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come over us; and, instead of divid. which are manifest violations of his ing the spoil, we shall suffer all the law. terror, confusion, and ignominy of We love science; and, therefore, discomfiture and retreat. Both God we grieve to see it made the minisand man must hold us in derision, ter of sin. We love Christian con. if, while we repel from the Lord's sistency; and, therefore, we mourn table the barber who shaves, the to see it sacrificed at the shrine of baker who bakes, the engineer who mammon. We love our country ; conducts an engine, the clerk who and, therefore, we tremble to see sells railway-tickets, and the widow- millions of its money, and tens of woman who deals in groceries on thousands of its sons and daughthis holy day, we permit gentlemen ters, devoted to confederacies who to enjoy the fellowship of saints, unblushingly publish their rival though they hold shares in, and schemes of Sabbath-profanation in direct the affairs of, Companies which placards and newspapers. This is desecrate the Sabbath by wholesale. no time for cant or compliment; And if we exclude none, but wink plain, unexaggerated truth must be at the iniquity under all its spoken, if, peradventure, the Lord forms, and among all its practi- may grant us repentance, and "turn tioners, then is the beauty of the fierceness of his wrath away holiness” compromised ; and, with from us.” We joyfully acknowit, “the glory,” and its accompa- ledge that our Sabbath is disencumnying. “defence,” will assuredly bered of all merely Jewish restricevanish.
tions; but we protest against the These are not the notes of sedi- inference, that, iherefore, we are at tion, but the warnings of a devoted liberty to prostitute it to purposes and self-sacrificing loyalty; and we of pleasure or of profit. Are we to implore our readers to look at the be ungrateful, just because God is whole subject in the light of Scrip- good? Are our obligations dimiture, and in its direct bearings upon nished by the multiplication of his the present belligerent circumstances mercies? Do we owe him less than of the church. Look at the resusci- the Jews, because he has given us tated energies and concentrated more? Are we to take Antinomian forces of Popery, at home and liberties with his law, because he abroad ; at the deep-laid and ex has superadded to it his Gospel ? pensive schemes which infidelity is If we may not attribute it to ignocarrying out, for the subversion of rance, does it not look exceedingly truth, order, religion, and morality; like hypocrisy, to plead the spirit. at the unseemly divisions, and soul- uality of our dispensation, and our destroying errors, which distract obligations to universal holiness, as Protestant churches ; at the visible an argument for relaxing the ob. tokens of divine displeasure which vious meaning of the Sabbath-law ? rest upon our trading and commer And to argue, that, because God is cial interests ; at the wants of the to be found everywhere, it is of heathen world, and the humiliating small importance whether we worproofs which are, in continuance, ship him in his "house of prayer,” given of our inability to meet them ; or in the temple of nature ; at his look, we say, at these things, and table, or in a railway-carriage? “I judge whether it be not mad, and speak as unto wise men ; judge ye suicidal, as well as impious, for what I say.” “ The wise shall members of the church, under such inherit glory; but shame shall be circumstances, to provoke God fur the promotion of fools.” ther, by persevering in practices
STATISTICS OF POPERY IN GREAT BRITAIN.
(To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.)
The following statistics of Popery lic Directory for are collected from the
Missionary Priests. Chapels. Colleges. Convents. Monasteries.
The ninety-two French Priests practices of Popery. Among its now in England have all subscribed Vice-Presidents it numbers two a “ Form of Declaration of Catholic Earls, five Lords, ten Baronets, and communion, commanded by His above thirty Esquires. All the Holiness.” Nothing is said of their Popish Bishops and Clergy of Great object in coming to this country, Britain and the colonies, the Popish nor of their present employment. Peers and Members of Parliament, There are now nine Vicars Apostolic are members of the Committee, er in England, and five in Scotland. oficio. The first year after its esLast year the Central District, which tablishment, it had nineteen Auxcomprehends the counties of Derby, iliaries ; last year, forty-four ; but Notts., Stafford, Leicester, Warwick, this year it announces one hundred Worcester, Oxford, and Salop, was and ten in Great Britain, and eight “divided into eight deaneries, each in Australia. There are also now, under the patronage, and called by in the British colonies and possesthe name, of a saint," and a Rural sions, twenty-seven Popish Bishops Dean appointed to each. The Pope, and Vicars Apostolic. 'In Australia in his letter to the Earl of Shrews- there are thirty Priests. At Sydney, bury, President of the Catholic “besides the cathedral church, and Institute of Great Britain, says, two temporary chapels, the founda“We are encouraged to entertain tion-stone of St. Patrick's church, the cheering hope, that the light of Charlotte-place, has been laid. The divine faith will again shine, with cost will be about £20,000. It is the same brightness as of old, upon intended to build another church at the minds of the British people. the south end of the town, for which We desire nothing with greater ear. a site has been granted by Governnestness, than to embrace once more, ment.” At Hobart-Town, Vanwith paternal exultation, the Eng- Diemen's Land, “a splendid church lish nation.” The object of the is about being commenced.” Institute is, to defend and propa Appeals are made in the Directory gate, by tracts and works, &c., on behalf of their London Mission
duly approved,” and by other Fund, the Secular Clergy Common means, the pernicious principles and Fund, the Associated Charities, &c.
The following is the form of a legacy dour of their chapels, and the to the Secular Clergy Fund: "I be- poverty of the persons who attend queath the sum of — pounds for them, that it is plain they are libethe benefit of that Fund; and ear rally supplied with money from nestly hope that the holy sacrifice some quarter. Is it not a part of of the mass will be offered for the the policy of the Romish Church, to repose of my soul,” &c. They have concentrate all its energies, from a Society for the providing poor time to time, on a single portion of churches with the necessary altar. what are called the “ heretical terrilinen, vestments, &c. The Mar- tories?” Some years ago her zeal chioness of Wellesley, is its Presi- and resources were employed on dent; the Duchess of Leeds, Count America. For the purpose of inuness C. Clifford, Countess Stafford, dating it with Popery, a single AsCountess Montalembert, Hon. Mrs. sociation in France gave more than Petre, and Hon. Mrs. Digby, are sixty-one thousand dollars; and, for Vice-Presidents. To induce persons the same object, in 1829, the Pope to become members, it is stated, himself granted merely to one Bi“Once every indulgence the most shop twenty thousand dollars. Of holy sacrifice is offered up on behalf late years, there is reason to believe, of the members of this Society. At it has been his settled policy to the decease of a member one mass establish his authority in Great Briis said for her soul; and, in the tain. May all Protestants, who have week following All-Souls, Requiem been slumbering, now awake! Let is sung for all the deceased mem Bibles and religious tracts be more bers." The Directory states, that extensively circulated. Let Sabbath "the Dissenters are, in general, and day schools, conducted well disposed.” And again : “ The Christian principles, be multiplied. Catholic body is receiving extra- Let fervent, united, and believing ordinary accession from the ranks prayer be perseveringly presented to of our Dissenting brethren, wher the throne of the heavenly grace, ever the standard of our faith is for that general effusion of the Holy planted, and our doctrines expound. Spirit that must precede, but wbich ed by our Clergy.”. They bave shall assuredly usher in, the perfect numerous boarding schools in dif- day of the church. Popery is irraferent parts of the country, some of diated by no beam from heaven; it which are conducted by Priests. is supported by no Scripture ; it adThere are thirty-eight charity-schools mits of no proofs ; it gives birth to in the London District only. They no pleasures ; and is only permitted have also an Association for the to remain until the “time, and times, Propagation of the Faith, under the and half a time” shall be fulfilled. patronage of His Holiness. The The hour is on the wing, when that bond of union among the members sun which measures oůt, as with re, is, “simply to recite a very short luctance, its unholy reign, shall pour prayer every day, and to subscribe his splendour amid its ruins, and a a halfpenny a week to the funds of voice be heard as “the sound of the Society.”
many waters, saying, Hallelujah ! Such are some of the subtle, Babylon the great, the mother of active, and determined measures harlots, and abominations of the which the Papists are still employ earth, is fallen, is fallen!” ing for the propagation of their
Samuel Dunn, destructive errors. There is such a Dudley, April 6th, 1842. striking contrast between the splen
SCRIPTURAL ESSAYS. (No. VII.) CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE THE ABIDING WITNESS TO THE
TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
(Concluded from page 300.) (To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.) In what sense does the possession genuine believer in the Lord Jesus of this inward life constitute a wit. Christ. He applied, as he was reness or testimony? The question quired to apply; and he has receive and its proper reply may be illus. ed, in consequence of his applicatrated by a comparison,- homely, tion, exactly what he needed, and perhaps, but not inapposite. À what the original and written testiman is in circumstances of distress. mony promised. He was not reBy a benevolent friend, a written quired, by the terms of that propromise is given him, stating, mise, to wait for the disclosures of that if he will apply, in a certain eternity, and the blessings of a prescribed manner, to another per future state. Then and there, inson, whose name is mentioned, and deed, he is to receive the final and who is represented as being both consummating gift; but of that gift able and willing to afford the requi- he is to receive the foretaste and site relief, his wants shall be all pledge here below. He is to have supplied. Such a declaration as the part before the whole, and as an this would be itself a testimony, earnest of the whole. He is to reborne by the person making it, to ceive “the earnest of the Spirit.” the ability and willingness of the And when he thus receives forgiveperson to whom it refers. But, en ness of sins, and inheritance among couraged by the promise, the dis- them that are sanctified,—when he tressed individual makes the appli- is thus “ sealed with that Holy cation described and required ; and, Spirit of promise,”—he has within immediately upon making it, he ob himself that which is a witness of tains the relief. That which before the goodness of God; and, at the was only a written testimony, be same time, a proof of the divine oricomes now an actually experienced gin of the declaration which contestimony Before the application tains the promise, and of the divine was made, and the relief obtained, if mission and power of Him by whom the question were asked, “ What these great blessings have been beevidence have you of the power and stowed. God's testimony concerngood-will of the person to whom ing his Son is, in other words, that you are to apply?" the answer must he saves all those who come to him: be a reference to the written decla- they who come to him, and receive ration ; but now the relief enjoyed the end of their faith, even the salis likewise a testimony. And its vation of their souls, have, thereoperation is twofold. It proves, not fore, this testimony or witness in only the good-will of the reliever, themselves. They have the Son; but the truth of the written declara- they, in consequence, have life : by tion.
Apply, and be relieved,” their possession of this life, therewas the language of the declaration. fore, they are assured of the truth “I have applied, and I am relieved,” of those written declarations which is the language of the successful bear testimony to Christ, and acapplicant : “I therefore am myselfcording to the directions of which in possession of that which at once themselves have acted. confirms the truth of the declaration, An important event in the ancient and bears witness to the kindness history of the Jews, will likewise and power of my benefactor." furnish an illustration of our argu
Just so is it in reference to the ment. On one occasion, during the blessings actually received by the journeying of Israel in the wilder
ness, they were suddenly exposed to He represented the whole as a new and most fearful danger. a special divine interposition : “So The whole camp was attacked by a and so hath the Lord said ; so and number of venomous reptiles, whose so the Lord will do.” And, in obesting was painfully and rapidly mor- dience to the injunction, the brasen tal. We inay easily conceive of the serpent is made' ; it is affixed to a anguish and dismay that would be lofty pole ; it is set up in a conspispread through the vast multitude. cuous place. The wounded and Against ordinary foes they might dying Israelites looked upon it. have defended themselves ; and from And what was the result? Moses most of the wounds received in bat. had testified that God had said, tle, the usual carefulness and skill “Every one that is bitten, when he would have recovered them. But looketh upon it, shall live.” But from these assailants, gliding steal had God said this? If the work of thily through the encampment like death had still gone on, the concluso many visible incarnations of sion was inevitable, that either death, who should preserve them? Moses was himself deceived, or that And from the issue of their poison- he was endeavouring to deceive. ous bite, who should save them? Every wounded Israelite who, look. The serpents“ bit the people ; and ing upon the brasen serpent, yet much people of Israel died.” The died, furnished a proof that God sin for which they were thus pu- had not spoken as Moses said. But nished is very briefly but signifi- what was the result ? “And it cantly described : “ The soul of the came to pass, that if a serpent had people was much discouraged be- bitten any man, when he beheld the cause of the way. And the people serpent of brass, he lived." The peospake against God, and against ple had spoken against Moses; and Moses, Wherefore have ye brought God, both in fearful judgment, and us up out of Egypt to die in the in undeniably divine mercy, bore wilderness ? for there is no bread, testimony in his favour. At first, neither is there any water.” They the testimony only exists in the doubted of the divine power with declaration, “ Every one that is bitwhich Moses was really connected. ten, when he looketh upon it, shall They saw him only as a man, and live :” but when the Israelites look. as a man whose plans had failed. ed, and lived, they had the witness He had brought them up out of in themselves. Health, restored to Egypt; but it was “ to die in the them by looking on the brasen serwilderness.” The irruption of these pent, is the testimony that Moses terrible ser pents produced, at least, had spoken truly ; and that this a temporary repentance. They went brasen serpent was, as he said that to Moses, confessed their sin, and it should be, the divinely appointed, besought his intercession. He pro- and certainly and universally efficamised it to them. He then came cious, instrument of restoration. and told them, that he had received God gave life; but that life was to a divine command to make a serpent come by the brasen serpent : and to of brass, resembling those by which the efficacy of this, as an instrument, they had been bitten, and to set it Moses, in God's name, bore testiup on a pole. He added a promise mony. He that looked, and lived, of evidently miraculous intervention: had that testimony in himself. He “And it shall come to pass, that knew, from his own-in this respect every one that is bitten, when he unerring—experience, that the truth looketh upon it, shall live.” The had been spoken. Had he looked, whole credit of the Jewish leader and remained unhealed, every pain was now most certainly at stake. that he felt, as he approached the Merely looking on the image of a mortal termination of his agonies, serpent was not an act that, of itself, would have borne witness against could certainly cure all who had Moses. But he looked, and his been bitten by these venomous rep- pains fled away. He looked, and he tiles : nor did Moses pretend that it had life. And his restored health,