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truly as its origination to the Almighty. and the traditional centres of the -H. Stowell.
papacy, all held in a perpetuated spasm.
We see trade stagnant, banks stopped, If the present lecturer has a right to families ruined, populations starving, consider himself a real Christian—if he and men's hearts failing them for fear. has been of any service to his fellow But above the thick and stormy clouds, creatures, and has attained to any use- we see, rising in hope, the bible free ! fulness in the church of Christ, he owes At morning-tide a hurricane may sweep it in the way of means and instrument- the earth—may sweep till it levels the ality to the sight of a companion, who oak and strips the willow, till it deslept in the same room with him, bend-molishes the cot and shakes the palace, ing his knees in prayer on retiring to covers the city with ruins and the searest. That scene, so unostentatious shore with death. But, if just then and yet so unconcealed, roused my the light of day is sent from heaven, it slumbering conscience, sent an arrow to will pierce straight athwart the tempest my heart ; for though I had been reli- and illuminate the earth. And though giously educated I had restrained that storm may bear away many a prayer, and cast off the fear of God ; ponderous thing, not one light sunbeam my conversion to God followed, and will it turn from its course. Then, let soon afterwards my entrance upon college that hurricane sweep over the nations studies for the work of the ministry. of Europe. We grieve to see those Nearly half a century has rolled away perturbed cities, those aching hearts, since then, with all its multitudinous those shattered fortunes, those multievents ; but that little chamber, that tudes left destitute. But there is humble couch, that praying youth, are nothing eternal in all that. On the still present to my imagination, and other hand, the light of a free gospel is will never be forgotten, even amidst dawning on those lands amid the the splendour of heaven and through storms, and in that there is eternal the ages of eternity.-J. A. James.
hope and promise.-W. Arthur.
HALLAM remarks, “ Ecclesiastical, and not merely papal encroach- AUTHORS and journalists, to whatever ments, are what civil governments and violations of discretion and of good the laity in general have to resist." principle they may sometimes be This statement is profoundly, compre-tempted, yet on the whole exerci hensively true. Were I a statesman, I superintendence over the great instituwould not tolerate the encroachments tions of our country, and over the of any church on my prerogative; and, course of legislation, which is invaluas a Christian, the sword of the magis- able. Hence the arbitrary violence trate I would not take to myself, and which disgraced some periods of our never allow another Christian to usurp government, and the shameless bribery and wield. All history confirms the which rendered other periods infamous, principle I now urge—that liberty has
are gone for ever. Defects may doubtless to fear from the politician than less still be found in our laws and instifrom the ecclesiastic.-T. Archer, D.D. tutions, for they are human; but never
in the world's history was legislation We see upon the continent a melan- more just, or government less selfish choly sum of disaster-Paris, Vienna, and corrupt, than it is at this moment Rome, the intellectual, the political, in this country.-B. W. Noel.
BAD practices and bad desires are saith," Follow me;"—and Wolsey cries, closely allied, and the former, except in “Mark but my fall, and that that extraordinary cases, will surely suceeed ruined me.” Luther did the latter. For as Baron Haller has
“ Hasten to the goal of fame between the posts most judiciously observed, “Where a
of duty," debauched person fills his imagination with impure pictures, the licentious and Luther lives in endless renown. scenes which he thus recalls fail not to Wolsey crossed the course, and Wolsey stimulate his desire with a degree of sinks in deserved contempt.-S. Martin. violence which he cannot resist. This will be followed by gratification, unless There is a great deal in being in harsome external object prevent him from mony with what you have to do, or the commission of a sin which he had what you go anywhere to listen to or internally resolved on and delighted enjoy. You learn more from a discourse in." Now it is admirable that the on any subject with which you have algospel takes cognizance of the thoughts ready some acquaintance ; - and you as well as of the actions, and that its experience satisfaction and delight, and precepts have respect not more to the receive and retain impressions of pleaexternal man than to what it emphati- sure, in proportion as you have an incally denominates “the hidden man of ward sympathy with anything you read, the heart.”—T. Raffles, D.D., LL.D. see, or hear. This law of your nature
is applicable to religion and religious The difference between Luther and engagements. You can do much to Wolsey lies here. Luther toiled for the promote in yourselves and to seek from people, and for God and Christ in the God, that “preparation of heart" for people ;-Wolsey laboured for himself your public sabbath-worship, which beand for all other objects as they found ing possessed, you will find that neither shrine and temple for himself. Luther the day nor the duty can be felt as obeyed his conscience — Wolsey gave weariness.” It makes every prayer inheed to passion. Luther asked what is structive as a sermon; and a true serright-Wolsey inquired what is expe- mon, though ineloquent, subduing as dient for myself. Luther was led on by devotion and sweet as song. Many a the light of a divine idea-Wolsey was poor discourse is rich to them whose attracted by the glimmer of an ignis hearts are right; and many good one fatuus. Both being dead, yet speak :- appears bad from causes existing only Luther, in the triumph of his principles, in the hearer.-T. Binney.
THE CHURCH.-A FRAGMENT.
BY THE REV. EDWARD HENRY BICKERSTETH.
A VIROIN bright, a spotless bride,
From heaven descending,
Her pathway tending;
Not a spot, not a stain, though viewed in the light
And sunshine of hearon's own crystal flood,
Not a spot, not a stain, but of dazzling white !
CHRONOLOGICAL PAGE FOR MAY, 1849.
SUN RISES & SETS
FAMILY BIBLE READING.
1 Tu 4 35 Deuteronomy xxx.
Ann. Meet. Church Mission, Exeter Hall. 7 21 1 Corinthians xi. 1-16. Christian Instruction Soc., Fiusbury Ch. 2 W 4 33 Deuteronomy xxxi, 1–29. Brit. and Foreign Bible Soc., Exeter Hall.
7 23 1 Corinthians xi. 17-31. Free Church Missions, Exeter Hall. 3 Th # 31 Deut. xxxi, 30, xxxii, 1-43. London City Mission, Exeter Hall,
7 24 1 Corinthians xii, 1-27. Sunday School Union, Exeter Hall. 4F 4 30 Deut, xxxii. 44-52, xxxii. London Society for Jews, Exeter Hall.
7 26 1 Cor.xii.27–31, xiii., xiv.1-5. Religious Tract Society, Exeter Hall. 5 S 4 28 Deut. xxxiv., Joshua i, 1–9. 1821, Napoleon Buonaparte died.
7 27 / 1 Corinthians xiv, 6–40. Moon rises, 33 m. past 5, evening. 6 LD 4 26 Psalms.
Sunday School Union Lessons, 7 29 Psalms.
John v. 1-29, 2 Kings v. 1-19. 7 M 4 24 Joshua í. 10-18, ïi.
Full Moon, 7 m. past 7, morning. 7 30 1 Corinthians xv. 1-31, British & Foreign School Soc., Exeter Hall. 8 Tu 4 23 Joshua iii., iv.
Jupiter conspicuous in west. 7 32 1 Corinthians xv. 35-58. British Missions, Exeter Hall. 9 W | 4 21 Joshua v. 10-15, vi,
Religious Tract Soc. breakfast, Lond. Tavern. 7 33 1 Corinthians xvi.
Orphan Working School, London Tavern. 10 Th 4 19 Joshua vii.
London Missionary Society, Exeter Hall. 7 35 Acts xix. 23–41, xx. 1. London Missionary Society, Finsbury Ch. 11 F 4 17 Joshua viit.
Moon sets, 17 m. past 7, morning. 7 36 2 Corinthians i. 1-22. Moon rises, 17 m. past 11, night, 12 s 4 16 Joshua ix.
Moon sets, 7 m. past 7, morning. 7 37 | 2 Corinthians i. 23, 24, ii. Moon rises, 58 m. past 11, night. 13 LD. 4 14 Psalms.
S. S. U., Alatt. xii, 1-21, Mark ii. 23, iii. 7 39 Psalms
[6, Exodus xx. 14 M 4 19 Joshua x. 1-27.
Moon rises, 36 m. past 1, morning. 7 41 2 Corinthians iji.
Moon sets, 4 m, past 10, morning. 15 Tu 4 11 Joshua xi, 10–23, xiv. Moon's last quarter, 30 m. past 10, morning. 7 42 2 Corinthians iv.
Ragged School Union, Exeter Iall. 16 W 4 9 Joshua xxii.
Moon rises, 35 m. past 1, morning, 7 44 2 Corinthians v.
Moon sets, 18 m. past 12, noon. 17 Th 4 8 Joshua xxiii.
1630, John Howe born. 7 45 2 Corinthians vi.
Prince Albert to preside at Serv. Prov. Mg. 18 F 4 6 Joshua xxiv.
Moon rises, 30 m. past 2, morning. 2 Corinthians vii.
1803, Buonaparte appointed Emperor. 19 S 4 5 Judges ii.
Moon rises, 57 m. past 2, morning. 7 48 2 Corinthians viii.
Moon sets, 56 m. past 3, afternoon.
20 LD 4 4 Psalms.
S. S. U., Mark iii. 9-19, Luke vi. 12--19, 7 49 Psalms,
[2 Chronicles xvii. 21 M 4 3 Judges vi.
Moon riscs, 1 m. past 4, morning. 7 51 2 Corinthians ix.
Moon sets, 37 m. past 6, afternoon, 22 Ta 4 1 Judges vii.
New Moon, 37 m. past 7, morning. 7 52 2 Corinthians x.
Peace Society, Finsbury Chapel. 23 W 4 0 Judges viii, 1-32.
Mcon rises, 22 m. past 5, morning. 7 54 2 Corinthians xi.
Moon sets, 17 m. past 9, evening. 24 Th 3 39 Judges viii. 33–35, ix. 1819, Queen Victoria born, 7 55 2 Corinthians xii.
National Temperance Society, Exeter Hall. 25 F 3 58 Judges x., xt. 1-11.
1805, Dr. Paley died. 7 57 2 Corinthians xiii.
1846, Princess Helena born. 26 S 3 57 Judges xi. 12—40, xii, 1–7. Moon rises, 29 m. past 8, morning.
7 58 Acts xx. 1, 2, Rom, i, 1-25. Moon sets, 51 m. past 11, night.
27 LD 3 56 Psalms.
59 Psalms. 28 M 3 55 Judges xiii.
8 0 Romans ii. 29 Tu 3 54 Judges xiv.
8 1 Romans iii. 30 W3 53 Judges xv,
8 2 Romans iv, 31 Th 3 52 Judges xvi.
S. S. U., Matt. v. 1-12, Luke vi. 20--26,
[Psalm lxxiii. Whitmonday. Moon's first quarter, 23 m. past 11, night. 1660, Charles II. restored. Quarterly Meeting of Baptist Board. Moon rises, 13 m. past 1, afternoon. Moon sets, 19 m. past 1, morning. 1700, Alexander Cruden horn. 1842, Jubilee Meeting at Kettering.
VOL. XII. POURTH SERIES.
Memoirs of Mr. John Stevens, late Pastor ( ance, and made so favourable an im
of the Baptized Church of Christ at pression on the rector, who sometimes Meard's Court, Dean Street, Soho, Lon- heard him without entering the place don. With a Selection from his Spiritual in which the auditors generally were Correspondence. Compiled at the Request assembled, that the doctor offered to and under the Direction of his bereaved
procure his admission to the university Church. London: Houlston and Stone
if he would consent to be a clergyman. 8vo. pp. 304.
This from conscientious motives he deThe subject of these pages was born clined, and became pastor of baptist at Aldwinkle, in the year 1776. His churches, at Oundle two years, at St. father was a pious shoemaker, and the Neot's five years, and at Boston six son was trained to the same employ- years. In all these places his ministry ment. Dr. Haweis, one of the chaplains appeared to be successful. to the Countess of Huntingdon and a In 1811, Mr. Burnham having been well known writer, was rector of the removed by death, Mr. Stevens acceptparish, and under his ministry the laded an invitation to the pastorate at received serious impressions. When he Grafton Street; the church at Boston, was about sixteen years of age he though deeply regretting his removal, visited London with a view to improve- yet "expressing their entire acquiescence ment in his business, and became con- in the event, as involving his increased nected with some dissenters. Zealous comfort, extended usefulness, and the for the established church, and persuaded consequent glory of God, through his that it would be easy to show these future ministrations in a more arduous people their error, he sought for argu- field of labour.” At Grafton Street Mr. ments against their notions in the Stevens continued till the place became scriptures ; but “the more he laboured too small for the increasing congregato prove
the more deeply tion, when he and his friends engaged he became convinced that they were at a rent of £200 per annum, a very right.” He then attended the ministry spacious chapel in York Street, St. of Mr. Burnham, pastor of the baptist James's, which had formerly belonged church in Grafton Street, Soho, and to the Spanish ambassador. Here he entered into its fellowship. It was not continued to labour from 1813 to 1824, long before he was encouraged to exer- when he took possession of a large cise his gifts as a preacher, and, though building which he had erected on his he failed in his first attempt, he speedily own responsibility in Meard's Court, acquired such readiness and freedom, Wardour Street, Soho. His friends, that when he was but nineteen years of however, fully concurred in the design, age he received the sanction of the and contributed liberally to defray the church at Grafton Street "to preach expense. After the lapse of some years, the gospel as the providence of God the debt on the chapel became suffimight open a door of usefulness to ciently reduced to render a mortgage him." Returning to Northamptonshire easy to obtain, and the chapel was forthhe preached at Aldwinkle and the with placed in trust for the use of the neighbouring villages with such accept-church and congregation.” This place
he occupied till his exertions were ter- The doctrines which we regard as minated by illness about a fortnight essential to the Christian system, Mr. before his dismission from the body, Stevens held firmly, and while he prowhich was on the 6th of October, 1847. claimed the important truth that salva“ He was employed in the work of the minis- with it a constant recognition of the
tion is entirely of grace, he combined try,” says his biographer, “about fifty-one years; and the blessed results of his labours, necessity of obedience to the divine both in extending the cause of Christ and in will. Yet, it seems, that between him establishing believers in the faith of the gospel, and the baptist ministers of the metroit is impossible fully to estimate. His early polis in general there was from the first ministry was abundantly owned of God in various places; and in the metropolis, where he a mutual indisposition to close fellowlaboured with assiduity and zeal during a period ship or co-operation, and this arising of thirty-six years, he maintained an honour- from doctrinal differences. His biograable standing, and successfully advocated the pher tells us that great principles of absolute and discriminating grace. He occupied the chapel in Meard's " While the truths which he regarded of Court exactly twenty-three years ; having paramount importance were denounced by the preached his first sermon on Sept. 19, 1824, leading men of our denominational societies ; and delivered his last discourse on the same
and their agents were notoriously imbued with date in 1847. During the entire period of his Arminian principles, and were employed in ministry, he baptized about 737 persons, which giving currency to the most flagrant errors; he with ten baptized by Mr. Thornley, and five considered that truth, conscience, and consistby Mr. Murrell at Salem, make the number of ency, required him to stand alone, rather than 752 persons baptized during the whole period by co-operating with those brethren to use his of his pastorate."
influence in advancing a system of error, which
he honestly believed was fast tending to the Mr. Stevens appears to have been a extinction of the distinguishing truths of the sincere, devout, and industrious servant gospel, in the generality of the baptist churchof him whom we delight to recognize as es.” And again, it is said, " It seems impossithe Great Master. His habits, in pre
ble to mark the rapid progress which error has paring for his public work, appear to in the high places of our denomination its
made, and the shameless effrontery with which have been those of a diligent and faith- advocates are undermining the most vital and ful steward.
precious doctrines of the gospel, without feel
ing that honour is due to the men who, fore“Sometimes, we are told, “ he wrote his seeing the tendency of the incipient evil, fearthoughts at considerable length, -at all times lessly lifted up their voice against it, and as he conscientiously devoted considerable atten- conscientiously refrained from identifying tion to the study and arrangement of his sub-themselves with that popular movement which, jects. In his estimation pulpit work was doubtless, has materially conduced to its magsolemn work. To present a sacrifice to the nitude and prevalence." p. 52. Lord that had cost him little or nothing was inimical to his faith and repugnant to his feel. The truth was, that Mr. Stevens, like ings. If under any uncontrollable circumstances he had to appear in the pulpit without many of his contemporaries, not only due preparation, or, as was sometimes the case, delighted in the important truths which with frustrated intentions, he found a supply in are prominent in the system technically the Lord's fulness, and the streams not unfre-called Calvinism, but that he disbelieved quently became a fulness to others. But of
as firmly certain other truths which such unpreparedness in his public ministrations he made no fulsome boast; rather did he seemed to him to be incompatible with secretly deplore the necessity of that which them. To some of his brethren in the some ministers are exceedingly anxious that ministry these sentiments appeared to everybody should know, but of which they be scriptural and harmonious ; but to seldom need give people information,—that they preach without study and premeditation. Mr. Stevens they seemed to be so inpp. 99, 100.
consistent that he who taught the one