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J. JOHNSTONE, EDINBURGH; J. ROBERTSON, DUBLIN ;
BINNS AND GOODWIN, BATH;
AND MAY ALSO BE HAD
AT THE REFORMATION SOCIETY OFFICE, No. 8, EXETER HALL.
No. I.-JANUARY, 1845.
THE PROGRESS OF POPERY. It seems to us abundantly plain that the impending and paramount controversy of the age will be between ROMANISM and PROTESTANTISM. The supremacy of Tradition - the Priest -- and the Church is the essence of the one; and the supremacy of Scripture, as the only rule of faith, lies at the root of the other. These two points are the poles of the increasing movement, and towards the one or the other every party and church and ceremony seems rushing to its place.
It is at such a crisis that the friends of truth are called upon to use all the instrumentality which God in His Providence or by His Grace may put within their reach. To be quiescent is theoretically to be neutral, but practically to be against the cause of Christ. He that is not with in this controversy is against. Indeed, it is scarcely possible to conceive that any one whose heart has been changed by the Spirit of God and charged with divine love can stand aloof, or remain an indifferent spectator. The glory of the perfect sacrifice and “intransferable” priesthood of Christ is menaced with eclipse — the purity and thereby the real power of the Church is obscured- the finality of the Word of God as the rule of faith-the great doctrine of justification by faith alone in the righteousness of