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APOSTASY

LATTER TIMES.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION,
BY REV. T. R. BIRKS,

FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,
AND RECTOR OF KELS1ULL, HERTS.

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LONDON:

PUBLISHED FOR THE PROTESTANT ASSOCIATION,
BY W. H. DALTON,

28, COCKSPUR-STREET, CHARING-CROSS.
MDCCCXLV.

MACINTOSH, PRINTER, GREAT NEW STREET, LONDON,

original of the Demons, viz. that they were the

Souls of Men deified, or canonized, after death—

This proved out of Hesiod, Plato, Trismegist,

Philo Biblius, the Translator of Sanchoniathon,

Plutarch, Tully.—Baal, or Bel, or Belus, the first

deified Kin;; hence Demons are called in Scrip-

ture, Baalim—Demons and Heroes, how they

differ—Demons, called by the Romans Penates,

Lares, as also Dii Animales, Soul-gods—Another

and a higher Kind of Demons, such as never dwelt

in Bodies: these answer to Angels, as the other

(viz. the Soul-demons) answer to Saints 102

Chap. V.—The Manner and Way of worshipping

the Demons and retaining their presence, viz. by

consecrated Images and Pillars —That Images were

as bodies for Demons to animate and dwell in—

The worshipping of Images and Columns a piece

of the Doctrines of Demons—This proved out of

Trismegist, Porphyry, Arnobius, Minucius, Felix,

&c.—The Worshipping of Demons in their Belies,

Shrines, and Sepulchres, another piece of Demon

Doctrine—That the Gentiles' temples were nothing

but the Sepulchres of dead men—The gross idolatry

of the Egyptians 110

Chap. VI.—A Recapitulation or summary of the

Doctrines of Demons—How the Severals thereof

are revived and resembled in the Apostate Chris-

tian Church—That the word "Demon " is some-

times in Scripture taken according to the Theology

of the Gentiles, and not always for an Evil Spirit—

That it is so to be taken in the Text was the judg-

ment of Epiphanius ; an observable Passage quoted

out of him to this purpose 118

Chap. VII.—Why those words in the description of

the Mystery of Godliness (received into Ghry) are set

last—That praying to Saints glorified, as Mediators

and Agents for us with God, is idolatry—For the

proof of this several Grounds are laid down—To

be prayed to " in Heaven," to present our Devo-

tions to God, and to deal as an Agent and Mediator

between us and Him, is a "Prerogative" appro-

priate to Christ, a flower of his Glory and Exal-

tation to sit at God's right hand, a Royalty in-

communicable to any other—That none but Christ

our High Priest is to be an Agent for us with God

in the Heavens, was figured under the Law, in that

the High Priest alone had to do in the most holy

place, and there was to be Agent for the People

—That though Christ in regard of his Person was

capable of this God-like Glory and Royalty, yet it

was the will of God that he should purchase it by

suffering an uni mi table Death—This proved from

several testimonies of Scripture—Saint-worship

is a Denial of Christ's Prerogative—Bread-worship

in the Eucharist, to what kind of Idolatry it may be

reduced—How Saint-worship crept into the Church 129

Chap. VIII.—That Idolatry is the main Character of

the Church's Apostasy, proved by three Arguments 147

Chap. IX.—An Exception against the foregoing

Assertion—That Antichristianism cannot be

charged upon those that acknowledge the true God

and Christ—The Answer to this, wherein is

interwoven the Author's serious and pathetical

Expostulation with the Church of Rome—That

Antichrist is a Counter-Christ, and his coming a

Counter-Resemblance of the Coming of Christ,

shewed in several Particulars 152

Chap. X.—The second Particular in the Description

of the great Apostasy, viz. the Persons apostatizing

expressed by TINE2, some—-The great Apostasy was

to be a general one—The word [TINES, some] doth

not always imply a few, or a small number, proved

by several Passages in Scripture—The true Church

of Christ was never wholly extinguished—Wherein

we and the Papists differ about the Church's Visi-

bility—In what respects our Church was visible,

and in what it was invisible, under the Apostasy

and Reign of Antichrist—This is further cleared

by the parallel State of the Israelitish Church

under the Apostasy of Israel 160

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