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kingdom divided against itself must fall;— Christ's kingdom is to stand for ever, therefore it must be one. All these sects hold different doctrines and follow different teachers; can they, then, be the children of the kingdom who "hold fast the faith once delivered to the saints;" who have "one faith,” as well as one Lord and one Baptism? Truly “they are more like a mob than a kingdom;" they are more like the confused multitude at the foot of Babel, when the curse of dispersion had just been spoken upon them and they ceased to understand each other's language, than like a kingdom "all one, even as the Father and the Son are one."

One word more and I have done: if these things be so, in what sense can Protestants be said to receive Christ as their King? They may acknowledge Him as their Priest, to make atonement for them, though even that atonement many among them deny. They may acknowledge Him as their Prophet, to teach them doctrine, though what that doctrine is they are altogether at variance. But in what sense can He be called their King? is one who rules over a kingdom, administering its laws, either in person or by ministers

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to trace back their commission to our Lord, ME VE whom he has appointed. Now Christ, as we all know, is not now visibly upon earth, so as to rule in person: who, then, among Protestants rule in His stead, bearing His commission? The rulers of the Establishment, her Bishops and Clergy, professedly receive their commission, not from Christ, but from the Crown, the acknowledged source of their jurisdiction. And the rulers of the other sects, be they synods, central conferences, or whatever else they may be called, do they even pretend



and so to be governing in His stead and by His authority? We know that none of them do.

What shall we say then? Has the kingdom heralded by the Prophets, and founded by the Apostles, fallen utterly to pieces, though prophecy proclaimed that it should never fail, and our Lord Himself declared that the gates of hell should not prevail against it? Or is there still such a kingdom, though Protestant England is of it no longer ? and if so, where is it?

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In my former Tract I showed you how God destroyed Pagan Rome to raise up Christian Rome in her place. I shall now proceed to fulfil my promise, and give you some account of how the Popes became possessed of the temporal kingdom, which all allow they have ruled for more than a thousand years. Many, however, will tell you that it was through craft and cunning and manifold injustice that they obtained it; which is false, as all history tése tifies. These persons—who, generally speaking, know little or nothing of the subject on which they attempt to speak, but are confident of the truth of their assertions, simply because they take for granted that every thing said against the Popes must be true--would have you believe that their temporal power as Sovereigns of the Papal States is a usurpa

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