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A Looking-Glaſs (or VVarning-Peece) for all ſuch as Prophane Churches, and neglect Prayer, againſt the Lawes of GOD, expreſt in his Holy Word, The Sacred SCRIPTURES.

[In the reading hereof, I. pray obſerve the A, B, C, &c. firſt look on your left hand for A.: ]

A. Holy Scriptures againſt the heinous ſins of theſe Times, in Profaning Godsholy Houſe the Church.

Remember God ſaith, Ye ſhall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my San­ctuary: I am the Lord, Lev. 19. 30. Chap. 26. 2. And the Lord ſaid (unto wiſe Solomon) I have heard thy prayer and thy ſupplication that thou haſt made before me: I have hallow­ed this Houſe which thou haſt built, to put my Name there for ever, and mine Eyes and mine Heart ſhall be there perpetually, 1 Kings 9. 3. Cha. 8. 29.

Mark here Gods Puniſhments for the ſins of the Prieſts and People.

The Chief of the Prieſts, and the People tranſgreſſed very much, afteall the Abominations of the Heathen and polluted the Houſe of the Lord which He had hallowed in Jeruſalem. Therfore he brought upon them the King of the Caldees, who ſlew their young Men with the Sword, in the Houſe of their Sanctuary, and had no Compaſſion upon young Man or Mayden, old Man, or him that ſtoops for Age: He gave them all into his hand, 2 Chron. 36. 14, & 17 ver. (Look up to the Top of the Steeple for B.)

B. Holy Ground,

Put off thy ſhooes (ſaith God) from off thy Feet, for the Place whereon thou ſtandeſt is Holy Ground: Ex. 3. 5. Act 7. 33, Sec 1 Cor. 11. 4. (Take heedto thy Foot) or, Keep thy foot when thou en­treſt into the houſe of God, Ecl. 5. 1. ſee 1 Tim. 3. 15: look on your right hand for C

C. Gods Houſe.

How dreadfull is this Place, this is none o­ther but the Houſe of God, &c. Gen. 28. 17. Ye look for Much, and loe it came to Little: and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it: Why, ſaith the Lord of Hoſts? Becauſe of mine Houſe that is waſt, and ye Runne every Man unto his own houſe. Hag. 1. 9. Look again up to your right hand for D.

D. (Mark here, I beſeech you, mark) Jeſus went into the Temple of God, and caſt out all them that Sold and Bought in the Temple, and overthrew the Tables of the Money-Changers, and the ſeats of them that ſold Doves, And ſaid unto them, It is written, My Houſe ſhall be called a Houſe of Prayer, but ye have made it a Den of Theeves. Mat. 21. 12, 13. Mar. 11. 15, 16, 17. Luke 19 45, 46.

(Now mark) here Chriſt did not pull down the Temples, or Churches, for the ſinnes of the Prieſts and Peo­ple. But, then he made a ſcourge of ſmall Cords, and drave them all out of the Temple, with the Sheep and Oxen, and poured out the Chan­gers money, and overthrew the Tables, And ſaid unto them that ſold Doves, Take theſe things hence: Make not my Fathers Houſe an Houſe of Merchandiſe, And his Diſ­ciples remembred that it was written, The Zeal of thine Houſhath eaten me up, Joh. 2. 15, 16, 17. See for E.

E And Jacob awaked out of his ſleep, and he ſaid, ſurely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not, and he was afraid, Gn. 28. 16.

DEar Brother, the Pſalmiſt ſaith, Holineſs becometh thine houſe, O Lord, for ever, Pſal. 93. 5. And the Almighty God ſaith, Ye ſhall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my Sanctuary, I am the Lord, Levit. 19. 30. Anſwerable to which his Saints and Servants have ever carried themſelves, eſteeming the place of Gods worſhip holier then other places. So Iacob did before the Law, Gen. 28. 16, 17. and ſaid, How fearfull is this place, this is no other but the Houſe of God: And for the people of God under the Law, they did ſo reſpect the place of Gods worſhip that David ſaid, Pſal. 26. 8. Lord I have loved the habitation of thy Houſe, & thy place where thine Honor dwelleth: And moreover ſaid, as one that had been raviſhed therewith, How amiable are thy Tabernacles, thou Lord of hoſts, Pſal. 84. And in his abſence, ſaid, My ſoul longeth, yea, and ſainteth for the Courts of the Lord: And eſteems even the Swallows and the Spar­rows happy that might make their neſts neer it, verſ. 3. And in the time of the Goſpel, while our Lord was on earth, he ſhewed more wrath and jealouſie againſt ſuch as profaned the place of Gods worſhip, then he did about any other thing; for he made a whip, and drove the cattel that were for ſacrifice out of the Court-yard, overturned the Tables that they told money on, and ſaid, Make not my Fathers houſe a houſe of merchandiſe: And he would not ſuffer that any ſhould carry any veſ­ſel thorow the Temple, Ioh. 2. 14, 15, 16. Mar. 11. 16. And after our Lord was aſcended, before Churches were built, having on­ly ſomeooms dedicated to that uſe, S. Paul ſharply reproveth the profaners thereof. What (ſaith he) have ye not houſes to eat and drink in, but deſpiſe ye the Church of God? 1 Cor. 11. 22. This being ſo, it ſheweth plainly, that thoſe which put no diffe­rence between a Church and a dwelling houſe, are not of God; for his people neither before the Law, or under the Law, in the dayes that Chriſt was upon the earth, nor after his aſcenſion, never did ſo: and whoſe example ſuch do follow, I know not, except it be King Belſhazar, Dan. 5. that made the veſſels of the Temple common drinking bouls, he is the father of ſuch wretches, and let them expect to inherit his ſhame, either here or hereafter. But ſome will ſay, How can there be difference in dayes, in places, in veſſels, in perſons, in veſtments, &c. For the light of every day is of the Sun, and he hath made of one blood all Nations, Act. 17. 26. The ſon of Sirach gives anſwer, Ecclus. 33. By the knowledge of the Lord they were diſtinguiſhed: Some he hath made high dayes, and hallowed them, and ſome of them he hath made ordinary dayes; though all men be from the ſame earth, yet in much knowledge hath he divided them; ſome of them hath he bleſſed, and exalted, and made Kings, and ſome of them hath he ſanctified, and ſet neer himſelf, made Prieſts; of whom he ſaith in another place, Touch not mine A­nointed, nor do my Prophets no harm. And therefore I will conclude and ſay, he that regards not theſe diſtinctions, is a moſt profane wretch to his God, and in his mind little better than a enemy to the Commonwealth.

Now Peter and John went up together into the Temple, at the hour of Prayer, being the ninth hour, Act, 3. 1.


ONe thing I prayed you to conſider, that if we muſt have no ſet-form of Prayer, no ſolemn worſhip of God, no evening and morning ſacrifice, but that which every man in his fancie, extemporarily powreth forth, in what condition then will this Engliſh Church be in, and if it once be ſo, whether it may not then be truly ſaid, The glory thereof is departed: for the ſtream will be as the fountain, what is in the heart will out at the mouth, and then may we truly ſay, Good Lord what ſtuff ſhall we have: One man though zealous, yet but ſilly, ye ſhall have from him a great deal of nonſenſe and vain repetitions, O Lord, O God, O, Oh: and another, he affects words & oſtentations, by which he ofttimes appears to his auditor like one preaching or acting a part upon a ſtage; another, his memory being not good, eſpecially beng out of his me­thod, he hackers and hammers, but brings forth nothing readily: another, being given to ſtzife and contention, lets fall paſſa­ges tending to anger and wrath, exclaiming againſt ſuch, as he ſuppoſeth, hath done him wrong: another, being affected with ſuperſtitious cuſtoms, his affections and words in prayers will be byaſed thereafter: another, being a Schiſmatick, prayes againſt the Cuſtoms of that Church whereof himſelf is a member, and he cries out for reformation, and removing of ſuch things, as in his profound judgement ſhould not be, he alſo prayes for vengeance upon ſuch as are the hinderers of his ſuppo­ſed reformation: another, being an heretick, his ſacrifice tends to hereſie & blaſphemie: another, being ſeditious, as his mind runs upon ſtate buſineſſe, ſo anſwerable thereto, his prayer is interlaced, ſometimes with matter no better than treaſon it ſelf: in this wofull condition ſhould we be in, if for our ſins God ſhould cauſe our daily ſacrifice to ceaſe, and ſuffer the idle fancies of mens brains to be offered in ſtead thereof. From the which good Lord deliver us.

LONDON, Printed for Richard Burton at the ſigne of the Horſeſhooe in Smithfield, 1652.

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TextA looking-glass (or vvarning-peece) for all such as prophane churches, and neglect prayer against the lawes of God, exprest in his Holy Word, the sacred Scriptures. In the reading hereof, I pray observe the A, B, C, &c. first look on your left hand for A.
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Bibliographic informationA looking-glass (or vvarning-peece) for all such as prophane churches, and neglect prayer against the lawes of God, exprest in his Holy Word, the sacred Scriptures. In the reading hereof, I pray observe the A, B, C, &c. first look on your left hand for A. 1 sheet ([1] p.) : ill. (woodcut) Printed for Richard Burton at the signe of the Horseshooe in Smithfield,London :1652.. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Septemb. 13.".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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