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way home, some of his hearers enquired of each other, “What is the matter, what does all this mean?” One gentleman, who appeared exceedingly wise, said, "I will tell you, gentlemen, what is the difficulty. We have none of us sent the minister anything to replenish his decanters lately, and my advice is, that we attend to the matter.” Accordingly, on Monday, a full-sized cask of old spirits was sent to the minister's, accompanied with a very polite note, requesting his acceptance of it from a few friends, as a testimony of their regard. The minister at first seeing the character of the present was singularly amused, but understood well how to turn it to good account. He took the cask of liquor, and poured some of its contents into the watering trough of his stable, and brought out his horse, to see if it would drink. He expanded his nostrils, snorted, and blew at it; but lifted up his head, and looked, and seemed to say, halloo ! what is this? Next he drove his cow to the trough, to see if she liked it any better than the horse. The cow snuffed at it, shook her head, and turned away, as if offended. The good man, in order to test the true value of his present a little farther, took it to the pig-sty, and called his pig out to taste, but he grunted, and snuffed, dipped his nose into the trough as usual, but soon withdrew it, as if too hot, and coughed tremendously, walked into his sty, and left it for the next comer. The minister then returned to his study, and wrote, in substance, the following note to the presenters, with which he returned the cask, and the remainder of its contents. Gentlemen, with due acknowledgment for your present, received this morning, permit me to say, that I have offered some of it to my horse, my cow, and my swine, but not one of them will drink it. That which neither horses, cattle, nor even hogs will drink, I cannot think to be either useful or safe for men to drink; I beg you to excuse me, therefore, for returning you the present, as I know not what to do with it. And believe me, gentlemen, yours truly,” &c. &c.
GETTING READY FOR HEAVEN, A little child was playing with its mother, and they were talking about heaven. The mother had been telling the child of the joy and glories of that happy world, the beauty and glory of the angels with their shining wings, the streets of gold, the gates of pearl, the golden crowns, and the harps, and the white robes, and the song of redemption : “ There is no sickness there, no pain, no death, nor sorrow, nor sighing, for God shall wipe away all the tears from every eye ; and there is no sin, that makes all the grief and trouble here, but perfect holiness. All will be holy, just as the Lord Jesus is holy, and all will be perfectly happy in him. All good children will be there ; and He himself has said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.' Oh, what a happy world! There shall we see God, and love him, and rejoice in him ; and God himself will be with us, and be our God.
• There we shall see his face,
And never, never sin,
Drink endless pleasures in.' Oh, what a happy world! And how happy shall we all be when we once get there!"
“Oh, dear mother," said the little child, jumping up at the thought of such a bright, happy place, and such happy company, “let us all go now! let us go now! I long to be there. Let us go straight away to-night.”
“Oh, we must wait a little; God is not ready for us to come yet, but when we must come he will let us know."
“ But why can't we get ready now? Oh, I should like to go now right up to heaven! Dear mamma, let us go tomorrow."
“ But, my dear child, we are not ready yet, and we must wait God's time, and when he is ready, he will send for Well, dear mamma, let us begin to pack up now, at any rate."
This is just what we should all be doing-getting ready for heaven. I wonder if my little reader is ready-ready to leave all behind-ready to enjoy all that is before him in heaven! Are you ready to go to heaven to-night?"
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF ROME; HOW DEFENDED. It has pleased God, in condescension to our weakness, to confirm his promises by sigus. The bow of heaven is a divinely appointed token, confirmatory to the world of the promise that there shall be no second deluge. The world has but one sign of its safety ; the Church has two of her perpetuity. The sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper,—like two beauteous bows bestriding the heavens of the Church, are seals of the Government of Grace, and give infallible certainty to all who really take hold of that covenant, that they shall enjoy its blessings. But the CHURCH of Rome has accounted that these two signs are not enough, and accordingly, she has increased them to the number of seven.
These seven sacraments are baptism, confirmation, the eucharist, penance, extreme unction, orders, and matrimony. That Church is accustomed to boast with truth that most of these sacraments are unknown to Protestants. * She might have added, with equal truth, that they are unknown to the New Testament. The institution of Baptism and the Supper is plainly to be seen upon the inspired page ; but where do we find the institution of these five supplementary sacraments ? Not a trace of them can be discovered in Scripture ; and the attempt to adduce Scripture in their support is so hopeless, that it has seldom been made. But what is it that Roman infallibility will not attempt ? Dens' proves in the following notable way from SCRIPTURE, that the SACRAMENTS must be seven in number. He quotes the passage, “ Wisdom hath builded her house ; she hath hewn out her seven pillars.” “In like manner," says he, seven sacraments sustain the CHURCH." The next
* Milner's End of Controversy, Let. xx.
refers to the seven lamps on one candlestick, in the furniture of the tabernacle. These seren sacraments are the seven lamps that illuminate the Church. The Jesuit would have rendered his argument irresistible, bad he but added, there were seven evil spirits that entered the house that was swept and garnished. These seven sacraments are the seven spirits whose united power and wisdom animale the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. The COUNCIL of TRENT rested the proof of these sacraments mainly on tradition, and a supposed hidden and mystical meaning, in the number seven. And, in truth, there sometimes is a mystic meaning in that number; as for instance, when the seer of Patmos saw seven hills propping up the throne of the apocalyptic harlot. Protestants most willingly yield up to the Roman Catholic Church the entire merit of discerning these sacraments, as they also yield up to her the entire benefit flowing therefrom. The first two, baptism and penance, confer grace, the rest increase it. The first, therefore, are sometimes called the sacraments of the dead ; the others, the sacraments of the living.- Rev. J. A. Wylie.
THE MARTYRED BLIND BOY. In the reign of " Bloody Mary," of England, when the good Bishop Hooper was about to be burned to death, a blind boy, by much importunity, prevailed on the guard to bring him to the bishop. This boy had lately suffered imprisonment in Gloucester for confessing the truth. After the bishop had examined him concerning his faith and the cause of his imprisonment, he looked on him steadfastly, tears standing in his eyes, and said, " Ah, poor boy, God hath taken from thee thy outward sight, for what reason he best knoweth ; but he hath endued thy soul with the eye of knowledge and faith. God give thee grace continually to pray unto him, that thou lose not that sight, for thou shouldst then be blind both in body and soul.”
The boy's name was Thomas Dowry. How often or how long he had endured imprisonment for the truth's sake is not known ; but on his final examination he was brought before Dr. Williams, Chancellor of Gloucester, sitting judicial with the register of the diocese in the consistory, near the south door of the cathedral church, who administered the usual articles, chicfly urging that on transubstantiation, and saying:
“ Dost thou not believe that after the words of consecration, spoken by the priest, there remaineth the very real body of Christ in the sacrament of the altar ?"
“ No," answered the blind boy ; " that I do not."
" Then,” said the chancellor, " thou art an heretic, and shalt be burned. But who taught you this heresy ? "
“ You, Master Chancellor."
“ Even in yonder place," replied the boy, turning and pointing with his hand towards where the pulpit stood. The chancellor again inquired,“When did I teach thee so?"
Dowry answered, “When you preached there (naming a day) a sermon to all men as well as to me, upon the sacrament. You said the sacrament was to be received spiritually, by faith, and not carnally and really, as the Papists have heretofore taught.”
The shameless apostate answered :
“ Then do as I have done, and thou shalt live, as I do, and escape burning."
The blind boy said :
“Though you can so easily dispense with yourself, and mock God, the world, and your conscience, yot will I not do so."
“ Then God have mercy upon thee,” rejoined the chancellor ; " for I will read the condemnation sentence against thee.”
God's will be fulfilled !” answered the young martyr. Hereupon the register, being moved with the scene, stood up, and said to the chancellor :
Fie, for shame, man! will you read the sentence against him, and condemn yourself? Away, away, and substitute some other to give sentence and judgment."
“No, register," said the fearfully hardened man; “I will obey the law, and give sentence myself according to mine office."