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I Tim.

Acts

4. And the same man had four daughters, 21.9. virgins, which did prophefy.

Q. But may all women speak, or are any commanded to keep silence in the church ?

A. Let your women keep silence in the 14. 34. church; for it is not permitted unto them

to speak, but they are commanded to be
under obedience; 'as also faith the law, and
if they will learn any thing, let them ask
their husbands at home; for it is a shame
for women to speak in the church.

Let the women learn in filence with all 2. 11,12.

subjection. But I suffer not a woman to
teach, 'or usurp authority over the man,
but to be in silence.

Q. The first of these seems only to relate to
women that have husbands : what comes of
them that have none? The second speaks ni-
thing of ihe church, but only that he ought
not to ufurp authority over the man : Hath
this no limitation? Doth not the fame apostle
give directions, how women that speak hould
behave themselves in the church?

A. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered, dira honoureth her head; for that is even alt one as if she were fhaven.

v Cor.

31. A, 3.

CHAP. X.

CHAP. X.

Concerning Worship.

23, 24.

Quest.-WHAT is the worship that is acceptable to God?

A. But the hour cometh, and now is, John 4. when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is. a spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in fpirit and in truth. ;

Q. Seeing prayer is a part of worship, when ought we to pray?

A. And he fpake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to 13.6. pray, and not to faint.

Pray without ceasing.

0. 'Hath God no respect to the manner of calling upon him?

A. For there is no difference between Rom. the Jew and the Greek ; for the same Lord 10. 12. over all, is rich unto all that call upon him.

Q. Doth God hear the prayers of all that call upon him?

A. The Lord is nigh unto all them that Pfalm call upon him, to all that call upon him 145.18. in truth.

The Lord is far from the wicked; but Prov. he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

Now

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15. 29.

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6. 18.

John

Now we know that God heareth not 9. 31

sinners; but if any man be a worshipper of

God, and doth his wilt, him he heareth. 3 John And this is the confidence that we have S. 14. in him, that if we ask any thing according

to his will, he heareth us.

Q. After what manner doth the apostle then

declare he will will pray? Cor. A. What is it then? I will pray with 14. 15. the spirit, and I will pray with the under

standing also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Q. Must we then pray always in the spirit ? Eph. A. Praying always, with all prayer, and

supplication in the spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all faints.

Q. Since we are commanded to pray always in it, can we do it of ourselves, without the help thereof?

A. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our 26, 27. infirmities; for we know not what we should

pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh interceffion for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that fearcherh the hearts, knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh interceffion for the faints according to the will of God.

Q. I perceive, that without the leadings and belp of the Spirit, prayers are altogether

unprofitable :

Rom. 8.

1 Cor.

12. 3

unprofitable : may not a man truly utter those things that are spiritual, without the Spirit's affiftance ?

A. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God, calleth Jesus accursed; and that no man can say, that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

0. This is strange ; it seems the Spirit is much more necessary than many called Chriftians suppose it to be ; some of which can fcarce give a good accouut whether they have it, or want it: but if a man speak things true upon the matter, are they not true as from : him, if Spoken without the spirit?

A. And though they say, The Lord liv. Jer. 5.2. eth, surely they swear fallly.

Q. It is apparent from all these fcriptures, that the true worship of God is in Spirit ; and as it is not limited to a certain place, neither to any certain time, what shall we think of them that plead for the observation of certain days? A. But now, after that ye have known Gal. 4.

9,10.JI. God, or rather, are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days and months, and times and years. I am afraid of you, left I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

Let

Col. 2

Rom.

14,5,6.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat 16, 17. or drink, or in respect of an holy day, or

of the new moon, or of the fabbath-day, which are a shadow of things to come: but the body is of Christ.

Q. Seeing it is so, may not fome Christians as lawfully esteem all days alike, as others may esteem fome days above another ; what rule giveth the apostle in this case ?

A. One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every day alike: let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord; for he giveth God thanks ; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

Q. But is it not convenient and necessary, that there be a day set apart to meet and worship God in ? Did not the apostles and primitive Christians use to meet upon the first day of the week, to make their collections, and to worship?

A. Now concerning the collection for the faints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even fo do ye. Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

1 Cor.

CHAP

16. 1, 2.

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