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and then judge whether it would not be better to pay for no religion at all in the country, than to support such teaching as this.
John xvi. 28. Protestants are heretics and schismatics-the bane and disease of this time." Titus iii. 10. "All the definitions and marks of a heretic fall upon them."
Acts xxviii. 22. "The Church of God, calling the Protestant's doctrine heresy in the worst sort that ever was, doth right and most justly."
Mark xi. 17. "That as the Jewish temple was made a den of thieves, the Church, or house appointed for the holy sacrifice and sacrament of the body of Christ, is now much more made a den of thieves, being made a den for the ministers of Calvin's breed."
John xv. 7. "The prayer of a schismatic (Protestant) cannot be heard in heaven."
2 Timothy ii. 17. "The speeches, preaching, and writing of heretics (i. e., Protestants) are pestiferous, contagious, and creeping like a canker: therefore Christian men must never hear their sermons nor read their books."
Mark iii. 12. As the devil, acknowledging the Son of God, was bid to hold his peace; therefore neither heretics' (Protestants') sermons must be heard; no, not though they preach the truth. So is it with their prayers and services, which, being never so good in itself, is not acceptable to God out of their mouths; yea, it is no better than the howling of wolves."
Acts xix. 19. "A Christian man is especially bound to burn and deface all heretical books; and therefore Protestant Bibles, prayer-books, &c." Heb. v. 7. The translators of the English Bible ought to be abhorred to the depths of hell." John ii. 10. 'Roman Catholics must avoid
them (Protestants) because their familiarity is contagious and noisome to good men but in matters of religion, in praying, reading their books, hearing their sermons, presence at their service, and all other communication with them in spiritual things, it is a great damnable sin to deal with them.
Matt. xiii. 29. "The good (i. e., the Papists) must tolerate the evil (i. e., the Protestants) when it is so strong that it cannot be redressed without danger or disturbance of the whole Church; otherwise, when evil men, be they heretics or other malefactors, may be punished and suppressed without disturbance and hazard of the good, they may and ought, by public authority, either spiritual or temporal, to be chastised or executed."
2 Tim. iii. 19. All heretics, though in the beginning they may appear to have show of truth, yet in due time their deceits and falsehoods shall be known by all wise men; though for troubling the state of such commonwealth, where unluckily they have been received, they cannot be so suddenly extirpated."
The Protestant clergy of all denominations are further described, in this authorized Popish Bible, as thieves, murderers, and ministers of the devil" (John x. 1). They and their flocks, as supporters of the Protestant heresy, are declared "to be in a rebellion and damnable revolt against the priests of God's Church; that rebellion which (they declare) is the bane of our days" (Heb. xiii. 17).
These are not Bible annotations of the Middle Ages; they received the sanction of the Romish Archbishop in 1818. And this is the teaching that we commit the great national sin of supporting in the face of our millions of Bibles, England,
England! except the storm be averted by national repentance and reformation, shall not thy crying crime be avenged by the most High ?-ED.
A WONDERFUL ANSWER TO
A GENTLEMAN, seeing in the Times an account of an extraordinary escape, wrote to the clergyman of the parish to inquire into its truth, and received the following narrative, which we give here as a wonderful answer to prayer :—
Dear Sir,-The paragraph which you have seen in the Times, giving an account of the wonderful escape of George Bray, is perfectly true; and so far from its containing anything of exaggeration, it really conveys but a feeble impression of the circumstance.
On hearing a rumour that the well at Hook Norton Park Farm had coped in, and buried the carpenter George Bray, I hastened (with my curate, who was with me when I heard the rumour) to the spot. We found only a few persons there, and immediately set ourselves to direct them as to what was to be done. As for the prospect of the man's being alive, we could not feel a shadow of hope. The well, sixty feet deep, was filled up to within twelve or fifteen feet of the top with the earth and stones that had fallen in. All we worked for was to get at the poor man's crushed and lifeless body. We soon had a numerous body of people, and after an hour and a half occupied in procuring and getting into working order the necessary tackle, at length the labour of filling buckets with the débris and hoisting it and taking it away began.
About this time I found Bray's wife had arrived
at the farm, and of course I went to her; but I could not hold out to her any hope of her husband's being alive. The Nonconformists in my parish, I am thankful to say, are on the kindliest terms with me, and know that in their times of trial they need not hesitate to look for my sympathy. Mrs. Bray told me, that at their morning prayer that day, her husband (who " always fretted about that well") prayed especially for protection in the work he was going to. This was, I need not say, a consolation to me; not as kindling hopes of his bodily safety, but as indicative of the state of his soul. I felt that we might think of him as one who was in Christ, and so not unprepared. It was the general opinion that the body would not be got at for twelve hours, or more.
Having gone home for a time, I was startled by a message stating that the men at work down in the well had heard Bray speaking (this was about four or five hours after the accident). He was heard distinctly at intervals, with such sentences as this, "Be quick, or I cannot hold out much longer." You may conceive the excitement that arose when it was ascertained that the poor man was still alive. As for the men who laboured in clearing out the well, I can never forget the zeal and determination with which they worked. The danger to those down in the well was not small, yet they toiled and laboured on without a thought for themselves. At last, between 10 and 11 p.m. (the well having fallen in a quarter before twelve at noon), the man was extricated, having been buried eleven hours. We had a doctor on the spot three or four hours before Bray was got out, to take charge of him as soon as he should be got out. The doctor has since told me that another half-hour would have been fatal. As it is, the
poor man is going on as well as one could expect. He tells me that, having finished his work, he had begun to climb up by the rope, in order to come to the surface, when he found the stones and earth begin to fall in from the sides. He was straining his utmost to get up by the rope, and had ascended some distance, when a stone fell on his head and knocked him down the well. Mr. Lovell, the farmer (Bray's uncle), standing at the mouth of the well, then saw the rush of earth and stones, hiding the man from his sight. It seems that that blow from the stone, causing him to fall to the lower depth, was, by God's wonderful providence, a means of preserving him. He fell into the only place where he could have escaped being instantly crushed and suffocated; and he lay just below a joint in the wooden pump, through which, no doubt, air for respiration (passing down the tube) reached him. Not less than thirty-five feet had the men to dig down, hoisting up the earth and stones in buckets, to be removed, before they got at the poor man, and three or four hours elapsed from the time they could just touch a portion of his person with a stick, before they could so far disengage him as to be able to bring him out.
There must have been some hundreds of people, men, women, and children, watching for hours whilst the labour went on; and as time wore on, and poor Bray's voice became feebler, our anxiety was great. For my own part, I feel that this deliverance is one of those extraordinary ones with which our God is pleased from time to time to mark with especial clearness the workings of His providence-that providence which is always working; and, moreover, that it is meant as a decided instance of His answers to prayer.
Your text from Prov. iii. 5, 6, is one which I