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taking name, and it is advertised as Belle- earthly abode ! This State-church is a vue or Paradise-place, Honey-hill or Mount- “defence,” a “fortification,” a “ breakpleasant; just as these ten reasons are by water," and the “divine ark,” which Mr. à Baptist Minister of nearly forty years' B. dissents from, but which we are to standing! How wonderful! How delight. respect and reverence. Believing the author ful! How rare, rich, and racy must these of “ten reasons you might take the rensons be!

Ten of them too; for the Establishment to be an institution based on author has a special relish for decades, as a postulate of the divine will, or copied some think, though the like may never from the model church at Jerusalem. occur again. His passion, just now, for Happily the author's ideas are not creative the State-church reminds us of a celebrated of the future. They have no plastic power, artist who painted a sewer at Munich with no controlling energy. The "ten reasons allegorical frescoes, to which, without com- are little more than ten dummies in a hairparing the State-church to a sewer, the dresser's shop, which no amount of artistic eccentric arabesques of Charles Waters talent in a painter can invest with any other Banks

may be fitly likened. His sportive expression than that of vacuous complacency. and recuperative genius has supplied the Transition animals are said to be extremepublic with more articles of virtu, and ly ugly, and the same may be said of other choice things, than the public transition periods, and transition measures. knows what to do with; and yet the spout What the author thinks of the present era, runs-runs freely too, and this time with and the disestablishment of the Irish wine instead of water !

Church, we know; what he thinks of himThe adroitness of some men is wonderful. self, we do not know. At a public meetNor less astounding their not falling when ing, some years since, he was understood balanced on a tight rope, than their saga- to say “he thought himself rather hand. city in coming down to avoid falling, or some.” Whether he is of the same opinion their getting up when they have tumbled now, or whether in his transition state he down. The issuing of these ten reasons has undergone any change, for better or would have diequalified any other man for worse, we are not able to say ; but we the confidence of Dissenters, and the venture to suggest that a tinted photoministry of dissent. But Mr. Banks knows graph of him should be exhibited at what he is about, it may be presumed. As a Cheapside, in company with Mr. Disraeli, theological acrobat he has been so often bal- the Archbishop of Canterbury, and other anced on the tightrope, had so many descents, State-church celebrities. and made so many experiments on the His new-born zeal for the Establishment public as to have a greater insight of it is fearful. It puts in jeopardy the integrity than many of his opponents, who would of his person. He swears by his right reckon as a bad debt that which yields hand, and resolves upon cutting it off him a balance of profit. The Gospel Guide rather than voting for the separation of disappeared just at the upheaval of the Church and State. We hope neither his Rock; and these “ ten reasons in favour of right hand nor his left will suffer by Church and State” are published by the raking chesnuts out of the fire. Zeal in “NATIONAL PROTESTANT UNION,” amid the a good cause deserves applause; still (disexcitements of a general election. So that cretion is required. Phaeton undertook to as a speculation it may not have been wide drive the chariot of the sun, and by his of the mark, and as a matter of business rashness set the world on fire; what Mr. may turn out different from that of Banks' passionate ardour will effect if un. Overend, Gurney & Co.

controlled, it would be premature to say. According to Mr. B. the State-church of But as Minerva is said to have put a golden this realm is Protestantism itself. It is not bridle upon Pegasus lest he should fly too simply episcopacy, or a Protestant sect, but fast, so we advise the National Protestant Protestantism in the abstract and in the Union, or the new Bishop of London, to concrete, to disestablish and disendow bridle by some such means the erratic which would be to quench the coal of Pro. zealotism of their last convert, lest travelling testantism, put out the lamp of Christian- much out of course, he should bring damage ity, and expel the divine Shekinah from its to the Establishment.

INSTABILITY.-Many are soon engaged in holy duties, and easily persuaded to take up a profession of religion, and as easily persuaded to lay it down, like the new moon, which shines a little in the first part of the night, but is down before half the night is over. Gurnal.

Intelligence.

Denominational.

ing as a pledge that the past was forZION CHAPEL, NEW CROSS ROAD, not without some good results : the truth

gotten. His labours in Bradford were DEPTFORD.

had been told them as they had not heard MR. J. S. ANDERSON having received a it before, the good seed of the kingdom cordial invitation to resume his charge over had been down, and would, by God's the church meeting as above, after an blessing, bear fruit after many days. He absence of twenty months at Bradford, re- went to Bradford with a creed,” and on commenced his labours here, on Lord’s. the first Lord's day in 1869, he challenged day, Jan. 10, 1869.

his hearers from the pulpit, to show that On the following Tuesday, a congratu- he had swerved one iota from those prinlatory Tea and Public Meeting was held : ciples he enunciated on going amongst a larger number of friends being present, them. than we have seen at any previous gather. He brought that creed back with him, ing, -not less than 300 sitting down to tea, he would not like to live without it, and he which was served in the spacious school certainly could not die without it. He rooms and vestries. The school was taste- hoped to live and labour amongst them fully decorated with flowers and evergreens, for many, many years, and, if the will of interspersed with appropriate mottoes. the Lord to be made useful to them. If

The Public Meeting was held in the separation did occur, it would be because chapel, which was well filled in every part, the people wanted to get rid of him, never Mr. Anderson presiding.

again of his own accord. After singing Cowper's beautiful hymn, Congratulatory addresses were delivered commencing, —

by the ministerial brethren Dickerson, “ God moves in a mysterious way,"

Box, Maycock, Williamson, Griffith, and

Thomas Jones. Mr. Alderson was to have Mr. Dann engaged in prayer.

spoken, but was absent through indisposiThe Chairman then gave a brief account tion. Votes of thanks were passed to the of the circumstances attending his removal, ladies in acknowledgment of the time and absence, and return. He said, In March, talents expended in the decorations, and 1867, he was asked to supply the pulpit at for their management of the tea; also to Trinity Chapel, Bradford. He found a those ministers who had supplied the pulpit handsome, commodious chapel, more than during Mr. Anderson's absence. twice the size of Zion, school-rooms, and Thus Mr. Anderson has returned under offices, freehold and entirely free from brightest auspices to his former sphere of debt.

labour. The dark cloud which over. The congregation was small, considering shadowed Zion has parted, and we trust the size of the building, and the people the time, the “set time” to favour her bas low in doctrine. He preached two sermons, nailing his colours to the mast, and The earnest prayer of her people is, that shrinking not from proclaiming the whole Mr. Anderson may be made even more counsel of God.

eminently useful than he was aforetime; To his surprise, he received soon after a that sinners may be brought from death unanimous invitation from the church and unto life, the mourners in Zion comforted, congregation to the pastorate. After much the church built up in ber most holy faith, prayerful consideration he decided to go. and the name of the God of Israel glori. He felt he had made a mistake in doing so, fied. yet he had learned many lessons he never Mottingham.

T. G. C. A. would have learned, had he not gone to Bradford. The people had been very kind

STRICT BAPTIST MISSION. tu him, aud did their best to make him comfortable, but he felt he was not in his The Committee of the “Strict Baptist right place. After struggling long against Mission ” have just issued a “Periodical this conviction, he determined to resign. Paper" containing the following particulars He had no right to expect the friends at respecting their new missionary in India. Zion would receive him, as he felt he had Coopoosawmy Row is by birth a Brah. wounded their love in leaving them as he min, the highest caste in India, and was did; but he looked upon the present meet born at Manargoady, in Tanjore, a place

come.

beyond all others noted for its wickedness,, bazaars, highways, villages, hamlets, railand devotedness to idol worship, - two way-lines and stations, workshops, milithings which most frequently go together. tary baracks, &c., &c., and is unoccupied Here he lived, an ungodly, idolatrous by any other missionary.” Here is, thereyouth, until it pleased God to bring him, fore, a wide field of usefulness. May God about five years ago, into connection with make it the scene of much spiritual in. the Wesleyan Missionary Society's mission struction and saving power to the hearts aries in the district where he resided. He of the dark heathen who reside in this now heard, for the first time, of the true locality. God, and the way of salvation by Jesus Besides preaching and conversing with Christ, and became, we believe, truly con. the natives, Coopoosawmy has already a verted, not merely to a belief in the Chris- day and Sunday-school in operation. In tian religion, but to embrace Christ as his a recent report he says : “Colonel Innis, of only hope as a guilty sinner before God. the 41st Native Infantry, kindly offered His parents were much enraged, and me his bungalow for a school, which we brought the Wesleyan missionaries before thankfully received,-a good help in a a court of law at Madras, as having influ- good time for the building we engaged enced their son against them. But, as he was unfit, and needs repair. The boys are was of full legal age to act for himself, the increasing daily; I bave now thirty-seven parents were defeated, and Coopvosawmy on the list. Scripture is the principal left father and mother, and even his in- study. All the boys attend also the Sun. tended wife, (to whom he was betrothed day-school. The first and second classes when a child according to Hindoo custom), repeat verses from the Psalms, which they to join the Christians, whom all his friends commit to memory. The third and fourth and relatives hated. But this was not all. classes are taught in Luke's Gospel in tlie About a year ago, he was brought into vernacular. My wife teaches these two contact with some of the Strict Baptists at classes. After the Sunday-school, I give Madras; and finding that the Wesleyan them a short address or interesting narrateaching respecting the doctrines of the tive, which they hear with great delight. gospel and the ordinance of baptism was “Mrs. Colonel Invis visited the school not according to the Scriptures, he deter: yesterday morning, (July 14th), and exmined, by the help of God, that, as he had amined the first class in arithmetic, &c. left home and friends when a dark heathen, She was pleased with their answers. May in order to follow the light of truth, so God grant his blessing on the feeble labours now he would follow the same light, and of this past month." cast in his lot among the Strict Baptists, We are sure the young friends in our who, he satisfied himself, taught and prac. Sabbath-schools in England will be pleased tised only what Christ had commanded. to hear of this little Christian school estabThis resolve was not carried out without lished among the heathen at Perambore. great opposition and reproach ; but God Besides regular preaching at Perambore, supported him through it, and he was last Coopoosawmy visits the villages around, year immersed on a profession of his faith where he is received kindly.

“Seeming at Madras, and joined the church at Peram. convinced,” he says, “that my object is to bore, of which a highly beloved and do them good, they do not oppose the esteemed native Baptist brother, Mr. Doss truth, but would rather lose their souls Anthravady, is the pastor. Here he was than break caste. If Christianity would for a time employed by the railway com- tolerate caste, they would at once profess pany, but has now become one of our mis- Christianity.” A service is also conducted sionaries, having for his station the town amongst the native Drummers of the Regiof Perambore. His former friends, the ment stationed at Perambore, who, he Wesleyans, and his present pastor, Mr. says, attend cheerfully, and some of them Anthravady, both speak in the highest manifest great seriousness.

We subjoin terms of his character and abilities. For the following extract from his journal of himself he says, “From the beginning, my August last :desire has been to consecrate my life to « VILLAGE PREACHING. On Monday the service of the great King Jesus, preach morning, while I was going to Madavapooing and teaching the gospel to my perish: rani, I found a crowd of people passing on ing fellow-countrymen; consequently I the road. On enquiry, I learned that they shall only be too happy to become your were returning from a feast at Paria polliam, missionary.” Perambore, where Coopoo- a village about twenty miles from Madras, sawmy is appointed to labour, is in the northwards. I determined to preach tó midst of a thickly-populated district. “It these ignorant and bevighted people, Christ, abounds,” says Mr. Doll, "in streets, the true way of salvation. Under a large

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shade, and near a small bridge, I read to had heard me opposing two ministers, only those who collected about me, a portion of last week, on this very question, they Scripture, and explained the folly of would not have supposed the report to be idolatry, and sinfulness of going to that true for a moment. I am a strict comfeast. While explaining the true way of munionist, and believe I shall ever salvation, through faith in the Lord Jesus tinue so, in this life; I am able to say Christ, the increasing multitude listened more than this through the sovereign grace attentively, telling each other that what I of our covenant God, I am not altered in say is nothing but true. But one of them, any point of doctrine. The new covenant who was partly drunk, broke out with all truth of God is more precious to me than sorts of bad language, and attempted to ever; it is my comfort in sorrow, and my beat me, and seemed as if he would have support amid the changes and trials of life. put me to 'death; for he seemed to be so I am so thankful to you for writing, full of rage; but I entrusted myself in the and I hope you will do me the justice to hands of Him that sent me to proclaim his deny all such reports in the clearest and holy name. The drunken man followed strongest way. me till I reached home, with abuses and The doctrines of grace have been my threats.”

comfort for many years, and the theme of The day and Sunday-schools appear to my ministry ever since I began to preach be attended with pleasing results, as the Christ's gospel, and I believe they will following extracts from his September ever be so. journal testify.

I do sincerely desire you to deny in the “ Day School.—This work is sweet to most unreserved and unequivocal manner, me, and Sunday-school work sweeter; and any report of the kind named. if Narrainsawmy, Soobamany, and Codan- I sincerely trust you and

with our dapa are converted and baptized, it will be friends, Mr. and Mrs. -, are quite well, sweeter still. These boys show an abhor. and that you are living in the sweet enjoyrence to the worship of idols, and the super- ment of all new covenant truths and blessstitious ways of their heathen parents; they ings. I often wish I could see you to talk show a desire to become Christians, and over matters; but this privilege is denied they shed tears while I tell them of the me in the providence of God. I seldom dying love of Jesus. May they oe brought hear uow from any of my old friends; but out of darkness into the marvellous light perhaps in some future time I may. I wish of Christ's gospel.

I had more life and power in my soul in “SUNDAY-SCHOOL.—The boys seem to divine things, and more savour and power like the Sunday-school better than the day in my ministry, school. The first and second classes are I often feel dry, barren, and dark; but taught by me, the third and fourth classes this is my joy, that God remains the same

in his will, love, power, and faithfulness. We are sorry to say that the school has The Lord comfort, guide and bless you been diminished by Colonel Innis leaving and dear and our friends, Mr. and the district with his native regiment. We Mrs. with all his people. Most affec. will, in some future number, give further tionately remember me to Mr. and Mrs. particulars of other missionary work carried and to

Ever believe me, your on by this Mission in other parts of India affectionate friend, and Ceylon.

JOHN BLOOMFIELD.

2, Hall Field-road, Bradford, Yorks., MR. BLOOMFIELD AND OPEN COM.

29th Dec., 1868. MUNION.

P.S.- I pray you may have a happy new (We are requested by some influential friends of Mr. Bloomfield's, in the south, to publish the year, in the best sense of the word. following letter.-Ev.]

MY DEAR FRIEND, -I lose not a moment in replying at once to your kind note. I

General. thank you most heartily for the interest

ROME. you have taken in me for years past, and also I shall ever feel grateful to you for the The Marquis of Bute, who recently atmany acts of kindness you have shewn me. tained his majority, has embraced the

Now respecting the report that I am an Roman Catholic faith. He has a princely open communionist-I beg most distinctly income of £300,000 a-year. We hear he to say there is not the shadow of truth in has already supplied Dr. Manning with a the report, nor is there the least disposition donation of £5,000 towards the Roman in my mind to become so. If my friends Catholic Cathedral at Westminster.

by my wife.”

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VOICE OF TRUTH;

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Baptist Record.

SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE."

IN ESSENTIALS, UNITY; IN NON-ESSENTIALS, LIBERTY; IN All Things, CHARITY.

Vol. VIII.

MARCH, 1869.

No. 87.

Expositions and Essays.

THOUGHTS ON ISA. xxxv. 1, 2.

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon: they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.”

This chapter forms a contrast to that preceding. The 34th chapter contains an account of God's judgments upon the nations of the world, and the manner in which he will avenge his church.

The first ten verses contain a series of threats. The people are to be slain, put to the sword, destroyed with the edge of the sword ; and utter destruction shall come on those whom God calls “the people of my curse.” This expression is very remarkable, and is in marked contrast to other parts of Scripture where God speaks of his people, not the people of his blessing. There are those whom God calls his people ; they are so by right of his great purchase, but others are the people of his curse. Then follows (v. 11-15) in singularly expressive language, a description of the desolations which shall come upon that people's land. And the closing verses (16, 17) state the certainty of the vengeance, the mouth of God hath spoken the word—hath commanded all the creatures of evil to congregate in the appointed place; the Spirit of God (that Spirit who quickens, guides, and teaches God's people) shall gather them together. God has, moreover, cast the lot for them, and divided their inheritance in the land by lot. Their possession, too, shall not be temporary, but for ever—from generation to generation.

The first verse of each chapter forms a contrast ; the one is a solemn call to the nations to hear, and the people to hearken; the other is a kind of leap of the mind into a subject which thrills it with joy. The prophet felt awe-stricken by the first vision, and contemplated the doom of the wicked with horror. That feeling gives place to one of unbounded delight, as he looked with prophetic eye upon the future

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