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FREE CHURCH MAGAZINE.
JANUARY TO DECEMBER, 1851.
" Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath us made free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of
bondage.”—Gal. v. 1.
J. R. MACNAIR & CO., 19 GLASSFORD STREET, GLASGOW.
FREE CHURCH MAGAZINE.
THE DISRUPTION, AS VIEWED AT ROME. reasoning here is peculiarly Papal. Substituting
Popery for Christianity, or the pope for Christ, it is There has been published a collection of the dif- assumed that ruin must be the final portion of all ferent addresses sent to the Free Church of Scotland, who are not adherents of Rome. after she had, by the grace of God, emancipated her- But without adverting to the Vice-rector's reasonself from the trammels which Erastianism sought to ings, let us attend to his statement of facts. He is throw around her. It is not too much to say, that careful to quote Dr. Johnson's words regarding Knox congratulations poured in from all within reach of -“ the Ruffian of the Reformation ”-and dwells with us that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and a hankering wish that it may be true, on the noted truth. We could expect none from the effete Es- discovery of Tytler (whom he calls “ a Presbyterian tablishment of our own land, and the Establishment historian") regarding the Reformer's complicity in of England has no organ through which to address the death of Rizzio. With a partiality to Rome that us, although it had been disposed. But, with these can easily be explained, he gives a glimpse of our two exceptions, addresses from all bodies, commonly first Reformation, and the ecclesiastical system then reckoned Christian, were sent or brought to the Free set up. The Confession of Faith, the Books of DisChurch of Scotland. Van Diemen's Land, America, cipline, the Treaty of Union--are next adverted to, Ireland, and the Continent of Europe, all combined briefly, but on the whole intelligently; while the to offer their sympathies, their congratulations, and benetits conferred on Scotland by its Reformed approval.
Church are reluctantly confessed, and violently ex. Ilitherto we have heard little of the estimate in plained away. These, however, are only glanced at, which we are held by Rome. From time to time, and the Rector hastens to the topic he had underindeed, her advocates and allies have joined issue taken to discuss, “la scelta de' ministri per le parwith our antagonists, and by sneers from one, and rochie "_" the election of ministers to parishes”-as sophisms from another,* have indicated plainly how the origin of the Disruption. It is sufficiently amusing they regard us. But we have never yet learned now to see ourselves Italianized into Non-Intrusionisti, directly from Rome what sentiments are cherished or the men who argued that after the patron had prethere—what constructions are put on our move- sented, “la congregazione ha un illimitato potere di opments-what anticipations entertained regarding our porvisi e di rigettarlo per qualsivoglia motivo”—white position, by the men who cluster round the Vatican, the Intrusionisti, or Moderati, in like manner euphoand crowd the levees of the pope. We are now able nized, have their views also set before the citizens of to gratify our readers on the subject.
Rome, that a judgment may be pronounced between We have before us a pamphlet“ Sullo Scisma us. The Veto, Auchterarder, The Court of Session, Strathacradu ne 1843, nella Chiesa Presbyteriana di Scozia, bogie, The House of Lords, and other noms de guerre, are Dissertazione "__“A Dissertation on the Schism which all introduced like uncouth foreigners into the Recliappened in 1843 in the Presbyterian Church of tor’s gentle Italian; and he sums up his allusions to Scotland." The author is“ Vice-rector of the Scottish them by remarking, with obvious satisfaction, that College” at Rome, and his dissertation bears to be the Government, when appealed to, stood firm, "extracted from the Annals of Religious Knowledge reckoning the patron's rights “one of the conditions for 1844.” We may therefore regard it as embody- in virtue of which the Presbyterian Church was ing the views entertained regarding us in what the placed under the patronage and protection of the Paseyite, Froude, called “Christ's holy home,' &c. civil power." His language regarding the actual Let us for a moment inquire what they are.
disruption is as follows: “ The Non-Intrusionist The author, who, judging from his name (Peter ministers, perceiving that there was no hope of obGrant), is a Scotsman, regards it as inevitable that taining a dominant Church according to their ideas, schism must go on increasing indefinitely among us, declared in the General Assembly of 1843 that they because we are“cut off from the centre of unity, Rome” could no longer continue united with the legal Church,
— Romo being substituted for Christ—and, this done, with the sacrifice of their own opinions and their own We are treated as hopeless schismatics. Founded on conscience.” “ This declaration,” he adds,
was the the sand, he says, and not upon the rock, we are sub- signal for the breaking up of the Presbyterian ject only to change and disgrace; and, along with the Church.” countless sects that already exist, our doom, he deter- It is at this point that the author first begins to mines
, is—to be dissipated for ever, by a process of manifest his strong Moderate leanings regarding the gradual exhaustion. It will be noticed, that the principles at stake and the parties contending. In
• See Free Church Magazine for May 1847, p. 155. explaining the intensity of the struggle, he is careful No. XLIX.