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trinally and practically? .But, oh,' say go on making use of God's Word and leave some, you are too strict, too bigoted, the issue with him, who alone can enwhat difference can it make whether I lighten the ignorant and them that are am immersed or sprinkled ? Simply this, out the way, and make them to profit by I hold the Word of my Lord and Master the order of his house. The foundation too sacred and too dear to despise it, for our argument is infallibility. We and allow it to be trampled on by have the infallible authority of our inmen, because they cannot see the ordi-fallible Jehovah to rest upon, which is a nance of Believer's Baptism as the com- better foundation than any laid by all mand of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wait till the professed infallible popes that ever you do ; your ignorance is no reason why existed ; and it is easy to prove that inwe should admit you to the Lord's Sup-fant sprinkling was first brought in by
man be ignorant, let them, therefore it is of man and not of him be ignorant,” is the Word of God. God. Hath not God a house? And See 1 Cor. xiv. 38. Truly did the prophet hath he not rules in his house? And is Jeremiah say, 'Her gates are sunk in he not the God of order and not of conthe ground. Lamentations ii. 9. But, fusion? Then let us see his infallible blessed be God, there are a few in Sardis, Word. Hath he not declared, “If ye love who have not defiled their garments, who me keep my commandments? And cerdo still hold and maintain the truth as tainly where such love is, there should it is in Jesus, who do contend earnestly follow an obedience to his will as a manfor the faith once delivered to the saints, ifestation of that love. Disobedience and who would sooner suffer any re- is not the fruit of love. Well, what has proach than the commands of their Lord he commanded ? •Go ye into all the and Redeemer should be disobeyed, in- world, teaching (i.e. discipling,) all nasulted, and trampled on by them; there- tions, baptizing them' &c. Oh, but say, fore. Apollos,' allow no one to disturb or some, it is not essential to salvation.' break the order of church fellowship No: but it is essential to the obedience and communion, as set forth in the Word of faith, to the answer of a good consciof God, but withdraw from every brother ence, and the good order of our Father's who walketh disorderly.' (2 Thess. iii. 6.) house. If ye believe in him, obey him, Remember our Saviour said, “He that and manifest your faith by your works. taketh not his cross and followeth after “There is one Lord, one faith, one bapme, is not worthy of me.' Matt. x. 38. tism.' God hath not appointed two; Not one instance of infant sprinkling, else there would be no order in the nor either an unbaptized church partak- house with two opposite ordinances. ing of the Lord's supper can be proved Union makes sweet harmony, which is from the Word of God, and therefore, very pleasant among brethren; but there shall we to please our fellow man, who cannot be union and faithfulness in a may possess somewhat of this world's mixed communion. The minister if he goods, disobey God? I trust these few faithfully advocates Bible Baptism, would feeble remarks will enable · Apollos' to offend the opposite party; if he held give that answer his friends required. the latter, he would displease the former. Your's, &c. W: BALLARD. Thus, the people would be divided, and
dissensions would unavoidably abound; brother would frequently wound brother;
and confusion in the house would be the DEAR BROTHER · APOLLOS:-Your en- result. Therefore, let him that knoweth quiry on p. 56 of March number is his Lord's will, be a doer of that will, such an one as I have oftentime desired and he shall be blessed in his deed, not to see ably answered by ministers in for his deed. Again : the great privilege public, so as to stay if possible the pre- of church communion is a great incenjudices of many God-fearing persons who tive to observe Baptism. Is it not a are opposed to Strict Communion, and great privilege to follow the Master's have put various works into their hands footsteps ? to effect that purpose, hoping that the Lord would accompany the same with
“And shall my pride disdain the deed, his convincing power to their minds ;
That's worthy of my. God." and I believe it has not been in vain; Ah, no! rather may I be found not therefore, although you cannot satisfy merely following my Redeemer through the minds of your friends for the present 'the watery grave, but if essential to the
AN IMPORTANT QUESTION.
obedience of my faith, may I willingly ward to be stated on this point, and at part with my life's blood for his sake, last the question is publicly propounded. says the ransomed soul, that loves the And I do trust that it will be answered Lord, his people, and his ways. Not all by some at least of the Lord's family in the floods of Jordan, calumny of enemies, love, to the edification of the little ones. I desertion of relations and friends will say little ones, but it appears to me that move the soul from obeying his Lord, the strongest require the most edification, when God is near and blesses him with having the least order in the church, the his soul-reviving presence.
least sympathy, and little or no caring The mode is obvious. Christ and all for the poor of the flock. But more of his disciples did not merely go to the of this bye and bye. The question asked water, but went into it; consequently, by you is—whether brother Banks can did not merely come from the water, scripturally withhold from the Lord's but came up out of the same. Again : supper certain good men, they not being John went to Enon, near Salem, because baptised, or rather, I suppose, cannot see there was much water there, which was that ordinance as needful. But I would a bad reason if a little would have done. ask these gentlemen, how came they to Again : God did not order any particu- see the necessity of the Lord's supper : lar part of the body, such as the face or And how came they to see one ordinance hands merely to be sprinkled, but the of greater importance than the other? body was to be immersed ; figurative of As neither of them are required in the his burial and resurrection. (Rom. vi. 4.) salvation of a soul, and each are alike, a Well, then, Strict Communion is on gos- command from Jehovah. I say Jehovah, pel principles. Faith is a prerequisite : because the Holy Ghost has borne testiall who have not faith, have no right mony to both. I will leave greater men to it: little infants a year old, cannot than myself to decide as to the right of believe : carnal men and women cannot these men, or any others to sit down with believe, therefore, must be rejected and Baptists. But I will first treat as to the that too upon gospel principles, yet the ordinance of Baptism set forth in the weakest in faith we receive, and that New Testament, and then shew the bad not to doubtful disputations. Exhort consequences of over nicety attending then your christian friends to search both independents (so called,) and Bapthe Scriptures of truth upon this sub- tists (so termed). Ì myself, with many ject candidly, and make it a matter of others, are witnesses of much disorder prayer to God: avoid men's traditions, and contention on this point ever since and under God's blessing, they will Mr. Triggs arrived from Plymouth.-soon be ready to follow the Lord's But more of this presently. command, not merely as a bounden
Now respecting the ordinance of Beduty, but as a high and glorious pri- lievers' Baptism. John's Baptism seems vilege: The Lord be with you, dear the first spoken of in the gospel just at, Apollos, and enable you to go on or before Christ's public ministry. For horting your christian brothers and saith Matthew, They were baptised sisters, in whom you see the buddings in the river Jordan confessing their of grace, 'to observe all things, (not sins, (see 3rd chapter.) But John in the 11 merely a part) whatsoever Christ hath v. of the same chapter, had a glorious commanded, for his name's sake, and peep through ceremonies, ordinances, and to him be all the praise.
shadows, in the Person, Anointing, and Your's in the Lord, most affection and down-pouring of the Holy Ghost. For ately,
he saith, 'I indeed baptise you with Manchester, March 4, 1848.
water unto repentance: but he that cometh
after me is mightier than I, whose shoes A WORD TO 'APOLLOS' ON BAPTISM.
I am not worthy to bear: he shall bap
tise you with the Holy Ghost and with DEAR SIR,- In the March · Vessel', you fire.' And if you read on to the end of have asked a good, great, and all impor- the chapter you will find Christ was baptant question, about sitting down with tised of John in Jordan, and as a testiBaptists at the Lord's table. A question mony of that ordinance, Christ saith in too, that in these days could never be more answer to John's question, 'For thus it needed. There has long required some becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. thing clear, scriptural, and straightfor- | And God bore testimony to it from hea
AND SOMETHING BESIDE.
ven, saying, “This is my beloved Son in Tabernacle, 'All are yours, ye are Christ's, whom I am well pleased. There does and Christ is God's. My soul has it still not appear to be any sprinkling as some in remembrance, the wormwood and the would have it. For Jesus went up gall are for ever gone, and it is now peace straightway out of the water.' There and joy in the Lord. I say when Mr. T. can be no doubt as to this being as much came to Zion, the Lord was pleased, in an ordinance of the Lord, and equally as a peculiar manner, to renew those love much to be observed as the Lord's Supper. visits to me, and not only me but hunHear what he says also after his resur- dreds beside; and they can call God to rection, “ And Jesus came and spake unto record upon their soul the seasons of love them, saying, all power is given unto me and banquetting at Zion.
Here begins in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore the stir as to sitting down at the ordiand teach all nations, baptising them in nance of the Lord's Supper. It began the name of the Father, and of the Son, first with the minister ; we all know that and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them he was rejected to sit down with a certain to observe all things whatsoever I have people tabernacling themselves together. commanded you: and lo, I am with you I am not going to say which is right alway, even unto the end of the world." or which is wrong in this act. But go on Matt. xxviii. 3 last verses,-see also and let us see the results. A few months Mark xvi. 15 16.
roll away, and Zion is full, yea, full of Luke and John are silent as to Christ's goodness and mercy, and people. Yet a charge respecting Baptism after his little corner seems vacant, viz. the ordiresurrection, as they seem too much nance of Baptism. swallowed up with the baptising of the Nearly twelve months elapse; a church Holy Ghost, and the glorious Person of is formed, and hundreds from one congreJesus. Yet, adds John, “There are also gation either hear, join the church, or many other things which Jesus did, which take sittings. Here begins the contenif written, even the world itself would tion. The minister and church, whose not contain the books that should be people are gone over to Zion, prohibit written.' But they all four agree that them from partaking of the ordinance, Christ was baptised
with water, signifying because they neither hold sittings nor hear that He should suffer for the sins of the the minister; and because the Lord has whole elect: and is a fulfilment of that ceased to bless the word to them. I scripture which saith, that all Thy ask not for asking sake, but ask to be anwaves and Thy billows are gone over swered. Is this prohibition in the word me.' We read also, (John iii. 22, 23.) of God? Or is it merely the church • After these things came Jesus and his articles of man's study and invention ? disciples into the land of Judea, and there and I ask further what are we to do, and He tarried with them, and baptised. how are we to act, who can hear a man And John also was baptising in Enon, that is not a literal baptist, and the Lord near to Salem, because there was much does not bless a baptist ministry to us? (not little) water there: and they came Are we to lay aside altogether (although and were baptised. I shall not enlarge being baptised) the ordinance of the Lord's upon this point, as it is clear to them that supper * This is the turning point in desire to see, but only add two more question and a question too, requiring a verses from Acts x. 46, 47, 48. Then little serious consideration. I know some answered Peter, can any man forbid that have not sat down to the Lord's water, that these should not be baptised, supper for six years, and yet were baptised which have received the Holy Ghost as with me in 1838. They cannot hear to well as we ? And he commanded them profit a baptist ministry, (Qy?)yet they will to be baptised in the name of the Lord.' not sit down elsewere, and the particular By these two verses the Lord was church says, you subscribe nothing to us pleased to shew me the ordinance of we cannot have you-l say do tell us baptism, and I was baptised at the Old what is to be done ?t I shall reserve my Surrey Tabernacle, in May, 1837.—But thoughts at present on this head. when Mr. Triggs arrived at Zion, that God who first blessed me with all spirit- * We answer-Certainly not; and we fear ual blessings in Christ Jesus before all seriously, that there is more of the workings the world, exceedingly blessed and com- of the flesh, than of the obedience of faith in forted me from that ever to be remem
this instance. bered text by hundreds at the Old Surrey + " If ye love me keep my coinmandments."
THE NEW TESTAMENT ORDER OF THE
CHURCH OF CHRIST.
We have, instead of brotherly love, what|(Acts 1. 3.) And could the Lord do any you have stated in this month's' Ves- thing unnecessary ?-Oh, no!-He is insel in your thoughts on Nebuchad- fallible; therefore, what his disciples did nezzar.— * It is my church; and my under his direction (Acts ii., 41, 42,) was chapel; and my people ; and my mini. quite necessary, and it is no less necesstry; until one is disgusted.' There is sary that we should be followers of them, no doubt, many ridiculous questions as they were of Christ, (1 Cor xi. 1, 2.) asked at church meetings and by the keeping the ordinances as they have been deacons of churches. But shall such in- delivered to the churches. consistency put aside any order at all ? May that Lord who can instruct now And have we so learned Christ as not to by his Holy Spirit just as satisfactorily have a sympathy with the poor, never a as he did (Acts i. 3.) in his bodily precollection, or inquiry, or a thought about sence, manifest himself to the friends of them, in seven years ? Are new chapels, 'Apollos' as infallible in this particular as collections, seat monies and presents, to all others, this is the sincere desire of be all shovelled into the lap of one or
A STRICT BAPTIST. more families of ministers, and not a word Brighton, March 9, 1848. said ?-Did the Apostles so teach and admonish? It is well that such ministers did not live in the Apostle Paul's day,– for he saith, Give no offence in any The enquiry of • Apollos' is an importhing that the ministry be not blamed. tant one, and though it has been often But in all things approving ourselves as answered, there are still enquirers, thanks the ministers of God in much patience, to our God; and all who have learnt the in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.' truth as it is in Jesus, know that they But now the ministers must have houses want.precept upon precept,' before they their own, and chapels their own, or else are rooted and grounded in the truth. they cannot stop to preach the word of Short answers, if to the point, are the eternal life.—(see James ü. 15, 16.) best, and I will be brief in attempting to Trusting that some persons better quali- reply to this, the Lord being my helper. fied, will more clearly open up this point First.-Our God is a father, and in to the satisfaction of a great many, that his family and house on the earth, he we may walk circumspectly and not as has established household order for the fools, admonishing one another in the observance of all his children. · To asLord.
certain what that houshold order is, we I remain yours in covenant love, look back to the commandments of Zion's
S. SIDDERS. King, (Matt. xxviii. 19, 20.) and to the London, 2nd March, 1848.
observance of those commands, by his
apostles, in the first formation of christian A MITE FOR "APOLLOS.'
churches : and what is said of the first
church formed on the day of Pentecost ? The subject of strict communion is an · Then they that gladly received the word important one, and brings to recollection were baptized,' and they were added to the difficulties of one, who when about the church. Again, at Samaria, where to join a strict Baptist church, was ac- Philip went preaching, at the time of the cused by a Pædobaptist of excluding persecution in Jerusalem, we read, when them from the Lord's table; and was they believed Philip, they were baptized, questioned by him on the necessity of all both men and women.' (Acts viii. 12.) persons being at the Lord's table.
Again, in the next chapter, we find that Feeling a love to all the Lord's people, Paul, who had the testimony of God the idea of shutting them out from so that he was a chosen vessel, as soon as he great a privilege was very cutting, and received sight, arose, and was baptized. led to a careful examination of the sub-|(18v.). Again, in the following chapter, ject with earnest prayer, in searching we find Peter preaching his first sermon the scriptures. In referring to many texts to the Gentiles, and when the Holy in the Acts of the Apostles the thought Ghost fell on all them hat heard the occurred, who instructed them in their word, Peter commanded them to be conduct in this matter of baptising be-baptized. (48v.). A sufficient answer to lievers before they were added to the those who say, the baptism of the Holy church? Undoubtedly it was the Lord. Ghost has done away the necessity of water baptism. The next instance of “ The act of baptism denotes dedicabaptism being administered after con- tion to the service of him in whose name version is in the fourteenth chapter, we are baptised. One of its designs is to where the jailor was baptized and all his dedicate or consecrate us to the service straightway. In fact, all the New Tes- of Christ. Thus (1 Cor. x. 2.) the tament churches were formed of baptized Israelites are said to have been baptised believers, and that is a sufficient reason unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea ;' for all that wish to copy the pattern of i.e. they became consecrated, or dedithe apostles.
cated, or bound to him as their leader Second.--It is allowed by those who and lawgiver. In the place before us, differ with us on strict communion, that the argument of the apostle is evidently baptism was a necessary condition of drawn from the supposition that we have communion in the apostles' days : then been solemnly consecrated by baptism to who has altered the constitution of gos- the service of Christ; and that to sin is pel churches since that time, and from therefore a violation of the very nature whence do they derive their authority of our Christian profession. Into. This for so doing? 'Until that is shown, we is the word which is used in Matt. xxviii. shall be contented to abide by the 19, “ Teach all nations, baptising them apostles' example, as inspired authority into the name of the Father,' &c. It for our practice; though we be called means, being baptised into his service; water biggots, and narrow minded men : receiving him as the Saviour and Guide, we ever pray to be kept as narrow as the devoting all unto him and his cause." scriptures of truth declare the way of life Nothing can be more correct than to be.
this : that baptism denotes dedication to Third.—Isit
proper that persons wish- the cause of Christ. Therefore, to come ing to become members of a christian to the Lord's table before this outward church, should be permitted to propose manifestation of devotedness to him has their own terms of admission ?
Then taken place, is to contradict, or throw we should have as many systems as contempt upon, the prescribed order of individuals ; but the man who wishes to things in Christ's kingdom. honour his Lord, will ask-What saith the scriptures ? And when satisfied on this point, he will no longer hesitate to obey its sacred dictates. * Apollos's' Is our brother •Apollos' an eloquestion is not as to the mode, or the quent man, and mighty in the scriptures,' subjects of baptism, or I would endeav- and yet wishes to see reasons why you our to reply to those particulars. The exclude from your church those who example of our adored Master and Lord submit not to be baptised in the name of has always appeared to me to be sufficient our Lord Jesus Christ? Then we would authority for baptism; for when John endeavour in love and meekness to take would have dissuaded him, as having no him unto us, and expound unto him need of it, he replies, “Thus it becometh the way of God more perfectly. Our us to fulfil all righteousness. If it be- reasons for exclusion are as follows: came the Lord of life and glory, it surely First. Because baptism is a standing becomes his poor dependant followers: ordinance divinely appointed by our Lord and he left us an example that we should and is equally to be honoured and mainwalk in his steps.
tained with the Lord's Supper: and one Your's, in him,
being the door and the other the table of Marylebone.
W. HOLMES. the visible church, the faithful steward
no more dares alter the one than to re
move the other. Nor may he sanction ORDINANCE OF BAPTISM ? the widely extended practice of climbing
up some other
way. Jesus in, his death It is very singular that some of the is the door way; and baptism into his greatest writers, and best of men that death is the only heaven approved mode ever the church had, do clearly and of taking upon us the name of Christ. beautifully speak of the design of baptism; He who said do this in remembrance of but in their practice they contradict it. me,'also said, 'go ye therefore, and teach What says Albert Barnes about this all nations, baptising them in the name sacred institution? In his comment on l of the Father, and of the Son, and of the the sixth of the Romans, he says- Holy Ghost.
SCRIPTURAL REASONS FOR REFUSING TO
WHAT IS THE DESIGN OF THE