Imatges de pÓgina

such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience"; and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also",

III. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of


over your faith, but are helpers of And he that doubteth is damned if your joy : for by faith ye stand. he eat, because he eateth not of Matth. xv. 9. But in vain they do faith : for whatsoever is not of faith worship me, teaching for doctrines is. sin. Isa. viii. 20. To the law, the commandments of men.

and to the testimony: if they speak m Col. ii. 20. Wherefore, if ye

not according to this word, it is be dead with Christ from the rudi because there is no light in them. ments of the world, why, as though Acts xvii. 11. These were more living in the world, are ye subject noble than those in Thessalonica, in to ordinances, Ver. 22. (Which all that they received the word with are to perish with the using,) after all readiness of mind, and searched the commandments and doctrines of the scriptures daily, whether those men? Ver. 23. Which things have things were so.

John iv. 22. Ye indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship ye know not what: we worship and humility, and neglect- know what we worship; for salvaing of the body; not in any tion is of the Jews.

Hos. v. 11. honour to the satisfying of the Ephraim is oppressed, and broken flesh. Gal. i. 10. For do I now

in judgment; because he willingpersuade men, or God? or do I ly walked after the commandment. seek to please men ? for if I yet

Rev. xiii. 12. And he exerciseth pleased men, I should not be the

all the power of the first beast servant of Christ. Gal. ii. 4. And before him, and causeth the earth, that because of false brethren un and them which dwell therein, to awares brought in, who came in worship the first beast, whose deadprivily to

spy out
our liberty ly wound was healed.

Ver. 16. which we have in Christ Jesus, that

And he causeth all, both small they might bring us into bondage. Ver. 5. To whom we gave place

and great, rich and poor, free and by subjection, no, not for an hour;

bond, to receive a mark in their that the truth of the gospel might

right hand, or in their foreheads :

Ver. 17. And that no man might continue with you.


buy or sell, Stand fast therefore in the liberty the mark,

or the name of the wherewith Christ hath niade us free, and be not entangled again

beast, or the number of his name.

Jer. viii. 9. The wise nien are with the yoke of bondage.

ashamed, they are dismayed and n Rom. x. 17. So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by

taken : lo, they have rejected the the word of God.

word of the Lord, and what wisdom Rom. xiv. 23. is in thein ?



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III. Gal.

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lo holiness and righteousness before give account: that they may do it

Christian liberty; which is, that, being delivered out of
the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord with-
out 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 in-
tended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and
preserve one another; they who, upon pretence of Chris-
tian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful
exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist
the ordinance of God P. 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 Chris-
tianity, whether concerning faith, worship, or conversa-
tion; 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 de-
structive to the external peace and order which Christ
hath established in the church; they may lawfully be call-

III. ° Gal. v. 13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty;

knew their thoughts, and said un

to them, Every kingdom divided
only use not liberty for an occasion against itself is brought to desola-
to the flesh, but by love serve one

tion; and every city or house di-
and not using your liberty for a
1 Pet. ii. 16. As free, vided against itself shall not stand.

1 Pet. ii. 13. Submit yourselves to

every ordinance of man for the
2 Pet. ii. 19. Lord's sake; whether it be to the
While they promise them liberty, king, as supreme; Ver. 14. Or un-
they themselves are the servants of
corruption : for of whom a man is

to governors, as

unto them that

are sent by him for the punishment
overcome, of the same is he brought of evil doers, and for the praise of

John viii. 34. Jesus them that do well. Ver. 16. As
answered them, Verily, verily, I free, and not using your liberty for
say unto you, Whosoever commit-
teth sin is the servant of sin. Luke

a cloak of maliciousness, but as the

servants of God. (Rom. xiii. 1. to s, that we, being delivered out of them that have the rule over you,

the 8th Verse.] Heb. xiii. 17. Obey the hands of our enemies

, might and submit yourselves : for they watch serve him without fear, Ver. 75.

for your souls, as they that must. W. P Matth. xii. 25. And Jesus that is unprofitable for you.

with joy, and not with grief; for t


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CHAP. PER Rom. i. 32. Who knowing the whereof cometh envy, strife, railjudgment of God, (that they which ings, evil surmisings, Ver. 5. Percominit such things are worthy of verse disputings of men of corrupt death, not only do the same, but minds, and destitute of the truth, have pleasure in them that do supposing that gain is godliness : theni. With 1 Cor. v. 1. It is from such withdraw thyself. And reported commonly that there is Tit. i. 10. For there are many unfornication among you, and such ruly and vain tälkers and deceivers, fornication as is not so much as

especially they of the circumcision : námed among the Gentiles, that Ver. 11. Whose mouths must be one should have his father's wife. stopped, who subvert whole houses

, Ver. 5. to deliver such an one un. teaching things which they ought to Satan for the destruction of the

not, for filthy lucre's sake. Ver. 13. flesh, that the spirit may be sav This witness is true: wherefore re. ed in the day of the Lord Jesus. buke them sharply, that they may Ver. 11. But now I have written be sound in the faith. And Tit. unto you, not to keep company, if

ii. 10. A man that is an heretick, any man that is called a brother after the first and second adinonibe a fornicator, or covetous, or an

tion, reject. With Matth. xviii. 15. idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard,

Moreover, if thy brother shall or an extortioner; with such an

trespass against thee, go and tell one no not to eat. Ver. 18. Bit

him his fault between thee and them that are without God judg

him alone: if he shall hear thee, eth. Therefore put away from

thou hast gained thy brother. among yourselves that wicked per Ver. 16. But if he will not hear

2 John, ver. 10. If there thee, then take with thee one or come any unto you, and bring not

two more, that in the mouth of this doctrine, receive him not into

two or three witnesses every word your house, neither bid him God

may be established. Ver. 17. And speed. Ver. li. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker

if he shall neglect to hear them,

tell it unto the church : but if of his evil deeds. And 2 Thess. iii. 14. And if any man obey not

he neglect to hear the church, let

him be unto thee as an heathen our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with

and a publican. 1 Tim. i. 19.

Holding faith and a good conhim, that he may be ashamed. And 1 Tim. vi. 3. If any man

science, which some having put teach otherwise, and consent not to

away, concerning faith have made wholesome words, even the words

shipwreck : Ver. 20. Of whom is of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to

Hymeneus and Alexander ; whom the doctrine which is according to

I have delivered unto Satan, that godliness; Ver. 4. He is proud, Rev. ii. 2. 1 know thy works

, and

they may learn not to blasphenie. knowing nothing, but doting about thy labour, and thy patience, and questions




wrath upon him that doeth eyil.

CHAP. XXI. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath-day. P THE light of nature sheweth that there is a God, who hath fordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doeth

good which are evil; and thou hast tried ever is commanded by the God of them which say they are apostles, heaven, let it be diligently done for and are not, and hast found them the house of the God of heaven : liars. Ver. 14. But 'I have a few.

for why should there be wrath things against thee, because thou against the realm of the king and hast there them that hold the doc his sons ? Ver. 25. And thou, Ezra, trine of Balaam, who taught Balac after the wisdom of thy God that to cast a stumbling-block before is in thine hand, set magistrates and the children of Israel, to eat things judges, which may judge all the sacrificed unto idols, and to com.

people that are beyond the river, mit fornication.

Ver. 15. So hast all such as know the laws of thy thou also them that hold the doc

God; and teach ye them that know trine of the Nicolaitanes, which

them not.

Ver, 26. And whosothing I hate. Ver, 20. Notwith ever will not do the law of thy standing, I have a few things God, and the law of the king, let against thee, because thou sufferest judgment be executed speedily upthat woman Jezebel, which calleth on him, whether it be unto death, herself a prophetess, to teach and

or to banishment, or to confiscaa to seduce my servants to commit tion of goods, or to imprisonment. fornication, and to eat things sacri

Ver. 27. Blessed be the Lord God ficed unto idols. Rev. ii. 9. Be

of our fathers, which hath put such hold, I will make them of the

a thing as this in the king's heart, synagogue of Satan, which say they

to beautify the house of the Lord are Jews, and are not, but do lie ;

which is in Jerusalem : Ver. 28. behold, I will make them to come

And hath extended mercy unto me and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

before the king and his counsellors,

and before all the king's mighty (Deut

. xii, 6. to the 12th.] princes; and I was strengthened, as Rom. xiii. 3. For rulers are not a

the hand of the Lord my God was terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid

upon me, and I gathered together

out of Israel chief men to go up of the power? do that which is with me. Rey xvii. 12. And the good, and thou shalt have praise of

ten horns which thou sawest are the same: Ver. 4. For he is the

ten kings, which have received no minister of God to thee for good. kingdom as yet ; but receive power But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid ; for he beareth not the

as kings one hour with the beast.

Ver. 16. And the ten horns which sword in vain : for he is the mini

thou sawest upon the beast, these ster of God, a revenger to execute

shall hate the whore, and shall With 2 John, verses 10, 11. [See

make her desolate and naked, and in letter 9.] Ezra vii, 23. Whatso

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good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart,


put in their hearts to fulfil his will, had ordained to burn incense in the and to agree, and to give their high places in the cities of Judah, kingdom unto the beast, until the and in the places round about Jewords of God shall be fulfilled. rusalem; them also that burnt inNeh. xiii. 15. In those days saw I cense unto Baal, to the sun, and to in Judah sonte treading wine-presses the moon, and to the planets, and on the sabbath, and bringing in to all the host of heaven. Ver, 6. sheaves, and lading asses; as also And he brought out the grove from wine, grapes, and figs, and all man the house of the Lord, without ner of burdens, which they brought Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, into Jerusalem on the sabbath-day: and burnt it at the brook Kidron, and I testified against them in the day and stamped it snall to powder, wherein they sold victuals. Ver. 17. and cast the powder thereof upon Then I contended with the nobles

the graves of the children of the of Judah, and said unto them, What people. Ver.

Nevertheless, the evil thing is this that ye do, and priests of the high places came not profane the sabbath-day? Ver. 21. rip to the altar of the Lord in Je. Then I testified against them, and rusalem, but they did eat of the said unto them, Why lodge ye

unleavened bread among their breabout the wall ? If ye do so again,

thren. Ver. 20. And he slew all I will lay hands on you. From the priests of the high places that that time forth came they no more

were there upon the altars, and on the sabbath. Ver, 22. And I hurnt men's bones upon them, and commanded the Levites, that they returned to Jerusalem.

Ver. 21. should cleanse themselves, and that

And the king commanded all the they should come and keep the people, saying, Keep the passover gates, to sanctify the sabbath-day. unto the Lord your God, as it is Remember me, my God, con

written in the book of this covenant. cerning this also, and spare me

2 Chron. xxxiv. 33. And Josiah took according to the greatness of thy

away all the abominations out of all mercy.

Ver. 26. And I contended the countries that pertained to the with them, and cursed them, and

children of Israel, and made all that smote certain of them, and płucked off their hair, and made then swear

were present in Israel to serve, even

to serve the Lord their God. And by God, saying, Ye shall not give

all his days they departed not from your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons,

following the Lord, the God of their fathers.

2 Chron. xv. 12. or for yourselves. Ver. 30. Thus cleansed I them from all strangers,

And they entered into a covenant

'to seek the Lord God of their faand appointed the wards of the

thers with all their heart, and with priests and the Levites, every one in his business.

all their soul; Ver. 13. That who2 Kings xxiii. 5. And he put down the idolatrous

soever would not seek the Lord

God of Israel should be put to priests, whom the kings. of Judah death, whether small or great, wher

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