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then must he often have suffered from the foundation of the world.(Heb. ix. 24, 25.)

The Sacrifice of the Mass is blasphemy, for now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.(Heb. ix. 26.)

The Sacrifice of the Mass is blasphemy, for it is appointed unto men ONCE to die," and ONLY ONCE, for after this the judgment: SO CHRIST WAS ONCE OFFERED (AND ONLY ONCE) to bear the sins of many.(Heb. ix. 27, 28.) • It would be just as absurd to say that a man must die millions of times, as to say that Christ is to be offered millions of times. It was appointed unto man to die ONCE : " 80 Christ has been offered

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered YEAR BY YEAR CONTINUALLY make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered ? "

Certainly they would. For “ the worshippers ONCE purged should have had no more conscience of sins. For in those sacrifices, there is remembrance again made of sins every year.(Heb. x. 1-3.) In the Sacrifices of the Mass there is a remembrance again made of sins everyDAY,

Oh! what blasphemy! The sacrifice offered once upon the cross in Eucharistid quotidie instauratur,' 'is renewed daily in the Eucharist.' (See Catechism of the Council of Trent.) The Romish priests who are 'DAILY RENEWING' the sacrifice offered upon the cross are described to the

very letter by St. Paul.

Every priest standeth Daily ministering and offering OFTENTIMES the same sacrifices. And the absurdity of their employment is described : which can never take away sin.(Heb. x. 11.) St. Paul declares that Christ was offered ONCE and only once ;, as it is appointed unto men ONCE to die,” and only ONCE. The Church of Rome declares that Christ is offered DAILY: that his sacrifice is renewed DAILY. Observe how strong the language of St. Paul is.

“ We are sanctified,says he, through the offering of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL.” (Heb. x. 10.) Christ, after he had offered ONE sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God.(verse 12.) By one offering he hath perfected for ever them which are sanctified.(verse

Where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin." (verse 18.) This he did ONCE when he offered up himself.(Heb. vii. 27.) The statement of St. Paul, repeated over and over again, is diametrically opposed to the creed of the Papacy. Since there remaineth no more offering for sin," the Sacrifice of the Mass is blasphemy.

THE FOURTH head of the Beast, that is, the fourth mountain on which the Church of Rome, whose name is Mystery,' sitteth, is the mystery or sacrament of Penance. This head also has 'names of blasphemy.' The Church of Rome makes a Saviour of this sacrament, and teaches that thereby satisfaction is rendered to God. She confounds repentance with penance. ' Repentance indeed is indispensable to salvation, for unless a man feel the burden of sin, he

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will not feel his need of a Saviour. “They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” But even repentance does not make us worthy of the divine favour. It has no merit in it. And as for the penance of the Church of Rome, it is blasphemy. The command of scripture is, Repent ! LETA VOELTE ! but not, Do penance! Did St. Paul tell the jailor at Philippi, who fell down before him trembling and asked, What he must do to be saved ?-that he must do

penance in order to obtain the forgiveness of sins! No. His answer was simply, Believe. " Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.But such language as this is never heard from the mouth of the Beast.' This would be indeed a death-blow to Papal indulgences.

If a sinner were directed simply to repent of his sins, and to throw himself just as he is with all his sins about him upon the free mercy of Christ, as his Saviour, there would no longer be need of pilgrimages, repetitions of Ave-Marias and Pater-Nosters, of counting of beads, confession to priests, works of supererogation and all the farrago of Popery. Farewell to penance ! farewell to the doctrine of purgatory! the Papacy would have lost its fourth head.

Oh that every Romish priest would weigh well the meaning of St. Paul, when he said, By grace are ye saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.We should then no longer hear of the sacrament of penance: for Christ would be honoured, not blasphemed. They would lead men to Christ,

not from Christ. They would then feel the truth of the scriptural doctrine contained in the following

verse:

Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears for ever flow;
All for sin could not atone:
Thou must save, and thou alone.'

THE FIFTH head of the Papacy, in other words, the fifth mountain on which the woman' Mystery' sitleth, is the mystery or sacrament of Extreme Unction. Upon this head is the name of blasphemy.'

This sacrament 'remits venial sins : mortal sins are taken away by the sacrament of penance.' This is the language of the Catechism of the Council of Trent. · Peccata venialia remittit: exitiales enim culpæ pænitentiæ sacramento tolluntur. And this remission of sins is expressly attributed to the virtue of these sacraments. For the Catechism goes on to say, — Neque enim hoc sacramentum primario loco ad graviorum criminum remissionem institutum est; sed Baptismum tantum et Pænitentia vi suả hoc efficiunt.' 'For this sacrament (viz. of extreme unction) was not primarily instituted for the remission of more grievous offences : but Baptism only and Penance effect this by their own virtue.'

Here Christ is completely excluded. Baptism and Penance remit mortal sins : Extreme Unction remits venial sins. And this remission they effect by their own virtue, 'vi suả.' We repeat, Christ is completely excluded, though " there is none other name under heaven given amongst men whereby we must be saved.The dying sinner is directed by the Romish priests to have recourse to this sacrament for the remission of his venial offences, his deadly sins having been washed away by the sacraments of Baptism and Penance. What blasphemy is this ! What dishonour is done to Christ! And these blasphemies and this dishonour proceed from those who claim to be exclusively his ministers, and to belong to the only true church upon earth.

We will only add, with respect to the passage in the fifth chapter of St. James which is adduced in favour of Extreme Unction, that it is wholly inapplicable. St. James says,

The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up : and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him.The promise is absolute. It refers to the miraculous gifts of healing, which were imparted to the primitive church. The sick man, who should " Call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord,” should be “ RAISED UP.' Nor was health to be restored to the body only: it was to be restored to the soul of the sick man. The one was the sign of the other.

In like manner, when our Saviour was upon earth, he healed the bodily infirmities of men in token that he was able to forgive sins. That ye may know that the Son of Man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy) Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house.(Matt. ix. 6.) The Romish Sacrament of Extreme Unction has no foundation in Scripture. It is professedly adminis

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