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tion now," replies his friend. “Then from the tickets that had been issued, I'll drown," says the infatuated man, that he had been appointed a manager, and, spurning all proffered aid, sinks to and therefore he proposed to open the the bottom.
services with prayer. He then offered
up a very affecting prayer for the A NUMBER of gay young persons got thoughtless group, which was blessed up a ball in a neighbourhood in which of God to the conviction of a number of Dr. Nettleton had been preaching with those present, several of whom aftergreat success, and, for the amusement wards professed conversion, united with of themselves and others, inserted the the church, and were never afterwards reverend gentleman's name at the head found within the walls of a ball-room. of the list of managers. The company | This anecdote we believe to be true. assembled at the time appointed. About The circumstances were narrated to us the hour for commencing the dance, Dr. in Virginia, while Dr. Nettleton was Nettleton made his appearance, and ob- labouring in the county in which we served to the company that he perceived, then resided.-Dr. Nettleton's Remains.
CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS “MATERIALS FOR THOUGHT.” "The Sun of Righteousness." — The great inquiry ; looking inward at the sun is the noblest and brightest movement of our own minds instead of emblem of the Lord Jesus. There is outward to a crucified Saviour for peace but one, and there needs not another; and joy, and endeavouring rather to so there is but one Saviour, but he is produce happiness from the materials complete, and all-sufficient, the Sun of within our own bosoms, than to receive Righteousness, the fountain of life and it from the Friend of sinners.—Memoir comfort; his beams, wherever they reach, 1 of Mrs. Little. bring healing, strength, peace and joy “What have we that we have not to the soul.-J. Newton.
received?"_When we have confessed Christ “was led by the Spirit into the Christ or done him any considerable wilderness, to be tempted of the devil." | service, we are apt with the disciples to Much depends on the way in which exclaim, “Behold, we have forsaken we come into trouble. Paul and Jonah | all, and followed thee; what shall we were both in a storm, but in very dif- have therefore ?" As if we had rather ferent circumstances.-J. Newton. been givers to Christ, than receivers
" Strait is the gate and narrow the from him.-Buxter. way that leadeth to life.”—Truth is but Knowledge is not love.-There are one road, error is endless and inter- | those who possess a thorough knowminable.-Dr. Leighton.
ledge of Scripture, a deep and critical " Without me ye can do nothing." knowledge of it, who have perused the Did we see how needful Christ is to us, text till every expression is familiar to we should esteem and love him more.-- their lips: have compared, examined, Dr. Leighton.
and digested it; read commentaries and " Look unto me.”—It is unfortunately controversies and criticisms, till their a common error to let our ininds look understanding is thoroughly enlightmuch inward, and to the act of believ. ened on every subject it proposes, and ing, instead of outward to the object still their hearts remain unchanged, of belief, making “how shall I believe" | unsanctified, unhallowed by its in. instead of " What shall I believe," the fluence.-Caroline Fry. VOL. XXVII.
“ Follow me.” – To follow Christ's / are the same. Not so the slanderer; example is like walking in a path which the slander that he utters makes hima the Saviour's previous footsteps have worse, the slandere never.-Lacon. trodden into smoothness, and lighted “God chooses the weak things of the with the lamp of his own spirit. - | world to confound those that are mighty." Caroline Fry.
| God's mightiest victories have been won “ IIe shall not be afraid of evil by instrumentality, which man pas tidings."—What we term casualty is most despised. ---School of God. really Providence accomplishing deli Forget yourself. – True humility does berate designs, but concealing its own, not so much consist in thinking badly interposition ; how comforting this of ourselves, as in not thinking of our: reflection !--Ilerrey.
selves at all.-School of God. Opposite effects of Christ's love.-The To MINISTERS. — So far as I erer love of Christ is both uniting and sepa observed God's dealings with my soul, rating. It unites to his people, while it the flights of preachers sometimes en. separates from the world.- Anon. tertained me; but it was Scripture er
Unite meekness with wisdom.--Wis., pressions which did penetrate my heart, dom is mighty, meekness is mighty; and that in a way peculiar to them. but the meckness of wisdom is almighty. selves.-J. Brown, of Haddington. -Dr. Reed.
Do not preach so much to please as A calın is deceitful.-The absence of | to profit. Choose rather to discover temptatiou is of wonderful importance men's sins, than to show your own in establishing our self-complacency:- eloquence. That is the best looking. Sarah Stickney.
glass, not which is most gilded, but Iloman's sphere. — The peculiar which shows the trueşt face.-Thomas mission of stoman, and the peculiar | Watson. source of her influence, consist in the “Which things also we speak, not application of large principles to small in the words which man's wisdom duties-the agency of comprehensive teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost intelligence on details. — Woman's teacheth. And I, brethren, when I Alission.
came to you, came not with excellency “ The hairs of your head are all num of speech, or of wisdom, declaring unto bered.”—There is infinite littleness in you the testimony of God."--Paul. despising small things. — Iloman's Infant Baptism.—"I cannot but take Mission.
occasion to express my gratitude to Suspect not evil.—There is no word God for my infant baptism, not only as or action, but may be taken with two it was an early admission into the ri. hands, either with the right hand of sible body of Christ, but as it furnished charitable construction, or the sinister my pious parents with a good arguinterpretation of malice and suspicion; ment, (and I trust through grace a preand all things so succeed as they are vailing argument) for an early dedicataken. To construct an evil action tion of my own self to God in my childwell is but a pleasing and profitable hood. If God has wrought any good deceit to myself; but to misconstrue
work upon my soul, I desire with hum. a good thing is a treble wrong-to my- / ble thankfulness to acknowledge the self, the action, and the author.
moral influence of my infant baptism Bishop Hall.
upou it.”—IIenry. Slander cannot make the subjects of
H. H. H. it either better or worse. It may represent us in a false light, or place a likeness of us in a bad one. But we
CHRISTIAN UNION. (Lines composed for, and read at, the recent meeting of the Evangelical Alliance in Glasgow.) 'Tis said, when absent kindred meet,
Though sever'd long for many a year, As strangers in the crowded street,
Or strangely brought together near,-
Betray the mutual tie of blood,
The tokens of blest brotherhood.
True Christians when assembling here, One hope, one Saviour, and one mind,
No stranger-where 'tis strange to fear: No biekering words shall mar their peace,
No differing themes distract their prayer, Blest moments, when contentions cease,
Blest dwellings, when the Lord is there! If Christ be found where two or three
Are gathered in His gracious name, Far more when o'er the travelled sea
And land come men of holy fame.
J. R. LEIFCHILD, A.M.
And yet the doom'd man's path below,
Like Eden, may have bloom'd;
Or feel that he is doom'd.
And every fear is calm'd;
Not only doom'd, but damn'd.
By which our path is cross'd;
That he who goes is lost! How far may we go on in sin?
How long will God forbear?
The confines of despair?
“Ye that from God depart! While it is call'd to-day, Repent!
And harden not your heart."
VERILY THERE IS A GOD. " They will not see, but they shall see."
Isa. xxvi. 11. With reckless laugh and lip of scorn, Men went their way, at eve and morn, In field, or fair, at home, abroad, And inly said “ There is no God." Disease, commissioned, stalked the land, Death's angel smote with fearful hand; Fell high and low,-till, spirit-awed, Men asked-“And is there not a God?” Religion rose, and beckoned where The Lord might hear and answer prayer; They went, they cried—“Put up thy sword!" And, bowing, felt, -" There is a God!"
E. S. Sept. 23, 1849.
THE DOOMED MẠN. (From the Christian Treasury.) . There is a time, we know not when,
A point, we know not where,
To glory or despair.
That crosses every path;
God's patience and his wrath.
To die as if by stealth;
Or pale the glow of health.
The spirits light and gay;
And care be thrust away.
Indelibly, a mark,
Is blind and in the dark.
THE HOPE OF ISRAEL.
(From the Jewish Herald.) Ex. iji. 15; Isa. xli. 16; Isa. xxxii. 22;
Isa. xlv. 22; Jer. xxii. 6. Cails of Judah! sad, forlorn,
Wand'rer from thy Father's home, Heir of sorrow, pity, scorn,
To thy fathers' God, oh come! Exile on a foreign shore,
Far from peace, and joy, and rest, 'Mid thy wand'rings, mourn no more, With the Guide of Israel blest.
Thy Messiah,* David's Lord, t
Man of Nazareth 'tis He,
And His love will welcome thee.
Subject to a stranger's sway,
From whose laws thou wouldst be free, Wilt thou not obey to-day,
Israel's King's divine decree? Captive under Satan's thrall,
Break thy bonds! arise and flee! Haste thee on, at mercy's call!
"Tis thy Saviour speaks to thee.
• Dan. ix. 25; John i. 41.
Review of Religious Publications.
been moved to transport at the prospect of Essay on Christian Baptism. By BAPTIST
such a distinguished advocate coming to their W. NOEL, M.A. 12mo. pp. 320.
aid. Nay, even we ourselves must confess to Nisbet.
some sort of misgivings, and nervous appreOOR readers will expect that we furnish hensions, lest after all, our Pædobaptist presome account of the above-named volume, dilections should be shaken, and our convicand to this we now proceed.
tions upturned by the skilful aim and When Luther lived and Henry reigned, and ponderous assault to which they would be the storms of the Reformation were agitating exposed. We almost trembled. We knew the surface of ecclesiastical society in Europe, not what the consequences would be. And the pedantic tyrant of England undertook to whether or not we should be able to remain answer the Reformer and refute all his alle. firm at the anchor-hold of conscious truth gations by writing a book in defence of the and integrity in the opinions which on this seven sacraments of Rome. Of course, the subject we had formed, was, for the first time popish world were delighted, extatic, over in our lives, a question of no trifling conjoyed at such a prospect. Mutual congratu cern. Most thankful are we now to be perlations passed at the thoughts of so royal a fectly relieved, to have passed the test, to helper. Now the matter would be settled: have endured the storm, and to remain secure the tempest calmed: the monk refuted: and at ease at our anchor-hold. The oracle heresy quashed: and popery triumphant still. | has spoken, but we cannot think in very Great was the transport when the regal pro clear or unambiguous terms. The chamduction appeared. It was a prodigy. The pion has advanced, and the assault has been world had never seen the like. Nothing now made. For ourselves, we are somewhat remained to be feared, or desired. The dispute astonished at its feebleness, and fear not its would soon end. The waves of the Reforma results. It required, and still will require, a tion would soon subside, and leave the sea mightier hand than even his to shake the calm and unruffled as before. The cardinals firm foundations on which the “doctrine of may repose in safety: the pope continue to baptisms," as administered after the manner wear his triple crown; and “Defensor fidei". of Independents and other Pædobaptists, be attached to that of England henceforth stands. and for ever. It need not be intimated what We confess, and we do it with all sincerity was the issue. The monarch died. Luther and truth, and with no small esteem for the lived. The Reformation triumphed. And in excellent author, that we are greatly disapthe very kingdom from which the royal mis- pointed on reading this production of his pen, sal had emanated, its glorious truths and especially in comparison with, and after the principles most prevailed.
perusal of, his former noble volume on the We know not whether such musings or inconsistency of a state alliance with the anticipations ever entered into the minds of Church of Christ. There he was at home, any on hearing, not certainly that a royal, at rest, his heart right, his head clear, his pen but an “honourable” personage was about to correct, and his work remains unanswered and produce a book on the long-pending con. unanswerable. The “crown rights of the troversy of Baptism, and to try his mighty Son of God” were a theme congenial with his hand at the settlement of a dispute in which | enlightened and evangelic soul, and we honour so many had laboured in vain. We say we the man who, standing near the high places do not for certainty know, but we just deem of the earth, with associations of the most it possible that it may have been so, and that alluring kind, and with ecclesiastical presome, in their zeal of party and honest ferments within his reach, had he chosen to attachment to their own cause, may have accept them, with the Bible in his hand and
the love of truth in his heart, would willingly | unfavourable, and with entire satisfaction sacrifice all, and lift up a standard to the state that if this be all that can be said, our people against the invasions of Cæsar on the Pædobaptist friends have nothing to fear. dominions of Immanuel, and the usurpations They may sit contented still, and satisfied of earthly monarchs of the throne of the that the “good old way" which their fore. Eternal. Again we say, all honour to our fathers have handed down to them, and which truly honourable friend for such a deed! and many of the excellent of the earth have so long may he live to realise the inward satis long loved and enjoyed, will not yet be forfaction and the heartfelt joy of having ren saken or forgotten. “Magna est veritas, et dered such service in that way to the cause of prevalebit." truth and of God!
As our duty was, and as all readers should But we think it would have been more to remember to do, we naturally looked into the his honour, and even more to the usefulness preface first, wishing to understand from the of his former work, had be stopped there, author's own statement his mode of procedure, or at least, had paused (whatever his private and design. To the latter, of course, there views may have been) before committing can be no objection. Any author has a right himself to a controversy, to which it might to propose what object he pleases. But the be previously supposed he would not bring former appeared to us somewhat questionable. altogether a candid and impartial mind. Especially we were a little amused with the Brought up in a community that abuses one amount of preparation for the controversy, of the positive rites of Christianity, the very and the explicit avowal of immediate conrite in question, by substituting it for spiritual clusion. The writer tells us that “he deterregeneration, and familiar with that delusion mined to form his judgment entirely by the from his earliest to his riper years, it was not study of the Scriptures, and of such authors to be expected that he would be altogether as advocate the baptism of infants." The free in his estimate from the influence of such first part of the determination was most proper a perversion, or that he would be the man, and laudable : but before he concludes his however excellent and competent in other prefatory remarks, he states that he “ assumes respects, to separate the precious from the in his Essay that the word baptism means vile. Accordingly we think we perceive in immersion, and that to baptize is to immerse," the volume before us the rebound of an active which certainly was rather an important and indignant spirit at the perversions it had item in the thing to be proved, and for which so long witnessed, and another instance in he and we are equally bound to "search the which, eren in the best of men, human Scriptures." And as to the second part of nature is fond of extremes. Infant Baptism, the proposition - his consultation of the as administered within the pale of the Estab writers proposed this appeared to us someJishment, propagates a dangerous delusion : what limited, for, in the list he has appended, ergo, there is no such thing at all! But we think some of the most powerful and then the opposite of error is not always truth. satisfactory are omitted. The productions of The best thing corrupted may become the such men as Turretine, Pictet, Wall, Williams, worst; but this does not prove that it has no Edwards, Isaac, Thorn, and somo others, existence or reality. There is a difference wonld probably have communicated some between the use of a thing and the abuse of it | additional rays of light to his mind. still. The popery of France towards the The assumption to which we have referred close of the last century produced infidelity, in the preface, and which is nothing more or but that did not disprove Christianity. Take less than a "petitio principii," pervades the away the rubbish, perhaps the precious gem whole volume, and with it, we regret to say, will appear. So we think it is here.
a spirit of dogmatism and peremptory conThe essay before us, which we have read clusion which we did not expect from so with all careful attention, and on which we intelligent an author, but which we are apt desire to report with all truth and candour, is, to think our Baptist friends in general are inwe think, and we judge will be so held by all clined to indulge. A little more fair reasonreflecting persons, an entire failure. We ing, and a little less of assertion, would, we speak not, of course, of its pure evangelism, judge, mightily improve many of their proits Christian spirit, or its sincere devotion, ductions, not excepting even the present. for of all these we were sure from the pon For instance, our author introduces one of his of its excellent author, and well knew that sections by observing, “ Many Baptists, knowno production of his would betray an ab- ing that infant sprinkling is not the baptism sence of the spirit which should adorn tho enjoined by Christ," &c. Now this again is work of every Christian writer. But if we the very point in question, and which the must speak, as our vocation requires, of its volume proposes to discuss in order to prove. arrangement, its composition, its argument, They may assume it, presume it, imagine it, its fairness, or its power to produce convic I believe it, if they will, but to know a thing, tion, why then we bave to return a verdict with the absolute certainty here implied, in