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PRESERVATIVE AGAINST POPERY,

IN SEVERAL

Select Discourses

UPON THE

PRINCIPAL HEADS OF CONTROVERSY

BETWEEN

PROTESTANTS AND PAPISTS:

BEING WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED

By the most eminent Didines of the Church of England,

CHIEFLY IN THE REIGN OF KING JAMES II.

COLLECTED BY

HE RIGHT REV. EDMUND GIBSON, D.D.

SUCCESSIVELY LORD BISHOP OF LINCOLN AND LONDON,

[B. 1669, D. 1748.]

CAREFULLY REVISED AND EDITED

FOR THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES

OF THE REFORMATION,

BY

THE REV. JOHN CUMMING, D.D.

VOL. VII.

LONDON PUBLISHED AT THE SOCIETY'S OFFICE,

8, EXETER HALL, STRAND,

5X

1762 .G 45 1848

THE

WORSHIP OF THE CHURCH OF ROME

JUSTLY CONDEMNED.

BOOK III.

THE CELEBRATION OF

DIVINE SERVICE IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE.

(CONTINUED.)

THE TEXTS EXAMINED WHICH PAPISTS CITE OUT OF THE BIBLE, FOR THE PROOF OF THEIR DOCTRINE FOR PRAYERS IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE.

PART I. The common pretence of the doctors of the Church of Rome against allowing to the people the use of the holy Scriptures, is their being so extremely liable to be misunderstood, and to have false and corrupt senses imposed upon them. And indeed, whosoever impartially considers the wild and extravagant senses which they themselves impose upon sundry texts of Scripture, in defence of their own unscriptural doctrines, will be very much tempted to suspect, that their design was to make instances of the truth of this their pretence, and to convince the world how liable the Scripture is to be abused, not only by the common people, but also by men of wit and learning, when once they are listed by their interest to serve a bad cause : and to strengthen this suspicion, I know no greater argument, than their vain and impotent endeavour to justify from Scripture this most uncharitable and unchristian practice of their Church, viz. their concealing from the people their

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