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and render her the peculiar object of the Divine indignation. Let us fortify ourselves against the insidious attempts, which are ignorantly or artfully made, to represent her as improved in her spirit, or amended in her character and conduct, by the recollection that she has never yet, as a church, renounced, in any single instance, one of those unscriptural and antichristian doctrines or practices which formed the ground of our original separation from her communion. * We must be blinded, indeed, to the events which are taking place in every country to which her influence extends, if we can for a moment be persuaded to forget, that she is at this day as decidedly as she has ever been, the Woman, as revealed to St. John, arrayed in purple and scarlet, drunken with the blood of the saints, and having her name as distinctly written upon her forehead, “ Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots, and Abominations of the Earth.” Admonished by the sure word of prophecy of the aweful judgments which await. her, and all who favour or adhere to her in this day of her visitation, let us avoid every measure, let us abjure every proceeding, which may tend, in any the slightest degree, to connect identify our country with her. Let us remove
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qurselves to even a greater distance from her, and show more distinctly and decidedly, by our conduct, that we have come out, and are separate. Let us more devoutly honour and sanctify the Sabbath, which she profanes and desecrates. Let us more diligently aid in disseminating, at home and abroad, the written Word of God, of which she forbids and impedes the circulation. Let us more earnestly strive to enlighten and instruct mankind, whom she would retain in ignorance and darkness. Let us be more anxious to spread around us the principles and blessings of genuine liberty, in proportion as she labours to impose perpetual chains on the minds and consciences of men. Let us endeavour, with augmented exertions, to promote the increase of vital, spiritual, evangelical piety, in the place of which she substitutes processions and pilgrimages, prostrations before altars and images, the invocation of saints, and the adoration of the host. - Nor let us stay our efforts here. Let us proceed with zeal and wisdom in the work of national and domestic reformation; not such as is visionary and speculative, and would lead to greater evils than it professes to remove; but sound, practical reformation, manifesting itself in the correction of obvious abuses, in the suppression of ungodliness and vice, and “ in the maintenance of
true religion and virtue.” Let us seek to moderate still more the violence of political animosities and of religious dissensions; and cultivate a spirit of peace, unity, and concord. Let us cease from injustice and wrong; break every yoke, and let the oppressed go free. Let us not desist from our efforts in the cause of injured humanity, till we have thoroughly purged away the foulest blot remaining on our national honour and character; till, by temperate and judicious, but vigorous and decisive, measures, against which interest, ignorance, or irreligion, may clamour to no purpose, we shall have diffused throughout our colonies the blessings of real religion, and shall have taught the degraded and demoralised slave to rejoice in the privileges of a freeman and a Christian. Let us put away all our iniquities, and act up to our principles, and live more decidedly under the holy and sanctifying influences of pure Christianity. Especially let us be instant and constant in prayer and supplication for our country. Let us make it a part of our daily devotions that God would continue to bestow his blessings on it; would give us peace in our days; and, preserving us from the peculiar dangers of increasing prosperity, will grant to us increasing piety: that 'le would make us more and more a holy and peculiar people unto Himself; would enlarge among us the borders of His church ; and daily add to the number of those who shall be saved.
In this attitude let us wait in watchful expectation for the approaching day of the Lord; and thus waiting, let us humbly hope, that, whenever it arrives, He will preserve us from its desolating fury; that “ in measure when it shooteth forth He will debate with it, and will stay his rough wind in the day of the east wind;" that chastened, we shall not be destroyed; but that with respect to England in that time of visitation, the words of the Psalmist may
be mercifully verified, “ A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand ; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eye shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."
-“ In the shadow of His wings shall be thy refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”
In confirmation of several particulars advanced in the preceding pages, respecting the unscriptural doctrines still maintained by the Church of Rome, and as a proof that the aweful visitations of providence which she experienced during the progress of the revolutionary war have not pro. duced any salutary improvement in her corrupt tenets and practices, the following extract from the Bull of Indiction for the jubilee of the year 1825, issued by the present Pope on May 24, 1824, may be satisfactorily adduced :
“ In this year, which we properly call 'an acceptable time and a day of salvation,' we rejoice at the grand opportunity afforded to us, after the deplorable series of ills over which we have groaned, to strive to restore all things in Christ by the salutary (saving) expiation of all Christian people. We have, therefore, decreed, according to the authority which is divinely committed to us, to open, as widely as possible, that heuvenly treasure, which, being purchased by the merits, passions, and virtues of our Lord Christ, of his Virgin Mother, and of all saints, the Author of human salvation, has entrusted the distribution of it to us. It becomes us, indeed, on this subject, to extol the abundant riches of the Divine clemency, with which Christ, having prevented us by the blessings of his goodness, has willed