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ignorance. But such ignorance is inexcusable. It Thus we see Timothy was charged to deal with is a repetition of Israel's sin--and of that people the the younger widows as Titus was charged to treat Apostle Paul testified.
obstinate hereties. Surely the younger widows were
not to be refused fellowship! They were to be re“I bear them record that they have a zoal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's fused (paraitou) from the office of deaconess. These righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteous- seem to have been elder sisters in receipt of ness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of assistance from the assembly, and who, in return, God.” (Rom. x. 13.)
served the church in any possible way. In like The result of their determined ignorance was, manner, Titus was charged to reject (paraitou, froin that they were scattered in all the world; and the office of elder such as persisted, after the first their descendants are a living monument of God's and second admonition, in teaching heresy. As estimate of willful blindness.
neither the power of appointing nor rejecting elders So, too, the world's churches-Rome and her has been given to assemblies, we must look to the daughters-are to receive judgment. Professing Lord in the midst, who has retained the power in christendom, the modern Babylon-after that the His own hands, to drive out the "wolf," or to silence living members of the Church of God have been the speaker of "perverse things." See Paul's charge taken away-must be destroyed. We do not speak to the Ephesian elders (Acts xx'; but what was to here of the destruction of the nations; but of the be their resource ? G01), and the Word of His grace. carnally-constituted religious systems which prostitute We think it will be admitted, therefore, that the the name of Christ.
passage in Titus does not refer to 'excommunication' “ For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her
or “putting away," at all, or to any form of churchfornication, and the kings of the earth have committed forni- power. cation with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies,” much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her : for she saith in her heart, I sit a
How peculiar is the way in which we are taught queen, and am no widow, and shall see
in 1 Cor. x. sorrow.”
the significance of "the сир of blessing, (Rev. xviii. 3 & 7.)
and the bread which we break." It is not to be And in connexion with this, what saith the scripture overlooked that this passage of Scripture commences to you, beloved ?
by pressing upon our attention the truth that ALL "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, Moses in the cloud and in the sea.”
who were delivered out of Egypt were “baptized to and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Rev. xviii, 4.)
Why was the apostle anxious that the saints at Corinth (with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,) should not be
“ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the “A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admoni. cloud, and all passed through the sea ?" tion, reject (paraitou,) knowing that he that is such, is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” (Titus iii.)
As it is thus insisted that all the redeemed out of
Egypt were baptized to Moses, what inference can be A correspondent says, “I believe Titus iii. 10, 11
drawn for Christians, but that they all should be “ teaches us to cleanse ourselves of false teachers. baptized to the Lord Jesus? And why is this fact “I have always thought it a direct teaching."
presented before “the supper" is taken up, if we As it is not the first time this passage has been so are not to see in it that baptism is the first step for the urged, we commend to our readers the following believer ? considerations. 1. This injunction was not given to an Assembly, land." (Heb. xi. 29.)
" By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry nor even to apostolic elders, but to Titus, acting at
So tooCrete for the Apostle Paul.
"They that gladly received his word were baptized." “For this cause left I thee in Crete—that thou shouldest (Acts ii. 41.) set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in Having been baptized to Mosesevery city, as I had appointed thee."
They (the Israelites) did all eat the same spiritual meat; Where is the man who has any such functions ?- and did all drink the same spiritual drink : for they drank of Let him claim the powers given in this epistle. the spiritual Rock that followed them; and that Rock was
Christ." 2. But the word "reject," in this passage, does not mean putting away from the assembly, as is generally the word, were baptized, and afterwards -
So, the early Christians, having gladly received supposed, but removing from the eldership, having reference only to Titus's special work. That this
“Continued sted fastly in the apostle's doctrine and fellow.
ship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts ii. 42.) word never has the force of “excommunicate,” will
The divine provisions for the people under Moses
did not, however, keep them from sin. “They “ But refuse (paraitou) profane and old wives' fables." (1Tim.) | lusted after evil things; they became idolaters, as it Foolish and unlearned questions avoid (paraitou). (2Tim.ii
) is written, the people
sat down to eat and drink and "Ho that ye refuse not (paraiteseesthe) him that speaketh.'
rose up to play!" Alas, how many Christians are (Ib, xü. 25.)
idolaters according to that definition !
PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE EXAMINED
WHICH EOME REGARD AS GIVING JUDICIAL POWER TO THE CHURCH
appear from other
Other wickednesses are enumerated in the chapter members of the body of Christ, but one in fellowship before us, but idolatry is the most dwelt upon. Then together as of one mind and one spirit. See the first it is said, “All these happened unto them for en-chapter of the epistle, verses 9, 10. samples [types] : and they are written for our ad- In the one loaf provided for an assembly to monition, upon whom the ends of the world are come !" break, we have the symbol of the unity of the one Yes, to worship or be in subjection to aught but the bodyliving God, is idolatry.
“For we many are one bread, one body; for we are all parIs there not abundance of idolatry even in con- takers of that one bread." (Verse 17.) nection with that which should be recognised as the
It would be quite a misapprehension of the truth to Lord's table ?
recognise, in the loaf we break together, a figure First the Papist, with his miserable fable of trans- only of the particular assembly who break it. And substantiation, worships that which should be bread, it would be just as foolish to limit the thought to a but which he calls a wafer.
theoretical unity of any confederation of assemblies. Other denominations bow down, with superstitious We are to regard the one bread as the presentment of reverence, either to the bread and wine, or the so- the one body of Christ. All who believe in the Lord called priest who administers them.
Jesus Christ are partakers of himself, “the true And lastly, exclusive brethren, submitting to the bread which came down from heaven.” So all dictum of their leaders, gather to "the table," instead Christians ought to break bread, discerning in the of to their living Lord ! We ask the reader to ponder prayerfully every
one loaf upon which the eye rests, that they all are
one in Christ Jesus, however scattered, however verse of our chapter; and then say whether we are hindered. raising a needless note of alarm.
Strange to say, Mr Darby's party of "the brethren," After the solemn warnings adduced from what teach a doctrine about the unity of “ The Table,” befel the Israelites in the wilderness, it is added instead of the unity of the “ One bread.” To those “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lost who know how deeply the leaders of that party are
versed in truth generally, it is quite staggering to Then follows a word of encouragement, but still have their “ TABLE” theories tested by Scripture. · most expressive of constant danger, and then
They have, as Mr Dorman admits he had, so practi“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak cally imbibed the thought of Mr Darby's infallibility, as unto wise men ; judge ye what I (Verses 14, 15.)
as to pass unquestioned, doctrines which a babe in Why this caution? Why this careful judgment? Christ may overthrow, if he will but faithfully comBecause of the subtilty of the danger! Satan is ever pare them with the “inspired Word." at work to cheat saints into some demonstration of But that, unhappily, we know it to be the fact, we unholy zeal. If he can only get them to invent a confess we should be unable to credit the existence test (really an idol) for the non-worship of which they of such an infatuation as that which possesses our can cast out their brethren, alas, how he triumphs !
brethren, " the exclusires," respecting “ the table." Indeed, this has ever been so from the first days, But we have to record it, simply and soberly, that they and, sad to say, the practice is rife now. It was só actually maintain the superstition that they only ar in Israel.
able to spread a table in the name of the Lord, and
that “ Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my
table but theirs is the table of devils !
any name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified.” (Isaiah lxvi. 5.)
It is humiliating to make such a statement respectIt is easy to do most unholy violence in the sacred ing christians endeared to us in so many ways, so name of the Lord.
much so that we could almost desire that our charge
against them should be discredited. Our true hope Now we come to
is, however, that they may be aroused to look at the * The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the commu- truth, and shake off the shackles which bind them, nion of the blood of Christ ? The bread which we break, is it even the " traditions of the elders." not the communion of the body of Christ ?"
What does our scripture say about the Lord's Whence, then, is our title to that cup and bread ? table ? Surely from our Lord Jesus alone !
We have noticed how that the first part of the Who has power to grant or withhold them ? The chapter warns against the more subtle forms of Lord alone! We search in vain for a single text of idolatry. Now, all who need the admonition, are Scripture to justify either the reception or rejection cautioned against the grosser mixture of idolatrous of a believer, by man, as to communion in thě body things with those which our Lord has made sacred. and blood of Christ!
The 18th verse is in unison with that passage“Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the “ Both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanotified, are Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the all of one." (Heb. ii. 11.) Lord.”
It would seem that the Corinthians were knowingly It is thus the divine word interposes to protect the partaking of things offered in sacrifice to idols (study sanctity of our Christian feast. Can man add to the entire context), and they were admonished against the efficiency of that protection ? The Scripture of such profanity, by being reminded that they were which our chapter forms part, assumes that all who called to practical sanctity, because partakers of the together partake of the bread and wine are not only Lord's table ! By eating of things sacrificed to
idols they were having fellowship with devils! It must seek to get rid of them in a Scriptural uny, each accor. is declared to them therefore that they cannot go on ding to its order. As to doctrine, who is there that can attirm with such things and with God also.
he holds the whole truth of Scripture according to God?
We do not know a single Christian on earth whose judge " Ye cannot drink the cup of devils ; ye cannot be partakers ment we could trust implicitly on ail points ! of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke Paul could be trusted fully, because he had been in heaven the Lord to jealousy ? are we stronger than he ?"
and saw things from a heavenly standpoint. But the Apost! Nothing can be more manifest than that the Peter could not be relied upon in the same way—“He was to passage before us applies to a condition of things be blamed. The apostle James and those with him also dis
Gal. ) which no longer obtains in this part of the world.
This answers your difficulty respecting Hymeneus and It is also quite plain that the “ Lord's table” is a Alexander. With a clear conscience Paul could deliver thess table anywhere spread in the recognised sanctification falso teachers to Satan. But I do not think he would comof the Lord's name and presence !
mission his beloved son Timothy to do so! I doubt whether in that day, much less in ours, any but “the apostle to the Gentiles" could be entrusted with such awful power. We
think it evident he did not confer such authority upon any Address Letters for the Editor, care of Printer, 335, Strand, w.c. individual, and certainly not upon any of the Churches.
Respecting the gifts conferred upon Timothy-In the first
epistle, "by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the EVIL DOCTRINE-HOW MUST WE DEAL WITH IT?
presbytery-and in the second epistle “by the laying on of the M. L. C., Belfast.-We thank you very much for your com- hands of the Apostle ;" whatever was given he was not to munication, which is written in the true spirit of Christian neglect, but to stir up. That he had no commission given him love, though you disapprove of the thoughts we have expressed to excommunicate is evident, for he himself is exhorted as a on the subject of exclusion for doctrinal evil. Just look now
"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; at the following sentence which we quote from your letter :- continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thy
“You will admit, dear brother, that if you have taken a self and them that hear thee.” (1 Tim. iv. 16.) wrong view of this subject, you have done and are doing an The very thought of excommunication, as generally held, is “awful amount of mischief to the Church of God, as well as to a fallacy. Scripture never stops short of delivering over the
your own soul; while, on the other hand, if you have taken a condemned one to Satan. It is an easy thing to expel an "right view, there are many of God's dear children, who are erring brother from a Christian assembly-but if believers "now walking in a lonely, trying path, who might be enjoying know what they are doing, they will find it a very different "all the sweetness of communion and fellowship with those who matter to undertake to deliver one over to Satan! are dear to their souls as a right hand or a right eye.”
It is to be done; it must be done in the instance of moral We think this last happy conclusion you arrive at, as possible, guilt, if of the kind set forth in 1 Cor. v. But what heartought at least to induce you to re-consider carefully the judg: breaking work it would be in such a case, if Christian love ment we have heretofore set forth on the subject. We will, were operating in the Church ! however, endeavour to answer the points you raise. You refer But where is the assembly to be found so free from the us again to the words of the Apostle Paul, “Do not yo judge leaven of evil doctrine, as to deliver a mistaken brother to them that are within,” &c. (1 Cor. v.)
Satan for speaking out some delusion of his heart, which many We have fully pointed out that judgment one thing, exe- perhaps may indulge in secret ? If you permit Christians to cution another. Moreover, the subject in the chapter named, is exercise their carnal judgment, some will be ready enough to moral evil, not the leaven of false doctrine. The two kinds of carry out their thoughts about excommunication ; but only insist leaven are fully brought out in the epistles to Corinthians and upon having the sentence executed which was meted out, by Galatians, and the remedy in each case is totally different. The apostolic power, to Hymeneus and Alexander ; and we ask morally wicked person, at Corintb, was to be delivered over to where are they who will take the responsibility. Mr Darby Satan for the destruction of the flesh-in fact, the man was to and a few zealots with him might pronounce that awful delibe purged out. The word to the Galatians was quite different; very of a brother to Satan ; but if so, righteousness would in their case the doctrine was to be purged out. How was this require that they should deliver over themselves also, inasmuch to be done ? Not by cutting off the persons, but by instilling as their judgment itself would be an evil doctrine, because truth into them afresh. So bad was their case that the Apostle unscriptural. had to say to them, “I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed You say, you "Do not know any Scripture which teaches 113 “ upon you labour in vain"! Yet he continues his remon- to wait on God to judge and put out for evil doctrine." Neither strances with, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth do we ; but we know that the Lord teaches us to wait upon
again until Christ be formed in you, I desire to be present with Him in every difficulty. Where we have clear guidance from "you,” &c.
“the Word we must take care to act it out; but there are The fact is, as soon as you begin cutting off for erroneous a thousand difficulties in which the living Lord himself, is our doctrine, there is no knowing who will be left. This the ex- only resource. We have to learn our own weakness and His clusive brethren have abundantly proved ; and if they were strength. The introduction of evil doctrine tries believers in faithful to the mistaken principle adopted, they would end by that way. By prayer, by constant and faithful use of Scripcutting off their leader, Mr Darby himself
. To deal with the ture, and really trusting our great Deliverer, we believe such leaven of doctrine in that way, will not stand the test of a evil will soon be put out of a little assembly of faithful ones, or single Scripture.
the false teachers will themselves take their departure. We are convinced that it is a rare thing to find a Christian
.“ They went out from us [the antichrists], but they coere not free from error in doctrine. “ The kingdom of heaven is like of us, for if they had been of us they would have continued with its : “ unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three but they went out that they might be made manifest that they were
measures of meal, till the whole was leavened"! (Matt. xiii. not of us.” (1 John ii. 19.) 33.) Again, the Lord said to his disciples, “ Beware of the “ leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Mat. xvi. 6.) And
We quite sympathise with your sensitive spirit which
shrinks from tolerating evil in any form. Don't tolerate it; that leaven is explained in verse 12 to be the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Such leaven did manifest itself in ship with them in it. Let us all have our spiritual judgments
let any who hold false doctrine know that you have no fellowthem, but did Jesus cast them off? Nay, his way is to reprove, fully exercised in the word of God, and keenly alive through and instil truth-that the leaven may be driven out, and the disciple healed!, Do please try and separate in your mind the sword in execution, even in defence of our Lord and Master,
the monitions of the Holy Ghost. But let us fear to wield the remedies provided for the two kinds of leaven, moral and remembering his own words, doctrinal. The scriptures maintain a marked distinction. “ Put up again thy sword into his place : for all they that TAKE They are both evil, and we are not to consent to either, but we the sword shall perish with the sword." (Matt, xxyi. 52.)
If the evil in an assembly will not succumb to the faithful On the subject of Mr Darby's method of receiving to and use of God's word, and faithful walk in ourselves, then a true- putting away from “the Exclusive Party,” otherwise called by hearted believer must separate himself. “Let every one that them "the Table," --no wonder you could get no answer from nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." (2 Tim. our misguided brother to your enquiries. Any reply he might ii. 19.)
have given would be self-condemnatory.
It is wonderful that so many intelligent and spiritual WHAT CONSTITUTES A CHURCH ?
Christians as are numbered among Mr Darby's followers, can
suffer themselves to be kept in bondage to theories and pracC. P., East Moulsey.-We thank you very sincerely for your tices which are utterly untenable when brought to the test of truly encouraging epistle. It is cause for much praise to him the Scriptures ? who hath created us in Christ Jesus, when we are able to subjects apart from the errors of their leader, they own the
And this, notwithstanding that, on all speak to one another in simple brotherly candour.
"inspired word” as an infallible guide! We have no thought of advocating the formation of churches, if by that term an organization of any kind is implied. But if for their assumption of the guidance of the Holy Ghost in their
Where can any justification be found in the New Testament, the word Church be accepted as synonymous with Assembly, judicial sentences of excommunication? There is no such in speaking of a meeting of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, position recognised in any of the Epistles to the Churches. then we certainly do recommend Christians to come together | Even in the instance of the judgment demanded of the assemin fellowship as "Churches." We quite appreciate your fear bly at Corinth, it is “ In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that such assemblies may get puffed up with pride, and con
when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power sider themselves as “ the Churches," and finally, repeating the of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one unto Brethren” mistake of becoming confederate, take to themselves Satan,” &c. a place as "the Church.” But we do not think there is much
Here we are shown the need of having, in any such judgdanger in that direction. The pretensions of Rome, and those ment, the spirit of “the Apostle to the Gentiles ;" but the senof the "exclusive Brethren,” have made man's attempted main-tence is not at all associated with the name of the Holy Ghost ! tenance of a visible unity so odious, that, humanly speaking, Nor do we think the name of God's Holy Spirit is anywhere in there is little likelihood of a repetition of it. But in any case, the Sacred writings linked up with judgment upon saints. we must never be deterred from pursuing the right path On the contrary, is not His holy and blessed ministry among through apprehension of the possibility of eventual deviation. Enough for us to advocate, and do, whatever we see to be the name of the Holy Ghost to any such judgment as the “ex:
us always in grace ? So that, (thoughtlessness apart,) to attach according to the mind of God to-day, without a care as to what clusive brethren" have arrived at, is little short of blasphemy! may eventuate to-morrow. “ The Lord is at hand, be careful for nothing." May this truth be present with us in all we suggest words-" Conceive for a moment the assumption of being THE
As to the pretensions of the party generally, we repeat your or adopt.
“ ONE ASSEY wy, having the Holy Spirit to direct it, -the We do not see that a local Church or assembly has
' temple of God, bound to act in the Spirit by the Word—[See any right to control, or dictate, to Christians who do
“ • Bible Treasury,' April, 1867]- I say, conceive such an not seek fellowship at the place of meeting. Nor ought one
“ Assembly not having yet arrived at a conclusion concerning assembly to feel aggrieved if another should be held in the
“ Baptism !! Is it conceivable that simple, and alone desire to next street, or even in the next house. Neither, in such case,
please God, can have led to such looseness ?” would one Church have any justification for interference in the internal arrangements of the other, or for insisting upon uniformity of doctrine. There might be much intercommunion, but it should be all in grace, not of necessity. Each assembly would have to look to the "one Lord," as much unimpeded by F. H., Pentonville. We are truly thankful for the earnest the neighbouring Church, as though the distance from Corinth love manifest in your second letter, and accept in simplicity to Rome was interposed between them. Such assemblies must your assurance that you desire to be conformed to the Lord's take the true ground of sufferance, in contrast with the coveted will about Baptism. "We cheerfully, therefore, resume the subplace of power which has been sought for by all the sects of ject with you. It seems to us, however, that you really have Christendom. They must be careful to have "that mind in exhausted your difficulties
when you say, "If İ, not discerning them which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the "water baptism to be the Lord's mind, should be baptized, to form of God thought it not robbery to be equal
“me it would be sin." with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him Where can you find scripture to warrant such a thought as the form of a servant,” &c.
that ? How are we to know the Lord's mind ? Even by acThis is not new to us, dear brother. There was—and, thank cepting, and doing, the things which he has said. “If any man God, there is even now-in many places, among various sec
“ will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine.” (John vii. tions of "the brethren,” the true spirit of Christ actuating local 17.) This is a divine principle upon which the believer is reassemblies. Wherever there is failure, we believe it will be quired to act. And the teachings of Scripture on the subject of found to result chiefly from incorporation with other churches, baptism are most exactly based upon it. As we have already meeting (according to the accepted phrase,) “ upon the same remarked, there was no explanation given, respecting baptism, ground.”
BAPTISM AND BREAKING OF BREAD.
to those upon whom it was enjoined, until after they had sube As to the various denominational bodies, we have no need to mitted to it. Believers were commanded to be baptized, and pronounce whether in any sense they can be called Churches. they were baptized, as a matter of course. Afterwards, in It is evident, however, that they do not consider themselves as writing to the churches, the Apostles were permitted to exassemblies of believers. The very fact that preaching the plain the deep meaning of the ordinance. gospel of salvation to a congregation, is considered a necessity Depend upon it, dear brother, the Lord's way is, first childon all occasions, proves that any such meeting is not a Church like, unquestioning obedience to His commands, and then an according to the true significance of the word.
intelligent apprehension of their importance. The natural Doubtless a local Church properly comprises all true mind is prone to reverse the divine order. Hence the confusion Christians in the district. Perhaps only a few of them may and difficulty which prevail. be in fellowship together, in the way the Lord would have You say, many of our arguments are potent, and you weigh them ; others unhappily are "unequally yoked together with them as such. Does not this admission leave you without unbelievers,” in opposition to His word. As a fact, the first named few are a Church or assembly of the followers of Jesus ; You do not like our reply concerning breaking of bread. We while the others are units out of place. Alas, many of them dó are sorry you do not; but why not point out wherein you not know their proper calling, and we accordingly sorrow over
think us in error? rather than blame them; but the position they occupy, in In reference to 1 Cor. x. 16, 17, "The Table" is not prerelation to the local Church or Churches is just as we have sented as a figure of unity, though the Bread which we break said, that of units out of place.
is. Do not think we are differing with you about
phraseology merely. The truth brought out in ver. 20, not surprised, however, that the number is small whose faith is about “the Table,” is quite apart from the question sufficiently strong to make this practical protest against the evil of unity. Well, the one loaf represents the many members complained of. Faithfulness always requires self-sacrifice. It of the one body, quite irrespective of the question of where is not easy "to go forth unto Jesus, outside the camp, bearing those members are to be found, or even that of their moral his reproach.” (Heb. xiii. 13.) But this is what the Christian walk. The wicked fornicator, delivered over to Satan for the is called to do in this day, and happy are they who thus follow destruction of the flesh that the spirit might be saved in the the counsels of their Lord. day of the Lord Jesus, was yet represented as a member, by the “ One Bread;" though he had personally forfeited his
J. C. junr., Kensington.-It is very evident that in you, dear right to recognition among his brethren. So we believe, dear brother, Mr Newton has a very zealous advocate. But we fear brother, that the "one loaf" you last were permitted to break,
that your feelings have been too keenly aroused, through the represents the writer of this, in common with all the members excessive denunciations heaped upon your friend, to admit of of the body of Christ; and likewise, in the "one bread" of your judgment being exercised dispassionately, We are forced which we partook through grace, last Lord's Day, you were
to this conclusion from the impatience manifested in your included in its presentment of the unity.” But in all this,
letters against any calm examination of that which is charged the question of experimental Christian fellowship, remains against him. untouched.
We must decline, at present, to entertain any other point of As a fact, surely we must be all agreed that, those will walk doctrine held by the writer in question, until you show us that
he has, in terms, recanted the views he set forth in the tracts most happily in practical fellowship, who accept the Lord's commands implicitly. To fellow Christians who elect to be
which you say
were withdrawn for re-consideration. It is conformed in certain things only, we neither can nor should
understood that Mr N.'s teaching was to the effect, "that our deny any Christian privileges; but they who walk in the obedi.
Lord Jesus Christ, as a Jew born, was in the place of distance ence of faith may very fairly say, “ We do not wish the ele
from God, and was under necessity, by a life of conformity to ments of disorder introduced among us."
the law, to work himself into a position where God could meet Suppose a Christian holding the tenets of the Society of him," and, "that he was subject to inflictions from God in his Friends, were to seek fellowship in worship with you. You, lifetime, apart from the sufferings of the Cross.” We merely knowing that such repudiate both baptism and breaking of repeat from memory (subject to correction) that which we have bread, would naturally reply to him, “Dear Brother, as a mem
heard charged against him. Now, the only way to remove the ber of the body of Christ, you have a right to join with us in
imputation, is to produce the tracts to show that they are free
from such dreadful errors. worship; but when we show forth the Lord's death, those who
If that cannot be done, the only know you, will feel grieved that you dishonour our Saviour by other course for Mr N. is to state distinctly that he now un. refusing the bread and wine which He has graciously given us
reservedly withdraws and repudiates such teachings, as to partake of in remembrance of Him. There will thus be unscriptural. Until that be done, any defence of himself, such hindrance to full fellowship. If you will not conform to that
as the letter from which you quote, is absolutely worthless. which is clearly the mind of the Lord, according to Scripture,
We must add that, in our estimation, any Christian against will it not be better for you to meet with those who think about
whom such a charge, as that referred to, is laid, is inexcusable these things as you do ?" We ask you to apply this to the
if he offers anything less than a full and emphatic contradicquestion of communion with unbaptized believers. May we
tion of it; and such a one is totally unworthy of being listened not leave the case thus ?
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J. C. A., Hull.-It is a solemn thing to take such a case into your own hands. Your letter expresses a fear that your course will be condemned. “ If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things." You are in the Lord's hands. If you are acting in the Spirit to his glory, he will sustain you; but if the flesh be yet unjudged, the
Lord is Lord, and knoweth how to chasten. May you have grace to consider the past in the light of Heb. x. 30, 3i.
AMICUS.-If we could spare the needful space, your communication should have insertion, though we should take the liberty of altering the word “Darbyites." We hope, as opportunity may serve, if the Lord delay his coming, to steadily press upon the consideration of Mr Darby's disciples the actual proceedings of our brother and those confederated with him. They are, however (apart from the grievous spirit of bigotry which possesses them), very dear Christians, and we therefore seek to avoid the use of a name which seems to savour of enmity. We entirely sympathise with you in grieving over the fact that so many beloved ones in Christ, who continue in the ranks of the above party, are totally ignorant of the sinful course taken by their leaders in the excommunication of assemblies.
J. H., Monk's Eleigh.- We quite agree with you that the practice of “ Congregational singing," that is, a mixed multitude of believers and unbelievers joining in hymns of prayer or praise, is very sad to witness, and manifestly contrary to the mind of God. The Lord's way is ever to separate those who are his from those who know him not. It is through christians commonly shutting their eyes to this foundation principle, that the confusion which prevails in Christendom is perpetuated. It is in vain to look for any remedy in the way of Corporate reform. The only deliverance is in the power of the individual believer. It is that of separation from the mixture, and standing apart in faithfulness to the Lord, content to company with the few who “call on the Lord out of a pure heart." We are
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