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1844, by a poor, despised and insignificant individual: its progress has been greatly opposed; but it hath pleased the Lord to enable the Author (though at a very heavy sacrifice) to continue its publication : and in many instances it has been blessed to the comforting of living souls: wherefore it is hoped that the hungry and thirsty in Zion—such as love and live the whole truth as it is in Christ, will be constrained to promote its circulation, and thereby, in some measure, alleviate the heavy temporai burden under which the Author is at present laying.
The Earthen Vessel is not intended to oppose, supersede, or take the place of any similar work previously in existence : its design is simply to carry the testimony of living souls to the power and fruitfulness, the value and savour,
vital godliness, not only among those who have already believed, but also into those dark parts of the earth where the voice of the living ministry is seldom, or ever heard. The Earthen Vessel is the organ of NO PARTY: it is not under the influence or direction of any body of ministers: as far as man is concerned, it stands alone. It has hitherto, and it is hoped it will continue to advocate eternal truth, and divine experience, free from rancour, bitter, ness, partiality, and dry formality, embodying from time to time, an interesting epitome of the life of God i.) the soul. The Contents of the EARTHEN VESSEL are principally as follows:
The Lives and the Experiences of faithful Ministers of Christ Jesus.Articles on the Gospel Ministry: its mystery : its matter : its men. The Testimony of Living Witnesses, concerning the reality of an Inwrought conviction of Sin-Inward sentence of Death-a Saving Faith in Christ ; and a Good Hope, through Grace of Eternal Glory.—Review of new works that are connected with vital godliness : and notices of interesting events in the church of Christ. &c., &c., &c.
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“ Sir-1 am a stranger to you as I was also to the Earthen Vessel, until the latter end of last March, when passing through the city, I by chance gave a look at the shop window of Mr. Paul, a ben for the first time I saw advertised the little work, namely the Earthen Vessel, of which I percorse you to be the Editor. I went in and bought the three parts for the present quarter of this year and was kindly shewn the first volume bound, since which I have been enabled to purchase that also. And I do feel from many testimonies it contains, a great warmth and joy rise within, and thankfulness to the giver of all good, that such a thought should be conceived in your mind, and that you should be epabled to bring it forth. May it be found to the praise of a triune Jehovah, and yield much comfort to his people. How seasoning and refreshing such a work as this must prove to the poor solitary dwellers in those parts where there is a lack of gospel food; the blessing of the Lord go with it.'-H, M,
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ANSWERS THE QUESTION “HAVE BAPTIST CHURCHES ANY SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY FOR
REFUSING TO COMMUNE WITH UNBAPTISED BELIEVERS ?”
In the “ Earthen Vessel” for March, 1848, the following Enquiry appeared : “Mr. C. W. Banks.—Dear Sir, I happen to know several good men, or men of
God, that would feel a pleasure in joining your church, but your discipline being what is called Strict Baptist, they are prevented; will you, through the columns of your useful publication, give the church at large the best reasons that can be adduced to support this exclusion on gospel principles? I think it would do good ; for I am unable to satisfy these friends myself; and I think you would not wish to continue in any matter by which the hearts of your brethren were hurt.
Your's, a constant reader,
We must be candid with ' Apollos,' and that would be required. We shall
, theretell him plainly that we are not disposed fore, simply hand you over a few of the to enter upon a long and laboured defence many communications which your enof our present mode of church order. quiry has drawn forth ; praying the Lord The New Testament appears to us to be to bless them to your edification and full of the best reasons that can be establishment in the ways of the Lord.adduced to support (what • Apollos' calls)
EDITOR. this exclusion.
There are two things practised by many churches which neither · Apollos' nor MORTLOCK DANIELL has written a very any other man can find authority for in sensible, and we think, satisfactory work the word of God. The first is, sprinkling on this subject. Our esteemed brother water in a baby's face, and calling it Holmes having forwarded us a copy of Baptism: it is a gross perversion, and the same, we make the following extracts proves indeed that blindness in part hath at random. still happened unto Israel. The second
“ It is admitted by Episcopalians, Indething is, the putting asunder what God pendents, Baptists, and Methodists, that hath joined together, in admitting un- Baptism, howsoever administered, is a most baptised persons to the table of our important rite in the church of Christ.” Lord. Neither of these things are to be “ All agree it is an ordinance clearly refound recorded among the laws of our vealed in the New Testament, regarded by Master's house; and therefore · TO THE Christ and his apostles, and for the total, or LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY.' Apollos. partial abrogation of which, there is no subSearch the Scriptures. Therein, as with stantial authority. All agree it ought to be a sun-beam it is written—'Go ye there- perpetuated in the church militant, until it fore, and teach all nations, baptising in Zion."
is repealed by him, who is the only Lawgiver them in the name of the Father, and of
“Since then Baptism is an ordinance, not the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teach- of man, but of God; since the time of its ing them to OBSERVE ALL THINGS what- administration is only bounded by the durasoever I have commanded you; and lo tion of the world, we enquire why should it I am with you alway, even unto the end be laid aside? Why should so striking a of the world. Amen. By this solemn line of demarcation between the church and command, “Apollos,' and the inward the world be effaced ?" directions of the Holy Spirit in our
“ Baptism is an ordinance enjoined by consciences, we have been guided; by
Jesus Christ to be observed by all his folthis, we hope to stand : leaving it to the lowers, till his second advent; and as in the Lord to lead his people (according to his ance of this institution, there is great reward.
due regard of every other, so in the observpromise) into all truth.
• He that hath my commandments, and keepWe féel, dear • Apollos,' that there is eth them, he it is that loveth me, and I will much upon this subject that we should love him, and will manifest myself uuto him.' like to say, but we have not the time. This is the love of God that ye keep his SUPPLEMENT-PART XXXIX.-April. .
commandments.' "Why call ye me, Lord, having been received from any inspired Lord, and do not the things that I say ?'” source, to authorize an alteration, abridge
That Baptism was considered a neces- ment, or division in it, we deem that indisary condition of church fellowship, in the vidual by no means imitable who ventures to days of the apostles, and long after the re-invade it. His motive ‘may be good, and surrection of Jesus Christ, is apparent from praiseworthy in the estimation of men, but many portions of Holy Scripture. In the a good motive is no solid plea for the viosecond of Acts the connection between Bap- lation of good and inspired discipline. Jesus tism and Communion is plainly maintained. Christ is responsible for the consequences of *Then they that gladly received his word his own institutions, as long as we regard. were baptized, and the same day there were them scripturally and harmoniously, but so added unto them about three thousand souls. soon as we assume any discretionary power, And they continued steadfastly in the apos- or adopt any mutilating system, all the retle's doctrine and fellowship, and in break- sponsibility of such variations must lie at ing of bread, and in prayers. It is also the door of those who introduce them. Jesus evident from the language of St. Paul in his Christ, therefore, or his apostles, as his infirst epistle to the church at Corinth, that spired representatives, having according to its members were universally baptized, in the words of the mixed-communionist, adasmuch as in censuring their carnal and il- mitted none to the Lord's Table, but such liberal preferences, he interrogates, “Were as were previously baptized, they have thereby ye baptized in the name of Paul ?' In which established a connection between Baptism interrogation, there could have been neither and the Lord's Supper, which modern opinemphasis nor propriety, upon the supposition ion may discountenance, but which it is the that many of them had not been baptized at bounden duty of every Christian to retain, all.
until no less an authority than that which “That the Church of England also enter introduced and sanctioned the union shalt tains such an opinion, is apparent from her appear to dissolve it. twenty-seventh article, wherein she says, “ Are communicants to propose the terms • Baptisın is a sign of regeneration or new upon which they are to commune ? Are they birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they to obey, or disobey what evangelical precepts that receive Baptism, rightly, are grafted they may choose? Are they to dislocate the into the church. The late Robert Hall says, symmetry of Christian ubedience, and take • The apostles, it is acknowledged, admitted up what fragments they may be able to carry, none to the Lord's Supper but such as were without the reproach of the cross ? We previously baptized.'
answer, No; let them take Christ's ordi“ Baptism is an open expression of our nances as they must take Christ himselfseparation from the world, and of our desire altogether - Christ is not divided." to take up the cross of Christ, an outward "It has been frequently urged, as the unand visible demonstration of our faith and baptized believer will commune with us in repentance. And, surely, such an institu- heaven, ought we not to have sufficient chation seems necessary as a test of decision and rity to permit him to do so on earth ? Let sincerity, on the part of those who having those who urge this, remember, we know very lived in the pleasures of sin, and the vanities little of heaven, and even the little we do of a wicked world, are by the grace of God, know, is not revealed, to be the basis of our desirous henceforth to have communion with present actions, but the object of our future his people, and to participate in the privileges hopes. What the discipline of the church of his militant church. Surely there should triumphant will be, and what the discipline be some public recognition, some signal rite, of the church militant ought to be are mato celebrate the dethronement of Satan, and terially distinct. The confusion of two states the conversion of a sinner.
so dissimilar, must be pronounced inadmissi“The great Head of the church, therefore, ble and incoherent both by the laws of the instituted this ordinance, which when duly logician, and the doctrine of the New Testaadministered, beautifully signifies the candi- ment. We are not to regulate our procedure date's fellowship with Jesus in his death and here, by our confused views of the future, resurrection. By this he practically avows but by the word, testimony, and example of he is dead to the world, and risen with Jesus Christ.” Christ to bring forth fruit unto holiness, and “ What individual calling himself a Bapthe end everlasting life. And having thus tist, can be so inconsistent, or such a traitor before angels and men, before the church to his own denomination, as to class the very and the world witnessed a good confession, ordinance that characterizes his sect, among even apostolical authority and precedent bid the non-essentials? Why is he a Baptist, if him welcome to all the blessings and bene- the ordinance of Baptism be a non-essential ? fits of church fellowship."
“ It has been observed by many, that as “Primitive discipline being duly con- they can go to heaven without being baptized, sidered, and no subsequent communication it cannot be so very essential as some have
thought, and ought therefore only to be ad- | the following facts. Our Lord's last ministered when desired, and by no means command to his disciples was—“Go ye introduced as the door to church fellowship: therefore, and teach all nations,” (or as To which we reply-Baptism is as essential it reads in the margin-make disciples to obedience, as faith is to salvation; and as salvation and obedience are ever connected them in the name of the Father, and of
or christians of all nations,) " baptizing in the New Testament, we have no Scrip- the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching tural rule by which to infer the non-importance of the latter. It is the very essence of them to observe all things whatsoever Antinomianism to separate faith and works, have commanded you."
* Matt. xxviii. creed and conduct, salvation and obedience. 19, 20. See also Mark xvi. 15, 16. We Therefore let those who speak of Christian have here, first, a command to the faithordinances as non-essentials, bear in recol- ful ministers of the cross to preach the lection, they cast a slight upon the preceptive gospel and not offer it to all nations. will of Christ.
Secondly, those that believe, baptize. “If salvation be important, obedience Thirdly, the exhortation, to observe all must be-as it is the road that leads to it, things Christ had commanded. I find though not the price that purchases it. If this effectually and practically carried faith be important, works must be as they are the evidences of its preciousness. If out by the apostles, in the first Gospel creed be important, conduct must be as it Church I read of in Acts ii. 41, 42. After is the mirror through which it exhibits its Peter had been preaching the word to beauty.
all who were present, those that gladly “ If baptism be a non-essential, why did received his word, who had been quickJesus institute it? Why did he administer ened by God the eternal Spirit, were it? Why was he baptized in Jordan? Why baptized; and the same day there were did he refer to it just before his ascension in added unto them about three thousand his commission to his disciples? The fact souls, who unto them were, is clearly of his having connected it so closely with proved in the 47th verse. And the Lord the preaching of the gospel, in his final - added to the church daily, such as charge, has stamped an importance and a
should be saved.' They who had bepermanency upon it, never to be overlooked while the Bible remains. And he, who in lieved and had been baptised, continued the face of our Lord's authority, ventures to steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine and denounce it as non-essential, appears to us
fellowship,' which must signify . Church the very last individual to be adinitted into Communion;' and in breaking of bread, church fellowship.”
I understand partaking of the Lord's Supper; for, ' when he had given thanks, he brake the bread;' (1 Cor. xi. 24.)
and in prayers, in acts of public worship. MY DEARLY BELOVED BROTHER :-As Can any one deny that this was a Strict you have invited
any brother to give a Communion Baptist Church? Did this few thoughts in answer to the “ Enquiry church consist of part advocating Infant of Apollos," I who am but young in the Sprinkling, and the other Believer's truth, will endeavour to prove from the Baptism? I trow not. For the sake of word of God, (as it has been revealed to brevity, and not to hinder other matter me,) that no church, but a “Strict Com- from being inserted in your truly valumunion Baptist Church” is Scriptural, able journal, I produce only this one inand in accordance to the revealed mind stance from the Word of God to prove and will of God, left us for our learning, so plain a fact, and this is so clear and and that all other so-called churches, positive throughout, that it is as mighty formed by man's reason in opposition to as if an hundred more were added—Does this is antichrist set up against Christ : not the apostle Peter in his lst Epis. iii, but this is a subject which has been so 8, 9, exhort the brethren elect, accordably handled and treated by men of deep ing to the foreknowledge of God—Fiand great experience, and so clearly nally be ye all of one mind.' And how shewn in the Word of God, that I am could this be carried out if we allow men rather surprised Apollos, a constant to partake of the Lord's Supper with us, reader, cannot give an answer to every knowing they did not come in by Baptism, man that asketh him the reason your should we be all of one mind? Should church is a strict Baptist one? Is he a we be thus fulfilling the order and comconstant and careful reader of the Bible ? mand of our Lord Jesus Christ? Should If so, surely he cannot have overlooked we be carrying out the Word of God doc
SOME CLOSE QUESTIONS FOR APOLLOS.