dination, and yet they themselves judge a Presbyterian-Ordinations invalid. But 2. What if this should be granted it would avail nothing, except it can be proved, that they are and act as Presbyters of the Infitution of Chrift, which (these being only in a particular instirued Church of Christ) will never be to the worlds end. Thus far of the third Argument.

CH A P. IV. A fourth Argument, proving the unlawfulneß of hearing the present Ministers of England. Atwofold. denial of the Offices of Christ, asserted. That the present Ministers deny his Kingly and Propbetical Office, proved from their Non-conformity to the Orders and Ordinances appointed by Christ for his House. Several Institutions of Christ remarked : Their Non-Canformity thereunto, manifested. An Obječtion answer. ed.

Argument 4:
Hose that oppugn or deny any of the Offices of Jesus Chrift,

are not to be heard, but separated from:. but the present Mic nifters of England oppugn and deny some of the Offices of Jesus. Chrift: Therefore.

Before we come to clear the several parts of this Argument, we Thall crave liberty breifly to premise,

First, That there is a twofold denying or oppugning of the Offices of Chrift.

1. Verbal and Professional. Such was, and is that of the fews; the Papists are not guilty hereof; in words they owo preach up, plead for all the Offices of Christ as much as any : So do also the present Ministers of England: This is not then the denial of the Offices of. Chrift we implede them as guilty.of.

2. Real and actual,, when persons do that which enwraps in the bowels of it, an impugning and denial of the Offices of Christ. This the Romish Synagogue are eminently guilty of : So are the present Mi. nifters of England, as fhall(we doubt not ) be clearly demonstrated in ics proper place.

Secondly, That a Verbal Professional acknowledgement of the Offices of Christ is nothing, when contradicted in practice: This the. Apostle avowedly asserts, in respect of the knowledge of God, Tit. 1:16. They profeß they know God, but in works they deny bim : And


may congruously enough be applied to the matter in hand. This, as applied to the Combination and Synagogue of Rome,- some of themselves have long since acknowledged, Whilft they profels Christ to be King, and submit not to the Laws he hath prescribed in his Word, they make him an Idol, and put a Scepter of reed in his hand : So some of their own.

But I interrogate; What if a man should with the greatest earnestness profess, and in the height of a confideot Spirit aver, That he were Born again of God, Washed, Sanctified in the Blood of Chrift, and by the Spirit of the Lord, that he did receive and own Christ as his King and Lawgiver, when I see this man at the same time walking in a way of Rebellion against Chrift, in open contempt and defiance of his Laws and Government, subje&ting to the Yoak of other Lords and Lawgivers; Shall his Plea be admitted ? surely no !

Quid verba andiam, cum facta videam. Tis long since decided by Chrift, That False-Prophets are to be descried, Not by their words (they may speak, like Angels,cry Hail Mafter, kiß him, yet be False Prophets, yea Judaßes to him) but by their fruits : Let them profess a thousand times over,. That they own all the Offices of Christ, if they are in the mean while found in the practise of those things that are inconsistent with the truth of such aProfeffion, they are really Deniers and Opposers of the Offices of Christ. This is that then we affirm in this matter. 1. That those that do really oppose any of the Offices of Christ, are not to be heard, but feparated from : This carrying a brightnefs along with it, that is fufficient to convince all, except luch, whose eyes the god of this world hath blinded; that its original is from God, we shall take for granted will not be denied by a Professing Enlightened People, though otherwise ic were easie to multiply Arguments for its demonstration, I. To oppole Christ in any of his Offices, bespeaks such as are guilty there-, of to be Antichrifts, 1 John 2. 22. and 4. 2, 3. 2 John 7. (of the fame mind with us herein is learned Beza upon the forecited Scripcures ) and none will surely be so incontiderate (not to say worfe) as to allert, It's lawful to attend upon the Miniftry of Antichrift, 2. To hear such, is to Arengthen and encourage them in that their denial of, and opposition unto, the Offices of Christ ; and chereby become parcakers with them in their sin : The thought of wbich, cannoi but be grievous to the poor Lambs of Christ. But this will not be denied.


'Tis the second thing may sound harsh in the ears of some ( as did fome Sayings of Christ, but if Truth, where God shall give the seeing . eye and heariog eare, 'twill be received ) viz..

2. That the present Ministers of England do oppose and deny some of the Offices of Christ, viz. His Kingly and Prophetical Office, which we come now to the proof of.

Argument, 1. Those that hearken not to the Revelation Chrift hath made, and as SupreamLord and Law-giver, hath enjoyned to be observed touching the Orders and Ordinances of his Houfe,deny the Prophetical and Kingly Office of Christ, Deut. 18. 18. A&ts 3. 22. Ifa.9.6. But the present Ministers of England hearken and conform not to the Revelation Chrift hath made touching the Orders and Ordinances of his House: Therefore.

Tis the minor (or second Propofition) that in the thoughts of some is capable of a denial, but the verity thereof shines forth as the Sun in its brightness, in the review of the Orders and Ordinances of the House of Chrift appointed by himself; and the present frame and deportment of the Ministers of England with respect thereunto : Which of them have they not made void by their Traditions ? This is that which Christ hath said, (1.) That all power for the Calling, Inftitution, Order and Government of his Church, is invested solely in him, as the alone Lord, Sovereign-Ruler, and Head thereof, Mat. 28.19. 1 Tim. 6. 14, 15. John 3:35. Acts 3. 22. and 5:31. Tis upon this foot of account that Christ chargech his Disciples, not to be called of men Rabbi, nor to call any Falber (viz. not to impose their Authority upon any, or suffer themselves to be imposed upon by.any in the matters of their God ) Mat. 23. 8, 9, 10, because one is their Master and Lord(viz. Christ) Hence also the Apoftles lay the weight of their Exhortations upon the Commandment of Christ, 1 Cor. 11. 23. and 14.37. proclaim all to be accurled that preach any other Gojpel, Gal. 1. 8. (yea though Angels from Heaven, should they live and speak as such) charge those to whom they write, Not to receive any into their houses that bring any other Doctrine (much more not to receive them as their Teachers) 2 John 10, yea, the Spirit of the Lord in the close of the last Revelation of his Will, it pleased this great King and Lawgiver, in such a way to give forth; testifies, That if any man shall adde nwto these things, the Lord shall adde anto him the Plagues that are

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written in his Book, Rev.22. 18. Do the present Ministers of England conform unto this great Institution in words indeed they do fo: But what meaneth the bleating of the sheep, and lowing of the Oxen in our ears? Do they not own other Lords, Heads and Governors, tbat have a Law-making power, and would enforce the consciences of the Free-born Subjects of Chrift over his Churches, besides him What doth this less than evidently proclaim their disobedience and rebellion ( which is as the fin of witchcraft) against the KING of Kings, and their rejection of his Scepter and Soveraign Authority over them! But of this more hereafter.

2. This great Prophet and Kiog hach also revealed and proclaimed, That ois bis Will, that those whom he hath called by his Word, korld Separate from the world walk rogether in particular Societies and Churches, having given up themselves to the Lord and one another according to the Will of God, for their mutual Edification and comfort in the Lord. The truth of this Soveraigo Institucion of Christ, he that runs may reade in the Scriptures hereunto annexed, 1 Cor. 1. 2. and 5. 12. 2 Cor. 6. 17. Rev. 18. 4. Fohn 15. 19. and 17.6. A&ts 2, 40. and 19.9. Phil. 1.5. Act. 2.41. and 17.4. 2 Cor.8.5. with many more. In the proof of this matter we might be copious, but that we Audy brevity: The diligent Reader knows where to find this theam, at large treated of by learned Ainsworth, Bartlet, Cotten, Rogers, Ó C. How do the Minifters of England acquit themselves, in respect of this Solemn Appointment of the Lord.? alas! who sees not that they are in their pratice at open defiance herewith, have it in derision and contempt, making no difference betwixt the Holy and Prophane, admitting perfons led captive by the Devil at his will, that openly blaspheme the Spirit of the Lord, and deride its effectual opperation in the consciences of men, into their Society? Are any too vile (except such as truly fear God, and delire to press after Holiness) to be admitted by them into their Communion? Is not their Church-State (so unlike is it to the Institution of Christ) a very Babel, a Den of Dragons, and Hold of Unclean-Beasts?

3. That he hath entrusted them, so called and united together, with Power, and given them Rules for the due and right exerting thereof, for the carring on the Worship of his House, to chure Officers over them to act in the Holy Things of God for and to them (of which more Thall be spoken in its proper place ) to admit Membeis, excommu

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nicate Offenders, &ck all which we find shining forth ia brightness in the ensuing Scriptures, A&t. 1. 23. and 6.3,5. and 14.23.2 Cor. 8.-19. Mat. 18. 17. 1 Cor. 5.4. Do the present Ministers of Eng. land conform unto this Institution of Christ? nothing less ; is there any thing like this in the whole oeconomie invented and practised by chem? do they not to the utmost of their power, tabour to break this Bond of Christ asunder, caft away this Cord from them, by stirring up the Magistrate to persecure by Fines, Imprisonments, Banishment, &c. the precious People of the Lord, that delire to be found in the practice of this Law of Christ, branding them with the odious names of Phanaticks, Sectaries, Schijmaticks, Ge.

4. That the Officers of his appointment are only such as these, Pastors, Teachers; Elders, Deacons, widdows or Helpers: Who as they are in one particular Congregation, so they have not any Lord{hip or lordly Authority over each other, being all Brethren, Ephef. 4, 11, Rom, 12. 7, and 16. 1. I Cor. 12. 28. Phil, 1. 1. i Pet. s. 1, 2, 3. Acts 6. 5. and 15. 2. and 20. 17. and 28. 21, 28. 1 Tim. 3 chap. and 5.9, 10, 17. This Law of Chrift fo clearly revealed in che Scripture, they are fo far from subjeđing to, that they have nei. ther the name nor thing required by him therein. Set up other Officers and Offices, as if in open contempt and defiance of his Authority ; of which it may righteously be said, He did at no time command them, neither did it ever enter into his heart, foto do.

ng That thefe Oficers be chosen by the common Suffrage of the Church of Christ, and folemnly set apart by Fafting and Prayer, this is evidently comprized in the ensuing Scriptures, Afts 1. 15. and 6. 1, 2, 3, 5. and 14. 23. and 1,23, 26. and.9.26, 27. In conformity whereunto, we find the Saints for many centuries of years after Chrift, in the peaceable possession of this their Priviledge and Right. I...

Clemens in his Epifle to the Church of Corintb, p. 57. faith, Our Apostles also knew by our Lord Jesus Chrift, that contention will be about the name of Episcopal-Charge : Therefore for this reason, having received a full predetermination, they constituted such as were forenominated, and in their instructive distribution delivered; that if they were negligent, other aproved men should receive their miniftration being ordained by them, or in the mean time by osher choice men, all the Church cònsenting thereanto. Yea afterwards, Let some one among yon; Ingenious, Mercifub, filled with Love,speak, if



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