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well supported. Two Roman Catholic sidious designs of Popery in our Proweekly newspapers! Is there not testant Church. Accept my most more activity with them, than with grateful acknowledgments. You have us? Oh, Sir, let us wipe out this relieved me from all my pecuniary disgrace on the Protestantisın of our difficulties, and greatly rejoiced my country; and by God's grace, be more heart. May God pour upon you the energetic in diffusing those principles, best of blessings, and make humble -those Protestant principles, which effort to glorify His holy name, a are beyond all earthly value, because source of rejoicing to ourselves, and a they comprise “the truth as it is in cause for thankfulness to the whole Jesus."
Yours, truly, Protestant Church. A PROTESTANT LIVERY AN. I remain, my Christian Friends, May 21, 1846.
Your most sincerely obliged,
R. R. FAULKNER.
TO THE PROTESTANT PUBLIC.
THE ROUND CHURCH AT CAM
WHY AM I A PROTESTANT? BRIDGE. — LETTER OF REV. R. R. FAULKNER.
BECAUSE I protest against the errors of the Church of Rome. Such as
1. The doctrine of transubstantiaMy CHRISTIAN FRIENDS.-It is with tion and the sacrifice of the mass. feelings of ihe deepest gratitude that Il. The supremacy of the Pope. I beg most respoctfully once more to III. The infallibility of the Church thank you for all your kindness, and of Rome. to inform you that by your generous IV. The withholding the Bible from aid and assistance all my expenses the people and substituting tradition in the work of finishing the Round as the rule of faith. Church are now discharged. When I V. The worship of the Virgin. look back to the commencement of VI. The invocation of saints as the late painful proceedings about the mediators. removal of the stone altar and credence
VII. The adoration of images and table, and reflect on the affectionate relics. sympathy shewn towards me by the VIII. The withholding the cup Protestant public, I can only exclaim, from the laity. "O give thanks unto the Lord, for lle IX. The Latin service. is good, for his mercy endureth for
X. Purgatory; and the power of ever.” It is lle who, through his
the priests to forgive sins, and the sale blessing on your kind support, has of pardons and indulgences. made me, the least and weakest instru
Why do I still object to the Endowment in Ulis Church, the means of ment of Maynooth ? effecting the greatest good, and of Because no Act of Parliament can pulling down one of the strongest make idolatry agree with Scripture. holds.
Because the above doctrines are still The battle, indeed, was sharp; but taught at Maynooth, and also that the victory is glorious. To God be
every baptized person, who does not all the praise- to you be all the bene- hold these doctrines is held to be a fit. The affectionate expressions of so heretic, and is to be dealt with acmany who have not only sent me their cordingly when the Church of Rome generous donations, but assured me of has the power. their earnest prayers to God for me, “have been abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;" and I owe
WHY AM I OF THE CHURCH OF to you, my dear friends, a debt of
ENGLAND? gratitude which I can never repay. Because the Church of England is For it is through you, under God, that Catholic, Apostolic, ancient, primitive, I have been enabled in the present Scriptural, spiritual. distracted and divided state of the I. Catholic; as part of the univeral Church, so resolutely and so effectually Church, of which " Christ is the (thanks be to God) 'to oppose the in- head.”
and many peo
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 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
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 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
poor man; " and so he will, whatever MISCELLANEOUS.
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 pleasures 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 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."
GRANT OF 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 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 bePROTESTANT 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
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 thypretences. But because men are bound self better than I received thee." to submit human authority and reason Dean Comber. to Divine revelution, 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
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,
Whose blood is madness, and whose
breath despair ! SELF-DEDICATION. - When many of For nor philosophy, with attic grace Socrates' scholars presented him with Bedeck'd, and dazzling; nor 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
CONTENT AND DISCONTENT.
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 which is going on in many friends,
tures calculated to aid the reaction fifth edition, in a cheap form for popular circulation, of Montgomery's
once under the influence of what are Poem, “ Luther; or, the Spirit of the termed Tractarian principles; and, as Reformation. London : Simpkin and such, cordially recommend them to Marshall.
our readers. We hope again to refer to this work in a future number.
IRELAND.-Popish Conspiracy.NOTICES OF BOOKS. “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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AN APPEAL TO PROTESTANTS.
PERHAPS before these pages are issued Ministers will be again defeated, Her Majesty will have to confide the reins of Government to other hands, and Parliament may shortly be dissolved. Should these events, however, be postponed awhile, the period, in all human probability, cannot be far distant at which one or all of them will take place.
Our readers may ask, “What is that to us? We steer not our course by party men. Those now in office, and those out of office, have alike betrayed us. Long have we discarded all reliance upon party politicians, merely as such, and sought to secure the triumph of Protestant truth in administering the affairs of this great empire. Measures rather than men--principles, not professions--practice, not promises—have been our motto.” We concur in these remonstrances, and would only here enter upon this subject for the purpose of animating our friends and readers to a right discharge of the duties which may shortly devolve upon them.
A dark cloud seems to be lowering over our land. Society appears to be undergoing a process of disorganization. Theologians, bewildered in the mazes of their own divinity, or the theories of Church Government and ceremonies, have lost in some degree the respect and veneration they should have for their own Church, are ready to welcome Rome as their sister, to raise her to an apparent equality with themselves, and are now and then seen renouncing their own Church for that of apostate Rome. Statesmen deserting principle, and seeking to follow expediency, are scarcely able to govern the empire, and to control the spirit they have evoked. The fountains of the great deep seem to be breaking up, and anarchy and despotism to be struggling for the ascendancy. At such a period, when political and theological discord with all their dreadful consequences teem around uswhen a temporary lull is but the prelude to a wilder stormwhen the principles of good and evil are aroused to a more than Vol. VIII.—July, 1846.
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