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"If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”—Isaiah viii. 20.
THE PHARISEES OF THE NINE- superstitious, than the following? --Extract TEENTH CENTURY.
from the British Critic, No. 64, p. 463.
“We repeat, then, that we would rather The Pharisees of old were notorious for their
their see, on entering a church, nothing but the censoriousness of other poople, for their su
altar and its ornaments; the ministring perstition and their carnal notions of God. priests and deacons, the pulpit, and whatand the things connected with his worship. ever else is necessary ; the naked floor, and We have Pharisees in this day; the race is
• the worshippers or hearers thereupon. There not yet extinct. There is a sect amongst us. ".4 powe
is a power and a teaching in that sacred floor, who are emphatically the Pharisees of the
which is lost if it be hidden. It teaches deep 19th century. As the Pharisees of old found
ind humility, unyielding constancy, unwearied fault with the disciples of our Lord, because patience, changeless perpetuity. The worshipthey did not fast enough, or wash their hands per should throw himself upon it, Ilarpos enough, or observe outward forms and cere- én ovõet, as if it were the floor beneath monies with sufficient rigidity, the Pharisees the footstool of His Heavenly Father, by of the 19th century do the same. They contact with which he every time derived new appear to dwell as much, and as strongly in strength and succour. There is a virtue, by their writings, on the duty of the outward the same rule that there is a naturalness, in mortification of the body, as they do slightly, falling down on the very ground—the very or not at all, on the far more important duty lowest place that can be got at—when in the of mortifying the inward desires of the car- act of confession and supplication. Hence nal mind, the risings of self-righteousness, it is, that galleries are absurd and impossiand spiritual pride.
ble as places of devotion ; they seem con· The Pharisees of the 19th century also trary to humility. We have heard a clergyimitate their predecessors in their childish man, who in theory had very little respect superstition and reverence for outward for ritual and typical religion, say, that he things. They appear to believe that can- really could not pray in a gallery. And dlesticks, marble floors, stone altars, sym-, therefore, if means allowed, that sacred floor bolical ciphers, and peculiar apparel, confer wherein such power is found, ought to be grace and impart spiritual strength to the made all bright and beauteous, as all things christian worshipper. What, for instance, heavenly are." in be more absurdly ridiculous, or painfully It is marvellous how educated men in this
so-called enlightened age, can pen such place!!! How the affair reminds one of consummate folly. But Tractarianism, like the fable of the Wolf and the Lamb! Popery, seems to require of its yotaries the We have to remember, however, that renunciation of their senses; and hence, France was not alone in this act of wilful nothing is too absurdly superstitious for the aggression on a powerless state, but was Pharisees of the 19th century.
probably incited by the wily, sectarian, and
bigotedly proselytyzing spirit of Rome. The PROTECTION OF POLYNESIA.
proceeding was Romish as well as French ;
Rome being the head, and France the hand; MR. EDITOR,
Rome designing, and France effecting ; Tahiti and the neighbouring isles, Rome being the prime mover, and France commonly called the South Sea Islands, are the willing agent. The lamentable condispots rendered interesting and even dear to tion of Tahiti, exemplifies the hatred of the Christian, the Philanthropist, and the Popery to pure Protestantism. There has Briton. In these islands, Christianity has been, not fair and generous rivalry, but a gained a pure and noble triumph, one of the dishonorable effort to promote the dominion very greatest or most admirable of all her of the “ Man of Sin,” an effort made with triumphs from the apostolic age to our own. fraud and force, and tendingi to persecution. Among these islanders lately sunk in uni- If Great Britain did really undertake the versal ignorance, groveling idolatry, savage protectorate of the isles, as many affirm, cruelty, disgusting sensuality, and deep and as I incline to think,) she is clearly misery,—there civilization and the arts of bound by national honour and international peace, following in the path of Christianity, law, to interfere, to protect their political have taken root, have grown up, and have independence, their commercial freedom, borne fruit that has gladdened the very heart and their religious liberty, and to hinder of Philanthropy. The great moral and men- Rome and France from domineering and tal change upon these islanders, has been tyrannizing over them. wrought through the instrumentality of Bri- . But even if Great Britain did not undertish Protestant Missionaries, men who, leav- take (either formally or virtually) to be their ing the comforts of home, went to strange protector, and therefore even if she were not isles and barbarous tribes, to promote the bound by national faith and international eternal and temporal good of the islanders, justice, to protect and defend them, she still having the book of God for their guide, the ought to remonstrate with or to appeal to grace of God for their support, and love to France, on the ground of international God and man for their prompting principle. equity, and as acting on behalf of ChristiChristian, Philanthropist, Briton,-pray, and anity, civilization, and political good; or for speak, and act for Polynesia ! Of the glo- the sake of “ Peace, Liberty, Knowledge, rious example there given of Christian in- Holiness, and Happiness.” And as it apfluence and Missionary utility, Dr. Chalmers pears that intervention availed to preserve declared, “If philosophy had ever achieved the Sandwich Islands from papal and French such a triumph....it would have been an domination, truly the decided interference of event blown by the trumpet of fame through- Great Britain would avail to save Tahiti and out the world, and of which we should never the other isles from the same twofold evil, have heard the last.”
If England should decline the exclusive Alas! a cloud and a storm appear now to protectorate of these interesting islands, she hover over these interesting and improving could protect them in conjunction with other islands. I allude to what I am sorry to be powers. Holland, Denmark, Sweden, and compelled to term the unchristian, illiberal, Prussia would surely join her in the good and cruel conduet of the French naval force work. America, the eldest daughter of Engat Tahiti and elsewhere. According to the land, America would probably join. So accounts, the French carried their point at probably would Russia. So perhaps might Tahiti, through fraud and force-accompa- Austria, Spain, and Portugal. So possibly nied by sensuality.—The French admiral might even France, if her good sense and complained to the Tahitian queen of injuries good feeling were duly appealed to. God that he could not prove! demanded damages grant that France may, in the spirit of that she could not pay!! and formally de- equity, generosity, and political virtue,clared that if she did not either pay the dam- God grant that France may join England ages, or sign away the real sovereignty to and other friendly powers, in this work France, within twenty-four hours, (she then great, good, and glorious! hourly expecting her confinement.--) he The ground of this international union, would open his fire, and destroy the whole the principle of the joint protection of Polynesia, should be that of international equity, Not only England, but other nations or the equal right of all the powers to com- throughout the world, are beginning to feel mercial and other intercourse with the pro- the effect of their operations. They can tected isles. No power should have any shout the cry of Liberty-become Repealexclusive advantage, the powers collectively ers—Chartists Socialistsmor Republicans, guaranteeing to the isles, religious liberty, so that the cause of Popery be advanced commercial freedom, and political indepen- thereby. They so disguise themselves, that dence. What a happy result! “ 'Tis a even the bosom friend of a family may be consummation devoutly to be wished ! ” one of these agents of Satan, who lie in wait
A few words on the political importance of to deceive; the minister of a Protestant Polynesia. Note three things. Ist. Soil church or chapel may be a Jesuit, but “ by and productions. The extent of soil of any their fruits ye shall know them ;” the one island, is indeed small; but that of all adviser of the monarch may be a Jesuit ; the islands altogether, is very considerable. the highest judge on the judicial bench may The productions are coral, cotton, silk, be a Jesuit. No oath of our framing can fruits, corn, coffee, sugar, cattle, fish, oil, bind them; they have before, and will again, drugs, gum, minerals, rice, spices, &c. 2nd. give them to the winds; they regard them not Geographical position. This is favourable to unless approved of by the Pope and their commerce with South America, North general. All that is dear to us, as ProtesAmerica, China, the rest of eastern Asia, the tant Christians, is open to the Jesuits. Asian isles, New Holland, New Zealand, “Our strength is only in the Lord our God, and so on. The grand communication across who made heaven and earth.” To him let the isthmus of Panama, will add to the im- us pray-From such secret and malignant portance of the geographical position. 3rd. foes, "good Lord, deliver us." Long line of coast and Harbours. This ad. The progress of Popery throughout the vantage would render the islands a nursery world,--the various commotions in this for seamen.
country and in the colonies of this empire, I am, Sir, &c.
the disaffected state of mind observable JOHN ROGERS,
in the Irish population,--and the various (Author of 'Anti-PoPERY.')
and recent conflicts between the papal and
secular power in those countries, — are London, April 3, 1843.
traceable to the workings of this order, and clearly indicate that all the religious privi
leges and the liberties of every nation on ON THE AGENCY EMPLOYED TO the face of the globe, are in imminent peril. OVERTHROW THE TRUTH.
“ Semper eadem " ever marks the career
of Popery ; she is not changed, and cannot AN ESSAY.
change. Her object, though she may By Mr. R. H. BINDEN.
change her plan of attack, is still the same; (Continued from p. 28.)
nothing short of the subjugation of the
whole world, will satisfy her ambition and As we have before shown, there was not lust of power, to the domination of her any class in society secure against their despotic rule, again to entangle the nations destructive influence, so it is now. They with the iron yoke of Popish bondage. will seek, and do seek, offices in the state, The peculiar dogmas of the execrable as ministers, judges, members of parlia- order of Jesuits will in some measure set ment; and men become candidates for any forth their object, and the means they will office of power in the country, by taking any take to accomplish their end. They hold, oath that may be required of them : how- that it is lawful for a judge to decide for his ever strong and binding it may be to others, private friend or favourite system ; even by it cannot bind them, if the interests of Po- revoking his former judgment, so as to pery require it; and they scruple not at the serve his friend, or advance a cause in which means they employ, for the end will (say he may feel interested. they) fully justify them. The Church is Again,—“That it is not sin for a man not secure against their inroads; their to steal any thing from another, if what he agency is already seen at work in the Unie stole would have been given him had he versity of Oxford, and from thence through- asked for it, although the taking of it is out the empire, for the disunity of the contrary to the will of the owner :" thereChurch, and the separation of its members, fore, they conclude, “no restitution is neto its entire destruction, and the building of cessary.” On the sin of homicide they the synagogue of Satan upon its ruins. declare, “ that if any individual believes that
a desire to commit homicide is no sin, then not depose Nero, Diocletian, Julian the there is no actual sin in the desire.” This Apostate, and Valens the Arian, it was beis truly awful : the order of men that can cause they had not the POWER.” We do receive and act upon this dogma, and the well to tremble for our country, sovereign, system that sanctions it, cannot and ought and liberties, when an order of men are let not for one moment to be tolerated by a loose upon the quiet and unsuspecting peoChristian people.
ple of this country, holding such doctrines Of the rebellion of the priesthood, they as these, for the attainment of such an obaffirm, “that the revolting of a cleric ject. Are they merely obsolete opinions of against a king is not high treason, because a few of the doctors and writers of Rome ? the clerics are not the subjects of the sove- or are these doctrines held in abhorrence by reign, but of the church ; " and it must be this system at the present time ?-certainly remembered, that all the priesthood have not. She claims infallibility; therefore, if sworn most solemnly to bow with implicit she once held them right, and put them into obedience to the Pope, as their spiritual and practice, she will most assuredly not scruple temporal head.
to do the same at the fitting opportuBellarmine, a distinguished cardinal of nity. Her claims are still the same; her very high repute in this system, in writing objects, her means, her end unchanged. on the power of the Pope, declares that the Every occurrence, and every day's experispiritual power (or Pope) may remove any ence, proves the danger to be approaching temporal obstacle to the exercise of his spi- nearer and nearer to our beloved sovereign, ritual authority; and change kingdoms and country, and religion. The approaching give them to another, if he thinks it neces- storm from the west is now indicated by the sary for the salvation of souls,” that is, the “man's hand” rising from the troubled good of the church. “And,” he continues, waters, which will not cease until it has “ Christians cannot be suffered to TOLERATE risen to its full growth, and hath filled up an infidel or heretical king—it is for the the cup of its abominations even to overSovereign Pontiff to decide on the deposition flowing, and so prepared for its final overof a king; and if the Christians of old did throw.
The Roman Catholics in America have land, farewell to our bibles. Bonfires would recently been collecting together and pub- be kindled in all our towns and villages, and licly burning Bibles. It is clear from this, Popish emissaries would be seen entering as well as the charges of Popish Bishops, our palaces and our cottages, gathering tothe evidence on oath of Popish Ecclesiastics gether our bibles, and committing them to before the House of Commons, the bulls of the flames. Thank God we are not yet as a Popes, and the decisions of Papal Councils, nation Papalized ! that Rome hates the bible as cordially as The Roman Catholic Newspaper of Lonever; and if we had Popery rampant in Eng- don (the Tablet) contains the following account of this discreditable outrage done to insult to them. Of course it would. They God's most Holy Word, and gratuitous are far wiser than Protestants, and know insult to the feelings of our Protestant what tells for or against their system. We brethren in America:
could not have a better test to try churches "Some five or six bibles, as we” (the by, than their treatment and appreciation of Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph) “have heard, God's word. Let a Protestant go to a Powere burned in Canada by the advice, it is pish priest and ask him for the best book to said, of a Canadian priest. Others think it guide him to the true church-what will he took place in New York, somewhere near give him ?-the Bible ? Not he-he would the boundary line. Wherever it occurred, it not give it him for the world. He would was certainly wrong, but for this reason only, give him some of the jesuitical writings of that it offended the prejudices of the Pro- Popish doctors, who studied all their lives how testant community. No doubt Catholics to make the worse appear the better cause. had been grievously insulted by having those But just let a poor Papist go to a Protestant spurious and mutilated editions of the Scrip- minister of Christ and ask him for the best tures forced upon their families; but still book to guide him to the true church, and they should not have committed them pub- what will he immediately, without the least licly to the flames. Those impudent people, hesitation, give him ? Not subtle works of who frequent Catholic houses to insult the man's writing, but the blessed book of books inmates, by offering them their false copies – the Bible. The Protestant churches are of the Word of God, ought to be hereafter not afraid of being tried by the touchstone Warned by parents and guardians of youth to of the inspired volume, but Rome is. What desist; and if they persevere, then let their is the reason? Simply because the Church books and tracts be thrown after them into the of Rome is throughout opposed to the clear streets."
tenor of Scripture ; while the Bible, and the So then, according to these Popish wri- Bible alone, is the religion of Protestants. ters, it is right to burn the bible; only it should not be done publicly, for fear of offending the prejudices of Protestants !
POOR DONALD. The idea of calling the Protestant version of A Scottish nobleman, of the Roman Cathe bible spurious, is absurd. The Church tholic persuasion, lived a very retired life, of Rome has never yet given her children an and left his affairs very much in the hands authorized version of the Scriptures; and of others. One of his tenantry, whom we the versions generally known as Roman Ca- will call Donald, rented a farm, upon which tholic versions, are most of them mutilated his forefathers had lived for above two hunand perverted in the most shameless way, dred years. The lease which he held was for the express purpose of bolstering up the on the point of expiring, and the steward peculiar dogmas of the Papacy. The Pa- refused to allow Donald a renewal, wishing pists call the Protestant version mutilated,” to put the farm into the hands of a friend of because it has not in it the apocryphal stories his own. Poor Donald tried every argument of Bel and the Dragon and Susannah and in his power with the steward, but in vain ; the Elders. Is this any reason why it should at length he bent his steps to the castle, be burned ? Rather the reverse. Supposing determined to make his case known to his the apocryphal books all inspired — which lordship. Here again he was repulsed; the they evidently are not, seeing that they con- porter had received orders from the steward tradict themselves, and recommend the aw- and refused him admittance. ful crime of suicide-what then ?-would it Donald turned away almost in despair, be right to burn a Bible which did not pos- and resolved upon a bold measure as his sess those books ? Certainly not. Shall only chance of success. He climbed the we burn all the New Testaments in circula- garden wall in an unfrequented part, and tion because they have not the Old Testa- entered the house by a private door. It so ment bound up with them? The idea is happened that no person was in this portion absurd. But the apocryphal books are not of the building, and Donald wandered on, the word of God, and the Papists sin against fearing to meet a repulse, but determined to the Holy Ghost in printing them with the persevere. At length he approached the Bible.
private apartments of the nobleman; he In the foregoing extract, it appears that heard a voice, and drawing near, found that Roman Catholics consider it an insult to be it was his lordship's, and that he was enoffered a Bible. Is this the reason why the gaged in prayer. Retiring to a short disChurch of Rome has never yet presented tance, he waited till the prayer was concluher followers with a Bible? It would be an ded, and could not but hear his lordship