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dant of himself altogether. He spoke thy Lord.' That this may be the case of Christ as the altar of earth, taking with him, yourself, and your affectionupon himself the seed of Abraham ; be- ate, though unworthy, son, is the prayer coming flesh of our flesh, and bone of of
ROBERT. our bone; that He came down into the Canterbury. place where the sinner was, to lift him up on high, and make his standing more Mr. David Denham. secure than it was before he fell; that although He became this altar of earth, Trinity Chapel, Leather Lane, Holvisited the earth, became the helpless born. We have before noticed that the babe upon the lap of his mother Mary, friends of Mr. David Denham have yet was He the mighty God, and as such, taken this old-established place of wordid the shepherds worship him.
ship, which, being in a sad condition, Mr. C. next showed that this altar is they have been under the necessity of erected in a poor sinner's soul, and said, cleaning, painting, and furnishing it; what a mercy it was that God had thus it is now an exceedingly neat and comvisited his people by setting up this fortable chapel; and we do most sin. altar in their consciences!
cerely pray that here our bighly-esteemMr. C., in speaking of the dear Lorded brother may labour in peace and recording His name, said, it was record with a goodly measure of real prosperied in ancient settlements, 'ere time be- ty. He has been called, (like many of gan,--in Christ Jesus, and in the book of the ambassadors for Christ) to go Life, but that especially the Lord re- down to the sea (of tribulation,) and corded His name as the great I Am, there he has had to do business in great full of truth and mercy, long-suffering, waters : " he has “mounted up to heaand of great goodness in a poor sinner's ven” (in the glorious ministration of conscience, and in the preaching of the the gospel); and he has gone down to everlasting gospel. He recorded his some of those depths of anxiety, sorrow, name in poor Peter's heart when he so and distress which most of the faithful basely denied Him before a silly maid, ministers of the truth are called to or his sin would have remained, and endure. We feel a humble persualike Judas's, would have been too heavy sion that the Lord is about to make the for him to bear; and the look which storm a calm, that the waves will prePeter received from his Lord, was a so- sently be a little quiet; so that he may lemn, yet sweet proof of his having re- at last come to his desired haven, like corded it there; so doth He record His a shock of corn that is fully ripe. name, His grace, His willingness, and But this is not all we have to say. His ability to save with an everlasting No, no. “Be ye warmed, and filled," salvation, all who hereafter shall be- is not enough. In drawing attention to lieve on His great and glorious name. these circumstances, we desire to “DO But He not only records His name, but WELL ;” and James says, “If ye fulfil comes Himself, where His name is re- the royal law according to the scripture, corded, and blesses with His own pre-|(THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR sence and power those who are thus fa- AS THYSELF), ye do well.” (James ii. voured ; and when He blesses, who is 8.) This is the royal law. And in renthere can reverse it? None! When He dering obedience to this law, we will saves, who is it can destroy? When He first give our readers some information ; builds, who dares to pull down?
and, secondly, offer a kind suggestion. I shall forbear saying any more, fur. In the first place, the cost-[ah, the ther than that, upon the whole, we had cost, say you, we do not want to hear a good day, and should be glad to be anything about that! Well, but that favoured with such a ministry, believing second verse of the sixth of Galatians is it to be the true ministry of the Spirit still in the statute book, and ye dare not of the gospel of Christ, to poor lost sin- to violate it. Read it! "Bear ye one ners.. I cannot help thinking he is a another's burdens ; ” and so—(look at man destined of the Lord to fill an im- it) and so-fulfil the law of Christ. portant post in His church below, and, Well, then, the cost of rendering at last, to be gathered home to eternal | Trinity Chapel fit to worship in, has glory, with a well done good and faith amounted to something considerably ful servant, enter thou into the joy of more than fifty pounds, and this is at present a burden. Now, for our sug- admitted of in the Jewish synagogue: gestion: let the ministers and churches there, we are told, the men came to of Christ in London, and its suburbs, teach and the women to hear: and one give brother Denham one week evening of their canons runs thus, 'a woman service collection each of them; it will may not read (that is, in the law) in the do them no hurt; it will be of consider-congregation, or church, because of the able benefit to him, and to the cause honour of the congregation;' for they with which he is connected. Come, thought it a dishonourable thing to a come, brethren, let us put our shoulder public assembly for a woman to read, to the wheel : let us not only talk about though they even allowed a child to do “loving one another,” but let us mani- it that was capable of it. But they are fest our love. Our motive in dropping commanded to be under obedience, as this hint is pure; right glad shall we also saith the law. In Gen. iii. 16, thy be, if, in any measure, it is adopted. desire shall be to thy husband, and he Yea, in one or two cases it has been done; shall rule over thee.' By this the aposand it was this that led us thus to express tle would signify, that the reason why ourselves.
women are pot to speak in the church,
or to preach and teach publicly, or be On Women speaking in the Church. concerned in the ministerial function, is
because this is an act of power and au[“ Numerist's ” letter, (inserted in our last) | thority, of rule and government, and so
has constrained many to write on the sub contrary to that subjection which God ject. Among others, we have a valuable in his law requires of women unto men. letter by the late Garnet Terry; and ano- The extraordinary instances of Deborah, ther from “Elihu,” which, (with some Huldah, and Hannah must not be drawn more) will be found in our subsequent num- lint
| into a rule or example in such cases. bers; but, for the present, we must confine
Ver. 35. And if they will learn anyourselves to the following sent by brother an:
thing &c.' If they are desirous of learnLodge.]
ing anything in relation to doctrine, duty, “Let your women keep silence in the or discipline, and of improving their churches." 1 Cor. xiv. 34, 36. This knowledge of divine things, which is is a restriction of, and an exception to very commendable in them; if any difone of the above rules, viz. that all ficulty arises in their minds whilst hearmight prophesy; in which he would be ing the word, which they want to have understood of men only, and not of wo- removed, or any question to ask for inmen; and is directed against a practice formation sake, let them ask their buswhich seems to have prevailed in this bands at home-private, when retired church at Corinth, allowing women to from public assembly; for though men preach and teach in it; and this being a might ask one another concerning this disorderly practice, and what was not and the other point, in the church, as used in other churches, the apostle for was usual in the synagogue worship, to bids and condemns it, and not without which this church at Corinth, in many reason: for it is not permitted unto them things, conformed; yet women were not to speak; that is, in public assemblies, allowed this freedom, and even in things in the church of God, they might not which belong to women to do; as, for speak with tongues, nor prophesy, or instance, making the cake of the first of preach or teach the word. All speaking their dough, which was to be an heaveis not prohibited; they might speak offering to the Lord, the men were to their experience to the church, or give teach the women at home how and an account of the work of God upon when to separate it from the rest ; 80 their souls; they might speak to one the apostle directs women, when they another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual want to be informed about any point, to songs; or speak as an evidence in any apply to their husbands at their own case at a church-meeting; but not in houses, if they were such as were capasuch sort, as carried in it direction, in- ble of instructing them; if not, they struction, government, and authority. might apply to other men that were It was not allowed by God that they christian men, and men of knowledge, should speak in any authoritative man- especially to the prophets, pastors and ner in the church; nor was it suffered teachers of their church, at their habitain the churches of Christ; nor was it I tions; for it is a shame for women to
speak in the church ; it is a shame to of Tryon ? who, from all I can learn of themselves, as being contrary to the him, has much yet to learn, ere he fully natural modesty, and bashfulness of the knows the plague and depth of the desex, and a shame to the church, to the pravity of his own heart; at all events, members of it, and especially to the he is evidently one of the most ungrateelders and more experienced part of it, ful of beings, whose open manifest ingrato he taught and directed by a woman; titude exceeds by far the crime he venit is a disgrace to herself and sex, as be tures to palm upon his betters! What, traying uncommon pride and vanity, and in the name of common honesty and an unnatural boldness and confidence, serious reflection, has he or any other and a disgrace to the church tobe under like him to do with Mr. Philpot's marsuch ministry and conduct. Gill. riage ? Is it not to Philpot's own
master he must stand or fall ? I marvel An old Veteran's Opinion of Mr. Tryon. much at the uncalled for condesension,
not to say weakness of the dear man My worthy, and very excellent, never
Philpot in stooping to such self-righteous theless despised, tempted, persecuted, yet
Pharisees; let' Mr. Philpot say or do truly highly favoured brother in tribula- what he may, in order to satisfy such tion's path, the high and only road to captious beings, it will only increase the glory everlasting. Ps. x. 7. Grace, mercy, I lion's rage. To dear Philpot, I would and peace be with you and yours, and me
say, commit thy way unto the Lord, and and mine, for the sake of him, who in his
he shall bring it to pass. Ps. xxxvii. 5; time shall show who is the only potentate. Isa. 10. And unto Mr. Tryon, on behalf the King of kings, and Lord of lords, of dear tried Philpot, I would say “Why unto whom be glory for ever. Amen.
boastest thou thyself, ( mighty man Which is the sincere prayer of a poor old the goodness of God endureth for ever ; weather-beaten watchman on Zion's walls, thy tongue deviseth mischief like a sharp crying past twelve o'clock and a cloudy) razor, working deceitfully.” see Psalm morning; may we not each feelingly say,
lii. 1, 2, 3, 4, &c.
As for you, my brother Banks, I would Lord, make those dismal clouds remove,
say, go on in the name of the Lord God Those gloomy clouds that rise ;
of Israel, and the Lord prosper you, cast That we may see the Christ we love, With unbeclouded eyes ? Amen.
your burden upon him, and leave all that
concerns your present and future circumI have read (my brother) your long chap-stances at his feet, who hath said, "I will ter of doubts, trials, troubles, vexations, never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” The fears, perplexities, forebodings, and anxi-| God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Jacob be eties, all coupled with vile persecutions with you, and bless you, support and from Hagar's sons, &c., into whose secret keep you under all trials that may yet I have no wish whatever to enter, and await you, so prays yours truly, in the into whose assembly I have no desire to sweet Lord Jesus. be united, such, however, I am happy to say, can neither dig down my wall, nor
The Glorious Gospel. dig down the Man in God, in whom I have placed confidence. If, then, my When a vacant pulpit is filled up, and brother, the Lord be on our side, of whom when a destitute church becomes settled shall we be afraid? Your enemies with with a pastor, it becomes a matter of mine united, however formidable, power-inquiry, as to whether those scriptures ful, subtle, artful, cunning, and design- are therein verified, where Israel's God ing, are, in reality, though not knowingly declares that he will send his people (on their part) our decided friends, as“ pastors according to his own heart, who touching the divine will of our master, shall feed the people with knowledge and your's, and their's too; therefore, lift up with understanding ?” In Southwark and your head, my brother, your redemption Bermondsey, two old established churches draweth nigh, &c.
have recently chosen new overseers to Who, I ask, put in motion the poisonous feed the flock of God among them. The pen, and bitter tongue of that TRYON church at Unicorn yard have called Mr. against poor Philpot? What, I ask, has Bonner: and the church at Jamaica Row, that dear man of God done, to draw have invited Mr. W. Bidder (late of Olddown upon his head the ungodly censure ham-street, Manchester): and he is now
673198 statedly labouring (with very consi- years, instantly healed a man of an infirmity derable acceptance) in that place. But, which had existed eight and thirty years, who-and what-is William Bidder raised a widow's only son from the dead, and We answer. he is a King's son: and a a dead Lazarus from the grave; drew a Peter bold and able defender of the glorious ||
| from his nets, a Nathaniel from under the gospel of the ever-blessed God. We have
fig-tree, a Matthew from the receipt of cusbeen favoured with the perusal of some
toms, a mad Gadarene from the tombs, a sordid
Zaccheus from the sycamore tree, a Samaof the Bethesda I racis, puonsned by ritan prostitute at Jacob's well, from the paths Mr. Bidder, in Manchester: and from of iniquity ; it changed a dying thief on the them we make the following extracts,
cross from a railer to a petitioner; and turned wherein the author fearlessly declares not seven devils out of Magdalene ; drew three only his own mind, but the mind of the thousand into the gospel neton the day of PenEternal Spirit, upon some of those essen- tecost, and soon after multitudes both of men tial points, which are closely connected and women; a bloody Saul from persecuting with the best interests of the ransomed
the church of God to a first-rate preacher of people of God. We can sincerely pray the gospel. God hath spoken -once, twice that his labours among us may be greatly
have I heard this, that power belongeth unto
God. These, then, are a few of the displays honoured and blessed to the souls of the
of his gracious power (Oh! say, if you have people. As good old Nehemiah said,
ever felt it ?); our apostle declared he would The work is great and large, and we (the not know the speech of them which are puffed ministers of Jesus Christ) are separated up, but the power. For the kingdom of God upon the wall, one far from another; but is not in word but in power-1 Cor. iv. 19, 20. God is fighting for us; the master is with This, then, was his criterion of a regenerated us; our portion and position is appointed person. Such know the power of God in their us; the kingdom is secured unto us, and own souls—how it wounded the conscience, yet a little longer, and we shall enter the how it laid them prostrate, how it overcame portals of eternal bliss. God Almighty their prejudice and love of sin, all their reakeep us faithful. Amen. In our first
sonings and arguments ; native power, rank extract, Mr. Bidder says:
and education, all fell before it, as Dagon
before the ark. “ The man that is born again knows some
Its effects are such as that
the man, who could before wallow in every thing of a power that conquers the heart;
| iniquity now delights in comviunion with that brings every high thought into subjection; that makes old things pass away and
God, respects his ordinances and walks before
him unto well-pleasing, adorns the doctrine all things to become new; that delivers from
of God his Saviour in all things, proving the snare of the fowler and sets us free; a
thereby that the truth has come to him, not power that mortifies and subdues old Adam;
in word only, but also in power and in the a power that makes us deeply feel our awful
Holy Ghost, and in much assurance-1 Thes. state in the fall, our danger, and our refuge
1. 5. This power does not make holy our too; that we were at hell's dark door; that made
old Adam nature ; no, that which is born of us tremble, quake and fear; that bowed our stiff necks; that humbled our haughty hearts;
the flesh is flesh; but it imparts a new nature that laid us low in the dust before God, if
to conquer the old. The struggle between
these at times is sharp, but the victory sure. so be there may be hope ; that made us cry
Grace shall reign through righteousness unto unto God as out of the belly of hell; a power
eternal life. The new man cannotsin, because that puts us in possession of heartfelt deliverance and a free grace pardon ; that took
it is born of God; it is subjected in hope of the heart of stone away, and gave an heart
a final deliverance from the bondage of corof flesh ; that sprinkled blood upon the con
ruption into the glorious liberty of the sons science, and brought redemption nigh, and a
of God in glory. perfect righteousness; a transforming, quick
I have often thought with pleasure of this ening, strengthening, upholding, preserving,
distinguishing feature of the regenerate heirs keeping, power; by it alone grace was planted
of salvation the life and power of God in the in our souls, and by it is grace drawn forth
in soul--that though our land abounds with into act and exercise.
people professing godliness, and thousands "The mighty power of God is invincible ;
of them are settled down in a dry, dead form, it called an Abram from Mesopotamia, a Lot
concluding all beyond it wrong, that vital out of Sodom, a Moses from Egypt, an Elisha
godliness is fanaticism, and its advocates from his plough, a David from his sheepcote,
enthusiasts; yet blessed be God, his secret is an Amos from the herdmen of Tekoa ; made
with the righteous. Unto them it is given to a bedridden man borne of four take up his
his know the mysteries of the kingdom, but to bed and walk, stanched an issue of blood that others in paradies
that others in parables. had run twelve years, cured a daughter of Our readers may be indulged with another extract Abraham whom Satan had bound eighteen from these tracts, by referring to page 284.
SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ARISING OUT of word, but he does not mention either the
word or the Scripture where such a breach is Mr. Philpot's Acknowledgment. named. If it is a breach of God's Word,
and a sin, which he says it is, you as editors, [We have letters from different parts of the
and correctors, and ministers of God's word,
point out to me the Scriptures containing country, expressing the deepest sympathy
the rule of conduct respecting believers' with Mr. Philpot, and the greatest indig
& marriages. Mr. P. quotes Matt. v. 19, as nation at the spirit manifested by Mr.
an illustration of his adding sin to sin. I Tryon; but we desire, as much as possible,
leave any believer, having the mind of Christ, to avoid controversy of any kind ; never
to judge what reference it hath in such a case. theless, in the following extracts which
Mr. P. says, further, that he never justitied we make from one of the letters referred
his marriage to any of his friends. It would to, there are points, the consideration of
be well if brother Philpot had looked to his which, may be useful.]
justification by Jesus Christ, rather than at“ Mr. Philpot's acknowledgment in this tempt to parley with, or before ungodly men, month's Vessel having been much laid upon or even the church. Mr. P. says he ought to my mind, I shall in the fear of God give my be reproved. I ask, who by ? The devil, opinion thereon.
the world, the church, his own heart, or the “It grieves me to see ministers that pro- Lord ? if the latter, it will be good reproof fess the glorious truths of the gospel of Jesus indeed ; and it will be that secret reproof Christ, attempting to justify themselves that the devil, the world, and his own heart publicly before the world and the church. cannot understand; it is secret correction, It appears to me that brother goeth to law and fatherly love, and chastisement, like the with brother, and that before the unbelievers. excellent oil spoil spoken of in Ps. cxli. 5; I am sorry to see the pages of your Vessel, (which Mr. P. quotes.) This oil does not smeared with a confused confession of Mr. break the head, but softens the heart. I ain P.'s public and private sorrows respecting sorry Mr. P.does not feel more reconciled to his marriage. Surely Mr. P. never read the Lord's choice. He says, he deserved to 1 Cor. vii. 14.- The unbelieving wife is have had a persecutor, a busy body, a scold, a sanctified by the husband.' Again, 17th ver. canting hypocrite, a gossip, &c.; and because • As the Lord hath called every one, so let he has not got one with these evils, he has him walk. Does Mr. P. really believe that turned round and commenced a war with her he is called by grace, and sanctified to the aud himself. If the Lord had conferred on Lord ? If so, I do not see how he could Mr. P. his deserts, as a fallen son of Adam, write such things as the following, if he had he would not have obtained salvation and the mind of Christ. He begins thus— The mercy from the Lord, much less any other first evil, then, and by far the most prominent, mercy naturally. I am aware that the Scripwhich I wish to confess, is my marriage in ture says, 'Be ye not unequally yoked to1838 with a person of whom I was not per-gether with unbelievers,' &c. But, I believe suaded that she was, at that time, a partaker Paul's expression about the yoke has no reof grace.' Does Mr. P. really mean that ference whatever to the marriage state, the King eternal, immutable, unchangeable. But it is the same yoke that Christ the Keeper of his people, hath suffered evil speaks of in Matt. xi. 29, 30. “Take my to take place by such a marriage ? I fear yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am that pride, and the reproaches of the ignorant meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find have prompted Mr. P. to write this confession. rest unto your souls.' I think this has a pretty However, to proceed, the Lord says that good analogy with Paul, for he saith, What nothing by any means shall injure his church, agreeinent hath the temple of God with idols ? and that he is ever watching over them for wherefore, come out from among them, and good. We are also called his peculiar trea-touch not the unclean thing'-(the idols ; not sure.' And shall the Lord deal sovereignly the unclean women.) It was the idolatry with his people, and couple them together as that the Corinthians were yoked with; for his infinite wisdom sees fit, and they turn the ceremonial law is called a yoke of bondround, and call his transactions and mercies age. Again, Gal. v. 1-Stand fast thereevils ? I cannot, as a believer in the Lord fore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath Jesus, reconcile such sayings. And as Mr. made us free, and be not entangled again P. acknowledges that she is an excellent with the yoke of bondage. Also Matt. xi. 30, wife, and does everything for his comfort, Il For my yoke is easy, and my burden is ask, who made her thus an excellent partner? | light.' And it is rather remarkable that And who can tell but that she is the salt of Christ, all through his ministry, never so the earth, the excellent in Christ Jesus ; for much as hinted, or put any stress or comthe Lord seeth not as we do, naturally; for, mand whatever, that I can read of, to his what we call evils, the Lord sendeth them apostles, how or whom they should marry; for good. Mr. P. says it is a breach of God's and if he hath commanded it, why should,