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Church of Rome was antagonistic to Protestantism. He perfectly agreed with him, and as long as the world lasted it would continue so, until Protestantism was extinct. (Cheers and counter-cheers.) He recollected in Greece, about ten years ago, being guided to some ancient temple ten miles west of Marathon, where he found a stranger also engaged in studying the ruins—he was a Mexican of Spanish blood. The reflection rose upon his mind, that in the immediate neighbourhood of these temples—thousands of years old—the force of the Persians had been repelled; that they had since witnessed other conquests, and had groaned under Ottoman power. In the presence of this scene stood a descendant of those few brave men who overthrew Montezuma from his throne, and conquered the vast continent which they afterwards for centuries retained. Protestantism had also her representative there. Looking over the whole face of the plain, he thought how many mighty empires had vanished, how many religions had been forgotten, or were remembered in poetry alone: thinking which religion, Catholic or Protestant, was most likely to survive to the last hour, he came, in his own feeble way, to the same conclusion as that to which the grasping intellect and historic learning of the Right Honourable Member for Edinburgh had arrived, and in the long vista of forthcoming events he saw the traveller from New Zealand, in the midst of a vast solitude, taking his stand on a broken arch of London-bridge, to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's, and the religion of the successor of St. Peter still subsisting in undiminished vigour. The struggle for religious freedom must go on, but in that struggle he was not inclined to relinquish one iota of the claims of his Church. He should of course support the Bill of his Hon. and Learned Friend. (Hear, hear.)
Mr. Plumptse thanked the Noble Lord for the candour and fairness with which he had admitted that the contest between Popery and Protestantism must go on till Protestantism should become extinct. (Hear, hear.) Such was the Noble Lord's assertion, and such was his intention, as far as
he represented his Church; and he would say further, that this Bill was part of the contest which the Church of Rome was carrying on against Protestantism. What Protestants generally had to lament was that they knew not where to find their enemy, who might be bold, honest, and faithful when it suited his purpose, but held his peace when it was not convenient to show his power. He told them that the purpose of his Church was to continue and maintain the struggle till Protestantism was for ever extinguished. He would tell him that the Protestants of this country were prepared to meet those words with corresponding language. (Hear, hear.) He agreed with his Hon, Friend the Member for the University of Oxford, that nothing could be more painful to him than to say anything which might wound the feelings of any Member; but they must not refrain from speaking the truth from any such fear, and it became them not to remain silent after the language of the Noble Lord. The Protestant part of this country was increasingly alive to this subject, for they could not help seeing the progress which Popery had made of late years. They were told before 1829, "Oh! grant us this Bill; remove our civil disabilities (loud cheers); we shall be very thankful, and you will receive no further trouble from us." What had been the state of the Church of Rome since that time? Had they been pacified by those measures? (Hear, hear.) Anything but pacified, but every reflecting man knew at the time that they were only granting a boon to future agitation. (Hear, hear.) The Noble Lord had told them that the contest should go on till Protestantism was extinguished in Popish ascendancy. He feared no such reT suit. The Komish Church might cause much unhappiness and misery; she might be a persecuting Church, as the Noble Lord admitted she had been, and went to Scripture for a justification. (No, no.) The argument appeared to him very inconclusive, but he certainly understood the Noble Lord to refer to the Old Testament, and to cite the example of the Jews, in exterminating the nations in their way to the promised land, as a justification of the ancient acts of the Church of Rome. -But when the Noble Lord asserted that Protestantism would become extinct under the foot of Rome, he told him that he was satisfied the Protestant Church was founded on a rock; but he regretted that the present Bill would revive the struggle, as it would no doubt tend to promote the interests of the Church of Rome. He would oppose the Bill, and every other measure of the same character, which went to destroy or endanger the Protestant faith or the Protestant Church. If he spoke warmly on the question, he at least spoke honestly; and while he differed with Hon. Members on the matter, he did so with the kindest feelings. It was not on personal grounds that he opposed the measure, but because he considered it based on a bad principle.
dation," "in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord." (Ephes. ii. 21.) Reader, rest your soul entirely on Christ Jesus, the "chief corner-stone, elect, precious;" for "he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded." (1 Peter ii. 6.)
The Sure Foundation. — Reader! you hope to go to heaven when you die! so that man hoped for safety who built his house upon the sand, as well as the builder on the rock. Each had a house, but only one of them had a foundation, as our Saviour tells us; "Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: he is like a wise man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock." (Luke vi. 48.) Now, are you building on Christ for salvation? Do you hear his voice, and follow him? for " other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." If not, you are building your house on the sand, against which, when the stream shall beat vehemently, " it will immediately fall, and the ruin of that house will be Great." Great, because it will be ruin without remedy, and that ruin eternal. But you may perhaps feel persuaded that you are going to heaven: but it is impossible, unless you are building on the rock Christ Jesus, the only "sure foun
The highest merit cannot escape the tongues of the ignorant and malicious, though for the most part it is unhurt by them.
Not to acknowledge the hand of Providence, but in extraordinary cases, is to betray our ignorance and our weakness.
PRAYER FOR IRELAND. BRIGHT Sun of Righteousness, arise; And beam effulgent from the skies,
On Erin's misty isle: O, let the clouds of error's night Dissolve before thy matchless light,
And thy propitious smile!
Hover around her fated shore,
Taint nature's favour'd land:
In native radiance, grand.
Now set her captive children free,
And burst their bonds in twain: And may God's sacred truth succeed The Man of Sin's apostate creed,
And overthrow his reign!
Then shall the Emerald Isle resound With sacred note and thrilling sound,
And grateful praises ring, Thro' hill and dale;—and mountains
high, Shall raise the echo to the sky, Proclaiming Christ as King!
S. Phillips Day. London, April, 1847.
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
Popery Subversive of Christianity. Six Sermons by the Rev. W. G. Cookesley, M.A., one of the Assistant Masters of Eton College. Eton: Williams. London: Hatchard and Son. Pp. 190.
In this small volume there are several very valuable discourses on the leading points of vital Christianity, and the errors of Popery. Sermon I. On the Atonement. II. On the Eucharist.
III. On the Worship of the Vir
gin Mary and Saints.
IV. On Confession, Absolution,
andPrayers fortheDead. V. On the Supremacy of the
INTELLIGENCE. Reformation In The United States.—The work of Luther and of Ronge is going on here. We cut the following from the Journal of Commerce :—" One of the largest and most interesting Meetings ever held in this city, assembled on Sunday afternoon, in the Tabernacle, to witness the formation of a religious Society of Germans, who, from the study of the sacred Scriptures, have oeen led to secede from the Roman Catholic Church, and to organize themselves into an independent congregation, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Guistimani, formerly a Roman Catholic priest of the Order of St. Francis. The Tabernacle was throughout overflowing with those strongly attracted by the extreme interest of the occasion. The hearts of the great assembly were animated; and we almost imagined the spirit of Luther was present, and that the place trembled, as once did Germany, and even Europe, beneath the tread
of freedom." By the declaration and confession of faith of the Society, it appears that the members reject the doctrine that the Pope is the visible head of the Church, and that special dignity is conferred on the priesthood by ordination. They also reject the celibacy of the clergy, auricular confession, the invocation of saints, and the worship of images, indulgences, fasts, &c., and the doctrines of Purgatory. Their adopted creed corresponds in substance with those of most Reformed Churches. This may be a movement pregnant with results beneficial to our land, wherein the great spread of Romish doctrines has been the cause of most serious thought. It is a countermovement to that doctrine and Church discipline, which is contrary in spirit, in its Jesuitical forms, to Republican institutions.—Buffalo Commercial.
Derry.—-The Anniversary Meeting of the Tradesm en's and Operatives' Protestant Association was held on Monday evening, April 5, in the Mechanics' Hall. A large party of several hundreds assembled for tea at five, and the proceedings of the Meeting commenced about seven o'clock. The Rev. Roseingrave Macklin, as President, took the chair, and the Meeting was addressed by James Lord, Esq., Rev. — James, of Liverpool, &c.
London. — Music Hall, StoreStreet,protestant Lecture.—Mr. Lord delivered the first of the two Lectures announced in our last number, on the Protestant character of the British constitution.
-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 Large Hall, EXETER HALL, on WEDNESDAY, May 12, 1847. J. P. PLUMPTRE, Esq., M.P., will take the Chair at Twelve o'Clock. Rev. Hugh M'neile, J. E. 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, Rev. J. Heming, Rev. T. 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. M 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 difficulties 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.)