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with their little ones go forth to worship him in your youthful days; and God was pleased to in the wilderness. Parent! see to it that you make use of me as the instrument, in the followleave not your little ones in the hands of sin ing way. Coming home one Lord's-day evening and Satan as hostages.
from Road, after preaching, you came to meet me.
I called you by name, and said I have beeen entrealI have thought that the church of God with ing the Lord for the salvation of your soul. This her Sabbath schools may be likened to some led you, for the first time, to feel uncomfortable; stately oak of the forest, standing in its mag- and to be deeply concerned; till at length you was nificence and pride, which shaking down her brought to the Cross, and then desired to follow acorns with the wind upon the surrounding Christ in baptism. I, therefore, my dear bog, soil, thus sows the seed from which shalt baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and spring an offspring like unto itself.
Holy Ghost." Many, many, were affected to tears;
and the Lord's presence was solemnly realized. Bible education is as bread cast upon the We hope the day will come when it shall be seen waters, to be found after many days. In that some were stopped in their mad career of sin. some parts of the East, the copious former our pastor's son preached the morning sermon, rains, and the inundating rivers, forbid the tism ;" and many found it to be a precious time. sowing of the seed in the earth, as is done in the afternoon we were overcrowded, and the here. Therefore at seed time they scatter, the six candidates, with two others, who were disbread seed on the face of the waters, so that missed from other Baptist Churches, were taken when the rain cease, and the waters return to into full communion with us; our Pastor relating their channels, the seed is left in the earth, each one's call by grace ; which was deeply inter. and a harvest follows. So with our teachers, hidden ones into the marvellous light of the gos
esting, shewing how differently God brings his they may sometimes seem to have to sow in pel. We then (sitting around the board,) partoos the waters_deep waters of iniquity-but the broken memorials of our once suffering God encourages thee to proceed: "" sow Lord, but now glorified Jesus, with a hope another thy seed beside all waters," says the word; day of seeing him face to face. and God in sovereign mercy will prosper ei- of love, and I never saw a congregation more ther this or that. "Let us all, friends, labor service in the evening, by preaching from our
Mr. Huntley concluded the scripturally, labor prayerfully, looking by faith Lord's words," he that endureth to the end shall to the Holy Ghost to bless his own truth, and be saved.” Thus ended a day at Limpley Stoke, we shall not fail in obtaining the blessing.
that will not soon be forgotton. Through mercy ONE WHO WAS THERE.
we are in peace, and very much united ; to God be all the praise. We had a tea meeting the day fol. lowing, when about 150 persons sat down; the
meeting after was held in the open air, when we THE HAPPY PASTOR AND HIS SON. had about twelve ministers present. We can say
“the Lord bath done great things for us, wbereof LIMPLY STOKE, NEAR BATH, Aug. 6, 1858.
we are glad.” I am, dear brother, your's in the ESTEEMED BROTHER Bank8-Having had a
best of bonds,
Jonx HUNTLEY. blessed refreshing season from the presence of our
Limply Stoke, near Bath. gracious Lord, on Sunday, 19th July, I feel constrained to erect an Ebenezer to the faithfulness FREEDOM FROM THE LAW, AND REDEMP. and loving-kindness of our ever glorious Head, and
TION BY CHRIST. inscribe theron “hitherto the Lord hath helped us !" It was our baptizing day, and a very happy day it was. Ah, dear Brother, if you Londonere
Long time I lay beneath the yoke could come, and visit these country baptizings,
or Moses and the broken law, it would cheer your hearts. What with open
Till my poor heart was almost broke, house-keeping among the friends, and the large
And overwhelm'd with solemn awe. gathering of Christians from the neighbouring I tried and strove with might and main churches, -the great gathering of all classes who To keep it, that I might not die, meet around the banks of the water,--the delightful But all my efforts pror'd in vain scenery, and the great solemnity of the ordinance, For it I could not satisfy. it seems to arouse the villages, and such was the Condemn'd before the Lord I stood, case with us on this occasion. We met at half
Nor knew not how t'escape from death, past 6 o'clock in the morning in our chapel, to Since Justice now unsheath'd his sword, implore the Master's blessing : then we went to
And bid me to resign my breath. the River Avon, at 8 o'clock, and commenced by singing : “How great, how solemn is the work,
Conviction's pow'r engross'd my mind, &c. Our pastor's second son supplicated the throne
I sunk beneath a conscious guilt. of grace for all present. Our pastor's eldest son
No where to flee, no peace could find, then delivered a very solemn address ; our pastor
Till Jesus shew'd the blood he spilt. (who has been here 37 years,) went down into the O precious sight! a river full water, accompanied by a deacon, and immersed six or purple gore of crimson blood, believers upon a profession of their faith in the name To cleanse from guilt's tremendous thrall, of the sacred Trinity; five of whom were Teachers And bring the sin sick soul to God. in our Sabbath school, and one our pastor's 'Twas there I found the law obey'd; youngest son, making the fifth of his children he
'Twas there stern justice sheathed his sword; has had the pleasure of baptizing. This was a 'Twas there I saw my soul was sar'd, very solemn and affecting time both for pastor and
And there I priz'd a conquering Lord. people too; having two children on the bank tak. ing a part the service, and another in the water :
A brilliant sighie! my soul would gaze he felt it very much, and addressed him as follows:
On yonder cross, where Jesus dies ; “ My dear brother-sball I say this ? No! But,
This, this, indeed my soul allays ; my dear boy! hundreds of prayers have been off
O may I more its blessings prize! ered up to God for you, and now they are answered.
Now freed from sin's tyranic power, I thought I should have had to bave followed you to Redeem'a and sav'd bý Jesu's blood; the grave; (instead of having this pleasure) from Protected from the broken law, your long affliction : thanks be to the God of all I triumph in my Saviour God. grace, be has wrought upon you by his Holy Spirit Winchester.
APOSTACY OF THE OLD SCHOOL BAPTISTS IN THE
UNITED STATES. ORDINATION OF MR. JOHN BENNETT.-BAPTISING IN THE HUDSON RIVER. [BBSIDE, an unusually long epistle from another friend in New York, (and which we have
not yet been able to publish--) the following has just come to band from Mr. William Mott, containing much that is calculated to make us love and esteem a sound Gospel Ministry, and a God-wrought experience of Divine Truth, more than ever. -Ed.]
MY DEAR BROTHER BANKS.-Feeling that promise, that is, of course, as understood by I have gained some information since I last Paul, when he says, “ forasmuch then as the wrote you, on the condition of Churches in children are partakers of flesh and blood, he the United States; and wishing to write, also also himself likewise took part of the same,” to inform you of a realized source of pleasure &c., and "it behoved him in all things to be with somewhat of grief associated therewith, made like unto his brethren.” Heb. ii. 14–17. I once more take up my pen. I will first give then his mediatorial work, however good or you a little information on the state of the great, could not reach unto me, such indeed Churches; but in doing so it cannot be indi. makes a schism in the mystical body of Christ, vidually as that would occupy not only too severing the head from the body. From this much of my time, but also of your valuable source has arisen the grief I alluded w at the paper.
commencement of my letter: for bad First, to be brief, I will just inform you thought well of Elder Gobel : he had hitherto that the Baptist Churches throughout the preached well, and set forth the doctrines of United States, which formerly stood well, and Christ as experienced by the children of God. were viewed as rooted and grounded in the What, therefore, shall we say to these things ? truth of God, and of the prophets and did he learn them by the Spirit's teaching, or apostles ; are now, and have for some years by reading other men's experience these are past, been fearfully torn to pieces and divided, queries belonging to himself and God; never through certain heresiesof the Old School Bap. theless the foundation standeth sure, having tist Association, as propagated by some of their this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his." leaders, such as elder G. Beebe, of Middle. And may I not add, " Lord, hold thou me up, town, N.Y. Editor of the “Signs of the Times;" and I shall be safe." an 0.8. Baptist semi-monthly work; or Elder Third. At about this time there were appreTrott, of Virginia, a prominent correspon- hensions of a split in the church at 36th dent thereof, either of whom starting an error, Street, where Mr. John Bennett preached, requires only the sanction of the other to make of whom I spoke in that letter. At this time, it a doctrine of the Association, which must I was hearing very favourable accounts of be swallowed down at all hazards by its mem. him, and soon the crisis came; some of the bers or subject themselves to the penalty of leading members could not endure sound doc. the anathamas thereof. One leading error of trine, they therefore made trouble, causing these 0. S. Baptists is, that Jesus Christ was a division in the church, so that with him a “ created existence, the first production of left some of the most choice of the church. The Divine power, the Mediator between God and Worcester Street Church then united with the man,"
36th Street, while those who left 36th Street Second, I would just inform you, that in took a room for Mr. Bennett in 18th Street. consequence of the letter of mine inserted in
I now concluded, I would go and try if I your VESSEL for Dec., 1857, we had a few new could hear him; and found, to my surprise, faces at the Hall, in Worcester Street, some that I could, and very satisfactorily. I beof whom enquired after me. For their infor. lieve the Lord sent Mr. B. forth as an ammation as well, I beg to say that in conse- bassador, one whom, I trust, he will considerquence of Elder Gobel, (the one to whom I ably own and bless; for with him there is a more particularly alluded in that letter,) pro- good degree of originality and utterance; he claiming a few Sundays subsequent to its pub- speaks the truth in boldness, yet with humility lication, (the first time I ever heard him do of mind unfeignedly, sometimes with tears, so) his particular views on the Person of and often with temptations, keeping back noChrist, asserting that he was the first crea- thing (I believe) that he esteems likely to be tion of God, an existence which became the of profit to the church of Christ. Mediator, and who came through Mary as a The friends meeting there have since formed medium, or channel, but was no part of her themselves into a church, by relating their nature, &c., &c.; and also that there were not experiences to each other-in all about thirty; three distinct Persons in the Godhead," I (a goodly number to begin with,) and having have ever since absented myself, as well as invited him to take the pastorate, he was on brother Neeve, and others from his preaching, Friday, the 18th of June, by a relation of his and believe I ever shall, as I conceive if he experience and call to the ministry, publicly is true in that, that such a Jesus Christ is no Ordained by brethren John Clark, of Virginia; Saviour to me; for if he did not really and and P. C. Browne, of the State of New York truly partake of my nature as one of the After he had related his experience, the seed cf Abraham by faith, the seed of the ministers present cordially signified their approbation, esteeming it of the Lord's doing. ministry; at the close of which, he and Then he was requested to give bis evidences brother Brown publicly recognised the pasof our dear Lord having called and commisc tor and the church, by uniting hands; when sioned him to the work of the ministry, to the audience were dismissed. Having again which he cheerfully responded, and that to assembled in the afternoon, brother Bennett the entire satisfaction of the officiating bre- took the leading features in the service, and thren Clark and Browne, who forth with preached from the following, “ arise, O Lord, ordained bim by uniting hands and giving a into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy short but appropriate address.
strength.” (Psa. cxxxii. 8.) After which he In the evening, brother Brown preached publicly gave the right hand of fellowship to from Jer. xv. 19; "if thou take forth the the two brethren and sister, and adıninistered precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my the ordinance of the Lord's supper, of which mouth.” From which he shewed, how the our two ministering brethren partook with us. gospel ministry took forth the precious from We have called our little church by the name the vile; making, at the same time, some of the Beulah Independant, Particular Bap. remarks on the Lord's ambassadors studying tist Church, (after the order of the Partie ular to shew themselves approved unto God, Baptist churches of England,) perhaps the only ". workmen who need not to be ashamed, one in the United Statds. As the term Inde. rightly dividing the word of truth,” Thus pondant may appear somewhat ambiguous as the services of the day closed, much to the associated with particular, I will just inform satisfaction of all concerned ; and I trust you that it was Independent of any associawith singleness of eye to the praise and glory tion. I am your's in Christian bonds, of God's grace, "wherein he hath made us New York, 37, Jane-street, WM. Mort. accepted in the beloved.”
near 8th Avenew, On the succeeding Lord's day, June 20th, P. 8. Will brother James Wells, of the at about 8 o'clock in the morning, brother Surrey Tabernacle, oblige a few friends of this Bennett baptized three candidates, (two males City, by giving either his disavowal, or arowal, and ono female) in the North, or Hudson of the fact of a report spread abroad in this River, in the presence of a large audience. city, by one who professes to have known him
Having met at the Hall, the usual order of for many years which is, that Mr. Wells held singing and prayer was observed; after which, and published " that if a child of God com. our brother Clark took as his text the following mits sin, it is the fault of the Holy Ghost." words, they continued stedfastly, in the His friends require not his disavowal, for their apostles'doctrine, and fellowship, and in break, own satisfaction, otherwise than to verify the ing of bread, and in prayers, and the Lord truth of their assertions, in denying it; which added to the church daily such as should be I for one, have done to the face of the said saved:” (Acts ii. 42, and last clause of 47 person, in the most unequivocal terms as being verse) from which he made sweet and suit. repulsive not only to brother Wells's mind, but able remarks, emphatically declaring that he to the general tenor of his preaching; but could trace a near correspondence in brother this however, is not enough. Bennet's to his own experience and call to the
Our Churches, their Pastors, and their people.
ORDINATION OF MR. J. E. CRACKNELL. ordination services by C. W. Banks. The
questions were answered by Mr. Cracknell, in The interesting, services connected with a honest, grateful, and intelligent manner: the ordination of Mr. J. E. Cracknell, as pas- we never heard the questions answered more tor of the church at Plaistow, in Essex, was freely and fully in so few words. We hope holden in Zion Chapel, on Tuesday, August Mr. Cracknell will some day, give the readers 16. The order of the services was not in the of the EABTHEN VESSEL an epitome of his usual, stereotyped manner; but, neither their conversion and call to the ministry; as it is transposition, nor their condensation, lessened of that measure, and was of that mild, yet thoir value, or their sufficiency. By most momentous character, as to render it useful present, the day was declared to be an unusu- to many young ministers; and helpful to not ally happy and holy season. In the afternoon, a few who are often tried as to whether their Mr. J.-E. Bloomfield read portions from the sorrows were deep enough in coming into the Old and New Testaments, and offered earnest kingdom of grace. The recognition of the prayer to God. C. W. Banks, then preached union between the pastor and the church, to the church from Paul's words—"Striving was concluded by Mr. Flack, who, in his together for the faith of the gospel.”. At the cordial and faithful manner, wished them close of this service, a very large tent was God-speed. Mr. Thomas Field, of Rehoboth filled with friends who sat down, and enjoyed Chapel, Shadwell, then addressed the new a good cup of tea. In the evening, Mr. B. pastor, from the words—"Make full proof Davies, of Greenwich, commenced the service of thy ministry.” We cannot attempt even by reading and prayer; the usual questions an outline of this most able charge ; it was were then asked, after a few remarks on the feeling of minister and people that such
RISE AND PRESENT POSITION OF THE
an exposition of the gospel ministry—of the blessed under his ministry; added to which, nature and results of a faithful fulfilment of the debt was reduced at the end of last year the pastor's office, should be given to the to £140. Some shareholders having kindly churches in a cheap form for universal dis offered to give up eight ten pound shares for tribution. Our acquaintance, or influence fifty pounds, the meeting above alluded to with Mr. Field, is not sufficient to prevail was convened, when about fifty friends met with bim; but, seeing we have now, an im- for tea, at five o'clock, which was mutually mense number of young men coming upinto the enjoyed; after which, other friends having ministry ; and, seeing that by all the minis- assembled, about half-past six, our pastor ters present, it was evidenced to be of great gave out a hymn; read the last chapter ist value, we trust the preacher will give it to book of Chronicles, making some suitable rethe public.
marks upon the same; one of the deacons Among the ministers present, beside those supplicated the throne of grace for a blessing who took part in the services, we noticed upon the meeting; a statement was then the brethren, Dawson of Barking, Vaughan made of our financial position, and the friends of Mile End, Walters, now supplying at were invited to give in what the Lord had enCave Adullam, Cowdery, and a very large abled them to do; when, to the surprise party of Christian friends.
of all present, the sum of £38. 11s. 6d. was handed in, in addition to which a brother of the church gave up the £10 share he had, and
monies in hand from penny a week subscripBAPTIST CAUSE, WANDSWORTH. tion, &c., amounting altogether to £81. 109.
Our pastor Dear Sir-I know that the well being of reducing our debt to about £28. the church of Christ lies near your heart, and then proposed, that we have another tea meetthat anything of a cheering nature produces ing the last
week in this year, and clear off a pleasurable feeling in your mind; I there the remaining debt, himself promising £ő, and fore send you the following account of a meet.
another brother £5, for that purpose. ing which was held on Monday, August 9th, the Lord has done for us, we would desire to
We feel humbled, upon a reflection of what at Wandsworth, in Surrey.
About the year 1821, there were a few take courage, and go forward ; and with Christian friends in this place, whose hearts grateful hearts acknowledge that both "riches had been opened by the Lord the Spirit (one and honour come from him; to him be all the of whom was Mr. Joseph Marks, well known praise.”
VERMIS. among the London Churches,) to know, love,
August 12th, 1868. and enjoy the truth in all its departments ; and feeling desirous of raising a house for the worship of their God, they united together for that object, and in course of time the buiding NEW BAPTIST CHAPEL, REDHILL. was completed ; the result of which was, that the cost exceeded their expectations, and in- tasted its sweetness, and felt its power, know
THCSk that love the truth of God, having volved them in heavy responsibilities, exceed- how to esteem the privilege of 'hearing the ing the sum of £1,300. These friends strug; joyful sound ; and though when continually gled hard many years with their burden, and thus favoured, the mercy is apt to be too little the difficulties connected with it; rate of the late Mr. John Bailey, in order to they are made to feel somewhat of the Psalmafter many vicissitudes, and during the pasto- valued, yet when deprived of it for any short pay off a mortgage upon the building, a sum ists desire, expressed in those emphatic words, of money was raised in shares of £10 each," my soul longeth, yea even faínteth
for the professing to bear intrest at £5 por cent per courts of the Lord'; my heart and my flesh annum, but which resulted in an inability to crieth out for the living God.”. Psa. lxxxiv. 2. pay either principal or interest. the state of the finances when our present haps sympathize with the large number of Such was At such times, professing Christians
can permuch valued, and respected pastor, Mr. Ball, their brethren scattered about the country, came among us in 1842. With a small congre- who have only occasionally, (and that perhaps gation to hear him, and a debt of about £700, by going
a long distance, an opportunity of he commenced his labors at Wandsworth, re- hearing a gospel se mon; to them the word ceiving for his services an insufficiency to pay does seem to be, as it should be the food of his expenses; yet his heart was in his Master's the soul, on the strength of which perhaps devoted himself to the work of his Lord, they may have to go for many, many days. After labouring many years in feeding
the They have often to lament as Newton writes : eouls of God's children, and making efforts in
" How tedious does the week appear ; reducing the debt upon the chapel, the Lord
How dull our Sabbaths prove! has made him abundantly successful. The
When e'er we cannot meet to hear church and congregation were never more en.
The precious truths we love." couraging than at the present time; his min. Such was the position of many living in the istrations are much blessed, and the prayer- neighbourhood of the chapel, the opening of meetings well attended. About three months which took place on Wednesday, 31st July, ago, he baptised six believers; and next we this month record. Now and then some month, three more will follow their Lord in minister would preach to them on a week the same way; all of them having been evening, in some cottage or room engaged for
OPENING OF THB
that occasion. The Editor of THE EARTHEN (" And Hezekiah rejoiced and all the people, VESSEL at times led such services there ; but that God had prepared the people, for the on Lord's-day, there were five or six miles thing was done suddenly." He showed that to walk to some of the surrounding churches, God alone was the source of every good thing, where they stood members; but, as may be in inclining the heart and constraining to supposed, weather often prevented their wives serve him, and enabling any to follow the and children from accompanying them as they right ways, to which by nature all were averse, would desire. They united in an attempt to and his divine power was needful to turn the raise a fund to build a chapel; formed a So. affections and will, There was a good conciety to receive weekly subscriptions, and in- gregation, and many from a distance rejoiced vested the money ; knowing that it ever such a with the friends in this neighbourhood at the long-desired blessing was to be obtained, it glad event of the day. Nearly 100 sat down needed effort according to their means, as well to dinner. as wishes for it; something like David when In the afernoon, Mr. F. Covell, of Provi. he said, "one thing have I desired of the denc Chapel, Croydon, preached an earnest Lord;” but he did not rest idle and satisfied and discriminating sermon from Psalm cxlvii, with an empty desire; for the desire of the 2nd verse, “ The Lord doth build up Jerusaslothful killeth him, as his hands refuse to lem: he gathereth together the outcasts of labour, No! but « WILL I SEEK Israel.” Every seat was occupied, and great AFTER ; that I may dwell in the house of the attention paid to the close and energetic apLord all the days of my life, to behold the peals to the consciences of his hearers, as to beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his the real and solemn importance of vital pertemple,” Psa. xxvii. 4. This was more than sonal religion. About 200 partook of tea, and six years since; and, as an encouragement to the efforts and kindness of the ladies, who others in like circumstances, and as a proof of superintended this department, was rewarded God's faithfulness to his promise, not to des. by the pleasure and unanimity among their pise the day of small things, (for the first guests, who were comfortably and abunhalf-year witnessed but £2 16s. 6d. raised as dantly supplied. the foundation of the Fund,) this record is In the evening, Mr. T. Field, of London, was made, and also to shew that the prayers of the preacher, and took for his text 2nd Cor. the poor that trust in him shall be heard and ii. 10th, "To preach Christ's Gospel.” The answered. During the six years of its pro- nature, value and effects of the gospel were gress, it witnessed the decay of early zeal, and forcibly stated,-its power under God's blessfaint heartedness of many of its first friends; ing to the sinner's salvation, and the claims it but other friends were raised up to join the had upon them that loved and felt it, to aid in few who still adhered to the object, though the support of the ministers that proclaimed it, nearly in despair ; for it seemed as if their and to join in assisting in the erection of hopes and prayers for near twenty years, that places for making it known, and statedly the gospel might be preached in their parish, carrying on the worship of God, were fully were to be blasted and fail. But their extro- and clearly discoursed upon. The opening mity was God's opportunity to show his power; services were gratifying, and we hope, proand lead them on to success, and the accomp- fitable to very many who found it a welllishment, in a way unexpected, and in a time spent and happy day. The collection, with a far nearer than any could ever imagine. They few donations received in the day amounted had many striking proofs of Divine interposi- to nearly £45 towards the fund, which brings tion, in various ways, and can now rejoice and the total subscribed to about £460. The cost of be thankful that the place is built ; and that freehold, erection, fittings, trust deed, convey. there have been many evidences of God's ance, &c., being about £850. The “ Baptist blessing attending the word for more than Building Fund" will render some assistance three years preached regularly on Lord's-days towards the remaining debt. in a room hired for that purpose. “Now, Lord We were glad to see a large airy school room send prosperity." Give hearts to pray; and behind the chapel, forming part of the structhearts to worship thee in sincerity and truth; ure, and for sound, ventilation, light, and for our desire is :
comfort, it appeared just what such a place " Within these walls let holy peace,
should be, And love and concord dwell;
On Sunday July the 25th, the opening Here give the troubled conscience caso, Sears, of Shefford, Beds., preached two power:
services were continued, when Mr. Septimus The wounded spirit beal. “ And may the Gospel's joyful sound,
ful sermons, which were attentively listened Enforc'd by mighty grace,
to by a numerous congregation each time.
PREACHING and public meeting services were The chapel in the Station-road was opened holden in Bethlehem Chapel, in Rotherfield, for public worship, on July 21st. A meet- on Wednesday, Aug. 18th. In the afternoon, ing for prayer was held at nine o'clock. At we had a long and spirited discourse preached 11, the service commenced by singing, by the Editor of the EARTHEN VESSEL, Mr.
“ Arise, 0 King of Grace arise !" Banks, on the experience of God's people, the Mr. Chandler, of Edenbridge, preached an character of the gospel dispensation, and the excellent discourse, from 2 Chron. xxix, 36, ultimate perfection and bliss of the ransomed