Daniel Cawdrey on the need for Protestants to be strict

The Westminster divine, Daniel Cawdrey, pointed out the great evil of Protestants being less strict and zealous in religious matters than idolaters:

“Oh shameful and unsufferable wickedness! It is not so with any Religion as it is with ours. In any Religion of Jews, Turks, Papists, the more strict and exact, the more Honoured and esteemed: Only in the Protestant Religion, the stricter and preciser, the more scorned and despised. It was a very noble act, that of Nebuchadnezzar, Dan. 3. 29. I make a decree, that every people, nation and language which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill, &c. I could wish, that our Law-makers, would provide a Statute, that it might be lawful for no man, with impunity, to deride and scorn Religion, or the strict profession of it.”

Daniel Cawdrey, The good man a public good. A sermon preached to the honourable House of Commons, at the late solemn fast: January 31, 1643 (London, 1643), p. 14.

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