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TRACTS FOR THE TIMES.
that Saviour who said, “This is my commandment, that ye
love one another, even as I have loved you.” He cannot belong to Christ, who violates the love of Christ by faithless dissensions. He who liveth not in charity liveth not in God. It is the word of John, the blessed Apostle : “God," saith he, “is love: and he
, who dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him." They cannot remain with God, who will not remain with one heart in God's Church. Though they be cast to the flame and to the fire to be burnt, or lay down their lives by being a prey to wild beasts, they will gain, not the crown of faith, but the penalty of perfidy ;their end, not the glorious consummation of religious excellence, but the death-blow of despair. Such men may attain unto death, but never can attain unto the crown.
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The following works, all in single volumes, or pamphlets, and recently published, will be found more or less to uphold or elucidate the general doctrines inculcated in these Tracts :
Bp. Taylor on Repentance, by Hale.-Rivingtons.
Bp. Taylor's Golden Grove.-Parker, Oxford.
Vincentii Lirinensis Commonitorium, with translation.-Parker, Oxford.
Pusey on Cathedrals and Clerical Education.-Roake and Varty. Hook's University Sermons.-Talboys, Oxford.
Pusey on Baptisin (published separately).-Rivingtons.
Newman's Sermons, 4 vols.-Rivingtons.
Newman on Romanism, &c.-Rivingtons.
Herbert's Poems and Country Pastor.
Evans's Scripture Biography-Rivingtons.
Le Bas' Life of Archbishop Laud.-Rivingtons.
Jones (of Nayland) on the Church.
Bp. Bethell on Baptismal Regeneration.-Rivingtons.
Bp. Beveridge's Sermons on the Ministry and Ordinances.—Parker, Oxford.
Bp. Jolly on the Eucharist.
Fulford's Sermons on the Ministry, &c.-Rivingtons.
Larger Works which may be profitably studied.
Wall on Infant Baptism.-Do.
Pearson on the Creed.-Do.
Bingham's Works.-Straker, London.
TRACTS FOR THE TIMES.
RECORDS OF THE CHURCH.
THE HOLY CHURCH THROUGHOUT ALL THE WORLD DOTH
St. Cyprian on the Unity of the Church, (concluded).
False prophets have been foretold.
THEY profess themselves Christians after the manner in which the Devil puts on CHRIST: as the LORD Himself forewarns us, and says, "Many shall come in my name, saying, I am CHRIST." As he is not CHRIST, though he deceives men with His name, so neither can that man be called a Christian, who does not stand in the truth of CHRIST'S Gospel and in faith. To prophesy, to cast out devils, to show great signs on earth, is a high and wonderful thing yet the man that does these things, possesses not the kingdom of heaven, unless he walk in observance of the strait and right way. The LORD hath uttered this denunciation. 66 Many shall say to Me in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name cast out Devils, and in Thy name done great wonders: and then will I say unto them, I never knew you: Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." Righteousness is the thing needful, before we can gain the favour of GoD our Judge. We must obey His commands and warnings, that we may be found meet for our reward. When the LORD in the Gospel would point out with a compendious brevity the path of our hope and faith, He says, "the LORD thy GOD is one: and thou shalt love the LORD thy GOD with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength:
this is the first commandment ; and the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." He teaches, according to His office, unity and love. In two commandments
. He includes all the law and the prophets. But what unity does he keep, what love does he maintain, or have a thought for, who in the mad heat of discord sunders the Church, pulls down its faith, confounds its peace, scatters its love, and profanes its sacraments ?
Apostacy in the last times. Long ago, my beloved brethren, this calamity arose; but the odious pestilence has now advanced in magnitude, and the poisonous mortality of heretical perverseness and schism has begun to stretch upward, and put out its luxuriance. Thus it was to be in the latter days of the world, for the Holy Spirit so prophesied and forewarned us by the Apostle. “In the last days,” saith He, “ troublous days shall come, and men shall be lovers of their own selves, proud, boasters, covetous, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, impious, without natural affection, trucebreakers, traitors, heady, swollen with stupidity, loving pleasures more than God, having the form of godliness, but denying its power. Of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts ; ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jamnes and Mambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth : men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning faith, yet shall they not much prevail ; for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.” All that was predicted, is fulfilled ; and now that the
. last days are arrived, the trial of our faith, in respect both of men and times, is come upon us. As the fury of our adversary increases, error deceives, ignorance exalts, envy inflames, cupidity blinds, impiety depraves, pride inflates, discord exasperates, and anger hurries men along. Let not, however, this gross and unexpected unbelief of the many move or disturb us : rather let our faith be confirmed through the confidence created by its being announced beforehand. In the same way as some have begun to be of this character, because it was before predicted, so let the other brethren be on their guard against these men ; for this too is predicted, the Lord having prepared us by saying, " but be ye on your guard : behold I have told you all, before it come to pass.” I entreat you to avoid such men, and drive off their pernicious converse from beside you, and from your hearing,
, as though it were a mortal pestilence. As it is written, "hedge thine ears with thorns, and be unwilling to hear a wicked tongue." And again, “evil communications corrupt good manners.' The Lord teaches and admonishes us to retire from such men. He speaks of the blind leading the blind; if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. That man ought to be avoided and exiled from our society, who is separated from the Church. Such a man is perverse, and a sinner, and condemns himself. Does the man think himself with Christ, who strives against the Christian priesthood, and separates himself from the converse of Christ's clergy and people? He is bearing arms against the Church ; he is fighting against God's ordinances, a foe to the
l altar, a rebel against Christ's sacrifice, for honour faithless, for religion sacrilegious, a servant without obedience, a son without piety, a brother without love, setting at nought the Bishops, and despising the Priests of his God, he audaciously builds another altar, offers
the unhallowed accents of a separate prayer, and profanes with false sacrifices the truth of the Dominical victim. He is not permitted to be wiser, since he who strives against the ordinances of God is punished for his temerity and daring by divine reprehension.
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram are a warning to us. Thus Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, who endeavoured to assume to themselves a licence to sacrifice in opposition to Moses, and