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FOURTH Conference.
Mests. Moses and Calvin to Rabbi Mofes,
. .. i ** greeting: ini!
W e are ready with warm-felt defire, anxie-

V ty, and zeat, to clear and hold up, as in a glass, as St. Paul has it, to your view and all concerned, which is the world at large, that we are embassadors of the New Law, as you of the Old ; that the expectation of the Gentiles, and you Jews, like a torrent, bear. ing impetuously waste and lay flat by the blast of our trumpet put to fight the mighty army of gainsayers who dare contradict, withstand, and with their livid hue, pale and ghaftly; .. Nice or pigmy likeness withers, dies away, and like chaff is whirled about with every blaft of wind that blows, starved for want of wholesome food, disappear as atoms; but us, the mighty army of the great king, preach the Jaws of health and glad tidings, unloosing the bands of restraints, laid on through priestcraft, and other venomous doctrines, contrived by flighty cunning, and crafty intrigues of men, to enthral, shackle and enslave poor, weak, feebie,' pliant, fickly, and deluded minds, whose folly tames them to the yoke of fasting days, holy days, days of abstinence, honour. ing creatures and dishonouring another, making distinctions. The apostle James forbids respect to creatures; so that creatures are one common mass, and no distinction ; but the

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foolish suffer themselves to be, as we terin it, priest-ridden, and so both drop into the ditch, But we, according to our ministry, like claps of thunder, vehemently bleat the last trumpet. Arise, ye dead, and come to judgment. Your Re. verence will give due merit ; for as the hart pants after the fountains of living waters, so does cur zeal boil, hunger, and thirst after your conversion and spiritual health. Dear brother, at 5 to-morrow, if convenient. . At 10 o'clock in the morning Moses will attend the citation of Meffrs. Luther and Cal. vin; but humbly crayes they will permit his answering their intimidating interrogatories in the person of the Messiah. They claim their authority and mission from Him. Farewel. :

Enter Mofes, Luther and Calvin.

Mos. The debate of this day, according to your impetuous zeal, renders it neceflary, Gentlemen, to prove your embaffy at the tribunal of your Messiah, to which, no doubt, you will heartily concur,

Luth. &•Calv, We consider your condescenfion, in remitting us for trial of our embassy to the tribunal from whence our Meffiah issued as the highest mark of your wisdom and esteem, We, with the Protestant, Reformation, Catholic, Christian Church, beg to expedite and discuss our right, claim, and inheritance, as heirs apparent to the Holy Mount Sion, .

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Melfiab. Suppose me your Meffiah.

Luth. & Calv. We are ready to answer your interrogatories.

Mell. What is your religion ?

Lučk. A christian protestant, of the tribe of Luther.

Mell. Give an account why of this tribe?

Luib. I was baptized and brought up in this tribe.

Mell. What was your station of life and age ?

Luth. Forty years a preacher, my age seven, ty and four.

Mell. What were the chief points you inculcated ?

Luth. To avoid popery and obey the laws.
Mell. What charges lay you against popery?

Luth. Worshipping images, having seven Sacraments in lieu of two, Mass, Transubstan. tiation, and many superstitions of various kinds.

Mel. What images do popery worship? : Luth. Your image and Crucifixion, your Nativity, and many other parts of your life; the Virgin Mary, your Mother, the Apostles, and other disciples and martyrs. · Mef. What other charges ?

Luth, Preserving the communion and kneel. ing, praying, and carrying it to the sick, and disturbing the peace, and going with it in procession.

Mel. What other charges have you?

Luth, Praying to them they call saints, that are dead, and worshipping their bones, which they call relics, depofiting their dead carcases, wrapped in costly filks, in rich shrines, of gold

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and filver, ornamented with jewels and preci. ous stones, dressing in an expensive and vain manner churches, chapels, altars, bishops, priests, deacons, and in an extraordinary manner their pope, making him their idol, who we call Anti-Christ, and his church the Whore of Babylon, mentioned by St. John

Mej. Have you any farther charge?

Luth. Forbidding the marriage of priests and those that have vowed not to marry ; perfuading that virginity is the most perfect state. The priesthood pretending to forgive fins, teach, that those who die in a state of grace, without being very perfect, goes to a place of punishment for a time, which they call Purgaa tory, praying for those souls, and many other superstitions; so that for 1000 years before our great apoftle, who restored your church to its pristine state, all christendom, men, women, and children, were, with all mankind, damned, and buried in eternal torments,

Mel, And of what tribe are you?

Calv. One spiritual, a virgin, of the number of 144,000, who join in the new canticle of Sion, that no other can sing or understand, who follows the lamb whithersoever thou goest, known on earth by the title of the Calvinistical tribe for the time being,

Mel: What is your state and age ? . Calv. Fifty years an Elder of the Kirk, in age nearer seventy than fixty.

Mes. What are your teneis ? · Calv. Protestantism spiritualized, a lamb, and preacher to the fold of New Sion, offspring of Spiritual Jerusalem, who bringeth glad tidings of salvation, protesting against the tripple crown, built upon the ruins both of popery and Lutheranism, our gates are not shut by day, and we have no night, you being our light.

Mel. By whom were you enfranchised ? ,
Calv. By the spirit,

Mel. From what teacher are your tenets ? · Calv. Calvin, the Father of Allegory, .

Mell. He was first disciple to Luther, 1500 years after the new covenant was settled and established ?

Calw That is the date of our reformation.

Mef. What charges have you against my covenant, or Catholic Church? . Colv. The same that Luther has pronounced. .. Mejl. In this you both agree?

Calv. In this we are of one communion ; but to each other implacable, as the children of Efau and Jacob, types of Lutherans and Calvinists, or as Ishmaelites and Israelites. .: Mej. What proofs have you of the spiritual adulteries of my spouse?

Calv. Prophecies confirmed by facts,
Mef. At what time did the adultery com- :

mence ?

Calv, By the unanimous voice of all Pro. testantism, 300 years from your birth, .. Mel. The Nicene and Athanafian creeds were

set forth after the year 300, which protestants hold as scripture ? . .

Calv. Calvinists and many others excepted.
Mel. You do not acknowledge those creeds?

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