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Statistics of POPERY.—The total number of Popish Chapels in England and Wales is 545; in Scotland 85,-besides 22 stations where service is performed; making a grand total of 630 Chapels. Of Popish Colleges there are in England 10, and in Scotland 1; Convents 38, of which 12 are in the London district; Monasteries 11. Or Missionary Priests in England and Wales there are 707, including Priests without any fixed mission; in Scotland 99, making a grand total of 806 Missionary Priests in Great Britain, including the Bishops. These statistics do not indicate the conversion of our country to the Papal See to be very near at hand.
AMERICAN STATISTICS OF POPERY.—In the Catholic almanac for 1848, the Catholic population in that country is estimated at 1,190,700. Within the United States there are 3 Catholic Archbishops, 24 Bishops, 890 Priests, and 907 Churches. There are also 13 Colleges; 43 Female Religious Institutions; 66 Female Academies; and 88 Charitable Institutions. During the last year there has been an accession of 76 to the number of Priests, and 95 additional Churches have been erected or dedicated.
ENGLAND AND ROME-A measure has been introduced to the House of Lords for giving the sanction of the Legislature to the establishment of diplomatic relations between this country and the Court of Rome, and appears likely to pass through both Houses without encountering serious opposition. His Excellency Monsignor Bedini has also arrived in England on a special mission to the British government from the Pope.
THE IRISH CATHOLIC CLERGY have been snubbed by the Pope for their altar denunciations and political intermeddling. The Holy Father requires them to attend strictly to their spiritual duties. To some of them the rescript will be a bitter pill.
THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY died, on the Ilth, within a day of his eighty-third year. He has occupied the archiepiscopal chair for nearly twenty years, and was much beloved for his amiable nature, and respected for his piety. The Bishop of Chester is named as his successor, an appointment that will give great satisfaction to the evangelical party in the Church.
THE JEW8.-The bill for the removal of existing obstacles to the admission of Jews into Parliament, has been read a second time with a majority of 73. The number of Jews in England and Ireland is 13,000. The total Jewish populaton of Europe is about 2,250,000.
NORTH AMERICAN PASSENGERS.-A bill with the above title has just been published on the subject of the regulation of, and making further provision for, the carriage of passengers by sea to North America. It was introduced into the House of Commons by Mr. Labouchere and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The first clause enacts that no ship shall carry more passengers on board than in the proportion of one passenger to every two tons. By the second clause it is provided that two children under the age of fourteen, shall be computed as one passenger. Each passenger is to be provided with at least three quarts of water a day, and is to be supplied at twice a week with 3 lbs of beef or pork, or 3 tbs. of bread or biscuits, and in addition thereto, 6lbs of bread, flour, biscuit, oatmeal, or rice. Potatoes, however, may be substituted. The sixth clause provides that a superintendent of emigrants is to be taken in every ship carrying as many as 100 passengers. The fifteenth clause enacts that ships carrying fewer than one passenger to twenty-five tons, shall be exempted from the operation of this act.
Books AND PERIODICALS BY Post.-The Gazette of Friday night the 11th ult. contained a Treasury warrant authorizing the transmission by post, on or after the 21st of February, within the United Kingdom only, of printed books, magazines, reviews, and sewed pamphlets, (whether British, Colonial, or Foreign,) subject to the following rates and regulations :-On every package consisting of a single book, &c., if not exceeding one pound in weight, the charge will be 6d.; exceeding one pound, and not exceeding two, Is.; and for every additional pound an additional 6d. Every fraction of such additional pound to be charged as a pound. Packets. containing more than a single book, &c., or in length, breadth, or width exceeding | two feet, are not to be transmissable under this warrant. The postage is to be pre- ! paid, and only in stamps. The covers to be open at the ends or sides, and nothing to be written upon it but the name and address. Package to contain only printed matter. Double postage charged if not prepaid; and the deficiency is charged double when stamps to the full amount of postage are not attached.
The Poet's Corner.
For the Gospel Banner and Biblical Treasury.
The night is approaching, ye may not delay,
G, Y. T.
BY MRS. MILNER.
From which the golden current ran;
Collect again the precious sand Till its inward treasure shed,
Which time has scattered with his hand; When another hour is fled :
Bring back life's stream with vital power Its task performed, its travail past, And bid it run ANOTHER HOUR ? Like mortal man it rests at last.
A thousand years of toil were vain Yet, let some hand invert its frame To gather up one single grain !
And Biblical Treasury :
CONTAINING THE WRITINGS OF ALEXANDER CAMPBELL AND COADJUTORS
IN AMERICA AND GREAT BRITAIN.
[CONTINUED FROM PAGE 35.] VDHE Apostles proved themselves to be philanthropists of the
noblest character. They deeply sympathized with woe-stricken w o men, and, to secure salvation for them, toiled, agonized, and died in order to preserve its source, THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, in purity and pre-eminence. Their intense anxieties and strong endeavours to accomplish this purpose, were produced by the severe ideas which they entertained of all the religions which mankind believed. Regarding them all as descents to destruction, the Apostles boldly stood in the broad ways, along which the tribes of Adam were rushing to eternal misery, and proclaimed the gospel in its doctrines and institutions as the only pathway to life and happiness. By this conduct, men perceived that the Apostles pronounced their religions to be vain and powerless: considering themselves, therefore, to be insulted, they became enraged and slew them—their best and wisest friends. Thus fell these servants of truth because they refused to acknowledge that any religion besides their own, was sanctioned by God, or beneficial to man.
The knowledge and love of truth and men, which the Saviour possessed, caused him to deny the authority of the traditions of the elders, and to reprove the Jews for their adherence to them. This anxiety for the happiness of Israel brought upon him their scorn and cruelty. It can also be affirmed with truth, that the sufferings of the ancient prophets and righteous men were caused, to a great extent, by their strong remonstrances against the religious practices of their contemporaries, and incessant pleadings for a return to the pure religion of Jehovah. Here Jeremiah complain, “ Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and contention to the whole earth! I have not lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury ; yet every one of them doth curse me.” Jer. xv. 10. All these purified and noble beings believed VOL. I.
in certain definite doctrines and ordinances of religion, which, when believed and practised, cleansed the whole constitution of man from sin, and made him a recipient of peace and happiness. These, therefore, they proclaimed and urged forward in the world amid all the blind and maddened opposition of demon-driven mortals.
From these facts some important truths can be deduced. One is, that if a man, in consequence of observing and maintaining the laws of God, be termed uncharitable, and, because this sentence is passed upon him, has to endure contempt, hatred, and suffering, he need not and must not be wounded in spirit, but be joyful and patient, knowing that he is one of a glorious company, composed of prophets, apostles, and saints, whose Chief is the Head of the universe,
Another truth is, that when a man proclaims strange doctrines which are adverse to those in existence, and declares that they alone were dictated by the Holy Spirit, he is not on account of these assertions alone, either malicious, obstinate, or uncharitable : on the contrary, he may be a pure-hearted, amiable, and benevolent being.
This truth ought to be deeply chiselled upon the tablets of our hearts; 1 for we are too strongly inclined to pronounce that man uncharitable who refuses to acknowledge the divine authenticity of our sentiments. We demand that he do this whether or not he believes that the word of God requires him. But no one, whose mind has been truly enlightened and purified by the Scriptures, can exercise charity towards the tenets which are hostile to those which he believes are taught of God. A devout admirer of charity may boast of its broad dimensions, he may say that he can manifest it towards all doctrines however opposed they may be to his own, and however repugnant he | may conceive they are to Scripture, but these strange assertions are made from a fevered and excited feeling, not from a cool-reflecting judgment. We would ask such an one in his calm moments, If he believe that God has spoken to man? and if so, whether he can solemnly and deliberately connive at that doctrine which attempts to annul one of the sayings of God? Were the pious advocates of unlimited charity thus to be tried, or thus to try themselves, they would soon perceive that there were many truths which they firmly believe to be the unalterable laws of Jehovah, on an obedience to which eternal life and happiness depends, and that, therefore, they could not be charitable to those doctrines which deny them. As they scripturally examined truth after truth, and pronounced that charity could not be exercised toward those who denied even one of the number, they would become astonished at their own narrowness of soul, and take fright at their own intolerance.
If any one think that there is no essential principle in Christianity, but that a man may affirm or deny any of its elementary truths without
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ommitting evil, such an one can indeed be charitable. Happy being ! thus to be able to manifest that virtue to the greatest extent which all the world admires. But how hostile is such an idea to Scripture and reason. The Divine Father was four thousand years in preparing the world, by revelation and other means, for the coming of his Son. He came, spent a life of sorrow, and then died to originate a system of salvation, whose elements it is affirmed are non-essential! Every one who reveres God and the Bible, is horror-struck at such a sentiment. But it will be asked, Was it not stated at the commencement, that - Christianity is not so rigorous a system that it is requisite a man should believe all its expressed and implied truths, before he can be a Christian ?" We reply, that it was; and now shall devote our attention in giving a short exposition of the doctrines of this class. They are more numerous than are the truths and institutions which are the elements of Christianity, but are all connected closely or remotely with the system. This is entire without them, but not complete. It will be too arduous a task, and fraught with no great good, to attempt to narrate each one. Having discovered what are the commands and ordinances which must be confessed and obeyed ere the acceptance of God and his people can be obtained, we can affirm upon the authority of the Divine Law-book, that fellowship ought to be given to those who do not believe all or any of the other truths. We think however that the principal of them can be comprised within these three classes :—Ist. The truths which declare that the purposes of God respecting the Procurer, principles, and objects of the grand scheme of redemption, were decreed by Jehovah before man had a being and the earth had an existence. 2nd. Those that narrate the secondary properties and relations of the constituents of Christianity,--and, 3rd. The truths which unfold the means which the Divine Being uses to make the intellectual powers of man discern the excellencies of the Christian religion, and his moral powers be inclined to participate in its blessings. In this class also are the truths which state the inherent capabilities of these mental elements of man. We shall briefly attend to each of these classes.
1st. The Scriptures explicitly declare that Christ, the purchaser of our redemption, was foreordained before the foundation of the world to be the sin-offering for man. They also affirm that God decreed all the principles and blessings of the gospel, long before the earth rejoiced in its existence and resounded the anthems of angels. The Living Oracles alzo state that the two divisions of the human family were both predestinated to salvation, and that every individual of these two sections should secure the full enjoyment of its blessings by an obedience to the gespel. Erroneous and dissonant as are the numerous ideas respecting the decrees of God, there is nothing in any of them so unholy as to be a justification for refusing the privileges of God's house to those who
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