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in the church ;(1) they may lawfully be called to account, and proceeded against by the censures of the church. (2)
OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AND THE SABBATH-DAT
The light of nature showeth 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.(3)
(1) Rom. i. 32. Who, knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death; not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 1 Cor. v. 1, 5, 11, 13. It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.-To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spint may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.-But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one, no, not to eat.--But them that are without, God judgeth. Therefore put away from among your selves that wicked person.
(2) 2 Thess. iii. 14. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Tit. iii. 10. A man that is an heretic, after the first and second adino nition, reject.
(3) Rom. i. 20. For the invisible things of him fruta the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood
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. (1)
II. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to him alone: (2) not to angels, saints, or any other
by the things that are made, even his eternal power and godhead; so that they are without excuse. Ps. cxix. 68. Thou art good, and doest good : teach me thy statutes. Jer. x. 7. Who would not fear thee, 0 King of nations ? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. Ps. xxxi. 23. O love the Lord, all ye his saints; for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Ps. xviii. 3. Rom. x. 12. Ps. lxii. 8. Josh. xxiv. 14. Mark xii. 33.
(1) Deut. xii. 32. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Matt. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matt. iv. 9, 10. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. See also Deut. xv. to the 20th verse, and Ex. xx. 4, 5, 6.
(2) II. John v. 23. That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. Matt. iv. 10. Rev. v. 11, 12, 13.
creature :(1) and since the fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone. (2)
III. Prayer with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship, (3) is by God required of all men ; (4) and that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son, (5) by the help of his Spirit, (6) according to his will, (7) with understanding, reverence,
(1) Col. ii. 18. Let no man beguile you of your reward, in a voluntary humility, and worshipping of angels. Rev. xix. 10. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not; I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God. Rom. i. 25. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.
Amen. (2) John xiv. 6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 1 Tim. ii. 5. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Eph. ii. 18. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
(3) III. Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
(4) Ps. Ixv. 2. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
(5) John xiv. 13, 14. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
(6) Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
(7) 1 John v. 14. And this is the confidence that we humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; (1) and, if vocal, in a known tongue. (2)
IV. Prayer is to be made for things lawful, (3) and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter; (4) but not for the dead, (5)
have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.
(1) Ps. xlvii. 7. For God is the King of all the earth : sing ye praises with understanding. Heb. xii. 28. Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear. Gen. xviii. 27. I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes. Jam. v. 16. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Eph. vi. 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. See also Jam. i. 6, 7. Mark xi. 24. Matt. vi. 12, 14, 15. Col. iv. 2.
(2) 1 Cor. xiv. 14. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
(3) IV. 1 John v. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.
(4) 1 Tim. ii. 1, 2. I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
(5) 2 Sam. xii. 21, 22, 23. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? Thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast ? can I bring him back
nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death. (1)
V. The reading of the Scriptures with godly fear; (2) the sound preaching, (3) and conscionable hearing of the word, in obedience unto God, with understanding, faith, and reverence; (4) singing of psalms with grace in the heart;(5) as, also, the due administration and worthy receiving of the sacraments instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordinary reli
again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me Luke xvi. 25, 26, and Rev. xiv. 13.
(1) 1 John v. 16. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death : I do not say that he shall pray for it.
(2) V. Acts xv. 21. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath-day. Rev. i. 3. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein : for the time is at hand.
(3) 2 Tim. iv. 2. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering, and doctrine.
(4) James i. 22. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Acts x. 33. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. Heb. iv. 2. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Matt. xiii. 19. Isa. lxvi. 2.
(5) Col. iii. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,