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Brazen Serpent,

a

ope

of Ghrífl.

323

on

that

ever

was, that

found

not Patronage and

prote-

e4ion

in the corrupt

reafon

of

man.

Not

to

fpeak

ofdam-

nable

,Írrìans,

or

Ncf1orians,

or mad

Manichees

;

come

to

the

herch

e

that now

reignes,

and

fee

the

truth here-

of

in

it.

ueff.

\\Thy

hatla

the

leaven

of

Popery fpread and

Cored

the

whole lutnpeof

the

Chriftian

world,

and

en-

larged and fixed

it

felfe

in all

Countries

for

to

Many

hundreth

}'cares

;

that

even in

Countries

above

a

hun-

dreth

yeares

reformed

it

gets ground

;

and

neither

fe-

vere

Laves

can

mailerit,

nor

time

caft

it

out

?

Anfrv.-

Surely

becaule

it

is

a

devife of

humane

rea-

fon,

upholding human reafon,

and

upheld

by

corrupt

reafon

which

fir{t

fet it

up.

See

it

in

parts, and

in

whole.

Firtt for

the parts.

1.

Seemes

it

not

good

reafon

to

choofe,defend,

and

flick

unto our forefathers religion

?i

for

fo

the old

idolaters thought

:

Ier.44.17,

they would

{till

facrifice

to

the

Qleene

of

heaven, becaufe their

fa-

thers did

fo.

But

Paul

would

not

confúlt

with

flefh

and

blood

in

matter

of

religion;

nor

.Abraham with

human

reafon:

This

their

reafon alto

is as

abfwrd

in

true

reafon,

as

ifa

forme

were

bound to put out his

eyes

becaufè his

father

was

blind; or never to

enjoy

liberty,

becaufe his

father

was

in

prifon

or

dyed

in

a

dungeon.

2.

The

do

urine

ofrnerit,

and

¡unification

by

works

runnes

with

nature,

as

(Luk,

t

8.

18.)

in

the

young

Pharifee,

Matter

what

good

thing

&c;

for

fame

would

it

finde

force

goodnes in

it

felfe

to

demerit

God

:

Whereas the

fecond

Commandemcnt faith,

God

fhewes

mercy

to thoufands

in

them

-that

love

him,

and

keepe

his

Commandements.

TheLords prayer

alfo

teacheth

us

to

pray

for

daily

breads..

A

likely thing

that

he

can

merit life

eternal(,

that

cannot

merit

a

crumme

of

bread.

3.

The

Interceffion

of

Saints

and

worfhipping

Images

{lands

onely on

the

legs

of

humane

reafon againfi divine wifdome.

Carnali

men

Y

2

would

Maas

reafon,

the,mochcr

cf

henries.

?

t9íß

ance

in

the

Papifts.

Proved

in

parts