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reader, and most beartily coincide worthy of insertion in the last month's seat with the Reviewer in saying, “ The Magazine, I now continue the sub- balet simple question to be determined is, ject by proposing to your notice

, What is the law of Christ ? and that secondly, what I consider the proper being ascertained, it is the duty, as means for removing the grievance 0 well of churches as individuals, to under consideration. adhere to it, at the bazard of any This I must confess to be the most apprehended consequences.” If the difficult, as it is much easier to point New Testament plainly declares it out evils, than to suggest a remedy 10 be his will that all his disciples for them. However, it seems to me as then should be baptized, and as plainly that this part of the subject involves on proves, that no unbaptized person iwo considerations. The first

, In was ever admitted into the primitive what manner the Registers already churches, then let ministers and in existence should be treated ? and churches be determined to regard the second, What should be the his authority, and to imitate his course adopted respecting future

inted to apostles, that thus “ the ordinances Registers ? may be still kept as they were at As to the first; I do not know first delivered."

what hope can be entertained of the 15

, and It is a good remark of the excel- legislature doing more than pointing cont lent Dr. Owen, in his Commentary out, how, and where, they should on Heb. xiii, 10. “ Herein lies the be preserved, and the degree of cresafety of all believers and of all dit' which should be attached to churches ; namely, to keep then- them. For certain purposes they fee pari selves precisely to the first complete night perhaps be declared as suttirevelation of divine truth in the word cient evidence, and to that extent, I of God, let men pretend what they do not think it would be unreasonwill, and bluster while they please: able to anticipate a compliance. But in an adherence to this principle we the second,' and most important are safe; and if we depart from it, question is, What should be the we shall be carried about through course adopted respecting future innumerable uncertainties into ruin.” Registers ?

To conclude:-In his number for Would there be any objection on May, the Reviewer informs us, that the part of the Baptists to an appliin certain cases he would not object cation being made to the legislature

, to join the communion of the esta- to allow them to have the births of blishment; and in his number for their children registered by the clerJune, that Baptism is repealed! It gyman at the church of the parish will be recollected, that the defend- wherein they take place, (a proper ers of strict communion have always fee being paid him for his trouble in asserted that their opponents must so doing,) and that such Register eventually acknowledge such con- should be made on the production sequences, and the Reviewer las of an affidavit,* sworn by one witness been compelled to confess that he or more preseut on the occasion of cannot avoid them.

the birth ? and also, that it should
A STRICT BAPTIST.

be as compulsory on the clergyman
so to do, as it is to register Baptisms

administered according to the rites
Baptists' Register of Births.

of the Church of England. It does To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine,

This kind of evidence has been reSIR,

cognised by the legislature in the case of As you have thought my letter burials ; for, by the 30th. C. 11. c. 3, for

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in that not appear to me that the Baptists their civil rights, from the rest of ter) would act at all inconsistently with the community. yet their principles, in asking for such The above I should think would Boken enactments as these. There is no meet the case; but of course not 22 objection on the part of Dissenters any thing should be done without

generally, to being married at the mature reflection. For which purstbs Church of England, and according pose I should propose, that any ob er to its service, it being looked upon Gentleman who would be willing 10

in the light of a civil institution. enter into the consideration of this

Why then should an objection be subject, should send a letter, directsebent made to registering the births of ed to the Editor of the Baptist MaTe te their children in a way, which must gazine, (I presume, Sir, you have

be considered as merely a political, no objection to be named for that and not a religious regulation? If, purpose,) and when a sufficient numlowever, this should be seriously ber shall have expressed their wilobjected to, perhaps the legislature lingness to afford assistance, then,

would pass an act, recognising Dr. that a private meeting of them shali We Williams's Library as a public depo- be called. I have no objection to any sitory, and alter the niode of regis- undertake the task of convening it,

tering conformable to the plan above and I send you my address that you
suggested, or in such other way as may kuow on whom to depend.
may be thought most advisable. After a plan has been matured, it
That there

would be a disposition will be prudent and desirable to conon the part of the government to af- fer with the Society for the Protecford relief to the Dissenters, on this tion of Religious Liberty, and also subject there can be no doubt. The with the Deputies, as undoubtedly a times are too liberal, as is also the simultaneous movement by the whole goveroment, to allow Dissenters be. body of Dissenters, would have more

ing placed on a different footing re. weight than that of a part only. especting what are unquestionably If the legislature should object to

grant assistance, we must theo con

sider what we can do for ourselves; burying in woollen, it is enacted that the ministers of every paris's shall keep a

but, for my part, I cannot anticipate Register in a book, to be provided at the a refusal. charge of the parish, and make a true

I am, Sir, entry of all burials within his parish, and

Your obedient servant, of all affidarits of persons being buried in voollen brought unto him according to the

A Baptist, registered at Dr.

Williams's Library.

said act.

Miscellanea.

MENNONITES.

when I first called, but an honr after. wards I found him in. I told him the

message I had come upon, and asked LETTER, No. VIII.

him if he had received the Circular.

He had not, so that all was strange to Medeblik Sept. 29, 1820.

bim at first. I then put one into his IMMEDIATELY after my arrival here, hand, wbich he read, and we afterwards I sought out the Mennonite Baptist went into a conversation about the minister, a Mr. Engel. He was out Mission. Though not versed in such

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subjects moch, be soon comprehended Engel mentioned the object of my the nature of my business, and the aims journcy, which gave rise to a good deal ose of the Society, and thought them de- of conversation; after which, one of the D serving of support; though he said, the members rose, and read a piece is and des the Missionary spirit in Medeblik, if prose, of his own composing, for the is best ever there had been any, had departed, amusement of thu rest. It contained a along with a minister of the relormed moral, and was drawn up witl much withe church, lately deceased. In bis life. good sense. After him rose another, le til desti time a kind of Missionary Prayer. who read a piece of poetry, also of his he Distian mieeting was kept afloat, but had now own production. Between the reader fill salu smuk entirely into disusc: people began, ings, there was conversation, bearing sosed bowever, to talk of reviving it. chiefly upon the pieces reail. Such so

beste to Mr. Eogel's pastoral charge is but cieties are pretiy general in Holland; "The Di inconsiderable as to numbers; proba- their object seems to be, a more ra troca that bly not exceeding twenty to twenty- tional way of amusement than com veden, E five members. There are, however, mon. Religion and politics are subseveral small interests in the neighbour- jects not allowed to be brought forhood, and ove at a place they call ward. Twisk, rather large. This latter I made Medellik is a naval port, and it an arrangement with Mr. Engel to vi. would have been interesting for me 10 sit; the distance we had to go was look through a naval establishment of

藏身B about three miles. After a pleasant a country, which once swayed the walk across the fields, we were fortu. sceptre of the seas; but I had to set nate enough to find Mr. Van der Hoek off next morsing for the Helder, at bome, who is the pastor of the church whence I hope soou to write you. at Twisk. He was on the more, to go

Till then, I am, &c. out, with one of bis deacous, on a reli

W. H. A. gious visit; a practice kept up pretty generally among the Baptists on the Continent, especially in country paris. Familiar Mustrations of the sacred These visits are made a short time pre

Writings. vivas to the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, wbich, on the Continent, in

No. VIII, most parts, is administered but four times a year. Mr. Vap der Hoek and Psalm xxxvi. 9. “ In thy light skall his friend, sat down again, and gave us

we see light." their company for about an hour. As This clanse is a philosophical truth. this was the first time of his ever hear- God, like the sun, says Bishop Horne, ing of the Mission, or of the English cannot be seen, but ly the light which Baptists, le listened with the more cu- bimself emits. The Psalmist elseriosity, to what he now beard of both. where more expressly compares the Ile appeared to take an interest in Deity to this celestial luminary. Ile what I detailed respectiog the Mission, is not only the author and conserver of thanked me for the Circulars I put into natural, and the giver of eternal life; bis and his deacon's hands, and said he but eminently the source of that which was only sorry that he was, by appoint- is spiritual and divine. The effects of ment, obliged to leave our company, the fall are like those of winter. When and the subject. We passed about mau had forsaken God, and he, in colianother hour with the family, who had sequence, lad withdrawn from man, many quesiions to ask about England, we were left in the condition of certain and then returned to Medeblik. On animals, which remain forpiù during our way, Mr. Engel said, he had that the winter mouths; but when the sun erening to attend a Society of which gains strength, it restores life and light he was a member, and would be glad, togelber.

T. WILLIAMS if agreeable, to introduce me. I cona sented, and we went. The company was not large, but respectable and against my Shepherd, and against the

Zech. xiij. 7. " Awake, O suord, mixed. Among others, I observed a wavat vflicer. On iutroducing me, Mr.

man that is my fellow {rqual) saith the LORD of hosts,"

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TEFAL plished.

This is a peculiarly striking cxbibi “This, perbaps, is the most striking der che tion of the Divine justice, as exerted on resemblance of the justice of Deity that

the Lord Jesus Christ, as the substitute can be found in the history of man

of his lost and guilty people. Here kind. But how far short does it fall! 154 k Jehovah appears as the moral Gover- How trifling were the sufferings of

nor of the world ; Mercy seems to re- these youths compared with those of tire till Justice is satisfied, the bonour the Son of God! [They too were criof the Divine government secured, and minals, he was holy and free from sin.] the full salvation of the elect accom- How insignificant the law. aud govern

ment for which tbey suffered, to that of A note to President Davies's sermon the divine! How small the good of the on“ The Divine Perfections illustrated public in the one casc, to that of the through the Sufferings of Christ," other!"

(London, Edit. 1815, Vol. II. pp. 379, 1 stkice 380,] contains the following anecdoto

Jobn xv. 1--5. “ I am the true vine, and remarks, which appear to me to and my Father is the husbandman,&c. throw a considerable degree of light on This discourse happened, as I conthe text now under our review. ceive, while Jesns was passing from

" How astonishing was the rigid the supper-chamber to Gethsemanejustice of Brutos the Elder, who, in the between the city and the brook Ke

spite of all the passions of a father, dron, where, probably, were many surbet passed sentence of death upon bis own rounding vineyards ;-and, as it was

sons, for conspiring against the liberty now the 2nd of April, when the vines in of their country.

While the amiable Judea are pretty forward, and the full the last youths stood trembling and weeping moon, bis disciples might, perhaps, ad. i before bim, and hoping their tears mire the plantations as they passed

would be the most powerful defence along. Jesas, ever ready to divert with a fatber; while the senate whis, their minds from natural to spiritual per for the moderation of the punish- objects, improves the subject; and, in ment, and that they might escape with strict conformity to the imagery of the banishment; while his fellow-consul is Jewish prophets, compares himself to a

silent; while the multitude tremble and vine. “I am the true vinc--ye arc 1.

expect the decision with horror ;--the the branches-my Father the husbandinexorable Brutus rises, in all the stern As branches are engrafted in majesty of Justice, and with a steady the vine, so are ye, by discipleship, in voice, not interrupted by one sigh, me. As the successfal graft unites its turning to the Lictors, who were the sap with the stock, and abiding in the executioners, says to them, ' To you, vine, brings forth fruit; so my true disJictors, I deliver them; execute the ciples being united to me by Divino law upon them. In this sentence he grace, derive from me spiritual life, and persisted inexorable, notwithstanding bear the fruits of a holy conversation. the weeping intercession of the multi- But those who follow me by a barren lude, and the cries of the young men, profession only, are like that graft calling upon their father by the most which, never probably uniting with the endearing names. The lictors seized stock, withers, and becomes a dry stick, them, stripped them

naked, tied their fit only for the fire. The living branches kands behind them, beat them with must be pruned, indeed, to continue rods, and then struck off their heads; and improve their bearing; but dead the inexorable Brutus looking on the ones are gathered for the flames." bloody spectacle with unaltered coun. Such, I suppose, to be the import of tenance. Thus the father was lost in this similitude: and the grand truth the judge; the love of justice over- intended to be incalcated is, that all came all the fondness of the parent; our spiritual life and boliness depends private interest was swallowed up in on Christ,“ Without (or separato regard for the public good, and the ho- from) me, ye can do nothing." nour and security of government.

T. WILLIAMS.

J. B. * Sec Universal History, Vol. XI. p. 360, Liv, L. ii. c. 5.

Folkestone. VOL. XVII.

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ON SCRIPTURE TYPES. teaching of God. The victory which

Cbrist obtained over Satan, by means To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.

of bis agonies and death; and his sub

sequent exaltation, the glory that reSIR, I have often wished that some dounded to the Father, and the spiof your correspondents would favour ritual advantages thcnice accruing to the readers of the Baptist Magazine his people, may be shadowed forth in with an Essay on the subject of scrip. it. 'Samson quietly submitted to be ture types,-a subject which was not bound by the men of Judali, and to bo yet, perbaps, received all the attention delivered up to the Philistines. In all which it demands and deserves. The this he was a type of Christ, who in doctrine of types has, I apprehend, his retirement was rudely assaulted by been much abused by many well the Jews, whom he could easily have meaning pious writers, who seeon pot destroyed, but would not; into their satisfied unless they find, or think thcy bands he surrendered himself." find, a type of Christ, or of redemption, It is but justice due to the pious in almost every chapter of the Old author to say, that although the closing Testament.

paragraph, “ In all this Samson was When amusement alone is the ob- a type of Christ,” &c. stands in all the ject, invention and fancy may be al- former editions of bis Commentary, it lowed their full exertion; but when we is omitted in the last: a proof this that aim at religious instruction, we must be did not receive his first interpreta- be contented to take the Spirit of God tion“ by the teaching of God." While for our guide. We should never wrest we justly consider the person, offices, scripture to our purpose, but should death, and resurrection of Christ, as make our pirpose bend to that sacred typified in the Old Testament by men authority. When imagination, upre- of very different characters, and in very strained by reason, and unconducted different situations, we slonld be careby scripture, is set to work, any thing ful not to represent every minute cirmay be made to resemble any thing. cumstance mentioned in the Hebrew Buí if the interests of true piety be Scriptures respecting them as typical promoted, we must give, as we need and prophetic. This would expose the and expect, much allowance; and so whole doctrine of types to ridicule : long as a metaphor presumes not to for instance, what can be a greater pass for a text or an argument, let me burlesque on the scriptures than to taphorical language be explained with suppose, as some have done, " that the candour, and the bold flights of an bo- extraction of Eve from the side of niest heart be treated with tenderness Adam, while he was in a deep sleep, and respect. I wish to do this in di- was intended as a type of the Roman recting your notice to a quotation I soldiers piercing our Saviour's side shall make, on the subject in question, wbile he slept the sleep of death ;" or, from the Commentary of the late ex as Jerome, who represents the gold, cellent Thomas Scott. Several in- the silver, the ivory, the apes, and the stances of a similar kind might be pro- peacocks, which were brought from duced from bis Comment, but I shall Tarshish to Solomon, to mean * the content myself with giving one extract writings of pagans and beretios." Sneh on Samson's riddle, and Icavo it with notions as thesc, and others equally your readers to determine whether or absurd, wbich might casily be named, not, in this instance at least, the vene- vended sometimes by novices, and Yable author has not suffered his fabey sometimes by more aged divines, give to get the better of his good sense. a greater proof of the wildness of their "Samsop proposed a riddle, which in fancies than the correctness of their its literal import meant no more than judgments. Scripture, by direct applithat he had got boney for food and plea- cation, or by fair unrestrained analogy, sure from the lion, which, in its strength ought to lead to regulate and to corand fury was prepared to devour bim, rect all our inquiries of this sort; we yet this explanation of the riddle may shall else be in danger of rearing a be interpreted as containing an em- baseless flimsy structure in the clouds blem of more importance, and more wbich can atford neither shelter por hard to be understood, except by the rest. We ought to be jealous and

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