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draw the foul from her allegiance and duty to her God, is the image or strange God forbidden by the second commandment, as Aaron's calf, bell and dragon, and all heathen gods, or idols, in honour of false religion and dishonour of the true God and his holy religion. We see when : the children of Israel, with Aaron, made the golden calf, it was in imitation of Memphis, the god of Egypt, to lead them back to Egypt, in opposition to the Almighty God. We find by the histories of all nations, throughout all ages, that their different religions were in setting up idols of various animals, with the hosts of heaven, sun, moon, and stars, &c. putting their trust and making the creatures their gods in opposition of the true God; but to charge the tabernacle, the brazen serpent and Solomon's temple, that was crouded with images, with the odious appellation of idolatrous, would be the height of blafphemy and absurdity, equally so the christian covenant of the faith once delivered to the saints, has continued the same, according to our Lord's promise, that the Holy Ghost should teach his church all truth and would himself remain with her to the end of the world. We assure you, we have received more solid instructions in fix hours, in our four conferences, from a Jew Rabbi in the rudiments of christianity than we had in fixty years from our christian brethren.
Mof. Although it cannot be supposed a person of my character would mix or interfere in your disputes, yet, when called upon to evidence the truth, I shall and will, at all times, F 3
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declare my sentiments in the most plain terms, according to facts. Touching what is advanced, in relation to our images, your great apottle and divine, Paul, agrées with me, that they no way derogate or come within the censure of the second Commandnient, against other gods, or heathen idols, or images, Paul to the Hebrews, chap. ix. says, of our covenant. The former, indeed, had also justifications of divine service and a worldly sanctuary; for - there was a tabernacle where the candlestics:
and the table, and the setting forth of loaves, which is called the Holy. And, after the second Veil, the tabernacle, which is called the Holy of Holies, having the golden censor and ark of the covenant covered over with gold, in which was the Golden Pot that had Manna, and the Rod of Aaron that blossomed, and the tables of the covenant, and over it were the images of angels overshadowing the propitiatory. In the first, the priests acconiplished the offices of sacrifices; but in the second, the High-Priest alone, once a year, not without blood, which he offered for his own and the peoples ignorances; and this was done according to the express injunction of Almighty God, as Paul obferves in the chapter before. · To finish the whole, according to the pattern shewn to Mofes on the mount, as to the Brazen Image of the Serpent, which Moses lifted up on a pole, as Almighty God commanded him, to restore health to those that were bit by poisoned serpents; the effect proved the authenticity of the miracle ; your Messiah mentions this as a
type of himself, signifying that if he died on the Cross, he would draw all things to himself. Protestants in all ages endeavoured to oppose the fulfilling of this promise, by separating from the christian church, and for excufe charge her with crimes the explodes, to decoy souls to their schisın,and brand her with crimes themselves are guilty of. Our temple, as we before took notice, seemed on common mass of images of various kinds; all this was revealed to David, as he declared, when he gave his son Solomon the pattern to exécute. This was confirmed by God himself, when the whole was finified. Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt-offering and facrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house, the priests could not enter, because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord's house ; and when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of God upon the house, they bowed themselves, with their faces to the ground, upon the pavement, and worIhipped and prailed the Lord, saying, for he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever. And the Lord appeared to Solomon, and said unto him, I have chofen this place to myself for a house of facrifice, nous ny eyes, shall be open, and my ears attend to the prayer that is made in this place, You are at: length convinced that the images placed in the tabernacle and the temple, also the serpent, were by the express commandment of Almighty God. If you will convince me that Jesus is the Messiah, I will then answer,
upon the lelves, with upon to not only for myself, but for the whole Jewish race, that the christian covenant established and founded by him, with every part of its worship, are sanctified, actuated and perpetuated by Almighty God, from the day of its eftablishment until the consummation of the world.And this by the concordance of both scriptures and perpetual uniformity of the fathers and general councils of cue christian church, from their first establishment to the present age. We Thould have thought it a great victory could we at any time have proved her mission fallible, or subject to error, could this charge at any time been proved, her author, head, and Messiah, must of course merit the ignominious death he was condemned to, and free' us from the infamy we have laboured under, for consenting to his death. · Protestants, in every age, have formed themselves into the most cunning and artful shapes possible for the mind of man to invent, and, with the infidels and mahometans, given us every help and aslistance in their power, to accomplish this destruction; but his therto all has ended abortive, and entailed much shame and disgrace of themselves, yer we do not despond, but will continue to keep every engine in action to obtain this great end.
Luth. & Calv. All men and societies are fala lible. iii.... i is ; Sifren
Mof. Infallibility is an inherent quality of the divinity or Godhead; from him we claim
our infallibility and mission.'j piti i : Luth. & Calu. You are men as we are, there. fore fallible,
Mof: You grant God infallibility, whichi you confound by your infidelity, in denying our covenant infallibility. · Lutb. & Caly. If you mean your religion being instituted and commanded by Almighty God, we must class ourselves with heathens and publicans, to object or gainsay ; but if yo'l understand, as the Roman Catholics do, that your priests or others are infallible, we mean to withstand you."
Mof. What your conceive of infallibility would be a synagogue of Satan, and, as I told you, prove this against the covenant of Christ, and assure yourselves there is not a Jew but will embrace and give you his fatted calf. , · Luth. & Calv. It is įpfallible, that the popo is Anti-Chrift, who has placed himself in the chair of Christ, and claims infallibility, which is due to none buti Christ, dealing out and pretending to grant infallibility to his whole priesthood, affuming a power unheard 'before, in calling what they term general councils to dei cide and determine on matters of faith, and thunder' out excommunications against those who, for conscience fake, prove hardy and rusty, as Luther and many in the different ages of the church, who found themselves compelled to separate and form new faiths, which these intruders stigmatize with odious characters of schismatics and heretics; and with great infolence (opposite to the meekness and spirit of Christ) conclude their decisions of councils with this blasphemy. It hath feenied good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, which is making