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ministerial improvement, he might con- and undefined candour, under the imtemplate The Vision of the Heavenly posing guise of Christian liberality, is World.On this pleasing, but difficult so trenching upon the line of demarcasubject, the serious reader will meet tion between the church and the world, with many statements to raise and ani- as to render its venerable indications mate his hope, in prospect of that period scarcely perceptible—when to contend when heart and flesh murst fail. This earnestly for the faith once delivered to portion of the volume is divided into six the saints, and to keep the ordinances parts :-1. The Vision of Heaven; 2. as they were originally instituted and The Vision of God; 3. The Vision of regarded, will incur the suspicion of Jesns; 4. The Vision of the Angels; being favourable to antinomianism, and 5. The Vision of the Saints; 6. The challenge the imputation of intolerance, Vision of the pleasures and employ- we are glad to listen to a voice, even if ments of the Saints.

it proceeds froin the tomb, for “he In these devout and judicious reflec- being dead yet speaketh,” which says, tions, there are many passages which we should have much pleasure in pre

| “The ordinance of baptism, as it is ased

| in the Church of England, is wholly onscripsenting to the view of our readers ; but

tural. For, 1. Notwithstanding the rubric this department of our pages is too con- enjoins dipping, according to the Scriptures, fined to admit us to add more than our yet sprinkling, or pouring, is now univercordial recommendation of the work,

sally practised. And though, in my ignoand to express our sincere hope that its

rance, I have done it, yet now I dare no

longer declare, in the presence of a heartcirculation may be equal to its merit.

searching, lie-avenging God, that •[ bap“The profits, if any, are to be appropri tize, i. e. dip, or immerse thee,' &c. when ated to the Baptist Mission Fund for I am only sprinkling, or pouring from a basin Widows and Orphans.”

a few drops of water upon the face. 2. AfWe are happy to inform our readers, / ter the most accurate investigation of the that a second edition of this excellent

New Testament, I can find neither com

mand, precedent, nor certain consequence, publicatiou has just issued from the press.

for baptizing infants : io that sacred book, I find none but those who professed repent

ance for sin, and faith in Jesus Christ, were Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Isaac Slee. admitted to this holy ordinance. 3. I can

with an Extract from his Farewelí / not, in conscience, after the performance of Sermon, on his resigning the Perpetual | thi

this work, declare, that the child is regeCuracy of Plumpton, in Cumberland, I nerate and grafted into the body of Christ's in consequence of becoming a Baptist.

church;' por declare unto God, that it hath By J. KINGHORN. pp. 24. Wight

I pleased him to regenerate this infant with man.

his Holy Spirit:' all which implies that it

confers grace, ex upere operato; a sentiment MANY years since we remember to have justly detested by all true Protestants.” read, with considerable interest, Mr.

p. 10. Slee's farewell Sermon to the Church The precision and force of Mr. K.'s of England. It was then very exten- concluding observations greatly enhance sively circulated, and we have no doubt the value of this pamphlet; one of these was the means of doing much good. is as follows:But such illustrious examples of conscientious deference to the claims of

" It is deeply to be lamented, that a divine truth, and practical conformity I value of true religion, is, in the minds of

sense of the authority of Christ, and of the to the paramount will of Jesus Christ, many, at a low ebb. It is to be feared that are but too seldom imitated and but in their own religious circles they do not too soon forgotten. We are much seek to promote each other's edification, in obliged, therefore, to Mr. Kinghorn, for a manner that is desirable ; while the tbings calling back our attention to this excel

of time and seuse gain a share of their rea

gard to which they are by no means entitled. lent discourse, and to certain importauit

How cheering to the heart, when we meet incidents in its author's life. At a pe- with an instance like that of Mr. Slee, whose riod when a spirit of latitudinarianism whole conduct was a practical illustration of


p. 22.

the animated language of the apostle, •I | side, a blank page, for private observations, count all things but loss for the excellency of reflections, resolutions, and meditations.” the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.'

This volume was evidently prepared

with the purest intentions, and those The Crucible; or Christian Self-Examiner. who think it will assist them in their

best interests will do well to try it, and As the Lord has commanded us to exa

have our good wishes for success. mine and prove ourselves relative to the Christian faith, there can be no

A Discourse on Justification by Faith ; ground to question if self-examination

preached in the course of Sermons on be a duty; and that it has many and the Points in Controversy between the great advantages is quite obvivus. When Romish and the Protestant Churches, we discover defects in heart or conduct, at Tavistock Chapel, Drury-lane, on we are induced to repent and pray for

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1827. By the Rev.

E. BICKERSTETH, Morning Preacher forgiveness and an increase of holiness;

at Wheler Chapel, Spital-square. Seand when we perceive the existence of

cond edition, corrected. Seeley. ; pious feeling, and recollect righteous In our estimation, this is a sermon of conduct, it clearly is a duty to be grate

considerable value. Its doctrine is ful to Him whose influence causes all

scriptural, its argument is forcible, its sanctity in men and angels. But we

style is perspicuous, and its temper is do not perceive how it is possible to Christian. keep such a register of experience as We suppose onr readers are aware, will give, with tolerable accuracy, the that a number of clergymen are engagcomparative state of religion at different ed in delivering a series of discourses and distant periods, in the same indivi- I at Tavistock Chapel, Drury-lane, on the dual. Words employed to embody | Roman Catholic errors. Mr. Bickerthoughts and feelings, have an extent steth, it appears, was appointed to of meaning at one time very different preach on the doctrine of Justification in his intentions who uses them, to their by Faith, and, we think, he has ably import at another. They may indicate and faithfully discharged the duty asthe general character of our experience signed him. The text selected on the and deportment, but cannot determine

occasion is Rom. iii. 28. “Therefore we the degree in which these are pious or

conclude that a man is justified by defective; and thus, in the spiritual | faith, without the deeds of the law." book-keeping which our author recom.

Mr. B.'s plan is to consider, “ 1. The mends, we shall be continually liable to

ble to doctrine of the Romanists on justificastrike false balances, and at one time I tion: 2. the Scriptural doctrine of justito be unduly elevated, and at another | fication by faith ; 3. the vast importance unjustly depressed. It is proposed in

of the scriptural doctrine.” · These the Self-examiner, to keep an account

" points are briefly, but judiciously disof the state of our hearts and our con

cussed. Under the last division, the duct relative to our faith, and love, and

bearings of this cardinal doctrine on humility, and diligence, and motives;

peace of conscience, the analogy of and, indeed, to ascertain whether we faith, obedience of life, the day of judg. advance or decline in religion, and all

ment, and the glory of God, are dispractical righteousness. The plan ac

tinctly and impressively stated; while cording to which all this is to be effected

the discourse concludes with a serious we will give in the author's own words.

address to Roman Catholics, nominal ." There are fifty-two ruled pages, for the

Protestants, and real Christians. We number of weeks in the year. First, a are gratified by observing that a second column containing the particular duties, as edition has been so speedily demanded. the subject-matter of investigation; second

| We would suggest whether, with some ly, there are appropriate texts of Scripture

abridgement, and the omission of the prefixed to the several duties, either expla. natory of their nature and extent, or as

notes, it might not be converted into a rules and directions for the due performance tract for extensive circulation, both of them. There is, opposite to the ruled among Catholics and Protestants. ;



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I would take away my stony heart, and ANN MILLER was the daughter of Mr.give me a heart of flesh. About this Thomas Miller, Baptist minister at Oad- time I was filled with an ecstacy of joy by, near Leicester. She died May 24, at the amazing love and condescension 1827, in the 27th year of her age of the Lord Jesus Christ in dying for

From a child she took great delight little children like me." in reading the Holy Scriptures, which The 14th chapter of St. John was a are able to make us wise unto salvation, very favourite portion of Scripture with through faith wbich is in Christ Jesus. her, particularly, that part which treats Her mind was the subject of very early of the mansions in her Father's house. serious impressions. In her diary she With what pleasure would she talk and says, “I can never recollect the time meditate on these things! When quite when I was without some fear of offend- a child, she adds, “ Since his love is so ing God. I knew that he was a holy great to little children, I will love, seek Being, and looked upon sin with abhor- and serve him, above every thing else. rence ; I felt myself a sinner, but knew I will devote my future life entirely to not how to obtain pardon and favour in his service.” At this time, she adds, his sight. I thought if I attempted to “ I was but little acquainted with the prav, the Lord would not hear me, be- working of human nature, and the decause I was such a child. I asked my ceitfulness of my evil heart. I often father if he thought the Lord would read Mr. Janeway's Token for Chilhear me if I prayed unto him? He said dren, and wept, and wished I was but he would, and also teach me how to like them.” . pray; for out of the mouths of babes! She was naturally fond of reading, and sucklings the Lord would perfect but her favourite books were the Pilpraise. This conversation with my fa- grim's Progress and the Bible. After ther greatly encouraged me to go on these things, she says, “I sadly went and plead for mercy, that the Lord back in religion. I endeavoured as much as possible to banish all serious murmuring word dropped from her lips, thoughts from my mind. I neglected but in patience she possessed her soul. private prayer, bat notwithstanding all She was not able to talk niuch, but what this I could not feel myself happy: my she did say was always expressive of a conscience would become my chief tor- calm and submissive mind. She was mentor. About this time I heard Mr. not at all distressed with the fear of Chater, of Kebworth, preach from these death, but frequently said she was not words :- Unto you is the word of this afraid to die. salvation sent.' The word came with a Neither was she favoured with those divine power, and I rejoiced to think transports of joy that some believers that the word of salvation should be experience; yet at times she possessed sent unto unworthy me. I resolved, in strong consolation. In two instances, the strength of the Lord, to live more during her illness, when just recovering unto his glory."

from fainting, she observed, “O could Early in life she became a teacher in I tell you what I have enjoyed! but I the Sunday school, and was very zea. cannot talk now, if I get better I will lous, diligent, and persevering in that tell you.” Twice she was greatly halabour of love. This was her element: rassed and distressed with Satan's tempshe was greatly beloved by the children, tations, but after prayer had been offerand highly esteemed by her fellow ed up to God on her behalf, the disteachers. Her conduct certainly did tress of her mind was removed, and correspond with her professed feelings she was again blessed with tranquillity and sentiments. May 19, 1822, she put and confidence. At one time when we on a public profession of the Gospel, were all hoping she would get better, being baptized by her father, in the she wrote as follows, “O my Father, name of the sacred three; but she did if thou wilt permit a worm to claim an not think baptism was a substitute for alliance with thee, and call thee my personal religion, or that because she Father; O may my late affiction be had attended to the positive command abundantly sanctified to the good of my of Christ, she was excused from other precious soul, so that it may appear to duties. No, she persevered in the ser all around that nothing is lost in my vice of the Lord, and was always ready affiiction, but the sin, and dross of my to every good work.

corruption : may a sense of thy deliver· Her career, however, was not long in ing mercy, teach me humility: 0 may I this world : she was preparing for a never lose sight of the goodness of God mansion above. During the last three towards me, in supporting me by maniyears of her life, or nearly so, she was festing himself unto me, as He does not the subject of much pain and sickness, unto the world. I have not been fa. but her disorder did not assume any voured with those ecstacies and joys alarming symptoms until last Novem- many are favoured with, but I hope I her, when she was seized with a violent can say I felt a firm reliance on Christ, inflammation, which left us but little as my advocate before the throne of hope that her life would be spared. It God: what rock could I rest on with pleased God to bless the means used to more safety and dependence than this? subdue the inflammation, and our hopes there is salvation in none other; thanks again revived; but no sooner did she be unto God for his unspeakable gift; appear to be a little better, than she what a mercy to have any hope that I am was taken with a distressing cough, interested in this boon, and that a com. pain, and sickness, which continued plete atonement has been made by with little intermission until her death. Jesus Christ for my sin. Clothed in the Her disease bid defiance to all medical Redeemer's righteousness, I shall apskill: we could perceive that her ap- pear before him complete ; for no other pointed time was come, and that she garment will hide my deformity from was about to be taken from us. During the eye of divine justice. I cannot her long and distressing illness, not a come in any other character than that

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