that brought unworthy ones into the Sanctuary(a); then as it was
unlawfull to be done by the Priests, so it is as unlawfull to
be done by Civill magistrates. Those whom the church is to
cast out if they were in(b), those the magistrates ought
not to thrust into the church, nor to hold them therein.
(a) Ezek.44.7,9. (b) math.18.17. 1 Cor.5.4,5.
As it is unlawfull for church officers to meddle wth the
sword of the magistrates, so it is unlawfull for the Ma=
gistrate to meddle wth the work proper to church=officers.
The acts of moses and david who were not onely
princes but great prophets, were extraordinary, therefore
not imitable. Agt such usurpacion the Lord witnessed by
smiting Uzziah wth leprosie, for presuming to offer Incense
It is the duty of the magistrate to take care of matters
of Religion, and to improove his Civill Authority for the
observing of the dutyes commanded in the first, as well as
the observing of the dutyes commanded in the second Table.
They are called Gods(a). The end of their office is not only
the quiet and peacable life of the subject in matters of
righteousnesse and honesty, but also in matters of godlinesse
yea of all godlinesse(b): Moses, Joshua, david, Salomon,
Asa, Jehosaphat, Hezekah & Josiah are much commended by the
Holy gh: for putting forth there Authority & power in
matters of Religion. On ye contrary, such Kings as have
bene fayling this way, are frequently tryed & reprooved by
ye Lord(c). And not only the Kings of Judah, but also Job(d),
Nehemiah(e), the King of Nineveh(f) darius(g), Artaxerxes(h)
and Nebuchadnezzar(i), whom none looke at as types of
cht, (though were it so, here were no place for any such
objeccion) are commended in ye book of God for exercising
their Authority this way. (a) psal.82.1.6. (b) 1 Tim.2.2. (c) 1 King.15.14
& 22.43 & 2 Kin 12.3. & 14.4 & 15.35 1 King.20.43. (d) Job.29.25&