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and continued my search : the them, much greater than that people ridiculed' me, saying, manifested among our brethren what do you want with such who reside in the same cloister; poor illiterate creatures ?
By and their inducements to this persevering, I found some of conduct were the consideration the Anabaptists, with whom Ithat the Lord Jesus Christ lived could have more free, inter- in deep poverty in this world; course than with those at Ant-and, leaving an example of pure werp; and although they were undisguised affection, he has of the lower order of people, I, commanded us to copy it, and nevertheless, found them, in to enter by the strait gate, their knowledge so accurate, in that has so many difficulties to their acquaintance of the scrip- our poor nature. The obsertures so profound, and in their vations which I made on this arguments so weighty, that I people, occasioned me some was greatly astonished. I ask- very serious reflections on the ed them, if they had any teach- subject of leaving that comers, or ministers? they informed munion, which had, for so me,
there were none at the many ages, been the Catholic Hague, but at Leyden, Am- church; but then, I thought, sterdam, Haarlem, and other that would look like leaning too Dutch towns, there were many. much on my own wisdom : but, At my request, they gave me on the other hand, I considered direction to one at Haarlem, that the word of God was the but who could not speak Latin; only wisdom proper to be the he, however, introduced me to guide of man. I again conanother, who spoke Latin well; sidered my connections, my fafrom whom, as well as from ther, my old relations, and parothers, (for I conversed with ticular friends, and well knew many,) I received such inform- what I had to expect from ation as still more surprised them, who were all zealous me; and, instead of my cor- Catholics; on the other side, I recting their errors, as I pur- knew that the Lord Jesus posed to myself, they very Christ said, 'Whosoever loveth nearly brought me over to their father, mother, sister, or broopinions. As I continued some ther more than ine, he is not time among them, I had fre- worthy of me, nor can he be quent opportunities of ascer- my disciple. These opposing taining the doctrines they held, interests produced so much which appeared to me to be disquietude, that I sometimes scriptural; and I clearly saw scarcely knew in what they the deportment of their lives would issue. was that of men not conformed “At length I adopted the to the present' world. They plan to which I seemed most chiefly supported themselves inclined, and wrote to my faby the labour of their hands; ther, that it was my purpose to they were attentive to each pursue my studies at Leyden, other in necessity, and a cor- where, at that time, a number dial mutual love prevailed among of learned men flourished;
which I did; and with more this sect; for, he added, in the success than I had hitherto work of rejecting, and condone in any seminary. In the demning, we may very easily mean time, I kept up an inter- err. Let us then act a nobler course with the Anabaptists. part, and pray for all. That Sometimes I communicated in- is your proper work, father, formation to them, but they said the company. But, he reusually imparted much more plied, it is the work of every
Christian to seek to promote “ The prior farther observ- the kingdom of Christ; and ed, that he remained at Ley- not to reject, or destroy any den nineteen months, and that, living man. This last sentiduring that period, he had re- ment seemed to excite the surmarked some disunion among prise of the whole company. the people, which, he con- One said, I never, in my life, ceived, was carried to a need heard such a relation. Another less length; especially on the said, Father, you were in great subject of the Ban, or excom- danger; God discovered great munication, and the avoidance,* love in delivering you.
The in which many of the churches whole company expressed their of the Mennonites, at that time, opinion on the account, as it acted with the utmost rigour; respectively struck them. and these were the reasons the “ After some conversation prior assigned for not uniting between the prior and one of himself with this people. the nobles, not on the subject “ He closed his address by before us,
Bartel Louwer prostating to this effect:-- I frankly ceeds to relate, that some of the confess, that I found among company addressed themselves this people, many who feared again to him, and said : GerGod from the heart, and that man, you have heard in what to no common extent, which great danger this gentleman was apparent in their lives and was of being led astray; howconversation. They certainly ever, he is a Catholic, and bewere the occasion of my leaving come a priest in order to save the world, and entering upon the his soul. You investigate too clerical profession; I might much, according to your own otherwise have been a noble, account; unite yourself, then, and supported the same style of to the original and unanimous life, as others, (to which the no- Roman Catholic church, and bles present nodded their as- you shall not err. The prior sent.) On this account, said exhorted me, and said : As you he, I cannot hear, with appro- are a traveller, and probably bation, the entire rejection of will continue to be one, always
* The more rigid Mennonites carried the excommunication of unworthy members to an entire avoidance of the individual who was excluded. It formed a fruitful subject of controversy between them, and the moderate party; but it would prolong this article to an undue length, to detail a controversy; a full account of which may shortly meet the public eye in another mode.
remember that God the Lord state, is withdrawn, conscience knows your works, words, and awakened to its more lively exerthoughts. He hears, sees, and cises, and ready to set, even knows you.
If you act under sins that were before scarcely an impression of that, at all noticed, full in their sight, times, you will learn the fear while Satan tempts them to unof the Lord, and this fear is belief. They look over their the beginning of the wisdom, evidences of grace, but a dark by which you shall know which cloud hangs upon them, and is the right and which is the they are afraid all is not right; corrupt church; and having that they have been deceiving discovered this, you will, I themselves, and consequently am confident, make your choice have no right to apply any of accordingly. Thus he closed the promises of coinfort to his address to me,
themselves. Now, supposing “ The nobles employed a this your case, what is to be number of arguments; question- done? Are you to give up ing, advising, and admonishing your hope in Christ? By no me, and making professions of means. It is our duty, as well friendship. The countess pur- as interest, to hope, even when chased the articles she desired our souls are cast down withme to bring her; and thus I in us;" and, consequently, to took my leave of the whole as- believe and trust in the promises sembly, paying my respects to of mercy. So the prophet exthe nobles; all of whom re- horts us,
when " walk in quested me, that if I came in darkness and have no light.” the neighbourhood of their re- When our évidences of grace, sidences, I would call on them; already received, fail us, and we assuring me a friendly recep- can derive no comfort from tion, and declaring their rea- them, let us turn our eye to the diness to have farther conver- fulness of Christ, from whence sation on the subject.” all grace is derived to us; and,
if we cannot go to him as saints, let us go as sinners; and he has
« he will in no wise A FRIEND,
cast us out.” Let conscience
have its full scope, and bring SPIRITUAL DARKNESS. all its charges against you in
their fullest aggravations; ad
mit it all, and plead guilty ; You tell me, that you have but still hope. Jesus Christ your
doubts and fears about an came to save sinners, even the interest in Christ as a Saviour. chief; and presents himself to This is no more than many of you in that character. His the children of God experience, arms of mercy are extended to especially when they apprehend invite and embrace you. His themselves near an eternal world. gracious language is," Come Then all that used to amuse and unto me, all ye that labour and divert their attention from that are heavy laden, and I will give
MY DEAR CHRISTIAN FRIEND,
you rest.”—“ Blessed are they and nothing can inspire you who hunger and thirst after with the love of holiness, but righteousness, for they shall be a humble trust there, nor any filled.”_" Let them come, and thing afford you true comfort take of the waters of life freely." but this. Give up your imThe question is, not what you mortal interest into his hands; have been, but what you now rest in his faithful word, and are? If even one of the chief wait for the promised salvation of sinners in time past, yet, if in patience, and you will asnow sensible of it, if sin itself suredly find it. You have my be your aversion, what you daily, constant, fervent prayer, hate, strive and pray against, that, as you find your heart and likeness to God be indeed and flesh fail you,” you may, your desire, your way is clear with happy experience, be ento all the promises of the gos-abled to say, and feel, that the pel; you are the simner that Lord is the strength of your Jesus seeks and has found; for heart, and your portion for else you would not have felt this ever.” The Lord Jesus, who aversion to sin, or desire after calls upon you to look to and holiness. To you, therefore, he trust in him, is as gracious as says, “ Fear thou not; for 1 powerful, and as willing as able, am with thee: be not dis- to save. Fear rot to commit mayed; for I am thy God : I the whole of your immortal inwill strengthen thee; yea, Iterest into his hands. The salwill help thee; yea, I will up-vation of sinners is the travail of hold thee with the right hand of his soul. He will keep what my righteousness.” Isa. xli. 10. you commit to him. His blood In short, whatever doubts and cleanseth from all sin. By his fears may
attend you, yet, com- stripes we are healed. Blessed mitting your soul to Christ, and is the man that trusteth in him. the mercy of God in him, with Your affectionate friend, a desire of his whole salvation,
and brother in Christ, as matter of pure grace, you
D.TURNER. will find mercy. He that delighteth not in the death of a sinner, but that he should re- MEANING OF THE WORDS pent and live, will not suffer
οίκος AND οικια. . you to perish, but save you to the uttermost.
To the Editors of the Baptist Magazine. Think much on that delight- I BELIEVE a wish has been ful expression of the apostle, very generally felt, among your “ God is love." You cannot readers, that controversial pathink too highly of his good-pers, on the subject of baptism, ness, nor of the all-sufficiency might, for some considerable and perfection of the sacrifice time at least, be excluded from of Christ, while you consider the magazine; not, I apprethem as affording the strongest hend, from a suspicion of the motives to repentance, and not weakness of their cause, but as encouraging us to live in sin: from a desire to avoid, or allay,
that bitterness of spirit, which and necessarily, excludes sersuch papers do commonly oc- vants. Hence it is inferred, casion or increase. It appears, that the apostles, who so frehowever, that the time for quently baptized the collection which we had longed, and on of persons, called an olxos, but the attainment of which we had never speak of baptizing an begun to congratulate ourselves, oikia, must have baptized inis already expired. Another fant children. I pamphlet,* in support of infant I believe this statement is baptism, has made its appear correct and adequate ; but; ance, and has been hailed, by without attending, at present, one reviewer,† with joy ap- to the justice of the inference, proaching to triumph. I hope, let us try, by the scriptural use for the sake of truth, of fair ar- of the terms oikos and oikia, the gument, and good breeding, it validity of the distinction; and, will not be long ere your pages in order to secure impartiality, exhibit'a just character of this let us judge of the obvious assuming and boasted perform- meaning of a few passages, be
In the mean time, Ifore we know which of the trust, I shall not be thought to terms is employed. infringe on the province of the « Into whatever house reviewer, if I enter on the in- ter,” said our Lord to his disvestigation of one of the argu-ciples, “ first say, Peace be to . ments it adduces in favour of this house." $ Now, on whom infant baptism. I am induced are we to suppose that the disto do so, more especially, be- ciples were to invoke this blesscause it must be confessed, that ing? On any one part of the the argument is new, and has a inhabitants, exclusive, or even very plausible bearing on the irrespective, of the other? subject.
Surely, not. Their mission had The argument to which I equal respect to all the inhabiallude, in substance is this:tants of every house they enThe words oikoç and olkia, by tered. To the blessings they our translators rendered indif- had to propose, all were equally ferently house or household, have welcome; and they were bound distinct significations. The im- to use equal endeavours with port of the term oikia, includes all, to procure their acceptance. all the inhabitants of a house; Does it not appear, therefore, but scripture ALWAYS employs that the word here rendered the term oikos, to denote kindred house, whatever it may be, rein the nearest possible degree; fers to all the inhabitants, withand, therefore, emphatically, out any distinction between kinchildren ; while it uniformly, dred and servants, and that it
* Facts and Evidences on the Subject of Baptism. In three Letters to a Deacon of a Baptist Church. By the Editor of Calmet's Dictionary. + Evangelical Magazine, for September and October.
Facts and Evidences, Letter ii. pp. 24-26. Letter iii. Pp. 37. § Luke, x. 5. VOL. VII,