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others. Then there is the whole body name of Christ, depart from iniquity; of the Psalms, of which we yet want and, let every one that bears a Christian a familiar exposition, for the use of name, beware of doing or saying any thing the lower orders; and how well quali.
which would be unworthy of the Christian
profession, any thing that woold reflect fied Mr. Berens is to give us this, the
dishonour on the name of Christian. present Lectures on the Penitential
“ You will observe that Baptism is reportions abundantly testify. We are presented as placing ns in a new state. The far from presuming to dictate to a assertion that in Baptism, each of us 'WAS writer, whose pen is clearly never MADE A MEMBER OF CHRIST, THE CHILD idle, and who knows much better OF Gon, AND AN INHERITOR OF TIE than we do what should be done :
KINGDOM OP HEAVEN, implies that be-'
fore Baptism we were in a less favourable but it has often been a source of
condition. Before Baptism we were in much pain to us to reflect how la- our natural state, that state which in Scripmentably ignorant the majority of ture is called the flesh, and the old man; congregations are of those noble and St. Paul assures us, that they that are compositions wbich form so large in the flesh cannot please God t, that they and prominent a part of our Church
that live after the flesh shall die 1. This service, and contain so many striking
sinful and mortal nature we inherit from
onr first parents, who by transgressing the prophecies confirmatory of the Chris
command of God brought sin and death tian faith, so much consolation in into the world. By one man sin entered the hour of trouble, so much prac into the world, and death by sin; and so tical admonition, and so many per death passed upon all men, for that all fect models of devout praise, thanks. have sinned $. It is in compliance with giving, and prayer.
these and other passages of Scripture, that
the Catechism speaks of men in general as But we have too long kept our
BEING BY NATURE BORN IN SIN AND THE readers from the Lectures before us:
CHILDREN OF WRATH. To deliver us from and we must still beg to confine our this state, the Son of God, who was with present remarks to those on the the Father before the creation of the Catechism, reserving the others for world, became man, and died upon the a future consideration,
cross; and he appointed Baptism to be the Those on the Catechism are six in
regular means of admission into the felnumber: their titles are, I. Bap
lowship of his religion, and to participa
tion in the benefits which his death was detismal Vow; 2. Creed; 3. Duty to
signed to purchase. In his conference wards God; 4. Duty towards our with Nicodemus, Christ said, Except a Neighbour; 5. Lord's Prayer ; 6. man be born again-born of water and Lord's Supper. Where all are so of the Spirit-he cannot enter into the good, we know oot what portion to kingdom of God. And his last charge select; and selection is less neces
to the Apostles was, “Go ye, and teach'
-or make disciples of all nations, bapsary, as the public are not now to
tizing them in the name of the Father, judge for the first time of the style
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost I. of the author. There are passages, To which is added in the parallel passage however, as 'we read them, which in St. Mark, He that believeth and is bapstruck us as peculiarly happy, and tized shall be saved; but he that believeth in Mr. Berens' best manner : we not shall be damned**. As Baptism, therewould particularize the following:
fore, is the appointed njeans of admission
into the fellowship of Christ's religion, we «* 'The mention of the Christian name at are therein MADE MEMBERS OF CHRIST, the beginning of the Catechism, naturally CHILDREN OF GOD, AND INHERITORS OF leads to the occasion on which that uame THE KINGDOM. P. 2. was given; and, I would remark, that “ But thoughi admitted to this glorious the circumstance of our bearing a Chris- inheritance, though placed in a capacity of tian Dame, ought constantly to remind us, both of the privileges which were tben con * 2 Tim. ii. 19. † Rom. viii, 8. ferred upon us, and of the engagements I Rom. viii. 13. & Rom, v. 12. into which we then entered. Let every John iii. 3,5. T Matt. xxviii, 19. gue, says the Apostle, that nameth the ** Mark xvi. 16.
peared to have experienced no intermis- trembling. For four long years this sion of these joyful feelings; and he an- unhappy man was left by his overswered, For some months past never, confident or fanatical companion, and never the smallest rising of any thing in all the darkness of scepticism, like impatience or complaint.'" i « He conversed with the greatest ani. During so long an illness, opportu. mation all the day, and almost all the nities must have occurred to this night, preceding his death, principally on person, of effectually introducing, un-the joys of heaven and the glorious change der the Divine blessing, the subject he was soon to experience; often exclaim- of religion. If in such a case of awful • What
responsibility, he had felt his own death be!? Once in the night he said to
inability to reason with a man of his mother, Surely you are not in tears ? Mine is a case that calls for rejoicing, and Dr. Bateman's intellectual powers. not for sorrow. Only think what it will get some other friend might have be to drop this poor, frail, perishing body, been called in, or God's own minisand to go to the glories that are set before ter was surely at hand, whose lips me!' Finding himself extremely languid, are appointed to “keep knowledge." he took a little milk, and desired that air If overlooking the manner in which might be admitted into the room: and on being asked if he felt relieved at all, said,
" God, if only to stimulate man's ex! Very little : I can hardly distinguish, in- ertion, is pleased to act by secon. deed, whether this is languor or drowsi- dary causes, he purposely left his ness which has come over me; but it is a friend without human help, waiting very agreeable feeling. Soon after, he God's good time, when he might be said suddenly, “I surely must be going pleased to act on his heart, we do now, my strength sinks so fast ;' and on not hesitate to denounce this as a my making some observations on the glo- f
fanatical tempting of God, and a rious prospect before bim, lie added, “Oh, yes! I am glad to go, if it be the Lord's dereliction of that duty which had will.' He shut his eyes and lay quite com fallen upon him. “ I have planted," posed, and by and bye said, Whut glory! says the Apostle ; " Apollos wathe angels are waiting for me!-then, tered; and God giveth the increase.” after another short interval of quiet, This person, whoever he may be. added, “Lord Jesus, receive my soul!' needed to have searched no farther and to those who were about him, “Fare
than these words of the Apostle, to well!' These were the last words be spoke : he gradually and gently sunk
have been convinced that it was his away, and in about ten minutes breathed duty to leave no human means uphis last, calmly and without a struggle, at tried of bringing his friend to a nine in the morning of the 9th of April, sense of religion, fervently implorthe very day on which, twelve months be- ing in the meanwhile the Divine fore, bis mind had first been awakened to
blessing on his endeavours. But the hopes and joys of the ever-blessed Gospel!”
what was the course pursued ? Dr. P. 22. . .
Bateman was left solely, as far as Now we would ask any sober
man was concerned, to the workings Christian, whether this was the end
of his own heart; and for four which a man, uuder Dr. Bateman's
years, during which he might have
been taken off by death, he was suf. circumstances, should have been encouraged to make? We say en.
fered to remain in the undisturbed couraged, for no steps were taken
maintenance of bis sceptical opi.
nions. We do not say that he to impress ou his mind the heinous. ness of his past life, or the duty of
would have given up these earlier, that humility which, with the strong
had another line of conduct been est reliance on the merits of a cru
pursued; but we do say, that it was cified Redeemer, would have yet
the duty of his attendant not to taught him more especially, as it
have deprived him of those means does the Christian generally, to
of grace, by which God ordinarily work out his salvation with fear and acts upon
And what, humanly speaking,
might not have been the happy con- ment to the last? In what respect sequence? The four years passed in is it calculated to check the youththe distressing and dangerous dark- ful infidel in his headlong course of Bess of infidelity, might have been sin, and inculcate the awful neces. spent in the light of the truth. During sity of a patient continuance through this time his powerful penmight have life in well doing? One instance been employed in publicly retract- of the acceptance of a late repenting his former errors, and labouring ance is indeed given in the Scripto establish the truth. Every word tures ; but it is an instance far too in favour of religion would have particular to be advanced into a come with double weight from bis general rule; it has been graciously mouth. He owed it to the medical recorded to prevent despondency : world, as well to wipe off the stigma it was never intended to encourage which had been cast on the profes, presumption. sion by his scepticism, as to guard In one respect we are ready to adthe youthful student from falling mit that this Memoir may do good ; into the same errors, and to recover, inasmuch as it adds another proof, if possible, many whom the influ, that wherever the truths of our viost, ence of his name might unhappily holy religion are duly considered, and have led into them. It might have the reasonableness and blessedness been mortifying to human pride to of its commands contrasted with the bare done this. Dr. Bateman's life, brutality and misery of vice, the forhowever, was not passed in the pri. mer will ever, under the divine blessvacy of a village, but in the very heart ing, prove triumphant. Yet still who of the metropolis ; his opinions had will not deeply regret that a victory been beld publicly, and as publicly that might in the present case have should they have been retracted. been made so influential on others, The mischief which he must have was suffered to pass unacknowledgdone to others by his example, and ed by Dr. Bateman himself, during the duty incumbent on him of mak, his life, and was so tarnished at his ing all the amends in his power death by a train of thought and (and much was in his power,) ap- language, that savours far more of pear never to have entered into his the presumption of the enthusiast, thoughts, and were never suggested than the humble and sober, yet aniby his companion. .. mated, faith of the Christian*.
The Apostle doth indeed say, that “ with the heart man believeth unto righteousness ;" but the writer of this Memoir appears to have for.
Κάτοπτρον της Ποίμνης, Speculum Gregotten what applies most forcibly to
gis ; or, Parochial Minister's Dr. Bateman's case, that " with
Assistant. By a Country Cu. the mouth confession is made unto
rate. Second Edition. 58. Riving
. Far of course are we from wish.
We have been long anxious to noing or presuming to set limits to the mercy of God through the Lord Je tice tliis little work: it pretends to sus Christ; but equally far should we be from trifling with a brother's * Since writing the above, we are in. soul, and speaking peace where the
formed that this Memoir appeared origin
ally in the Cliristian Observer, and that it is Scriptures have not spoken it.
the production of a Lady. Of neither of Where is the scriptural warrant for
these circumstances were we aware. It that confident assurance assumed came to our hands as an anonymous pamby.Dr. Bateman from the first, and phlet, and we have regarded it on its own continued with scarcely any abate- merits.
little, but really may be productive were, a Camera Obscura, reflecting every of much good. No Clergyman can movement of his surrounding dock, and
directing his thoughts to every point of use it without making himself tho.
his duty. He will there see the effects, roughly acquainted with his flock :
under the blessing of God, of his own it is, as it were, a glass, as its title watchfulness- he will there experience imports, in which he may at any time the conscious reward of his own faithfule look, to be reminded of their spiri- ness—and will there exercise the privie. tual condition the virtues that are lege of offering his private prayers to At to be encouraged the faults that mighty God in behalf of those wanderers,
who remain perhaps deaf aline to his perare to be corrected - the vices that
sonal admonitions, and to liis public exare to be exposed, and the wants
hortations." P. 4. that are to be supplied. The plan adopted will best be given in the A specimen is subjoined in which author's own words :
the columns are duly filled up, and “ Supposing the Clergyman to make an
con several very good observations inimaginary enumeration of the houses in serted: this is followed by " Hints his parish; he begins from North to South for the improvement of a Parish, or from East to West, or at snch other which, however, we could have point as the form of the place or other cir- spared, as being, in our opinion, uncumstances may suggest; he then obtains necescary where th
necessary where there is a vigilant (by the help of his Clerk or Churchwarden,
and active Pastor; impracticable, if he be a new Incumbent or Curate) the Names, Occupation, &c. of his respective
where there is not, and farther obParishioners, including even the youngest jectionable on other grounds. The members of every family, who will pro- remainder of the book consists of bably become objects of his future care blank columns ruled for use : it is of and attention. The leading columns thus a pocketable size, and neatly bound, filled up, the book is fit for his own pri- and may certainly be used by a young vate use ;-he directs his parochial visits Clergyman on his first entrance on accordingly-he adds his notes, marking, his parish with good effect. Whatfor instance, with an S in the proper column, such as are Communicants, or with
ever tends to bring the Pastór ac. B or P those who have a Bible or Prayer quainted with his flock deserves to Book-making such observations against be encouraged ; and we therefore each name, as he may deem necessary, join in the hope of the author; "that either by way of momento of what is his humble endeavour will find acneedful to be done on his own part, or of remark on the state of each respective
ceptance with those to whom it is parishioner. With these helps of his own constructing, his closet will become, as it
Sociely for Promoting Christian
Knowledge. THE following works, chiefly illtended as reward-books for schools, have been admitted, since our last
notice, on this Society's Sapple.
The History of Animals.
· ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS. ·
Austin, C. to the rectory of Tollard Durham, W. to be second master of St. Royal, Wilts.
- Paul's school. Beadon, G. G. to the rectory of Ar- Ellison, N. T. M.A. fellow of Baliol col
bridge, Somerset ; Patron, TIE BISHOP Lege, Oxford, to the rectory of Hunts. • or BATH AND WELLS.
pill, Somerset; Patrons, the MASTER Bean, J. P. to be third master of St. Paul's AND FELLOWS OF THAT SOCIETY. School.
Fleming, Sir R. Bart. M.A. chaplain to the Belli, C. A M.A. to the viearage of South
Earl of Strathmore, and rector of GrasWeald, Essex; Patron, the Bisnop
mere, to hold the rectory of WinderOF LONDON.
· mere, by dispensation under the great Berkeley, J. to the vicarage of the Holy · Trinity, Cork.
Gooch, W. to the rectory of Benacre with Bradley, W. M.A. of Brasenose college,
Easton Bavant with Northales, Suffolk ; 01 ford, to be domestic chaplain to Earl
Patron, Sir T. Gooca, BART, • Howe.
Grantham, T. M.A. fellow of Magdalox Brown, T. to the lectureship of St. An.
college, Oxford, to the living of Thorpe, dren's, Plymouth.
in Glebes, Nottinghamshire. Burgh, T.J. M.A. rector of Ballinrobe. Green, R. B. A. curate of Hurworth, Dur. to the deanery of Cloyne.
· ham, to the living of Long Horseley,
Northumberland. Burton, E. J. D.D. to be domestic chap
lain to the Lord Bishop of Winchester; Gronow, T, to the perpetual curacy of also to the chaplaincy of the Free Languke, Glamorganshire.
chapel of Epping, Essex ; Patrons, Hughes, W. G. vicar of Mathyry, Grande ; the TRUSTEES.
storn, and St. Nicholas, Pembroke, to Calvert, F. M.A. Fellow and Tutor of be rural dean of that part of the dea; Jesus college, Cambridge, to the recto nery of Dewsland, of which the late
ry of Whatfield, Suffolk, Patrons, the rev. David Evans, M.A. was rural MASTERS AND FEnows or THAT SO dean; Patron, the LORD BISHOP or CLBTY.
St, David's. Casberd, J.T. LL.D. of St. John's college, Jones, H. C. M.A. to the archdeaconry "Orford, and prebendary of Llandaf of Essex, and to the rectory of Alda
and Wells, to the living of Lanover, in ham; Patron, the BISHOP OF LONDON. Monmouthshire; and a dispensation Lowndes, J. M.A. formerly of Queen's col. has passed tbe great seal to enable him to hold it with the vicarage of Pen
lege, Oxford, to be chaplain to the
lene Oxford to be
. right bon. the Earl of Glasgow, mark, in the county of Glamorgan, and
Lowndes, T. B.D. fellow of Magdalen diocese of Llandaff.
college, Oxford, to the vicarage of Casberd, J. R. St. John's college, Oxford, Woridham cum Tisted, in the county to the rectory of Perthkerry, in the
of Hants; Patrons, the PRESIDENT county of Glamorgan and diocese of AND FELLOWS OF THAT SOCIETY. Llandaft
Melhuish, T. jun, to the reotery of AshChampnes, T. W. vicar of Upton, Bucks,
water, Devon. and rector of Cottisford, Oxfordshire, to the rectory of Fulmer, Buoks; Pas
O'Neil, J. T. to the united rectories of trops, the DEAN AND CANONS OR
· Portlemon and Porthangan, Ireland;
+ Patron, the BISHOP OF MEATH. WuDBOR Cotton. R. L. M.A. Fellow of Worcester Prowde, R. to the rectory of Hinderwell. college, to the vioarage of Denchworth Yorkshire. Berks; Patrons, the PROVOST AND FEL Ridding, C. H. 8.C.L. fellow or Neto colLOWS OF THAT SOCIETY.
lege, Oxford, to be second master of Downes, S. B.A. of Wadham college, Ox. Winchester college. In
ford, and Master of the Free Grammar Robinson, H. M.A. fellow and tutor of St. School, Tamworth, Staffordshire, to the John's college, Cambridge, to be perliving of Kilham, Yorkshire; Patron, petual curate of the phrish of St. Se the very Rev. THE DEAN OF YORK, pulchre.