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II. Apostolic; as built on the founda- . mended in the “Protestant Magazine." tion of the apostles and prophets; This I entirely approve, and beg to Jesus Christ himself being the chief ask, if it would prove an advantage to corner-stone.

the cause, to have Protestant Reading III. Ancient ; as to her creeds. Rooms as well, especially for our

IV. Primitive; as to her orders and Operatives ?-AN INQUIRER. constitution.

HARD TIMES.—The times are hard • V. Scriptural; as to her Articles. -work is scarce – and many peo

VI. Spiritual; as to her Liturgy ple have very little to do, and very and Homilies.

little money coming in for their supVII. Her sacraments are ordained port. And yet they make the times of Christ.

harder to themselves by going to the VIII. Her ministers are servants of races. How often is more money Christ.

spent in these and similar amuseIX. Her ministrations are for the ments than is earned in a whole week! glory of God.

and some people are so base as to X. Her end and aim, the salvation leave their families destitute, in order of the elect people of God.

to seek these foolish and sinful pleaWhy do I not leave the Church of sures. From my heart I pity the England ?

distresses of the poor ; but I must Because the Lord Jesus Christ has blame them for wasting their time, neither left her nor forsaken her. health, money, and character, by

going to the races. Solomon says,

* He that loveth pleasure shall be a MISCELLANEOUS.

poor man; ” and so he will, whatever

his income may be ; for lust is ever Good Sense. — What we call good

craving, and never satisfied. What sense, in the conduct of life, consists

can such pleasurés do for you even as chiefly in that temper of mind which to this life? They only leave you enables its possessor to view at all

the more miserable when they have times, with perfect coolness and accu- vanished away. What can they do at racy, all the various circumstances of death? Then they will fill the conhis situation ; so that each of them science with dread and anguish. may produce its own impression on What can they do as to the eternal him, without any exaggeration arising world? Only conduct the soul to from his own peculiar habits. But to

everlasting woe. Flee then now, a man of an ill-regulated imagination, without delay, from the wrath to external circumstances only serve as come; and lay hold on the sinner's hints to excite his own thoughts, and only hope, the Lord Jesus Christ, the conduct he pursues has in general “the Lamb of God which taketh far less reference to his real situation away the sin of the world.” than to some imaginary one in which Modes OF SUPPORTING ERROR. he conceives himself to be placed, and “Error being conscious to itself of in consequence of which, whilst he its own weakness, and the strong appears to himself to be acting with assaults that will be made upon it, the most perfect wisdom and con- evermore labours to defend and sesistency, he may frequently exhibit to cure itself under the wings of antiquity, others all the appearance of folly. reason, Scripture, and high pretension

GRANT or Crown LAND TO THE to reformation and piety. ROMANISTS.-It is a fact deserving se- "Antiquity is a venerable word, but rious attention, that whilst Govern- ill used when made a cloak for error; ment are selling the Crown Lands at as the rule must necessarily be, before exorbitant prices to build Churches the aberration from it. The grey hairs upon, they have actually made a of opinion are then only beauty, a present of a piece of land at Wool- crown, when found in the way of wich, to be a site for a Popish Chapel, righteousness. Copper will never be

PROTESTANT READING Rooms.-I come gold by age. A lie will be a lie, have seen Protestant Newspapers, one let it be never so ancient. We dispute for each county, at least, recom- not by years, but by reasons drawn

from Scripture. When you can tell considering that, though others have us how many years are required to given you more, yet none hath left turn an error into truth, then we will himself so little as I, who have given give more heed to antiquity than we you myself, and all at once." To now think due to it.

whom Socrates made this reply, even “If antiquity will not do, reason as Christ will do to those who present shall be pressed to serve error's turn themselves to him; “ Thou couldest at a dead lift; and, indeed, the pencil not have given me any gift more acof reason can lay curious colours upon ceptable than thyself; and it shall be rotten timber, and varnish over erro- my care to keep this gift choicely; and neous opinions with fair and plausible I will return thee back again to thypreténces. But because men are bound self better than I received thee.” to submit human authority and reason Dean Comber. to Divine revelation, both must give way, and strike sail to the written word.

AN APPEAL TO PROTESTANT “Hence it comes to pass that the

ENGLAND. great patrons and factors for error do, But in thy heart, heroic England; long above all things, labour to gain coun- May Luther's voice and Luther's spirit tenance to their errors from the writ- live ten word; and to this end they wrest Unsilenced and unshamed. Thou and rack the Scriptures, to make them peerless home, subservient to their opinions; not im- of liberty, and laws, of arts, and arms, partially studying the Scriptures first, Of learning, love, and eloquence diand forming their notions and opinions vine, according to them, but bringing their Where heroes bled, and martyrs for the erroneous opinions to the Scriptures; truth and then, with all imaginable art and Have died the burning death-withsophistry, withdraw and force the out a groan; Scriptures, to countenance and legiti- Land of the beautiful, the brave, the mate their opinions. And because free ! pretences of piety and reformation are Never, oh, never! round thy yielded the strokes that give life to the face of soul this idol, and give it the nearest re- May dawning Popery its rust-worn seinblance unto truth, these therefore, chain never fail to be made use of and Of darkness rivet; in the might of zealously professed in favour of error, heaven though there be little of either many Awake !-and, back to Rome's vile times to be found in their persons, and dungeon, hurl nothing at all in the doctrines that lay Hershackles base and slavery abhorr'd! claim to it.”

Without the Bible, Britain's life-blood CONTENT AND DISCONTENT.

chills He who goes into his garden to look And curdles ; in that book, and by for cobwebs and spiders, no doubt that book will find them ; while he who looks for Almighty-freedom can alone be kept a flower, may return into his house from age to age, in unison with heaven. with one blooming in his bosom. Without it, life is but a ling'ring death,

A false existence that begets decay,
Or fevers only into restless life.

Whose blood is madness, and whose
CABINET

breath despair ! Self-Dedication.— When many of For nor philosophy, with attic grace Socrates' scholars presented him with Bedeck'd, and dazzling; nor can large donations, poor Æschines came science deep, blushing to him, and said, “Sir, I have Sounding with searchful eye the vast nothing to give which is worthy of abyss you; but I here offer unto you all that of things created; nor politic weal, I have to give, viz.--myself! and, I Transcending all that earthly patriot beseech you to accept this present, dreams

Of pure, and perfect our great coun- bitterly. In this way, however gifted try guard :

with acuteness of understanding and And though our banners on the four power of reasoning, you may often winds waft

avail more with the adversaries of Defiance, in the face of this huge truth, than would the most masterly world;

controversialist, who dipped his pen in Our swords flash victory, and our com- gall. The force of kindness and merce vie

forbearance is often more effectual With more than Tyre, upon her throne than the force of argument, and the of waves

man who would be proof against your Once free and famous,—till our coun talent, may be taken captive by your try prove

temper. Pray much, and heartily, for The banking-centre of all climes and those whom you oppose ; you will find creeds,

this the best antidote to asperity, and Reft of her Bible, not a drop remains resentment." Of holy life-blood in the nation's heart! We think the perusal of these lecFrom “Luther for the People,” the

tures calculated to aid the reaction fifth edition, in a cheap form

which is going on in many friends, for

once under the influence of what are popular circulation, of Montgomery's Poem, “Luther; or, the Spirit of the

termed Tractarian principles; and, as Reformation. London : Simpkin and

such, cordially recommend them to

our' readers. Marshall.

We hope again to refer to this work in a future number.

INTELLIGENCE

IRELAND.-Popish Conspiracy NOTICES OF BOOKS. 66 At length, the Romish priests, no Tractarianism tested by Holy Scrip- longer able to endure the bare expo

ture and the Church of England, sure, that the Rev. Roderick Ryder in a series of Sermons. —- By the has made of them, in his two letters Rev. Hugh Stowell, M.A., In- on their doings in the Confessional, cumbent of Christ Church, Man- and their art in reconciling "the chester, and Honorary Prebendary murder and the murderer,' as in the of Chester. Vol. ii., 8vo., pp. 308. case of Bryan Seery, have conspired London: Hatchard and Son, Pic to injure him. Mr. Ryder has appealed cadilly. 1846.

to the laws of his country for protecWe have now before us the second tion against perjury and subornation, volume of these excellent discourses. and libellous defamation; and he proIn the last lecture, the writer beauti- poses by this appeal not only to vinfully points out not only the duty of dicate his own character from foul and opposing error, but of doing it in the wanton aspersion, but to bring to light spirit of love. “At the same time, the hidden things of darkness." — brethren beloved, let us see to it that Dublin Statesman. all our doings be done with charity. COLONIAL.--New South Wales. How hard is it to keep the dew of -A Popish bishop and several priests kindness fresh upon the spirit amid left Sydney lately, intending to locate the heats, and blasts of controversy! themselves among the islanders of the Yet, without charity, all our zeal will South Pacific Ocean. be nothing worth, and though we FOREIGN.- Cologne. — Several gave our bodies to be burned, it would Protestants of Cologne have arrived profit us nothing. Let us contend for in Berlin, in order to obtain the the truth, in the spirit of the truth. King's permission to erect a second Earnestly, not angrily; tenderly, not Protestant Church in the former city.

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" If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."--Isaiah viii. 30.

No. 76.

JULY, 1846.

VOL. VII.

THE CHALLENGE OF THE REV. Romish Church to have been ever

R. J. M'GHEE TO THE ROMAN heard of as the creed of the Christian CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOPS OF Church, previous to the year 1564, THE FOUR PROVINCES OF IRE- but they took no notice of his letter, LAND.

and when he subsequently held In the early part of the present year,

his great Meeting at the Rotunda, this devoted, faithful, and unwearied

though the platform was divided into champion for the truth of Christ two equal sections, one with a chair against the errors of Antichrist, pub

and seats for the clergy of the Established a letter to Dr. Murray, Roman

lished Church, and the other with a Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, to the

chair and seats for the priests of the Roman Catholic parish priests of Dub

ich priests of Dub Church of Rome, yet none of the lin, and to the President and Theo- latter attended. logical Professors of the College of

Mr. M'Ghee, however, proceeded Maynooth.

to deliver his lecture, which was most That letter appeared in the “ Dub- enthusiastically received, and has lin Evening Mail,” and was also sent

since been published with some of round to each of the parties, accompa

the documents referred to, including nied with a tabular form, pointing out

the creeds of the two Churches, in a the antiquity of the creed of the Protest

tabular furm.* ant or Christian Church, and the no

To the whole is appended a letter, velty of the errors which are particu thus introduced by Mr. MGhee, larly embodied in the creed of the p. 46:modern Church of Rome, and stamp

“ The following letter, addressed to on her the mark of apostasy.

the four Roman Catholic archbishops, They were also specially invited to is necessary to conclude the writer's meet him to discuss the points referred to in his letter, and Mr. M‘Ghee

* This has been published separately,

and is called “ The Old Creed of the offered to conform to the Church of

Christian Church, and the New Creed Rome, on the simple condition that of the Church of Rome.” It may be they could prove the creed of the had at No. 11, Exeter-hall, price ld.

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testimony on this subject. Whenever of those who have departed from it to a Roman Catholic shall assert, in any retrace their steps, and return to the part of Ireland, that the creed of his faith of the Catholic Church. Church was heard of in Christendom, “If Protestants have departed from as a creed, before the year 1564 ; it let them return. If Roman Catholet him go to his priest, bishop, or lics have departed let them return. archbishop, and ask, what is the Let us agree to meet in the unity of reason why the archbishop of the pro- the faith of the ancient holy Catholic vince has not received the writer of 'Church. The profession of faith in this letter into the Church of Rome, which the ancient Church was saved, on the simple condition of proving is one in which we may be saved, the fact?

yea, the only one in which we can be

saved—for if men do not hold it in “ THE ANCIENT CREED OF THE word or in principle, beyond all quesCHRISTIAN CHURCH.

tion they shall surely perish. “ To the Most Rev. the Archbishops “ The Roman Catholics believe that

of the Church of Rome, in the Four Protestants have departed from this Provinces of Ireland, now assem- profession of faith of the ancient bled in Dublin.

holy Catholic Church. We say that “ Most Rev. Sirs,—It is to be sin- they have departed from it. Surely cerely hoped that any attempt, how this point can be settled. It is for ever humble, to promote peace and this purpose I take the liberty of concord in our unhappy country will addressing you. be received by you with complacence. “I wish to bring this question to a if not with encouragement, and that conclusive issue, and so I venture to if you feel you can conscientiously co- address the four archbishops of the operate in any measure that has this Church of Rome, in the four provinces laudable object in view, you will be of Ireland, that the Roman Catholics anxious and ready to do so.

of every province may see how the “ There can be no doubt you will case stands, and how totally they admit the following principles as just have been deceived in supposing that and true :

the Church of England has departed “ First—The faith of Christ must from the faith of the ancient Catholic necessarily promote peace and love Church. I lay down these two facts amongst those who sincerely profess which I humbly submit to you, Most and follow it.

Rev. Sirs, as not to be contradicted. *“ Secondly-It is a fact it did so “If any person desires to join himpromote these blessings in the days self to the Church of England, we of the apostles, and among the primi- propose to him to subscribe and abide tive Christians.

by our profession of faith ; and this “ Thirdly-We must conclude that profession of faith is not only the when this happy effect is not produced, same which was propounded by the the cause does not exist; in other four first general councils, but it is words, that those who are not taught the same which the Council of Trent, by their religion to live in peace, and in her third session, February 4, 1546, love one another, have not the Apos- declared to be “That summary in tolic faith in Christ, but must neces- which all who profess the faith of sarily have departed from it.

Christ necessarily agreed, and that “ Now, we do not love one another firm and only foundation against as we ought to do in Ireland. See which the gates of hell should never what contentions there are between prevail.' Protestants and Roman Catholics; “ If this be true, it must be clear therefore I conclude there must be as the sun that the Church of England somewhere a departure from the true has not departed from the pure faith profession of the primitive faith; either of the ancient holy Catholic Church. the Church of Rome has departed from “Now, if a person desires to join it, or the Church of England has depart himself to the Church of Rome, you ed from it, or both have departed from it. propose to him to subscribe your

“ Surely, then, it is the plain duty profession of faith, which is not only

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