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flowing from the premiss of a state hier- wicked are alike dead, or in a state of archy. If the Church of England and intellectual suspension, from the moment Ireland, so called, is a State church, its natural life expires till the moment of the ministers belong to the State as its hired resurrection, when the former, clothed with or paid agents, are under its control, and immortality, will reign with Christ for ever liable to dismission. As to their “minis- on the earth, and the latter, ending with a terial commission,” “apostolical descent,” | temporary vitality, are to be consumed and “priestly character," with the “nature into unconscious nothingness by a literal and desigu of the sacraments,” these are fire which is to “ burn up the sinful all idle assumptions, not having a tittle of rubbish of God's universe." These positions truth in them; the only question is, if the are thoughtfully considered and concisely Establishment is abrogated are these ser- replied to by the author of the Review; vants of the State entitled to compensation? and as a large portion of the work on “Life He says they are. And Government usages and Death " is taken up with a discussion sanction his assertion. The Government of “the Second Advent," this part of the also proposes this. But the compensation book is noticed also; so that this six penny proposed by the Government, though ex- pamphlet is a brief survey of the whole tremely liberal, does not please the author book, for which we thank the author, as of this pamphlet, whereupon he writes, we would thank any other author who “A Letter to His Grace, the Lord Primate would write a larger book of the same kind, of all Ireland,” calling his lordship's atten. worth reading. tion to certain provisions in Mr. Gladstone's Irish Church Bill, and printing his Letter Believers' Baptism and Communion confor the enlightenment of his clerical friends, sidered. By J. FOREMAN. Published by as well as for craning up their claims to the W. Holmes, 19, Hill-street, Dorset. highest pitch. We shall not enter upon square, London. the question of compensation, but content
Mr. Foreman has been so long before the ourselves with remarking that the pamphlet
public, and is so well-known both as a is temperately written, and that it reveals
writer and a preacher, that nothing we can two things with remarkable clearness :
say, nor, perhaps, that any one else can that the State Church is thoroughly eras
say, will add anything to his reputation in tian, and that these servants of the State
either of these respects. We are glad to are as secular as other men.
see a reprint of the pamphlet, and thank A Few Words on “Life and Death, as taught
Mr. Holmes for bringing it out; while at in Scripture." By A. D. Price 6d.
the same time we deeply regret its not Elliot Stock.
having been previously revised. There is
surely no necessity for reproducing the flaw A seasonable publication arising out of in the pattern. The most scholarly a conference held in the residence of a authors revise their works when new dissenting minister. The conference re- | editions are called for: or their friends spected a book, then recently published, revise them if published after their decease. entitled, “ Life and Death, as taught in Courtesy, if not common sense, dictates Scripture." One of the brethren was the adoption of this practice, and we can. requested to prepare a brief review of the not but wish it had been adhered to in the work, and to submit it at a subsequent present instance. Perhaps the publisher meeting. This was done, and at the unan- will kindly accept these suggestive remarks, imous request of the gentlemen then for we mean not to censure, but simply to present, the critique has been pub point out the unwisdom of not doing a lished in a sixpenny pamphlet. The author right thing in a right way. of “ Life and Death, as taught in Scripture," assumes that the immortality of the
The Religious Tendencies of the Times. soul, so generally believed in, is a mere
Second and concluding volume. By figment, which had its origin with the
JAMES GRANT. Mackintosh. Pagans, there being no such thing as a spirit independent of physical organization; Speaking of our religious literature, the that, what in Scripture is called the “spirit author exclaims, “ In how few theological of a being,” is only an element or an in- works of the present day, do we find the fluence, and, as a natural consequence, the doctrines of justification by faith, the inn“Holy Spirit of God” is only an element puted righteousness of Christ, the work of or influence of Deity; that the common the Holy Spirit alike in the conversion of view of Hades belongs to the corrupted the sinner, and the sanctification and faith of the Jews, “ coined up” during the comfort of the believer in the Lord Jesus, captivity; that the righteous and the dwelt upon as themes on which the writer delights to expatiate !" How few indeed ! | the class of books generally reviewed, the Whoever would learn the doctrine of justi. spaces allotted to those reviews, and the fication from human teachings, must turn almost extatic admiration of Ecce Homo. from modern theology and consult the by the recognized organ of the Baptist writings of Owen, Gill, Brine, Hervey, and body, named the Freeman,-accepting this authors of this class. Offers of grace, the view of the subject, we see not how any salvability of all mankind, and terminable other conclusion can be arrived at. It is a punishment hereafter, form the staple of matter deeply to be regretted that it should religious literature. Even when the dis- | be so; yet so it is. We should be glad to see tinguishing doctrines of grace are set forth, a reaction; but fear the end has not been they are contradicted and nullified by reached. general invitations, universal sufficiency in Perhaps the most interesting, if not the the atonement, and man's inherent potency most startling part of Mr. Grant's second for self-application. It is just the same by and concluding volume, relates to the the Spirit's work. What is asserted on one | Plymouth Brethren,-their rise, progress, page, or in one part of a sermon, is denied | schisms, heresies, numbers, pernicious in: in another; so that what those now-called | fluence, &c., of which there are four evangelicals build up with one hand they chapters. Much as we had read and re. pull down with the other.
flected on this modern sect, watching, Mr. Grant thinks the Baptists are rather | meanwhile its tendencies and operations, deeply tainted by negative theology. And we have been startled by some disclosures if we accept the test he applies to periodi- | from the searching pen of this laborious cal literature, which we are bound to say author, and purpose recurring to the we think is a sound one, and consider subject next month.
STRICT BAPTIST MISSION.
On Sunday mornings he preaches in ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COLOMBO Aux. Slave Island, and in the evenings in the ILIARY.
Pettah; on Monday mornings he visits An interesting meeting, in connection | Borella, Maradana, and Demategodde ; with the Strict Baptist Mission of England, on Tuesdays, Slave Island; on Wednesdays, was held at Colombo, Ceylon, on the 4th all round the Pettah; on Thursdays, February. Mr. H. D. Gabriel occupied the Grandpass, New Bazaar, and Silversmiths'. chair.
It is known to the supporters of this “ These places he visits in the mornings, Mission that two agents are supported at there also he holds services in the evenings Colombo. The Strict Baptists at that place commencing at half-past six o'clock. have now, with much energy and spirit, “ The writer of this Report can bear formed an Auxiliary to collect subscrip- testimony (in a high degree) to the zeal, tions, and to render general aid as may be activity, and faithfulness of this servant of needed, so as to forward the interests of God in the trust reposed on him by the the Mission in the island of Ceylon. The Mission ; and it is also his pleasing task to Report presented on this occasion, after state that the labours of this missionary, referring to the Mission stations formed by during the past year, have been very much the Parent Society at Madras and Peram | owned by God; isome have been brought bore, proceeds as follows:
to the knowledge of the truth only in part, “In Ceylon, the Mission supports brethren and others, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, John Andriesz, and Solomon David De have been called out of darkness into God's Waas (the latter under probation for three marvellous light; whilst to many more, months), and Mr. Fernando is also sup at the same time, the seed of life has been ported by this Society to uphold its Mission sown broad.cast in season, with the expectschool. [Mr. De Waas has since resigned.] ation that it will spring up to the glory of
The labours of brother Andriesz, which our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. commenced 1st Jan., 1868, are exercised “It is our prayer and hope that in this, in Colombo among the Portuguese and the second year of his missionary career, Singalese, the former being mostly Roman- he may have the joy and satisfaction of ists, and the latter heathen. He is carrying seeing the direct fruits of his ministry. on his work in the following order :
“Mr. De Waas, the other missionary com.
menced his labours from the 1st Jan. this | HOMERTON-ROW SABBATH SCHOOL. year, and is working amongst the Singalese heathen. At present he is devoting his The Anniversary Meeting of the Sabbathlabour in the following manner :
school in connection with the above place “On Sunday afternoons he preaches in of worship was held on Tuesday evening, Maradana; on Mondays, visiting in the June 10th. After tea, which, it was undermorning, Dematagodde, as far as five miles; stood was gratuitously provided by the on Tuesdays, Maradana and its lanes ; on ladies, a Public Meeting was held. In the Wednesdays, Borella, the jail and hospital; absence of the pastor, Mr. W. Palmer, on Thursdays, Palliagodde. In the evenings whose deeply lamented illness prevented he preaches in those stations where he is his being present, the chair was taken by visiting in the mornings.
Mr. Bellman, the Superintendent of the “The Day-school, under the care of Mr. / school. C.F. Fernando,commenced from Sept., 1868. The meeting having been opened with There is nothing very remarkable that we prayer by Mr. Dixon, the chairman read cán report about it just now, seeing that it the report for the past year. Its style and is in an infant state. The children, about composition were of a superior character. 12 in number, are taught free, as being Disclaiming any sympathy with the notion children of poor parents.
that Sabbath-schools are in any sense “bot“The Sunday-school in connection with beds," or "nurseries " for the church, and this Mission is mainly carried on by Messrs. claiming their right of existence solely upon F. W. Smith, Samuel De Silva, and Arthur the general command to do good unto all J. Fernando. The number of children are men, it stated that the school had kept close 12, of which 9 are boys, and 3 girls. to the old line of things that had long been
“The subscriptions received on behalf maintained in the church at Homerton-row. of the Mission during the past year Sabbath-schools, when originally founded, amount to £26 14s. 9d.
were intended to convey secular as well as “In conclusion we praise the Lord of religious instruction to children who would the harvest for what he has already enabled otherwise have been destitute of both. his servants to perform; and confidently The development of the national school hope that he who has promised to be with system had taken the secular duties out of his followers to the end of the world, will the hands of Sabbath-schools; and now continue to afford us wisdom and strength, that their teaching was exclusively religious, and crown our labours with success, to the Committee felt it of growing importthe honour and glory of His holy name. ance tbat the teachings of the school should Amen."
faithfully reflect those of the pulpit. The The following resolutions, among others, Report went on to record a satisfactory imwere passed on the occasion :
provement in the attendance, particularly “That this meeting desires to express in the afternoon, and concluded with an gratitude to Almighty God for the success appeal to the church and congregation to which this Society has attained in its assist as teachers in the school, and to conoperation, during the first year of its exist. tribute to its funds. ence in Colombo."
The adoption of the Report was moved "This meeting earnestly solicits the by James Mote, Esq., who congratulated prayers of all Christians for an out-pouring the Committee upon having secured a of the Holy Spirit, for the effectual work better meeting than last year. Turning to ing of all missionary societies for the the subject of Sabbath-school instruction, extension of the Redeemer's kingdom in Mr. M. dwelt on the importance of properly heathen lands."
estimating the value of a child. Some The speakers on this occasion were thought anything would do for a child, or Messrs. Silva, Blake, Wydeman, VanGeyzel, anybody would do for a teacher, but this Smith, Vanderwert, Andriesz, and De Waas. was a great mistake, and to this might be ato
In conclusion we cannot but congratulate tributed the fact that, when our children the brethren who have formed this Aux- grew up to think for themselves, they iliary, on the zeal, energy, and business- frequently left us and went to other delike tact which they have brought to bear nominations. Hence the importance of on their undertaking. It is not often that following the Jews' example, who always the labours of those in England who seek to brought up their children in the religion of spread the gospel among the heathen, are their fathers; so we ought to instruct our 80 well seconded by brethren residing on children in those things which we believe the spot where the missionary agents labour. ourselves. The Lord prosper the work of their hands G. T. Congreve, Esq. seconded the upon them, and fulfil all their petitions. motion in a speech abounding with illustra. tions of the various points he advanced. I want of accommodation is much felt, as He said the happiest hours of his life had they are at present taught in the chapel.* been spent in the Sabbath-school. He The place is well attended, and we believe urged the importance of early training, the spiritual husbandman, although young, instancing the zeal and activity of the bas first tasted of the fruits. The collec. Papists and Ritualists to secure to them. tions on this occasion, amounted to selves the children. In order to do this, | £15 Os. 3£d. The people gave cheerfully, they made their schools and services at- and many who are poor, even beyond their tractive, had short addresses, short prayers, means. After the morning service, 80 and lively hymns, and he thought we friends sat down to dinner, in the chapel, should do the same, to the exclusion of at the close of which our dear old friend, “Old Hundredth” and “Job," which, in Mr. Doggett, the instrument in God's hand his opinion, required that excellent patri- of the origin of this place, very feelingly arch's patience to listen to. Mr. C. con- addressed the people on its beginning, cluded with a word of cncouragement to carrying on, and its present prosperity. the Committee and teachers.
| While referring to the past, and the con. Mr. J. T. Briscoe, in moving the re- tiuued goodness of God to us as a church, election of officers, referred to the impor- he appeared frequently overcome, and tance of early training, since in a child it was with much difficulty he gave utter., were all the elements of the man, though ance to what he felt. Tea was served in undeveloped. He contended for the neces- the chapel and vestry, which were quite sity of religious training, referring to the full, and some were accommodated in the importance of employing godly teachers in chapel-house for want of room. our schools. He believed, also, that the The absence of our old friend Mr. Dicknecessities of the times demanded that erson, through his late indisposition, wbo teachers should be persons of intelligence has taken so much interest in the cause at also. It was necessary that the work of Crowborough, was much lamented, and the Sabbath-school should be prosecuted in many prayers were offered on his behalf, a spirit of faith and prayer, and that the that the Lord might not only spare him teacher should be prepared to continue his again to meet at the Fold at Crowborough, labours, faithful unto death, following the but for the interest of his much beloved example of those who “ through faith and people at his own church, at Alie street. patience now inherit the promises."
E. L. This was seconded by Mr. S. Toone in a few observations; and after a few remarks GREAT GRANSDEN. HUNTS. by Mr. P. W. Williamson, the meeting
ANNIVERSARY services were held on the closed with prayer.
1st and 2nd of June. On the 1st, two
excellent sermons were preached by Mr. CROWBOROUGH. SUSSEX.
| Thomsett, of Burgh. The Lord smiled THE Anniversary of the Baptist Chapel, upon us, and many friends were with us. Crowborough, was held on Tuesday, June On the 2nd day, the children of our 8th ; when sermons were preached in the Sabbath-school had their annual treat; a morning and evening, by Mr. Forster, of suitable address was delivered to them in Hastings, from 1 Chron, iv. 10; and in the the afternoon by Mr. Thomsett. A public afternoon by Mr. Whittaker, of Tunbridge meeting was held in the evening, over which Wells, from Psa. xi. 5 (first clause). The the pastor presided, and after singing and services were well attended, aud not a few, I prayer, interesting addresses were delivered we believe, had reason to say, “Thy word by brethren Whiting, Bax, and Thomsett. was found, and I did eat it, and it was About £15 was realized towards the liquid. unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.” ation of the debt incurred by the erection We are thankful that the Lord is pleased of a new house for the minister. We to keep his truth in this place, and give the desire gratefully to acknowledge the Lord's people a desire to be found under a faith- goodness towards us; and to all friends ful, living, and experimental ministry. We who have kindly helped us, we tender our are glad to learn that their newly-chosen hearty thanks.
F. K. pastor, Mr. Littleton, is both esteemed and loved by them for his work's sake, and
* Contributions towards building a school-room that the Lord is making his ministry a at the back of the Chapel, will be gladly received blessing to many. The Sabbath-school by Mr. Dickerson, Baptist minister, 43, New-road, recently opened, has now in actual attend.
Mile End-road, London, E.; or by Mr. Doggett,
19, Stonefield-street, Lonsdale-square, Islington, ance every Lord's-day, 100 scholars, some London, N.; either of whom will be happy to of whom come from a great distance. The furnish'any further information desired.
VOICE OF TRUTH;
"SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE."
In ESSENTIALS, UNITY; IN NON-ESSENTIALS, LIBERTY; IN ALL THINGS, CHARITY.
Expositions and Essays.
THE UNCHANGEABLENESS OF GOD.
morning, May 16th, 1869.
“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Mal. iii. 6.
I DON'T know a doctrine so calculated to establish and settle the believer in the everlasting gospel,-in the faith of Jesus Christ-more, or so much as the unchange ableness of God, the immutability of God. It is that which gives solidity and firmness; it is that which establishes every doctrine, promise, and invitation. Only suppose that God could change and alter his mind, then salvation would be no salvation, justification would be no justification, promises might be withdrawn, and all the provisions of the covenant come to nought! But while God is immutable, all stands firm and secure. Should there be the least doubt on our minds, the language of the text ought, I think, at once to remove it. They are not the words of men or angels, they are the words of God. “I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons af Jacob are not consumed.".
Be it remarked, according to the connection and context, that God is immutably just, and will execute judgment on the ungodly and disobedient, as he is merciful, and will exercise his grace towards his people : “For the Lord is merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiviny iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty.” (Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7.)
There are three particulars in the text to which I would direct your attention.
1. First we shall look at the Speaker_“I am the Lord;" 2. Secondly, we shall look at the glorious dootrine, the immutability of God,"I change not;" and 3. Thirdly