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Against the Errors of the present Church of Rome, in Rej
lation to the Sacraments, wherein her darling Doctrine of
Shews the just Causes of Protestants separating from the
prefent Church of Rome, and their Reasons for perfor
S T has been a Complaint, even from the
Times of the Patriarchs and Prophets, and confirmed by the Writings ard Teftimon es
of every Age, that Truth has met with: 71643m many Enemies and Slanderers, because Me was not known. - At the first opening of the Gospel by our Lord himself, the Jews try'd various. Methods to hinder the Success of his Preaching. They first derid d bim as a Man of no Family, or Fortune, as one whose Education and Circumftanc s could promise little. And when these were found insufficient, and He yer was con-. tefied to “ Speak as never Man ipake;" They then ac-, cused Him of Immorality, of being A Friend to Pub« licans and Sinners;” and at the last they wint fo. high, as even to brand Hiin wich Blasphemny and impiety it felf.
The Men of God who first embrac'd the Truth of the Gospel, and were contenced to be called Christians, every where met with the like Adverfaries, there bc-. ing no other Way of afrightning the People from elbracing the Truth, and following the Son of God; but: by disfiguring Him and His Followers to the Muliiude. But this did not weaken the Force of their Divine Pre-cepts. On the contrary, such Influence had they, cn the:
Unity of the Christian Church. She alledged that they neither has any Regard to the Worship of God, nor any Christian Discipline among them. In short, she influenced the Multitude to believe, that a Man could not profess himself a Protestant without being tainted with all sorts of Errors and Crimes. But the Reformation was too necessary, plain, and just not to find Numbers of good People dispos'd to embrace it. They who had long groan'd under the intolerable Yoke of the Superftitions and Tyrannies of the Church of Rome, were rejoiced to receive the pure Light of the Gospel, and those who preach'd it with such forcible Evidence against her Corruptions, as well in Points of Doctrine and Worthip, as Manners and Discipline. So that without any Worldly Aid, it has not oniy spread itself into many Countries, but is the established Religion of many Kingdoms in a very few Years Time. This happy Reformation has proved, that the Churches in those Days, and doch tellus, and will inform our Pofterity, that in every Kingdom, State and Principality, which hath thus renounced the Superstition and Antichristian Religion of the present Church of Rome, and embraced the pure Gospel of Christ, the Primitive and Apoftolical Days of the Church are again in great Meafure restored.
The better therefore to convince our malicious Adversaries that they ought not to persist in their Calumnies, and to prevent the bad Influence they may pollibly have on some weak Minds of our own Coininunion, we shall vindicate the Protestant Religion from all the Aspersions that the Enemies of the Reformation wou'd fix upon: it, by clearly shewing, that in our Separation from the present Church of Rome, we have acted without Regard to any other interelt than our Duty towards God; that what we reject, the Gospel of Christ rejects, or never approved of, and that we only chuse to adhere to the Faith and Practice of Christ and his Apostles, and of the true Primitive Christians, rather than to continue in thore wicked and pernicious Errors, which we charge them with, and thall directly proye upon them,