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my exhortation to you in the words of Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to his countrymen. Then Peter said unto them: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” Acts ii. 38–40.
May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you. Amen.
My dear countrymen, I see some among you who call themselves Roman Catholics, and say they are of the church of Rome. I wish to speak to you. Do not feel angry. I beseech you to listen. Why have you changed the strong idols of your fathers made of stone, and come to worship weak idols made of wood ? Is it not a disgrace to a man to bow down to a piece of wood, after the truth has been preached on every side ? But you say you believe in Jesus Christ, and you show me the small crucifix made of brass, hanging round your necks, and you point out the image of wood to me as a proof of your Christianity, and call yourselves the Christian church. I feel a pleasure when you speak about the church of Christ. I very much wish that you were the church of Christ, but if you are not, then let me beseech you to forsake your follies, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hear me whilst I speak a little about your sentiments; you have a great many images in your chapel, besides that which you call Jesus Christ. Before every image you have candles and frankincense burning. You have feasts in honour of these images. During the time of these feasts, and also on the Lord's day, you kneel down to the images, and pray to them, and kiss their feet. Who is it that teaches you to do such things? You say, that all the saints and Jesus Christ were in the world, and that you are praying to God through them. But what will you say to the word of God, which forbids all such wickedness as bowing to images. Hear the language of the word of God, and consider the evil of such conduct. “I am the Lord; that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. They shall be turned back. They shall be greatly ashamed that trust in graven images; that say to the molten images ye are our gods.” Isa. xlii. 8, 17. See also ch. xlvi. 6—9.
Do you think that the words which Paul applied to the Galatians is applicable to you, as the professed worshippers of the true God? “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth ?” And is there not something fearful in what God says about the worshippers of images in Deut. xxvii. 15. “ Cursed be the man who maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place, and all the people shall say, Amen."
Why do you think that so many Saviours are necessary for you? or why do you think Jesus Christ should need the help of any one ? The word of God
teaches us to worship God in spirit and in truth. John iv. 24.
Perhaps you say that the pope is the head of the church, and he commands you to bow down to images, and you are obedient to his commands; but if you obey the pope, and if you have lost all this time in his service, when are you to become the disciples of Jesus Christ? The pope has no authority from Christ, and nothing to do in the church. The Scriptures teach us, that “the man of sin,” “that wicked” shall be revealed; that “antichrist,” “ the beast," “ the false prophet,” is to come and deceive many; the pope bears all the marks of those mentioned in the Scriptures.* · Now, my countrymen, this great enemy of God and his church is mentioned in the Scriptures. When the prophecies concerning him shall be fulfilled, then
* A native who was converted from heathenism, about four years ago, in this place, went one day to the priest of the Roman Catholic chapel with a few stalks of raggy (a species of grain) in his hand. The following conversation took place:
Convert. What part of this is the proper food for man?
Convert. What is the reason that yoy and the church of Rome talk so much about the virgin Mary? She only brought forth the man Christ Jesus. He is the true bread of life from heaven. The sinner must look to him, and believe on him alone; but you leave the chief and only help, and pray to the virgin Mary. My preacher says, that the church of Rome is the church of the beast, for the Scriptures call antichrist the beast. Now, does not your church in this prove, that what my preacher says about your church is correct ?-EDITORS.
he shall be destroyed and cast into perdition, and his church shall also be destroyed. . : You know it was predicted, that Judas Iscariot should betray our Saviour; Judas was a member of Christ's little family; he kept the bag, or family purse, and what was put therein. His covetous mind influenced him to take a part of that which was entrusted to his care. When his covetousness was gratified in one thing, he sought to gratify it in another, which led him to sell his Lord for thirty pieces of silver. The Scriptures were fulfilled concerning him when he had betrayed his Master, after which, we are told, he went to his own place. Whilst the pope professes to teach the people how to pray to God, he gives them orders to do what is contrary to the divine will. The pope teaches you to count by your beads, thirty-three prayers to Jesus Christ, and fifty, three to the virgin Mary. You deliver your prayers to be carried to God, sometimes by angels, sometimes by saints, and sometimes by the Virgin Mary. Have you seen or heard any order from God to pray to so many persons, or to send prayers to him by these persons ? The word of God teaches us, that we must pray to God through Jesus Christ, and to pray with the spirit, not with beads. You may believe, that the Virgin Mary will hear your prayers, and carry them to Jesus Christ, that she will assist you by her prayers, save you from difficulties, and carry you in safety to the kingdom. No, no! This is the ignorance of the pope's teaching. He has no authority from God to do so. It is foolish and wicked to teach in such a way. The Father is every where; the Son is every where; and
the Holy Ghost is every where. God alone, therefore, heareth prayer. There is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus ; it is necessary that we should come to God through him alone. The virgin Mary cannot hear prayer; she does not know what you are doing or thinking; she does not know the heart. It is great wickedness to pray to her. It is to mock her, to jest with her character, to put her, who is only a servant of God in the place of God. The same objections may be brought against praying to, or worshipping other saints.
What do you think of this prayer offered up by the church? “Look down from heaven and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and thy glory, where is thy zeal, and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels, and of thy mercies towards me: Are they restrained ? Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not. Thou, O Lord, art our Father and Redeemer, thy name is from everlasting.” Isa. Ixiii. 15, 16. An angel told John not to worship him, because he was a fellow servant. Rev. xxii. 8, 9. The apostle Peter did not receive the worship of Cornelius. But Peter took him up, saying, stand up, I myself also am a man. Acts. x. 25, 26.
We must not seek from any other saint or angel spiritual blessings, nor go to any person for eternal life, or through any person to God for blessings, but through Jesus Christ. John vi. 68. “ Then Simon, Peter answered him, Lord to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” ch, xiv. 6. Jesus