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afford to take the Repository. The Bible is a large book, and I have no time to read any other books.” Would not this have been an erroneous, injurious thought ? He is poor that dealeth with a slack hand.” Who can tell how much this memoir and elegy may have contributed to attach the children of the departed to his people, so that many of them are like a wall to the house of Israel ?” I was pleased to see the old Repository produced, and I was yet more delighted to see two volumes of the first series of the years 1799, and 1800, laid upon the table, to refer to the ordination services of a venerable minister who has recently finished his course, It

appears to the writer very important that heads of families should take our periodical, that their children, and their children's children, may become acquainted with the history of our “ half tribe of Israel," and of the house of their fathers. A denominational feeling is frequently of very great importance in the usefulness of our children, and even of their conversion to God.

III. It is very advisable that the Repository, and Minutes, and Reports of our public institutions, should be regularly bound, and thus be preserved for generations. I know the objection in some minds, the expence; but is not this frequently the best money that is spent in a family? If by the perusal of our periodicals and reports our descendants become attached to our body, venerate our fathers in the ministry, and the memory of their ancestry now with God, are not these books very valuable ? Are not the children who see our own literature from infancy more likely to “dwell among their own people,” and be raised up "instead of their fathers," than where our publications are scarcely known, or if known, are thrown about in neglect, or early numbers used as waste paper. Proh dolor ! Let us cherish the sentiment of the poet :

“ Let children learn the mighty deeds

Which God performed of old;
Which in our younger years we saw,

And which our fathers told.
Our lips shall tell them to our sons,

And they again to theirs ;
That generations yet unborn

May teach them to their heirs."
D-, Dec. 9th, 1842.

A Pastor.

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APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION. It has been thought, or at least maintained, that the only way of affording complete satisfaction and repose to the scrupulous, and of repressing schism, is to uphold, under the title of “church principles, the doctrine that no one is a member of Christ's church, and an heir of the covenanted gospel promises, who is not under a ministry ordained by bishops descended in an unbroken chain from the apostles. Now what is the degree of satisfactory assurance that is thus afforded to the scrupulous consciences of any members of an episcopal church? If a man consider it as highly probable that the particular minister at whose hands he receives the sacred ordinances is really apostolically descended, this is the very utmost point to which he can, with any semblance of reason, attain ; and the more he reflects and enquires, the more cause for hesitation he will find. There is not a minister in all Christendom who is able to trace up with any approach to certainty, his own spiritual pedigree. The sacramental virtue (for such it is that is implied, whether the term be used or not in the principle I have been speaking of,) depended on the imposition of hands, with a due observance of apostolical usages, by a bishop himself duly consecrated, after having been in the like manner baptized into the church, and ordained deacon and priest; this sacramental virtue, if a single link of the chain be faulty, must, on the above principle, be utterly nullified ever after in respect of all the links that hang on that one. For if a bishop has not been duly consecrated, or had not been, previously, rightly ordained, his ordinations are null; and so are the ministrations of those ordained by him, and their ordination of others (supposing any of the persons ordained by him to attain to the episcopal office), and so on withont end. The poisonous taint of informality, if it once creep in undetected, will spread the infection of nullity to an indefinite and irremediable extent. And who can undertake to pronounce that during that long period, usually designated as the dark ages, no such taint ever was introduced ? Irregularities could not have been wholly excluded without a perpetual miracle; and that no such miraculous interference existed, we have even historical proof. Amidst the numerous corruptions of doctrine and practice, and gross superstitions, that crept in during those ages, we find recorded descriptions not only of the profound ignorance, and profligacy of life, of many of the clergy, but also of the grossest irregularities in respect of discipline and form. We read of bishops consecrated when mere children- of men officiating who barely knew their letters-of prelates expelled, and others put into places by violence-of illiterate and profligate laymen, and habitual drunkards, admitted to holy orders; and, in short, of the prevalence of every kind of disorder, and reckless disregard of the decency which the apostle enjoins. It is inconceivable that any one even moderately acquainted with history can feel a certainty, or any approach to certainty, that, amidst all this confusion and corruption, every requisite form was in every instance strictly adhered to by men, many of them openly profanc and secular, unrestrained by public opinion, through the gross ignorance of the population among which they lived ; and that no one not duly consecrated or ordained was admitted to sacred offices. *** Now, let any one proceed on the hypothesis that there are, suppose, but a hundred links connecting any particular minister with the apostles; and let him even suppose that not above half this number pass through such periods as admit of any possible irregularity ; and then, placing at the lowest estimate the probability of defectiveness in respect of each of the remaining fifty, taken separately, let him consider what amount of probability will result from the multiplying of the whole together. The ultimate consequence must be, that any one who sincerely believes his claim to the benefits of the Gospel covenant depends on his own minister's claim to the supposed sacramental virtue of true ordination, and this again on perfect apostolical succession, as above described, must be involved, in proportion as he reads, and inquires, and reflects, and reasons on the subject, in the most distressing doubt and perplexity. It is no wonder, therefore, that the advocates of this theory studiously disparage reasoning, deprecate all exercise of the mind in reflec

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tion, decry appeals to evidence, and lament that even the power of reading should be imparted to the people. It is not without cause that they dread and lament "an age of too much light," and wish to involve religion in “a solemn and awful gloom.” It is not without cause that, having removed the christian's confidence from a rock to base it on sand, they forbid all prying curiosity to examine their foundation.— Archbishop Whateley's Kingdom of Christ.

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THE SOLITARY CHRISTIAN. It would also seem that, in some solitary instances, God gives us to understand that sinners may be led to Christ without any agency of ours. I once had the happiness to meet with such a case. The individual was about sixty years of age. His residence was far remote from all religious advantages and associations. When I entered his house, I found him sitting in an easy chair, by the fireside. His whole appearance was that of a person who had seen severe affliction, but in whom a vigorous constitution had long struggled with disease, as if impatient for the mastery. It was a surgical case, and his medical attendant had given his opinion that a painful and dangerous operation was the only remedy,—"So, Sir,” said he, “ I have made up my mind to die as I am." • But death,” I replied, " is a very serious affair.” Yes, Sir, I know that, but I also know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” To my surprise, I not only found that the man was an enlightened and experienced Christian, but that he had never, within his recollection, heard the Gospel. “ You,” said he, "are the first person I have ever seen, at all capable of entering into my

I views and feelings. Indeed, my wife and children have been so long, and so often, telling me that I am going mad, that I had almost begun to believe them. I could only say—Well, if this be madness, let me live and die a madman.” And how did you obtain these views ?” “Out of this affliction, Sir. Oh, how I bless God, that ever he sent it! Before I was afflicted I went astray.” “You mean that your sufferings led you to seek the support of religion?"

“ Not exactly so.

It happened in this way. I had been a very industrious, hard-working man; and when I became unable to attend to my little farm, and seldom moved far from the chair in which you now see me, time began to hang beavily upon my hands. I was much alone, and I knew not what to do to amuse myself. The newspaper came once a week, but I soon read it through, and then I often said to myself—What has a dying man like me to do with news ? Well, one day, to pass away the time, I took down that old family Bible which lies on the drawers there. I am ashamed to tell you that I had not looked into it for years. I believe the last time I opened it, was to write down the birth of my youngest child. It was put out of the way, on a high shelf, amongst some lumber, and it was covered with dust and cobwebs. I brushed them off, and began to read the gospel of John. I went on till I reached the third chapter, were it speaks about being born again. I then perceived that there must be something in religion, more than I knew. Oh, how I wished for somebody to teach me! but I could think of no one. As I was closing the book, I happened to see that verse in James, where it says• If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.' Now that, thought I, is just what I want. If this verse be true, God will give me wisdom, if I ask hiin. So I prayed to God to teach me what was meant by being born again. And though no angel came to tell me, like Cornelius, that

my prayer was heard, by degrees I began to read my Bible with new eyes, and I trust with a new heart.”

Never shall I forget the hour I spent in conversation with that interest. ing stranger. Somewhat curious to ascertain the doctrinal views of one who had obtained all his theological knowledge from the reading of the English Scriptures, I tried him on many points, and found him well instructed in the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. He was a man of one book, but that book was the Bible, and for the last three years he had searched it with amazing diligence. I was at length compelled to resume my journey. As I rose to take my departure, he grasped my hand, and weeping as if I had been the best earthly friend he ever had, he said “ Farewell, my dear Sir, till we meet in heaven!”—Ford's Damascus.

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do what they can. You will agree with To the Churches comprising the Derby

me that we have got a suitable man-this, and Castle Donnington districts of the Home and to serve the committee he has been

I believe, is allowed by common consent; Mission.

obliged to rend the tenderest ties of christian Dear Brethren,-We bave, as you are affection, as well as make great personal aware, through the committee, availed our sacrifices of domestic comfort and social selves of the services of brother Tunnicliffe, happiness. We do hope, therefore, that as an evangelist, or home missionary, and every Church in the district will show their have appointed Leeds to be the sphere of sympathy with him, and their love to the his labours for the first few months, and it sacred cause in which he is engaged by is our present intention that he should rendering some assistance, even if that be afterwards be engaged for a time in the but little; and in conclusion let us not Potteries, where there appears to be “a forget, above all things, to commend him great door and effectual opening" unto us. and his efforts to the divine blessing, by The little cause there is even now very en- which alone success can be ensured. couraging, and we understand many of the

Yours in Christ, Wesleyan body there are quite favourable

Derbyshire, Nov. 17, 1842. Frater. to our faith and practice. The name of Baptist with them has been hitherto as

The Churches comprised are, Derby, St. sociated with the two extremes, Antinomian. Mary's Gate, and Sacheverel Street; Mel. ism and Socinianism. As we believe our bourne and Ticknall; Castle Donington views of divine truth are ibe most scriptural and Sawley; Ashby and Packington; -as we are not cramped in publishing Measham and Netherseal; Kegworth and the Gospel by restricted views of the atone- Diseworth; Watton and Belton; and Bur. ment-as we love the Saviour, and desire ton. The Churches north of Derby also that he alone should be exalted as the properly belong to us; but as they have Head and Lawgiver to his Church, we undertaken to introduce the cause into shall, I trust, be united as the heart of one Chesterfield they cannot unite with us. man in supporting the committee, and our esteemed brother in their undertaking. It

QUERIES. will require redoubled effort to carry out the plan efficiently. Our brother has a To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository. family; and then there are travelling and SIR, -If you have no objection to the in. other incidental expences; so that little short sertion of the following Queries on the de. of £100 per annum will certainly be requi- sign of baptism, tbeir appearance will much site; and unless our more aduent friends oblige

A GENERAL BAPTIST. come forward with liberal contributions the 1. What is the New Testament view of project must fail. We feel, however, a confi. the design of believers' baptism? devce in you, that both rich and poor will 2. Do the following passages refer to

baptism !--if so, in what sense ? John iii. and xxii. 16, that a believer's sins are not 5; Eph, v. 26; Titus iii. 5; Heb. x. 22. fully remitted, or washed away, prior to

3. Are we to conclude from Acts iii. 28, immersion ?

REVIEW. LECTURE DELIVERED AT THE LONDON Most happily does the Doctor expose the

TAVERN, on Tuesday, October Ulth, 1812, impertinence and unscripturalness of Puseybefore the Baptist Missionary Society, on ite assumptions, and with a candour which the completion of its fiftieth year. By the is creditable to his heart, he frankly acknow. Rev. J. PYE Smith, D. D., F. R. S., ledges that “the first missionary institution &c., &e.

of dissenters was the Baptist Missionary 'Two SERMONS preached in London, Octo.

Society. ber Ilth and 12th, 1842, before the Bap; livered in the Finsbury chapel, by Rev. J.

The first of the “ two sermons" was de. tist Missionary Society, at a special general meeting, held to celebrate the Acworth, A.M., of Bradford College. His text completion of its fiftieth yeur. Houlston is 1 Chron. xxix. 5. “Who then is willing to and Stoneman.

consecrate his service this day unto the

Lord ?" After alluding to self-consecration TAE very signal successes which have he elucidates his topic by referring to free resulted from the devoted and eminently and large gists to God's service, “ filling the christian labours of the Baptist Missionary hand,” as the word means,—to the employ. Society, and the distinguished honour which ment of influence, solicitude, and prayer, the God of all grace has conferred on in his cause, and proceeds to suggest imthis section of his Church, very properly portant considerations why this consecration induced the friends of the Baptist mission to the missionary cause should be displayed ; to celebrate the jabilee year, with special as, the encouraging results of past efforts — services for praise and thanksgiving, and a the vast numbers of the human family yet renewed dedication of themselves to God in ignorance of God, the increase of wealth and his service. The jubilee at Kettering, among liberal christians - the increased which we attended, was a good and appro. facilities for missionary effort :-and the priate commencement. It promised well for obligations of christians to redeeming love the mission and the denomination, We the honour God confers on them in per. are rejoiced to find that the meetings held mitting them thus to labour for him the in every part of the country, as well as in peculiar honour God has conferred on the London, seem to partake of the same Baptist denomination in making their mis. hallowed fire, and to promise that, with the sionaries the chief means of giving the key blessing of God, this year shall be the of divine knowledge, by their numerous commencement of new labours, the begin. translations, to the teeming tribes of the ning of a new era in the zeal and efforts East, and of breaking off the fetters of the of our honoured brethren. The Jubilee negro in the west, the shortness of lifefund already amounts to more than £23000, and the connexion between present efforts £600 of which have been contributed by for God and future happiness. These varied two Jamaica Churches.

and appropriate thoughts are happily and We are gratified too that some written forcibly illustrated. memorials of the London meetings appear in The second sermon was delivered at the the shape of the publications noticed at the Surrey chapel, by Dr. Carson. His text is head of this article, and as our remarks on Luke xix. 13. Occupy till I come." them will be necessarily very brief, we recom. The learned and talented preacher, with mend our readers to purchase them, with great ability, simplicity, and force, remarks, the assurance that their perasal will greatly that the Gospel being destined to pervade tend to the improvement of the missionary the earth, christians are the appointed spirit.

means to convey it to its destination--that The lecture of Dr. Pye Smith is worthy this duty extends to all christians-that of its excellent author. With great per. this duty must be viewed in reference to spicuity he alludes to the ignorance and the different talents conferred on the people deprarity of mankind - the provision of the of God—that a Church in its meetings for Gospel for his restoration to the knowledge its own edification ought to have constantly and favour of God - its early promulgation in view the conversion of sinners—that --the right and duty of every christian to christians should not only labour themlabour to diffuse it--some of the efforts of selves, but endeavour to communicate the former and later times for this purpose - same spirit of zeal to all their brethrenand the object of the jubilee services. that the spirit of prayer should be cherished Vol. 5.-N.S.


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