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in his diary: 'If Thou art pleased to the spirit of the world. The to succeed my poor endeavours, and great master passion of the world those of my family, I desire to con- is expressed in the words, getting secrate all I have and am to Thy and keeping. The great master. service, in the most useful manner principle of the gospel is illustrated I can; and do here this morning, by the term giving. The heart, the resolve and promise, that through head, the hand, are to be given to Thy grace, Thy cause, and Thy poor God. The man who keeps all he children shall not be forgotten by has to himself is a thief. Man rises me. At present Thou knowest I into true nobility and grandeur have not much to spare, besides when he gives up himself and all what is necessary for the supply of that he has to the claims of God. my own necessities and those of my He learns the meaning of that dependents. But I begin this passage which is a paradox and morning by putting one shilling into a stumbling-block to the world, It is separate account for pious and charit- more blessed to give than to receive. able uses; and intend to do the The Christian has his eyes open to same every week, for the first year. two worlds—the seen and the unIf it please Thee, O Lord, to succeed He feels that the joys of my endeavours, I do intend, as Thou reflection are higher and nobler than o heart-searching God knowest, to the pleasures of sensation, that to increase the sum to the best of my give up the present for the future judgment in proportion to the increase is to fall into harmony with God's with which Thou shalt favour me. eternal plan for the government of

When he had been a year in the world, and while the world business, he records in his diary : clings to its favourite maxim 'silly 'I find on reviewing my last year's the giver, lucky the receiver,' he account, if I have made no mistake, feels deep down in his own cone as I think I have not, that what I sciousness that the world is swim. have given to the necessities of the ing in delusions and vanities, that poor, amounts to £3 14s. 10d., and she is building for eternity on so far as I can judge, my circum- shadows and phantoms, and that the stances are rather improved than only way to make life noble, and otherwise ; I do therefore, propose, eternity happy is to embrace heartily God being my helper, if spared to the doctrines, and conform cheerfully devote one shilling and sixpence a to the duties of the Everlasting week to pious and charitable uses, as Gospel.' the Lord may direct; and earnestly

I am, dear Sir, pray that it may be to his glory

Yours very truly, through Jesus Christ.'

G. H., L. There are many other examples March 9th, 1863. on record which illustrate self. denial and large-hearted charity in the service of Christ. The learned

LANCASHIRE MINISTERS' Joseph Mede is represented by a modern Church historian, as a 'Man FUND COMMITTEE. of singular charity, and sweetness of disposition, temperate, modest, To the Editor of the General Baptist and frugal in his habits, and out of

Magazine. his small income regularly devoting the tenth part to charitable purposes. DEAR SIR,—Please to insert in next The same historian speaking of month's Magazine the Whately says: “It is recorded of mentioned sums received on Ministhis good man that he, like Mede, ters' Fund Account. From all the always laid aside the tenth of his reports received from the distressed income for charitable purposes.' districts, the need for continued

The spirit of the gospel is opposed | assistance appears as urgent as ever.

under

Correspondence-Query.

147 I am sorry to add our resources are of the apostle's expressions 'fall about exhausted, and that without away,' in the 6th verse ? further help, our labours in behalf Does it mean simply to relapse of our ministerial brethren must into an unsaved condition, or not to terminate. The amount received only forsake one's religion, but turn altogether since our appointment as against Christ, openly slander his a Committee by the Conference at gospel, proclaim him an impostor, Loughborough, is £107 13s. 6d., and attribute his power of working including the sums below, disbursed, miracles, &c., not to the energy of £96 15s. 6d. In hand £10 18s. the Holy Spirit, but to some infernal Received since last month

cause ? Do not the following words

£ s. d. favour the latter view ? Seeing they Per Mr. Woodroffe, Nor

crucify the Son of God afresh, and put manton

1 5 0 him to an open shame. Is not the Per Dr. Burns, London,

apostle in the 10th chapter of the (received in January) ... 5 00 same epistle and the 29th verse Yours truly,

alluding to the same characters ?

J. E. If this be the case, if the apostle Melbourne, near Derby,

speaks of those who commit the March 13th, 1863.

trespass against the Holy Spirit, &c., and not of mere backsliders,

may not the word, impossible' used QUERY.

by Paul, be taken in its literal, ab-
solute
sense ;

for our Saviour in To the Editor of the General Baptist

speaking of the same sin, says the Magazine.

blasphemy against the Holy Ghost

shall not be forgiven unto men.' He DEAR SIR,-A. B. is much pleased does not say, may not be,' or, it with the answer to his queries on is in the highest degree improbable;' Heb. vi., 4-6, in the March number but' shall not be forgiven.' I must of the Magazine, and obliged to the confess that whatever be the meaning writer for his kind endeavour to of the other parts of the passage in make the passage intelligible. One Hebrews I cannot but think, that thing has been explained to his when the apostle used the word satisfaction, viz: that the apostle is impossible,' he meant impossible alluding to persons or characters in its unrestricted sense, and if I that have been truly converted to were to look at it a fortnight, I God. Another point he believes to could not bring myself to believe have been proved, is, that a person he meant anything else; not from thus converted, may fall away into any particular fondness I have for a state similar to the one possessed the word, but because it appears to previous to his conversion. He me most natural and correct. declares too, from the rendering With many thanks for your corgiven by your correspondent W.J., respondent's favour, and hoping the K., of the 13th verse of the 5th arguments the queries of my friend chapter of Matthew, that a serious A. B., have elicited and may elicit, obstacle to his correct interpretation will assist many to understand this of the passage in Hebrews has been most important and difficult passage, removed.

I remain, He begs to know, as a further

Yours truly, favour, what is the real signification

J. W., D.

seen.

in his diary: 'If Thou art pleased to the spirit of the world. The to succeed my poor endeavours, and great master passion of the world those of my family, I desire to con- is expressed in the words, getting secrate all I have and am to Thy and keeping. The great masterservice, in the most useful manner principle of the gospel is illustrated I can; and do here this morning, by the term giving. The heart, the resolve and promise, that through head, the hand, are to be given to Thy grace, Thy cause, and Thy poor God. The man who keeps all he children shall not be forgotten by has to himself is a thief. Man rises me. At present Thou knowest I into true nobility and grandeur have not much to spare, besides when he gives up himself and all what is necessary for the supply of that he has to the claims of God. my own necessities and those of my He learns the meaning of that dependents. But I begin this passage which is a paradox and morning by putting one shilling into a stumbling-block to the world, It is separate account for pious and charit- more blessed to give than to receive. able uses; and intend to do the The Christian has his eyes open to same every week, for the first year. two worlds—the seen and the un. If it please Thee, O Lord, to succeed

He feels that the joys of my endeavours, I do intend, as Thou reflection are higher and nobler than O‘heart-searching God knowest, to the pleasures of sensation, that to increase the sum to the best of my give up the present for the future judgment in proportion to the increase is to fall into harmony with God's with which Thou shalt favour me.' eternal plan for the government of

When he had been a year in the world, and while the world business, he records in his diary: clings to its favourite maxim 'silly 'I find on reviewing my last year's the giver, lucky the receiver,' he account, if I have made no mistake, feels deep down in his own con. as I think I have not, that what I sciousness that the world is swim. have given to the necessities of the ing in delusions and vanities, that poor, amounus to £3 14s. 10d., and she is building for eternity on so far as I can judge, my circum- shadows and phantoms, and that the stances are rather improved than only way to make life noble, and otherwise ; I do therefore, propose, eternity happy is to embrace heartily God being my helper, if spared to the doctrines, and conform cheerfully devote one shilling and sixpence a to the duties of the 'Everlasting week to pious and charitable uses, as Gospel.' the Lord may direct; and earnestly

I am, dear Sir, pray that it may be to his glory

Yours very truly, through Jesus Christ.'

G. H., L. There are many other examples March 9th, 1863. on record which illustrate self. denial and large-hearted charity in the service of Christ. The learned

LANCASHIRE MINISTERS' Joseph Mede is represented by a modern Church historian, as a 'Man FUND COMMITTEE. of singular charity, and sweetness of disposition, temperate, modest, To the Editor of the General Baptist and frugal in his habits, and out of

Magazine. his small income regularly devoting the tenth part to charitable purposes. DEAR SIR,—Please to insert in next The same historian speaking of month's Magazine the under. Whately says: 'It is recorded of mentioned sums received on Minis. this good man that he, like Mede, ters' Fund Account. From all the always laid aside the tenth of his reports received from the distressed income for charitable purposes. districts, the need for continued

The spirit of the gospel is opposed assistance appears as urgent as ever.

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Correspondence-Query.

147 I am sorry to add our resources are of the apostle's expressions 'fall about exhausted, and that without away,' in the 6th verse ? further help, our labours in behalf Does it mean simply to relapse of our ministerial brethren must | into an unsaved condition, or not to terminate. The amount received only forsake one's religion, but turn altogether since our appointment as against Christ, openly slander his a Committee by the Conference at gospel, proclaim him an impostor, Loughborough, is £107 13s. 6d., and attribute his power of working including the sums below, disbursed, miracles, &c., not to the energy of £96 15s. 6d. In hand £10 18s. the Holy Spirit, but to some infernal Received since last month cause ? Do not the following words

£ s. d. favour the latter view ? Seeing they Per Mr. Woodroffe, Nor

crucify the Son of God afresh, and put manton

1 5 0 him to an open shame. Is not the Per Dr. Burns, London,

apostle in the 10th chapter of the (received in January). 5 0 0 same epistle and the 29th verse Yours truly,

alluding to the same characters ?

J. E. If this be the case, if the apostle Melbourne, near Derby,

speaks of those who commit the March 13th, 1863.

trespass against the Holy Spirit, &c., and not of mere backsliders,

may not the word, impossible' used QUERY

by Paul, be taken in its literal, ab

solute sense ; for our Saviour in To the Editor of the General Baptist

speaking of the same sin, says the Magazine.

blasphemy against the Holy Ghost

shall not be forgiven unto men.' He DEAR SIR, -A. B. is much pleased does not say, may not be,' or, 'it with the answer to his queries on is in the highest degree improbable;' Heb. vi., 4-6, in the March number but' shall not be forgiven.' I must of the Magazine, and obliged to the confess that whatever be the meaning writer for his kind endeavour to of the other parts of the passage in make the passage intelligible. One Hebrews I cannot but think, that thing has been explained to his when the apostle used the word satisfaction, viz: that the apostle is impossible,' he meant impossible allading to persons or characters in its unrestricted sense, and if I that have been truly converted to were to look at it a fortnight, I God. Another point' he believes to could not bring myself to believe have been proved, is, that a person he meant anything else; not from thus converted, may fall away into any particular fondness I have for a state similar to the one possessed the word, but because it appears to previous to his conversion. He me most natural and correct. declares too, from the rendering With many thanks for your corgiven by your correspondent W. J., respondent's favour, and hoping the K., of the 13th verse of the 5th arguments the queries of my friend chapter of Matthew, that a serious A. B., have elicited and may elicit, obstacle to his correct interpretation will assist many to understand this of the passage in Hebrews has been most important and difficult passage, removed.

I remain, He begs to know, as a further

Yours truly, favour, what is the real signification

J. W., D.

Intelligence.

THE LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE | brethren Mathews, Pike, W. Shar. was held at Boston, on Thursday, man, Cholerton, and the Secretary. March 5th, 1863.

N.B. All Home Mission monies In the morning, after reading and for this district should be sent to prayer by the Secretary, brother the Treasurer, R. Wherry, Esq., Orton preached from 2 Cor. iii. 9. Wisbech, in time for the next Con

In the afternoon written or verbal ference. reports were presented from most

THOMAS BARRASS, Secretary. of the churches, from which we learned that thirty-seven had been

COPY OF ADDRESS. baptized since the last Conference, and that thirteen remained candi. • To his Royal Highness, Albert dates for baptism.

Edward, Prince of Wales, &c., &c. The following arrangement was “The loyal and dutiful address of made as to the order in which the the Protestant Dissenting Ministers ensuing Conferences shall be holden and Representatives composing the 1863.

1864.

Conference of General Baptist Sutterton Churches in Lincolnshire, CamMarch

Spalding bridgeshire, and Norfolk. Coningsby Lincoln

• We beg most respectfully to apWisbech

Whittlesea proach your Royal Highness, to 1865.

1866. present our heartfelt congratulations Bourne

Gosberton on the auspicious event of your Peterborough Long Sutton

Royal Highness's marriage with Pinchbeck Boston

the Princess Alexandra of Den. Fleet

Holbeach mark The case received from Lincoln • We beg to assure your Royal was deferred till next Conference. Highness of our loyal attachment

Cases from Boston. Resolved 1: to your Person, to that of your That for many reasons, but es. August Mother, our most gracious pecially on account of the great Queen, and to all the Royal Family ; distress prevailing in some of the and of our fervent prayers that manufacturing districts, we recom- every blessing both temporal and mend that petitions should be sent spiritual may rest on your Royal from all our congregations in this Highness and on all your connexions. district to the House of Commons We are deeply grateful for the just. praying for a great reduction in the and enlightened ideas of civil and national expenditure.

religious freedom which have pre2.—That a congratulatory address vailed during the government of be presented from this Conference, your Royal Highness's illustrious signed by the Chairman and Secre- ancestors for successive generations. tary, to the Prince of Wales on the And we ardently pray that your life occasion of the marriage of his may long be preserved to uphold Royal Highness to the Princess the same glorious principles on Alexandra of Denmark.

which the dignity and felicity of The next Conference is appointed rulers, as well as the happiness and to be held at March, on Thursday, prosperity of their subjects, so June 11th. Brother J. C. Jones, greatly depend. M.A., has kindly engaged to preach Signed, on behalf of the Confer. in the morning.

ence, held at Boston, March 5, 1863. An interesting Home Missionary meeting was held in the evening, • Thos. W. MATHEWS, Chairman, when addresses were delivered by THOMAS BAKKASS, Secretary.'

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