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A Token of Affection to the Memory of MR. John Griffin, late Pastor of the Independent
Church at Exeter, and of Mr. ALFRED CECIL BUCKLAND, Author of " Letters on
Twice hath the solemn tone
Two minds, to friendship dear,...
No longer could they stay; ' ''
Far, far beyond the pole,
Though soon their sun went down,
· A day of early fame, ...
Before the sapphire throne
With pure ethereal fire;
Yet o'er the graves where lie
Friendship will often weep,
Fair Zion long shall mourn
And o'er the tomb shall bend,
Alfred! though thou art dead,
To wake the sluggard youth
Blest youths! by Christ redeem'd,
Inspiring sweet delight,
· You, in my boyhood days, .
And gaily did the years :
· Friends of my youth, farewell ! -
(Though now bereav'd I mourn).
There shall we meet again,
Where sin no more annoys,
What bliss ineffable!
Where Noon eternal reigns, :
: Yet shall the hand of God
Oh Lord! to thee I cry!
And share the glorious grace,
Of my blest friends and kindred now on high.
SEPTEMBER, 1822, : *
* Can the order of public worship observed in the Christian churches planted by the
apostles, be collected from the New Testament--and if so, are we, in the present day, under any obligation to imitate the pattern which those churches have left us if not, on what grounds can we justify our dissent from the churches of Rome or England ? New Evangelical Magazine, March 1822, p. 80.
To the Editor of the News Evangelical conversion either required or expected.
That the profession of faith required Magazine.
: from the converts was short and simple,
is proved by the case of the eunuch, HAVING been a little disappointed (see Acts viii.) also Peter's sermon, with respect to the second Prize Essay (Acts ii.), where he charges his audience mentioned in March Magazine, at your with having taken, and, by wicked receiving only “ one solitary Essay" hands, crucified and slain that same on the important subject, and as you are Jesus, whom God hąd constituted both not determined about publishing it, I Lord and Christ; and yet we are intake the liberty of transmitting you my formed, that those who gladly received views on the question. To be brief, I the word of salvation were baptized, and shall, in the first place, make some ob-" the same day there were added about Servations with regard to the formation, three thousand souls" to the number &c. of the primitive churches. Secondly, that “ continued stedfastly in the aposThe order of their public worship. tles' doctrine and fellowship, and in Thirdly, Shew the obligations Christ-breaking of bread, and in prayers." laps are under to imitate the pattern | As no society whatever can exist withthey have left us. And, lastly, upon out some kind of government, nor can the supposition that the primitive order | any government be administered withbe not obligatory, I shall examine the out office-bearers; that nothing might ground of our dissent from the churches | be wanting for the maintenance of the of Rome or England.
most perfect order in the kingdom of 1st. The gospel or glad tidings of sal- the Messiah, a regular code of laws was vation, the apostles proclaimed to men, given by him to his subjects, every one guilty, vile, and polluted as they found of whom was appointed guardian of these them; and those who gladly received laws; and regular office-bearers were them were, on confessing the Lord Je- | instituted for their better maintenance, sus with their mouth, immediately bap-, and to see them duly executed. The tized and added to the church, without | MESSIAH remains eternally the suany previous qualification whatever, or preme head of his church, and the laws any other proof of the sincerity of their of his kingdom are declared in the New VOL. VUT.
Testament, to which place alone our | what he had to say of the bishops, he appeal must be made. Bishops and proceeds, (ver. 8.) « deacons likewise deacons are there spoken of as office-l (or in like manner WTAÚTWS ; i. e. in like bearers in the churches of Christ. It manner as the bishops, must be) grave," ought to be particularly noticed, that the and must be tried or proved as to the terms bishops, elders, presbyters, and required qualifications; and then adds, overseers all mean one and the same (ver. 11.)“ Women likewise grave, not office: and were appointed, not in one slanderers, sober, faithful in all things ;" congregation, to rule over many, but in that is, in like manner, the women must every congregation, see Acts xiv, 2, and be grave, &c. for the adverb wraútws (in consequently in every city, where there like manner) occurs both in the eighth was one, Titus i. 5. For the qualifica- and in the eleventh verse; and in the tions requisite to those persons who original, exactly the same construction filled this office, see 1 Tim. jii. 1-7. / is followed in both; so that it comes to Titus i. 6-9. It appears from Titus i. the same thing, as if he had said in the 5, and other places, that every perfectly latter verse, "the women appointed to organized church had a plurality of bi- this office, or the female deacons, must, shops or elders. We find that Paul, in like manner, have their characters after preaching the gospel at different proved." From the first appointment places, “ordained them elders in every of male deacons, (see Acts chap. vi.) congregation ;" and when writing to we learn, in what their duty was to con. the believing Philippians, (i. 1.) he ade sist; viz. in taking care of the church's dresses his Epistle to all the saints, with bounty, and see it properly applied. the bishops and deacons.
The widows, or deaconesses, had other The duties of elders or bishops are services of mercy to perform, in which plainly pointed out in the New Testa- it would have been neither proper nor ment. They are required to take heed | delicate to employ the men. Of this an unto themselves, and to the flock, over instance is recorded in Acts ix. We which they have been made overseers also learn from Acts vi. that the elecby the Holy Spirit, for this very pur- tion of deacon belonged to the body of pose, that they may feed the congrega- | the congregation. The twelve, we are tion of God, which he hath purchased informed, « called the multitude of the with his own blood, (Acts xx. 23.) hold- disciples unto them, and said, it is not ing fast the form of sound words, taught reason that we should leave the word of by the apostles in faith and love, (2 Tim. God, and serve tables; wherefore, brei. 13). The other office established in thren, look ye out among you seven men the primitive congregations was that of of honest report;" &c. « And the say. deacons, (8.2 x0001). The word means I ing pleased the whole multitude, and they servant or minister, and is frequently chose" the seven that were set apart rendered so in our common version. to this office, by prayer, and the Not only males but females were ap- laying on of the hands of the apospointed to this office. That men were tles. It also appears, from the in. so is plain, from 1 Tim. jii. 8-12, and structions given to Timothy and Ti; other places. And that women were tus, that the election of bishops also deacons or deaconesses is evident was in the whole congregation. They from what Paul says to the believers at were to be persons of irreproachable Rome: “ I commend unto you Phebe, character, on the most positive proof our sister, who is a serdant (816xovoy) of adduced-by whom, but by the congres the church at Cenchrea, Romans xvi. Igation? Without this proof they cotild 1.) These are the women mentioned not be set apart to their office, by the in 1 Tim. iii. 11. 'It is necessary to add imposition of hands, which was the me. here, that our translators, by the help thod employed, and, therefore, Timothy of a large supplement, have converted is charged to lay hands suddenly on no man. these women into the deacon's wives, but the same inference may be drawn from by looking farther in this Epistle, we the injunctions given to the churches to see that not wives, but widows, are the live in unity,“ being perfectly joined to subject of the passage. The apostle, in gether in the same mind, and in the this third chapter, is giving directions same judgment, avoiding allcontentions, respecting the character of those who (1 Cor. i. 10.) for how could this be," were to be appointed to offices, and tells they were not agreed respecting Timothy, (ver. 2.) “ A bishop must be character of those set over them?" Bull blameless, &c. and having finished ) how was their mind and judgment