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of the New Testament. And in twelve there is the following note :-“ This of these instances the Church of Rome may seem a very minute circumstance translates them just as we do, “ What to be recorded in sacred history, but have I to do with thee?” and it is in we learn from our Saviour (St. Matt. the thirteenth instance only that she vi. 8) that there are jots and tittles in does not. Are we not, then, forced to the Word of God : that is to say, the conclusion that she is driven to things that appear minute, and which one of these two alternatives, either have indeed a deep and mysterious to raise her worship to the lofty meaning in them.” It seems, then, standard of inspired truth, or to bring that the patriarch leaning on the top down that standard to the level of her of his staff was too minute to be taken own worship; and that she rejects the notice of by the Holy Spirit, but the first of these, and adopts the last ? dog coming in and wagging his tail is
In Acts we have the expression full of deep and mysterious meaning. ueTavola, repentance. The Church of Really, if this be a specimen of the Rome renders it in every instance but light or focus of the Pope's spectacles, one, “penance.” For example: when I am quite sure we are better off with Peter addressed the converts, in Acts our own private judgment than with ii. 38, “ Do penance, and be baptized any such aids and assistances as these. every one of you.” The same expres- There is another translation towards sion occurs in chap. V., “ Him hath the close of St. John's Gospel, in that God exalted to be a Prince and a very passage which has been adduced Saviour, to give (the very same Greek to show the corrective power of the word) repentance to Israel.”
Word of God over tradition. Then I shall notice one other instance of this saying went abroad among the mis-translation. We have in Heb. brethren, that this disciple should not xi., “ And Jacob worshipped, leaning die ; but Jesus said not unto him, He on the top of his staff.” But the shall not die, but if I will that he Church of Rome alters it; and she tarry till I come, what is that to says, “worshipped and adored the top thee?” Now the Church of Rome, of his rod." "You look at the note in her translation, following the Vul. (for in this Bible the Pope has taken gate, has, “ So I will have him to care that the Roman Catholics shall remain till I come, what is that to not understand Scripture without the thee?” shows how little infallibility aid of his spectacles); he has added there is with the Pope. The origin certain notes at the bottom of each of this error is, that the Latin for if is page, and the note here given is to si, and the Latin for so is sic; and by the following effect :-“ Some trans- some blunder in copying, when there lators, who are no friends to this was no printing, a c was added, and relative honour, have corrupted the the Pope and his followers have been text by so translating it · he wor- misled by it for ages. “So I will shipped, leaning upon the top of have him to remain till I come;" his staff:' as if this circumstance of which is just the contrary of what was leaning upon his staff were any argu- intended to be expressed. ment of Jacob's faith, or worthy the Now such then is a specimen of the being thus particularly taken notice translation of the Roman Catholic Biof by the Holy Ghost." The argu- ble. And this should only make us the ment, you will perceive, as to leaning more admire our own beautiful veron the top of his staff, is that it was sion. I suppose nothing can approach too trifling a point to be recorded by it in excellence. I believe that if the sacred penman. You will just there ever was a miracle in modern compare this with a note on Tob. xi. times it is the authorized translation 9 (a book which the Pope holds to of the Word of God. I must say that be part and parcel of the Bible). if all its flaws were corrected, and its " Then the dog which had been with expressions strengthened where they them in the way ran before, and com- might be strengthened, there would ing as if he had brought the news, only revolve in greater splendour, and showed his joy by his fawning and greater and more vivid beauty, the wagging his tail." Upon this passage grand truths of Evangelical and scrip
tural Christianity. Let us thank God our hearts. And when persons blame for a Bible inspired-let us thank him the book for the diversity of interprefor a Bible written-let us thank him tation, they forget plain analogies for a Bible preserved - and let us that must show them the fallacy of thank him — and let all England their deduction. Suppose now a Bill hank him for a Bible translated so. has passed the House of Commons, nobly and so preciously as ours has been. where it has been canvassed and dis
And when the Church of Rome cussed by the House clause by clause. *irges that because (if it were so) she The Bill is then taken to the House jas given us the Bible, she has the of Lords. There, again, it is canpower and the right of interpreting vassed and discussed, and rendered as t, I will show you, by a plain and plain as words can make it, and prosimple illustration, the absurdity of nounced at length to be a right measuch a pretension. Suppose a will is sure; and it then receives the Royal introduced into the Court of Chancery, assent. Would you not say that if it and the dispute is about,-first, its were possible to construct a document genuineness, and, secondly, its con- incapable of dispute, it would be a tents. Certain parties are introduced document which had passed through into court as witnesses, and they such an ordeal. Wait twelve months, attest the genuineness, the signa and what do you hear of but that ture, the reality, and identity of the there is a dispute in the Court of document. The decision of the Court, Chancery about the construction of therefore, is, that the evidence of the that document. What was the reawitnesses is entire and complete, and son ? Not that the document was the will is therefore genuine. Sup- not plain enough, but that A had an pose any one who, having seen the itching palm; and B said that he signature affixed, and attested that ought to have a larger sum; and C signature, were to stand up and say, protested that he had not obtained I will now give you the contents of his right. And so it is with the Word the will. The Judge would say, Sir, of God. Do not blame the book, my you were called into court for a very dear Roman Catholic friends, but important purpose, namely, to be wit- blame the hearts that come to read ness to the genuineness of the will; the book. If you ask me what you that witness you have now given, and are to do with this book, I answer, we beg that you will go to your own present it to him who wrote and can business: another party claims the explain the book,-bring it to God, right of interpreting the will. Just who alone can regenerate and renew so it is with the Church of Rome; and the heart, and he will illumine all when Roman Catholics urge that we that is dark and perplexing with a Protestants differ among ourselves the fulness of light all but inaccessible moment we attempt to explain or and full of glory. I am sure, that if define the Word of God, I answer that I address a Roman Catholic, he will the differences which exist among see the common sense of the course Protestants, taking them altogether which I prescribe, when I say, Go to such as you find them, are as nothing God himself for the meaning of God's when compared with the tremendous own word. If I had written a book, differences that exist in the Church of and that book contained some chapter Rome. And when the Church of Rome exceedingly misty and obscure, which says that it is our reading of the you wished to understand, you would Bible that originates our differences, perhaps come to my friend Mr. I answer, it is not the Bible that does Hambleton, and he would give you it, but the wicked and wayward hearts the best meaning he could ; but if you that come to read the Bible that are heard that I was to be in this room at to be blamed for it. We ought not, a certain day and at a certain hour, my dear friends, to pray to God to would you not bring the book to me, give us new Bibles, but new hearts to and say, You wrote the book, and it read the old Bibles. It is not a sup- is most likely that you understand plement to the book that we need, the book, and probably I should be out light in our minds, and grace in able to tell you.
It is just so with God's blessed missioners upon English Bishoprics. book. The author of the book lives, But he takes no notice of the im—the author of the book is in mense sums which have been adIslington,-he is in London,-he is vanced out of the public treasury everywhere throughout the whole year after year, for sending out created universe: with the miner Romish bishops and priests to the in subterraneous caverns, or with colonies, and maintaining them there. Alpine herdsmen on the loftiest peaks I hope that some Member of the new of towering mountains, or on any Parliament will be patriotic enough inhabitable shore where prayer is to move for the returns. I believe offered up there a prayer-hearing the practice is, to place Protestants God will listen, and if you ask him, and Romanists on the same footing teach you, to the saving of your soul. in the colonies, and to divide grants
equally betwixt them. As for Mr.
Horsman, he strongly advised in the ROMISH CHAPELS IN ENGLAND. last Parliament diplomatic relations SEPTEMBER 17, 1847. — Sir, — It
with Rome, and therefore he has no has often been matter of surprise title to be listened to as a Reformer from whence the money could be
of our Protestant Established Church. derived to build the number of Romish chapels and monasteries now
MISCELLANEOUS established in England, which in 1846 ROME. — Accounts received from had increased to 622 chapels and Rome confirm the report formerly eight monasteries, with 818 priests; given of the resignation of Cardinal whereas, in 1792, it is stated that Gizzi. Cardinal Ferretti, Legate of there were only thirty-two chapels. Pesaro and Urbina, had been apThe mystery is now explained. It pointed his successor, the Pope appears from works published under having announced to him his nomiRomish authority, that whereas about nation in an autograph letter. Cartwenty years ago, there was subscribed dinal Ferretti, who belongs to a noble to the Catholic Association at Lyons, family of Ancona, is fifty-two years only £900; in the year 1844, there of age. He was very intimate with was subscribed £161,000. Of this the Pope before his election to the sum, in the year 1823, there was not Pontifical chair, and has made hima farthing expended in England; in self remarked in the legation which 1825, there were £60 expended; in he governed. He is the brother of 1833, about £980; but in 1844, this the Major Ferretti who, in the time sum had increased to £40,865! This of Napoleon, was considered one of money was expended in building the bravest officers of the Italian chapels, monasteries, &c., and other- army, and who lately refused the wise promoting the spread of the Grand Mastership of the Order of Romish religion. Thus we see that Malta. The Pope convoked on the the Church of Rome is now employ- 8th a congregation of cardinals, to ing her wealth to corrupt the minds take into consideration the municipal of our people, and to bring this law, and other urgent measures. country again under her galling and Antichristian yoke.
PROSPERITY too often has the same MR. HORSMAN ON ENGLISH
effect on a Christian that a calm sea BISHOPRICS.
hath on a Dutch mariner, who freSEPTEMBER, 1847.- Mr. Horsman quently, it is said, in those circumis very jealous respecting the money stances, ties up the rudder and goes expended by the Ecclesiastical Com- to sleep.-Bishop Horne.
Macintosh, Printer, Great New-street, London.
FIFTH OF NOVEMBER :-OUR DUTY AS A CHURCH AND
NATION. TO OPPOSE POPERY. That the Romish conspiracy, known as the Fifth of November, or Gunpowder Plot, was no fiction ; no mere creation of fearful imaginings, or suspicious mistrust on the part of Protestants, is clearly made evident from the pages of history, the proceedings in Parliament at the time, from the State trials, where the whole matter was fully inquired into, and from the solemn service of the Church appointed by Parliament to be used yearly in grateful commemoration of the national deliverance from Popery.
Yet are there some who regard this as an idle tale; and more, very many more, who believe that the principles which dictated and sanctioned the atrocity, have perished with the conspirators; and that now, either Popery is powerless,-or, if not powerless, has changed her nature, and will not seek the destruction of Protestantism or Protestants.
That Popery, however, is still the inveterate enemy of God's Word of truth, is clear to those who are well acquainted with the subject; that it is resolved to regain its lost supremacy, is plain from declarations of her own members, and that it will be determinately grasped after by her, per fas aut nefas, is quite congenial to her known character.
Gladly would we forget the past, if we did not believe it intended to be our guide for the future. Willingly would we lay aside all remembrances of evil deeds, if the principles which led to their contrivance had really perished with them. But, with the deeply-impressed conviction that the principles of Romanism are what they were, alike opposed to what we value, whether nationally, morally, or theologically, and its object still the same—though the mode of seeking the attainment of that object may be different, and more adapted to secure its end—we should feel guilty of a dereliction of public duty if, Vol. IX.—November, 1847. z
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from any fear of incurring the charge of unpopularity, we should join in the cry against those who would oppose Popery-cease to admonish our fellow-Protestants of the impending danger-of the evils which may be accelerated and augmented by a want of well-timed union and activity on their part.
Let it not be said, insinuated, or imagined, that we are for persecuting Roman Catholics. Great efforts have indeed been made, and but too successfully, to impress the public mind with such an idea. But that is now fading away. Facts of a startling character are rising up to dissipate that illusion. Multitudes are now astonished at the rapid augmentation of Romish power, who, but a short time back, believed its influence to be crushed and annihilated for ever.
The lowly, mass-house is now eclipsed by the superb and costly Roman Catholic church or cathedral; whilst towers and bells, and processions, though forbidden by law, indicate the restless activity, and the towering ambition of Popery, and the determined way in which, despite the laws of the land, she is resolved, by intrigue or intimidation, to carry on her warfare against Protestantism. Of all systems of error, Popery is one of the most specious, but the most dangerous: the most plausible, but at the same time the most deadly.
As in the case of some poisons, which are the more readily taken by unwary persons, because of their innocuous appearance or similarity to what is known to be beneficial, so the soul-destroying dogmas of Romanism are the more readily embraced, from the semblance which they bear. to Christianity in the eyes of those who are ignorant, or inexperienced in spiritual things.
The voice of prophecy and of history testify against Popery, and. admonish men, and nations to avoid being partakers, of her sins, that we be not made participators of her doom and punishment.
The evil spirit of Infidelity, a false philosophy, and sceptical Liberalism, has done much to help on the cause of Rome; and the long and unprecedented prosperity vouchsafed to the commerce, arms, and policy of Great Britain, seems to have begotten a kind of national self-exaltation, a proud spirit of independence without the Supreme Being, and a contempt for his written word, which may end in bringing down continued judgments, upon our nation, unless prevented by national repentance and return to him.
Viewing the question scripturally, there is no escape from this conclusion,-—When nations, elated with prosperity, forget the source from which alone their wealth and glory have been derived, they may speedily suffer a diminution of that glory, and an annihilation of that wealth which they have made their idol. The wealth and power of the British empire are not self-derived. If there have been wisdom and enterprise, skill, energy, and industry evinced by our peasantry, mechanics, merchants, warriors, statesmen, diplomatists, and divines, —