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upon, but may say that, in hope that more precious souls ander our care as funds would be received, we agreed to we previously had, so that we have now print 37,500 of our standard tracts. A twice as many more to care for. The new tract, selected by Mr. Taylor from number of native christians (including the manuscript of our late friend, Sebo communicants and nominal christians) Sahu, was presented, and was received connected with our several stations with much pleasure and satisfaction. It before this afflictive visitation befell as is entitled, “The Wonderful Works of was about 1,150. The number of Christ,” and is in verse. An edition of famine orphans which have been com2,000 copies was decided on.

mitted to us to train for Christ and here say that the revised and enlarged heaven must be more than 1250.* I edition of “Divine and Moral Songs for have not the particulars at hand of the Children," has been published within the number at Berhampore; but at Cuttack, last few days, and I have no doubt that not including the orphan schools we it will take well with our young people. previously had, there are nearly 800; And here let me remark that when what and at Piplee, I believe, about 370. It we do pleases God He may make it is a weighty charge, but the prospect for useful in distant ages, and in nations the future is bright with bope. whose very name is to us unknown. I have not time or room to describe in Dr. Watts could never have heard of detail the public services, but may Orissa in his retired and happy home briefly say that the usual sermons were with the Abney family; but with deep preached on Lord's-day, November 10. emotion I have heard little Oriya chil- Ghanushyam Naik preached in the dren repeat that sublime song

morning, from 2 Cor. ii. 14–“Now “I sing the Almighty power of God

thanks be unto God which always That made the mountains rise,

causeth us to triumph in Christ,” &c.; That spread the flowing seas abroad, And built the lofty skies”—

and Mr. Goadby in the afternoon, from

John i. 18—“No man hath seen God at A song in whose elevated strains an

any time," &c.

The English sermon angel might celebrate the power of God,

was preached in the evening by the while its simple language is adapted to

writer of this letter, from Hebrews xii. the understanding and capacity of a

part of 2nd verse—“Who for the joy child.

that was set before him," &c. On the I should add that the edition just

following Lord's-day we enjoyed, as published contains some original hymns

usual, the memorial of Christ's death, the composed by our gifted poet, Makunda

Oriya address being delivered by myself, Das. This native brother has also come

and the English one by Mr. Miller. posed a "History of Joseph," in verse,

The Native Missionary Meeting was which I shall rejoice if we be able to print. held on Wednesday evening, Nov. 13, It was further decided to print a third

and a particularly interesting edition of “Peep of Day," which was service. The attendance, too, was as first translated by Mr. Stabbins more

good as it has ever been. Babu Sudathan twenty years ago, and very favour- nand Jacheek presided, and brief, approably received by our young people.

priate, and interesting addresses on We were not favoured with a delegate well-selected topics

delivered from the brethren in Northern Orissa,

by Damudar, Jagoo, Thoma, and but received a very pleasing letter written

Shem. The chairman's remarks were by brother J. L. Phillips on their bebalf.

very suitable, especially in referThey bave rejoiced during the last two

ence to the work to which they had or three years in seasons of refreshing committed themselves in supporting a from the presence of the Lord; but have

minister and establishing a new station. had, as must always be expected on

The closing prayer by Donardun was earth, anxieties and trials mingled with

very devout and earnest. It seemed to their joys.

breathe the very spirit of an ancient We reported, as usual, our labours, and the state of our respective churches.

Dec. 13th.-This is under the mark. More The additions by baptism have been

have been received at Cuttack and Piplee since small, but one circumstance is remark- it was written, and including those with our

American brethren and sisters there must now, ably encouraging and hopeful. The

I think, be not less than fifteen hundred famine desolating famine has placed as many orphans under missionary training in Orissa.

was

were

pleader at the mercy-seat—"Oh, that

“I AM THE WAY.” thou wouldest rend the heavens, that By the late Miss Crawford, Female Missionary thou wouldest come down, that the

to the Nestorians in Persia. mountains might flow down at thy pre

THE way is dark, my child, but leads to light. sence!" It was very refreshing to my I would not always have thee walk by sight. own mind to hear the noble sentiments

My dealings now thou canst not understand; to which our native brethren gave utter- I meant it so; but I will take thy hand, ance, and not less so to listen to the evan

And through the gloom gelical and excellent discourse preached

Lead safely home, by Ghanushyam before the Conference.

My child! Such sentiments and such discourses The way is long, my child! but it shall be from the lips of native converts show Not one step longer than is best for thee; that there is LIFE. It has been a time of

And thou shalt know at last when thou shalt stand

Safe at the goal, how I did take thy hand, trial and visitation, but, thank God! the King is yet in Zion.

"The best of

And quick and straight

Led to heaven's gate, all is, God is with us."

My child! I have omitted in the proper place to

The path is rough, my child! but oh, how sweet say that Mr. Miller suitably presided

Will be the rest for weary pilgrims meet, over our sittings, and closed the Con

When thou shalt reach the borders of that land ference with solemn prayer. And now, To which I lead thee, as I take thy hand, remembering the rapid flight of time, the

And safe and blest near approach of eternity, and with it

With me shalt rest, our full redemption, let each of us afresh

My child! devote ourselves to the service of our The cross is heavy, child! yet there was one Redeemer and our God, and say

Who bore a heavier for thee, my Son“Thy ransomed servant, I

My well-beloved. For Him bear thine; and stand Restore to thee thine own;

With Him at last; and from thy Father's hand,
And from this moment live or die,

Thy cross laid down,
To serve my God alone."

Receive a crown,
JOHN BUCKLEY.

My child!

H. N. C.

Foreign Letters Received.

CUTTACK–J. Buckley, Nov. 30; W. Miller, Jan. 13.
PIPLEE–J. O. Goadby, Nov. 25.

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THE

GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE,

APRIL, 1868.

THE PRESENT STATE OF THE GENERAL BAPTIST

DENOMINATION.*

BY THE REV. C. CLARKE, B.A., ASHBY-DE-LA-ZOUCH.

REPORTED DECREASE.

DEAR BRETHREN,- At our last leaves our actual number about the Conference you requested me to same; though during the last thirteen write a short paper on the present years the denomination has always condition of our denomination. Our gained by these changes. Every remarks on this subject shall be year from 1855 to 1867 (with the classified under four divisions. 1. exception of one year, and that was Special causes for the last reported only the difference of two on the decrease.—2. General causes why other side) the received have always we have not a larger increase.-3. been greater than the dismissed. A wider and more cheerful aspect of The total of received being 4,829, that the question.-4. Reflections on of dismissed being 3,842; making our position, duties, and prospects. a clear gain to the denomination of

987. So that it cannot be said that 1.- SPECIAL CAUSES OF THE LAST

we have lost by dismission to other

churches not belonging to our deWe shall not trouble you with nomination. It is evident the inmany statistics. We will confine our- crease of the denomination must be selves to a few figures concerning our from baptisms. Our baptisms for state during the years 1865, 1866, the three years were 3,053; our and 1867. The total number of deaths were 1,114; leaving us a gain members(including mission churches) of 1939. But this number was not in 1865 was 20,936 ; in 1867, 20,399. sufficient to cover the loss of 2,513 Decrease in the three years, 537. by exclusions, withdrawals, and reThis loss is explained principally by movals. In 1865 the loss from these the figures under the heads să three causes was 915; in 1866, 708; cluded," “ withdrawn,” and “re- in 1867, 890. Our baptisms, after moved.” Taking the general sum- the reduction for deaths, failed to mary given in our “ Year-Book” we

supply this loss by 574. The restoneed not consider the “ received” rations of 251 were

more than and the “ dismissed.” If one church swallowed up by the loss of 277 dismisses and another receives that through the extinction of churches.

Paper read at the Midland Conference of General Baptist Churches held at Baxter Gate Chapel, Loughborough, Feb. 25, 1868, and inserted in the Magazine by request of the Conference.

VOL. LXX.-NEW SERIES, No. 16.

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The decrease may be accounted erring sheep, would not our exclufor by the absence of more conver- sions have been less ? Probably our sions, otherwise we might have had young members form the majority of more baptisms; by a most lament- those excluded. While they are able lack of godliness, otherwise we inquirers and candidates they receive might have had less exclusions ; by special attention and care from both most deficient attachment to our minister and people, but as soon as principles or local churches, other- they become members their stability wise we might have had fewer with- seems taken for granted, and they drawals ; and by the very negligent cease to receive the personal and conduct of losing sight of our mem- religious attention of those who bers, otherwise we might have had should train and nurture and estabfewer removals.

lish them. Any plan by which our In the three years we have lost by youth in the church would be more removals 1099. What has become cared for and preserved would conof these persons ? Why have we siderably lessen the number of our not watched them? Why have we exclusions. not kept up a correspondence with In the three years we have lost them? Why have we not secured by withdrawals 716. Why have these for them an introduction to the persons withdrawn ? Have we failed churches in the town to which they to instruct them ; failed to do them have gone, and then reported them good; failed to give them better as dismissions? If they were hon- spiritual provision than they could ourable members with us we ought find elsewhere ; failed to shew them not to have lost sight of them, if sympathy; failed to forgive, to forpossible, till they had become mem- bear, to love them ; failed to make bers elsewhere. Bad management them love us and to be most at home in this respect, a lack of communi- and happiest with us?

There are cation with our non-resident mem- many withdrawals, no doubt, from bers, partly accounts for our decrease. causes over which neither minister We win them by care, we lose them nor people have any control. There by neglect.

are more withdrawals from disaffecIn the three years we have lost by tion which ought not to have arisen exclusions 698. Was this partly our in the household of faith. fault? Did we shepherd them as we In the three years we have bapought to have done? Did the pas- tized 3,053—say 1,000 per year; or, tor's eye, made vigilant by an anxious as we have about 280 chapels and heart, see their first wrong step; preaching places (225 chapels and and did his ready feet go after the 55 preaching places) that is 3.16 stray sheep when it was but a little

persons for each place. Is this what way from the fold with a view to even little faith might expect? We bring it back ? Or, for the sake of have cause for humility and heartfigures and reports, did we searching. Where is the power of stretch our charity and hope against the truth! Where, the might of the our fear and hurry unsuitable per- Spirit! Ah! where the promise of sons into the church whom we have His coming to reign over a converted had to exclude? Though their own world! That a revival is needed in hearts were not right with God, and the churches there cannot be the though their exclusion is their own slightest doubt. This will appear if disgrace and condemnation, yet we we confine ourselves, as we have may ask ourselves, was our conduct done, to the statistics of the three right towards them, and if we had years. The number of our baptisms done our duty to Christ and to the compares disadvantageously with the

ever

WHY

WE

number of our exclusions, with- both agent and instrument. God is drawals, and removals, during this the agent ! A holy, spirituallyperiod. But if we take a longer minded, praying, working church, period we find this sad result, that teaching and living the truth, is the the baptisms of 1867 compare dis- instrument. And if we had more advantageously with the baptisms of active piety in our churches we 1862. From 1855 to 1862 we had should soon have more spiritual re(save in one year) a gradual increase sults in our congregations. Let us in the number of baptisms. In 1855 pray-O Lord! adjust the instruthey were 875; in 1856, 1,013; in mentality and shew forth the might 1857, 1,155; in 1858, 1,115; in of converting power! 1859, 1.340; in 1860, 1,431; in But now leaving this special case 1861, 1,439; in 1862, 1,597. The and all statistics, considerbaptisms of 1862 exceeded those of

II.-GENERAL CAUSES 1855 by 722. But since 1862 we

HAVE NOT A LARGER INCREASE. have had a gradual decrease without an exception to the present time. 1. The lack of an earnest Home In 1862 our baptisms were 1597 ; in Missionary spirit. Our Home Mis1863, 1,180 ; in 1864, 1,132; in sion efforts are not worthy of us. 1865, 1,074; in 1866, 1,001; in This mission is amongst the least 1867, 978. The baptisms of 1867 effective of our institutions. Infall short of those of 1862 by 619. dividual churches may be doing For eight years we were gradually something in their own neighbourincreasing, for the last six years hoods, but the denomination is slow gradually decreasing. What is the to do a great work in places where cause of this ? Who can tell but great denominational results might the heart-searching God! We know be achieved. We are not forgetful there are ebbs and flows of success of Coventry, Sheffield, and Leeds, in most organisations—that there is and of what is now doing at Longseed-time as well as barvest. But ton and Swadlincote; at Dewsbury after admitting all the palliating or and Denholme ; at Holbeach, Whitexplanatory reasons that could be tlesea, and Lincoln ; and at other assigned, the conclusion is inevitable places. But the gross income of the that a revival is needed. And after Home Mission in 1867-£276 10s. the ministry shall have laid this fact -does not express an earnest, deto heart, and have resolved to seek termined, and aggressive spirit on the quickening Spirit that their the part of the denomination. Inpersonal godliness and ministerial deed it would

appear as if our liberefficiency may be increased, there ality and cordiality towards other yet remains one form in which a sections of the church existed at the revival needs shew itself—that of expense of love to our own tenets individual work by church members. and a determination to propagate The special gift of each member them. If we loved our denominashould be engaged in its appropriate tion with a quarter the fondness work. The work of the church can- with which a well-beneficed rector not be done by proxy.

'Tis as un

loves his “ branch of the civil serjust as it is useless to expect the vice,” we should shew more zeal in minister to do everything. The plan its extension. adopted in our German churches of 2. The scale of ministerial remuexpecting every member to do some- neration. In this matter none will thing as a sine qua non to member- venture to prefer against us the ship should to some extent be adopted charge of extravagance. If we had amongst us. In conversion there are such an accuser we might surely

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