« PreviousContinue »
REFORMED AND ROMISH CLERGY AND LAITY
UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
THIS WORK IS INSCRIBED,
IN THE HOPE
First, that the PROTESTANT MINISTER of Christ may not deem it unuseful in assisting him to point out the very material difference between the unerring doctrines he inculcates, as taught by our Saviour himself, and those pernicious tenets introduced by erring man, by which their simplicity is obscured—their sublimity reduced to external shew.
Secondly, to the PROTESTANT LAYMAN this volume is offered, as a sure Guide to him in judging between the Reformed and Romish professions of faith, -and which, by shewing him the doctrines of the Church of Rome, precisely in her own language, contrasted with the Holy Scriptures from which he has been taught his Christian belief, will confirm and strengthen him in the RIGHT WAY.
Thirdly, to the Romish Priest these pages are presented; and, as they will show him when, by whom, and for what purposes the inventions of his Church first disfigured Christianity, it is presumed that, in some instances, at least, the prejudices of education will give way to conviction; and that the paltry quibblings of sophistry may be sacrificed to the Christian spirit of TRUTH.
Lastly,--although the writer's chief object-the Roman CATHOLIC Laity are earnestly solicited to read this work : since it contains the “ Grounds of the Faith” entire, in which they profess to believe, but which a comparative few only have read other books being generally put into the hands of British Romanists. The opportunity of making themselves acquainted with the whole of what their Church claims the right of demanding of them (although in a Protestant kingdom many of these claims are never enforced) is herein afforded ;, whilst to the above are added such portions of Scripture as the Pope merely refers to; by which extracts, fully and fairly quoted, it will appear evident that the “ faith” they have been taught is far removed from the faith preached by OUR SAVIOUR.
As the work is designed to induce the Romanist to peruse the commands of God, whilst no Christiøn can impugn the motive, it is hoped that no unchristian spirit will possess sufficient influence to frustrate so desirable an end.
Besides the whole Romish faith, the Scriptures to which that faith is contrasted, and the Protestant tenets with which they are compared, the following sheets contain the “ Rational Inducements to joining Communion with the Church of Rome,” in the words of Dr. Challoner, a Roman Catholic Bishop; also“ Řational Inducements to joining Communion with the Protestant Reformed Church," by M. Lefevre, a convert to her faith in 1825.
In short, an impartial examination of TRUTH only is courted ; nor can any Religion be pure, the professors of which shrink from such a test. That all those for whom this work is designed may think so, is the sincere wish of
13th November, 1828.
An elucidation of Truth, the object of the work. Early impres-
Popery. Papists invited to disprove the assertion (if they can do
origin and object of their Order. Indelicacy of Popish books.
adherents that she is the only Catholic Church. Of the Atha-
Declaration of Romish Bishops.
Who are the members of whom it is composed, as declared by the
Scriptures. The Apostles' Creed not declaratory of the faith pre-
scribed by the Romish, but by the Protestant Church.
Unity of the CHRISTIAN Catholic Church broken by Popery. Her
Doctrines pernicious-Examples. Popish perversions of, and
Brief history of the primitive Christian and Popish Churches, from :)
their first institution. Origin of the inventions of Papal supre- ,
applied to the Romish Church.
OF SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION
Prayers offered in the vulgar tongue punished by the Popish au-
thorities by immolation in the sixteenth century. Christians
forbidden to be read, and when.
Sect. II.-OF APOSTOLICAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL TRADITIONS 73
The Sabbath-day, why changed from the seventh to the first day
of the week. Various doctrines of Papists—why they believe in
the Scriptures. Origin of kissing the Pope's foot. Popes en-
courage the abuse of the Bible. The Gospels and Epistles writ-
ten as an unerring guide to Christians, and when.
SECT. III.-OF THE ORDINANCES AND CONSTITUTIONS OF THE
ing should be voluntary when performed ;-the “ soul" not“ de
guage of our Saviour, as relating to his Body and Blood. In-
accurate quotations of Scripture by Pope Pius. Christ never
said nor did anything contrary to the evidence of the senses.
Substance and Accidents of the elements of Consecration. Ori-
gin of Transubstantiation. Artifices employed by the Jesuits
to establish its antiquity, and exposure of their fraud.
OF COMMUNION IN ONE KIND
Papal logic illustrated. Abuse of Protestantism no proof of the
truth of Popery. Protestant Prayer-Book and Romish Cate-
chism. The cup to be taken by the laity commanded by Christ.
Curious reasons of the Pope for its denial. The Institutions of
Popery declared by herself to have been established before the
birth of Christ. Origin of the Order of Carmelites.