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neighbours ?—The friends of the catholic priesthood, must think but inearly of that body, and the principles of learned priests and bishops, who could thus be silenced, by a little ease and comfort, produced by an annual charitable pension from men they have no affection for :-and, if they could thus be silenced, that very consideration ought to weigh heavily in the scale against their claims and demands.- Paul spurned at the idea of riches, and ease, and comfort in the discharge of his religious duty, and braved poverty and persecution, that he might win him, who never bribed a convert, and never received a bribe. (12) --To Fight AGAINST GOD.--

their claimat to weigh heavild: that

If the Apostle Paul could have discerned by the power of his great natural talents, that the errors introduced into his divine master's religion, which he calls the “mystery of iniquity,” and which he said was beginning to work in his own time would be productive of great mischief in the Church of Christ, he could not possibly discover, by the same means, that six hundred years after his death, the head of this "iniquity," would “ be exalted above all that is called God, “or that is worshipped”,—nor could he by the same means discover, that after keeping possession of his lofty seat in “ the temple of God" for more than a thousand years, he should be hurled from it, and thrown “into the pit of “perdition”.—He could know this only by a

communication from heaven; and every real chiistian who is at all acquainted with the his. tory of the “man of sin", and the sufferings of “the witnesses of truth” during his fearful reign, inust feel the most lively satisfaction and de. light, in perceiving that the prophecy is in the way to be fulfilled. The reign of ecclesiastical tyranny and apostacy is rapidly drawing to a close, according to the revealed will of heaven. To endeavour to support it in its falling state, is certainly to raise the arm and fight against God ;-and will meet with the same fate that Jeroboam did, when cautioned by Abijahon (mount Zemaraim not to fight against the Lord God of his fathers ;-nor, to rely on his vast superiority in numbers against those who trusted' in God, whom they had not forsaken 'for the golden calves, which he worshippedFrom the words he made use of, Gamaliel seems to have recollected the terrible slaughter of five bundred thousand of Jeroboam's chosen men by Abijah, as well as the ruin of the infatuated persons who were deluded by Theudas and Judas, when he stood up in the council, and advised the elders of Israel to let Peter and the other apostles quite alone, “ lest haply they should “ be found to be fighting against God”.—This advice is worth the notice of men, who from mistaken motives of policy, support the professors of a system of religion, abounding with errors and absurdities, and which is as much sentenced to perdition by the Almighty, as the

gospel of bis son is ordered by hiin, to be every wbere published and established.--The whole of the divine government, as exercised on earth, has tur its object the good and happiness of man:-and whoever throws any obstacles in the way of chat goverament, —-whoever opposes the laws and appointinents of that govern ment, — whoever, with his eyes open, supports, directly or indirectly, the cause of error, in op-, position to the truth, virtually fights against God, essentially injures his tellow creatures, and certainly ruins himself.-“ Jeroboam reco“ vered no more strength” after the fatal battle with Abijah, and the slaughter of his subjects; for “the Lord struck him, and he died;" and the impostor who “boasted that he was somebody, “ to whom four hundred inen joined theinselves, “was slain, and all, as many as obeyed him, “were scattered and brought to naught;-and “Judas of Galilee, who drew inuch people after “him in the days of the taxing, he also perish“ed, and all, even as inany as obeyed him, were “ dispersed.”—Is there any part of the sacred writings, that makes it less dangerous at the present time, to associate with, and promote the interest of men, who choose to continue iu the religious errors and corruptions of their fathers, than it was in the days of these impostors ?-Quite the contrary. .

Religion, is not an arbitrary imposition upon the minds of his rational creatures by the deity; it ought not therefore to be considered as a


state trick, a political inachine, move:ible at the will and pleasure of a single individual.-A religion of this kind is not of Christ, but of man;-and is worthless.-The laws of God are immutable; and men certainly act at their peril, when they make his revealed will subservient to some fancied political expediency.--As it was utterly impossible that Christ could coalesce with Caiaphas, so it is equally impossible that a coalition can take place between the protestant and catholic churches, without placing this nation under a dark cloud, filled with the displeasure of heaven;-and the consequence will be, that some collision will happen, that will ignite the electric spark, and bring down the whole fury of the storm upon our heads —For, if the constitution of England is essentially protestant, and the religious and political parts are so intimately connected and united, that they are inseparable; then, if all the claims of the catholics are granted, if no line whatever is drawn between the protestant and catholic members of it, surely the coalition will be perfect and complete;—the “ commu“nion of light and darkness will be fully esta. “blished, and Christ and Belial will be in har. mony and concord.”—But, the church of Christ can never coalesce with the church of Rome; it may convert the members of the catholic religion, but it can never harmonize with them, any more than truth and error can agree together, or become one. An attempt of that

kind would be bighly unbecoming in any persons who know how to value truth as they ought; and in guarding against such an attempt either from within or without, there is no occasion to infringe any of the piecepts of the christian religion, nor to break a single link, in the great chain of charity, that ought to encompass the globe.-Was Paul a christian in every sense of the word?-Which of the laws of charity, which of the precepts of his divine master did he break, when he said to the elders of the church of Ephesus, " ye know, from the first day that “I came into Asia, after what manner I have “been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord “with all humility of mind.—I kept back no" thing that was profitable unto you, but bave "shewed you and have taught you publicly, and “from house to house.—I have not shunned to “ declare unto you all the counsel of God.“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to " the flock.- For I know this, that after my “ departing, shall grievous wolves enter in "ainong you, not sparing the flock. Also of

your own selves shall men arise, speaking “perverse things, to draw away disciples after “them. Therefore watch, and remember, that " by the space of three years, I ceased not to "warn every one, night and day, with tears?" — Describing the enemies of the church of Christ in this kind of language, was perfectly consistent with the apostle's “humility,” and interfered not with any of the counsel of God."-

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