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ter-street, Union-street. Marulebone.Protestantism and Popery. Tickets for the Meeting to be had at the A series of twelve lectures are now being

being same places Free. No Money will be taken delivered to the Members and Friends of the at the doors, and at the close no Collection Marylebone Tradesmen and Operatives' Pro- will be

To will be made. As the number of Tickets is testant Association, in the School-room, 10, limited an early application is necessary. Gee-street, Seymour-street, Somer's-town, on Tuesday Evenings, at Eight o'clock pre- The Rev. Robert J. McGhee will preach cisely. The following have been delivered a Sermon in London on behalf of the Meduring the last month : May 2nd, “On the tropolitan Operative Associations on the Paganism of Popery,” by the Rev. A. S. Evening of the first Wednesday in July. Dubourg ; 9th, “The Church of Rome here- Notice will be given by advertisement and tical,” Mr. J. Chant; 16th, “The unchange- placard. able Character of Popery,” Mr. A. V. Allen; 23rd, “The Jesuits and their Principles ;'

l'their Principles". Excursion to Richmond, for the benefit of the 30th. « The Jesuits and their Acts." Mr. E. Metropolitan Tradesmen and Operatives' ProDalton. The following are the subjects and tes

to and testant Associations.-The Members and lecturers for June-June 6th. “ Popes and Friends of the Associations will visit RichAnti-Popes.” Mr. J. Callow ; 13th, “ The mond, and its delightful Neighbourhood. persecuting Principles of the Church of (D.v.) on Monday, June 26th, 1843' in that Rome:" 20th. "The persecuting Practices fast and elegant steam vessel, the Richmond. of the Church of Rome.” Mr. R. /. Binden: Capt. Reynolds. The Company will embark 27th. “ The Inquisition,” Mr. C. Sibley; at the Old Swan Pier, London Bridge, at July 4th. “ Monastic Institutions,” Mr. T. 1-past 8, A.M. precisely, and leave RichA. Smith: 11th, " The Operations of Modern mond at t-past 6 P.M. -An early application Popery identical with those of former times,” is requested , as the number of Tickets is Mr. A. V. Allen. Tickets to be had (gratis)

dets to be had (oratis limited, and none will be sold on board. of Mr. Moulton. 1. London-street. Fitzroy- Tickets, 2s. 6d. Children under 10 years of square; Mr. Baisser, 124, Oxford-street ; age 1s. 6d.—All Tickets to be paid for or and Mr. W. Nicoll, 13, St. Paul's-terrace. returned by Friday, the 23rd. —The arrange

ments will be under the direction of a subSouthwarle Operative Protestant Associa- committee. It is probable that a Protestant tion.—A Festival and Meeting of the Mem- Meeting will be held in the Afternoon, in bers and Friends of the above Association, the Town of Richmond, where Popery is will be held (D.v.) in the National and Pa- actively at work; arrangements will be made rochial School Room, Borough Road, on and notice given in a future bill. The subWhit-Monday, June 5th, 1843. The Rev. committee will also arrange that those friends Henry O'Neille, M.A. in the Chair. Doors who choose may take tea together at Richopen at half-past 4.---Tea on Table at 5 mond, at 1s. each. o'clock precisely. The doors will be closed

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"If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."- Isaiah viii. 20.

No. 40.

JULY, 1843.

VOL. IV.

CONVERSATION

God,” he proceeds from the 19th to the 28th BETWEEN TWO FRIENDS ON THE DOCTRINES

verse of the same chapter, to shew, that we AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCH OF ROME.

are all under the condemnation of the law of

God, which requires constant, unsinning (Continued from p. 19.)

obedience in thought, word, and deed; (for

as St. James says—“He that faileth in one Mr. B.-Lastly, we come to the subject point is guilty of all;") but that on believing, of good works. On this very important we are justified freely, through Christ: read point what does the Church of Rome say?- these verses, and you will see this. does she teach the way of salvation or not? Mr. B. (reads the verses and proceeds.)

Mr. A.—We shall see : by the Council of These passages are very clearly against Trent it is declared, that “good works have Rome, I perceive. in themselves a merit, by which they do truly Mr. A.–Now read in the 5th chapter of deserve the favour of God; and whosoever the same Epistle, the 8th and 9th verses. shall say the contrary, and that we are saved Mr. B.- But God commendeth His love by faith and not by works, let him be ac- towards us, in that, while we were yet sincursed !”

ners, Christ died for us; much more then, Mr. B.- I know this is the tenor of her being now justified by his blood, we shall be teaching, but is not this according to Scrip- saved from wrath through Him." ture? I thought the Bible always enforced Mr. A.–And from the 18th verse to the good works.

end you will find the same doctrine enforced; Mr. A.—Not as the means of earning and again, in the Epistle to the Galatians, salvation, certainly : but let us look at the 3rd chapter (the whole of which is on this word of God and see.

subject), the Apostle writes in the 6th verse Mr. B.-Ah, that is the way—“What _"Even as Abraham believed God, and it saith the Lord ?" I must admit, I begin to was accounted to him for righteousness ;” be tired of man's sayings and teachings, of and in the 8th verse—“And the Scripture, traditions and councils, in these matters. foreseeing that God would justify the hea

Mr. A.-Well, then, what does the apostle then through faith, preached before the gosPaul say? After proving in his Epistle to pel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all the Romans, in the 3rd chapter, that “All nations be blessed.” Then in the 11th and have sinned, and come short of the glory of 12th verses-"But that no man is justified

by the law in the sight of God, it is evident; that we are the people of God and saved by for the just shall live by faith, and the law is him. not of faith, but the man that doeth them M r. A.—Not only so, they will do this, shall live in them ; the whole of the chapter but they must naturally flow from love to is very clear on this point; indeed the Bible God, and the indwelling of the spirit of God; is full of passages to the same effect.

and the Christian cannot be happy unless he Mr. B.-But if man is saved and justified is growing more and more like his Master by faith only, why should he perform good and Saviour. works ? he is safe without them, and theyB esides these passages which I have seare not to be accounted meritorious, you lected, I will just attempt to give you somesay. It seems to me that this doctrine must thing like a summary of Christian doctrines, lead to very careless living.

and then leave you to read and examine for Mr. A.--As you go on, observe how care- yourself, and also to hear them preached and fully the Apostle guards this doctrine of explained. The important question of salvation by grace from abuse: read the “What must I do to be saved ?has agiwhole chapter of this Epistle to the Romans, tated the soul of man ever since his fall In the 15th verse he exclaims,-“What from that state of holiness in which God then ? shall we sin because we are not under created him. In every clime and nation, the law, but under grace? God forbid. the consciousness of sin has led to various Know ye not, that to whom ye yield your- inventions, by which he imagined it possible selves servants to obey, his servants ye are to make compensation, and propitiate a to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, Supreme Being whom he had offended. or of obedience unto righteousness ? For The costly sacrifices and self-inflicted torthe wages of sin is death, but the gift of God tures of the heathen the ablutions and is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our long fasts of the Mahomedan,-pilgrimages, Lord.” (xvi. 23rd verse.) And see the ex- and painful monastic austerities—all origihortation of St. Peter, 1st Epistle, 1st chap- nated in this feeling ; which has kept the ter, from the 13th to the 16th verse, - mind of man, either in a state of slavish “ Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, fear, not knowing when enough has been be sober, and hope to the end for the grace performed to make his peace, or puffing it that is to be brought unto you at the revela- up with pride and self-righteousness, when tion of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, he could flatter himself that the various not fashioning yourselves according to the good works he has performed were of suffiformer lusts in your ignorance, but as He cient value to merit pardon. Now it is the which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy intention of the gospel, to shew the inefficacy in all manner of conversation; because it is of all these imaginations and inventions, written, be ye holy, for I am holy.” Again, which have occupied the mind of man for the Epistle to Titus, ii. 11–14.-"For the ages. It commences by this humbling and grace of God that bringeth salvation hath affecting truth, that in consequence of sin, appeared to all men. Teaching us, that man has fallen under the condemnation of denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we the law of his Creator past any recovery, or should live soberly, righteously, and godly, possibility of making any atonement by his in this present world, looking for that blessed own performances, and this has subjected hope, and the glorious appearing of the great him to eternal punishment. But God is God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ, who love, and to this love man is entirely ingave himself for us, that He might redeem debted for salvation ; for having broken the us from all iniquity, and purify unto Him- first covenant of works by an act of disobeself a peculiar people, zealous of good dience, the moral image of God, in which he works." By all these passages, you per- was created, was destroyed in him, and all ceive, that we are first represented as sin- his descendants ; therefore the justice of ners under condemnation; then, saved by God might have left him to perish. But the free mercy or grace of God, through faith God truly is love! therefore he has devised in Christ; and then, our good works are to the means of his redemption ;"Herein is prove that we are in a state of salvation ; for love ; not that we loved God, but that He by our general walk and conduct in the loved us, and sent his Son to be the propiworld, it will be judged, whether we have a tiation for our sins."-(1 Epistle St. John, living faith or not;—“Without good works,” iv. 10.) And now the holiness and justice as St. James says, “ our faith would be vain, of the divine nature has been honored, and being dead.

the claims of the law satisfied by the atoneMr. B.-Then our good works are only ment of Christ ; thus the barrier between necessary to shew to our fellow-creatures God and man has been removed : for Christ has willingly suffered—“The just for the on mor ACTU unjust, to bring us to God.”

for the ON THE AGENCY EMPLOYED TO

From the moment the heart has been influenced by OVERTHROW THE TRUTH. the Holy Spirit to receive this truth, and to believe on Christ as the only hope and depen

AN ESSAY. dence for salvation, the sinner is saved

By Mr. R. H. BINDEN. saved by grace. (This means, you are aware, an act of free mercy on the part of

(Concluded from p. 36.) God.) There is a deficiency in the comfort and happiness of some Christians, which Besides the various orders of monks, friars, arises from viewing salvation as a distant and nuns, to whom are committed more esand future good, while, in fact, it is the full pecially the work of instruction, there is in enjoyment of it only that is distant, the ear- this system a very powerful agency, working nest is already the portion of the redeemed. surely and secretly, for entrapping the un“Being then justified by faith, we have wary Protestant and drawing him from the peace with God, through Jesus Christ our

truth, viz. the agency of fraternizing. Some Lord.”-(Romans v. 1.) The repentant hundreds of guilas, so

hundreds of guilds, sodalities, and confrasinner. then, is fully pardoned and freelu ternities, now exist in this and other coun" accepted in the Beloved." (Eph. i. 6.) that tries, distinct in their name and mode of is, for Christ's sake, and adopted as a child: operation. They are under the supervision he has only then to shew the love and at of the priesthood ; bound by a vow to carry tachment of a child, by his obedience to his out a certain defined object, and encouraged heavenly Father. Hear what St. John says: to perseverance by having great privileges, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and in the shape of indulgences, granted them, it doth not yet appear what we shall be but as rewards for zeal and obedience, and as a we know that when He shall appear. we shall remission of part of the temporal punishbe like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. ment due to sin, called penance. Thus an And every man that hath this hope in him indulgence of forty days, when thus gained, purifieth himself. even as He is pure." _will relieve the person from the performance (1 Epis, ji. 2. 3.) Thus, you perceive, all of penance for that period—the church who have truly believed, no longer toil like accounting the work done to obtain the inslaves in order to propitiate a God, and pur- dulgence, as equivalent to the merit of forty chase salvation—this they know has been days' mortific

days' mortification. If a master instructs effected for them by Christ, their surety,

his servants and others in his employment who has paid their ransom ; but they servei

in the dogmas of Rome-if a member of one as children, from the purer and more exalted of these confraternities visits a sick person, motives of love and gratitude: the Holy Spi- or endeavours to bring any one into the rit producing in their hearts a hatred to all bosom of the church, distributes tracts, or sin, a filial fear of offending, a desire to prove in any other way preach up or advance the sincerity of their faith and attachment to Popery, he receives, in proportion to his Him who has redeemed them. by the con success, rewards varying from one hundred stant practice of every good work, and a love days, to a plenary (full) pardon for his past of prayer, in answer to which they receive offences, for such service. strength to persevere in the Christian race.

This will in some measure account for the Always bearing in mind the words of their zeal and assiduity of Roman Catholics in Redeemer_“If ye love me, keep my com- advancing their faith, being moved, not from mandments ;” and “Let your light so the

the holy and scriptural principles of love shine before men, that they may see your a

and faith, but from a sordid and covetous good works and glorify your Father which is feeling to merit a reward and earn their salin heaven.” Now do you understand the vation of God. proper place for good works ?

The agency of the Confessional is the Mr. B.-Yes ; and I think I understand key-stone of this arch satanic scheme. It is too, that this is the only feeling that can here every true Romanist must come from produce genuine good works.

this must he receive his punishment or par

don-here he must pour out his heart, and To be continued.

bring forth from its secret chamber the most unrevealable and hidden thought and feeling -it is here the penitent must disclose everything passing in him and around him. The minister of state must disclose the secrets of

his sovereign and the government-the ser- must be aggressive as well as defensive. We vant, the secrets and affairs of his master- all must be, what the Jesuits profess to be, the child that of its parent-the husband soldiers of Jesus. To this, we in baptism have those of the wife, and vice versa. It is from vowed “to fight under the banner of Christ's this secret and awfully wicked place that cross," not with the “carnal weapons of the plots and schemes of Rome are made flesh and blood,” but “with the two-edged known and her commands enforced. In this sword of the Spirit—the Word of God,” and place they are instructed when and how “to this not for a season only, but “ unto our strike the blow” at Protestants and Protes- life's end.” It is a duty devolving on all tantism. Past history abounds with facts, who bear the christian name, to unite, to and living witnesses who have been rescued oppose, and slay this “man of sin,” this son from Popery, attest the truth, that the fate of perdition,—the mystery of iniquity. The of individuals and nations are declared in religion and liberties of all are at stake, the confessional. Without this agency all therefore all must be engaged. Associaothers would be useless, and the efforts of tions on purely sound and scriptural princithe agents uncertain and powerless. Rome ples are powerful as means to expose and by this part of her machinery, sets all the oppose the workings of Popery. The young other parts in motion ; without its action should be well instructed in the glorious the entire system must cease and remain in- truths of the ever memorable Reformation. active. Her movements must be successful –The agency of the press should be called as far as she is concerned, for not one com- into requisition, for by its agency the system mand is given before she knows it will be of Popery was once shook to its centre; the obeyed, and no law or edict issued until she light it introduces must disperse darkness, knows by the confessional that she possesses and where there is no darkness Popery can the power of their enforcement.

make no progress. Thus then, we are enabled in some degree Above all things, let every Protestant, to perceive the kind of agency now employed every lover of his Bible, the Saviour, and to overthrow the truth. Those parts of this his Church, implore, by earnest and imporsystem of satanic agency already enumerated tunate prayer, the prevailing and conquering are only the most prominent and likely to agency of the Spirit of our God. Men may prove effective. False miracles, lying won- write, they may oppose, they may struggle ders, &c. &c., might be adduced, and illus- and fight against this direful system, but trated by a reference to ancient and modern cannot prevail unless they go forth with God practice; but enough surely has been ad- and for God and in the strength of God, vanced to prove that there is in existence, who alone can make them more than conand in active operation, a powerful and dan- querors, through Him who hath loved them. gerous scheme for the entire and complete For “it is not by might, nor by power, but enthralment of all mankind in the net of the by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.” Papacy, to the destruction of civil and religious liberty--the downfall of the pure and holy faith of the Lord Jesus, and the ascen

TEXTS FOR THE TIMES. dancy of falsehood, corruption, tyranny, and

No. 1. superstition in this and every land where the “Beware lest any man spoil you through everlasting gospel of the blessed God is philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradifaithfully preached and practically obeyed. tion of men, after the rudiments of the

Against such a combined power and de- world, and not after Christ.”—Col. ii. 8. termined foe as Popery, what are we, the “For many deceivers are entered into the friends and lovers of the truth, to do? Are world.”—John ii. 7. we to remain inactive? Can we forbear to “False brethren, unawares brought in, guard against and “resist even unto blood” who came in privily to spy out our liberty this enemy to the cross of Christ? How are which we have in Christ Jesus, that they the efforts of this agency to be counteracted? might bring us into bondage.”—Gal. ii. 4. Surely not by silence, coldness, apathy, and « Believe them not though they speak indifference. It cannot be met by the efforts fair words unto thee.”—Jeremiah xii. 6. of single individuals; a combination against “They will not speak the truth.”—Jeremust be opposed by a combination for the miah ix. 5. upholding and maintenance of the truth. “But by good words and fair speeches A united effort must be made against this deceive the hearts of the simple."-Romans adversary, if we we would preserve our lives, xvi. 18. our religion, our liberties, and our Protes- “ Try the spirits whether they be of God." tant monarchy. This effort to be effective -1 John iv.

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