Vincent Alsop on the commandments of men

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... Your zealous assertors of, and great sticklers for, the observation of human inventions in God’s worship, are great hypocrites in Christ’s account; and they that urge and impose such things as strictly, or more strictly than the observation of divine Institutions, are guilty of gross hypocrisy, whatever they pretend, as to Decency, Uniformity, Authority, or the like. For, though a practice be really a matter of Decency and Conveniency, and thereupon some Rules and Directions may be given by Authority about it; yet it ought not to be enjoined as strictly, or as much stress laid upon it, as upon the substantials and vitals of Worship: as for example. ...

Certainly the greatest evil that can be imagined to follow upon some irregular, undue, circumstantial miscarriage in worship, is not proportionable to the thousandth part of that mischief which we have always found has followed upon these Impositions. ...

For more, see Vincent Alsop on the commandments of men.
 
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