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offences, nor the offences of our forefathers; neither take thou ing and distributing copies monthly, as you uphold the preclousness vengeance of our sins. Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, of the Word, I remain, yours in the Lord,

E. 'whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be Islington, April 22, 1865. 'not angry with us for ever' ! and much more to the same effect, [We will endeavour to answer our Correspondent next though Christ could possibly be angry for ever with those he Ed.] has redeemed with his precious blood! Indeed, He has not the least anger towards those He he has brought nigh.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. Grieved, by their wilfulness, He may be ; but his one feeling towards them is Love! always Love, unchanging, “JAS. J.J., Crewe," writes" I very much rejoice in the appearunfailing, inexhaustible Love! Let us exhort you, then, no ance of your little paper, and hope it may be circulated widely. longer to follow the poor and Christ-dishonouring thoughts of I am seeking to introduce Scripture Reading Meetings here, men, but cleave to the words of the Lord. Think, and act, as but it is difficult to get attendance at people's houses." a child of God,'' accepted in the Beloved.'

We believe that prayerful meetings for studying the Word of 5. LOOKING FOR THE LORD. — Another truth we would for drawing Christians to personal communion with their Saviour.

God to be the means above all others the Holy Ghost is using earnestly commend to your faith. Just before our Lord began Satan's opposition may, therefore, be specially looked for to prevent to speak of the Comforter whom he would send, he said — I go such meetings. Persevere. “In due time we shall reap if we to prepare a place for you ; and if I go and prepare a place for faint not.” If you can get "two or three" of the same mind, you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you to myself, that where meet wherever there is a door opened, making it generally known I am there ye may be also.'. (John xiv. 2, 3.) Many Chris- that any believer is weloome to attend without reference to sectarian tians consider this promise is fulfilled whenever death removes

opinions. Never mind how humble the place-a room in a cottago them from the world; but a little consideration of Scripture will suffice. You will need much patience and real dependence will show that this is not so. If we die we sleep in Jesus. upon the Lord.. Impress upon those who come together that they

must look to the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth. Let all The spirit goes to Him-He does not come for it. Having a

have liberty to speak, as in the presence of the Master, and for desire to depart (says Paul), and to be with Christ.' Consider

each other's good to edification, not for the display of self. the death of Stephen (Acts vii. 55-60.) He said — Behold,

We find by experience that the happiest plan is to commence one I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the of the books of the New Testament, and continue right through right hand of God.' Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And from night to night. John's Gospel is specially recommended, as when he had said this he fell asleep.' Is anything said here not requiring for its study much previous knowledge of Dispensaabout Jesus coming at death? Turn to 1 Thess. iv. 13, 14. tional Truth. Avoid lecturing as much as possible. Let all feel

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning that they really have liberty to utter their thoughts with a view to them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not even as others who elicit truth. By holding to the Scripture in hand, and counting have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, upon the Lord's presence, you will avoid

controversy. Never suffer even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring

with the unconverted to speak; such must sit and listen. Though he

should be the most learned man on earth, his thoughts about him.'

Scripture must be utterly worthless, unless he be a believer, [The development of this subject, viz., deliverance from the We entirely sympathise with our correspondent in his sorrow at "City of Confusion,' we purpose continuing from month to month.] finding a professed minister of Christ lecturing on the late

Richard Cobden” on Lord's day evening, instead of preaching

Jesus Christ and him crucified. We cannot, however, attempt to CORRESPONDENCE.

deal with such palpable unfaithfulness; alas ! the professing EVERY CHRISTIAN A PRIEST.

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of the Lord's return; for there is power in that ex.

pectation to brace us up to faithfulness and labour.. BELOVED OF THE LORD,

I will point out one more faithful word— Denying

ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, I desire to address you personally, and there- righteously and godly, in this present world ; LOOKING fore drop the editorial we.

FOR that blessed hope, and the glorious APPEARING of A wonderful work is going on in the world, and I the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ : who am persuaded it will not last long. So many thou- GAVE HIMSELF FOR US, that he might redeem us from sands of souls are accepting the word of life, that all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar Christians of experience are filled with astonishment. people, zealous of good works,' (Titus, ii. 12–14.) Be assured the Lord is completing the work of this Oh, I beg of you not to forget this Scripture: take it Dispensation. Eighteen hundred years ago it was to the Lord in prayer, and ask him to lay it upon your written

heart: THEN ACT UPON IT. Visit the sick and the ‘A short work will the Lord make upon the earth,' (Rom. needy: speak to your kinsfolk and acquaintance, and ix. 28 ;)

to others also, as God may give you grace, about the Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come and precious Saviour and his great Salvation. Never will not tarry,' (Heb. x. 37 ;)

mind about combinations and human arrangements, Be ye also patient, stablish your hearts; for the coming Yet simple fellowship in labour is to be desired, and

of the Lord draweth nigh.' (James v. 8 ;) *Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me to we are to be helpers one of another. But do not wait

give every man (believers only are addressed) for such fellowship. Hear the Spirit's cry—The time

according as his work shall be.' (Rev. xxii. 12 ;) is short.' Wherever the Lord opens a door, go in and 'Surely I come quickly ;' to which the Spirit replies - do his work. Do it diligently, in the consciousness

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. xxii. 20. of the Lord's presence and strength; for it is he Beloved, this is no speculative doctrine ; Scripture that worketh in us to will and to do of his good pleaabounds with these calls to expectancy of the Lord's sure.' He will work in us if we are willing. UnwillComing, -not his return to earth ;--that will take ing servants he will not accept. Seek grace to keep place afterwards. You will find a full explanation your spirit always prayerful: be satisfied with nothof the true Christian hope in 1 Cor. xv. and in 1 Thess. ing less than fellowship with Christ Jesus; pray iv. 11—18. Do let me commend these passages to without ceasing.' Watch and wait for the Lord, and your most prayerful consideration.

he will abundantly reward you. In this letter, however, I desire to be intensely per- Let me ask for a place in your prayers. Pray for sonal. I pray you let the Word of God produce its all the household of faith. I pray for you that the proper and full effect upon your life and conversation. crown of righteousness' may be yours, which the The Christian calling is one of individual earnestness. Lord shall give TO ALL THEM THAT LOVE HIS APPEAR: When you and I stand before the judgment seat of Ing.' Christ-the judgment seat of reward, for the judg

Yours ever in the Lord, ment of death due to us, was accepted by Him in our

THE EDITOR. stead)—each of us will have to answer for his or her own work, whatever it may be. I believe it will include every thought, word, and act since first we received the Word of life. “Every man's work shall be made manifest : for the day shall declare it, because JESUS says, “I am the Light of the World; he that it shall be revealed by fire ; and the fire shall try every followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work' have the light of life.' Christ speaks of but ono abide which he hath built thereupon (see context] he Light, of one Light for all the world, and of himself shall receive a reward. If any man's work shalĩ be as this one Light—this Sun in spiritual things. In burned, ne SHALL SUFFER LOSS : but he himself shall bodily presence the man Christ Jesus is withdrawn. be saved : yet so as by fire'! (1 Cor. iii. 13—15.) Oh, to the glory which he had with the Father before the how earnest, careful, diligent, and prayerful we world was; nevertheless, he is present in power, by ought to be! Care not what men say. What saith his Spirit, and in his written word, and in his people. the Scripture ?' Look at the exhortations attached He is still, therefore, the Light of the World. But to the quotations I have presented to you; and you just as men shut their eyes to the Light when He was will always find exhortations attached to the promise on earth, and tried to extinguish the light, so they


now avoid and shrink from the Light. And why? Preachers tax themselves to produce novelties,

because their deeds are evil.' The sinner fears being they have a reputation to keep up, and are driven, reproved for his love of the world and the pleasures for the sake of being startling and effective, to sacriof sin, and therefore he cometh not to the Light, but fice Scripture and substitute thoughts of their own. prefers to remain in darkness.

We could use stronger language than this. How But, oh sinner, who art keeping away from the many pulpit-preachers are there who can take up Light, do you think you can really hide yourself? the declaration of St. Paul—'I KEPT BACK nothing Ah, no ; 'the eyes of the Lord are in every place that was profitable unto you '? beholding the evil and the good.' The ostrich, which Let us take our Master's judgment about substituhides its head in the sand, but leaves its bulky body ting men's thoughts for His thoughts. "Jesus, when exposed to the hunter's shafts, is as wise as thou. ho had turned about and looked on his disciples,

Oh, sinner, walk no longer in darkness, but come rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan; to the Light of the World. Think of the darkness for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but you are in-you cannot see yourself aright, nor the the things that be of MEN.' In this lies the whole filthiness of your soul's garments—nor where you are weight of the censure-Peter was offering his poor going! Do you ask why you should come to the thoughts and desires in defiance of the declarations Light while you are so unfit to be seen ? we reply, of God. It was the same Peter who had just before that in coming to the Light, (that is, accepting Jesus testified so preciously that Jesus was the Christ, the as your Saviour by faith, you will be made clean, Son of God. So it is now. The same men who and eternally saved. Come, then, at once. Should boldly and clearly declare the way of salvation, and you, alas! reject this invitation, within this fleeting are blessed of the Lord, are continually obscuring hour you may stumble in your darkness into the the counsels of God concerning christian walk and pit of death, and fall —and fall—and your loss be calling,' by substituting their poor thoughts for irremediable. He that being often reproved hard- his sure words. eneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that

Our Lord, when he condemned Peter, looked upon without remedy.' This night thy soul may be re- all the disciples. That which he said was to be required of thee.

marked and remembered by all of them. Jesus Is not this world the valley of the shadow of knew that the warning would be needed by all. May death'? the deep, deep shadow falls everywhere. He, by his Holy Spirit, engrave his most precious How blessed to believe in Jesus, and fear no evil! lessons more deeply on our hearts, and may we all Death, which is terror-striking to the sinner in the seek to be more faithful to him, even if we lose, darkness, is to the believer but falling asleep, as in consequence, for a time, the love of our brethren. Stephen did, in the Light of heaven and the Light of the World.



we ehall in no




(Under this head we propose to examine, in the light of Scripture, Reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and doctrine.' some of the sermons which come under our notice, or to which -2 Tim. iv. 2.

correspondents draw our attention. Let us state distinctly that Two of our correspondents deprecate our comments

be influenced by personal feeling for

or against the preacher; we take account only of his doctrines upon printed sermons fault-finding.' Never

and teachings. We shall prefer to deal with the discourses of theless, there is a positive need for faithfulness in those who are deservedly esteemed, remembering that in Scripture this matter. The readiness shown by Christians

the faults of the most approved are the most unsparingly dealt

with. We entreat our roaders to give us credit for entire freegenerally to accept without question whatever comes dom from personal bias.] from the pulpit is very sad. If the Apostle Paul could write Judge ye what I say,' surely no other 5. Sermon by Mr. C. H. SPURGEON, “Metropolitan Tabernacle servant of the Lord is to expect immunity.

Pulpit," Jan, 29, 1865. We desire to show our readers that they cannot Text—' Then cometh he to Simon Peter; and Peter saith to safely follow even the most gifted men.

The more

him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet ?'—John xü. 6. man-honoured the preacher the greater the danger We have had to read this sermon nearly through of his misleading his audiences, if his preaching be before we could find aught stated which, judged in left unjudged.

the light of Scripture, will bear a word of approval, It was not in vain that the Ephesian elders were After propounding all sorts of things, which are warned— Of your own selves shall men arise, speak- neither written nor implied in the text, the preacher, ing perverse things, to draw away disciples after in his two concluding paragraphs, brings out our them.' Who cannot see the fearful prevalence of this Lord's lesson, that we are to follow his example by in our day? Believers willingly become disciples of washing one another's feet. Mr. Spurgeon has men, instead of remaining disciples of the Lord, in some curious ideas even on this subject. A collection whom they have obtained eternal life. Preachers was to be made for the relief of poor ministers, and having special gifts often fall into a snare by being he thus concludes his discourse : You have an thus personally followed, even many who commenced opportunity of doing it'-(washing one another's their ministry without seeking such a 'following.' feet)—' in the collection ; for I believe that these The result is necessarily most dishonouring to the servants of God, these aged ministers, these minisLord Jesus Christ.

"ters who are in great poverty, need to-day that you :

by your contributions wash their feet?! We ask, his good pleasure.' So that though, while in these Where is the connection between relieving poverty, bodies, we must each say, 'I know that in my flesh (which may be laid upon us by God, for the trial of dwelleth no good thing, yet, being 'partakers of faith in us and love in others towards us,) and the Divine nature,' and indwelt by the Holy Spirit of washing away defilements.(?) Our Lord washed feet, God, our prayers and doings (in faith) being wrought feet which needed washing. He also fed the hungry of God, must be in themselves acceptable in his sight. when occasion required-but the two acts are very As for Christian works, the preacher says they are. different:

fit only to rot or to be burned ; whereas the Word of But we have some things of much greater serious- God says we are ordained to good works.' The ness to comment upon in this discourse. Giving rein preacher compares Christian works to old rags; but to his imagination, the preacher teaches that our feet what says his Master ? 'I am the true Vine, and my are washed by the Lord Jesus Christ every day! Father is the husbandman; every branch in me that that this is done by caring for our temporal affairs ! beareth not fruit he taketh away,


branch and also by putting away from us day by day that beareth fruit he purgeth it, that it may bring our daily infirmities and sins !(?) Then, again, by forth more fruit. . Herein is my Father glorified, washing our works! by being content to suffer in that ye bear much fruit ! so shall ye be my disciples. ' his people's sufferings ! and by washing our poor (John xv. 1, 2, 8.) prayers!! These ideas exceed in folly his as- There are, bowever, many works undertaken by sertion on the previous Lord's-day, 'that our prayers Christians which are not of faith, which have their need to be wrapped up in the prayers of Jesus.' origin in zeal of the flesh, or are founded on baser

Hear the Word of God. If any of you [be- motives. These works are worse than old rags,' for lievers] lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth 'whatsoever is not of faith is sin.' Let us all look to to all liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be it, and judge ourselves and our doings, and take care given him.' (James i. 5.) “Behold, what manner of that we are abiding in Christ and H1S WORDS in us; love THE FATHER hath bestowed upon us that we then will our works be acceptable, and will want no should be called the sons of God: therefore the washing,' any more than our prayers. world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. The washing of the disciples' feet signifies the Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth washing of water by the Word. This is clearly shown not yet appear [i.e. it is not yet evident to sight] in the same book from which the text is taken, (xvi. what we shall be, but we know that when he shall 3,) 'Now ye are clean through the Word which I have appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as spoken unto you.' Again, (xvii. 17,) 'Sanctify them he is; and every man that hath this hope in him through thy truth, thy Word is truth.' Then in PURIFIETH HIMSELF even as He is pure.' (1 John iii. 1-3.) Eph. v. 25, 26, Chi ist also loved the Church, and

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and confidence toward God; and whatsoever we ask we cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word.' receive of him, because we keep his commandments, This cleansing we need constantly—the application of and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.' the Word of God to the conscience. To apply this (1 John iii. 21, 22.)

to each other in all faithfulness and humility is to It would be easy to multiply Scriptures, but surely wash each other's feet. But it is the Word of God these will suffice to show our actual standing and only, unmixed with man's thoughts, which has this privileges as children of God, against whom (as such) cleansing efficacy. there is nothing to be said, for it is God that justi- We now pass to page 69, in which is a wild diatribe fieth ;' we have therefore freedom of access and bold against the Plymouth Brethren. The speaker states ness. Indeed, the fulness of the word for us is that at a certain prayer meeting, of which he heard, "Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with some person stood up and said that, his sins being his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John i. 3.)

all forgiven, and being accepted in Christ, he had no To say, therefore, that our prayers need "wrapping sins to confess. Now, had the preacher been simply up' and 'washing! is quite untrue. In his un- desirous of presenting truth, all that was necessary speakable love, God has forgiven us who believe, in the case was to quote 1 John i. 8, 9; 'If we say cleansed us, justified us, accepted us, made us chil- that we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the dren; He invites us to pray to him, and assures us truth is not in us. If we confess our sins he is faithof his unceasing love and favour. What dreadful ful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us ingratitude and folly, therefore, to deny this, and to from all unrighteousness. But instead of rebutting teach the children of God to contravene the express error with simple truth, the preacher makes the incideclarations of his Word !

dent the basis for an attack upon a sect the members We know it is our duty and privilege to present of which he admits he loves and respects, and whom all our prayers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, he owns to be men having_grace. It is far from our and reckon upon having the blessings we desire for desire to defend Plymouth Brethrenism. We are not his sake; and also to take the lowest place and to of that body. We own no name save that of CHRISown that we have no claims at all in our own right; | TIAN. But we must warn Mr. Spurgeon's hearers all we are, as well as all we get, is through the and readers against his indiscriminate denunciations. merits of our Lod; but then we must not forget Of all the sects into which Ch istians have unhappily that 'it is he who worketh in us to will and to do of divided themselves, the body generally known as


Plymouth Brethren we believe to be, as to doctrine, culties--hinder you froin a repetition, a bold and faithful repetinearest to a practical apprehension of the revealed tion of the glorious Gospel of the grace of God. See how the mind of God. If the reader meets a sincere member boldy declares the ruin of the race by the first man ; 80 that of that bodly, he will find a Christian who is taught this is not merely contained in ancient history that might be exto regard the Word of God as the rule and guide of plained away, or, as some call it, a poem, semi-myth or semilife, and to conform to it, not only in theory but in prophecy, but as the very basis of the most logical arguments practice. Nor is this all. Such an one will be found contained in the Epistle to the Romans, the foundation of the to apprehend in measure the power and safety arising him, declare this truth ; and

do not be afraid of the captious critic.

whole system of apostolical truih. Oh, believe him, imitate from the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit and And do not let even difficulties which you are not at present the value of the exceeding great and precious pro- able to solve stand in the way of the plain and faithful declaramises' which God has given to all them that believe. tion of the Gospel. Rest assured that no discovery has been made, Hence Mr. Spurgeon is constrained to confess they that no discovery will be made, which, when fully tested, will

operate against the plain, grammatical, and practical underare 'gracious men.'

standing of the writings of Holy Scripture. *** Let us hope We would say, in passing, there are two divisions that the plain and faithful declaration of the Gospel

, the one of this sect, viz. • The Plymouth Brethren' (proper) only glorious Gospel of the Grace of God, the only sacrifice of and “The Brethren;' the latter separated from the the death of Christ, will be more relied upon, without any minformer on account of heretical doctrine being par- be a bold proclamation of it in spite of all. Proclaim it as a tially received by them. We hope in our next to be thing not to be gainsaid, or doubted, or argued upon. But able to give an account of this matter. The Bre- when all dangers are fairly looked at, and all the exhortations thren ’ are not free from error, for no sect as such arising out of them are fairly pressed upon the Christian public, can be. But let Mr. Spurgeon's hearers be re-assured. there remains still the glorious consolation for the encourageThey may safely take the preacher's description of Church of God. Whatever 'danger there may be to the

ment of the Christian heart, that there is no danger to the the men instead of his intemperate talk about the Established Churches in this or other lands ; however one body. The young people of the Tabernacle may church may fail, as other churches failed; however the Church rely upon it, that if their minister loves and respects of England, as it is called, may follow the Church at Antioch or these Brethren there cannot be much danger in their the Church of Rome, the Church of Christ is safe. The gates

of hell cannot prevail against her ; and her missionaries are company

going from place to place, as we have just heard, preaching Respecting the doctrine in question, that of non- from the Gospel that fulness of the Gentiles which is to be preconfession, we happen to know that a person who pared before the Lord, the King of the Jews, shall return. It attempted to promulgate it some time ago among the is the fulness of the Gentiles and not of the world. PreBrethren was immediately put away, and it

eminence in everything is given to the Jews. They were mishave

may sionaries, and Christian missions succeeded more while Jews been the same person who spoke at the prayer were missionaries than they have ever done since. And when meeting referred to. It is clearly wrong to charge the King of the Jews shall re-appear, and all Israel shall be the utterances of any one person upon the body with saved, the sentence will go forth, Life from the dead to the world. which he is supposed to be identified. Would the

“ The beam that rests on Zion's hill Surrey Tabernacle congregation like to be held re

Shall lighten every land ;

The King that reigns on Zion's towers sponsible for all the opinions of its members ?

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REPORTS OF SCRIPTURE MEETINGS. The following is extracted from a speech delivered

Search the Scriptures.'-(John v. 39.) by Canon M'Neile (would we could omit the mysterious title) at a recent meeting of the Church Mission- (RAWSTONNE MEETING Room, No. 47, Rawstorne-street, Goswell.

road, Wednesday, May 10, at Eight.) ary Society :

“Canon MI'Neile, in referring to such literature as · Essays
and Reviews,' said, I believe that there is such a love of It was remarked that the presentation of spiritual truth,

• Ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth.'
moderation in our English people, that there is such a re-
pugnance to extreme opinions and extreme measures, that halt which is generally disregarded by the world, always ex-
and-half statements are doing more injury than bold and direct cites the violent opposition of the hypocritical and self-
scepticism itself

. We have a school of compromisers more to righteous. be dreaded in the recesses of our missionary work than open Attention was drawn to the fact that though Christ sceptics. These compromisers ought, I think, to be brought to admitted that the Jews were Abraham's seed' (ver. 33) He the test. Do they believe the Bible or not? Where serious denies that they are his children,' because they have differences in huraan matters occur there is no infallible per- neither Abraham's faith nor works (ver. 39). They were not fection of knowledge on either side. Therefore, a mutual con- therefore the children of the father of the faithful, who saw cession, which is a compromise, may be the nearest possible ap- Christ's day and was glad (ver. 56). proach to true practical wisdom. But to extend this principle to The Jews also claimed God as their father (ver. 41). This religion is to declare, concerning religious differences, that there claim Christ again and again denies, proving to them by their is no infallible perfection of wisdom on either side ; that is, that works that they were of their father the devil. It was Almighty God has not spoken. *** Oh, let me earnestly entreat you ; let me urge upon you, as an old man who has almost remarked that all men must be, by adoption, the children finished his course, that you refrain from the indulgence of that of one of these two Fathers-we are either the children curiosity which has given currency to that pernicious literature of God Almighty or of Satan. Satan promises present which las neither power nor life in it, because it com- rewards to those who accept him—God's promises have chief promises the truth of God's holy Word. Oh, let no hesitation reference to the world which is to come. arising from such arguments, or such assertions, or such diffi. • If God were your Father ye would love me.' If any


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