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Hoping you will excuse these remarks, hastily scribbled, and embrace an early opportunity in sending me word of the success of pure ehristianity in your borders, I remain yours affectionately in the bonds of christian unity,
EXTRA DEFENDED. AMONGST a goodly number of the doubting and wavering who have been fully established in the import and meaning of christian immersion, and have come out boldly and decidedly in the cause of the restoration of the ancient order of things, we are happy to find some talented and influential preachers; one of whom, from Maury county, Tennessee, under date of January 12, thus writes:
“Brother Campbell-Since you left Tennessee I have read much, reflected much, and often found myself laboring under conflicting. feelings and views. But after reading the last Extra, being your reply to brother Broaddus, I saw and understood things as I never had before. I now go for reform in toto."
In the same letter he adds, “The ranting of sectarianism is more intolerabie in our country than ever.” And from a letter received from him, dated the 18th of same month, we learn that he bad from the middle of September till that time immersed about forty persons, and that the prospects of continued additions were flattering. Not only have some of his old Presbyterian and Methodistic neighbors buried their sectarianism in the water and risen to a new life; but what must afford him still greater joy, and on account of which we would rejoice with him, all his children, grown up to the age of disa crimination, have also been translated into the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour. Would that all who preach the gospel to their fellowcitizens were equally happy in introducing into the family of God their own offspring! Preachers who toil for the conversion of their contemporaries, ought not to forget that their own children have the strongest claims upon their attention. Some who spiritualize the Song of Solomon, had better take verse 6, chap. i. for a text-"They made me the keeper of the vineyards, but mine own vineyard have i not kept."
QUERY. A MUCH esteemed brother and fellow-laborer in the kingdom of our Lord, has asked the question
“How is it that when the ancient gospel is fairly presented to a people, and the work of conversion progresses most joyfully for a time, after it arrives at a certain point it ceases; and afterwards in that place for some time conversions are rather rare?”
An answer to this question is requested from some of our corespondents who have been engaged in proclaiming the word. We will reserve our remarks until we hear from some who have been more in the field than we.
A DOZEN OF APOLOGIES IN ONE, A DOZEN apologies, principal and interest, are due to our correspondents for delaying some of their communications to the next number. But circumstances required that I should write nearly all this number myself, and give the next chiefly to correspondents. Few can enter into the feelings and labors of one who has to write on a dozen of distinct subjects in the rapidity necessary to keep pace with the calls of the public and the daily calls of a periodical press, By the time we have got ourselves up to the writing point upon any subject, and have got the oil melted on the wheels of the mind, the fastidious taste of the times whispers in our ear, This is as much as we can bear, at one sitting, on this subject: let us have something else.' One says, "This is too long; another, 'It is too short;' and a third, “It is out of place.' 'Thus is the mind impeded in its career, and half the time lost in taking off one set of harness and in geering it anew for another car. However, none but authors know the pangs of our travails, and therefore we can expect no sympathy from read. ers. All we ask is forgiveness when they think we sin against their wishes and taste.
FRIENDLY ADMONITION. ANDREW BROADDUS has, as one of "the keepers of the faith," as he terms himself and the Baptist ministry, given "an admonition to the Baptist churches in Virginia,” to guard against any proposition to reform, no matter how plead, by whom, or in what manner. We have not room for it at this time, but will attend to it in our next.
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Vol. III. S MONDAY, APRIL 2, 1932.
I saw another messenger flying through the midst of heaven, having everlasting good news to proclaim to the inhabitants of the earth, even to every nation and tribe, and tongue, and people--saying with a loud voice, Fear God and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgments is come: and worship him wlio made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the fountains of water.-John.
Great is the truth and mighty above all things, and will prevail.
AN APOLOGY FOR MR. BALL, MR. BALL, Editor of the Religious Herald, Richmond, Va. being the tongue of the body of the opposition to reformation in Virginia, may be justly regarded as uttering the views and feelings of the party of which he is the organ. When he speaks he speaks th3 suggestions of the head and heart of that body of which he is but the tongue. When he is silent he is as much governed by the head and heart as when he speaks—what he publishes and what he withholds are equally indicative of the views and feelings of those whose publishing organ he is. Some of our brethren grievously complain of his suppressions, omissions, and one-sided views of things. But this is not just. As well might they blame the lever of the preas, the type, or the ink, or Mr. Sands who beats and pulls physically in their office, as Mr. Ball who elects and reprobates, who selects and rejects, as the fingers which serve the mouth in obedience to the head and heart.
Mr. Ball is a very faithful and clever little man- faithful to his contract and obedient to his superiors, as every good man ought to be. And why do the brethren of the reformation blame him for not publishing their replies--for only giving his readers a peep into their own side of every matter? It is ungenerous thus to censure him. What! would they have him to starve himself to death, or to go and dig, or teach a school! If the brethren would only reflect a little they would not blame the thorn for not yielding grapes, nor the thistle for not producing figs! Why blame the hand for ministering to the mouth, or the feet for supporting the body? And does not every reformer know that it is ruin to their cause to let both sides be heard? for who so astute in all the ranks of the opposition, as not to see the inexpediency of letting the people hear both sides-as not to see that the ignorance of the people of what is written or spoken against their prejudice, is the only safeguard to their standing the only rock of their salvation from the reprobation of those on whom Hey lean for the honors of this life? VOL. III.
Mr. Ball is, then, not to be censured, unless a man is to be censured for keeping covenant with man-unless a nan is to be repudiated because he cannot serve two masters. We hope our brethren will not henceforth complain of a gentleman whose fidelity to his engagements deserves admiration, and who, if he be culpable at all, is culpable only in having chosen such masters.
ADMONITION OF A. BROADDUS. If Mr. Ball's masters would permit him to publish our replies in full, we should give more liberal extracts from himself and his cor respondents. But as our readers have already been sated with our extracts, and as our opponents are inore in debt to us than they are now able or willing to pay, we cannot find room for them to repeat a hundred times the same objections and to atter the same lamentations, fears, warnings, and reproaches. There is a little novelty in what follows; therefore, we will treat our readers to a few extracts from Andrew Broaddus, from the Herald of the 3d February:
"Dear brethren, the signs of the times, and the aspect of things presented to' my view, appear to require some monitory remarks, such as I am about to offer to your serious attention. Were I to consult mere inclination, I should be silent; for I have no disposition, I assure you. (and those who know me best will bear me witness) to ride in the whirlwind of contention, or to expose myself to the blasts of censure, which are blown forth by those who seem to think we are encroaching on their rights when we oppose their views. It is not inclination, but a sense of duty, which prompts me to this communication. And possessed of this consciousness, (of which none can deprire me,) I am not much concerned about consequences. In these remarks i intend to speak plain language in a friendly spirit.”
"We now have to view the matter on another side. The trial which has been made in the unfolding of the views alluded to, and in the free use of these odious names and titles, having failed of the desired success; a course appears now to be adopted, somewhat different in its character. The venerable old. gentleman who has lately come among us, preaches and teaches, it seems, in a strain with which but few of our people find fault, unless it be on account of something which is wanting in his ministrations; that is, they do not much complain of him for what he says, but for what he does not say. He appears to possess a friendly spirit, and a conciliating disposition. And for this we are willing, I trust, to award to him all due respect.
"Our aged missionary, coming amongst us in the professed character of a Orreformer," exhibits; in certain printed documents, (which I have heard read,) the basis or grounds upon which he seems desirous that the reformation should be established. In these general principles, which do not descend to any par. ticular points of doctrine, it did not occur to me that there was any thing materially objectionable, unless it be that they may leave room for the introduction and the indulgence of sentiments in religion which might be subversive of some vital truths of the gospel of our salvation. And this 1 deem sufficient to put us on our guard as the keepers of the faith committed to our trust. Shall I be blamed for this eaution? Not by any candid person, even though he might differ with me in his views of this case."
Our respected old friend, I have understood, is proposing these documents for the acceptance of the churches. Now allowing that they contain general principles or grounds which we all approve-why, let me ask, should it be requisite for us, in any formal manner, to give our sanction or express our ap. probation? Is it simply for the purpose of gaining our fellowship? If so, it would be well that our minds should be relieved of some difficulty touching
two or three points which we consider of too much importance to be overlooked. But it is presumed that this is not the object in proposing these general principles for our acceptance; for it seems, that by adopting these principles we are to become a reformed people. The question then returns Why is it requisite that we should now, in a formal manner, give our sanction to a set of priociples which, in the main, we have long approved and avowed? Is it that some individual or individuals may be decked with the honor of having effected an extensive reformation among the Baptists?"
“That the general principles to which I have alluded, are, in the main, good and wholesome principles, as far as they go, I readily allow. They hold out the Scriptures as the only rule and standard of faith and practice, to be imposed on men-discarding all human inventions in religion, and considering prudential regulations as matters of expediency only. We have long avowed these principles; and can see no good reason at this time for a formal recognition of them, at the instance of any person whatever, who may think proper to call on us for hat purpose Let us pre-s these principles on that part of the christian community which may not have adopted them, (and many there be that have not)-and in the mean time, as the real friends of reformation, (without assuming to ourselves the imposing name of “reformers”) let us reform in sentiment and practice, in heart and life, as by the light of holy truth ut may appear to be requisite.
"Accept, brethren, this little offering; and may grace, mercy, and peace be with you.
If our friend Broaddus had been organized with a disposition to ride in the whirlwind of contention," of which he is totally destitute according to his own demonstration, we should long since haye been blown by his “blasts of censure" beyond the Cape of good Hope, Happy for us that he rides not in the chariots of the mountain storm, but in the soft breathings of Spring, which move not the leaves of the beds of violets on which they fall.
These gentle breathings, which only moved the proscription and sacrifice of brother Henley; which in 1830 bade all the churches stake heed,” and proscribed from their ears every reforming voice; which originated the Semple and Broaddus decrees; which in the Dover Association attempted the ecclesiastical slaughter of the pleaders for the Apostles; which recently admonished all the Baptists to turn away their ears from every man who says "reform;" and which lately instigated a young lawyer out of the church to fight against the representations of one of our correspondents, towards whom he was known to cherish not the best feelings; I say, these gentle breathings, which in perfect mildness fall like the balmy zephyrs of incense breathing May upon the senses of man, were they to be excited into a “whirlwind," or even the “blasts of censure," would not only prostrate the oaks of Bashan, the cedars of Lebanon, but would sweep from the earth every green thing, with the soil which sustains every herb and tree,
This gentle breath, this ethereal mildness, now warns the churches again. It is yot, however, the voice of a lamb, but that of one who "keeps the faith" of many. It is, however, a condemning voice. And, reader, did you ever know one who so gently condemns ?--Condemns not for what was said, but for what was not said. The adrnonitions of friend Broaddus, who never rides on the whirlwind's wing