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Q. 139. What is the use and authority of the creed? And is

it of the apostles' framing or not? And is it the Word of

God or not? • • . . . 528

Q 140. What is the use of catechisms? . ,. 5.Jo

Q. 141. Could any of us have known by the Scriptures alone

the essentials of religion from the rest, if tradition had not

given them to us in the creed as from apostolical collection? ibid. Q. 142. What is the best method of a true catechism or sum

of theology? * ,.,.,.,,... 531

Q. 143. What is the use of various church-confessions or ar-

ticles of faith? ibid. Q. 144. May not the subscribing of the whole Scriptures

serve turn for all the aforesaid ends without creeds,

catechisms, or confessions? ••-. 532

Q. 145. May a man be saved that believeth all the essentials

of religion as coming to him by verbal tradition, and not as

contained in the Holy Scriptures, which perhaps he never

knew ? • i •••* 533

Q. 146. Is the Scripture fit for all Christians to read, being so obscure? 534 Q. 147. How far is tradition and men's words and ministry to be used or trusted in, in the exercise of faith? 536 Q. 148. How know we the true canon of Scripture from

Apocrypha? < »• 537

Q. 149. Is the public reading of the Scripture the proper work

of the minister; or may a layman ordinarily do it, or

another officer? »• ibid.

Q. 150. Is it lawful to read the Apocrypha, or any good books

besides the Scriptures to the church; as homilies? &c. . 538 Q. 151. May church-assemblies be held, where there is no

minister; or what public worship may be so performed by

laymen, (as among infidels or papists where persecution hath

killed, imprisoned, or expelled the ministry)? ft.. 539

Q. 152. Is it lawful to subscribe or profess full assent and

consent to any religious books besides the Scriptures,

seeing all men are fallible? • 540

Q 153. May we lawfully swear obedience in all things lawful

and honest, either to usurpers, or to our lawful pastors? . 541

Q. 154. Must all ourpreaching be upon some text of Scripture? 544 Q. 155. Is not the law of Moses abrogated; and the whole

Old Testament out of date, and therefore not to be read

publicly and preached?; ibid.

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Q. 156. Must we believe that Moses's law did ever bind

other nations, or that any other parts of the Scripture bound

them or belonged to them; or that the Jews were all God's visible church on earth ?.-• 546

Q. 157. Must we think accordingly of the Christian churches now, that they are only advanced above the rest of the world as the Jews were, but not the only people that are saved? 548

Q. 158. Should not Christians take up with Scripture wisdom

only, without studying philosophy, or other heathens' hu-

naanlearning? - •• •• 552

Q. 159. If we think that Scripture and the law of nature are

in any point contradictory to each other, which must be

.the standard by which the other must be tried > , 554

Q. 160. May we not look that God should yet give us more

revelations of his will, than there are already made in

Scripture r 555

Q. 161. Is not a third rule of the Holy Ghost, or more per-

fect kingdom of love to be expected, as different from the reign of the Creator and Redeemer?' 556

Q. 162. May we not look for miracles hereafter? 558 Q. 163. Is the Scripture to be tried by the Spirit, or the

Spirit by the Scripture? and which of them is to be pre-

ferred? ibid. Q. 164. How is a pretended prophet or revelation to be tried? 560

Q. 165. May one be saved who believeth that the Scripture hath any mistake or errors, and believeth it not all? 561 Q. 166. Who be they that give too little to the Scriptures, and

who too much; and what is the danger of each extreme? ibid.

Q. 167. How far do good men now preach and pray by the

Spirit? 565

Q. 168. Are not our own reasons, studies, memory, strivings,

books, forms, methods, and ministry needless; yea, a

hurtful quenching or preventing of the Spirit, and setting up our own instead of the Spirit's operations? 567 Q. 169. How doth the Holy Ghost set bishops over the

churches > 568

Q. 170. Are temples, fonts, utensils, church-lands, much

more the ministry, holy; and what reverence is due to

them as holy? 569

Q. 171. What is sacrilege, and what not? 571

Q. 172. Are all religious private meetings, forbidden by

rulers, unlawful conventicles, or are any such necessary? 572

CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY

OB, A SUM OF

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY,

CASES OF CONSCIENCE.

DIRECTING CHRISTIANS, HOW TO USE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND

FAITH; HOW TO IMPROVE ALL HELPS AND MEANS, AND TO

PERFORM ALL DUTIES; HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS,

AND TO ESCAPE OR MORTIFY EVERY SIN.

IN FOUR PARTS.

I. CHRISTIAN ETHICS, (OR PRIVATE DUTIES.)

II. CHRISTIAN ECONOMICS, (OR FAMILY DUTIES.)

III. CHRISTIAN ECCLESIASTICS, (OR CHURCH DUTIES.)

IV. CHRISTIAN POLITICS, (OR DUTIES TO OUR RULERS AND NEIGHBOURS.)

PART III.

CHRISTIAN ECCLESIASTICS, (ORCHURCH DUTIES.)

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