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the teacher, profess that we are of the sacred impulse will have its will a more excellent spirit than the of us, and, if we cannot do what we brethren who listen to us, or that would, we must still be doing all we are more variously and highly that we can. If we cannot rejoice endowed, or even that we are more in having won many souls to righusefully engaged? Are these the teousness, we are or should be confacts, or assumptions, on which we tent to have discharged our conbase our call ? No, not these. We science in the sight of God: if we do not profess to be better than cannot hope to shine as stars in the other Christian men; they are often firmament for ever, we are or should of a more excellent spirit. Nor do be content to burn like candles, we profess to have greater gifts or a which waste while they burn, and more useful occupation. But we do yet shed a welcome light in the huts profess, or we have no claim to speak where poor men lie. It is the labour for God to men, that in His sovereign to which we are called, not to sucmercy He has given us to see certain cess in it; and so long as we are truths so clearly, and made us so honest diligent workmen, we need sensible of their infinite importance, be neither despondent nor ashamed. that we cannot in any wise refrain True teachers, authentic priests, like from publishing and enforcing them George Eliot’s “Castilian gentleso long as we have any faculty of utterance or any opportunity of using Choose not their task-tbey choose to do it. We do profess that to proclaim it well. these truths, to persuade men to re- One of our recent censors affirms ceive and obey them, is a task so that our “ teaching, however good, great, so dignified, and carries in
too generally resembles the action of itself so dear a rew
eward, that we the sun on desert plains ; it falls on esteem it above all other tasks; and unpropitious soil.” Be it so: neverare content, so that we may give theless the sun does shine even on ourselves to it, to forego the honour- the desert; and God meant it to able toils, the comforts and plea- shine there; and probably, were we sures, the gains and ambitions which wise enough, we should discover that might otherwise lawfully engage our the sun, even when it shines upon thoughts. This is our call: and I sand, subserves some useful purpose. am bold to say that it is the authen- Shall we, then, refuse to let our light tic call of Heaven. This is the voca- shine because it falls as on desert tion which God has chosen for us, plains ? Let us rather shine on with not we for ourselves, by revealing our utmost heat—and the sun, you His truth to us with
know, is hottest in the desert, conmoving us to proclaim it. Other tent with the assurance that, if we vocations may be and are equally are not turning the very sand into honourable and may require higher fertile soil, we are at least about our and more various gifts—as, for exam- Father's business. ple, that of the Christian statesman. But this is our vocation, the vocation VI. And you, my brethren, whom to which we have been called of God; God has called to serve Him in other and therefore we cannot withdraw modes, if you are in Christ, you also, from it so long as we have strength in a very true and comfortable sense, for it and occasion serves. Through are the elect of God. Or ever you evil report and good report, through were brought forth, He had chosen success and failure, in the temple or you; He had sanctified and ordained in the temple-stocks, whether men you to be His servants, Despite hear or forbear, we cannot forbear; your manifold infirmities, and though your consciousness of sin and defect day and shall return to our work ; at times obscures your better know- not thinking much of our fitness for ledge, you know that He has called this office or that, but thinking with you, "by patient continuance in
an infinite regard of Him who has well doing, to seek for glory, honour, graciously drawn us into His serand immortality." Your Christian vice and assigned to each his post; vocation is not based on your apti- not unexpectant of frequent failure tude for it, but on His word—a word and discouragement, but resolved to that can make you fit ministers of endure whatever He may lay upon His grace and truth. And the proof us, knowing in all and through all is, that, amid all the darknesses of that He who has called us will perdefeat, in every night of failure and fect His strength in our weakness, self-despair, the sacred fire burns on, and establish His work upon us, not illuminating the inward temple even because we are fit to do it, but bewhen your eyes, blirded with bitter cause it is His work, and He has so tears, cannot find the light, reveal- greatly honoured us as to labour at ing its presence in the weariness it together with us. which lays hold upon you if you “ The obedient man," said the cease from the work. Here lies Wise King,* “ speaketh victories :" your hope. If you are sometimes and if we obey with meekness the tempted to “ stay,” you cannot stay; pure word which God has engrafted if you would be glad to "forbear," in us, we shall speak victories someyou cannot forbear. So long as any day, even though our victories, like love of truth stirs within you; so the Master's, tarry long and arise long as, despite past failures and from apparent defeats. He had present misgivings, you are con- “ long patience:" let us also be pastrained to seek and obey the truth, tient, and stablish our hearts in you have the witness in yourselves Him. that you are called of One who is
* Proverbs xxi. 28. more to you than priest or prophet, or familiar; One who will never
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OUR BAPTIST BRETHREN IN AMERICA. We have much pleasure in directing tution of the simple name of Free Bapattention to the active and successful tists for the compound name of Freeefforts of our esteemed brethren across will Baptists, on the ground that the the Atlantic. Indeed we have an im- former term includes more than the pression that our references to them latter, and applies not only to their ought to have been more full and fre- theological views but to their church quent than they have been since we practices. Being free in their commuhad the conducting of this magazine. nion, as well as in their faith, it is conThe new weekly paper of the Freewill tended that the epithet “Free” will Baptists, published in Chicago, gives the better distinguish them from any copious and exact information concern- other order of existing Baptists. Reing their movements; and it is from cently, however, they have ascertained that publication we draw materials for the existence of a religious body in our present article.
the States bearing our designationFor some time past Dr. Graham and General Baptists. These are said to be others have been advising the substi- numerous in southern Illinois, Indiana,
and other parts; and at a convention just, but every one in his own order; of these brethren in Indiana some dele- those who have done good to the resurgates were present from the Freewill rection of life, and those that have Baptists. Proposals for a formal union done evil to the resurrection of damnahave been made, and seem likely to be tion, and that God bath appointed a accepted with much cordiality. By day in which He will judge the world the General Baptists, and the Freewill in righteousness by Jesus Christ. Baptists in the South, the old name of “10. That it is our duty to be tender Freewill is preferred; and the Rev. and affectionate to one another, and to A. H. Chase, who attended the Con- study the happiness of the people of vention by appointment, expresses the God in general, and to be singly enconviction that, on account of the gaged to promote the honour and glory coloured people and the whites in the of God. south, it would be a dangerous experi- “11. We believe that Jesus Christ, ment to change the denominational by the grace of God, tasted death for name at present. The General Bap- every man, yet none can partake of tists are supposed to number already His divine benefits only by repentance from 8,000 to 10,000 members. The towards God, and faith in our Lord following is their" Confession of Faith,” Jesus Christ, (infants and idiots exwhich is interesting for its simplicity, cepted, they being included in the and valuable for its thorough scrip- covenant of God's grace).' turalness :
At the Michigan yearly meeting of "1. We believe that the Scriptures the Freewill Baptist Churches, it was of the Old and New Testaments are the resolved to appointed a man to visit infallible Word of God, and the only the leading churches of the General safe rule of faith and practice.
Baptists with a view to secure the “2. That there is only one true and union of the two. A similar appointliving God, and in the Godhead or ment for the same object was made divine essence, Father, Son, and Holy last month by the Illinois yearly meetGhost.
ing. On the side of the General Bap"3. That we are fallen and depraved tists it is testified by a leading miniscreatures, and cannot extricate our- ter that all are in favour of the union. selves from our fallen situation by any We hope to discover, sometime, ability we possess by nature.
what we are at present unable to as“4. That Salvation, Regeneration, certain-the origin of a class of BapSanctification, Justification, and Re- tists in the United States bearing our demption, are by life, death, resurrec- own name, and who are so truly one tion, ascension, and intercession of our with ourselves in regard to Christian Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
belief. And were we among the Free66 5. We believe that he that shall willers, we should advise them to settle endure to the end, the same shall be their discussions about a change of saved.
name by adopting that of their newly“6. That the joys of the righteous found brethren, one of whom says, and the punishment of the wicked shall “We prefer the name General Baptist be eternal.
to all names.” “7. We believe that Baptism and But leaving this comparatively trivial the Lord's Supper are ordinances of question, we proceed to notice the preJesus Christ appointed in the church, sent condition and prospects of the and none but true believers are proper Freewill body. And instead of presubjects, and the only proper mode of senting bare statistics to our readers, baptism is by immersion.
we prefer to transcribe a vigorous 108. We believe in the sanctity of article from one of the last numbers of the first day in the week (or Lord's- the “Christian Freeman," written by day), and that it ought to be observed one of its Editors, and entitled, A and spent in the public or private wor- Groundless Apprehension.” We have ship of God, and on it we should ab- the greater inducement to reprint this stain from our worldly concerns, except article from its adaptation, in some in cases of necessity or mercy.
parts, to the state of thought and feel9. We believe in the Resurrection ing which has lately been traceable of the Body, both of the just and un- among our ministers and churches.
“Not unfrequently of late we have word-dash. These good people in had occasion to hear from various their white heat of zeal for great requarters and in different ways, expres- sults and speedy ones, chafe at the sions of great apprehension that we, necessary delays, and scold at the unas a denomination, are in danger of necessary ones, and unwittingly, in retrograding instead of advancing. In- their disappointment, surprise theindeed the lugubriousness with which selves into gloomy expressions of deour supposed weaknesses are enume- spondency, and hastily prophecy failrated would be very likely to lead one ures, even when the foundations of a unacquainted with the facts to expect real success are being securely though us soon to go into bankruptcy at least. perhaps tardily laid. What seems a little remarkable, too, “ Against all this expression of disthese gloomy apprehensions have come trust, against all these thoughtless from our own ranks, and if others have prophecies of impending failure, coming expressed fears of our untimely disso- from whatever source, we desire to enlution we are unaware of the fact. ter our emphatic protest. We do this Doubtless, however, if we persist long because such complaints have no adeenough in heralding our poverty to the quate foundation in fact, and such apworld, our good brethern of other de- prehensions are entirely groundless. nominations may considerately tender It is a gratifying fact, which ought to in advance their condoling sympathy be apparent to every one, that the for the surviving friends of the deceased. Free Baptist denomination was never
“These expressions of anxious solici- in a condition of such real prosperity, tude seem to come mainly from two and never gave such promising tokens different classes among us, the appre- of a vigorous growth in the future as hension arising from very different now. That there are many weak points
A certain class is always to which ought to be strengthened; that be found connected with every interest we are not yet perfect in polity, or in life who by constitution and habit always wise in practice; that we are seem fitted to manifest that mental sometimes over-confident in untried condition of gloominess aptly denomi- expedients, or too modest in asserting nated the blues.'
our just claims, may be and is doubt“Such people are in a state of less but too true. That radical changes chronic discomfort over the imaginary are demanded in some of the methods difficulties which, like the lions Bunyan of our work, and that more comprementioned as so formidable to the hensive plans and a larger liberality in Christian pilgrim, prove formidable both faith and money are needed, we only at a distance.
The crops are believe; but we as firmly believe the going to fail annually with these good tide of a true progress is bringing people, the world is growing wicked these needed changes to a speedy convery fast, the country is just on the summation. verge of ruin, or the Church at home “It will seem strange to our neighis in a low cold state, and so it is not bours' ears to hear talk about 'dying strange that the denomination which out,' 'feebleness,' &c., when every they love should seem to be going the month of the past year has pulsated downhill road in common with every- with a bounding life not surpassed, thing else.
and scarcely equalled, by the largest “ Another class reach their conclu- denomination in the land! The regissions from a state of mind widely dif- ter shows, in plain figures, that our ferent from this. They are the im- numerical increase has been at the petuous, periodically sanguine, wide- rate of about five and a half per cent. awake, enterprising men and women during the past year, and we confiwho, in their enthusiasm for the success dently predict a much larger increase of principles they love so well, would
the present year.
But numerical inreach results at a single bound. They crease very inadequately expresses the are the Murats and Phil. Sheridans of true measure of our prosperity, for in the church, who cannot brook the wise those essential elements of substantial delay of regular siege work in the growth, the press and the schools, we trenches, but would express their have additional reason for encouragefavourite mode of action in the one ment. Men seem sometimes to over
look the fact that in the building up of man has been born of toil and hopeful a distinct denomination resting on a weariness to utter its voice for truth vital principle, its first years must be and progress, how well or ill others largely devoted to the laying of foun- must judge; and all along the line the dations. That industrious, discreet word has been advance. hands have been patiently toiling these “ Nor should we fail to take note of past eighty years we think the future the fact that the distinctive principles will show. Already the influence of of our denomination are being emour schools and our press is being felt braced by not a few who have been in the land.
stimulated to honest inquiry by our “During the past year no less than position, and who, recognizing a free four institutions of learning of different salvation and a free communion table grades in different States have been as the doctrine of divine appointment, put in successful operation, the new 'accept the situation' with willing joy. enterprise of Storer College fairly in- “ We do not advocate a profusion of augurated, schools and churches for self-adulation, nor the offensive manithe freedmen built, and new mission festation of an inflated self-esteem in fields of much promise opened at home asserting ourselves before the world ; and in the foreign field. Beside this neither do we think it wise or dignified our old time-honoured Morning Star, to tell the world that we are a great always radiant, has wheeled into line people; but, if we are to speak of ourwith the best of the quartos ; the selves at all, let us do it in the light of Myrtle has shaken off its childhood simple facts, and not mislead the world timidity and asserts a vigorous youth, to believe us on the verge of bankpresenting an attractive face and ruptcy." beaming with kindly smiles; the Free
THE DISSENTING COLLEGES. As our Colleges are now the principal In a recent number of this periodical sources from which churches procure we gave a cursory account of some of their pastors, the necessity for these the "Religious Anniversaries." institutions is placed, by Providence, now devote a little space to the Disbeyond the pale of controversy; and senting Colleges whose sessions have the duty of sustaining them is no just closed, and whose present condilonger a subject of doubt. All who tion is officially reported. desire the welfare of the churches must, THE COUNTESS OF HUNTINGDON'S for consistency's sake, be anxious for COLLEGE AT CHESHUNT has celebrated the prosperity of the Colleges. Un- its Centenary, and the celebration was friendliness to the latter is now become, worthy of the occasion. The services if not intentionally, yet in effect, un- commenced, after the reading of the friendliness to the former.
This we Church Liturgy, by a sermon from the assert in the face of the fact that many Rev. Thos. Binney. A cold collation of our church members, and some of in a tent followed, at which more than our church officers, still cherish the old six hundred guests sat down. Among antipathy against collegiate training these were several members of Parliafor the Christian ministry. This an- ment, and as many Episcopal clergytipathy is often avowed in strong ver- men, including Archdeacon Sandford, bal phrase, and nearly as often in re- and Dr. Alford, Dean of Canterbury, fusals to render the smallest pecuniary who presided. In proposing the toast support, when subscriptions are sought,
of the day,
Prosperity to Cheshunt or collections made, in their behalf. College,” the Chairman observed that But, like every other species of incon- this College represents a sacred princisiderate aversion to what is good, this ple, that of hearty mutual recognition dislike will gradually disappear amidst of one another, as servants of our comthe advancing intelligence, the expand- mon Lord.
He said, we have been ing views, and the more spontaneous long endeavouring, in England, to liberality of a more thoroughly chris- make our Christianity stand on its nar
rowest and finest point that the in