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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 Come, 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 life are brought. name in the book of life-the Holy Spirit offering to quicken you - -the Lord Jesus looking down from heaven, and offering to stop Saul of Tarsus, asking whether he would be stopped or not-Jesus Christ offering to raise the dead; and so, if they do not choose to rise, they cannot be raised.
To tantalize: to torment with a show of pleasures which cannot be reached.'-Walker's Dictionary.
Jesus, according to your doctrine, has power to damn without the sinners consent; but not power to save without both the consent and the help of the sinner. Truly, James your gospel appears one like your tantalizationa very nothing. Well, let me tell you, that no hyper Calvanist will tell you that it is not the duty of all men to believe the Bible, fear God, and honor him, as their Maker, their Judge, and their Preserver. No high Calvanist will tell you, that men have not power to receive the gospel in the letter of it, and as far as mere natural conscience can go, and this is morally and socially good, but there is no salvation in that; no! not a particle; we are not saved by receiving the letter of the word, but by being born of God; and until the ground be thus prepared, the seed can take no saving root; all the men in the world may be converted to-morrow to the let?ter of the word, and every one of them the next day be in hell. All believing which does not arise from regeneration, is only natural. Such believing is not the faith of God's elect, and therefore cannot save the soul.
Space does not allow me to enlarge; or, friend James, your enquiry involves another question-namely, 'what is the gospel ? The gospel is the revelation of a covenant ordered in all things and sure; of which covenant Jesus is the Mediator; his Holy Spirit the Witness; and the election of grace the partakers; and is to be preached to every creature, for a twofold purpose. First, to take out of Jews and Gentiles a people ordained to eternal life; and, secondly, for the moral and temporal good of others.
Thus, then, friend James, there is no tantalising; there is no such thing as offered grace; and there is no power in man to help himself to a saving possession of the gospel; for the flesh profiteth nothing, it is the spirit that quickeneth.' Just look at yourself, with your three nothings, and worse than nothings; because they are errors, lies and delusions. No tantalizing! no offers! no power in man to savingly receive the gospel these are your three worse than nothings. I am sorry to see your Apostolic name so associated, that is if you be on the side of man, instead of being on God's side, for my name also is James, only I am
JAMES THE LESS.
Now, if Tantalus could have reached the water and the fruit, then he would not have been tantalized; and so, if men have power to receive the gospel, then it cannot be said that the message is tantalizing; and, on the other hand, if Tantalus had been as dead physically, as men by nature, are dead spiritually, then the stream might have come to his chin, or over his head unheeded, and the fruit of the tree might have knocked at the door of his lips quite unregarded; and therefore, in either case, where is the tantalization?
Then, again, if we take the lexicographical definition, it will lead to the same conclusion; for, if to tantalize be to torment with a show of pleasures, which cannot be reached; then, if men on the one hand, have power to reach them, where is the tantalizing? And if, on the other hand, men be spiritually dead, then spiritual things are not a shew of pleasures to such at all, they are dead, and therefore, have neither a true gospel hunger, nor a true gospel thirst: where then is the tantalizing So then, if men have power to receive the gospel, where, I say is the tantalizing? And if, on the other hand, men be dead in sin and enmity against the true gospel, where is the tantalizing ?
I do not, Mr. Editor, wish to tantalize your correspondent, but I again say, to whom is the mission-preach the gospel to every creature' a tantalizing message; for, if all men, as I have said, have power to receive it, then it does not tantalize them; and, on the other hand, if all men be spiritually dead, then the dead know not anything: the message cannot tantalize them.
Now, if men were not spiritually dead, but merely spiritually powerless, and all were hungering and thirsting after the righteousness of Christ-hungering and thirsting after mercy-longing and seeking for pardon by his eternal atonement-agonizing to read out their eternal election of God, and earnestly seeking daily fellowship with God, and yet none of these things were intended for them, then the command to preach the gospel to every creature,' would indeed be a tantalizing one. But, are all men thus looking to God? Yea, let me here say, that all who are thus hungering and thirsting, are blessed,' for they shall be filled.' Where then, again I ask, is the tantalization?
Your correspondent calls himself James.' Well then, my good friend James, let me say 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 faintJones 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 ambassathem; 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 ev 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 hearts of not a few of our young men to go forth more widely in the fulfilment of their great mission. We do heartily pray for 'good success' to attend them; we do as devoutly pray that no popular excitement, no unhea venly emulation, no anti-gospel thirst for numbers-will be permitted to lead them from a powerful contention for those immortal elements, and essential gospel revelations for which our fathers shed their blood, and laid down their lives. To watch over; to warn, if necessary, and in all right and righteous paths, to encourage our younger brethren, shall be one part of our future work, the Lord himself being our helper.
These thoughts have freely issued out of an interview with a friend in Brighton, whose conversation turned upon the happy success at present attending the ministry of our highly esteemed brother in Christ, Joseph Wilkins, of Queen-square chapel, Brighton, whose recently issued Sermons on Sin, Death, the Separate State, and the Resurrection, have excited some attention; which also we must more fully notice. The pastor of the BapItist chapel, meeting in Queen-square chapel, Brighton, needs no encouragement from us now. It was our privilege to be the Lord's instrument in removing him from the quiet village of North Bradly, in Wilts, into a few
What an example of encouragement has the great I AM' given us in his ordination charge administered to Moses! Poor Moses put in many excuses touching his unfitness for a mission so weighty and divine, but the Lord overcame them all. How rich in meaning and how full of instruction is that sentence, and Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God!' and how full of holy fear, reverence, and deep 'abasement, must every sinful man feel when the Lord God of Sabaoth calls him into his service ? But do carefully mark the tender, the confident, the oft repeated manner in which the Lord encouraged Moses to his work- Come, now, I will send thee. Certainly I will be with thee.' Go, and gather the elders of Israel together.' Say to them, I will bring you up out of Egypt. Now, therefore, GO, and I will be with thy mouth; and teach thee what thou shalt say.' What more could Moses desire? Still he aims to fling back the commission; he "is not eloquent; neither before the Lord called him, nor since he called him." How does the Lord meet this apparent difficulty? 'Is not Aaron, the Levite thy brother?' know that he can speak well; also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.'
In all this, there are lessons of immense
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, may soon be at home in good earnest there. A busy day in Gospel Zion appears to be looming before us. Of Mr. Wilcockson, of Beulah Chapel, Somerstown, correspondents have written favourably; his 'excellent Witness,' and earnest ministry,' are in reserve for our readers.
The steady and substantial progress, selfimprovement, and ministerial prosperity which has attended Mr. Wilkins-furnishes another striking illustration of the apostle's words'God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound 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 pasministry 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, altruth, 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.to 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 devoand 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 has given us.
Wolverhampton, Bilston, Willenhall, and other adjoining places have recently been a little excited by the public ministrations, of a young friend, MASTER JOHN TURNER, a youth 16 years of age; whose preaching has been blest to many. A highly respected brother in Christ assures us that the preaching of this youth has been sound, wholesome, savoury, and pleasant; he preaches the Gospel of Christ, and, multitudes flock to hear. We are promised some portions of his sermons; therefore, hope to prove this is heaven's work.
Recognition services, at the present time, are numerous. On Wednesday, Oct. 20th, Mr. Samuel Cozens was publicly set apart to the pastorate of Warboys. He has a large field open before him; and a good foundation laid for him. We cannot this month give the details. On Thursday, Oct. 28, Mr. Joseph Palmer, (late of Hounslow,) was settled as pastor of Romney Street Baptist Chapel, Westminster. A large number of our metropolitan pastors were present. Of this brother, and his ministry, we may give some notices in time to come. Our London Churches are getting filled up. Some excellent brethren have been supplying the vacant
BAPTIST CHAPEL, LOOSELEY ROW, NEAR PRINCES RISBOROUGH, BUCKS. The anniversary services of the above cause were held on Wednesday, October 13th. The morning was very wet, consequently a thin attendance; however, brother Bloomfield delivered a very animating and soul-cheering discourse on Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. In the afternoon, the chapel was very full, on which occasion brother Pells preached with great earnestness, and deep solemnity of feeling, on the sufferings of Christ and the triumphant results. The evening was dark, but the place was filled to overflowing, and many stood outside, and seemed as happy as though it had been summer-time; great attention marked the audience whilst the preacher, (Mr. Bloomfield) preached with much energy and warmth of feeling concerning heaven as the inheritance of the saints, and their meetness for it. We trust it was a good day to many souls; and it is hoped these brethren will come again, if spared till 1859, much earlier in the season; when, if multitudes flock to hear the word preached, both may be honourably employed in preaching Christ to the people: the one inside the cbapel, and the other in the open air. Brother Cawse, of Wycombe, took part in the services of the day. Here is a good Sabbath school.
MR. JOHN PELLS,
CAUSE AT SOHO
'HOPFUL' the prospect is cheerful at Soho! A very suitable under shepherd appears: through the ministrations of John Pells the word is enjoyed-sinners aroused-saints comforted-blessings are poured down-and signs of increasing prosperity hover in the future. These things ought to rejoice the hearts of all
I should suppose, John Pells is a man o'er whose head some 30 winters' cold winds have blown. In stature, he is short, slightly inclined to corpulence; has a very pleasing countenance-easy and cheerful manner-a broad, high and intelligent forehead, crowned with dark curly hair-a clear, full-toned voice -a free and distinct delivery, and, withall, a loving disposition. He was formerly connected with the church at the Surrey Tabernacle; and has labored in the ministry at Tunstall and also at Clare, in Suffolk, at both places he was much blessed and very highly esteemed. The deacons of Soho, having heard him spoken of in high terms, arranged for him to supply the vacant pulpit for a Sabbath or two. The result of this was a three months' invitation; and this period drawing to a close, a special church meeting was called for Sunday, Oct. 3, to take the sense of the members as to giving Mr. Pells an invitation to the pastorate. The result being-out of 140 members present, 139 invited him to accept the pastoral care of the church; the other one did not vote pro. or con.; so that I think we may say-John Pells received the unanimous invitation of the Church: which he has accepted; and a public service will shortly be held to recognise him as their pasO Lord, send now we beseech thee, send now prosperity.' But, I am to give a few notes respecting the Sunday School connected with the church at Soho, that is my professed object, Mr. Editor, -but I know your good nature will excuse this digression, especially as it is 'good news.' On Tuesday evening, Oct. 5th, then the annual meeting of Soho Chapel Sunday School was held-Mr. Pells occupied the chair; and was supported by a good bench of bishops, among whom we noticed the brethren Attwood, Bloomfield, Davies, Field, Hawkins, (of Bradford) Hazelton, Wyard, and Woolacott. After singing and reading, Mr. Hazelton very earnestly and solemnly prayed for the divine presence-noticing the position of the church and pleading for prosperity on its recent choice. The CHAIRMAN was glad to see so many. He certainly should not occupy their time, but would just notice one fact: out of the thirteen teachers in the school, nine were members of the church; and he had great hopes that the other four would not be long before they were compelled also to bear testimony to the Lord's goodness to them.
A report was then read by the Secre* See 'Hopeful's Address' in October number.
tary, Mr. E. FALKNER, Jun., which reviewed the proceeding of the past year in a very able manner. One short extract we make which has reference to teachers' prayer meetings-the report stated: The teachers' monthly prayer meetings, held on the afternoon of the 2nd Sunday in each month have been regularly held, and generally well attended. The object of the meeting being to ask the blessing of God upon the past month; and to seek his aid and guidance for the future.' Respecting finan cial matters, the school has a little debt of some £78-but with a band of such persevering and active teachers, that little matter will soon be removed, we are sure.
MR. WOOLACOTT, in moving the adoption of the report, said: I am the oldest London Baptist pastor; thirty- five years to day I became a London pastor; I was pastor eight years prior to that; and eight years prior to that a member of a church; and eight years before that a boy in a Sunday School. I am now, and hope while I live, ever to be a Sunday School teacher. I congratulate you, sir, on your position. I had the happiness of tak ing part in the ordination of the late George Comb, perhaps I may live to see you or dained. I will just give you an account of a little Sunday school girl of our's. About fourteen months ago, a little maiden left our Sunday School. She had been adopted by a loving aunt, and left England for New York. God mercifully took them safe across the bosom of the great Atlantic. She was received kindly; and soon, by her loving man ner, became a little favorite. It was about the time that she arrived, that the great revival meetings were being held in that country. She, with her aunt, attended some of these meetings, and it is plain that they were a great blessing to her: she said, 'O aunt, how much better are these meetings than parties." On one occasion, as her aunt was passing her bed-room door, she heard her pleading at a throne of grace-she was earnestly seeking for a blessing. This convinced the aunt she was a praying child. She then had several interviews with the minister of the church, which resulted in her being proposed for baptism. The aunt, about this time writing to me, says, I have no doubt at all as to the genuineness of the child's christianity. About the time she was to join the church, she was suddenly taken ill. Her conversation was of heaven. In referring to her friends in England, while on her dying bed, she said, they will be glad to hear that I love Christ. Her whole conversation was of Christ and his love. After a short illness, she died in the full hope of the faith of the gospel. She was a child in our Sunday school and my granddaughter.
importance of Sunday school teaching: in Mr. HAWKINS, of Bradford, spoke of the many cases the Bible Society's efforts would be fruitless if not for the Sabbath school: often in the country, and no doubt it was the case in London, many persons had the Word of God but could not read it; the Sunday school taught the people to read, and then provided now ask, if it is right to have these schools— them with the Bible to read. We do not
that question has long been settled. The Sunday school, I should call our Pastoral Aid Society; and the teachers I should call our 'fellow-labourers.'
MR. GEORGE WYARD followed with a most affecting address-not so much in relation to Sabbath-schools, but more particularly on his position in connection with that place. Most affectionately he spoke to his successor, wishing him every blessing he could himself desire. He was sure the brethren in office would do all in their power both for his temporal and spiritual comfort. He, Mr. Pells, was cast into the midst of an affectionate people. would say to him as John Stevens once said to Mr Wyard, 'Brother George, I don't pretend to have much wisdom, but you are quite welcome to knock at my door any time, and I shall only be too happy to give you my poor advice on any subject, or my views on any passage, or to promote your usefulness and happiness in any way.' He would say the same to his brother Pells. During the time he held the pastoral office there, 340 odd joined the church; 4 of the brethren that held office he laid in the silent tomb, about 120 members he saw numbered with the clods of the valley; and the Lord was pleased to honor him with baptizing three of his own children in that place. He must say, it was a great trial for him when he sent in his resignation to that people-but he believed he was directed by the Lord in the matter-for he had never regretted leaving. And as for Tring, he was sure he never regretted leaving there. And now, he was happy to say the Lord was smiling upon him at Deptford; and he felt sure they would be very sorry if he thought of leaving. He prayed the Lord might make him a great blessing there for many years yet to come.
pressed upon his mind. Many years afterwards he said to Joseph Lancaster, 'I can never pass by the spot where the word 'try' came so powerfully into my mind, without lifting up my hands and heart to heaven in gratitude to God for having put such a thought into my head. 'He found four persons accustomed to teaching; and agreed to pay them one shilling each every Sunday, for instructing such children as he might send to them. Such was the humble commencement of Sunday-schools in the year 1781. I think no institution ever progressed with more (if so much) rapidity as this. See the present result, we have now upwards of two millions and a half of the children of our land enroled as Sunday scholars; and they are being instructed by upwards of two-hundred and fiftythousand young men and women gratuitously.
I fear, Mr. Editor, I must not trespass further. Mr. Field followed with a speech that proved he was a man possessed of considerable powers of mind. Then brother Attwood; and with a few words of prayer by brother Meeres, a meeting of much interest was brought to a close. R.
MR. BLOOMFIELD-I congratulate you, Mr. Chairman, upon the position you now occupy; and hope and pray, that, we as neighbours, may long work together in usefulness and peace. I am, sir, a thorough Sunday-school I have then, as a consequence, a great veneration for that cold, old, Cathedral city, Gloucester. It was in that city that our Sunday-schools first had birth. It is now less than one hundred years ago, that a person of no great fame in society, while standing in a low part of the city, was shocked with the awful language and behaviour of a large number of boys, the principal of whom were employed in the manufacture of pins, for which Gloucester was then very noted. Robert Raikes was the name of that much honoured man. While standing conversing with a woman on business, he inquired if these noisy wretched boys belonged to that part of the town? The woman's reply was the germ from which we may say Sunday-schools sprung. "Ah, sir,' (she said,) could you take a glance at this part of the town on Sunday, you would be shocked indeed; for then the street is filled with multitudes of these wretches, who on that day released from their employment, spend their time in noise and riot, playing chuck, and cursing and swearing in a manner most horrid. Robert immediately thought of a school. The word 'try' was strongly im
ORDINATION OF MR. F. PASCOE, AT ROTHERFIELD, SUSSEX. HASTINGS, Oct. 7, 1858.-I have this morning a quiet corner in a South Coast carriage, I will gather up a thought or two from yesterday's work. Our friend Howell's son drove me this morning from Rotherfield to Wadhurst, there I waited half-an-hour for the train; on getting into the carriage, a gentleman called out, Mr. Banks, here is room in this corner.' I gladly availed myself of his kind invite; and soon found a snug seat by the side of our worthy brother Haslop, the useful pastor of the Baptist church meeting in Squirries Street, Bethnal Green. On reaching Hastings, brother Haslop's worthy deacon (friend Barnes,) conducted us both to his Marine residence, where a long and deep affliction had confined the deacon's beloved and devoted wife for six weeks. In the kindest manner possible they gave me provision by the way; and now I am progressing toward Portsmouth, where I hope this evening to praise my dear Master's worthy name in brother Keyworth's chapel. Yesterday morning, the service was commenced at Rotherfield by brother William Flack. He gave us the New Testament church in a luminous, bold, scriptural, and pleasing style. In the afternoon, the following brethren assisted, Robert Comfort read the hymn, one of Hart's on the Trinity was heart-melting, and grand. Oh! what an exalted theme, is that of the everlasting love of GOD flowing down from the Almighty Father's bosom, through the Person of the Almighty REDEEMER, revealed, applied, and sealed home upon the heart by the ALMIGHTY SPIRIT! I felt the whole hymn most deeply precious indeed.
William Long, of Tring, read the Scriptures, and really pleaded with heaven like another Jacob. I then commenced the questions. Brother Pascoe's account of his conversion