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charge, from Titus, ii. 15; Mr. Edmonds, On Tuesday, April 21, 1818, the Rev. of Cambridge, addressed the church, Enoch Manning, (son of the Rev. Joseph from Phil. ii. 16; and Mr. Pyne, of Manning, many years the respectable pas. Duxford, concluded with prayer. tor of the church at Spaldick, Hunting- Mr. Carver's place of worship was don,) was ordained to ihe pastoral office kindly lent for this occasion. over the church assembling at Gamlin- In the evening, Messrs. Green and gay, Cambridgeshire. Mr. Clark, of Reynolds, (students from Stepney,) Biggleswade, began the service, by read prayed; and Dr. Newman preached, ing and prayer; Mr. Geard, of Hitchen, from 1 Tim. iii. 14–16. asked the usual questions, and received the confession of faith;. Mr. Manning, senior, prayed the ordination prayer; Mr.
NOTICES. Morrel, (Independent minister,) of St.
The members of the Baptist congreNeots, addressed the minister; and Mr. gation at Leeds, in consequence of the Ragsdell, of Thrapston, addressed the great number of applications that lave church: Mr. Brown, of Keysoe, con- Jately been made to them for assistance cluded with prayer.
in building and enlarging places of wor. In the evening, Mr. Hemming, of Kim- ship, have resolved, “ That a Committee bolton, preached, and closed the inter- be appointed, who shall meet on the esting services of the day with prayer. second Monday in February, and the
second Monday in August, to examine
such cases as may be presented, and to MELBOURNE.
fix the time of their being attended to; On Thursday, August 20, 1818, Mr. W. and that it is their intention to encourage Pepper, (a student from Stepney,) was such cases only as shall be approved and publicly set apart to the pastoral office, recommended by the Committee." in the Baptist church at Melbourne, in
Tuos. LANGDON. Cambridgeshire. Mr. Brown, of Bun. Leeds, Sept. 3. 1818. tingford, read appropriate portions of scripture, and prayed. The introductory address was delivered by Mr. Wilkinson, Somerset Association, will be holden at
The next Meeting of the Wilts and of Saffron Walden, who also asked the usual questions, and received Mr. Pep- Melksham, on Tuesday, October 13. per's confession of faith ; Mr. Towne, of Mr. Saunders, of Frome, is expected to Royston, presented the
Robert EDMINSON, Secretary. prayer; Dr. Newman delivered the
HYMN II. " Hallowed be thy Name.” 01! holy! holy! holy ! Lord,
The great omniscient King;
May all thy people sing.
Illumes the eastern sky,
Thy Name extol on high.
Shall contemplation raise ;
Again the hymn of praise.
Our gratitude and joy ;
And Him our thoughts employ.
On all his goodness dwell; His holiness aloud proclaim, His love and mercy tell.
Thy Kingdom come."
Lord triumphant onward ride;
Quell the rebel heart of pride!
Open throw each massy gate;
Welcome him with regal state.
Of thy mild paternal reign ;
Free from sorrow, doubt, and pain.
All thy righteous precepts love;
But our deeds our faith approve.
Gifts and presents to thee bring; Lordly realm, and mighty nation,
Bow before him, Christ the King. Lord! may we the train be swelling,
Of the ransom'd, hallow'd throngi May we, in the heavenly dwelling, Sing of Thee, th' eternal song,
MEMOIR OF MENNO SIMON.
(Continued from page 368.)
The learned Cassander, a Ca- laud), “ although they are very tholic, who lived in the time of numerous, have no church in Menno, says, concerning him and their possession. These persons the Baptists with whom he was are worthy of greater commenunited, “We can discover in dation than others, on account them for the most part the proofs of the harmlessness of their lives. of a godly mind, and that they But they are oppressed by all have departed from the true sense other sects, as well as by the orof the holy scriptures, and from thodox,” (meaning the Catholics.) the general opinions of the Ca- In a letter to some friends in tholic church, rather from error the Netherlands, Erasmus, speakthan from a fixed perverseness of ing of the Zurichers, inclination. This appears from are very strenuous that heretics their uniformly manifesting the should not be put to death, algreatest earnestness against the though they themselves have thus insurrection of Munster, and the punished the Anabaptists, who confusions consequent thereon, were condemned on very inferior and from their teaching, on the points, and who, it is said, have contrary, that the restitution and among them a great number of extension of the kingdom of persons that have been converted Christ, consist only in resolutely from lives of the greatest impiety bearing his cross. Such persons to pre-eminent holiness. The as these merit compassion and Zurichers, however, think them better instruction, rather than to be in an error. They have no violent persecution and extirpa- churches allowed them, although tion."
they have never entered any town of the amiableness of the sect by force, nor sought to strengthen with which Menno was united, their party by clandestine and Erasmus bore the following ho- secret conspiracies, and by opnourable testimony, in the year position to the secular powers, 1529, five years before the insur- nor in a single instance despoiļed rection at Munster, in a letter to any one of his property.” Alphonsus Fonseca, archbishop Menno agreed with the other of Toledo, dated from Basle: Reformers, respecting the great “ The Anabaptists" in Switzer- and leading doctrines of Christia
nity, as appears from bis writ- wash the feet of their brethren who ings. To this also Heyden, visit them from foreign parts, Hoornbeck, and Cocceius, bore and of messengers from churches. the following testimony, in a let. Others of them perform this cereter to Huldrick, minister at Zu- mony after the celebration of the rich :-“ Many of the disciples of Lord's Supper. They quote in Menno live among us, who are favour of this practice Gen. xviii. esteemed as good citizens. They 4. John xiii. 14. and 1 Tim. v. confess the grace of Christ, and 10. defend it; and strongly oppose
All of them practise sprinkling the Socinians, who mingle among instead of immersion. They acthem."
knowledge that immersion was The distinguishing tenets of his the practice of the church, from party are the same with those of the age immediately succeeding the ancient Waldenses, not only, that of the apostles, down to a as they believe, respecting bap- very late period. But they say, tism, but also with respect to that it was an early corruption, oaths, war, and civil offices. Some and that either pouring or sprinktime, however, after his renunci- ling was the apostolic mode. ation of Popery, he fell into an His Works were published in error, somewhat resembling that folio, in 1681. The following are of some of the ancient Christians, the titles of a few of them. concerning the incarnation of I. “ An evident Demonstration Christ, but which is now main of the Saving Doctrine of Jesus tained by very few of the Men Christ.” In this work, he treats nonites. From a desire to keep on the following subjects : 1. The the human nature of Christ as re- time of grace. 2. Repentance. mote as possible from being im- 3. Faith, which he defines to be, plicated in that original corrup- An embracing of the gospel, tion which proceeds from the through the agency of the Holy fall, he held that, at the incarna- Spirit. He shows that the betion, his human body was not liever relies upon Christ and his derived, but created. “ It must, grace ; that he embraces his prohowever,” says Mosheim, “ be ac- mises; and that he is justified, knowledged, that Menno does not by works, but by faith, which not seem to have been unchange is not of men, but the gift of God; ably wedded to this opinion; for and that this faith is not without in several places he expresses fruits, but worketh by love. 4. himself ambiguously on this head, Baptism. He defends the conand even sometimes falls into in- fining of baptism to believers, consistencies. From hence, per- from Matt. xxviii. 12. Mark xvi. haps, it might not be unreasona- 16, &c. and by the arguments ble to conclude, that he renounc- which are usually adduced ed indeed the common opinion that side of the question; and concerning the origin of Christ's replies to the arguments in favour human nature; but was pretty of Pædobaptism. In this chapmuch undetermined with respect ter, he uses a severity of style to the hypothesis which, among which the subject does not remany that were proposed, it was quire, but which was common proper to substitute in its place." with the Reformers in general,
Some of the Mennonites, like when they disputed againstadverwise, esteem it to be their duty to saries who had set them the exam
ple. 5. The Lord's Supper. 6. nister spiritual things, it is but Secession from the church of reasonable they should receive Rome. 7. The calling of minis. temporal ones.
He makes this ters in the church. 8. The doc- clear from the case of the priests trines to be preached by minis- and Levites under the legal disters; showing that the scripture pensation, who, ministering in is the only rule of faith. 9. The holy things, had a provision made life of ministers, and their sup- for them. And lastly, from the port. He denies the lawfulness constitution and appointment of of ministerial stipends: this opi- Christ himself, whose ordinance nion is, however, rejected by it is, that they that preach the many of the modern Mennonites. gospel should live of the gos
The following quotations, from pel.” Vol. III. book ii. chap. 4. Dr. Gill's Body of Divinity, will Again, It is the business of deaconvey our sentiments upon this cons to serve,“ 2. The minister's subject :-“The duty of church- table; to take care that a proper members to their pastors is held provision is made for the subsistforth in various passages, respect- ence of himself and family. ing their maintenance, or a pro- Whereas Christ has ordained that vision for the subsistence of them- those who preach the gospel selves and families, which is part should live of it, and that he that of that double honour a ruling is taught in the word shall comelder and a laborious minister is municate to him that teacheth in worthy of, since the labourer is all good things; the business of worthy of his rewo
ward, 1 Tim. v. deacons is to see to it that every 17, 18; and he that is taught in member contributes according to the word, and instructed by it to his ability, and that there be an his comfort and edification, should equality, that some are not eased communicate to him that tracheth and others burdened. And it lies in all good things, temporal good upon them to collect what the things, he stands in need of, Gal. members give; for it is not provi. 6. This duty the apostle urges per the minister should collect and presses, with a variety of ar- for himself; this would be to preguments, in 1 Cor. ix. 7–14. He vent the design of the institution, argues from the law of nature which was, that those who are and nations, exemplified in the employed in the sacred office of cases of soldiers, planters of vine- the ministry of the word should yards, and keepers of flocks, who, not be hindered in it. Besides, by virtue of their calling and ser- such a practice would not comvice, have a right to a livelihood ; port with the case and character between whom and ministers of of a minister, who would be the gospel there is a resemblance. obliged to receive what the peoHe also argues from the law of ple gave him, without making any Moses, particularly the law re- remonstrance against it as failing specting the ox not to be muzzled in their duty to him. He might when it treads out the corn, which also be exposed to the charge of he interprets of ministers of the avarice. To which may be addword, and applies to them. He ed, that a church would not be argues the right of the mainte-able to judge whether their
pasnance of the ministers of the gos- tor was sufficiently provided for pel from the justice and equity or not.” Vol. III. book ii. chap. 5. of the thing; that since they mi. In addition to these weighty and
unanswerable arguments, it may | peasants, rising in rebellion against be observed, that, even where a their tyrannical lords. Religion minister does not stand in need does not seem to have been emof the pecuniary aid of the church ployed by them, in aid of their and congregation, and therefore rebellion, until they were joined might not be anxious to receive and headed by some artful men, any such aid, yet a subscription who endeavoured, by availing forthe remuneration of his labours themselves of existing circumcreates a bond of union amongst stances, to advance their own the subscribers, which would ambitious designs. These were otherwise be wanting ; since they Munzer and Rotman, who were consider themselves as having a originally Lutherans, but became common interest, and as united Baptists, and John of Leyden, together in the maintenance of who probably was a Baptist bethe same cause; and also, that it fore he joined the insurgents. frees them from the uneasy re- | These men were wild and ambiflection of attending upon a mi- tious fanatics, and had no affinity nistry, towards the support of with the genuine Baptists, who which they yield no pecuniary were enemies to war and rebellion. assistance.
From the latter, however, a few In this chapter, likewise, he weak persons were seduced to join cautions magistrates, learned men, the insurgents. It was these weak and the common people, against deluded Christians whom Menno false ministers. He also ad. addressed as brethren, with a dresses the Munsterites: this is desire to bring them back to the the part of bis works which has fold of God, and not the general been appealed to, in order to mass, of whom baptism (which prove that the Munsterites and they had adopted because their the Mennonites were the same leaders were Baptists) and fanapeople; the passage to which re- ticism constituted the only reliference is made, is that in which gion. In this chapter be shows, he calls them his “ erring bre- that the only sword which Christhren.” The fact seems to have tians ought to use is the sword of been as follows: The Munster- the Spirit ; and that with this ites were originally boors,* or sword Christ so protects his * «The boors of Germany,” says shall not prevail against it.
church, that the gates of hell
He bishop Jewel, in his Reply to Harding the Jesuit, “whom you mention, were,
also admonishes church, unfor the greatest part, the oppugners of der persecution, to walk in the Luthier, and were unacquainted with the practice of all Christian virtues. gospel. They engaged, according to their own statement, by an oath, against Sleidan says, “That the tumults in Gerthe cruelty and tyranny of the land many did not originate with the Anabaplords; just as they had done twenty tists, but with persons of the Popish comyears before, in the same parts, in the munion." Perizonius also says, “The conspiracy called Liga Sotularica, be general rising of the boors, extending it. fore Luther began to preach. Whatever self over the greatest part of Germany, was the object of the later conspiracies, has, though most unjustly, cast much it is certain that Luther” (and the same odium on the Lutherans. For the fol. may be said of Menno)" conducted him-lowers of Luther by no means occasioned self towards them with the greatest se- the same, but were most avowed enemies verity. They, moreover, on being ques- to it. Moreover, the insurrection was tioned concerning their conduct, dis- not excited for the first time then, (1525,) owned any connexiou with the evangeli- but had already existed a short time be 'cal party, or that they knew the same." fore Luther's appearance."