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Q. 123. May the communion-table be turned altarwise and

railed in; and is it lawful to come up to the rails to com-

municate ?........

.. 495

Q. 124. Is it lawful to use David's psalms in our assemblies ? 496

Q. 125. May psalms be used as prayers, and praises and

thanksgivings; or only as instructive ? even the reading

as well as the singing of them ? ...................... 497

Q. 126. Are our church-tunes lawful being of man's invention? ibid.

Q. 127. Is church-music by organs or such instruments

lawful ?............

.......

499

Q. 128. Is the Lord's day a sabbath, and so to be called and

kept, and that of Divine institution, and is the seventh

day sabbath abrogated ? &c.........

Q. 129. Is it lawful to appoint human holy-days, and ob-
serve them ?.....

........ ibid.

Q. 130. How far are the Holy Scriptures a law and perfect rule

to us? ..

....... 502

Q. 131. What additions or human inventions in or about re-

ligion not commanded in Scripture, are lawful or unlawful ? 505

Q. 132. Is it unlawful to obey in all those cases, where it is

unlawful to impose and command, or in what cases ? And

how far pastors must be believed and obeyed ?.......... 507

Q. 133. What are the additions or inventions of men, which

are not forbidden by the Word of God, (whether by rulers

or by private men invented) ?.........

....... 510

Q. 134. What are the mischiefs of unlawful additions in re-
ligion? ........

.......

Q. 135. What are the mischiefs of men's error on the other ex-

treme, who pretend that Scripture is a rule where it is not,

and deny the aforesaid lawful things, on pretence that Scrip-

ture is a perfect rule, (say some, for all things)? ........ 517

Q. 136. How shall we know what parts of Scripture precept

or example were intended for universal, constant obliga-

tion, and what were but for the time and persons that they

were then directed to ?......

.............. 519

Q. 137. How much of the Scripture is necessary to salvation

to be believed and understood ? .......

............... 522

Q. 138. How may we know the fundamentals, essentials, or

what parts are necessary to salvation ? And is the Papists'

way allowable that (some of them) deny that distinction,

and make the difference to be only in the degrees of man's

opportunities of knowledge? ..

524

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Q. 139. What is the use and authority of the creed? And is

it of the apostles' framing or not? And is it the Word of

God or not?....

............ 528

Q. 140. What is the use of catechisms? ....... .......... 530

Q. 141. Could any of us have known by the Scriptures alone

the essentials of religion from the rest, if tradition had not

given them to us in the creed as from apostolical collection ? ibid.

. Q. 142. What is the best method of a true catechism or sum

of theology ?.........

................ 531

Q. 143. What is the use of various church-confessions or ar-
ticles of faith? ...

........... ibid.

Q. 144. May not the subscribing of the whole Scriptures

serve turn for all the aforesaid ends without creeds,

catechisms, or confessions ? ............................... 532

Q. 145. May a man be saved that believeth all the essentials

of religion as coming to him by verhal tradition, and not as

contained in the Holy Scriptures, which perhaps he never

knew?

.......... 533

Q. 146. Is the Scripture fit for all Christians to read, being

so obscure? ...

.................... 534

Q. 147. How far is tradition and men's words and ministry

to be used or trusted in, in the exercise of faith? .......... 536

Q. 148. How know we the true canon of Scripture from

Apocrypha ?...........

................... 537

Q. 149. Is the public reading of the Scripture the proper work

of the minister ; or may a layman ordinarily do it, or

another officer ? ........... ....................... ibid.

Q. 150, Is it lawful to read the Apocrypha, or any good books

besides the Scriptures to the church; as homilies ? &c. . 538

Q. 151, May church-assemblies be held, where there is no

minister; or what public worship may be so performed by

laymen, (as among infidels or papists where persecution hath

killed, imprisoned, or expelled the ministry) ?.............. 539

Q. 152. Is it lawful to subscribe or profess full assent and

consent to any religious books besides the Scriptures,

seeing all men are fallible? .............................. 540

Q. 153. May we lawfully swear obedience in all things lawful

and honest, either to usurpers, or to our lawful pastors ?. 541

Q. 154. Must all our preaching be upon some text of Scripture? 544

Q. 155. Is not the law of Moses abrogated ; and the whole

Old Testament out of date, and therefore not to be read

publicly and preached ? ........

................ ibid.

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Q. 156. Must we believe that Moses's law did ever bind

other nations, or that any other parts of the Scripture bound

them or belonged to them; or that the Jews were all God's

visible church on earth ?.............

... 546

Q. 157. Nust we think accordingly of the Christian churches

now, that they are only advanced above the rest of the world

as the Jews were, but not the only people that are saved ? 548

Q. 158. Should not Christians take up with Scripture wisdom

only, without studying philosophy, or other heathens' hu-

man learning ?........

........ 552

Q. 159. If we think that Scripture and the law of nature are

in any point contradictory to each other, which must be

the standard by which the other must be tried ? .......... 554

Q. 160. May we not look that God should yet give us more

revelations of his will, than there are already made in

Scripture ? .........

........cio. 555

Q. 161. Is not a third rule of the Holy Ghost, or more per-

fect kingdom of love to be expected, as different from the

reign of the Creator and Redeemer? ...................... 556

Q. 162. May we not look for miracles hereafter ?............ 558

Q. 163. Is the Scripture to be tried by the Spirit, or the

Spirit by the Scripture ? and which of them is to be pre-

ferred ? .....

........ ibid.

Q. 164. How is a pretended prophet or revelation to be tried ? 560

Q. 165. May one be saved who believeth that the Scripture

hath any mistake or errors, and believeth it not all ? ...... 561

Q. 166. Who be they that give too little to the Scriptures, and

who too much ; and what is the danger of each extreme ? ibid.

Q. 167. How far do good men now preach and pray by the

Spirit ? .................................................. 565

Q. 168. Are not our own reasons, studies, memory, strivings,

books, forms, methods, and ministry needless ; yea, a

hurtful quenching or preventing of the Spirit, and setting

up our own instead of the Spirit's operations ? ............ 567

Q. 169. How doth the Holy Ghost set bishops over the

churches ?.....

568

Q. 170. Are temples, fonts, utensils, church-lands, much

more the ministry, holy; and what reverence is due to

them as holy?............

569

Q. 171. What is sacrilege, and what not? .................. 571

Q. 172. Are all religious private meetings, forbidden by

rulers, unlawful conventicles, or are any such necessary? 572

....:

CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY:

OR, A SUM OF

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY,

AND

CASES OF CONSCIENCE.

DIRECTING CHRISTIANS, HOW TO USE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND FAITH; HOW TO IMPROVE ALL HELPS AND MEANS, AND TO PERFORM ALL DUTIES; HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS,

AND TO ESCAPE OR MORTIFY EVERY SIN.

IN FOUR PARTS.

1. CHRISTIAN ETHICS, (OR PRIVATE DUTIES.)
II. CHRISTIAN ECONOMICS, (OR FAMILY DUTIES.)
III. CHRISTIAN ECCLESIASTICS, (OR CHURCH DUTIES.)
IV. CHRISTIAN POLITICS, (OR DUTIES TO OUR RULERS AND NEIGHBOURS.)

PART III.

CHRISTIAN ECCLESIASTICS, (OR CHURCH DUTIES.)

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