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“Our religion itself is founded on the suppo“ sition of such beings; for we know, (1 John, “ ji. 8,) that for THIS PURPOSE, the son of God
was manifested, that he might destroy the “ works of the devil. The angels that ' kept
not their first estate,' have ever since their fall, aspired to a sort of equality with God; “ and their language to the children of the world “ hath been the same that it was to the Saviour “ of the world, all these things will I give thee, ““ if thou wilt fall down and worship me :' and “ so great hath been their success in this parti
cular, that in several barbarous nations the “ devil hath been worshipped, and served instead “ of God blessed for ever*.”
BARBAROUS NATIONS, my Lords, are receiving the Gospel, and walking in light; let civilized nations beware, lest any should steal their palladium.
The ark of God is yet in your house,--stand
* Bishop Newtou on the Nature and Condition of Angels.
around it, my Lords, and defend it-set up no Dagon there~let not the Philistines triumph.
Conciliation of Dissenters has opened the mouth of blasphemers,-concession to Catholics may yet " give place to the devil.”
Discrepancies, my Lords, may creep into and corrupt the purest church. A spiritual Liturgy and formal worshippers --Commandments of God confronted by “ doctrines of men;" for maladies like these—dangerous and deadly as they are to a mystical body, there is yet a balm in Gilead, there is a Physician there. But what Mandragora can minister to the disease? what Chiron can arrest the process of dissolution in that BODY POLITIC, which should exhibit the morbid anatomy of a Protestant king and a Papal council? A cure, in such a case, would be contradictory to experience, and therefore will baffle experiment.--Whatever the nostrum, --whosoever mix it-there is “ Death in the
pot.” An honourable member has already announced that by the decision of ONE NIGHT
“ the Protestant character of the House of Par“ liament is changed.”
A noble Lord has inadvertently acknowledged, with at least as much truth as wit, that “ He has been legislating with the Pope at his 6 back.”.
Other portentous changes have been working since, and the contagion, if not stopped, will spread. A Papal relapse may terminate in a Pagan crisis: it is not so remote as some imagine; for, if there be already such “A FALLING “ AWAY,” what are we taught to expect as the consequence, but that THE MAN OF SIN” be revealed in his time," the Son of Perdition who
opposeth and exalteth himself above ALL that “ is called God.” (2 Thess. Ü. 3, 4.)
If our conduct be that of the heathen, our cry will be theirs :
“ Excessere omnes adytis arisque relictis,
Suffer, my Lords, I entreat you, this word of
exhortation-take no offence where none is intended. Look to the Throne while it stands, admonish the Peers who surround it, for ye are the “ MINISTERS OF God” to them.-His altar you serve, his word is your law. My Lords, remember ELI! Think on his fallen house--and, ere your eyes wax dim, and ere your lamp go out, O! listen to a voice in the Temple-despise not the word of prophecy, the lively oracle, which saith, Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”
“ And when they shall say unto you, Seek “ unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto " wizards that peep, and that mutter; should “ not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this
word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah, viii. 19, 20.)
My Lords, I have done; and done no more than my duty. Let every man in England, go and do likewise, “ as of the ability which God
giveth.” He hath given much to your Lordships—may the spirit of his grace dispose your hearts to use it all to HIS GLORYMay the dew “ of his blessing" continue yours, and may you continue stewards of his mysteries, pastors of his flock, pillars of HIS CATHOLIC and APOSTOLIC CHURCH. Your Lordships are called, as Christians, and called as legislators, to “ wrestle not “ against flesh and blood, but against princi
palities and powers, against the rulers of the “ darkness of this world, against spiritual wicked
ness in high places. Wherefore take unto you " the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to withstand in the EVIL DAY, and having “ done all, to stand.” STAND, therefore, my Lords, where Providence has placed you, on the “rock of ages;" —STAND, WHERE YOUR PRENECESSORS STOOD, on the foundation of your MARTYR REFORMERS.
"BE YE STEDFAST, “UNMOVEABLE.” As Prelates of a Protestant establishment, ye are bound to say to others“ Meddle not with them that are given to