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have received by that practice, To a Letter of the Rev. Messrs. which I now disapprove ; but so
Bogue and Bennet, in the Evan- far as I know, owing to what I gelical Magazine, for March, consider as the plain meaning of 1815.
the luminous language of the law Gaius, in reply to the Letter of of Christ. I once thought that Messrs. Bogue and Bennett, in to prevent their speaking would, the Evangelical Magazine, for in some instances, lead to lording March, hopes it will be sufficient it over their consciences; at which for him to say, that not these gen- my heart revolted ; and, I trust, tlemen, but the editors of the I would no less dread it still. At Evangelical Magazine, were called that time also, when I gave counupon to defend themselves, in the tenance to this practice, I was piece referred to—that the charge willing to think that its prohibiof prejudice against the Baptists tion in 1 Cor. xiv. 34. referred was not founded on the account only to their teaching in the given of them in the first volume church ; but believing, as I now of The History of Dissenters, do, that the prohibition is unlimitwhich contains the part shewn in ed, I conceive it to be unscriptuMS. to Dr. Ryland; but on va- ral for them to speak in the rious insinuations in the succeed- church at all, not only by teaching volumes—and that the date of ing, or by prayer, leading the deCostelecius's letter, was an error votions of the church, but by proof the press; in which by a trans- fessing their repentance toward position of the last two figures, God, and faith in the Lord Jesus 1591 was put for 1519.
Christ, or their future contrition
and confidence: by imparting neON WOMEN SPEAKING cessary information on any mat
IN THE CHURCH. ter: in giving testimony to con-
firm any fact: in asking or anHaving lately been led to ques. swering any question : or by vertiou the propriety of sisters speak- bally assenting to, or dissenting ing in the Church of Christ; I frons, any proposition there. beg through your Miscellany to Having thus candidly stated my state my reasous for this; in order, convictions, I now request to rethat if these are unscriptural, I fer your readers to that source of may be corrected by some of your divine authority, whence they numerous readers: but if, on the arise, in 1 Cor, xiv. 34, 35.“ Let other hand, they appear to be your women keep silence in the founded in the will of Christ, that churches, for it is not permitted His wisdom and will may correct to them to speak; but they are the past, and influence the future commanded to be in silence, as also practice of those who, heretofore, saith the law. And if they will have been in the habit of judging learn any thing, let them ask their and acting otherwise.
husbands at home; for it is a I begin then by assuring your shame for a woman to speak in the readers, that my change of mind church.” upon this subject, has not been “ Let your women KEEP slowing to any cross or disgust I LENCE, in the churches. This
prohibition seems fitted to make her be ignorant :" No, it is the the most persuaded and deter- very reverse; for while the wisdom mined upon the other side, pause and authority of God for her own and ponder whether they possess sake, shuts one door upon her in evidence of sufficient weight to public, he opens a more suitable overbalance this, and to draw one for her in private, and enjoins them in an opposite direction; upon her to improve it, “ Let her and especially, at it is forbidden ask her husband at home.” in another still more peremptory, This appears to me to be a wise, " for it is not permitted for them generous, and condescending, proTO SPEAK;" and followed up by vision, for the satisfaction of sis. a third, “ but they are command- ters, in connexion with kind at. ed to be in SILENCE,” and all tention to female diffidence and these rivetted on our consciences modesty, and at the same time a by a confirming reference to the salutary check upon that forwardold testament revelation, “as also ness which is seldom useful, and saith the law.” To attempt any never amiable, or engaging, in fecomment upon these expressions males. Indeed the chief object of the authority of Christ, would of the interdict seems to be the be more likely to throw dark over preservation of the honour and them, than light upon them, and reputation of the female characdeprive them of their edge, ra- ter,“For it is a shame for a woman ther than to give them efficacy. TO SPEAK IN THE CHURCH." But some are willing to believe Publicity is not her sphere of acfrom Paul's having just been tion, or influence, it is contrary to speaking of prophesying, that wo- her nature, and for her to speak in men are hereby only prohibited the church is indelicate, for as it from teaching. I confess there comports not with her make as a might have been some shadow of creature, 80 neither with that reason for limiting it to this, had shamefacedness, which she must not the apostle extended it, by add- cultivate as a christian; but is a ing in verse 35, “ And if they violation of that modesty which is will learn ANY THING, let them the ornament of the sex, and esask their husbands AT HOME.” pecially of “women professing
Here Paul does not represent godliness.” Such seems to me to the woman as designing to teach, be the decision of Him who has but as desiring to learn, and still purchased them with his blood, he continues the prohibition. converted them by his grace, Surely in a more humble and sub- claims them as
com-, missive situation, our sisters can- mands them to be conformed to not be seen; yet their desire to his will. learn, however urgent and devout, Upon no subject in the word of cannot be gratified at present, if God does there seem to be such in order thereunto, it be necessary a combination of evidence and aufor them to make any verbal en- thority, in so small a compass, quiry in the church of God; this nor is the application with which is not treating a female, or her it is enforced less worthy of atcase, with lightness; nor saying, tention; doubtless it was necessa
any woman be ignorant, let ry, in order to check the evil,
therefore he asks, “ What! came 1f Christ has thus made his the word of God out from you? commandment to accord with the or came it unto you only ?” Here- nature of the woman, then let by he seems to put them in mind neither male nor female, promote that they were not the patterns to discord between them. other churches; But ought to be followers of the churches which in Judea were in Christ, to whom
QUERIES. God had first revealed his will, What is the duty of a church how they were to behave them- in reference to the Lord's Supper, selves in the house of God, and when their pastor is laid aside by who had no such custom ; and then affliction ? Are they to avail them. adds," If any man think himself selves of the assistance of the to be a prophet, or spiritual, let pastor of another church? Are him acknowledge that the things they justified in receiving that orwhich I write unto you are the dinance from one of their own commandments of the Lord.” deacons ? Or, are they to conti
But if these principles are just, nue without that privilege altogeit may be asked, “How is the ther for any period during which inind of the woman to be obtain- the affliction of their pastor is ed? If they do indeed exhibit continued ? the mind of Christ, we must find means to follow them; and here, When Satan tempted our Lord as in many other things in the to worship him by a promise of house of God, wisdom is profit- all the kingdoms of the world, able to direct.” Only let me sug- wherein does the force of the gest, that as she is directed to ob- temptation consist, since our Lord tain information in private, be- knew that Satan had not the discause “ it is a shame for her to posal of the things promised ? speak in the church," should we not, for the same reason, receive A constant reader would be information from her in private much obliged to any kind corresalso, ' in all things, in which it is pondent to answer as early as posnecessary to know her mind, and sible, the following query-Whelet that be faithfully reported to ther a person in the business of a the church? This is giving her pawn-broker, be a proper candian opportunity more suited to date for the office of a deacon in her, fully to state her mind; and a Baptist church, or whether it be in the issue, for the church more consistent with the word of God fully to know it. And in assent- for him to fill the station of an ing to, or dissenting from, any assistant preacher, since many proposition, she may unite with passages in holy writ condeinn the church, in the usual method those who take any thing on of liftingʻup the hand, which, by USURY. the way, seems to have been the primitive practice in such cases, What are the best means of sēc 2 Cor. viii. 19. when the word keeping the mind more fixed upon chosen, in the original, signifies, Christ in duty, as the medium of to stretch out, or to lift up the access ? hand.
Copy of an old printed paper, ad- discouragement upon those that dressed to Mr. ENOCH PROSSER, have already taken upon them the Nov. 21, 1681. Found in the care andcharge of churches, for want Church Box, belonging to the of books to study on, and time to stu
Church in Broadmead, Bristol. dy in, and a convenient place where To all the Baptized Churches in to employ their books and time. By England and Wales, greeting.
reason whereof the provision of the
flock is small, and not well orderFathers, brethren and fellow ed; the flock grows feeble, and servants.
our assemblies are slighted, and That grey-hairs, signs of decay become contemptible; and persons ing and dying, are upon most (if of parts, piety, and purses, are not all) the churches, is so evident kept off from closing with us; so and notorious, that he that runs that, in a short time, if a speedy may read it: that these signs of dy- cure be not provided, we are likeing are the effects of some malig- ly to be left as a beacon upon a nant causes, none can doubt: that hill, as a lodge in a garden of cuthese causes may be discovered and cumbers; to shake our heads and removed, is the present design of hands, and bid adieu to the glory this short epistle." As a preface to and credit of the Baptist discipline. which, be it known, that if it be a These consumptive causes conduty to save one man that lies sick tinue, not for want of ability, nor and wounded betwixt Jerusalem willingness, to remove them, but and Jericho, it is more a duty to merely for want of a right method, save, lielp, and heal, many lan- to collect and apply ONE SOVEguishing churches. And that it is REIGN INGREDIENT, that would not only lawful, but a duty for a with speed and ease issue these poor man to save a city, (though no. grand distempers. And that is body consider him,) when the rich the procuring of such a sum of either cannot, or will not do it; money, as may fairly answer all and that strangers and travellers the premises, and disposing of it may prescribe a medicament to a into such hands, as may seasonably patient, when given over by all apply it, to advance the great end other physicians; even so, any man of religion and piety. That money may do service when the Lord bath answers all things, in these cases need of bim. And that a right on. (as well others) no wise man has derstanding of the cause, is the cause to doubt. first step to a cure, is the judgment That a method may be settled for of all wise men.
the effectual acconiplishment thereThe cause, then, of this languish- of, without grudging, or hurt to ing upon the churches, inay be rem any person, let it be considered, duced to these two heads :
that in and about 1. There is an apparent want of the city of London, there may be skilful and able preachers, (which 10,000 baptized persons, who live are the eyes and ornament of a of themselves, and do not need church), to take the care and collection. charge of indigent churches.
2. That 6000 of these are able %. There is a great weakness and and willing to give one penny per Vol. VII.
week, which is but the value of one vent double and treble evil. (6.) fiuger of a glove.
That in case any extraordinary That'2000 may be able and will- charge falls upon a church, by reaing to give two pence a week. son of sickness, or broken bones, 4. That 1000 may be able and there be
encouragement ready willing to give four pence a week. for a nurse, surgeon, or physician,
5. That 1000 may be able and to attend them, that the patient willing to give six pence a week. may not be lost, for want of care
These pence, two pence, four and speedy help; and blood lie at pence, and six-pence, per week, the door of the churches. amount to the complete sumn of In short the removing of these £4333 6s. 8d. per annum.
distempers will effectually accomThe one moiety of which will plish these great benefits and commaintain 40 preachers, at £50 per fortable advantages following annum each; a great encourage- 1. All our present preachers will ment to improve their parts and be marvellously, refreshed, to see a learning, by close study, and other little room or study stored with additional helps; and to provide some good and useful books; and well-ordered matter, to feed the a foundation laid to prevent the souls of the flock withal.
impairing of their stock, the preOut of the other may be given sent sinking of their families, and £200 per annum, to two able and their future ruin, and beggary, learned men, who shall be ready at when they are dead and gone. all times, to help our present prea- 2. All needy churches will be chers, in all matters, upon all oc- supplied, to their comfort and encasions wherein their assistance couragement, and good gifted breshall be required. And (2.) to im- thren employed, that are now out prove the parts and learning of all of business, as to public work. our young and hopeful plants, 3. Not only those preachers we whose genius inclines them towards have will be well improved, by the good work of preaching. And learning and study, but some wor(3.) to allow some learning, if need thy and learned ones will be enbe, to poor preacher's children, to couraged to come in, when they see fit them for business, and to place there is bread for them, and that them out to employments, that may by coming in they shall not be exreuder them capable to live of posed to the necessity of starving: themselves, without being a bur- they will acquit themselves from then to their parents, or to the those girds of conscience they lie church. (4.) To relieve the widows, under, by uneasy impositions, if and fatherless children left by poor they see they can but live elsepreachers, that they may not pre- where. sently go a begging, come to the 4. All young and hopeful plants parish charge, or be starved, to the will not stifle, but cherish, inclinagreat shame and reproach of reli- tions to the honourable work of gion. (5.) That in case a trading preaching, when they see they do brother comes to decay, by long it, without being fatally condemned sickuess, by bad debts, or the casualty of fire, &c. that he may not be 5. Worthy men will sooner chuse forced to hide his head, or be car- to be here for less reward than ried to the jail, and so he and his elsewhere, because of the security family become a constant church that is made for their widows and charge; when 10 or 15l. would fatherless children. have set him on his legs, and
pre- (6.) It will encourage many good