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the Revelation of Christ, whence an opposition to the Kingly and Prophetical Office of Christ may rationally be concluded. This also by the induction of a few particular instances, will be evinced beyond exception.

They own and acknowledge, 1. That there may be other Arch-Bishops, and Lord-Bishops in the Church of Christ, besides himself : which is contrary to 1. Pet. 5:3. I Cor.12.5: Eph.4.5. Heb.3.1. Luk.22.25,26.

2. That men 'inay, and ought to be made Ministers, only by these Lord-Bishops : which is contrary to Heb.5.4. fob.10, 1,7. & 13. 20. & 14.6. A&t.14.23. with 6. 3,5.

3. That Prelates, their Chancellors and Officers, have power from Christ to cast out of the Church of God; contrary to Mat. 18. 16, 17. i Cor.5.4.

4. That the Office of Suffragans, Deaos, Canons, Petty-Canons, Prebendarics, Queristers, Organists, Arch-deacons, Commiffaries, Officials, Parsons, Vicars and Curats, are lawful and necessary to be had in the Church: evidently contrary to 1 Cor. 12, 18, 28. Rom. 12.7. Eph.4. 11. The Officers instituted by Christ are sufficient for the edification and perfe&ing of the Saints, till they all come unto a perfe&t man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Chrift, ver 12, 13. in what sense the fore-mentioned, being not one of them of the inftitution of Christ, may be owned as lawful or necessary, without in high contempt of the Wisdom and Soveraignty of Christ, cannot by such dull persons, as my self, be conje&ured. --That any others see them any way useful to the Church of Christ, may be imputed to such a tharp-lightedness as was that of Caius Caligula, to whom, when he enquired of Vitellius; whether he saw him noi imbracing the Moon ? 'cwas answered,

st1:15*4,"30.33 Solis (Domine ) vobis. Diis licet se invicem videret s. That the Office of Deacons in the Church is to be imployed in publick Praying, Administration of Baptism, and Preaching, if licenfed by the Bishop thereunto. Contrary to A&t.6,2, Eph.4:11. S.

6. That the Ordinance of Breaking-Bread, or the Sacrament of the Lords Supper, may be adminiftred to one alone ; as to al fick-man ready to dye : which is diámetrically oppofit to the nature and inftitution of that Ordinance, 1 Cor. 10:16. & 11. 33. Måt. 26. 26. A£t.2. 42. & 20.7.

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7. That a prescript form of words in Prayer, a ceremonious,pom. pous Worship, devised by Man, and abused to Idolatry, is according to the will of God, and may lawfully be used under the New-Teltament-dispensation; contrary to Mat.15.9. & 28.20. John 4. 23. Deut. 12.32. fer.51.26. Rom. 8.26. i Cor. 14. 15.

8. That wicked and ungodly persons, and thçir Seed, are lawfull Members of the Church, and if they consent not willingly to be so, they may be compellid thereunto: contrary to Psal, 110. 3. At. 2, 40,41,47. & 19.9. 2 Cor.6. 14, 17. & 9.13.

9. That Women inay administer the Sacrament of Baptism : contrary to 1 Cor.14.34. i Tim.2. 12. Matth. 28. 18, 19, 20. Ephef 4. II.

io. Tha: the Lord's Supper is to be received kneeling, which is direatly opposit to the practice of Christ, in the first institution thereof, Mark 14. 18, 22, 23. and positive precept, as being what hath an appearance of evil in ir( being a gesture used by the Papists in the adoration of their Breaden-god) 1 Thes. 5. 22, as also to the practise of the Churches of Chrift for several hundred years after, to the time of the invention and introduction of the Popish Breaden-god. Nog to mention its contrariety to the judgment and practise of most of the reformed Churches (if not all ) at this day. What should I mention the Constitutions and Canons before pointed to, wherein 'tis fora bidden ço any to preach, not licensed by the Bishops thereunto, to Marry, or eat Flesh at certain times, with many more of the like na ture; all dire&tly contrary to the Soveraign Edicts of Christ, and some of them evident characters of the lalt dayes Apoftates, 1 Tim. 4. 3. from whom Saints are warned by the Lord, to turn aside, ver, s. These we have produced, carry an undeniable evidence with them, that the present Ministers of England do own, fubmit and fubscribe to Orders and Ordinances, that are contrary to the revelation of Chrift, and therefore deny bis Propheticall and Kingly Office. To all that hath hitherto been offered in this matter, we shall yet adde, as a fur(her demonftration of the truth; we are in the disquisition of,

Argument « 3.4 Those that acknowledge another. Head over the Church beside Chrift, deny his Prophetical and Kingly Office : but the present Mifters of England do own and acknowledge another Head over the Church befide Chrift: Therefore.

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If the affertion of another King in England, that as the Head thereof, hath power of making and giving forch Laws to the free-born subjects therein, be a denyal of his Kingly Authority (as no doubt it is) the major (or first Propofition) cannot be denied. If Chrift be thé alone King of his Church (as such) he is its alone Head & Lawgiver: If he hath not by any Statute-Law established, any other HeadIhip in and over his Church, to act in the holy things of God, from and under him, beldes himself; who fees not the affertion of such an Headship, carries with it a contempt and denial of his Authority? if there be any such Headship of the institution of Christ, let us know when and where it was instituted; whether such a Dominion and Soveraignty over the Subjects of his Kingdom, with respect to Worship, be granted by them to any of the Sons of men, absolutely, or conditionally: if the first, then must the Church (it seems) be governed by persons, cafting off the Yoak of Christ, trampling upon his Royal Commands and Ediås : for so it's possible, it may fall out those that attain this Headship may do ; as it's evident mapy Popes of Rome (the great Pretenders bereuoto) have done. If the second, let one iata be produced from the Scripture, of the inftitution of such an Headship, with the conditions annexed thereupto, and we shall be so far from denying of it, that we shall chearfully pay, whatever respect, homage, or duty by the Laws of God or man, may righteously be expe&ed from us. But this will not, we humbly conceive, in halt be performed; and that because,

i. The Scripture makes mention of no other Head, in, and over the Church, bui Chrift, Eph.1, 22. & 5.23, 29. 2 Cor. 11. 2.

2. If there be any other Head, he must be either within, or with out the Church: The latter will not be affirmed; Chrift had not fure so little refpe&t unto his Flock, as to appoint Wolves and Lions to be their Governours and Guides in matters Ecclefiaftical, por cap the former; for all in the Church, are Brethren, have no dominion or authority over each others Faith or Conscience, Luke 22.25. .

3. If any other be Head of the Church but Christ, then is the Church the Body of some others, besides Christ ; but this is absurd, and false, not to say impious and blafphemous.

4. There was no Head of the Church in the Apofles dayes, but Chrift. s. If any be Head of the Church beside Chrift, they either have

their Headship, from an original sight seated in themselves, or by donation from Chrift. To allert the firft;were no less than blasphemy; if the second, let them thew, when, and where, and how they came to be invested in such a right, and this controversie will be at an end.

6. He that is afferted in Scripture to be the Head of the Church, is said to govern, feed, and nourish it to Eternal life; is her Spouse and Husband, 2 Cor. 11. 2. In which sense, none of the sons of men, one or other, can be the Head thereof; and yet of any other Head, the Scripture is wholly filent. But of this matcer thus far. It cannot by any sober person be denied, but an owning of a visible Head over the Church, having power of making and giving forth Laws, with respect to Worthip; (such an Headship not being of the Institution of Chrift) must needs be a denial of his Sovereign Authority and Power. That the present Minifters of England do own and submit to such an Headship, isundeniable: witness their Subscription, Qath, Conformity in Woríhip, to Laws and Edicts, made and given forth by the fons of men, as Heads and Governours of the Church; which are not onely forraign to, but ( as hath been already demonftrated) lift up them{elves in opposition against the Royal İnstitutions of Chrif. This being matter of fact, the Individuals charged herewith, muft either acquit themselves, by a denial of what they are impleaded as guilty, or prove that what they do, is not criminous, but lawful to be done. The former being too notoriously known to admit of a denial: 'tis the latter must be in Gited on : what is thereis offered, is sextly to be. considered. This is that some say,

Obj. 1. That they acknowledge anorber Head besides Cbrist, cannot ina dood be denied : but the Headship ovoned and acknowledged by thom, is ons Headship only under Chrift. To which we answer:

Answ, 1, But this Headship is either of Christ's Appointment, or 'ris not; if it be, let it be shewn where it was inftituied by him, and (as we faid) this controverfie is at an end : if it be not, the Affertion of such an leadship, even in fubordination to Chrift over his Churches as such, hinders not but persons owning, submitting thereunto,, are guitry of depying the Kingly Office of Christ. 2. The Headship pleaded for by the Church of Rome is no other. 3. 'Tis not so as is: preiended, they own an Headship that is por in all things subordinate io Chrift, having a Law-making and Law-giving Power touching Inftiturions of Worship, that ocver came into his hearts are fladly

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World; 1 Joh.4. 1. not to receive 20:31. with much more that against his Appointments, as hath been proved. 4. One Head in fubordination to another, doth as really make the Body a Monster, as two heads conjoyned. If it be said,

Obj. 2. That the Kings of Israel were the Heads, successively, of tk thex Church; and therefore a visible Headship over the Churches of Christ, in the New Testament is lawfal.

We answer, 1. That betwixt the Oeconomy of the Law and Gospel, there is a vast disproportion; many things were lawful in that day, which to do, or subject to now, were no less than a denial of Christ come in the Aesh. 2. The Kings of Israel were Types of Chrift. 3. That the Kings of Israel were Heads of the Church, is false, God was its alone Head and King. Hence their Historian faith, their Government was sor; azid, and when they would needs choose a King, God said, they rejected him, to whom even, as to their Political Head, a Sicle was paid yearly as a Tribute, called, The Sicle of the Sanctuary. True indeed, as they were a Political Body, they had visible Political Governours, who when they ceased, their Polity was at an end; but that there had them, to make any Laws, introduce Constitutions of their own fraining in matters relating to Worship, will never be proved.

C HA P. VI. A fifth Argument against hearing of the present Ministers of England,

advanced. That i bey have the characters of false Prophets upon them, manifefted in 15 Particulars.

Argument 5. Hofe who have the characters and properties of false Prophets Thop

and Priests upon them, are not to be heard, but separated from: But the present Ministers of England have the chara&ters and properties of false Prophets and Priests upon them. Therefore,

The major (or first Propofition) Itands upon too firm a basis, to be quickly removed : nor will any attempt fo to do, Chrilt having charged his to beware of such, Mat.7. 15. to take heed that none deceive them, Mat.24. 4, 5,23,24, 25. not to believe every spirit, but to try the Spirits, because many false Prophets are gone out in the might be said (if needful) for its confirmation is a fufficient evidence

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