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planted-roots of bitterness which we account it a duty and an honor to assist in plucking up.

Especially do we feel called upon to defend the Institution by which we are distinguished from brethren of other denominations; as also those views of that Institution from which many Baptist churches hare of late departed, and which they have relinquished as antiquated and out of date. While others, however, thus assume a right to dispense with the law of Baptism in the church of Christ, we are prepared to maintain inviolate that fundamental statute of the King of Zion-in its primitive relation to the constitution of the church. And deeply do we deplore the wide-spreading influence of the Open-Communion theory, as having a direct tendency to effect the removal of the ancient land-mark, the surrender of our denominational position and peculiarities, and to invalidate the ordinance of Baptism altogether. Nor is this all; in proportion to the extent to which this popular delusion spreads, Pædobaptism is virtually sanctioned and tolerated in our Baptist churches. With Baptist churches that error becomes incorporated to which their denominational principles are directly opposed !-an error, but for the entrance of which the unity of the church would never have been impaired as it has been ; but for which the initiatory service in every Christian's course would have been, like those that follow it, an act of voluntary obedience; but for which the Christian church would have been preserved from the paralyzing influence of thousands who would not have entered it of their own accord; and but for which a national church would have been an impossibility.

These are our principles principles to which we shall ever adhere : let those who recognise their truth and importance encourage us by their future support.

THE EDITORS.

IPSWICE,
November 27th, 1857.

THE GOSPEL HERALD.

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Essays. BACKWARD, AROUND, AND FORWARD. ONE word for the New Year. The one for his answer? Do we search his word now closing shuts its doors with a many- in faith and expect his blessing thus ? toned echo upon the thoughtful heart- Oh, brethren, while we weep for the an echo of corrective mourning vibrating daughter of Zion’; while we cry, 'Is with hope. The shadows of the past there no balm in Gilead ?' while we pray are as the fleeting clouds, clearing the for the healing and revival of the horizon of our prospects, and opening church ; let our first seekings be con. our too dull ears to the sure word of cerning our own vineyards--we are each prophecy, 'Lo, I come quickly, and my integrals of one whole. Influence on reward is with me, to give every man others we must have. Small or large, according as his work shall be. good or bad, our example will be plainer the times and the seasons' we can than our precepts, our practice mightier know nothing; even inquiry into the than our preaching. secret is forbidden. Yet do we One of the most powerful instrumenmember the vision is for an appointed talities for health and usefulness, and time,' and he that shall come will come one widely neglected-and as surely and will not tarry.' (Hab. ii, 3, 4; vindicating its value by the disease and Heb, x, 37, 38.)

darkness consequent on its disuse—is Our safety and our happiness, our the earnest study of the Word of God. profit and our honor, is to be found If the minister would be full in the at our posts; to be occupied with pulpit, this is the means of his preparedrealities; to refuse to be engaged by ness. If the hearer would feel delights trifles ; to lend our strength to nothing in the sanctuary, it cannot be expected undeserving our hearts' affections, and apart from this source. If the teacher mental energies. Yet to be slow to no would be apt, and find it a pleasant path good work; but, whatsoever our hands to go before his scholars, growing fami. find to do, to do with our might.'

liarity with the word shall be his sufWe hear increasing complaints of the ficiency. Nor are the entrances to this sad condition of our churches ; lamen- field hard of approach--the gates of tations are frequently well-founded ; this rich pasture ground are open--wise rejoicings seldom; repinings too rife, pioneers have left landmarks of their but searchings too backward.

pilgrimage, and a cloud of witnesses There is doubtless the canker-worm thrown a cheerful light upon the way, of an indolent spirit amongst us, which In such an occupation the result is not almost insensibly creeps into our service doubtful. The Word of God can ne'er

- whether of brain, tongue, or heart.- be sincerely searched without finding Indolence abroad and at home; in apples of gold in baskets of silver. No church and family; in our mutual in- spot in all the field is barren; it is the tercourse and our closets. Our closets ! garden of the Lord, and yields twelve ah, do we know what these are? Do manners of fruits. May we each month we talk alone with God? Do we watch eat and grow thereby, and at the close

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PREACH THE WORD, of the year-either on earth or in hea- purpose of grace will certainly be at ven, on the field of labor, or in the tained; but the answer to such is simple garner of rest-have enlarged fellow- and obvious, for if such views of God's ship with the happy psalmist's portion : purposes of mercy were universally held, • Thy testimonies have I taken as an then preaching would be useless and heritage for ever: for they are the vain, and God would be left to work rejoicings of my heart.'

without, instead of by and in, the means. S. K. BLAND. God has determined to use instrumen

tality; and it should be the desire and PREACH THE WORD.

delight, both of preacher and people, to

be instruments in God's hand to carry 'Fully to preach the word of God.'-COL. i, 25.

out the purposes of the covenant of all In our previous paper we concluded by grace. intimating that self should be merged Many preachers in their pulpit adin the dignity of the preached word. dresses appear to speak as if they were It is a high honor to be made a preacher wholly surrounded by saints, and not by of God's word, and that office has high sinners as well. The apostles did not duties and responsibilities attaching to 80 act. They warned and persuaded, it, and none more than this, that the but did not offer. They showed reminister should be careful not to stand sponsibility and demonstrated dutyin the proper course of God's truth, not responsibility to be spiritual, which which should have free course, run, and only God's grace could effect; not duty be glorified. God's gifts were bestowed to believe spiritually to the saving of to glorify the Giver; and this important the soul; they, knowing that spiritual consideration should, like Moses's ser- faith and repentance were the gift of pent, swallow up all other considerations, God, but knowing also the terror of and extinguish all other importance. the law, they warned men. The wicked

Those gifts should be entirely engaged and transgressors are to be warned, in fully declaring the mystery which and warned prayerfully and earnestly; had been for ages and generations and the apostle Paul rejoiced even hidden in types and sacrificial parables ; in the prospect of death that he and which were fulfilled and amplified was free from the blood of all, and in Christ's life and death, resurrection, that he had not shunned to declare and ascension. Christ in all his attri- the whole counsel of God.' (Acts xx.) butes, offices, and mission, and in all And then he more especially addressed their various bearings and relations, the overseers of God's flock, and charged should be the preacher's constant con- them to watch and remember how that, cern; touching which we cannot now treat; but there is one subject, however, ceased to warn every one night and which is much neglected in the minis- day with tears. Jesus wept, and why trations of God's preachers holding the should not his servant Paul ? Sin may doctrines of grace, viz., the responsibility always be watched against, and wept of the sinner before God: "He who is over, and every true minister of Christ under the law to God-he who is under will often weep over sinners. the galling, yoke of sin-he who is in Knowing the terror of the Lord, we the gall of bitterness, the subject of the persuade men.' (2 Cor. v, 11.) The reign of death. (Rom. v, 14.) Man gospel minister may both warn and is not sufficiently told that by the deeds persuade men. • The apostle spake of the law, no flesh in God's sight can boldly disputing and persuading.

' (Acts be justified.

xviii, 8.) He expounded and testified Many religionists, holding the glori- the kingdom of God, persuading them ous truths of the gospel, enshroud them- concerning Jesus both out of the law of selves in their own theory; and express Moses and out of the prophets, from themselves that God will have his own morning till evening; and this is the elect, without concerning themselves kind of preaching required at the preabout man's responsibility; and, indeed, sent day. (Acts xxviii, 23.) The perthey see no necessity for any concern of suasion here meant is not a persuasion the kind, being convinced that God's to be spiritually saved without the power

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of God—without the Spirit who bloweth if God blesses the serious appeal to the where he listeth—but it is a persuasion reason and conscience, fixing fast the touching the condition of man as a arrow of conviction, and constraining sinner; and his liabilities under the law, the hearer to cry out, What shall I do and such like questions; it is the use of to be saved ? the minister will have persuasive arguments to the reason, judg- great reason to praise his God in blessment, and conscience of man, as a sinner. ing his instrumentality.

An unbeliever has duties and respon- When Paul thus reasoned with men, sibilities, as well as the believer. It is he did not deny the glorious gospel of his duty to believe the revelation of mercy; for no man advocated more than God touching the glorious Redeemer. he did the sovereign mercy of our God, He is bound to believe that he is the but, as a good master builder, he sought fulfilment of the prophecies and the to remove the rubbish before he began satisfaction of the holy precepts ; other- the gospel building. He commenced wise he is not bound to believe the by showing the utter depravity of man; truth of God's revelation; he is bound to cutting from under him all refuges of believe the record which God has sent into lies — all fancied meetness or worth. the world; and when the Creator speaks, He did not preach exclusively to the the creatore is bound to hearken. As saint, but he no where called upon the creatures of God's power we are bound dead to spiritually live; neither did to ascertain our Maker's will.

he tell the dead in sin to raise themMan is under law to God, and, con- selves beyond their natures, yet who sequently, it is the duty of every was more successful in his ministrations ? preacher to tell his fellow creature their O that men would take Paul as a type duties and responsibilities; and that and pattern of preaching ! He advopreaching which does not fully demon- cated no offered grace, no coaxing or strate man's state by birth and practice, coquetting, but, by the foolishness of is not preaching Jesus out of the law of preaching' he destroyed, through God's Moses. The doctrines of grace, as held blessing, the worldly wisdom of men, by many teachers, have been considered and proved all the excellency of salvarepulsive; which is greatly owing to tion was in God. the manner in which they have been The Society alluded to in the preface advanced. Grace, mercy, and love, can of the last number of the HERALD, is never, in themselves, be repulsive. The

formed for the purpose of more espevestibule of the gospel is the law, and cially advancing the doctrines of grace the latter should be faithfully preached in all their sovereignty and glory; and to all, pointing out clearly the curse of while the sinner is laid low in the dust, God upon all unrighteousness, and how, to maintain his awful condition before by the deeds of the law, no flesh living God as a creature. Its object is to can be justified. Then every mouth show more earnestly and zealously, would be stopped before God. It should the duties and responsibilities of the be shown how the claims of the law can sinner's state, and also to define clearly be met, viz., only and wholly in Christ; the duties and responsibilities of the then Christ would be preached out of

Christian as a renewed creature. May the law.

God give it good speed! It is a good God has not thought proper to de- thing to be zealously affected in a good clare how many are to be saved; or work. Not to be grieved at the state when those who are destined to salva- of men, and not to have love towards tion will be called. The command has our fellow creatures in the gall of gone forth that the whole word of God bitterness, is to practically deny the shall be preached, and it is often lament- philanthropic spirit of Christianity. As able to hear sermons without any warn- God is essentially a God of mercies and ings to sinners; without their duties, forgiveness (Dan. ix, 9), and as Christ liabilities, and responsibilities, being for- is a merciful High Priest, so the saints cibly and fully set before tbem. God's should be merciful. (Heb. ii, 17; Matt. ministers should reason, as did Paul, of v, 7.) Put on therefore, as the elect of “righteousness, temperance, and judg- God, holy and beloved, bowels of merment to come.'

(Acts xxiv, 25.) And cies, kindness,' etc. (Col. viii, 12. )

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'I WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR.' It often follows that the pulpit teach- country, and like corn, prescribed to no ings have an undue influence upon the particular class. prayers of the people. The pew is

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I WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW kind of teaching we should like to see

YEAR!' enforced, the pew will lack that spirit of anxious concern and zeal for souls. ALLOW, dear reader, the adoption of We have often listened with pleasure the usual compliment at this period of and profit to a most excellent and urgent the year, in its best, purest, and most appeal to God made at our prayer exalted application. How rapid the meetings, and when the brother has flight of time! how swift the pilgrimage concluded, we could ask ourselves of man from the cradle to the tomb, whether God has any of his elect yet to and while loitering in a gay sensibility, call ? or whether there were yet any death is ever bending its bow, and getsinners to be gathered in ?

ting ready its arrows for its departure ! We have in this and a former paper Another short year has run its course. been endeavoring to show that erudi- Eternity has ingulphed another of those tion and excellency of speech may exist momentous divisions of the world's with a faithful promulgation of God's predestined age. 1856 is gone-for truth. Every minister is bound to

It is now a portion of eternity. improve the gifts of his office, and if he What is done, is for ever done. O is not .talented, he can be truthful, for eternity! how are our most mighty truth is infinitely of more importance thoughts, our highest altitude of numthan mere talent; consequently, the bers, our most perfect instruments of plain minister in holy. things may measure, lost and overwhelmed in thee! rejoice and take courage if he faithfully Mysterious, mighty, incomprehensible discharge his mission, to the best of his reality! Always at the meridian height; ability and according to the gift he never lessened by the largest deduepossesses.

Pure truth is always pre- tion; no contraction-no diminution ; ferable to talent and error, for we are vast, boundless, amazing eternity! A not of the opinion of those who think few more moments-two or three more the pure gold of the sanctuary should revolutions of the wheels of time-and be alloyed in order to make it more both writer and reader shall drop into fitting for circulation.

thy bosom of infinity; and who can Let that minister who is talented describe, paint, or conceive the depths, improve his talents, and let him who is heights, lengths, breadths of those deficient covet earnestly the best gifts. glories and felicities which await the If he should not attain to eloquence, child of God-the saints of the Most let him use sound words which cannot High? It is in the prospect of this imbe condemned : for, as Lord Bacon says, mortal bliss, having some small but discretion of speech is better than delightful estimate of the infinite supeeloquence.'

riority of heaven's joys, to the transitory, The pursuit of knowledge should be flying, fading pleasure of earth, that I the constant aim of the minister ; and would reiterate my wish, for you to in proportion as the ministry in its tone possess a happy new year, upon the and character is raised, so will there be a threshold of 1857. corresponding benefit and improvement But you may inquire, What constiin those who are ministered unto. tutes or makes the new year a happy Knowledge always carries with it its one? Now the man of business will own recompense of reward, and it yields find happiness, when, upon taking to its seekers a plenteous usury, in some stock, and examining his books, he twenty, some sixty, and some a hundred- ascertains that, during the past year, fold.

he has made some important additions The ill-informed and well-informed, to his already acquired property. This are bound alike to progress ; for it has will give him satisfaction in the past, been well observed that knowledge is and serve him for still greater strides in like ferns, which are limited to no the future. So also with the heir of

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