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THE

BRISTOL PROTESTANT.

"TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY: IF THEY SPEAK
NOT ACCORDING TO THIS WORD IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS NO
LIGHT IN THEM."-ISAIAH VIII. 20.

"YE DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES."-MATT. XXII. 29.

"IF WE VALUE THE LOVE OF GOD, THE ATTAINMENT OF
HEAVEN, AND OUR OWN IMMORTAL SOULS; WE SHOULD
MAKE IT A FREQUENT MATTER OF THANKSGIVING THAT
WE ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF ROME."-ONE WHO
HAS TRIED AND FOUND ROME WANTING.

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BRISTOL: J. M. JONES, CLARE-STREET; D. VICKERY, 26, BROAD-

STREET.

[Entered at Stationers' Hall.]

PRINTED AT THE MIRROR OFFICE BY JOHN TAYLOR.

THE

BRISTOL PROTESTANT.

ADDRESS TO THE READER.

To any persons disposed to ask why another Magazine should be added to the vast mass of periodical publications, we beg leave to reply, in the language of one of our oldest Protestant writers, " Is there not a CAUSE ?" (1 Samuel xvii. 29.)

The recent, and extraordinary, efforts which have been made in this city and neighbourhood, to seduce the unwary, and lead astray from the "good old paths" (Jeremiah vi. 16), those whom they lie in wait to deceive, afford a loud call upon all who value their civil and religious privileges, to come forward boldly, and energetically, to repel this invading foe. A complete system of sapping and mining, of bribery and corruption, of open assault, and secret influence, combined with that most detestable of all means, the employment of SPIES, is already at work amongst our population. What has been done is only a part of what is intended to be done, as we learn from authentic sources. To these matters it would not be, at present, convenient to refer, but in the course of our publication, we shall set before our readers such FACTS as will fully convince them of the correctness of our statements. "When bad men conspire, good men should combine." Nevertheless, "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal," though they have been proved to be "mighty through GOD, to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of GOD, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of CHRIST." (2 Cor. x. 4, 5.) To the unscriptural doctrines of our spiritual enemies we shall oppose the written WORD OF GOD; and against their seductive

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