« AnteriorContinua »
requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to deflroy liberty of conscience, and reason also".
III. They who, upon pretence of Christiani liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lull, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty; which is, that, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might ferve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life".
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 prerence of Christian liberty, full oppose any lawful power, or the lawful ex
Sce Gal. 5. I.
2. 4. And that because of tion is of the Jews. See also false brethren unawares brought Hor. 5. 11. with Rev. 13. 12, in, who came in privily to 16, 17. spý out our liberty, which we Jl. o Gal. 5. 13. For, brea have in Christ Jelys, that they thren, ye have been called unmight bring us into bondage. to liberiy; only use not liberty
for an occasion to the flesh, but nila. 8, 20. To the law by love serve one another. and to the testimony: if they i Pet. 2. 16. As free, and speak not according to this not using your libcrty for a word, it is because there is no cloke of nialiciousness, but as light in them. Acts 17. 11. the servants of God. Luke 1. These were more noble than 74, 75. That he would grant those in Thessalonica, in that unto us, that we, being dethey received the word with livered out of the hands of our all readiness of mind, and enemies, might serve him searched the scriptures daily, without fear, -in boliness and whether those things were so. righteousness before him, all John 4. 22. Ye worship ye the days of our life, know not what; we know 2. 19. John 8. 34. what we worship; for salva.
ercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclefiaftical, relist the ordinance of God". 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 Chriftianity, 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
IV. p i Pet. 13, 14, 16. things are worthy of death, Submit yourselves to every not only do the same, but ordinance of for the have pleasure in them that do Lord's fake; Whether it be them. 1 Cor. s. 1, 5, II, 13. to the king, as supreme ; It is reported commonly tbat unto governors, as
there is fornication among you, them that are sent by him for and such fornication as is not the punishment of evil doers, lo much as named among the and for the praise of themi that Gentiles, that one should have do well.comis frce, and not his father's wife.-To deliver uling your liberty for a cloke such an one unto Satan for the of maliciouincfs, but as the destruction of the ficth, that fervants of God. Heb. 13. 17. the fpirit may be saved in the Obey them that have the rule day of our Lord Jesus. But over you, and lubmit your. now I have written unto you, selves; for they watch for not to keep company, if any your souls, as they that must man that is called a brother, give account; that they may be a fornicator, or covetous, do it with joy, and not with or an idolater, or a railer, or grief; for that is unprofit- a drunkard, or an extortioner, able for you. See alfo Rom. with such an one, no not sa 13. 1. to the Eth verle.
cat. But them that are with 9 Rom. 1. 32. Who know'. out God judgeth. 'Therefore ing the judgment of God, that put away from among yourthey which conn.it such ielyes that wicked person,
called to account, and proceeded against by the censures of the church".
CH A P. XXI.
of religious Worship, and the
'HE light of nature sheweth that there is a
God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doeth 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“.
1 2 Thefl. 3. 14. And if Thou art good and doeft good; any man obey not our word teach me thy statutes. Jer. 10.. by this epistle, note that man, 7. Who would not fear thee, and have no company with O King of nations for to thee him, that he may be afham- doth it appertain; forasmuch ed. Tit. 3. 10.
A man that
as among all the wise men of is an heretick, after the first the nations, and in all their and second admonition, re- kingdoms there is none like unject,
to thee. Psal. i. 23. O love 1. a Rom. 1. 20. For the the Lord, all ye his saints, invisible things of him from for the Lord preserveth the the creation of the world are faithful, and plentifully reclearly seen, being understood wardeth the proud doer. Pfal. by the things that are made, 18. 3. Rom. 10. 12. Pfal, even his eternal power and god- 62. 8. Josh. 24. 14. Mark 12. head; so that they are with- 38. excuse. Psal. 119. 68.
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 worshipped 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'.
II. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; and to him alone': not to angels, faints or any other creature": and lince the fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone.
b Deut. 12. 32. What thing love of God, and the comsoever I conimand you, observe munion of the Holy Ghost be to do it : thou shall not add with you all. Amet). Mat. thereto, nor diminish from 4. 10. Rev. s. 11, 12, 13. it. Mat. 15. 9. But in vain d Col. 2. 18. I.et no man do they worship me, teach- beguile you of your reward, ing for do&rines the in a voluntary humility, and mandments of men. Mat. worshipping of angels. Rev. 4. 9, 10. And faith unto
And I fell at his feet him, all these things will I to worship him. And he faid give thee, if thou wilt fall unto me, See thou do it not ; I down and worship me.-Then am thy fellow-fervant, and of faith Jesus unto him, Get thee thy brethren that have the hence Satan; for it is writ- testimony of Jesus: worship ten, Thou shalt worship the God; Rom. 25. Who Lord thy God, and him only changed the truth of God into shalt thou serve. See also Deut. a lie,
and worihipped and 15. to the 20th verse, and served the creature more than ixod. 20. 4, 5, 6.
the Creator, who is blessed for Jl. c John 5. 23. That all Amen. men should honour the Son, e John 14. 6. Jesus saith un. cven as they honour the Father. to him, I am the way, and He that honoureth not the the truth, and the life; no Son, honoureth not the Father mán cometh unto the Father, which hath sent him. 2 Cor. but by me. 1 Tim. 2. 5. For 13. 14. The grace of the there is one God, and one MeLord Jesus Chrift, and the diator berween God and man,
III. Prayer with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship', is by God required of all men"; and that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son", by the help of his Spirit', according to his will', with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love and perseverance'; and, if vocal, in a known tongue".
IV. Prayer is to be made for things lawful", and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live
for nothing ;
the man Christ Jesus. Eph. 2. according to his will, he hca
the King of all the earth : ling III. f Phil. 4. 6. Be careful ye praises with understanding.
but in every Heb. 12. 28. Let us have grace thing by prayer and suppli- whereby we may serve God cation with thanksgiving, let acceptably with reverence and your requests be made known godly fear. Gen. 18. 27.unto God.
have taken upon me to speak g Pfal. 65. 2. O thou that unto the Lord, which am but hearest prayer, unto thee fall dust and ashes. Jam, 5. 16.all flesh come.
The effectual fervent prayer of li John 14. 13, 14. And what. a righteous man availeth much. foever ye hall al in my name, Eph. 6. 18. Praying, always that will I do, that the Father with all prayer and supplicamay be glorified in the Son.- tion in the Spirit, and watching If ye hali ask any thing in my thereunto with all perseverance name, I will do it.
and supplication for all faints. i Rom. 8. 26. Likewise See allo Jani. 1. 6, 7. Mark the Spirit also helpeth our in II. 24. Mat. 6. 12, 14, 15. firmities, for we know not Col. 4.2. what we should pray for as we m 1 Cor. 14. 14. For if I ought; but the spirit itself pray in an unknown tongue, maketh intercession for us, with my spirit prayeth, but my un. groanings which cannot be ut- derstanding is unfruitful. tered.
IV.n i John 5. 14. And k. John 5. 14. And this this is the confidence that we is the confidence that we have have in him, that if we ask in him, that if we ask any thing