« ElőzőTovább »
Cbrißians, as well as Jews, excepting the Ceremonial, and that all, both Christ himself, his Apoftles, and old Christians, till Anti-Christianism and Popery came in, acknowledged the Obligation of those Laws. Nor could I ever find that God Almighty, or our Blessed Saviour, gave any Power to Chriftians to make such Laws for themselves; but absolutely required of all that owned the one to be their Creator, and the other their Redeemer, to fubmit themselves to those divine Laws, even tho' it were in the directed Opposition to all the Contradictions of Civil or Canon Laws, or Acts of Parlia. ment. So that they are not the Jews only, but those called Christians also have incurred the just Anger of God on this Account.' I hinted at this fundamental Error in the former Part of this work, Pag. 625, 626, when I said, 'I had no Business in • the Lord Chancellor's Court ; but added withall, « That if the Lord Chancellor would determine · Causes by the Laws of God, and not by the • Laws of Men, I would come and hear him.' Whether God Almighty will any longer bear this publick Rejection of his divine Authority, which is the very Effence of Anti-Christianism, and Foundation of the highest Impiety both in Jews and Christians, the Rabbins of the one, and the Kings and Judges of the other, ought well to consider ; left the Judgments of God, the aveng. ing Judgments of God, foon overtake them ; at whose Tribunal the Offenders must needs appear to be utterly inexcusable. He that hath Ears io bear let bim bear.
II. As to the Roman Catholicks, their greatest Crimes (besides the last, common to Jews, Papists, and Protestants, in general) seem to be.
Cruel Persecution. As to the gross Infidelity in Italy, it has been long taken Notice of, that the weak Part of the People there are guided by the Pope and his Cardinals, and are in a deplorable Slavery to the groffest Superstition ; but that the more fagacious and intelligent, comply indeed with the Superstition of their Country, but are in reality the groffest Infidels. Nay, it has been observed, that in order to bring Protestants over to their Religion, they have aimed first to make them Scepticks or Infidels: A very melancholy Instance of which I remember many
As to the French Papists, who have much more Learning than the Italians, yet was I informed by a very intelligent Friend of mine, who was there many Years ago, that he was assured, the Belief of Christianity could not then hold out at Paris ten Years longer. As to the present Belief of Religion among the Virtuosi there, if we take it from that which the celebrated Monsieur De Fontenelle, and the Author of Considerations on History seem to have, we shall find Scepticism or Infidelity are come near to Perfection in that Kingdom also; as the Reader
may find in their own Words, quoted before in my Obfervation on Dr. Middleton, Page 39, 40.
As to the gross Idolatry, and some other Crimes of the Church of Rome, I shall give it in the Words of the Prophecy of St. Jobn, at the End of the first fix Trumpets, or Judgments sent to awaken, and convert the Popish World ; which assures us, Apoc. ix. 20, 21. that. The rest of Men who were not killed by these Plagues, yet repented not of the Works of their Hands, that they foould not worship Demons, and Idols of Gold, and Silver, and Brass, and Stone, and Wood; which neither can see, nor bear, nor walk. Neither repented they of their Murders, nor of their Sorceries, nor of their Fornication, nor of their Thefts. See Esay on the Revelation, 2d Edition, Page 219.
As to the cruel Persecutions which the Papists have brought on good Men, they have been so many, and so barbarous, as is almost incredible : The Parisan Massacre ; the Irish Massacre; the Cruelties exercised on the poor Waldenses, and Albigenfes, with those in our Queen Mary's Reign ; and those the Inquisition has all along exercised, and still exercises upon both Jews and Proteftants, whenever they have them in their Power, are Evidences of this barbarous Cruelty, truly undeniable. So that after this most inhuman of Crimes, it is hardly necessary to enumerate any other upon this Occasion.
III. As to the Protestants, especially in England, Cheir greatest Crimes seem to be these following:
Following Human instead of Divine Laws.
Refusal of Examination and Amendment these
Refusal to tolerate Primitive Christianity, the fame 40 Years.
Cursing the Eusebians, or Primitive Christians, 13 Times a Year, by publick Authority, in the Atbanasan Creed.
Tolerating and Encouraging Masquerades, Ri. dotto's, Balls, and Plays; with Mr. Henley's vile abusing of the Primitive Liturgy, and all that is facred, every. Lord's-Day Evening, for 23, or 24 Years together.
Encouraging, by Act of Parliament, the Poor to Drunkenness and murdering themselves, in the Use of Gin, and other Spirituous Liquors.
The open Breach of God's Everlasting Coves nant, the Ten Commandments.
Of all which in their Orders:
(1.) Protestants, as well as Papists, follow Human instead of Divine Laws. This has appeared already under the former Article, but deserves to be here particularly remembred, because the very Nature of the Protestant Religion supposes its Profeffors sensible of such gross Errors in Popery, as required an intire Reformation from them, which ought to have obliged them to leave not only those Laws made by Popes, or Popish Councils, but to change them for Divine Laws. Otherwise we only
change one Scheme of evil Rules of Government for another ; without returning, as we ought to do, to our Primitive Christianity ; which owned no Laws, but the Laws of God, by his Messiah. And I greatly fear that God Almighty, our Great Creator and Legislator, will never be at Peace with thole that own him in those Capacities by Words, till they own him by Facts and Actions also, and in earneft submit to his Authority, by governing themselves according to the Divine Laws in the Old Testament, excepting the Ceremonial ; and according to the Laws of Jesus Christ in the Apoftolical Constitutions and Canons, and the other Books of the New Testament ; none of which any of our present Courts of Justice seem to have any Regard to. For Example, the Laws of God do not allow us to put any one to Death for Stealing : [See Mr. Overal, Page 415-420 priùs. Yet do we venture upon it by the Laws of the Land.] The Laws of God make Death the certain Punishment of Adultery : [Levit. xxi. 9. Deut. xxii. 21, 22.) But we excuse it, and only lay a Fine upon the Offender. How such great and good Men as the Lord Chief Justice Hale could go on all their Lives in such a Contradiction to Divine Laws, 'tis hard to imagine.
(2.) Protestants have refused to examine the Apoftolical Constitutions, with the other most Primitive Books of Christianity, in order to the Amendment of their present Errors and Enormities, and this for the last 40 Years together. This I can myself fully testify, from the Refusal of the Church of England to examine all those Original Records