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head to Jesus Christ, and then charging him with treachery and falsehod, which falls also and destroys our scriptures and religion. By this false principle you have drove many into despair, some of whom have put an end to themselves, others have quitted all religion, relying on your fantastical and incoherent clanours and blafphemies againft the scriptures, have taken it for a truth that all is priestcraft and deception, and that there is no revealed religion, and in one word, that there is no God, as great fools as yourselves. Be for once honest, withdraw yourselves from Jesus Christ and his church; as you have separated from the body, separate from the head also, and Icave the scriptures to those concerned in them; by this rectitude we shall each society maintain his own right, and give no offence to each other; adhere to this advice in future that the world may enjoy a religious peace and tranquility.
Luth. & Calv. Your advice is not good, by following which we should be in a state of reprobation.
Mof. The matter is not material,
Luih. & Calv. Our conscience, or inward man, will never permit our Lord to be accused of deception and falsehood.
Mof. You acknowledge him then to be the promised Messiah, and that our fcriptures with the christians are true ?
Luth. & Calv. This is the truth, and whoever, of what med, or body of men, feet, condition, society, or religion, that dare contra
dict or gainsay this truth, let him be excom. municated and accursed, and be for ever held in derision and scorn, and be looked on by all good men as heathens and publicans.
Mof. Your censuring the church of Rome has entailed this infamy.
Luih. Es Calv. This cannot be fo; the protestant is established on the ruins of the Roman church, who became accursed for her adulte. ries.
Mof. Could you prove this convicton the Jews would esteem you as they did Mordecai, for gibbetting Hamon, and make most ample presents for being the instruments to detect · Jesus Christ, and restore them to their former glory and honour, of being the chosen people of God. In this detection you would prove yourselves in the face of the world lovers of truth and enemies to oppreffion, which would heap confusion, infamy, and shame, on the church of Rome, your most implacable enemy, and deliver and free yourselves from the excommunication you now lie under, and turn their venom on their own heads. This would be an act of justice.
Luth. & Calv. To restore Judaism would be to join in the crucifixion of our Saviour, Lord, and Judge, in whom we place our hopes, and, . through him, life everlasting
Mof. Schismatical and heretical factions, both in the Jewish and christian covenants, have been raised on this express condition, to destroy the body or trunk, from whence they sprung, or that gave thein birth or being. I will, if D 2
you will give me leave, lay before you a few exam. ples, but proved abortive with many others which you are not unacquainted with in the christian annals, either of you I suppose being preachers have studied these matters many years back.
Luth. & Calv. Upwards of forty or near fifty years, at least, as we are turned of seventy.
Mof. It would be unbecoming in me, a stranger, to set myself for a Doctor of christianity (farther than common occurrences, which daily come before us) who am a teacher in Ifrael. I will give you the examples I purposed of heresy and schism, in the Jewish church, beginning with the primitive or in the life-time of our Law-giver. Exod. xxxii. The first of note is the setting up the calf in the · wilderness; and when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it, and Aaron made proclama. tion, and said, to-morrow is a feast to the Lord.. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt-offerings, and brought peace, offerings, and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. And when Moses came down from the Mount, and saw the calf and saw the people naked, for Aaron (in your case Luther and Calvin) had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies; then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, who is on the Lord's side? and the fons of Levi joined themselves to him. And he said unto them, Thus faith the Lord God of Israel, put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp and say every man kis brother, and every man his compa
nion, and every nian his neighbour; and there fell, or put to death about three thousand men, and the Lord plagued the people for this fin.
Lev. c. X. And Nadab and Abitou, the sons' of Aaron (a type of Luther and Calvin) took either of them his censor, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commandeth them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them : and they died before the Lord. Lev. C. 24. And the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel and, Itrovewith an Israelite, and the son of the Israelitish woman blafphemed the name of the Lord, and ·cursed : and they brought him to Moses, and they put him inward, that the mind of the Lord might be shewed them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, Bring him without the camp, and let them that heard him lay their hands upon bis bead, and let the congregation stone him. Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his fin; and be thit blasphemell the name of the Lord shall be put to death.
Numb, c. xii, And Mariam and Aaron spake against Moses, because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, indeed bath the Lord only spoken, by Mofes, bath he not spoken also ly us. (type of Luther and Calvin) And the Lord beard it. Now the man Moses was very much above all the nien which were upon the face of the earth. And the Lord spake unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Mariam,
Come out you three unto the tabernacles of the congregations, and the three came forih.
And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forth. And he said, hear now my words. If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto you, in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream. My fervant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my boufe, with himn will I speak mouth to inouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches, and the Spirit of the Lord Mall be behold, wherefore then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Mofes. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle, and behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow, and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and behold she was leprous. And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my Lord, I be. seech thee lay not the fin upon us wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have finned, let her not be as one dead, ber flesh is half consumed. And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, heal her, o God, I beseech thee. And the Lord said, let ber be fout out of the camp seven days, and after let ber be again received; and Miriam was shut out seven days, when she was again received.
Numb. c. xvi. Kore, Dathan, and Abiram rose up with 250 princes of the assembly, men of renown, and they gathered themselves against Motes, and Aaron, and said, you take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy every one of them, and the Lord is among them, why do