John Dury: A dissuasive from kneeling at communion

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
... It is not lawful to mix the acts of God’s true worship, with the chief act of an Idol-worship, such as is Kneeling at the Mass; For the meaning and purpose of kneeling, is Adoration; the object of adoration is the Body and blood of Christ, supposed to be in the Elements: but if we believe no such real presence as they have fancied, then we make void the object of adoration, and consequently the act intended towards it is disannulled also.

But if any doth incline to kneeling, because it hath been a custom hitherto used; he may upon the same ground practise all other Popish idolatries and superstitions. But if you will say, that you think Christ ought to be worshipped there, and that you cannot come to his table with too much reverence; You must understand, that Christ doth not intend to be worshipped there, but to be received; and that you must not be led by your own thinking, but by the manifestation of his will in matters of worship; nor can any one gesture be accounted reverence to him more then another, otherwise then as he doth appoint it to be in his worship. ...

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