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vered of Christ. And according to the fame, lo, how St. Peter agreeth, writing by express words in his sirst Epistle: i Pei. n. Submit yourselves, and he fubjeel, faith he, unto kings, as unto the chies heads, and unto rulers, as unto them that are sent of him for the punishment of evil doers, and for tbc praise of them that do well; for so is the will of God. I need not to expound these words, they be so plain of themselves. St. Peter doth not fay, Submit yourselves unto me as supreme head of the church: neither faith he, Submit yourselves from time to time to my succeffors in Rome: but he faith, Submit yourselves unto your king, y-our supreme head, and unto thole that he appointeth in authority under him; for that you shall so shew your obedience, it is the will of God, God will that you be in subjection to your head and king. This is God's ordinance, God's commandment, and God's holy will, that the whole body of every realm, and all the members and parts of the iame, shall be fubject to their head, their king, and that (as St. i Pet. ii. Peter writeth) for the Lord's fake; and (as St. Paul writMau xxii for covscu'nce fa^ei an<l not for f ar only. Thus we learn by the word of God to yield to our king that is due to our king ; that is, honour, obedience, payments of Rom. mi. taxeS; customs, tributes, subsidies, love, and sear. Thus we know partly our bounden duties to common authority; now let us learn to accomplish the fame. And let us most instantly and heartily pray to God, the only author of all authority, for all them that be in authority, according as St. Paul willeth, writing thus to Timothy in his sirst i Tim. ii. Epistle: I exhort therefore, that, ahove all things, prayers, supplications, inter cesfions, and giving of thanks he done for atl men; for kings, and for all that he in authority, that ive .may live a quiet and a peaceable life, with all godliness and honejly: for that is good and acceptable, or allowable in tbc figbt of God our Saviour. Here St. Paul maketh an earnest and an especial exhortation, concerning giving of thanks and prayer for kings and rulers, faying, Above all things, as he might fay, in any wile principally and chiesly, let prayer he made for kings. Let us heartily thank God for his great and excellent benesit and providence concerning the state of kings. Let us pray for them, that they may have God's favour, and God's protection. Let us pray that they may ever in all things have God before their eyes. Let us pray that they may have wildom, strength, justice, clemency, and zeal to God's glory, to God's verity, to Christian fouls, and to the commonwealth. Lot us pray that they may rightly use their sword and
authority, for the maintenance and desence of the catholic faith contained in holy Scripture, an3 of their good and honest subjects, for the sear and punishment of the evil and vicious people. Let us pray that they may most faithfully follow the kings and captains in the Bible, David, Ezekias, Josias, and Moses, with such other. And let us pray for ourselves, that we may live godlily in holy and Christian converfation; so shall we have God on-pur side, and then let us not sear what man can do against us: so we shall live in true obedience, both to our most merciful King in heaven, and to our most Christian King on earth: lo shall we please God, and have the exceeding benesit, peace of conscience, rest and quietness here in this world, and after this lise we shall enjoy a better lise, rest, peace, and the everlasting bliss of heaven; which he.grant us all, that was obedient for us all, even to the death of the cross, Jesus Christ: to whom, with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, both now and ever. Amen,
Whoredom and UncJeanness.
A LTHOUGH there want not, good Christian people, great swarms of vices worthy to be rebuked, (unto such decay is true godliness and virtuous living now come:) yet above other vices, the outrageous seas of adultery, (or breaking of wedlock) whoredom, fornication, and uncleanness, have not only burst in, but also overslowed almost the whole world, unto the great dishonour of God, the exceeding infamy of the name of Christ, the notable decay of true religion, and the utter destruction of the public wealth; and that so abundantly, that, through the customable use thereof, this vice is grown unto such an height, that in a manner among many it is counted no sin at all, but rather a pastime, a dalliance, and but a touch of youth: not rebuked, but winked at; not punished, but laughed at. Wherefore it is neceffary at this present to treat of the sin of whoredom and fornication, declaring unto you • the greatness of this sin, and how odious, hateful, and Exod. xx. abominable it is, and hath alway been reputed before God and all good men, and how grievously it hath been punished both by the law of God, and the laws of divers princes. Again, to shew you certain remedies, whereby ye may (through the grace of God) eschew this most detestable sin of whoredom and fornication, and lead your lives in all honesty and cleanness, and that ye may perceive that fornication and whoredom are (in the sight of God) most abominable sins, ye shall call to remembrance this commandment of God, Thou shalt not commit adultery: by the which word adultery, although it be pro
perly understood of the unlawful commixtion or joining together of a married man with any woman beside his wise, or of a wise with any man beside her husband; yet thereby is signisied also all unlawful use of those parts, which be ordained for generation. And this one commandment (forbidding adultery) doth sufsiciently paint and set out before our eyes the greatness of this iin of whoredom, and manisestly declareth how greatly it oueht to be abhorred of all honest and faithful persons. And that none of us all shall think himself excepted from this commandment, whether he be old or young, married or unmarried, man or woman, hear what God the Father.faith by his most excellent Prophet Moles; There shall he woDeui.xsiii. where among the daughters of Israel, nor no whoremufiger among the Jons of Israel.
Here is whoredom, fornication, and all other uncleanness forbidden to all kinds of people, all degrees, and all ages without exception. And that we shall not doubt, but that this precept or commandment pertaineth to us indeed, hear what Christ (the persect teacher of all truth) faith in the New Testament: Ye have heard, faith Christ,Mau.v. that it was said to them of old time, Thou /halt not commit adultery: but I fay unto you, Whosoever jeetb a woman, to have his lujl of her, ha/h committed adultery ninth her already in bis heart. Here our Saviour Christ doth not only consirm and establish the law against adulterv, given in the Old Testament of God the Father by his servant Moles, and make it of full strength, continually to remain among the proseffors of his name in the new law: but he also (condemning the gross interpretation of the Scribes and Pharisees, which taught that the forefaid commandment only required to abstain from the outward adultery, and not from the silthy desires and impure lusts,) teacheth us an exact and full persection of purity and cleanness of lise, both to keep our bodies undesiled, and our hearts pure and free from all evil thoughts, carnal desires, and sleshly consents. How can we then be free from this commandment, where so great charge is laid upon us? May a servant do what he will in any thing, having commandment of his master to the contrary? Is not Christ our master? Are not we his servants? How then may we neglect our master's will and pleafure, and follow our own will and fantasy? Ye arc my friends, faith Christ, if you keep thofe John itthings that I command you.
Now hath Christ our roaster commanded us, that we should forfake all uncleannefs and silthiness both in body
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and spirit: this therefore must we do, if we look to please
Mau. xv. God. In the Gospel of St. Matthew we read, that the Scribes and Pharisees were grievously offended with Christ, because his disciples did not keep the traditions of the forefathers, for they washed not their hands when they went to dinner or supper. And, among other things, Christ answered and faid, Hear and understand; Not that thing ivbicb cntereth into the mouth defiletb the man, but that ivbicb ccmeth out of the mouth defiletb the man. For those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the
Mau. xv. heart, and they desile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, breaking of wedlock, whoredom, tbests, false witness, blasphemies : these are the things which defile a mari. Here may we see, that not only murder, theft, false witness, and blasphemy desile men, but also evil thoughts, breaking of wedlock, fornication, and whoredom. Who is now of so little wit, that he will esteem whoredom and fornication to be things of small importance, and of no weight before God? Christ (who is the truth, and cannot
Mark vii. lie) faith, that ivil thoughts, breaking of wedlock, whoredom, and fornication defile a man; that is to fay, corrupt
Tiius i. both the body and soul of man, and make them of the temples of the Holy Ghost, the filtby dunghill, or dungeon of all unclean spirits; of the house of God, the dwelling-place of Satan.
John viii. Again, in the Golpel of St. John, when the woman taken in adultery was brought unto Christ, faid not he unto her, Go tby way, and fin no more? Doth not he here
Rom. vi. call whoredom sin? And what is the reward of fin, but everlajling death? If whoredom be sin, then it is not law
i John iii. ftj for us t0 COmmit it; for St. John faith, He that com
joim viii. mitteth fin is of the Devil. And our Saviour faith, Every one that committeth fin is the servant of fin. If whoredom had not been sin, surely St. John Baptist would never have rebuked King Herod for taking his brother's wise: but
Mark vi. he told him plainly, that it was not lawful for him to take his brother's wife. He winked not at the whoredom of Herod, although he were a king of power; but boldly reproved him tor his wicked and abominable living, although for the fame he lost his head. But he would rather suffer death (than see God so dishonoured, by the breaking of his holy precept and commandment) than to fuffer whoredom to be unrebuked, even in a king. 'If whoredom had been but a pastime, a dalliance, and not to be paffed of, (as many count it now-a-days) truly John had been more than twice mad, if he would have had the