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tists Missionaries feel, who are gone to the dark regions of Ure E19t, like larn!s among wolves? Do they not feel more inclined to unite than to separate? Hath not brother Ward, since his visit in America, expressed with wonder, that a baptist church, practicing open or christian communion in America, he found! not!!!* Bother Hough, as I have already shown,t bath stated, as I have been credibly informed, that if he was in America, he should use all his influence to do away close communion. Anil we are informed by publick papers, that our baptist Mis. sionaries actually break breail to Pæ:lobaptist churches in the Eist. Miy this happy union soon become visible in America. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalms cxxxiii. 1.

POSTSCRIPT. To those who are in favour of open communion in Baptist Churches. My dear brethren of ihe Baptist denomination in particular.

You who feel a degree of conviction in your own consciences, that it is right for Christians of different denominations to com: muine together occasionally; to you, I will offer a few words of advice how to proceed.

1. Go to your bibles and the throne of grace, to know what is the will of your Heavenly Father concerning this matter.

2. If in this way you becoine established in the sentiment, it is true, you will immediately see difficulties in the way; you will conclude in your own minds, that if you make known your sen. timents to your brethren, that they will be sorry to hear it, and will have a trial with you. And if you should, after a season, come to the table of your Lord with other Christians, you will lose your standing in our Associations; and probably be separated from your brethren in the Church to which you helong; thus you may foresee, that the disadvantages to which you are exposed are exceeding great; but remember you are not the only people that have suffered for Christ's sake: God's people have been in every age a tried people, and sometimes they are tried by their nearest and dearest friends. The Psalmist says, “It was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it; neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself agaipet me; then I would have hid myself from bim. But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.We took sweet counsel together; and walked unto the house of God in company."'$ Joseph was sold for a slave, by his own bivthren. Sometimes real Christians are left in a state of dark

See Boston Recorder, April 6, 1822. # Page 22. See Missionary Herald, June, 1822, page 170. Psalms lv, 12, 13, 14.


ble. But if we never live to see the fruit of our trials, and we

ness, under the influence of a wrong spirit, as was David, when he killed Uriah with the sword. It has been God's usual way, to bring his people through some peculiar trials, to the enjoyment of some great privilege. The way of the Israelites to the promised land, was through the red Sea. The greatest priviléges that the children of God have enjoyed, have generally been preceded by great conflicts. Joseph's: exaltedt privileges above his brethren, were preceded by a state of separation from them, and imprisonment in Egypt. And, indeed, the greatest · blessings that we enjoy were purchased by the sufferings of Christ! Therefore, my dear brethren, let us endeavour to act prudently, and suffer inanfully and willingly for Christ's sake. If the ancient saints could say, “For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter," we not willing to bear the shame of being separated from our churches for Christ's sake, if they will separate us from our Lord's table? Let us remember, that "If we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him.”' And we shall also receive an bundred fold, even in this present life. If we suffer for Christ's sake, we may be the means of opening the way for many to rejoice with us in this life, or in the life to come. Our Saviour told his disciples, that other men laboured, and they had entered into their labours.

The trial, my dear brethren, that the ministers of Jesus must experience at the present day in America, who hold the sentiment of open communion, is very great: They are called to appear in the front ranks, and as David gave charge that Uriah should be placed in the hotest of the battle, where he would be smitten and die, so we have reason to believe, that some of our dear baptist brethren would place us where we should die, as to our usefulness in the Church, if we do not give up the sentiment of communing with any besides baptists.But let us remember, that "in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”+ “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."I“How sweet are the promises of God when we can trust in them under our greatest conflicts." Be patient, therefore, brethren, “behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruits of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain." While we are seemingly, in the furnace of affliction, God may use us as instruments in opening the way for Christians of different denominations to sit down at one ta

die without the sight, yet if we can die in faith, that God will, in following generations, cause this happy union to exist among Christians, it will more than compensate for all our present suf

* Ps. zliv, 22, Gal, vi, 9. Ps. cxxvi, 5. § James V, 7.

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ferings. But my faith is strong, that the time is at hånd, wtea this union will begin; and I ground my hope on this promise, that "nothing is too hard for God.” It is true that some of our dear brethren seem to be almost or quite certain, that it would be wrong to admit the best Poedobaptist on earth to their communion, but I think that many cannot long resist the force of that light which is breaking forth at the present day. I think, however, that many aged professors, who have long held so dear the sentiment of communing with baptists only, will die with the same sentiment, and that some who are convicted in their own consciences of the impropriety of it, will never divulge it, on account of the opposition which they foresee they must meet. But this will not make the grace of God without effect. And when we consider, my brethren in tribulation, how God was preparing the way, when his servants -the Prophets and A posties, were in superior afflictions, for great and precious blessings to flow to following generations, even down to us, and ihat we are reaping the fruits of their labour, we have reason to "thank God and take courage.??

But before I close, I will give another word of advice, and that is this, to those who are established in their own minds, that open communion is right: seek for the most convenient opportunity, and in the most prudent way, disclose your feelings to one or more of your brethren, and after this to others, as you think would be right in the sight of God, endeavouring, at the same time, to arm yourselves with the same mind that was in Christ. And to be not moved, if you find many, who are dear to you as life, resisting the sentiment at once, but remember that God can take the veil from their minds, that they may yet see with you. Improve opportunities in conversing with, and writing to others who have similar trials with you, and weigh the arguments that are brought against you. I shall be happy receive letters of information from you, and to answer all the requests for visiting and attending meetings with you, that I possibly can. And may the God of all grace grant you that true knowledge of his will, and a heart devoted to do the same, that will make your death bed pleasant, and which will appear conspicuously glorious in the world to which we are all hástening. -Amen. Gosien, New Hampshire, August 1, 1822.

DE ERRATA - Page 13, last line, for 'Isa. i. 11,' read i. 13; for Sam.' reed i Som.--Page 14, note, for.Mat. xxiii, 26, resd xxiii. 25.- Page 16, note for Num. xi. 26, resd, at bottom of the note, 1 Kings, xix. &c.; for 'Isa viii. 6, 72,' read Isa. Iviji 6, 7.; for "Tin.' read 1 Tim - Page 21, note, for bad,' read hare - Page 24, note, for 'presumliously, read presumptuously.

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