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usurpation is supported, and dan selves “ Churchmen," in the year gerous as it is especially to the civil one thousand eight hundred and fortyliberties of mankind, the true venom four, three centuries from the time of the system is to be found in the that the faithful testimony of Lu. religious doctrines which it incor- ther was shaking the Papacy to its porates, and which, with whatever centre. The writer says, external form they may be con. “Allow me to offer you my best nected, as constituting another” thanks for the vigorous and manly and an “anathematized Gospel,” course pursued by you in the recent are destructive to the souls of men. distressing negative proceedings at Popery is Popery still, even though St. Paul's cathedral,-a course harseeking to dupe Protestants by mas monizing with the vindication of querading in a Protestant garb. the rights of the poor, and the fear
In one of the daily papers, pro less exposure of oppression wherfessedly supporting the institutions
ever it may exist. The endeavour of the country, there have been to rescue our unhappy Church from lately inserted several letters, coin her present state of imperfection and plaining of some interruption in the practical corruption, and to render daily services of the metropolitan her at once a more worthy dispenser cathedral. With this subject I have of God's sacraments, and a more here nothing to do. I only men consistent teacher of God's word, tion it to introduce some extracts is indeed a mighty and glorious from letter, bearing date, duty; and to me, but recently ar“Sept. 20th," and which appeared rived from Christian and happy in the paper (“the Times”) for the gium,” (Popish Belgium, that is to next day. I give you these extracts, say, whose Bishops, when under the because I think it is important that rule of Protestant Holland, protested the sentiments they express should against religious toleration, as inbe recorded elsewhere than in a consistent with the teaching of their newspaper, and that, at another day, Church,) “the whole matter conit may be known in what manner nected with our ecclesiastical apwriters in a “ Church” paper, and pointments” (the party are evi
“ Church” subjects, venture to dently full of wrath that some open, express themselves. I take for violent Tractarian bas not been granted that the writer is, in com raised to the episcopal bench) “iş mon parlance, a Protestant,-else, fraught with the most lively and what has he to do with the cathe- intense interest. What, then, may dral service of the Protestant St. be there seen ?" (Let not only the Paul's ? Besides, he uses the words reply, in its substance, be noted, “our Church,” our ecclesiastical but its particular form of expres. appointments," our spiritual lead- sion.) "A Church poor in temporal
, Now, then, what kind rich in spiritual, wealth,” (meaning of language does this professed the Roman Church,) "developing member of a Church whose earliest herself in every shape and form movements placed the glorious Re- beauty and holiness;" (except one, formation doctrine of justification that of pure, mighty, saving scrip. by faith in the forefront of her Ar tural truth ;) “ cathedrals fitted up ticles and Homilies ;-a Church as palaces for His presence with all whose first champions of that doc- that can excite reverence, or arouse trine went joyfully to the stake, attention, open at five o'clock in the rather than renounce it, and left morning FOR THE DAILY SACRIFICE; their honoured names as an inherit- worshippers thronging thereto and ance of glory to them who should sanctifying their labours and toils live in happier days ;-in what man. by a previous surrender of heart to ner, I say, does a professed member Him who feeds and tends them;" of such a Church allow himself to (yes; and doing this on the Sabbath, write ? Let his language be re too; to sanctify !!! not only their corded as illustrating the principles unsuspended labour-for what are avowed by some who call them- the commandments of God, to the
commandments of the Church ?- catch the eye of their Pastor and but their Sabbath-evening crowded friend; the aged looking with reve. bal)-rooms and theatres ;) at the rence to one who is to them the various altars humble souls poured Minister of good and lovely thing: ; forth in mental prayer" (not under hospitals for the sick,” (we have standing the public prayer) “to none in Protestant England, I suptheir God, AS PRESENT ON HIS AL pose, or none of Protestant foundaTAR," (the consecrated wafer is tion !) “ nurture and education for there, and that, thus localized and the young, refuge for the old, not circumscribed, as on the altar, is in union workhouses, but in comhere said to be their God,) “or as fort and cheerfulness, while holy represented in his saints,” (not his women devote their time and labour living people, but the images and to tending, and comforting, and pictures of the dead,) “old and teaching ; the noble chapel, testifying young, rich and poor, close to one everywhere that He is ever present. another, and recognising in God's (o happy Belgium ! What a pity house, not the rich-carpeted pew, it is that the system has not been or the lazy cushion, wretched marks tried in Ireland! According to this of earthly pride and human distinc. writer, no country could long be tion, but the hallowed floor, and the ignorant, and barbarous, and lawhumble chair, symbols of Christian less, where such a system was in equality and Christian love; the full operation. Perhaps already its melting notes of holy music and effects may be seen in the sister holy incense, wasting to God's island; and the traveller may know, throne the prayers and offerings of by marking them, whether he is God's people ;-these noble edifices passing through a sinful and denot opened (and I speak as regards graded Protestant district, or a holy our own ecclesiastical arrangements, and elevated Catholic one !) at the best) for an hour morning I will only add the concluding and evening, but free to worship- sentences. pers till mid-day, and then at three “That some mighty movement is or four o'clock again unclosed, the be- going on here and elsewhere, it is nediction of the blessed sacrament ter idle to doubt. Let our spiritual minating the day of public prayer, leaders look to it, and let us each and attuning the mind to private individually endeavour to bear our devotion, and the offices of charity:" humble part therein; trusting that (And, if it be the Lord's day, to the our unhappy individual short-commusic of operas, playhouses, and ings,” (of course, including in them dancing-rooms.) “These are in the coming short of direct, OPEN deed goodly sights, but deeply hu PROFESSION; to which short-commiliating when contrasted with our ing, on account of the inconvenient sinful state, and degraded position results of such a profession, there is
a so-called Christian country.' certainly a strong temptation at (The writer evidently longs for present,) "and miserable personal some Cardinal Pole to come over deficiencies, may not be the means to receive the penitent acknowledg- of thwarting His gracious purpos -8, ments of the guilt of schism from who has been pleased to place us the assembled representatives of here at a period so replete with com. Church and State; and, having ing weal or woe to our native land.” been assured of their willingness The writer signs himself “A Layto surrender some culprits for due man." punishment, to free them from their On one point, most assuredly, I sin, and raise them from their de- agree with the writer. It is now gradation, by a plenary Papal abso evident that we live in a period lution.) “ And then, again, the when a "mighty movement is going SIMPLE AND
on,”-a period “replete with coming in their distinguishing garb, saluted weal or woe to our native land." by the people with affectionate re The “ signs of the times” are so spect; children endeavouring to obvious, that we can no longer mis.
take them. Ten or a dozen years alone the sinner can find a Saviour, ago, he who expressed any appre- and whence alone God will comhensions of the revival of Popery, mune with man. To him who walks exposed himself to general ridicule. by faith, there is a glory in the sim. In every company the settled dictum plicity of Christian worship, comseemed to be, “There is too much pared to which even the glories of light for Popery ever again to erect the temple would become darkness, its head in this country, at all having "no glory, by reason of the events.” Too much light? There glory that excelleth.” Here is a is but one light in which Popery congregation assembled in Christ's cannot live,-and in that light, it is name. He is present there. They true, Popery cannot live for a mo offer an acceptable sacrifice; for they ment,--the light of true, spiritual offer their prayers and their praises, faith. Popery is essentially a reli- they offer themselves, their whole gion of sense. To the senses it ap- spirit, and soul, and body; and the peals, although in one instance it tokens of acceptance are vouchsafed strangely denies their judging power.
in rich communications of spiritual The senses it captivates, and thus blessedness. The pure word of holds the mind in thraldom. But, God is preached ; and faith beholds surely, the Vatican ms. of the New the wonderful operations of divine Testament must authorize the omis- truth spiritually applied to the heart, sion of what Protestants have been operations in which are seen, not accustomed to consider as the words only the principles and the progress of our Lord : “ The hour cometh of the recovery of a revolted world when ye shall neither in this moun. to its true allegiance, but the delitain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship verance of inmortal souls from the the Father.” Not, of course, that curse of the law, and the bondage those places were never to be allowed of sin, and the power of the wicked to have divine worship; that while one, and their introduction, by the "in every” other“ place incense strait gate, into that highway of shall be offered to the name of the holiness on which the ransomed of Lord, and a pure offering," the the Lord are pursuing their journey Mount of Samaria and the Hill of to the heavenly Zion. Where Christ's Zion should be alone excepted. Not truth is preached, and Christ is himsuch was our Lord's meaning. He self present, faith beholds the repereferred to the principles of the wor tition of Christ's miracles. The ship, not to the locality of its exer blind have their sight restored, the cise. And, therefore, he adds,-if, deaf hear, the dumb speak, the lame indeed, they are his words.--"The walk, the lepers are cleansed, the hour cometh, and now is, when the dead live. Compared with all this
, true worshippers shall worship the the whole splendour of the Levitical Father,”—no longer according to system furnishes only poor, and the rules of the Jerusalem temple- powerless, and earthly elements ; worship, but“ in spirit and in truth; while, in its own majestic simplicity, for the Father seeketh such to wor. the Gospel—the very Gospel which ship him.” To those who "walk it is the great object of Popery to by sight,” Belgium may present a hide from the view—saves and glorious spectacle ; while they who blesses men with all the power of “walk by faith” will weep to be an endless life. hold it. Where the one sees reli Yes, a "mighty movement" is gion, the other sees superstition. going on. If Popery be false, and This gorgeousness that the one so no sincere and enlightened Protestgreatly admires, is seen by the other ant doubts this,- it is no common so to arrest the attention, as to pre. form of error. It is one of the most vent the poor, erring worshipper destructive forms of error ever defrom perceiving" the new and living vised. As well talk of compromise way" by which he may have en and peace between Heathenism and trance into the holiest of all, and Christianity, as between Popery and access to the true mercy-seat, where Protestantism! Not so judges the
Romanist ; and it is his measure of to oppose it. And the best way
of the distance between Romanism and doing this is by a clear and powerProtestantism, that the Protestant ful assertion of the characteristic ought always to take. Romanism truth of the Gospel. The influence is as far from Protestantism, if Pro. of the pulpit may be greatest, where testantism be true, as Protestantism there is the least that is directly is from Romanism, if Romanism be controversial. Christ, the only Satrue. Romanism never compliments viour of sinners, must be preached Protestantism, as a spurious liberal. fully and earnestly. The terrible ism, falsely called Protestantism, nature of sin must be set forth, and compliments Romanism. The sin- the impossibility of being saved cere Romanist, I believe, despises from its guilt and power in any such Protestants. He knows well other way than by a penitent and enough that the difference between believing application to the blood of the systems is a vital one ; and he sprinkling. The awakened who thinks otherwise understands science must be directed to Christ, neither. The Romanist tells the not as a terrible Judge, who can Protestant that he cannot be saved. only be approached by means of a Let not the Protestant, in his eagere host of inferior mediators, but as a ness for a superior charity, tell the most merciful and compassionate Romanist that he may be saved. High Priest, as willing, as he is He only takes advantage of this, to able, to reconcile men to God. argue in favour of his own system. Bring men to feel their need of The true way of meeting the case is mercy, and point them directly to to say, that though Protestantism Christ, and there is an end of does not judge individuals, but Popery. They who come to Christ, leaves them to God, it does decide and receive the witness of the Holy concerning the system, that it is Spirit to their pardon and adoption, essentially destructive. Let us take want no other absolution. Romanthe evangelical method of salvation ism sends man some fellowas Protestants understand it, and sinner, said to be invested with then take the Roman system as laid power to ininister pardon to him by down by the Council of Trent: we outward acts. True Protestantism can only come to one conclusion sends him at once to Christ; wheupon it." I only speak of the regu. ther in public ordinances, or in prilar terms of the evangelical consti vate prayer and meditation, he must tution. Not only does the Roman come to Christ; and coming to ist not fulfil them, but he contemptu- Christ with what Augustine calls, ously rejects them, -rejects them as not the outward motion of the feet heresy, anathematizes them. What- of the body, but the inward motion ever allowances infinite wisdom and of the affections of the heart, he mercy may make in individual cases, finds rest to his soul. Thus must -whatever may be said of the Protestant Ministers preach; and power of education, and of the value Protestant hearers must pray, most of sincerity, even when connected earnestly and believingly, that this with error,--yet still, according to preaching may be accompanied by the estublished method of the adminis. the power of the Holy Ghost, rentration of redeeming mercy and grace, dering it mighty and effectual. Let the Papist, considered as such, be- Ministers and people be filled with cause he directly opposes it, cannot zeal for God, and compassion for be saved. As well might we speak souls, and though the enemy be of the salvation of a Socinian, as a coming in as a food, the Spirit of Socinian.
the Lord shall raise up a standard If, therefore, Popery be thus posi- against him. A dead Protestant . tively destructive ; and if it" be, ism, though ever so logical, ever 80 indeed, now seeking to advance eloquent, cannot make head against with rapid strides ; it becomes the Popery. A living Protestantism, duty of every lover of truth, every Popery dares not venture even to lover of souls, earnestly and boldly meet. When Luther began to preach
that a sinrer could only be justified “Peace IN CHRIST, THROUGH FAITH by the free grace of God, through IN HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD,” and the our Lord Jesus, and that all who victory shall again be won. And if penitently believed in Christ should the bold advances of Roman Popery, receive this justification, men at and the daring, treacherous advances once crowded to hear him. They of that Anglo-Popery which speaks felt this was just what they wanted. in the letter from which I have been Let preaching be thus evangelical quoting, produce such glorious mi. in matter and in manner; let Christ nistrations as these, then will the be preached; and let Christ be present period be for our weal. If preached that souls may be saved we are drowsy at our posts, and our with a present and free salvation ; trumpets give forth but a tremulous and Protestantism shall prevail, and uncertain sound, Popery will Popery retire discomfited. No assuredly advance to supremacy and peace is to be found through holy triumph'; and then will come the water, holy incense, holy altars, holy exhibitions of its unaltered charac. sacrifices. The conscience is still ter-exhibitions which will be full uneasy. Its wounds are unhealed. of woe. The power of sin is unbroken. Let
No Jesuit. the pulpits of the land resound with,
CIOCCI'S NARRATIVE OF INIQUITIES AT ROME. We do not hesitate to extract Bernardo, Alle Terme Diocleziane, from the pages of “the Christian in Rome. That a young man can, Observer” the following article. in the present day, in the metroThe Narrative from whence it has politan city of Italy and of the been compiled has recently been Romish world, be coerced, by per. published ; and we gladly give this secution and a dungeon, into assumenlarged notice of it, in the hope ing monastic vows, and be in danthat its circulation will be extended, ger of being made a perpetual priand thus materially benefit the soner, and of losing his life, if he writer, who has relinquished home, resist such barbarous oppression, friends, and country for the sake of or attempt to make his escape from the Lord Jesus. “Should the Ro- it; indicates a state of things manists in England, or elsewhere,” cruel and revolting, and so opposed says the Observer, “attempt to dis- to all that is hoasted, and by many parage Ciocci's veracity, they ought persons believed, of the improved to begin by referring to the Hanove- spirit of the Church of Rome, that rian Ambassador with regard to this the narrative requires strong evidecisive fact,”-that he declared dence to establish its veracity. himself a Protestant in faith four There is, however, the presumption years before his arrival in England. that sach things may be ; because Now, if this were the case, the rest they always have been wherever of his Narrative, wherever he speaks Popery could exert its nefarious of what he could personally testify, power without control from force or receives a strong accession of veri- public opinion; because the Church fication.-Edit.
of Rome, by its own profession, is
always the same, in principle and There has just been published Austrian, Sardinian, or Ecclesias
practice; because in Italy, whether an extraordinary narrative, entitled, tical, there is neither civil por reli
. “Iniquities and Barbarities prac- gious liberty; so that any person tised at Rome in the Nineteenth who gives offence to the authorities Century,” related by Raffaele Ciocci, may be incarcerated in secret, and formerly a Benedictine and Cister. most especially a refractory Monk cian Monk, Student and Hon. Li. or Nun: for it is not in Italy as in brarian of the Papal College of San England, where any person may go