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with bell we are at agreement.”—Our bar. gain is struck for a fixed price, and our market made both for this world and the world to come. A sum of money, proportionate to the present exigencies of his Holiness, and the quantum of indulgences we need, will surely redeem our souls out of purgatory, and prevent their entrance there at all, if we pay well for it. We are therefore well covered, both for body and soul; and “when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us;* for we have made LIES our refuge, and under Falsehood have we bid ourselves. Therefore thus saith the Lord God. Behold! I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet. And the bail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.”
us a reason.—“Because (says he) it depends upon the mere will and pleasure of the pope, to have what he pleases sacred, or of authority in the church “
Turtullian, in Apol. c. 5, laughs at the pagans for first making their own gods, and prescribing what degree of respect shall be paid them, before they worshipped them. “ Apud vos de humano arbitratu &c.—amongst you, the divinity you adore is brought to be weighed in the balance of human will and pleasure; so that you may be rather said to be propitious to the gods, than they to you : for according to your course, unless god please man, he shall not be god.”
Pighins calls the gospel “nigrum evangelium—the black gospel :” and Eccius, inken divinity,+a nose of wax; and he adds “that the permitting of the people to read the Bible, was the invention of the devil;” which is as good as to call our Saviour and his apostles such ; since it was he who bid us “search the scripturer,” and they added “that they were able to make us wise unto salvation.”—The above-named authors are all of high authority in the church of Rome, and their opinions are confirmed by abundance of similar witnesses on the part of his Holiness, Hist, of Popery, v. ii. p. 153.
The sarcastic raillery of the prophet in this place, (in making these blind idolators of Mai Auzzim, or gods, and saints protectors, instead of the alone Mediator and Saviour Jesus Christ, to shelter themselves under the covert 8f a system of falsehood, and a réfuge of lies and importure,) is very similar to that of Elijah mocking the stupid worshippers of Baal, and encouraging them to redouble their efforts to awaken the sleeping god. (I Kings, xviii.27.) He then preaches to them the gospel of the alone Saviour of mankind, and foretells the restoration of it out of that darkness, and disgrace, and oblivion, to which popery had consigned it: the clearing again of this sure foundation stone, from the popish rubbish, with which it had been overlaid and buried for ages; and the sweeping away (by the revolutionary hail and tempest of divine wrath) the wretched biding place and refuge of lies, and covenant with death, which they had built upon it. And that instead of these, there should be erected a building of God, not made with hands, nor depending upon pious frauds and sanctified imposture for its support, but founded on this rock of truth, and consolidated in every part by the principles of righteousness and judgment, as a building is by line and plummet.
* The scourge prepared for these scornful men in Zion, of which the prophet speaks, is at this time actually passing through the popish empire; and the heretic Luther himself could not have given a more heretically plain description of it, and them, and their covenant with death, than this heretic prophet
“And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand. When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then shall ye be trodden down by it.”—There will be an analogy in this, as in many other particulars, between the plagues inflicted by Moses upon the land and kingdom of Pharoah, and those poured out by Christ upon the mystical Egypt or kingdom of Antichrist; that as then the darkness fell upon the Egyptians only, while “the children of Irael had light in all their dwellings,” so here the vengeance will fall upon “the men which Have the mark of the beast, and upon them which worship his image.” (Rev. xvi. 2.) The scourge is to pass through the countries with the fury of a whirlwind, and they that trust in the false armour of popery, will find their ancient hiding place in the refuge of lies of no avail in the day of wrath; but will be the devoted victims singled out by the pursuing vengeance. It will be a marked judgment, and these will be the signs of the times; that it will pass over others, or fall lightly on
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worshipper of the beast.—With them it will begin, and with them it will end.
“From the time that it goeth forth it shah take you, for morning by morning”—(that is year after year)—“shall it pass over, by day and by night. And it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” As it was with the rejected jews, the victims of this scourge of God shall have no rest, night or day;-“thy life shall hang in doubt before thee, and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life. In the morning thou shalt say, would God it were even: and at even thou shalt say, would God it were morning, for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.” (Deut. xxviii. 66.)* Even to hear of the plagues inflicted upon the devoted victims of wrath, by the heaven-commissioned scourge, will wring the feeling heart with sorrow ; what then must be the
* See the account given by Miss Williams of the state of the public mind, during the fury of the revolution in Frances