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the applicants for admission became so nu. Her last sickness and death cast a merous, that the house could not hold them. gloom over the community at large. Every Her great object was to place the crown on one felt that a great woman had fallen in Is. her Saviour's head, whom she loved better rael. On Wednesday, 26th July, she ended than life. In 1821 she, with her husband and her pilgrimage on earth, in her 74th year, two children, removed to Sand Point, Carlton, Her spirit was borne by angel companies to where she continued to recommend the truths the habitation of God and the Lamb. It is of the gospel, and" to walk as a bright and true, we have suffered a loss in her death; shining light,” till God took her to that better but it is her infinite gain. In this solemn, world where no sin nor sorrow reigns. More painful bereavement, the church here submits than twenty years ago, she and brother Bond to the wise hand of a loving Father, praying were both baptised by the late lamented Mr. the loss we have sustained may in some hum. F. G. Miles, in this place; after which she ble measure be made up, and sanctified to still publicly preached and taught the great God's dear people. Her funeral sermon was salvation, with increasing zeal and usefulness; preached last Lord's-day, at 3 o'clock, at her the Lord blessing the word spoken by her to chapel, at Sand Point, by Mr. Samuel the souls of many. In this place a Sabbath Robinson, pastor, of Busel's Street Baptist school was instituted many years ago; per. Church, St. John, from Psalm xvii. 16, to a haps the first in the province, taught by sister vast concourse of people. The discourse was Bond. Many will never forget the instruc- blessed, I trust, to many souls~"From hence. tions received there. Many souls, through its forth, blessed are the dead that die in the instrumentality, were brought to Jesus, the Lord: yea, saith the Spirit, they rest from Sinner's Friend.

their labours and their works do follow them." She stadied continually the Bible, and be- I remain your's, in the hope of eternal life, came fully acquainted with its inspired con

GEORGE SEALY. tents. Her mind was richly stored with religious and other useful knowledge, which MAY DEACONS ADMINISTER she gathered from her extensive and valuable library; perhaps the largest private one in

ORDINANCES ? the province; including the most voluminous works of the greatest divines, historie, and (To the Editor of the Earthen Vessel.) other writers, from the fifteenth century to SIR-Is it not out of order for a Strict Bapthe present. Her principal topics of discourse, tist Church to partake of the ordinance of the were, the sovereignty of Jehovah, the total Lord's Supper, without a minister_to ofdepravity of Adam's race, God's eternal, elect


J. A. ing love, redemption by Jesus Christ, justification according to the riches of his grace, very high authority in our churches, says,

[We certainly think it is out of order. A sanctification by the Holy Spirit.

About two years and a half ago, the Lord none but THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH should removed her partner, brother Bond, to the administer, except the church, in a body, see heavenly world, since which she felt herself it right to authorise a deacon to do it of nefast declining in body, and was deeply im. cessity. The office of the pastor is a sacred pressed with the necessity of the organization office, and must not be made a mere matter of a Christian church, where she long laboured of convenience : the work of the pastor is a and preached the unsearchable riches of solemn work, and should not lightly be inChrist. She realised this about three months fringed upon : the administration of ordiago; and became a member of the infant nances, is pastoral work; and the Scriptures church herself. O, how she labored for the nowhere authorise unauthorised or unrecogMaster! Truly, it may be said of her, as, of nised persons to administer. Dr. Gill says—-] one of old, “She hath done what she could." In the decease of this mother in Israel

, the ther, or private member of a church, may be

“A question may be put, Whether a brochurch has lost its most valued member;

the deputed by the church, to administer the orfatherless and widow, a kind and generous dinance of the Lord's Supper? The ordibenefactress; the world, a friend and instruc:

nance of the Supper cannot be administered tor.

Towards the end of her mortal career, I authoritatively but by an officer, since it is stood by her dying couch, and heard such lan; tered in the name of Christ, by one as a sub

an act of office-power, and must be adminisguage as none other than a blood-bought soul stitute of him; and if the church may delecould utter. She would exclaim, "Oh, that gate and substitute others for the discharge is precious! that is efficacious to cleanse so of all ordinances whatsoever, without elders vile a sinner as I! Glory to God i for its or pastors, then it may perfect the saints, and saving, sanctifying power."

complete the work of the ministry without The night before she fell asleep in Jesus, as them; which is contrary to Eph. iv. 11, 12; an aged saint sat by her dying pillow, she and, as Dr. Owen further observes, it would would exclaim, “Don't you hear the rum. render the ministry only conoenient, and not bling of the chariot wheels a-coming ?" Thus absolutely necessary to the church, which is this woman of God experienced much of his contrary to the institution of it; and such a goodness during her last moments on earth. practice would tend to make a church conFor about 33 years she lived in Sand Point, tent without a pastor, and careless and neg. and was much esteemed, loved, and respected, ligent of seeking after one when without by all who had the pleasure of her acquainto one.

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We have, of late, made it one distinct part

of our business to look somewhat carefully SPIRITUAL LIFE-GOSPEL TRUTH, Christian periodicals, and literary Scottish

into the most widely circulating Scottish

Church productions. What is the result ? THE FRUITS OF GRACE!

Would we be uncharitable ? No; not we. The words which head this brief notice repre. Would we not rejoice to find a holy Scottish sent the essential blessings so greatly needed fire-a fire evidently of Heavenly origin-a in our day. Undisciplined youths-whose penetrating fire-an illuminating flame-a zeal is young and hot, may tell us, “all is purifying power - developing the amazing right:" that the state of the church is good, glories of the Covenant, the Cross, and the and that things are going on well-but we Crown; and expressive of the great mysteries pas by such empty and unsound expressions, of SALVATION as wrought in the inmost souls of and reflect seriously on the painfully manifest saved sinners ?-Yes! yes !! indeed. We would want of VITALITY, of GOSPEL HARMONY, and rejoice to find it. But we cannot. Neither in of PERSEVERING PRACTICAL ZEAL in the Scotland, nor in Ireland ; neither in America, midst of our ehurches-in the consciences and nor in Germany; neither in the Colonies, nor ministrations of many of our pastors-and in on the Continent, can we discover that there what should be the devoted lives of our believ. is any special measure of that Almighty ing brethren, and professing friends.

energy, which throws Saul of Tarsus to tho We know " the covenant is ordered in all ground; reveals Christ in the soul; compels things, and sure ;" we know the Lord's “coun- him to deny himself, and at all hazards, at all sel shall stand, and he will do all his costs, in a determined spirit, conferring in no pleasure :"

- we know the Great High sense with flesh and blood, to go forth extoll. Peless in Heaven prevails and the ETER- ing the Lamb of God with all his holy, heavenNAL Spirit on earth is potent, powerful, and born powers. No! England—with all thy Derer finally resisted or hindered in his work faults-thou standest almost unrivalled in in giring life to the uncalled elect-in making this thou hast a few names in Sardis the gospel the power of God unto the salvation who have not defiled their garments." of the redeemed; and in restoring and strength. To you-to the true church of God with in you ening them that have believed. We know that we say, and with all the honesty and ear. some churches flourish, because they have gifted nestness of a soul baptised in gospel love and labourious ministers, but many churches are zeal for Christ's glory, we say to you—“HOLD declining, because there is neither dew, power, PAST THAT THOU HABT : THAT NO MAX TAKE light, freshness, nor edification in the ministry. THY CROWN.” Hence the constant shiftings; the frequent The volume before us, “PROFESSION AND complainings—the numberless dividings, and PRACTICE,"—is a pungent and practical esa host of the evils which we stay not minutely say on the general aspect of the churches. It to look at. We say, the want of SPIRITUAL may be useful to us on this side of the Tweed, UNION,-of SELF-DENIAL,-of HARMONIOUS to listen to this evidently wise-hearted WORKING, - and of real CHRISTIAN SYM- Scotchman. We simply introduce the author PATIT, in our Churches, is producing this month; a few short notices shall be given, a state of weakness, and barrenness, fearful to as month after month rolls on. contemplate. If positive proof be required, The great fact which our author sets out We will endeavor to give it. The exposition with, is given in words like these." It is a Would call for sacrifices, which-if the cause melancholy fact, that a very large proportion of God, a good conscience, and the benefit of of our professedly Christian population do the churches, demand - we would willingly really afford but too palpable evidence, that make. Preceding that, let us say, Brethren, however sovereign and infallible may be the look deeply, frequently, prayerfully into your gospel, they have derived but little, if any,

Wn states of soul-into the real spiritual con- real, vital, soul-renewing, heart-constraining dition of your churches :-bring the Word of cure therefrom.” To attempt to hide, or deny God wherewith to guage, to test, and to try this, would be a species of false charity never the whole ; and then, answer us, when we ask, to be tolerated by honest men. To point out

without cause, assert these things ?" the evils—and to speak of the remedies for " PROFESSION AND PRACTICE !" is the those evils, is Mr. Macculloch's work. How title of a volume now before

us. It has driven he does it, we wish to shew our readers ; us to write the foregoing brief remarks The and to do so fairly, we must havo more volume contains

time, and more space, than falls to our lot this Thoughts on the Low State of Vital Re- short, cold month of February. Suffice it to ligion among Professing Christians: with say, THE MINISTRY" is the first subject

Hints as to the means of its Revival.” and " the multitude of men-made preachors;". It is a Scotch work. G. Macculloch, is the and self-elated pastors, come in for no small writer; Blackie and Son, the publishers. We sharo of this Scotchman's criticism. Let generally look with much suspicion on Scotch the host of hirelings beware! Let the vorke. Scotch divinity is, generally speaking, immense mass of pulpit plaguers, and too smooth, too general; and seriously defect- petty-praters begin to tremble, for Mr. Macire in the faithful acknowledgment of the dis- cullock most fully declares that with the tinct Personality, and glorious essential power ministry as an instrumentality lays the and precious sovereign working of TKH HOLY blessedness of Zion's prosperity, or the bad

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ness of the Church's condition. We must de


fer opening the budget until next month. manifested towards one another in afliction Our continuation, (D.V.) will be found under and distress. These six evidences we have; the same heading.

therefore we have so much right to rejoice and

say—the Lord of hosts is with us, the God SIX SIGNS OF GOSPEL PROSPERITY. of Jacob is our refuge.' Psal. xlvi. 7.)

“Our congregation has increused in two MR. JOHN CORBITT, Pastor of the Baptist years and three months at least two-thirds ; Chapel, New London Road, Chelmsford, has the church has increased from 26 to 66; 13 of issued an address to his church and congrega- which have been admitted by baptism, and tion. It is original, affectionate, faithful, and the others have, by the good hand of the Lord, encouraging. He calls it "an acknowledg- been gathered from other quarters, and all admont of the Lord's abundant goodness, in es: mitted by the relation of their experience ; so tablishing peace, union and prosperity” that you have often been cheered by hearing amongst them.

them tell what God had done for their souls ; There certainly are some most searching three have been removed death, one has emiand useful questions put to the consciences of grated

to Australia, and one has been separathe people. We rejoice to find our Bedford. ted; besides this, more than £50 have been shire brother more successful in Esses, than paid off the chapel debt, and the rest of the he has hitherto been. We venture to say- money advanced by the Baptist Buildind Fund (our brother John must forgive us).- let young London, will be paid by half-yearly instalministers look at JOIN CORBITT, if they are ments, without interest : so that now no heavy discouraged because of the roughness of the burden clogs your energies, and a little more way. In the first place, he is dandled on the exersion will make the remaining debt move knees, at Biggleswade; there the Lord evi. off easily. I hope that the wise and liberal dently favored and honored him ir every will take this hint. sense. But, John Corbitt must go into the furnace, or his usefulness in the ministry

Tracts for Sailors and Soldiers. London: will be very limited. Our brother James Wells Mr. Brown, 14, Burton Street, Eaton Square. is, therefore, commissioned by heaven (we dare The titles of these tracts are very striking :not dispute this-) to send his brother John Christ in the Camp, before Sebastopol ; or Corbitt down to Manchester. There John has Grace triumphant in the Trenches, on the such trials to endure as almost break his field of Battle, and in the Hospital, is one heart:-but, now, in “the wealthy place”- which contains many interesting facts confirnow, “ beside the still waters," - now, when matory of the truth of the

title, “Dying in Job's prophecy has been fulfilled—(" He Jesus," &c. These tracts might be usefully knowoth the way that I take, and when he given away by Christian travellers. They hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold:"-speak well of the importance of a saving now,) he sits down in his quiet study, and knowledge of the Saviour. gratefully chaunts, with Paul, that beautiful new covenant anthem - "And, WE KNOW They that sow in tears, shall roap in joy." THAT ALL THINGS (both in Biggleswade and A translation from the German. London: Manchester) WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD,” Ward & Co. From this volume, we hope to &c. &c. In the most secret and sincere feel. draw some cautions and consolations next ings of our soul, do we pray, that in Chelms. month. ford our brother may abound yet more and more; and there, after many years, finish his “ The Sabbath-the Working Man's Charter. course with joy.

Thoughts for Working Men," &c., &c. By From Mr. Corbitt's pamphlett, entitled " A JOSEPI KINGSMILL, M.A. Chaplain, &c. Gospel Trio"-with “Original Proverbs," London: Longman.

Scriptural Hints" – and “An Original
Poem, for the Tried and Tempted Chris. God-read this pamphlet to your

We would say to all working men who fear tian"-we quote the following:

bourers, assemble them together and read it “The question is-what is it to have the for them. Sunday School Teachers ! Here Divine approbation in a Christian church and are some stirring hints for you. people ? Some things, that I believe, are as follow : -First. When the minister is enabled " Tho Brighton Pulpit.-No. 69, Price 2d. to stand constantly and unflinchingly declar- Published by Charles E. Verral, Nile Street, ing the plain gospel of Christ in all godly sim- Brighton. plicity, unmoved either by applause, threaten. Christ precious to believers,"—is the title ing, censure, or division. Secondly. When of the Sermon. It is a funeral sermon for the the congregation of attentive hearers are in late Mrs. Simmonds ; preached in Bond Street creased. Thirdly, When scattered sheep are Chapel, Brighton. By Mr. George Isaac. gathered to the fold. Fourthly. When union Very judiciously, and with a wise precision, is manifested in a continual increase and the preacher leaves the saint to extol the Saconstant attendance at prayer meetings. viour; and although we have almost looked Fifthly. When sinners are convinced un- in vain for the dying testimony of the deder the Word and brought to forsake their parted, we have not sought in vain for a good former ways and companions, and made to tell report of the loving and ever reigning Days. how the Lord had delivered them from the man, Redeemer, and Friend, who is indeed, law and made them willing to walk with his precious to his own dear sheep, when in their people in all his holy commandments. Sixthly. souls be is revealed; and when his presence When a sympathetic and liberal spirit is they enjoy.




To the Editor of the Earthen Vessel, SIE, --As Mr. Palmer, Baptist Minister, of for the whole law appears to these persons llomerton Row, in his address at Heard's like an animal, of which the literal expres Court Chapel, on Tuesday, February 5th, sions are the body, but the invisible sense on the occasion of Mr. Bloomfield's pastorate that lies enreloped in the expressions, the anniversary, made use of language, which soul. This sense was first pre-eminently you state in your periodical " was listened studied by this sect, discerning, as through a to with breathless attention," but which was mirror of names, the admirable beauties of nerertheless a misrepresentation of Mille- the thoughts reflected. Origen, a famous narianisn; I trust, therefore, in fairness, Christian writer of the third century, coryou will allow me space in your valuable dially embraced this rule of exposition; and miscellany to meet the charges he has as his mental endowments were of no ordibrought against us, and thereby give me nary cast, he successfully instilled his princian opportunity to contend for truths which, ples into the minds of his disciples. With I am happy to say, aro gaining ground in what caution we should imbibe his sentithe present day, but which still require win- ments may be gathered from the following bowing, in order that the wheat may be specimens of his teaching :-"The source of separated from the chaff. I beg, therefore, to many evils, he declares, lies in adhering to say, in the onset, that Mr. Palmer's asser- the carnal or external part of Scripture : tions respecting Millenarianism are no more those who do so shall not attain to the kingthe doctrines which we believe than Fuller- dom of God. Let us, therefore, seek after ism or Mormonism are faithful representa- the spirit and the substantial fruit of the tions of sound Calvinism; and Mr. P. is no Word, which are hidden and mysterious." more justified in the remarks which he has The Scriptures are of little use to those who made than would a Churchman be who understand them as they are written under should take the doctrines of the Book of the shelter of this latitudinarian canon : it Mormon and hold them up as a specimen of was easy to palm any notion upon the world, the creed of Dissenters, because ibey come and as easy to obscure and pervert every under the general head. Modern Mille- truth. The meaning of the Bible depended narianism, says Mr. Palmer, I hold to be a not on the stringent rules of grammar--the delusion. Now had he said mongrel Mille- only safe criterion whereby the signification narianism, such as has been palmed upon the of langnage can be tried--but on the fertility world by several writers of our day, I should of genius in the person of the interpreter, not have been so much surprised; because whose imagination, rather than the powers much which has been written by Dr. Cum- of his understanding, was invoked and ming, Blessrs. Molyneux, Cox, and others, is obeyed. This learned father turned the mixed and confused, and therefore will not artillery of his talents and erudition against bear the test of God's Word. But I beg to the cause of the Chiliasts (a name by which tell Mr. Palmer that modern Millenarianism they were designated by their opponents). is a revival of primi.ire Millenarianism, Long before this period (says Mosheim, which was held dear and sacred by the treating of the third century) an opinion apostles of our Lord, and also by the bad prevailed that Christ was to come and charches up to the closing part of the third reign a thousand years among men, before Century. A recent writer observes, that in the entire and final dissolution of this world : the third and fourth centuries, Chiliasm, or this opinion, which had hitherto met with Millenarianism, fell into disrepute, in conse- no opposition, was differently interpreted by quence of a vicious and most dangerous different persons; nor did all promise themsystem of Biblical interpretation being en- selves the same kind of enjoyments in that couraged. The Therapeatae-a sect of Jews future and glorious kingdom. But in this ia Egypt-excited the attention of men at a century its credit began to decline, principally very ently period in the Christian era, and through the influence and authority of Origen, among their peculiar notions which they who opposed it with the greatest warmth, maintained, taught that the Scriptures because it was incompatible with some of his should be contemplated as having a mystic favourite sentiments

. Nepos, an Egyptian of hidden sense. They expound the Sacred | bishop, endeavoured to restore this opinion Writings, observed Philo Judæus, by ob- to its former credit, in a book written against seure, allegorical, and figurative expressions; the allegorists, for so he called, by way of

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contempt, the adversaries of the Millenarian to Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers system. This work, and the hypothesis it de- have dwelt, and they shall dwell therein even fonded, was extremely well received by great they and their children and their children's numbers in the canton of Arsinoe, and, children for ever, and my servant David shall among others, by Colacion, a Presbyter, of be their Prince for erer,” Ezek. xxxvii. 24, no mean influence and reputation. But Dio- 25. Now I contend that these passages of nysius of Alexandria, a disciple of Origen, boly writ have not yet been accomplished, or stopped the growing progress of this due that Mr. Palmer's ingenuity will never be trine, by his private discourse, and also by able to spiritualize them. That they are yet two learved dissertations concerning the future, and shall bare a literal fulfilment. I Divine promises.

will now simply call his attention to the folWe perceive, then, a cause why Chiliasm lowing scripture as recorded in the book of declined; and we may judge for ourselves the prophet Zechariah xiv. 1-5 whether the novelty introduced by such an “Behold the day of the Lord cometh and expounder as Origen should supersede the thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee, unanimous testimony of the two preceding for I will gather all nations to battle, and the centuries. Origen, then, was the founder of city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and Mr. Palmer's creed, and to Origen must be the women ravished, and half of the city attributed all the mist, confusion, and dark shall go into captivity, and the residue of the ness which prevails in his mind. Mr. P. people shall not be cut off from the city. says, he objects to a visible descent of the Then shall the Lord go forth and fight against Saviour at Jerusalem, because we Mille. those nations as when he fought in the day narians (as he asserts) have nothing scarcely of battle, and his feet shall stand in that day to guide us but a book of symbols, which, he upon the Mount of Olives, which is before is pleased to say, is a book which the most Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of learned and devout have instinctively shrunk Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof tofrom; but I beg to inform him that he is not ward the cast, and towwrds the west, and correct in this matter. We have more in there shall be a very great valley, and half of the books which bear the names of the pro- the mountain shall remove toward the north, phets, and also of others of the apostles be- and half of it toward the south, and ye shall side John, than he is aware of. I would ask flee to the valley of the mountains ; tor the him what he thinks of the following pas- valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal, sages, which we think have a direct bearing yea, ye sball flee, like as ye fled from before upon the subject in band, namely, the per- the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of sonal appearance of the Saviour at Jerusalem: Jidah : and the Lord my God shall come, “ Thus saith the Lord I am returned unto and all the saints with thee." Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusa- Now I ask, is this language to be underlem, and Jerusalem shall be called a city of stood figuratirely or literally? truth and the mountain of the Lord of bósts, ualize it or to attempt to make it apply to the holy mountain,” Zech. viii. 3. Sing and the church of Christ, or to endeavour to prove rejoice, 0 daughter of Zion! for, lo, I come, that it has been accomplished in the past hisand I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith tory of the Jews, is altogether futile.

All the Lord, and many nations shall be joined nations have never yet been gathered against to the Lord in that day, and shall be my peo- Jerusalem, nor has the Lord erer fougbt ple, and I will dwell in the midst of thce, and against those nations as when he fought in thou sbalt know that the Lord of hosts hath the day of battle, that is, when he overthrew sent me unto ther, and the Lord shall inherit Pharaoh and his hosts in the Red Sea, Judah bis portion in thc IIoly Land, and shall Again, it is said that “his feet shall stand in choose Jerusalem again,” Zech. ii. 10-12. that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is “Sing, O daughter of Zion, shout, O Israel, he before Jerusalem on the cast, and the Mount glad and rejoice with all thy heart, O daugh of Olives shall cleare in the midst thereof" ter of Jerusalen, the Lord hath taken away &c., “and he shall flee like as ye fled from thy judgments, he hath cast out tbine enemy, before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah

The King of Israel cren the Lord, is in the king of Judah.”. Now what language can midst of thee, thou shalt not see eril any be plniner than this? Was there an earthmore," Zeph. iii, 14. “ In that day it shall quake in the days of Uzzial king of Judah: be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not, and to turn to imos, i. and you will find it there Zion, Let not thy hands be slack, the Lord recorded. Was this a literal earthquake? thy God in the midst of thee is mighty. Hic No man who professes to believe the Bible will save, he will rest in his love, he will joy will attempt to deny it. Then, I ask, on over thee with singing, Zeph. iii. 16, 17. what authority can this earthquake be con“ And Davil ny servant shall be king over troverted when we are expressly told that them, and they all shall have one shepherd, the second shall be like unto the first. I they shall also walk in my judgments, and think if we were to attempt to prove that observe my statutes, and do them, and they this chapter is to be taken figuratively or spisball dwell in the land that I have given un- ritually, it would be something like hand

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