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with the besom of destruction. For thus saith the infallibie Oracle.---Then was the iron, the clay, the bruss, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, AND BECAME LIKE THE CHAFF OF THE SUMMER THRESHING FLOORS, AND THE WIND CARRIED THEM AWAY, THAT NO PLACE WAS FOUND FOR THEM. The four einpires and ten kin dons, as they are applies it to our declaring we are moved by the Holy Ghost to preach the Gospel.
A certain respectable Clergyman of our Church, whose writings on sonje subjects have few equals, hath said --" If any one asks what the expressions in Scripture, regenerate--born of the SPIRIT- new creatures, mean?--We answer, that they mean nothing ! nothing to us !-- nothing to be found, or sought for, iu the present circumstances of Christianity."-This gentlenian well knows, that these declarations of his are extremely different froni ibe doctrines of the Church of England, and yet, since he published these sentiments, be has subscribed nuore than once, and, as far as appears, would subscribe again and again, if two or three more good preferments should
My indignation compels me to say, that a body of Clergy of that description-however learned, ingenious, and worthy they may be in other respects-deserve extirpating fron the face of the earth ; and, if there be a judgment to come, our doom will be uncommonly severe, The Scripture declares, all liars shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire und brimstone. And what more solemn lie can there be, than subscribing our naives, that we believe a number of propositions, wbich in our consciences we judge to be fa se! unless it be that other declaration, we “trust we are moved by the Holy GHOST to preach the Gospel,” when we do not believe there is any HOLY Ghost, but laugh al every pretension of the sort as Methodism and enthusiasm? If the Lord is a God of knowledge by whom actions are weighed, we prevaricating Parsons shall bjave a sad account to give another day. We may keep up our heads a few years now, while in possession of two or three good livings, and the world smiles upon us, but the day of darkness is at no great distance, when uothing but mutegrity and conscious uprightness will stand us in any stead. I once the Clergy becon.e generally prevaricators with their solemu subscriptions, the fate of the English church is determined.
[*] Certain it is, that if a man diay lie and prevaricate in order to insure his own peace, or even the peace of the nation, he may
with equal propriety commit any other crime with the salle view, be it theft, adultery, murder, or what not. But let men take beed that by these prevaricatiops they lose not that peace wiich is of all others the most valuable, the most easily lost, and the most bardly acquired, namely, peace of conscience, or the testimony of their couscience that they please Gon. And what a dreadful reflection does this sentiment convey on Go:ernment by some wbo would probably be thought its best friends, that it allows of peace only ou terins with which no conscientious inan can comply.-EDITOR.
now constituted, shall, along with the Whore of Bubylon, be swept from the face of the earth, and be known no more at all, in their present forms. And what shall be the issue! Affictive as the change may be, the end shall prove ylorious. In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but IT SHALL BREAK IN Pieces, AND CONSUME ALL THESE KINGDOMS, and it shall stand for ever. All people, nations, and languages, shall serve the ReDEEMER of mankind in the true spirit and power of his religion. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not BE DESTROYED. The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the prople of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve und obey him.—Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice. den. The followers of Jesus shall never hurt or destroy one another again, but shall beat their swords into plough shares ; and their spears into pruning hooks : nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more ; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, Us the waters cover the sea*,
“ But still, it is not easy to discern, why a Protestant nation should share the common fate of the Catholic countries, even upon the principles of the prophetic Scriptures ?"
Possibly: But have you reflected upon the fate of Holland, Geneva, and the reformed Cantons of Switzerland? They were wholly Protestant, and made their boast of being more pure than most other churches of the reformed religion : and yet they have undergone the same changes as the Catholic states, though with infinitely less blood and slaughter. And I * The reader
consult and compare other prophecies of a similar kind with the above; particularly Isaiah ii. 1--5, and Micah iv. 1.-5.
strongly suspect, that though the Pope * and Church of Rome may be, and certainty are at the head of the grand 1960 years delusion, yet all other churches, of whatever denomination, whether established, or tolerated, or persecuted, which partake of the same spirit, or have instituted doctrines and ceremonies inimical to the pure and unadulterated Gospel of CHRIST, shall sooner or later share in the face of that immense fabric of human ordinances.
That we have various things in our ecclesiastical Establishment, which cannot be defended, upon the pure principles of the Son of God, seems to many unquestionable. Our
The Pope of Rome may be, and probably is, a worthy and respectable private character. There have been many such in a course of ages. But, because he is at the heud of the great apostacy from the genuine Gospel of CHRIST, he shall go into perdition, let his own moral conduct be what it may. So the late King of France was a wortly man, and had many and considerable virtues; yet, because he was at the head of one of the ten autichristian kingdoms which gave its power to the support of the Beast; and, because the 1260 prophetical years in that kingdom were expired, he went into perdition, in a manner the most afflictive that can be conceived [*]. King George too, is a inost worthy character, and his successors, we trust, will be the same, but unless there shall be piety and wisdom enough in the government of the country, civil and religious, 10 reform radically the Constitution, and render it consistent with the true spirit of Divine Revelation, there is reason to tremble for the consequence. Private worth, it is evident from a thousand examples, will never protect public and general depravity, from the punishment due, and the destruction denounced. All that can be said for it, is, that the fate of a nation may, for a season, be suspended, till the Noahs, the DANIELS, the JOBS, and the JOSIAHS, are taken out
of the way.
Consult the pamphlet entitled Reform or Ruin, for some useful hints. That pamphlet, however, though containing valuable matter, as far as it
leaves the constitutional defects of the country un." touched, and seems to take for granted all is there pretty near as it should be.
[*] 'Tis somewhat singular that the learned author should no where have noticed the celebrated work of Mr. FLEMING. "That this Gentleman should in so remarkable and express a manner have foretold the year of the French Revolution, and the extremne degra. dation of the French Monarchy, is surely a circunstance deserving of great attention. His whole work is interesting, but it is much to be hoped that his conjecture respecting the general prevalence of Popery is not equally well founded. The modesty and piely of the performance carry with them a great reconmendation. EDITOR
excellent Reformers * did great things, considering how they had been educated, and the age in which they lived. They were good men, and proceeded, in their regenerating work, much farther than might have been expected; but their successors have not followed the noble example set before them, of reducing the religious Establishment of the country to primitive purity, and evangelical simplicityt. We have been
* It has been the opinion of many disinterested persons, that several of our church appendages are not only unnecessary, but pernicious. Archbishop CRANMER in particular speaks in strong terms against some, which he was obliged from the necessity of circumstances to retain. In a letter to Lord CROMWELL he says:
“ Having had experience, both in times past, and also in our days, how the sect of Prebendaries have not only spent their time in much idleness, and their substance in superfluous belly-cheer, I think it not to be a convenient state or degree to be maintained and established. Considering, first, that commonly a Prebendary is neither a learner, nor a teacher, but a good viander. Then by the same name, they look to be chief, and to bear all the whole rule and preeminence in the college where they be resident; by means whereof, the younger of their own nature, given more to pleasure, good cheer, and pastime, than to abstinence, study, and learning, shall easily be brought from their books to follow the appetite and example of the same Prebendaries, being their heads and rulers. And the state of the Prebenduries hath been so excessively abused, that when learned men have been admitted into such room, many times they have desisted from their good and godly studies, and all other virtuous exercise of preaching and teaching." Monthly Mag for May, 1798.
† " There are many prophecies, which declare the fall of the ecclesiastical powers of the Christian world. And though each church seems to Hatter itself with the hopes of being exempted; yet it is very plain, that the prophetical characters belong to all. They have all ieft the true, pure, simple religion; and teach for doctrines the commandments of men. They are all merchants of the earth, and have set up a kingdom of this world, abounding in riches, temporal power, and external pomp. They have all a duginatizing spirit, and persecute such as do not receive their own mark, and worship the image which they have set up. It is very true, that the Church of Rome is Babylon the Great, and the Mother of harlots, and of the abominutions of the earth: But all the rest have copied her example.”
HARTLEY's Obserrations on Man. p. 2. $ 82. Be it observed, that HARTLEY was no Dissenter, but a most serious, learned, and candid Churchman; and wrote near fisty years ago.
If my inemory does not fail me, Dr. DOWNHAM, sometiune since, Bishop of Derry in Ireland, reckoned up 600 gross errors in the system of Popery.
contented to suffer our religious Constitution, our doctrines, and ceremonies, and forms of public worship, to remain, nearly in the same unpurged, adulterated, and superstitious state, in which the original reformers left them *. At least, the alterations which have been made since EDWARD VI's. time have been few and inconsiderable. And the very last improvements, which took place in our eeclesiastical frame of things, were in the reign of that haughty, persecuting, wavering, and yet tyrannical bigot JAMES I. who would bear no contradiction, but establish every thing just according to his own pleasuret.
If any person will seriously consider the low and superstitious state of the minds of men in general, in the time of JAMES I, much more in the reigns of his predecessors, he will not be surprized to find, that there are various matters in our ecclesiastical constitution, which require some alteration. Our forefathers did great things, and we cannot be sufficiently thankful for their labours; but much more remains to be done, and it will be found a task of no ordinary difficulty, peaceably and quietly to reduce things to a pure evangelical state. This never can be done, indeed, but by a strong concurrence of providential circumstances. The approbation of his Majesty, with a majority in the two Houses of Parliament, might easily effect every thing that is desirable. This would render a reformation practicable, without danger to the Throne. But it should seein, that, with dazger, or without danger, the prophecies of DANIEL being true, such a change must take place sooner or later. This power of reforming whatever is amiss, is one of the peculiar excellencies of the British constitution. Consult SIMPSON's Key to the Prophecies, in a note on the last sheet, for some thoughts on this subject.
* CRANMER, BUCER, JEWEL, and others, never considered the reformation, which took place in their own time, as complete. They did what they could, and what the humours of men would then bear, and left to their successors to accomplish what was still lacking. Vide Neal's History of the Puritans, vol. i. ch. 1. and 2. where evidence for these assertions is produced at some length. And now that I have mentioned this Work, I beg leave to recommend it in the warmest terins, as containing abundance of the most important and authentic information concerning the history of the English churches, from the time of the Reformation, in the reign of HENRY VIII. to the Revolution under WILLIAM IH. in the year 1683. The last edition, enlarged by Dr. TOULMIN, is by far the best. No Clergyman of the Establishment should be without these valuable volumes. It is the interests of truth alone which we should wish to advance,
+ Vide the Conference at Hampton-Court for the over-bearing conduct of this pedantic king, and the fulsome flattery of courtbishops. Several persons, moreover, were put to death, in this reign, for their religious opinions. Is not this one of the infallible marks of the Beast ?