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Socinianism. As to the doctrine of intention to publish this “Manual for
Having now attentively perused this
are the following. The Authority of aware that he stands in need, not only of information, but of reconciliation with of a Christian Church-On Church Hotel God; not only of light but of life; not Power-The mode of admitting Memiler teker only of precept and example, but of bers—The Lord's day – The Public power to obey the one, and to fol. Worship of the First Christians— The low the other ? Yes, my dear friend, the Lord's Supper-The Pastor's Oficegospel of our Lord and Saviour is no mes. The Dutics of Church Members to senger of good tidings to us, unless it their own Pastors-The Duties of the proclaims to us indemnity and cure. Thus, Church Members to each other - The and thus oply, will it supply all our spiri- Deacon's Office–The Discipline of a tual need. Truly our hope is only in the Christian Church--The Law of Excommercy of God, through the Saviour of men, munication–The Fellowship of ChrisA Sariour, or I die—a Redeemer, or I tian Churches. An appendix is added, perish for ever!"
consisting of a paper on Johu jii, 6:We venture to suggest, for the con Extracts from Jowett's Christian Resideration of this writer, whether the searches-On the Pastor's Maintecontrast between John's baptism, and wance-Catalogue of Authorities. that of the Saviour, mentioned, page The tutors of our dissenting acade39, ougbt to have been applied to “the mies will, no doubt, recommend this washing of regeneration, and revew “ Mangal" to the notice of the students ing of the Holy Ghost,” which relates under their care; and, while the pastors to the sanctification of all Christians; and deacons of our churches will feel wben, as it appears to us, our Lord that much is due to Dr. Newmau, for himself (Acts i. 5,) explains Jolin's the pains he has bestowed on this immeaning as referring entirely and ex- portant subject, they will perceive the clusively, to the extranrdinary gifts to propriety of co-operation, that is, ezbe imparted by the Holy Spirit on the deavouring, in their respective commuday of Pentecost? We are aware the vities, to impress upou the miuds of system of the Friends makes such an the members, and also of those who application of the text necessary:
may be approaching their communion, but "wlrat saith the scriptures !" the desirableness of their possessiog this
valuable syllabus of facts and Julies. A Manual for Church Members, drawn In short, such' is our conviction of the
from the New Testament. By W. utility of this concise, but comprehenNewman, D.D. pp. 111. Offor. 2s. sive, view of the Christian church, and Dr. Newman's announcement of bis its relative obligations wat we sin
ceiely hope it will be perpetuated goes on to treat of the degree of sorrow through namerous editions, and that, for sin in true penitents and their acif any be unable to procure it by their ceptance of salvation through the cross
own means, there will be persons found of Christ. He shews bow the believer Wenn in every Christian society, whose prompt recovers peace of conscience, and how
benevolence will cheerfully supply the he is governed in his daily conversation
-and concludes with particular ad-
and the chief of sinners.
The introductory essay, by Mr. Wil. tion. By, John Witherspoon, D.D. berforce, has a rich evangelical unction With an Introductory Essay by Wm. upon it, and will be read with admiraWilberforce, Esq. Glasgow, 1823. tion and delight by many, to whom,
Dr. Witherspoon was man of perbaps, the name of Dr. Witherspoon learning, and of wit and bumour. But was almost, or entirely unknown. bis highest reputation was derived from We must confine ourselves to a short bis theological pre-eminence, and from extract from Dr. Witherspoon's • Inthe ability and decision with which, troduction," p. 95. while he presided in one of the American colleges, be defended the doctrines
“ It is not my purpose to give a tedious of grace. His writings abound with explication of the passage, or entertain
the reader with a proportion of criticism luminous statements, clear, cautious,
upon the words. This expression the and circumspect reasonings; pungent kingdom of God,' hath various significaexpostulations with the conscience, tions in scripture, but chiefly two in the and powerful appeals to the heart. New Testament: 1. The gospel dispensa
This volume contains a respectful tion, or government of the Messiah, as and affectionate letter to the Rev. distinguished from the preceding periods; James Hervey, which introduces an 2. The kingdom of heaven, where the essay on the connection between the sincere disciples of Christ shall be put in doctrine of justification by the imputed full possession of the blessings of his righteousness of Christ and holiness of purchase. I take it to be the last of life.
those that is, either only, or chiefly, inThe largest and the most laboured tended in this passage, Both of them,
indeed, may be meant in their proper piece, is the practical treatise on regene- order, and for their different purposes. ration. Dr. Witherspoon has justly re An open profession, and receiving the exmarked, “ wherever ibere is much real, ternal badge, was necessary to a concealed there will also be much counterfeit friend and cowardly disciple; but a right religion." One of the most striking to the spiritual privileges of the gospel, features of this work is, the skill which and the promise of eternal life, was the the writer has displayed in separating only thing that could make the profession the precious from the vile—in distine valuable or desirable. Accordingly, our guishing true from faise religion.
Saviour seems to speak of both in his In the first chapter, after some reply to Nicodemus, admission into the general observations on the metaphor visible church by baptism, and renovation used by our Lord, in Jobn iii. 3, he by the Holy Ghost. Jesus answered, shews, in distinct sections, that the born of water and of the spirit, he cannot
Verily I say unto thee, except a man be change must be great-that it is not enter into the kingdom of God.”” merely external and imperfect, but inward, essential, and complete-and If this be the true interpretation, that it mast be supernatural.
(and a host of divines, both ancient and The second chapter presents a large modern, might be appealed to in its view of its principal evidences and support) it decides, at once, the confruits.
troversy on "terms of communion." The third traces the steps by which Without presuming to decide on its this change is accomplished. Here, in validity, we may, however, confidently seven sections, he shews that there state, that it is entitled to the serious must be a discovery of the real nature consideration of all those who now take of God--and of his infinite glory-and opposite sides on that question. a conviction of sin and danger. He
An Abstract of the gracious Dealings of if he practically regard the opinion
God with several eminent Christians, whicb'he mentions of the late Mr. Ful-
choice Collection of Letters (some by the
Rep. John Newton), and original Poetry, This useful book is well known to
by the Author of Miscellaneous Thoughts. dont the many of our readers; and to such per Pp. 438, Burton.
bay si sons it needs no recommendation. To those who compose the new generation compilation as this will prove acceptable
The class of persons to whom such a in our churches, it may not be uone- is very considerable. A want of leisure, cessary to say, that several of the emi- or a disinclination to read more voluminent Christians, whose experiences of nous works, will, in many instances, the divine love and protection are here make these pious extracts welcome. To recorded, lived during the period of the 163 p. this volume consists of a selec. persecution in the reigos of Charles II. tion of passages on various subjects in. and James II. Tbeir faith was thus tended to illustrate and enforce some tried with fire, and was made to appear doctrinal, experimental, or practical trattia phan pack more precious than gold, however re To these succeed poems whose chief me. fined, as it stood them in stead in the rit is their piety. These again are fol. most trying and afilieting circum resting of which are six by the late Rev.
lowed by forty-four letters the most inte. stances. To these Memoirs of persen coted Nonconformists, the Exlitor bas J. Grimshawe;
and the volume is con
John Newton, and one by the late Rev, vow added one of a pious Protestant cluded by a selection of texts on various clergyman, in the reign of bloody and important subjects. queen Mary : -" the interesting Nar
Though upon the whole we think ten rative of the Rev. Thomas Mowilain, of this work, we feel it to be our duty to transcribed from Strype's Ecclesiasti caution the editor against publishing cal Memorials.” His deliverances every thing which may fall in his way in from popish bishops, who thirsted for the shape of original poems or letters, lest his blooil, is little short of miraculous !
he should incur the serious charge of Mr. James bas "consilerably on book-making, and suffer the penalty of a larged the acrnunt of his great-grand
stagnant sale. father, Mr. Laurence Spooner, from the original manuscript; as also the “ Detail of the sufferiogs of Agnes Beaumont;" from the original mang Four Treatises, by the Rev. J. Haldant, script. The experiences of Mrs. Author of the Revelations of God's Combe, Mrs. Clarksun, and Mrs.Church Righteousness, &c. &c. &c. Pp. 136. man, are well worth perusing, especial
Hoidsworth. ly by those feeble-minded Christians, who need information and encourage Mystery of Redemption ; 2. Prayer of
The subjects of these treatises are: 1. ment, respecting the nature of a work Moses; 3. Doctrine and Duty of Selfof grace in the heart. To pious females examination; 4. On the Faith of the of this class especially, we cordially re- Gospel. commend these accounts.
The author has treated these important Mr. James:has rendered an accept- articles with great seriousness; and able service by the republication of this though we are not aware that his stateenlarged work: we wish he could be ments possess any strong claim to origi. induced to publish, before his death, nality, yet we think pious readers cannot the “ History of the Dissenters in Bris- peruse this work attentively without dol," announced, as being in a state of reaping advantage. It contains many preparation about thirty years ago! these we quote the following:
passages of great excellence; among Surely he need bave no apprehensions
" Let all beware, then, of trifling with but what such a publication would be religion, there is, indeed, much specupurchased to an extent sufficient, at lation on the subject in this country, least, to cover the expenscs; especially Some are speculating ahout faith as a
The Cottage Bible. Twelve Parts are
now published : the first Volume, or which
In the Press.
An Expostulatory Letter to the Rev. and the peace of the other may arise from Edward Irving; occasioned by his Oraindifference about eternity, and light tion for Missionaries after the Apostolical views of the evil of sin. But he that has School. By the Rev. Wm. Orme, of heard the voice of Christ, and learned of
Roxton Hymns: consisting of One
Mr. Belcher, of Folkstone, has in the
a Selection of Passages from the best fruits of righteousness, which are, through Poets, illustrative of the sacred Volume. Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of It is intended as a Companion to his God." P. 138,
“ Nariatives," lately published.
Society for the Relief of aged and make a collection last year, that, if each
of them would make a collection (either infirm Buptist Ministers.
public or private,) the aggregate, al
Though the sum were individually small,
office (potwithstanding their claim on this
P.S. In the last six years the Society will require nearly $250 annually to
ments before their Christian friends, soli-
their prayers and pecuniary aid, on behalf Baptist Evangelical Society for of an object, which they presume ought to Scotland, especially the Highlands. interest every humble dependant on the
grace of the Divine Redeemer, whose To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine,
Name(“ the only name given under beaven
among men, whereby we must be saved") A few friends of the Baptist denomina- it is the object of these efforts to publish tion, being feelingly aware that many to our unenlightened, guilty, and perishplaces of their native country were but ing countrymen at home, that they may poorly supplied with the means of salva. be saved. tion, or entirely destitute of them; re
The fields upon which the Society hare solved to unite their feeble efforts and entered are extensive, and very inviting in a He influence, after the example of some of they are even “ white unto harvest;" their Christian brethren, to supply these and labourers are not altogether wanting; means, by sending evangelical labourers three more, at least, will be ready to en into these places, and assisting others gage in the service of the Society by the who were already engaged there, in month of March, to preach the gospel in preaching the words of eternal life, to ex- the Gælic language: but it depends on Bepi tend their exertions in persuading men to those to whom this appeal is made, whe. be reconciled unto God. Accordingly, in ther they shall be left to stand compara. the month of June, 1823, the Baptist tively idle, because no man will hire
Es Sales Evangelical Society for Scotland, espe. them-or whether the Committee shall cially the Highlands, was formed, and its have the pleasure of saying to them,“ Go Regulations, with the names of its office. ye also into the vineyard: and whatsoever bearers, printed and published. A tried is right that shall ye receive;". and also Missionary was immediately employed in of being able to continue their engagethe Highlands of Argyleshire, and another ments on behalf of the kingdom of Christ
, Minister of the Gospel assisted in his into which they have already entered. evangelical efforts in Galloway.
How important, impressive, and exciting The Society held its first annual meet. are these words of him who came to seek ing in Glasgow in May last, when the and save the lost-"Work, while it is report of its labours, income, and expen- day, for the night cometh wherein no man diture, was presented and published. can work !" The income of the Society having, by a
The sources of supply to which the few pounds, exceeded its outlay, encou. Committee look, are, individual Dona. raged the Committee to extend their tions and Subscriptions, Congregational exertions; and relying on the bounty of Collections, and liemittances from Ausi. the Christian public, that might approve liary Societies; which will be gratefully of the object, to support them in prose. received by the following Ministers :cuting it, they made engagements to em
Messrs. William Iones, and James Hal. ploy other four Missionaries in the High- dane, Edinburgh ; Alexander M'Lend, lands, who entered upon their work, un. Glasgow; John Edwards, Greenock; der the patronage of the Society, in the George Barclay, Secretary, Irvine; John month of July :-one of whom is now sta- Gilmore, Aberdeen; and Wm. Watson, tioned in Lewis, in Long Island ; two in Cupar-Fife ;-also by James J. Duncan, the Isle of Skye, who are also to visit the Esq. West of Scotland Insurance Office, parts about Lochcarron, in Ross-shire; Virginia-street, Glasgow; and Mr. Wm. and the fourth has his station in the Milivain, Treasurer, Greenock; or any Islands of Islay, Jura, and Collonsay; other of the Members of the Committee ; where they are wholly given to this minis- likewise by the Rev. James Lister, Liver. try. Another Missionary, who preaches pool; and the Rev. John Dyer, Missionary in English, has been appointed to labour Rooms, Fen-court, Fenchurch-street, in different parts of Dumbarton, Stirling, London ; Joseph Hanson, Esq. Newgate. and Perthshire; and besides these six street, and the Rev. J. Edwards, Kentish Missionaries, who are wholly supported Town. by the Society, it gives considerable as
GEORGE BARCLAY, Sec. sistance to other Preachers to extend their labours, in the skires of Murray, Argyle, Perth, Wigton, and Kirkcud. CORNWALL ASSOCIATION. bright--besides defraying the expenses of THE Cornwall Association in Aid of occasional itinerancies; all of which, it the Home Missionary Society, held their