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III. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty ; which is, that, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life o. .
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 Chriftian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclefiaftical, refist the ordinance of God p. And for their publishing of
: such we know what we worship: for sal- of whom a man is overcome, of the Yation is of the Jews. Hof. v. 11. fame is he brought in bondage. Joha Ephraim is oppreffed, and broken in viii. 34. Jesus answered them, Veri: judgment; because he willingly walk- ly, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever ed after the commandment. Rev. committeth fin, is the servant of fip. xii. 12. And he exerciseth all the Luke i. 74. That he would grant power of the first beast before him, unto us, that we being delivered out and caufeth the earth, and them of the hands of our enemies, might which dwell therein, to worfhip the serve him without fear. v. 75. In first beast, whose deadly wound was holiness and righteousness before him, healed. v. 16. And he caufeth all, all the days of our life. both small and great, rich and poor, IV. p Matth. xii. 25. And Jesus free and bond, to receive a mark knew their thoughts, and said unto in their right hand, or in their fore- them, Every kingdom divided against heads : v. 17. And that no man itself, is brought to desolation : and might buy or sell, fave he that had every city or house divided against the mark, or the name of the beast, itself, shall not stand. I Pet. ii. 13. or the number of his name. Jer. Submit yourselves to every ordiviii. 9. The wise men are ashamed, nance of man for the Lord's fake : they are dismayed and taken ; lo, whether it be to the king, as fupreme: they have rejected the word of the v. 14. Or unto governors, as unto Lord, and what wisdom is in them? them that are sent by him for the
III. o Gal. v. 13. For, brethren, punishment of evil-doers, and for ye have been calicd unto liberty; the praise of them that do well. only use nor.liberty for an occasion v. 16. As free, and not using your to the flesh, but by love ferve one liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, another. i Pet. ii. 16. As free, and but as the servants of God. (Rom. Dot using your liberty for a cloke of xiii. 1. to the 8th verse. Heb. xiii. maliciousness, but as the fervants of '17. Obey them that have the rule God. 2 Pet. ii. 19. While they pro- over you, and submit yourselves : mise them liberty, they themselves for they watch for your souls, as : are the servants of corruption : for they that must give account: that
such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity, whether concerning faith, worship, or conversation ; or to the power of godliness; or such erroneous opinions or practices, 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 9, and by the power of the civil magiftrate r.
"CH A P. they may do it with joy, and not be ashamed. And 1 Tim. vi. 3. If with grief: for, that is unprofitable any man teach otherwise, and confür you
fent not to wholefome words, even Rom. i. 32. Who knowing the the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, judgınent of God, (that they which and to the doctrine which is acconimit such things are worthy of cording to godliness: V. 4. He is death) not only do the same, but proud, knowing nothing, but doting have pleasure in them that do them. about questions and ftrifes of words, With Cor. v 1. It is reported com- whereof cometh envy, strife, railmonly that there is fornication a, ings, evil furnisings, v. 5. Perverse mong you, and such fornication as difputings of men of corrupt minds, is not so nuch as named amongst the and destitute of the truth, supposing Gentiles, that one should have his that gain is godliness : from such father's wife. v. 5. To deliver such withdraw thyself. And Tit. i. 10. an one unto Satan for the destruction For there are many unruly and vain of the flesh, that the spirit may be talkers and deceivers, especially they saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. of the circumcision: v. 11. Whose v. 11. But now I have written unto mouths must be stopped,who fubvert you, not to keep company, if any whole houses, teaching things which man that is called a brother, be a for- they ought. not,for filthy lucre's fake. nicator, or covetous, or an idolater, v. 13. This witness is true: whereor a railer, or a drunkard, or an ex. fore rebuke them sharply, that they tortioner, with such an one, no not may be found in the faith. And Tit. to eat. y. 13. But them that are iii. 10. A man that is an heretic, afe without, God judgeth. Therefore ter the firft and second admonition, put away from among yourselves reject. With Matth. xviii. 15.Morea that wicked person. 2 John 10. If over, if thy brother shall trefpafs a. there come any unto you, and bring gainst thee, go and tell him his fault not this doctrine, receive him not in between thee and him alone : if he to your house, neither bid him God shall hear thee, thou halt gained thy speed. V. II. For he that biddeth brother. v. 16. .But if he will not him God speed, is partaker of his hear thee, then take with thee one evil deeds. And 2 Theffuiii. 14. And or two more, that in the mouth of if any man obey not our word by two or three witnesses every word this epistle, note that man, and have may be established. v. 17. And if he no company with him, that he may shall neglect to 'hear them, tellit
upto the church: but if he neglect to execute wrath upon him that doth hear the church, let him be unto thee evil. With 2 John 10. 11. (See in the as an heathen man, and a publican. letter q.) Ezra vii. 23. Whatsoever 1 Tim. i. 19. Holding faith and a is commanded by the God of heaven, good conscience; which some há- let it be diligently done, for the ving pút away, concerning faith have house of the God of heaven : for made shipwreck. v. 20. Of whom is why should there be wrath against Hymeneus and Alexander ; whom the realm of the king and his sons? I have delivered unto Satan, that v. 25. And thou Ezra, after the they may learn not to blafpheme. wisdom of thy God, that is in thine Rev. ii. 2. I know thy works, and hand, set magistrates and judges, thy labour, and thy patience, and which may judge all the people that how thou canst not bear ihem which are beyond the river, all such as are evil: and thou haft tried them know the laws of thy God; and which say they are apostles, and are teach ye them that know them not. not; and hast found them liars. V. v. 26. And whosoever will not do 14. But I have a few things against the law of thy God, and the law of thee, because thou hast there them the king, let judgment be executed that hold the doctrine of Balaam, speedily upon him, whether it be unwho taught Baląc to cast a stum- 'to death, or to banishment, or to bling-block before the children of confiscation of goods, or to impriIsrael, to eat things facrificed un fonment. v.27. Blessed be the Lord to idols, and to commit fornication. God of our fathers, which hath put V. 15. So haft thou also them that such a thing as this in the king's hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, heart, to beautify the house of the which thing I hate. v. 20. Notwith Lord which is in Jerusalem ; v. 28. standing, i have a few things against And hath extended mercy unto me, thee, because thou sufferest that wo- 'before the king, and his counseilors, man Jezebel, which calleth herself and before all the king's mighty â prophetess, to teach and fe-. princes; and I was Itrengthened as duce my servants to commit forni- the hand of the Lord my God was cation, and to eat things sacrificed upon me, and I gathered together unto idols. Rev. iii. 9. Behold, out of Israel chief men to go up with I will make them of the synagogue me.' Rev. xvii. 12. And the ten of Satan, (which say they are Jews, horns which thou sawelt, are ten and are not, byt do lie;) behold, I kings, which have received no kingwill make them to come and worship dom as yet; but receive power as before thy feet, and to know that kings one hour with the beast. y. 16. I have loved thee :
And the ten horns which thou sawsq (Deut xiii. 6. to the 12.) Rom. ell upon the beasts, these shall hatę xiii. 3. For rulers are not a terror the whore, and shall make her deso. to good works, but to the evil. Wilt late, and naked, and shall eat her ibou then not be afraid of the power? fleih, and burn her with fire. v. 17, do that which is good, and thou For God hath put in their hearts Thalt have praise of the fame: v. 4: to fulfil his will, and to agree, and to For he is the minister of God to give their kingdom unto the beast, thee for good. But if thou do that until the words of God ihall be ful which is evil, be afraid; for he beard filled. Neh. xiii. 15. In those days eth not the sword in vain : for he is saw I in Judah fome treading wine. the minifter of God, a revenger to presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in (heaves, and lading afses; as Nevertheless, the priests of the high also wine, grapes, and figs, and all places came not up to the altar of manner of burdens, which they the Lord in Jerusalem, but they did brought into Jerusalem on the Sab- eat of the unleavened bread among bath-day: and I testified against their brethren. V. 20. And he flew them in the day wherein they fold all the prietts of the high places victuals. V. 17. Then I contended that were there upon the altars, and with the nobles of Judah, and said burnt mens bones upon them, and unto them, What evil thing is this returned to Jerusalem. v. 21. And that ye do, and profane the Sabbath- the king commanded all the people, day?.v.21. Then I testified against saying. Keep the paffover unto the them, and said unto them, Why lodge Lord your God, as it is written in ye about the wall ?? If ye do so again, the book of this covenant. 2 Chron, I will lay hands on you. From that xxxiv. 33. And Josiah took away all time forth came they no more on the the abominations out of all the counSabbath. v. 22. And I commanded tries that pertained to the children of the Levites, that they should cleanse Ifrael,and made all that were present themselves, and that they should in Israel to serve, even to serve the come and keep the gates, to fanctify Lord their God. And all his days the Sabbath day. Remember me, they departed not from following O my God, concerning this also, and the Lord, the God of their fathers. fpare me according to the greatness 2 Chron. xv. 12. And they entered of thy mercy. v. 25. And I con- into a covenant to feek the Lord tended with them, and cursed them, God of their fathers, with all their and smote certain of them, and heart, and with all their foul ; v.13. pluckt off their hair, and made them That whofoever would not feek the fwear by God, saying, Ye shall not Lord God of Israel, Thould be pur give your daughters unto their fons,, to death, whether small or great, nor take their daughters, unto your whether man or woman. v. 16. And fons, or for yourselves. V. 30. also concerning Maachah the mother Thus cleansed I them from all stran- of Asa the king, he removed her gers, and appointed the wards of from being queen, because she had the priests, and the Levites, every made an idol in a grove: aud Asa one in his business. 2 Kings xxiii. cut down her idol, and stamped it, 5. And he put down the idolatrous and burnt it at the brook Kidron. priests, whom the kings of Judah Dan. ii. 29. Therefore I make a had ordained to burn incenfe in the decree, That every people, nation, high places, in the cities of Judah and language, which speak any thing and in the places round about Jerų. amiss against the God of Shadrach, salem, them also, that burnt incense Melach, and Abednego, shall be unto Baal, to the sun, and to the cut in pieces, and their houses shall moon, and to the planets, and to be made a dunghill; because there is all the host of heaven. v. 6. And he no other God that can deliver after brought out the grove from the this fort. I Tim. ii. 2. For kings, and house of the Lord, without Jerusa- for all that are in authority; that we lem, unto the brook Kidron, and may lead a quiet and peaceable life burnt it at the brook Kidron, and in all godliness and honelty. If.xlix. kampt it fmall to powder, and cast 23. And kings shall be thy nursingthe powder thereof upon the graves fathers, and their queens thy nurof the children of the people. 1.9. sing mothers : they shall bow. down
Chap. XXI. Of Religiaus Worship, and the Sabbath-day.
who hath lordship and fovereignty over all ; is and good, and doth 'good unto all ; and is therefore to be a feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and fer
ved, with all the heart, and with all the foul, and with all the might a. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and fo limited by his own revealed will, that he inay not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the fuggestions of Satan, under any visible representation,
to thee with their face toward the good: teach me thy statutes. Jer, earth, aud lick up the dult of thy X. 7. Who would not fear thee, o feet, and thou shalt know that I am King of nations? for to thee doth the Lord : for they shall not be a ít appertain : forasmuch as among hamed that wait for me. Zech. xiiia all the wise men of the nations, and 2. And it shall come to pass in that in all their kingdoms, there is none day, faith the Lord of hosts, that I like unto thee. Psal. xxxi. 23. O will
cut off the names of the idols love the Lord, all ye his faints: for out of the land, and they shall no the Lord preserveth the faithful, more be remembered: and also I will and plentifully rewardeth the proud cause the prophets, and the unclean doer. Pfal. xviii. 3. I will call up
pirit to pass out of the land. on the Lord, who is worthy to be
yet prophesy, then his fa- mine' enemies. Rom. x. 12. For ther and his mother, that begåt him, there is no difference between the hall say unto him, Thou thalt not Jew and the Greek; for the saine live; fór thou speakest lies in the Lord over all, is rich unto all that pame of the Lord: and his father call upon him.' Pfal. lxii. 8. Trul and his mother, that begat him, shall in him at all times; ye people, pour thrust him through when he prophe, qut your heart before him: God is
à refuge for us. Joh. xxiv. 145 I. a Rom. i. 20. For the invisible Now therefore, fear the Lord, and things of him from the creation of ferve him in fincerity and in trutir, the world are clearly seen, being and put away the gods which your understood by the things that are
fathers served on the other side of made, even his eternal power and the flood, and in Egypt: and serve Godhead ; so that they are without ye the Lord. Mark xii
. 33. And excuse. Acts xvii. 24. God that to love him with all the heart, and made the world, and all things there with all the understanding, and in, seeing that he is Lord of hea- with all the soul, and with all the
ven and earth, dwelleth not in strength, and to love his neighbour The temples made with hands. Pfal. as himself, is more than all whole. caix. 68. Thou art good, and doft burot-offerings and facrifices.