaim it to their fellow dying men.

"Is there no Salvation without Baptism?” And now our brother sleeps in the grave, London: Houlston and Stoneman. and his ransomed spirit is with the Lord, and Our brother Joseph Flory, the pastor of the his ministry in “Zion," and his labours of Baptist church at Somersham, has been relore are finished. We pray the Lord to send quested to publish “ The DiscusSION AT CAManother faithful and appoved labourer into BBIDGE” between himself and a Mormonite the Gospel field at Chaiteris. The sphere is elder. The defence by Joseph Flory is spiritwide-the prospects are encouraging—the ed, plain, and beyond contradiction. He has friends are happily united and in peace. And fought for Baptist principles, motives, and from our hearts we pray that their unity and practices, very well. All classes of men, all peace may not be disturbed, but that they creeds of professing Christians, must certainly may be led prayerfully and patiently to watch scout with the utmost abhorrence the Mormon the hand of the Lord towards them, and with system; and they will, therefore, put this one heart seek to exemplify that blessed pamphlet into the hands of all who are igtruth to others, while they enjoy the comfort norant and weak enough to be in danger of of it in their midst, “ How "good and how the delusion. It is not every man that could pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together have faced such a foe as Harding, the Morin unity!"

mon; but Joseph Flory, like David, went in And now, dear reader, we would ask, what the name and strength of the Lord, and met are your prospects for another and an eternal Goliath like a MAN. world? Are you unconcerued about it, and think your chance for Heaven will be as good as those around you? Let me tell you you press Similitudes of our Lord and Saviour,

An Exposition of the Parables, and Exhave personally sinned, and the safe or un- 1 Jesus Christ, fc. By Benjamin Keach.” safe state of others will be no relief to your London: W. 1. Collingridge. Here is a spirit when death shall seize upon you, and production! Upwards of 900 royal octavo the frown of an offended God shall mect you; pages, full of sound, comprehensive gospel or is my reader one of long standing in a truth, thrown out in 147 sermons, all proprofession of doctrinal truth, and yet desti- perly divided, sub-divided, and arranged in a tute of those evidences which prove his careful and intelligent manner. saring interest in them? You will remem

Benjamin Keach must have been a most Ler that regeneration is as much a doctrine indefatigable student, an industrious penof the Bible as redemption by the blood of Christ. Etfectual calling, as well as predes stood in the old pulpit at Winslow, in Bucks,

man, and a persevering preacher. We have tinating favour; election to holiness here, as from whence good Benjamin was dragged by well as to everlasting life hereafter. The

the gospel-haters of his time, and thrust into faith evidencing our oneness with Jesus is a

the pillory. We stand now in the chapel, is receiting as well as a believing. The love not in the pulpit, where he spent his last of God" is shed abroad in the heart, which is days. We have often looked into his “ Metafollowed by a tenderness of conscience lest phors” and “Parables," and derived good we sin against Him. We would affectionately therefrom; we feel great interest in all he direct you to inquire as before the Lord con- did: we seem to know him, and are glad that cerning this matter. Believer in the Lord - The Bonmahon Industrial Printing School" Jesus, we shall soon follow after the hosts has produced so cheap and so perfect an of rapsomed ones, and with Christ as our edition as the one now before us. Our young captain, and truth our banner, we would not

men in the ministry will not hurt themselves feir ; why should we? We are very weak; if they give this volume a thorough reading: but an Almighty arm is our present safety, After that, it will serve them all the days of and soon Heaven shall be our home, and re- their life, as a useful book of reference; for decmning love our endless song.

it contains not only the studies of Benjamin Whittlcsea, 1856.

D. ASHBY.

Keach, but the fruits of many choice minds are collated and well worked in. We should like to criticise each parable separately in the | EARTHEN VESSEL, but we cannot pledge ourselves to such a task at present.

"Sermons on the First Epistle of Peter. By | many of onr readers, because there is little H. F. Kohlbrugge, D.D., of Elberfeld, Ger- or no material of a truly spiritual and gospel many, 2 vols.' London: Partridge and Co. character; therefore we fear to touch it. At “German Neology” is a term which has first, it was a professed contention for rital been floating upon the surface of public con- principles; now, it is a direct attack on perverse now for some time, and from many things sons. We will wait awhile longer; there is said and written, one might be led to feel a storm coming up; under God, it may be that Germany had most awfully and uni- productive of much good. We watch the versally departed from “the faith once de- gathering clouds, and if " a bright light "be livered unto the saints.” And truly we can therein revealed, if hearts hitherto bound up bear testimony that there has appeared but be thereby opened, if the glory of Christ and very little of genuine godliness, pure faith, the spread of his gospel" be in any wise or life-raising, Christ-exalting Gospel, in enhanced, we hope, of all such good fruit, to those parts for a great length of time ; nor be the bearers; but having lately read Paul's can we find that decided, discriminating, Epistles to Timothy and Titus, we are in no heaven-born preachers, are very numerous haste to enter further into disputes which there. It is gratifying, however, to read from engender strife. the preface to these volumes, written by “ Octavius Winslow," that the Straussian and Myth theology are like bubbles, hursting and evaporating, never, we hope, to be seen any

DAVID AND GOLIATH. more, either in Germany or elsewhere. How When David, with his sling and stone, awful are all those deadening and delusive Before Goliath stood, systems, which, in our own land and on the He trusted in the Lord alone, Continent, are so rampant and so rife! The Who made his promise good. following description of the Hegel philosophy is too truly expository of much that passes

The simple pebble from the stream,

Sent forth in faith divine, for preaching and for pure religion in these days of ours:

Directed by a power supreme, Eschenmayer," says Octavius Winslow,

Fultilled the Lord's design. "admirably sums up the negations of the In this great battie of the Lord's Hegel philosophy, as a system which has a Saul's armour would not do; God without holiness, a Christ without love, But God, who needed strength affords, a Holy Ghost without a sanctifying power, a Brought the young stripling throughi. Gospel without faith, a Fall without sin, a death without an oblation, a community

All carnal weapons in this fight without divine worship, grace without re

Were wholly laid aside; demption, this world without the next, an

For ev'ry plan of human might immortality without individual existence,

Will always fail when tried. and a Christian religion without Christianity.' Lord, when trials great we meet, Blessed be God! this self-contradiction, even

Help us by grace alone, in Germany, is fast losing its power, and

To stand in living power complete, with it its disciples. A brighter and purer

And see our foes o'erthrown. day of Christian truth, we rejoice to believe, Let me in trials, great or small, is dawning upon the Continent, the pledge

Humbly cry to David's Lord, and harbinger of which we hail in the beauti- That He would safely bring through all, ful pages it is now our privilege to introduce

And give me faith to trust his Word. to the English religious public. The exalted views of the Lord Jesus——the transparently

W. W, clear exhibition of the way of salvation-the rich springs of consolation opened to the mourner-and the tender yet irresistible power with which are enforced the preceptive

THE IRISH MISSION. portions of the Epistle, contained in these To Mr. Isaac M'Carthy, of Madeley, Shropvolumes, must endear them to every en

shire. lightened and spiritual mind.” A sketch of this German divine, and a review of his Ser

DEAR BROTHER,-Knowing how arduously mons on Peter's Epistles, we hope to give you have laboured among your own countrynext month.

men, endeavouring to expose and to convince them of the errors of Popery, will you kindly

furnish the readers of the EARTHEN VESSEL Negative Theology: Analysis of the Letter with some of the most interesting results of of the Rev. Thomas Binney.-An Exposure, your mission? I would first ask you,“ Horo gc. By John Campbell, D.D.” London: W. did you meet the arguments of the priests and H. Collingridge, City Press. There has been: others, who contend for prayers for and to the for some time past, a great paper war be- souls of the departed?! tween certain conflicting parties; this pamph

I have reason to believe you can materially let is one of a series, and a most awful pic- aid me in defending the pure principles of the ture it presents of that striving for the Protestant faith. I therefore hope your best mastery, so common among men of arbitrary efforts will be pụt forth through the medium and hasty spirits. Were we to notice this of this monthly journal. Truly yonrs, controversy at any length, we should afflict

C. W. BANKS.

THE GREAT QUESTION.
HOW SHOULD WE PREACH? HOW SHOULD WE HEAR?

The following paper has been in our hands the hearers of the Gospel,” beyond all quesfour months. It has caused us much deep tion they are great indeed. The authority, anxiety, The Epistles to Theophilus the character, and the glorious results of have been instrumental in " revealing the a true and faithful Gospel ministry, are thoughts of many hearts."

And some

set out in Acts xxvi. 16-20; on which earnest, inquiring minds are laying ciose words we should be glad fully to exat us, to decide the questions at issue. patiate, but neither time nor space will Those questions refer, principally, to the now serve. We cannot see from the Word real mission and design of the Gospel, of God, that the mere hearing of the Gosand to “the solemn responsibilities of both pel leaves unregenerate men in a worse the preachers and the hearers” of the condition than before they heard it; exsame. To shut our pages against these cept in those cases where men make an appeals—to cast away, entirely, all the ar- unholy use of the glorious doctrines of guments used, and to refuse answers to grace. But as we are merely clearing the the questions asked — is to play the way for something more complete, we hascoward's part, and to expose ourselves to tily pass on to the last observation, and the charge of bigotry, self-will, and an that is," the actual condition that men anti-Christian spirit. As Goliath of Gath are in under the preaching of the Gospel." ("the champion that went forth out of the Our mind on the subject is this :- As camp of the Philistines ") defied the ar- Moses and Aaron were sent to fetch the mies of Israel, so doth a “form of godli-Israelites out of Egypt—as Gideon was pess" threaten to drive the living church sent to deliver the children of Israel out of God out of the land; and as David of the hand of the Midianites,-even so went out in the name of the Lord of the faithful Gospel minister is sent to call Hosts, as David went out in confidence the predestinated sons and daughters of that the Lord would deliver the Philistine the Lord God Almighty, and, instrumeninto his hand, as David “hasted and ran tally, to bring them back from the Fall

, and toward the army, to meet the Philistine," from the ways of sin and death unto so, with an unshaken confidence in the Christ, and into the truth and liberty of Gospel principles and vital truths we the Gospel. Read the sixth, the eighth, have ever laboured to advocate and main- and tenth chapters of John's Gospel, for tain, we are willing (in the Lord's name a true pattern of Christ-like preaching. and strength) to go forth and boldly meet Let us make one quotation, and then we every man, every argument, and every leave “ A Blast" to speak for himself. question which may be raised against those Our Lord and Master certainly did make New Testament doctrines, that evangelical“ believing in Him," a test of his hearers' experience, and those Christ-revealing or real and eternal state and condition. He dinances, which have been the vital tests said, If ye believe not that I am He, ye of faith and fellowship of our fathers, in shall die in your sins.” So every true serall ages of the church.

vant of God must lift up the Lord Jesus Our conviction of the great design of Christ as Heaven's great Saviour, who the Gospel is in strict accordance with only can, and who truly can, save the that, illustrious word spoken by James greatest of all sinners; and having done (Acts xv. 14), when, quoting Peter's words, so, like his Master, he may, yea, he must, he said:-“Simeon bath declared how God most faithfully declare, that “if they beat the first did visit the Gentiles, TO TAKE lieve not that Christ is that glorious Mes. OUT OF THEM A PEOPLE HIS siah, they must die in their sins." But KANE." Wherever the GOSPEL of JESUS what “ A Blast" does mean, when he Chuast is carried, it is God's messenger. asks, “Does not the Gospel require the By it, He says to the north, “ Give up," obedience of faith of those who hear it?" and to the south, “ Keep not back : bring we cannot fully comprehend. my sons from far, and my daughters from Here is one more sample of the Sathe ends of the earth ; EVEN EVERY ONE viour's preaching :“Then said Jesus, When THAT IS CALLED BY MY NAME (Isaiah ye have lifted up the Son of Man, then xliii. 6). As regards “the solemn re-shall ye know that I am he, and that I do sponsibilities of both the preachers and nothing of myself; but as my Father hath

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taught me, I speak these things; apostles are witnesses against him, as a deand many believed on him.But unto spiser of it: he boasted of power to perform, those who did not, He said, “ If God were vineyard, but went not; he had an invitation,

but did not; he promised to go into Christ's your Father, ye would love me; .... but begged to be excused. Such an one has but ye believe not, because ye are not of broken through the bonds of the Gospel, and my sheep, as I said unto you” (John viii. cast its cords from him; and as he has 28, 30, 42, 44; x. 26).

sinned against the laws of sovereign grace he Here we introduce the paper from our is guilty of the greatest trangression, because

he has sinned against the dispensation of correspondent "A Blast,” in which are God's Spirit. His wickedness is spiritual, and some weighty matters, and others hard to his stripes must be many. It is a sin unto be understood. But, as these questions death indeed, when even atoning blood will are now so widely agitating the churches, not heal him!” we must give them fair play.

Now, if my suspicions concerning the

nature of my sins were strong before, though To the Editor of the EARTHEN VESSEL. now they slumbered, how must these words Houghton-le-Spring,

have awakened them again with tenfold

terrors ! May 26th, 1856.

“Where is the man whom words like these, MY DEAR SIR,—In my last I promised to

Though free before from all disease, produce other evidence besides my own, to

Would not deject to death?" show the nature of those sins of which the Spirit of God convinces those persons who. that peep and that mutter, but are clear, full

,

These are words like none of your wizards have had the privilege of hearing the Gospel; and convincing. I fell before them in my victions, I might very justly have reason to apprehension as a condemned man: doubt the truth of them, if others of the when I now reflect upon that time, it is a Lord's children, in similar circumstances, had very great wonder to me, and a cause of great not been convinced of the same sins,' and thankfulness how my gracious God, in the arrived at the same conclusions. I remember midst of all my despair, sustained me; the well, when my wounds which I received under Holy Spirit did so mightily work in me to my first convictions were scarcely healed, but help my infirmities, that I was enabled to yet Christ Jesus was very precious to me, so

“ Pour a prayer, that conquered pain, that his love warmed my heart, his blood Removed despair, with all its heavy load, sprinkled my conscience, and the excellency Repelled the force of death's attack, of his person and salvation occupied my in- And brought the recanting prophet back." cessant meditations, I used to wonder if any About two or three years after this, W. of the Lord s children had been judged like Huntington's "Justification of a Sinner, and me, and found guilty by the apostles—the Satan's Lawsuit with him," was put into my elders of the city of refuge-of unbelief and hand, but I was afraid to read it, lest I its evil fruits, as I had been. When good men should meet with some fearful passage again described a law work, they never touched my that would condemn me. Mr. Huntington was case, for, indeed, how could they? They one of those prophets that made me tremwere without the Gospel, -as ignorant as ble, and I was afraid to consult him, for he heathens, when the Word of the Lord first seemed never to prophecy good concerning came to them; whereas, I had known the me. However, I was induced to expose my Scriptures from a child, so that I could scarce-conscience and experience once more to his ly plead ignorance for anything I had done, severe tests; and what was my surprise, when or anything I had left undone. While I was I found that Prodigalis, the character by cumbered with these thoughts, my good old which he illustrates his subject, was not, like friend, the late W. Milford, baptist minister Mr. Huntington, brought up in “ profound ig(known in many parts of England, and was norance of the way of salvation, but, like formerly of the school of S. E. Pierce), to me, possessing religious parents, and every whom I was greatly indebted for the use of religious advantage.

“He had a strong good books, put W. Huntington's “ Arminian memory to retain what he heard, and was a Skeleton" into my hand, and I went home and man of good understanding in the scriptures;" read the following passage:

but with all this, without grace; and, though "When the final judgment is set, all these forced to attend public ordinances, it was sore books will be opened. The man who sins against his will: of whom Ahimaaz thus against his own conscience breaks through speaks, " If he was so wickedly bent in heart, the law of nature, and by these acts of sin, the more he knew of religion, the greater exposes himself to the punishment of a never- was his sin; men in a state of rebellion, with dying worm. But when he comes to know their heads fraught with religious knowledge, the written law and sinneth against that, he are like the renowned ones in the antediluvian breaketh through God's bounds, sinneth world; or, like the Pharisees who drew near against the glorious dispensation of God, is to God with their lips, and honoured Him convinced by the law as a transgressor of it, with their tongues, while their hearts were and exposes his soul to all its plagues and far from Him."

But if after all this he hears the In the trial of Prodigalis, “both Law and Gospel and believes not the word of life which Gospel were point blank against him;" he Christ spake, the same shall judge him. The was accused of transgressing all the laws of

curses.

As sure as a man has a carnal heart ruling in

MAZZAROTH; him, whatever he may think or believe, he is offended in Jesus;” our proud natures may

OR, THE submit to the letter of truth, but never to the TWELVE SIGNS IN THE BIBLICAL spirit of it, for “the carnal mind is enmity to God,” and “hateth the light.”. Hence it is

HEAVENS. that there is a universal defection spoken of (Continued from page 206.) with respect unto Christ,-mark it well: it is aid, “ No man received his testimony;" “ He came unto his own and his own received him The tribe of Levi, as typical of Christ not;" “ He hath concluded all in unbelief." in his ministers, is the subject for reNow this shows that there are no exceptions flection. I have considered their earthly to this general defection; no letter-learned position, and their external appearance, as men, no mere natural believer in any doctrine, among “ the poor of this world," and alhowever sound, will escape the Judge's decision. No man receiveth 'his testimony," &c. though I have travelled some hundreds of Such, then, is the fact that all men by nature miles since I wrote my last piece, and stumble at the stumbling-stone; and where have conversed with many of the Lord's erer the Gospel is preached in the Spirit, this servants, I have neither seen nor heard innate malice is brought out and manifested, anything calculated to remove the imwhich otherwise lies hidden in the heart. It is this offence at the cross that constitutes pression that the great majority of mi. the sin of unbelief; positively, it is an oppo

nisters are men very deeply tried, ofttimes sition to Christ and his righteousness; and sorely persecuted, and frequently driven to negatively, it is a want of hearty submission their wits' end, to know how to provide to Him. Hence it is said, “ They have not things honest in the sight of all men. It submitted to his righteousness." This is, falls to my lot to witness much ; and many therefore, called “disobedience." Now, disobedience is the want of conformity to'some suggestions I could offer, whereby, in every law, for where there is no law there is neither sense, I believe, the minds, the bodies, and obedience nor disobedience. That which con- the earthly estates of our brethren, might victs of disobedience is the same that exacts be bettered; but I must at once turn to obedience. It cannot be sin not to receive a testimony unless it be a duty to receive it

, my bible, and from thence gather a little because the same command that convicts of

material for further meditation. the one requires the other; hence the same The spiritual and ministerial privileges of word that justities the believer condemns the Levi—and the very precious and most unbeliever. “ He that believeth shall be saved, peculiar mercies bestowed upon the true be that believeth not shall be damned”--the and the faithful servants of the most only two classes recognised in this Word.

The Jews on one occasion said, Of a truth high God--are now the chords which I this is that prophet that shoulú come into shall try to touch, if I can get my harp the world," and they fain would have made down from the willow for a little while. Him a king, and they followed Him across the These privileges and mercies are certainly sea in boats. Now here is natural faith acting couched in that prophetic blessing Moses upon its conviction; here is diligence and seeking Jesus for natural things-the utmost pronounced upon Levi, and which is rethat natural men can do--the very things corded in Deut. xxxiii. 8-11: "Let thy that “Little One" says, if I understand him, Thummim and thy Urim be with thy Holy are the limits of the responsibilities of natural One," said “the man of God," when "he men. But mark, did the Lord commend their blessed the children of Israel before his obeciience? No, He arraigned them as transgreasors,— " Ye seek me because ye eat of the death.” Whole volumes have been filled loaves and were filled.” He taught them the with attempted expositionsof the Thummim more excellent way-to "labour for that and the Urim; but I cheerfully subscribe meat which endureth unto everlasting life;" to the sentiment of Rabbi Kimchi, when, to do the word of God;" to " believe on him of these deep things, he said, “ he whom he hath sent." This He spake to the the safest side who frankly confesses his Jews"_" the people "_"the multitude," not to disciples. (Let “ Little One" read, and ignorance.” No man can feel his ignorance convince himself.) If such was our Lord's much more than I do at times, when judgment then, such will it be in the last brought to look at some of the amazing day. And if He held up the spirituality of mysteries contained in God's holy Word, the Word as a glass by which they might see neither can any one be much more favoured themselves, so ought we. To do otherwise is to darken counsel and rob God,--to deceive than I feel myself to be, when“ an unction souls, and to leave them to perish at ease and from the Holy One" resteth on my spirit, in security without the trumpet's warning. and when I am inwardly persuaded that I

"A BLAST.” have "the mind of Christ.”

Strict obedience to the Tirshatha would I render, when (Ezra ii. 63) he said,

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