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THE COMING REVIVAL!
“There has been,” said an intelligent pas. and cannot be excluded by them. I content tor, the other day, “a spirit of fatalism in myself, however, with simply remarking, that many of our churches for some years past.” this objection is not honestly, at least not in. This spirit of fatalisin signs its ñand to the telligently, entertained by any man. For, if doctrine of predestination ; takes a seat un- the objection is good against prayer, is it not der some smooth talking contender for a few good against many things else?' If it stops of the doctrines of the gospel ; and there actions in the direction of prayer-if it arrests sitting down, falls into a delusive slumber ;- the wheels of prayer-it ought also to stop its whole anti-practical and anti-spiritual the wheels of our daily business. If it is a character putting a negative upon every effort valid argument against prayer, it is an equally which CHRISTIAN ZEAL and a Lively FAITU good objection to ploughing, sowing, taking may attempt to put forth, in accordance with meat or medicine, and a thousand other things. that most holy injunction and consolatory Might not an unwilling or indolent busbandScripture, “ Work out your own salvation, man in spring, with as much propriety ask, with fear and trembling; for it is God which what is the use of sowing? Has not God orworketh in you, both to will and to do, of his dained everything? If I am to have a hargood pleasure."
vest--if he has so decreed—then, although no God is our witness, we have for years sighed plowshare turn up a furrow, nor sower walks cried, longed, and laboured to see our own these fields, they shall wave in Autumn churches going forth “like an army with with golden corn. Or might not the patient, banners." We hope a Revival is coming. who sickens at the sight of nauseous drugs, There is a little movement in the minds of as well say, take these away, I'll drink no sorpe of the best of men. A sermon, keaded, more of them ? Has not God ordained every“ The Coming Revival," is just published by thing? Can a sparrow fall to the ground Hatton and Co., 99, Chancery Lane; it was without the Father? If he has decreed that preached in New Court Chapel, Carey-street, I am to live, come cholera, fever, deadly pesby the minister, Mr. W. H. Draper. It is a tilence, live I shall. If he has decreed otherseasonable discourse for the times now passing wise, all the medicines of the apothecary and over us. All well disposed, spiritual Christians the skill of science cannot avail to save mewill sympathize with much here advanced, cannot add one grain to the sands of my exisand to all such earnest believers we can most tence. Did any man in his sober senses ever gladly recommend Dr. Thomas Guthrie's reason so ! With that simple quesóion we "Gospel in Ezekiel”-inasmuch as in that dismiss this objection.' volume, that most popular Scotch divine has thoroughly delineated the several parts, the remarks on« The Coming Revival in Eng»
Deferring, for the present, any further different properties, the all-essential powers, and the never failing advantages which all land,” we close this brief paper by simply such God-like, and heaven-wrought Revivals calling attention to a pamphlet, entitled,“ The are identified with. One specimen of Dr. New York Christian Critic; á Review of the Guthrie's practical arguments is here annexed. Revivals in America ;" from the powerful In his discourse “On the Necessity and Power pen of BENJAMIN James Rogers, of New of Prayer," he says :
This pamphlet contains a long “ The decrees of God, say some, render epistle, addressed "To Charles Waters Banks, prayer unnecessary, and useless. Are not all Editor of the EARTHEN VESSEL ;" after very things, they ask, fixed by these decrees-irre- faithfully reproving the Editor for countenvocably fixed ? By prayer, 1 may, indeed, ancing the reports of the American Revivals, prevail on a man to do a thing which he has Mr. Rogers gives a three-fold exposition ; not previously resolved not to do, and even first, of American Religion generally; sealthough he should have so resolved-man is condly, of Gospel Truth specially; and changeable; and I may show him such good thirdly, of Vital Godliness in the heart spireasons for doing it, as to change his resolution. But if an immutable God has forseen will be useful to many thousands who will
ritually. We hope brother Rogers's epistle everything, and, indeed, forsettled everything by an eternal and irreversible decree, what read it, on both sides of the Atlantic.
“GEORGE WHITFIELD'S THUNDERBOLT purpose can prayer serve? Who shall change the unchangeable, Him, who is “the same AGAINST UNCONVERTED MINISTERS — the yesterday, to day, and for ever ?”. Thus men Heaviest Calamity that can befall the Church have argued, saying, “What profit shall we of God; and Dr. Campbell's remarks On have if we should pray unto him ?".
the Great Spiritual Deadness of the Present It were not difficult to expose the fallacy Time.'' Such is the title of a pamphlet of this reasoning. The objection admits of a which we hope tens of thousands will belp us conclusive answer. We might show that the to circulate through the bowels of this kingdecrees of God embrace the means as well
dom. as the end ; and since prayer is a means of
Dr. Campbell, in his most searching grace, being a means to an end, it must there articles, of late, in “ The British Standard, fore be embraced within these very decrees, (the best religious journal in existence) has
come out like a noble defender of the faith.
A SEVEN-FOLD STUDY OF the Church and in the world-in body and in
soul-in family, and in gospel fellowshipTHE BIBLE.
surely, with Watts you must say, A LETTER TO MR. J. B. McCURE.
“We have double joy to sing,
The honors of our God."
You must consider a great honour has been CIRENCESTER JUNCTION, THURSDAY conferred upon you in making you an apos
JULY 8th, 1858.
tle of the Australian colonies, or planter of Dear BROTHER in Christ, and fellow heir gospel churches in those gold-finding and gold. of life, John Bunyan McCure, of Geelong, worshipping regions. I fear the gold of AusAustralia. Grace, peace, and prosperity, be tralia has, in many cases, been of much greater with you and yours.--I have walked this concern than the golden grace of heaven; if morning, with my excellent brother Thomas so, the mercy appears all the greater that you Lamb, from Crudwell
, to this station, intend- have been enabled, in some measure, to " seek ing to go on to London, by the first train; first the kingdom of God, and his righteous. but as we were disappointed of a ride, I have ness;" all other things having been promised lost the train ; and must here wait for some and added unto you. The more I think of time. The weather is stormy-I am weary- your position, the more I am disposed to think and all here is quiet and retired; I sit down, it is one of immense importance indeed. No therefore, beside the railway, and commence mortal mind can measure the amazing amount this epistle to you. I am grieved to find that of good God may make you the instrument of some parties who, I think ought to have writ-effecting. Oh! my brother, may the great ten to you from this country, have never done Sovereign Ruler of the skies make you more 80. This is exceedingly painful to me, be- and more fruitful in your mind, more and more cause they profess to have a great zeal for faithful and fervent in your ministry, and ten the cause of Christ, but in testing times they thousand times more successful in turning manifest nothing of the Spirit of Christ. many to righteousness,-in leading souls to the There are four things, however, that much Saviour, – in reclaiming poor fallen wanderers, reconcile me to the burden you and I have to and in comforting and feeding those who bear from this class of professing people. In have believed. My dear brother, do not let the first place, I rejoice in the fact, that you that beautiful boot-shop, you have out there have met all just demands; this is a mercy engross all your time; do give some time to for all parties. I do assure you, my brother, the cause of Jesus. Read all you can, write I am aiming, in prayer and persevering efforts as much as you can, pray always, and in all to do the same; and if it were not for the places : preach whenever your secular and red, yellow, and many coloured prejudices, domestic claims will allow. Never mind secret persecutions, and awful animosities whether it bo in.doors or out-doors ; preach of many who profess and call themselves CHRIST WHEREVER AND WHENEVER YOU Christians, there would soon be freedom; but can; and, if possible, scatter little tracts and I am resolved, (the Lord giving me opportun- papers, pointing to the truth, in all directions. ity and power,) to do all the good I can—to Many of our churches in England are now publish all the truth I can-to be free from circulating large numbers of my little monthly, áll temporal embarrassments as soon as I can " CHEERING WORDS," Cannot you, or your -- and if in the Land of Holy Liberty, and in the fellow labourers, do the same? Send me some enjoyment of a share of gospel usefulness, up- "Cheering Words” in MS.; please God, I rightness and devotion, I am privileged to will print them and send them you for distri. end my days, none will have greater cause to bution ;. and let me know if you have any triumpb in the boundless mercies of an all- good religious publications at all in Australia. wise, all-glorious, and gracious JEHOVAH, FA. A sober minded, Christian gentleman has THER, Son, and HOLY SPIRIT, than your just come over from Melbourne.
He gives deeply-tried companion in the pathway of tri- me a good account of your position, also, of bulation, and in the ministry of the gospel. I Mr. Allen's, in Melbourne ; and I am conam thankful to find, secondly, that you have cerned, for your progression, in a permanent been gradually led into a large field of gospel extension and establishment of pure gospel labour and acceptable usefulness. It must, truth in all parts of those immense colonies surely, be a source of amazing thankfulness to where a kina Providence hath fixed your tent, God in your heart, to see that all things have and erected for you a gospel tabernacle. worked together for good to you! Had you Before I pass on to my third point, will you remained in England, your heavy, trials allow me to give you one hint? 'It is a scheme might have broken your heart, and brought for more advantageously reading the Bible. you to a premature grave; as I have many Of course, I know full well, that no method, times thought mine would have done; but- nor any amount of Bible-reading, can really O, bless the Lord !-he had a work for you to profit us or our hearers, if we have not the do in Australia ; and, therefore, you must life of God in our souls, —if we have not the go : you did go :-the Lord preserved you and unctuous power of the Holy Ghost attending yours in going; and there he has kept you in our ministrations. No man on earth, I think, his truth, in his name, in his fear; there he has can more feelingly and fully
rely upon kept the fire burning in your soul, causing the mighty, and mysterious teachings and you still to desire to glorify Him-to preach helpings of the Holy Spirit than my. him-and to be devoted to him :-there he self
. For days together, I am travelling has propsered you in basket and in store-in hundreds of miles, and running from
rail cars, carts, and poney traps, right into your attention to his brother. Poor fellow! the pulpit. If the Lord did not help me, I suppose! beside working hard all the break down, or die, I must; therefore I know days of his life; beside enduring great perthat no amount of practice, no retirement, secutions and afflictions; beside rearing Do close reading, no, nor practice, nor any a very heavy family, beside all the trials and thing else, short of the special operations of sorrows
to all poor men; and the blessed Spirit can ever make us "able specially to poor Christians, I suppose he has ministers of the New Testament.” But, mark walked thousands and tens of thousands of you, our dependance upon the Holy Spirit is miles, preacbing to those churches who say, to be no excuse for our not using all the they are so poor, they cannot keep a pastor; means this world will afford us, for becoming and so they hire poor godly brethren for about thoroughly possessed of every kind of infor. five shillings per Sunday, to walk to them in mation, which, in the Lord's hands, may the morning ; preach three sermons to them much tend to render your ministry a blessing in the day ; and get home, at night, poor felin the fulfilment of the prediction, “I will lows, as best they can. give you pastors after mine own heart, who The poor brother, to whom I have referred, shall feed you with knowledge and under. has been an exceedingly laborious supply for standing." Am I wrong, if I say there is a very many years. Very often going nearly sevenfold reading of the Bible necessary to a all the week half-starved ; and then when the proper, profitable, and a permanent dispen- poor man's resting-day came, this laborious sation of its glorious and immeasurable con- ox had to walk many miles, and preach as tents? I think not. Let eve young man, hard and as well as he could. who is anxious to be more useful than very One Saturday afternoon, quite worn out many of the elders at present are, see if he can with labor, he set off for a long journey : carry out this seven-fold study of the Bible. almost faint by the way, an enemy asked him 1st, its Historical; its dates and times : 2ndly, to refresh himself by taking a little to drink, its Local; its places: 3rdly, its Natural; he did so, for a little while it overcame him. containing its one great orgin, and manifold The enemy triumphed. The report was design; 4th, its Typical ; embodying the spread, « Parson so-and-so was several persons and numerous places which, Satan caught the report, hired some of his in some way or other, preached Christ and deeply depraved vassals to carry it round. the Covenant, unto the ancient fathers; It was received, and instead of the Churches 5thly, its Prophetical; which embraces so whom he had served, making all enquiries ; many Biblical colonies fuller of soul-enriching and using all efforts to help, and honourably matter than ever California or Australia was, or to set up, an afflieted man of God ; without will be of gold ; 6th, its Evangelical, Paraboli. judge or jury, they condemned him; cast cal, and Apostolical, taking in the Mediatorial him away, and left him broken hearted; and Life and Labors of Christ; the character and in sorrow deeply sunk! Oh! my brother! is ministerial course of the evangelists; and the this the christianity of the gospel ? will our Lord uprising, persecution, progression, and deve- Jesus Christ sanction such conduct ? He will lopement of the New Testament Church in the not. But I am not judge. While I pity, Acts, Miracles, Movements, Epistles, and and pray for the afflicted brother, I say, achievements of the apostles ; 7thly, and more “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do essential that all beside, is the Vital and Spirit, right?” This is but a sample of much in nal experience of the Bible. Perhaps more our land. God help us, all to trust in Him. of this another day.
Abruptly I close until next month. I have In the 3rd place, I desire thankfully
to assure a variety of information for you good colonists you that I have found many in the home in store. churches here in England who are greatly Ever in the Truth, your's, C. W. B. interested in your welfare; and gladly receive tidings of new Colony.
Lestur success in your
this encourage your OUR YOUNG MEN heart. There is one thing more touch
IN THE MINISTRY. ing the trials you have been subjected to. It is clearly evident to me, that there is
No. I. a large body of people in our chuches who never can sympathize with the Lord's people Not to puff up any man with pride, but when temporary trials encompass them. for the information of our friends, that no Some good may result from my giving you man's candle shall be hid under a bushel the following narrative. In a retired corner and that widowed churches may know where of one of our western counties, there once lived to look for occasional help, we purpose to two rude, unpolished, uneducated young men. furnish a brief account of those young Our God called them by his grace; and after Samuels, and Timothies, whom, we hope, the that he called them into the ministry; and I Lord is raising up in these days—whom he have known them as useful ministers for the is preparing for Zion's future comfort: even last ten or twelve years. One of them made such a race of men, who, for devotion, zeal, use of me to remove him higher up; and ability, and genuine usefulness, will fulfií when, by stepping on my back, he as- that delightful prophecy -"instead of thy cended up among the higher orders, he fathers shall be thy children, whom thou kicked me aside. Very kind. But all works mayest make princes in all the earth." well in the end. Leaving him, let me call Having been into nearly all parts of the kingdom, this spring and summer, we have MR. BRUNT, AT HUNGARY HILL. had opportunities of hearing, and of witness- ' For native talent, and true devotion, we ing the good hand of God upon many, whose have many young men rising in the ministry, ministrations stand in some power and ac. ceptableness in the different spheres where equal to Mr. Spurgeon; but they have not they more. The brethren Baster, of Not. the external attractions : they have not the tingham ; and Wilcockson, of Ramsgate; are siveness within ; 'otherwise their ministry is
boldness without; nor quite so much expan. both young men of considerable promise; and although they belong not to us as baptists, most excellent. The following is one of the still, as they are valiant for truth, and well many testimonies we have received, descrip
tive of the valuable services of one we are taught in the vitals of a holy religion--we proud to call, our esteemed brother Brunt, rejoice in the honour the Lord is
conferring upon them.
now of Colnbrook, in Beds. One writer says: The brethren Coughtry, of
DEAR BROTHER—We held the aniversary Eaton Bray; Wale, of Reading; Davies, of Greenwich; Butterfield, of Rotherhithe;
of Bethel Baptist Chapel, Hungary Hill, Farn. Pells, of Soho ; Pascoe, of Rotherfield;
ham, Surrey, when Mr. Brunt, of Colnbrook,
was chief orator. Cracknell, of Plaistow; and some others,
Brother Harding, of Hazel. we trust, are among the young pastors, who, mere, opened the services of the day. After like the young cedars fresh and green,” will singing, brother Brunt took for his text, " get long live in the midst of Zion, to publish the once in the end of the world, he has appeared tidings of mercy to the millions of the sin. The Lord powerfully descended, and made the
to put away eins by the sacrifice of himself." the reports and letters which have been for place of his feet glorious, leading our brother warded, testifying of the good the Lord is doing workman which needed not to be ashamed. The
to handle the points wbich he deduced, like a by them. We only select the following now: MR. CBACKNELL'S FIRST BAPTISING, AT
place was crowded to excess. In the evening, REHOBOTH CHAPEL, SHADWELI.
brother Rush, of Hammondsworth, commen. One of our reporters, who was present, med his place, and preached from the follow
ced the service. Then brother Brunt assu. writes as follows:-“ Mr. Cracknell will be a name new to most of our readers; but, we
ing words, a most blessed and masterly disare very much mistaken, if, ere’long, bis course, “ In the world ye shall have tribulation, name is not as extensively known as those of but in me ye shall have peace.” Truly I can some other ministers who now take a front say amidst the affliction, censure, and reproach seat on the platform of the religious world. through which I have had to wade, the Lord
was in our midst as the God of peace. Like If the “Great King," of whom he spake on
a living coal from off the altar, so were his Wednesday evening, July 13th, deigns to bless his young servant, as he 'has blessed words : like the pen of a ready writer, so was sme others, he will be a useful man in the teacher; likewise, from the bottom of the lad
his tongue; as a comforter, so was he as a gospel kingdom. From the sermon preached der to the top, so'he ascended and descended, by Dr. Cracknell on the evening referred to, feeding the poor, clothing the naked, and in Mr. Field's chapel, we give a sentence.
The text was--- Behold your King."-John helping those who are without belp;' and xix. 14. Mr. Cracknell said It might have after nearly one hour and three quarters, he been expected that I should, this evening, manner, and much to the satisfaction of his
wound up the subject in a very consoling make an attempt to prove from Scripture, audience. Mr. Brunt is a master in Israel ; found that there are but few persons who his language is good ; full of argument come forward to deny the ordinance; some
decided in the fundamental doctrines; a good see it right, yet themselves unimpressed with elocutionist ; sweet in description ; encouraging the claim of that ordinance to them, disregard to the weak; and where there is the least
I do it. I, therefore then, shall just look at Christ spark of life, in bim is encouragement. as the great King. As a King, he wears the not eulogize the creature, but only as by grace
A MOURNER IN Z1ox. crown of glory! as a King he has a chariot -a gospel chariot, and he goes forth therein with power : and the sinner is brought to know him; as a King he rules in his church, TO PREPARE FOR AN ANNIVERSARY. rules in the hearts of his people. We must Times of trial to nations, are look to him for all our rules; for if we do not wherein God often works upon the hearts of found them upon his Word, we are wrong; the children of men ; and their slumbering let us then search the Scripture : as a King thoughts are aroused to consciousness, while he possesses great and blessed power, and the spiritual are instructed in the vast lesson. some can bless and praise that power. What book of Jehovah's "judgment and mercy.” think ye of this power ? As a King, he pos- The pleasant little village of ELLINGTON, sesses infinite wisdom. Some puny men defy near Huntingdon, has been visited of God in this wisdom; they alter some of his ordinan- mercy for many years ; and the Gospel bas ces, and turn them to please men; but his made the hearts of many of the villagers to laws are wise laws: unto his disciples he said forget their troubles and rejoice in their God. —“Go ye into all the world and preach the It was verily so with them on Wednesday, gospel, baptising them in the name of the July 21. Much concern had been felt because Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy of a general affliction in the village; and it had Ghost." I say, then, follow him in baptism; been proposed that the anniversary, and the thereby testify and give an outward profession' visit of brother Banks, be postponed; but of your faith in him.
this was wisely overruled.
It was laid upon
Our Australian Mails. the minds of the friends to meet on the previous evening for prayer, when, after one of
We have this month, three distinct packets. the friends had poured out his desires to the Lord, the 94th Psalm was read, and with the The first is from Mr. Allen, the devoted and exposition given, it was especially welcome; useful Baptist Minister in Melbourne, who then three other friends, in the true spirit of has just erected a new and commodious Chaprayer, fervently cried to the Lord : and the pel in Melbourne ; and is both
from the pulmeeting proved to be one unusually fore-bod- pit, and the press contending, in good earing a good day. On Wednesday morning, nest, and with some success, for the purity of
Will not the brother Banks arrived, weary and worn with Christ's Gospel in every sense. hard work in his Master's cause ; but God, thousands of our readers rejoice; and bid him who had proved his strength, salvation and loved brother, John Bunyan McCure, of Gee
“God speed?” The second is, from our long. song, so many times before, was visibly near to long-containing the substance of a useful, pel were told out in a very searching form evangelical discourse, which the Lord helped while the savoriness of them fell with soften. him to preach; and which is to be published ing power into the heart of many an hearer.
in England under the title—“COME UNTO
ME." His letter is of a cheerful character : The out-door arrangements for tea were es. the Lord is smiling on him; for this we cellent, the numbers were good, the order was would praise his holy name. The third pleasing, and the collections very liberal shewing the cause of God and truth is yet packet is from Zion's long-tried friend, Mr. dear to the hearts of many in the villago of Henry Dowling, of Tasmania, with a bundle Ellington, and around it. Changes in the
of experimental letters written at the ends of providence of God with the cruelty and care
the earth, which we hope to give in the
VESSEL. lessness of some of its professed friends, have tried it, but truth and the work of God in the
THE RIGHT WAY. heart are in no way damaged, but lives and rejoices above it. May God yet add to their numbers, by owning the faithful testimony of And he led them forth by a right way.-Psa. crii, this good and laborious Blacksmith amongst THERE is a way which leads to God, them; may the flame of holy ardour be in- And heavenly glory bright; creased, the spread of the pure gospel of Jesus That way the saints of old have trod; be known, and the honors of a Triune God, "Tis rough, but yet 'tis right. still maintained in their midst, is the prayer 'Tis sometimes dark, and trying, too; of
Still, sometimes it is bright, HADLOW, KENT.-On May 22, 1858, our
Our God that leads us, brings us through, brother WILLIAM House, was settled as pas.
And all the way is right. tor over the Baptist Church, at Hadlow. No You, my dear friends, may well complain man, in these times, has suffered more; or Of persecution's might :labored harder in endeavouring to preach
Still, God is faithful to sustain ; Christ's gospel than has the descendant of the And all the way is right. once popular William House-the beloved I, too, have felt the temptest blow, father of the present Hadlow pastor. We
Of sorrow's chilling blight; hope we shall have cause to praise the Lord
And yet have been uphela till now, for uniting a long-tried minister, and a
And all the way is right. heavily afflicted Church together. Surely,
Our friends forsake us, or they die, both pastor and people do say, “ This is the
And vanish from our sight; Lord's doings, and it is marvellous in our
Nature must feel, but grace will say, eyes."
"Be still: the way is right,"
And when we feel sin's heavy load, DORSET SQUARE.-Mount Zion Chapel,
Threatening to crush us quite; Hill St. On June 27th, brother Foreman ad.
We'll turn our eyes to Calvary, ministered the ordinance of believer's baptism
And see the way was right. to four males and five females. Our pastor
And though we are not always free, preached a weighty and very argumentative
We'll pray for clearer light; sermon on the occasion, before a numerous and
And hope in glory we shall see, very attentive congregation, from Acts iv. 19.
That all the way was right.
There in our habitation fair,
May we, with great delight,
Still, then, from age to age
declare Jesus, my Guardian and my God,
That all the way was right.
J. GWINNELL Thou art my soul's secure abode ; My humble praise I bring.
BET HELEX EM CHAPEL, SAARNBROK, BEDS.-Dear
Sir, On the first Sabbath in April, I baptised and Thou hast preserved my soul from death,
received into the church five persons who had given And every danger past;
blessed testimonies to the power of grace in deNow let thy Spirit's quickening breath
livering them from the dominion of sin, and the Preserve me to the last.
bondage or error. On Lord's-day, July 4, I bapPreserve me safe in every way,
tised two young men, the children of many While on the earth I roam,
prayers, the sons of some long-standing members Till I am called to quit my clay,
of the church. Truly the Lord is doing his own And reach my heavenly home,
work here, and thert is none can binder it. Little Gransden, July 14, 1858. Tnos Row. Your's truly,