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directions in the scriptures: they means it thinks proper for the admisare matters of human regulation, sion of members ; I most sincerely and are adopted for mutual accon- deprecate the introduction of even modation. But would any church written experiences; as I feel perpay such regard to the caprice of suaded, that the members who com
an individual, even if they pleaded pose the church, will be deprived ctie de conscience for it, as to agree to alter of the feast of gratification which hing; or to give up such meetings? Or, they often enjoy, while they attend o of the Et would they receive any person into to those who say,
" Come hither tad net communion, who did not, tacitly or all ye that fear God, and I will erience, we verbally, agree to observe, to the declare what he bath done for my suo best of his ability, all the meetings soul ?” But, should any of our en the appointed by the church? An ob- churches submit to this, they will ofringema jection to regard these, by a candi- surely never consent to being dereports a date for church-fellowship, would prived of their suffrages; that inecong afford proof of the want of modesty alienable right of voting, which each gentot ce and decorum, and would be a poor member possesses : and, which was Listas pledge that the peace and prosperi- exercised by those who composed ş ol me ty of the church would be promoted the Church of Jerusalem, when Saul by such an addition !
applied for fellowship! If ever the For every person, then, to be re- time sbould come, when the pastor,
quired to relate his, or her esperi- or the pastor and deacons of our about ence, and to avow their approbation respective churches, should take in Tedds of the doctrines professed, is a the matter into their own hands, aş
necessary regulation to secure two to the admission of members, and al indispensable objects: viz, that ac- the people have nothing to do, nor **: quaintance, on the part of all the any opportunity of giving an effec
members, with the principles and tive opinion on such a subject; there experience of the candidate, which is can be no doubt, but that the toressential to constitute Christian com- por and inanity, which is so visible munion; and such an appeal to the in some other communions, will assembled members as will secure soon pervade the Baptist churches : their supFRAGES, and ascertain an event, which every one who the opinion of the majority! Let wishes their increasing spiritual and these two objects be scrupulously evangelical prosperity, will most preserved, without which the congre- ardently and sincerely deprecate. gational order of our churches can
London, Dec. 22, 1824. IoTл. not be maintained, and I feel comparatively indifferent as to the particular manner in which members are
QUERIES. received to fellowship. A church is competent to adopt any regulations upon the subject, which 1. What is the origin, and what are not incompatible with funda- the utility of funeral sermons ? mental principles; but it is at its 2. What are those reasons that peril that these are invaded, and will justify a pastor in refusing to
so, if they be de- preach a funeral sermon for any stroyed!
member of his flock ? Whilst, however, I admit the right 3. What is a scriptural call to the of a church to employ whatever work of the ministry?
mare I le MENNONITES.
previous to their minister's return: he followed, however, the advice I offered, * qui
which was, to defer it till Mr. Y.'s re the LETTER, No. V.
turn. I went with Mr. B. to see their
meeting, which, like all the rest, I had Alkmaar, Sept. 20, 1820. hitherto seen was plain, peat, clean
Amstel I left Zaandam Tuesday morning and commodious. Their church, I am tast, haviug availed myself of a vessel informed, is composed of not more in the act of passing the Sluice, to go than fifty members, not the one-third *** BA up the Zaan, and arrived here late the of what it once was. But learning same evening. I directed my steps from Mr. B. that there was another of first, the morning after landing, to Mr. their churches in a neighbouring village Ysenbeck's, the Meanonite minister in called de Rijp, I lost no time in setting Alkmaar. Unfortunately, however, be out for it. The name of its minister is was from home; but I learnt from Mrs. Persijn, and the number of his dock is
Y, that my circular had been received about one hundred and eighty; among in her husband's absence, and that, whom, as in their sister church at Alkwithout him no steps had been taken maar, there are not many rich or in the business which I had come mighty. So far as concerns Mr. P. upon. After a littleintroductory conver- I find him of rather a Missionary spirit
. sation with Mrs. Y., she conducted me, As to his flock in this particular, the atmy request, to the house of one of the subject of Missions being, as yet, so senior deacons, a Mr. Jan van Baas. new to them, be could not pronounce Though a stranger, and come upon an either way. It should, however, re object, as yet to him, nearly as strange, ceive his countenance. This visit to he received me kindly; but, finding the Rijp brought me into contact with him at a busy moment, I proposed to a Mr. Bonne, a member of the Rijp call again an hour afterwards. He church. With him I went also pretty was pleased with this, and it was largely into the subject of our Mission, settled so. Tbe intervening bour was and other topics connected therewith. passed at Mrs. Y.'s, who regaled me' In this conversation Mr. P. bore bis with a cup of coffee in the Dutch style; share. Upon bim, as well as Mr. B., I whilst l'occupied her attention with did not fail to do what I could to press reading the circular, and with stating the importance of the good work among further particulars concerning the Mis- the heathen. What ibe future results sion, and plan of my journey. The of this seed of information, sown in the hour being expired, I rose and return- Rijp may be, time alope will deter• ed to my appointment; leaving Mrs. mine. I, however, hope for the best. Y. to her own reflections upon what Besides that of the Rijp, there are had passed between us, upon this new other Mennonite churches around Alko subject. My interview with Mr. and maar, with whom the friends just menMrs. Baas was not a short, or an onin- tioned will communicate, and to whom teresting one. They both appeared con, they will also pass circulars. siderably taken with the account I
It was so late as midnight, when I gave them of the Mission ; he, how- landed at Alkmaar. This arose from ever, the most so. We did not separate strong contrary breezos we had to enwithout some assurance being given, counter on the passage; but a gentleon the part of Mr. B., that he would move in the business, and also give it I had made in the vessel, conducted
man of the place, whose acquaintance further publicity out of the range of me from the harbour to a comfortable his owo religious denomination in the inn, and by that means relieved me place. He once thought, indeed, of from every concern on that head. This bringing bis brother deacons together, act of kindness he followed up by ano.
ther, in sending one of his sons the impiety. Few men are exccedingly. next morning to the jon, to direct me wicked all at once; but find the path any where I wished to go in the town, of rice leading them from bad to worse. knowing I was an entire stranger, and Let bim that now adopts the maxims farther invited me to a friendly cap of of the world, and follows the advice of tea, which invitation I availed myself wicked men, take care ; for if the grace of before I left the town. My young of God prevent not, he will
, ere long, friend and gnide I found very amiable sit in the company of those who scoff and intelligent. He gave me a very in- at the ways of the Lord, and even teresting account of the famous canal take the chair and preside in the assemset on foot by Buonaparte, with a view bly of the wicked. to open a direct communication between Amsterdam and the Helder, and
JOB vi. 15.“ My brethren have dealt thereby to avoid the dangerous and deceitfully as a broak, and as the stream expensive navigation of the Zuydcr- of brooks they pass away." Zee; he gave me also some anecdotes A weary thirsty traveller in a wil of the English army, which, onder derness, knows full well the literal General Abercrombie, lay formerly meaning of this text. He hears of a encamped in the immediate neighbour. brook a few miles distant, and receives hood of Alkmaar.
the information with much satisfaction; I bope soon to write you again from he bastens to the spot; but how morHorn, for which place 1 proceed to- tified and disappointed must he feel. day, God willing. Meantime, pray for when he finds iho brook dried up! and me; and in all your approaches, in particularly so when he observes the public or in private, to a throne of channel in some parts still damp, love, make it, I beseech you, a special thereby intimating that it has but article in your petitions, to implore the lately disappeared. Supposo afterLord of Missions to awaken, and that wards be falls in with another brook, right early, a deep and never-ceasing and drinks with pleasure of its refreshinterest in the hearts of our Mennonite ing water, and expects future supplies friends in Holland, for the good work by travelling along its banks; but, among the poor heatheo.
probably, before the day's journey be I am yours truly,
half finished, the stream loscs itself in W. H. ANGAS. sand, to appear no more.
The passage forcibly expresses such an occurrence, by speaking of the brook
as dealing deceitfully, by raising exFamiliar Illustrations of the sacred pectations which it does not satisfy. Writings.
JOSHUA X. 24. " And it came to pass, No. V.
when they brought out those kings unto
Joskua, that Joshua called for all the PSALM 1. 1. “ Blessed is the man that men of Israel, and said unto the captains walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, of the men of war which toent with him, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor Come ncar, put your feet upon the necks silteth in the seat of the scornful.” of these kings. And they came near, and
To a careless reader of the inspired put their feet upon the necks of them." volume, there may not appear any This passage received a very striking thing particular in this passage, but to illustration a few years ago, in an expor one who attentively considers it, there dition to Algiors. Alter the close of is something very striking and instruc- the negotiations bad been protracted, tive. It clearly marks the different by the Dey refusing to give up two stages of a life of sin. To walk in the Spaniards, be at length consented, obcounsel of the wicked is to adopt their serving to his Divan, “ His foot is maxims, and to follow their instruc- upon my neck, and what can I do?" tions; to stand in the way with siuners, denotes fellowship and familiarity with shall be ministered unto you abundantly,
2 Peter 1. 11. “ For so an entrance them; and to sit in the assembly of into the everlasting kingilom of our Lord scoffers, is to attain the last degree of
and Saviour Jesus Christ." VOL. XVII.
Every believer in Jesus shall be in tossed by the billows-almost wrecked bis kingdom ; but there is a great dif -so weak, it is scarcely, able to reach ference in their manner of entrance. the port; but, blessed be God, through a set In attending to the injunctions of in- the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, it spiration, we find the apostle saying reaches it safe at last. The latter has 80; an entrance shall be administer an entrance, but the former an abuned abundantly;" by which he mani. dant entrance; and if there is aught, festly intimates, that some professors my brethren, which can be interesting pass into the kingdom of their Lord to us in this world, respecting the moand Saviour under circumstances of ment of our departare from it
, it is, greater triumph and glory than other that we may leave it under that full Christians do; and Ob! how often has sail of bliss, which will bring heaven this been exemplified in the experience into our hearts before we get into heaof believers. Ono loosens bis anchor ven, and enable us to leave behind us
ad from this eartb, and goes into eternity our Ebenezer, (our stonc of help,) and & gallant vessel, with every sail set to inscribe it with our band, whilo deatle the favourable breeze; and rosbes into chills our vigour-"Hitherto bath the the barbour of eternal peace, amidst Lord helped me." the plaudits of redeemed men, and of
Dr. Mason. waiting angels.
J. B. In another instance, the frail bark is Folkestone,
Obituary and Recent Deaths.
MR. W. SPARSHALT.
sympathy, his heavenly-mindedness, bis ' pre
savory conversation, and bis devotional On March the 2od, 1825, died at prayers, he soothed the sorrows, dried Portsea, aged seventy-eight years, Mr. ihe tears, elevated the views and feels W. Sparshalt, many years an officer in ings of the sick and dying, and changed His Majesty's Navy.
the chamber of solitude
into a Bethel. He was called by Divine grace at His views of divine truth were in an early period of life, and was for balf strict unison with the sacred records, a century an honourable member of and, in his devoted life, he displayed the the church of Christ in that town, an- holy influence of the religion he proder the pastoral caro of the Rev. D, fessed; of him it might be said, with Miall, and for many years filled the strict propriety, that he " walked with office of a deacon in that church. In God." this, as well as every other relation be So remarkable was his attachment Alled in society, he maintained an un- to the house and ordinances of God, blemisbed reputation.
that he was never known to absent He was truly a spiritually-minded himself from his own place of worship man, whose society it was impossible but once during his whole religious to enjoy, even for a short period, with- career; and though at times he was in out improvement. The subject of reli- aflicted with deafness that he could gion was never lost sight of in his not bear a word, he nevertheless concompany, and bis method of intro. tinued to fill his place in the sanctuary. ducing it was such as could give do He told the writer of this article, that offence to any person; thus it may be he felt it his duty tbus to honour divine said, that his speech was always with institutions, and that he felt an advan. grace, as it were, seasoned with salt, tage in it. In this case he was accus. ministering grace to those who heard tomed to read and meditate on the him.
hymos sung, and the scriptures which He took great pleasure in visiting the were read; in the time of prayer he abodes of aflliction and distress, and by prayed for himself, and during the serbis cheerful piety,_his affectionate mon he would get a friend to shew bim
the text, and would omploy his mind“ such a wretch as I!". Pausing a litio reflection on it. In this way it is ile, he added, " That is joy unspeakprobable that he derived more benefit able!" He then, in a most affecting from the means of grace, than many manner, addressed his numerous friends who are not tbus afflicted.
and relatives, who stood round bis bed, He found, by happy experience, the jodividually and affectionately, exhortsupports and consolations of religion, jog them to prepare for the hour of poder a very long and trying aMiction, death; those who were young ho adwhich he was enabled to bear with monished to love and follow the Lord much patience and holy resignation. Jesus Christ in the days of their youth. His joys were occasionally exalted, When he saw one young friend near and, though he did oot discover those bim, his feelings were excited boyond rapturous feelings which sometimes the power of utterance, and he wept animate a dying bed, he yet felt an aloud ; when he bad recovered bis unsbaken confidence in the rock of usual composure, he intreated ber to bis salvation, and could say, " I know choose the one thing needful, and enwhom I have believed, and am per- couraged ber to follow the Lamb of soaded that be is able to keep that God. which I have committed to him unto He then talked delightfully of the that day."
joys of heaven, and, in the sweetest On one occasion, a little before his accents, though with a faultering voice, death, be conversed in the sweetest repeated nearly all that bymn of Dr. manner on the love and faithfulness of Watts's, beginning, his covenant God, and the all-sufficiency and grace of Jesus Christ, and,
“ Come we that love the Lord, anticipating the entrance wbich hó
And let our joys be known." bas now obtained into the everlasting He said, “ I feel such an inclination kingdom, said, “ Wbat a scene will to sing that I cannot describo.” A heaven present the presence of God, friend said, “ You are longing to begin and full perfection of holiness, bliss, that song which shall never end;" be and joy, without interruption, and replied, “ Yes, yes.” He thus returned withogt sin, and that for ever."
to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy On February 20th, he said but little
upon his head; and now sorrow and during the day, bat about eight o'clock sighing are for ever done away. He has in the evening he revived, and said to descended to his grave like a shock of a friend, " I hope, if it is the Lord's corn fully ripe in its season. His fuueral will, that I shall go to my rest this sermon was preachod by his pastor, the night;" and, after lying a time appa. Rev. D. Miall, from 2 Kings iv. 9: “I rently in mental prayer, he suddenly perceive that this is a holy man of exclaimed, with considerable energy, God." "Enter, enter, enter thon into the joy of thy Lord." What," said he,
Portsea, March 10, 1825,
The Life of the Ro. Philip Henry, an cnlarged form in this interesting va
A.M. with Funeral Sermons for Mr. Jume, was, as is well known, for many and Mrs. Henry, by the Rev. Matthew years, a burning and shining light in Henry, V. D.M.: corrected and en- ilio Church of Christ, and now,for larged by J. B. Williams, F.S.A. iban a century, bis venerated name Pp. 488, Holdsworth.
has been recollected and repeated by
the truly pious of every denomination, Tais truly apostolic man, whose with sentiments of unqualified respect, important history is presented to us in and hallowed affection.