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love? Then you know the deep emotions Bible. We read of hell, and we read of of that solemn moment, when in the stillness heaven; we read plainly, “ that where the of the chamber of death, the heavy breathing tree falleth, there shall it lie;" but of Purceases, and the happy spirit wings its flight gatory not a word is to be found. Not only to God. What conflicting feelings then is there no support for this doctrine, but it struggle for mastery in the heart! Faith, is in direct contradiction to the word of God. joy, doubt and sorrow, seem in turn to take Let us begin with the language of our possession of the soul, nay rather they all blessed Saviour to the dying thief, which reign there at once; we modrn in widow- shows that the spirit is gathered immediately hood, but acquiesce in faith: we look on to a joyful home—“ To-day shalt thou be our own life as desolate, through separa- with me in Paradise.” There is no question tion, but thinking on the present glory of here as to his immediate happiness; there the departed, we cannot withhold a glad was no need of prayer for the repose of his Amen from Cowper's lines on his mother— soul. That very afternoon, when his poor “But oh! the thought that thou art safe, and he, exhausted frame hung lifeless on the cross,
That thought is joy, arise what may to me." when he was carried off as an unclean thing Yes, it is joy-a mournful joy, but still a joy to be buried out of the sight of man,—that unutterable—a joy that draws from the same very afternoon, before the evening closed in, eye tears of rejoicing and tears of grief—a was the happy spirit in “ Paradise" with joy which, strange to say, melts us into sad- Jesus. And there is something very beautiness, while it gives a calm and peaceful ful in the name here given to the home of satisfaction, from the full and complete as- spirits-Paradise. In Paradise there was surance that those we love most are for ever no pain, no sickness, no sorrow, no death, safe with Jesus. This joy is the birthright no sin: and so is it with the home of beof God's faithful children, and this the lievers; neither sin nor sorrow can ever balm with which in our funeral service we gain admission : in that home, holiness is strive to staunch the mourner's tears. Who the joy, praise the incense, and Christ the that has ever wept beside an open grave can light. In this home again there is an imfail to remember those hallowed words—“I mediate rest: there is no delay, no interval, heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, no expiation, they are at once blessed, for Write from henceforth blessed are the dead they have fallen asleep in Jesus, they have which die in the Lord, even so saith the died in the Lord. This immediate blessedSpirit, for they rest from their labours”? ness is taught us also from the cave of LaBut the Church of Rome, at one fatal blow, zarus. When the beggar died, he was carrobs us of this, and in the Catechism of ried by the angels into Abraham's bosom, Trent declares, “ Besides hell, there is a fire not to Purgatory; and when there, he was of purgatory, in which the souls of the pious comforted in the enjoyment of a rest with being tormented for a definite time, expiate God. But above all, the dying spirit passes their sin, that so an entrance may be opened immediately into the presence of Christ the to them into the eternal country, into which Saviour. When Stephen died, he saw the nothing defiled can enter.” We may here glory of God, and Jesus standing on the observe four things :-1. That the souls in right hand of God; saw, as it were, the arm Purgatory are under torture. 2. That this of Christ reaching forth to draw him up to torture is by fire. 3. That the persons suf- heaven; so he fell down and prayed, “ Lord fering it are not the wicked, but the pious, Jesus, receive my spirit.” But there is God's dear children, those to whom Christ another passage, in which all these immediwould say, “Depart in peace, thy faith hath ate blessings seem summed up in one exsaved thee.” 4. That the purpose of it is pressive word—“ To me to live is Christ, to expiate sin, or make an atonement for and to die is gain.” It places the truth betransgressors before they can be admitted to yond all attack. To die is gain ; therefore, eternal glory. So that if we are to believe to die is not to go to Purgatory. To die 18 Rome, we must abandon all our bright hopes gain; therefore, to die is not to be tortured for our dear departed brethren ; our mothers, in fire for the expiation of our sin. Look fathers, and fond friends, who full of faith, at the present happiness of belivers, the fall asleep in Jesus, are at this present mo- present joy of the new-born child of God. ment writhing and gnashing their teeth in He does not see Christ it is true, with the the fierce agony of scorching heat, yet glad eye of sense, but he knows him, he loves even of the flame to hide them from the him, he delights in him, he speaks to him, displeasure of that Saviour they once de- his soul is filled with joy at the assurance lighted to trust and love. There is not a of his grace. In every care and trial he can shadow of foundation for this doctrine in the find a sweet repose, for he knows that Christ
is near, and he has the precious promise- another. Though the Society, in one point “The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in of view, was formed independently of a polisafety by him, and the Lord shall cover him tical bearing, inasmuch as its object was to all the day long." So when his frame be lead men to draw a distinction between truth comes enfeebled, and the time of his depar- and error—to lead men to a sense of the ture seems at hand, he can lie down peace. great privileges and advantages that are fully on his bed of languishing, for he has afforded them by Protestantism being esthe precious promise that the Lord shall tablished in this country; leading them to strengthen him and make all his bed in his a sense of this, they must, of course, be sickness. Ah! and when the dying man is led to entertain a high sense of the great repassing alone through the valley of the sha- sponsibility attaching to them in the exercise dow of death, he is still supported, still of their elective franchise ; and though in happy, still at peace, for the Lord is nigh. this point of view the Society had certainly "Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” a political bearing, still it was strictly a Oh! happy death of the child of God! Let religious society, grounded on strictly relime die the death of the righteous, and let gious principles, and established for strictly my last end be like his.
a religious object, namely, the object of deBut now suppose the valley crossed. The fending Protestantism-that was to say, of arm has upheld him through the struggle; defending those great and glorious truths the beloved of the Lord has been borne revealed to us in the Bible, which alone can safely through. Is the first sight which lead to real peace here, and to a blessed immeets his affrighted eye, the lurid flames of mortality hereafter. To promote this great, purgatorial fire ?—The first sound that star- and, he would repeat, religious object, it was tles his ear, the groaning of God's beloved proposed to give, occasionally, lectures on children writhing under the torments of ex- the value of Protestantism, and on the impiating torture ?—Is that calm repose on portance of upholding it in this country ; it Jesus suddenly changed by one terrific was proposed to circulate suitable publicaplunge into the scorching agony of a purga- tions; and it was also proposed, in the event torial fire ? Would it be gain thus to die? of any objectionable measure,-a measure, Would such a death be far better than a life for instance, which should have the effect of of faith? It would be better surely to dwell encouraging and sanctioning by endowment, safely as the beloved of the Lord, than to or otherwise, anything which Protestants burn miserably as the expiation of unfor- looked upon as being founded in error,-in given sin.-Rev. E. HOARE.
the event of such a measure being brought forward, it was proposed to give every faci
lity to the expression of public opinion, and IPSWICH AND EAST SUFFOLK to oppose such a measure, so far as this. PROTESTANT SOCIETY.
district was concerned, by preparing and
sending petitions to Parliament. Having The first public meeting of this recently- thus stated what he conceived to be the real formed Society was held at the Rev. J. T. character and object of this Society, he Nottidge's school-rooms, St. Clement's, would now endeavour to give a few reasons Ipswich, on Tuesday evening last. Upon why he conceived it his duty to afford the the platform we observed, J. Tollemache, Society his support. On no account would die plattorm we coserved, Esq., M.P., Helmingham-hall; W. Long, he say a word whi
We Lona he say a word which coula Esq., Hurts-hall, Saxmundham; Charles degree hurt the feelings of any human being; Lillingston, Esq., the Rev. J. T. Nottidge, so far from entertaining a bitter or unkind the Rev. C. Bridges, the Rev. J. W. Reeve, feeling towards the Roman Catholics, he the Rev. F. Storr. The apartment was filled did not hesitate to declare that he highly by a respectable auditory, nearly half of honoured and admired the consistent conwhom were women.
duct of Lord Shrewsbury, and other Roman Mr. TOLLEMACHE, in taking the chair, Catholics, who with such zeal and munifisaid the Society was not formed for elec- cence, encouraged and supported what they tioneering purposes. (Hear, hear.) They considered to be the true Church in this would exercise their individual rights as country. He could only say that if the conthey thought proper, but as members of that duct of the professing body of Protestants in Society, it was not their intention to form this kingdom, were equally consistent and therselves into a sort of electioneering or equally worthy of our honour and admiracanvassing committee, with the object of tion, there would, with God's blessing, be bringing into Parliament any particular in- no fear for Protestantism in this country; dividual, or of endeavouring to turn out but when he saw the consistency and zeal of the Roman Catholics on the one hand, that they had fallen from principle to expeand when he saw the inconsistency and luke- diency, from the Bible to the world. The warmness of the great body of professing Roman Catholic College of Maynooth was Protestants, on the other; when he saw the now literally endowed by the state, and it union which prevailed amongst the Roman was supporting upwards of 500 priests, whose Catholic body for promoting the great object sworn duty it would be to go forth into the they naturally had in view, namely, the over- world and to do all in their power to destroy throw of Protestantism and the re-establish- that faith which Protestants had been taught ment of Romanism on the ruins of Protes- to hold dear, and which this nation used tantism in this country ; when he saw that to acknowledge as the great mark of her even among the laity, particularly the upper religious character. It was, therefore, the classes, our own Church itself was valued duty of Protestants to take the word of God, chiefly on account of its being the estab- and with this to arm themselves for the conlished Church of England, instead of that flict in defence of those Protestant principles Church being valued only on account of the recognised by the constitution, against the Protestant and Scriptural truths contained aggressive policy, and poisonous and deadly in her thirty-nine articles ; when he consi- errors of the Church of Rome. Was it or dered the anti-Protestant views adopted by was it not desirable, he would ask, to many of the clergy, which views they thought maintain the glorious truths of Protestantwould exalt their order and give it influence, ism? Could we part with them? What and which would be continued unless firmly did their forefathers do? They resisted and perseveringly opposed by the laity; even unto blood-striving, and they overcame when he considered, too, the feelings and the great enemy. If we did not firmly and opinions of parliament as exhibited upon energetically defend Protestant principles, the passing of the Maynooth billa bill we should indeed be degenerate successors which, most assuredly, would be the pre- of Protestant forefathers; we should feel cursor of strong, and, if possible, more ob- that we would rather die than give up the jectionable measures, unless the Protestants truths of Protestantism to the Church of of this country made a most determined Rome. In conclusion, he commended the stand; he said, when he considered all these work to God; for whilst shrinking from things, he could not but be under the ap- allying themselves to any political party, prehension that Protestantism must be se- they would never shrink from allying themriously injured in the end, unless all true selves with their great Lord and Master. Protestants were placed upon their guard, The Rev. J. T. NoTTiDGE seconded the and aroused to a sense of their danger. resolution. The work, he said, must be These were some of the truths which had governed by watchful observation of events, induced him to feel it to be his duty, as he and by reflecting confidence in the word of trusted they would also feel it to be theirs God; they must persevere, so long as the these were some of the truths which had in- cause deserved support, and that would be duced him to join this Society; for he could to the end of their lives. By these means not conceive a more effectual mode of they would leave an invaluable legacy to placing parties on their guard, and of arous- their successors. As regarded more espeing them to a sense of their danger, than by cialy the Society's contemplated operations, forming—as he trusted would be formed in he should advocate fair and free discussion, different parts of the country— societies apart from all personal or party motives, in similar to the Ipswich and East Suffolk the true spirit of religious candour, not seekProtestant Society—a society keeping clear, ing any undue or unworthy advantage over as it did, from all direct interference with any opponent, but entertaining, at all times, elections, and keeping clear, as it did also, a due sense of the sacred and solemn oblifrom all party politics—a society religious gations owing to both God and man. in its character and religious in its objects, Mr. Long proposed the next resolution, might, therefore be joined and supported by inviting all persons to join this Society, and all classes, and by all denominations of recommending the formation of similar soProtestant Christians.
cieties in other districts. The Rev. C. BRIDGES proposed the first The Rev. J. W. Reeve seconded the reresolution, to the effect that such a society solution, expatiating upon the necessity of was necessary for maintaining the Protestant promoting and strengthening Protestant faith, and for adopting measures suitable to principles, of protecting and defending Prothe exigences of the times. He expressed testant interests, and of our conduct being his cordial approval of the views and objects duly and properly influenced as Christian of the Society, for it could not be denied citizens.
· Mr. LILLINGSTON moved, and the Rev.
CABINET. F. STORR seconded, the next resolution.
The several resolutions were carried upa- Christ has given us a standard of morals, nimously, and the business of the meeting a standard of feelings, a standard of actions, having concluded,
superior to every other standard ; and we Mr. TOLLEMACHE thanked the company are not entitled to call ourselves Christians, for their attendance, exhorting them all to unless we try to arrive at this standard. join the society, feeling assured, as he did, that this was the true mode by which they would be able effectually to maintain their Protestant faith and Protestant privileges.
INTELLIGENCE. After singing the Doxology, the meeting separated.
“PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.”—1 Thess. v. 17.
the last six years, fifty-four new Roman A SONG FOR THE FIFTH OF Catholic churches have been erected in NOVEMBER.
England. Many of them, especially those
in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, ManDelivering goodness acknowledged.—2 Cor. i. 10.
chester, Derby, Nottingham, Newcastle, Who delivered us from so great a death; and doth Macclesfield, and Coventry, are on the deliver us; in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.
largest scale of parochial buildings in this
country. Seven religious houses have been Praise to the Lord, whose mighty hand, erected; nineteen new communities of nuns, So oft reveal'd, hath saved our land, and nine houses of religious men; and And when united nations rose,
nearly two millions of Catholic publications Hath shamed and scourged our haughtiest have been printed in the same period. Ac
[foes. cording to Mr. Pugin, the architect, St. When mighty navies from afar,
George's Roman Catholic Church, in LonTo Britons wafted floating war,
don, when completed, will, next to WestminHis breath dispersed them all with ease, ster Abbey, be the largest gothic structure And sunk their terrors in the seas.*
in the metropolis.-Morning Chronicle.
Rawtenstall. — A new Popish church was While for our princes they prepare,
opened with great pomp in this place on In caverns deep, a burning snare,
Wednesday, Sept. 24.---Greenwich.--An He shot from heaven a piercing ray, extensive piece of ground has been purAnd the dark treachery brought to day.t chased on Croom's-hill, Greenwich, on
which a Popish chapel will shortly be Princes and priests again combine,
erected.— 'he Jesuits.—The Papists have New chains to forge, new snares to twine ; published in a pamphlet the article which Again may our gracious God appear, appeared recently in the “ Oxford and CamAnd break their chains, and cut their snare. bridge Review,” in defence of the Jesuits.
- Popish Bishops in England.-It is anObedient winds at his command
nounced in “Dolman's Magazine," the liConvey his Hero to our land : I
terary organ of the English Romanists, that The sons of Rome with terror view,
the Vicars Apostolic, at their recent meeting And speed their flight, where none pursue. in London, determined on taking steps for
the restoration of the Popish hierarchy in Such great deliverance God hath wrought, England. At present Romanism in England And down to us salvation brought;
is under the organisation of the missionary And still the care of guardian heaven system. The restoration of the hierarSecures the bliss itself hath given.
chy” will assimilate England to Ireland,
where the bishops have their dioceses, the In thee we trust, Almighty Lord,
priests their parishes, rectories, and curaContinued rescue to afford,
cies.---Derby.—The Papists are building Still be thy powerful arm made bare, a magnificent convent and school at Derby, For all thy servants' hopes are there. and the Jesuits and the Sisters of Charity are
constantly perambulating the town.
Pembrokeshire. - A correspondent of the 1 King William the Third, Nov. 4. 1688. “ Tablet,” Oct. 18, writes, “ This county,
(Pembroke, which has hitherto been almost --Austria. - Thirteen families in the impregnable as regards Catholicism, has at villages of Lickling, Palatinate of Temesch, length been opened to the introduction of Hungary, have lately quitted the Roman the tenets of the holy Church; a Catholic Catholic Church and embraced the Lutheran minister by unflinching exertions has so far faith. — L'Esperance. - Switzerland. - A succeeded in his mission as to form three correspondent from the Canton de Vaud distinct congregations, viz., Pembroke-dock, gives à sad account of the state of things Haverfordwest, and Milford. At the two there as regards both rulers and people. former, ground has been obtained for the The same Infidel Government has been ap. erection of chapels, both of whịch, it is ex- pointed as before, and it appears the pious pected, will be commenced early in the en- clergy must soon abandon their country. suing spring.--Secessions.—“We are now Should this happen, the Geneva and Paris enabled to mention the names of all those Evangelical Societies intend to persuade members of the University of Oxford who them to go into France, where the people have been received into the Roman Catholic are intreating to have Protestant ministers Church in the course of the last few days. sent to them, so wonderfully does the Lord They are the Rev.J. H. Newman, B.D. Fellow overrule all to the furtherance of his truth. of Oriel College; the Rev. — Stanton, M.A., If ministers of the Gospel be not sent imof Brazennose College; the Rev. – Bowles, mediately into those places in France where M.A., of Exeter College; the Rev. Ambrose there is an awakening, the priests, who are St. John, Student of Christ Church; J. D. using every artful means to get the people Dalgairns, Esq., M.A., of Exeter College; to return to them, may ultimately succeed. and Albany Christie, Esq., M.A., Fellow of The Bishop of la Rochelle is particularly Oriel College. It is stated confidently that active and violent.—Record.——The Swiss other clergymen, also Members of the Courier of the 16th of September, gives a University of Oxford, are preparing to take description of an extensive Association a similar step.”—Morning Post.--"We which has been discovered at Neufchatel, have authority for adding to the list of recent and which has extensive ramifications converts to Romanism the name of Mr. throughout the other cantons of Switzerland. Leicester S. F. Buckingham, the author of The object of this Society is described by • Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots,' who the Swiss paper to be the overthrow of all was received into the Romish Church at religious, social, and political organisation Oscott about the end of last month.”—Ibid. in Germany, by means of the spread of --It is expected that a new Popish illus- Atheism, by the destruction of all moral trated periodical will appear shortly. O principles, and even by regicide. - Italy.
SCOTLAND. — Lanarkshire. — A new In a manifesto, lately put forth by the Popish mission has just been commenced in Italians, who are struggling to obtain polithis country. - Edinburgh.-A new mass- tical liberty, entitled, “Manifesto of the house and school were opened in this city, Population of the Roman States to the on Sunday, Sept. 28, by Dr. Gillis, the Vicar Princes and to the People of Europe," it is Apostolic.
declared that the Pope has violated the COLONIAL.—Trinidad.—According to most solemn engagements; that his Governthe last accounts, the Vicar Apostolic of ment is tyranical and barbarous; that he Trinidad had recently ordained several fears his subjects, and places confidence in priests.
his priests only; that the cardinals occupy FOREIGN. – Jerusalem. — Intelligence all the posts of authority, and the laity from Constantinople of the 10th inst., an- none; that there is not in Europe a people nounces that the Ottoman Porte had at more enslaved and unhappy than the people length granted the firman, so long solicited under the rule of the chief of the Romish by Sir š. Canning, relative to the construc- religion ; and lastly, that the Government of tion of a Protestant church at Jerusalem. Rome is one of the worst in Christendom.
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