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not (as there is nothing more certain ) they are disorderly walkers, if the Apostles Argument be valid, We command you to withdram from such as walk disorderly. But who, I pray, are these disorderly walkers ? how shall we know them ? they are (sayes the Apostle) such as walk not after the tradition received from us.
CHA P. III. Atbird Argument proving the unlawfulnes of hearing the present Mini,
sters of England, produced. That they act by vertue of an Antichri. ftian Office and Calling, proved. Their perfect agreement with the Po. pish Priests in seventeen Particulars, demonstrated. That the Office of Lord Bishops is Antichristian, proved. . (The Teftimonies of the An. cients produced) whence the Antichristianism of the Office of the Mia nisters of England is evinced. An Objection anfwered.
ftian Power, Office or Calling, are not to be heard, but to be separated from : but the present Ministers of England ad in the Holy Things of God by vertue of an Antichristian Power, Office or Cal ling. Therefore.
The Major is evident. For 1. The Power, Office and Calling of Aprichrist is oppofite and contrary unto the Power, Office and Calling of Christ : Not to separate from such as ađ by vertue of such án Office Power, is to stand by, and plead for Antichrist, against Chrift. 2. Its unlawful to attend upon the teachings of Antichrift, therefore upon the teachings of such as aa by vertue of a Power des rived from him. 3. Chiift calls, and folemnly charges his, upon the penalty of most dreadful Judgments, to separate from every thing of Antichrift, Rev. 18. 4. and 14.9, 10, 11. 4. There is not a command in the Scripture enjoyning Saints to take heed of being des ceived, to try the fpirits, because many Antichrifts are gone abroad into the World, but is an abundant demonstration of the truth of this Afsertion. 5. The institution of Officers of his own, by Chrift, to be continued in the way appointed by him to the end of the World, Epb. 4. 11. 6. That there is not one promise of a blessing in the whole Scripture upon persons atending on such a Ministry, with innumerable things of the like tendency and import, that might be produced if
5. Io. But an Office of Priesthood in men for the Ministry of the needful; are such a bafis upon which the truth of the major Proposition Aands, as cannot be easily shaken or removed.
The Minor wants not sufficient demonftration.
First, The present Ministers of England, are either from Christ or from Antichrift. There is no medium (a Linsey-Woolsey-Ministry, that is partly of Christ, partly of Antichriit, as 'tis not to be proved by Scripture, ro will it not be abettéd.) That they are not from Chrift, hath in part been proved already, and may farther be evinced.
1. Their Names are forreign to the Scripture : Where reade we of Deacons in their sence, Priests, as diftinguished from Chriftians, in the New Testament, Deans, Cannons, Petty-Cannons, Prebendaries, Arch. Deacons, Lord-Bishops, Parsons, Vicarse óc. these are onely found in the Popes Pontifical, whence they are derived. So are 2. Their Offices : Deacons attending Tables we reade of, but Deacons Praying, Preaching, Administring Sacraments ( so called) by vertue of an Office-power, an order of the first Itep to the Priesthood, we find not: Prielts in the Old Testament (both true and false) we reade of; in the New,Saints are so called; First, in respect of analogie to the rirual Priclts of old, whose prerogative it was to come near to God, Deut. 21. F. to whom, through Christ, Saints have access with bold ness, Ephes. 2. 18. and 3. 19. fam. 4. 8. Secondly, in respet of their union and engrafture into Christ the great High-Priest over the House of God. Thirdly, in respect of that analogy there is betwixo what Chrift hach done for chem as Priest, and by his Spirit worketh in them : He offered up Sacrifice ; so do they, Psal. 116, 17. and 1:41. 2. Rom. 12. 1. Heb. 13. 14. He was crucified, died; fo are they, Rom, 0,6,7,8. &c. Gal. 2.20. Fourihly, as Priests, they are anointed to the participation of; do thereby attain to, a kind of holy and intimate communion with Chrift, in all his glorious Offices, Rev.
Gospel, that are to be bounded by men in that their Office, muft preach what they would have them, and cease when they would have them ( as is the case of the present Ministry of England) the Scripture is a Itranger to : So isic 3. tocheir admiffion into this their 'of fice, viz, by a Lord-Bifhop, without the consent of the Congregation, in which they act as Officers. The very truth is, both in their Names, Office, and admission thereunto, the present Ministers of Bangland symbolize not with the Ministers of Christ, but the Popish
order of Priests: (so that if these do act by vertue of an Antichriftian office-power, then do they) as he that runs may read in the ensuing parallel particulars.
. 1. They are both called, and own themselves Priests; which though some may make light of, yet confidering that it is a term borrowed, either from the Priests of the Law, the affertion of such a Priesthood being a denial of Christ come in the flesh ; or from the Priests of the Heathen (in conformity to whom, as the Druides of old, our Priests wear their whice Garment or Surplice ) or from the Antichristian Church (so called ) of Rome : Such idolatrous superftitious names being commanded by the Lord to be abolished, Hof. 2. 15. Zech.13.2. wants not its sufficient weight; the retention whereof, being also a sore fufpition of too great a compliance with, if not a willingness to return to that from whence they are derived. Of the fame mind with us herein is Hierom upon the 2d of Hosea, the Hebrew Doctors, Kimchi and Aben-Ezra, the Caldee Paraphraft, Ribera (though a Jesuit ) Zanchi, Danans, Sanctius, Polanus, Rivet, and almost all that write upon the said Scripture. The last mentioned, viz. Learned Rivet, hath these words in his Corollaries from Hof. 2, 15, 16. There are many names which in themselves are good enough, and might be used, but God abhorreth the use of them, because they have been abused to Idolatry: he instanceth indeed in the word Maß; but Priest or Altar being of the same allay, upon the fame foot of account, is to be rejeđed. The reformed Churches in Helvetia, in their harmony of Confeffions,are of the same mind; The Miristry (iay they) and the Priesthood are things far different the one from the orber be bimself (viz. Christ ) remaineth only Priest for ever; and we do not communicate the name Prielt to any Minister, left we should detract something from Cbrift.
2. The Priests of Rome must be firft Deacons ere they are Priests: So mult the present Ministers of England.
3. The Priests of Rome must be ordained to their Office by a LordBishop or his Suffragan : So must the Ministers of England.
4. The Priests of Rome must at their ordination, be presented by an Archdeacon or his Deputy, with these words, Reverende Pater, ca. Reverend Father, I present these men unto thee,to be admitted unto the ordor of Priesthood : So are the present Ministers of England. si The Priests of Rome mult be ordained to their office according
to their Pontifical,devised by themselves: the Priests of England acə cording to their Book of ordering Priefts and Deacons (which is taken cut of the Popes Pontifical, as is evident to any that shall.com pare the one with the other, and as hath been long since confeft by Some of themselves, in an Admonition to the Parliament in Queen Elizabeths dayes, in their second Treatise.)
6. The Popish Priests must kneel down upon their knees at the feet of the Lord-Bishop that ordains them, and he must say to them, blasphemously enough, Receive ye the Holy Ghost; whose fins ye remit, er forgive, they are remitted ; whose fins ye retain, they are retained : which exa&ly accords with the fashion of ordaining the Priests of England.
7. The Popish Priests are not ordained in and before the Congregation, to whom they are to be Priests, but in some Metropolitan, Cathedral City, several miles from the place : So are the Priests of England.
8. The Popish Priests take the care of souls, though not elected by them, from the presentation of a Patron, by the institution and ina duction of a Lord-Bishop: and do not the present Ministers of Engo land the same
9. The Popish Priests wait not the Churches Call to the Miniftry, but make suit to some Prelate to be ordained Priests, giving mony for their letters of Ordination : So do the present Ministers of England.
10. The Popish Priests are ordained to their Office, though they have no Flock to attend upon : So are the Priests of England.
11. The Popish Priests must swear Canonical Obedience to their Ordinary: So do the present Ministers of England.
12. The Popish Priests may at their pleasure, without the consent of the People, refign and give over their Benefices, and be take themselves to some other of greater, value: A symmetrie with them herein is visible, by the frequent practise of the Ministers of England.
13. The Popish Priests, though ordained to preach, must have fpecial Licence from the Prelates so to do : So must the Priests of Enge land.
14. The Popish Pries are subject to be silenced, suspended, de. prived and degraded by the Prelates; as are the prefent Ministers of England.
15. The Popish Priests are not of like and equal Power Degree, and Authority amongst themselves, but ate fome of them inferior to others herein ; a's Parsons to Archdeacons, Archdeacons to Lord Bishops, Lord-Bishops to Archbishops : So the Priests of England.
16. The Popish Priests must be distinguished from other People by their Vestments, as Surplice, Tippet, &c. So must the Priests of England.
17. The Popith Priests are tyed to a Book of finted Prayers, and a prescript Order, devised by man, for their Worship and Miniftra. tion : So are the Ministers of England, and that to such an one as is taken out of the Popes Pertuis, as hath been proved by divers : That the Commox-Prayer-Book in Edward the 6ths time was fo, you have his, with his Councils Testimony for it; thus they write, As for the Service in the English Tongue,it hath manifeft Reasons for it, and yet perchance it seemeth to you a New Service, and indeed is no other but the Old, the same words in English which were in Latine If the Service of the Church were good in Latine, it is good in English. How little different the Common-Prayer-Book now in use is thereunto, they that wil take pains to compare the one with the other, may be satisfied.
To these parallel particulars mighe be added sundry more, wherein there is an exact symmetry betwixt che Popish Priests, and the present Ministers of England but — Ex ungue Leonem.
The sum of what we have been offering in this matter, is this.
Firft, Thore Minifters that in their Names, Offices, admission in. to their Offices, are not to be found in the Scripture, are not Minifters.of Christ, act nor by vertue of an Authority, Office, Power, Calling, received from him.
Secondly, Those Minsters that in their Names, Office, admission into their Office, are at a perfect agreement with the Ministers of Antichrift (fuch are the Popish Priests acknowledged to be by those with whom we have to do ) are not the Ministers of Christ, have not received any Power, Office or Calling from him to act in the holy things of God: But such ( as hath been abundantly demonstrated ) are the present Ministers of England; Therefore these have received'no Power, Office or Calling from Christ, and so are Antichristian.
Quod erat demonftrandum. Secondly, Those that receive their Power, Office and Calling from a Lord-Bishop, and act in the holy things of God by vertue of that