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doctrine which characterized the wisest and best of our Reformers has rapidly increased in the Church; and we trust that it is still increasing. In the midst, however, of this manifest improvement, the Christian observer cannot fail to have marked the growth of two evils; very opposite, indeed, to each other, but both equally at variance with the true principles of the Reformation.
In the first place, he must have seen, that, while there is much professed abhorrence of Popery among us, some of its worst errors not only lurk, as they have always done, in the minds of many Protestants, but are at this very moment openly avowed, and assiduously propagated, by Ministers, and even by Dignitaries, of the Church of England. -- In preferring this charge, we do not intend any particular reference, to the admitted fact, that, on a recent occasion, notwithstanding the solemn decision of the Church against the · practice, a Bishop publicly offered up prayer for the dead; both
because the instance appears to s:and alone, and because we chave little apprehension that a superstition so gross as this
will find many adherents among us. We allude to errors of a marę subtle and insidious character, and which are therefore likely to acquire a far more extensive influence.
Have we not witnessed, for example, the growth of a > strinuous and systematic opposition to that distinguishing
doctrine of the Reformation, the doctrine of a sinner's justiification only by faith in the merits of a crucified Saviour?
Who is ignorant of the powerful, but we trust abortive, attempt u hich has recently been made, by men of high name, to identify the baptismal rite with spiritual regeneration, and thus to merge the vitality of our holy religion in the opus operatum of the Romish Church?
The ears of the nation still ring with ihe hostile clamour which has been raised against the free circulation of the Bible without note or comment, and against a Society whose sole k object is to disseminate the pure word of God throughout the world.
Nor are these facts, among others that might be adduced, less remarkable, as proving the existence of a Popish spirit in the Church, than are the arguinents employed, and the means used, to give to that spirit a opore general diffusion. "Let any one read the controversies carried on between our own Re
formers and their Romish opposers, and he cannot fail to be struck with the parallel which, in many respects, they furnish to the debates existing within the Church of England at the present day, and to the unfairness and acrimony with which, on one side at least, those debates are carried on.
The recent attack made on the Church Missionary Society, the indecent circumstances attending that attack, and the spirit of intolerance which appears to animate the assailant and his supporters, will perhaps be regarded by some as illustrative of these remarks.
Whilst, iherefore, numbers of zealous individuals are raising their voices to demonstrate the danger of conceding political privileges to their Roman Catholic brethren, will it be deemed unseasonable in us to warn the Members of the Church of England against à far more dangerous concessiona concession of the very points which chiefly render Protestantism worth contending for? Shall we be blamed if we aim our cry of “No Popery," not at avowed Papists, but professed Protestants; and if we are less anxious to exclude the former from a participation of our civil franchises, than we are to guard our own hearts, and those of our readers, from the destructive influence of their religious errors ? :
But, in the second place, there are not a few Protestants, who, in avoiding the errors just mentioned, have run into an opposite extreme, no less blameable and dangerous. The Antinomian heresy appears to us to be as much at variance with true Protestantism as the spirit of Popery itself. Its leading doctrines are, the eternal justification and imputed sanctification of redeemed sinners. The only evidence required to entitle a man to regard himself as a member of this privileged body, is the persuasion that he belongs to it; and this persuasion is made the substitute for that “faith which worketh by love” and holy obedience. Conformably to these views, the believer is set free from the obligations of the Moral Law as a rule of life : even repentance is no longer a duty; sanctification is no longer a progressive but a finished work; and the Holy Spirit ceases to be the Author of conversion, or even to be a Party to the Covenant of Grace.
Such is the Antinomianism of the present day. Its perversions of scriptural truth are so monstrous that it would be a flagrant dereliction of our duty not to watch their develope INS)', diu
nd not to endeavour, to the best of our feeble powers,
And we would impress it upon our own minds, as a on those of our readers, that “there will coine à time Tree words uttered with charity and meckness shall
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