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be so ignorant as to ascribe their deliverance from Ægypt to such a thing as Aaron could make.
This doctrine and practice of idolatry in the worship ofimages came in by liccle and liccle into the Church of Rome; for it is clear chac there was a cime wherein there were no images at all known in the Church.
There were some delirous chen to bring them in, but the councel of Eliberis decreed that no picture or image should be
brought into the Church left it should be adored. Can. 36. And Epipbanius finding an image painted on a cloth bang.
ing in a Church,rent it down, and said it was against the Autho
rity of Scriptures that any image should be in the Church. Con.Cell,
Saint Origen faith of his time, nos imagines non adoramus, we 1.7.
do not worship images. Eight hundred years after Christ the
, and where the Popes Legates were present, repcaled it, and af, firme,
The Catholick Church doch affirme, that mortal man ought. to worship God, not by images and Angels, but by Christ our Lord,
And whatsoever the practice of the Church of Rome now is in the use of them, they shall never be able to reconcile the judge ments of their belt learned concerning them. For
Some condemn all divine adoration given to chem, some condemn external bowing before them, Tome confeffc that the ancient fathers condemned them, some think their use dan gerous.
And they which have gone farthest in defending them, have done it by lo nice distinctions, that the common People cannot understand how to beware of idolatry, themselves not understanding themselves therein.
Even in the administration of the Sacrament of the Lords Supper, they are idolaters in worshipping the hoaft; which I prove from Cardinal Bellarmines own penne De juftif. lib, 3s
Neque poteft certus esse certitudine fidei, fe percipere verum Sacramentum, cum Sacramentum fine intentione ministri non confici
atur, & intentionem alterius nemo videre poteft.
And thus much Garnet the Provincial did ingenuously con. fesle upon his private conference with some of our Bishops.
Wherefore how they can excuse their idolatry in the worship of the elevated hoast, I cannot see, leeing they worship they know not what.
Any man may easily conceive that they do carry a corrupt mind that way, because in all their Catechismes set forth for the institution of young beginners, they do leave out the second Commandment quite, and to make up the number they divide che tenth Commandment into two.
Now having convinced thens of idolatry which is the t'' Go against God, and toucheth him in his Majesty and Glory, we fee how dangerous a thing it is to have conversation with such, feast we receive of the plagues due to them.
Though the Church of Pergamus did hold fast the name of Christ, and denied not his faith, yet had the Lord something a gainst her; Because she had chere them that held the do&rine of Rev.2.14. Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things facrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
The fame quarrel had our Lord to the Church at: Thyatira, in which, though he approved her works, and charity and fervice, and faith, and patience, yet he saith,
Notwithstanding I have a few things against ther, because thou Trefferest tbat woman Iezebel, who calleth ber self a Prophetesse, Rev• 2.20 to teach and to seduce may servants, to commit fornication, and to eat things facrificed to idols.
We have no law to favour idolatry, or idolatrous meetings tomalle; we have fevere laws against them, yet it is in light that Masse is frequented by multitudes of all sorts in the light of Isram el in the light of the sun, whence this boldnesse grows we cannot judge but from n negligent execution of our godly, and just laws,
Have we forgotten88?have we forgotten the fifth of Novemo ber. 1605? do we not believe experience? :Were not the Canaanites whom Israel suffered to live a
Jude 2.3. mongst them against the Commandment of God, choros in
their fides, and pricks in their eyes, and were not their gods a fnare io Ifrael?
Is not Popery a dangerous religion to the Soveraign Authori ty of the King, ferring the Pope above him to over-rule him, and to deprive him of his Crown, if he be not for his
Is not Popery a profest enemy to the Religion that we profeffe? light and darknesfe, God and Belial may as soon be reconciled; and therefore an enemy to our Clergy, who are all armed with the Word of God against it.
Or is it good and wholesome doctrine which the Anabaptists this last year tendred to the King, Prince, Nobilicy, Judges and Commons of Parliament that
Freedome of Religion is not hurtful to any Commonwealih; or
Freedomie of Religion depriveth not Kings of any Power gia ven them of God.
The times are foule; God is much dishonoured;where the fault is, and of whom the Church and Religion hath cause to complain, is not io much our duty to enquire, as to pray to God to amend all. Ile tell you where you shall have him.
2. The punishment of this sinne is exprest in one word,V&Wo; and it containeth the whole Cup of Gods indignation.
1. In this life, they trust in that which cannot help them.
They trust in lying vanities, and they forsake their own mer-
Baal their god to hear them, and it would not do; here is a dou. ble woe, 1. Loffe of labour, 2. Want of help. In the first, they bewray their folly ; the god of this world hath made fools of them, for turning the glory of the invisible God into the images of creatures.
But in the second they find the misery; for we cannot fubfift without help, and they trust. co idols where there is no help.
Bar that is not all the woe: the Apostle telleth us, that no idolaters shall enter into the Kingdome of heaven; this is terror domini, the terrour of the Lord; for how shall they hope to have glory with God who deny glory to God? Will God give them glory, that seek to take away glory from him, or let them into heaven that would thrust him out ?
Observe it in that law concerning graven images, God bath more expreft himself then in any of the rest, to be a God of ven. geance; for there is ratio legis. God is jealous.
And there is comminatio judicis visitabit; and ic goeth in de scent to the third and fourel Generation of them that hate bin.Ob. serve he calleth them such as hate him.
There is a promise, He will fhew mercy to thousands of them that love bim,
And I conceive this added to this Commandment rather then any of the rest, because Gods Israel did most often offend in this kind, by worshipping God in creatures, and by performing external adoration to them, which is in this law chiefly for: bidden.
The fear of this woe hath not wrought enough upon the ROmanists who are guilty of groffe idolatry; fo on the other fide it hach wrought too much upon fome zealous Profeffors, who fear. ing fuperftition and idolatry,dare scarce shew any external reveFence to God himself either when they come into Gods houfe, or when they come to Gods Table.
Yet the Angel that would not be worshipped, faid, worship thou God, and that is all the Church exacteth, not an inward Worship only, but an outward also commanded in the second Commandment.
Verf.20. But the Lord is in bis holy Temple, kt all the earth keep silence before him, The Temple of Gods holineffe is understood here as you have
hcard, two ways.
51. For the Temple at ferusalem.
Inbocb let alleremble before bim. This is the second part of che Antithesis,True Religion, containing two parts.
( 1. Where God is.
2. What duty is owing to him, Vbi cita
2. He is in his Temple at Jerufalem, and in all other Temples dedicate to his lervice.
For the Temple ac Jerusalem, he appointed the making of it, and chose the man to whole care he committed the trust of the work; David might not do it , but Solomon was the man. When it was finished, and Solomon had assembled the People to the consecration of it, and prayed there, God answered the Prayer of Solomon with a visible expresure of his presence: for a cloud filled the house; it was filled with the Glory of God.
But some of our Sectaries fay, there is no need of Churches for Gods publick service; there is neither precept nor example in Scripture for it, but the words of Christ to the woman of Sa
maria leave it at large. John 4.23 - T be boure cometh and now is; when the true Worshippers shall
Worship the Father inspirit and truth.
Saint Augustine calleth this heresie in the Masilians, that they denied the ute of Temples, because Christ foretold that the use of the Temple at ferusalem should ccale, which was a shadow of things to come.
In the Old Testament beside the Cathedral, and MotherChurch, the People had their Synagogues for their meetings to Gods service, which continued even co and in Christs time:Chrift himself designed a place for that meeting, wherin he celebrated the last Palleover, and instituted the Sacrament of his Supper.
The Disciples had a place of meeting wherein Christ twice found them the first day of the week,
The persecutions of those times gave no sodain liberty to settle a Church, and to erect Temples, nor that I can read, for the first 200 years after Christ were any Temples built.
Yet before the persecucions ceased, they bad ere&ed Oratories for their meeting to Prayer and hearing of the Word;