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seldom taken place. Presiding on the occasion, We number fifteen, and I hope we shall shortly we invited brethren from the different churches have some more additions. May we dwell to deliver addresses; and poor and illiterate together in love, thus endeavouring to keep the though they might be, for the most part, yet they unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Yours were well able to speak of Christianity as re- in the same glorious hope, vealed in the New Testament the remedial
W. S. Scott. system of love given to the world for the salvation of men. Like the primitive disciples,
DORNOCK, JANUARY 3, 1849.- I am happy they had tasted, and handled, and felt of the to inform the brethren, that since my last comgood word of life; and this heavenly truth and munication to the HARBINGER, we have introconsolation—this fountain of the water of life duced one on a confession of faith that Jesus of was springing up in each heart, and beaming Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of the living in each countenance-a sure foretaste of that God, and the Saviour of the world, by baptism eternal life which was with the Father, but ma
into his death for the remission of sins. This nifested to us in these last days by his Son sister has been a member of the Independent Jesus Christ our Lord. For want of labourers church at Annan; but having discovered that to proclaim the gospel, the additions during
the infant sprinkling is a tradition of men, she inpast year have not kept pace with the ardent formed her minister of this conviction, when he desires of the brethren. "Still we are not left appeared astonished, and asked for her proof. without witnesses being raised up, and additions She had lately come from Ayrshire, and knew made to the churches. Several have recently nothing regarding our brethren. The minister been added to the church at Bulwell; and du- informed her of something respecting us at ring the last month two have been baptized, Dornock, stating that we were the worst kind and one restored to his former standing, among of Baptists, because we baptized only for the the brethren in Nottingham. On reviewing remission of sins. Well, if this is the worst the past, and regarding the present and the fu- that can be said of us, we are in good company. ture, the brethren seemed determined to add to Simon Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, with their faith courage, and every Christian virtue, the eleven and their associates, about one hunhoping that the year 1849 will be more dis- dred and twenty, stood up and taught this doctinguished for the exhibition of faith, hope, and trine to the many thousands that were in Jerulove, than any preceding one since the Refor-salem. Paul says he taught the same things mation commenced.
as Peter, James, and John—and we believe it.
This is better company even than Calvin, WesWIGAN, JANUARY 17TH, 1849.- Since I ley, or Morrison. We entreat these persons to bewrote to you we have had four baptisms into
ware how they speak lightly of the
commands of Christ, one on the 17th, 25th, 26th, and 31st Jesus, and to remember what he has said of all of December. I pray God that we may all be who do so." Whosoever shall violate, or teach sanctified, body, soul , and spirit—that we may commandments, shall be of no esteem in the
others to violate even the least of these my be of one mind, all speaking the same thing
Now either those who that we may be perfectly joined together in love reign of heaven.” and unity. We purpose to open our new
abide by this infant sprinkling are right, and meeting-room thesecond Lord's day in February,
we are wrong, or the reverse of this is the case and shall be most happy to see you with us on
--for things that differ cannot be identical; the occasion. It is the wish of all the breth- and as there is only ONE BAPTISM, we are wilren that you should be here. From your's in ling, with the New Testament in our hands, the good hope,
the example of Jesus, and the first converts to
his religion, to abide the issue for life everlast[It is my intention, if the Lord will, to com- ing, or for death eternal. I may state that ply with the invitation of the brethren at Wigan, our sister just added is highly esteemed, and and visit them on the second Lord's Day in will be a great help in the reformation for February.-J. W.]
which we plead. Blessed be our heavenly Fa
ther! Your brother in the good hope, CHOLDERTON, NEAR MARLBOROUGH, Wilts,
J. F. 14TH JANUARY, 1849.--As you thought proper, in your last number, to give the readers of GLASGOW, JANUARY, 1849.-I have noththe HARBINGER some information relative to ing particular to say, save that we had two the little congregation of Christians meeting lately added to the church by confession and together at this place, it perhaps may not be immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus. uninteresting to some to be informed, that
A. P. during the past week we have immersed eight more individuals for the remission of all past MOREE (IRELAND.) – Two or three have sins, thus introducing them into the kingdom recently been baptized and added to the small of Jesus Christ on the earth. Several were congregation in this place, which now numbers from among the Primitive Methodists, and seventeen members. Blessed be the name of some had not made any previous profession. 'the Lord.
and depth-a length and breadth neither to be NEWTON STEWART, JAN. 5, 1849. — As a
reached nor embraced by any finite intelligence. church we are living in the greatest harmony.
Though this sad bereavement has fallen so Our Gracious Father hath in his wisdom and
unexpectedly upon many of Mrs. Ewing's love seen fit to take two of our little number to
friends, for more than a year a growing convichimself. First, Brother Crauford, my father,
tion rested upon her own unind that her days
on earth would be few. In the midst of so aged 57 years. He was a very plain, humble,
much to make life attractive-with a husband sterlingly honest man, unassuming in his inauners, a genuine follower of his Lord, and very
but too devoted, friends anxious to dispel every zealous in his cause.
He was the means of thought of gloom, and, in the latter months of bringing several to a knowledge of the truth,
her trial, an infant boy just learning to interpret
and return her smile, no wonder if she had and died rejoicing in the bright hope of the
closed her ears to the unwelcome monitor, gospel ; indeed his death-bed exhortations have inade many think who have hitherto been
speaking only in the silence of her own feelings thoughtless. He died very much regretted by
the warning of death, and listened alone to the the church and the world. -Sister McTaggart
fonder illusions of hope. But she did not so. died soon after my father. She was an humble
In the quiet reflections of her own soul, the disciple of Jesus, and beloved by all. They realities of another world found ever welcome have gone to their rest, and their works follow
audience; and thus the promises of that better them. But, in the midst of our afflictions, the life, which is through Chrst, gained silently Lord has been graciously pleased to raise up
but steadily upon her heart, till she seemed alothers in their stead : one male, of great pro- ready to embrace them. Towards the close of mise, and two females, have put on Christ
her illness, when her body, worn and enfeebled Jesus; and a brother has come to live in this by long wasting, seemed asleep to the surroundtown. We have hope of more being added ing world, the whisperings of her spirit showed shortly. Your's in hope or life eternal,
it was intent upon heavenly visions and absorbed W. M. CRAUFORD,
with scenes, which by faith we kuow open to NOTTINGHAM. – During the past month a
the rapture of those who fall asleep in the
Lord. When her lips scarcely moved, and she young brother, William Mathews, aged 17, who semed in all else asleep, she could often be heard made the good confession when Brother Camp. reciting that glorious vision, — bell was in Nottingham, has been removed by
The smiling millions rise and sing, death. It appeared remarkable to the deceased,
All glory! glory to our King! that he should have confessed the Saviour, and
The Grand Assive is come! a lingering pulmonary disease so soon after You everlasting doors, fly wide,
I he church is glorious as a bride, commence its steady and irresistible work. He
And Jesus takes her home. was sensible to the last, and fully acquiesced The joys of heav'n will never end; in the will of his Heavenly Father.
All glory to the sinner's Friend!
Roll on, you happy scenes ! LOUGHBOROUGH.-On Thursday, the 18th. This was no enthusiasm, but the tempered zeal of January, Sister Swann, aged 65, a member of of a triumphant faith in a mind remarkable for the church at Loughborough, fell asleep in Jesus. philosophic
calmness and strength. By degrees Her faith and hope were firm to the end.
and through long and patiently borne afflictions DEATH OF Mrs. M. B. Ewing.—Another she had raised herself to it; and how rich of the Bethany family is gone. Margaret B. the reward of her perseverance! Indeed, she Ewing, consort of John 0. Ewing, of Nashville, seemned especially averse to every excessive disand the oldest child of Alexander Campbell, by play of feeling, whether of grief or joy, and his second marriage, has been numbered with would frequently express the wish that all might the dead on earth and united to the living in be calm and perfectly resigned to the will of heaven. On the 4th Lord's day of October God. Her confidence was that of a strong mind and the 22nd of the month, about half past 8 staid upon the convictions of a clear and eno'clock, p.m. after a lingering consumption, lightened judgment, trained and matured under she bade adieu to earth and breathed her last. thorough parental culture to the highest exerOnly in her 20th year, and to all human ap- cises of reason and faith. Her last and heaviest pearance full of promise for many years, we conflict was to give up the two beings whom may truly mourn her as a blossom untimely cut she most tenderly loved on earth; but this, too, off and withered ere its full unfolding. It is was conducted in the silence of her own feelnot for us to scan the inscrutable ways of our ings, and commiting them to the Lord, she preGod, nor to apply the measure of our weak and pared for departure. At her own request, the blinded affection to the mysteries of his morning before she expired, with a few Christian providence; but in the early removal of those friends, she calmly, intelligibly, and with much so full of promise and so blessed with the means devotional feeling, partook of the loaf and cup of usefulness, we cannot but see the ordinary for the last time. Without a groan or struggle, standards of human life overthrown, and feel her spirit departed; she expired but as one that in the purposes of God there is a height' falling asleep.
W. K. P.
not THOUGHTS ON AFFLICTION. Father, and that he chastises
for his pleasure, but for our profit, “ Man is born to trouble as the that we might be partakers of his hosparks fly upward.” He comes into liness ;" that he is the Physician of the world crying, and his days, many our diseased souls, and often puts the or few, are too often passed in pain, bitter but medicinal
cup into our and consumed with griefs
. There is hands, that he might “purge our imno exemption. If we only knew our
purities." neighbour's cares as well as onir own,
The wonderful, the exquisite, and we should often see that we are not the effectual adaptation of the glorious afflicted beyond what is common to truths and gracious promises of the
Trouble is every man's com- Bible, (glorious and gracious for that panion—a comrade none can cut. very reason) in imparting consolation Grief dwells in the cottage with the to the afflicted, has often appeared to peasant, and sojourns with the prince us in the light of a powerful and conin the palace—wanders with the home-clusive argument in behalf of its healess beggar, and reigns with the scep-venly origin. As the poet beautifully tred king. Sorrow has, in fact, a
saysdominion wide as death ; and for the
Omnipotence alone same reason, “ because all have sin
Can heal the wound he gave-ned.” We have read of a country Can point the brimful, grief-worn eye where, when a child is born, it is ad- To scenes beyond the grave.” dressed thus “ Thou art come into it is an argument, too, possessing a the world to suffer : endure and be peculiar and great advantage — it is silent.” Alas, how many, how inces- best calculated to prove the truth and sant are the woes of man! Yes, heavenly origin of the Scriptures, to
“How many feel this very moment death, those who have the most need of their And all the sad varieties of pain.”
soothing and consolatory powers. Ho:v do we reconcile this state of How can he deny, or even doubt, the things with what the Scriptures say divinity of the Bible, who can say, or of Jehovah ? “He doth not willing- rather sing, with the Psalmist, the ly afflict, nor grieve the children of sweet singer of Israel —
Let the Deist furnish us with “ Unless in thy most perfect law a solution of this problem — let him My soul had comfort found, try to loose this more than “ Gordian I should have perished quite when as knot." “ There is an infinitely wise,
My troubles did abound” (Psa. cxix. 92.) and good, and all-merciful God, and yet the world he has made is filled HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS. with pain !” Aye, let him solve this riddle if he can ! On his own prin
AFFLICTION-No. 1. ciples he never will; for it will not do to tell us, as one of these wise men
It is good for me that I was afflicted.-DAVID. says, “ that of all possible worlds Should from affliction's dark’ning cloud this is the best.” In the Christian Whole showers of sorrow fallsense of the expression so it is ; but
Where can we turn, but to that God
Who sends or stops them all ? in the deistical, it yields no satisfaction to the reflecting mind : for, from " He doth not willingly afflict, the Almighty we are entitled to look
Nor grieve the sons of men;"
Ah, no! it cannot be that God for perfection, Let the light of Scrip
Has pleasure in our pain. ture shine upon this question, and all its difficulties fly like the shadows of
Our Heavenly Sire his offspring, oft
Secs with indulgence spoil'd; the night before the rising sun. There And, therefore, does not spare the rod, we learn that God is our Heavenly Because he loves the child.
(No. III. Vol. II. Third Series.
BY A DISCIPLE.
Our soul's Physician-oft He marks law on the subject. The feelings of Our love and zeal decay;
one individual tell him, that he must And makes us drink the bitter draught,
have " tee-total ” wine at the Lord's To purge our sins away.
table - the conscience of another that In God confide—for He is wise,
he must have unleavened breadAnd merciful, and just; And will not spare, save when he should,
while a third says, there is no need Nor strike, but when He must.
either for bread or wine of any kind, Then cheerfully let us endure,
for the institution is to be attended to As well as do His will ;
mentally, or in the spirit “ and my He loves us when He smiles, and when own conscience must decide this for He frowns, He loves us still.
me, against all opposing brethren.” If thus we drink the bitter cup,
Indeed, from the earnest and solemn The sweet shall all repay, When these dark nights shall brighten up
manner in which some parties make To everlasting day.
their appeal to the above virtues, or
attributes of mind, we might almost If thus we snffer, soon our pains Shall all our sins destroy ;
conclude that they were given instead And every tear we shed, become
of divine law, to be the great arbitraA sea of heavenly joy.
tors of right or wrong among the D. L. children of men, or the disciples of
the Lord. This, however, is not the CONSCIENCE-WHAT IS IT? case. Appeals to such arbitrators for
the obtaining of a correct judgment “I verily thought in my conscience Iought to in reference to the things of this life, do many things contrary to the name of Jesus.” would be truly ridiculous in the esti-PAUL.
mation of every intelligent mind. To In various religious circles of the the law and to the testimony, if we present day, when discussing theolo- speak not according to this, it is begical topics, it is customary to appeal cause of our remaining ignorance and to conscience, sincerity, conscientious- unbelief, or want of candour to conness, &c. for decision as to the cor- fess the truth when presented to the rectness or incorrectness of our theory mind. and practice of Christianity. It has We hear, repeatedly, of religious been said - but with what propriety cases of conscience, or pious scruples we shall not pause to determine- of conscience. Now what are they? that a correct theory will always pro- Scruple-derived from the Latin word duce correct practice. We have scrupulus, a little hard stone-signithought, for some time past, that a fies that which gives pain to the mind, few reflections, explanatory of the as a stone does to the foot in walking. proper application of these terms, These cases, or scruples of conscience, might be useful and edifying to our are seldom of more importance than readers. These noble attributes, or this little stone. They are often virtues of the mind, are frequently founded in personal conceits, or mere introduced, even by some of our human opinions, which form no part brethren - and especially by those of the Apostles' doctrine—of the felwho have been recently converted to lowship-of the breaking of bread the truth - as possessing a power or of the worship of the congregation which, in their estimation, ought to —and therefore, ought to be removed put an end to all controversy. Hence, with the same ease and dispatch as a how constantly do we hear the re- small stone which inconveniences us mark, “My conscience forbids me to when walking. do this, or that,” in connection with Again, sincerity is often introduced Christianity. Yet, at the same time, as another judge and lawgiver to the there may, or there may not be, any church and to the world of course
we mean the pious world : so that if “ Conscience (says the Deist) is my a person be sincere and benevolent, guide ; "and it is also mine (says the notwithstanding that he be ignorant ill-informed Christian)- I shall think of, and consequently disobedient to, and act for myself.” Now these two divine commands, all is right, because persons only differ in this respecta of the exhibition of these virtues. Nor the Deist makes conscience his idol, does it matter, in the opinion of some, falling down and worshipping it as what may be the character of the be- his deity ; whilst the ignorant disciple lief entertained, providing the conduct of Christ worships it as a mediator bebe in conformity with the standard of tween God and himself.
But idol as civilized society, or that of the sect to it is, conscience is not to be trusted. which the party may belong! But It is often an arrant liar. It has taught is not this a sandy foundation on every religion, and espoused every which to rest for eternity ? (Mat. civil policy — it has outraged every vii. 21-29.) Nothing inherent in man, moral principle, and legalized every or that emanates from man, can pos-crime. Paul, though a cruel blassibly possess the sanction of law in phemer, and subsequently a Christian matters of religion ; if so, all commu- apostle, truly said, shortly before his nications from heaven would be non- death, “ I have lived in all good conentities. Sincerity of motive, and en- science before God unto this day.” larged benevolence, may both exist, As a guide, therefore, none can be without any operation of the faith, more uncertain than conscience, nor hope, or love, required by the gospel. can any be more unsafe. Men may
Again, conscience (Latin con- have consciences without revelation, scientia, from consciens) — signifies and were conscience a sufficient guide, that by which a man becomes con- revelation would be unnecessary. scious to himself of right and wrong. How, then, can a Christian plead the This attribute of the mind is not a law, guidance of conscience ? The sacred but a witness, and is called into ex- writings are his guide—"a lamp that ercise by a thought, word, look, or shineth in a dark place
the only action, personally or relatively. A guide in this dark and ignorant world. man of enlightened, upright, candid, When, then, the Bible speaks, conjudgment, becomes conscious instant- science must be silent, or, in a moly of right or wrong. But his mind ment, assent to the teaching. The gosis not measured by feeling, but by pel is given to bring down lofty conrighteous enactments, whether human ceits, and vain imaginings, and everyor divine. The conscience of an ig- thing that exalteth itself against the norant, disingenuous, and stubborn- knowledge of God, bringing every minded man, will allow of his doin thought into subjection to the obemany things sincerely contrary even dience of Christ. Every disciple, in to the name of Jesus ; and therefore, this state of mind, will cease regardwhile in that state, he can never ob- ing his conscience as the standard of tain salvation. The candid and he- right and wrong either to himself or roic Saul of Tarsus had to be con- others. verted to the belief that Jesus is in- “What, then, it may be asked, is deed the Christ, the Son of the Living conscience ? It is a feeling, an emoGod, and to submit to the institution tion of pain or of pleasure, which inappointed by Him, before he became stinctively arises in every human child-like, or enjoyed the forgiveness breast, upon the violation of, or comof sins, and the hope of a glorious sal- pliance with, principles of right acvation by resurrection from the dead, knowledged by the individual. Coninto the presence and likeness of his science, when under the influence of Divine Lord and Master.
truth, light, and candour, witnesses