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forward with an increased amount, and into my pocket; they shall not go into you will have a brighter report next year my pocket ; I know your Treasurer ; I than you have had even this ;-I say, have got five sovereigns from the bank, while I am grateful for all this, there is and I will go and give these five sove. nothing like the regular subscriptions. reigns in consequence of what I heard That is the point. Now some of us this morning." This cause, this great have been recommending this again and cause, wants only to be known. Then again ; and I hope we may say, with circulate your Missionary information as humility, we have been trying, in some much as possible. I am not without sort, according to our ability, to set the hope, that we shall not only have the example ; for we would not say to you, means of sustaining the Missions we
Go," but we would say, “Come." already occupy, but that we shall also “ Come and see we are determined to
have means to extend our operations make some sacrifice in order to maintain to other places. I dare not entertain the the cause : follow us.” Now I know thought of abandoning any,–1 must there are some who have retired, and leave off praying if I do: I must no some who have been detached here and longer pray, “ Thy kingdom come, thy there, from these and other similar will be done on earth as it is in heaven," institutions. What then? There are unless I contemplate the realization of others coming up to till their places, that for which I pray,--that this kingand others who will be as true and libe- dom may be extended, and that the will ral friends to the cause as they have been. of God may be known and done throughAnd, then, what is going on in this and out the world. Then, if we pray, we other countries will be the occasion of must give. If we pray, we must inseveral of our friends, in this great city, crease our givings; and we shall have doubling their subscriptions. I believe many more labourers coming forward, we have some of those already ; for our ready and willing to do the bidding friends have not fixed any maximum, I of their great Master, and who will believe. You may go as high as you proceed through the length and breadth please, as high as ever you can; and we of the land with the lighted torch have heard, Sir, that you are to raise the of the Gospel, that the people who rents of your Missionary tenants. I do are in darkness may see this great light, think they will bear a little raising. -the light of the knowledge of the glory They are not yet at what farmers used to of God in the face of Jesus Christ, and call a “rack rent." No, no ; they will this benighted world of ours shall bebear a little raising, and especially while come bright with the glory of the Lord. your tenants smile. It is not every far. Sir, I beg to second the Resolution. mer that can do that when the landlord The Resolution was then put to the talks about raising his rent: the farmer Meeting, and carried unanimously. generally puts on a long face, and looks The Rev. PETER M'Owan, of Bris.
see what pleasant faces tol, said,—The motion I am called upon there are throughout your tenantry here to submit is in reference to prayer. It is, to-day. Why so ? Because it is in their “ That this Meeting most earnestly hearts to do as has been suggested ; and recommends fervent and persevering they will come forward with a larger prayer to Almighty God, that He will be amount of annual payment ; and that pleased to remove the rarious hinderances your next rent-roll will be better than which obstruct the endeavours of cranthis year's, I will venture to predict. Igelical Missionaries in various parts of was pleased with a circumstance that the world; and to give fuller effect occurred at Derby, where we had a social to those endeavours by a copious outmeeting for Missionary purposes. I pouring of his Holy Spirit.” observed a tall gentleman, far advanced When I read the word “obstructions " in life, rather suddenly leave the room. in this Resolution, I began to inquire, The meeting concluded. As I was com- What and where are they? I looked ing through the street, I met him walk. up to heaven, but there are none there. ing at great speed for an elderly man, God's good will to the world has been evidently excited; and he recognised demonstrated in the gift of his Son : me, though I had not the honour of those sweet words that fall so delightknowing him; and he said, “I have fully upon our ears are ever new and ever felt so much during the addresses that powerful,—“God so loved the world have been delivered, that I could not that he gave his only begotten Son, that remain in the Meeting any longer. I whosoever believeth in him should not have been to the bank, and I have five perish, but have everlasting life." And, sovereigns here ; I have not put them as if that were not sufficient, he has sworn
by himself that he willeth not the death in an antagonist position to the powers of a sinner, however wicked, but that the that be : when its direct hostility to the wicked should tum from his evil way legitimate liberties of mankind shall be and live. The world needed an atone- made fully apparent, the Kings of the ment, to justify it in the presence of the earth shall, with the mass of their peoholy God. There is no obstruction here. ple, hate the harlot, and join together to The Lord Jesus Christ, by the grace of burn her flesh, and utterly consume the God, hath tasted death for every man ; system. There obstructions at and if there were as many worlds of home. Avarice is one of these. But, human beings as there are individuals in by the blessing of God on the preachour own world, that infinite atonement is ing of the word, avarice also will be sufficient to justify them all. The world destroyed. God owns the silver and the stands in need of a convincing and rege- gold ; and by the diffusion of his truth nerating Spirit. There is no obstruction through the habitable globe, he will here. The third Person in the adorable destroy the love of money. But, Sir, Trinity has been appointed, in the eco- while we are most earnest that all should nomy of grace, to convince the world of join in prayer for the outpouring of the sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; Spirit ; while we feel that the Spirit of and he is always ready to impart his God is, if possible, more necessary to the influences to effect these ends. There is accomplishment of our design than the a covenant of grace, and it has its stipu- sun is to the illumination of the solar lations, promises, and guards ; but there system, than the animating spirit is to the are no obstructions in it. One of the life of the human body, or than the promises of the covenant is, that the foundation is to the support of the buildFather will give the Heathen to his Son ing; yet we feel constrained to confess for an inheritance, and the uttermost that God is far in advance of his militant parts of the earth for a possession. We host. He has opened doors for the inhave therefore our Missionary success troduction of his truth, into which we secured by the terms of the covenant. cannot or will not enter. He has raised Yet there are obstructions. Satan and up more labourers than we can send forth his angels present obstructions ; but into his harvest; and He has made what of that? God can say to Satan, nations willing to receive his Gospel, “ Thus far shalt thou go, but no fur- to whom we cannot send it. Even at ther.” Yea, the chain is forged that this very hour there are tribes waiting, in shall bind him; the pit is excavated that an agony of desire and suspense, to know shall receive him ; and he shall be cast whether, through parsimony on our part, out of the world, and his works shall be they are to be doomed to remain in darkdestroyed. There are systems of idol- ness, to be the victims of a demoralizing atry and superstition in the world which demon-superstition, or whether, by a godpresent obstructions ; but these shall be like benevolence on our part, they may brought down by the mighty power of be emancipated from darkness, escape God, put forth in answer to the prayer of perdition, and walk in the liberty of God's people; they shall be brought God's dear children. From the page of down, probably, as suddenly as the walls prophecy, from the dispensations of Proof Jericho fell, when all Israel shouted; vidence, from the Spirit of God, and from yes, when the spiritual Israel, in all its our own consciences, we have calls of the tribes, shall join in prayer, the mighty most impressive kind. Our beloved power of God will come forth to under. President, in the_noble sermod he admine and destroy these systems. Ma- dressed to us last Thursday in the Cenhometanism constitutes an obstruction; tenary Hall, stated, that we were here on but we see the Crescent waning to utter trial, and that God was even now trying extinction, while the glory of the Cross his people by the exigencies of this His becomes brighter and brighter; and the cause; and it is certainly a startling conpolitical power which has upheld that sideration, that, under the influence system of delusion is already weakened of passing events, and by the powereven to utter feebleness ; for the empire ful promptings of spiritual agencies, of Turkey exists only until the Euro- both good and evil, our principles pean powers shall agree concerning the are fixing, our characters are form. plan of its partition. Popery constitutes ing, and either wrath is heaping up an obstruction ; but we rejoice that there against us for our unfaithfulness, or is hope even here. The recent revival glory everlasting is accumulating as the which has taken place in that system, gracious reward of our diligence. Heawe believe, is only a part of the opera- ven and hell are warring for the throne tion by which Popery shall place itself of our hearts, for the use of our talents, for the exercise of our influence, for in this respect,that I believe your Mis. the fixing of our destiny. O, let us sionaries abroad, as I am sure your bear in memory, that we are on trial; Ministers at home, do preach the true and let us recollect, too, that if oppor- doctrine of justification by faith; and tunities for doing good be lost, they are so long as any body of Christians uphold not only lost as far as the individuals that doctrine, they may be assured that who might have benefited are concerned, the blessing of God will rest on them. but we, in losing them, have lost an op- I hope, that all that is now taking place portunity of increasing our eternal bless- will lead to the more perfect union of all edness ; and let us recollect, too, that not Christians, of all Christian congregations, only are our actions of importance to and of all Christian churches; and that ourselves, but that our examples and we shall unite in one great effort, in influence have an important bearing prayer, and in the preaching of the Gosupon those around us. We necessarily pel, to hasten the coming of the kingdom influence many for good or evil, and the of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, influence of our example will exist With respect to my honoured and much. after we have ceased to be ; yes, we shall lamented father, I feel that I have a bequeath a legacy to succeeding gene- kind of hereditary privilege in standing rations, which will go on, either fitting here. I have read of the reception which men for destruction, or prompting them he gave to the Wesleyan Missionaries to secure salvation, long after we have on their landing at Bombay. It inter. taken our station before the throne, or ested me exceedingly, as I took up the are shut up in hell. Brethren, and book without at all expecting to find beloved friends, are these things so ? any thing in it respecting a relation of Let us, then, open our eyes to the fact, my own. You may imagine the deep that heaven is as certainly barred against
interest with which I read those pages, the covetous disciple, the slothful ser. particularly when I found the Missionvant, and the unfaithful steward, as it is aries expressing themselves so gratefully against the thief and the murderer. for a common kindness shown to them. There is a standard in the Gospel, and I remember hearing my father say, that, we must come up to it ; there is a path after he had shown kindness to the l'esof duty, and we must tread in it; there leyan Missionaries who went out to are motives in the Gospel, and we must Bombay, and to some American Mispermit them to sway us. If we place sionaries, he was caricatured as a Meourselves in the hands of God, obey the thodist Parson, standing on a tub, with promptings of his Spirit, and devote our a Bible in his hand, preaching the Gos. time and personal influence to his cause, pel to the Heathen. He lived not to care then eternity alone will set bounds to much for such attacks as those ; and, I our bliss.
But if we, on any account believe, he reaped his reward for the whatsoever, bury our talents and cloud kindness which he showed to Missionour light; if we remain in the sheepfold aries. I am sure, in his after-life, when we ought to go forth to battle ; if whenever he had an opportunity, he we treat his cause as if it were desperate never lost it, of showing them regard. or disreputable, or as if it had ceased to He was not a man of that bigoted and be a privilege to support it; then will narrow view, that, because a man difour heavenly Father be offended; then fered in non-essentials, he was, therefore, shall we endanger our personal salvation, to exclude him from his society. and fail to bring that blessing to our Several other Resolutions were subgeneration, which God graciously in- mitted to the Meeting by various Ministended we should do. O that the Spirit ters and gentlemen ; but as they were of the living God may descend to libe- chiefly of a business character, and as ralize, enlarge, enlighten, stimulate, and the time usually allotted for the Meeting sanctify the hearts of his people through- had nearly expired, the speakers did not out the world !
feel themselves justified in making any The Rev. MR. MONEY, Incumbent lengthened remarks; and, after the Rev. of Leigh and Marsden, in rising to second Dr. Newton had engaged in prayer, and the Resolution, said, - My heart most pronounced the benediction, the Meeting fully goes with your Missionary Society separated at a quarter past five.
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