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tempted, like us, in all things, sin excepted, is well qualified to compassionate our infirmities. Let us go then with assurance unto the throne of grace, in order that we may be helped in need.
• Therefore I adjure thee before the Lord, who hath just heard thy words, that thou assemble anew this multitude; that thou open before it the holy Bible, and that by this word of truth thou draw these poor
souls out of the nets of error, of superstition, and idolatry, in which thou hast entangled them.
• Become then a truth-teller, and say to them, that there is no other Mediator between them and God, (whether of redemption, or of intercession. O man, skilful in seducing ! from whence hast thou derived this subtle distinction ?) than the Lord Jesus ; that there are no merits except in him alone, and that God '
alone hears our prayers ; that the worship of angels is condemned by scripture ; that the second commandment exists, and that it forbids and denounces idols and images, and all worship which can be rendered unto them; that these observances are those of paganism, engrafted in the church in times of darkness; and that thus, in order that God may be feared, in order that the Lord Jesus may be acknowledged as God the Saviour, and in order that the testimony of the Holy Spirit may be no more despised, these souls should repent of their criminal superstitions, break their idols, reject their vain reliques, cease to invoke creatures and the dead, and trust without reserve in the fulness of salvation which is in Jesus, and which every poor sinner possesses for ever by faith.
Then, but only then, thou shalt see the life of
God, by the Holy Ghost, take the place in souls of the vain and fearful devotion of servitude. Then, instead of so many useless ordinances, which always conceal from the worshipper the presence of his God, faith shall be established in the heart, and by it holiness.
• Thus shall pagan customs be put an end to: this holy water, these wax candles, these particular vestments, these processions, these feasts, these patrons, these oratories, these altars, these ex-vetos, these ringings of bells or sounds of trumpets, these agnus-deis, these blessed wafers, these rosaries, and so many other practices, which all of them were those of Paganism, of which God has never thought, and which turn away from Jesus the carnal heart which they amuse, or which they send a wandering.'
Ab, reader, how could I have desired that these words were indeed pronounced by another priest of Einsidlen, by a second Zwingle, in the Abbey and the public place, and for many days.? My feeble voice uttered some words bere and there, and some souls, perhaps, were attentive to them. But what was it, in the face of such evils ? What bursting forth of light was not needed to dissipate such profound darkness?
Here I finish my translation, and I think it unnecessary to add much more.
I believe that your readers may rely on this being a faithful portrait of a scene witnessed, but a short time since, at the very place where, three hundred years ago, the light of the reformation began first to dawn upon Switzerland. And after having contemplated it, they will, I believe, think with me, that the Popery of the nineteenth century is the same with that of the sixOCTOBER, 1839.
teenth ; or, if anything changed, it is only from bad to worse; even as St. Paul, by the Holy Ghost, forewarns us, that, as the end approaches, “ evil men and seducers will only grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
It is melancholy to think that, in the neighbourhood of Zurich, the people among whom the light of the reformation once shone so brightly, should be found now sitting in that gross darkness and shadow of death, into which it appears that they have been suffered again to relapse. Alas! the wretched system of German Neology,' which for some time past has usurped the place, and the name, of Protestantism in the north of Switzerland, opposes a feeble barrier, or rather no barrier at all, against the encroachments of SATAN'S MASTERPIECE.
Nay, Popery, arraying himself with the semblance of Christianity, appears as light compared with the impieties which degenerate Lutheranism is now teaching.
Let us hope, however, that better days are coming. The election of Dr. Strauss to the chair of professor of divinity at Zurich, is, we see, protested against, and opposed by a considerable part of the population of that canton. This may lead to something good; and seems to indicate that the reformed church of Zurich, although ready to die, has yet things that remain alive, and that shall be strengthened.
A revival has taken place at the other end of Switzerland, at Geneva, and in the canton of Vaud. Socinianism and formalism no longer riot there, as formerly. And, together with a revival of evangelical religion in southern Switzerland, the sword of controversy, which Rome can never stand, when
skilfully wielded, has been again unsbeathed; of which the work of Dr. Malan, from which I have made the above extract, is a sufficient evidence. In conclusion of this article, I request of you, my dear madam, to recommend as strongly as you can to your readers the Evangelical Society of Geneva, which contains a school of divinity, under the direction of such men as Merle d'Aubigné, &c., and which may be regarded as the nucleus of genuine Protestantism, for the evangelization of France, and of all parts of the world in which the French language is spoken.
I am now about to visit the Continent once more; and should I meet with anything during my stay worth communicating, you shall hear from me again after my return.
I remain, my dear friend,
P.S. I send you enclosed a copy of the miraculous image of the Virgin, which I bought at a stand on the Boulevards at Paris last year, and which may fairly be taken for a picture of Popery as it exists at present in France and upon the Continent.
FEMALE BIOGRAPHY OF SCRIPTURE.
There was among the servants of Nabal one who bad marked his master's unjust and impolitic conduct, and heard the insulting words which he had uttered before the messengers of David. This young man anticipated the results which would follow from the vengeance of an armed and hungry multitude. To have remonstrated with Nabal would have been worse than folly : it would have been to bring down that dull and cumbrous thing, the wrath of a fool. But anxiety for his own and his fellows' safety led him to devise means to avert the threatened mischief; and that natural instinct which in times of difficulty leads to the wise and prudent for counsel and light, directed him to seek, at the hand of Abigail, deliverance from the danger that was impending over the whole household. He briefly stated the reception which the messengers of David had met with, and the injustice and imprudence his master had been guilty of, in withholding from the men who had rendered him essential services their well-earned gratuity, and the consequences which must be expected to follow if measures were not taken to prevent them.