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Numb.

VIII.

21

PP

E N

D

1X.

a

19

Numb. VIII.

The general

defence

of

my

Accufed

Writings,

called

Seditious

and

Schifmatical.

f.

liAtter

of

Right cannot

be

determined without foreknowing the following

¡VI

Matter of

Fgt.

L

There

is

an Enmity

and War,

through

all

the Earth, between Chrift

and

Sa-

tan

:

Chrift and

his Soldiers

ftrive for Light

,

Lore

and Mercy or

Beneficence.

Satan fighteth for Darknefs againft

Light,

and for

Hatred againft

Love

,

and for

Hurting

and Deftroying againft Mercy and Good Works. All Chriftians in

Bap-

tifm are Vowed and Lilted in

this Warfare to

Chrift

againft Satan

:

All

Minifters

are vowed in

their Ordination

to

be

Leaders in

Chrilt's Army

,

and to

preach

the

Gofpel according to the

Holy

Scriptures. In

all Ages

and Nations

Satan

bath

wofully prevailed

againft this Light,

Love

and Mercy, by

hindering Preachers,

partly byPerfecution,

and moltly by

Corrupting

them.

Till

Chrift

came

as

the

Light of the

World, the

Darknefs

of Ignorance and Idolatry

overlpread the

Earth.

Three hundred

years

all

Princes were againft the Gofpel

:

when

Canfiaorine

owned

it, the

cell

of

the Empires

of the

World long refitted; and to

this

day,

all

that re

-.

ceive

it

are but

a

Seth

part

of

the World. And in the Chriftian Empire and

Churches, the erroneous and corrupt Princes and

Bilhops

took up

Saran's

Silence,

ing

Work

:

Conftantiur

and

Valens

and the Arrian Bilhops alnaoft extinguilhed

the

Orthodox Light

:

The

Gothes

did

the

like.

The

Macedonians

, Neftorìans;

Eutychi-

ans,

and the Parties for and

againft

the Council

of

Ephe

,

of

Calcedon,

the

Tria

Capitula,

the

Monotbelites,

the Adoration and

tile

óf

hnages,

and the Councils for

and againft

Pbotises

and

Ignatius,

&c.

left

but

few

Bilhops

of Note in the Ealtern

Empi

e

that

were not

by

turns

Condemned

and Depofed by

the contrary

fide

when

it

was

uppermolt.

The

Pope himlelf

was

an hundred

years

at

once, renounced by

a

great part

of

Italy.

II. But the corrupt

fort

of

Popes

outdid

all

others: They

Silenced

the

Clad-

films that

reproved

their

Crimes,

and

murdered

(fay

Hillorians)

above a Million,

calling

them

Hereticks. Hunnericus

and the

Gotbifl,

Arriares

had before kill'd

many,

and cut the Tongues of fome

that

after fpake by miracle

:

but

the

Pope made

more general Delòlation. In the Wars between many Emperours and Popes,

Bi-

lhops

that

were

for

the Emperours were damned

as Flenriciae,

Hereticks

,

and de-

creed

by

Councils to

be

burnt'

when dead. General Councils decreed to Excom-

municate and Depofe

all

Temporal

Lords

that

would

not Exterminate

as

Hereticks,

all

that were againft Tranfubitantiation,and

filch lilçe.Divers Popes did

fo

notorioully

do

Satan's

Work, that they inrerdi6ted the Preaching

of

the Gofpel

,

and all Pub

-

lick Worihip

of

God,

to

England, France,

and other whole Nations, for

a

Quar-

rel

with

the

King.

Robert Groftbead,

the holy Bilhop

of

Lincoln,

wrote to

Innocent

the Fourth, That the

hindering

of

the

preaching

of

the Gofrl

was

next the

Sin

of

Lucifer

and

Antichrift

,

the greateft

in

the World,

and

not to

be obeyed by a-

ny Chriftian,

whoever commanded

ir. As

Reforming Light

arofe, Papal Silence

ing

and Cruelty increafed

,

till Inquifitions, Flames, Maffacres, in

Spain, Low

-

Countries, Bohemia, Germany, France,

Ireland,' and England,

had made thofe

Mur-

ders and Devaltations,

which no true Chriftian dare

own.

IH. At this day

,

the Light

of

clear found Dodirine

is

obfcured, and

filch

Preaching

filenced

or

ceafed

in molt

of

the Chriftian Churches

on

Earth:

Beides

the

bloody Perfecutions

which met thole honeft

Jefuits and

Fryars that preached

in

Congo,

japan,

China,

and other Heathen Lands

:

In elbafa,

Egypt

,

Syria

,

AJ.

ria, Armenia,

there

is

very little Preaching at

all

;

yea

,

want of Printing keepeth

them without the holy

Scripture,

which

is

rare and in few

hands.

Turk4h

Op-

prefiion bath

fo

debated the

Greek

Church,

that found Preaching

is

rare among

them. In

all

the

Empire of

Wavy

Preaching

is

long ago

put down,

left

Men

fhould preach Sedition. Among molt Papille and Proteftants beyond

Sea,it

is

turn-

ed too much into

lnvebtives againft

one another.

This

is

the

Succefs

of

Satan's

War.

IV. Being