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IV. And because the Powers which God hath ordained, and the Liberty which Christ hath purchased, are not intended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another; they who upon
Pretence of Christian Liberty, shall oppose any lawful Power, or the lawful Exercise of it, whether it be Civil or Ecclesiastical, resist the Ordinance of God P. And for their publishing of such Opinions, or maintaining of such Practices as are contrary to the Light of Nature, or to the known Principles of Christainity, whether concerning Faith, Worship, or Conversation; or to the Power of Godliness; or such erroneous Opinions or Pra&ices, as either in their own Nature, or in the Manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external Peace and Order which Christ hath established in the Church; they may lawfully be called to Account, and proceeded against by the Censures of the Church,
and Luke 1. 74. That he would grant un- ness, but as the servants of God. to us, that we being delivered out of [Rom. 13. 1. to the 8. verse. ] Heb. 13. the hands of our enemies, might 17. Obey them that have the rule serve him without fear,
v: 75. In over you, and submit your selves: holiness and righteousness before for they watch for your souls, as him all the days of our life. they that must give account : that
IV. P. Matth. 12. 25. And Jesus they may do it with joy, and not knew thcir thoughts, and said unto with grief; for that is unprofitable them, Every kingdom divided a- for you. gainst itself is brought to desolation: 9 Rom. 1. 32. Who knowing the and every city or house divided a- judgment of God, (that they which gainst itself, shall not stand. 1 Pet. commit such things are worthy of 2. 13. Submit your selves to every death) not only do the same, but ordinance of man for the Lords have pleasure in them that do them: sake: whether it be to the king as With I Cor. 5. 1. It is reported comsupreme; 2. 14. Or unto governors,, monly that there is fornication aas unto them that are sent by him, mong you, and such fornication as for the punishment of evil doers, is not so much as named amongit and for the praise of them that do the Gentiles, that one should have well. v. 16 As free, and not using his fathers wife. your liberty for a cloak of malicious
V. S. To deliver
fuch an one unto Satan, for the de- pass against thee, go and tell him struction of the fielh, that the spirit his fault between thee and him amay be saved in the day of the Lord lone: if he shall hear thee, thou Jefus. V. 11. But now I have writ- haft gained thy brother, v.16, But ten unto you, not to keep company, if he will not hear thee, then take with if any man that is called a brother thee one or two more, that in the be a fornicator, or covetous, or an mouth of two or three witnesses, cidolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, very word may be established. v. 17. or an extortioner, with such an one, And if he shall neglect to hear them, no not to eat, V. 13. But them that tell it unto the church: but if he neare without, God judgeth. There- glect to hear the church, let him be fore put away from among your- unto thçe as an heathen man and a felves that wicked person. 2 John publican. 1 Tim. 1. 19. Holding 10. If there come any unto you, and faith and a good conscience: which bring not this do&trine, receive him some having put away, concerning not into your house, neither bid him faith have made shipwrack, v. 20. Godspeed, v. 11. For hethat bid. Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexandeth him God speed, is partaker of der; whom I have delivered unto his evil deeds. And 2 Thess. 3. 14. Satan, that they may learn not to And if any man obey not our word blafpheme. Rev. 2. 2. I know thy by this epiftle, note that man, and works, and thy labour, and thy pahave no company with him, that he tience, and how thou canst not bear may be ashamed. And 1 Tim. 6. 3. them which are evil: and thou haft If any man teach otherwise, and tried them, which say they are apoconsent not to wholsom words, even ftles, and are not; and haft found the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, them liars, v. 14. But I have a and to the do&trine which is accor- few things against thee, because ding to godliness; v.4. He is proud, thou hast there them that hold the knowing nothing, but doting about do&trine of Balaam, who taught questions and strifes of words, Balac to cast a stumbling block bewhereof cometh envy, strife, rail- fore the children of Israel, to eat ings, evil surmisings, v. s. Perverse things facrificed unto idols, and to disputings of men of corrupt minds, commit fornication. v. 15. So haft and destitute of the truth, supposing thou also them that hold the dothat gain is godliness: from such &trine of the Nicolaitans, which withdraw thy self. And Tit. 1. 10. thing I hate. v. 20. NotwithstandForthere are many unruly and vain ing, I have a few things against talkers and deceivers, especially they thee, because thou sufferest that woof the circumcision, v. 11. Whose man Jezebel, which calleth her self mouths must be stopped,who subvert a prophetęls, to teach, and seduce whole houses, teaching things which my servants to conimit fornication, they ought not, for filthy lucres fake. and to car things facrificed unto v. 13. This witness is true: where- idols. Rev. 3. 9. Behold, I will fore rebuke them sharply, that they make them ofthe synagogue of Samay be found in the faith. And Tit, tan, (which say they are Jews, and 3. 10. A man that is an heretick, are not, but do lie,) þchold, I after the first and second admoni- will make them to come and wors tion, reject. With Matth. 18. Is. fhip before thy feet, and to know Moreover, if thy brother shall tref- that I have loved thec.
and by the Power of the Civil Magistrate '.
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[ Deut. 13. 6. to the 12. ] Rom, eft, are ten kings, which have re13.3. For rulers are not a terror to ceived no kingdom as yet ; but regood works, but to the evil. Wilt ceive power as kings one hour with thou then not be afraid of the power? the beast, v. 16. And the ten horns do that which is good, and thou which thou sawest upon the beasts, shalt have praise of the same. v.4. these shall hate the whore, and shall For he is the minister of God to thee make her desolate, and naked, and for good. But if thou do that which shall eat her Aesh, and burn her is evil, be afraid ; for he beareth with fire. v. 17. For God hath put not the sword in vain ; for he is the in their hearts to fulfil his will, and minister of God, a revenger to exe to agree, and to give their kingcute wrath upon him that doth evil. dom unto the beast, until the words With 2 John 10. 11. [ See in the letter 9.] of God shall be fulfilled. Neh. 13. Ezr. 7. 23. Whatsoever is com- is. In those days saw I in Judah, manded by the God of heaven, let some treading wine-presses on the it be diligently done, for the house sabbath, and bringing in fheaves, of the God of heaven ; for why and lading, affes; as also wine, should there be wrath against the grapes, and figs, and all manner of sealm of the king and his sons burdens, which they brought into V. 25. And thou, Ezra, after the Jerusalem on the fabbath-day: and wisdom of thy God, that is in thinę i testified against them in the day hand, set magistrates and judges, wherein they sold victuals. v. 17, which may judge all the people that Then I contended with the nobles are beyond the river, all such as of Judah,and said unto them, What know the laws of thy God; and evil thing is this that ye dò, and teach ye them that know them not. profane the sabbath-day ! v. 21, V. 26. And whosoever will not do Then I testified against them, the law of thy God, and the law said unto them, Why lodge ye aof the king, let judgment be execut- bout the wall ? if ye do so again, ed speedily upon him, whether it be I will lay hands on you. From unto death, or to banishment, or that time forth came they no to confiscation of goods, or to im- more on the fabbath. prisonment. v. 27. Blessed be the Icommanded the Levites, that they Lord God of our fathers, which should cleanse themselves, and that hath put such a thing as this in the they should come and keep the gates, kings heart, to beautify the house of to sanctify the fabbath-day. Rethe Lord, which is in Jerusalem: member me, O my God, concerning V. 28. And hath extended mercy this also, and spare me according to unto me, before the king, and his the greatness of thy mercy. counsellers, and before all the kings And I contended with them, and mighty princes; and I was strengti- cursed them, and smote certain of ned, as the hand of the Lord my them, and pluckt off their hair, God was upon me, and I gathered and made them swear by God, together out of Israel, chief men saying, Ye shall not give your daughto go up with me. Rev. 17. 12. ters unto their sons, nor take their And the ten horns which thou saw
v. 22. And
daughters unto your sons, or for v. 13. That whosoever would not your selves. v. 30. Thus cleansed seek the Lord God of Israel, should I them from all strangers, and ap- be put to death, whether finall or pointed the wards of the priests, and great, whether man or woman. the Levites, every one in his busi- 16. And also concerning Maachah the ness. 2 Kings 23.5. And he put down mother of Asa the king, he removed the idolatrous priests, whom the her from being queen, because she kings of Judah had ordained to burn had made an idol in a grove: and incense in the high places in the ci- Asa cut down heridol, and stamped ties of Judah, and in the places it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. lound about Jerusalem, them also Dan. 3. 29. Therefore I make a dethat burnt incense unto Baal, to the cree, That every people, nation, fun, and to the moon, and to the and language,which speak anything planets, and to all the host of hea- amiss against the God of Shadrach, ven. 2. 6. And he brought out the Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be grove from the house of the Lord, cut in pieces, and their houses shall without Jerusalem, unto the brook be made a dunghil, because there is Kidron, and burnt it at the brook no other god that can deliver after Kidron, and stampt it small to pow. this fort. 1 Tim, 2. 7. For kings, der; and cast the powder thereof and for all that are in authority; that upon the graves of the children of we may lead a quiet and peaceable the people. v.9. Nevertheless, the life, in all godsiness and honesty. priests of the high places came not Isa. 49. 23. And kings shall be thy up to the altar of the Lord in Jeru- nursing-fathers, and their queens falem, but they did eat of the unlea- thy nursing-mothers: they shall bow vened bread among their brethren. down to thee, with their face toward #: 20. And he slow all the priests of the earth, and lick up the dust of thy the high płaces that were there, upon feet, and thou shalt know that I am the altars, and burnt mens bones up- the Lord: for they shall not be alhaonthem, and returned to Jerusalem. med that wait for me. Zech. 13. 2. 6:21. And the king commanded And it shall come to pass in that day, all the people, saying, Keep thepaf- faith the Lord of hosts, that I will fover unto the Lord your God, as it cut off the names of the idols out of i written in the book of this cove- 'the land, and they shall no more be nant
. ? Chron. 34. 33. And Josiah remembred: and also I will cause took away all the abominations out the prophets, and the unclean spirit of all the countries that pertained to to pass out of the land.
v. 3. And the children of Israel, and made all it shall come to pass, that when any that were present in Israel to serve, shall yet prophesy, then his father even to serve the Lord their God. and his mother, that begat him, And all his days they departed not shall say unto him, Thou thalt not from following the Lord, the God of live; for thou speakest lies in the
2 Chron. 15. 12. And name of the Lord : and his fathey entred inro a covenant to seek ther and his mother, that begat the Lord God of their fathers, with him, shall thrust him through when all their heart and with all their soul; he prophefeth,
CHA P. XX I. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day.
HE Light of Nature fheweth that there is a
God, who hath Lordship and Sovereignty over all; is good, and doth Good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the Heart, and with all the Soul, and with all the might ". But the acceptable way
of Worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed Will, that he may not be worthipped according to the Imaginations and Devices of Men, or the Suggestions of Satan, under any visible Representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture b.
II. ReI. * Rom. 1. 20. For the invisible so shall I be saved from mine enethings of him from the creation of mies. Rom. 10. 12. For there is no the world are clearly seen, being difference between the Jew and the understood by the things that are Greek: for the same Lord over all, made, even his eternal power and is rich unto all that call upon him. godhead; so that they are without Psalm 62. 8. Trust in him at all excuse. Afts 17. 24. God that made times ; ye people, pour out your the world, and all things therein, heart before him: God is a refuge seeing that he is Lord of heaven and for us. Folk. 24. 14. Now there earth, dwelleth not in temples made fore, fear the Lord, and serve him with hands. Pfal. 119. 68. Thou in fincerity and in truth, and put art good, and doft good ; teach away the gods which your fathers me thy statutes. Jer. 10. 7. Who served on the other side of the flood, would not fear thee, O King of na- and in Egypt : and serve ye the tions ? for to thee doth it apper- Lord. Mark 12. 33. And to love tain; forasmuch as among all the him with all the heart, and with wise men of the nations, and in all all the understanding, and with all their kingdoms, there is none like the soul, and with all the strength, unto thee. Psalm 31. 23. O love and to love his neighbour as himlelf
, the Lord, all ye his saints: for the is more than all whole-burnt-offerLord preserveth the faithful, and ings and sacrifices. plentifully rewardeth the proud Deut. 12. 32. What thing foever doer. Pfalm 18.3. I will call upon I command you, observe to do it: the Lord who is worthy to be praised;