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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - June 18, 1831, Boston, MassachusettsOf Catholic Sestel. Big <4t>r i Xada Ijain a Sineus run Noi is quis mis 1�?ir be ror i a Wiio is against is a rom. Viii. Xxxi. Vol. Ii. Boston saturday june is is3i. My. Xl.1i. The Jesuit published weekly to appear every saturday by William Smith for the proprietor at $3 Jet Anaum in ail Vulce. All Mensi be port paid and directed to the editors of the Quot Jeh Cit Quot Boston mass. The object to to explain disuse and defend the principles of the Onk Iiley Catholic and afoot our Church. Or Street. Strictures on Cesley a pretended Homan catechism pointing out its numerous misrepresentations false glosses and Gross falsehoods. Addressed to the methodists of Stourbridge and its Vicinity. By the Liev. J. A. Mason once a methodist minister now a Catholic priest of All saints treating upon liter stance. Obedience indulgences Purgatory and the invocation of saints. Strictures. Continued from Page 323, to. 41. From the doctrine of Merit lie passes by an easy transition to that of indulgences and asks a but is there no allowance for such As have not Good works of their own to Merit for themselves a and lie answers Voss a there Are indulgences to be from which a person who boars in mind the above exposition of Catholic doctrine will come to this conclusion As All Merit is derived from Grace consequently those who Are without Merit Are without Grace therefore an indulgence supplies the want of Grace and of All works wrought by that Grace and it matters Little How wicked and profane the Lito of a Catholic is he Lias Only to gain an indulgence and All is Well. But what will such a person think of or. Wesley a knowledge and consistency when Thev Are informed that no person who is not in a justified state can gain an indulgence. That not even the merits of Christ and muck less the merits of the saints will Avail to his salvation. The very first con lotion it Cassa by for gaining an indulgence is that the person obtain by True repentance True Faith and n True confession of his silts joined with a term Resolution of avoiding them in future n slate of justification before Gol and secondly that he perform such works in his stale As hear a sufi ii sent proportion to the Benefit received. these conditions and no other the Church promises in indulgence. At All events therefore an indulgence is harmless. But what is an indulgence i answer an indulgence is not properly the Pardon of sin at All. It is defined by the Church to lie a a remit Al of the Lem Noral punishment which often remains due to sin after its guilt has been remitted. And that god docs forgive the guilt and consequently the eternal punishment of sin and vet requires some temporary chastisement of the sinner is evidenced in the posterity of Adam in the Case of David and by common consent even of i lie methodists themselves. We have no reason to believe that god did my forgive the sin of Adams and yet the Earth is cursed for his Sake in the sweat of his brow he was doomed to eat his bread and most of the inconveniences and sufferings of his posterity arc in punishment of the sin of our first Parent. David was told that god had put away his sin and yet the child that was born to him must die and the st Ord never depart from his House. How often have i a card methodists say of a reformed Rake or repentant lib Crlin a god a nov Pardon his sins hut lie is sure to an indulgence then is the remit Al of the whole or part of this debt and it is done in consideration of works performed in a justified state and from the Grace of the holy ghost. Were i to ask a Plain methodist of Good common sense one who is supposed to be justified and not sanctified and who being animated by his Faith attends diligently on All their ordinances Public and private going Many Miles through cold and heat through storms and tempests to every love feast in the circuit and moreover giving largely to every Call that might be made upon his purse to further the Good cause of methodism were i to ask this loan whether lie thought that iod w us just and would Rew Ard his labour of love 1 think lie would answer in the affirmative. Vea 1 verily believe from experimental knowledge that the preachers would Tell him his alms were righteous his work was with the lord and his recompense with our god. A god a say they a is a Good should he complain of his imperfections they would pour the Oil of Consolation into his wounded spirit and remind him that god would not be forgetful of his Zeal and Charity hut that they would draw Down through the merits of Christ Pardon for the imperfections incident to a Mere justified stale at least they would he something in his Way. Should they however he a Little metaphysical in their minds and think this too much like the in popish doctrine of indulgences Thuv would he Loo cautious to Tell him so lest they should Damp his Zeal and close his purse for nature can teach these men an argument which religion sometimes cannot that if Good works arc of no use a that should ice a hem fori this leads me to another quotation from or a slav and though quite in opposition to his former As a Lions it is quite in character and bears immediately on the subject. A we have received it As a Maxim a said he to his preachers a Elhat we ought to do nothing in order to justification nothing can be More false. We must work for life. Whosoever desires to find favour with god must a Csc to do evil and learn to do Well. Whosoever repents must do works meet for repentance. And if this is not to find favour what does he do them for a the intelligent Reader will observe that or. Wesley now Speaks of works done before justification and in order to obtain it and although he has before told us they Are sins he now tells us they Merit or find favour Vith god. Now if works
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