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a superior state of things ; · and what ex- , and there retire. The less you have to do ceeded all was, from those very persons that with idle disputers, and those who delight in I anticipated the greatest things of a spi- finding fault, the better it will be for your ritual kind, and the most light, liberty, depth soul.” of thought, discernment of spirit, and com
This is really the case : and because Mr. fort and consolation of soul, I found little Osbourn could not sit down in the same state else but hard bondage, great gloom, sore of things, he has by such men been considered poverty, and a very large amount of old unsound. But now for a word concerning covenant trappings. How great my disap- the knowledge and enjoyment of his own inpointment was you cannot guess half way !"
terest. “In journeying through this realm so “My soul has been indulged with so large much as I do, and mingling with so many and so happy a share of this immortal love, people as is the case with me, a fair opportu- and for so long a time together, and likewise nity is presented to me by which I may as- so very frequently that I have often thought certain to a good degree of accuracy the real and do yet think whether any mortal being state and condition of spiritual affairs among on God's earth, since the canon of Scripture a class of professed christians known by the was closed, ever enjoyed more solid peace appellation of 'Particular Baptists ;' and I and comfort of soul, and all freely flowing am sorry to say the picture before me is suf- from the Saviour of sinners, than your corficiently dark, gloomny, fearful and wretched, respondent. By day and by night, and for to justify me in saying that the mildew of months and months successively, my soul God is upon the churches in Great Britain ; has been as if bathed in heaven, and hid from and wrangling-backbiting – evil-speaking this world of sin and sorrow. And I could envying one another-jealousies--disputings now just as easily make a lucid paraphrase on about words to no profit-and striving which 'Eternity' as I could describe the felicity of shall be the greatest in the kingdom of God, mind, and the divine consolations which at are the things which clearly characterize the sundry times I have experienced in my bed above churches at this present time.
chamber, and in fields, woods, lanes, and on “I must needs say that I expected to have the banks of the Hudson river in America. found the churches here in a much more “It is apparent enough to me, that, in healthy condition than what they really are, speaking after the manner of men, I might and their pastors far more spiritually minded have been a genuine christian without enjoythan I find them to be. Yes, forsooth, I ing a thousandth part of what my soul has thought to have found them wise and discern- enjoyed from time to time; and also have ing men-scribes well instructed in the deep gone to heaven at last without seeing one half things of God, and capable of instructing of the beauties and glories of the great others - men holding fellowship with the scheme of redemption, and of the unsearchFather, and with his Son Jesus Christ-men able riches of Christ, and of the fulness of lively and strong in the grace that is in the the everlasting gospel which the God of IsLord of life and glory-men freed from the rael hath been pleased to indulge me with for yoke of bondage by the body of Christ, and these many years past. It is not a cunningly under a new covenant bias serving God in devised fable, my brother, nor yet a form of newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of speech fabricated by me for some villianous the letter. Such men, I say, I expected to end, when I say that with the eyes of my unhave found here ; for while I was yet in my derstanding I have seen as if the Father, Son, own country, I heard of one or two public and Holy Spirit agreed together, and were men concerning or in whom we hoped there resolved to show what they could do by way might be somewhat found above the common of saving so desperate a wretch as me, and as level of private christians and ordinary min- if they would spare no pains in effecting the isters: but alas, alas, what a fearful disap- salvation of one whom satan had done his pointment your correspondent has met with best in trying to destroy," in this respect. • Death is in the pot!' and " At other times however, I have sunk very darkness, bondage, barrenness, self conceit, low, and mourned sorely because the comblind prejudice, cruel jealousies, and an old forter that should relieve my soul was far covenant state of things rigidly adhered to, from me. Lam. i. 16. Here my soul has form the scenery now in view, so sure as I suffered martyrdom, and I have looked back am mortal ; nor can we as mere men tell with deep regret on days past and gone, and what these alarming things will end in; but could say, 'changes and war are against me.' we know they are carnal, and are indicative " Where mercy comes, salvation is seof barren hearts, haughty minds, and of the cured; and this mercy reached my soul and curtains of a broken covenant being stretched brought salvation with it; and hence I now out upon the carnal ranglers of the nineteenth trust in the mercy of God, and hope in his century. Envy not these men, my brother, salvation : and but for this lively hope, desbut let them foam, and fret, and snarl, alone. pair would soon make a woeful seizure of my Seek thou a place at the foot of the cross soul, and drag it down to fiery deeps and end
AT THE PERIOD IN WHICH WE LIVE.
less night. But the fact is, hell itself cannot
The State of Things quench even a feeble spark of fire kindled in the soul by the Lord of hosts. An hallowed spark may be fanned into a blaze; We speak not without consideration-ror but so far is it from being extinguished by without the most powerful evidence-when water cast upon it out of the mouth of the we say the time is come when with much old serpent that by means thereof it burns the propriety we may read the third verse of brighter.
the ninety-third Psalm—“ The floods have “While a poor mourning soul is waiting their voice; 'the floods lift up their waves.
lifted O Lord, the floods have lifted for the consolation of Israel,' Luke ii. 25 Yes! The 'floods of ungodly nations, of unmany fears and doubts press upon his feeble, godly men, of unrighteous professors, of mind accompanied with a multitude of des- unscriptural errors, and of unholy spirits, pairing thoughts which tend much to depress like wave upon wave are lifting up their his spirits and to throw his little mind into a united voice-and beginning to beat with shade gloomy and dark; and here his fore- combined force, not only upon what we bodings of worse to come are very woeful consider the church of God, but also upon and annoying, and the pathetic language of all those outer walls which have long stood Job is his own, 'I am afraid of all my sor
as instrumental defences to the Protestant In this place, dear sir, your servant faith of this highly favoured isle. Neverhas lain for days, and weeks, and months, that the Lord on high is mightier than the
theless, it is the christian's mercy to know and eaten ashes like bread, and mingled his noise of many waters; his testimonies are drink with weeping.'. Yes, my grief at times sure : his love to his saints is unchanging has been so excessive, that` destruction from and unchangeable : He has hidden his God was a terror to me, and by reason of his church in the clefts of the Rock ; therefore highness I could not endure. The lessons she has no real cause to fear what either taught in this school are such as but few, men or devils may do unto her.
“ It shall even of pulpit men, know anything about. be with the righteous WELL.” But O, sir, my deliverance from a vortex so
These reflections have arisen out of the dismal was marvellous and quite Godlike.' It perusal of a little tract which has been put was ‘ as the light of the morning, when the into our hands, written by an esteemed sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; ham. It is entitled
brother in the ministry, ‘J. J. of Birmingas the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.”
A WORD FROM THE WATCH TOWER.” "It is certain and beyond doubt that we we have read it carefully and with much cannot set anything like a full and proper es- profit. It speaks the existence of a good timate on the infinite mercy of God which is spirit-a healthy state of soul-and a disrevealed in delivering a soul from the bor- cerning mind in the author. We could ders of despair. I should do it if I knew heartily pray that this faithful, loving,
dishow, for mercy hath done much for me,
criminating spirit was to be found in thouand I would like to sound it out so loud sands of men who profess to love and that all the earth might hear. The Lord, preach our Master's gospel. But it is not so.
From the tract to which we have referred, however, in teaching his children, not only we make an extract or two. makes them willing to speak highly of his Our author appears like one who with mercy, but also readily and frankly to own a good glass, and standing on an eminence, and confess their own guilt, shame and has been long and silently watching the ignorance.”
movements of affairs. At last he lays down
his glass; and fully convinced of the real, We must quote no more. You English but painful state of things, he takes his ministers and people can guess what sort of trumpet, ascends the wall, and begins with a character James Osburn will give us, when calmess, yet with decision to sound an he returns to America. We believe there has alarm. He says :been no man amongst us, lately, better qua- “AND IS IT NIGHT? Alas!with the Church lified to form a proper estimate of our con- visible it is : not a 'morning without clouds dition than he is. He has done it. He has when the sun ariseth; as it was when the pronounced his verdict, and a faithful one it dispensation of life divine first opened over is. But this is not all. Things are evi- the Gentiles; when Pastors and Churches, dently getting worse ; but we must not trust through the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and ourselves to write of these things now.
In fire, preached and prayed, lived and died, the article following, another author has testifying in all and by all, that Jesus somewhat carefully looked at “ The state of Christ, was the ‘Alpha and Omega' of a things at the period in which we live." when the sun shines in its meridian
sinner's salvation. Neither is it noon-day, Reader! pass on to a perusal of his thoughts. strength, giving clear and strong light, If you wish to see more of James Osbourn's
pure and animating heat beneath its rays, Love Letters, they are published by Groom- as Christ the Sun of righteousness hath bridges, London ; Charlwood, Norwich ; and shined on the church of God, especially Tyler, Brighton.
since the time of the Reformation. My soul is cast down within me when I re- 1 of the momentous work of regeneration member how many Churches in this long going on among lost and ruined sinners ?favoured land, who, through the preaching and their complaint is, ' Who hath believed of the everlasting gospel in all its rich and our report? and to whom is the arm of the holy purposes, promises, provisions, and Lord revealed ?' Woe is me! for I am as performances, were once in spiritual unity, when they have gathered the summer prosperity, and power, are now no more; fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: the candlestick, with the light of life, is re- there is no cluster to eat: proving in all moved out of that place: or, if still exist- and by all, the Lord has nearly accoming, are in the last stage of consumption. plish the number of his elect during this The things which remain are ready to die; day of first fruits, and night has come. coldness, weakness, divisions, desolation, Already the clouds have gathered thick and growing indifference are painfully and dark over our heads as a nation, almanifested to the good old truths of Cove- ready the judgments of the Lord in famine, nant love; and to the good old paths, where fever, perplexity, and pestilence, have souls that walk therein find present and visited us for these things, and threaten eternal rest."
yet more and more ; already a few drops “But 'tis not all darknesss and decay, from the vials of the wrath of an holy God Bless the name of the Lord:from my‘watch for our national sins have fallen, and the tower' I see here and there a bright spot, spiritual eye seeth the angels standing where an enduring witness for the truth ready at Jehovah's word to pour out all the stands, as a Star in Jesu's right hand, a rest. burning and shining light, and where “But there is something that relieves a around Him, abideth the dear people of distressed heart, and that cheers an opGod, unto whom His ministry has been not pressed mind while reflecting on these yea and nay, but yea, and in Christ, things, and it is the knowledge that the Amen-whose Gospel has come not in word Lord hath ever had a remnant of a rem. only, but also in power, and in the Holy nant whom he hath kept true to himself ; Ghost, and in much assurance.”
lights in the world, the salt of the earth. Night, literally considered, has many In Ezekiel's day there were those who things connected with it, which strongly sighed and cried for the abominations done shadows forth the state of things spiritually in the land ; at the time of the Jewish capat the period in which we live. Let us tivity there were those who would not bow glance at some of them. Night declares down to a golden image; in the trying and plainly the day is over and gone, and by wrangling days of Malachi, there were comparing the present with the past aspect some that feared the Lord and that thought of the Lord, in His dispensation of grace to upon his name, and bless the Lord he is us Gentiles, we see, indeed, it is night. now keeping, by an inward discipline-by God, in rich mercy and covenant love, an holy anointing of his Spirit, a few names promised long a time of salvation unto us, in Sardis alive and awake to these things; not to all the world, but to a remnant ac- and, while the Guides, with the gay and cording to the election of grace, out of every pleasure taking congregations, are bannation. And Paul, called and ordained of queting at this midnight hour, and from God to make known this mystery, quoting the vessels of the Lord, drinking to the the ancient promise made in Christ, gods of creature merit, talent, wisdom and cries, 'behold now is the accepted time; work, receiving honour, one from another, behold, now is the day of salvation. the pastors from the pulpits and platforms And since then what millions of poor praising the people, and the people at their Gentiles have received grace and glory, public meetings pouring back their hal. and what thousands more, up and down lelujahs to the pastors, thinking it strange this wilderness world-partakers of the that ye run not with them to the same exsame grace-baptised into the same body-cess of riot, speaking evil of you. While I joined to the same living head—and drink- say these things are being done, there are ing into the same spirit, are now on their still living souls found in sackcloth, dust way to the same glorious kingdom? But and ashes, and like the prophet, crying, while we thus speak, are not these souls of Oh that my head were waters, and mine long standing in the divine life, chiefly eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep aged pilgrims who have borne the heat and day and night for the slain of the daughter burden of the day? Compared to former of my people!' Jer. ix. 1. years, how few and far between are the "O ye ministers of the Lord 'weeping subjects of spiritual birth—are the monu- between the porch and the altar' faint ments of saving and sovereign grace? Ask not ! continue the plaintive cry, 'spare thy the most holy, sober, and discerning ser- people O Lord and give not thine heritage vants and saints of the Lord, who try con- to reproach, that the heathen should rule versions by the word of God, and who know over them, and ye seed of Aaron take in their own experience, what it is to be the censer of all prayer, filled with the fire convinced of sin-delivered from the law of the Spirit's intercession, perfumed with married to Christ-pardoned and justified the much incense of Jesu's merits, Run! through faith in his blood and righteous- O run! into the midst of the camp, and ness--taught, led, and sealed by the Spirit. while standing between the living and the Enquire of such men what they see or know I dead, join the cry, 'Spare! still spare thy
people, O Lord.' And who can tell? but | terian pastors should happen to find out the united cries, tears, and confessions of who this modern Micaiah is, they will not the righteous, God will hear and answer; forget him. We shall only make one short by yet sparing our guilty land for their quotation, which is on a much better topic sakes, by staying the judgments which are than that of thrashing the parsons, although sweeping away thousands into eternity in we doubt not but that they richly deserve other nations, and which are slowly, and it. Turning then to a higher theme, the fearfully approaching us-by driving back writer saysthe threatening power from whence it “We open our bibles, and there we find came-by turning the counsel of every that the two great objects on which the beAhithophel, for popish concessions to fool- liever is taught and encouraged to fix his ishness—by still granting to us men of gaze, are the FIRST and SECOND advents of God, to proclaim the truth as it is in Christ the Lord of life and glory. The first to -by preserving unto us the merciful pri. ravish the eye of his faith, the second to vilege of sitting under our own vine and ravish the eye of his hope. We find these fig tree, none daring to make us afraid." two stupendous events ever present to the
minds, ever conspicuous in the teachings of Christian- Reviewer.
the inspired apostles. The Cross and the
Crown were the lodestars to attract all " A Voice from the Laodicean Churches, to the eyes. The Cross as the foundation of, and
Pastorate. London: Green, Paternoster the Crown to consummate the church's Row.
hopes. The Cross which Immanuel bore at TAE author of this startling little work is his second
coming. We find that it was in
his first, the Crown which he shall wear at evidently one of the Plymouth Brethren; the hope of the second appearing of their although he does not plainly tell us so. It Lord, those who had already fled to him is also very manifest, that he is a well- for refuge, and had washed their robes and informed, sincere, spiritually-minded man, made them white in the blood of the Lamb, whose heart has been stirred up to witness against much that is going on in what is were looking forward with exulting hope, as called “the congregational churches."
to the day when they should reap the reThe object of the writer is two-fold: first, his sake. Therefore gird up the loins of
ward of all their toils and sufferings for to declare the disease; and then to trace your mind, be sober, and hope to the end out the principal causes of that disease. With reference to the first thing, he says- I at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
for the grace that is to be brought unto you At length it is admitted that Churches are in a state woful enough to “ The Workings of Divine Life in the soul.” cause mourning in all the courts of Zion.
By J. W. GOWRING. Ives and Swan, A spiritual drought is at this moment resting on the vineyard of the Lord. The work MR. Gowring,' (said a friend of our's the
Paternoster Row. of conversion has well nigh ceasedwe are in a state of spiritual lean- other day) ‘is a thorough Churchman, but ness-we, who have been believing and a laborious and faithful minister of Jesus proclaiming so long, that we were rich and contains
a discourse on 2 Peter i. 10, we
Christ. After reading this pamphlet which Increased in goods, and had need of felt assured that Mr. Gowring was also a nothing, are verily wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. It is all partaker of like precious faith with all the true, -fearfully, woefully true. We, the elect of God. The following extract besheep of the Lord's pasture, are in a state speaks the existence and exercise of a lovof spiritual leanness, and are compelled
to ing Christian Spirit." Love to the brethexclaim, woe is me! Instead of being ren, as brethren, is the distinctive new comstrong men, we are mere babes in Christ. mandment given by our Saviour to his Instead of having our senses exercised to disciples, and this is a precious token of discern both good and evil,
we still have childship. It climbs over all human barneed of milk. Instead of being strong in riers; it knows no distinction of Jew or the faith which is in Christ Jesus, we are male or female no, nor either of church
Greek, Scythian, barbarian, bond or free, weakly. Instead of being giants in religion, we are crippled dwarfs."
or dissent, or of any other human distinc
tion. Where the truth in Christ is maniHaving thus confessed to the fearful state fested in the heart, and apparent in the of the churches, the writer turns round, conversation of any, whether rich or poor and lays the cane of censure and reproof it is owned and acknowledged by the loveupon the backs of the pastors in a most drawn, love-encompassed, love-saved child powerful manner. He tells them plainly of God. And this love going forth toward that they have been guilty of keeping back those that love the truth, is as it were rethe whole counsel of God; and that instead flected back to our own souls to assure us of edifying, comforting, and building up that thereby we have a sure token that we the church, and preaching a whole Christ- ourselves are children, called and elected." a glorious Christmand a full, free, and eternal salvation by him, they have been
“Ruth's Trial and Encouragement.” A Sershouting out their offers of salvation to dead
mon by J. A. WALLINGER, Bethesda men, leaving the sheep of Christ nothing but
Chapel, Bath. London: Palmiers. husks to feed upon. "If the proud presby-' The principal and most essential features of real Christian experience are here
Desire at Death. pointed out, without extravagance or am. biguity. Such little messengers of truth are, no doubt, useful to many of the living WAEN the monster death draws near me, family, especially where the ministration Then, dear Lord, be also near me, of the real Gospel is not enjoyed.
Oh ! that I may only hear thee
Say, 'My child thy Lord is here'“The Two Witnesses; their Character ; their Blessed Jesus !
Power ; their Death ; and their Resurrec- Wilt thou listen to my prayer ?
And with glory fill the place; ley, Kent.
All my darkest prospects brighten,
When I see thy lovely face
Smiling on me, We most heartily recommend this work to
This will every fear erase. the attention of ministers, and all who feel desirous of rightly understanding the sub- Let me not be found repining, lime mysteries with which the Word of If it should not be thy will: God abounds. It has been to us like unto But my will to thine resigning, a little lamp which has thrown a light Though in darkness-let me feel, upon some of those prophetic Scriptures Great Jehovah ! which have yet to receive their fulfilment. Thou remainest faithful still. We trust this first small edition of the As I walk the gloomy valley, work may soon be disposed, of, that thereby the author may be encouraged more exten- Bid my drooping spirit rally,
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Thou art with me-need I fear?
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Let my spirit then ascend Pagan, Papal, and Christian Rites and
To my SaviourCeremonies, and a narrative of the suffer
To my great Almighty Friend. ings undergone." By Thomas De LAUNE.
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In a moment I'm with God; furnishes an interesting narrative of the Fill'd with wonder, conversion and peaceful death of a self- In that bright and blest abode ! righteous free-willer. It cannot be read by any spiritual mind without producing the In that blessed place called heaven; most grateful and joyful sensations.
O! the happy, happy place!
Scriptural Authority for Refusing to Commune There to see thee face to face:
0! the riches of thy grace!
In a sweet melodious song; Church of Christ. The original letters contained in this phamplet are written in a good spirit ; and the On the lovely Lamb be gazing, arguinents are well backed up by Scripture references ;
While eternity rolls on; and some valuable extracts from able writers are All the glory, given. As “ Obadiah” has manifested so much zeal Be to Thee, great THREE-IN-ONE! in the diffusion of his " Meditations" against the ordinance of Believer's baptism, we hope the Baptists
MARIA YOUNG, will not be backward in bearing testimony to The