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But we are told that it was his dying request that the third line should be altered to “ As in the hands," showing that the natural tendency of the doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration is to a belief in the Real Presence. Those who seek to advance Ritualism, which is doing so much harm; those whu seek to introduce the abominations of forced celibacy, monasticism, and sisterhoods; those who would subject us to the degrading impertinence of the confessional; those who exalt the functions of the human priest to the denial of the equal priesthood of all believers these are the men who most strongly maintain Baptismal Regeneration. Thus we are forced to the conclusion that the doctrine is part and parcel of “the mystery of iniquity.” And though many who hold it are to be loved and honoured as truly regenerate, and as earnest servants of the Lord, yet the doctrine itself is to be exposed and strenuously resisted. Its prevalence may be accounted for in the weighty words of Archbishop Leighton—“We would willingly have all religion reduced to externals ; this is our natural choice; and we would pay all in this coin, as cheaper and easier by far, and would compound for the spiritual part, rather to add and give more external performance and ceremony."
Far be it from me to disparage baptism. From my soul I honour it; but I wish to give it its right place. It is Christ's command, which so right-hearted man will disobey. It is an expressive symbol of precious and momentous truths. It is a sacrament, i.e., an oath, by which wo solemnly pledge ourselves to the Lord's service, and declare onrselves his followers, and by memory of which we are often shielded from temptation and helped on in the right way. And while for infants—who cannot possibly exercise faith in Christ, and who, according to apostolie practice and teaching, have no share in baptism-it is a senseless cere mony; yet to those who are already regenerate by faith in Christ Jesus
-not otherwise—it is often a most precious means of grace, in connexion with which, both at the time and afterwards, God greatly strengthens the divine life previously implanted, so that they go on their way rejoicing.
THE FAMILY LIBRARY.
We have room for but few notices of books this month. Our first notice shall be of, The Imprecatory Psalms: Sic Lectures, with other Dis courses, by the Rev. R. A. Bertram.* Mr. Bertram's attempt, in this volume, is to explain and expound the Imprecatory Psalms, and to meet the difficulty—which has presented itself to many minds of their appsrent want of harmony in spirit with the Christian system. How far ibo author has succeeded in his attempt we will not venture to say; but his lectures are worthy of the most thoughtful examination, and they are
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written in a spirit of devout allegiance to the inspired Word of God. The "other discourses," six in number, add much to the value of the volume.
An Introductory Lecture on Ecclesiastical History, by the Rev. B. Evans, D.D.,* is the first of a series of lectures in course of delivery to the students at Chamber Hall, Bury. It is needless to speak of Dr. Evans's acquaintance with the subject of which he treats. The present lecture is 3 valuable one, and is devoted to a general and rapid sketch of the topics with which Ecclesiastical History deals, and of the sources from which it is to be drawn. The latter part of the subject is ably dealt with, and in
catholic spirit. We hope the health of the writer will be continued, so hat he may complete his course, and preserve it in print for other stulents besides those to whom it is specially addressed.
We have received, with much pleasure, the new and revised edition of, Psalms and Hymns prepared for the Use of the Baptist Denomination.t t is needless to speak of the value of this hymn-book, which is known 0 80 many of our churches and congregations. This “revised edition” as been most industriously prepared. To each hymn is added the name f the writer, and, in almost every instance, the date of the authorship. Jf course in such a work it is impossible to look for perfect accuracy; but the accuracy attained is very creditable. In many respects we expect that this “revised edition” will, when it is known, be preferred to any ther.
OUR MISSIONS:-THE ANNUAL REVIEW. THE Report of the present year lips. Over one hundred and sixty iffers in some respects from that of chapels have been built for public ust year, since it gives, with brevity, worship, which, with eighty-seven in general view of all the stations and Jamaica, make quite two hundred heres of labour occupied by the and fifty places in which the Gospel issionaries of the Society. These is continually and regularly preached. e now very numerous and exten | Then there are schools and schoolve. If we speak first of countries houses in nearly equal numbers, the missionaries labour in India, Bible-readers, native preachers, visihina, Ceylon, Western Africa, Ja- | tors to the houses, tract distributors, aica, Trinidad, Hayti, Brittany, all in various ways striving to spread Id Norway; nearly three hundred abroad the glad tidings of salvation ations have been formed in these | through Jesus Christ our Lord. ido regions, among idolaters, pa- It is, however, sad to think that ins, and Roman Catholics; and with the number of labourers is diminish
exceptions, at them all, it has ing. Notwithstanding the opening leased God to give power to his fields, the encouraging success, the ord, and to call some perishing ones Society has not been able to replace ito his fold. If we include the the losses it has sustained by the hurches in Jamaica, about twenty ravages of disease and death. Withve thousand persons are in church in three years twelve missionaries lowship, besides the greater num- / have been lost to the Society, yet only ore which daily receive instruction | four have been engaged to occupy 1 the Gospel from the missionaries' | the places left vacant. There is need
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of fervent prayer as well as liberality | vants, and laying the foundations of among the Churches at home, that it a living temple in which He shall bu may please God to raise up many adored and glorified. self-denying men who shall give Space will not allow us to go over themselves to this great work, and all the interesting details of the Rethat the time of the world's redemp- | port, but we cannot withhold the ter tion may not linger. No one yet has sentences which occur in the sport been found to take up the work of of the Rev. D. J. East, in which he the aged Williamson, who for forty- describes the progress made in Ja. four years toiled with unswerving | maica. He says: fidelity, even in his last days being | “I rejoice to be able to feel and carried in a chair into the bazaar to | to testify that the authority of the testify for his Lord. Mr. Allen, of Bible as the Word of God is enthronel Ceylon, has had no successor to fol- in the conscience of our churches: low him in his visits to the jungle, or and hence I am bold to say that I do to deliver to the Buddhists of Ceylon not believe that throughout Christenthe Word of Life. We urge upon dom a purer discipline or a more our readers to remember the work of prompt exercise of it is to be se God in these foreign fields, in their with than in our Jamaica churches, daily prayers at the throne of the I have presided over hundreds of heavenly grace.
church meetings; I have had del Bockergunge and Jessore continue cate and difficult questions to subunit to present the largest number of ad | at those meetings; but when our ditions to Christ's Church in the people have been shown that the Indian field. Mr. Page reports the Word of God taught them to do this number of baptisms at ninety-four or that, I never found them for a from among the twenty-five native single moment hesitate from the doChurches which are found in the ing of it. I may also be permited district of Bengal in which he la to state my conviction that the print bours. At Mazoorah, in Jessore, the distinctive doctrines of the Gospel of Church, which was formed three our Lord Jesus Christ permeate ttyears ago of nine members, has now hearts of our church-members. II increased to thirty-two. But we are we want to know a man's creed, sorry to add that heavy sickness has should listen to his prayers. Sir, I for a time deprived Bockergunge of have listened to the prayers of hutthe devoted labours of Mr. Page. dreds of black men, poured forth #
Mr. Brin and Mr. Supper have the throne of heavenly grace in broken devotedly given themselves to itine English, but from fervent spirits, sr. rate over the populous districts which I never heard a single word oat surround Dacca. Everywhere they harmony with the grand truths of the find a hearty welcome, and they | glorious Gospel of the blessed God. gladly anticipato reaping largely in “I may refer also to the natit years to come the fruit of their long agency which has been raised up = and indefatigable labour to scatter connexion with our Jamaica churches, abroad the seed of everlasting truth. and with one branch of which I am
At Delhi, in Northern India, the so completely identified. Sir, Word of God continues to prevail. have in Jamaica a band of 800 or 90W Six churches now exist in that great | Sabbath-school teachers in conneccity, which only ten years ago was tion with our Baptist Mission filled with rebellion and bloodshed, churches alone. We have a band of and where Christian men were mar 600 elders and deacons, faithful, selltyred for the truth. And thus, | sacrificing, prayerful, devoted Den, throughout India, we have tokens 1 who do honour not only to ou that God is working with his ser- / churches, but to the African race
Which they constitute a part. And land. And, consecrated in heart and fon, sir, our day-school teachers are, life to the service of the Saviour, they Lithout exception, sons and daugh are faithfully fulfilling the work of bers of Jamaica. We have some sixty the Christian ministry and the pas
seventy of these in connection with toral oversight of upwards of 5,000 per congregations, a large proportion l of the members of our churches; and
fithe number having been trained in these, almost without exception, are ihr institution at Calabar. And I the fruit of the labours of your Society ay make grateful mention, too, of in connection with the Calabar InIr native ministers. We have about / stitution," shty pastors and missionaries in the A similar native agency is springland of Jamaica. Nearly one-half ing up in India, where, under the
that number are black and co care of the Rev. G. Pearce, twentypred men, who vindicate their man- | two young men are preparing for the od by their self-consecration to the ministry of the Word. In the East orld's Redeemer. I do not say they and the West, God is honouring the
men of learning; I do not say efforts of his people, and souls are ey are eloquent men; but I do say being gathered unto Him. May the wy are as much in advance of the year before us be marked by yet tople over whom they preside as the larger outpourings of his Spirit on ajority of ministers in my nativo / the world!
NEWS OF THE CHURCHES. The annual meetings of the Baptist | about sixty additions had been made fome Missionary Society for Scot- / to the church. The expenditure of and have been held in Edinburgh | the mission was about £900. uring the past month. It was re The twelfth anniversary of the orted that the number of Mission church and congregation assembling ries supported, in whole or in part, | in Regent's-park Chapel, London, ering the past year, had been twenty- | was held on the 1st of May. A soirée aree. The labours of the agents had | in the schoolrooms, which were een much blessed of God. The filled to overflowing, was followed by wakening and ingathering, especial a public meeting in the chapel, with among the young, related last year the Honourable Mr. Justice Lush occurring at Grantown, in Inver (an “ elder" in the church) as chairEss-shire, was standing the test of man. Sir Robert Lush was surne, and had been progressing; and | rounded by the pastor, the Rev.
Keiss in Caithness-shire, a re- | William Landels, the Rev. W. Brock, arkable work had been going on, | the Rev. Francis Tucker, and the Rev. d some of the most ungodly of the James Spurgeon, all of whom adpulation had given satisfactory | dressed the meeting in effective and idence of conversion. In the island interesting speeches, referring to tho Westray, Orkney, formerly one of past history and the present prose Society's stations, but where the perous condition of this large and urch had been self-supporting for influential church. Mr. Landels, in veral years, a blessed work of grace his retrospect of the twelve years of
occurred, chiefly through the his ministry, mentioned, among other trumentality of an English gentle things, that more than twelve hun-a, who had devoted himself to dred members had been received into angelistic labours. The young, church fellowship since the formation mecially, had been awakened, and l of the church, and that nearly £40,000
had been contributed by this Christian | Barford, Notts.-The Rev. J. M. society to the various institutions and Stephens, B.A., has been ordained societies connected with the chapel. pastor of the church at Naunton and
The annual meeting of the Baptist Guiting.–The Rev. S. B. Broti College at Pontypool was held on the
B.A., has been recognised as pastor 22nd and 23rd of May. From the
of the church at Romsey, Hants.report it appeared that twenty-four
The Rev. W. Bentley, late of Sudbury, students had enjoyed the advantages
Suffolk, has been recognised as par of the society during the past year, and
tor of the church in the Victoria that several were about leaving the Rooms, Ryde, Isle of Wight. house, who, with few exceptions, had The following reports of MINISaccepted invitations to the pastorate. TERIAL CHANGES have reached as: There were urgent applications for The Rev. W. Jackson, late of Bilston, admission. The treasurer's report, to Cambray Chapel, Cheltenham; however, did not bear out the expec the Rev. T. Griffiths, of Knighton, tation of a very large addition to the Radnorshire, to Welshpool; the Rer. present number. The reports of the G. Whitehead, late of West Gorton, examiners were very satisfactory. Manchester, to Rotherham; the Rer. The annual meeting of the Haver
W. March, of Chilwell College, to fordwest College was held on
Stoke-upon-Trent; the Rev. W. Thursday, May 30. It was reported Bishop, of Chilwell College, to Lonsthat the examination of the students
ton, Staffordshire; the Rev. N. FL. had been very creditably passed.
Shaw, of Chilwell College, to Der There are at present twenty stu
bury, Yorkshire; the Rev. J. V. dents. Six students have settled
Bergin of Regent's Park College, to during the year, and five applicants
Chippenham, Wilts; the Rev. J. & for admission will be received at the
Anderson, of Deptford, to Trinity commencement of next session.
Chapel, Bradford the Rev. G. D. A new chapel has been opened at
Evans, of Upton Chapel, Lambeta
to Grove-road, Victoria Park. Tha Braunston, Northamptonshire.-The foundation stone of a new and beau
| three following students from Portytiful chapel has been laid at Hunt
pool College have accepted inrita ingdon, for the congregation under
tions to the ministry:-T. E. Williams, the pastorate of the Rev. J. H. Mil
to the English church, Bethel, Mount lard, B.A. The cost of the chapel
Steward Square, Cardiff; D. R.
Jenkins, to the English church. will be £10,000.-A new chapel has been opened at Crayford, Kent, for
Abertillery; A. Griffith, to the Welsh the church under the pastorate of
church, Glyncorwg. The following the Rev. E. T. Gibson.--A beautiful
students of the Metropolitan Taber new chapel, for the Welsh congre
nacle College have accepted invita gation, has been opened at Rhyl.
tions to the pastorate of the churches The foundation stone of a new chapel
named:- R. J. Beecliff. Baptis has been laid at Quarmby Oaks, in
church, Lancaster; S. M. Honar,
Baptist church, Sudbury, Suffolk, Lindley, Yorkshire.
J. B. Warren, Baptist church, W11The Rev. J. G. Gregson, late of lenhall, Staffordshire; G. T. Edgley, India, has been cordially welcomed, the Baptist church, Peniel Tabernacle, at a public meeting, to the pastorate Chalk Farm Road. The Rev. Joshua of the church at Kent Street, Portsea. Russell has resigned the pastorate of -The Rev. H. Hughes, of Haver the church at Lewisham Road, Grer fordwest College, has been ordained wich, which he had held for twentypastor of the church at Wem, Shrop-| three years. The Rev. R. C. Sowerby. shire.-The Rev. F. A. Charles, latel on account of failing health, has been of Whitehaven, has been recognised | compelled to resign the pastorate of as tho pastor of the church at New | the church at Wick.