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praying for them who spitefully use them, adopt, improve upon, or, if they be of no and persecute them;" surely, in their own value, lay aside at their pleasure :assemblies their conduct and language to 1. Let the pastor have the Bible before each other will be the perfection of love, him, and let the Church solemnly pledge kindness, sympathy, forbearance, and affec. itself to obey it, and to be individually and tion: and surely the word of God, which is collectively willing to abide by the precepts, the sword of the Spirit, and which is to and to act according to the laws of the New conquer the world, will reign omnipotent Testament, believing that in that divine in their assemblies; and the laws of treasure some precept, advice, direction, or Christ, their King, will be obeyed with example, may be found adapted to settle scrupulous regard, both from affection to the every case of importance. (See 2 Tim. iii. 16) Lawgiver, and from the intrinsic excellence Those who are not willing thus to be of the laws themselves, and their fitness to governed by the word of God have no claim govern regenerated souls. But, what is the to be considered as christians. (See Thess. fact? Does not the leaven of the world iii. 14.) operate in christian assemblies in the mani. 2. For the sake of preserving order and festation of ansanctified tempers, the out. decorum in the meeting, let none but the bursts of passion, the display of self. will, a pastor, or presiding elder, give reproof to disregard to the desire and feelings of their any one present, except he is desired or brethren, rather than the practice of self. permitted to do so by the pastor, or presiding denial, forbearance, and seeking the advan- elder. This simple rule, if acted upon, tage and comfort of each other, rather than would prevent much confusion, and is, I their own
believe, agreeable to Scripture. (See Heb. And when these evidences appear, that xiii. 17; 2 Tim. iv. 2; and I Tim. v. 20.) the “old man" of corruption has not yet 3. In all cases of discipline let the pasbeen "crucified, with the affections and tor take care that they be managed accordlusts," what means are used to put him ing to the directions in the word of God. down, and keep him down ! Are the Let nothing be done by partiality. (See weapons always brought out of the armoury 1 Tim. v. 21.) Let every one who is ac. of God to fight against sin, or are carnal cused have a fair trial, and, when convicted, weapons employed ? I fear the latter are let the pastor read such scripture passage, employed more frequently than the former. or passages, as bear upon the point, and And when carnal weapons are employed decide the case accordingly. against carpal tempers and expressions, it is 4. If one brother bring an accusation not likely that any real reform will be against another brother before the meeting, effected; but, if divine weapons were em. which has its origin in private differences, ployed, there would soon be a beneficial or offences, let the pastor read Matt. xviji. reform secured. “For the weapons of our 15, 16, 17, our Saviour's law for private warfare are not carnal, but mighty through oflences, and admonish the aggrieved brother God to the pulling down of strong holds; to act according to that rule. casting down imaginations, and every high 5 When improper tempers are manifested, thing that exaltetb itself against the know. or improper expressions are used in the ledge of God, bringing into captivity meeting, let the pastor read some scripture every thought to the obedience of Christ.” passage, or passages, applicable to the case, 2 Cor. x. 4, 5.
which will be calculated to improve or reBut the time of Church meetings ought press the impropriety, or which will convey not to be almost wholly employed in re- some valuable instruction to the erring pressing that which is evil, and attending to brother. secular affairs; and it will not, if proper 6. When some manifest a want of formeans be employed : but it should be em- bearance, kindness, or of due consideration ployed in contriving and planning what for the views and feelings of others, let the new inroads can be made upon the territo. Pastor read such passages as the following, ries of the kingdom of darkness, how God and urge the practice of the conduct which may be glorified, and sinners saved, and they enjoy :-Col iii. 12, 13, 14; Eph.iv. how the precepts of the Gospel may be 32; v. 1, 2. more fully carried out.
7. When any of the friends present ex. But it may be inquired, What is to be hibit unsanctified tempers, and make use of done to remedy these evils? In answer to improper expressions, ill-suited to the christhis important inquiry, with dae deference tian character, and calculated to wound the to the superior wisdom and experience of feelings of their brethren, let the pastor the pastors, or presiding elders of our read such passages as the following :-Eph. Churches, I venture to submit to their at iv. 29, 30, 31; Col. iii. 8. tention the following hints, which they may 8. If any member show a disposition to discourage some generous or benevolent Number of Churches in England, 1310. design to relieve the wants of the poor In Wales, 257. In Scotland, 73. In Jrebrethren, or to spread the truth, which will land, 36. Total, 1675. be attended with some labour and expense, Number of Churches in Associations, let the pastor read the following:- James 1006. Churches formed within the last ii. 13–17; 1 John iii. 17, 18; Matt. xxv. three years, 105. 34–40; also the following passages, which 1418 Churches return their number of show our Lord's example of incessant la. members, amounting to 131,272, and giving bour, self-denial, and suffering, for our an average of 92 in each Church. If this benefit:- John iv. 31-34; 2 Cor. viii. 9; average be applied to the whole number of Phil. ii. 5–8; also the following, which Churches, it gives a total 154,100. This show how the apostle Paul laboured and may be taken as representing a poulation suffered for the benefit of others :-2 Cor.ir; of four times the number, or 616,400. Phil iii. 7, 8; and the following:- Mark 1141 Churches return the number of ix. 5; Matt. iii. 13–16; Phil. ii. 15, 16; Sunday-scholars, amounting to 143,027. Rom. xiv. 7, 8, 9; which show that every At the same ratio, the number in all the christian ought to exert a salutary influence Churches would be about 210,000. for the benefit of his fellow-men: and if 609 Churches report their village stations, there were no manifestations of covetous. amounting to 1527. At the same ratio the ness, or of a want of zeal, of energy, or of total number would be 4,151. self denial, to promote the truth, such pas- 960 Churches report a clear increase dursages as the above might be read, to informing the last year, amounting to 10,402; 179 the friends of their duty, and to encourage Churches report a clear decrease, amountthem in it.
ing to 763; and 135 Churches report their 9. If the pastor sees it his duty to ad. numbers unchanged. The actual clear in. monish the Church concerning speaking crease for the year, reported by 1274 evil of one another, back-biting, spreading Churches, is 9,369. evil reports, &c., the following passages The average clear increase in these Chur. might assist him :- Exod. xxiii. 1; Lev. ches during the year is about seven and a xix. 16; Ps. xv. 3; 1 Cor. xiji. 4-7; half; or the clear increase per cent. about Tit. iii. 2.
eight and a quarter. At this ratio the clear 10. If the pastor wishes to admonish the annual increase of the whole body would members of the Church of the duty of be 12,558. mutual confession and forgiveness, the fol. From the returns of the Associations it lowing passages might assist him :-Namb. appears, that the gross increase of the v. 7,8; Matt, iii. 6; Acts xix. 18; James Churches is to the clear increase nearly as v. 16.
13 to 8; so that the gross increase of 11. If he should wish to admonish the the denomination during the last year Church on the necessity of watchfulness may be estimaed at 20,224, or about 12 to over their private conduct, lest the world each Church. From the same retums it should have an unfavourable opinion of appears that, of the gross increase, fourreligion through something they see amiss fifths (or more than 16,000 during the last in their conduct, the following passages year) are received on profession—that is, might assist him :- Rom. xii. 17; 2 Cor. viii. with few exceptions, by baptism. 21; Eph. xv. 15; Phil. is. 8; 1 Thes. iv. To be combined with this ratio and 11, 12; 1 Peter ii. 12; iii. 15, 16.
amount of increase are some antagonist 12. If he wished to impress upon the facts. Within the last three years not less minds of the friends assembled, that it is than sixty Churches have become extinct, their duty to be more holy, and to live leaving a net augmentation of only 45. nearer to God, the following passages might of 1144 Churches reported in detail, 314 assist him :-Rom. vi. 19, 22, 23; xii. 1; have not had any clear increase ; and of xiii. 12; 2 Cor. vii. 1; Eph. i. 4; iv. 23, these 314, 179 have suffered a diminution. 24; Phil. ). 27; Col. i. 10; 1 Thes. ii. 12; Applying this ratio to the entire number, 1 Peter i, 13–16; 2 Peter iii. 11; Acts 450 Churches-more than one fourth of the xi. 23.
D. W. whole-must be deemed to have had no STATE OF THE BAPTIST DENOMI. clear increase; and 224—more than one. NATION IN THE UNITED
eighth of the whole-to have experienced a KINGDOM,
decrease. These facts evince that the de
nomination prospers locally rather than genAs derived from Returns made to the Baptist erally, and show what might be expected, Union, in April, 1843.
if the success now vouchsafed to many of The following facts and calculations may the Churches might be enjoyed by all. be interesting to some readers.-SELECTOR. The preceding calculations are liable to
some modifications. Sixty Churches have terchange between Baptist Churches, and in three years become extinct; bat, with neither loss nor gain to the body. The small exceptions, the members of these have same returns show 1830 excluded from fel. been added to other Baptist Churches, and lowship, and 1013 restored to it; the latter are not lost to the denomination, They item so far cancelling the former. 505 are go, however, to make up its apparent in. reported as withdrawn ; and these have
Within three years 105 new Chur. geuerally found place in some other Church ches have been formed; but these were of the same communion. It is not possible composed of members of other Churches, at present to reduce these modifications to and this number goes in diminution of their numerical expression. apparent loss. The returns of the associations show 1643 dismissed by letter of
QUERY commendation, and 1871 received in the What are the duties incumbent on a same method, within the last year; but this pastor in taking an active part in the Sabis to a great extent-almost wholly—an in. bath School ?
REVIEW. Tas CHRISTIAN RELIGION: an exposition of summary of popery, and refutation of its ab
its leading principles, practical require surdities and errors, than we remember to ments, and experimental enjoyments. By have seen in so small a space. We do most DAN TAYLOR. To which is prefixed a earnestly recommend this book to our friends. brief Memoir of the Author. London: It is a book which interests, instructs, and Simpkin and Marshall. 12mo., pp. 336. convinces. It should have a place in every “Dan Taylor's Fundamentals!" for this is Sunday-school Library, and in the house of the title by which this work is most com
every true protestant. monly known:-how many of our friends have M'GAVIN ON "THE END OF CONTROVERSY;" longed to possess a copy! and, regarding it,
being Strictures on Dr. Milner's work in with propriety, as the chief and most useful work of a venerable man, now no more, have
support of Popish errors, entitled “ The
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32mo., pp. 416. and presented at a moderate price. Those Tais exceedingly interesting and instrucof our old friends who are familiar with it, tive volume, was originally published in and want it for their children and neighbours, 1822, in a series of papers in the Protesmay now be possessed of this treasure; and tant,” a weekly chronicle published by the those who have not seen it, and can afford to author. They are full of sound argument, obtain it, we would recommend to procure and are well worthy of preservation, and of and read it, as one of the most clear, concise, a wider circulation than they could secure satisfactory, complete, and practical exposi- through the medium of a local journal. tions of christian principles, for its size, in MEMOIR OF THE Rev. Henry Möwes, late our own or any language. We are very glad to be able to commend this beautiful edition
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Thomas SPENCER died on the 9th day sion in his own mind that Jesus would take of March, 1843, aged sixty-seven; an hon. care of him; and this produced peace of mind, ourable and much respected member of the an affection for his Saviour, and a desire to General Baptist Church at Rothley. A live to his glory. He was not a man of man whose judgment was well informed as many words; but in his works he showed it regards the first principles of the oracles of that he was an Israelite indeed. Not many God; and seeing from divine testimony, and have left bebind them so upblemished a an acquaintance with himself, that he was a character, or given a fuller evidence of real sinner, and in danger of eternal misery, he devotedness to God. In the last few years fled for refuge to Jesus, and found salva. of his life he was afflicted with an asthmatic tion through faith in him. He had a persua. disorder, which he bore with exemplary patience. And while he anticipated the disso. liberally contributed toward the erection of lation of his earthly tabernacle, he rejoiced chapel at Rothley, and also to the current in hope of inhabiting a building of God, expense attending the support of the cause. "a house not made with hands," which Firm in his attachment to the principles esdeath would never destroy. In his last poused by the General Baptist's, he advo. moments, when Aesh and heart were rapidly cated them; and wished to have them gen. failing, he reposed a confidence in Jesus erally known, and firmly believed. His which raised him above the terrors of death views of religion were simple but correct. and the grave.
The whole with him consisted in faith,
working by love. He was a close attender WILLIAM GAMBLE died on January 6th, on the ministry of the Word, and a great 1843, aged seventy-seven ; a respectable advocate for those meetings wbich have for member of the General Baptist Church at their object the relation of experience, and Rothley. He was brought out of darkness mutualexhortation. Towards the close of his into light under the ministry of the late life there was evidently a failure in his men. Mr. Benjamin Pollard, and united with the tal powers; but in the decay of his memory Church at Quorndon, of which Rotbley was he never forgot what Jesus had done for his then a branch. In the younger part of his soul, and appeared to possess that confidence life, he was a respectable servant in a Gen. in his Redeemer which led him to commit tleman's family, and through this was called to his care body and soul, not doubting but for some time to reside in London, when he he would fulfil his promise when he said, associated with the General Baptist Church “thou shalt not perish, but have everlasting in White chapel. He was, through frugal. life." “ Let me die the death of the rightity, and the blessing of God, possessed at eous, and let my last end be like his." one time of a little property, from which he
TAE YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE was The Church at Clayton presented thanks held at Allerton, April 18th, 1843. Mr. for ministerial supplies. They were directTunnicliffe opened the public service by ed to the ministers in their own neighbourreading and prayer, and Mr. H. Hollinrake hood to supply them till next Conference. preached, from 2 Thess. iii. 1.
The scheme for raising money to liquid. Mr. R. Ingham read the report of the ate the debts on our chapels, published in Church at Bradford. At present it is in a the Repository by Mr. W. Crabtree, was state of prosperity, and solicited the Con. approved by the Churches. It was thought ference to offer unto God prayers and proper that some of its clauses should be rethanksgivings on its behalf. The treasurer vised, and that the funds should be applied for the Home Mission was desired to ad. exclusively to the reduction of chapel debts. vance the interest for them on their chapel It was agreed that a committee, consisting of debt.
the ministers and deacons of the Churcbes, As the fund of the Home Mission has should meet in the morning of the day for been exhausted, Messrs. Butler and Hollin. next Conference to devise a plan to recom. rake have visited many of the friends at mend to the Conference for effective oper. Heptonstall Slack and Birchcliffe, and it is ation. gratifying that many of them have doubled It was recommended that an address of their subscription. Other Churcbes in the condolence should be presented to Mrs. R. district have not yet done anything: it was Ingham, of Sheffield, for the lamented most earnestly requested that they collect death of her pious and invaluable husband. and subscribe, and bring the amounts to For the loss which she and her family, and the next Conference.
especially the General Baptist Connexion, The Conference most deeply laments over have sustained by his demise. the inattention of some of the Churches to The Church at Allerton applied for finan. the financial support of the fund of the cial aid. As the Home Mission fund Home Mission. Opportunities of doing is exhausted, it was recommended that they much good are presented, but they cannot get up a tea party; and several of the minisbe embraced for want of means. After ters engaged to attend that a small amount some conversation it was most cordially might be immediately raised. and unanimously recommended to all the The statistics of the Churches are as fol. Churches connected with this Conference, lows ;-at Shore two have been baptized. At to furnish one shilling per annum from each Lineholme four, and about a dozen in. member to increase the fund for this Mission. quirers. At Heptonstall Slack they have