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C. H. Mackintosh (1820-96)

His Background
His Conversion

His Service
His Ministry
His Writings

His Stand
His Last Days
  • Last Days of R.C.M.
    – Robert Mackintosh



    C. H. Mackintosh, 1820-96

    It is very interesting and indeed curious that just as Mr. F. E. Raven appears to be the least known of those used in an outstanding way in the recovery of the truth,



    In October, 1820, Charles Henry Mackintosh was born in Glenmalure Barracks, County Wicklow, Ireland.

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    When he was eighteen young Charles was awakened spiritually through letters from his sister after her own conversion.

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    Around 1874, he wrote

    He opened a school at Westport in 1844, and enthusiastically threw himself into his educational work.

    When Mr. Mackintosh came under attack for the use of the expression "heavenly humanity" in regard to the Lord, JND said in a letter of July 1862:


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    See the compete list of His Writings below

    A link to ministry of CHM at STEM Publishing.

    For some twenty-one years, Mr. Mackintosh edited a periodical, 'Things New and Old', in which many of his own writings appeared.

    There is no record of CHM's oral ministry but his 'Notes on the Pentateuch' – originally published in six volumes – still remain popular. His 'Miscellaneous Writings' also appeared originally in six volumes.

    Andrew Miller, 1810-83

    The preface to each volume of the 'Notes' was written by his friend Andrew Miller – author of 'Short Papers on Church History' –

    See the original last chapter of Miller's 'Church History' in History: The Last Chapter.

    – and The Brethren – Their Origin, Progress and Testimony – who is said to have encouraged their writing and to have largely financed their publication.

    AM said of CHM's expositions that, "Man's complete ruin in sin, and God's perfect remedy in Christ, are fully, clearly, and often strikingly presented".

    His first tract in 1843 was on 'The Peace of God'. His last article – written in 1896, just a few months before deparing to be with Christ – was entitled 'The God of Peace'.

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    Despite appeals and pressures from many quarters – and from the Continent especially – Mr. Mackintosh remained in fellowship with Mr. F. E. Raven to the end.

    In History: The Champney Letter – which details the whole controversy – Mr. H. D'Arcy Champney quotes from two of CHM's letters.

    Writing at the beginning of October 1890, CHM says:

    In a letter to Mr. J. A. Trench, CHM says:

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    Two more letters of Mr. Mackintosh are given below:

    On November 29, 1890, CHM wrote from Dublin to
    Geo. Cutting, 1843-1934 Mr. George Cutting, author of the well known tract 'Safety, Certainty and Enjoyment':

    I feared that you would have to encounter a good deal of trial in consequence of the sad and humiliating condition of things amongst us.

    He continued: As to the charge brought against Mr. Raven of heresy, blasphemy and attacking the Person of the Son of God, they are simply monstrous, there is no foundation for them.


    Then on April 3, 1896, not long before the Lord took him, CHM wrote from Cheltenham:

    … As to your question about Mr. Raven, I can only say I do not believe he holds any fundamental error.

    Finally: In conclusion, I may just say that, in looking back at all our sorrowful and humiliating splits and divisions for the last fifty years, I believe them to have been, for the most part, the sad fruit of unbroken material, somewhere.

    But I must close. Love to the brethren. The Lord bless you all.

    Affectionately yours in Christ, C.H.M..

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    He resided at Cheltenham for the last four years of his life.

    On April 3, 1896, just seven months before the Lord took him, CHM wrote from Cheltenham:

    He fell asleep peacefully on November 2, 1896.

    On November 6, 1896 – in his own last days, just six months before being taken by Christ – Mr. J. B. Stoney said of CHM, "He is now where love is satisfied".

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    The Lord took CHM on November 2, 1896. Four days later a large company from many places gathered for his burial at Cheltenham Cemetery.

    J. N. Darby, No. 64 in the 1973 Hymn Book.

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