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and therefore, while he writes this, for the first time by Peter on Pentemust be in his sins.
cost, and that it is contained in Actsii. III. These we consider are sufficient | 38 ; and that the transactions therein reasons why we should abjure the detailed are a fulfilment of Isaiah ï. 3 ; whole transaction, in which we once 5. That by immersion, a believer firmly thought we had believed and after the type of No. 1. is introduced obeyed the one only true apostolic into the Kingdom ; gospel of Jesus Christ.
6. That, while we have always Having been immersed into what contended, that the faith of the secwe now see is an erroneous sys tarian world, and the faith, without tem, an interest was then awakened which a man cannot please God, are in us to know more about it. Ac- essentially different faiths, we have cordingly we devoured the Christian erroneously attributed that essential Baptist and Harbinger ; and while difference to not believing in the rethese maintained their ascendancy mission of sins through immersion our mind continually reverted to their into the name of Jesus, instead of to author as the light of the age, and we their utter ignorance of the Gospel of wrote and spoke of him as such ; but the Kingdom ; as the Word began to take root in 7. That, while formerly with these our heart, and to enlighten the eyes errors, we taught the truth as it of our understanding, in the same opened up before us from the word, ratio that light became dim, and we we have never till comparatively rebegan to discover the dense fog incently perceived, that it was the Goswhich he and his system are em- pel, and therefore, we have never bedded.
ventured to affirm, that these things IV. It has consumed many years to were necessary to salvation. convince us thoroughly of this. This 8. That, like all the rest of our will explain how it is we have taught contemporaries, we have taught unerrors we are now under the necessity knowingly the conditions of the Gosof abjuring. We taught these errors pel as a substitute for the Gospel of under the influence of human tradi- the Kingdom of God; tion ; we have recently perceived the 9. That under the influence of truth aided only by the prophets and human tradition and example, we apostles ; therefore we do confess, have invited persons to come forward
1. That we have taught, that to on the spur of the moment, and be believe, that Jesus is the Christ, the baptized for remission of sins ; when Son of God; that he died for sins, from the nature of things, it was imwas buried and rose again for our possible, that they could have been justification ; and, that to be immer- enlightened ; had we been properly sed into the name of the Father, Son, instructed, we should not now have and Holy Spirit for the remission of had to make this confession and absins-is to believe and obey the gos- juration of our mistakes. Better late, pel ;
however, than not at all. 2. That we have taught, that to 10. We do not remember, that we be sorry for sin, cease to do evil and ever taught the existence of an imlearn to do well-is repentance ; mortal soul in corruptible man, and
3. That the Kingdom of God was the translation thereof to heaven or set up on the Day of Pentecost; that hell, at the instant of death ; if we it consisted of 3120 citizens ; that the have, so much the worse : no man apostles then sat upon their thrones ; can hold this dogma, and acceptably and we have sung that we shall gain believe the Gospel of the kingdom of kingdoms beyond the skies, &c.; God and his Christ; we abjure it as
4. That the Gospel was preached / “ a damnable heresy :"
The former nine of these items we renouncing and bidding them all confess to ; there may be other things adieu. which have escaped our recollection ;
J. T. whatever they be, let them all go into eternal oblivion ; we count them all
REMARKS BY THE EDITOR. but dross, and abjure them all, that The foregoing “ Confession and Abjurawe may enter upon a new era as the tion” is an all-sufficient reason--and that, freed-man of Christ and his truth.
too, of his own showing—why John Thomas
ought not to have sought, or been received, VI. We erred in holding in abey- into the fellowship of any of our churches; ance the most trivial inference from and what motive, other than that of creating the truth on any pretence whatever ;
division, could induce bim to seek the fel
lowship of those in this country, wkom, if in we abjure all errors of this kind, and
the United States, he would abjure and rethat this opportunity of declaring, that ject, as holding “damnable heresy,” we are no compromise with men or principles at a loss to imagine. It appears to us that can hereafter be extracted from the
his great ambition in visiting this country, (as
we noticed on the cover of our last number) editor of this paper ;
is not to build-up and enlarge tbe churches VII. We admit, that we have not already planted, but to obtain a standing as accepted the slanders and reproaches the head of a party, by proselyting as many bestowed upon us, with that gratitude out of t
out of them to bis own spirit and theory, as
he possibly can—and that, too, without any the word inculcates. Born and edu
compromise whatever. Now, although j. cated in a country where character is Thomas is late in the field as a Second Admore precious than gold, we have, in ventist-or advocate of the literal, visible, time past, felt like Ephraim unaccus
and personal reign of Jesus in old Jerusalem,
newly builded-yet, like his predecessors, tomed to the yoke, when suffering
Mr. Miller, and others, he may succeed in under the galling imputations of reck raising up a small party, who will plead for less assailants. Experience, however, the return of the Lord in 1864 or 1866, inhas taught us, that in this country,
stead of 1843-5-7 ; but it becomes an im
portant question, in what respect is the world slander is the people's broadsword
advantaged by the proclamation of such a with which they seek to slay the theory? We answer in no respect whatreputations of all, who aim to serve ever. If the Saviour said to his inspired them otherwise than in subservience
Apostles, “It is not for you to know the
times and seasons which the Father has reto their passions, in the things of time served for himself,” so it is not for any unor eternity. But, blessed be our foes inspired man to fix upon the period when the in their basket and store. We thank
Lord is to return from heaven to earth. If
the disciples in Great Britain had known the them for their persecution and oppo
exact position in which J. Thomas has stood sition with which they have encoun for some years past, and in which his “Contered us. But for these, we should fession and Abjuration” have placed him-have been, perhaps, like them, “in
which include in them the rejection of Wal
ter Scott, with the designation of an apostate the gall of bitterness and bond of
not knowing the gospel-of A. Campbell and iniquity.” Their course has compel all his writings--of the church of disciples in led us to study more diligently than Richmond, Va. with Brother Henshall as we might have done, the Holy Scrip
their evangelist—of the great body of disci
ples in Virginia, with most, if not all the tures, that we might be better able to
leading brethren among them, regarding give an answer to every one that whom, in 1844, he roundly asserted that he should ask a reason of the Hope that would as soon hold fellowship with Satan as is in us. Had they let us alone, it is
with them — we say, if our brethren had
known thus much, they would not have so probable, we should have been in good
hastily given their consent to his application repute indeed with them and their to come among them as an expounder of leaders“; and might even have been what he imagines to be the deep things of teaching the same fables : which,
God. however, would have deprived us of
We are exhorted to prove all things,
and to hold fast that which is good"--advice the pleasure of confessing our errors which is excellent, and which implies that and mistakes, and of thus publicly 'we are to let all evil, or that which is bad,
pase through our minds as quietly, and with brotherly love, and co-operation as much ease as possible. We are also com- among the disciples of Jesus. After manded to mark them which cause separations, and occasions of falling, contrary to
singing and prayer, Brother Davies, the doctrine which we have learned from of Mollington, was unanimously called Christ and bis Apostles, and to avoid them to the chair : Brother G. Schleselman This, again, is excellent, and requires our was appointed secretary. obedience as much as the other. But, the remark has been made by some,
1 After a few introductory remarks “ We must know all the facts for ourselves, before we can decide in rejecting any one from
from the Chairman, the list of churches the fellowship of the church of which we are in the May number of the British members !” “Now if this ultra and extrava- | Millennial Harbinger was called gant principle is to predominate, then we over and information received from
over, and information received from shall be compelled to fellowship every man of whom we are ignorant, whose conduct may
the different churches by delegates have been censured by his brethren, and who and letters, as exhibited in the folis justly punished for his unrighteousness, or lowing list : factious course of proceeding: for, if all the facts of each case are to be regularly known,
ENGLAND. then the testimony of brethren, however ho
PLACE. DELEGATE MEM. OFFICERS. norable and united, is worthless. And therefore, upon such a principle, were Judas, or
Ashton-un-Lyne Letter 18 J. Scholefield & N.
Harrison, elders. Hymeneus, or Alexander the Coppersmith,
25 T; Bruar, president to rise from the dead, and make application Brighton .....
12 for church fellowship, we should also be com Bulwell.. .... H. Hndston 60 W. Dawson, elder;
A. Smith and J. Rome, deacons. pelled to embrace them as brethren in the
Bedlington .... Letter 23 Lamb, pastor. Lord-as, most assuredly, we could know
9 nothing of the facts of the case, whatever our Chester & Mol. Davies 62 Twoelders, and two faith might be in the testimony of Paul.
Clackheaton.... Letters of commendation from the churches Carlton.....
22 (not from individuals, some of whom may be Donninglon ....
3 Binks, president. under church censure) are of apostolic ori- | Eastwood......
Ford Forge.... gin; but they would be useless indeed, if
Halifax ....... Letter 49 J. Mitchell and J. Christians were bound to receive all that
Wilson, presidts. came unto them, unless they knew, by actual Horncastle ....
6 H. Scott, president. observation, the facts criminating them.
Huddersfield .. Butler 60 H. Shaw, W. Haigh,
E. Jenking and G. Green well, presidents; two Might not these letters of cominendation
deacons. originate in the operation of a principle
15 Renshaw, president which excluded all who did not furnish evi. | Hull.......... Godson 13 Two deacons. dence of character and standing ? Indeed,
Hummersmith. McIntyre 10 Noelders ordeacons
6 S. Burnet, president if primitive disciples had been acquainted
Leigh... ... ... Turner 13 with such a rule as that of receiving all on Leicester ...... their individual testimony, then nothing | Liverpool...... Woodnurth 30 R. Evans and P.
Woodporth, elders; two deacons. could have been more worthless to a Chris.
85 J. Black, pastor, D. tian than these letters of commendation. King, evangelist; two helps to the pastor, three Any such rule would prove subversive of all deacons.
Lincoln........ good order, and is, besides, without apostolic
Louth......... Letter 14 W. Kirk, president. precedent or countenance. We again exhort Loughborough.. the churches to require from strangers well- | Manchester....
66 Brother Parkins was attested letters of commendation from the
present but not as delegate ; do not as a body
recognise the reformation. churches to which they belong.
Maidstone..... Letter 12
30 Bro. Bell, president.
Newcastle-Tyne Letter 47 W. Patriek, elder; REPORT OF THE MEETING OF
North Shields.. Letter 12 J. Neil, elder. MESSENGERS AT GLASGOW. Notitngham.... Wallis 170 One pastor, and
Shrewsbury ... Letter 16 Brothers Butler and In accordance with a resolution of
9 P. Harrison, pres. the meeting at Chester, in October,
Seale.......... Letter 1847, a meeting was held in Glas
Sunderland.... Wardropper 23 F. Hill,'pastor, and gow, on the 27th, 28th, and 29th
three deacons. Waddington...
8 Bro. Norton, pres. September, of Messengers from the
12 Deacon, president. Congregations in Great Britain and Walworth.....
Wigan ....... Coop Sinclair 50 Three deacons. Ireland, for the promotion of union, 1 Wakefield ... Letter j i.
Dron. e, and
| lowship with our brethren in the U.S. Aberdeen....
33 Brothers Mouat, Thompson, and Crombie, presidents.
and that they were prepared to prove Alva.....
it from his own writings, it was moved Airdrie...... Mather 7 Brothers Mather &
Crouther, presidts. I by Brother Wardropper, and seconded Auchterarder, Brocke, 212 Brother Brock,
by Brother Forsyth, “ That it is the Hepburn S president; and
three deacons. opinion of this meeting, that Dr. Auchtermuchty J. Dron, 238 J. Dron, and G. G. Dron, & Ç Dron, elders.
Thomas is not a fit and proper person
to represent the church in Lincoln." Banff........ Letter 20 Cameron, president Bathgate..... Cruickshank 11 R. Cruickshank, Some discussion having taken place, and Russell president.
an adjournment was agreed to. Cupar....... Dowie. Mitch- 100 Three elders, and ell, Beveridge four deacons.
SEPTEMBER 28.-The chair having Chapel Hall.. Letter
O G. Geddes, pres. Dunbar ..... Muir,
been taken, the motion of the previous Dernock.....
evening came on for consideration, Dumfries.... Letter
36 Bro. Hutchison. Dunfermline. J. Hindry · 43 W. Ramsay, elder, but, at the request of its mover and
two deacons. Dundee...... Ainslie,
seconder, was allowed to be withFordyce, and 102 Twelve visitors. drawn. It was then agreed, that all
Schleselman. Edinburgh... R. Anderson, 94 R. Anderson, T. | motions made in this meeting, be Macdougale. Stewart, P C. Gray,
made by delegates only, and that H. Mc Intosh, and G. Dowie, presidents. Frasersburgh.
these be presented in writing.-BroGlusgow... ... Paton, Linn, 71 Bros. Paton, & Linn Black, Service. elders, three deacons
ther Tener proposed, and Brother Grangemouth. Letter
3 R. Laird. president. Forsyth seconded, “ That a commitKilmarnock.. Bro. Lander 18 H. Lander, pres. Kirkaldy..... Bro. Lynd 50 Five presidents. tee be appointed to take into consideKilwinning & J. B. Rollo Two, presidents, and ration any difficulties that may arise. Sultcoais
one deacon, Leslie . ..... McKenzie 15 Four presidents. and report to the meeting," which was Leith ....... B. Campbell 22 Three presidents &
agreed to, the following forming the Montrose.....
10 Arbuthnot & Hear
committee : Brethren William Tur
ney, presidents. Neuburgh.... G. Robertson 21 Two presidents and
two deacons. Neroton Stew..
12 Crawford, pres. New Mills...
Auchtermuchty, Scotland ; and Robt. Perth ........ McGregor 15 Two presidents. Pitsligo......
Smith, of Dungannon, Ireland ; with Sangular .... Brown 24 One president.
| power to choose a fifth from among the St. Andrew's..
22 J. Gourlay, and w. & Pikie Mill..
Wilson, presidents. delegates. ---The letters from the vaSholts Iron Works.....
rious churches were read by Brother Turriff ......
Paton, in conformity with a proposiWest Caulder.
12 A. Muir, president.
tion to that effect ; after which, it IRELAND.
was moved by Brother Fordyce, seCookstown ..
11 Two presidents. Bullamaqullah Tener
22 Two presidents, conded by Brother J. Dron, supportSmith and two deacons.
ed by Brother King and other brethWALES.
| ren, and adopted unanimously, “That
11 J. Astbury, presidt. Cepurnau.....
| this meeting earnestly recommend the Cox Lane.....
30 E. Gibson, and w.
disciples of Jesus Christ in Great Whalley, elders; three deacons. Cricieth......
Britain and Ireland, seriously to conEllesmere ....
6 W. Whalley, elder. Rhosllanucruh.
36 Rice, Griffith, and sider the necessity of arranging these gog.........
countries into a number of districts, Ryden Purk ..
Bro. Rces, president. Tremadoc..... Letter
each of the districts comprehending a Wrexham .... T. Jones 36 T.Jones, president.
cluster of churches ; and these to asThe delegate of the Lincoln con semble in a convenient place in each gregation, being a foreigner, some district as often as possible, or as often doubts were entertained as to his as they deem it necessary for the being eligible to represent any con: cultivation of unity and love, and the gregation in Great Britain at this promotion of a more efficient co-opemeeting ; and some baving said that ration in missionary and all other he had made a declaration of non-fel- | purposes in their respective districts,
and that they report to next general ed to continue to act as treasurer, the meeting.
committee choosing their own secreIn the evening, the chair having tary, with power to supply the place been again taken, The British Mil- of any vacancy that may occur.-The lennial Harbinger was the subject of brethren unanimously approve of the conversation, when it was proposed arrangement adopted at the meeting by Brother Tener, seconded, and in Edinburgh in 1842, respecting the carried unanimously, “ That this selection of evangelists, viz. “That in meeting is again determined to sup- any case where it may be deemed port The British Millennial Har- justifiable in the committee to procure binger, and it earnestly recommends one, the secretary shall write for the the brethren to exert themselves in judgment and testimony of the church its behalf, so as to increase the circu- where the brother named resides, and lation to 2000, and thus warrant the the churches in the neighbourhood ; reduction of the price to four pence, and upon finding the testimony of to commence in January next.”—It these sufficiently satisfactory, the browas recommended by the meeting that ther thus approved shall be sent forth the practice prevalent amongst the to the work of the Lord.”—The meetcongregations in the days of the apos- ing having had their attention called tles, of requiring letters of commen- to the differences and division existdation from stranger brethren visiting ing among the brethren in Edinburgh, the congregations, be adopted by all deeply regret and deplore the same, the congregations, these letters being and therefore deem it their duty, not signed by the officers of the congrega- only to acquaint both parties there of tions to which they respectively be the perplexity and grief produced long.
| among the congregations on their acSEPTEMBER 29.— The Treasurer's count, but also to advise them, in all account of the Evangelist Fund, and sincerity and affection, that they the one connected with the visit of should invite three or four brethren Brothers Campbell and Henshall to of wisdom and prudence to meet with this country, being submitted to the them, to hear and consider those matmeeting, the President and Secretary ters of grievance or disaffection bewere required to adhibit their signa-tween them, so as to tender such adtures to the same, in attestation of the vice and exhortation, as may lead to correctness thereof. — The meeting a reconciliation and union. - It was unanimously agreed that all the resolved, that the next meeting of churches in this Reformation, shall messengers be held in Sunderland in co-operate in the evangelization of Whitsun week, commencing on TuesGreat Britain and Ireland generally, day evening, at six o'clock.—It was and that a committee be appointed, also deemed advisable that the conconsisting of three members, with a gregations be supplied with a few coTreasurer and Secretary, who shall pies of the report of the meeting, the be resident in Nottingham or its expense of the same to be defrayed neighbourhood, to take charge of the out of the evangelist fund, and the contributions of the brethren, and committee regulating the number of support the general evangelists from copies to be printed. --The case of the the funds ; and also that they have messenger of the Lincoln church being the power to assist district evangelists again mentioned, it was referred to until next meeting. That the com- | the Committee on Difficulties ; Geo. mittee consist of Brethren James Dron being absent, Wm. Linn, GlasWallis, Thomas Wallis, Jonathan gow, was elected in his place, when Hine, Augustus Darby, and Edward Anthony Wardropper, of Sunderland, Manfull, Brother Hine being request- ' was named as the fifth : they reported