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against by the censures of the church, and by the power of the civil magistrate."

CHAP. XXI.-Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath-day. I. THE light of nature sheweth that there is a God, who hath lord

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be stopped; who subvert whole houses, hold, I will make them of the synateaching things which they ought not, gogue of Satan, which say they are for filthy lucre's sake. Ver. 13. This Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, witness is true: wherefore rebuke I will make them to come and worship them sharply, that they may be sound before thy feet, and to know that I in the faith. And Tit. iii. 10. A man have loved thee. that is an heretick, after the first and [Deut. xiii. 6. to the 12th.] Rom. secondadmonition, reject. With Matt. xiii. 3. For rulers are not a terror to xviii. 15. Moreover, if thy brother good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou shall trespass against thee, go and tell then not be afraid of the power? Do him his fault between thee and him that which is good, and thou shalt alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast have praise of the same. Ver. 4. For gained thy ther. Ver. 16. But if he is the minister of God to thee for he will not hear thee, then take with good. But if thou do that which is thee one or two more, that in the evil, be afraid ; for he beareth not the mouth of two or three witnesses every sword in vain: for he is the minister word may be established. Ver. 17. of God, a revenger to execute wrath And if he shall neglect to hear them, upon him that doeth evil. With 2 tell it unto the church: but if hé John, verses 10, 11. [See in letter 4.] neglect to hear the church, let him be Ezra vii. 23. Whatsoever is comunto thee as an heathen man and a manded by the God of heaven, let it publican. 1 Tim. i. 19. Holding faith, be diligently done for the house of and a good conscience; which some the God of heaven: for why should having put away, concerning faith there be wrath against the realm of have made shipwreck : Ver. 20. Of the king and his sons ? Ver. 25. And whom is Hymeneus and Alexander; thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy whom I have delivered unto Satan, God that is in thine hand, set magisthat they may learn not to blaspheme. trates and judges, which may judge Rev. ii. Ž. I know thy works, and thy all the people that are beyond the labour, and thy patience, and how river, all such as know the laws of thou canst not bear them which are thy God; and teach ye them that evil: and thou hast tried them which know them not. Ver. 26. And whosay they are apostles, and are not, soever will not do the law of thy God, and hast found them liars. Ver. 14. and the law of the king, let judgBut I have a few things against ment be executed speedily upon him, thee, because thou hast there them whether it be unto death, or to ban that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who ishment, or to confiscation of goods, taught Balac to cast a stumbling- or to imprisonment. Ver. 27. Blessed block before the children of Israel, to be the Lord God of our fathers, which eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to hath put such a thing as this in the commit fornication. Ver. 15. So hast king's heart, to beautify the house of thou also them that hold the doctrine the Lord which is in Jerusalem; Ver. of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I 28. And hath extended mercy unto me hate. Ver.20. Notwithstanding I have before the king and his counsellors, a few things against thee, because and before all the king's mighty prina thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, ces: and I was strengthened as the which calleth herself a prophetess, to hand of the Lord my God was upon teach and to seduce my servants to me; and I gathered together out of commit fornication, and to eat things Israel chief men to go up with me. sacrificed unto idols. Rev. iii. 9. Be. Rev. xvii. 12. And the ten horns which

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

thou sawest are ten kings, which have brook Kidron, and burnt it at the received no kingdom as yet; but re- brook Kidron, and stamped it small ceive power as kings one hour with the to powder, and cast the powder thereof beast. Ver. 16. And theten horns which upon the graves of the children of the thou sawest upon the beast, these shall people. Ver. 9. Nevertheless the priests hate the whore, and shall make her of the high places came not up to the desolate and naked, and shall eat her altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, but flesh, and burn her with fire. Ver. they did eat of the unleavened bread 17. For God hath put in their hearts among their brethren. Ver. 20. And to fulfil his will, and to agree, and he slew all the priests of the high give their kingdom unto the beast, places that were there upon the altars, until the words of God shall be ful- and burnt men's bones upon them, filled. Neh. xii. 15. In those days and returned to Jerusalem. Ver. 21. saw I in Judah some treading wine. And the king_commanded all the presses on the sabbath, and bringing people, saying, Keep the passover unin sheaves, and lading asses; as also to the Lord your God, as it is written wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner in the book of this covenant 2 Chron. of burdens, which they brought into xxxiv. 33. And Josiah took away all Jerusalem on the sabbath-day: and the abominations out of all the counI testified against them in the day tries that pertained to the children of wherein they sold victuals. Ver. 17. Israel, and made all that were present Then I contended with the nobles of in Israel to serve, even to serve the Judah, and said unto them, What evil Lord their God. And all his days thing is this that ye do, and profane they departed not from following the the sabbath-day? Ver. 21. Then I Lord, the God of their fathers. 2 testified against them, and said unto Chron. xv. 12. And they entered into them, Why lodge ye about the wall ? a covenant to seek the Lord God of if ye do so again, I will lay hands on their fathers with all their heart, and you. From that time forth came they with all their soul; Ver. 13. That no more on the sabbath. Ver. 22. And whosoever would not seek the Lord I commanded the Levites, that they God of Israel should be put to death, should cleanse themselves, and that whether small or great, whether man they should come and keep the gates, or woman. Ver. 16. And also conto sanctify the sabbath-day. Remem- cerning Maachah, the mother of Asa ber me, O my God, concerning this the king, he removed her from being also, and spare me according to the queen, because she had made an idol greatness of thy mercy. Ver. 25. And in a grove: and Asa cut down her

contended with them, and cursed idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at them, and smote certain of them, and the brook Kidron. Dan. iii. 29. Thereplucked off their hair, and made them fore I make a decree, That every peoswear by God, saying, Ye shall not ple, nation, and language, which speak give your daughters unto their sons, any thing amiss against the God of nor take their daughters unto your Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, sons, or for yourselves. Ver. 30. Thus shall be cut in pieces, and their houses cleansed I them from all strangers, shall be made a dunghill; because and appointed the wards of the priests there is no other God that can deliver and the Levites, every one in his busi- after this sort. 1 Tim. ii. 2. For kings, ness. 2 Kings xxiii. 5. And he put down and for all that are in authority; that the idolatrous priests, whom the kings we may lead a quiet and peaceable of Judah had ordained to burn incense life in all godliness and honesty. Isa. in the high places in the cities of Ju- xlix. 23. And kings

shall be thy nursdah, and in the places round about Je- ing-fathers, and their queens thy rusalem; them also that burnt incense nursing-mothers: they shall bow down unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, to thee with their face toward the and to the planets, and to all the earth, and lick up the dust of thy host of heaven. Ver. 6. And he brought feet; and thou shalt know that I am out the grove from the house of the the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the that wait for me. Zech. xii. 2. And

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might. 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.b II. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy

and to him alone: not to angels, saints, or any other creature: it shall come to pass in that day, saith with all the soul, and with all the the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off strength, and to love his neighbour the names of the idols out of the land, as himself, is more than all whole and they shall no more be remem- burnt-offerings and sacrifices. bered; and also I will cause the pro- b Deut. xii. 32. What thing soever phets and the unclean spirit to pass I command you, observe to do it: thou out of the land. Ver. 3. And it shall shalt not add thereto, nor diminish come to pass, that when any shall yet from it. Matt. xv. 9. But in vain they prophesy, then his father and his do worship me, teaching for doctrines mother that begat him shall say unto the commandments of men. Acts xvii. him, Thou shalt not live; for thou 25. Neither is worshipped with men's speakest lies in the name of the Lord: hands, as though he needed any thing, and his father and his mother that seeing he giveth to all life, and breath begat him shall thrust him through and all things. Matt. iv. 9. And saith when he prophesieth.

unto him, All these things will I give I. a Rom. i. 20. For the invisible thee, if thou wilt fall down and worthings of him from the creation of the ship me.Ver. 10. Then saith Jesus world are clearly seen, being under- unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for stood by the things that are made, it is written, Thou shalt worship the even his eternal power and Godhead; Lord thy God, and him only shalt so that they are without excuse. Acts thou serve. [Deut.xv. to the 20th Verse.] xvii. 24. God, that made the world, Exod. xx. 4. Thou shalt not make unto and all things therein, seeing that he thee any graven image, or any likeis Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth ness of any thing that is in heaven not in temples made with hands. Ps. above, or that is in the earth beneath, cxix. 68. Thou art good, and doest or that is in the water under the good: teach me thy statutes. Jer. x. earth : Ver. 5. Thou shalt not bow 7. Who would not fear thee, O King down thyself to them, nor serve them: of nations ? for to thee doth it apper- for I the Lord thy God am a jealous tain; forasmuch as among all the wise God, visiting the iniquity of the famen of the nations, and in all their thers upon the children unto the third kingdoms, there is none like unto and fourth generation of them that thee. Ps. xxxi. 23. O love the Lord, hate me; Ver. 6. And shewing mercy all ye his saints: for the Lord pre- unto thousands of them that love me, serveth the faithful

, and plentifully and keep my commandments. Col. ii. rewardeth the proud doer. Ps. xviii

. 23. Which things have indeed a shew 3. I will call upon the Lord, who is of wisdom in will-worship, and hu. worthy to be praised: so shall I be mility, and neglecting of the body; saved from mine enemies. Rom. x. not in any honour to the satisfying of 12. For there is no difference between the flesh. the Jew and the Greek; for the same II. • Matt. iv. 10. [See before in let. Lord over all is rich unto all that call ter b.] With John v. 23. That all men upon him. Ps. lxii.8. Trust in him at all should honour the Son, even as they times; ye people, pour out your heart honour the Father. He that honour. before him: God is a refuge for us. eth not the Son, honoureth not the Josh. xxiv. 14. Now therefore fear the Father which hath sent him. And 2 Lord, and serve him in sincerity and Cor. xiii. 14 The grace of the Lord in truth : and put away the gods Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and which your fathers served on the the communion of the Holy Ghost, be other side of the flood, and in Egypt; with you all. Amen. and serve ye the Lord. Mark xii. 33. à Col. ï. 18. Let no man beguile And to love him with all the heart, you of your reward in à voluntary and with all the understanding, and humility, and worshipping of angels,

and, since the fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone.

III. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship,' is by God required of all men ;' and, that it



accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son, by the help of his Spirit, according to his will,k with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance;' and, if vocal, in a known tongue.m intruding into those things which he 1 Ps. xlvii. 7. For God is the King hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his of all the earth: sing ye praises with fleshly mind. 'Rev. xix. 10. And I fell understanding. Eccl. v. 1. Keep thy at his feet to worship him. And he foot when thou goest to the house of said unto me, See thou do it not; I am God, and be more ready to hear than thy fellow-servant, and of thy breth- to give the sacrifice of fools: for they ren that have the testimony of Jesus: consider not that they do evil. Ver. 2. worship God: for the testimony of Be not rash with thy mouth, and let Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Rom. not thine heart be hasty to utter any i. 25. Who changed the truth of God thing before God : for God is in into a lie, and worshipped and served heaven, and thou upon earth; therethe creature more than the Creator, fore let thy words be few. Heb. xii. who is blessed for ever. Amen. 28. Wherefore, we receiving a king

e John xiv. 6. Jesus saith unto him, dom which cannot be moved, let us I am the way, and the truth, and the have grace, whereby we may serve life: no man cometh unto the Father, God acceptably with reverence and but by me. 1 Tim. ii. 5. For there is godly fear. Gen. xviii. 27. And Abraone God, and one mediator between ham answered and said, Behold now, God and men, the man Christ Jesus. I have taken upon me to speak unto Eph. ii. 18. For through him we both the Lord, which am but dust and have access by. one Spirit unto the ashes. James v. 16. Confess your faults Father. Col. iii. 17. And whatsoever one to another, and pray, one for ye do in word or deed, do all in the another, that ye may be healed. The name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks effectual fervent prayer of a righteous to God and the Father by him. man availeth much. James i. 6. But

III.' Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for no- let him ask in faith, nothing waverthing: but in every thing by prayer ing: for he that wavereth is like a and supplication, with thanksgiving, wave of the sea driven with the wind let your requests be made known un. and tossed. Ver. 7. For let not that to God.

man think that he shall receive any 8 Ps. Ixv. 2. O thou that hearest thing of the Lord. Mark xi. 24. Thereprayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. fore I say unto you, What things so

h John xiv. 13. And whatsoever ye ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe shall ask in my name, that will I do, that ye receive them, and ye shall that the Father may be glorified in have them. Matt. vi. 12. And forgive the Son. Ver. 14. If ye shall ask any us our debts, as we forgive our debtthing in my name, I will do it. 1 Pet. ors. Ver. 14. For if ye forgive men ii. 5. Ye also, as lively stones, are their trespasses, your heavenly Father built up a spiritual house, an holy will also forgive you: Ver. 15. But if priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacri- ye forgive not men their trespasses, fices, acceptable to God by Jesus neither will your Father forgive your Christ.

trespasses. Col. iv. 2. Continue in * Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the Spirit prayer, and watch in the same with also helpeth our infirmities: for we thanksgiving. Eph. vi. 18. Praying know not what we should pray for as always with all prayer and supplicawe ought; but the Spirit itself mak- tion in the Spirit, and watching thereeth intercession for us with groanings unto with all perseverance and supwhich cannot be uttered.

plication for all saints. k 1 John v. 14. And this is the con. m 1 Cor. xiv. 14. For if I pray in fidence that we have in him, that, if an unknown tongue, my spirit praywe ask any thing according to his eth, but my understanding is un. will, he heareth us.


IV. Prayer is to be made for things lawful," and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter ;o but not for the dead,p nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death.9

V. The reading of the scriptures with godly fear ;' the sound preaching," and conscionable hearing of the word, in obedience unto God, with understanding, faith, and reverence;t singing of psalms with grace in the heart;' as also the due administration and worthy re

IV. 2 (1 John v. 14. See letter k.] 9.1 John v. 16. If any man see his

0 1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort therefore, brother sin a sin which is not unto that, first of all, supplications, prayers, death, he shall ask, and he shall give intercessions, and giving of thanks, bé him life for them that sin not unto made for all men; Ver. 2. For kings, death. There is a sin unto death: I and for all that are in authority; that do not say that he shall pray for it. we may lead a quiet and peaceable life V. ' Acts xv. 21. For Moses of old in all godliness and honesty. John time hath in every city them that xvii

. 20. Neither pray I for these preach him, being read in the synaalone, but for them also which shall gogues every sabbath-day. Rev. i. 3. believe on me through their word. Blessed is he that readeth, and they 2 Sam. vii. 29. Therefore now let it that hear the words of this prophecy, please thee to bless the house of thy and keep those things which are servant, that it may continue for ever written therein: for the time is at before thee: for thou, O Lord God, band. hast spoken it: and with thy blessing 82 Tim. iv. 2. Preach the word; be let the house of thy servant be blessed instant in season, out of season; refor ever. Ruth iv. 12. And let thy prove, rebuke, exhort with all longhouse be like the house of Pharez, suffering and doctrine. whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the + James i. 22. But be ye doers of seed which the Lord shall give thee of the word, and not hearers only, de. this young woman.

ceiving your own selves. Acts x. 33. p 2 Sam. xii. 21. Then said his ser. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; vants unto him, What thing is this and thou hast well done that thou art that thou hast done? Thou didst fast come. Now therefore are we all here and weep for the child, while it was present before God, to hear all things alive; but when the child was dead, that are commanded thee of God. thou didst rise and eat bread. Ver. 22. Matt. xiii. 19. When any one heareth And he said, While the child was yet the word of the kingdom, and underalive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who standeth it not, then cometh the can tell whether God will be gracious wicked one, and catcheth away that to me, that the child may live? Ver. which was sown in his heart. This 23. But now he is dead, wherefore is he which received seed by the wayshould I fast ? can I bring him back side. Heb. iv. 2. For unto us was again! I shall go to him,

but he shall the gospel preached, as well as unto not return to me. With Luke xvi. 25. them: but the word preached did not But Abraham said, Son, remember profit them, not being mixed with that thou in thy lifetime receivedst faith in them that heard it. Isa. lxvi. thy good things, and likewise Lazarus 2. For all those things hath mine hand evil things; but now he is comforted, made, and all those things have been, and thou art tormented. Ver. 26. And saith the Lord: but to this man will besides all this, between us and you I look, even to him that is poor, and there is a great gulf fixed: so that they of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at which would pass from hence to you my word. cannot; neither can they pass to us, v Col. iii. 16. Let the word of Christ that would come from thence. Rev.xiv. dwell in you richly in all wisdom; 13. And I heard a voice from heaven teaching and admonishing one ansaying unto me, Write, Blessed are the other in psalms, and hymns, and spi. dead which die in the Lord from hence- ritual songs, singing with grace in forth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they your hearts to the Lord. Eph. v. 19. may rest from their labours; and Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and their works do follow them.

hymns, and spiritual songs, singing

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