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M. V. Aylmer
1852 The Catholic Layman  
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more » ... out Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. 1852.1 THE CATHOLIC LAYMAN. 69 befallible men, whose doctrine must itself be tried by Scripture, and tried thus by the members of their own flocks, according to their several ability. Such were, in the Jewish Church, the " Scribes," who, as our Lord said, " sat in Moses' seat," but who were, of course, not to be listened to when they (as He declared) '" made theWord of God of none effect through their traditions." Our Lord's words (Luke x. 16) were addressed to the hearers of his own inspired followers, and do not apply to ordinary teachers. In Heb. xiii. 7 the Apostle expressly gives Christians a test by which to try the doctrines even of their teachers. " Jesus Christ"--as preached by his inspired messengers-" the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Now, we know no authentic record of that teaching except the Scriptures. The apostolic teaching as recorded for us in the Bible is, therefore, our test ; and if Calvin and Luther had not made use of that, to try by it the doctrines of " those who bore rule overthem," we confess that the Protestant Reformation " would never have had a being," though our religion would have still been taught in the Bible, whether men attended to it or not. Butgeneral commands to obey our pastors no more imply that we are to obey them in everything, without using our own judgments, than general commands to obey magistrates or parents imply that we should comply with their will when they require us to do wrong. We should obey both pastors and nmagistrates so far as we can without disobeying God. OBJECTION 8.-Protestants deny that God has promised that the children of the Church should, in all ages, fear the Lord, and flourish in righteousness and abundance of peace, as long as the sun and moon shall endure. Because they will have it., that the whole Christian Church, before their Reformation, was fallen from her allegiance to God. Their own Bible in plain terms contradicts this their assertion (Ps. lxxii. 5, 7)-They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. In his days (that is, after the coming of Christ) shall the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth. REPLY.-Protestants do not deny, but affirm that there always have been, and always will be, faithful worshippers, children of Christ's Church, who have feared the Lord, and shall do so " as long as the sun and moon endureth." And no one but a very ignorant Roman Catholic would pretend that his own church had always flourished in righteousness and peace ; since every one acquainted with history is aware that, for many ages, it was distracted by divisions, had even rival Popes, and was overrun by a general corruption of morals. (To be continued.) Corretpontrence.
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