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all who do not believe this unfcriptural Creed fhall perish eternally, who then can be faved? for never a fon of Adam was able to believe it. Jefus Chrift himself could not believe it; for it is not true, and he could not be lieve a falfehood. It is a burden, my Lords-it is a grievous burden, and it is unreasonable for you to bind it upon any perfons. I would not with the Devil to have fuch a burden. I wish it had only been nonsense; for then we might have laughed at it; but it is fit to fpoil any man's mirth to hear the Clergy curfe fo heartily, and all the people fay Amen. Blefs and curfe not, is the true maxim ;it is a glorious maxim,-a God-like maxim. The other is devilifh-like, wicked, and abominable, Pray remove this burden altogether; touching it with your finger will not do; it will burn you, it will fet all your lawn fleeves in a flame, if you come near it.Noli me tangere
tangere is its motto.--Read, and take warning before it is too late, left what came upon the Jewish Priests come upon you, which God of his infinite mercy prevent. Amen.
MATTHEW, Ch. xxiii. ver. 4.
For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's fhoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
NE of their fingers would be in
fufficient to move them; the whole ftrength of their bodies would not be able to move the burdens they have laid upon others. I heartily wish, and fo will every honeft man, that the race of the Pharifees had never survived the deftruction of Jerufalem, but had been confumed in the Temple, when
the Roman foldiers fet it on fire. The world had been well cleared of a race of Vermin, which fince have not only devoured widows' houses, but have preyed on every house and cottage in the world, wherever they have had power. They have infefted the world almost in all quarters, and have changed themselves into every fhape. They have affumed the shape of Bifhops, Patriarchs, Metropolitans, Cardinals, and Popes, and will turn any thing to ferve their own ends, and purposes.--The Almighty feems to have fent them as a fcourge to punish all nations who have not valued thofe liberties and privileges which he hath bestowed upon them.
The perfons spoken of here were an amphibious kind of creatures, partly Laymen and partly Clergymen; they were fomething like what you would call a Rector or Vicar made Justice of
the Peace, or a Bishop made a Baron;they belonged to both states, that they might devour the profits of both. They had a fort of double authority; Priests, they could fhut men out of the Kingdom of Heaven, and as Lawyers and Civil Officers, they could banish them from this World. It was dangerpus to difoblige them; for if any one happened to offend them, and fell under their curfes, they had no privilege in things civil, They were like men excommunicated in the Bishops' Courts, who cannot fue for their civil Rights till their Lordships loose their sentence. They had the whole Credenda of the nation under their controul, and no man durft pretend to believe a single sentence without their good Licence, They had the fole power of all the Sy nagogues in the kingdom; and could likewife licence Gin-fhops. They were a ftrange fort of beings-they were exceedingly like to English Bishops.