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Luth. & Calu. We have not the least fcruple in whatever is contained in the Scriptures, being from our infancy trained to love, fear and respect them; but the space from St. John's Revelations, until Luther and Calvin, which is about 1450 years, seemş void of every support. - This is the fundamental principle that is impressed into our infant minds, so we would wish never to be in, structed or have any knowledge of what past amongst the Papists during that interval, as we consider the whole to be a system contrived and carried on by the Devil and the Pope..

Boy. Is it then a truch'; To be a protestant is to be without reason ?, . .

Mof. I think we agreed upon some general and essential principles. iio

Luth. & Cair. The infallibility of the Catholic Religion, the supremacy of the Pope, and the upity and uniformity of the whole Church, . .

Boy. These are fuodamental principles, in which the Church is founded, and from thele principles are the fabric built, from whence flows or issues her facraments. !

. . -Luth. & Calv. Can you perfuade yourselves that man can forgive lins; we wish to have an explanation. It a ..

: Boy. Man has no power inherent in himself, but the Catholick priesthood received this power and authority from Jesus Christ.

Luth. No man that is a Chriftian denies the in. fallibility of the Catholick Church, which received ber doctrine and miflion from Jesus Chrift, on whom the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecoft visibly communicated bimself, confirmed and ful. filled the promise of our Melliah, and noftreacir her all truths, and remain with her for ever. This testimony all Protestants confirm in retaining and acknowledging the three creeds to be of divine authority, and are to be held in the same veneration as the otlier Scriptures.". Had the Protestants rejected the creeds, they must un. doubtedly have given up their christianity, for the creeds are framed in few words, to be a key to the whole, that the meanest capacity, as I suppose all Christians fay them, or at least the Apostles, morning and evening, might 'examine their faith by her twelve-articles; if they fail in one, 'the whole are forfeited, as the Apostle St. James declares, Whosoever: shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all. And it is proved by our Lord's words in St. Matchew, when the Jews accused him of working, miracles by the power of Satan, that they were guilty of the fin against the Holy Gholt, which should never be forgiven either in this or the next life; sơ that whatever Christian denies one article of the creed, is guilty of this heinous {rn. Tớ evade and keep free from this sin, all Protestants are taught that the Catholicks, when they forgive sins, do not make use of this infallibility infused by the Holy Ghost, bur by the power of Satan, or from themselves; and that the Gentiles becoming Christians, mixed their hearhenish and idola. trous superstition artfully with the Cliristian religion, in its infancy; which innovation, the Proieftants being but as yesterday, cannot come to the knowledge of, or know what they really confist in, as they are authorised and comprised in


the Scriptures, guarded and protected by the promise of Almighty God, and her Creeds, as Peter's keys, held up for us to obey, or incur the fin against the Holy Ghost, and excommunica. tion. .

Boy. You will do well to consider, and pay obedience to him that you think have a right to exact this duty from you; by doiug this you will act with honesty, and remove your scruples; you will take this with you, that if the Scriptures and Creeds are true, the Church must; being taught, ruled, guarded, and directed by lier God. You are not disputing with man, but with your God.

Mof. I am an Israelite, and a Rabbi, and will avow, not for myself alone, but that the whole body of Jews will, prove only Jesus to be the Messiah, throw ourselves at the feet of his Holiness, and crave admittance into the Catholick Church. To adore she Head, and the Heart, and hate, detest and vilify the body, can proceed from no other than the most detestable of all wretches, the Devil. .

Calv. There is no gain-saying these Scriptures proofs, neither can we resist the impenetrable rock, which God has erected. O Peter! Filiy or more years have I, with body ere&t, eyes fixt, and arms stretched forıb, withstood your wild ad. monitions, perluading my return, with the prodi. gal, into our Lord's bofom; but I cafe hardened, rough, and proud, planted my tabernacle on the stormy waves, toffed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, ever learning, fill a chili; toothless


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scholar, after a long, vain, and unprofitable fearch for wisdom, in the school of folly; feeding on the husks and excrements of swine. I find myself constrained ; but happy, I say, thrice.happy conftraint! to fuck honey from a white-skulled Jew, and a beardless boy. From the morning-light, even until night, let Israel hope in our Lord As the tree falls, so it shall lie. Him that believeth, and is baptized; fhall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be condemned. As the Father has sent me, I also send you; when he had faid this, he breathed on them, and faid to them, Receive ye she Holy Ghost; whose fins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose fins you retain, they are retained. These are the words of God, at whose tribunal we shall be are raigned, both men and devils; and shall we dare offend our God? Yea, I am the most wretched Gnner, and despicable, contemptible; fordid, rash, vile, unmoralized, defective, inconsistent, aboni. dable, detestable, undermining, wild, undigested bit of clay, bedaubed, smeared, and dressed in the stinking rags of unfruitfulness and disobedience'; claiming the privilege of virginal inheritance in the mountain of Sion, when I should moan out the yellings and shrieks of hell.' Can I dare appear at that dread tribunal of my God, with this pale face of clay, 'robed in my Merry, Andrew's dress? I shudder at the thought; my very hairs rise up stiff, and stand on end, like a wild Boar, surrounded by a gang of dogs, ama. zed, expe&s his fate; lo Calvin; but e're to. morrow's light breaks forth, I will, with the affift


ance of my God, put off this Panther's hide, with Calvin's name, and deal out the remains of this dishevelled wreck, in the school of penance, pouring out my tears at the altar of my Saviour, reconciling, and joining, with the adorer of spirit and truth, worshipping with fear and trembling that God who is there immolated for the sins of the world. Against whom I stood up, Caiphas, Annas, Pontius Pilate, and Herod, with our tribes and congregations, against the Lord, and against his Christ. This is a truth, and I cons fels it with tears (Calviu weeps) and I wish they were tears of blood, for that Saviour that sweated his moft precious blood for us prodigals, and me, I repeat it, ihe most abandoned. Too often have. I repeated to you, my God, that I loved you, when I was using every: ftratagem against your Church, multiplying quotations from Scripture, and making them Skip and leap to: my own fancy, in order to persecute your Church, and Atrengthen Calvinism, and draw the attention and applause of the populace to myself, exclaiming against the tyranny of Popery, at the same time yoking on them a greater, yea the tyranny of Satan. I often have, i to make a show of religion, placed an offender cloathed in a white thirt, in the kirk, on the stool of penance, an hour or two, for three: Sundays, or as I thought of it, but would thunder against the facrament of penance, and whatever was Catholick. ', ' ' i Mos: You Calvin amaze and allonilh me; I. have ofien been in disputes of this :'nature to dif play our talents, but never met with your like. :: C2


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