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thians was referred to, about "discerning the Lord's body." To this I have just replied, and therefore it is not necessary to advert to it again.
Then the Fathers were adduced in support of Transubstantiation. I observed that they spoke strongly with regard to the Eucharist, but it was, I contended, of a moral change rather than a physical they spoke, however highly wrought their language may sometimes have been. Other remarks were made respecting the Fathers at various periods of the discussion which will be seen more particularly in the Report.
AGAINST Transubstantiation it was urged that the elements were called bread and wine both by our Lord and the Apostle Paul even after consecration. It was shown. you likewise, that our Lord was absent from earth as to his body "till the times of the restitution of all things." This was proved by a passage in the Acts, and hence it was concluded that, however he might be present as to his deity, he was not present in a bodily sense in the Eucharist. Other arguments from Scripture, were urged, upon which I have not time to dwell.
It was also argued that the doctrine of Transubstantiation contradicted the senses-that when we exercised any or all of those senses upon the elements, after consecration. they gave their unanimous assent to the fact that there had been no substantial change. Remember, too, that this species of reasoning was not a departure from our principles (as was asserted on the other side); for though we adduced arguments from the senses, yet we based them upon texts of the sacred volume; and we shewed you that the evidence of Christ's resurrection, according to the testimony of the Apostles, was found in the fact that he was seen by various individuals and collective bodies, who ate, and drank, and conversed with him after he rose from the dead. Hence we had scriptural authority for the argument from the senses, and Mr. Brown, although he rejected this argument in our case, yet made use of the evidence of the senses himself in one point. We say, therefore, that we have the testimony both of the senses and of Scripture, that no substantial change takes place in the bread and wine, but that the bread remains bread, and the wine remains wine. They may be changed in their use, but they are not changed in their nature.
We proceeded to consider, in the second place, "The
SACRIFICE OF THE MASS."
On the Roman Catholic side the prophecy of Malachi was urged, in which God declares,
"From the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles; and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation."
It was shewn, however, that neither of the terms used here necessarily imply anything like literal sacrifice, much less the Sacrifice of the Mass. Not the term "sacrifice," because it is applied in Scripture to a variety of other things besides literal cacrifice—such as prayer, and praise, and the bodies of believers-and, therefore, if the system of interpretation adopted on the other side were correct, namely, that, because the term is used, it must mean the Sacrifice of the Mass, I might prove, on the same principle, that prayer was the Sacrifice of the Mass, or praise, or any of the other things to which also the term is applied. Nor could the term "clean oblation" (it was pointed out in continuation) refer to anything like the Sacrifice of the Mass, till our opponents could prove that the word was confined in Scripture to a sacrificial meaning. That it was not so confined was shown by a reference to a passage in the 66th chapter of Isaiah, where the same word was applied to persons, and translated " gift" or offering." In this manner we endeavoured to establish that the prophecy naturally referred to the various spiritual sacrifices that were to be offered to God" from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same."
Our opponents adduced also, in support of the Mass, the language of the institution, "My blood which is shed." Respecting this we pointed out that there could be no valid argument derived from the use of the present tense, because, in the Bible, that tense was constantly employed when the future was intended; and the inconsistency of our adversaries was exhibited in the fact that they argued from the use of the present tense in the Greek text and in the Protestant translation, while the Vulgate (their standard Latin version), the Canon of the Mass, and the Roman Catholic English version of the Scriptures, read the passage in the future tense.
The passage in the 13th chapter of Acts, ver. 1, 2, which speaks of certain disciples "ministering to the Lord," was likewise brought forward; and the Rev. Gentlemen at
tempted to deduce the Sacrifice of the Mass from this expression. But I showed, in the course of my investigation of Mr. Brown's statements respecting this passage, that, by the same rule of interpretation, I might prove magistrates and others, yea, even angels, to be sacrificing priests also.
AGAINST the sacrifice of the Mass there were a variety of objections urged. There was a parallel drawn by my friend, Mr. Lyons, between the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper as originally instituted, and the Sacrifice of the Mass: and you have seen in what points they differed from each other. It was shown, also, that the essentials of a proper sacrifice were wanting in the Sacrifice of the Mass, and, therefore, that it could not be "true, proper, and propitiatory." There was no destruction of a victim in it; and, moreover, you have seen that there has been no attempt to prove from Scripture the existence of the office of sacrificing priest under this dispensation, except as respects Christ himself. Therefore, if the destruction of the victim and a sacrificing priest be wanting, there can be no proper sacrifice in the Mass, and consequently the Creed of Pope Pius IV. is false, when it calls the Mass "a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice." We adduced, also, a negative argument, the substance of which was this:-that in those places of Scripture where we might most naturally expect to find such a sacrifice mentioned, if it were revealed, viz. in the commission to the Apostles, the conduct of the early Christians recorded in the Acts, and the letters to Timothy and Titus, there is not the slightest allusion to any such thing. Moreover, a variety of passages from the Épistle to the Hebrews were dwelt on; and you will remember how constantly the Apostle Paul made use of the term "once," repeating it again and again, as if to guard against the most distant approach to that which might derogate from the honour and sufficiency of Christ's one offering. Furthermore, other passages established that "without shedding of blood there is no remission," and the Sacrifice of the Mass, being confessedly an unbloody sacrifice, could not therefore, obtain remission, that is, be propitiatory. You have seen, also, how the early part of the 10th chap. of Hebrews demonstrated that the repetition or continuation of a sacrifice proved its imperfection; and how, on this principle, the Sacrifice of the Mass, professing to be a continuation, if not a repetition, of that on the cross, practically asserted the insufficiency of the sacrifice of the Cross,
and also its own insufficiency. You heard, likewise, the argument from the 9th chapter of Hebrews-that Christ could not be offered without suffering, and that, as he does not suffer in the Mass, he cannot be offered in the Mass, and therefore the Mass is not a 66 true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice.”
Were I to give you an outline of every portion of the arguments employed on this subject, I should go on in this manner for a length of time, but the period which is allotted me for addressing you is rapidly expiring, and I must therefore forego any further summary. I can only earnestly request you to bear in mind what has been said, particularly the different passages of Holy Writ that have been adduced, which set before us the truth that Christ "by one oblation hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." This text is a declaration which, in itself, is sufficiently strong on which to take our stand, and it has not been noticed on the other side. It not merely asserts the value of Christ's offering in general terms, but it tells you particularly, that, by that "one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified;" as the Apostle says in another passage, which I quoted yesterday, "Christ entered once into the Holies (i. e. into Heaven) having obtained eternal redemption." I asked the question before, and I ask it now again, What can a man want beyond ETERNAL REDEMPTION? and that inestimable blessing-that glorious result-is said to be obtained by the one finished work of Immanuel, when he entered into Heaven," the holiest of all," and presented himself before his Father as the victorious surety of sinners.
In conclusion, then, I say, first of all-(and I do it in the exercise of that charity and faithfulness, which I have endeavoured to exhibit all through this Discussion, and which I would desire to manifest to the very close)-that, if these be the testimonies of the Bible respecting the great salvation of the Lord Jesus, it becomes us, who profess to be the Ministers of the Gospel-the heralds of salvation-to bethink ourselves on this momentous point-to "make full proof of our ministry"-to bear in mind the "woe" denounced against those who "preach not the gospel"-to examine our hearts diligently and faithfully, lest in any manner we should give even a practical denial to the complete redemption effected by CHRIST.
And to you, my hearers in general, I say, remember the
fearful consideration that my friend, Mr. Lyons, sought to impress upon you at the close of his last address. He told you, that the hearing of the truth made you either better or worse, and so it is. The Gospel never left any man as it found him; it either proved, as the Apostle says, "the savour of life unto life, or of death unto death," to his soul. The declaration of truth increases a man's privilege, and therefore places him under a far weightier responsibility than if such privilege was not his. Bear in mind, then, your present situation. You have had opportunity, during this week and the past, of coming to this place to hear those gentlemen on the one side, and my friend and myself on the other. We have put forth arguments on each side: we have endeavoured to substantiate our respective beliefs. Recollect, therefore, that of this, as of every other opportunity of discovering "the truth as it is in Jesus," you will have to give an account when you come to stand before the tribunal of the Most High. Some of you may imagine, perhaps, that it is pleasant to observe the conflict of argument, while you may not think of your own deep interest in the questions discussed; but I remind you that, not only should your intellects be exercised in the investigation of truth, but your hearts affected by its immense importance. Do not think we are disputing for victory-it is for truth we contend. Do not think we have been speaking about non-essential things, about matters of minor consequence -it has been said on the other side, and I repeat it now, that we have been talking about things that concern the salvation of the soul. Oh! then, exhibit that wisdom which becomes intelligent and immortal beings-show yourselves anxious about your best, your truest, your eternal interests-and seek the Lord, encouraged by the promise that those who seek "shall find him, when they search for him with all their hearts." Let there be no delay-no hesitation-no Felix-like postponement to " a more convenient season," that may never come. Remember the melancholy case that has occurred among yourselves, and take warning from this to flee before it be too late, to the refuge set before you in the Gospel-to look by faith to that ALMIGHTY SAVIOUR, who "TAKETH AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD," and who is "THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH."