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purity of spirit. How sweet are the gospels of peace that bringeth good tidings, O Sion !
Mos. You talk much, but prove nothing: what proofs do you produce to authenticate Luther's million and power to excommunicate diffenters and others ?
Luth. The scriptures and creeds granted full and ample authority. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of bell pall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of beaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth mall be loofed in heaven, and whatsoever you shall bind on earth; ball be bound also in beaven. This is the plenitude of power positive without restriction. This, you observe, was given fingly to Peter, that unity might be preserved, without which all must terminate in anarchy and confusion; and that the other apostles and associates might be partners under due subordination in the great work of salvation, they have the like spiritual arın's imparted to them with obedience to their head. After our Lord's resurrection he grants the forgiveness of fins to them and to the priesthood. Whose fins you forgive, they are forgiven ; and whose fins you will not forgive, shall not be forgiven. The scripture above quoted clear's two points, quoted, denied by the Calvinist. The primacy of Luther and full power to excommunicate all diffenters, and power to the priesthood to forgive fins; both which the Lutherans hold as an article of faith, and the Calvinists deny, plain scripture, and that there
- may may be no deficiency in the perpetuity of these promises, both your's and our scriptures confirm. Daniel I saw in the night visions, and behold one, like the Son of Man, came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him, and there was given him dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom which shall not be destroyed. I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may ábide with you for ever. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying, all power is given to me in beaven, and on earth. Go you therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and behold I am with you all days, even to the end of the world. Many other scriptures prove the unity and perpetuity of the new covenant or church of Christ. The creeds are equally full and explicit. I believe in the holy catholic church, the forgiveness of fins, and the communion of saints.
I believe one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. · Whosoever will be saved, it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith, 'which faith, unless he keep whole and undefiled, without doubt, he shall perish everlastingly.
And all that believed were together, and the Lord added daily to their society such as Mould be saved, Acts ii.
Calv. Calv. And the Lord thy God Mall raise you up a propbet like one of your brethren, him mall you. bear and obey, and it all come to pass, that every soul that will not bear that prophet to do whatsoever be commandeth them, hall be cut off from the people; and many other texts. But what has Luther to do with these scriptures? they are the promises to Jesus Christ and his church; so that it is clear, when a man would sit in the chair of state, which he is not intitled to, bow does he perplex and bewilder himself in a maze and labyrinth of absurdities, and the most laughable conceits and contradictions ? This is the case before us. Luther has no other means to confirm him in his arrogance and assumed authority of excommunicating and branding all who find it adviseable to separate from his communion, with the odious names of schisma. tics and heretics, but by taking to himself the scriptures, which interest is promised to Christ and his church. Christ instituted Peter his vicar, and established him chief of the new covenant. Luther, like Cæsar, could not content himself with an equal, turns out Peter and seats himself in Peter's chair, in order to shew his power and arrogance, and deal out excom. munications as to him feems meet, against men far more fpiritual in the work of the ministry, and better calculated for the chief feat or chair of Peter. For, as the old christianity forfeited their recognizances, “it was proper that their vacant seats should have been bequeathed by the general voice of the congregation to men Endowed with the spirit. Such voice would
have placed Calvin in Peter's chair, to the general edification of the church.
Mof. Hah, hah, hah, hah, hah.--' · Luib. Your folly appears even in the contracted face of old Moles.
Calv. It is your fhuffling, Luther, into Per ter's chair and claiming the power which is promised the Messiah. · Mof. Your Pandemnonium rivals, if possible, your original; and you two, Punch and Har. lequin, are the most laughable figures, both in shape and strange conceits and contradictonss that the earth ever produced, I am persuaded neither believes, the least of all the incoherent story you have been labouring at but to fatten and fill your carcases, who are like a couple of fat swine, at the cost of your blind and de, luded parishoners.
Luth. « Calv. You consider us as mal-contents, restless hypocrites, and without good morals, and sound principles, crafty, biassing the ignorant, and plunging them into every vice and diabolical iinpiety.
Mof. Your protesting against almighty God and his divine fcriptures marks your condemnation and reprobation.
Luth. & Calv. We have taken both fcrip. tures into our poffeflion, bequeathed us by our ancestors, and are resolved to be yaliant against all who dare gainsay us.
Mof. Your resolution is the reverse to your original ancestors, who quitted the religion of their ancestors, being Roman Catholics.
Calv. They were idolaters and image-wòrThippers.
Mf. What fay you, Luther? Your fociety and the church of England are not so squeamish.
You are from London • Luth. Similitudes originate either from love or hatred, and produce the like effects. This we know both by public and private occurrences. A man that has rendered his country great services is immortalized by the justice he demands, and esteem of his country, to perpetuate which his image is set up to be respected and transferred to future generations. England holds forth, in the Tower, her kings in armour on horseback; also, her kings in the Royal Exchange ; on St. Paul's, the Evangelist and many other holy images, with the Cross on the top; by this teftifying her obedience, gratitude, and esteem for her sovereigns and religion. Near the door or portico are the memorials of queen Anne (whose glorious wars are the boast of every British subject) surrounded with many other emblematical figures; the glorious queen Elizabeth, near Temple-Bar, reminding her country of her great feats and conquering powers. On St. Dunstan's church, juft by this great queen, are placed the image of that great faint, from whom the church bears the name,
Mof. Who was this St. Dunstan ? I never knew that the Reformation canonized. I am curious to know.
Luth. According to his life, he was a Roman Catholic, bishop of Canterbury, who died in