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children in his class, he immediately begins to use means to bring about this desirable end. On the Lord's-day morning his closet is witness to his fervent and importunate prayers on the behalf of his scholars; he prays that the divine Spirit may bless and accompany his own Word with his enlightening and softening influence, whether that word may be presented to the childrens' minds by himself, by the addresses of the superintendent, by the minister in the house of prayer, or by any other means which it may please the Lord to bring to bear upon the children's minds. He does not wish to have the exclusive honour of being instrumental in their conversion. The language of his heart is, “Send, Lord, by whom thou wilt send;" only let the dear children of my charge be brought as lambs to the great Shepherd. The teacher performs his labours during the day under the influence of prayer
and faith. His manner of speaking to the children is such as is calculated to gain their affection and confidence; he is condescending, kind, and affable. He endeavours to impress upon their hearts those portions of divine truth which he considers are best calculated to inform their judgments, and to bring them to see and feel their need of a Saviour. When the teacher sees indications of success in any of his scholars, he endeavours to nourish the kindling spark, and fan it to a flame. Those children whom he perceives are affected with their sinful state he takes by the hand, and with the utmost kindness and affection leads them to the Saviour, who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me;" and when some are brought to Christ, if proper means be used, he will in all probability secure the whole.
Nor is the view, as taken above, of a teacher's success merely visionary : it is what has been done. I have read of an American female teacher being instrumental in converting several classes successively; and I know a Sunday-school, the teachers of which resolved at a meeting to try similar methods, and what was the effect? In a few months several almost entire classes were hopefully converted, and nearly forty of them became members of the Church ; and if similar means, under similar circumstances, will produce corresponding results, why may not there be a revival in every school, and in every Church connected with it. I do not think that the conversion of the children in our Sunday-schools is so difficult as some imagine. I am of opinion that we have both Scripture, reason, and example, in favour of attempting their conversion while we have them under our care. The Saviour says, “They that seek me early shall find me,” “Suffer little children to come unto me." Reason tells us that the most proper time for the conversion of individuals is before the corruption of their depraved hearts acquires great force, and leads them into the paths of vice; and if they do manifest giddy or untoward dispositions, they will be more easily broken now, than when they have acquired additional force from time and indulgence. The Scriptures encourage us to ask, and to look for, great things at the hand of God, “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it;">" Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you ;" “ All things whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, touching the affairs of my kingdom, it shall be done unto you;" "If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not. But let him ask in faith, nothing donbting.” We cannot read con. cerning the miracles of Christ without observing the great stress wbich is laid on faith. None were ever suffered to return disappointed from him after making application for his healing power. The favour asked was invariably granted them, how great soever, because they had confidence in
his power and goodness. The most remarkable instances of faith recorded by the evangelists, are those of the Centurion, and the Syro-phenician woman; and the Lord granted their requests, and eulogised their faith. When Elijah was just going to be taken up into heaven, he said to Elisha, “ Ask what I shall do for thee before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me:” and though Elijah confessed that Elisha bad asked a hard thing, yet it was granted. The apostle James reasons on the power of prayer and faith, and brings the instance of Elijah praying that it should not rain on the earth; and again, at another time, that it should rain, and both requests were granted. What are we to conclude from all this, but that "the effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much;” and that the Lord says to the believing request, “Great is thy faith, be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”
Now, my dear fellow-teachers, I submit the above remarks to your candid and serious consideration. If I have been prolix, the importance of the subject must be my apology; and if what I have done be of any use to you in increasing your usefulness to your youthful charge, I shall have an abundant reward for the labour bestowed. I remain, yours in the bonds of the Gospel,
A SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHER.
CORRESPONDENCE. REPLY TO SELF-DEFENCE.* reasons which he adduces in his Junius are To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository. others not to purchase the mansion in ques
the only ones which influenced him and I little supposed when I was penning my tion for the purpose of a college? Let me strictures on Junius, that my antagonist just glance at those reasons, and it will was, like myself, a sermonizing knight of speedily appear that a bushel of them
are the lancet. His dexterity in venesection of less importance than the dust in a no one will question; and equally unques, balance. 1. To purchase it was a dissen. tionable are his talents in verbasection, and tion from the decision of the committee. 2. crinesectior. His sermon on self-defence, It proceeded from a wrong quarter. 3. The forcibly reminds me of an ingenious sermon mansion was too spacious. 4. It was too on the word mall, which used to amuse me expensive; and 5. (by the Rev. T. Yates) in my juvenile days. If it were not for it would inflate our young ministers with misquotation, misconstruction, misapplication, pride. Machaon disposed of the first threo misinference, his sermon would have re- reasons; I will briefly refer to the 4th and mained a wondrous skeleton, leaving us 5th. It is too expensive-we cannot afford completely ignorant of every ology except it. Oh shame, where is thy blush? One osteology. F. S., in the exordium to his single sister Church can afford not only to sermon, prides himself in the weight of his encounter the original cost, but also an arguments when writing under the shade of additional outlay of about £1500 to convert Junius. Surely my brother medical prac. it into a chapel, yet the entire connexion, titioner was in a profound reverie, endea. consisting of fifteen thousand, six hundred, vouring to ascertain the “ modus operandi
and sixty-seven members, are unable to of some recently discovered medicine when raise about £4000. Surely it was a folly he penned arguments, intending to have to put forth this reason. Surely it was the written sophisms. Is he certain that the will, and not the power which was wanted
to accomplish this object. Surely with a * We feel some degree of regret in connexion with the whole of this controversy, having a very little self-denial yon columns might strong objection to render the General Baptist have been reared with our superfluous wealth, Repository the vehicle of personalities. Those and every cornice bought with the crumbs of our readers, however, who are fond of the which fall from our tables. The last reason war of words," will have been gratified with the skill in disputation displayed by both our friends; assigned for not appropriating the mansion and those of them who are displeased with such into a college, is, It will make our young exhibitions may rest assured, that our valiant ministers proud. An argument the most knights having become good friends, no future passage of arms” of this kind will disturb cogent, if founded in fact. A proud ambasa. them.ED.
dor of the Prince of Peace dishonours the
ministry in which he is engaged. But does dwellings, in the ornaments with which they it necessarily follow that because a minister are decorated, and in the erection of our is educated and trained in a mansion for places of worship, when we bare the ability the most important and glorious work to and inclination to have noble ones! No! which a human being can be destinated, Then why is our motio mean things in the that his heart should be listed up with pride? education of our ministers, and in the place Then very naturally I may inser, that the where they are to study to show themselves esteemed pastor, in consequence of preach. approved to be men of God. If we are ing in the mansion when consecrated to the inclined to cultivale contentment with mean worship of God, will become divested of things in preparing our ministers for the that garment of humilily which has clothed sanctuary, mean will be our instruments in and adorned him for a long series of years. propagating the truth, in defending the Also the people who worship in this house doctrines of grace, and in advancing our of prayer, instead of having the “heart connexion, especially in populous iowos, established with grace," they will be "puffed where an efficient ministry is enjored. I up in their fleshly minds, and thus exposed would reiterate the statement of the circu. to the displeasure of the Great Head of the lar, which appears to have excited the risi. Church. Neither the premises nor the ble muscles, and to have perplexed the conclusions can I admit for a moment. “close thinking" capacity of my antagonist, Perhaps F. S. will pardon me if I suggest if we are satisfied with “raisiug a small two reasons which I am afraid have pro. sum ” when it would be "just as easy to raise duced a greater effect in preventing the a large one,” what shame and confusion mansion in question from being the “school when our Lord and Master shall say, “ Gire of the prophets,” than any which has been an account of thy stewardship." specified-jealousy and covetousness. Jea- Perhaps it is owing to my loose thinking lousy, I am fearful, has exercised a baneful that I am unable to perceive how I have influence in this business. It was not the unwarrantably “prejudged the question," mansion, but its locality. The remarks of or placed myself on the “bench of judica. the Rev. T. Yates in the October number ture.” Perhaps F. S. may feel astonished are very significant: the love of money, that he is not allowed to cite scraps of appears to me, to have prevented, in a con- poetry, to write quibbling paragraphs, and siderable degree, the realization of our hopes to misrepresent ibe sincere intentions of in having a spacious, convenient, and per. Others who desire to promote the spiritual manent place for the education of our min. interests of our connexion, and yet escape isters. The flexors are disposed to yield to uncensured and uncondemned. Belter, far their antagonist extensors in providing better, to preserve silence, iban, without houses of cedar lo dwellin; splendid furni. provocation, to open the mouth io sow the ture to adorn them; and ample securities seeds of discord and strife. with which to invest our surplus capital, With respect to “ not dissecting the unbut remain rigid and grasping, when the sightly thing to which the disordered imagi. extention of the truth requires liberality. nation of Junius had given birth;" the The most frivolous excuses are advanced negative is a phrasealogical expression, as a clock for covetousness. of my worthy signifying an intention pot minulely to dwell brother (not merely in the medical profes. on particulars, but io seize on some general sion, but in the bonds of the everlasting topics for reply. My carping brother, I am Gospel) I hope and believe better things. fully persuaded, is sufficiently acquainted Yet, notwithstanding, he as well as the Rev. with this idiom of our language, but was T. Yates, have furnished some plausible willingly ignorant, that he might be furnish: pretexts for individuals who love to grasp ed with matter for the second division of his the glittering ore instead of parting with a sermon on self-defence. little of their lent treasure to bare pur. The sermon iniis second division demands chased the mansion as a “ school for the a few observations. The coutily motto, I prophets." It would “stint the widow of confess, is opposed 10 the genius of our holy her meals.” It would “erect a column by religion. How easy, Mr. Editor, it is to penury.” “We cannot afford it.” “ An copy an evil example. Junius considered expense greater by far than the spirit of the the circular, which excited his scribbling Gospel and the precepts of the New Testa- propensities, as offensive ; but, instead of ment would justify." "A waste of our little forgiving tbe offence, according to divide property." Brother Yates endeavours to direction, he is guilty of retaliation. I cite press into the service a scriptural argument, bis own words,—“ You may think me serere * Mind not high things, but be ye contented in these remarks ; I leave those who precedwith mean things." I inquire, are mean ed me in the offence to make the apology things our motto in the construction of our for it." Those who live in houses of glass should be careful how they Aling stones. I ideas" had created chaotic darkness in his might easily enter into particulars respecting understanding, when he penned lines which the appearance, accommodation, and range savour of any spirit but the meek and lovely of studies pursued in our academies, and spirit of the glorious Gospel of the blessed compare them with other educational insti. God. tutions, but I resist the templation, lest the Having finished the task of passing these emblems of shame should cover a connexion few strictures on the body of this essay on consisting of sixteen thousand members, for self-defence, or uncharitable personalities, suffering and continuing the inferiority I now conclude the toil with a few observaunder the paltry plea, " The folly is, we tions on the extremities. cannot afford it."
The first extremity was unnecessary-The little “ impediment” is very useful, very unnecessary indeed. No personal reeven to one who burlesques it, wben used flection on the character of Junius could be conveniently by an opponent. “If the intended, Machaon not knowing the real young men rise in attainments and fall in author until he had finished his production; virtue, we are better without them.” What and the opinion of others coincide wiib my a marvellous discovery! What travail was own, that this second epistle will not reexperienced in giving birth to a sentiment, dound to his literary fame. In the profesthe truth of which is admitted by every pious sional language of my antagonist, let us mind. 1f-ab! there's the rub! But if “draw up our sleeves, and taking scalpel in the young men, as they advance in classic hand," amputate the unnecessary limb, and acquirements, and other useful accomplish- consign it to perpetual oblivion. ments, maintain their principles of piety and The second extremity is untrue. A false devotion, do we not sustain a loss?
limb is very treacherous and cumbersome; Now for a misquotation. F. S., when but sometimes an artificial extremity so stating the reason why on important public closely resembles the reality, as to produce occasions we were desirous to secure the deception. It appears I was thus deceived, services of ministers of other sects, professes and supposed it was a real one, and pos. to give Machaon's reply, which in my sessed of the power and vigour of a giant. opinion, is the truth, but not the whole I am now undeceived: it is as feeble and truth, and nothing but the truth. “Because frail as a reed. The owner, who entertains their minds are more enlightened, their un. a very exalted opinion of every other part derstandings are better informed, their judg. of the body, appears conscious that this ment is sounder, and their talenis are of a limb is “ untrue." higher order, entirely from a more effective The third extremity is true. It is power. college training,” to which ought to have ful, vigorous, and capable of any enterprize; been added, “with few exceptions." Was determined to be a flexor or an extensor at the omission intended to represent me as pleasure, and bent on resisting all controul. slighting the enlightened and invaluable It is a limb of physic, not of the law. It is labours of a Jarrom, a Pickering, a Goadby, a young limb, and my sincere desire is, that and others who were students of our acade. it may long continue in the exercise of its mies! Or the instructive, persuasive, and proper functions, but be preserved from evangelical preaching of a Pike, a Wallis, kicking against the pricks. a J. Stevenson, a Burns, a Hunter, and It was said respecting our exalted Lord others, who derived no benefit from them ? and Master, that he reserved the good wine No one esteems in a higher degree the minis. for the conclusion of the feast. The most ters of our connexion than I do, in reference beautiful and lovely spirit is also reserved to their respectability and successfulness, for the last paragraph of this essay on Selfbut I vet maintain, what many of them have defence. The gall in which my medical confessed, that if their scholastic advantages friend had dipped his pen was exhausted, had been superior, their efficiency would and its place supplied with the milk of huhave been more conspicuous. I hope the man kindness. I thank him for that nalucharity of our divine religion will ever pre. ral display of tenderness which induced him serve me from that spirit of censure and un- to sigh over the lily which he supposed had charitableness which pervade this part of received some defilement in this controversy. the sermon on self-defence towards ministers If I am the lily, he shall be the rose; and if of other denominations.
I have shaken too rudely, and caused it to If ever “ hero quartered his arms with lose some of its bloom and sweetness, I ain the emblems of his own shame," it is the exceedingly sorry for it, and I sincerely one who could pen the last ten lines of this hope that these excellent qualities will be paragraph. Surely his boasted “soundness revived, and for a long series of years shed of thinking" had vanished like an airy fragrance and perfume in every direction. dream, and his confessed “confusion of Wisbech, Nov. 12th. John LILLY.
HINTS ON THE PORTABLE EVIDENCE OF saint, and the learning of a profound his
CARISTIANITY. By Josepu John torian. It contains all that is valuable in GURNEY. Sixth Edition, Tract Soci. Rollin, with the important information obety. 18mo., pp. 169.
tained from modern writers. “EVERY man who reads the Bible with TaoughTS FOR THE THOUGATFUL. By attention, and observes the value and ex- OLD HUMPHREY. Tract Society. 18mo., cellence of books - every man who compares what it says of mankind with his own
HERE are oue hundred and eight short experience, and marks the fitness of its mighty scheme of doctrine to his own spi- articles, essays they might be called, on as ritual need as a sinner in the sight of God many different subjects, some new, some is furnished with practical proof of the di- strange, some familiar, and all discussed in vine origin of our religion. I love this evi. that pious, good-humoured, and profitable dence: I call it 'the portable evidence of style which is peculiar to the productions christianity.'
bearing the name of Old Humphrey. For These enlightened sentiments, ascribed
our parts, we are not ashamed to acknow. to Dr. Chalmers by the excellent author of ledge Old Humphrey as a friend and fathis book, explain its object.
vourite. He has often insinuated instruc
He shows that “the Bible, considered alone, affords, grandfather, he has blended with some little
tion, and afforded profit; which, like an old in the purity, dignity, harmony, and prac. amusing tale, or good-natured comparison. tical importance of its contents, sufficient evidences of its divine origin;" and that
Old Humphrey may be recommended to the “the accordance of the truths revealed in old, for he is wise; to the young, for he is Scripture, with what we know in ourselves,
simple and interesting; to all, for there will and observe in the world around us, and ever be some good to be derived from him. more especially the adaptation of the Gos- The Fruit. Tract Society. pel of Christ to the condition of fallen man, supplies us with further conclusive proof, the Flower, and here is the Fruit, and a
We have had the Seed, the Leaf, and that the Creator and moral Governor of the universe is the author of the Bible."
pretty fourpenny book it is, with beautiful
embellishments. It is a delightful book, ably written, in an easy and attractive style. It should be THE CHRISTIAN ALMANAC, for the year in every christian's cottage, and in the hands 1842 of every senior Sunday-scholar. The ad- TAE TRACT Society's Penny ALMANAC. vanced christian would derive much profit from its perusal.
THE SHEET ALMANAC.
THE CHRISTIAN'S DAILY TREASURE. FIFTEEN SERMONS, by the Author of " Per. suasives to Early Piety.” Tract Society.
The first of these almanacs is the cheap18mo., pp. 212.
est and most complete we believe published
in this kindom. Besides much astronomi. We need not inform our readers who is cal information, there are tides-railways“the author of Persuasives,” Mr. Pike and London banks-members of Parliament, his work being well known and appreciated &c. Hints for the farm-garden-home. amongst them. Nor need we state more in The second and third are equal to former connexion with this little volume, than that years. the sermons are so much in Mr. Pike's The Christian's Daily Treasure is a very strain, that we might have recognized their little thick book, about the size of a souff. author had no other clue been given to us. box, with a text, and a verse, arranged for The subjects are various, interesting, and every day in the year. solemn. One of them,“On Family Prayer," we recollect to have heard at a Midland
LITERARY NOTICE. Conference, when its author was requested to publish it. We trust this volume will be Sketches of Sermons, designed for especial
Preparing for publication, in one Vol., so useful as to call forth others from the occasions. By a Dissenting Minister, Au
thor of Four Hundred Sketches and SkeleTHE HISTORY OF THE ASSYRIANS AND
tons of Sermons, &c., &c. The Vol. will CualdEANS, MEDES
be ready about the 30th January, 1812,
LYDIANS. Tract Society. 8vo., pp. 72.
and will contain sketches adapted to the
opening and anniversaries of chapels, misThis is a valuable and elaborately pre. sionary, and Sabbath-school occasions, orpared number of a series of publications on dination of ministers, sacramental services, ancient history. It displays the piety of a &c., &c.