A Collection of Scarce and Valuable Tracts; on the Most Interesting and Entertaining Subjects: But Chiefly Such As Relate to the History and Constitut

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...have the same shape, taste, and vertue. For example, disobedience, resistance of authority, sedition, and rebellion, are, by the law of God, and by the law of nature, agreed, both by Christians and heathens, to be evill fruits: but these men (and jesuites) tell us, that resisting authority, and raising force against it, thereby to worke the good and safety of the church ofGod, though done by subjects, is no resistance, no rebellion, no sinne. The fruit has lost his own nature, which in itselfe was nought, and takesa new nature of goodnes, because it was tually ensnaring and wounding the consciences of private men, and with continuall disturbance and divisions threatning the ruine of the state, ) doe follow the admitting of this one opinion; that when other remedies faile, subjects, in case of necessity, may leavy armes, and defend their lawes, liberties, and religion, against the oppressors of them. For what shall be sufiicient necessity? and who shall be judge of it? what way, and how farr may subjects so proceed? who shall commaund? Szc. But it is impossible to set forth all the branchings and consequents of errours, or the confusions that follows upon them. We might also remember what dangerous straines and snares these opinions are to those that have taken expresse oaths of obedience and allegiance; but we hope that this shall be hint enough to stirr men up to take heed how they entertain such opinions; and if already they have been led away with them, they make a more advised examination of the matter, and, like good Christians, be content (whatsoever censure fall upon their actions past, or whatsoever diminution upon their present esteeme, ) they will yet submit, that Gods truth may not be corrupted, nor his holinesse blasphemed, but.

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