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NOT KRISHNU, BUT CHRIST. 237
OUR OWN WoRK
proceeds with that quietness and regularity, at present, which is itself a hopeful feature. There is little taking place that is striking enough to report; but for that very reason our position is encouraging, as we have observed that the work which makes the greatest noise is not always the most satisfactory. In the midst of much that tries faith and patience and strength, it is comforting to know that some hear the word of God and believe it, and we hope to baptize several new converts in a few weeks.
THE MoRALITY of Rome.
The other day I met with some figures with respect to the percentage of illegitimate births in various cities of Europe. They occur in a pamphlet published by those curious people who are trying to identify the English people with the lost tribes of Israel. I don’t know whence the figures are obtained, and have no means of verifying them. They are as follows:
In London, in 1851, four out of 100 births were illegitimate.
If these figures are reliable, Rome sadly needs the gospel. I wonder whether the result would be at all modified by the same date being taken in each case.
SOME time ago, when our native brethren in Orissa were out on a preaching tour, a young Hindoo approached them and asked for a copy of The Jewel Mine of Salvation, a tract giving in metre the story of the gospel. He was asked how he knew anything about the tract, and in reply told the following story:—
About two years ago my father put a quantity of merchandise upon his bullocks' backs, and went on a three days’ journey into the district to attend a market. While there he met a friend of his from another village in the opposite direction. This friend said to him, “I have three little books teaching a new religion.” He showed them to my father, and my father asked him to give him one, and he did, and that was the book. When he got home he put away his bullocks, and washed his feet, and sat down to read his book, and that book perfectly bewitched my father. In a few days he had lost his appetite, and as he read the book, we noticed great big tears trickling down his cheeks, and he became altogether a changed man, his face looking so sorrowful and sad. We thought father was bewitched by that book, and we must burn the book and mix the ashes in water and give it to him to drink, to take the witches out of him; but he guarded the book, and we could not get at it. As he read, sirs, a still more wonderful change came over him: his tears dried up, his face became happy, and his appetite returned, and he took food as usual. But he would not go to the idol temple any more, and he would not have anything more to do with Hindooism or the Hindoo religion. Well, sirs, that father died a year ago; but when he was dying the Brahmans came and stood about the door and wanted to come in and get their presents, but father waved them away with his hand, and said, “No Brahams are needed here—I need not your help,” and he would not allow a Brahman to set foot inside his house. Then, when we saw the end was approaching, my mother, my brothers, and myself, gathered around, and said, “Father, you are dying—you are dying; do call on Krishnu, for you are dying.” He looked up with a pleasant smile, and said, “My boy, I have a better name than that—the name of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the world, of whom I read in my little book; that is a better name than Krishnu.” And my father died, sirs, with the name of Jesus Christ on his lips.
THE following handbill is published by the Church Missionary Society, As it is equally suitable to the supporters of all foreign missions, will our own friends let it have their prayerful perusal?
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.”—Mark xvi. 15. For “the whole world lieth in wickedness.”—1 John v. 19. “Having no hope, and without God in the world.”—Eph. ii. 12. “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?. And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent 7”—Rom. x. 13–15. You are earnestly requested to think out the meaning of the above words of God, and then to put to your heart, and make your heart answer, the following questions:— 1.—Do I owe any duty to the Heathen P 2.—Did not our blessed Lord and Master give this positive commandment to all His true disciples, “Go ye, and teach all nations”? 3.—Have I ever done anything to promote the eternal welfare of the Heathen? 4.—If I have not, is this right in me? Is it not, rather, disobedience to God’s command P 5.—With what feelings shall I meet the Heathen at the Day of Judgment, when they cry aloud against me, that I lived on the earth when they did, that I knew the way to heaven, and yet that I never sent to tell them P 6.—Can I be a true Christian if I love not what God loves, and strive not to do what He commands? 7.—Can I be sincere in desiring that “God’s way may be known upon earth, His saving health among all nations,” if I make no sacrifice of time, or money, or influence, to send Missionaries into all Heathen Nations? 8.—When I pray, “Thy kingdom come,” do I mean what I say? And do I expect God to answer my petition? 9.—Did not Christ engage in Missionary work? 10.-Were not His disciples Missionaries? 11.-Do not the holy angels take an interest in Missionary work. Luke xv. 10. 12.-Ought any objections which the ignorance, or prejudice, or unbelief of man can urge against this great work of the Lord, hinder me from doing the utmost in my power, through the best channel I can find? 13.—Ought I not to plead for pardon, because of my heartlessness about the dying Heathens' souls P 14.—Ought I not now, without delay, to do what I can in this great work of God? . 15.-Do I mean to do it?
May the love of Christ constrain us! May God the Holy Spirit show us all what is the will of God in this matter, and then give us willing hearts to try and carry it out ! The Promises are sure.
“Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.”—Ps. ii. 8.
“He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.”—Isa. liii. 11.
“I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him.”—Rev. xiv. 6, 7.
“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever.”—Rev. xi. 15.
To feel much for others and little for ourselves, to restrain our selfish and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.— Adam Smith.
MR. JoSEPH COOK, in a lecture, after his return from a journey round the world, says:–
“The Christian churches of the world should be satisfied with nothing less than sending out one ordained missionary for every fifty thousand of the accesible pagan population of the world.” “No church ought to call itself thoroughly aggressive and evangelical that does not expend, for the support of missions at large, at least one dollar for every five it expends on itself.” “At present these standards of effort are to be insisted on with the utmost urgency.”
“All that united Protestant Christendom together raises annually for missions would not pay the liquor bill of the United States for three days, nor that of the British Islands for two. At the opening of the century all Protestant Christendom expended only 250,000 dollars annually for missions. It expends to-day 7,500,000 dollars for that purpose. This is a large sum, you think. It is a bagatelle. The dissipations of Saratogas and Newports and Brightons would hardly find this sum worth mentioning in the hugeness of their expenses for self-gratification. The churches are penurious toward missions. We pride ourselves on having paid off 'great debts, and on having received some mighty legacies for missions; but I believe we shall be, as Ernest Renan says, “an amusing century to future centuries’; and one of the things that will amuse our successors on the planet will undoubtedly be our unwarranted selfcomplacency in this day of small things in missions. In China there is not an ordained missionary to-day for a million people. In the population accessible to the American Board there is as yet only one missionary for some 700,000 inhabitants. Modern Christendom has thrown one pebble into the great ocean of missionary effort, and stands with an amused childish conceit on the shore of history watching the wide ripples produced by that pebble, and supposes that it is reforming the world. Another century will sneer at us for our conceit and our penuriousness.”
THE Hindoo Maharaja of Mysore, to whose direct administration the four millions of Mysore, in South India, have this year been made over, made this significant reply to an address from the Protestant missionaries, who have been so successful in that province:—
I am sensible of the great good which your missionaries have always done, and feel sure will continue to do, in the cause of the moral and intellectual advancement of the people; and I sincerely sympathize in the great cause of female education which you have recently taken in hand. The righteous principles which govern your religion must always be conducive to good government and to the best interests of the people; and I beg to assure the missions of my support and sympathy in their valuable labours. I wish you every success in your disinterested and sacred work.
THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Committee of the Missionary Society will be held at Bethel Chapel, Infirmary Street, on Tuesday, June 19th, at three o'clock.
THE ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING will be held in Hallfield Chapel, Manningham Lane. Chairman: The Worshipful the MAYOR OF BRADFORD. Speakers: Revs. C. W. SKEMP, of Bradford; H. Wood, of Orissa, India; and T. R. STEVENSON, of Derby, late of Ceylon.
240 MISSIONARY ORSERVER."
BAPTISM AT CUTTACK.—April 1st, seven were baptized by brother Shem Sahu.
CoRRECTION.—The reader is requested to correct an inaccuracy on page 116 of the March Magazine as to the Architect of the new school building, Cuttack. H. Beck, Esq., was the Architect; and it may interest our friends to know that Mr. Beck is a native of Loughborough. J. B.
MR. MULHOLLAND, in a private note to the Secretary, writes:—
“The weather is getting very warm. Early work is now the order of the day. The Government Offices, European School, Printing Office, have the day's work done before some of my friends in Scotland are well out of bed. The men in the printing office start at six a.m., and leave off at noon. The other places mentioned do only four hours’ work. What a curious world this is. You, in England, are closing all your doors and windows to keep out the cold; we, in Cuttack, are using the same appliances to keep out the heat. I am now writing (two p.m.) without coat and vest. “Quite an invasion of snakes have taken place in our compound this week. Two got off; but one fell a prey to my stick last night. A large one got in a hole in the wall. The servants brought a kettle of boiling water and gave him a warm bath. Nay, they thought they would roast as well as boil him, and brought an armful of straw, which must have made his skin crack. We saw no more of that one. “Last Sabbath morning I witnessed the first baptism in India. It was a very pleasing sight. I trust that the multitudes of heathen by which we are still surrounded may soon bow to the sceptre of King Jesus, and, like the seven last Sunday morning, publicly declare that they are His followers. We, a fortnight ago, had a Hindoo festival. It was sickening to look at it. When shall Christian Britain rise to the full responsibility of the final command of the Crucified One? I thought, while in the fatherland, that I knew what the call from the heathen world was, but I find that I had not half realized the sickening want. If your Committee could only ‘Come and see,' I think the effect would be wondrous. The Lord waken up the churches from their criminal slumber. “Mr. Young wishes me to remember him to you. He is still enjoying his usual good health, and liking the work.”
Received on account of the General Baptist Missionary Society from April 16th to May 15th, 1883.
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Subscriptions and Donations in aid of the General Baptist Missionary Society will be thankfully received by W. B. BEMBRIDGE, Esq., Ripley, Derby, Treasurer; and by the Rev. W. HILL, Secretary, Mission House, 60, Wilson Street, Derby, from whom also Missionary Boxes, Collecting Books and Cards, may be obtained.
UNDER the head of “Lapsed Members” may be included those placed in the following columns of our Connexional Year Book:—1st, the Excluded, meaning thereby persons who, having fallen into sin, have been cut off from fellowship by a formal and solemn vote of the church; and, secondly, the Erased, a column which embraces two classes, namely, persons who, in accordance with their own request, have been allowed to withdraw from fellowship; and those who have, as it were, drifted away from us, until at length, without any other cause being assigned, their names have been removed from the Church Register.
In examining the statistics of our Connexion for the last three years I find the numbers included under these two heads of Excluded and Erased to be as follows:— In 1880—Excluded, 139; Erased, 836; total, 975. In 1881—Fxcluded, 126; Erased, 733; total, 859. In 1882—Excluded, 115; Erased, 955; total, 1,070. Looking at the entire numbers in membership, and taking the average of three years, I find the annual loss under the two heads named to be at the rate of about four in every hundred.
Now we must not be surprised or discouraged by the circumstance that we have lapsed members. Our Saviour seems to have intended to prepare the minds of His servants for this fact when He uttered the parable of the Sower. The seed which fell upon rocky ground, where there was not much depth of soil, and that which, after it had sprung up, was choked with thorns, both represent cases of lapsed members.
Probably it may be suggested by some that we should not have so many of these “lapsed” ones if greater care were taken in the admission of members in the first instance. But my impression is that our churches do not usually err very much in that direction. The cases, I think, are very few of persons received who were not apparently sincere and earnest at the time they offered themselves for fellowship; and it may be questioned on what scriptural grounds these, if to all human appearance believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, could have either been rejected, or had their term of trial indefinitely prolonged. The more common error is that of not paying sufficient attention to the teaching and training of converts after their union with the church, in order that instead of losing their interest in spiritual things they may be led to cleave to the Lord with purpose of heart.
But I apprehend that it was the wish of the last Conference, in regard to this paper, not that I should discuss the question how to prevent the lapse of members, but rather offer some suggestions as to our
* The substance of a paper read at the Midland &nterence. Coalville, May 16, and printed by request.
GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE, JULY, 1883.-VoI. Lxxxv.–N. S., No. 163.