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"There has been," said an intelligent pastor, the other day, "a spirit of fatalism in many of our churches for some years past." This spirit of fatalism signs its hand to the doctrine of predestination; takes a seat under some smooth talking contender for a few of the doctrines of the gospel; and there sitting down, falls into a delusive slumber; its whole anti-practical and anti-spiritual character putting a negative upon every effort which CHRISTIAN ZEAL and a LIVELY FAITH may attempt to put forth, in accordance with that most holy injunction and consolatory Scripture, "Work out your own salvation, with fear and trembling; for it is GoD which worketh in you, both to will and to do, of his good pleasure."
God is our witness, we have for years sighed cried, longed, and laboured to see our own churches going forth "like an army with banners." We hope a Revival is coming. There is a little movement in the minds of some of the best of men. A sermon, headed, "The Coming Revival," is just published by Hatton and Co., 99, Chancery Lane; it was preached in New Court Chapel, Carey-street, by the minister, Mr. W. H. Draper. It is a seasonable discourse for the times now passing over us. All well disposed, spiritual Christians will sympathize with much here advanced, and to all such earnest believers we can most gladly recommend Dr. Thomas Guthrie's Gospel in Ezekiel"-inasmuch as in that volume, that most popular Scotch divine has thoroughly delineated the several parts, the different properties, the all-essential powers, and the never-failing advantages which all such God-like, and heaven-wrought Revivals are identified with. One specimen of Dr. Guthrie's practical arguments is here annexed. In his discourse "On the Necessity and Power of Prayer," he says:
"The decrees of God, say some, render prayer unnecessary, and useless. Are not all things, they ask, fixed by these decrees-irrevocably fixed? By prayer, I may, indeed, prevail on a man to do a thing which he has not previously resolved not to do, and even although he should have so resolved-man is changeable; and I may show him such good reasons for doing it, as to change his resolution. But if an immutable God has forseen everything, and, indeed, forsettled everything by an eternal and irreversible decree, what purpose can prayer serve? Who shall change the unchangeable, Him, who is "the same yesterday, to day, and for ever ?" Thus men have argued, saying, "What profit shall we have if we should pray unto him?"
It were not difficult to expose the fallacy of this reasoning. The objection admits of a conclusive answer. We might show that the decrees of God embrace the means as well as the end; and since prayer is a means of grace, being a means to an end, it must therefore be embraced within these very decrees,
and cannot be excluded by them. I content myself, however, with simply remarking, that this objection is not honestly, at least not intelligently, entertained by any man. For, if the objection is good against prayer, is it not good against many things else? If it stops actions in the direction of prayer-if it arrests the wheels of prayer-it ought also to stop the wheels of our daily business. If it is a valid argument against prayer, it is an equally good objection to ploughing, sowing, taking meat or medicine, and a thousand other things. Might not an unwilling or indolent husbandman in spring, with as much propriety ask, what is the use of sowing? Has not God ordained everything? If I am to have a harvest-if he has so decreed-then, although no plowshare turn up a furrow, nor sower walks these fields, they shall wave in Autumn with golden corn. Or might not the patient, who sickens at the sight of nauseous drugs, as well say, take these away, I'll drink no more of them? Has not God ordained everything? Can a sparrow fall to the ground without the Father? If he has decreed that I am to live, come cholera, fever, deadly pestilence, live I shall. If he has decreed otherwise, all the medicines of the apothecary and the skill of science cannot avail to save mecannot add one grain to the sands of my existence. Did any man in his sober senses ever reason so? With that simple question we dismiss this objection.”
Deferring, for the present, any further remarks on "The Coming Revival in England," we close this brief paper by simply calling attention to a pamphlet, entitled," The New York Christian Critic; a Review of the Revivals in America ;" from the powerful pen of BENJAMIN JAMES ROGERS, of New York city. This pamphlet contains a long epistle, addressed "To Charles Waters Banks, Editor of the EARTHEN VESSEL;" after very faithfully reproving the Editor for countenancing the reports of the American Revivals, Mr. Rogers gives a three-fold exposition; first, of American Religion generally; secondly, of Gospel Truth specially; and thirdly, of Vital Godliness in the heart spiritually. We hope brother Rogers's epistle will be useful to many thousands who will read it, on both sides of the Atlantic.
"GEORGE WHITFIELD'S THUNDERBOLT AGAINST UNCONVERTED MINISTERS - the Heaviest Calamity that can befall the Church of God; and Dr. Campbell's remarks On the Great Spiritual Deadness of the Present Time.'" Such is the title of a pamphlet which we hope tens of thousands will help us to circulate through the bowels of this kingdom. Dr. Campbell, in his most searching articles, of late, in "The British Standard," (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 fellowshipsurely, with Watts you must say—
"We have double joy to sing,
You must consider a great honour has been CIRENCESTER JUNCTION, THURSDAY conferred upon you in making you an aposJULY 8th, 1858. tle of the Australian colonies, or a planter of DEAR BROTHER in Christ, and fellow heir gospel churches in those gold-finding and goldof 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 righteousbut 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 so. 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 be 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, all 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 distriend my days, none will have greater cause to bution; and let me know if you have any triumph in the boundless mercies of an all- good religious publications at all in Australia. wise, all-glorious, and gracious JEHOVAH, FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT, than your deeply-tried companion in the pathway of tribulation, and in the ministry of the gospel. I am thankful to find, secondly, that you have been gradually led into a large field of gospel labour and acceptable usefulness. It must, surely, be a source of amazing thankfulness to God in your heart, to see that all things have worked together for good to you! Had you remained in England, your heavy trials might have broken your heart, and brought you to a premature grave; as I have many times thought mine would have done; but O, bless the Lord!-he had a work for you to do in Australia; and, therefore, you must go: you did go :-the Lord preserved you and yours in going; and there he has kept you in his truth, in his name, in his fear; there he has kept the fire burning in your soul, causing you still to desire to glorify Him-to preach him-and to be devoted to him:-there he
A sober minded, Christian gentleman has just come over from Melbourne. He gives me a good account of your position, also, of Mr. Allen's, in Melbourne; and I am concerned, for your progression, in a permanent extension and establishment of pure gospel truth in all parts of those immense colonies where a kind Providence hath fixed your tent, and erected for you a gospel tabernacle.
Before I pass on to my third point, will you allow me to give you one hint? It is a scheme for more advantageously reading the Bible. Of course, I know full well, that no method, nor any amount of Bible-reading, can really profit us or our hearers, if we have not the life of God in our souls,-if we have not the unctuous power of the Holy Ghost attending our ministrations. No man on earth, I think, can more feelingly and fully rely upon the mighty and mysterious teachings and helpings of the Holy Spirit than my. 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 the pulpit. If the Lord did not help me, break down, or die, I must; therefore I know that no amount of practice, no retirement, no close reading, no, nor practice, nor anything else, short of the special operations of the blessed Spirit can ever make us "able ministers of the New Testament." But, mark you, our dependance upon the Holy Spirit is to be no excuse for our not using all the means this world will afford us, for becoming thoroughly possessed of every kind of information, which, in the Lord's hands, may much tend to render your ministry a blessing in the fulfilment of the prediction, "I will give you pastors after mine own heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." Am I wrong, if I say there is a sevenfold reading of the Bible necessary to a proper, profitable, and a permanent dispensation of its glorious and immeasurable contents? I think not. Let every young man, who is anxious to be more useful than very many of the elders at present are, see if he can carry out this seven-fold study of the Bible. 1st, its Historical; its dates and times: 2ndly, its Local; its places: 3rdly, its Natural; containing its one great orgin, and manifold design; 4th, its Typical; embodying the several persons and numerous places which, in some way or other, preached Christ and the Covenant, unto the ancient fathers; 5thly, its Prophetical; which embraces so many Biblical colonies fuller of soul-enriching matter than ever California or Australia was, or will be of gold; 6th, its Evangelical, Paraboli. cal, and Apostolical, taking in the Mediatorial Life and Labors of Christ; the character and ministerial course of the evangelists; and the uprising, persecution, progression, and developement of the New Testament Church in the Acts, Miracles, Movements, Epistles, and achievements of the apostles; 7thly, and more essential that all beside, is the Vital and Spiritnal experience of the Bible. Perhaps more of this another day.
your attention to his brother. Poor fellow! I suppose! beside working hard all the days of his life; beside enduring great per secutions and afflictions; beside rearing a very heavy family, beside all the trials and sorrows common to all poor men; and specially to poor Christians, I suppose he has walked thousands and tens of thousands of miles, preaching to those churches who say, they are so poor, they cannot keep a pastor; and so they hire poor godly brethren for about five shillings per Sunday, to walk to them in the morning; preach three sermons to them in the day; and get horae, at night, poor fellows, as best they can.
The poor brother, to whom I have referred, has been an exceedingly laborious supply for very many years. Very often going nearly all the week half-starved; and then when the poor man's resting-day came, this laborious ox had to walk many miles, and preach as hard and as well as he could.
In the 3rd place, I desire thankfully to assure you that I have found many in the home churches here in England who are greatly interested in your welfare; and gladly receive tidings of your good success in your new Colony. Let this encourage your heart. There is one thing more touching the trials you have been subjected to. It is clearly evident to me, that there is a large body of people in our chuches who never can sympathize with the Lord's people when temporary trials encompass them. Some good may result from my giving you the following narrative. In a retired corner of one of our western counties, there once lived two rude, unpolished, uneducated young men. Our God called them by his grace; and after that he called them into the ministry; and I have known them as useful ministers for the last ten or twelve years. One of them made use of me to remove him higher up; and when, by stepping on my back, he ascended up among the higher orders, he kicked me aside. Very kind. But all works well in the end. Leaving him, let me call
One Saturday afternoon, quite worn out with labor, he set off for a long journey: almost faint by the way, an enemy asked him to refresh himself by taking a little to drink, he did so, for a little while it overcame him. The enemy triumphed. The report was spread, "Parson so-and-so was Satan caught the report, hired some of his deeply depraved vassals to carry it round. It was received, and instead of the Churches whom he had served, making all enquiries; and using all efforts to help, and honourably to set up, an afflicted man of God; without judge or jury, they condemned him; cast him away; and left him broken hearted; and in sorrow deeply sunk! Oh! my brother! is this the christianity of the gospel? will our Lord Jesus Christ sanction such conduct? He will not. But I am not judge. While I pity, and pray for the afflicted brother, I say, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" This is but a sample of much in our land. God help us, all to trust in Him.
Abruptly I close until next month. I have a variety of information for you good colonists in store.
Ever in the Truth, your's,
C. W. B.
Nor to puff up any man with pride, but for the information of our friends, that no man's candle shall be hid under a busheland that widowed churches may know where to look for occasional help, we purpose to furnish a brief account of those young Samuels, and Timothies, whom, we hope, the Lord is raising up in these days-whom he is preparing for Zion's future comfort: even such a race of men, who, for devotion, zeal, ability, and genuine usefulness, will fulfil that delightful prophecy-"instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth." Having been into nearly all parts of the king
dom, this spring and summer, we have had opportunities of hearing, and of witnessing the good hand of God upon many, whose ministrations stand in some power and acceptableness in the different spheres where they move. The brethren Baxter, of Nottingham; and Wilcockson, of Ramsgate; are both young men of considerable promise; and although they belong not to us as baptists, still, as they are valiant for truth, and well taught in the vitals of a holy religion-we rejoice in the honour the Lord is conferring The brethren Coughtry, of Eaton Bray; Wale, of Reading; Davies, of Greenwich; Butterfield, of Rotherhithe; Pells, of Soho; Pascoe, of Rotherfield; Cracknell, of Plaistow; and some others, we trust, are among the young pastors, who, like "the young cedars fresh and green," will long live in the midst of Zion, to publish the tidings of mercy to the millions of the sinsick family. We are invited to this task by the reports and letters which have been for warded, testifying of the good the Lord is doing by them. We only select the following now: MR. CRACKNELL'S FIRST BAPTISING, AT
REHOBOTH CHAPEL, SHADWELL.
writes as follows:-"Mr. Cracknell will be a name new to most of our readers; but, we are very much mistaken, if, ere long, his name is not as extensively known as those of some other ministers who now take a front seat on the platform of the religious world. If the "Great King," of whom he spake on Wednesday evening, July 13th, deigns to bless his young servant, as he has blessed some others, he will be a useful man in the gospel kingdom. From the sermon preached by Mr. Cracknell on the evening referred to, in Mr. Field's chapel, we give a sentence. The text was-"Behold your King."-John xix. 14. Mr. Cracknell said-It might have been expected that I should, this evening, make an attempt to prove from Scripture, Baptism by immersion. But, beloved, I have found that there are but few persons who come forward to deny the ordinance; some see it right, yet themselves unimpressed with the claim of that ordinance to them, disregard it. I, therefore then, shall just look at Christ as the great King. As a King, he wears the 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, rules in the hearts of his people. We must look to him for all our rules; for if we do not found them upon his Word, we are wrong; let us then search the Scripture: as a King he possesses great and blessed power, and some can bless and praise that power. What think ye of this power? As a King, he possesses infinite wisdom. Some puny men defy this wisdom; they alter some of his ordinances, and turn them to please men; but his laws are wise laws: unto his disciples he said "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." I say, then, follow him in baptism; thereby testify and give an outward profession of your faith in him.
MR. BRUNT, AT HUNGARY HILL.
FOR native talent, and true devotion, we
med his place, and preached from the follow-
audience. Mr. Brunt is a master in Israel ;
THE EARTHEN VESSEL.
Aug. 1, 1858.J
It was laid upon this was wisely overruled. the minds of the friends to meet on the previous evening for prayer, when, after one of the friends had poured out his desires to the Lord, the 94th Psalm was read, and with the exposition given, it was especially welcome; then three other friends, in the true spirit of prayer, fervently cried to the Lord: and the meeting proved to be one unusually fore-boding a good day. On Wednesday morning, brother Banks arrived, weary and worn with hard work in his Master's cause; but God, who had proved his strength, salvation and song, so many times before, was visibly near to help him then. The great truths of the gospel were told out in a very searching form while the savoriness of them fell with softening power into the heart of many an hearer. The out-door arrangements for tea were excellent, the numbers were good, the order was pleasing, and the collections very liberal shewing the cause of God and truth is yet dear to the hearts of many in the village of Ellington, and around it. Changes in the providence of God with the cruelty and carelessness of some of its professed friends, have tried it, but truth and the work of God in the 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 this good and laborious Blacksmith amongst them; may the flame of holy ardour be increased, the spread of the pure gospel of Jesus be known, and the honors of a Triune God, still maintained in their midst, is the prayer D. ASHBY. of
HADLOW, KENT.-On May 22, 1858, our brother WILLIAM HOUSE, was settled as pastor over the Baptist Church, at Hadlow. No man, in these times, has suffered more; or labored harder in endeavouring to preach Christ's gospel than has the descendant of the once popular William House-the beloved father of the present Hadlow pastor. We hope we shall have cause to praise the Lord for uniting a long-tried minister, and a heavily afflicted Church together. Surely, both pastor and people do say, "This is the Lord's doings, and it is marvellous in our eyes."
DIVINE PRESERVATION. Jesus, my Guardian and my God, Thy sovereign grace I sing; Thou art my soul's secure abode ; My humble praise 1 bring.
DORSET SQUARE.-Mount Zion Chapel, Hill St. On June 27th, brother Foreman administered the ordinance of believer's baptism to four males and five females. Our pastor preached a weighty and very argumentative sermon on the occasion, before a numerous and very attentive congregation, from Acts iv. 19. W. H.
Thou hast preserved my soul from death, And every danger past;
Now let thy Spirit's quickening breath
Preserve me to the last.
Our Australian Mails.
We have this month, three distinct packets.
ME." His letter is of a cheerful character:
Preserve me safe in every way, While on the earth I roam, Till I am called to quit my clay, And reach my heavenly home. Little Gransden, July 14, 1858.
And he led them forth by a right way.-Psa. cvii,
You, my dear friends, may well complain
And all the way is right.
"Be still the way is right,"
And see the way was right.
May we, with great delight, Still, then, from age to age declare That all the way was right. Willenhall. J. GWINNELL, BETHELEHEM CHAPEL, SHARNBROOK, BEDS.-Dear Sir, On the first Sabbath in April, I baptised and received into the church five persons who had given blessed testimonies to the power of grace in delivering them from the dominion of sin, and the bondage of error. On Lord's-day, July 4, I baptised two young men, the children of many prayers, the sons of some long-standing members of the church. Truly the Lord is doing his own work here, and there is none can binder it. T. CORBY. Your's truly,