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bordinating to his own designs what may / Mr. Philip seconded the preceding moappear opposed to his operations, he pro- tion, and the resolutions in question were ceeds in a manner that affords a striking unanimously agreed to, and adopted. contrast to mere human agency and opera- Mr. Charrier, Dr. Rafies, Mr. Lister, tion; that is to say, he accomplishes, (as and several other gentlemen addressed the we have already heard) from small and un- meeting, but we find our limits will not adpromisivg beginnings, the most important mit of our entering into further detail. and glorious results; and a view founded on these two remarks of the present pheno

ASSOCIATION. mena in the world, tends at once to enlarge our hope, to strengthen and confirm our Breviates of the Baptist South Association, faith, and to inspire and invigorate our held at Llangloffan, Pembrokeshire, zeal. When we look at the present state of June 4, 5, 6. 1822. British India, and are informed that the

Met Tuesday, at 2 o'clock, when brecast, that bond which so degraded man, and |

thren J. Wilkins, and D. Phillips prayed: which was thought to be eternal, has been

and after some of the letters from the broken; when we observe, that the hea

churches were read, brother J. Jones venly Shaster is translated, and that the

prayed, and the brethren, J, Davies, Rhyscripture books of the heathen are not in

dargaean, and D. Evans, Carmarthen, such repute as they were that Brahmins

preached from Jobn iii. 16. Luke x. 21. have been employed in preaching the word

concluded with prayer by J. Morgan. of God, and that the population are eagerly

Wednesday, met at 8 o'clock in the mornseeking instruction; may not these circum

ing, when the brethren, D, Naunton, stances lead us to conclude, that God is

T. Thomas, J. Davies, engaged in prayer, about to overrule all this for the accom

and the brethren, Tim. Thomas, Aberduar, plishment of a great purpose, so that chil

J. Jones, Newtown, and J. Lewis, Llandren, thus instructed, shall be delivered

wenarth, preached from Luke ii. 34. John from a superincumbent weight of prejudice,

iii. 36. John xiv. 6. and concluded with which would otherwise have pressed down their minds—that God is about to employ

prayer by William Richards. the mighty influence which was possessed

Met again, at half past 1 o'clock, wben

brother D. Davies prayed, and the breby the Brahmin in his unconverted state,

thren, Christmas Evans, Anglesey ; T. R. on the side of Christianity, and to make

Jones, Bristol Academy; and J. Harris, those men in becoming Christians, and who formerly were almost worshipped, eminently

Swansea, preached from 1 John iv, 18. useful in the ministry of the gospel. In

Isa. xxvi. 9. Ps. cvi. 4. and concluded with deed I have sometimes thought we might go

prayer. The Scriptures were read at the 50 far as to suppose, that this imaginary,

beginning of each opportunity indissoluble, and everlasting bond and

The next Association to be at Llandysil, chain of the cast might, by the overruling

Carmarthenshire, on the second Wednesday influence of the Deity, in a manner inscrut

in June, 1823. able to our minds, become a sort of electric State of the Churches during the last year, conductor, that by means of this cast which

Baptized . . . . . . so chains and binds together the several

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Restored . . . . . . . 178 classes of people in India, the Scriptures

Received by letters, ... 2 might become more speedily and extensively circulated. We know the arm of the

713 Lord can accomplish this." Mr. Hoby then briefly glanced at the

Excluded . . . . . . . 303 commencement and progress of the Mora

Died . . . . . . . vian and other missions, and compared them

. . 97 with the feebleness of the means (as to out

Dismissed by letters . , . 14 ward appearance) by which the first promulgation of Christianity in this world was

314 cffected facts that were calculated to pour contempt on human pride, and to lead

Clear increase ..... 399 us to depend entirely upon God: then from The clear increase in the two Associaa consideration of how much remained to ' tions, viz, in South Wales only, (seven counve effected, he urged the necessity of active | ties) is 952. and persevering exertions, accompanied by We have been favoured with a copy of a humble dependance on those promised inuences, without which the word of God, influences

the Circular Letter which was drawn up by however well adapted as an instrument,

Mr. Morris, of Newport, and read at this must prove fruitless and inefficient, Mr.

Association: the subject is “ Christiani 11. concluded by moving, that the rules al

Unity, and the means of its attainment." ready read over to the meeting be adopted

We shall probably give some extracts from Tor the management of this Society.

it in a future number, if we can make 1 room for them.

EDITOR.

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the individual that is beside us in the conJune 27th, 1822, Mr. Wm. Copley, I gregation, benefit our souls, or his irreligiJate a student at Bradford Academy, was ous character prevent our acceptance beordained to the pastoral office over the fore the great Jehovah. Religion is a perBaptist church at Watford. Mr. Tomlin, sonal thing, and the Scripture testifies, 36 If of Chesham; Mr. Godwin, of Great Mis thou wilt be wise, thou shalt be wise for senden ; Mr. Daniel, of Luton; Dr. Stead. thyself, and if thou scornest, thou alone man, (Mr. Copley's pastor and tutor); Mr. | shalt bear it." Snell, of. Bushey, *(Independent) ; Mr. What Christ did not hesitate to do, neither Harris, of Market Street ; Mr. Browne, of should we, or it certainly ioplies a reflecSt. Alban's, (Independent); and Mr. Up- / tion upon his conduct as improper, Besides, ton, of the same place, were the ministers he twice craved a blessing as the mouth of engaged.

the people like a father at the head of his The services were highly interesting: table, when he fed several thousands miraThis church was first established in the culously, which appears to me a clear exreign of Queen Anne, 1707. Since then, it ample in favour of our practice ; and be has endured many trials. But by the care prayed with a mixed multitude present at of Him who walks in the midst of the the grave of Lazarus; and he taught the churches, it has been upheld to this day; multitudes that followed him from Galilee, and we hope that the connexion now form- &c. to address God as their Father! And ed, may be productive of its growing and let it not be said, this was addressed to the permanent interests.

apostles only, for it was in consequence of multitudes being present he went up into a

mountain, Math. v. l. not merely to avoid, A LETTER TO A SEPARATIST.

but to instruct them; and the people un

derstood his discourse as addressed to them, [Continued from our last number, p. 295.) vii. 29. And although the term disciples,

is sometimes restricted to the apostles, or CONSIDERwhat was the conduct of our Lord the seventy, at other times it is used in a Jesus Christ, when be tabernacled below larger sense, for all that attended upon his -No one was more constant than bimself doctrine, John vi. 66. and this appears to at the instituted worship of God in the tem

me its unquestionable meaning in this place. ple. He attended it daily; and prayer The apostles also attended in the temple was so commonly regarded at the temple, daily, and they went up to it at the hour of that it was emphatically called," the prayer, Acts iii. 1. But if they had consihouse of prayer,” and “ for all people !” dered it improper to worship with the mulAnd when the sacrifices were offered, the titude, it is surely most reasonable to suppeople were without praying in the ap- | pose they would have gone before or after pointed place. Luke i. 10. And we are that particular hour, and not at it! The told, Christ's manner was, from his youth, | Apostle Paul also, wherever he found a to attend the synagogue on the Sabbath. Jewish Synagogue, attended the worship And he either kept his Father's law, to on the sabbath day. Acts xiii. 14. xvii. 2. “ come before his presence with singing,

his presence with singing, And at Philippi on the sabbath, he aland to bless his name in the congregation!!" tended a prayer meeting of those who Ps. c. lxviii. 26. or he did not. If he did came together to worship God. Acts xvi, 13. not, we have no intimation of it; and it is Neither can it be reasonable to suppose, very remarkable, that he should pass his they or any other in the synagogues would time there so constantly, that it was said of have been disposed to listen to the apostles him, “ the zeal of thine house hath eaten preaching, if they had not conducted themme up!” But if he regarded these regular selves orderly as the worshippers of God temple services, he could not be ignorant while prayer was offered in the congregathat the character of most probably the tion (which it certainly was, unless they met great majority of the people who were pre- I like the quakers, and disregarded the disent with him, was the very reverse of what vine law on those subjects,) and it is espe. God approved ! But this did not prevent | cially unreasonable to suppose they would him in joining with them in the public ex- have separated themselves from all other ercises of religion; for he doubtless had re-persons in their attention to their religious spect in these things, not to the character of exercises, without the circumstance being his professed fellow-worshippers, as the once hinted at throughout the New TestaPharisee had, Luke xviii. ll. but to his per- ment! If their worship had been consonal duty to his divine Father. Now this ducted upon the plan of the marked sepais the spirit which every individual should ration, this would surely be impossible. cherish at all times, in approaching God, At Melita also, which was a barbarous wherever his name may be recorded Ilor uncivilized island, Paul visited a sick believe it is no where intimated, that the man, and prayed with him, notwithstanding servants of God may not address their his being a barbarian or a heathen. Acts prayers to him, except hy themselves | xxviii. 8. And in the ship, as he was being

conveyed to Rome, he took bread and rational creatures that are favoured with craved a blessing upon it before the ship's the gospel, let the scriptures decide. company, ch, xxvii. 35. And at Tyre, when But as the sacrifices (or prayer) of the Paul was leaving, it is said, “ they all wicked, is an abomination to the Lord.” brought us on our way, wives and children, Prov, xv. 8. Very true; and “the ploughtill we were out of the city; and we ing of the wicked is sin !” xxi. 4. Is it kneeled down on the shore and prayed, therefore the duty of a wicked farmer to xxi. 5. It does not appear that these Sy- leave his ground untilled, that he may not rians were Jews, nor is it probable: nor is it offend agaiost the Lord ! No rational persaid the wives and children were all be-son would encourage such a conclusion, for ievers, or that Paul objected to their pre- | all must allow the act of ploughing is good, sence, or formed his professed brethren into and necessary to the enjoyment of the hare aseparate company: nor does it appearto me vest; it is therefore the motive, and not the atall reasonable to form such as ncluison. thing that God condemns, where it is not

If it be said that the example of Christ done to his glory, wbich should be the busiand the Apostles among their brethren, theness of our lives. So it is not the sacrifice Jews, is not a sufficient warrant for us, or the prayer, but the character God disapwhere is our authority for almost the whole proves; for God then commanded both of our faith and practice ? For the notices sacrifice and prayer, but he also required of their conduct among gentiles only, are the heart of the sacrificer to be right towards very brief indeed, for the New Testament himself in order to his acceptance before history closes before Jerusalem was des- him. And he requires this still in all that troyed : therefore, if we are not to regard | approach to him, (John iv. 24.) and where the conduct of Christ and the Apostles | this is uniformly represented in the preachamong the Jews, we must have a very small ing of the word, I cannot see wherein our bible indeed, and must be without a suffi- conduct differs from that which God apcient revelation of the will of Christ! But proves and adopts in the bible. it appears to me, they acted as nearly simi. It is only since I came to this country, lar with one and the other as circumstances that I have ever heard any objection to would permit. Not that they always prac- prayer and praise to God in a mixed contised singing and prayer, or the reading of gregation, and so far as I have been able to the scriptures every time they discoursed discover, I expect we must go out of the upon the gospel, or that they considered it world before the practice of the Separatists indispensable, for I do not suppose this was | (so called) can be properly and completely done in the public markets or at Areopagus, adopted; for it is not in our power, neither though the apostle pressed the duty of is it our province to search and judge prayer very particularly at the latter place. absolutely concerning the state of the heart; But it does not appear to me that they ever therefore we are liable to deceive ourselves did, or could with propriety object to pray in this respect, in even the most select soor praise on account of the presence of any cieties. Nor is it of avail to say, “ We persons whatsoever, if the prayers and take people by their profession," until the praises were scriptural. And the reason 1 authority for such a separation is produced that deters me from using your practice from the scriptures. among our friends is, not because I think | We are fallible creatures, and all of us it absolutely improper under all circum prone to extremes; and it appears to me, stances, but because I think I should be that the Separatists have been led into their considered as countepancing in you a prac extreme, through observing an extreme on tice that is contrary to the mind of the the other side, which is universal in the Spirit, and is injurious to the interests of established church. They have seen perthe Redeemer's kingdom, which you not sops of every character admitted to the withstanding desire to see come.

Lord's Supper; and they have observed, It is said, that it is improper to call not only that this ordinance was instituted upon sinners to pray, because they cannot with the apostles in the absence of the muldo it acceptably without the grace of the titude, but the Apostle Paul clearlycondemns Holy Spirit. This objection appears to me its indiscriminate administration as a great to apply to God himself in the holy scrip-offence to Christ, and a serious injury to the tures equally, rather than to us; for we unworthy communicant. I Cor. xi. 27, &c. only do it because God does it, as I think is And in avoiding this error, they have gone clearly shown above; so that this objection into another, and placed the duties of is against God rather than ourselves, and he prayer and praise, which are binding upon doubtless can answer it. And the same ob all men, as the creatures of God,on the same Jection equally applies to faith in Christ, footing with the Lord's Supper, which beand love to himself and to God--obedience longs to believers only! But if this necesto the holy law.opposition to Satan's temp sary distinction between general and special tations--the mortification of our corrupt duties was carefully observed, I think it affections, &c. all of which are equally im- would be a means of correcting this, to me, possible to the unrenewed man: but whe- extraordinary error. der they are not also the duties of all I consider also, that Baptism, according to the scriptures, occupies the same place as tian affection, and a unity to all that bear the Lord's Supper and is only proper to be the image of Jesus in proportion as they adıninistered to believers, because Christ in discover it,whether they follow with usor not. the commission requires the hearers of the As to the weekly communion, I think it gospel to be proselyted, or to believe pre- is very proper; or if it were daily, I should viously to being baptized. And Philip not think that to be improper; and some said to the Ethiopian officer, “ If thou be- here consider it to be scriptural. Acts ii. 46. Jievest with all thine heart, thou mayest” be But as no time is expressly appointed for baptized ; and those' baptized, on the day its celebration in the holy scriptures, I think of Pentecost, first “ gladly received the it may properly be regulated by circumword," and the Corinthians “ hearing, be- stances, when the whole church can come lieved, and were baptized.And as all the together to regard it. We are not told how other scripture testimonies concerping bap- often to celebrate it, but as often as we do tism, appear to me clearly to show, that so to remember its intention. only believers (who may be accounted such I believe the kiss of charity and washing in the judgment of sober charity) are the the disciple's feet, are not approved among proper subjects of this ordinance, I should your friends as religious ordinances. The not be willing on any account to administer first was, I believe, the common mode of it to any other, or to a mere adult, any more salutation in the east among all persons, as than to an infant, unless I could be satisfied shaking hands is with us; but as the Engthat such were the subjects of a living faith lish custom generally confipes it to an exo in Christ, The truth is, that it appears to pression of love between relations or the me from the testimony of the divine word, sexes, I think it should not be made a religithat baptism and the Lord's Supper are the ous ordinance ; nor does it appear to me, duties and privileges of believers only, or that the apostle had such an intention, but of all creatures upon believing; and without to cherish a holy affection in the christians a personal faith in Christ, it is impossible to he addressed. And to wash the disciples please God in our attentiontothoseordinances. / feet in a country where it is not necessary, But as the commission of Christ and the because it was directed to be done in another duty of believing the gospel, extends to all country where it was necessary, appears to men, to the end of the world, the ordin | me contrary to the spirit of our Lord's nances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, command, which was to enforce humility are co-extensive with the gospel itself; and towards our brethren in serving them cheerit is as much our duty to regard one as the fully according to their pecessities, and not other; and if the Lord's Supper is proper to | by doing what could render them'po service.* be administered now, baptism is equally so, Had your brother been at C. the last aud they must stand or fall together; and time I was there, he would most probably the one should be after the apostolic pattern have witnessed the public baptism of my as well as the other; and as those only son in the river Suer. It certainly was to were admitted into the apostolic churches, myself a solemn and delightful opportunity, who were reputed believers and baptized; so to administer that holy ordinance to him it should be with ourselves, for we have no upon his own personal profession of faith in authority to make any alteration in this res the Son of God. O that he may wear well, pect; and when a person sees his duty in and (according to his own words) “ dever respect to these ordinances, then is the pro- disgrace the Saviour's glorious cause." per time to administer them, and not till Excuse the unexpected length and all the then; and happy is he that walks in all the imperfections of this letter ; and be assured, commandments and ordinances of the Lord that if I know myself at all, it is not for a' blameless, and condemneth not himself in the party that I desire to plead, but only the thing that he alloweth, but maintains a con cause of God and truth; and in the spirit of science void of offence before God and man. good will towards all men, and especially

As to the separation the scripture enjoins such as love the Redeemer. Grace be with upon us, it is not to be from our brethren in you'and your family continually, I am your Jesus Christ, in doing what is according to affectionate friend in the boods of the gospel. his will! But from the ungodly world in its Thurles, Ireland, June 1, 1821. - ' S. D. pursuits, pleasures and company, as much as possible ; and from all other professed Mr. Editor, In the paragraph respecting' christians, wherein they do not regard the the Free Chapel, Lower Chapman Street, will of Christ as the King in Zion, that we in your last month's Magazine, it is stated, may be confirmed to his , holy pleasure as that a Mr. Stewart gave the charge ; which exactly as possible. * But we may not re- is an error. It was the Rev. S. T. Sturtegard as religious doctrines the command- vant, author of ". Letters and Conversaments of men, or Christ says our worship of tions on Preaching," reviewed in your Ma- 9 him is in vain ! Much less may we reject gazine for June last. · Will you have the the commandment of God to observe human goodness to mention it in your Errata. traditions. Still we should cherish a chris-

Your's obliged, J.. * You have the New Evang. Mag. and may see some excellent remarks on this subject in the Num. ber for September 1817.

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