« ZurückWeiter »
implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.n
Ul. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty ; which is, that, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve 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 inbody, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. Gal. i. 10. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men ? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Gal, ii. 4, 5. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who eame in privily to spy out our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. To whom we gave place by subjection, no not for an hour ; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. Gal. v. 1. Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
n Rom. x. 17. Se then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by. the word of God. Rom. xiv. 23. And he that doubteth, is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. Isa. viii. 20. To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Acts xvii. 11. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. John iv. 22. Ye worship ýe know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. Hos. v. 11. Ephraim is oppressed, and broken in judgment; because he willingly walked after the commandment. Rev. xiii. 12, 16, 17. And he exerciscth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth, and them which dwell therein, to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads : and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Jer. viii. 9. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken; lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them?
III. o Gal. v. 13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty ; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 1 Pet. ii. 16. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 2 Pet. ii. 19. While they promise them liberiy, they themselves are the servants of corruption : for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. Jolin viii. 34. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. Luke' i. 74, 75. That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of .T life
tended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another ; they who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or this lawful exercise of it, wheiher it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist 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 Christianity, whether concerning faith, worship, conversation, or the order wbich Christ hath established in his church, they may be lawfully called fo account, and proceeded against by the ceasures of the church :1 and in proportion
IV. p Mat. xii. 25. And Jesus kuew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdon divided against itself is brought to desolation : and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. 1 Pet. ii. 13, 14, 16.' Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto gover; nors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. (Rom. xii. 1 to the 8th verse.) lieb. xiii. 17. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account: that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
9 Rom. i. 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, (that they which commit such things are worthy of death,) not only do the samo, but have pleasure in them that do them. With 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 amongst 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 spirit 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 cove tous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat. But them that are without, God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 2 John 10, 11. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. And 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. And 1 Tim. vi. 3, 4, 5. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness: he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness : from such withdraw thyself. And Tit. i. 10, 11, 13. For there are many unruly and vain taikers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision : whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. This witness is true : wherefore rebuke
as their erroneous opinions or practices, either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace of the church, and of civil society, they may be also proceeded against by the power of the civil magistrate.r
them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith. And Tit. iii. 10. A man that is an heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject. With Mat. xviii. 15, 16, 17. Moreover, if thy brother shall trespiss against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone : if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let hiin be unto thee as an heathen man, and a publican. i Tim. i. 19, 20. Holding faith and a good conscience ; which some having put away, concerning faith have made shipwreck. Of whom is flyineneus and Alexander ; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. Rev. ii. 2, 14, 15, 20. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them whicli are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not ; and hast found them liars. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-blotk before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Rev. iii. 9. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, (which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie,) behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I loved thee.
r Rom. xiii. 3, 4. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good,
and thou shalt have praise of the same : for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid ; for he beareth not the sword in vain : for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil. Neh. xiii. 15, 17, 21, 22. In those days saw I in Judah, some treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as al.30 wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath-day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath-day? Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? If yo do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the Sabbath. And I commanded the Levites, that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath-day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy. Tim. ii. 1, 2. I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayChapter XXI. OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP, AND THE SABBATH-DAY.
The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doth 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. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by him. self, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may vot 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.b ers, 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. Isa. xlix. 23. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord : for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
I. u Rom. i. 20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without
Acts xvii. 24. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands. Psal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, and dost good : teach me thy statutes. Jer. x. 7. Who would not fear thee, O king of nations ? for to thee doth it appertain: for as much as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. Psal. xxxi. 23. O love the Lord, all ye his saints : for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Psal. xviii. 3. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised : so shall I be saved from mine enemies. Rom. x. 12. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all, is rich unto all that call upon him. Psal. Ixii. 8. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your
heart before him : God is a refuge for us. Josh. xxiv. 14. Now, therefore, fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt: and serve ye the Lord. Mark xii. 33. And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whola burnt-offerings and sacrifices.
6 Deut. xii. 32. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Mat. xv.9. But
II. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to him alone :c not to angels, saints, or any other creature :d and, since the full, not without a Mediator ; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone.e
III. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship,f is by God required of all men ;s and,
in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Acts xvii. 23. Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Mat. 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. (Deut. xv. to the 20th verse.) Exod. xx. 4, 5, 6. Thou shalt not make into thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord, thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me : and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Col. ii. 23. Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship and humility, and neglecting of the body, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
II. c Mat. iv. IO. (See before in letter l.) With 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. And 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.
d Col. ii. 18. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of Angels, intruding into those things, which he hath not seen, vainly puft up by his fleshly mind. 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 : for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 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.
e 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 man, the man Christ Jesus. Eph. ii. 18. For through him we both have an access by one Spirit unto the Father. Col. iii. 17. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
III. f 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.
g Psal. Ixv. 2. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.