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Calu. It is the will of the Almighty, which must be obeyed.
Boy You will first satisfy yourself, touching the conformity of the Primitive Church and the prefent Catholicks.
. Calv. Mr. Moses, and you though a child, have satisfied me, that Jelus Chrisi is God, which though I preached, and lived by this preaching, fill I was a stranger to him, not knowing whether he is God, or the seducer the Jews believed him to be; but now he is God, all that proceeded from him are infallible. On this I risk my salvation.
Bay. (Looking at Luther.) I think you have agreed to these fundamentals ol. Chrillianity, Infallibility, Supremacy of the Pope, Ummy and U. niformity of the Catholick Church.
Luthi. These principles are authorised by Scrip: ture, which every Christian must comply wiib. . i .
Mof. Allowing the Catholick religion to be insallible, which is her doctrine, the Sacraments are, being part of her do&trine.“ ir
Luth. You have my Common Prayer-book, what does it say? I am a Parson.
Calv. Your Common Prayer-book establishes the three creeds on the same grounds of infallibility, with the other Scriptures. . . .
Luth. And what are ihe principles of the creeds, The ground on which I will stand. · Calv. You then believe One, Holy, Catholick and Apoftolick l'aith, without which you cannot be saved. This Faith is the religion of the Ro. man Catholicks.
Luth. These are hard truths to a Church-Parfon, that is possessed of three good livings, and himlelf loves ease and plenty.
Boy. Whosoever will be saved, it is necessary that he hold the Catholick Faith, which Faith, unless he keeps whole and undefiled, without doubt he fhall perish everlastingly.
Luth. And is this paragraph in our Common
Mof. Most undoubtedly here it is, your own prayer-book.
Luth. I made use of this book near thirty years for the rule of my faith, but never observed this; however as it is the faith of the Church, I am in duty bound to acquiesce, I do therefore, according 10 the faiih of my Common-prayer, believe the infallibility of the Catholick religion, without which faith I cannot be saved. · Boy. Observe this truth; God is not to be mocked. Words, without works, will not anAver your purpose to salvation." ; ". com
Luth. What else can be required, if I say the Creed, with the other prayers, as I have always done, and not cheat, or maim my neighbour, and do 10 all men, as I would they should do unio me, I think I fulfill my duty to my God and to my neighbour, which is all Christ demands of is. By doing this we fulfill the law. A rem. nant of all religions shall be saved. This is the Law and the Prophets. j's... ? · Mof. Not the Law of Moses, nor Prophets of God: your Law and Prophets must be a spus gious breed.'
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Boy, The Aēts of the Apostles declare all that are saved, are added to the Church; they therefore must partake of the same sacraments, join in the same worship and sacrifice of the altar, adhere to, and be of our communion and faith, .
Luth. We are all in the same bond' of Christianity, therefore are partakers of the same facra. ments, issuing from the same infallible fountain, in one communion, under one Head.
- Caly. Is Jesus Cbrift the God of diffimulation, disagreement, hatred, maliciousness, division, implacableness, backbiting and gain-laying? To prove your union with the Catholick Communion, will you come with me to the Catholick altar, and join in making our profession of faith to our Lord's Priest?...
Luth. Not a Roman Catholick Prieft: you do not call Popery Christianity ?
· Calv. It will puzzle you to find any other christianity: you are a riddle. ż
Luth. I have no objection, as the rest of our brethren, when we are at Rome, to do as Rome do, that is, to go to Mals, and do in appearance as they do, though we deteft it, knowing their worship to be idolatrous.' . | Moj. For shame, never bekeck, as the saying is, your own nest, you will be looked on as a forry bird. A man that wears two faces deserves not to be ranked with the human species; could I persuade myself, that these words were spoken with an intention to be complied with, I would . from this instant detest you. Viper's egg, Dross of the creation, retract those words upon the spot,
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or I will expose you.. Have you not the honesty of a goat, the inoit mischievous animal, yet they would not act against inftin&t... : -Luth. 'Do not mistake my words, Sir, and confrain them into, or proceeding from a spirit of diffimulation, or double dealing, wearing two faces, as you are pleased to: term, it; but justify mny conduct, with the rest of my brethren, in or der to set a proper example to all whom it may concern, never to give umbrage to the bigber powers. The Scribes and Pharisees have far on the chair of Moses; all therefore, whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and.do; but accordi ing to their works, do ye not; for they fay and do not. This you grant is true, do&trine, proceeding from the mouth of truth, whose injunctions all Christians are bound to obey, under the severelt excommunication, of being looked upon as hea. thens and publicans. We therefore, under what law or religion we live, fubmit and conform ourfelves; by so doing we fulfill the law. of God and that of our neighbour; by which compliance we fulfill the Law and Prophets. . I his being granted to the chair of Moses in the old covenant, how much more forcible is this positive command to be obeyed in the new covenant, to the Chair of Peter, the Centre of Unity, the Firm Rock, on which the House of God, the Bulwark of Salva. tion, the Haven of the Elect, and Great Sion, is built ? (At the word Sion, Calvin burst into a flood of tears for his past errors.) Near the Eden of Bliss grows the Tree of Life, producing her delicious fruits, forming a liade of delights over
the river of that God, which flows incessantly from the pleniy of God's house to his Elect ON THIS Rock I STAND.
Mof. You have repeatedly beat the same ground, one time acknowledging the infallibility of Scriptures and covenants, prefently disavowing and reprobating this infallibility, that you had just before protested, you would, with all the Protestant race, pledge your lives and fortunes to support, against all adversaries who dare offend.
Calv. This is the block, if I mistake not; that you named the Mystery of Mysteries, and ic is the foundation and grand principle, on which the Protestant Churches, or Reformations, are founded; I will endeavour to lay it open to you; . without this knowledge, we acknowledge ourselves a riddle, not only to the world at large, but to ourselves in particular: and this is the chief cause, why so many of our men of letters become infidels, or put an end to their temporal existence. You must know, to be a christian protestant, and to avoid the ftigma of schism and heresy, it was found adviseable and absolutely necessary, to ground our new religion upon a new principle, which is, that God is the author of good and evil; upon this principle our fabrick is built, which, you not knowing, considered Luther and myself as agreeing and opposing the same thing. By this principle we have the liberty, both io allow and disallow the same thing, and yet free from contradi&ion; which advantage is not allowed to any other but Reformers: to be more explicit, we say the Scriptures and creeds, by al