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A63012 Disloyalty of language questioned and censured, or, A sermon preached aginst the licencious loosenesse of seditious tongues by Rich. Towgood ... ; with a brief corollarie now added, questioning and censuring rebellious actions. Towgood, Richard, 1595?-1683. 1643 (1643) Wing T1976; ESTC R204856 20,207 68

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easily utter bitter and reproachfull speeches concerning his King the Lords annointed First then to apply it this may Lesson us of the Clergy not to bring such maledictions with us into the Pulpit such evill speeches concerning supream Authority neither directly nor indirectly A naughty person saith Salomon winketh with his eyes he speaketh with his feet he teacheth with his fingers Prov. 6.12 13. that is by very nods and signes he will make the bitternesse of his minde understood but much more powerfull are his words though they be but even indirect Glances Oh how many young Divines have we I will not say * Cicer. de senectute Prodierunt Oratores novi c. how many young Divines have we in these dayes that choose for the Pulpit such Theams and frame for their Auditory such lumniate the doings of a Prince 〈◊〉 De peccatis Principum apud plebem conqucri est seditionum Semina jacere saith * Wolph in 2 King 12.7 fol. 291. Tigur excus per Christoph Froschon Anno 1566. Wolphius a Learned Divine and Civilian both To complain unto the People of the Princes errours is nothing else but to sow the seeds of sedition And Melancthon that famous and Learned Divine that was so great an assistant unto Luther in the Reformation doth within the compasse of two or three pages in Octavo no lesse then three severall times speaking of the Magistrate declare his judgement in this behalf * Scholia Phil Melanct in Coloss cap. 2. propefinem extant Phil Mel Scholia in Epist ad Col●ss enarratio Epist ad Col. Non minim● part est honoris errata corum nostr● Patientia tegere sicut filii Noae majores natu tegebant Patrem It is n●● little part of honour saith he speaking of the honour due to Magistrates to cover their errour● by our Patience as the elder So●● of Noah did hide their Father● nakednesse and again a little after * Nihil est vulgarius quam de Magistratibus queri beneficia quae per illos accipimus nemo intelligit vitia omnes vident alius negligentiam alius saevitiam accusat quemadmodum calumniabatur Patrem Absolon ibid. Nihil est vulgarius quam de Magistratibus queri c. Nothing is more common then to complain of Magistrates the Benefits we receive by them no Man doth consider their vices all Men behold one Man accuseth their negligence another their cruelty even as Absolom did calumniate his Father At ejusmodi Querelas prohibet Scripturae cum Inquit Principi populi tui non maleledices But such complaints saith he the Scripture doth forbid when it saith thou shalt not curse the Ruler of thy People And yet again a little after neque vero est volunt as Dei ut criminatione aut seditionibus torum vitia emendentur It is not the will of God that either by crimination or sedition we should go about to amend their errours thus he And if this be a course universally unwarrantable how much lesse fit is it for Ministers and thereunto called So did Elij●● deal with Ahab 1 King 18 1● and 21 20. So did Azariah t●● Priest with King Vzziah it p●● taineth not to thee c. 2 Chr. 2● 18. and Iohn the Baptist with Her●● It is not lawfull for thee to have 〈◊〉 Brothers wife Mark 6.18 A●● if the Preachers at the Court o●● any way fail as occasion shall 〈◊〉 quire to do their duty in this Behalf they must expect to gives account thereof unto Almigh● God But in the Kings absen●● unto his Subjects behind h● back as the saying is to spe●● evill of him this cannot go for● reproof this can neither info●● him nor reform him nor a●● way tend to his amendment 〈◊〉 is a meer reproach and calum●tion Give me a Prophet 〈◊〉 example of one Prophet that 〈◊〉 ever before the people reprehe●● the errours of a Magistrate the Magistrates absence but onely so far as the people were involved in those errours and became guilty by obeying their sinfull commands Thus the Prophet Micha cap. 6. when he saith vers 16. * A Scripture much insisted on to countenance disobedience though the Prophet doth not reprove them for passive obedience neither have we God be thanked an Omri to Reign over us The statutes of Omri are kept doth not so much blame the Prince for making those Statutes as the People for keeping of them But give me a Prophet that ever did to the people declaim of the errours of his Soveraign as they were simply his own errours I will give you a Son of Belial that did so that is Absalon who slandered his Father and spoke evill of his Government in his Fathers absence there is no man deputed of the King to hear thee said he 2 Sam. 16.3 ●ay I will give you a Prophet and a Prophetesse that did so too but whether they did well or whether it be safe to tread in their stepps judge yee Miriam that Miriam who seems to have been chief in the transgression for though she were but the sister yet she is mentioned in the first place and set before Aaron the brother ibid. vers 1. she 〈◊〉 say for this offence is smitten with leprosie and though Moses himself did most earnestly make intercession unto the Lord for her yet could he not wholly take of the punishment for seven dayes at least she must endure the leprosie and be shut out of the Camp ibid. vers 10 15. Let them that like the reward if they think good follow the example True indeed ye shall finde sometimes how the Saints especially in the Psalms do complain● and make their moan unto th●● Almighty God concerning the tyrany of ungodly Rulers as * A Scripture that was likewise abused to disquiet the people though the Psalmist there speaks not of his own Soveraign Psal 2.2 The Kings of the Earth set themselves and the Rulers take counsell together against the Lord and against his Anointed and * The seditious handling of which words gave occasion to this Sermon shall the throne of iniquity have any fellowship with thee which frameth mischief by a Law Psal 94.20 Many other places might be mentioned of the like nature but generally ye shall observe those complaints were made to God not to the People David that goes by common repute for the Authour of the Book of Psalms and was indeed the Authour of the greatest part of them though in many places he complains unto the Lord of Sauls cruell dealing with him yet thereby to dishonour and vilifie King Saul before his subjects this surely was far from him for look into the story in the first Book of Samuel and there ye shall not finde so much as one evill word uttered by David concerning Saul no not to his own dearest friends thered promising withall to gi●● him Merab his elder daughter 〈◊〉 wife which yet as appears h●● had no purpose ever to pe●● form