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byterians. It is not true of the for- altar! While he places the ground mer of these bodies of Dissenters, of his dissent upon circumstances,
that “they had no objection to re- and not upon principles, he cannot "ceive the sacrament, according to be considered as a bona fide Dis.
the forms of the Church;" or that senter; and whether he admit it or they “ did not, for the most part, not, he is in fact an apostate from object to the use of the Liturgy, but the principles which recognize Jesus only its imposition, exclusively of Christ as the only lawgiver in bis all other devotional exercises." (Page church ;--the New Testament is the 441.) The Reviewer, by applying alone and all-sufficient code of Diobservations to all the Noncon- vine law;-and the inalienable rights formists, which are only properly of conscience and of free inquiry. applicable to the Presbyterians of Io his zeal to expose what he calls that period, has thrown dust in the “ the utter confusion of ideas which eyes of his readers, and prevented seems to prevail in the mind" of Mr. them from clearly discovering the Kinghorn on the subject of Noncon. history of the times. He knows very formity; as if," he adds, “the nonwell that the ladependents objected conformity of the Baptists had no to the whole frame of the establish- other object than to uphold the doc. ment; and that had the parish trine and practice of immersion," he churches been filled with * the quotes from Mr. Kinghorn's pamBaxters and Howes, the Owens and phlet the following remark: “If we Flavels, the Bates's and Charnocks," dispense with an acknowledged init would not have prevented them stitution of Christ, for the sake of from forming churches, over which admitting those who do not believe the civil magistrate could have no it is their duty to obey it, how can right to exercise his authority. He we plead that we forsake the Estabvery well knows, too, were the cor. lished forms of religion for the sake thodox]"established clergy, and ihe of adhering to the plan of the New (evangelical] dissenting ministers in Testament?” The Reviewer calls general to exchange their strain of this “ a gross misrepresentation,” preaching and their manner of living and says, There are no Christians for one year,” that though it might who do not believe it to be their " ruin the cause”* of Dissent as to duty to obey an acknowledged inthe Dissenting congregations, yet the stitution of Christ.”+ Mr. Kingprinciples of Dissent would remain horn's argument is very plain, when precisely the same as when the Bap- not confused by false inferences. tists and Independents first founded “Baptism,” he says, “is an acknowtheir respective churches: a period ledged institution of Christ." Will long before what he speaks of as the the Reviewer deny it? “There are era of Nonconformity.
those,” he adds, “who do not beThe fact is, the Reviewer is evi- lieve it is their duty to obey it?". dently prepared, should his lot be Will be deny this ? Mr. Kinghorn cast where there is an evangelical then inquires, Whether those pious minister in the Established who would dispense with BapChurch, and no Dissenting minister tism as a prerequisite to the Lord's of similar sentiments and character, Supper, could consistently plead 10 become an attendant on the litur- their adherence to the plan of the gical services of the Establishment, New Testament as the ground of and a communicant kneeling at her their separation from the Establish
ed forms of religion? He evidently in your Magazine, an extract or two states it as his opinion, that a rigid from a funeral sermon on this mouriregard to the plan of New Testa. ful event, and shall be glad of their per
. ment discipline, demands that insertion as a mark of my high rene“ Baptism should precede com- ration and esteen of his character munion;" and that those Dissenters and excellencies. who admit this sentiment cannot, without manifest inconsistency, jus- The Death of a great and gard tify their separation from the Es
Man lamented and improred. tablishment, because ceremonies are imposed by its ritual, which are not Acts viji. 2. “And devout mer supported by the authority of Christ, carried Stephen to his burial, and Mikael and the practice of his apostles. made great lamentation over him.” The Reviewer calls Ibis “a meagre Holy and eminent men have not exposition of the Dissenter's plea.” unfrequently been removed into eternita What? is an implicit adherence to pity, at a time when their continuance Dere the New Testament "the notion" in ihis world appeared of great imbah in merely of Mr. Kinghorn, or of strict portance. Stephen was full of faith Baptists? Is it not a full exposition and of the Holy Ghost, and thus was fredi of the principles of all consistent peculiarly qualified for his office as a Dissenters? And however the Re- deacon of the church at Jerusalem, viewer may taunt, and use sarcasms and for his work as an evangelist
. on the subject, it is confessedly, ac- The church at this period was sufcording to the history of the New fering a most violent persecution, Testament, that uo unbaptized per- and the friends of the cause of sons were admitted to communion : Christ were driven into corners: a position this which he does not at- but this faithful servant, endowed tempt to disprove; and yet without with a spirit of holy resolution, disproving it, he can assign no suffi- undauntedly stood his ground. And cient reasons, as a Dissenter, why it yet in the midst of his days, and of should not still be the universal his labours, he fell a martyr 10 the practice of all the churches of Christ. cause of his Redeemer. I now fearlessly leave it to the
In the closing scene of our late ve. good sense of the reader to decide nerable friend, we are not, however
, on tbe truth or error of the Re- called to witness a removal thus ap. viewer's declaration; viz.“ The parently premature and violent. Act of Uniformity, and the unifor- Called by divine grace at an early mity contended for by Mr. King. period, he was spared to labour in horn, both involve the same princi- his Lord's vineyard for more than ple-the making HUMAN OPINIONS half a century. His sphere ofexertion the conditions of church commu- was large, and his zeal and capacity nion!" (Page 445.)
were happily proportionate to the A STRICT BAPTIST.
demands made upon both. A 80-
ciety was to be originated by biu-
which would require prudence, fiMR. EDITOR,
delity, disinterestedness, piety, and The death of that inestimable perseverance, in no ordinary degree. man, Dr. Ryland, made a very seri. And with these qualifications, our ous impression upon my mind, as I bigbly honoured friend and bis bredoubt not it has done on the minds thren, were eminently favoured ; of very wpany. I send for insertion indulged also to continue their exer•
a pret cise till others had grown up around so eminent, ought to be regarded
them who could enter into their with sentiments of grief. An insenbe labours.
sibility to the death of pious men When God designs to commence a was severely censured by the prowork of singular importance, agents phet Isaiah, as a proof of hardness with extraordinary endowments are of heart, and a stupid indifference raised up. When the church of to the prosperity of true religion. God was to be aroused from the “ The righteous perishell, and no slumbers of death, and the enemies man layeth it to beart; and merci. of Christianity were to be put to ful men are taken away, none conshame, a Wickliff, a Luther, and a sidering that the righteous is taken Melancihon, were prepared for the away from the evil to come." Isa. work. Nor was it much other. lvii. 1. The existing state of things wise in the originating of Missionary among men, absolutely forbids the undertakings before referred to. At idea of a truly pious man being usethis period, our Pædobaptist friends, less. However contracted the sphere both in the Establishment, and out be occupies, however limited his of it, were at rest; aud but very few powers for labour, yet bis example, stirred in this important department his prayers, liis spirit
, render him a of labour. Against the formation very important addition to the numof societies to attempt the conver. ber of present mercies. But when, sion of the heallen, some cberished as in the instance before us, talent unreasonable prejudices; and others for extensive usefulness has been stood aloof viewing such an experi- imparted, and such talent bas been ment with apprehension. But Carey, associated with unequivocal and Ryland, Fuller, Suicliff, and Pearce, . ardent piety, then is death to be recame forward to the belp of the garded as no common affliction. Lord against the mighty. He whose Indeed, in earlier days, the removal death the denomination to which he of such persons to a better world, was belonged now Jaments, stood for not unfrequently a signal of the ap. ward, fearless and undismayed, proach of the most overwhelming among the first and most devoted calamities. In this light, however, friends of the benigbted heathen. we are not now called upon to couNor was he ever moved from his template the death of men, illusholy purpose. To the honour of trious for their benevolence, piety,
grace, it will be told by and labours for God. In other rethousands, ibat, for thirty-three spects scarcely less painful, howyears, he never ceased to put forth ever, do we witness their removal. all the energies of his soul in this Such bappy and honoured indiglorious enterprise.
viduals have, for a long series of Of the superintendance of the years, cultivated with abundant sucacademy, over which he so ably cess a large portion of the moral presided for upwards of thirty-one waste around them. They have years, I shall forbear to speak. His borne the heat and burden of the tender and affectionate treatment day; they have scattered abroad to his pupils, his unremitting dili- the precious seed, have watered it gence in instructing, admonishing, with their tears, and have importuand animating them in their impor- nately solicited the Sun of righteous. tant pursuits, I doubt not but we pess to shine upon it; that it might sball, ere long, receive the most in. spring up and bear fruit, even an terestiog information.
bundred fold. These are the men The removal of men so holy and whose locks have been wet with the
dew of the night, in the day the God and a fallen world. The God toe, a drought has consumed them, and of our fathers' lives--his cause is the frost by night, and sleep has de our own. Who then is willing this permit the parted from their eyes, whilst with day to consecrate himself to the
Radeb holy anxiety, and incessant care, Lord? Let him arise, and his God they have watched over the flock be with him! of God which he hath purchased Whilst high esteem for a friend with his own blood. Aod shall we, so truly valuable, demands sincere can we see the garden of the Lord grief on bis removal ; yet the death forsaken, and the flock of Christ of such men as Dr. Ryland, fur. to the left without the care of its faithful nishes abundant cause also for under-shepherds, and not unfeign. thanksgiving. Life had been long He leadi edly lament? Surely not!
continued ; services the most effiÕur fathers in the church of cient had been performed; souls,
de que Christ are the guides of our not a few, had been brought under youth. Piety, prayer, meditation, his ministry to the Saviour of men;
il the an extensive acquaintance with the and true religion has been gloriously sacred oracles, with all the ex. adorned by the fruits of righteousperience resulting from years of em- ness. He died in the bosom of his ployment in God's service, emi- own family, in the enjoyment of a , and nently qualified them for imparting good hope through grace, and trustinstruction to the warm-hearted, but ing in the God and Saviour, whose inexperienced disciple of Jesus. In glory he was so solicitous 10 pro. how many ordination sermons, in mote. Death triumphed over morhow many private instructions, have tality, but thus was the everlasting the youthful heralds of salvation felicity of bis spirit consummated, been taught, warmed, admonished, and thus was he exalted to everand animated !
Few had been lasting honour, called to engage in these services so
J.M. frequently, as he whose death we
June 11, 1825. now lament. Nor is it to be overlooked, that we
ON frequently observe the stations occupied by men eminent in the cause Understanding a preached Gospel
. of Christ, left vacant for years after tbeir removal. The work which one
No part of our time is more imindividual performed at the expense portant than that which is spent in of ease, health, property, and life hearing the gospel. It is then we itself becomes a divided service, and, are on trial for eternity. The reafter all his most willing survivors ception which is given to it, will can accomplish, his loss is severely decide our final state. He who be. felt for years subsequently to his lieves and follows it, will be saved; death. But we are not to sit he who disregards and neglects it, down in despair when afflictive be will be lost for ever. The short reavements thus visit us. Our com- space too, which is allotted to this passion for souls, and zeal for their exercise, renders it still more so. salvation, must be proportionately lemn. Compared to what is spent increased. Our diligence in the in business, in conversation, in redivine calling must abound, and creation, and rest, how very conwith united and harmonious effort, tracted are the hours we pass in must we attempt the discharge of listening to those words, by which those imperative duties we owe to our salvation is secured. It is,
Hly therefore, a matter of high concern, yet hated; the truth may be impriHe that every thing which tends to in- soned in unrighteousness. But it is Enterrupt the impression intended to one reason why so many receive no
be made by the word, be removed ; spiritual benefit from the gospel of and that every thing which aids it God. Thus our great Master in his should be fostered with peculiar parable of the sower explains the
case of those who received the seed The first prerequisite which is by the way side, “ When any one It required in order 10 derive benefit beareth the word of the kingdom,
from the preached word is, to un- and understundeth it not, then derstand it. The understanding is cometh the wicked one and catch
the leading faculty of the soul. eth away that which was sown in be ne Unless this be duly informed, po his heart. This is be that receiveth red: other operation of the mind can be seed by the way side.” Satan, that
under a correct influence. The subtle and malicious foe of man,
proafter year without effect. They un- phets have spoken: and beginning derstand not the statements which at Moses and all the prophets, be are made in their hearing. It is not expounded unto them in all the meant to be affirmed that this is the scriptures the things concerning only obstacle to men's profiting by himself." Thus they describe the lhe word. It may be understood and effect of those instructions : " Did