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

2 Chron.26.16-23.


  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&