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ye have been like unto a fish out | men) with outward assent and of the water, yea, as the troubled consent, but with inward pain and sea, which cannot be at rest. reprobation,
4. For the strange people 11. Are ye not therein paramong whom ye now dwell, do takers of other men's sins, even regard you as birds of passage, the sins of magic, legerdemain, speckled birds, nay, even as black deceit, falsehood, mockery, and sheep
blasphemy, all committed in the 5. And, whereas their flock is name of the Father, the Son, and already afflicted with chronic hy- the Holy Ghost ? drophobia, they do greatly fear 12. For who bath required this lest ye should bring amongst them at their hands, to tamper with the also the plague of hydrocephalus. divine commission, to patch and
6. Moreover, in secret tinker a divine institution, and to claves their rulers and elders do make the divine order null and look grave and wag the head, void, by their bungling workman. being sorely perplexed between ship, while they mislead silly the joy of bidding you welcome, souls, and feed them with fantasand the dread of seeing you kick tic hopes ? against their ceremonies, as heifers 13. Or wherefore should
ye unaccustomed to the yoke.
found false witnesses to God, 7. And the holy women, like- winking at practices which are wise, who compassed streets and a smoke in His eyes and a stench lanes, and privily entered your in His nostrils, and lending of homes, to make proselytes of you, your money and countenance to do now tremble at their success, establish and perpetuate such flaand advise that ye be kept out grant wrongs ? of all offices of
14. Think not that God will bring on them a deluge.
hold you guiltless in this thing, 8. For on assembling with when He cometh to reckon with them in their synagogues, it is a those who change His truth into great trial of patience to endure a lie; for he that joineth himself in silence many things which ye to corrupters is an abettor of cordo see with your eyes and hear ruption. with your ears, but approve not 15. Furthermore, when your with the understanding.
new pastors and teachers do seek 9. When babes and sucklings to justify the aspersion of infants are placed in the minister's arms, by reasons which an infant might and he dippeth the tips of the answer, when they build castles fingers of his right hand in water, in the air which a single text of and sprinkleth their faces there- Scripture would knock down, with, and pronounceth them to be, 16. When they plead fathers, henceforth, children of God, mem- councils, customs, convenience, bers of the church, and inheritors circumcision, priestism, hereditary of the kingdom of Heaven; holiness, and other chimeras, as
10. And when ye, from your if their hearers were dunces, and rented pews, behold this strange Christ and His apostles chimeras sight (a spectacle to angels and to too,
17. Nay, when they take from as in former days, when your the Church her crown of twelve works praised you in the gates, stars, namely, apostolic doctrines, and the Sun of Righteousness and put on her head a crown of shone round about you, filling twelve extinguished rushlights, your hearts with music, and your namely post-apostolic imagin- path with flowers. ations, 18. Do ye not sit on thorns and
CHAPTER III. spikes while listening to their BUT I would that ye knew, swelling words of vanity? Are brethren, what great heaviness I je not amazed with a great have for you, even for as many as amazement ?
have left the oraeles of God, to thoughts within you troubled ? follow after fashionable vagaries. And do ye not cast wistful glances
2. For in so doing you
declare towards the green pastures and plainly, that ye despise the laws still waters of Enon, exchanged, of Christ, and set aside the exalas ! for a meal of chaff in a dry ample of the apostles, and are and thirsty land?
beguiled from the simplicity of 19. For your ears are bored the gospel to another gospel, with these idle janglings, and which is not another, but rather your minds are ill at ease; know- an Anathema Maranatha. ing that the face of a witness 3. In divers ways, also, ye do should be as his conscience, and weaken the hands of God's elect, that to hearken unto error is to and obstruct the progress of His become its patron and accom- kingdom, the real growth of which plice.
is determined, not by perverts 20. Therefore, why tarry ye in from the sects, but by converts Mesech, and sojourn in the tents from the world. of Kedar? Let not discontent, 4. For when ye go away from half-muttered, eat away your
away your the "little flocks,” with which ye peace, as doth a canker; neither once took sweet counsel, and cast rob your soul of its marrow and in your lot with the big flocks, fatness till it becomes like unto whose sheepfolds have spires like Pharoah's lean kine.
unto the pyramids of Egypt, and 21. He that hath the word of whose shepherds wear long robes the Lord, let him keep the same like the Scribes and Pharisees, in the obedience of faith ; for the 5. Too often ye sow the seeds servant that knoweth his master's of discord and strife, and set loose, will, and doeth it not, shall be as it were, Samson's foxes, with beaten with many stripes.
firebrands tied to their tails, to 22. Shake off the dust of your lay waste the fruitful fields, and feet as a testimony against evil- to consume all the pleasant places doings ; retrace your steps and thereof. end the shame of your exile; be 6. Moreover, ye withdraw
your true, not to the sparks of man's offerings from treasuries which kindling, but to the light which are nigh unto emptiness, and put ye received from heaven.
them into treasuries which are 23. Then shall it be with you already full, but which, like the
cormorant and the greedy horse- 13. And shall I commend you leech, never say, It is enough. for such things, O ye wandering
7. Again, the faithful minister stars, as though ye had done virye reduce to penury, and bis tuously? God forbid. Yea, I children to a crust of bread, that commend you not; but pray ye may surround the popular Heaven to pardon your infatuaminister with more luxuries than tion, and lay not these evils to heart can wish, and that his eyes your charge. may stand out with fatness.
14. For remember, how the 8. By your conduct, likewise ye tables would have been turned, proclaim, to those who are with how different the picture would out, that expediency is better than have been, had you remained like principle, that to please oneself is the noble Shunammite amongst nobler than to please God, and your own kindred; a picture, not that truth, whether hid in a well, feeble and forlorn, but grand in or a pitcher, is equally a matter majestic strength, and crowned of indifference.
with auroral splendours. 9. You cause the Gentiles, also, 15. The daughter of Zion, she to laugh, and to exclaim in irony, that dwelleth by the pools and “Aha, aha! See how these saints watercourses, where lilies and dwell together in unity! How palm-trees grow, is desolate betenderly and clannishly they cleave cause her own children have left to one another! How strong is her to weep alone in her sorrow, the three-fold cord which binds while they hold dalliance with each to each, as one indivisible aliens, and forget the instructions man!"
of their father's house. 10. Nay more, ye make even 16. I speak the truth in Christ, the sectaries rejoice in their sleeve, and lie not, that if all believers in and assume a loftier look and á adult baptism who are dispersed more reserved port, while they amongst all the tribes of Israel, say among themselves :
from Dan to Beersheba, and from 11. "Lo! these poor dippers do John-o-Groat's to Dover, were redwindle like a waning moon, but stored to their own kinsmen after we wax as the rising sun; their
the faith, upper rooms deserted, by their own 17. Then would the Baptists be friends, must soon be closed, but not the least among the thouour stately temples are centres of sands of Israel, but the greatest, attraction opened in ever increas- even as also they are the first-born ing numbers ;
for whom the inheritance is re12. Their religion is too rigid, served. narrow, uncompromising for the 18. Then also would they enspirit of the age, but ours is broad large the place of their tents, and flexible, catholic, adapted to mod- stretch out the curtains of their ern tastes and prejudices, a net habitations; and their seed would wide enough to catch fishes of burst forth like the verdure of every size and hue; so good-bye spring, and would multiply, reto the dippers, and long live our- plenish, and subdue the earth. selves!”
19. Moreover, they whodespised,
them would come bending unto 7. Beware of supposing, that them; for the fountain would gain is godliness ; or that, when swallow up the basins, even as ye get into a new station, you Aaron’s rod swallowed up the rods must needs get into a new faith. of the magicians, sorcerers, sooth- 8. Take heed of the lust of the sayers, and enchanters.
eye, and the pride of life ; for the 20. Yea, the basins would be fashion of this world soon utterly abolished, nor would they nisheth away. be any more seen in the sanctuary 9. Shun not the reproach of the as a snare to the simple.
cross, knowing that scars borne 21. And there would be but for Christ's sake are nobler than one fold and one shepherd, whose coronets. flock would no more be a prey to 10. Wrap not your talent in a foxes and wild boars, but would napkin; hide not your candle feed safely on the mountains in under a bushel ; but witness a good pastures, and lie down se- good confession against the devil curely by the rivers in quiet rest- and all his wicked works. ing places.
11. Be strong; acquit your. 22. And the Lord alone would
selves like men; do the right, and be exalted in that day; for the fear not. mouth of the Lord hath spoken 12. And as ye have received it. Amen.
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye
in Him, and ye shall find rest CHAPTER IV.
for FINALLY, brethren, farewell. 13. Paul and his yoke-fellows
2. I will not write more unto | greet you; as do also Crispus, you at present, hoping yet to see Gaius, Stephanas, Cornelius, Lydia, you face to face, and to rejoice the eunuch, the jailor, the three over you as over the lost sheep thousand, and all who are baptized that was found again.
into Jesus Christ. 3. For who can tell whether the 14. Now to Him who blessed medicine herein administered may little children, but never sprinkled not purge away your sickly hu
them; whose will is supreme amours, and renew your spiritual bove all councils, synods, conferhealth and prosperity ?
ences, creeds, and temporisings; 4. It may be that He whom ye 15. And whose super-aboundhave put to an open shame, may ing grace can heal even backsliding grant" you repentance to the Baptists, and love them freely : renouncing of the mystery of in- 16. To the church's only King, iquity, and the fresh acknowledg- our adorable Saviour, be glory ing of the truth in which ye once through all lands and ages, world walked.
without end! Amen. 5. Only, be not wise above what is written, neither be lured Written to backsliding Bapany more by will-o'-the-wisps. tists from Enon near Salim, and
6. Let not the light which is sent by Boanerges the sons of within you go out into darkness, thunder, and Barnabas the son of but let it shine again before men. consolation.
THE LITTLE NEWSBOY.
FOR THE YOUNG.
A Boy of not more than ten years and the only thing that seemed open of age walked into an omnibus as it to her was to take in sewing, by stopped at one of the street cross- which means she could be at home ings. Under his arm he carried with her children while she was number of daily papers, and as he earning their daily bread. She was passed through the car, he appealed industrious and saving; she was to the passengers to purchase his also a sincere Christian. She papers. One man, a little the worse trusted in the Lord, and firmly befor liquor, took one and handed the lieved that He would not allow boy half
The little either her or her children to die of fellow asked the person on the hunger or cold; and her faith in God opposite seat if he could not change enabled her to keep a brave heart a half-crown piece. His request was and a cheerful face, and set an excomplied with, and the boy offered ample of Christian fortitude and the change to the purchaser, but he resignation. did not look up from his paper. The Her industry, courage, and cheerboy then attempted to put it into fulness were not lost on George, who his hand, but the man, without almost worshipped his mother. In taking his eyes from his paper, his eyes, she was all that is good and pushed his hand away, as if to inti- lovely, and his greatest desire was mate that the boy should keep it. to be able to help her. After thinkHe passed on to the other end of the ing of a good many different ways, car, selling his papers as he went. he found that nothing seemed availOn bis return, he looked up to the able except the position of newsboy. one who had given him the half- No one would hire him and pay him crown, and who was still absorbed in anything for his work because he paper,
with a look of such deep was so young, but he could sell thankfulness that it attracted the papers ; other boys, some younger attention of all the passengers, who than he, sold papers, and why could kindly smiled on the little newsboy. not he? He mentioned this plan to
That half-crown has a history his mother, who was greatly troubled which may be interesting to our at the idea; she was deeply preyoung readers. Mrs. Bailey was a judiced against that calling. The widow in very straitened circum- idea of newsboy was associated in stances. Her husband had been a her mind with youthful depravity working-man, and, during his life- and crime; and that her son should time, he could only just provide for come in daily contact with the guilty the present wants of his family, con- and the vicious was indeed terrible. sequently he could make no provi- George promised that he would sion for them in case of his death; have as little as possible to say to and when a fever left his wife a the other boys; he would come home widow and his children fatherless, as soon as he had disposed of his want stared them in the face. Mrs.
papers; “and you know,” he added, Bailey thought long and deeply on “ I have a home to come to, and a the best course for her to pursue. good, kind, loving mother to work She had four children, of whom for, which many of the other boys do George, the hero of the half-crown, not have; and when I see you work was the eldest. She felt that she so hard all day and half the night, could not leave her little ones alone you don't know, mother, how unall day while she was out at work, happy I feel. Do let me try a little