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very difficult of comprehension. Any plain sight at least, to deify the creature, and to man may understand them, and why should represent the Creator as offering homage not Mr. Mathews be equally plain? Ordi. unto him. The text quoted by Mr. M. in narily, it is enough to hear a good minister proof of his statement says that Christ was of Jesus Christ once, to know that he cor. “delivered up for us all;" but this is very dially believes in the great doctrine of atone. different from God's presenting Christ as a ment; and why, then, should it be claimed, sacrifice to us. The use of the word sacri. that none should form an opinion of Mr. fice, in Mr. Mathews' sense of it, is more Mathews' doctrine, unless they have heard adapted to confuse and perplex than to edify him "at least twelve times!"• We do think, and instruct. And then the distinction atas there has been this doubt and uncertainty tempted to be made between the divine and about the views of Mr. Mathews, that it is human natures of the Redeemer, as involved desirable for his own sake, and for the eom. in the propositions, “ As a divine person, fort of his friends residing at a distance, that Christ is a sacrifice presented by God to us," he should publish a clear and intelligible and "as a human person, Jesus is repreprofession of his faith, at least in relation to sented as a (or our) sacrifice to God," is so this fundamental doctrine.
entirely destitate of support from Scripture, Taking the sermon, “Jesus a sacrifice," or devoid of meaning, that we pass it by into our hands, we can hardly look over any without further notice. There are several page that does not contain statements either other objectionable expressions in the ser. startling or obscare. For examples, let the mon, which our limits compel us to pass following suffice.—"It is well worthy of over with the general remark, that if they notice, that for moral guilt no sacrifices were were not intended to convey sentiments appointed; "t a statement fully shown to be commonly regarded by us as erroneous, unsustained by Scripture, in Mr. Briscoe's they are very ill adapted to impart truth. essay. I Again, “The God of justice can We have great affection for Mr. Mathews, never accept a bribe to overlook iniquity.”S as an amiable, estimable, and well-meaning This is not the view of the doctrine of atone- christian minister. We have seen no rea. ment, either given by the Holy Scriptures, son to consider him either as a Socinian, or or by most evangelical christians. It is a a deceiver. We have read his “ Remon. hideous caricature of it. The fact that sin. strance” with pleasure, as evincing, in an ners are forgiven through Christ and his eminent degree, a christian spirit, and as great work, is as clearly stated in the Holy removing from our own mind some of the Scriptures as it can be. In regard to Eph. clouds his sermon had created as to his iv. 32, it may be admitted, that in or through views of the doctrine of the atonement; and would have better expressed the force of the we do hope, that while he correctly maintains Greek preposition en, but, had it been so that “eternal justice" and "eternal mercy" rendered, the meaning would be substantially were “the ground of the atonement,” he the same. The mind of God is not changed will so constantly and clearly exhibit this by the work of Christ, as that work, and re- great doctrine, that no one shall be able in demption through its medium, originated future justly to impugn his creed as to the in the infinite love of the Father, of which foundation of the sinner's hope. it is the richest expression, while it also se. A LETTER TO THE Right HONOURABLE cures and honours his awful justice in de. livering penitent believers from punishment.
Sir ROBERT Peel, Bart., First Lord of Thus “ God has commended his love to.
Her Majesty's Treasury, on the present
state of British Connexion with Idolatry wards us," &c. Rom. v. 8. Then we demur at the expression, that “derotedness is the
in India and Ceylon ; and particularly
“ The Established Government Donation' great and true idea of sacrifice." A sacri. fice, religiously considered, is something of:
for the support of the temple of Jugger. fered to God. It may be a sin offering, or a
naut, in Orissa. By the Rev. JAMES thank offering; or the surrender of ourselves,
Peggs, late Missionary in India, Author or our praises to the object of worship. But
of " India's Cries," &c. Wilkins, Derby. to carry out the abstract idea of Mr. Mathews, so far as to say, that “ Christ is a sacrifice WHETHER Sir Robert Peel will find time presented by God to us,” || is to violate all the or inclination to read this pamphlet, and approved usages of language in relation to consider the offensive and abominable facts that word. We do not believe Mr. Mathews it contains in reference to the fostering care would willingly raise in the mind of any one, of the British government over the hateful an unworthy or irreverent thought of Jeho- and polluted idolatries of the East, we know vah, but this form of expression seems, at first not; but it is highly desirable that the * Scrutator Scrutinized, p. 2.
British christian public should be acquaint+ Ser p. 6. 1 Essay, p. 6,7. 5 Ser p. 7. | Do. 9, 10. ed with them, in order that, before their
governors, before God and all the world, most ridiculous; and the pretence set up to they should declare their abhorrence of such defend it is most contemptible. We hope an odious system. That the British kings, brother Peggs's pamphlet will be extensively and queens, and governors, professedly circulated, and that the time may be haschristian and protestant, should be “nur. tened when, as the Bombay Oriental Specsing fathers and nursing mothers" to the tator says, “our rulers will cease to be vilest idolatry that erer debased the human bankers and factors of idols." species, is an anomaly most wicked and
Death of Beb. T. Gunning, Downton.
MY DEAR BROTHER,- It is my pain in the following sketch, will be found in the ful duty to acquaint you with the decease class of those who are thus recommended. of the Rev. Thomas Gunning, pastor of May all who read it be excited to imitate the first Baptist Church Downton, Wilts. his exemplary deportment, that their deată Our departed brother had suffered much may be equally peaceful and happy. from bodily weakness for several months ABRAM CRABTREE was born at High past, and also from a stubborn and painful Laithe, in the township of Heptonstall, on cough. On Lord's day, Feb. 19th, whilst the 18th of January, 1819. From his preaching, the violence of the cough rup- childhood he was remarkable for his amenity tured a blood vessel on the lungs, which of of temper and amiable disposition; a strangcourse prevented his proceeding with the er to contention, and a lover of peace. As service. As the hemorrhage was not great he advanced in life he displayed a spirit there appeared no immediate danger. On that was very pleasing to his friends, and the Lord's day, or the day following, the gave promise of future excellence, as a pro. symptoms became more alarming, and on fessor and a christian. He was never Friday, March 3rd, the spirit of our dear known to commit an immoral action, and brother joyfully took flight to its eternal while a mere youth he manifested a spirit rest. His remains were interred in the and a prudence that bespoke a person of General Baptist burying ground, Downton, mature age. Always attentive to his busion Wednesday, March 8th.
ness, he never associated with the giddy Lyndhurst.
R. COMPTON. youth of his age; he seemed to have no
taste for the amusements of worldly pleaABRAM CRABTREE.—“ He who desires sure, and no relish for vanity or show. If to strengthen his virtue and purify his at any time he was thrown into the com. principles, will always prefer the solid to pany of the thoughtless and the trilling, he the specious, will be more disposed to appeared completely miserable, escaped contemplate an example of the upostenta- from it as soon as possible, and always retious piety which all men may obtain, than flected on it afterwards with feelings of unof those extraordinary achievements to feigned regret. Both in public and private which few can aspire; nor is it the mark of he invariably spoke with great caution, and a superior, but rather of a vulgar and su- acted with remarkable circumspection. At perficial taste, to consider notbing as great an early age he was the subject of religious or excellent but that which glitters with impressions, and seems to have cherished titles, or is elevated by rank,
the fear of God, and to have practised pri. “When a character selected from the vate prayer for many years before he made ordinary ranks of life is faithfully and mi. a public profession of his faith in Christ. nutely delineated, no effort is requisite to From his childhood to his eighteenth enable us to place ourselves in the same year our young friend was a regular hearer situation. We accompany the subject of the at Heptopstall Slack, and was remarkable narrative with an interest undiminished by for his retiring and steady deportment. In distance, unimpaired by dissimilarity of cir. the year 1837 he removed to Linebolm, to cumstances, and from the efforts by which assist his brother in the school. At this they surmounted difficulties we derive the place he became an active teacher in the most useful practical lessons."
Sunday-school, and continued his laudable Such were the sentiments of a distin. efforts for the good of the rising race until guished writer, and it is presumed the indi. affliction confined him at home. Soon alter vidual whose character is briefly portrayed his arrival at Lineholm he began to attend the experience meetings; but a sense of his lost his sting, and the grave its terrors. own unworthiness, and an exalted view of About two hours before his departure he the christian character, led him to defer appeared surprisingly happy, and had joy uniting with the Church for a considerable unspeakable, and full of glory. He was period. His friends, from the first, highly interred at Slack, on the last day of Octoapproved of him, and frequently urged him ber, and his death was improved at Lineto cast in his lot amongst them. He de. holm, to an overflowing congregation, from liberated seriously, examined the grounds of Deul. xxxii. 29, by the writer of this article. his confidence closely, and discovering the Reader, seek to attain the wisdom from path of duty, he hesitated no longer; but, above; understand, by this affecting memo. having given himself to the Lord, he sought rial, the uncertainty of human life, and the communion with his people, and was bap. nearness of death ; consider your latter end, tized at Lineholm, by Mr. Hollinrake, on and be prepared for its approach, and then the first Sabbath in August, 1841. His the trouble of this world will be forgotten in humble spirit and amiable disposition en- the joys of a blissful eternity. deared him to bis friends: he was much es. Slack, March 9th. WILLIAM BUTLER. teemed in the Church and neighbourhood, MR JOHN HALL was called to exchange and, indeed, by all that knew him. His time for eternity, Feb. 23rd, 1842, aged zeal, his good sense, his prudence and piety, forty-eight. He was baptized in the year led his friends to expect much from him, 1822, and united in Church fellowship with and, had his life been spared, their expecta- the friends at Hucknal Torkard, a branch of tions, in all probability, would have been Stoney Street, Nottingham. In the Spring fully realized. His character may be sum of 1833 he removed with his family to Alfremed up in a few words. He was teachable, ton, where he attached himself to the few but decided ; firm, but not stupid; cheerful, friends who had recently been formed into but not light; grave, but not sad; active, a Church. Duriog his sojourn on earth, but not busy; retiring, but not unsocial; he met with many circumstances which and, what is best of all, he was eminently called into exercise his faith and patience, pious without formality.
but under all the changing scenes of life, A little more than a year ago our friend he was not moved away from the hope of began to be unwell, and it was feared he the Gospel. The disease which terminated was consumptive. Up to this period his in his dissolution, was of a most painful and health had been almost uninterruptedly distressing character; but in him was fully good, and he appeared much more likely to manifested the power and excellency of relive long, and to die at a good old age, than ligion, in its adaptedness to support the any of the family. He had followed to the mind under the most severe afflictions. The grave a pious mother and an amiable sister; closing scene of life was marked by a calmhe had attended a sick and suffering brother ness and serenity of mind truly enviable. with all the assiduity and kindness of a In the various interviews which the writer brother indeed ; and it was little thought of this article had with him, he was fre. that one so young, so active and so useful, quently reminded of the language of the would so soon be called away. But, alas! poet, how short and uncertain is human life; we the chamber where the good man meets his fate bloom and flourish for a little time, and is privileged beyond the common walk of life“ straight are seen no more”_"a span Quite on the verge of heaven.” is all that we can boast; an inch or two of For a season, the thought of leaving his betime." “We come forth like a flower, and loved partner and children in this world of are cut down; we fee as a shadow, and woe, deeply affected him; but he was en. continue not."
abled to resign them into the hands of the The affliction of our young friend was Lord, resting assured that he would provide long and protracted. His medical attendant for them. During his painful affliction, pronounced bim dropsical. Of this, how- he was favoured with peculiar manifestations ever, be seemed to recover; but he was of the divine presence, derived much comseized with spasms in his bowels, his strength fort and support from the precious promises rapidly declined, his appetite failed, and, of the Gospel, expressed an unshaken conbeing seized with a dysentry, he died Octo- fidence in the blood of atonement, and pos. ber 26th, 1842, without regret on his part, sessed an animating prospect of future blessbut regretted by all who knew his worth. edness. On one occasion he said, “O when Before his death he was remarkably sup. I get to heaven, what a wonder I shall be.” ported. He said he had no desire to recover, On another occasion he said to the writer, felt his faith to be strong, his prospects “Oh, I have had a delightful view of the bright, and knew that he was going to a heavenly glory. It appears I shall get to glorious home. He had no fear;
death had heaven first, and Oh, how glad shall I be to see you come.' He was enabled in pa. His mortal remains were interred in the tience to possess his soul, and to wait with burying ground attached to the General sweet composure the stroke that was to un- Baptist chapel, Alfreton, on the following bind his chains, and set the captive spirit Lord's day, and by his request a funeral free from a world of sin and death. When sermon was preached the same evening by the lamp of life was just about to expire, he his pastor, from 1 Cor. ix. last clause of said, “ All is well !” and calmly fell asleep verse 24, to a large congregation. in Jesus, without a struggle or a groan.
THE YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE assem. Many members are removed from Hepbled at Bircbescliff, Dec. 26th, 1842. Mr. tonstall Slack to obtain employment else. Thomas Smith, of Staley Bridge, opened where. They have lately baptized twentythe public worship in the morning, by two, and have many inquirers in the ex. reading the scriptures and prayer, and Mr. perience meetings. The Church at LineR. Hardy, of Queenshead, preached from holme has excluded several, baptized three, Acts. vi. 8.
and many are coming forward for fellow. 2. The pastor of the Church at Brad. ship. Ai Shore they have experienced no ford, Mr. R. Ingham, read the report of its material change since the last meeting. spiritual state, which on the whole was en- The prospects at Burnley are improving. couraging.
They have received four by baptism, and a 3. The Treasurer for the Home Mis- few have been added to the meetings for sion was requested to advance the amount experience. of interest, which may be wanted by the The next Conference to be held at AlTrustees of the chapel, Prospect Place, lerton, on Easter Tuesday, April 18, 1843. Bradford. The committee of management for this Home Missionary station, were desired to
ORDINATIONS. meet at the close of the Conference, to de- MACCLESFIELD.-On Lord's day, Feb. vise means to relieve the Home Missionary 26th, a series of services were held in the Fund from its present embarrassments. General Baptist Chapel, Macclesfield. In
4. A collection of £2 25.74d. was the morning there was a public baptism, made in the Conference, to help the Charch and the Rev. Wm. Butler, of Heptonstall at Allerton in its financial difficulties. Slack, delivered the discourse from Matt.
5. The Church at Clayton, in its present iii. 15, “ Thus it becometh us to fulfil all destitute state, presented a petition to the righteousness.” The discourse was argu. Conference for an arrangement of minis- mentative, impressive and convincing, and terial supplies. The case was referred to delivered with great ingenuity; after which the meeting of the committee at the close the Rev. John Lindley, minister of the of the Conference.
place, baptized eleven persons on a con. 6. An appeal to the Conference, for fi. session of their faith in Christ
. The chapel nancial relief, was made by the Church was densely crowded, and a great number meeting at Lineholme.
returned unable to obtain standing room at Mr. W. Crabtree suggested a plan for the threshhold of the door. During the adoption in the Yorkshire District, to re. whole service the congregation conducted duce the debts on the chapels. It was re- themselves with becoming reverence. In commended by the meeting, that this plan the afternoon the Rev. J. Lindley was set be laid before the Churches, and that they apart as the pastor of the Church, and the report their opinion on it to the next meeting. Rev. Wm. Butler commenced the service by
7. The states of the Churches, as re- reading the scriptures and prayer; the ported by the delegates, are as follows ;- Rev. S. Bowen, (Independent,) delivered At Leeds, Mr J. Tunnicliffe informed the the introductory discourse on the condition meeting, the state of religion was encourag- of a christian church. As the basis of his ing. They have six or eight persons who remarks, he detached from their original offer themselves as candidates for baptism. connection the following words, “What At Bradford they were more healthy, and mean ye by this service ? Exod. xii. 26. had a few inquirers. At Clayton they Mr. Butler proposed the questions to the were poor, low and discouraged. The con church and minister. The Rev. T. Smith, gregations at Queenshead were nearly the of Staley.bridge, offered the ordination same. They had baptized one, and had a prayer, and also delivered the charge to the few inquirers. At Birchescliffe they expected minister, from Col. iv, 17, “ And say to to baptize a goodly number in the Spring. Archippus, take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou day, March 5th, four persons were baptized fulfill it." The Rev. T. Smith opened the in the above place of worship. evening service, and the Rev. Wm. Butler
MISCELLANEOUS. delivered the charge to the Church, from Phil. ii. 29, “ Receive him therefore in the COVENTRY.-The annual Home Mis. Lord with all gladness, and hold such in sionary sermons this year, were preached reputation.” The service commenced in the on Lord's day, Feb. 12th, by Mr. Peggs, morning at ten o'clock, and continued, with from, “ Though thy beginning was small, little interruption, until near nine in the thy latter end shall greatly increase;" and, evening. The congregations were nuiner. “Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoous during the whole of the day, and paid ever is right, that shall ye receive.” In the the most profound attention, and many weut afternoon an address was delivered to the home in the evening testifying from experi- teachers and children, and other friends ence, it has been good for me to be there. who assembled, from, “Remember now thy On Lord's day, March 12, the pastor, in Creator in the days of thy youth, before the behalf of the Church, gave the newly bap- evil days come not." On the Tuesday tized persons the right band of christian evening a Home Missionary meeting was fellowship, and received four others into held, at which Mr. Franklin presided. Mr. communion. We have several candidates, Jerrard engaged in prayer, and Messrs. and many inquirers under deep conviction. Hewlett, Watts, and Peggs, addressed the Prospects are very encouraging. The first audience. An interesting report was read fruits of our pastor's labours we anticipate by Mr. Keetley. Collections, a triflo above will be followed by an abundant harvest of £4. The chapel has lately been cleaned converted souls, for we have reason to be. and painted, and the prospects of the cause lieve that the good which has been effected are much more encouraging than formerly. is not “as a morning cloud and as the
A FRIEND. early dew, that passeth away,” Hosea vi. 4. SPECIAL SERVICES AT STOCKPORT.
P. P. On Lord's-day, Feb. 19th, 1843, the Rev.
T. Smith preached an interesting sermon, BAPTISMS.
on the privileges and duties of christians, ARCUDEACON LANE, LEICESTER.- from Matt. v. 13, “ Ye are the salt of the Twelve persons were baptized on a profes- earth,” &c. In the afternoon he gave an sion of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, address to the Church and deacons, from on Sabbath-day, March 5th. An argumen- Acts vi. 1-4; after which the Rev. T. tative discourse was delivered on the subject H. Hudson administered the Lord's-supper, of baptism in the morning, to a large and and in the evening preached from Luke attentive audience, from, “But Peter and x. 11, “Notwithstanding, be ye sure of John answered and said unto them, whether this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you;" and again on the following unto you more than unto God, judge ye." Monday evening he delivered a solemn and In the afternoon the newly-baptized received interesting address, from 1 Thes. iii. 8, a faithful charge, from “ Be not slothful, “For we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.” but followers of those who through faith and We have great reason to believe that these patience now inherit the promises." They services will have their desired effect upon were received into the Church by our pastor the minds of those who had the pleasure to giving to each the right hand of fellowship. hear them. This Church was established It was indeed a day of joy and rejoicing, a in 1836; yet we have greatly to lament delightful season of refreshing from the that we are yet but few and feeble. presence of the Lord. May he, in his infi.
J. ASHTON. nite mercy, grant us many more such happy THE TEACHERS of the Baptist Sabbathdays.
J. C. school, Friar Lane, Leicester, hare just SHEFFIELD.-On the morning of new. erected a very neat tablet to the memory year's day, three persons were added to us of one of their fellow.labourers, bearing the by baptism; two of them teachers in the following inscription :-“Sacred to the Lord's-day school. On the first Lord's.day memory of Samuel Welham Wigg, second in March, five more were baptized, and in son of the Rev. Samuel Wigg, pastor of the afternoon six others, who had been pre- this Church. He died the 28th of Octo. viously baptized, received the right hand of ber, 1842, in the 19th year of bis age. fellowship. The Lord is blessing the la- His end was peace. This Tablet was bours of our dear pastor, sinners are con- erected by the Teachers of the Sabbath. verted under his ministry, and the Church school, in affectionate remembrance of is edified.
COR. ATKINSON, their highly esteemed friend and fellow. FRIAR LANE, LEICESTER.-On Sabbath. labourer."