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has said on the subject of female teaching," If there are many Pastors who really stand, &c., she instantly replied, " we have nothing vitally, practically, and perseveringly in the here of real truth to be found or heard. principles and ministerial business which Arminianism and creature holiness is the Idol Owen here lays down, in these days, then we of the day; as it respects myself, I can assure are deceived. As regards this powerful Ordi. you that had we an İLAWKER or a Lane here, ' nation sermon, we desire always to have its our people would never heard me in the pul weighty words before the oye of our mind; pit." The captain and indeed most of them and truly thankful shall we be, if the perusal who have heard her, and almost all of the of this pamphlet lenil many of our brethren captains from Hull, and indeed many of their deeply to examine their standing; and again men used constantly attend her chapel when to cry mightily unto the Lord for a doublo there, and one and all pronounced her a portion of his Spirit. surprising woman! a modest yet a bold cham- The following few sentencos taken from pion for declaring the truth as it is in Jesus. OWEN's charge will be sufficient, we think, to Mrs. Bond also was no mean poet, as a proof convince our readers we have not spoken of of wbich, I herein enclose a short specimen. it in exaggerated terms. The Doctor says:
Wishing you prosperity, both in basket and “I think truly, that no man preaches that in store, and every comfort a blessed God in Sermon well to others that did not first preach Christ Jesus may think good to bestow, and it to his own soul. He that doth not feed on, bearen itself your eternal inheritance: I and digest, and thrive by, what he prepares subscribe myself, Mr. Editor, your's in the for his people, he may give them poison, as sweet Lord Jesus,
S. LANE. far as he knows; for unless he finds the power Hull, March 8th, 1856.
of it in his own heart, he cannot have ground
of confidence that it will have power in the REVIEWS AND NOTES. bearts of others.
“ It is easier to bring our heads to preach, “Ministerial Requirements, and the Faithful heads to preach, is but to find out and fill our
than our hearts to preach. To bring our Steward."
memories with some notions of truth of our Srcir is the weighty title-page of another own, or of other men, and then go into the re-print, with “ Preface by J. A. Jones, of pulpit and speak them out to give satisfaction Jireb meeting, London.”
to ourselves. But, to bring our hearts to The pamphlet contains “The substance of preach, is to be transformed into the power Two Ordination Charges, one delivered in the of these truths; to find the power of them Fear 1682, by John Owen, D. D.; the other before preaching, in fashioning, our minds in 1813, by Samuel Rowles, of Colingbrook.” and hearts therein ; and to find the power Soli by James Paul, and by the Editor, 50, thereof in preaching, even in the delivery Murray Street, City Road."
thereof, that we, and the people to whom wo In the course of the Preface, Mr. Jones preach, may have real benefit, and be fed
with knowledge and understanding. ** Christian reader! I have been engaged | “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy in the work of the ministry more than 17 Blocks, and look well to thy herds." Proverbs years; and I present you with theso two xxvii. 23. Charges on an erentful day to me.--It was on 5 He who hath not the state of his flock March 13, 1816, that I was orilained to the continually in his eye in his private studies, Pastoral office, at Hartley Row in Hampshire, and on his mind in his work of public preachwhen the following sterling gospel ministersing, fights uncertainly, as a man beats the were present, and all of them took part in air. If he doth not consider what is the the solemn services of the day, viz., brethren, state of his flock--of the people among whom John Sterens, John Bailey, George Francis, he labours-with reference to their temptaJance Coinb, James Castleden, and Samuel tions, to their light or to their darkness; to Parrott. All the above brethren hare entered their growth, or to their decays; to their into their rest; and -I alonc remain! “Mr. flourishing or their withering; to the measure Stevens delivered the Charge from Col. iv. 17: of their knowledge and attainments; their * Inte heed to the ministry which thou hast age and standing in the Church of Christ : received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it." he who doth not duly consider these things,
** Forty years, therefore, of continued Pas, nerer preaches aright unto bis flock. Yes, toral labours, hare this day ran their eventful indeed, 'n minister should have a knowledge round with me, amid sore temptations, many of his people; their measure of stature; the grievous trials, and most eventful providences. times and seasons in which they are exercised; Stiil I am preserved, though unworthy, as a their seasons of adversity and prosperity; Watchman on Zion's wall's; awaiting the yea, in a word, as far as possible he should Master's summons to receive, I trust, my laid know from time to time how it with them, up Crown." 2 Tim. iv. 7,8.
in order that he may preach and divide the This Preface is dated March 13, 1856 ; the word aright unto them. day on which Mr. Jones's anniversary was “Prayer, continual prayer, is required of held, a report of which is given in another Ministers, for and on behalf of the Churches part of this number.
orer which Christ hath made them overseers.” We must confess the ordination charge by “ This is the way we BLESS our congregaDr. John Owen is full of such solemn injunctions. There is no better way whereby wo tions to Pastors as to make us cry out again-can bless our flock, than by continually pray** And toho is sufficient for these things ?” ing for a blessing from God to be upon them.
“Nor do I believe that any minister, any pectations : collection and presents since, £5 pastor in the world, can keep up a due love 13.0d. The Lord's name be praised, no cause to his church, who doth not constantly pray of truth should be silent in this case ; it is for them.
written, “We know not what the morrow "Let him preach as much as he will, visit may bring forth ;” it may be our lot to enter and talk as much as he will; unless God doth the furnace next; present prosperity is no keep him up in a spirit of prayer, in his security from future adversity; may our chief CLOSET for them, he can have no cvidence aim be to carry out the golden rule, Bear ye that he doth perform any other ministerial one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of duty in a due manner.”
Christ;' not from the chilling mendicant In this manner doth the Doctor proceed to spirit of duty, or freezing charity, but the lay down the many heavy branches of a good ennobling, constraining love of Christ. pastor's work; and we will be so bold as to
Yours, faithfully, say, under God, this charge may be a great
THOMAS COIVERS, blessing to many ministers, if seriously and 3, Gloster Row, Walworth. prayerfully they ponder its contents.
On Friday, March 6th, myself and senior think Mr. John Andrews Jones may now stay deacon visited our brother Langham, giving bis band at publishing. He has rendered him the above, for which he desired to return good service here; and we thank him for it. the church and congregation at Ebenezer his
heartfelt thanks. Our brother is still very
low, and suffers much from the reduced state A PERSECUTED MINISTER.
into which he is brought. I shall be happy to [We are sorry to find the following commu- receive at my house or chapel any donations
nication has been so long neglected. We on his behalf. bope it will be the means of proving that the churches of truth are prepared to stand LETTERS FROM AUSTRALIA. by a man who suffers for righteousness sake-Ed.]
Just before going to press, we received a
packet from North Adelaide, with letters and Dear SIR,-I write to draw your attention orders for Earthen Vessels, and other sound to one of the Lord's persecuted ministers who works, for the use of such of the Lord's living is labouring at Ashdon, 4 miles from Saffron family as are now located in those distant Walden, Essex, his name is Lefevre. I have parts of our globe. One letter is dated from some acquaintance with him, I believe he is · Salem Chapel
, Kermode Street, North Ade. a faithful preacher of the gospel of Christ, but laide, December 20, 1855, and is signed by the people there have been under an Armi- John Kither, the pastor of the church; also nian preacher many years, until this last wo by George Gooden, James Mason, Charles years, this Mr. Lefevre has been amongst Hooper, S. Watmuff, and E. Smith Wayth, them, and the greatest part of the people the Secretary. We should gladly make exturned against him—a few, however, cleave racts; but this cannot be done before next to him; and the doctrines of God's blessed month. One thing we may mention, - The Word.' I believe, he is put about very much. Baptist church, in North Adelaide, hare For the people are few and poor : his friends formed a Society called the “SALEM GOSPEL tell me he is a very consistent man. He is PERIODICAL AND BOOK CIRCULATING So. known to Mr. Wilson, of Saffron Walden, CIETY.” By this means they will secure a who is now minister where the late Mr. regular distribution of “Vessels" and other Player was. I think this is a case worthy of sound gospel works. Truly thankful are we the sympathy of the church. Wishing you to find that they so value the truth, as to every new covenant blessing, I remain your's exert themselves to promote its wide disin the best of bonds, WM. SYMONDS. semination. We have tens of thousands of
books, we could send them if British bene. MR. HENRY LANGHAM.
volent Christians would supply the means. DEAR MR. EDITOR-Having attended a
Let us form in England a Society for sending public meeting held at Squirries-street, Beth out to them a good supply. nal-green, on Feb. 26th, I was much pained at the absence of the pastor, Mr. Langham,
MENDLESHAM GREEN, SUFFOLK. which, we were informed, was occassioned by A PLEASANT day was spent here on Good the continued illness and extreme weakness Friday, Mr. R. G. Edwards blew the “Great of our brother, whose labours during the Trumpet” three times, morning, noon, and twelve months he has been among this people, night. The attendance in the morning was the Lord has abundantly blessed, for which the very thin, on account of most wishing to church and congregation are practically mind. spend a half day upon their own little gardens, ful, by their liberal ministrations to their &c., but in the afternoon and evening the pastor's wants, which, of necessity, in sickness, place assumed a very animated appearance. are greatly increased ; add to this, they have A sumptuous tea was provided by the libe. to pay supplies for the pulpit. Feeling this rality of the friends, of which about 150 to be a trying time for them, I felt constrained partook. The tickets were sixpence each, to mention the case at our church meeting, but some gave a shilling, some a half crown, when it was unanimously agreed upon, to have and some five shillings, whilst other kind a collection for our bother Langham, which friends provided trays for a dozen or more, was accordingly carried out on Sunday evening, so that there was found a profit to the church March 2nd, realizing my most sanguine ex- l of £8 88. ld.
I LEPT my meditation on “Reuben,” last there was a good amount of preparation: month, very abruptly. I could not do other. Two parts of this preparation, I wish to wise. The agony of mind, the distress and notice. First, the priest was to encourage daily disturbance of which I have been the the people with words like these :—“ Hear, subject, these last few months, no man's, O Israel, ye approach this day, unto battle tongue or pen can ever describe ; and I against your enemies ; let not your heart shall not, in this paper, try to do it. A faint, fear not, and do not tremble
, neither be day may yet come when my captivity shall ye terrified, because of them : for the Lord be turned; and then shall that most amaz- your God is he that goeth with you to fight ingly wonderful chapter, the fifth of Job, for you, and to save you." be fulfilled in me, especially the fifteenth, Union to the church of Christ is like the sixteenth, and the twenty-first verses - going forth to battle; and all such should be " The poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth encouraged, if their hearts be right :-but, her mouth.” I know that "happy” (shall after the priests, came the officers, and be) “ the man whom God correcteth,” but I they cried aloud, and said—" What man is know not yet what it is (verse 21) to be “ hid there that is fearful and faint hearted! let from the scourge of the tongue;" neither am him go and return unto his house." Why?I yet fearless of destruction, as it hath many because it is to be feared that “the fearful times appeared fast to approach me. My man will make his brother's beart to fear conscience doth bear me witness, that I have and faint as well as he." Oh, it is a mercy earnestly sought to do good to all, and to when the LORD girds up our loins, as He glorify my Lord; and my exertions have did Abraham's, by speaking to his heartNOT been permitted altogether to fail; albeit “ Fear not, Abraham, I am thy shield, and afflictions and sorrows have followed me so exceeding great reward ;"- the fruit of this close that I know there is a truth in the mercy will be a living faith, fixing, and poet's words,
fastening on God bimself, as David and “Sees every day new straits attend,
Paul do write_“O GOD, MY HEART 18 FIXED : And wonders where the scene will end."
I will trust and not be afraid."-"God is Let even the righteous smite me—let me
our refuge and strength; therefore will not have patience, power in prayer, and faith to neither count I my life dear unto myself,"
we fear :
-“None of these things move me; look as Jonah did; and then at times, like &c. &c. Watts I will try to sing
Directly opposed to this steadfastness, is “Let cares like a wild deluge come, the character of Reuben—“ Unstable as wa. And storms of sorrow fall,
ter, thou shalt not excel :" – and such is the May I but safely reach my home, My God-my heaven-my all.”
shifting and changeable mind of many who
profess to be so much superior to all with I have commenced a review of “The whom they are united, that they are everlast
GIVEN TO THE TWELVE SON8 or ingly changing; and going from place to JACOB,"_and I must not tarry; or to the place, seeking rest, and finding none. One end I shall never come.
old gentleman, I have known for some years, The Character of Reuben has been spoken of this description. Upon his confession, he to. He was the type; and all the churches has been a member of a very considerable have the anti-types. It is but few, (as far number of churches — but has left them so as my knowledge and observation has gone) soon as some “Newman came within his who have anything like “Stability" about reach. Two things have marked his career them. I have been amazed at the painful -(1.) Finding fault with all the churches, development of unsteady and unstable minds ; censuring nearly all the ministers, and prethe least offence, the loss of a little influence, tending to possess a much larger amount of the slightest cross, and then you will find wisdom, grace, and charity, than any of his that the most plausible pretensions, and the fellows. (2.) Unduly exalting, and a loud strongest arowals of firedness and of faith, hosannahing of the new man; but almost as (like earthly riches) take to themselves wings quickly denouncing him for another. A and fly away. These are things, by the perfect Demas, in some things, whose name way, which should not astonish us; for if Paul thrice mentions : twice, as greeting the we well read our Bibles, we shall find it saints, and then, as forsaking him. It is, hath been so in all ages. Before they went indeed, a good thing when the heart is esout to war in ancient times, I have noticed tablished with grace; and when like Ruth we
Vol. XII.-No. 135.
can protest—"thy people shall be my people," of the richest blessings. Now, Joseph is er&c , &c.
alted -- his brethren debased; but Reuben After all, there were some excellent fea- was not a guilty party here. His language tures in Reuben's character. 1. There was is against them. His previous defence of his industry and parental affection. See Gen. brother now brings its reward. God will xxx. 14. 2. There was a kind, a compas- bless them that bless his people. Of his peosionate, a brotherly heart; when nearly all ple, the Lord is jealous; and their salvation Joseph's brethren said, “Here comes the is sure. dreamer; let us slay him, and cast him into Some good features there certainly were in some pit :” REUBEN was the man who de- Reuben; and even so, in some of the most livered him out of their hands, and said uncertain, and unstable, you will find some No! LET US NOT KILL HIM: shed no blood : of the most useful; but DEPENDENCE upon a lay no hand upon him: and this he said, be- Reubenite, never can be placed. No; I cause he “ desired to deliver him unto his hold it better to have-as ministers and ofFather again.”
ficers in the church of God-men that are Josephus tells us of the arguments Reuben slow and sure, and stedfast; men that bend employed in order to defend his brother from their backs and bear the cross; men that the cruel designs of his brethren. Reuben can face a winter's rough wind, as well as said, 1, “God will see you, and God will strut like peacocks, on a summer's fine day, punish you.” Thus Reube warned them. than to have hasty, unsettled, fickle-minded 2ndly, he said, “ Think what grief of heart men. Let us not forget the predictionit will cause our father.” 3rdly, he said, “Let REUBEN LIVE, AND NOT DIE : let not “Remember, Joseph is but a child; why bis men be few.” should envy slay the lad ?" Ah, saith
There is yet another feature in Reuben's Master Trapp, God will ever have some character-it comes out in that marvellous Reuben or another to deliver his people in
where the sons of Jacob come back times of danger.” And, yet, after all, some with corn, and request that Benjamin may times the darling saints of God have fallen into cruel hands; and more than that, Jacob had looked out for them many a time.
go down with them to Joseph. Poor old "David, God's darling, fell into the crimson At length “they came unto Joseph their sin of murder, and carried the bruise of that father. unto the land of Canaan, and told fall with him to the grave. O, the horrors him all that had betallen them-how roughly of sin! How dreadful, even in these times, Joseph had spoken to them—(though as yet doth it sometimes appear! Shall we not do all we can, under God, to stem the torrent of they knew not that it was Joseph)--they told
him how Simeon had been detained, and this black, this awful river of death? 3. There was in Reuben's heart deep- them to bring down their younger brother
how the lord of the country had desired wrought sympathy, and vehement love to his brother; for Reuben evidently went been secretly deposited in the sacks, and how
Benjamin -- how every man's money had forth from his brethren after Joseph was put much they had been affrighted. into the pit; he was not a party to the selling
The venerable patriarch, on seeing his the lad to the Ishmaelites; but hid in ambush as it were, saying to himself
, When sons return, had smiled and rejoiced; but
their tale was like a thunderbolt in his they are gone from the pit, I will return, heart. and take home my brother, and give bim back to his father's arms. So the word, posited in the sack, says,
Calvin, speaking of the money being de
“ Joseph was -Gen, xxxvii. 29-says, turned unto the pit ; "and behold, Josepi herein overshot; he intended to succour his WAS NOT IN the pit; and Reuben' rent his father, and to comfort him, by not keeping clothes, and he ran ( in an agony of mind) the sacks, grieved and frighted him not a
the money; but the sight of it concealed in unto his brethren, and said, “ The child is
little. not; and I, whither shall I go?", Reuben, dear old saint could keep silent under; and
Altogether, it was more than the as the eldest, felt that on him his father be burst out, “ Me have gje bereared of my would lay the blame. 4. Reuben was a faithful witness. When and ye will take Benjamin away : ALL THESE
children : Joseph is not; and Simeon is not; Joseph's brethren stood before him con
THINGS ARE AGAINST ME." See here, the demned, Reuben broke out, “Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the love clings to, and weeps over its idols; see
pangs and passions of a parent; see how child, and ye would not hear ?" Fellows in how a Christian may fear, and fret, and sin oft fall out, and then all comes to light. falsely reckon up his condition. " All things “ Evil men, (it is wisely said), are as glass that is soldered together ; when the solder is derfully working for him.
were not against him;" they were all won.
So true is the melted, all is broken and discovered."
poet: Fleshly unions are treacherous; and often bring great calamities; but grace-unions are · Behind a cloudy Providence holy, heavenly, and eternal; and productive He hides a smiling face.”
“ Blind unbelief is sure to err,
then allow Benjamin to go from the paternal And scan his work in vain;
roof? The very thought of it was agonising. God is his own Interpreter, And he will make it plain.”
What if aught should happen to him in the
way. the rest of Jacob's days would be Look now at Reuben again. All the days of bitterness and grief, and he would others are silent; but Reuben's eyes watch go down to the grave laden with trouble and every motion of his beloved father. Reuben's distress. How affecting is the scene before ears are open to every word. Reuben knows us! See the aged patriarch surrounded by Benjamin must go down, or Simeon cannot his sons, and deploring thus the loss of the return. Reuben's mind is fast at work how | two absent ones, whilst he is required to best to win over his father to the consent give up another also, and that other the dearAt length, he breaks out - " And Reuben est one of all that are left. It is a picture spake unto his father, saying - Slay my two this, than which few things more touching sons if I bring him not to thee : DELIVER will be found in the pages of the most graphic HIM INTO MY HAND; AND I WILL bring him writers, whether of ancient or of modern TO THEE AGAIN."
times. Young Men! See here a bold and wonder- “ But Jacob's determination was formed ful picture of child-like affection, of pure too hastily. Whilst the food which his sons sympathy to an aggrieved parent, of honor. had brought from Egypt yet lasted, he might able and earnest deportment in the hour of keep this resolution, but that food would great distress!
soon be gone, and then it would be necessary Reuben has faith in the matter. He has that they should return for more, when the a secret confidence that it shall be well with patriarch would be compelled to reconsider Jacob, and well with Benjamin ; and, there the matter. Besides, was Simeon to be left fore, he is willing to stake the life of his two in bondage and was no effort to be made sons, rather than his father shall not submit. to restore him to his country? He proBut Reuben does not succeed. The old pa. bably had a family, and, though nothing is triarch can only look on the darkest side of said of them in the sacred narrative, we may the scene; and he cries out most vehemently, readily suppose that they experienced much Vy son shall not go down with you." sorrow on his account. It was certain, then,
I can truly feel for Jacob. My heart has that Jacob must at length deliver up Benjabeen wrung with inward pangs of sorrow, min, and permit him to go with his brethren fear, and distraction, until, I have been ready into Egypt. to burst out in the language of despondency, “ Whatever man may do, the purposes of madness, and rebellion. And, although, no God are sure to be accomplished. It had effectual deliverance has been wrought, ne- long before been said, to Abraham, · Know vertheless, there has been mercy mixed with of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger all my misery; and I know that with God in a land that is not theirs,' and, as the time all things are possible. He is my Hope, my was now approaching when the prediction Helper, and my Friend ; and on Him I will would be fulfilled, Jacob must be compelled wait. While attempting to write this brief to send Benjamin away, inasmuch as bis and hasty paper, I am so pressed with calls doing this would be another important link on my time, that I must again abruptly close in the chain of causes which would, in the Reuben's character is not yet finished. “For end, lead his entire family into the land to the divisions of Reuben, there were great which the divine word to Abraham referred." searchings of heart:" into these things we must enter—if a kind providence permit.
Dear Readers, for the present, farewell. If, in the events we have so barely review- And when with you it is well, do not forget ed, we forget that a secret and Divine pur- your servant in bonds,
C. W. B. pose is all the while at work; and that the hand of God is in the whole, we leave out Dr. Thomas Goodwin's DYING WORDS. the only ingredient that can minister conso
“I am going,” said he,“ to the Three lation. Thornley Smith, very nicely says— Persons with whom I have had communion.
“The reply of Jacob is not surprising : They have taken me; I did not take them. My son shall not go down with you, for I shall be changed in the twinkling of an his brother is dead, and he is left alone; if eye. All my lusts and corruptions I shall mischief befal him by the way in which ye be rid of, which I could not be here. I go, then shall ye bring down my grey hairs could not have imagined I should ever have with sorrow to the grave.' (Ver. 38.). such a measure of faith as in this hour; no,
“Who can wonder at this refusal ? Joseph, I could never have imagined it. My bow as the old man thought, was dead; Benja- abides in strength. Is Christ divided ? No; min was the only son he had left of bis I have the whole of his righteousness. beloved Rachel, and probably he was the shall be ever with the Lord.” With this staff of his old age, as he was assuredly the assurance of faith and fulness of joy, his object of his chief regard. And could he soul left this world.