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of a stream of water; that this approached to you are pleased to call offers of the gospel, his very chin, but whenever he attempted Como, friend James, listen to me kindly and to drink, it immediately receded from him. seriously. Now you know that in the Bible, Also, a tree loaded with beautiful fruit, the we read of all spiritual blessings being given branches of which reached down to his head, before the foundation of the world,' and that but whenever he attempted to reach the fruit, they are given to 'a chosen people.' And, the branch immediately sprang from his reach. besides, look even at the absurdity of Christ This fable was, no doubt, intended to set forth offering to die for you-of God the Father positions, into which thousands, in human offering to choose you-offering to write your lite are brought.

name in the book of life-the Holy Spirit * To tantalize: to torment with a show of offering to quicken you — the Lord Jesus pleasures which cannot be reached.'—Walker's looking down from heaven, and offering to Dictionary.

stop Saul of Tarsus, asking whether he would Now, if Tantalus could have reached the be stopped or not-Jesus Christ offering to water and the fruit, then he would not have raise the dead; and so, if they do not choose been tantalized; and so, if men have power to rise, they cannot be raised. to receive the gospel, then it cannot be said Jesus, according to your doctrine, has power that the message is tantalizing; and, on the to damn without the sinners consent ; but not other hand, if Tantalus had been as dead power to save without both the consent and physically, as men by nature, are dead spirit. | the help of the sinner. Truly, James your ually, then the stream might have come to gospel appears one like your tantalizationhis chin, or over his head unheeded, and the a very nothiny. Well, let me tell you, that fruit of the tree might have knocked at the no hyper Calvanist will tell you that it is not door of his lips quite unregarded; and there the duty of all men to believe the Bible, fear fore, in either case, where is the tantaliza- God, and honor him, as their Maker, their tion ?

Judge, and their Preserver. No high Cal. Then, again, if we take the lexicographical vanist will tell you, that men have not power definition, it will lead to the same conclusion; to receive the gospel in the letter of it, and for, if to tantalize be to tornient with a show as far as mere natural conscience can go, and of pleasures, which cannot be reached ; then, this is morally and socially good, but there is if men on the one hand, have power to reach no salvation in that; no! not a particle; we them, where is the tantalizing? And if, on are not saved by receiving the letter of the the other hand, men be spiritually dead, then word, but by being born of God; and until spiritual things are not a shew of pleasures the ground be thus prepared, the seed can tò such at all,--they are dead, and therefore, take no saving root; all the men in the have neither a true gospel hunger, nor a true world may be converted to-morrow to the letgospel thirst: where then is the tantalizing ? (ter of the word, and every one of them the So then, if men have power to receive the next day be in hell. All believing which does gospel, where, I say is the tantalizing? And not arise from regeneration, is only natural. it, on the other hand, men be dead in sin such believing is not the faith of Goa's elect, and enmity against the true gospel, where is and therefore cannot save the soul. the tantalizing ?

Space does not allow me to enlarge; or, I do not, Mr. Editor, wish to tantalize your friend James, your enquiry involves another correspondent, but I again say, to whom is question-namely, 'what is the gospel ? The the mission-preach the gospel to every gospel is the revelation of a covenant ordered creature' a tantalizing message; for, if all in all things and sure; of which covenant men, as I have said, have power to receive it, Jesus is the Mediator; his Holy Spirit the then it does not tantalize them; and, on the Witness; and the election of grace the parother hand, if all men be spiritually dead, then takers; and is to be preached to every creathe dead know not anything: the message ture, for a twofold purpose. First, to take cannot tantalize them.

out of Jews and Gentiles a people ordained Now, if men were not spiritually dead, but to eternal life; and, secondly, for the moral merely spiritually powerless, and all 'were and temporal good of others. hungering and thirsting after the righteous- Thus, then, friend James, there is no tanness of Christ-hungering and thirsting after talising; there is no such thing as offered mercy-longing and seeking for pardon by grace; and there is no power in man to help his eternal atonement-agonizing to read out himself to a saving possession of the gospel; their eternal election of God, and earnestly for the flesh profiteth nothing, it is the seeking daily fellowship with God, and yet spirit that quickeneth.' Just look at yournone of these things were intended for them, self, with your three nothings, and worse than then the command to preach the gospel to every nothings; because they are errors, lies and creature,' would indeed be a tantalizing one. delusions. No tantalizing! no offers ! no pow. But, are all men thus looking to God? Yea, er in man to savingly receive the gospel let me here say, that all who are thus hun- these are your three worse than nothings. I gering and thirsting, are blessed, * for they am sorry to see your Apostolic name so assoshall be filled.? Where then, again I ask, is ciated, that is if you be on the side of man, the tantalization ?

instead of being on God's side, for my name Your correspondent calls himself “James.' also is James, only I am Well then, my good friend James, let me say

JAMES TIE Less. to you, that the very nature of salvation's blessings, precludes the possibility of what

Our Young Men in the Ministry. .

(A Brief Review written while riding from Brighton to Portsmouth, October the 7th, 1858.) A PAPER announcing the Jubilee of Mr.J. A. , importance to be received by us. The fainte Jones was this day put into my hands. Mr. ing spirit of the called servant, and the great Jones's ministry has extended over half a cen. comfort given forth by the Great COMMAN. tury, and nearly eighty years has he been a DER, are facts which we would press home stranger and a pilgrim in this world. But upon the minds of all who now stand as seekers few men have so long a period allotted to for the ministry; or as established ambassa. them ; but few men abide so unflinchingly by dors in the church. There is one feature in the foundation principles of the gospel, as Mr. the present uprising ministerial army, which Jones has done; and we were thankful, on has given rise to serious reflections in our own his behalf, to find him on his jubilee, sur- spirit. It is a determination, on the part of rounded by many of those most earnest minis, many of our young men, to throw off some of ters of Christ who are now honorably stand- the old trammels by which numbers have been ing in the church of Christ. Antiquity, has, bound; and to go forth in the strength of the for us, great attractions, whether it be seen in Lord-more fully, more extensively, more er. buildings, in books, in true believers, or in the angelically, more practically in what may be venerated servants of God. We rejoice, termed the out-works of their commission! therefore, in the happy Jubilee enjoyed at William Huntington, for a deep, sound, disJireh. Equally do we desire to be thankful criminating, vital, soul-restoring ministryin witnessing the uprising of some excellent and John Gill, for clearness, for decision, and young men whose promising advent as pastors for unanimity, as regards doctrines, ordinanand preachers, is one of the best evidences ces, principles, and precepts, have had their that our Lord is still carrying on his great representatives, decendants and successors in work; that his eyes are still watching over the British Churches during a good part of the his Sion--that his ascension gifts are still last half century; but John Gill and William given out to his people; and that all things Huntington would have spurned from their are working together for the churches good. presence many who have professed that the

Encouragement to young men in a work so mantle of one, or of both of these great and holy and solemn, is needful; it is biblical; good men had fallen upon them. Beside, the it is in strict analogy with the practice of multiplication of churches, the large number good, great and gracious men in all ages of the of young men willing to preach the gospel ; world. EncourAGE HIM;' has been the text and the amazing and manifold amount of on which some of the best of men have expa- effort put forth by other sections of the tiated when addressing churches relative to professing church; these things combined, their duty toward their pastors.

have (under God, we hope), stirred up the What an example of encouragement has hearts of not a few of our young men to go the great * I AM’given us in his ordination forth more widely in the fulfilment of their charge administered to Moses! Poor Moses great mission. We do heartily pray for good put in many excuses touching his unfitness success' to attend them; we do as devoutly for a mission so weighty and divine, but the pray that no popular excitement, no unheaLord overcame them all. How rich in meaning venly emulation, no anti-gospel thirst for and how full of instruction is that sentence, numbers—will be permitted to lead them * and Moses hid bis face, for he was afraid to from a powerful contention for those immortal look upon God!, and how full of holy fear, elements, and essential gospel revelations for reverence, and deep 'abasement, must every which our fathers shed their blood, and laid sinful man feel when the Lord God of Sabaoth down their lives. To watch over; to warn, calls him into his service ? But do carefully if necessary, and in all right and righteous mark the tender, the confident, the oft re- paths, to encourage our younger brethren, peated manner in which the Lord encouraged shall be one part of our future work, the Moses to his work— Come, now, I will send Lord himself being our helper. theo.' 'Certainly I will be with thee.' Go, These thoughts have freely

issued out of an and gather the elders of Israel together." interview with a friend in Brighton, whose "Say to them, I will bring you up out of conversation turned upon the happy success Egypt. Now, therefore, Go, and I will be at present attending the ministry of our highly with thy mouth ; and teach thee what thou esteemed brother in Christ, Joseph Wilkins, shalt say.' What more could Moses desire ? of Queen-square chapel, Brighton, whose reStill he aims to fling back the commission ; cently issued Sermons on Sin, Death, the he is not eloquent; neither before the Lord Separate State, and the Resurrection, have called him, nor since he called him.” How excited some attention; which also we must does the Lord meet this apparent difficulty? more fully notice. The pastor of the Bap'Is not Aaron, the Levite thy brother ? Itist chapel, meeting in Queen-square chapel, know that he can speak well; also, behold, he Brighton, needs no encouragement from us cometh forth to meet thee : and when he seeth now. It was our privilege to be the Lord's thee, he will be glad in his heart.'

instrument in removing him from the quiet In all this, there are lessons of immense village of North Bradly, in Wilts, into a few

places of usefulness where the Lord rendered pulpit at Blandford Street; and there are him a great blessing to many believing souls. hopes that another young David, or a Joshua,

The steady and substantial progress, self- may soon be at home in good earnest there. improvement, and ministerial prosperity which a busy day in Gospel Zion appears to be loomhas attended Mr. Wilkins-furnishes another ing before us. of Mr. Wilcockson, of Beulah striking illustration of the apostle's words-Chapel, Somerstown, correspondents have *God hath chosen the foolish things of the written favourably; his 'excellent Witness,' world to confound the wise; and God hath and earnest ministry,' are in reserve for our chosen the weak things of the world to con- readers. found the things which are mighty.' It is a If our readers are disposed to blame us for fact that there are at this time, two compara- thus noticing young men in the ministry; tively young men in our churches, both named this must be our apology-to a great extent, Joseph Wilkins; both industrious, hard work our churches have been on the decay; the ing, zealous, useful and growing men in the many requests which reach us for useful pas. ministry of the Word of Life ; one at Chatteris, tors, prove to demonstration, the scarcity of the other at Brighton. In both these young men under whose ministry the causes may men we have thorough good specimens of hope to arise. We therefore, rejoice with that entire dovotion, that earnest search trembling; because while we hail with pleaafter the two greatest of all pursuits, the sure the advent of any young men among the knowledge of the Lord, and the good of ranks of faithful preachers, we are not blind souls, that excellency of character, that sound to the strong temptations of the present times christian spirit, and that decision for gospel to slide off into a popular course which, al. truth, which justify us in our notice of them. though it may excite, will not, establish The sermons referred to, will be reviewed an- men's souls vitally in the four essential streams other day. In the early part of this number, of undying truth. We mean (1) Vital Union we have given an article on a sermon by Mr. teto the Son of God; for branches of the True. Wale, of Reading; and in subsequent pages Vine we must be ; or we perish for ever. (2) the brethren Pells and Pascoe are noticed. Faith in the fulness and sufficiency of the With a word or two this paper must be closed. work and worthiness of Christ to save unto A letter from Mr. Henry Hutchinson, the the uttermost. (3) A Spirit-wrought sense of pastor of the Baptist Church at Bedmond, our personal interest in the dear Redeemer, Herts, informs us of the great necessity there drawn from the internal teachings and new is for erecting a new chapel in that village. covenant sealings of the Holy Spirit. (4) An This fact is confirmed by another letter from absolute reliance upon the covenant of grace, our excellent brother in the ministry, Mr. the Christ of God, and the promises of heaven John Kealy, of Oakley Cottage, Upper Cheyne for all that ever can be required. Oh! that Road, Chelsea; who has generously aided in we all may know and cleave to these things, the commencement of a subscription for the pray for them, faithfully preach them, and in new chapel. Mr. Hutchinson's ministry is our practice, show we possess them; these are rendered useful—the old chapel is too small; the aims and the desires of the reader's devo. and extremely unhealthy: we pray for help ted servant,

THE EDITOR. in a movement so absolutely needful. Let us thus encourage young men whom the Lord BAPTIST CHAPEL, LOOSELEY ROW, has given us.

NEAR PRINCES RIS BOROUGH, BUCKS. Wolverhampton, Bilston, Willenhall, and The anniversary services of the above cause other adjoining places have recently been a were held on Wednesday, October 13th. The little excited by the public ministrations, of a morning was very wet, consequently a thin young friend, ÞASTER JOHN

TURNEB, a youth attendance; however, brother Bloomfield de16 years of age; whose preaching has been livered a very animating and soul-cheering blest to many. A highly respected brother in discourse on Jesus raising Lazarus from the Christ assures us that the preaching of this dead. In the afternoon, the chapel was very youth has been sound, wholesome, savoury, full

, on which occasion brother Pells preached and pleasant; he preaches the Gospel of with great earnestness, and deep solemnity of Christ, and, multitudes flock to hear. We feeling, on the sufferings of Christ and the are promised some portions of his sermons; triumphant results. The evening was dark, therefore, hope to prove this is heaven's but the place was filled to overflowing, and work,

many stood outside, and seemed as happy as Recognition services, at the present time, though it had been summer-time; great atare numerous. On Wednesday, Oct. 20th, tention marked the audience whilst the preaMr. Samuel Cozens was publicly set apart to cher, (Mr. Bloomfield) preached with much the pastorate of Warboys. He has a large energy and warmth of feeling concerning field open before him; and a good foundation hearen as the inheritance of the saints, and laid for him. We cannot this month give the their meetness for it. We trust it was a good details. On Thursday, Oct. 28, Mr. Joseph day to many souls; and it is hoped these Palmer, (late of Hounslow,) was settled as brethren will come again, if spared till 1859, pastor of Romney Street Baptist Chapel, much earlier in the season; when, if multiWestininster. A large number of our me- tudes flock to hear the word preached, both tropolitan pastors were present. Of this may be honourably employed in preaching brother, and his ministry, we may give some Christ to the people: the one inside the cbanotices in time to come. Our London pel, and the other in the open air. Brother Churches are getting filled up. Some excel. Cawse, of Wycombe, took part in the services lent brethren have been supplying the vacant of the day. Here is a good Sabbath school.

AND THE

MR. JOHN PELLS,

tary, Mr. E. FALKNER, Jun., which reviewed the proceeding of the past year in a very able

manner. One short extract we make which CAUSE AT SOHO CHAPEL. has reference to teachers' prayer meetings—the

report stated : 'The teachers' monthly prayer 'HOPFUL'* the prospect is cheerful at Soho! meetings, held on the afternoon of the 2nd A very suitable under shepherd appears : Sunday in each month have been regularly through the ministratious of John Pells the held, and generally well attended. The object word is enjoyed—sinners aroused-saints com

of the meeting being to ask the blessing of God forted—blessings are poured down-and signs upon the past month ; and to seek his aid and of increasing prosperity hover in the future. guidance for the future. Respecting finan. These things ought to rejoice the hearts of all cial matters, the school has a little debt of the saints.

some £78—but with a band of such perseve. I should suppose, John Pells is a man o'er ring and active teachers, that little matter whose head some 30 winters' cold winds have will soon be removed, we are sure. blown. In stature, he is short, slightly in- MR. WOOLACOTT, in moving the adoption clined to corpulence; has a very pleasing of the report, said : 'I am the oldest London countenance-easy and cheerful 'manner-a Baptist pastor ; thirty-five years to day I bebroad, high and intelligent forehead, crowned came a London pastor ; 1 was pastor eight with dark curly hair—a clear, full-toned voice years prior to that ; and eight years prior to -a free and distinct delivery, and, withall, that a member of a church ; and eight years a loving disposition. He was formerly con- / before that a boy in a Sunday School. I am nected with the church at the Surrey Taber-now, and hope while I live, ever to be a Sunnacle; and has labored in the ministry at day School teacher. I congratulate you, sir, Tunstall and also at Clare, in Suffolk, at both on your position. I had the happiness of tak. places he was much blessed and very highly ing part in the ordination of the late George esteemed. The deacons of Soho, having Comb, perhaps I may live to see you or heard him spoken of in high terms, arranged dained. I will just give you an account of a for him to supply the vacant pulpit for a Sab- little Sunday school girl of our's. About bath or two. The result of this was a three fourteen months ago, a little maiden left our months' invitation; and this period drawing Sunday School. She had been adopted by a to a close, a special church meeting was called loving aunt, and left England for New York. for Sunday, Oct. 3, to take the sense of the God mercifully took them safe across the members as to giving Mr. Pells an invitation bosom of the great Atlantic. She was reto the pastorate. The result being-out of ceived kindly, and soon, by her loving man. 140 members present, 139 invited him to ac- ner, became a little favorite. It was about cept the pastoral care of the church ; the the time that she arrived, that the great revi. other one did not vote pro. or con.; so that I val meetings were being held in that country. think we may say-John Pells received the She, with her aunt, attended some of these unanimous invitation of the Church : which meetings, and it is plain that they were a he has accepted; and a public service will great blessing to her : she said, 'O aunt, how shortly be beld to recognise him as their pas much better are these meetings than parties.'

O Lord, send now we beseech thee, On one occasion, as her aunt was passing her send now prosperity.'

bed-room door, she heard her pleading at a But, I am to give a few notes respecting the throne of grace-she was earnestly seeking Sunday School connected with the church at for a blessing. This convinced the aunt she Soho, that is my professed object, Mr. Editor, was a praying child. She then had several -but I know your good nature will excuse interviews with the minister of the church, this digression, especially as it is good news' which resulted in her being proposed for bap

On Tuesday evening, Oct. 5th, then the tism. The aunt, about this time writing to annual meeting of Soho Chapel Sunday School me, says, I have no doubt at all as to the was held - Mr. Pells occupied the chair; and genuineness of the child's christianity: About was supported by a good bench of bishops, the time she was to join the church, she was among whom we noticed the brethren Att suddenly taken ill. Her conversation was of wood, Bloomfield, Davies, Field, Hawkins, (of heaven. In referring to her friends in EngBradford) Hazelton, Wyard, and Woolacott. land, while on her dying bed, she said, they After singing and reading, Mr. Hazelton very will be glad to hear that I love Christ. Her earnestly and solemnly prayed for the divine whole conversation was of Christ and his love. presence-noticing the position of the church After a short illness, she died in the full hope and pleading for prosperity on its recent of the faith of the gospel. She was a child choice. The CHAIRMAN was glad to see so in our Sunday school and my granddaughter. many. He certainly should not occupy their Mr. Rawkins, of Bradford, spoke of the time, but would just notice one fact: out of importance of Sunday school teaching : in the thirteen teachers in the school, nine were many cases the Bible Society's efforts would members of the church; and he had great be fruitless if not for the Sabbath school : hopes that the other four would not be long often in the country, and no doubt it was the before they were compelled also to bear testi case in London, many persons had the Word mony to the Lord's goodness to them. of God but could not read it; the Sunday school A report was then read by the Secre- taught the people to read, and then provided

them with the Bible to read. We do not * See 'Hopeful's Address' in October number. now ask, if it is right to have these schools

tor.

that question has long been settled. The pressed upon his mind. Many years afterSunday school, I should call our Pastoral Aid wards he said to Joseph Lancaster, 'I can Society;' and the teachers I should call our never pass by the spot where the word "try' fellow-labourers.'

came so powerfully into my mind, without MR. GEORGE WYARD followed with a most lifting up my hands and heart to heaven in affecting address-not so much in relation to gratitude to God for having put such a thought Sabbath-schools, but more particularly on his into my head. . 'He found four persons accus. position in connection with that place. Most tomed to teaching; and agreed to pay them affectionately he spoke to his successor, wish- one shilling each every Sunday, for instructing him every blessing he could himself desire. ing such children as he might send to them. He was sure the brethren in office would do Such was the humble commencement of Sunall in their power both for his temporal and day-schools in the year 1781. I think no in. spiritual comfort. He, Mr. Pells, was cast stitution ever progressed with more (if 80 into the midst of an affectionate people. He much) rapidity as this. See the present rewould say to him as John Stevens once said sult, we have now upwards of two millions to Mr Wyard, Brother George, I don't and a half of the children of our land enroled pretend to have much wisdom, but you are as Sunday scholars; and they are being inquite welcome to knock at my door any time, structed by upwards of two-hundred and fiftyand I shall only be too happy to give you my thousand young men and women gratui. poor advice on any subject, or my views on tously. any passage, or to promote your usefulness I fear, Mr. Editor, I must not trespass furand happiness in any way.' He would say ther. Mr. Field followed with a speech that the same to his brother Pells. During the proved he was a man possessed of considerable time he held the pastoral office there, 340 odd powers of mind. Then brother Attwood; and joined the church ; 4 of the brethren that with a few words of prayer by brother Meeres, held office he laid in the silent tomb, about 120 a meeting of much interest was brought to a members he saw numbered with the clods of close.

R. the valley; and the Lord was pleased to honor him with baptizing three of his own children ORDINATION OF MR. F. PASCOE, in that place. He must say, it was a great trial for him when he sent in his re

AT ROTHERFIELD, SUSSEX. signation to that people—but he believed he HASTINGS, Oct. 7, 1858.- I have this mornwas directed by the Lord in the matter-for ing a quiet corner in a South Coast carriage, he had never regretted leaving. And as for I will gather up a thought or two from yes. Tring, he was sure he never regretted leaving terday's work. Our friend Howell's son drove there. And now, he was happy to say the me this morning from Rotherfield to WadLord was smiling upon him at Deptford"; and hurst, there I waited half-an-hour for the he felt sure they would be very sorry if he train ; on getting into the carriage, a gentlethought of leaving. He prayed the Lord man called out, Mr. Banks, here is room in might make him a great blessing there for this corner.' I gladly availed myself of his many years yet to come.

kind invite; and soon found a snug seat by MR. BLOOMFIELD-I congratulate you, Mr. the side of our worthy brother Haslop, the Chairman, upon the position you now occupy; useful pastor of the Baptist church meeting and hope and pray, that, we as neighbours, in Squirries Street, Bethnal Green. On may long work together in usefulness and reaching Hastings, brother Haslop's worthy peace. I am, sir, a thorough Sunday-school deacon (friend Barnes,) conducted us both to man. I have then, as a consequence, a great his Marine residence, where a long and deep veneration for that cold, old, Cathedral city, affliction had confined the deacon's beloved Gloucester. It was in that city that our Sun and devoted wife for six weeks. In the kind. day-schools first had birth. It is now less est manner possible they gave me provision than one hundred years ago, that a person by the way; and now I am progressing toof no great fame in society, while standing ward Portsmouth, where I hope this evening in a low part of the city, was shocked with to praise my dear Master's worthy name in the awful language and behaviour of a large brother Keyworth's chapel. Yesterday mornnumber of boys, the principal of whom were ing, the service was commenced at "Rotheremployed in the manufacture of pins, for field by brother William Flack. He gave us which Gloucester was then very noted. Robert the New Testament church in a luminous, Raikes was the name of that much honoured bold, scriptural, and pleasing style. In the man. While standing conversing with a afternoon, the following brethren assisted, Rowoman on business, he inquired if these noisy bert Comfort read the hymn, one of Hart's wretched boys belonged to that part of the on the Trinity was heart-melting, and grand. town? The woman's reply was the germ from Oh ! what an exalted theme, is that of the everwhich we may say Sunday-schools sprung. lasting love of God flowing down from the * Ah, sir,' (she said,) could you take a glance Almighty Father's bosom, through the Person at this part of the town on Sunday, you would of the Almighty REDEEMER, revealed, applied, be shocked indeed; for then the street is and sealed home upon the heart by the Alfilled with multitudes of these wretches, who MIGHTY SPIRIT! I felt the whole hymn on that day released from their employment, most deeply precious indeed. spend their time in noise and riot, playing William Long, of Tring, read the Scriptures, chuck, and cursing and swearing in a manner and really pleaded with heaven like another most horrid. Robert immediately thought of Jacob. I then commenced the questions. a school. The word 'try' was strongly im. Brother Pascoe's account of his conversion

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