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ought never to interfere with what was of such immense importance.”
already saved. This is why I can feel tranquil, joyful, without fear, and for ever happy; and can say with Paul, I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord' (Rom. viii. 38, 39). Yes; this is the secret of happiness, the assurance of salvation. Without this we are slaves; with it we are men full of good-will. Without this we can only drag ourselves in the path of servile works : with it we run in the way of the Lord's commandments. Without this you will be always unhappy; with this heaven will begin for you on this earth. Adieu, my dear brethren, we shall probably never see each other in this world ; may we see and love each other in the next! Your affectionate brother in
After a time the poor woman's child dies; and the following conversation ensues :
“ Mr. Seymour (the Rector] pitied the poor mother most sincerely, making due allowance for the grief so natural at such a moment. But having, since his short residence at Turnham, seen her constantly at church with her two boys, always the neatest in the parish, he believed her one of the most religious of his congregation, and therefore he now offered her those pious consolations, which, though they may not at once dry the tears of the afficted, still do in time lighten their sorrows. Jane Wilmot, however, listened with a dull ear; but when he said that he trusted that a day would come, when she would be enabled to rejoice that the poor baby just called to its Maker had departed without having lived long enough to contract any of the defilements of this wicked world; and that, fresh as it were from the regenerating water of baptism, he would be received with the arms of mercy by his God and Redeemer, who would give him the blessing of everlasting life and happiness; poor Jane looked up as though she thought from his last words that comfort was still to be found, yet scarcely understanding how; and she said in a low husky voice — Happiness, sir! do you think poor Harry is happy ?"
6. Certainly, my good woman,' Mr. Seymour replied, your poor boy, like every other child of Adam, was formed by nature corrupt and ungodly; but when presented to his Saviour at his baptisma Saviour who has told his disciples to suffer little children to come unto himwe may suppose that he is made a meet partaker of the salvation which Christ died to obtain for us. Scripture mentions many instances of baptism being commanded; while it shows no other way by which we may come unto Christ.'
o What do you mean, sir ?' said the frightened mother, who felt sick at heart from fear that she had missed some blessing for the beloved baby. “Do tell me what you mean.'
«« Why, my meaning may be told in a few, but very awful words, Mrs. Wilmot,' said Mr. Seymour, looking grave. “We are all born with a curse and anger upon us which God pronounced upon Adam. With God's curse upon us, no one could hope to go to him in heaven;
PUSEYISTIC TRACTS. The accompanying tract is written by the wife of a clergyman. I send it as a sample of the way in which the Oxford divines are inculcating their tenets among the poor. Can any thing be worse than the sentences (in italics)? though there are many others well nigh as bad.
“ Jane Wilmot was not a religious woman: and though she sometimes went to church, it was not from thinking of God, and what great things he had done for the world by his beloved Son; nor was it to pray for his assistance in making herself worthy of going to heaven when she died. She went to church because people said that it looked respectable ; but she looked more at her neighbours' clothes than she attended to the clergyman. As it is women who, when they are good, generally make their husbands think of serious things, so it was from Jane being unfortunately ignorant of what sin she was doing, that she had made her husband think lightly, and had persuaded him not to have their little boy christ ened, though he was now six years old. The truth was, she did not like the expense of a christening supper, and said she did not know what godfathers the children could have. But if she had thought wisely on the subject, she would have known such things were trifles, and
but by baptism we are placed among it is not too late,' said Mr. Seymour, glad those to whom everlasting life in heaven to find some subject which might turn is promised by One who cannot lie. It the wretched woman from her misery; is true that by sin we may again leave and he felt grateful to Heaven that he had that happy flock, which Christ's church discovered the dangerous state in which may well be called ; but you should be the good little James had been left by thankful that your boy has been taken his imprudent parents. from you before he could have done evil “He told Jane Wilmot, that, without in the sight of God; therefore we may any delay, she must bring her son to suppose that he is among the number of church, that he might, by baptism, gain the blessed.'
God's grace, which was equally necessary “Jane Wilmot was silent for a few in- to enable him to lead a good life, as it stants; at length, almost gasping for was to secure him everlasting happiness breath as she spoke, she exclaimed- after death. Mr. Seymour then settled
" • Mr. Seymour, sir, tell me, for God's that the christening should take place sake tell me, will the registering officer's the next day, promising that himself and having entered him do the same ? We his brother should be the godfathers; had him written down within six weeks but telling Jane that she must get some after he was born, at Mrs. Smith's office, pious neighbour to stand godmother ; which they told us was the proper time.' and he mentioned one, who, he said, he
“ Mr. Seymour looked alarmed as he was sure would undertake the office, if said My good Mrs. Wilmot, is it pos- she were told that it was his wish." sible that you do not understand that it After some time Jane becomes de. was only when your child was christened ranged from excessive grief. At length, by a minister of God that he was made however, she recovers, and becomes a fit for the kingdom of heaven ?'
good advocate for infant baptism. “ He never was christened !' groaned It is really sickening to have to notice poor Jane, sinking on the floor. O the dissemination of such awful error. Harry!-O my sweet baby !--she con- The above tract has reached the second tinued, almost wild with grief—' it is edition, at least, and may probably be your own mother who has destroyed widely circulated. you — it is I who have kept you from heaven.' “Mr. Seymour was extremely shocked
“ GERMAN EVANGELICAL MISSION on hearing this; and he knew not what to say to comfort her, though he was
TION, SUVISESHAPURAM, IN TINNEVELLY." terrified to see the violence of her grief, Our readers may remember the notice as she knelt sobbing, with her head laid which was printed on the wrapper
February No., of the decease and the la“ He felt that he dared not give her one bours of Mr. Rhenius, missionary in Tinhope. There was none offered by the word nevelly. We trust that it will interest of God, from which he alone
ok his au
many of the children of God to know that thority. He felt none for the unbaptised J. J. Müller (one of the fellow-labourers baby, to whom he ought to have refused in the work of the Lord there with Mr. Christian burial, had he been aware of Rhenius), remains at Suviseshapuram, all these circumstances. He was anxious, Palamcottah, occupying the same indehowever, to turn the thoughts of the pendent ground of labour for the Lord. afflicted mother from her sorrow, and at We request our Christian readers to length said, ' My poor woman, you must
refer to the account which has already think of the blessings you still have, and, been given in our pages of the work of only looking at the past as a lesson for the Lord in Tinnevelly, and we trust the future, learn to repent of and avoid that their hearts may be lifted up to Him the sins you have ignorantly committed. who can give the increase, for his Fatherly Poor little James, I suppose,.
blessing upon Mr. Müller and all others Christened before you made this mistake who are labouring with him—that they about the New Registration Act ? may be the instruments of leading many
No, sir-no, sir,' Jane answered ; to know the acceptance which is given “he too is lost-he too has God's curse. in the blood of Christ to all who trust in We never had him christened, and he is Him. It is thus that those who are far now eight years old: and again she from the scene of labour can strengthen moaned as though her heart was breaking.
the hands of those who are personally You must then thank heaven that engaged in the work, and thus be fellow
upon a chair.
helpers of their joy. May our God grant abundantly the energy of His Spirit to those who testify for the name of His Son; bringing His person and work before those who know Him not, and who are alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them.
The following information was received by a letter from J. J. Müller, dated, Suviseshapuram, Palamcottah, July 8th, 1839.
“ I could not persuade myself that it is the will of the Lord to leave Tinnevelly; particularly so when the catechists, &c. &c. unanimously requested me to stay with them, whether I can give them little or no salary. We are thus, my dear brother, cast again upon the Lord and his people; and I only pray that he may grant me the necessary faith, patience, and perseverance.
According to the list of congregations, made up at the end of last month, there are at present in connection with the “ German Evangelical Mission Station, Suviseshapuram, in Tinnevelly,”families, 1,574 ; or souls, 5,039. At the end of December last, the number was – families, 1,349; or souls, 4,447. There is, therefore, an increase during the last
" Ì have made known unto you our wants and necessities; may the Lord put it into your and your brethren's hearts to come to our help, to strengthen our feeble hands, and to encourage us to go on joyfully, doing the Lord's work ; forasmuch as we know that in Him it will not be in vain.”
For the information of
Christians who know that it is their privilege to serve the Lord with their substance (see 2 Cor. viii. and is), we mention that the contributions of saints, in aid of the Tinnevelly Mission, will be received by Mr. David WALTHER, Bookseller, 42, Piccadilly; and Mr. JONATHAN Bagster, 15, Paternoster Row.
“ Behold the Lamb of God” LAMB of God! our souls adore thee,
Lord, we learn, with hearts adoring While upon thy face we gaze ;
All thy love in drops of blood; There the Father's love and glory
Glory, glory everlasting Shine in all their brightest rays.
Be to thee, thou Lamb of God! Thy Almighty power and wisdom
Lamb of God, thou now art seated All creation's works proclaim ;
High upon thy Father's throne, Heaven and earth alike confess thee
All thy gracious work completed, As the ever great “I am.”
All thy mighty victory won; Lamb of God! thy Father's bosom
Every knee in heaven is bending Ever was thy dwelling place ;
To the Lamb for sinners slain; His delight, in him rejoicing,
Every voice and harp is swelling, One with him in power and grace.
"Worthy is the Lamb to reign." O what wond'rous love and mercy! Thou didst lay thy glory by,
Lord, in all thy power and glory,
Still thy thoughts and eyes are here, And for us didst come from heaven.
Watching o'er thy ransomed people, As the Lamb of God to die.
To thy gracious heart so dear: Lamb of God! when we behold thee
Thou for us art interceding, Lowly in the manger laid,
Everlasting is thy love; Wandering, as a homeless stranger
And a blessed rest preparing, In the world thy hands had made ;
In our Father's home above. When we see thee in the garden
Lamb of God! thou soon in glory In thine agony of blood,
Wilt to this sad earth return; At thy grace we are confounded,
All thy foes shall quake before thee, Holy, spotless, Lamb of God!
All that now despise thee mourn: When we see thee as the victim,
Then thy saints shall rise to meet thee, Bound to the accursed tree,
With thee in thy kingdom reign : For our guilt and folly stricken,
Thine the praise, and thine the glory; All our judgment borne by thee,
Lamb of God for sinners slain!
What saith the Scripture ?--Rom. iv. 3.
ON HUMAN RESTRICTIONS TO CHRISTIAN SERVICE. It is important for the minds of Christians to be clearly instructed in the truth of God as revealed in the Word ; for this alone can be their safeguard amidst the many devices which Satan uses to hinder their service to the Lord Jesus, and their happily walking knit together in that love which the Holy Ghost sheds abroad in their hearts : and thus whatever tends to bring the light of the Word to bear upon practices or opinions, however general, and however highly esteemed, ought not to be despised, even though those opinions and practices be proved to be evil in the sight of God, and, therefore, such as His children should shun.
And thus I assuredly judge, that however painful an investigation it may be, it will not be unprofitable to consider the restrictions which the practice of men has imposed upon Christian service.
It is a most simple principle, that whoever is gifted for service, ought to use his gift in obedience to the Lord. But here restrictions have been set up which are applied to the exercise of some particular gifts ; unostensible service may go on,“giving" and “shewing mercy" may be practised, and few will question the authority which such would have for using their gifts : but when teaching, pastorship, or evangelising (which are often called “Christian Ministry"), comes into question, then most Christians instantly take alarm, as though it were an unwarrantable assumption of authority or office.
“Ministry” is continually identified in the language ,of the professing Church with the exercise of official place and authority: and thus men take up their popular ideas of order in the Church, and use them to restrict the exercise of gifts bestowed by the Spirit of God.
On this I purpose to remark, and thus to present, in contrast to the simplicity of the distribution of the Holy Ghost, the complex machinery of man's devising. It is a dreary wilderness for the soul of a Christian, but many and many of the sheep of Christ are entangled by the thorns and briers there, and are thus hindered in what should be their happy liberty of service. Succession,”
orders," or “mission,” are never, I believe, applied by any to those parts of Christian service which are unostensible in their character ; but so soon as any exercise of ostensible gift comes in ; so soon as any one who knows and believes the love which God has to him, goes forth to testify to sinners concerning the gift of Jesus, or instructs any of the poor sheep of Christ
, expounding to them the way of God more perfectly, exercising, perhaps, in these things the very gift which the Holy Ghost has distributed to him as a member of the body of Christ, then he is at once
met with the assumption that in so doing he is running counter to order;" he is acting an “ unauthorised" part; he is intruding into that in which he has no business; and no matter what blessing the Lord may bring about by his
; no matter if he be acting without trenching in the least on that which the Scripture enjoins ; no matter if his gift for the work he has undertaken be most manifest; he is an
“unordained" person : let him be silent, or let him be “reguThus are the wheels of God's machinery clogged in their action by the dust which men blinded by Satan have thrown in ! Alas! additions to the word of God hold a higher place in the thoughts of many than does that Word
itself! All understand what is meant by an “unordained" person ; but all do not so well understand the meaning of the words “ orders” and “mission” when placed thus together : but because the two ideas are complexly woven into men's thoughts and
conduct, even when the names are unknown, it becomes needful to say a little about each. Every intelligent Romanist perfectly comprehends the difference and the connection of the two things.
“ Orders" is that which gives qualification for ministry to the person: an indelible character is supposed to be impressed thereby. “Mission” gives authority or jurisdiction to the ordained person to execute his function in preaching, ministering the (so called) “ sacraments," &c., in some particular place or circumstances.
This may suffice to define the meaning of the two words, and also to make more clear the thoughts which are practically so prevalent in men's minds about these two things.
Now, when “orders” and “mission" are spoken of or implied, the question naturally arises, “Who has power to confer the orders,' and who can give the
mission ?!” The figment of “succession" supplies to the Romanist an answer which he judges fitting; while every Protestant who sees not, and owns not, the authority of the Holy Ghost to divide to every man severally as He will, is left in a strange dilemma: for if he speak of " succession," why does he not go to Rome? if he speak of an appeal to the Word in the matter, why does he not really receive its testimony, and admit that no human power is needed to qualify or to uuthorise for ministry ?*
Romne has a head of the Church as Christ's Vicar upon earth; and upon her principles one of her sons might well say, that “God had been indiscreet if He had not made the Pope.” Her principles are not of God and of his Christ; and thus the embodied lie of Satan, his daring substitution for the truth of God, meets with ready acceptance.
From this Vicar of Christ upon earth all authority in the Church is deemed to flow; the members of the Romish Church everywhere acknowledge him as the successor of the Apostles, and the head of earthly ecclesiastical unity. And thus, of course, he naturally takes the place of being the fountain of " orders" and of “mission." A Romish bishop, in ordaining a Romish priest, acts upon papal authority; for it is that authority which qualifies him for conferring the orders."
And so in the actual sending forth of those who are in orders, and in superintending them in their official places, the authority of Rome is that upon which all depends; insomuch that every priest of Rome refers distinctly to “ the successor of St. Peter” as giving him his warrant for ministering where he does ; for celebrating the “sacrifice of the mass ;" for granting “ absolution," imposing " penance," and, in short, for doing whatever he, as a priest between God and man, professes to perform.
The personal qualification or orders may exist without “mission;" but the latter can only pertain to him who has the former; and both are by Romanists referred directly to Rome, “the mother and mistress of all churches."
In this there is ONE great error, from which all the minor details flow; it is not that Christ has no vicar upon earth, but it consists in assuming that the Pope is that vicar, instead of knowing that the Holy Ghost holds this place, and He alone qualifies and sends forth those whom He will.
. Rome may, in the ordination of her priests, profess to give them the qualification needed for executing their functions; she may profess to give them the Holy Ghost, but how can those confer Him who have Him not ? Can succession or authority meet the difficulty ? Besides, the “ power of sacrificing for the sins of the living and the dead” is the great object for which they are pretended to be set apart; and the very idea of such a claim takes them far away from the sphere of Christian service: the bare profession of the giving of such a power in itself must invalidate the whole claim of Romish “orders," and therefore of the “mission” likewise.
The concatenation of error has been briefly this :—the perfect salvation of the Church was forgotten : hence the personal acceptance of believers was not seen; hence sacrificing and interceding priests were needed to meet the difficulty; hence a system of earth arose in which the Holy Ghost had no place save nominally; and His place being needed to be filled up in the now nominal Church, the Pope took
* I use the word " ministry' in its popular sense, without at all admitting the restricted meaning which men have found it convenient to attach to this word, instead of taking it in its proper and wide sense of " service.”