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crowded congregation, by the Rev. E. Pro | A.'s opinions. Soon after the death of Mr. bert of the Pithay, Bristol-who was in Griffin, our departed brother took a farm timately acquainted with her, and kindly in the village of Walton, and with his wife visited us for the purpose-from 2 Tim. iv. and family removed there; after which he 6-8.
regularly attended the Baptist chapel in
that place, and a few years before his death MR. ABRAHAM ABBOT,
was baptized and joined the church, of
which, through grace, he continued an WALTON, SUFFOLK.
honourable member, until it pleased the The word of God assures us that the Lord to take him home. memory of the just is blessed ; and the true
He was remarkable for the plainness and christian feels a mournful satisfaction in
simplicity of his manners, discovering no reflecting upon the life, death, and blessed
ostentation or self-impertinence, though ness of any one who has evidently lived
Providence had smiled on his endeavours, and died in the Lord, especially when the
and raised him to circumstances of comfort. brother or sister removed is one with whom
His conversation was mild, affectionate, he has taken sweet counsel, and walked to
thoughtful, and often spiritual and savoury; the house of God in company; whose
his general deportment was upright and humility of soul, consistency of character,
honourable, so as to gain the respect even fervent prayers, and peaceful end, have
of the enemies of religion; his attendance plainly proved the reality and vigour of
on the means of grace was very constant, his religion, and thus strongly united
on the Lord's-day, at the week - evening him to the hearts of his brethren in the
prayer-meeting, and lecture, he was seldom Lord.
absent, and often expressed himself as being Such was the character and end of Mr. quickened and refreshed by thus waiting on Abraham Abbott, late a member of the the Lord, whilst his regular attendance, Baptist church at Walton, Suffolk. It does fervent prayers, and godly converse, frenot appear that he was ever permitted to quently cheered the souls of his fellowrun into that excess of riot which charac christians. Nor did he neglect prayer, terises the youth of too many individuals ; reading the bible, and christian instruction but from early life was of sober, industrious at home, but daily attended to these imhabits, accompanied with serious impres. portant exercises. sions. When not more than twelve years The disease which carried him to the of age, he would conceal a candle in his grave was very rapid, and as it greatly room, that he might study the bible when
affected the stomach and throat, prevented it was supposed he had retired to bed. He
his conversing much. Being asked, howwould also go three miles, after his day's
ever, at the commencement of his affliction, labour, and return the same distance, to if he wanted anything ? he said, “I want hear a sermon in the Established Church,
Christ,” implying that all his hope and conby Mr. Griffin of Ipswich. Under his minis
fidence were placed in Him, and nothing try, our departed brother was converted to less than his presence could make him God; and after removing to Ipswich, he happy. To the writer he complained of the constantly attended his preaching, to which conflicts which he felt within, between the he was strongly attached. It appears, how flesh and the Spirit; but appeared to be ever, that for a long time he felt persuaded much relieved and comforted in his mind that believers' immersion was a scriptural by the reading and expounding a part of institution. His mourning widow has heard the 8th chapter of Romans, and prayer. him say, many years ago, that if any un From that time he seemed to continue in a pleasantness were amongst the people with composed and submissive state of mind to whom he worshipped, he should join the the end, though quite unable to converse Baptists, as he thought they were right. for some days before his death. Being And when, through age and infirmity, Mr. asked if he were happy ? he unhesitatingly Griffin was unable to preach more than replied, in a whisper, “ Yes," and shortly twice on the Lord's-day, he would go one after expired, on the 3rd of December, 1849, part of the day to a Baptist chapel ; and in the sixty-fifth year of his age. A wife though Mr. G. would try to defend Pædo and eleven children remain to mourn the baptism, he did not at all weaken, but, as I loss of an affectionate husband and tender it frequently happens, strengthened, Mr. I father; whilst the church, also, has to la
ment that a very valuable member is taken contained in Acts xi. 24, “He was a good away, who, though he had his imperfections, man,” to a very large and attentire congre over which he mourned, yet through grace gation. feared God above many. On the follow Christian reader, be not slothful, but & ing Lord's-day an attempt was made to im. follower of those who through faith and prove the solemn event, from the words | patience now inherit the promises.
· CARISTIANITY ITS EFFORTS AND ITS SucCES8.-In the book which the christians of all ages avow as containing a perfectly credible record of its early history, and statement of its fundamental principles, (and the proofs of whose genuineness I affirm to have withstood the severest of all tests, in the most philosophic age of the world,) we have a very distinct account of the rise of christianity. It does not carry us back into a distant and fabulous past, long anterior to any bistoric period, and relate for us marvels which we have no possibility of proving to be true or false. It comes before us in a time when history was busily employed in handing down its very clear and distinct memorial to posterity. So far it looks very honest. The spot it professes to have chosen, was one harmonizing well with the divine claims to which it makes pretensions; but certainly not impressing you with any thing like a wise attempt to win for itself the belief and homage of the world. In one of the most obscure and distant provinces of Rome, a man of singular character, of distinguished wisdom, benevolence, and virtue appears. (I waive now all mention of the wonders related about him.) He appears at a singular juncture in the affairs of Israel. The expectations of that peculiar people had been directed to the coming of a great Deliverer, at some time not precisely defined, yet so far hinted that the expectation had reached a climax now, and they who thought at all about it, were ready to hear at any moment that he had appeared. This man Jesus collected about him a few humble followers, whom he sent forth to all places in Judea, armed with miraculous power, or something like it, proclaimed that the expected time had come, and that the Deliverer was at hand. Without making open claim, and yet sometimes suggesting, and never denying, that he was the predicted One, he chiefly occupies himself with teaching a virtue and religion which all confess to be beautiful and true, and with doing a multitude of beneficent deeds of marvellous power. But in the course of three years, he had by this so completely aroused the latent hopes of the nation, and yet had so completely contradicted all the form, the proud and imposing form, which those hopes had assumed, that the powerful and priestly among them at once feared and hated him, and by a piece of clever wickedness, they turned the tide of popular favour against him, or else got up a mob on whom they could rely
for any thing, and put him to death. Now mark, that during his life he had said nothing about founding a new religion, He actually disclaimed the intention of wishing to destroy Moses and the law, the foundation of the old religion. He made not the slightest attempt at the foundation of a sect. He rather resembled a man who in our own day should go about amongst all sects as if unconscious that they existed, and should choose out all true and large hearts, and ask them to help him in doing good. His very disciples forsook him when he was assailed, and wept over his death as men who had lost their all. Well nowsurely history will hear no more of him.
Those poor coward dotards will hide their heads where best they may, and imperial Rome will endorse the despatch of her prefect in little, distant Judea, and the Cæsar will let his foolish Jew subjects hope once more, in some more likely man! Is it so, my friends? The mighty stream of eighteen centuries rolls forward with its great burden of life and destiny, and on one-fourth, at least, of all that life, that Name has been impressed. That crucified pretender, if such he was, has done more with his name, and that with marvellously small attempts, than all the true and great combined, could since undo. Or, if he be innocent of the religion which men have attached to his name, then it must be confessed that those poor cowards who ran away from him, whom all their nation counted fools, and whom afterwards it would have crushed, have been the most wonderfully clever men that ever lived. They have palmed a story on the world which has led away for eighteen centuries its most civilized and philosophic peoples. A man who can believe that, ought not to hesitate at any miracle of the New Testament, for I solemnly affirm, that the first is a greater improbability, a more incredible marvel.Christianity the World Fact, by the Rev. G. W. Conder.
THE SPIRIT OF FAITH AND THE SPIRIT OF OPINION.-In nothing more than in its tendency to unity and brotherly love, is the Spirit of Faith to be distinguished from that vulgar bigotry, or pride of opinion, with which it is too often confounded. And if it be asked how is it that, amongst christians, there is so much contention respecting creeds and systems, our reply is, that they mistake the spirit of opinion for the Spirit of Faith; instead of approving that which is escel
lent, and distinguishing betwixt things that unseemly," is the delight of the other. The differ. The spirit of opinion is narrow and language of opinion is, “stand off, I am selfish, that of faith enlarged and benevo holier," I am wiser, I am more orthodox lent; and while the confidence of the former than thou: that of Faith, “whereto we have is in its own infallibility, that of the latter already attained, let us walk by the same is in the infallibility of nothing but the word rule, let us mind the same thing; and, if in of God. Opinion hunts after truth in party any thing we be otherwise minded, God systems, and the subtilties of human creeds, shall reveal even this unto us." The great doting on questions and strife of words; but anxiety of the one is that men, according to the determination of Faith is to“ know no its own standard, should be orthodox; of man after the flesh," and testify only what the other, “that they should be washed, that it has "tasted, and handled, and felt of the they should be sanctified, that they should Word of Life." The former is full of sharp be justified in the name of the Lord Jesus points and angular peculiarities which, and by the spirit of God." Hence it follows, heedless of giving pain, it thrusts perpetually that while the tendency of the former is to forward to wound, to irritate, or to annoy; repel and divide, that of the latter is to the latter glories in nothing but “the cross bring us unto a closer fellowship and coof our Lord Jesus Christ,” and partakes operation with each other; and if we wish largely of the wisdom from above, which our churches to be distinguished by that is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy
spirit of humility, forbearance, sympathy, to be entreated, full of mercy and good and love, upon which their prosperity and fruits, without partiality and without hypo usefulness depend, we must renounce the crisy." That knowledge, which puffeth up, pride of opinion, and cry to the Lord, as the is the glory of the one; that charity," which apostles did, “ increase our Faith.”- From edifieth” or buildeth up, “ which vaunteth the Yorkshire Association Circular Letter, got itself,” and “doth not behave itself | by the Rev. J. E. Giles.
it thrusts nes which
the latter to wound, to
BAPTIST FOREIGN MISSIONS.
honoured dead-Sturgeon, Merrick, Thomp! son, and Fuller-we have to add that of our
esteemed brother Newbegin. In the midst
of labour and usefulness, and whilst yet in ! the vigour of his age, he has been called
away to reap his reward. The particulars
of our brother's illness and death are fur!nished by the kindness of the Rev. Hope
M. Waddell, the valued missionary of the
United Presbyterian Church at Calabar, ! who, with his beloved partner, hastened I from their station to Clarence, to tender all ! the sympathy and help in their pewer to
our bereaved sister Newbegin, and to the ! church now left as "sheep without a shep
herd." Mr. Waddell informs us that our
deceased brother was taken ill in the midst ļof his labours at Bimbia, on Lord's-day,
the 7th of April last, and, becoming worse, he proceeded, with Mrs. N. and the teachers, in the “Dove" to Clarence, in the hope of finding medical aid in the town, or from some vessel in the Cove. In this hope they were disappointed, and hastened to Calabar, thinking that some vessel in the river there might furnish the aid they so
urgently required. But just as the vessel I entered the river, on the 17th of April, our
brother's spirit passed from earth to heaven. Mrs. N. sustained the shock with much
christian resignation and composure until I on the vessel's return to Clarence with our
brother's remains, when, overwhelmed with
her deep affliction, she sunk into a state which excited the most serious apprehensions on her behalf. The timely arrival of our friends Mr. and Mrs. Waddell, and their devoted attention, were blessed to her partial recovery; and on the 4th of May, Mr. W. was able to state that she was so far restored as to afford hope of ber speedy and complete restoration. . She will probably return to England shortly, in the company of Mrs. Edgerly, of the Presbyterian mission.
Africa cries aloud to the church for help. “ Whom shall we send, and who will go for us?” “The fields are white unto the harvest; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” We hope our brother Saker, who is now in England, will return shortly to his post; but the church at Clarence needs a pastor, and Bimbia and Cameroons require messengers of the cross. May He who employs and recalls his servants, mercifully supply the places of those who have fallen.
THE BAPTISTS OF SWEDEN. The chief civil court, before which Mr. Neilson was summoned at the instance of the Lutheran clergy, pronounced sentence of banishment on him, as he had expected. He had notice to leave his native country within a fixed time from the passing of the sentence, unless that sentence should be remitted on his appeal to the king.
On receiving this intelligence, several petitions to the king of Sweden, which were in course of signature, were completed as quickly as possible. Lord Palmerston, who had previously been solicited to give the
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force of his testimony to these petitions, on attempting to raise an interest in acby making such representations respecting cordance with their views; for this purpose the Baptists of this country as to his Lord they formed themselves into a christian ship might seem fit, and by interceding for church, chose one of their number as elder, the establishment of religious liberty in hired a room, and commenced public worSweden, as of all liberty the most invalua ship. At the tirst, few besides themselves ble, replied, on June 3rd, that he had ad attended. They, however, persevered, and dressed a note to the Swedish minister at have, though slowly, yet gradually increased, this court, recommending the petitions to and at present number from forty to fifty the most favourable consideration of the hearers. Swedish Government He also kindly ad
The design of this brief statement is to vised that they should be forwarded through induce, if possible, ministers of the Baptist the medium of Baron Rehausen, the Swe denomination, who intend making a sumdish minister at the court of London, and mer excursion for the benefit of their health, sent a letter of introduction to him. The to come to the Isle of Man (which place is petitions have, accordingly, been forwarded considered highly conducive to that purpose, to him, and have been kindly transmitted by its strong bracing air and delightful seaby him to Stockholm. We have been fa bathing), and aid us by their services and voured with a list of the petitions forwarded counsel during their visit. Such an act of to Baron Rehausen. We are glad that they christian kindness towards those who at are so numerous and respectable; and sin present are unable to support a paid miniscerely hope that their presentation will be try, would cause them, like Paul, to thank followed by the results which the petitioners God and take courage. wish.
NOTTINGHAM-OPENING OF THE NEW LEICESTER AND BOWDEN CHURCH-RATB
This beautiful edifice was opened for We have been favoured with a tract con Divine worship on Monday, July 8th. The taining an account of the Church-rate contest service in the morning was commenced by at Leicester, with a report of an eloquent the Rev. S. M'All, and an eloquent sermon speech by Mr. Mursell, delivered at a pub preached by the Rev. J. A. Baynes, B.A., lic meeting held in connexion with it. On minister of the chapel, from Isaiah Ix. 13. reading the account, we could not help ex The Rev. A. J. Morris occupied the pulpit claiming, What next? That constitutional in the evening, and took for his text Psalm judge, Lord Denman, was so infatuated by xxiii. 5. The collections at the services the insensible influence of Churchism, as to amounted to £132. 118. 4d. On the followdeclare it good ecclesiastical law that a ing Lord's-day, excellent sermons were minority can lay a Church-rate against the preached by the Rev. J. T. Brown. The decision of the majority. Now, a Leicester collections during the day amounted to vicar and his legal adviser declare it law, £82. and act upon it, that they can lay a rate
NEW-CHURCH-STREET CHAPEL, MARYLEBONE. without putting the motion for it to a meeting at all! Are miraculous powers returned
• On Lord's-day, May 12th, 1850, the Rev. to the Church again ? or are they the powers
Dr. Buros, on entering on the sixteenth of Simon Magus rather ? Certainly such
year of his pastorate, after his forenoon legal and social marvels have not for long
discourse, made a statement on the progress been performed in England. Mr. Mursell's
of the cause, during the last fifteen years. speech is a most withering exposure of the
We have been favoured by Mrs. Balfour mingled audacity and meanness of spirit
with the particulars of this statement, which, evinced in this transaction, and did our
had we room, we should be glad to insert. It space allow, we should be glad to make
seems, however, that, from twenty-nine memsome extracts from it. Surely Leicester
bers, the church has increased to between Dissenters will not let the vicar's new edition
six and seven hundred; and that for chapel of Denman go unimpugned.
trust, the sick, the Sunday school, and the We have received, as somewhat of a
mission, upwards of three thousand pounds counterpoise, an account of a well-fought
have been raised by them. They have now battle at Bowden, Cheshire, in which the
efficient Sunday schools, and day schools, Church party were compelled to withdraw
and well sustained Bible classes. We trust, their rate for a voluntary subscription, after
that should our brother's life be spared for having declared it carried.
another fifteen years, he may be as useful How lamentable that christianity should
as he has been during the past. be disgraced in the eyes of the world by
BYROM-STREET, LIVERPOOL. these shameless attacks of the dominant
The re-opening of the Baptist chapel,
Byrom-Street, Liverpool, the purchase of THE ISLE OF MAN.
which was announced some time ago, took The Isle of Man contains a population of place on Lord's-day, June 23rd. The Rev. about fifty thousand inhabitants; the pro J. Harvey of Bury, read and prayed, and the fessedly christian part are principally Epis Rev. H. S. Brown of Myrtle-Street, preached copalians and Methodists. There are two from Ps. cxxvi. 3. The chapel was filled to or three Independent places of worship on overflowing, which it is hoped is an earnest the Island, but no Baptist church was ever of good things for the cause. The Rev. known to have existed until about eighteen James Smith, late of New-Park-Street, months ago, when six persons of the latter | London, has supplied the pulpit during the persuasion, residing in Douglas, determined five Lord's-days since the opening."
eceived, as of a well?in the
* Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner-stone.”—Eph. ii. 20.
FRAGMENTARY NOTES OF VILLAGE SERMONS.
BY THE REV. JOHN Foster.
No. 9. : "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”—Titus ii. 14.
Every expression respecting the redemption of man implies a state of being lost; and how emphatically is that expressed when all the phrases in the bible respecting redemption are collected! What a mighty number of declarations that man is in a state of ruin, and lost! All God's declarations of the object of Christ's coming tend to shew that man is sunk into a state of wretchedness, and lost. He may be most truly said to be so, if sunk in iniquity; and our text says, that to redeem us from all ini. quity is the essence of Christ's salvation. If it is a fact that men are lost, it is a very grievous calamity; but the calamity is more clearly shewn in its not being thought of. This carelessness must be so much additional guilt, and sinks man lower than before. It would not be so great if man was distressed about it; but it is emphatically ruin, not to feel it. There can be no stronger proof that man is lost than his carelessness about eternity. · Yes, man is lost! But it does not accord with human pride to acknow. ledge it. The first sin was occasioned by, or rather consisted in, wishing “to be as Gods." Men see others sin around them ; they hear the language of profaneness; but how little do they think what this indicates ! But just see how man acts and talks! What state do you call that? What term can you apply more fully applicable than that men are lost? Where will they sink tó at last ? Do you believe in a governing God ? What class acknowledge it? The poor and ignorant are not disposed to acknowledge it. If the soul is lost, nothing is so to be deplored and lamented. But do you hear their lamentations ? What distresses them and oppresses them with fear and disquietude ? They perhaps justly lament the state of their external circumstances, and if they express themselves strongly about this, it may not be wrong; but if all their lamentation turns upon this alone, it indicates depravity and ruin. There shall be a thousand sins, and not one deplored. No gratitude to God,-no repentance for sin,-no faith in Christ, or desire after salvation,-no interest about preparation for a hereafter. Now, is not all this the symptom of a lost state ?