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1860 Excerpt: ... the mildness, and charity, and unostentatious
virtues of the gospel; lest you hold out a distorted picture of
Christianity in your neighbourhood, and impose that as religion on
the fancy of the credulous, which stands at as wide a distance from
the relicrion of the New Testament, as do the services of an
exploded superstition, or the mummeries of an antiquated ritual.
But, again, it is said of Papists, that they hold the monstrous
doctrine of transubstantiation. Now, a doctrine may be monstrous on
two grounds. It may be monstrous on the ground of its absurdity, or
it may bo monstrous on the ground of its impiety. II must have a
most practically mischievous effect on the conscience, should a
communicant sit down at the table of the Lord j and think that the
act of appointed remembrance is equivalent to a real sacrifice, and
a real expiation: and leave the performance with a mind unburdened
of all its past guilt, and resolved to incur fresh guilt to be
wiped away by a fresh expiation. But in the sacrament of our own
country, is there no crucifying of the Lord afresh? Is there none
of that which gives the doctrine of transubstantiation all its
malignant influence on the hearts and lives of its proselytes? Is
there no mysterious virtue annexed to the elements of this
ordinance? Instead of being repaired to for the purpose of
recruiting our languid affections to the Saviour, and strengthening
our faith, and arming us with a firmer resolution, and more
vigorous purpose of obedience, does the conscience of no
communicant solace itself by the mere performance of the outward
act, and suffer him to go back with a more reposing security to the
follies, and vices, and indulgences of the world? Then, my
brethren, his erroneous view of the sacrament may not be clothed
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