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ing the water of affliction, by having their | instructor removed into a corner, their eyes once more see their teacher," Is. Xxx. 20.
this, considering the respectability of the numbers on each side, is not so formida ble an affair, as would at first sight appear. The Lord, in whose hand are the hearts of all men, may eventually overrule it, for his own glory, and the extension of his kingdom in the world; and it is pleasing to hear, that this difference of judgment has not been productive of any animosity, or turbulence, as is too frequently the case.
We could wish to be indulged in a few reflections which unavoidably forced themselves upon us while attending the proceedings at Keppel-street yesterday: but really such is the perverse temper of the times, that though nothing be farther from the writer's intention than to give offence, it is next to impossible for one to point out a departure from the plain rule of duty, without exciting a clamour from the advocates of long established customs, however oppo
Mr. Ivimey introduced the services of the day by reading the twentieth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, and imploring the divine benediction upon the object of their meeting. Mr. Thomas Thomas, of Peckham, then proceeded to the customary statement of the scriptural nature of a Christian church, asked the usual questions of the church and the minister, and received their answers. Mr. Prichard delivered a very neat epitome of his doctrinal sentiments, and Mr. Upton offered up the ordination prayer. Dr. Jenkins of Walworth, then delivered an important and impressive charge, to the newly appointed pastor, founded on Acts xx. 27. I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God." After an appropriate exordium, in which he stated the nature, importance, and benefits at-site to the word of God. There were tending the gospel ministry-the apostle's example in the manner of discharging it, was recommended to Mr. Prichard's attention; and the preacher elucidated his subject under the three following heads the import of the duty incumbent upon Christian ministers, viz. to declare all the counsel of God-the temptations they are under to shun, or evade, the faithful discharge of this duty-and lastly, the motives which ought to determine them not to shun it. Dr. Newman, president of the Stepney Academical Institution, then addressed the flock, from 1 Thes. v. 12, 13. "And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake." From these words, the church were reminded of two things incumbent on them towards their pastor, viz. to "know," and to" esteem him highly." The former particular included their reception of him as their teacher, their president, and their monitor -the latter, the affectionate regard they were bound to evince towards him, for his work's sake. Both the discourses appeared to us to be very appropriate, and much to the purpose, as indeed will naturally be expected by all who know the preachers. The whole of the service, which commenced at eleven o'clock, and closed about half past two, was more than usually impressive, and we do not remember to have attended an occasion of this nature with more pleasure. Dr. Winter concluded the whole with prayer. The principal source of alloy to the general satisfaction of the day, seemed to arise from the circumstance of about a third part of the church dissenting from their brethren, in the choice of their pastor, and as an unavoidable consequence, their having it in contemplation to form themselves into a distinct society. Yet even
two or three most glaring inconsistencies which struck us forcibly. One was, that at a moment when our attention was solemnly engaged about the importance of paying regard to "all the counsel of God"-there was demonstrably a part of that counsel, most intimately connected with the proceedings of the day, that was studiously concealed, or at least overlooked. Let any unprejudiced man, look at the passages from whence the texts were taken and he will instantly see, that in both cases a plurality of pastors are alluded to. Paul called the Elders of the church at Ephesus and said unto them-feed the flock of God over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers. To the Thessalonians, he said "know them which labour among you," &c. How shall we account for it that this circumstance was never once hinted at by either of the preachers. It is as much the counsel of God to churches, that they have a plurality of pastors, as that they are formed into a church state at all, and that they appoint any one to that office. There is the very same divine authority for a church having a presbytery, as there is for their separating from the world, and attending to any one institution of the kingdom of heaven. There is not an instance in all the New Testament of a church planted by the inspired apostles with only one pastor. How then, we demand to know, is all the counsel of God declared to a church, when his most wise and holy will, in regard to this matter, is never once pressed upon them as their duty?
But further; in the proceedings of yesterday, there was no one topic more prominently brought forward in the Prayers and in the Sermons, than the arduousness of the duties of the pastoral office. Dr. Newman, in particular, descanted upon it with a glow of eloquence;
and according to him, the drudgery, of a workman in the quarry employed in hewing the rock, is not more laborious! What the difficulties of the pastoral office are, it has fallen to our lot to know by the experience of many years; and therefore, we are not likely to be the first to underate them. But then, does Dr. Newman, and do his brethren in the ministry really believe them to be as arduous as they would have us to think them? If so, how shall we account for this plain fact; that the discharge of the functions of an office which in primitive times required the co-operation of two or three persons, is now almost universally committed to one individual; who never hesitates about his sufficiency to discharge them, provided the salary be sufficiently liberal. This is confounding! Surely, the whole counsel of God is not faithfully declared to churches on this subject.
We intended adding a few remarks on the subject of the minister's salary--the whole of the doctrine of the apostles (or the counsel of God) concerning which subject was not faithfully stated by Dr. Newman. He confined himself to one side of the question without ever adverting to the noble example which Paul has left for the imitation of Christian pastors to the end of time, Acts xx. 33, 34. 2 Cor. xii. 13, 14.
These remarks are not the effusion of spleen, much less of malevolence. They are, God is witness, the effect of an ardent attachment to the much despised cause of divine truth, and an anxious desire to recall the watchmen of Zion to ber ancient landmarks.
obliged him to resign his situation, the directors proposed allowing him the customary tribute of an annuity, as a superannuated officer, but the noble independence of his mind, induced him modestly to decline it.
Having, at an early period of life, conceived a disgust towards the trading system, adopted by many professed Christians who make a gain of Godliness; and the unscriptural plan of receiving hire for preaching, he erected, at his own individual expence, a place of worship, in the Curtain Road, which he furnished with every thing requisite for the accommodation of the congregation, and here he statedly preached to a few plain and simple followers of the Lamb. When incapacitated for public services himself, he was succeeded in the ministry of the word, by one of the members of his own church, whose gifts pointed him out to his brethren, as a proper person to supply his lack of service. But the place which once knew him, now knows him no more for ever! As he was somewhat singular in his views of truth, and of the duty of ministers to make the gospel without charge, so he has left the members of his church an unusual token of his regard. He has bequeathed to them the sum of six thousand pounds, to be divided equally among them; besides five hundred pounds to a Society, for the relief of the sick poor, at their own habitations. He was kind and beneficent to the destitute, while living; and, like his divine Master, went about doing good. His library and manuscripts, both of considerable extent, are left to be divided between his successor in the ministry, and his residuary legatee. Among the manuscripts is a correspondence of some extent, which he carried on with the late Mr. William Huntington, which will probably be pub
August 6th. A New Chapel was opened in Acre Lane, Brixton, Surry, for Reli-lished at a future period, gious Worship, when three excellent Sermons were preached by the Rev. Messrs. Stodhart, Edwards, and James of London. The Congregations were large and respectable, and a handsome collection was made on the occasion,
His mortal remains were interred in his family vault, at Bunhill-fields burying ground, on the 7th of August, when the members of the church followed the corpse, accompanied by a considerable concourse of people, and a funeral Oration was delivered at the grave, by his succes sor in the ministry.
DIED, on the 31st July last, at his house in Artillery Place, Finsbury, London, in the seventy third year of his age, In the Press and speedily will be PubGARNET TERRY, ESQ. formerly a book-lished, a Reply to the Rev. Mr. MATTHIAS'S seller in Paternoster-row, to which he (of Dublin) Enquiry into the Doctrines also added the profession of an engraver. of the Reformation, or a right convincHis eminence in the latter departmenting and conclusive confutation of Calvinrecommended him to the notice of theism. To which is subjoined Ieropaideia, directors of the Bank of England, who or the true method of instructing the engaged him in their service a station which he filled for several years with great credit and honour to himself, as well as to the satisfaction of his employers. When the growing infirmities of years
Clergy of the Established Church; being a wholesome Theological Cathartic to Purge the Church of the Predestinarian Pestilence. By a Clergyman of the Church of England.
"Which Things the Angels desire to look into.”
REDEMPTION! O amazing sound!
See how th' angelic hosts delight
With holy joy and fear they bend,
Shall we, rebellious worms, whom Grace
Raise our cold hearts, O Lord, to thee;
Eternity! how long.
Shall I exist when time's gone by,
In one unchanging state?
"Tis true must;tis Heaven's decree; And soon shall executed be,
The sentence of my fate.
Existence infinite-shall I
Or dying live to tell?
Yes--live I must in heaven above
Awful eternity," dread sound,
For ever thou wilt give:
But oh! the soul that puts his trust
THE MISSIONARY's REFLECTIONS.
From honoured England far away,
How oft my warm affections stray,
Where friends and relatives survive,
Again, with good free will.
But most where Jesus holds his court,
I know the places, and must love,
O what a place of sacred joy,
There shall I meet, whom here I've known,
But now are on the mount;
They dwell with Jesus on his throne,
And all his paths recount.
There shall I see, whom now I might,
And there how great the joy will be;
This, this enjoyment, shall repay
O my dear Saviour grant I may,
For this I'd spend my lab'ring breath,
And though my work should prove my death,
Farewell, dear England, with this hope,
I yield past sacred pleasures up,
DESIRES AFTER CHRIST. No place on earth my Spirit knows, Which yields a calm a safe retreat; Near every spot some thorn there grows, Or snare awaits the Pilgrim's feet.
O happy souls who find their rest
'Tis this would warm my dull cold heart,