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Rector of Northwood, &c.
In the Isle of Wight.
Μη υπερφρονεων παρ' ο δει φρονείν, αλλα Φρονεν εις το
O X FORD,
O what I have said in the following
some Years ago in Hooker's Weekly Miscellany, and which you now advise me to reprint in the present Form, give me leave to premise by Way of Preface, that the chief and fundamental Article of the Christian Religion, upon which the Gospel Dispensation is founded, viz. God's sending his Son to take our Nature upon him in Order to redeern and sanctify it by his Blood; this Article, I say, is deny'd by our modern Hereticks, as it was by some in the primitive Church; for there were very early in the Church, as well as at this Day, such as oppos’d it, and thereby put quite another Face upon Christianity. They did, and some do now, interpret away that most glorious Manifestation God ever made of himself to Mankind. They shut their Eyes against those Mysteries, which are most clearly and expresly reveald to them in the
Gospel, and have render'd the Church of Christ little more than a School of Philosophy. Nor is .it Matter of Wonder, that they do so, if we consider, that Arians and Socinians, instead of allowing the Scripture to be the Rule to form their Opinions by, have made their Opinions the Rule of interpreting Scripture, and that in Doctrines of the greatest Weight and Importance, even in Matters of Faith, and on which their eternal Salyation depends. And indeed this we must expect; for St. Paul tells us, that Herefies shall be, and we may suppose that God permits them, that the Church may be still in a State militant here upon Earth. But it is our Duty to oppose and confute them. And our Arians and Socinians should consider ; that if Chrift be a Creature, how can God command all Christians to worship and adore him ? as it is plain from Scripture he did, and the
Angels too. So that if Cbrift be God, then these Hereticks are to pay him Homage due to his Divinity. God can no more strip himself of his Sovereignty, than of his Being. He can as foon take a mere Creature to his Throne, as make over to one his peculiar Title to Adoration and Worship. God, we are told by the Prophet Isaiah, Chap. 42. 8. said, I am
the Lord, that is
my Name; and my Glory will I not give to another; as if he had faid, My Name is Jehovah, which denotes me to be the only true God: And I will affert
Honour and not suffer falfe Gods or Creatures to ufurp that Honour or Glory, which is due to myself alone ; for fo the Hebrew Word Cabod and Aoža in the Septuagint do properly signify. Now it is certain, that our Saviour himfelf told the Jews, John 5.25. that all Men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father; and, that He that honoureth not the Son, bonoureth not the Father, which hath sent him. So that our Saviour must be the Jehovah, the Lord, equal to his Father as touching his Godhead. Besides we are assured, that the Apostles worshipped him at his Ascension, Luke 24. 52. As did also St. Stephen at his Death, and St. Paul at his Converfion. If therefore Christ was not God as well as Man, they were guilty of Idolatry. And what can clafh more directly with all Laws natural and divine, than Idolatry does ? If this spiritual Adultery be innocent, what can be criminal ? and if God can command so facrilegious an Action, what can he forbid ? In short, God commanded all the Angels to worship Chrift, Heb. 1. 6. He therefore must be God, as well as Man, as I