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They are pnre words.' The allusion is to 1 dities. By THOMAS WILLIAMS, Edimetal that has passed through a refining tor of “ The Cottage Bible,” 8c. Lonprocess. The words of God are so pure as don: Westley and Davies. to bave no alloy wbatever in them. Nothing need be added to them, and nothing
This ingenious (but not ingenuous) dedare be subtracted. They are perfect, like
scription of the Popish faith will not, himself; and they shall all be perfectly re- we apprehend, impose upon any peralized. Often have they been tried, but no sons who have read the Scriptures, mixture of insincerity has ever been found
though, alas ! it will be quite enough in them. They are words upon which men may lean to eternity. They are as silver
to satisfy those who “believe as the assayed in a crucible of earth, purified seven
church believes." It would be a very times, or perfectly refined.
easy task, were our limits sufficient, to “How gloriously is the word of God expose all the doctrinal statements of contrasted with all human productions ! It
this Bishop of Siga, by quotations from is as the pure silver out of a fining pot,
the most learned and accredited writers compared with the unreclaimed ore. To this infallible standard all systems, all opi
of the Romish Church, and from the nions, all feelings, all practices in religion decisions of the Council of Trent. It must be brought. This is the judge that is possible the preacher was sincere in must end all strifes, and settle all differ- his representations, but then it is a most ences in the church of God. To the law
awful proof of the truth of Scripture in and to the testimony all conflicting theories in religion must be brought. The judgment,
reference to the anti-christian apostacy. the conscience, the affections, the whole man
“ They received not the love of the must be subjected to the authority of God's truth, that they might be saved. And blessed word. The role of Scripture is the for this cause God shall send them rule of truth, of righteousness, and of strong delusion, that they might believe peace. "Oh, Christian ! bind God's word to
a lie." . your very heart. Read it with care, stady This popish ecclesiastic assumes (what it with diligence, pray over its hallowed he certainly ought to have proved) that contents with fervour and importunity. Ask the Christians of the three first centuthe teaching of the Divine Spirit, that you ries resembled, in their "faith, hope, may understand and obey its pure dictates ; 1. and only quit the study of it with existence
and charity," the members of the apositself.” p. 133.
tate church of Rome; whereas the
Scriptures represent the difference to · We most conscientiously assure the
be as great as between a chaste virgin author, that in these sentiments we
and a filthy harlot, between the army cordially concur; and we sincerely hope
of the Lamb and the army of the Beast, that his valuable life will be spared, not
between Christ and antichrist. only to complete his present undertaking, but to project and execute many
“Did not (he says) these marvellous · others equally interesting and accept
calumnies against the Christians stand re
corded in the undoubted page of bistory, I able to the church of God.
should almost disbelieve my senses, when
they testify to me the existence of a similar 1. Faith, Hope, and Charity: the Substance
combination, prevailing so long and so exof a Sermon preached at the Dedica
tensively against the same religion in this tion of the Catholic Chapel at Brad-country.” p. 4. ford, in the County of York, on Wed
He adds, with pious horrornesday, July 27, 1826. By PETER AUGUSTIN BAINES, D.D. Bishop of
“Oh! did the Catholic religion even disSiga. &c. London: Printed for the tantly resemble the hideous portraits drawn Defence Committee of the British of it by our adversaries ; were its tenets Catholic Association. 8vo. pp. 16.
even remotely like those which are ascribed
to it, there is no one here who would hate 2. Popery Unmasked; being a fair Representation of the chief Errors of the
me and abhor it more than myself. I would fly
from it as from Church of Rome, extracted from their
a pestilence; I would not own Writers, and contrasted with suit
continue a member of it a single day. Let able Quotations from the Holy Scrip
us, my brethren, compare the portraits with
the originals. tures. To which is added, a slight Sketch of Popish Cruelties and Absur-! Well, then, we will present to the view of the Bishop of Siga what we cred, ever an inalienable right, it is in the consider to be an inspired original of intercourse of man with God; who requires the Roman Catholic religion. « And not the officious aid of tyrants to render to upon her forehead was a name written,
every man according to his works, who can
well distinguish the hypocrite from the sinMystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother cere adorer, who can alone determine how of Harlots, and the Abominations of the far ignorance may excuse error, or sincerity Earth. And I saw the woman drunken supply the place of trath. Hence it folwith the blood of the saints, and with lows, that all those civil enactments wliich the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and
c ond compel the conscience in its quiet and simple
intercourse with God, by whomsoever or when I saw her, I wondered with great against whomsoever directed, are equally admiration.” We distinctly charge the repugnant to the law of nature, and to the church of Rome with being accessary to virtue of Christian charity.' p. 3. shedding the blood of millions of persons, merely because they refused to
These are correct and noble sentiswallow its impious, unscriptural dog
ments. Had they been those of Popish mas; and we mention, in proof of the
priests and rulers in the reign of our truth of this indictment, the cruelties
bloody queen Mary, hundreds of lives of the Duke of Alva in Piedmont, the
would have been spared. Dr. Baines massacre of Paris, the fires of Smith
is, we believe, the first popish bishop field, the massacre in Ireland in 1641,
who ever employed such langnage, or
I pleaded for such an opinion. When an and the history of the Inquisition. How dreadfully infatuated must be the mind
Evangelist mentions Judas as uttering of that man, who cannot see the most
a fine sentiment, he contents himself “ distant resemblance” between the ac
with remarking, “ This he said, not cusations of Protestants against the
that he cared for the poor, but because cruel, blood-thirsty rulers of the Popish
he was a thief,” &c. Who can for a church, supported by the well-attested
moment doubt, but the bishop of Siga facts of universal history; and the spirit
was influenced by other considerations, and conduct of the church of which
in making the above remarks, than a he is a minister!
simple regard to the inalienable rights These remarks refer to the tragedy
of conscience in matters of religion? We of Popish bistory; we now present our
turn with the most hearty disgust from readers with a comedy performed by
this tissue of falsehood and misreprethis celebrated actor, the Bishop of
sentation. Having adopted our Lord's Siga! Who would have expected a
test of character, “ Ye shall know them Popish bishop to plead for liberty of
by their fruits," we remind our readers conscience - for unrestrained liberty of
of the solemn charge given by him to conscience! Having defined Charity, he
his disciples, which we consider pecu
liarly applicable in this case -“ Beware adde
of false prophets, which come to you in “And here, my brethren, it follows as
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are an immediate consequence, that human governments ought not to interfere between
ravening wolves : ye shall know them by God and his creatures, and compel by pains
their fruits.” and penalties, a form of worship which the The contents of the admirable tract conscience cannot approve. Not that man entitled “Popery Unmasked," are thus is always justified that follows bis consci- introduced :ence. That conscience may be, and often is, wilfully perverted; and in this case, it “ But what is popery? and what is meant becomes a perverse and deceitful guide. by unmasking it? The word “ Popery" is But though man is not always justified in not bere used by way of reproach, but of following his conscience, le can never be distinction. It marks the religion of the justified in sinning against it; and as God Pope, or Bishop of Rome, and of the church alone knows the secrets of the human heart, under his controal; and what that is, canit is not for man to force his own convic- not be better expressed than in the Creed tions upon others, and compel them to fol- of Pope Pius IV. and in the balls of his low bis conscience instead of their own successors down to Leo XII. These, thereSurely, if liberty is ever valuable, ever sa- fore, in connection with the decrees of the
famous conncil of Trent, are the chief autho. | ers in the Son of God-the great mass of rities we have employed to sketch the out- true and pious Christians throughout the line of this dangerous system ; and better, world, however widely situated or variously we think, need not, nor could bave been denominated. God forbid that we should employed.
condemn all Roman Catholics to perdition ! It must be admitted, however, that there We are happy to enumerate among the are Roman Catholic divines, both in Eng- members of the true Catholic Church such land and France, who do not go the full men as Pascal, Fenelon, and many others; length of the council of Trent, or of the and if Roman Catholics cannot extend the Popes themselves, in either ancient or mo- like charity to such Protestants as bishops dern times: they rub down some of the as- Hall and Leighton, or Drs. Watts and Dodporities of the system—they cover some of dridge, it can only prove that they theme its deformities, and to its deadly counte- selves are miserably deficient in candour nance they give a tinge of rouge, as the co- and Christian charity." p. 3, 4. loor of life and health ; that is, they make The plan of the work is to place on it appear as amiable and inviting as they one page “ Popish Errors," on the opcan, to those whom they wish to bring back
posite side “Scripture Contrast.” within the pale of their own cburch. · Now, to unmask this system, is to re «I. Of the Pope and Church of Rome.move the ingenious glosses, and elegant em- II. Of the Scriptures.—III. Of unwritten bellishments with which, from tbe days of Traditions.-IV. Of the Sacrifice of the Bossuet to those of Chateaubriand, its mo- Mass.-V. Of Trapsubstantiation and redern advocates have endeavoured to dis-ceiving in one kind only.—VI. of Merits guise this “ carcase of dead piety," and to and Satisfactions.-VII. Of Purgatory, and expose it in its “ true form and colour." I Prayers for the Dead.–VIII. Of Prayers
But what is Protestantism, or the religion in an unknown tongue.--IX. Of Pardons of Protestants ? * The grand principles of and Indulgences.-X. Of worshipping saints, Protestantism are, First, that no doctrine is angels, and relics.—XI. Of adoring images. to be received as an article of faith, which xii. Of Priests' Marriages." is not founded on the Holy Scriptures ; and
We have thenSecondly, that, as every man must answer for himself at the bar of God, and no other “Fees of the Pope's Chancery-Popish for him, so every man capable ought to read Miracles - Pretended Relics - Outline of the Scriptures for himself, with much seri-Popish Persecutions Character and Conousness and bumble prayer for divine in- duct of some eminent Popes—Protestant struction, that he may understand those parts Reformers and Martyrs-Texts alleged by at least which are necessary to salvation ; Popish writers in defence of the Church of and not have to rely wholly upon the minis- Rome, briefly explained.” ters of any religion, who are always liable to be deceived, and sometimes ander temp
We have only room to add the advertations to deceive. “ The Bible, (says our tisement of the worthy Editor, who immortal Chillingworth) and the Bible only, is the religion of Protestants ; and whatever other authorities may enjoin, “if they speak
« More than 36,000 having been sold of not according to this word, it is because
the former editions, may sufficiently indicate there is no light in tbem.” Isaiah viii. 20. 1
the public judgment. The opinion of many, “ The chief argument of which the advo
that it is eminently adapted for usefulness cates of popery avail themselves is, that the
in Ireland, as well as England, has occaCatholic religion, as they call their dogmas,
sioned this edition; bot the Editor wishes is the most safe, because even Protestants
it to be clearly understood, that it is not believe in the holy Catholic church.' But against the persons, but the errors or Papists as the word Catholic simply means .uni
that this Tract is aimed. He abhors perse. : versal,' it is easy to perceive that this is a
cution in every form, and in any hands; mere subterfuge. The one truet Catholic
and wishes only, by rational and scriptural church comprises the whole body of believ
means, to reclaim sinners from the error of their ways.
“Should any benevolent societies or indi* The term Protestant was first used inviduals wish for a considerable number of 1529, in application to certain German these tracts for gratuitous distribution, they l'rinces, &c. who protested against the Po- may be accommodated on easy terms, by pish decrees of the Emperor Charles V. applying to the author or the printer.”
+ True Christian unity is a unity of spirit, faith, and evangelical obedience, not a inere
We are of opinion this tract should anity of government and opinion. See Ephes, be circulated as an antidote to the poi. iv. 3. 13,
son of Dr. Baines's Sermon.
The Cottage Bible and Family Expositor ; | dissenters agree, are ably stated and
containing the authorized Translation defended; particularly " the proper of the old and New Testaments, with deity and atonement of our Saviour, Practical Reflections, and short Explanatory Notes, calculated to elucidate
and the paramount importance and nedifficult und obscure Passages. Dedi- cessity of the Holy Spirit's influences.” cated, by permission, to the Right Rev. Nor is our author less attentive to the the Lord Bishop of Salisbury. By practical uses of those doctrines. THOMAS WILLIAMS. Simpkin and
But Mr. Williams declines “entering Marshall.
into those minor points which, unhapWe live in the age of Bibles: which is pily, divide the Christian world into also, unhappily, the age of blasphemy.
sects and parties.” This chasm, which Every well-meant endeavour, therefore,
his defective plan required, we think is to elucidate what is obscure in the sa
much to be regretted. The honest, uncred writings, should be hailed with
biassed opinion of a sensible man, on
any subject, is always worthy of repleasure. Why this should be called the Cottage
spectful attention. We should have Bible, we cannot imagine; unless it be
been glad to see his judgment on the on account of its conciseness and cheap
constitution, laws, officers, and ordiness. It will, no doubt, be found in the
nances of the New Testament church, libraries of our most learned ministers,
though they might not be in exact acin our schools of the highest rank, and
cordance with our own, nor with those in our academies for theological stu.
of the learned bishop to whom the work dents. Colleges and halls will enter
is inscribed. As it is, the cottager has tain it with high respect, nor is it un
the rituals of the Old Testament church, worthy of being introduced into the
which are obsolete, expounded mimansions of our nobles, and the palaces
nutely; but the rituals of the New of our princes.
Testament church, which are to be in Mr. Williams is an old servant of the
force to the end of the world, and republic. His age and experience, his quire personal and practical observance, well-known evangelical principles, his
are skipped over rather awkwardly, extensive acquaintance with theological (See on Matt. xxviii. 18-20; 1 Tim. iji. literature, and the religious world in all throughout.) We regret this the more. its denominations, his popular and easy
because we recollect that Mr. Williams style of writing -qualified him above
has compiled "A Dictionary of all Remany for a work of this nature.
ligions, Religious Denominations,” &c. · And he has now happily completed his atte
His attention, therefore, has been, of his laborious task, with the highest cre
course,' strongly fixed on those minor dit to himself, and satisfaction to the points” to which he has referred, and subscribers. He handsomely acknow
his own mind, we should think, must be ledges the urbanity and kindness of made up on those articles. We shall his publishers, under afflictive circum- be happy to see a second edition, with stances, and which have made an im
ave made an im. all such defects supplied. It is precisely pression upon his mind never to be on those points that multitudes of reli. obliterated."
gious people, besides cottagers, have The work is very neatly printed, and need of the assistance of an able and embellished and enriched with several experienced friend. Confounded and useful maps and tables. We earnestly perplexed by the multiplicity of jarring hope that the author and the publishers sects, among whom the plainest texts will meet with that measure of encou-are perverted, they (like the Ethiopian) ragement from the religious public, to are ever asking, “How can I, except which they are entitled by the merit some man should guide me ?” and utility of their labours.
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