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to

the Reader.

,

xi

fill',

men.

That

we

be

/ubjeft

to

principalities

and

powers,

and

obey

magrflrates.

And

that

Tit.

3.

r.

fill

of

all,

fupplications,

and

prayers,

and inter-

i

Tim.

2

cefons, and

giving

of

thanks,

be

made

for

all

i,

2.

men

:

For kings,

and

all

that

are

in

authority,

ï.

that

we

may

lead

a

quiet and

peaceable

life in

ail

godlinefs

and

bonefly

:

Cheerfully

allowing

to

them all

that the

fcriptures

of

the

old and new

teftaments,

and the confef-

fions

of

faith

of

the reformed

Churches

of

Chrift,

allow

unto

them

:

And,

whoever

have

taught,

or

held,

or

do

teach,

and

hold

the contrary,

whatever be

their preten-

lions and profeflioris,

are not

only,

not true

preshyterherns,

but,in

fo

far,

not

true

protell

ants

,

yea,

not

true

Chriflians ;

but

the difgrace,

fhame and

reproach

of

presbytery,

prote-

flanifm,

and Chriflianity,

fo

far

as

in

them

lies

.;

for

their

way

hath

a

manifeft

tendency

to

faften

fuch unwor-

thy

imputations on thefe interefts,

tho'

they

can caufe

no

inherent

blemifhes in

them,

no

more than

fogs

and mitts

can

do

in

the

fun,

albeit

they may

eclipfe and obfcure

its

glory.

Let

us

make

the

fuppofition,

that

the

apoftles

of

our

Lord

had

taught

fuch

dottrine,

as

force

very

few,

one

or

two,

have

of

late

taught,, and

do ftill teach

(which yet

we

cannot with any íhadow

of

truth

make;

for

thefe

di-

vinely

and infallibly

infpired

perlons

could teach

no

fuch

do&rive)

what

ground

of

jealoufy

and

prejudice

would

it

have given

to

all

the fecular

powers

of

the

world

a-

gainit

the

gofpel

of

Chrift

;

as

if

the

defign

of

it had

been

to

ruine

all

civil

authority,

and to inftigate

its

dif-

ciples to

root

out

all

civil magiftrates

and

rulers? How

would

it

have

let them

on, and

not

without

force

rea-

fon, with implacable fury

to

have,

by

all means,

Rifled

the

gofpel-

chriftian

Church,

in

the very

infancy

and

cradle

thereof

?

Whereas, the

do&rive

of

Chrift and

his apoftles

teaching.

no

filch

thing,

but

molt

clearly,

convincingly and

fully, the contrary

;

it

made

the civil

powers

their

perfecuting

its profeffors

utterly inexcu-

fable,'

and

their

fufferings

by them

to be

truly

glorious.

And

it

is

worthy

obefervation,

that

the

time

wIIrein

our

Lord

Chrift,

and

his apofties,

Paul

and

Peter, gave

thefe fore

-

mentioned commands and inftru

&ions

to

Chri-

ftians,

relating

to

their duty

to

the

fuperior

civil

pow-

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ers