The Mystery of Iniquity Unvailed: In a Discourse, Wherein is Held Forth the Opposition of the Doctrine, Worship, and Practices of the Roman Church, to the Nature, Designs, and Characters of the Christian Faith

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W. Godbid, and are to be sold by M. Pitt, 1673 - 161 pages

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Page 29 - God, nor were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened ; and they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Page 7 - ... of sinners to God is the proper character of the Christian religion; which holds forth to us how the eternal Word was made man, and endured unspeakable sufferings for the sins of men, even to the death of the cross ; and was raised up by God, and carried to heaven, where he is vested with all power and authority; and by the merits of his death hath a right to grant pardon, give grace, and confer eternal life on all that believe on him ; by whom God conveys all things to us, and through whom we...
Page 23 - God wasprefent ; fo that they might have pleaded, it was the Great and True God they adored, believing him there prefent, as their Fathers had formerly believed. But he were very gentle to Idolaters, who upon fuch a Plea would clear them of that Crime. What then is to be faid of that Church, that holds it the greateft piece of her Religion, to adore the Bread with the fame devotion they would pay to Chrift, were he vifibly prefent; who call the Bread God, carry it about in Proceflions, and worfhip...
Page 7 - ... him ; by whom God conveys all things to us, and through whom we are to offer up all our worship to God, he being the mediator betwixt God and man. The third head of the Christian religion, is to teach the perfectest, clearest, and most divine rules, for advancing of the souls of men to the highest perfection of their natures It is true, noble pieces of morality were acknowledged and taught by the heathen philosophers ; and the books of the Old Testament have the doctrine of virtue, purity, humility,...
Page 23 - ... the cross is likewise an adoring of God under a symbol and representation. And thus we have seen the parallel of Rome-Heathen and Rome-Christian runs but too just. But the next kind of the heathens' idolatry was their worshipping of others beside God ; whom they held of two ranks: some that were so pure that they never dwelt in bodies ; others they judged to be the souls of deceased men, after their death acknowledged and honoured with Divine honour. And this kind of idolatry was first begun...
Page 154 - ... in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us. in great humility. As he came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and hath left us an example to do unto others as he hath done unto us, so may we learn to take his yoke upon us, and to learn of him, who was meek and lowly in heart, that we may find rest unto our souls.
Page 4 - ... received into the world, we may, with the least hazard of uncharitableness, pronounce it to be Antichristianism ; and if it be acted or animated by any head, he may be concluded Antichrist. The designs of the Christian religion run betwixt these four heads : The first is, to give us right apprehensions of the nature and attributes of God, that we may conceive aright of him, and adore him suitably to his nature and according...
Page 106 - ... as ever sprung from hell ; for all the cruelty of the heathen persecutors cannot match the practices of that whore that hath been so often drunk with the blood of saints, and of the martyrs of Jesus. What enraged cruelty appeared against the poor Waldenses for the separating from their corruptions? How many of all sexes and ages were cruelly butchered down by the procurement of the rulers of that Church ? and because the Albigenses lived under the protection of princes that favoured them, how...
Page 92 - I tell what a value they let on outward a&ions of piety, the chief of thefe being the enriching of Churches , and Abbies . and how thefe were commended to the World as the fure means of attaining Eternal life. Shall I add to this , the vifible and grofs fecularity and grandeur , in which the Head , and other Prelates of that Church do live...
Page 106 - But by that cruel tenet of theirs, they breed up all their children in the greatest uncharitableness imaginable, condemning all who cannot believe their strange doctrines, or concur in their unhallowed worship. Thus they are the schismatics who have departed from the true Church, and who force from their communion all who adhere to it. But this cruelty rests not in uncharitable censures, but hath extended itself to as much bloody and barbarous rage as ever sprung from hell ; for all the cruelty of...

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