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Fiery Darts from the Wicked One. even some good people, could not see into
this trial, but concluded I was insane. After (FROM THE LIFE OF WILLIAM HARRIS.)
about twelve months had passed over, this
temptation became weaker, but I was It is now some months since we noticed a
assailed again by my old foe in another very valuable little work, entitled 'A Nar
quarter, for he tempted me to blaspheme rative of the Life and Experience of William
Christ, and held him forth as the great imHarris, Minister of the Gospel, at Provi
postor. Often have I walked with my handdence Chapel, Hailsham, and at Lewes,
kerchief to my mouth lest the words should Sussex.' William Harris having recently been
break out openly from my lips. I am
totally unable to mention one hundredth down to Manchester, to supply for one month, in the late Mr. Gadsby's Chapel,
part of the distress and anguish which I felt
at that time ; I can only say, that no trial preached on his return, at Brown's Lane and
ever shook my faith like unto this, and I Crosby Row Chapel, in London; and where,
pray that the Lord will never put me into we may add, his labours were peculiarly
this sieve again, but that I may at all times blessed to many souls. From these circumstances we have been constrained to refer to nel which he hath committed into my hands,
be obedient to his will, and preach that goshis work again; and to state that he has
whether men will hear, or whether they will left some copies of it at our office, from
forbear. But happy, happy morning was whence any friend can be supplied.
that, when the Lord broke in again upon my Reserving for another number the inter
Cheer esting account he has given of his call to soul, and spake these words to ine:
up, thy sins are all forgiven.' Oh! would the Ministry, we, for the present, only make vou believe it, it caused rejoicing in all my the following extract:
house. Though I had sunk so low in my “One night the enemy was let in upon me
confidence, and my faith very weak, I could like a flood, (and not without cause), but
not wholly cast my confidence away, 'I resuch were his fiery darts, for two hours, as I
membered the wormwood and the gall,' and shall never be able to describe, sometimes
could say, that the Lord had made known against God, sometimes against Christ, and
to me the forgiveness of my sin, nor did I sometimes against the Holy Ghost. And I
ever come under that wrath, and guilt of sin, may say, for two years and a half, I never
nor into that despair again, as I did under was wholly free from these temptations, and
the law. I have often thought since, that I often thought that the reason was that I
| the Lord brought me into these severe trials, was too reluctant to engage in the ministry ; ) that I might be enabled, through his teachbut I kept it concealed from every one. In ing, to reach the lowest case, and to shew a few weeks after this, the enemy finding
fron the word, why he deals so sharply with that he could get no ground here, began to
some of his people. Truly “there is a cause,' alter his mode of attack, and surely such for the Lord does not willingly afflict nor were his fiend-like suggestions, as drove me
grieve the children of men." well nigh to destruction, for he tempted me to lay violent hands on a part of my family
THE whom I wished to love with all tenderness, 1 Imnantone
Importance of Choosing a Minister, and so incessant was he in this temptation, that I think I may say a hundred times a
BY MR. JAMES WELLS. day, for days together, did he keep hurling | THE following most wholesome advice to into my soul the horrid suggestion, do it! dol
40 christian churches upon the important matit! in consequence of which, I could not
ter of choosing a minister, is extracted from work by day, nor sleep by night. I wandered
a speech, delivered by Mr. James Wells, at about from place to place seeking rest for
a public meeting, held in Unicorn Yard my poor, tried and tempted soul. I went to a
Chapel, Tooley Street, February 2, 1847Brighton to try if the gaiety of that place a full report of which meeting has recently would produce any good effect, but no rest
been published.* As we have, in previous could I find there; back again I came, and
numbers, inserted letters respecting the went to Hastings; but ah! my unwearied
painful circumstances connected with the foe followed me, go where I would. I was
late pastor of the church, at Unicorn Yard, uneasy out, and the same at home. And in
we need not say more than that the professed addition to all this, my enemy kept referring
ng object of this meeting was “for the purpose me to that passage in Holy Writ: “But the
of commemorating the Triumph of Truth,' wicked are like the troubled sea, when it |
1. Before we make the proposed quotation, cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and
we would notice that the meeting was addirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to dressed by Mr. Wyard, Mr. Felton, Mr. the wicked.' Isa. Ivii. 20, 21.
rumpayung | Leader, Mr. Samuel Milner, Mr. Bonner,
Implying that I was that person, and that I had sinned
and Mr. Thomas Stringer. " against the Holy Ghost. Most people with whom I was in the habit of conversing, and I * Published by Mr. Jeffreys, 84, Cannon-street, City, Mr. Wells entered more fully into a re- I never knew such a minister to be of much futation of the errors that had been advanced. use to sinner or to saint. You want a But we only quote the closing part of his minister who can, from time to time, shew speech, which was as follows:
up and follow out with savour and effects, *“ More, much more may be said in proof the experience, the practice, sentiments, and of the wickedness of this loctrine of annihila- prospects of those who are strangers and tion, but I ought to apologize for having pilgrims on the earth. An enlarged quotaalready occupied so much of your time. tion of scripture is good, but only when made When I first heard of the doctrine being with effect. among you, I felt more disposed to think “Thirdly: you do not want a minister, who than to talk about it; and it seems my com- though he enter very well into both sides, as parative silence has, by some, been construed we say, of christian experience ; yet, there into consent, it having been reported among is in his preaching, neither newness nor you that Mr. Wells was favourable to the savour, and when you have heard him a few doctrine. Will you say so now? (No-no! weeks, or a few months, you have heard him You have redeemed your character !) Well, always, and his ministry becomes more like a I am glad of it.
stagnant pool than a flowing brook. There “I did wish to say a word to you as a is no refreshing, and if he should get a new church, relative to your present position; thought once in a few months, even this is especially, upon the important matter of most likely borrowed. Under such a choosing a minister. I will not suppose ministry as this, if at the end of seven years, there is any danger of your choosing an open one ask another, how matters are going on: and avowed freewiller, or Socinian, or Sabel- aye, going on, indeed, is the reply; I see lian, any glaringly erroneous ungodly man: no going on, there is plenty of standing still yet, there are five different kinds of ministers-a mere dead round of the old words and who may come to you under the colour of thoughts-as it was in the beginning, is now, truth, and prove nothing but a burden and a and I am afraid, ever will be. Mind then, pest to you.
that you do not choose a post instead of a “ You want then, firstly: not the man living tree, or, stagnant water instead of a whose preaching consists in almost nothing | flowing brook. else but a repulsive, not to say indecorous | “Fourthly : You do not want a minister to detail of all the worst tendencies and filthiest come with the wisdom of words-one who is a passions of human nature, and these details would-be orator, and labours to preach syminterspersed with domestic anecdotes, carnal pathetically, and to be very rhetorically, squabbles, and old wives' fables : so that the very sublime; and, while professing to inan who knows anything beyond that which I exalt Christ, is all the time, seeking to is beastly or demoniacal, is in the eyes of gratify his own ignorant pride ; and the more these funny tale preachers, a dead letter man. the people cry, the more this tragical deTo hear these men talk, you would think ceiver is pleased; while, at the same time, them to be the most humble men in the the consciences, the understandings, and real world, and yet a little close dealing with state of the people before God remain unthem will prove them to have, in reality, touched. Be content with nothing but the much more gall than grace; and instead of unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. the law of kindness being under their tongue, “Fifthly: You do not want a minister who you will be much more likely to find the makes one end of his sermon contradict the poison of asps. This I have proved. other end of his sermon. One, who seems
" You do not want a minister who thus not to know how the promise and precept comes to you, with nothing but a collection harmonize-who knows not how to contend of the blemishes and frailties of good men, for the precept on gospel grounds, but sets without their grace and wisdom to counter- the Holy Spirit's power aside, and exalts the act the fleshly tendency of such abominations; creature into a mighty being, whose duty it is no, you want a minister who can enter into to help himself to that which God alone can all the exercises and trials of a soul con- give. Such a ministry is divided against vinced of sin and taught of God; one, who | itself; and, if you are a people (as I believe lives in the personal exercises of these things, you are) taught to take good heed how you so that he knows what it is to weep with hear, you will see this to be a matter of great those that weep.
importance. “Secondly : you do not want a minister “ I am aware of the diversities of gifts bewhose preaching consists of little but a dis- stowed upon men, but the Holy Spirit is play of memory-his sermon made up of always consistent with himself; nor do I little else but quotations of scriptures ; and judge a man so much, by whether he has few that, without the path of life being clearly or many, but by the simple and homely rule marked out, or any mystery of the kingdom --whether he be useful, according to the being opened up. There is a want of the sphere in which he is placed. nether springs, and no taking forth, clearly, “You may, perhaps, form thus, some judga and searchingly, the precious from the vile.'ment of the sort of minister you want."
Christian Reviewer. | and to strip me of all my fancied goodness,
and taught me to say,
· Nothing in my hands I bring, “ The Brand plucked out of the fire : being a
Simply to thy cross I cling. brief outline of the Life and Experience of
Black, I to the fountain fly, John Turner, of Brighton, and of the Lord's
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.' gracious dealings with him before and after “I went on for some time after this, en
conversion ; and of his Call to the Ministry. treating that Christ would give me an asJohn TURNER’S path has been a chequered
surance that my sins, though many and
great, were all forgiven me. Now and then one: but we hope, from the testimony he has given, that it is the right path which
a little confidence would spring up, and then
doubts and fears would lay hold of me resleadeth to a city of habitation. We think he has been too brief in stating both his
pecting the way in which I worshipped God.
So little was my knowledge that coming under the law, and his liberty by
I to the Father first did pray, the gospel. When a good man publishes
Then to the Son my prayers would say, his experience, he should remember there
Then to the Holy Ghost, are two classes of persons who will very
The triune God I did not know, closely examine it. The first is, the poor
But felt condemned for doing so,
My faith was small at most. broken-hearted, sin and self-condemned
So much perplexed was I in mind, sinner: he will read with much eagerness,
The way to God I could not find, to find out, if possible whether there is any
To pour out my complaint. thing in his soul like that which is recorded; “I used to address each person in the and, he therefore, requires every step to be Trinity with the same words separately, clearly and plainly pointed out. The second thinking that I should displease the Father is the old established veteran in the school | if I paid more respect to the Son than to of Christ. See with what jealous eyes he him. In fact, these thoughts pervaded my takes up the published life of a young man ! | mind respecting each person in the Trinity; • Who is this John Turner ?' says he. “And thinking that God was affected by passions what does he know savingly of the Lord like unto men. And it was a long time Jesus Christ? How did he come by his before I was brought to see that the glory of religion ? And what is his motive for send- | Jehovah in his trinity of persons shines in ing out this book ?'
the face of Jesus Christ; and that Father, Well; he puts on his spectacles; and to Word, and Spirit, the Three-one God, is work he goes; examining, and weighing up worshipped through the glorious medium of this testimony. Now, then, if such solemn access, Christ Jesus, the God-man Methings as being brought in guilty before a diator." holy God; and afterwards being pardoned " Sometime after, I was removed to Northand set at liberty, be only briefly glanced at, ampton ; here we wandered about from place the work may do mischief in three ways. to place, but could find nothing like sound First, it may tend to confuse the poor seek- truth till we were directed to a little chapel ing soul : he will say—'I cannot trace out where George Arnsby preached. As soon the steps which this man's soul has tra- as I heard him, I felt a union to him, and velled. Secondly, it may prejudice the went and shook hands with him as soon as minds of some against the author: and he descended the pulpit. This union I still lastly, it may tend to prop up some professors do feel, and believe I ever shall, while in who have neither been killed nor made alive. this time state. Whilst I remained in this
In John Turner's narrative there are town, which was only a few months, I enmany striking and positive features of the dured such darkness and barrenness of soul, work of God in his soul : l' we should that I shall not easily forget; and being have advised him more fully nave worked tried in providence, I was full of murmuring them out. Perhaps he wil do this in a se- and complaining Prayer became a real cond edition.
task, the Bible a dry uninteresting confused We here make such extracts from the mass of words, and as for the means of grace work, as appear to us to be genuine spots I would rather have gone almost anywhere of belonging to that chosen generation for than to the house of God. I was now sunk whom the dear Redeemer shed his, precious into a miserable, desponding, dejected state blood.
of mind. Amidst it all, the Lord directed After a brief recital of his mean origin my steps to Brighton where I have remained his early deep convictions of sin, and his up to the present time The despondency subsequent profession of religion, he makes which I felt at N., not only came with me, the following statements :
but I really thought it increased tenfold. "I had not yet been killed to the law, For fresh discoveries now I saw but found a cleaving to it, and a supposition
Of Sinai's burning fiery law, still remained that I could bring something
My heart felt more, obscene.
Such depths at length appeared to view, in my hand. But he who is too wise to err,
Of sin and foul corruption too, knew how to bring me into a widowed state
Ere this I had not seen,
THE EARTHEN VESSEL. “I appeared to myself like a walking Though painful, yet these thoughts were sweet
To wash my precious Jesu's feet mass of corruption and abominations ; and
By faith, and wipe them too, having to pursue my course through this
Thus was I brought to Christ so near ; black and stormy sea, where neither sun nor
And oh ! the sweet repentant tear, stars appeared for many days and months Which love did not withhold, too, I staggered to and fro like a drunken Ere this I did but little know,
Of Jesu's agonizing woe. man.
So deep before I ne'er did go ; "I thought all professors pointed at me Or was I ever brought so low, and detested me, and as for the world I To feel that I so much did owe knew I could not mix with them, and I often
To him who bore for me that blow,
Which must have crushed my soul. thought, surely no one could be like me, and that I was the vilest wretch out of hell; ) " That the Lord intended me for the for the law was now being opened up to me work of the ministry appeared now clearer as to its requirements, 'a discerner of the than ever it did. Truth was now opened up thoughts and intents of the heart,' and then to my mind with that fulness, freshness, these words would follow me, 'I will by no and blessedness that was unusual to me. means clear the guilty,' and my wounds Christ also became growingly precious to stinking, and fresh ones breaking out, I was ine, and I often thouyht I could give up often tempted to lay violent hands upon my every thing and go forth to tell of the self; for,
beauties, the wonders and glories, I beheld I found in heart I cursed and swore,
in my dear Lord. But then I had to find And oft I fear'd the world would hear out that every man's work shall be tried Me bring it forth in woras.
of what sort it is.' Sometimes I had such “ After having been weighed in the bal- dread of the work of the ministry, that I lances of God's holy law, and finding that I thought I would rather be anything than was wanting in every respect, and that I a minister of the gospel. The responsicould not move hand or foot to help myself, bility, the trials attending the same, and the and that all my tears, cries, and groans, constant exercises of mind which appeared availed nothing as respects justification or to me forced out many times, ' Lord, send by acceptance with God,
whom thou wilt send, but not by me.' I then was brought my Lord to see,
“I many times called myself a presumpGroaning from wrath to set me free,
tuous fool for entertaining such thoughts ; And sweating in Gethsemane,
and formed resolutions over and over again Great drops of precious blood.
to entertain such thoughts on such a solemn “ Salvation now became truly a personal matter no longer. And I believe I can thing with me, and being thus brought to truly say, that the exercises of mind respectsee the curse of the law due to me laid upon ing the ministry exceeded by far those heavy Christ, I was enabled to say,
exercises I had respecting my own salvation. · The sins he bore were not his own, I wrestled, I cried, I groaned thousands of But sins of mine with shame I own, times before the Lord in secret respecting Did pierce the spotless Lamb;
it. And all that I appeared to get was the How great the weight he must have borne, His guiltless soul was racked and torn ;
impression that it was to be so, with these He suffered scoffs, and jeers and scorn, words, (Hab. ii. 3.) 'For the vision is yet And then was left alone forlorn,
for an appointed time; but at the end it Forsaken by his God.'
shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, “I was sweetly led into fellowship with wait for it ; because it will surely come, it Christ in his sufferings, to which I had been will not tarry.' Well, this seemed but poor comparatively, a stranger before. And I consolation very often ; and the number of felt what Hart says, 'pride cannot enter fears, doubts, and hard trials it brought, no here.' No! that genuine humility which one knows, but he who has been led in a covers and absorbs the soul while favoured similar way.” to know what is the fellowship of Christ's sufferings, brings that divine softness, which
After this John Turner relates some 'peI believe never is entirely forgotten and
culiar trials 'respecting the ministry, but never can be feigned; and I could truly and
concludes by assuring us that many doors feelingly say,
have been opened for him, many seals have
been given to him, and much consolation The sun its wonted light withdrew,
enjoyed by him in the ministration of the Such sufferings ne'er appeared to view, everlasting gospel. That the Lord may enAs were by Jesus borne.
courage and honour him, is our fervent The soldier pierced his side, But oh ! my sins his spirit tried,
prayer. While on the ground he laid and cried
The little work is published by James Paul, • Father, thy will be done.'
[Other works for review in our next.]
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE BLESSED LIFE AND HAPPY DEATH OF Mr. HENRY HEAD,
Late of Peterborough : to which is added, the substance of
HIS FUNERAL SERMON, PREACHED BY MR. JOHN CARTER, BAPTIST MINISTER, OF PETERBOROUGH.
DEAR BROTHER BANKS—In attempting | continued to worship there for four to give some account of the blessed life years ; till, in the course of providence, he and happy death of Mr. Henry Head, was removed to Peterborough in 1820. late of this city, and evidently a Citizen But during his stay in London he fre. of Zion, I feel happy to be enabled to quently heard that man of God, the late give a proof that the great, glorious, and Mr. Wilkinson, who was the means, distinguishing doctrines of grace firmly under God, of breaking his bonds and held, and experimentally believed, and bringing him into the liberty of the enjoyed, do not, (as the professing world gospel-first, from legal bondage; and affirm) either lead to, or encourage a again, after satan had been permitted to loose, licentious way of living ; nor yet to environ him around with that alarming a careless unconcern either in prayer or chain of temptation that he had compractice,
mitted the unpardonable sin, Mr. W. The following account is taken from a was led to speak of that very subject local paper; which will shew the universal when he was thus harassed. 'Mr. W. esteem in which the deceased was held said he believed that the devil never in the neighbourhood :
| tempted any in a particular manner about "Died at Peterborough, or the 26th | that sin but those who could not comult., Mr. Henry Head, draper, of the mit it, namely, the real children of God; firm of Head and Co,, aged 45. The) and this gave so much ease of conscience universal respect in which the deceased and release to his burdened soul, that he was held by all classes in Peterborough felt compelled to go into the restry to and the neighbourhood was never ex- tell that man of God : who replied—“Give ceeded; as a tradesman, husband, father, God the glory; give God the glory!' I master, and sincere friend, he was the must pass over some years wherein the very character that each of these should Lord frequently manifested his sovebe; and never was, or could be, mani- reignty, both in providence and grace: fested a more general regret than his and during which that passage was often death has occasioned. He was for many sweetly verified (Deut. xxxii. 3.) • Yea he years, deacon of the dissenting church loved the people; all his saints are in thy united for worship at Zion Chapel, under hand; and they sat down at thy feet, every the ministry of Mr. Carter, and although one shall receive of thy words. It has he was what is called a hyper : yet he pleased the Lord to bless his word, lately was no antinomian; for by the grace of spoken by such an unworthy instruGod he lived and acted the gospel which ment, but applied by the Holy Ghost, at he for so many years professed, loved our little bill of Zion, more than in any and died in the faith of it.”
previous year out of twenty-two, which I Some of the particulars of the life and have been permitted to speak at Peterdeath of our late friend was mentioned borough; and the word was so forcibly in a funeral sermon preached by his and experimentally applied the last six pastor on Easter Sunday Evening, and months to the soul of our dear brother it being much requested that it should that he had a continual feast—as well as be printed, I shall here give a brief state- many others, both old and young : that ment of the same.
it was remarked the Lord is ripening It appears that he was convinced of some for glory. But little did we think sin, and called by grace at the age of six | it was our deacon, Henry Head. When teen, under the ministry of Mr. Parrot, leaving the chapel, weeping for joy, he at the Tabernacle, London; and that he would relate how he had heard and felt,
VOL. III.-PART XXVIII.-May.