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A56741 A discourse of the sacrifice of the Mass Payne, William, 1650-1696. 1688 (1688) Wing P901; ESTC R19214 76,727 100

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Arguments for the great principles of their Religion but the wind as he goes on bloweth where it listeth and some men have such a Wind Mill in their Crowns that any thing will turn it Whatever Feasts of sweet Meats and dainties the Jews expected as foretold by this Psalm in the days of the Messiah and were willing to mean by this handful of Corn on the top of the Mountains they never dreamt of the sacrisice of the Mass The next is that of the Proverbs 9. chap. 2d verse Wisdom hath killed her beasts she hath mingled her wine she hath also furnished her table but I am sure she never made this Argument for the sacrifice of the Mass I will improve this place if they please for the proof of other things as of priests Celibacy because in the next words 't is said Wisdom hath sent out her maidens verse 4. of the Church of Romes being the house that was built by wisdom because 't is said in the first verse She hath hewn out her seven pillars which are as undoubtedly the seven Hills of Rome as this Allegorical Banquet is the sacrifice of the Mass Our Adversaries sure could not be very serious and in good earnest when they produced such places as these and therefore they must excuse us for not being so in answering them I shall mention but one more which if it be not as ridiculous yet is as impertinent as the other and that is out of Daniel chapter 8. verse 11. where it is said the dayly sacrifice was taken away by a great prince that is there prophetically described It is plain that by the dayly sacrifice there is meant that of the Jews and by the prince who should take it away Antiochus who did literally perform this by destroying the Jewist Worship and horribly prophaning the Temple if by him was allegorically and prophetically meant the Christian Antichrist if I may so speak spoken of by St. Paul 2 Thess 2. and by St. John Rev. 13. described as a beast having seven heads and ten horns as Bellarmine will have it † chap. 9. de Mis l. 1. then whether this mark belongs not to him that sets up the sacrifice of the Mass and destroys as far as he has power and takes away all the purer Worship of Christ and has a great many other characters upon him that look very suspitious will be a great question for which I dare say there are a great many more probabilities then that by the dayly sacrifice here is meant the sacrifice of the Mass I come now to the New Testament where if there be any proofs for the sacrifice of the Mass it is more likely to find them then in the Old yet they produce twice as many such as they are out of that than this and like some other people are more beholden to dark Types and obscure prophesies of the Old Testament to make out their principles then to the clear light of the Gospel and to any plain places in the New and yet if any such doctrine as this were to be received by Christians and if any such wonderful and essential part of Worship were appointed by Christ or taught and practised by the Apostles we should surely have it more plainly set down in the New Testament then they are able to show it The first place they urge from thence belongs no more to the sacrifice of the Mass then the first Commandment does in the Decalogue and they had as good have quoted our Saviour words to the Devil Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and so have proved from thence that God ought to be Worshipt by the sacrifice of the Mass as those to the Woman of Samaria which Bellarmine † de Miss l. 1. c. 11. brings to this purpose out of John 4.21 23. The hour cometh when ye shall neither in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem worship the Father for the hour cometh and now is when the true Worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth From whence he infers that they must Worship him by sacrifice and that this must be the sacrifice of the Mass and that this is to Worship him in spirit and truth If this be not all evidence and demonstration there is none in Euclid and if we may not here cry out 〈◊〉 〈◊〉 〈◊〉 〈◊〉 〈◊〉 the Mass is found we are blind and obstinate but I see very little more for it here then from the other places I named but rather something against it for to Worship God in Spirit and Truth and that because he is a Spirit as our Saviour there adds verse 24. is not to Worship him by an external visible Typical sacrifice as the Mass is and as those of the Jews were but by a more pure and spiritual Worship of praise and thanksgiving and prayer such as that of Christians is to be as more suitable to the spiritual nature of God and these spiritual sacrifices of Christians are not to be tyed to one place as those more gross and carnal ones of the Jews were which was the thing our Saviour here designed The greatest part of the publick Jewish Worship was fixt to the Temple and to Jerusalem their Tithes and First-fruits and Firstlings and Festivals as well as their sacrifices and there may be divine Worship without sacrifice as well as with it and whatever the Worship be which our Saviour here says was to be spiritual it was not like the Jewish to be fixt to one place which is the true scope of those words to the Samaritan Woman in answer to her question v. 20. whether mount Gerizim or Jerusalem was the true place of Worship which was the great dispute between the Jews and the Samaritans our Saviour determines for neither but puts an end to the question and says that now under the Gospel the Worship of God was not local and as to the manner of it that it was spiritual The second and principal Argument for the sacrifice of the Mass is from Christs institution and first celebration of the Eucharist with his Disciples and here indeed is the true place to find it if there be any such thing but I have already shown ‖ pag. 8 9 10. that Christ did neither then sacrifice himself nor command his Disciples to do so and have taken away that which is the very Foundation of the Mass-sacrifice and without which every thing else that can be said for it falls to the ground There are but two other and those very weak ones behind the one out of the 13th of the Acts where it is said of Saul and Barnabas and the prophets and Teachers of the Church at Antioch that they ministered unto the Lord but could not they minister and perform the divine office and service without sacrificing it must be first proved that that was part of the religious office before it can appear that it was meant here it is said they fasted and prayed