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stood also of a revolt of many nations from the Catholic Church; which has in part happened already by the means of Mahomet, Luther, &c. and, as it may be supposed, will be more general in the days of Antichrist: though even then the Catholic* Church herself, if we believe the Scriptures and the Creed, never can fall off from Christ.”.

Note to the Roman Catholic Version.

2 THESSALONIANS ii. 15.

Hold the traditions." No. 1.

(ROMAN CATHOLICS.) “ See here, that the unwritten traditions of the Apostles are no less to be received than their epis

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Note to the Roman Catholic Version,

No. 2.

(HERRNHUTER.) , Dr. Southey, alluding to the Herrnhuters, when their sect was in its infancy, remarks, “it was taken into consideration more than once, whether they should lay aside their peculiar discipline for the sake of avoiding evil reports ; Count Zinzendorf himself inclined at one time to this concession, and thought it better, that they should be entirely embodied in the Lutheran Church, with which they professed a perfect conformity in doctrine: the

* Where the infallibility of the church resided, the Romanists have differed among themselves; some resting it in the Pope, others requiring the concurrence of a general council.--Southey's Book of the Church.

brethren, who were then between five and six hundred in number, regarded the discipline as the precious inheritance which had been left them by their fathers, but they consented to let the question be decided by lot; in the full confidence that the decision would be directed by immediate providence. Two verses therefore of St. Paul were written on separate papers. The first was in support of Count Zinzendorf's motion, To them that are without law, be ye as without law, being not without law to God, but under the law in Christ) that ye may gain them that are without law.' The text of the second lot was this Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught. The trial was preceded by fervent prayer; a child of four years old drew the second lot; and they entered from that day (in their own words, into a covenant with each other, to remain upon this footing, and in this constitution to carry on the work of the Lord, and to preach his gospel in all the world, and among all nations, whithersoever he should be pleased to send and scatter them abroad."

Southey's Life of Wesley.

FIRST TIMOTHY.

TAN CATHOLICS.

1 Timothy ii. 5.

One Mediator." No. 1.

(ROMAN CATHOLICS.) “ This hinders not, but that we may seek the prayers and intercession, as well of the faithful upon earth, as of the saints and angels in heaven, for obtaining mercy, grace, and salvation, through Jesus Christ. As St. Paul himself often desired the help of the prayers of the faithful, without any injury to the mediatorship of Jesus Christ.”

Note to the Roman Catholic Version.

No. 2.

(UNITARIANISM.) “ Here is no intimation that Christ was anything more than a man. A Mediator is one who is the medium of Divine communication, as Moses was to the Israelites. It does not at all imply the notion of atonement or propitiation.

Belsham.

“ Had the Apostle thought Christ to be a being of higher nature than that of man, it cannot be sup

posed but that, in this place more especially, he would have denominated him by that higher rank, whatever it was; and especially if he had conceived him to be so great a being as the Maker of man and all things."

Priestley.

1 Timothy ii. 6.

" Who gave himself a ransom for all.No. 1.

(Wesley.) Preaching at Newgate, Wesley was led insensibly, he says, and without any previous design, to declare strongly and explicitly that God willeth all men to be saved, and to pray if this were not the truth of God, he would not suffer the blind to go out of the way; but if it were, that he would bear witness to his word. “ Immediately one, and another, sank to the earth; they dropt on every side as thunderstruck.” In the evening I was again pressed in spirit to declare that Christ gave himself a ransom for all. And almost before we called upon him to set to his seal, he answered. One was so wounded by the sword of the spirit, that you would have imagined she could not live a moment. But immediately his abundant kindness was showed, and she loudly sang of his righteousness.”

A Quaker who was present at one meeting, and inveighed against what he called dissimulation of these creatures, caught the contagious emotion himself, and even while he was biting his lips and knitting his brows, dropped down as if he had been struck by lightning. “ The agony he was in,” says

Wesley, “was even terrible to behold; we besought God not to lay folly to his charge, and he soon lifted up his head, and cried aloud, .Now I know thou art a prophet of the Lord.'

Southey's Life of Wesley.

No. 2.

(UNITARIANISM.) Who gave himself a deliverance for all.”— Wakefield's Translation.

“ One great mistake on this subject is, that the Apostle is understood to speak of deliverance from sin and its punishment, when he only means, deliverance from the yoke of Heathenism and the ceremonial law."

Belshan. " A ransom, i. é. a means of deliverance from the bondage of the ceremonial law, and of heathen idolatry.”

Note to the Unitarian Version.

1 TIMOTHY ii. 8.

I will therefore that men pray." The Arians and Socinians confine their worship to God the Father. The Moravians and Swedenborgians address all their prayers to Jesus Christ.

Adam's Religious World.

1 Timothy ii. 9.
That women adorn themselves in modest apparel.

(QUAKERS.)
(See Note on 1 Peter iii. 3.)

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