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.Rpofiles.

And why,

I

pray,

doth he

not

as

well

make

the

fuppofition

of

their

not being

forbidden

by

any

lawful

fovereign,

as

by

their

own

?

lince he

will

not,

neither

cloth,

deny, that

lawful fovereign powers may

prohibite

firangers within their

own

dominions,

to

preach

or

praetife

againft

the

law,

or

publick

confcience,

and

chaftife them

for

contravention and difobedience (ex-

cepting

always

the

perfons

of

ambaffadors and

he-

raids

fent

from

other

civil fovereigns,

which ufed

to

be

accounted

in a

manner

facred

and

inviolable)

as

well

as

their

own native

fubje&ts

And

if

fo,

had

the

apostles

been forbidden

to

preach

and

baptize,

by the

fovereign

power

of

every kingdom and

common

-wealth,

whe-

ther

they

came (as

they could

not

readily, nor

reafon-

ably

expel

but they would,

all

the

kingdoms and

corn-

moon-

wealths

of

the world

being

then

Pagan,

excepting

that of

the

_Yews)

where would

they.,

or

could

they

have preached

and

baptized

?

and

what

would

have be-

come

of

the gofpel,

and

of

a

gofpel-

church

?

Did

not

Paul

and

Silas,

after

the

magifirates

of

the

city

of

Phi-

lippi

had

(it

feems

with

their

own hands, debafing them-

(elves

in

their

fury

below

the dignity

of

their

office)

rent

off

their

clothes,

laid

many

flripes

on

them, and

caen

them into

prison,

for 'their preaching,

and

teaching

cu-

:flow

(as was

alledged

by

their

accusers)

which

were

not

lawful

to

be

received

or

obferved

by

them,

being

Romans

;

Did

they not,I

fay, go

in

and

exhort,or

preach

to

the bre-

thren

in the houfe

of

Lydia,

and

that after

they

were by

the

magifirates desired to

depart

out

of

the city

?

as

we

may

fee,Aöh

16.

5tkly,Thatprivate

persons living in

king-

doms

or

commonwealths do

not

fin,

and

(hall be kept

harmless in obeying

the

laws

and commands

of

their

lawful

fovereigns,

tho'

crofs

the dictates

of

their

own

confcience, and

it

may

be

crofs

to

the

positive com-

mands

of

God

;

The

firff

of

these

new

teachers, Mr.

Hobbs,

tells

us (as we

íhewed before

in

the

firff

abfurdi-

tg)

in the

cafe

of

denying

Chrift

before

men,

molt

dread-

fully threatned

by

him

with

denying

them

before

.

bis

Fa-

ther,

That

whatever

afubjeFf,

as

Naaman was,

is

compelled

to

in

obedience

to

his

fovereign,

and

doth

it

not

in

order

to

is

ow'as

suited$

but in

order to

the

laws of

Pia

own

coun-

try;