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I needed a Saviour; but I thought that there “One day I was asked to go to Bethel were four Saviours spoken of; and I won- Chapel, City Road, where there was going to dered which would suit me the best.

be several persons baptized, by Mr. Sunith, of “ About this time I was walking along the Penzance. I went full of prejudice; and streets—when I saw a lot of people standing when I entered the chapel and saw the fein the road; I went up to them to see what males dressed out in white, I felt still more attracted their notice, when I saw an old prejudiced against it; and was determined woman in the midst of the crowd, who was not to be persuaded into it; and said to mycalled Blind Mary,' and who used to sing. self, I will not believe it. And I left the in the streets, to obtain her living ; she used chapel with these feelings. I said, I will to attend the ministry of the late Mr. George look into the Bible and see.

and Coomb. She had just began to sing, was surprised to find THIRTY passages of • How sweet the name of Jesus sounds,' &c.

Scripture, testifying to the truth of it. I When she had concluded the hymn, she said, made the same known to the deacon.

thought I should like to be baptized ; and

Ao• friends, I am blind, and so are you; I have cordingly I was baptized, and a happy period seen the Lord, have you?' From these and it was to my soul; ' I thought when I was out some other things she uttered, I felt a little of the water I should like to go back again. more comfortable, though but a little. 1

“Now the enemy came in to try to drive thought there was some hope ; and I said to myself, 'Who can tell but that I may yet be with one peculiar temptation—and I seemed

me away from my steadfastness-he came saved ?'

to have a desire for it. I have never named “I was directed to go to the Tabernacle, what that temptation was to anybody where Dr. Campbell preached. I went and shall I. When I still found that I had growI obtained "The Whole Duty of Man.'. I ing desires for it, I could not make it out. thought I would sacrifice all to obtain the I thought I must have been dreaming. Oh! mercy of God. I attended his ministry for what a time this was to my soul. I made up eighteen months, and went hard to work to my mind to go into the world again. Wished save myself. He used to contend hard that I had not been baptised. One day I against the doctrines of sovereign grace. On made up my mind I would go into the world; one occasion he was exhorting them most and was getting off my seat to go, when a boy earnestly to be saved, telling them it was who was with me, being very saucy, I threattheir own fault if they were not, and said ened to chastise him. °He immediately said, many other things of the same kind. This Is that religion ?' This stopped me for å had such an effect upon my mind, as to cause while, so I sat down again. Most of my me to go home and search the word of God, fellow-workmen were infidels—who were alwhere I saw clearly that God had a chosen ways planning how to ensnare me. About people. The prayer of the Psalmist was this time one of them came in and brought mine. I could not stay to hear this man any some beer and offered me. I refused. Anolonger. I went to one place and another, ther one then said, Oh! that is John the until at last I went to hear Mr. Richard preacher.' This sentence was the means, Luckin, where I attended for three months. under God, of delivering me from the tempThis minister, under the blessing of God was tation I was under. I ran home, and none the means of bringing my soul into liberty. can tell what I felt for some time. These three months were like heaven below

“Some length of time after I was baptized, to me; and then I could

I felt a wish to be of some use to the Lord read my title clear,

and his people. And although I pretty regu. To mansions in the sky.'

larly attended their prayer-meetings, yet I I felt so happy that I could hardly attend to dared not open my mouth in prayer. One day, my work or anything else. My master re- however, I was going to the prayer meeting, viled me. I told him I loved the Lord Jesus, and I determined that I would pray; so I and that he must not say anything against walked for a mile and a half-trying what I him. Sometimes a customer in the shop could do-praying to myself—and said, surewould utter an oath, and I would tell them ly, if I can pray for a mile and a half, I can they must not do it, that I could not allow it. pray a little when I get there. So I went in, If I met a person in the street I would go up to and they called upon me. Up I jumped in them, under pretence of speaking of the wea- an instant. I had said but three words, when ther, and then would ask them, do you know my head became so dizzy, I could say no that you are a sinner?' Sometimes I got ridi- more, so down I sat in shame and confusion. culed, and laughed at; and at other times I had to go to see my cousin, who was ill, and told to walk about my business. I soon my grandmother, who is now upwards of one learnt, however, that this was casting pearls hundred and three years of age, I thought I before swine.

could pray with them, but I was as bad as in “ I will now tell you how I came to be a the chapel. Baptist.

I was now engaged in a shop in London, and being often alone, sometimes a por- that they had given it up, or that he had tion of Scripture would be so opened up not written, till one day the same gentleman in my mind that I was entirely lost, and came to me, and told me he received a letter, knew not where I was ; and yet could not and that I must go and preach to them on say a word before anybody. On one of the following Sunday. I went and preached these occasions a gentleman came into the to them sometime, and the Lord gave testishop and asked for a pair of slippers ; but mony to the word of his truth; but I was most I was so lost to all around me that I went, sorely tried with regard to my preaching, (not knowing what I did,) and brought him fearing that I had run unsent. I continued a pair of old dirty wellington boots. My preaching there. One Lord's day, I had to master noticing this, called me a religious preach three times; during the week I got maniac, said he had an uncle in the mad- three texts; but Saturday came, and took house from the same cause, and I should go them all away. Sunday morning came, and there too. I told him it was not religion, no text. What do you think of your call but for the want of God's manifesting him to the ministry now?' said Satan. I got self to my soul. My desire for speaking in up in despair, and said, "I'll not appear beGod's name increased ; and one day I was fore the people to day! I walked away as so exercised about it that I said to a friend, fast as I could, but was in an instant stopped I'll give it all up. He told me I. had better with these words : 'Say ye to the righteous, do so. I told another friend the same, and it shall be well.' Isa. iii. 10. I went back she said, ' Ah! if the Lord has begun with to the chapel quickly, read and prayed, and you, you'll not easily give it up. Well, I while they were singing the second hymn, did not know what to do. These words my text went away.

Oh! what a state I fastened themselves upon my mind, 'Lord, was in the devil standing laughing over remember me when thou comest into thy me. I thought I would say I was ill; but I kingdom.' I had a great impression and a knew not what to do. But while they were desire to go and speak in the open air. I singing the last verse these words came, • In could not get rid of it. I told a friend I his name shall the gentiles trust.' I preachshould do so if it was the will of the Lord, ed from them and had an exceeding good the next Lord's Day. I knew that if the time. I was, however, just as bad off both Lord intended me to speak in his name, he afternoon and evening. I got no sleep all would give me all the ability and confidence that night. All iny fear was that I was not I needed. Accordingly I went with great called of God to preach. I got up, tried to fear and trembling. I engaged in prayer, pray, but could not; my distress increased. gave out my text, and spoke for half-an-hour | On the Monday evening I had been accusand ten minutes. In the afternoon I went tomed to preach in the open air in a neighto the Kingsland Road and spoke. I went bouring market town. When five o'clock on speaking with great boldness and confi- came I had no text, and I concluded to give dence. This was the first day of March, it all up; but I said, I'll seek the Lord once 1840 ; and from that day to this I have more; and I begged of him to shew me by gone on speaking in the name of the Lord. some sign, whether it was his will or not The church to which I belonged heard of that I should preach the gospel. I got up this, and I was requested to preach before and went, the enemy going with me; a them, which I did three times, and was ap- young man also who had been called through proved of.

my instrumentality, went with me. When “I at this time received a letter from a we got near to the place the clouds gathered stranger requesting me to preach at the thick, and the rain came down in torrents. Royal Standard Theatre, Shoreditch. I was . Now,' says satan, are you not satisfied ? surprised; for this was the very place where You asked the Lord to prevent you, if it was I had said I should first appear on the stage. not his will that you should preach, and you I found, however, that they had lost their cannot preach in this rain.' My friend license. I went, but I cannot describe the said, “We must have shelter. À voice feelings of my mind when I was led to that sounded in my ears, 'Can't you preach in part of the stage from which I was to address the market-house ? Now the man who the people. Here I stood in the presence kept the keys of the market-house was an of nine hundred persons. I had a solenn infidel; he had been often applied to for the time. I pointed out to them the spot where keys by ministers of different sects, that I sat when the Lord first convinced me, for they might preach there ; but he had inthe place was just in the same state as when variably refused to let any person have I was there last. A gentleman who heard them. I had often asked the young man me in London came and told me that they who was at this time with me to go to him wanted a minister at Newport in Monmouth for them ; but he would not.

On this ocshire, and that he should write to them casion, however, I gave him a push, and said, to send for me. Well, I heard nothing Go and get the keys of the market-house.' more of it for some time, and concluded He never said a word, but off he ran; asked

the publican if he could have the keys of the , Staines, Horsell, and Sunningdale, at which market house, a man wanted to preach there. places I preached; thus testifying in my The man only said, 'There they are, you can own mind that I was the Lord's, and that take them.' So off I went to the market- he had called me. house; fixed up some stools and benches for Mr. Pope then asked him to give some seats, sent out for some candles, and piled account of the leadings of providence in up bricks for candlesticks. But all this bringing him to Hadlow. while I had no text. At the the last mo- Mr. M'Cure's answer may be gathered ment these words came, •Turn ye to the from the church's statement as read by stronghold, ye prisoners of hope.' The Mr. Crittle. market-house was full, and I had a glorious Mr. Pope next asked him for a statetime; and I have since heard that the Lord ment of the doctrines on which he intended blessed the word to a man that was then to found his ministry? In answer to which present of very bad character. And although Mr. M'Cure read from his own writing a I got wet through, I did not care for that; I clear and distinct confession of his faith. went home full of joy, and could indeed sing The church then publicly recognized the with the poet

call, and their pastor ratified his assent ; “God moves in a mysterious way

when Mr. Foreman rose and addressed the His wonders to perform."

church and pastor ; gave the right hand of “And now I had another lesson to learn. fellowship to the pastor and one of the deaA minister came down visiting at Newport, cons, as representative of the church. where I then was, and wished to speak, I

The doxology was sung ; Mr. Pope proconsented to it. I had not yet lost all my ing's service ended at about half-past two

nounced the benediction, and the Mornself-importance, for when asked “When I

o'clock. would preach,' I said to myself, When is there most people there ?' In the evening Notices of the Afternoon and Evening Services thought i. Oh! I'll preach in the even- will appear in our next. ing,' I said. I had my text and sermon all arranged. It was on the twelve stars. A

The Cherubims. Welsh minister had published a book on the

(Continued from page 151.) subject; and I studied that well. Well, such was the pride of my heart that I said to one of the leading men present there in the [After having last month given Allen's view morning, 'Tell the people I shall preach in

of the Cherubims, for the edification of the evening. Accordingly, in the evening

“S. F. B." we promised to give the views I went, with my well arranged text and ser

of some other eminent men of God. The mon, thinking I should outshine the man

following is from Dr. Hawker.] who spoke in the morning. But judge my

Cherub and Cherubim. We meet with an feelings when I heard this very man exclaim account of these so frequently in the word of after his sermon, 'See what he has been God, that it forms an important duty to seek, stealing from Mr. -'s book!

under the Spirit's teaching, for the clearest “Soon after this I had to experience some apprehension of their meaning. At the ensevere trials in providence. I especially re- trance of the garden of Eden, after the fall, collect one Saturday night, I had been keep- we find the cherubim and a flaming sword ing a little school, but could not get the placed, Gen. iii. 24. And during the Church's money. We had got no bread to eat, and no continuance in the wilderness, several relaprospect of any money wherewith to buy tions are made of the cherubim, Exod. xxv. any. I was in hopes the Lord would appear 18, 19. Exod. xxvi. 1. Exod. xxxvii. 7, 8. for us. Seven, eight, and nine o'clock passed Solomon's temple also, was adorned with the away, and no deliverance came. I thought representation of them, 1 Kings, vi. 23, &c. I could not be a minister. I had to preach But more particularly, in the visional prothree times on the morrow. I said, 'Let us phecy of Ezekial. See chapters nine and ten go to bed ;' and just as we were going, a throughout. The general representation of knock came at the door. Two men who had the cherubim was under the similitude of four been preaching against me in consequence of living creatures, the face of a man, the face my downfall came to see me. One gave me of a lion, the face of an ox, or calf, and the three-pence, the other six-pence. Here was face of an eagle. That these figures were the promise made good. My wife was just emblems of somewhat more important and going out to buy a quartern loaf when another higher than themselves, hath been the uni. knock came at the door. A person brought versal opinion, both in the Jewish and Chrisine a basket of provisions and a half-a-crown tian Church, through all ages. Some have In a bad state of mind I once after this said, considered them as representing angels. But • The Lord shall again make it manifest that there seems, in the first view of the subject, he has called me.'

a total contradiction to this, because no one “I now received letters of invitation from reason upon earth can be shewn why angels should be represented with four faces. Nei- | which he hath perfected for ever them that are ther could there be any necessity for any other sanctified. The song of heaven declared, that representation of an angel, but as an angel. the redemption by Christ was from God, as We meet with continued instances of angels the first cause, and to God, as the final end, appearing, in the word of God, to God's peo- Rev. v. 9. To have set forth, therefore, these ple without any danger. Of Jehovah him- solemn representations, by type and figure, self only can it be said, thou canst not see my in the Jewish Church, before any but JEHOface and live, Exod. xxxiii. 20. Moreover, van himself, would have been little short of before the cherubim was sprinkled, on the blasphemy, and consequently, those cherugreat day of atonement, the blood of the sacri- bim, before which every great day of atonefice, which we all know was typical of CHRIST, ment, the same was regularly observed, could and represented the one offering of the Re- be emblematical only of the glorious Persons deemer. Now, to have this set forth before of the GODHEAD. angels would have been contrary to the whole If it be objected, that in the vision of sense of scripture. See Exod. xxxvii. 9. Isaiah, chap. vi. and so again, in the vision of Lev. xvi. 14, compared with Heb. ix. 7, 12. John, Rev. viii. where in both scriptures, we Evidently, therefore, the cherubim could not find the seraphim, or cherubim, (for they be intended to prefigure angels.

mean one and the same,) are represented as The question is then, what, or whom, did worshipping God, and hence it be said, is they represent? I would very humbly say in there not a contradiction in supposing Jeroanswer, that I am inclined to think, with seve- VAH worshipping JEHOVAH ? I answer, cerral who have gone before me in the study of tainly there would be, if this were in reality this solem and mysterious subject, that the the case. But the fact is, that it is not so. cherubim were emblematical of the glorious Let it be reniembered, that these cherubim persons of the Godhead, in their covenant are emblems, and not the very persons they engagements to redeem our fallen nature, as represent. The representatives of another represented in those characters united with may join in any acts with others, to proclaim the manhood of Christ. And the founda- with them the worth, or praises, of those tion of this belief, I humbly beg to subjoin. whom they represent. As the ambassador

And first, to begin with the earliest repre- of an earthly king, though he represents his sentation at the gate of Paradise, we are told, master, may, at the same time, join his fellow Gen. iii. 24, that the LORD himself placed subjects in proclaiming with them his masthose cherubim there, which turned every ter's honor." This objection, therefore, falls way, to keep the way of the tree of life. By to the ground. And though I do not prewhich I apprehend, the sense of the expres- sume on a subject so mysterious and subsion is, not to keep froni, but to keep to, the lime, to speak decidedly, yet I cannot but way of the tree of life; meaning, that poor think, that the cherubim of scripture, are infallen man now had no access but by this tended to represent the glorious persons of way. And as we well know, from our LORD's the GODHEAD, with the human nature united own authority, that Jesus is the way, and the to the person of the Son of God, and by no truth, and the life; and no man cometh to the

means intended to represent angels. Father, but by him, John xiv. 6. Hence it should seem, that by these cherubic figures, In Memory of George Greenhough, among which the face of a man formed a part, immediately at the fall, redemption through Ministe of the Gospel, Manchester, who deChrist was set up by those emblems, as parted this life, Feb. 18, 1842. Aged 58 Years. manifested to the church.

“ They that are delivered from the noise of archers, Secondly, Those cherubim were eminently in the places of drawing water, there shall they redisplayed in the Holy of Holies, over and hearse the righteous acts of the Lord." Judges v. 11. upon the mercy seat. See Exod. xxv. 17 to

The Champion's fought the glorious fight, 22, compared with Heb. ix. 1 to 24. Now,

And won through Jesus' conquering might as from the authority of those scriptures, we The treach’rous foes his soul assaild, have full licence to conclude, that the mercy

By faith he wrestled and prevail'd;

He built on Christ,-foundation good, seat itself was an emblem of Christ, and the

Made firm and sure by love and blood,
High Priest going into the Holy of Holies That made the wicked archers go,
once in a year, with blood, a lively type of the And seek his final overthrow,
LORD Jesus going in with his own blood into

But God deliver'd from their hands,

His wounded soul.- And now he stands heaven itself, there to appear in the presence A crowned victor through God's love of God for us, we cannot for a moment sup- His righteous acts to tell above, pose, but that these cherubim must have been

To him that lov'd us-Hark, he sings!

He praises the great King of kings : designed to represent the holy and undivided

Who from his sins did wash him clean, Three Persons in the GODHEAD, the one eter- And now he stands complete in him; nal Jehovah, before whom only, and to whom A king and priest in heaven is he, only, Christ, in his divine and human nature

From every artful foe set free.

Made one with Christ, he lives and reigns, united, made the one sacrifice of himself, by No more to suffer griefs and pains,

Infant Salvation.

Arminian ground of salvation they must be saved either by natural or moral purity,

or otherwise by free-will and good works. In many parts of the country, yea, in al. And it is evident they cannot be saved most every place where I have been preach through either of these channels. No; they ing these last twenty years, I have heard are saved as all the heirs of glory are the same stale, evil report against Zion saved, viz., by grace, freely by grace, withand her sons; and, as a watchman, I have out works, in the covenant of grace, by the been watching this malignant insurgent inward work of the Spirit, the blood and for some years, who has been affrighting righteousness of Christ; for all that are the babes and little children in Zion, saved, both infants and adults, must be, stabbing the ministers of the free grace and are saved by grace alone. And Jesus glorious gospel in the dark, alarming weak said, Suffer little children to come unto me, minds, and casting a scandal on the cause for of such is the kingdom of heaven.' of the Redeemer, if it were possible. But, Thus, you may see it is a slander cast on be assured 'an enemy hath done this.' the gospel of Christ, by satan and his de

The question was inadvertently asked ceived ones, and a common slander cast on the other day, 'Do you ever go to such a the ministers of the glorious gospel, who chapel?'. The answer was 'No. Neither preach the eternal, sovereign, and everlastdo I wish to enter into such places, where ing love of God in Christ Jesus to his peosuch horrible doctrines as these are preach- ple. Therefore, it is not the Calvinists that ed-To say that there are little children in shut infants out of heaven, and send such hell whose lives on earth were but a span of a span long to hell, as we are slanlong! This is the poor old hack horse that derously reported by free-willers. No, no. has been rode round the country for many If there are such ignorant, daring, and preyears; and surely they must be either sumptuous men on earth, it must be you, enemies to Zion, or very ignorant people ye free-willers and Fullerites, who affirm that ride him. But this old black horse is that salvation is by free-will, duty faith, ridden by many who think themselves and good works performed by the creature; wise ; perhaps, for want of a better, viz., and we know that infants are not capable the White Horse of the glorious gospel, on of performing these things, neither faith, which the saints ride over mountains of nor good works, neither can they be saved sin and difficulties with Jesus the Captain by their native purity, being born in sin, of salvation; and through such mud, mire, Thus you charge us Calvinists with that and filthy waters which the serpent pours you are guilty of yourselves, according to out of his mouth, 'For the armies that fol- your own creed. It is you that would shut low him upon white horses are clothed in them out of heaven! Not us. No! we fine linen, white and clean,' (Rev. xix. 14;) affirm that both infants and adults are and such mire and dirt cannot stick to saved by grace, and the redemption that their robes nor defile them.

is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The election I being a watchman in the city of Zion, of grace are all saved by grace-infants inand hearing such wranglings in the night, cluded, of such is the kingdom of heaven.' I thought it my duty to give the alarm, All saved by grace, and their works follow and apprehend such mischievous insur- aftergents. So I moved the slide of my lantern

And all their work is praise and love, to throw a little light on them and the In the pure world of light above. subject then in hand; and, thought I, if it must come to a fight, I, as a watchman un

Every mouth must be stopped ; charge us der the city authorities, am justified in no more so foolishly; examine your own giving a blow both at the horse and rider creed, and see what it leads to. if required.

A WATCHMAN ON THE WALLS. I said, you must confess that we are

Leicester, June 21, 1848. conceived in sin, and shapen in iniquity,'

THE AWFUL DEATH OF A MERE PROFESSOR consequently, infants after the flesh are all born in sin; therefore they do not come into this world pure as the virgin snows, Peaceful Departure of a Real Saint. nor (as some affirm) like a sheet of writing

(From the Life of the late Henry Fowler.) paper, for man to write on them just what he pleases. They are born in sin, and consequently cannnot go to heaven on the

(Continued from page 142.) ground of their native innocency and WHILE I was at Birmingham, death made purity, neither on the ground of human or many vacancies among my hearers, and moral instruction ; neither can they be some died with a well-grounded hope in saved by good works, they perform none; the sure mercies of David; and others neither is it possible for them to be saved doubtful. I shall select two characters, on your Arminian ground of free-will, for and make some remarks on them, which their mental powers are not opened or ex- may be read both with trembling and repanded to exercise their wills on religious joicing. subjects; their mental faculties have One of these characters had been a manneither budded, blossomed, nor born visi- ager of our chapel for a short time before ble fruits of righteousness. And on your I came to Birmingham. He was taken ill,

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