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FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND. Professor Gaussen, an eminent It would seem as if the friends of
member of the Evangelical College of evangelical religion on the Continent Geneva, addressing his students on were awake to the difficulties and the prospects of France, &c., after dangers which threaten them from speaking of the Popish and Protestthe opposition and machinations of ant forces, says: “I do not allude to Papists. It would seem, also, as if
a battle of argument and controversy, Popery were putting forth strenuous
but to a violent assault on the faith efforts, and making a desperate strug
and patience of the saints. It seems gle to regain its ascendancy over the
clear to me, that we are on the eve of civil powers. A crisis will come, and
times when, like our fathers, we must the conflict between Protestantism
hold our lives in our hands, as an and Popery is approaching, when the offering to Jesus Christ. The battle of the Reformation must be Church, apparently vanquished, disfought over again, not with carnal persed, reduced to the smallest numweapons, but with the weapons of
ber, will begin to conquer again by truth, and the sword of the Spirit,
the preaching of the cross, by patience, which is the word of God. The
and by faith.” sooner the friends of evangelical re
Prof. Monod bears a similar testiligion arm themselves for the conflict mony: “We live in a time in which the better. The existence and influ
God'does great things. But we canence of Popery is incompatible with
not but take notice that this happy civil and religious liberty, and with
movement meets with great obstacles, the renovation and conversion of the
and that we are in the epoch of crisis world to God, because Popery ever
and transition, whose results it is has been and still is, the enemy and
impossible to foresee.
6. The first obstacle arises from the opposer both of civil and religious liberty And when this contest
Romish Church. Although that comes, as come it will, if Popery ex
church had rarely descended more ists in sufficient strength, Popery
low in doctrine, and although there will resort to its old weapons, and
reigns almost every where a great indip its hands in blood. A recent
credulity regarding her and the Gosletter from M. Monod, of Montauban,
pel which she compromises, it is certo the Free Church of Scotland, after
tain that the influence of that church alluding to the decided revival of true
here, as elsewhere, increases in a religion in France during the last
frightful manner. A strange fact! twenty years, speaks of the serious
without reigning over the heart, it obstacles to its spread arising from
enslaves the mind. Even indications revived Popery. M. F. Monod, in
of persecution manifest themselves
here and there. More than one another letter, speaks of the solemn impression, that such is the rising young person has been carried off spirit of Popery, and its ascendancy
and put into a convent, in particular over the civil power, that soon the
the young Abbe de L-; and his padoor of usefulness will be closed, and
rents have recovered him only after violent persecution begin.
great difficulty. You will have obA late circular of the Geneva Evan
served that the daughter of the Dutch
Minister at Turin has been carried off gelical Society says of France: “The union which is forming between the
for a similar purpose. I understand Roman clergy and the civil authori
that the daughter of one of the most ties, turns the ambiguity of the laws
distinguished of the Evangelical pasmore and more to the advantage of
tors in French Switzerland is about the Papists. In many places congre
to enter a convent of her own choice. gations would be formed, if a guaran
“ By the law-suit instituted by the tee for peaceable, regular worship
Abbe Maurette, we are threatened to had not been refused. We must ex
lose the liberty of controversy. In pect a new state of things to be seen
seeing what is passing in France just in France, from the bonds with which now, we rub our eyes, and ask if we the Court of Rome seeks every where
are really awake.” to entangle governments.
MODERN POPERY.-We all know what Popery was in the days of the Inquisition and the dark ages; the following incident, told by an intelligent traveller, will give us an idea of its spirit in these latter days, which may help us to judge whether, if it was blood-thirsty, oppressive, and intolerant then, it is now adapted to promote the progress of civil and religious liberty among ourselves.—“A poor Protestant village named Felsberg, in Switzerland, has lately been so imminently threatened with destruction from an overhanging mountain, which is beginning to fall, that the government sought negociations with a neighbouring village called Ems, the inhabitants of which are Romanists, with the intent to translate the commune of Felsberg within the limit of the Ems territory. The people of this village refused their consent, except on condition that the Felsbergers should embrace the Romish religion; a proposition which they refused with the utmost energy and unanimity. They would rather remain under the falling mountain than renounce the Gospel and embrace the Pope.”
innocent sisters. M. Viot Prudhomme, their godfather, and a distinguished lady, their godmother, were placed at his right hand. After the accustomed words, the archbishop proceeded to their purification, par attouchements ; their dresses were raised with due regard to decency, so as to expose the native material, and in this condition they received the holy anointing within and without. Then Monseigneur, pulling a ribbon, struck the clappers against the two bells in succession, which answered in different tones; the godmother did the same, with perfect grace, and the godfather with his accustomed dexterity. All this accomplished, behold two Christians more in the world, bearing these inscriptions--the one, “Je m'appelle Anna-Valerie;" the other, “Je m'appelle Julie-Caroline.” It is with a lively sentiment of pity that we have witnessed this profane spectacle. A baptism of bells! What, then, is the original sin of these poor creatures? what stain have you washed away? Have these twins of M. Viot Prud. homme any fault which they derive from their paternity? Yes, your bells have a fault; we have told
of it before now, and your baptism will not efface it. The Church has given them its blessing, but they will soon receive the curse of the sick and the poor. The pretty allusions of the sermon to the poetry of bells, and their happy influences, have a bitter irony when applied to the abode of pain and misery. You speak of their welcoming the newly-born with joyous peals, and of their adding solemnity to the mourning for the dead ! But at the hospital children are brought forth in shame, and received with mystery; and compassion for the dying bids us mourn for the dead in silence. The hospital demands for its inmates food, and care, and rest, and you give them-bells!
Popish BIBLES. Changes are going on silently in these times of peaceful discussion, which will make all things new. Among these changes nothing is more remarkable than a sudden desire to read the Bible, which has seized the Roman Catholics. An edition of 1000 Douay Bibles, pub
BAPTISM OF BELLS AT TOURS. -We have just been present at a signal parody on the
fundamental rite of Christianity; a Pagan ceremony has just been celebrated by the ministers of Christ, in a chapel consecrated to his worship. The two bells presented to the hospital have been baptized! This solemnity was conducted with great pomp by the archbishop, assisted by his clergy, and aided by the giver of the bells, who played the double part of father and godfather. A mass, distinguished by the union of admirable musical powers with the generous spirit of charity, and an edifying sermon, preceded the baptism: and then the ceremony commenced. The two bells were hung a little above the ground, in the midst of the chapel. A somewhat profane coquetry presided at their toilette. They were dressed in gowns of rosecoloured satin, with robes of lace, and trimmed with ribbons and flowers. The archbishop, (Monseigneur Morlot) solemnly approached these two
lished in this city (New York) ten whom they had so long boasted as years ago, was disposed of with diffi- the intelligent and devoted champion culty. Recently a quarto edition of of their Church.” 5000 was all sold in a few months, But my principal reason for now and large numbers of various editions writing to you is, the hope that you are constantly selling. In fact, the will assist in making known to those Catholics have suddenly become a who wish to help forward the ReBible-reading people. It is the Douay deemer's cause the dark side of the translation, to be sure, with notes not picture; the awfully tremendous perthe very best, though many of them secution at this moment raging, more are excellent, and the translation of or less, in every spot where there some passages is palpably sectarian have been any conversions from Poand untrue. Yet the great truths of pery. In some places the old priests inspiration are so plainly taught, that who were thought not sufficiently praying to saints, the miracles of active in stopping the reformation, saints, and the whole lumber of such have been removed to other parishes, superstitions, must soon disappear or pensioned off, and young men, under its influence. What has waked newly sent from Maynooth, have sucup
this wonderful desire for the Bi- ceeded them; and now the most awful ble we know not, unless it be the curses ring from every Romish altar controversy about its exclusion from against the converts, or any who in the public schools. Nothing could any wise help or aid them.
They have been more likely to produce this charge their congregations not to effect than such a discussion. The speak one word to their nearest and tendency of every thing, however, is dearest friends, and to hold them to discussion. The Bible is certainly guilty of mortal
sins if they coming to be more properly appreci- read, or countenance the reading of, ated by Protestants than it used to be, the Bible; they are commanded to and why should
not the same change shut their eyes, if they meet them on go on amongst Catholics? The craft the road, and to turn their heads of their demanding belief without another way until they pass. They proof has had its day, and now every are not permitted to sell any article man demands of whoever makes a to a convert, and the distress that proposition that he should prove it. this occasions, is perhaps far greater
than you may think, for I would just remind you that the poorest class of peasantry have no stock of provisions of any kind laid in for the winter.
Potatoes are the only food they use, MY DEAR
-I am sure you will and the R- C-s will not now sell be rejoiced to hear of the great suc- them
In other places, too, the cess with which the Lord has been buyer might turn to another person, pleased to prosper the teaching of His or procure what he wanted by the own Word in the Irish language slight personal inconvenience of walkamongst our poor R- C- fellow- ing a mile or two to another town; sinners in this country, and especially but in those remote districts they in the county K- In six parishes would have to travel twenty or thirty that are adjoining, there were, in miles ere they would reach a large June last, 821 converts; and since town, where the ban of the priest's that, several others have joined their curse would not follow them, and party, amongst which may be num- there are no Protestant families able bered the priest of one of the parishes,
to assist them. There are no resident and another most influential person- gentry in most of the parishes, not so influential, that when her confessor a comfortable farmer. In heard that she had left the Church of some there is not even a resident Rome, he fainted: and all the priests clergyman; and even where there is, and nuns of that locality declared, he is generally himself a very poor that they “would rather that six man, whose heart is wrung with the priests had left them, than her, of hard necessity of injuring the cause
GOOD WORK IN IRELAND.
he loves, by being forced often to say, trade, the success of which depended
depart in peace, be ye warmed and much on the feelings of his neighfilled.” In cases of sickness, their bours towards him, lost his customsufferings are greatly aggravated: no ers; and a large family, who were in sum of money will procure a pint of independent circumstances, are now milk to cool the parching thirst of left beggars. Yet the young man is fever, and in some cases the patient firm; and what
still more cheering, has fallen a sacrifice in consequence
his friends continue to send the of the refusal of nurses to go and younger members of the family to the attend them at their house. I could Scriptural school of the village: and tell you instances that would touch I may add, that all the schools in the the hardest heart; yet I am happy to places connected with the Reformasay, that though large bribes are tion, are increasing in the number of offered, only one boy has been in- the scholars, and the attendance of duced to return to Popery, and we the converts at divine service is more hear that he is wretched; but a new regular than before the persecution suit of clothes, a sum of money, and began.
Therefore we have great the privilege of dining at the priest's reason to rejoice, even in this fiery table, have led him to this step, which trial, as it proves the reality of their it is most likely he will retrace ere precious faith: and it will, I feel aslong. In another part of K—, an sured, but help to purify that faith, intelligent young man who was clerk so that it will be “found unto praise, to an attorney, listened one day to the and honour, and glory, at the appearScriptures, and, in consequence, was ing of Jesus Christ.” denounced from the altar. Still,
I remain, yours faithfully, however, he went to hear, and became
J. C so impressed by the truths he heard, that in a very short time he went to [Protestants are indeed loudly called church. The next day his employ- upon to help this good work. The ment was taken from him; his father, Editor will be glad to forward any who had a large family, and was in a contributions. ]
IDEAL OF A CHRISTIAN CHURCH. and degraded mind. There is in his
whole system and endeavour, such a SIR-I have just risen from the pe- manifest attempt to puzzle and cloud rusal of Mr. Ward's “Ideal of a rather than to argue for and establish Christian Church;" and it would not truth, that you soon begin to suspect be easy to tell the amount of pain every succeeding sentence of trickery and distress to which it gives rise in and chicane; and too frequently such an honest mind. Not that the line suspicions are more than realized, of argument is at all likely to be in- when the whole drift of the argument fluential with those who are Scriptu- is understood. rally informed; not that you feel at It is painful to track such a writer all that wretched sensation of inextri- through all his windings, but somecable entanglement which some art- times it is needless. Mr. Ward is ful Jesuitical writings produce, and one of a school; and one of the most which Mr. Ward has evidently aimed audacious of the party. He is, like at producing; but that you do be- Frowde, a thorough disciple and come conscious of a measure of mel- eleve of Mr. Newman; and put forancholy pity for a mind so completely ward by him to bear the brunt of the astray, so lost to every sense of hon- battle for a series of sophisms which ourable feeling which should guide are really originated by Mr. Newman. us in the labyrinth of life. You feel And it is desirable that the errors of as you go onward, that you are in that school should be touched where contact with an enslaved, debased, they are really tangible; and that the
Christian public should now be put depravity, as the natural, and direct, upon their guard against a mode of and even unmitigated consequences argument, which must find its way, of the doctrine of the 11th Article." under present circumstances, to per- “It is the master-piece of Satan's sons who are little prepared for such craft, holding out a promise to selfargumentation These artful state- deceiving men, of enjoying, at once, ments will now be forced upon the carnal security and spiritual peace.” public. Like the frogs of Egypt, He knows quite well the strong they will find their way into the prejudices with which such statesecret chamber. Like the locusts, ments as these will accord; though they wither every green thing they many men would startle at first to touch. And, like a still more dis- put their own objections so strongly tressing plague, they mystify men's and so coarsely. But he counts on minds with a darkness that can be thus gaining partizans with him, who felt.”
will join on this ostensible ground I purpose, therefore, with your in condemning, on a special point, leave, to take up,
in a series of letters, the evangelical body, and are thus several points in Mr. Ward's argu- scaring them from taking the Scripment; and to put them in a right tural and only safe ground which the light before the Christian public, that Evangelicals occupy in other respects. the fallacy may be discovered of the But then having, as he hopes, sucmode by which he endeavours to ceeded in frightening men off Reformseduce the simple believer in the Holy ation and Scriptural ground; having Scriptures from his happy allegiance brought, as he hopes, the clergy of to his God.
the Reformed Church to shrink from But at the outset there is one man- Reformation principles, and to take æuvre, which holds a prominent place refuge from evangelical truth in antithroughout the whole work of 600 quity and tradition, he assails the pages, to which I would call attention. high churchman on
that slippery In the first place, his wrath against ground with a vehemence which he is the old school of the Evangelical not likely to repel; he gives him an clergy is very great; for he is fully impulse there which can hardly fail conscious that their position is quite to drive him down the inclined plane impregnable: and that if the great of Romish mystification. body of the clergy were in real alarm Nothing can be well more evident to take refuge in true Reformation than his triumphant consciousness of principles, he and his friends might victory over these high church opisophisticate in vain. He fires off, nions. He feels that there he has no therefore, most copiously, all the com- difficulty. The prey is in his toils. mon places which the prejudices of Finding them off their own ground, high churchmen have led them to he has only to draw round them the entertain against the “Evangelicals. meshes of his entanglement, and if He pours them out ad nauseam, in they are sincere and straightforward the hope to carry with him the feel- in their professions, they must fall ings of a large body of men, who into his hands. And he is right in have been accustomed to shrink from his anticipations. It is impossible the strong statements of our doctrinal to read those portions of Mr. Ward's articles; and he labours, in language book without a conviction that astronger than the high church school gainst high churchmen he has cerhave ever used, to awaken their fears tainly the best of the argument. Only and confirm their dislike of the Scrip- let the high churchman concede, tural doctrines of grace.
what for the sake of priestly power, He says, “no consecutive thinker he has been willing to concede tocould adopt the doctrine of Justifica- wards Romanists, and he has surtion by Faith only, without being rendered the key of his position. prepared to plunge, theoretically, at The essential features of his sysleast, into the lowest depths of de- tem are those which gradually eftiopravity." "He looks on open and resce into Romanism. And though, undeniable habits of profligacy and in times when controversy was not