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particularly upon her mind, “if it were Her pastor preached her funeral sernot so, I would have told you ;' which mon on Lord's-day evening, March 26, she frequently repeated, and evidently from Matt. xxv. 46, . But the righteous rejoiced in the same. The last Lord's shall go) into life eternal.' On which Day of her earthly pilgrimage, her occasion he noticed the following points daughter returning in the morning from of doctrine :chapel, she requested her to read her the First, The distinction of character hymns which had been sung, when she mentioned in the text. expressed herself as being greatly re- Secondly, The decision of conduct mafreshed by them, particularly by one of nifested by the righteous. the verses, which she said just suited her Thirdly, The difference of condition
made between the righteous and the “O Lord, a cheering look bestow,
wicked, and which difference shall be Stretch forth thine hand to help me thro' perpetuated eternally, And draw me up to thee;
Thus, within the short space of seven And when, through fear, I only creep, months no less than eight members of Or dare not move a single step,
the church of Christ, recently worshipYet thou canst come to me.
BERRIDGE. ing in Carmel Chapel, have been reHer pastor calling to see her the even
moved from sanctuary service below, to ing previous to her death, he asked her, doubt not, changed earth for heaven,
temple triumphs above. They have, we * Is Christ precious to you now?' 'Yes; the rags of mortality for the robes of imwas her reply, very precious to me a mortality, sorrow and sighing for shoutvery wicked sinner. Well, then, replied þe, you have to tell the same tale to the ings and songs, the prison for the palace, last
the wilderness for paradise, the mass of
corruption for the mount of incorrup“I the chief of sinners am, tion, the cross for the crown, and the But Jesus died for me."
burdens of time for the blessings of Yes, yes,' said she, 'I know that I am eternity. While thus the dear Lord is chief.' On his further observing how removing from us, and receiving to him. unspeakable a mercy it was that God self those, with whose company, and by had given her thus to know her own whose conversation we were oft refreshed, wickedness and Christ's worthiness, her and over whom he rejoiced as the work helplessness and Christ's mightiness, her of his own hands, may he graciously fitness and Christ's faithfulness to cleanse raise up for himself other witnesses to her from all sin with his own blood, her wear his yoke and bear his name upon nakedness and Christ's righteousness to the earth. So that they that follow after clothe her, her poverty and Christ's pre- as well as those that went before, may ciousness as her all in all ; she again re- cry, Hosannah, blessed is he that cometh plied, I have been, and still am a very in the name of the Lord.' See Mark wicked sinner.' The following morning xi. 9. Peace be with all that love our after a short conflict and strong struggle Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth. with the last enemy, her ransomed spirit Amen.
JOHN STENEON. took her triumphant flight towards the Chelsea. May 8, 1848. celestial city, and having reached the mansion promised and prepared for her,
he will make the church's she entered the bosom of her Lord; windows of agates; that is, of various “There, there to rest for evermore,
sorts.' True ministers are instrumental Jehovah Jesus to adore."
windows, and they are of various sorts; As a lover of the gospel of our Lord so are the special revelations of the Holy Jesus Christ, it may be truly said of her, Ghost. Sometimes these windows open its doctrines were her delight, its pro
into Christ; and sometimes into the mises her portion, its blessings her bliss, sinnner's heart” and whilst its ordinances and precepts
“ What are the ingredients of the lake were observed and practised by her, its which burneth with fire and brimstone ? consolations were abundantly adminis- The wrath of God, the sins of the people, tered to her according to the riches of his the curses of the Bible, and the blasglory, who had made her accepted in the phemies of all the lost. Is this not somebeloved.
thing to be serious about? is this not something to be solemn about?': J. Wells.
THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF GOD
JOHN JOHNSTONE, of Edinburgh, has pub-, truth, and whose whole soul is unimpreslished a small tract, (which was originally sible by either the gospel or the law. To written by T. M. Frazer,of the Free Church, awaken feelings that have been dried up by Yester,) containing a most precious ac- age and sin requires a miracle in the world count of the genuine and remarkable con- of grace. Kate's was, indeed, a special version of an aged sinner. In the perusal case; she was a wonder to many'— of it, our very hearts leaped for joy, and our der to her neighbours, a wonder to unbeeyes flowed with tears of love and gra- lievers, a wonder to the church, a wonder titude for such a display of the infinite to her astonished minister, and most of all, grace of God as is here brought before us; a wonder to herself. But all has not yet and in the full persuasion that the Lord been told. Are my readers prepared to will bless it to many souls, we here make hear that she wept herself stone blind? Yet a few extracts from it:
this was actually the case, without exagNot far from the manse of Lochcarron, gerating a hair's-breadth-she wept away there lived a wicked old sinner, who was her eyesight! supposed to have been guilty of every crime “ În the third year of her anguish, Mr. forbidden in the decalogue, except murder. Lauchlan was anxious that she
ould comOwing to her masculine dimensions, this memorate the dying love of Christ. But woman was commonly known by the name nothing could prevail upon her to comply. of Muckle Kate.' She was an ill-looking She go forward to that holy table! she, who woman, without any beauty in the sight of had had her arms up to the shoulders in a God or man. It is not surprising to hear Saviour's blood ! Her presence would prothat such a character never entered a fane the blessed ordinance, and would be church, and that every effort on the part of enough to pollute the whole congregation ! the minister failed in inducing her to give Never, never would she sit down at the even an occasional attendance at the house table; the communion was not for her !! of God."
The minister's hopes, however, were to be Mr. Lauchlan was, however, employed by realized in a way that he never anticipated. the Holy Ghost to pluck this brand out of “ The Sabbath had arrived, the hour of the fire. Deep and dreadful convictions meeting drew nigh, but Kate's determinaentered into her soul through his instru- tion still remained unchanged. I am not mentality, which Mr. Frazer describes as acquainted with the exact spot where the follows:
Gaelic congregation assembled on that Kate's conviction was now as extreme communion Sabbath; the tables were, howas her careless hardihood had once been. ever, spread, as is usual on such occasions, Her agony of mind was perfectly fearful. in the open air among the wild hills of Among the dreary wilds Kate now spent Lochcarron. Did any of my readers ever the greater portion of her time. The soli. witness the serving of a sacramental table tudes of Lochcarron were heard to resound at which there sat but one solitary comfor hours together with the voice of wailing, municant? yet such a sight was witnessed and well did the inmates of the lone bothies on that long-remembered day, and poor amid the hills know from whose lips those Kate and Mr. Lauchlan were the only cries of agony were wrung. They were ut- actors in the scene. tered by the solitary mourner of the moors The tables had all been served, the --the once hardened 'Muckle Kake.' She elements had been removed, the minister had looked on him whom she had pierced, had returned to the tent, and was about to and now she mourneth for him as oné begin the concluding address, and all were mourneth for his only son, and was in bit- listening for the first words of the speaker, terness for his first-born.
when suddenly a cry of despair was heard A long and fiery ordeal was appointed in a distant part of the congregation-a to the reclaimed profligate. Deep as her shriek of female agony that rose loud and conviction was, it never seemed to subside; clear amid the multitude, and was reweeks, months, and even years passed away, turned, as if in sympathy, by the surroundand still the distress of the convicted sining hills. It was the voice of 'Muckle ner was as poignant and fresh as ever. Kate,' who now thought that all was over
Never breathed a wretch like her; there that the opportunity was lost, and would might be hope for others : but I there was never more return! The congregation was none for Muckle Kate! This was wonder- amazed; hundreds started to their feet, and ful, indeed, in one whose age was between looked anxiously towards the spot whence eighty and ninety at the time of her convic- the scream had proceeded. Not so the mition: for those who know anything of nister; Mr. Lauchlan knew that voice, and human nature are aware that, of all well did he understand the cause of the spiritual cases, the most utterly hopeless is sufferer's distress. Without a word of inthat of one who has grown old in sin, whose quiry he came down from the tent, stepped conscience has become impervious to the over among the people till he had reached the spot; and taking Kate kindly by the the real believer has died may unsettle the hand, led her through the astonished crowd hopes of surviving mourners, and give rise to the communion table, and seated her to that most poignant of all sorrow-a sor: alone at its head. He next ordered the row without hope. But while I have heard elements to be brought forward, and re- of a false peace and an undue despondency, placed upon the table; and there sat that I have never yet heard of a mistaken trione solitary blind being, alone in the midst umph in the hour of death. I think we may of thousands—every eye of the vast multi- reckon a triumphant death well-nigh the tude turned in wonder upon the lonely most absolutely certain experimental evicommunicant-she herself all unconscious dence of a glorious eternity. Such was the of their gaze. O for the pen of Bunyan or death of Muckle Kate.' Not only was she of Boston, to trace the tumult of feelings satisfied in regard to her eternal safety, that chased each other through that swel- she had attained that enviable point at ling, bursting breast! The secrets of that which assurance had become so sure that heart have never been revealed; but right she ceased to think of self: and so wholly confident am I, that if there be one text of was she absorbed in the glory of her ReScripture which more than another em- deemer, that even to herself she was bodies the uppermost emotion in her mind nothing—Christ was all in all. The glory during that hour of intense and thrilling of Christ was her all engrossing motive. spiritual excitement, it must have been the The inexpressible joy that was vouchsafed sentiment of one who knew well what it her served but to quicken her departing was to have been humbled in the dust like soul to more raptuous commendations to Kate: This is a faithful saying, and others of that Saviour whom she had found; worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus and when at length the welcome summons came into the world to save sinners, of came, and she stood upon the threshold of whom I AM THE CHIEF.'
eternal glory, ere yet the gate had fully The words which Mr. Lauchlan chose closed upon her ransomed spirit, the falas the subject of his address, were well-nigh tering tongue was heard to exclaim, as its as extraordinary as any part of the occur- farewell effort in Christ's behalf, TELL, rence; they were the words of Moses to TELL TO OTHERS THAT I HAVE FOUND Pharaoh (Exod. x. 25): There shall not an HIM. hoof be left behind'-a manifest accommo- “ Tell them that the worst of sinnersdation of the sentiment, 'Those that thou the drunkard, the profligate, the Sabbathgavest me I have kept, and none of them is breaker, the thief, the blasphemer, the liar, lost.' I regret that I cannot furnish the the scoffer, the infidel-tell them that I, a reader with any notes of that wonderful living embodiment of every sin, even I have address, in which, however, the speaker found a Saviour's person, even I have known obtained most singular liberty. But the a Saviour's love. This is a faithful saying, leading idea was, that all who had been and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ given in covenant by the Eternal Father to Jesus came into the world to save SINthe Son, were as safe as if they were already NERS, OF WHOM I AM CHIEF. » in heaven, and that not one soul should be We have thus extracted the substance of forsaken or left to perish— No, not so much this most wonderful instance of the soveas Muckle Kate;' This extraordinary ser- reign mercy of our God. We heartily revice was ever aftewards known as 'Muckle commend the tract to our readers. Kate's Table;' and it is said, that by that single address no fewer than two hundred
Mr. Gad Huntington. souls were awakened to spiritual concern.
Muckle Kate' herself lived about three Our brother Watmuff having last month, years after her first communion, possessed in his letter, mentioned the fact of his of that “peace which passeth all under-hearing a son of the late William Huntingstanding, and manifesting all the marks ton, has induced some of our readers to of a close and humble walk with God. inquire where he preaches, and where he
Her death is described as having been resides? The following extract from a peculiarly happy. The departure of the letter recently written by him to a friend, wicked is often peaceful. He may have no doth well bespeak the character both of bands in his death :' and sympathizing the man, and of his ministry. friends and neighbours may buoy up the “ Kind Friend-Nothing can give me bereaved family with that most fatally de- greater pleasure than to hear from any lusive of all consolations, that he died like that Almighty God should make use of a lamb,' when the horrors of a lost eternity such a worthless instrument, for the edifihave flashed with lightning-suddenness cation of any of his church; suffice it to upon the now deceived soul. The estab- say, 'tis thirty-five years since the Lord lished christian, again, may lose his long-called me to the work of the ministry ; possessed assurance in that hour of solemn but being buried in adversity, have been change, and the gloom that broods upon his hid in obscurity; supported in trouble, dispirit may still enshroud him to the last. rected in wisdom, led to, and by, the deep In regard to both these cases error may truths of God's word; being taught the exist. The calm quiescence of the sinner deep experience of thé Bible saints, have may be taken as a comfortable evidence of taken God's word to be my, heritage for his safety; while the cloud under whichever in the house of my pilgrimage."
Dr. Kershaws's Protest against Certain Erroneous Doctrines ; AND THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, AT OLDHAM STREET, MANCHESTER.
UNDER the head of “ Christian Reviewer,” | argued that a regenerated man possesses last month, we briefly noticed a sermon two natures, an old man of sin and a new preached in the Baptist Chapel, St. George's man of grace; that the old man of sin Road, Manchester, entitled, “A Protest never made any progress in the divine life, against the Doctrines that a Child of God nor ever can, consequently that he can Cannot Backslide ; that the Lord does not ver go back from that in which he has Chastise his Children for Sin,” &c., &c., which never made any advances. It is also consermon has recently been published by tended that the new man of grace never Messrs. Groombridge, Paternoster Row; sinned, nor ever can sin, so that he likewise and has already obtained a very extensive can never go back or imbibe the least stain circulation amongst the Baptist churches or particle of sin. Now as this is said to be in England.
the constitution of a christian, viz., that Be it distinctly understood that we stand the old man of sin never made any adunconnected with any particular party. vances in the divine life, so that he can We are not under the patronage, nor are never go back, and as the new man of grace we personally acquainted with Mr. Ker- cannot sin, the question is, how can the shaw, or any of the great men who consti- child of God backslide? tute what is commonly called “ The Gospel
“ Beloved, the statement we have just Standard Ministers." Equally as clear do we stand of the parties to whom Mr. Ker given of the constitution of a child of God
is a very superficial notion, falling far short shaw refers so frequently, We are neither of the true scriptural definition of what the partizans, nor the paid servants of any constitutes a regenerated man. There are of the leaders, or influential gospel minis- four things here to be consideredters in this country. We writē not this
1. The body. boastingly; nevertheless, we are thankful
II. The soul. for the position in which the providence of
III. The old man of sin. God has placed us, seeing there is so IV. The new man of grace. much jealousy and fighting one against In the first creation God formed the another among those who should " love as body of man out of the dust of the earth, brethren;" walking and working together and after it was formed it was an inaniin the fear and fellowship of him whose mate mass, cold and lifeless. The Lord they are, and whom they profess to serve. God breathed into his nostrils the breath
The sermon before us, is, as we have of life, and man became a living, soul.' stated before, for the most part, an ex- Here we have man, a creature of God, with ceedingly valuable one, and is well calcu- a body and a living soul-an immortal lated (in the hands of the Lord) scriptur- spirit, good, upright, and perfect, as first ally to set the minds of many at rest who turned out of the hands of the great Creator. have been perplexed with the doctrine of
"In man's primeval state we find that he NON-BACKSLIDING. Every sound discern- had body and soul, but no old man of sin ing mind must see at once the folly of nor new man of grace. But after the fall, making a quibble about words; and we through the disobedience of our first parents, cannot think for a moment that the excite-man became subject to the old man of sin, ment arising out of what is called the doc- Which is corrupt according to the deceittrine of“ NON-BACKSLIDING is anything ful lusts' under its domineering power,
We are thankful, therefore, for the and was led away captive by Satan, 'the able, scriptural, and decidedly, spiritual prince of the power of the air: the exposition which Mr. Kershaw has given spirit that now worketh in the children of of this matter; and for the benefit of our disobedience. Thus we have a body, a soul, readers, we shall here quote a portion of and an old man of sin, but in this state no the same.
new man of grace. A man becomes a new In coming to enter his protest against creature only when he is born again of God, certain erroneous doctrines the preacher aud thus made the subject of a divine nasays:
ture, or a 'new man which, after God, is “ The first is that a child of God--that is, This new man of grace is holy and pure as
created in righteousness and true holiness.' a good man who is born again of God, and its divine
Author, and neither is nor can who has been blessed with the fear of the be contaminated with sin. Lord in his heart-cannot backslide.
This being the constitution of a regene“ Now, this is roundly, boldly, and un- rate man, the question arises, in backslidflinchingly maintained by certain persons ing, what part of this nature is it that who profess to follow the doctrines and pre- backslides? I grant at once to my oppocepts of God's holy word. In the examina- nents that it is not the old man of sin nor tion of these principles we shall have to the new man of grace. The question, then, inquire on what they conceive these opin- still occurs, What is it? I answer, It is ions to be founded, and how far they are THE SOUL OF THE CHRISTIAN. consistent with the truth of God. To prove “ When the soul and body of a good man that a child of God cannot backslide, it is' are plunged into sin, it is under the in
fluence of the old man of sin and Satan. / in you, that you may live to his honour and
Every man is tempted, when he is drawn glory the few days you may have to sojourn aside of his own lust and enticed. But in this time state, and that the Lord will those who boldly maintain that the soul of land you safein heaven, to be for ever in his a good man cannot go back, tell us at the presence, where there is 'fulness of joy and same time that to charge the soul of a pleasures for evermore?' quickened or regenerated sinner with My dear friends, our souls at such times sinning, “is nothing short of blasphemy.' are going forward, making advances in the Beloved, we have to try this statement, and divine life, under the influence and power like the Bereans, we will search the Scrip- of the Spirit, the new man of grace in the tures to see whether these things are so. soul. But are these always the feelings of
“Now, the soul of a good man either can or our soul? Alas! no. David, the man after cannot sin. Let us try, therefore, both sides God's own heart, expresses himself in very of the question, and show from the word of different language when his poor soul was God and Christian experience that the soul under the temptations of Satan, and the of the regenerated is sometimes under the workings of the flesh, the old man of sin. influence of the new man of grace im- Hear what he says, “My soul cleaveth to planted by the Spirit, and at other times the dust: quicken thou me according to under the influence of Satan and the old thy word.' At this time both the old and man of sin.
new man were at work in his soul. Under When the soul is under the influence of the power of the old man his soul cleaved the Spirit and grace of God, it is sure to go to the dust; under the influence of the new forward in the divine life, and in the means man of grace his soul longed to feel more of of grace. But when the soul of a child of the quickening power and grace of God. God is under the influence of sin and The indwelling and working of sin in his Satan, he is sure to go back. Here is the poor soul often made him sigh and groan, seat and source of the Christian warfare, yea, and 'roar' before the Lord. where the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, Beloved, ye who fear God, and know the and the Spirit against the flesh; and these plague of your own hearts, is it not so with are contrary the one to the other, so that you? Are you not plagued with vain ye cannot do the things that yé would.' thoughts and worldly-mindedness? Do And this causes a struggling within; as it not your souls cleave to the dust, feeling is written, ' What will ye see in the Shula- yourselves so weak and helpless, that you mite? As it were the company of two cannot deliver yourselves, and, like the armies.'
Psalmist, you feel a daily need of the quick“ It is said that 'in the mouth of two or ening influence of God's grace to speed you three witnesses every word shall be estab- in his ways ? lished. It will be admitted that David · Again, David says, 'He restoreth my was a good man, for the Lord calls him a soul; he leadeth me in paths of righteousman after his own heart. We will, there- ness, for his name's sake. (Psalm xvii. 3.) fore, let David speak on this matter. His David's soul, like ours, when left to himself, soul being under the influence of the new the evils of his own heart, and the power of man of grace, he longed to live to the the old man of sin, wandered and strayed honour and glory of God, and nothing but from the Lord ; and the thoughts and imathe Lord could satisfy his soul. Hear what ginations of his heart were evil, foolish, and he says: 'As the heart panteth after the vain. Hence he says, I hate vain thoughts;' water brooks,so panteth my soul after thee, and again he says, Thou tellest my wanO God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the derings.' 'For I have gone astray like a living God: when shall I come and appear lost sheep; seek thy servant.' I cannot before God ? O God, thou art my God; give you a clearer, more concise, and experiearly will I seek thee. My soul thirsteth mental explanation than does Watts in the for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry following lines :and thirsty land where no water is.' My “ My soul hath gone too far astray, soul followeth hard after God.' Are there
My feet too often slip; not seasons, beloved, when you, like David,
Yet since I've not forgot thy ways, feel your very heart and soul going out after
Restore thy wandering sheep." God in fervent breathings, hungerings, and
“I solemnly declare in the name and thirstings after him whom your soul loveth? fear of the Lord, that there is not a heavenYou want to know more of him as your born, and Spirit-taught soul in this conSaviour and Redeemer; to feel your interest gregation, but what experimentally knows in his love, by having it shed abroad in these things in a greater or less degree; your heart by the Holy Ghost that is given and those who do not are out of the secret, unto us, and in his precious atoning blood; and know not the spiritual warfare there that you may be found in the Redeemer's is in the soul of every man of God. His robe of righteousness; that you may be found soul is often wandering from the Lord, so bound up with him in the bundle of life, and that the pen of inspired truth warrants us he found his in that day when he makes in positively affirming that there is such a up his jewels. Are not your souls at times thing as backsliding.' going out after God, praying that you may It is thus, from the word of God, and be conformed to the image of his Son, that from the experience of the saints, that Mr. the mind that was in Christ Jesus may be Kershaw maintains his point; and we do