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was present. He took for his text these
words of Christ, ' Have ye not read ?' Have Fulgentius was a protester against the ye not read ? 'No,' said Fulgentius; 'for corruptions of the Church of Rome, for they are not suffered to do it.' And then which he lost his life. He was a Minorite, he began with great zeal to speak againt the and one of the seven divines that were asso- restraint put on the use of the Scriptures by ciated with Paolo Sarpi, to oppose the Pope the See of Rome.” and his conclave in the business of the inter- Another similar anecdote is told of this dict. He was induced to trust himself into same man:-“He was preaching once on the Pontiit's hands, and fell a victim to his Pilate's question- What is Truth?' and credulity. He was, by the Pope's nuncio he told the people that after many searches, enticed to Rome with promise of a safe con- he had at length found out what it was : duct; when there, he was first favoured and upon which, holding out a New Testament, feasted, and soon after burnt to ashes in the he exclaimed, “Here it is in my hand; : field of Flora.
then putting it coolly into his pocket, he Bishop Bedell used to tell an anecdote of said coldly, but the Book is prohibited ;' this Fulgentius, as follows:-“ He was which was so suited to the Italian genius, preaching at Florence, and Bishop Bedell that it took mightily with his audience."
To hear the dying sinner on her call-
From pain, eternal pain, beyond the grave.
very briefly addressed the Meeting. He
stated, that in the Roman Catholic religion "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING."-1 Thess. v. 17. he found many excellent and worthy men,
men of great worth and charity. It was A meeting of the members and friends of not, however, with them, but with the system the South London, and of the Southwark that he found fault. He hoped that by Operative Protestant Association, took place that and other such meetings they would yesterday evening (Tuesday, 2d September), open the eyes of those men in order that in the National and Parochial School-room, they might see the error of their ways. Borough-road, for the purpose of “consider- (Cheers.) If he had been in Parliament he ing how far the views of Mr. Jeremiah should have strenuously opposed the grant Pilcher with regard to the Maynooth En- to Maynooth. (Loud Cheers.) Should he dowment Bill, and to Protestantism in be sent to Parliament, and, from the progeneral, would entitle him to their support mises he had received, both on the right at the ensuing election.” The following hand and on the left, he had no doubt of it, placards were hung round the room : (cheers)—he should feel it his duty to vote “ Pilcher and Protestantism, “Pilcher, the that that grant be rescinded. (Cheers.) He friend of the poor.”
thought that religion should be free, that Shortly after seven o'clock the chair was every man should exercise it in a free and taken by
Godlike spirit, and be allowed to worship Mr. E. PALMER, who said that they had under his own vine and fig-tree. (Hear, met to consider whether Protestantism in hear.) He thought that the grant to Mayall its glory was to prevail, or whether it was nooth was the first step towards larger conto be superseded by the dark and seductive cessions, the final extent of which it was arts of Popery—a religion which was alike impossible to contemplate. (Hear, hear.) opposed to the British constitution and to Maynooth was a College of Jesuits, who the circulation of the Word of God. (Cheers.) issued from it like swarms of wasps, whose In Italy, notwithstanding the fertility of the injuries would not be limited to the populacountry and the beauty of the climate, they tion of Ireland, but extend to the people of found the people sunk in poverty and degra- this country. (Hear, hear.) The Jesuits dation. In Spain, another Catholic country, of France had been expelled in consequence the Queen, as was to be observed by the of the mischievous influence they were exerpublic prints, had recently attended an ex- cising over the people; and yet, at such a hibition of a most revolting character, and moment was it that the British Government while she looked on the work of cruelty, her had chosen to give their countenance and confessor sat by her side. It was said that support to the College of Maynooth. (Hear.) those who were opposed to the late grant to He felt that they were in duty bound to Maynooth were opposed to education, but support the Protestant faith in general that was not the fact. Their objection to (cheers), and that the present was one of Maynooth was, that the system of education those occasions upon which they ought to pursued by it was not such as enlightened make a stand against Popery and its baneful men could desire to see carried out. In his influence, more particularly when they looked conviction it was maintained for the purpose to the proceedings of the Puseyite clergyof perpetuating a particular line of policy as men, who were taking money from the regarded politics, rather than for the promo- Church of England under false pretences, tion of religion (hear, hear); for of all the and who thereby left themselves open to an priests, the native priests of Ireland were indictment. The Hon. Candidate concluded the most opposed to conciliation, and to the by repeating his adherence to Protestantism, union of those sentiments that ought to and his determination, if returned to Parexist between the two countries. (Cheers.) Jiament, to do every thing in his power to
Mr. PILCHER then came forward, and uphold it. (Cheers.)
the direction of THE PROTESTANT
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"If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”—Isaiah viii. 20.
MANUAL OF THE TRUE one hears not the Church, he is only an
heathen man and a publican.”
But the Bible speaks very differently; Or, Short Answers of a Disciple of the Bible first when it declares that it is, not the Roto the principal questions of the Romish mish Church, but the
mish Church, but the Name of Jesus Christ, controversy. By Dr. Cæsar Malan, of out of which no salvation is made known to Geneva. (Translated from the French.) man; and after when it says, that it is the SECOND CONTROVERSY—THE CHURCH. Church of believers which the members ought
to hear, and that, (observe) when there is a (Continued from p. 74.)
dispute among them ; but not to receive a Stranger. Tell me now of the Church, if doctrine or a command. (Acts iv. 12; Matt. you please.
xviii. 17.) Disciple.-The Church, says the Bible, is Stranger.—Nevertheless, the priest says, the pillar and ground of the Truth. (1 Tim. the Church of Rome being the Mother iii. 15.)
ChurchStranger.-Is it of the Roinish Church Disciple.— The Mother Church!!—The that it says this?
Bible makes mention of two mothers: one, Disciple. It is of the House of God, and which is that of harlots, or the great Babynot of that of the Pope. The first is founded lon, is a woman sitting, arrayed in purple on the Rock, which is Christ; and the other and scarlet colours, on seven mountains. is only on the sand of tradition. This is the (Rev. xvii.) The other mother, is Jerusalem House of the glory of God which is immove- which is above, the mother of all the faithful, able, and which God glorifies. (Isaiah lx. 7.) says an Apostle ; for salvation is of the Jews.
Stranger. — But is it not said some- (Gal. iv. 26; John iv. 22.) where," that out of the Church Catholic, This second mother is not then the RoApostolic, and Roman, there is no salva- mish Church ; for it is not from her that tion"?
salvation comes. Disciple.—That is declared in the Profes. But the garments of purple and scarlet, sion of Faith of Rome, published in 1564 by and the seven mountains, do they not point Pope Pius IV., in support of the Council of out the Church, the Cardinals of which are Trent; and it is repeated by every Romish clothed in red, and the principal city of Catechism, carefully adding that “if any which is seated, literally, on seven hills ?
Stranger.-Has not Rome, however, the certain papers have cried out, insulted, and marks of the True Church?
recriminated; but no answer yet exists. Disciple.—What marks has the priest If your priest desires it, I will transcribe alluded to ?
some pages, or narrate to him in a summary Stranger. - For example, being visible, manner, the infamous debauches and wicknumerous, and powerful. Is not the Church ednesses of many of those who are called of Rome all this?
Holy Fathers. Disciple.-At least the Church of God Stranger.-Are these notorious facts ? was not, when it was all contained in the Disciple.-So much so, that there is the Ark. It was but little, when it was with Bishop Salvian, Gregory the Great, the Abraham under the tents, or with Israel chronicler Baronius, the Cardinal Geneoppressed in Egypt, or with the 7000 un- brard, the theologian Honorius, the honest known, in the time of Elijah, or with the Abbé de Clairvaux, the Pope Innocent III., little flock of Jesus, or the small number who there are Gerson, Muratori, Du Pin, Labbé, find the straight gate, or with the two or Mézerai, and many other such witnesses, three who meet together in his name, or who write, “that there no longer remains lastly, with those of whom the world was not anything at Rome that binds it to the worthy, and who wandered in deserts, or who Church; that the abomination is in the were put to death by the wicked. (Heb. xi.) holy place; that her court is a pit of fero
What an insult then is offered to the Holy cious beasts; that lewdness and corruption Spirit, to deny that his presence is not where infest even the Vatican, and that those who there is neither multitude nor éclat! And ought to be the pillars of the Church, are also to regard numbers and power as a proof those even who ravage and prostitute it." of the truth, is it not to say that the religions Grant that if this testimony certifies unity, of the Grand-Lama or Mahomet are true, it overthrows holiness. since they are extended and opulent?
Stranger.-But, at least, is not Rome one Stranger.—But the priest said, do not the in her rule of faith? unity and holiness of the Romish Church Disciple.--Say that she is uniform in her shew her superiority over the ten thousand hatred to the Bible, and in her domination sects, and all the disorders of Protestants ? over consciences; and in that respect you
Disciple.—Softly, I pray you: for great may safely compare her to the unity of words are not of so much value as reason. Islamism. But if you tell me that she is
Thus, first let us lay it down that unity is one in her faith, I will answer you :not truth. Where is there more unity to For instance, are there not the interminable be found than between the Grand Lama and contests of the Scotists and the Thomists, his 50,000 priests; the Jesuits and their of the Franciscans and the Dominicans, ol General; the robbers and their chief; or the Jesuits and the Jansenists, the Gallithe Devil and wicked spirits ?
cans and the Ultramontanes ? If then it is in error that Rome is one, Witness again the councils which contrathat unity is an unhappy compact : it is dict and give the lie the one to the other ; only the unity of a scourge always the sometimes on a doctrine, sometimes on a same.
practice. Now, in what other history in the world. Witness also the Arian, Monothelite, Pedo we find, as in that of the Popes and lagian, and even Atheist Popes. Councils of Rome, that accumulation and Witness besides all this, the Creed of that fixity of pride, violence, avarice, simony, Pope Pius IV., which did not appear until perfidy, luxury, and impurity, and of which 1564, after the excommunication pronoun. the language may be, as says the Bible, like ced, in 1546, by the Council of Trent, to that of “ an adulterous woman who eateth, against him who should ever introduce a new and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have Confessson of Faith into the Church. done no wickedness”? (Prov. xxx. 20.) Witness last, the present catechisms of
In this, I acknowledge, the Church of the various Romish dioceses, which, even om Rome, and especially her Court, shews an the Law of God, on the Ten Commandastonishing unity.
ments, (as I have already remarked,) posiStranger.-Do you speak seriously? tively disagree with their chief catechism,
Disciple.—I do so the more, since the that of the Council of Trent. works published by a Basnage, a Renoult, Certainly, if the priest who speaks to you: a Du Moulin, an Edgar, and a Townsend, calls all this unity of faith, ask him what
hat he on the Variations, the Novelty, the Abuses, calls disagreement and contradictions. and the Impostures of Romanism, have never Stranger. He tells me there are sech received an answer. Certain mouths and without number among the Protestants.
Disciple.First, let me tell you that many What becomes then of infallibility ?of these sects, for example, that of the Truth, says the Bible, is fallen in the street, Unitarians, or that of the Rationalists, if and equity cannot enter. (Isaiah lix. 14.) they are not Romanists, neither are they Thus you see how the pretensions of the Protestants.
· Church of Rome are taken away. Next, believe me, when I tell you, that I From the first, it has not been found in love the seven beautiful varieties of the rain- any of the Popes. And here, I wish you bow, better than the black unity of night. to observe, I do not speak of individuals,
And last, that you may know that the nor of the manners, nor of the personal Protestant rainbow, varied as it may appear, character of these men, who have so often is nevertheless one and the same biblical trodden under foot the scripture declaration: phenomenon, I will tell you, that all evan- A bishop must be blameless. (1 Tim. iii. 2.) gelical Protestants, under all circumstances The proof of their fallibility is contained and everywhere, have only one and the in their own history. A seminarist in our same principle of faith, of which also they own day, who wrote in defence of Rome, make but one and the same application, says at the outset of his writings, “ The
Stranger.—And what is that principle, I Popes have been but men, and many of pray you?
them were infamous. Disciple. It is this: “MAN IS JUSTIFIED It is then with reference to their charge BEFORE GOD BY FAITH IN Jesus Christ, and to their office, that I say infallibility is AND NOT BY HIS OWN WORKS.
not to be found, when, for example, a Pope This is the Protestant principle, always (Gregory the Great), as Pope, declared and everywhere the same ; and the following that " whoever calls himself Universal Bishop, is an invariable consequence : HOLINESS IS or desires to be so called, in the pride of THE MANIFESTATION OF FAITH IN THE JUS- his heart, is the forerunner of Antichrist," TIFIED MAN. Here is, I think, unity. and another Pope nevertheless, and always
Stranger.—Nevertheless, there are, the as Pope, takes to himself this title, and priest tells me, sects among the readers of transmits it to its successors. When one the Bible.
Pope says to the Church, “ Christ is God,” Disciple.--Here again the priest shews his but another Pope replies; “ No, he is only a ignorance of the history of the Church, creature.” When one Pope writes, “Inwhich if he had read, he would have known fants are born in sin,” and another preached, that the Confessions of Faith of the Pauli- “ they are innocent and without blemish.” cians (so basely calumniated), the Cathares, When one Pope said to the people,“ Read the Vaudois and the Albigeois, the Lollards the Bible," which all the others prohibited. and the Hussites, as also those of the pri- When one Pope described the taking away mitive Churches of Asia, and in particular, of the cup from the laity as sacrilege, and of the farther part of India, --all agree to- all the other Popes decreed it ; &c. &c. gether as to the principle of which I have You will see then whether the Popes, as spoken to you, equally with the twelve Con- such, sitting in the Chair of St. Peter, have fessions of the Protestant Churches of the been infallible. Reformation, in all which there is only one Were the Councils of Rome any better, and the same profession of this invariable when one decreed that the worship of Imaprinciple : Man is justified by faith. ges was idolatry, and another established it
Stranger.—The priest tells me that you as agreeable to God ?-When one decreed pass by the infallibility, the antiquity, the that the cup of the Eucharist belonged to miracles, and the triumphs of the Church of the people, and another took it away ? &c. Rome.
And last, the Colleges, the Universities, Disciple.-0 that he had rather said, the Congregations, the Societies, the Chap"Let us forget them, and never speak of ters, or the Convents of Rome, when their them." Let us ascertain the facts.
divisions, their quarrels, and their mutual The Church, God says, is the pillar and insults, rendered them the laughing stock ground of the truth. (i Tim. iii. 15.) She of all Europe? is then infallible through the truth. But
(To be continued.) she is so by it only. Take away the Word of God, and the candlestick immediately loses its light (Isaiah viii. 20); and that
PURGATORY. Church has ceased to be; or she is rather
Luke xxiii. 43. an earthly power, with the visible form of a Have you ever stood by the bedside of a Church, but where the celestial substance, dying believer,-ever watched the decaying the Truth, has perished.
strength of some dear object of your fondest