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but failure. But if, on the other hand, you base its action on an Old Testament principle, thus expressed: "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord," you are safe enough. When Jesus ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things, the Holy Spirit was given to glorify him on earth. And is not the residence of the Spirit with him? Did not Paul excel in the gospel as preached to every creature under heaven? What more is wanted? To question the ability of the Spirit to save, is the same thing, in effect, as to question the ability of Christ. I do not say th: attribution of inefficiency to the Spirit in his official capacity is the sin against the Holy Ghost, but I must think it borders hard upon it.
“We must have a new dispensation." Religious institutions, as now existing, are too tame and operose. Walking by faith, will not do. We must have sight. Not spiritual but visible things are catered for. A terrestrial Paradise, rather than a celestial inheritance, seems to be the kind of happiness in request. Confused, heterogeneous amalgamations of things ecclesiastical with things political, of spiritual things with things corporeal; and of things heavenly with things that are earthly, appear to take much: a philosophy I can no more expound than its theology. The laws by which mind transmits itself to mind, while in material organisms, I pretend not to explicate; but by what new laws glorified bodies are to sit on material thrones judging flesh and blood, and reigning over multitudes of sinful souls in sinful bodies, are matters that are too high for me, and seem like mountains of mystery cast up for the sake of giving employment to man's faith and to God's power.
plete" in Christ; meaning without the ceremonial law; and that settles the question.
In conclusion, let me forewarn you of probable effects. It is eating into the heart and core of evangelical truth. Paul anathematized it in his day; and we have to do battle with the same foe. Are there no judaizing teachers now? No dissenting Puseyites? No nonconforming Romanists? I hope you will be led calmly, prayerfully, and solemnly, to weigh over these matters. For my own part, I speak things as I find them in the Word of God, not asking myself who will refuse them, or who accept them. I say, as a minister of Christ, standing up to expound the oracles of God, I am bound to give an honest verdict when empanelled to try the truth; and I hope I shall ever do this. So help me, God!
After all, what is this "new dispensation," its worship, and its ordinances? Will it be credited? It is a revivification of Judaism! A Levitical theocracy! A restoration of the beggarly elements of a feeble age! Stopping the world, and causing it to turn backwards! According to Paul, the Jewish ceremonials were all exploded; but according to premillennarianism, the good time coming consists, in some degree, if not mainly, in returning to a yoke our forefathers were unable to bear. Paul says, "Circumcision availeth nothing." But what says Ezekiel's vision? “No stranger uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary. This is in the millenium. The Collossians were told that Jewish holidays, new moons, and Sabbath Days, were the shadows of things to come, which, of course, ceased when Christ appeared; but premillennarianism assumes the resumption of them at "his appearing and kingdom." The Galatians were advised to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ had made them free." But this "yoke of bondage" is to be characteristic of premillennial glory. Paul taught that whoever Bought to be "justified by the law," had "fallen from grace; but what is falling from grace under this economy, seems to be rising in grace under that. Looking at the whole Jewish ritual, the apostle said, "Ye are com
Never do we recollect to have heard any address listened to with such breathless attention as the one which we have here given, and it was evident that the speaker had a large majority of the audience on his side.
The meeting was subsequently addressed by Messrs. Field, Foreman and Chivers; after which the Doxology was sung, and Mr. Bloomfield closed the meeting with prayer.
A great number of our ministerial brethren were present, among whom we noticed Messrs. Aldis, Austin, Chivers, Dickerson, Edgcombe, Field, Foreman, Garrett, Meeres, Milner, Moyle, Palmer, Shipway, Williamson, Woollacott, and Wyard.
The spacious chapel was filled in every part, and all seemed highly delighted with the proceedings which terminated about half-past nine o'clock.
A NOBLE CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE AT STALYBRIDGE.
BROTHER BANKS. I have often been cheered by the accounts you give of the rise and progress of little gospel causes scattered up and down our highly favored isle. I wish to give some account of a little place, which was opened for Divine service on Lord's-day, January 27 1856, when two sweet encouraging and soul-stiring sermons were preached by our esteemed friend, Mr. Gwinnell, of Charlesworth. We were favored with a fine day; the place was crowded in the afternoon; and the collections more than we expected; for all which we desire to thank the God of all our mercies. To me there is a very mysterious Providence in connexion with this place. I will try to give you an outline of its rise and progress. Perhaps you remember coming over to preach to a few poor sinners at Stalybidge two or three years since. That little cause has just been able to keep head above water. Many times have I been afraid that it would sink to rise no more, but the Lord has been better than all my fears, he has sent us kind and benevolent men to minister his word unto us, and some of them would not have a farthing from us; but paid their own railway fares, and also contributed towards supporting the cause. If it had not been for the kindness of these friends, our cause must have sunk.
May the Lord reward their labors of love with many tokens of his love and mercy! Some have thought the obscurity and uncomfortability of the place we meet in, was a great obstacle to the prosperity of the cause, but thanks be to God who has put it into the heart of a kind and generous friend to build us a neat little place in a very beautiful situation, in the centre of a population of about 100,000 souls: the place is nicely fitted up with pews and forms to accommodate about 150, entirely at the good man's own expence.
why the bush is not burnt; and may the good wiil of him that dwelt in the bush arrest their attention and break down their hearts, and lead them with weeping and supplication to his throne of grace and mercy, There are ten members from Stallybridge and ten from Ashton joined together in fellowship, and may it please the Lord to cement us together with true Christian love, that we love one another with pure heart fervently. I forgot to mention that the place of worship is situate at the top of Currier Lane, Ashtonunder-lyne.
I think there is a good field of usefulness here for a faithful gospel minister and our hearts are going out to the Lord to send us a labourer into his vineyard. 4, Kay Street, Feb. 2.
Is this not an example worthy of being made known to the ends of the earth? In the midst of our difficulties, this man came forward and nobly proposed to the friends of truth in Ashton and Stally bridge that he would build us a place one story at the end of two cottages, and give us a written document that we should have it for seven years at one shilling per year, if we would furnish the inside. This was cheerfully accepted, and we commenced building on this proposition; but some of the friends wished him to raise it the same height as the cottages, so that we might put a small gallery in: he agreed to this, though it put him to about 50 pounds extra expence; but we agreed to pay him interest for this at five per cent. The place was furnished; and the contractor wanted his money for the inside work; but we had scarcely one third of it ready; some were unable to pay, and some unwilling; here we were ashamed and grieved, not knowing what to do; and it pressed out many a sigh from my soul for the Lord to appear for us; so he did, by the same worthy friend. He now came forward and promised to return all the money that had been collected for fitting up the place, and to let it us for 5 pounds per year, and we have taken the place on these conditions. I am sorry to have to say that the good intentions of the man has been watched with as much jealousy as if he was going to make 50 per cent by his money; and he has often been much hurt by the cold attention paid to the subject; but surely the great goodness the Lord has manifested unto us, will lead the people to repentance and to be more diligent in business and more fervent in spirit in the service of God! We applied to the two great gospel illuminators of Lancashire to open our place, but they refused to lend us a ray of their light; they pass us by with as cold indifference as the priest and Le-ly vite of old. May the Lord lead them to consider the obligations they are under as his servants-to follow the example of the good Samaritan. May the Lord in his mercy deliver us from such a spirit of prejudice and bigotry, and enable us to maintain that liberty and freedom which our forefathers bought so dearly with their blood: and may we by his grace be enabled to stand fast in the liberty of the gospel, and not be entangled with any yoke but the sweet and easy yoke which the gospel imposes upon us as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ; and may he bless us with a deep concern to walk as becometh the gospel of peace, and to let our light shine before men. And, oh, may we have the happy privilege of seeing many care less sinners turning aside
ZOAR CHAPEL, HOLLOWAY.
On Monday, February 4th, the half-yearly Tea meeting was held; when about ninety persons took tea, which is considered a goodnumber, as Zoar is but a small place, not seating more than 120 persons. After tea, our pastor took the chair, and the public meeting commenced by singing a very appropriate hymn composed for the occasion. Brother Battson then implored the Divine blessing; and our pastor rose to speak of some of the wonders which our Saviour had wrought for us: he said it was twelve months that day since he first came to Holloway as a supply, at which time things appeared to be in a low state, but he was happy to say the Lord has been pleased to grant us a revival. Since May last, he had baptised 17 persons; five have also been received by dismission; making an increase of 22 members. He then stated what things he considered necessary for the prosperity of Zion; first, increase of popula
into our little place to see the strange sight-tion,-children must be born in her; second,
HILL STREET, DORSET SQUARE.
der mercy of a covenant God in Christ, and
good commerce, there must be constant com-
nation. An unprejudiced reading of this book, under God, will go far to settle unstable minds as regards the true Scripture character of Church order, as observed by the Strict Baptist churches in this country.-ED.
FROM Mr. William Stokes's "History of the Midland Association," we take the following brief review of the church Mr. Samuel Cozens has just left.
"Kindred in Christ for his dear sake," &c. Mr. Pennett then engaged in prayer; and the chairman opened the meeting by expressing the pleasure he felt in meeting so many friends at the very threshold of the year; remarking that in the past year many changes had taken place in many respects; and in re
"The Baptist cause in this rapidly-increa-ferring to the state of many churches, he was sing town may be dated from the year 1784, others declining; but it was not so at Newick. sorry to say some were shaken, some divided, when Mr. Richard Bayliss, of Cosely, was invited to preach in a private house that had During the past year, they had much to be been occupied in the previous year by a pious and the church had increased, and he hoped thankful for; the congregation had increased, student of Lady Huntingdon's connection, they would see better days. He then called Mr. Thomas Jones. This young man is traditionally reported to have preached the first address taking as the ground for his remarks on brother Baddock, who gave a very suitable gospel sermon ever heard in Willenhall. Mr. the words "Behold how good it is for brethren to Bayliss was soon after joined in this holy work dwell together in unity," and "Let brotherly by Mr. Bissell and Mr. Smith, both of Cosely, love continue." He spoke of the ancient date by whom, unitedly, the gospel continued to be of love, the blessedness of that love, as the preached with manifest tokens of a divine blessing until 1792. The baptized believers essence of all real religion. The chairman then having increased to thirteen in number, they address in reference to the times and seasons, upon Mr. Bennett, who gave a suitable were formed into a separate church by dismis- and expressed his happiness in meeting on such sion from Cosely, and at once gave a call to an occasion; and shewed why he thought it Mr. Bayliss to become their pastor, which he After a accepted. This holy man laboured among few congratulatory remarks from the chairgood to begin the year in this way. them with much success until 1804, when he was removed to his reward. The church join-man, a verse or two of that well known hymn ed the Association in 1792. The private house was exchanged for a small meeting-house, and a blessing continuing to attend the 'supplies' who followed Mr. Bayliss, a chapel was opened in 1811, and the cause carried on under much encouragement until 1828, when Mr. Wassell became the second pastor. He held this office until 1840, Mr. J Davis being ordained co-pastor in October of that year. Mr. Francis followed Mr. Davis. In 1844 Mr. Jones became pastor, and in 1850, Mr. S. Cozens succeeded to the pastorate, and holds the office at the present time. After being a member of the Association for sixty-two years the church withdrew in 1854, but the reasons for this step are not stated on the minutes. The last report from this church was in 1851, the members at that period being 105 in num
We may remark that the more we look into Mr. Stokes's volume, the more we are convinced that an extensive circulation of this volume, would be useful to the Baptist denomi
BAPTIST CHURCH, NEWICK.
DEAR SIR,-I hope I can say the cause of Christ, in this place, is steadily moving onward. We commenced the year by holding a tea meeting on new year's day. The friends began to assemble about 4 o'clock in the afternoon; and a good number sat down to a very comfortable tea about 5 o'clock, in the chapel. After all had comfortably regailed themslves, the chapel began to fill; and at half-past 6, the public meeting commenced. Mr. Warren, minister, in the chair, began by singing
"Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in christian love,
The Chairman pronounced the benediction; and the meeting separated about nine o'clock, many declaring it was the happiest meeting they ever attended.
We have also to record, to the honour of our gracious Lord, and perhaps for the encouragement of some of the tried ones-that the Lord hath visited his people. We were favoured to meet at the water again on the last Lord'sday in January. Mr. Warren baptised two persons, in the midst of a chapel filled with people. He remarked, that ten months ago that day he was baptising in that place, and one of the present candidates was there as a mere spectator. Wonder, O heavens, and bo astonished, O earth!" It was here the Lord met her; stopped her; convinced her of her sin, and sent her home a poor broken hearted
sinner. He also remarked, that the Lord had favoured him greatly-he led five down into the water, and they were evidently seals to his ministry. One of that number, a poor, afflicted person, who was getting very pious in her way, had just obtained a new prayer book, and was very devout-but in the evening she must needs come to Chapel, and more than once the Lord gave her such a sense of her sinnership, that she was constrained to lay aside the new prayer book; and her prayers were now groans and sighs. The Lord her a sense of her sin, and cloathed her with shame, that she felt so ashamed of herself that she looked for somewhere to creep out of the sight of Jehovah. But there is no doing this. Blessed be his dear name, mercy and goodness follow his loved ones. I name this as an encouragement to some one in like trials.
"True religion's more than notion,
Something must be known and felt."
ANOTHER DEBORAH! A MOTHER IN ISRAEL INDEED!
"HIMSELF HATH DONE IT." ISAIAH XXXVIII. 15.
ZION CHAPEL, WHITTLESEA.
"A ministerial Watch-word for 1856," by the pastor, Mr. David Ashby, has been printed and published. While that address urges home important and seasonable truths, it indirectly tells us, the pastor is happy and useful in his work-the people do not forget him, and the cause prospers under him. These are happy tidings in such days of declension and division as are fast coming on us.
Himself hath done it,- Can it then be aught
GOOD TIDINGS FROM AMERICA!
MY DEAR BROTHER.-At the request of our venerable brother, Mr. Samuel Lane, I have enclosed two letters from a departed sister in the Lord, once living in Hull, but for many years of the latter part of her life, she resided in America. Should you deem them worthy of a place in your EARTHEN VESSEL, you will oblige several readers of that periodical. They appear to breathe the savoury and holy truths of the everlasting gospel. You will be pleased to hear that our venerable brother Lane, in the 82nd year of his age, yet proclaims the glorious gospel of the blessed God; and that at times with the vigour of a man at 50: the Lord hath enabled him to preach a full, and free, and finished salvation in Hull for more than 40
Himself hath done it all-O how those words
Should hush to silence every murmuring thought
years. Praying that all covenant blessings may abound towards you, Yours in Jesus, 15, New King St.,
Hull, Feb. 13.
To Mr. Samuel Lane.
MY VERY DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD.— I received your kind letter dated Feb. 18th, in answer to mine; and a short time ago I received by the ship Aurora the books, and the handsome little present from your dear daughter. I would have written sooner, but the Lord was pleased to lay me down in a bed of sickness. The mountain was so great that I fell under it; all my friends had given me up, and they expected that the Lord was about uniting me to my dear Bond, but they were mistaken; it was not an affliction, but it proved a blessing. No tongue can tell the happiness I felt. I was carried far above all things. O! if I could give you an idea of the blessed dreams and visions I had? Yes! and at the very time that my friends thought the breath was leaving me, I felt, and was confident that the time of my departure was not then come; and I felt assured that I would be raised up again in his name, and declare the truth.
Himself hath done it,-precious, precious words;
At the time of my illness there was one thing troubled me. An Arminian preacher called to see me; and shortly after there was a story in circulation, stating that I had changed my views, and that I had sent for this man. Immediately I thought on dear Toplady. If the Lord was about to take me, I prayed that he might give me strength to be taken out to some public place, that I might declare that my soul was once more established, rooted, and grounded in that one everlasting, electing, and predestinating love of the One Trinity-that is, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. I have been more blessed, if possible, than ever, with living in that new creation-that is, living with Christ, my All, and in all. I can truly say with Paul, that "It is not I who sinned, but sin that dwelleth in me."
I have received several letters of consola
tion from those whom I believe are brethren that the Holy Ghost will lift the glorious in the faith; and they are in the ministryone from England, and others from different parts of America; and I have received many calls from my brethren in the Lord.
I have not been in the meeting-house yet, since my dear Bond died. I have not had strength-that is, bodily strength. I meet many people in my dwelling-house on Sundays, at 3 o'clock, and 6 o'clock in the afternoon, and at 7 o'clock on Friday evenings. Last Sunday, at 6 o'clock, the portion that I was permitted to speak from, was, "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
Next Sunday, I purpose for the first time, if the Almighty sees fit, to speak in the meeting house, without the assistance of my dear Bond. It will be a great trial to me, as I will not have his assistance to go in and out with me, and to open and close the meeting. But he is gone, and he is now singing more sweet and more loud,-Christ is all. He is walking with the Lamb in white. I believe that my Jesus will carry me above all earthly feeling. I feel that 1 want to be wrapt right up in Jesus, with that sanctifying garment, and the unsullied robe of righteousness. I want to go to Calvary; to Gethsemane; to the grave of Joseph of Arimathea, there to see my rising God in human flesh, rising victorious, and the Christ in him over all death and hell, sanctifying all his Divine attributes. Here was life; here was the Conquerer; here we see the Traveller coming from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozra. His vesture was dipped in blood-almighty to save.
I am longing to see you; but this is idle talk; but I trust I shall meet you, and you meet me. Yes, we meet often; our breathings go up, and meet on that golden altar. Cheer up, my dear brother! you complain that the grasshopper-but it will not be long before the worms take their part; we will soon meet.
I must bid farewell at present. I hope your dear daughter is well, and your beloved wife, who, I trust, is my sister in that covenant ordered in all things, and sure. I trust if I meet in the meeting house on Sunday next,
My paper is now full, and my heart is full; flowing with love all the way to Hull. I have said nothing. Write! write! Your sister in the Lord, M. BOND. Carleton Mills, St. John, N.B., May 26, 1852.
DEAR BROTHER,-As a duty I owe to the
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the tempest still is nigh," she fell to the ground, overwhelmed with a solemn and feeling sense of her state. She was instantly carried to a house close by, where she soon after revived, calling upon God for mercy. A man of God stood by and said to her, "Young woman, have you more devils to be cast out than Mary Magdalene?" "Oh, Sir," said she, "I am all sin." Soon after this she found Jesus precious to her soul, and felt that she was saved by grace alone, according to God's eternal purpose and grace. She then occasionally attended the Wesleyan Chapel. At the age of twenty-one, she united with the people of God, over whom presided that venerable minister and man of God, Dr. Hawker, under whose ministry she was greatly blessed and comforted, and she came out publicly and spoke of the Lord's goodness to her as a poor unworthy sinner, giving all the glory to God for her salvation. About the time of her visible union with the Lord's dear people, she married a Mr. John Ceram, a man truly devoted to God, and a village preacher, with whom she lived fifteen
I was thinking but yesterday- viewing Golgotha of the scattered fragments of the temple. Jehovah will gather them, for they are precious. My paper is nearly full, and yet I have as much to say as ever. I am past seventy-one, and you are a few years older. We shall depart, I trust, as dear old Jacob, and say with him, "I have waited for thy salvation, O God!" and with Simeon, "Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace for mine eyes have seen thy salvation." A finished salvation; nothing to be taken, nor nothing added. That is all my
desire; I want nothing else. I want the ap-years, when his Father-God, was pleased to plication of that blood; the blood of our remove him from this sorrowing state below Lord Jesus Christ, that cleanseth from all sin. to that sorrowless state above. She still conI want it every hour. This makes you and tinued a bold, unflinching advocate for the me bold with all God's children. I feel at truths of the glorious gospel. In the year times as though, if it were possible, I could 1816, she was married to the late lamented go through all hell, and bid defiance to every George Bond, Esq., with whom she left Ply. demon there, knowing that my Jesus is with mouth, England, and came to St. John's, New Brunswick, in 1819, where she attended the Episcopal church, expecting to hear the same truths that she had heard at home, but was disappointed. Then she with her husband resolved to worship God in their own house on the Lord's-day; but it was not long before