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Priests and;Religious persons, might well be called
, which God. hath
. in diftin&tion of meats. And to translate it
I. Aow the Spirit saish expresly, that in the latter
Text of St,
men whose consciences are seared with a hot 'iron.
III. Forbidding to marry , commanding to abftain from meats, which God harb' created to be recei. ved with thanksgiving by the faithful, and by them who know the truth.
Those that understand Greek and the rules of Grammer, will easily see, that the words cannot be otherwise translated. For the Greek pronoun fome, and the participle giving up themselves to, cannot be construed with lyars and forbidding; seeing the pronoun fome , is in the nominative case, as they call it, and the other words are in that which they call the Genitiue. So that it must not be translated, fome giving up, themselves and teaching lies. But lyars and forbidding must be construed with these words through the hypocrisy, and be rendred through the bypocrisy, or through the fiction of lyars. For the proposition that fignifies [ing] signifies also by or through. And our (French) Interpreters have so translated it, teaching lies through bypocrify.But instead of teaching lies it should be tranílated, through the bypocrisy of those that teach lies, or lyars. This Text thus rectified by a right translation, presents two things to us,the first is the Antichristian Apostacy and its Characters; the second is the fountain of this Apoftacy, the men that must cause and promote it. The first is the apostacy from the faith, togive up themselves to seCucing spirits and the doctrine of Devils or Den mons; the second is the
hypocritical Authors of the Law of celibacy, and of abstinence from meats. Let us examine whether these two things do well agree to the Papilm
That the term of A poftaey , is not too big to
express the Papifm by: that Apostacy fignifies
pire that appears in this place is apostacy: fome shall revolt from the faith.
'Tis exactly the very famé word, which Saint Paul uses in the second Chap: of the second Epistle to the Thessalonians, where by the confession of all, he describes the coming of the Antichristian Empire. That day shall not come , except there come a falling away, or an apostacy first, and that man of fin, the son of perdition gbe revealed. This The Idea term of apostacy at this day begets a dreadful Idea word Apoin mens minds. 'Tis used to lignify an entire re- fteary interne nunciation of the faith. Especially when'tisjoin-mind. ed with the word faith, as it is here, They shall. fall into an apostacy from the faith; it seems to fignify as much, ie an utter renunciation of the Christian faith. Now the Papism makes great use of that, and pretends to prove it cannot be called an apostacy, and a renunciation of the Chriftian faith, because it retains that entire, receiving, the Apostles Creed, the Nicene, and Athanafius's, in the sense of the Scripture, and of the Church. Before we thew, that this makes nothing a
The word gainst our hypothesis ; I will observe one thing, which lig. which I have not found any as yet have sufficiently nifics An-confirm’d. 'Tis this, that the term of apostacy, shews he which signifies the Empire of Antichrist, evidentmust not be a Jew.
ly shews, that the Antichrist of the Romish Dee &tors, is a meer Chimara. According to them, he must be a few that must style himlelf the Me fiab, assemble all the fews at Jerusalem make war on the Chrifiians, and destroy Christianity. If he be a few by nation and religion, he will not be an Apoftate. For accordiug to the Scripture usage of the word and that of the languages at this day, none are called Apostates, but those that abandon the true religion to embrace a false one. So that see here is a new proof, that Anticbriftianifm muft establish it felfin Chriftiani
and the Subjects and Prince of this Empire, must be Apoftates from the Chriftian religion, which cannot agree to the Jews. We must not: say, thạt this Empire of Artichriß is called an apostacy, because it will cause the Christians to revolt, and make them Apoftates: For it is plain, that the head of this Empire must himself be an Apoftate. That day shall not come, except there be first a falling away , or an apoflacy, and the inan of sin the son of perdition be revealed. One may plainly see, that this signifies, before the
apoRacy of the man of sin happens.
At the present to make appear, that the revolt of the Par of the Papism from the faith is very justly Ityled the faith is an apoftacy , divers things must be observ'd. very well And firft, That this word in its original, doth not expoftacy
. fignify all that, that men at this day would signi
fyi-by it. : The verb: whence this word is derived, signifies no more than to depart from any person or thing. They that understand Greek, cannot be ignorant pf that.
So Apostacyoriginally signifies a departure ; 'tis to depart from the obedience which is due to any one. "'Tis to refuse him, either the whole, or a part of that homage, that is due to him.' "Tis not without a great mystery of Providence, that such extravagant Ideas, and such as are not according to the intențion of the H. Spirit, should be affixed to the names designed to signify the Antichriftian Empire and its head. For example, the man of fin; the son of perdition, the Bealt with feu-n heads full of blafphemies , the great Whore, the Cup of abamination , Antichrift. Excessive Ideas, I lay have been affixed to these names, as if hereby it were signified, that the person and the Empire, designed by these names , fhould have nothing of the Christian ; yea, nothing of humane in it, and that they should be prodigies of impiety, madness, blasphemy and impurity. The same thing hath happend in the term ApoAacy, to which hath been affixed the idea of an utter renunciation of the faith. And this hath not come to pass without a singular Providence of God, who would not have Antichrift to be known, to the end that during his birth and establishment no man might oppose him.
Our second Observation is, that the word apostacy in the Scripture use of it, answers to the Hebrew word mered rebellion, and marad to the word rebel. 'Tis very usual with the 70. Interpreters, properly to render these Hebrew words by those of, to fignifics aposiatize and apostracy, whether it be rebellion against God, or rebellion against men that is treated of. The Reubenites and Gadites, returning home, after they had affifted their Brethren , to settle themselves on the other Gide of Jordan, built an Altar on the bank of the river. The other Tribes