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5. Sermon. 6. Reading of the church cove “ The bearer hereo , our beloved brother, nant with the consecrating prayer. 7. Fellow- Flavel SAURTLEFF, being a man of good ship of the churches by the Moderator of the moral character, real piety, and sound know. council. 8. Address to the church. 9. Con ledge of divine things, and having been called cluding prayer.”—Pp 181, 182.
to the exercise of his ministerial gifts, of which Ecclesiastical councils are called on
we have had considerable trial, both in private many other occasions ; as, for example,
and public, we have judged him worthy, and when a church has invited a minister to do, therefore, hereby LICENSE and authorize the pastoral office, and he has expressed him to preach the gospel wherever he may have his willingness to undertake it.
a call; not doubting but that in dae time, cir
cumstances will lead on to a more full investi." For this purpose a council of pastors and ture of him in the MINISTERIAL OFFICE, by delegates is assembled by letters missive to the ordination. In the meantime, we recommend neighbouring churches, with a deputation from him to favour and respect, praying the Lord the church itself, before whom are laid the pro- may be with, and abundantly bless him. ceedings of the church in calling the candidate, “Done at our regular meeting, Dec. 19, 1814, with his answer, his original licence to preach, and signed by order and in behalf of the and the vote of the church admitting him as a church. member. The candidate then gives an account
“ WILLIAM STAUGHTON, Pastor." of his religious experience, states the evidence –Pp. 274, 275. of his call to the ministry, and presents his views of Christian doctrine and church order.
Mr. Wenger coincides with us in the All the members of the council are at liberty to opinion that every man who understands question him freely. The council, if satisfied, the religion of Jesus Christ has a right declare by vote that they find all the proceed to teach it. He closes a number of ings in accordance with approved usages of the remarks on what are called “laymen," churches, and proceed to recognize him publicly
by saying, as a minister of the gospel, and as the pastor of “Not to dwell longer upon this topic, we may that church,
safely say, in general, that all the functions “ It is always to be borne in mind, however, which, under ordinary circumstances, devolve that the duties of the council are not limited to
upon the regular officers of churches, may, the mere preservation of regularity in the forms under extraordinary circumstances, be performed of proceeding. They have come together to by other members of it ;—and that teaching discharge a solemn duty to the church that con
and preaching, in particular, must be acknowvenes them, to the churches at large, and to the ledged to be the duty of all who possess the Saviour. It is their duty to inquire very care- requisite time and mental and spiritual qualififully into the moral character, the piety, the cations for it, provided they abstain from all doctrinal views, and the literary qualifications unwelcome interference with the work specially of the candidate; to ascertain whether he entrusted to the regular officers.”—P. 10. possesses theological knowledge, practical talents, and good sense, adequate to the arduous
Mr. Wenger's opinions generally corand responsible work of the ministry. They respond more nearly with our should also attend to any objections which may respecting the minutiæ of church busibe made from any quarter, previous to or during ness than those of our transatlantic their deliberations. By consenting to his ordi- brethren ; though in some cases even dation, they attest before God and men their he carries church authority farther than confidence in him as a minister of Christ. If
we should. He maintains that a church everything is satisfactory, the council vote to ought not to permit one of its members proceed to the public services of ordination.”- to be married by a minister of the Pp. 198, 199.
national church. He argues at some
length that it is wrong for a dissenter Here follows a document such as it is to choose this course, and we think he probable that neither Paul nor Peter proves it; but we cannot go with him ever saw. The words distinguished by in the introductory sentence, in which capitals are so distinguished in the he says, original. It is a licence to preach the gospel!
“ A Christian church is not at liberty to
allow its members to submit to any religious " To ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,
ceremony, in connexion with these events, “ The Baptist Church in Sansom Street, which is contrary to duty or the word of God, Philadelphia, send Christian salutation. And that for a dissenter to be married by the
DISMISSING AND RECEIVING MEMBERS.
clergyman of an established church is contrary Letters of introduction were evito duty and the word of God, must, we think, dently in use among the first churches, be evident from the following considerations : under apostolic sanction. Paul speaks &c.”—Pp. 239, 240.
of them to the Corinthians as needed
by strangers, though not by himself and As it is important that members of his fellow-labourers. It is highly deEnglish churches emigrating to America sirable that Christians going among should be furnished with credentials, it brethren to whom they are not permay be acceptable to some of our sonally known, whether out of their readers if we insert the following forms : own country or in it, should provide
themselves with such documents as will facilitate their prompt reception to the
advantages of fellowship. “ BOSTON,
184 « To the
Baptist church in “ This certifies, that
is a member, in good standing, of the Baldwin Place Peace (Permanent and Universal) the Lau
London : Peace Society, Baptist Church, and, in compliance with
19, New Broad Street. 12mo. pp. 118. request, is affectionately recommended and dismissed to your fellowship.
Though this essay was not published “ If, within one year from date, we receive till a few weeks ago, it gained a prize the accompanying certificate, with the blanks in the year 1840. It evinces considerfilled, showing that has been received by able ability, and contains much imyou as a member, or a certificate equivalent portant truth. Like other publications thereto, we shall consider relation to us as
which maintain the absolute unlawfuldiscontinued; otherwise, this letter shall be ness of war, however, it scarcely glances null and void.
at the point which we are most anxious “In behalf of the Church,
to see elucidated. “All war,” says the Cierk."
writer, “is either offensive or defensive;"
and then he proceeds to argue first against “ The foregoing is printed on one leaf of a wars of aggression and then against fightletter sheet, and the following on the other, to ing in defence of our lives or liberties. be filled, certified, and returned to the church But there is what may be called progranting the letter of dismission ; and when it tective fighting, and to this our chief diffiis done, the name of the member is discontinued culty relates. All that can be said refrom its roll.
specting the Christian duty of love to
enemies, the propriety of sacrificing “ This certifies, that mended and dismissed by the Baldwin Place ourselves to the welfare of others, and Baptist Church, in Boston, by a letter dated the unlawfulness of retaliation, we
readily admit; but these are topics Boston, 18—, was, on the
which only bear upon the employment ceived as a member of the
of force in self-defence, not on its emChurch, in
ployment for the protection of others. “ Attest:
Is the employment of physical force for the protection of the innocent and de fenceless in all cases unlawful ? A child
of eight years of age is brutally at“ This MAY CERTIFY, that the bearer, A. B., tacked by a boy of twelve: is it right is a member of the Baptist Church in P., in
or wrong for the child's father to intergood and regular standing, and, as such, is pose, and use all the force that may be affectionately commended to the sympathy, necessary for its preservation from fatal watch-care , and communion of the brethren ing with her father, is brutally at
A daughter of eighteen, walkand the churches.
“ By a standing rule of the church, this tacked by a drunken 'man : is it right letter continues valid only one year.
or wrong for her father to use whatever
physical force may be necessary to prePastor.
serve her from his violence ? A band “ A letter of this kind requires no vote of the of ruffians enter a town, determined to church, but may be given by the pastor or clerk, carry away a lady whom one of them but the fact should be reported to the church, chooses to claim as his wife: is it right and entered on its records.”—Pp. 275, 276. or wrong that the police should be sum
LETTER OF OCCASIONAL COMMUNION.
moned to resist them, and that if it be adoption of other measures for the not sufficiently powerful for the purpose, settlement of national disputes, and the magistracy should strengthen it ? | while we wish to increase the circulaA neighbouring nation, insane with the tion of the society's publications, as love of what is called glory, or animated beneficial in their tendency, we cannot by bitter hatred, suddenly invades us : unite with it heartily and without reis it right or wrong for the government serve, as for many reasons we would to employ physical force to prevent the wish to do, because we are not convinced landing of the marauders? If in any that the employment of physical force one of these cases the employment of in the defence of others is not in some physical force is admissible, the prin- cases a duty. We say in defence of ciple seems to us to be conceded that others, conscious that readiness to enforce may be repelled by force, in order dure suffering, when it cannot be to protect the peaceable from the lawless; avoided without injuring others, is an and if physical force be employed in the essential part of the Christian character; most gentle, cautious, and reluctant but conceiving also that the prevention manner, there is no saying to what the of crime is warrantable and even inconflict will grow. The truncheon may cumbent in some circumstances in kill as effectively as the bayonet. If which it can only be effected by the the employment of physical force is not prompt exertion of physical power ; in any case allowable, the magistrate is and that there is no discernible limit no longer a terror to evil doers : he to the degree in which it may be embears the sword in vain.
ployed, the kind of instrumentality While we give credit to the Peace which may be used, or the number of Society, and its advocates, for the persons who may combine in using it, achievement of much good, in promoting if it be lawful to employ it at all. If aversion to war, in teaching men to the decided advocates of the Peace régard it as one of the chief sources of Society will turn their attention to this misery and crime, and in urging the view of the subject, they will oblige us.
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of “ Luther," " Gospel in Advance of the supposed that our acquaintance with the statistics of the New Connexion of General
Age," &c., &c. With an Introductory Essay
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