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SUBJECT

OF

THE

TREATISE.

XXVII

Every

thing

betokens

this

fuller development

of

the papal

theory.

The gradual manifestation

of "

the

Man

of

Sin"

has been

marked

by

a corresponding obscuration of

the

glory of

Him

who is

the

" brightness of his

Father's

glory,

and

the

express image of

his per-

son."

At

first,

this

appeared in

the

church claiming

the

honours

of

her

King. Reversing

her true

position,

as

the

maid looking to

the hand

of

her master,

she

assumed

the

lofty tones of

the

mistress.

Instead

of reverentially bowing to

Him

of

whom

it

was said, "

This

is

my

beloved

Son;

hear

ye

HIM

;"

the

church points to herself as

the

object of

faith and

reverence, saying,

"Hear

ye

ME."

As

the spirit

of

antichristianism

grows

stronger,

we

behold

the

Saviour degraded

to a

level

with

his own

servants,

and though nominally retained

in

the

Roman

Pantheon,

receiving only his share of homage

in

common

with

a multitude

of inferior

deities.

Instead

of " seeing no

man

save

Jesus

only,"

the

church of Rome

says,

"

Let

us build

here

three

tabernacles,

one for

thee, and

one for

Moses,

and

one for

Elias."

But

now,

even this divided homage

is

denied

the

Saviour

;

his

name,

his character,

and

his functions,

are all

but

ignored;

his worship is

superseded by

that

of Mary

;

his distinct personality

is

merged in

the Deity

;

and, if

they

speak of him

at

all,

it

is

under the

phrase-

ology

of " invoking

the

aid of

God,

through

the

intercession of

his

mother

I"

It

requires

no

great ingenuity to

perceive,

in

this gradual

sinking

of

the name

of Christ, the ripening of

the

plot

for

the

full

-

blown

manifestation

of

Antichrist,

"the

Man of Sin,

who opposeth

and exalteth himself

above

all

that

is

called

God,

or

that

is wor-

shipped."

The papal theory, thus unfolded to all its extent, threatens,

in

our

day,

to become

a

practical reality.

Under the

auspices of

the

Jesuits,

or

ultramontane

divines, who

have gained

an undoubted

ascendency

in

the

councils

of Rome,

the

supremacy of

the pope

bids

fair

to

be set

on

a higher

eminence

than

ever.

No

longer

a mere

prince

of bishops,

propped up by

the

authority

of

fathers and

coun-

cils,

he

stands revealed

as

the

"King

of kings,

and Lord of

lords."

No

longer

a

petty

sovereign

in Italy,

he

comes

boldly out

as

the

earthly

image

of

Godhead, clothed

with

the attributes

of

the

Al-

mighty, and challenging

the

sovereignty of

the

world.

To a claim

so

portentous

no

limits can be set

;

to

the

encroachments and

demands

founded

on

it

no end can be

foreseen.

Deity

is

the

mea-

sure of

the

demands,

Deity

the pretext

for

the

encroachments.

Before such

a

gigantic

phantom

of power,

conjured

up by

supersti-

tion,

the

governments of

this

world,

with all

their

interests,

powers,

and

glories,

shrink into insignifi*nce.