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proving any religious worship not instituted by God himselfe; tolerating a false religion f; the making any representation of God, of all, or any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoeverg: all worfhip of

it, ordained a feast unto the children who say they are apostles, and are of Israel, and he offered upon the not; and hast found them liars. v. altar, and burnt incense.

14. But I have a few things against Deut. xii. 30. Take heed to thy thee, because thou hast there them self, that thou be not fnared by fol. that hold the doctrine of Balaam, lowing them, after that they be de- who taught Balak to calt a stumbstroyed from before thee, and that ling block before the children of Irthou inquire not after their gods, rael, to eat things facrificed unto saying, How did these nations serve , idols, and to commit fornication. their gods? even so will I do like v. 15. So hast thou also them that wise. v. 31. Thou shalt not do fo hold the do&rine of the Nicolaitans, unto the Lord thy God: for every which thing I hate. v. 20. Notwithabomination to the Lord which he standing, I have a few things againft hateth, have they done unto their thee, because thou suffereit that wogods: for even their sons and their man Jezebel, which calleth herself daughters they have burnt in the a prophetess, to teach and to seduce fire to their gods. v.32. What thing my fervants to commit fornication, foever I command you, observe to and to eat things facrificed unto ido it; thou shall not add thereto, dols. Rev. xvii. 12. And the ten nor diminish from it.

horns which thou sawest are ten f Deut. xiii. from verse 6. to 12. kings, which have received no king(See let. b.) Zech, xiii. 2. And it dom as yet; but receive power as ihall come to pass in that day, faith kings one hour with the beast. v. 16. the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off And the ten horns which thou fawthe names of the idols out of the est upon the beast, these shall hate land, and they shall no more be re- the whore, and shall make her de. membered : and also I will cause the solate, and naked, and shall eat her prophets and the unclean spirit to flesh, and burn her with fire. V. 17. pass out of the land. v. 3. And it For God hath put in their hearts to shall come to pass, that when any fulfil his will, and to agree

and give fhall yet prophefy, then his father their kingdom unto the beast, until and his mother that begat him, shall the words of God th:1l be fulfilled. say unto him, Thou shalt not live; & Deut. iv. 15. Take ye therefore for thou speakest lies in the name of good heed unto yourselves (for ye the Lord and his father and his faw no manner of fimilitude on the mother that begat him, shall thrust day that the Lord spake unto you him through when he prophefieth. in Horeb, out of the midst of the Rev. ii. 2. I know thy works, and fire.) v. 16. Lest ye corrupt your thy labour, and thy patience, and selves, and make you a graven image, how thou canst not bear them who the fimilitude of any figure, the likeare evil: and thou hast tried them ness of male or female. v. 17. The

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ith, or God in it or by it i; the making of any representation of feigned deities k, and all worship of them, or service belonging to theml; all superstitious devices m, corrupting the

worship Likeness of any beast that is on the i Exod.xxxii:5. And when Aaron earth, the likenets of any winged saw it, he built an altar before it, fowl that flieth in the air, v. 18. the' and Aaron made proclamation and likeness of any thing that creepeth faid, To morrow is a feast to the on the ground, the likeness of any Lord. fith that is in the waters, beneath k Exod. xxxii. 8. They have turnthe earth; v. 19. And left thou lift ed aside quickly out of the way up thinçeyes unto heaven, and when which I commanded them: they thou seest the fun, and the moon, have made them a molten calf, and and the stars, even all the hoit of have worshipped it, and have facriheaven, shouldīt be driven to wor ficed thereunto, and said, thefe be {hip them, and serve them, which thy gods, O Israel, who have brought the Lord thy God hath divided un- thee up out of the land of Egypt. to all nations under the whole hea I 1 Kings xviii. 26. And they took ven, Acts xvii. 29. Forasmuch then the bullock which was given them, as we are the off-spring of God we and they dressed it, and called on ought not to think that the God the name of Baal from morning ehead is like unto gold, or silver, or ven until noon, saying, O Baal, hear Itone graven by art and man's de us. But there was no voice, nor any vice. Rom.i.21. Because that when 'that answered. And they leapt upthey knew God, they glorified him on the altar which was made. v. 28. , not as God, neither were thankful: And they cried aloud and cut them but became vain in their imaginati- felves after their manner with knives ons, and their foolish heart was dark- and lancets, till the blood guihed ened. v. 22. Professing themelves out upon them, Ila. lxv.11. But ye to be wise, they became fools. v. 23. are they that forsake the Lord, that And changed the glory of the un- forget my holy mountain, that precorruptible God,intoanimage made 'pare a table for that troop, and that like to corruptible man, and to birds, furnish the drink-offering unto that and four-footed beasts, and creeping number. things. v. 25. Who changed the m Acts xvii. 22. Then Paul stood truth of God into a lie, and worship in the midst of Mars-hill, and said, ped and served the creature more Ye men of Athens, I perceive that than the Creator, who is bleffed for in all things ye are too superstitious. ever. Amen,

Col. ii. 21. (Touch not, tafte not, b Dan. iii. 18. But if not, be it handle not: 1.22. Which all are to known unto thee, O king, that we perish with the using) after the comwill not serve thy gods, nor worship

mandments and doctrines of men, the golden image which thou haft

V. 23. which things have indeed a set up. Gal. iv. 8. Howbeit, then shew of wisdom in will-worship and when ye knew not God, ye did ser- humility, and neglecting of the bovice unto them who by natyre are dy, not in any honour to the fatis, no gads.

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worship of God n, adding to it, or taking from ito, whether invented and taken up of ourselves p, or received by tradition from others q, tho' under the title of antiquityr, customs, devotiont, good intent, or any other pretence whatsoever v;

Simon Mal. i. 7. Ye offer polluted fathers, our kings and our princes, bread upon mine altar: and ye say, in the cities of Judah, and in the Wherein have we polluted thee? In streets of Jerusalem: for then had that ye say, The table of the Lord we plenty of victuals, and were well, is contemptible. v. 8. And if ye of- and saw no evil. fer the blind for sacrifice, is it not lfa. lxv. 3. A people that proevil? and if ye offer the lame and voketh me to anger continually to sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto my face, that sacrificeth in gardens, thy governor, will he be pleased with and burneth incense upon altars of thee, or accept thy person ? faith the brick: v. 4. Which remain among Lord of hosts. v. 14. But cursed be the graves, and lodge in the mothe deceiver, who hath in his flock numents, who eat swines flesh, and a male, and voweth and facrificeth brothofabominable things is in their unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for vessels: v. 5. Who say, Stand by thy I am a great King, faith the Lord self, come not near to me, for I am of hosts, and my name is dreadful holier than thou: these are a smoke among the heathen.

in my nose, a fire that burneth all o Deut. iv. 2. Ye shall not add un- the day. Gal. i. 13. For ye have to the word which I command you, heard of my conversation in time neither shall ye diminish ought from past, in the Jews religion, how that it, that ye may keep the command- beyond measure I persecuted the ments of the Lord your God which church of God, and wasted it: v.14. I command you.

And profited in the Jews religion ap Pfal. cvi. 39. Thus were they bove many my equals in mine own defiled with their own works, and nation, being more exceedingly zeawent a whoring with their own in- lous of the traditions of my fathers. ventions,

v i Sam. xiii. 11. And Samuel 9 Mat. xv.9. But in vain they do faid, What halt thou done? And worship me, teaching for doctrines Saul said, Because I saw that the the commandments of men. people were scattered from me, and

i Pet. i. 18. Forasmuch as ye that thou camest not within the know that ye were not redeemed days appointed, and that the Phi- . with corruptible things, as filver listines gathered themselves togeand gold, from your vain conversa. ther to Michmash: v. 12. Theretion received by tradition from your fore faid I, the Philistines will come fathers.

down now upon me to Gilgal, and Jer. xliv. 17. But we will cer. I have not made fupplication unto tainly do whatsoever thing goeth the Lord: I forced myself therefore, forth out of our own mouth, to burn and offered a burnt-offering. 1 Sam. incense unto the queen of heaven, xv. 21. But the people (laid Saul) and to pour out drink offerings un took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, to her, as we have done, we and our the chief of the things which should


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Simony w; sacrilegex; all neglect y, contempt z, hindering a, and opposing the worship and ordinances which God hath ap. pointed b.

Q. 110. What are the reasons annexed to the second com, mandment, the more to enforce it?

A. The reasons annexed to the secohd commandment, the more to enforce it, contained in these words, for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generațion of them that hate me: and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandmentsc; are, beside God's sovereignty over us, and propriety in usd, his fervent

zeal have been utterly destroyed, to fa- hold, what a weariness is it, and ye crifice unto the Lord thy God in have snuffed at it, faith the Lord of Gilgal.

holts; and ye brought that which w Acts viii. 18. And when Simon

was torn, and the lame, and the saw that through the laying on of fick: thus ye brought an offering: the apostles hands, the Holy Ghost should I accept this of your hands? was given, he offered them money. faith the Lord,

* Rom. ii. 22. Thou that abhor a Mat. xxiii. 13. But wo unto you rest idols, dost thou commit sacri- feribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; lege? Mal. iij. 8. Will a man rob for ye shut up the kingdom of heaGod? yet ye have robbed me: but. ven against men: for ye neither go ye fay, Wherein have we robbed in yourtelves, neither fuffer ye them thee? In tithes and offerings. that are entering to go in.

y Exod. iv. 24. And it came to b A&s xiii. 44. And the next fabpass by the way in the inn, that the bath-day came almost the whole ciLord met him, and fought to kill ty together to hear the word of God. him. v. 25. Then Zipporah took'a 8.45. But when the Jews saw the sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin multitudes, they were filled with of her son, and caft it at his feet, and envy, and fpake against those things faid, Surely a bloody husband art which were spoken by Paul, contrathou tome. vi 26. So he let him go; difting and blafpheming. 1 Thess. then she said, A bloody husband thou ii. 15. Who both killed the Lord art, because of the circumcision. Jesus, and their own prophets, and

z Mat. xxii. s. But they made light have persecuted us; and they please of it, and went their ways, one to his not God, and are contrary to all farm, another to his merchandize. men: y. 16. Forbidding us to speak Mal. i. 7. Ye offer polluted bread to the Gentiles, that they might be upon mine altar, and ye say, Where- saved; to fill up their fins alway, in have we polluted thee? In that ye for the wrath is come upon them to say, The table of the Lord is con- the uttermost. Gemptible. v. 13. Ye said also, Be 110. c Exod. xx. 5,6.


zeal for his own worshipe, and his revengeful indignation against all false worship, as being a spiritual whoredomf; accounting the breakers of his commandment such as hate him, and threatening to punish them unto divers' generationsg;

and d Pfal. xlv, 11. So shall the king behold, mine anger and fury shall greatly desire thy beauty: for he is be poured out upon this place, upthy Lord, and worship thou him. on man and upon beast, and upon Rev. xv. 3. And they fing the song the trees of the field, and upon

the of Moses the servant of God, and fruit of the ground; and it shall the song of the Lamb, saying, Great burn, and shall not be quenched. and marvellous are thy works, Lord Ezek. xvi. 26. Thou hast also comGod Almighty; just and true are thy mitted fornication with the Egypways, thou King of saints. v. 4. tians thy neighbours, great of Hesh, Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and halt increased thy whoredoms and glorify thy name? for thou on to provoke me to anger. v. 27. Bely art holy: for all nations fhall hold therefore, I have stretched out come and worship before thee: for my hand over thee, and have dimithy judgments are made manifeft. nished thine ordinary food; and de

• Exod. xxiv, 13. But ye shall livered thee unto the will of them destroy their altars, break their į- that hate thee, the daughters of the mages, and cut down their groves. Philistines which are ashamed of thy v. 14. For thou shalt worship no 0 lewd way. Deut. xxxii. 16. They ther god: for the Lord whose name provoked him to jealousy with is Jealous, is a jealous God. Itrange gods, with abominations

fi Cor.x. 20. But I say, that the provoked they him to anger, v. 17. things which the Gentiles sacrifice, They faerificed unto devils, not to they sacrifice to devils, and not to God, to gods whom they knew not, God: and I would not that ye thould to new gods that came newly up, have fellowship with devils, v. 21. whom your fathers feared not. v. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, 18. Of the rock that begat the thou and the cup of devils: ye cannot be art unmindful, and halt forgotten partakers of the Lord's table, and God that formed thec. v. 19. And of the table of devils, v. 22. Do we when the Lord law it, he abhorred provoke the Lord to jealousy? are them, because of the provoking of we stronger than he? Jer. vii. 18. his fons and of his daughters. v. 20. The children gather wood, and the And he faid, I will hide my face fathers kindle the fire, and the wo from them, I will see what their end men knead their dough to make shall be ; for they are a very froward cakes to the queen of heaven, and generation, children in whom is no to pour out drink offerings to other faith. gods, that they may provoke me to & Hof. ii. 2. Plead with your moanger, v. 19. Do they provoke me cher, plead; for she is not my wife, to anger? faith the Lord: do they neither am I her husband; let her not provoke themselves to the con- therefore put away her whoredoms fusion of their own faces? y. 20. out of her light, and her adulteries Therefore thus faith the Lord God, from between her breasts: v. 3. Left

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