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der the ministerial care of Mr. Gosling, in On Monday, Feb. 18th, we carried his morthe High Street, Lower Norwood; thither I tal remains to Highgate Cemetery; and in went in the afternoon, through mud and the silent grave laid his weary tabernacle to mire, to speak of the church's earnest cry,- rest, until that morning when the dead in “Let my Beloved come into his garden, and Christ shall first arise. In speaking to the eat his pleasant fruits.” Returning home friends, mourners, and people assembled on ward, for the evening service, these words that occasion, three Scriptures presented were sweetly sealed home-" For Christ is themselves to my mind, as truthfully illusnot entered into the holy places made with trative of the character, the ministerial hands, which are the figures of the true ; labors, and the final rest of the late but into HEAVEN ITSELF-there to appear in William Skelton. the presence of God FOR US." I can truly The first, very descriptive of his character, say, the gospel, the Saviour, and the Lord's was 2 Cor. xi. 6—“Though I be rude in dear people, appeared more precious than speech, yet not in knowledge ; but we have
The next day, we had the opening been thoroughly made manifest among you in meeting of brother Messer's chapel, in Parlia- all things.' ment Court, Artillery Lane; and on Tuesday Three things here spoken by Paul of himmorning, I went with haste to visit my long- self will well apply unto our departed bro. loved brother Skelton, the late pastor of West ther :- there was a rudeness, or harshness in End Baptist Chapel, Tring, who, while on his his speech unpalateable to many; but there journey from Tring to Reading, to preach, was a soundness of knowledge in Divine was seized with death, and I saw him, con- things, and the manifestation of a real converseil with him, and prayed for him, only a version to God, and a true devotedness in the few hours before his departure. I never saw cause of God, which even those who had a man so suddenly brought down before. He known him for twenty years, or more, could was perfectly sensible, and quiet, although never dispute or question. dark in his mind, and evidently desirous of The second Scripture was Luke xiii. 22being raised again that he might still proclaim" He went through the cities and villages, the glorious gospel of his Saviour God. He teaching, and journeyiny toroard Jerusalemn." spoke but little: one sentence was very em- In Devonshire, in Kent, in Suffolk, in Berkphatic: he said, " I feel if I ever were per. shire, Lancashire, Hertfordshire, and mitted to enter the pulpit again, I should fill nearly all parts of this kingdom, this was it with floods of tears-with tears of grati- true of William Skelton.
No man tude to the Lord.” He told me of the great persevered more in preaching the gospel than distress he was in as regards his circumstan- our departed brother did. Truly, it was ces, and his family, and I am sure the cause through cities and villages ;" in chapels, in at Tring lay much upon his heart. Before cottages, in barns, in market places, in I left him, he requested me to bow my knees streets, and in bye-ways, yea, in all places in prayer; and in that solemn exercise, I was poor William lifted his voice to preach the enabled to commit him and his into the hands gospel. To what extent he was useful, no of the Lord. I bade him farewell, not with man on earth can tell. A suffering martyr out some hope that I might again see his face to the cause he was. But the words spoken in the flesh. Soon after I left, he begged his of Stephen will do to close up his mortal dear wife to read the first chapter of the career with—(Acts vii. 60) --" When he had prophet Nahum : she did so: he then, with a said this, he fell asleep.” The last words he strong voice, and some freedom, called upon publicly spoke from are written in Isaiah the name of the Lord. Nothing particular xlix. 13—15—“Sing, o heavens! and be occurred after this. About 3 o'clock the next joyful, 0 earth! and break forth into sing. morning, be took his medicine, asking the ing, o mountains ! for the Lord hath com. Lord to bless it; and laid down, and fell forted his people, and will have mercy upon asleep in death, without one struggle, sigh, or his afflicted,” fc, fo.;, and “When he had groan. His last Sabbath in the ministry was said
this, he fell asleep.". in his own pulpit, at Tring, the last Lord's
William Skelton's ministerial life was a day in January. On that day, he preached, hard fight, but a good one: he kept the faith, baptised, received the newly-baptised into the and now the crown of life, we trust, he has church, administered the Lord's Supper, and received. May the Lord raise up for the bereaved preached again in the evening. When he church at Tring, a faithful, fruitful pastor ! came publicly to close up the services of that and may the widow find a Husband, and the day, very empbatically he addressed the Lord children a father, in the mighty God of in thanksgiving, and said, “Oh, Lord, this Jacob. has been with us a high day indeed. We have I had purposed noticing some things which this day enjoyed and observed ALL the ordi- have come under my observation recently nances of thine house." He little thought while visiting some parts of Bucks, and that was the last time he would observe them Berkshire; but I must occupy no more room, again on earth.
than briefly to state that our esteemed broOn the following Wednesday, he left home, ther, Henry Langham, (who has been the and came to London, being engaged to preach means of reviving the cause at Squirries at Reading, on the following Lord's-day; his Street, Bethnal Green), is now laid aside from old friend, Mr. St. Julien, had kindly invited his work by illness. Surely our churches are him to stay a day or two with hiin at his visited with a heavy hand. May the Lord house in the Carlton Road Villas. To that keep us faithful until death. Bo prays, friend's house he came, and there he died.
CHARLES WATERS BANKS.
EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. I believeth shall be saved,” but “faith is the
gift of God;" and "He that believeth not, the wrath of God abideth on him," and he must
await the judgment to come. My good Theophilus, in my eighteenth letter Now you have seen, by my eighteenth letter to you I have shewn in what sense it is the to you, that I leave no room for men to excuse duty of all men to believe and obey God; that themselves in what they know to be wrong; while it is the duty of man to act according to but their state as dead sinners before God is the light given to him, yet that this principle another thing: this is that which no one can of human duty is a principle quite distinct deal with rightly unless he, by Divine teachfrom that of regeneration. Regeneration is ing, knows what that state is. But you may the work of God, and of God only; it is even say, What, then, are not sinners to be spoken as much the work of God as that of raising to at all ?' Are not ministers to speak to sinthe body from the dead; indeed the one is ners? I answer-Yes; only let them preach made the parallel illustration of the other, the truth to them: the gospel is truth, and the change is no less wonderful and great; the gospel is to be preached to every creature, witness the dry bones, Ezek. xxxvii. But this only let it be the gospel; that is, let it be the is so close a matter, that the enemy adopts truth: “His Word is truth.” But men have every possible means of evading and pervert- but very little faith in the truth; they are ing the same. Once admit that it is the duty more of the sentiment of the rich man in holl. of man savingly to believe in Christ, and Send one from the dead, and frighten them, you at once reduce regeneration to a mere and then they will repent. And so, having nominal thing, and the work of delusion can no faith in God's truth, they at the end, go prosperously on, even where all the sound especially of their sormons, try to be very and high doctrines of grace are, in the letter eloquently awful, telling men ail sorts of old of them, preached. But what of this? It wives fables, in order to convert them, and makes the delusion only the more powerful; they are always more outrageously zealous in it catches the unwary traveller; it is a way this, than in any other part of their sermons ; that seemeth right unto man, but the end feeling, I suppose, that, as the iron is blunt, thereof is death, even the second death. they must put to more strength. Now the These men, what they call
, preach to sinners, reality of this duty-faith part of their sermons but they do not preach the truth to them, for amounts to this, that it is one of the most they speak to them as though they were not feasible, and, to the flesh, one of the most already condemned-as though the sentence of powerful apologies the enemy could devise, for condemnation were not already passed upon having in the previous part of the sermon said them-as though they were not already so much in favor of eternal truth, and they do (spiritually) in prison as though the Sa hereby nicely, and neatly, avoid the offence of viour were wishing them to come to him, the cross, for when this under current of uni(though himself hath said, none can come, versalism breaks out, it does away with all except it were given him of my father,) and danger of their being called Antinomians, and damning them for not coming. It is even thus it is "the lines have fallen to them in worse than going to the condemned cell and pleasant places, and they have a goodly heri. telling a culprit that he is invited to leave his tago"-—such lines as they are, and such an cell, and if he do not shake off his chains, kill heritage as it is! But the poor and the needy the jailor, and get out of his prison, he will be have waters of a full cup wrung out to them. put to death for not doing this. Now, al. Their name is cast out as evil; and thus Though this would be adding mockery to “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way misery, yet the criminal not being literally that leadeth to life, and few there be that find dead, may make some little stir in this matter, it;" while, wide is this duty-faith gate, and and peradventure may (as some have actually broad is this false-charity way, which leadeth done) make his escape, but he would be a to destruction, and many there be which go criminal still-as I fear thousands of pro- in thereat.. And many, very many, follow fessors are, who escape, (and so far so good) by these pernicious ways, by reason of whom the a decent profession of religion, the grosser way of truth is evil spoken of; for their feasi. profanities of the world, but who still carry ble system would deceive, if it were possible, with them a latent and refined, but keen even God's own elect. enmity, against new covenant, vital, har- I will hero lay before you the doctrine, monious truth-they are criminals still. purpose, and manner of life of one of the most
Bat the dead is worse off spiritually, as to useful sermons ever preached-I mean, the his real state, than the criminal, for being sermon preached on the Day of Pentecost, spiritually dead, he is unconscious of his real and recorded in Acts ü. And it is a remarkastate before God; nor can any but God him- ble thing, that it takes its tones from Divine self make him truly conscious of his real state; sovereignty; in other words, from eternal and for this reason, that none but God can election. All is in accordance therewith. quicken the dead-a sinner, dead and bound No softenings; no adopting another gospel, in in stronger chains than those of the literal order to convert sinners ; nor did the people criminal, enclosed in a stronger cell, and who were converted truly by God's gospel guarded by a stronger officer, and will be adopt another gospel, but abode stedfastly in called to judgment by a stronger and a surer the apostle's doctrine; they did not adopt law: yet such are to be told that they are con- another gospel, until deceivers crept in among demned for not coming to Christ, as though them. they were not condemned already : “ He that Now, of the work done on this Day of Pentecost, who was the first beginner - "I set the Lord always before me.” None man or God? Those who were true disciples, but the Saviour himself answers to this. who first constituted them disciples ? Who What Christian on earth can say, “I foresaro was it that turned his hand upon them, and the Lord always;" "I have set the Lord algathered them together into one place ? Who ways before me?" No man who knows his kept them waiting, and praying with one ac- own heart dares to say this. coril? And when the Day of Pentecost was And then in his death; his life was not left fully come, when did Peter begin usefully to in the grave, neither did bis flesh see corruppreacj? Was it before the Holy Ghost came tion. And then the apostle goes on to his exupon them-or after ? And what, when he altation-that he is at God's right hand díd preach, were the doctrines by which the until his foes become his footstool. “Therefore three thousands were converted to God? We let all the house of Israel know assuredly that will see.
God hath made that same Jesus whom ye have The first doctrine was that of Divine faith- crucified, both Lord and Christ.” fulness to Divine prediction. “This is that Now here is a straightforward testimony of which was spoken by the prophet Joel ?" Divine truth; the whole of it resting upon Here, then, is a definite prophecy, and defi- Divine appointment and Divine power; all nitely fulfilled. Here is the Spirit poured out governed by the determinate counsel and upon all flesh; but the wall flesh" will mean foreknowledge of God; all the confidence of simply, young and old, male and female, Jew the apostle is in God's truth; and he bears and Gentile - all orders and conditions of testimony unto the truth. And when they men; and those upon whom the Spirit was to heard Peter's exposition of Old Testament be poured, were to prophecy or to testify- truth, as fulfilled in the Person, and life, and that is, to testify of what the Lord had done death, and resurrection, and ascension, and for them; and they were to seo visinos; that glory, and power of Christ, they were pricked is, have revelations of eternal mercy by Christ in the heart. Jesus made to them; and old men were to Now, all this savours of eternal election. dream dreams—that is, were, like the pro. Here is a chosen work to be done: the Holy Spirit phets of old, to be favored with manifestations is to be given; here is a chosen people to be of glory, like Jacob going to Padan Aram; and partakers of the Spirit; here is a chosen 80 they would see heaven open, and the angels Saviour, divinely chosen, and ordained to a or messengers of God ascending and descend-chosen work; here is a chosen time for the ing upon the Son of Man. No duty-faith Holy Spirit to be poured out; here is a chosen here.
place-it was to be at Jerusalem; here is a The time of the prophecy's fulfilment is chosen preacher to preach the sermon; and marked by notes clear and distinct. There David was the chosen man to put the subwere to be wonders shewn in the heavens; stance of the Pentecostal sermon upon record, and what wonders were shewn in the heav.. and which was to stand as the sixteenth enly places during the Saviour's life of sorrow, Psalm ; and on the Day of Pentecost the are recorded; how he was honored at Jordan, apostles were enabled to speak sixteen differon the Mount of Transfiguration, and at Jeru- ent languages. salem, when, for the third time, the voice And why, out of the numbers present, came from heaven, saying, “This is my be. were there about three thousand only pricked loved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” in the heart ? Who was it that gave lifeAnd what wonders were shewn in the heavens, giving power to the gospel trumpet ? Who when he ascended in all the wonders that he was it that went with these whirlwinds of the had done? And if, as I think, we may take south? Who was it that directed these lightheaven here to mean not only heaven above, ning-like arrows to the hearts of these parbut also the heavenly or New Testament dis- ticular persons ? And who was it that ren. pensation, then what wonders did the Saviour dered these arrows effectual in the hearts of and the apostles show in this dispensational these three thousand? And was it any fault heaven? These wonders, then, are one of the of the others that they were not so pricked in notes--one of the signs of the time of the ful- the heart ? Verily, no: it would be falso, and filment of this prophecy. Another note, or a mere mockery, so to say. Look back, then, sign of the time which was to follow upon the my good Theophilus; look again at my eightfulfilment of this prophecy, was the destruc- eenth letter to you, and you will there see tion of the Jewish nation-blood, and fire, and that their fault did not consist in not having pillars of smoke; and which awful signs took that saving faith, and that repentance unto place to the very letter. Torrents of blood salvation which God alone can bestow, and were shed; the temple was burned to the which Jesus is exalted a Prince and a Saviour ground, and pillars of smoke closed the scene; to give. and thus was the sun of the Jewish nation My eighteenth letter to you shews, then, I turned into darkness, and its moon eclipsed; say, in what their fault did consist, and and this was done testimonially, before the which i will not again enter upon here.' Not Day of Pentecost arrived.
that this is so unimportant a matter as may The apostle having closed this part of his seem at first sight. I think that you will not fermon, goes on next to shew how entirely the reckon it a light thing to belie the God of character, and life, and death, and resurrec- truth; although this is just what every freetion of Jesus of Nazareth answered to Old willer, and yea and nay gospel in the world, is Testament prediction concerning him. First, every day doing. in his character: "I foresaw the Lord always Again, I say, what were the doctrines by before my lace." Or, as Psalm xvi. has it - which these three thousand were pricked in
the heart? The answer to this question is, this untoward generation." Now, how were plain and clear. Just ask yourself what these believers, for they were not believers, are the truths, the doctrines, contained how then were these believers to save them in the 16th Psalın? for these are the truths as selves from that untoward generation, from carried out and established by the Saviour ; which generation grace had now separated these are the truths by which three thousand them; how I say were they to do this? If at once were brought to know the Lord ? you will listen or a moment I will tell you, But men have very little faith in these truths; or rather the word of God shall tell you. they preach them up to a certain point, simply Here it is, 1 Tim. iv. 16, " Take heed unto because they find them in the Bible; but thyself, and unto the doctrine, continue in their real confidence is in their duty-faith de- them, for in doing this, thou shalt both save partment. Here their zeal rises to the boiling thyself and them that hear thee, and they point; here, they tell us, they could cry their did continue stedfastly in the apostle's doceyes out of their sockets for the conversion of trine, (now do not forget, 16th Psalm,) and souls. These are great words, with great fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in poverty of meaning, while the truths of the prayers.” Nor was there one among them gospel are put quietly back, with, “Never that refused to be baptised; and thus they mind, DBAR PRIENDS! do not trouble your- stood a gospel-formed people, walking with seloos about election !" and so they wrap it one accord in the liberty of the gospel; and up. Indeed, so far from their having any so saved themselves from a confederacy with God-honoring confidence in God's truth, they the truth-perverting generation arouud them, bave the blindness, the effrontery, the daring, and as they thus honored the Lord, he honor the arrogance, to say, that the doctrine of ed them, and even gave them honor in the electing grace too much preached is danger. sight of the people, yes, even the world, ous !! as though any of the blessed truths of though it hates our principles, is constrained the gospel could be too clearly, and too promi- sometimes to admire our decision of character nently set forth. Well, for me they are wel. and conduct. come to all their duty-faith trash ; for trash
To lose our confidence in God's blessed it is, clothe it with what gravity or awfulness truth, his covenant gospel, would be to fall they may. My soul can never more be awed from our first love, as some at this time eviby it. of God's blessed Word of grace, my dently have done, and if we take away or hide soul would ever stand in awe, and sin not'; under a bushel the candle of truth, we must bat the doctrine of duty-faith, or, which is the not be surprised at the candlestick' being resame thing, the doctrine that men are ulti. moved out of its place, yes, the true church, mately condemned for not having - saving the golden candlestick, will be satisfied with faith-this doctrine I throw to Paul's dung no other light but the light of new covenant hesp, and do count it bat dung, that I may that Ministry which departs from them. And
truth; true Christians will soon depart from win Christ, and be found in him.
Nothing, my good Theophilus, can make if we leave the truth, we leave the true power me happy concerning you, but seeing you of godliness, and when men have the form valiant for the truth; 'not for contention's and deny the power of God's truth, and subsake, but for love to the truth; for have what stitute in the place thereof what is called the you may, if you have not the love of the “ preaching to sinners' system," the sooner trath, you will surely be damned.
we turn from such the better, lest they bring But let us come back for a moment to our us into their own feasible delusions, so testithree thousand friends. Now, as they were
A LITTLE ONE. pricked in the heart, and their former religion was hereby slain within them, and before their “ WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?" eyes, they were naturally at a loss which way to look, or what to do ; they became living, “ What hath God wrought," thought I, sincere enquirers in the way to Zion. Well,
In mercy to my soul? the Apostle meets them with, “repent, and
Who brought me to his feet to cry, be baptised, every one of you in the name of
“Do thou my powers control pus Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins,
“What hath God wrought," thought I, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
To save a wretch like me
To make me o'er my sins lo sigh, Ghost" "Repent” here means "change :” as And my transgression see! though he had said, Give up your former position altogether; and humble yourselves
Yes, dearest Lord, thou hast
My blindness turned to sight; before God, in the name of Jesus Christ ; and Made me to feel what I ne'er felt... in that name ye have remission of sins and Thy saving power and might! eternal life; for the promise is unto you; for In thy dear name I trust, you are now brought into the “hope of eter- For pard'ning love and grace; nal life, which God that cannot lie promised And all poor sinners surely must, before the world began;" for the promise is Who long to see thy face. unto you, as is proved by your being effect- All praises to thy name, ually pricked in the heart; "the promise is unto For sending thy dear Son ! you, and to your children, and to all that are My soul immortal to redeem afar off, even to as many as the Lord our God
From crimes that I had done. shall call." Here we are still on new cove- O, bless thy written Word ! mant grounds.
What wonders does it tell ! And with many other words did he testify
That Jesus, our all-conquering Lord,
Sarcs guilty souls from helli and exhort, saying, “Save yourselves from
Chelmsford, Jan. 17.
OUR PRESENT POSITION. our pages, and worthy of being read in the
parlours, schools, cots, and sanctuaries, of It would be a serious breach of trust, were our Christian community. That letter shews we heedlessly to leave unnoticed “ Our pre- how still wicked, bitter, and determined the sent position as a land and nation.” There tyrannical spirit of popery is :-that letter are mighty powers at work—powers that are also shews how strong a living faith in Jesus pestilential in opposition to those that are is. For his dear name, the true Christian spiritual.
dares to die; and suffer all he may see fit to To watch the attacks of the former, and let befall his deeply chastened saints. The to be grateful for the continued victories of following is Dr. Mörgaez's letter : the latter, is an important feature in our
In a letter dated the 22nd of last month silent employ:
from Madrid, he writes: “On December 14th The recent attempt to legalise the more I was imprisoned by order of the vicar of the extended desecration of the Lord's-day, has archbishop, declared by him suspended from been the means of exciting, arousing, and every priestly office, placed under the guard concentrating the immense bodies of pro- and care of a priest of this house of St. Vinfessing Christians in this land. Some good cent-de-Paul, and who is, I am informed, men have smiled — indifferently smiled-upon although wearing the habit of this secular this infidel attempt; but we cannot view it order, a member of the Order of the Jesuits. as a light matter. on Thursday, February paralysis from
which I suffer since four years,
Neither my age, which is sixty-six, neither a 21, Sir Joshua Walmsley ventured to propose neither the cold which reigns in my cell and the following resolution, “ That, in the opinion is very injurious to my health, have bad any of this House, it would promote the moral and weight with the archbishop's vicar. I reintellectual improvement of the Working quested to be transported into a hospital, and Classes of this Metropolis, if the British even into a regular prison, where I should be Museum and National Gallery were open to better off than here, but no attention bas public inspection after morning service on been paid to these requests. No judgment Sundays."
has been pronounced against me, and yet the We have determined to put this motion clergy cry with all their might, that I am a on record; and most gratefully to add, that heretic, worthy to be burnt, and worthy of the such a motion was negatived-thrown out,
flames.” and discarded-by a large majority. The
This old man further writes: “Let us sufquestion has drawn forth an immense amount fer for the holy church of God in opposing of intellectual zeal and useful information duce, and whose portrait the apostle has de
the profane novelties that men would introrespecting the Sabbath, the Lord's-day-picted in 2 Timothy iii. Let us put on the our time for special worship. We shall feel armour of faith which is not carnal, but a pleasure in some day giving our readers the mighty through God to the pulling down of best portions of this great discussion. It is a strongholds.” merciful and favourable token that such a The last words of Dr. Morgaez in a postmeasure has been checked, although its pro- script to the letter, are: “Consider me as a moters will not be here for ever silent. "Let victim destined to death." us watch and be sober.
However painful the recital and reading of The eyes of all Europe are now directed to such facts as the foregoing are, yet there is France. In Paris, the Plenipotentaries are truth is beginning to shew itself more openly
this consolation, that they prove that gospel assembled to discuss the weighty question in Spain, and which facts already known cor" shall we cease from war, and unite to pro- roborate. A Spanish advocate has lately mote a permanent peace ?". With what deep published a work similar
to that of anxiety will thousands wait to hear the final Doctor Morgaez, which has
been decision. The Lord grant it may be the prohibited, but is sold openly; - for the “ PROCLAMATION OF PEACE.”
Popish clergy cannot so easily put down a
layman as one of their own order, and POPERY AND PERSECUTION. from what we know of the present religious On February 18th, 1856, Martin Luther state of Spain, we doubt not that there is great had been dead three hundred years and ten : I think as I do, but they venture not to raise
truth in what Dr. Morgaez writes : " Many and, says an able correspondent, “the per- their voice, fearing the tyranny of the ecclesisecuting principles of popery are the same astical authorities." now as they were then.” “In proof of this, a In conclusion, let us not forget that we have foreign periodical gives an authenticated and duty to perform and a privilege to exe se, truly painful account of the imprisonment- in regard to Spain, of which we are reminded at Madrid ---of a theological Christian minis- by the martyr, who writes, “ Remember me ter and writer, named Dr. BRUNLIO MOR- before the throne of grace, and pray our Lord GAEZ. The said doctor fearlessly and faith and Saviour Jesus Christ that he may fill us fully wrote a work against the Immaculate with grace and strength to fight the good Conception. We think the letter which this tight of faith.” persecuted Spanish Christian has written Our readers will forgive the mention of one from his cell, worthy of being registered in' fact-an event which augurs well for the