« PreviousContinue »
Church of Rome was antagonistic to he represented his Church; and he Protestantism. He perfectly agreed would say further, that this Bill was with him, and as long as the world part of the contest which the Church lasted it would continue so, until of Rome was carrying on against Protestantism was extinct. (Cheers Protestantism. What Protestants and counter-cheers.) He recollected generally had to lament was that they in Greece, about ten years ago, being knew not where to find their enemy, guided to some ancient temple ten who might be bold, honest, and faithmiles west of Marathon, where he ful when it suited his purpose, but found a stranger also engaged in stu- held his peace when it was not condying the ruins-he was a Mexican of venient to show his power. He told
Spanish blood. The reflection rose them that the purpose of his Church · upon his mind, that in the imme- was to continue and maintain the
diate neighbourhood of these tem- struggle till Protestantism was for ples-thousands of years old-the ever extinguished. He would tell him force of the Persians had been that the Protestants of this country repelled; that they had since wit- were prepared to meet those words nessed other conquests, and had with corresponding language. (Hear, groaned under Ottoman power. In hear.) He agreed with his Hon. the presence of this scene stood a Friend the Member for the University descendant of those few brave men of Oxford, that nothing could be who overthrew Montezuma from his more painful to him than to say anythrone, and conquered the vast con- thing which might wound the feelings tinent which they afterwards for cen- of any Member ; but they must not turies retained. Protestantism had refrain from speaking the truth from also her representative there. Look any such fear, and it became them not ing over the whole face of the plain, to remain silent after the language he thought how many mighty empires of the Noble Lord. The Protestant had vanished, how many religions part of this country was increasingly had been forgotten, or were remem- alive to this subject, for they could bered in poetry alone : thinking not help seeing the progress which which religion, Catholic or Protestant, Popery had made of late years. They was most likely to survive to the last were told before 1829, « Oh! grant hour, he came, in his own feeble way, us this Bill; remove our civil disabito the same conclusion as that to lities (loud cheers); we shall be very which the grasping intellect and his thankful, and you will receive no toric learning of the Right Honourable further trouble from us." What had Member for Edinburgh had arrived, been the state of the Church of Rome and in the long vista of forthcoming since that time? Had they been events he saw the traveller from New pacified by those measures ? (Hear, Zealand, in the midst of a vast soli- hear.) Anything but pacified, but tude, taking his stand on a broken every reflecting man knew at the time arch of London-bridge, to sketch the that they were only granting a boon ruins of St. Paul's, and the religion to future agitation. (Hear, hear.) of the successor of St. Peter still sub- The Noble Lord had told them that sisting in undiminished vigour. The the contest should go on till Prostruggle for religious freedom must testantism was extinguished in Popish go on, but in that struggle he was not ascendancy. He feared no such re, inclined to relinquish one iota of the sult. The Romish Church might claims of his Church. He should of cause much unhappiness and misery; course support the Bill of his Hon. she might be a persecuting Church, and Learned Friend. (Hear, hear.) as the Noble Lord admitted she had
Mr. PLUMPTRE thanked the Noble been, and went to Scripture for a justiLord for the candour and fairness fication. (No, no.) The argument with which he had admitted that the appeared to him very inconclusive, contest between Popery and Protest- but he certainly understood the Noble antism must go on till Protestantism Lord to refer to the Old Testament, should become extinct. (Hear, hear.) and to cite the example of the Jews, Such was the Noble Lord's assertion, in exterminating the nations in their and such was his intention, as far as way to the promised land, as a justi
fication of the ancient acts of the dation," “ in whom all the building Church of Rome. But when the fitly framed together groweth unto an Noble Lord asserted that Protest- holy temple in the Lord.” (Ephes. antism would become extinct under ii. 21.) Reader, rest your soul enthe foot of Rome, he told him that tirely on Christ Jesus, the “chief he was satisfied the Protestant Church corner-stone, elect, precious;" for was founded on a rock ; but he re- “he that believeth on Him shall not gretted that the present Bill would be confounded.” (1 Peter ii. 6.) revive the struggle, as it would no doubt tend to promote the interests
CABINET. of the Church of Rome. He would
The highest merit cannot escape the oppose the Bill, and every other mea
tongues of the ignorant and malisure of the same character, which
cious, though for the most part it is went to destroy or endanger the Pro
unhurt by them. testant faith or the Protestant Church.
Not to acknowledge the hand of If he spoke warmly on the question,
Providence, but in extraordinary he at least spoke honestly; and while
cases, is to betray our ignorance and he differed with Hon. Members on
our weakness. . the matter, he did so with the kindest feelings. It was not on personal grounds that he opposed the measure,
PRAYER FOR IRELAND. but because he considered it based on BRIGHT Sun of Righteousness, arise, a bad principle.
And beam effulgent from the skies,
On Erin's misty isle:
0, let the clouds of error's night MISCELLANEOUS.
Dissolve before thy matchless light, THE SURE FOUNDATION. — Reader! And thy propitious smile! you hope to go to heaven when you
Hover around her fated shore, die! so that man hoped for safety Till ignorance and strife no more who built his house upon the sand,
Taint nature's favour'd land : as well as the builder on the rock.
With dazzling power thy rays Divine Each had a house, but only one of
Concentric on green Erin shine, them had a foundation, as our Saviour
In native radiance, grand. . tells us; “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth
Now set her captive children free, them, I will show you to whom he is
From Rome's accursed tyranny, like: he is like a wise man which
And burst their bonds in twain : built a house, and digged deep,
And may God's sacred truth succeed and laid the foundation on a rock:
The Man of Sin's apostate creed, and when the flood arose, the stream And overthrow his reign! beat vehemently upon that house, Then shall the Emerald Isle resound and could not shake it: for it With sacred note and thrilling sound, was founded upon a rock.” (Luke And grateful praises ring, vi. 48.) Now, are you building on Thro’ hill and dale ;-and mountains Christ' for salvation? Do you hear high, his voice, and follow him ? for “other Shall raise the echo to the sky, foundation can no man lay than that Proclaiming Christ as King! is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” If
" S. PHILLIPS DAY. not, you are building your house on London, April, 1847. the sand, against which, when the stream shall beat vehemently, “it will immediately fall, and the ruin of that
NOTICES OF BOOKS. house will be GREAT.” GREAT, be Popery Subversive of Christianity. cause it will be ruin without remedy, Six Sermons by the Rev. W. G. and that ruin eternal. But you may COOKESLEY, M.A., one of the Asperhaps feel persuaded that you are sistant Masters of Eton College. going to heaven : but it is impossible, Eton: Williams. London: Hatchunless you are building on the rock ard and Son. Pp. 190. Christ Jesus, the only “sure foun- In this small volume there are several
very valuable discourses on the leading of freedom.” By the declaration and points of vital Christianity, and the confession of faith of the Society, it errors of Popery..
appears that the members reject Sermon I. On the Atonement. the doctrine that the Pope is the II. On the Eucharist.
visible head of the Church, and that III. On the Worship of the Vir- special dignity is conferred on the
gin Mary and Saints. priesthood by ordination. They also IV. On Confession, Absolution, reject the celibacy of the clergy, auri
and Prayers for the Dead. cular confession, the invocation of V. On the Supremacy of the saints, and the worship of images, Pope.
indulgences, fasts, &c., and the docVI. On the Unity of the Church. trines of Purgatory. Their adopted
creed corresponds in substance with
those of most Reformed Churches, INTELLIGENCE.
This may be a movement pregnant REFORMATION IN THE UNITED with results beneficial to our land, STATES.— The work of Luther and wherein the great spread of Romish of Ronge is going on here. We cut doctrines has been the cause of most the following from the Journal of serious thought. It is a counterCommerce :-“ One of the largest and movement to that doctrine and Church most interesting Meetings ever held discipline, which is contrary in spirit, in this city, assembled on Sunday in its Jesuitical forms, to Republican afternoon, in the Tabernacle, to wit- institutions.-Buffalo Commercial, ness the formation of a religious DERBY.—The Anniversary Meeting Society of Germans, who, from the ofthe Tradesmen's and Operatives' Prostudy of the sacred Scriptures, have testant Association was held on Monbeen led to secede from the Roman day evening, April 5, in the Mechanics’ Catholic Church, and to organize Hall. A large party of several hunthemselves into an independent con- dreds assembled for tea at five, and gregation, under the pastoral care of the proceedings of the Meeting comthe Rev. Mr. Guistiniani, formerly a menced about seven' o'clock. The Roman Catholic priest of the Order Rev. Roseingrave Macklin, as Presiof St. Francis. The Tabernacle was dent, took the chair, and the Meeting throughout overflowing with those was addressed by James Lord, Esq., strongly attracted by the extreme in- Rev. — James, of Liverpool, &c. terest of the occasion. The hearts of LONDON. — MUSIC HALL, STOREthe great assembly were animated; STREET, PROTESTANT LECTURE.—Mr. and we almost imagined the spirit of Lord delivered the first of the two Luther was present, and that the Lectures announced in our last numplace trembled, as once did Germany, her, on the Protestant character of and even Europe, beneath the tread the British constitution.
N.B.-We are again compelled by want of space to postpone many Notices
and Communications to a subsequent Number.
THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Members and Friends of the PROTESTANT ASSOCIATION, will be held (D. v.) in the Largé Hall, EXETER HALL, on WEDNESDAY, May 12, 1847. J. P. PLUMPTRE, Esq., M.P., will take the Chair at Twelve o'Clock. Rey. Hugh M‘NEILE, J. É. GORDON, Esq., and Rev. EDWARD BICKERSTETH, will address the Meeting.
The ANNUAL SERMON will be preached in CHARLOTTE STREET CHAPEL, PIMLICO, on TUESDAY EVENING, May 11, by the Rev. ALEXANDER DALLAS, M.A., Rector of Wonston, Hants. Divine Service to commence at Seven o'clock.
Macintosh, Printer, Great New Street, London.
THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT AND PROCEEDINGS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PROTESTANT ASSOCIATION.
The Anniversary Meeting of this Association was never held at a more critical and important juncture. Nor do we remember to have heard a speech more fraught with sound wisdom, and practical instruction, than that delivered by the Rev. Hugh M`Neile.
We commend the proceedings to the serious attention of our readers, and shall rejoice to hear that in every constituency some have united for the purpose of carrying into effect the pledge recommended.* The Anniversary Meeting of the Protestant Association took place on Wednesday, May 12th, at Exeter Hall. The large room was densely crowded at an early hour. On the platform we observed the Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Digby Mackworth, Bart., Rev. E. Bickersteth, Rev. Hugh M'Neile, D.D., Rev. A. S. Thelwall, Rev. R. W. Dibdin, Rev. J. Hatchard, Rev. Wm. Howard, Rev. Dr. Holloway, Rey. J. Heming, Rev. !. Hopkins, Rev. D. Sewell, Rev. C. Tayler, E. D. Salisbury, Esq., J. H. Story, Esq., Admiral Duff, Major Brock, Col. Griffith, F. G. West, Esq., F. Axford, Esq., &c., &c.
J. P. PLUMPTRE, Esq., M.P., took the chair at twelve o'clock. The Hon. Gentleman was received with loud cheering. The proceedings were commenced with prayer by the Rev. Dr. HOLLOWAY.
The CHAIRMAN then addressed the Meeting. He said,—They were met together in difficult and perilous times times that might well lead them to consider, as well individually as nationally, whether their house be built upon a rock, or built upon sand. If they had reason to hope it be upon a rock, however terrible the winds that blew upon their house, or great the difficulties they were then experiencing, they might yet feel confident that “the Lord of Hosts and the God of Jacob” was with them; and, if they were building upon deceitful sands, they might yet return to him from whom they had revolted. He asked them to consider what were the circumstances under which they were at the present time living. He would not take, nor would he give, gloomy views of matters, but it would not be according to truth to speak at this time flattering words which were : * This pledge has been printed and widely circulated amongst friends, and may be had at the Office of the Association. Vol. IX.—June, 1847.
New Series, No. 18.
not justified by circumstances. When they looked around them, they saw in their sister island famine destroying hundreds and thousands. He thought he spoke within the truth when he said that the annals of the world did not record a more tremendous visitation than Ireland was experiencing, and which we, through the sides of Ireland, were also experiencing. Let them only look at the prices to which provisions had risen, and to the disturbed state of the money
market. These circumstances spoke too clearly of the fact that great distress was visiting their own land. These things happened not by chance. They spoke, indeed, not of that favour or blessing derived from the Lord which hitherto distinguished them as a nation, but rather showed the Divine displeasure manifesting itself on account of their sins, and urging them to ask the Lord wherefore this contest hath commenced, and to implore him to assist them in returning within the influence of his Divine grace. He thought they would agree with him that the circumstances of the times warranted him in assuming that language. (Applause.) But, to come more to the subject that brought them together that day, since they last met a somewhat new feature had exhibited itself between them,- Protestants, and the Church of Rome. They, as Protestants, had always declared that there was no peace with Rome as Rome (cheers), and that, whilst they would live in peace with their Roman Catholic brothers as men, and that while they would do much, short of sacrificing principle, to lead them to the knowledge of the truth and of the Prince of Peace, there had not hitherto been manifested the same candour on the part of Rome towards them, for while the words were smooth there was war in the heart. The new feature was this :— They had had from no insignificant quarter an open declaration that Rome would be antagonistic to Protestantism till Protestantism should quail and stoop and be extinct. (Cheers.) They had been told on the part of Rome what they had to expect from her, They knew what they had to expect from the great political leaders of the country. These leaders had said, indeed, that there were diffi. culties in their way. He much mistook if such Meetings as the present did not increase these difficulties. (Cheers.) They told them plainly that their inclination was to move towards Rome. They did not hesitate to declare that such was the case. Well, if Protestants knew, then, what they had to expect from Rome, and what they had to expect from those leaders who were falsely called Protestants (cheers), what must Protestants do? They must look to higher sources, to the great leader and commander, the captain of their salvation, (Cheers.) They must use all the constitutional means which the times and circumstances might open up for them. They must declare openly that they would not be unprotestantized either by Rome or Oxford (cheers); that they were not to be unprotestantized either by Popery open, or by Popery covert. (Cheers.) They need not be afraid of the result: they should prevail at length, for Christ was their strength, their hope, their salvation. (Cheers.) They would be supported in all trials by the love of God; that was the high advantage they possessed; and it therefore became every true Protestant to stand against the storm which, however it might rage, could never prevail against them, for their house was built upon a rock. (Cheers.)