The major (or firft Proposition is beyond exception : If an OWing, submitting and subscribing to Orders,and Ordinances, that are not onely, not of Christ's revealing, but contrary thereunto, be pata denial of his Kingly and Prophetical Office, I must profeløg I know not what is. Suppose the Chief Magiftrate or Magiftrates of a Nation should give forth a Declaration of their will, touching this, or that other concern, were not pércons Non-conformity theraunto (lupposing it to be what lies within the verge of their Authority, and power to command, and may righteously be exaded of them, whose Conformity is thereunto required) a silent opposition of their Autho rity, but should any prefume to give forth Laws of their own, without the least stamp of Authority upon them, yea contrary unto the Statutes and Declarations of their Governours, would not all conclude that these persons and their Absttors were guilty of Rebellion against their Rulers, and did really deny the lawfulness of their Authority? This is the present cafe, if men shall be found traverfing paths, in the possession and practice of Orders and Constitutions that are forreign to the Edicts of Christ, yea contrary thereunto, shall we not as rationally conclude that these persons are really opposers of his Soveraign Authority and Government a doubeless fol,

'Tis the minor (or second Propofition) that may be under fufpition amongst fome, viz. That the present Ministers of England (the very beft of them)do own; submit and subscribe to Orders and Ordinances, that are por only, not of Chrifts revealing, but contrary thereunto : In which iwo things are incumbent upon us to; it is

1. That the present Ministeis of England. do own, fubmit and subfcribe to Orders and Ordinances, that are not of Christ's revealing. This being a charge, as to inatter of Fact; the production of a few Particulars, that lie near at band, for its confirmation, will give iç a fpeedy disparcha 1:5 ist es

Fundo vino 1. They own, submit and subscribe to the Orders. po and Offices, of Archbishops, Bishops, Deans, Arch- ' Ecclef. Canons Deacons, with many others appertaining unto this Car. 7. Hierarchic, as Orders needful and neceffary in the Church of Christ, and promife fubjection and obedience unto them.

2. They own, and submit (Cario 4.) to a-Lyturgy, or Prescripc form of Worship, devised by men, and imposed solely by their Au. thority, to which they tie themselves, neither diminishing, nor ad

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ding any thing in the matter or form thereof. 53. They own;submit;& engage to conform to all the Orders, Rites and Ceremonies prescribed in the said Book of Common-Prayer, (Cam. 36. ) such as boming at the Name of FESUS, using the Croß in Baptism, kneeling at the Lords Supper ( which though we do not, some would say, smells very strong of the Popish Leven, and is but one peg beneath the adoration of their Breaden-god) wearing the Surplice, 6c. 14. They own that the Office of a Draconis ibe first step or degree to the Minifry Can. 32. 36.) to which they are to submit and Jubfcribe, before thej are made Priests.

5. That nio person be admitted to expound the Scriprure, though judged worthy of the Cure of Souls ( as they ipeak, Can. 49.) withort License from the Bishop thereunto.!.074 if,

as 5.0.2 6. That there be fome lawful Ministers, which are no Preachers, (Cap. 49.57:)

7. That these unpreaching Ministers (Can. 57.) may lawfully administer the Ordinances of Baptisme and the Lord's Supper.

8. I hat persons refusing to have their Children Baptifed,by such dumb Ministers or receive the Communion from them, wortbily deserve Excommanication if they shall perfist herein ( Can. $7.)

9. That Confirmation by Diocesan Bishops, is an Ordinance of God. (Can. 60.) 8-10. That it appertains torbe Office of Minister's to Marry: (Can.62.) :USI IThat the Bishop of the Dioceß may lawfully for a while, suspend a Minister from his Ministry, for refusing to Bury the Dead. Can.68.

12. That 'tis not lawful for Minister's to preach or administer, the Communion in private houses, except in times of necessity. Can.71.

13. That no Minister may lawfully appoint or keep any solemn private Fafts, or be wittingly present at any of them, nor hold ang meetings for Sermons, in market Towns or other places; which if herdo, and persevere therein, he may tawfully be deposed from bis Miwiltry. (Can. 72.)

14. "That Minister's ought to be distinguished by their Veftments and Apparel, as Gowns, Hoods, Tippets, Square-Caps, and in their journeys,

Cloaks with sleeves (called Priests Cloaks.. Can. 74.) with many more me that might be added, to which the Minifters of England are to fub

fçribe, and owo as agreeable to che Word of God, before their ada mission into the Ministry according to the 38th Canon Ecclesiastical. Are any of these Ordinances and Constitutions of the appointment of


Chrift? when, or where were they instituted by him that there are polts fet by the Lord's posts, and thresholds by his threfholds, (of which the Lord complains, Ezek. 43. 8.) who sees not? That the present Ministers of England do conform and subscribe hereunto, cannot be denied, and thence an owning subscribing and submitting to Orders and Conftitutions that are not of Chrifts appointment, is evidently evinced.

Object. If it be said, That though these Canons, and Conftitutions owned by the Ministers of England, be not fa7ws, to be found in the Scripture of ihe Institution of Christ in so many words, yet by consequence they may rationally be deduced from thence : As where it is. commanded, That all things be done decently and in order, 1 Cor. 14.40, which is the duty of the Church to make Rules and Conftitutions about, which when it bath done, it is the duty of every Son thereof, 10 own, or subject to, without questioning its Authority.

Anf. That there is any thing of moment in this Objection, though their Achilles in this matter, and that which they are upon every turn producing, is easily demonstrated. The whole of ic being built upon as uncertain principles, yea upon as notoriously false suppositions, as ever objection in so weighty a case was built upon.

1. 'Tis supposed, that Chrift hath not determined in the Scripture, how the Affairs of his House should be managed with decency and order, as well as commanded that they be fo ; which is, 1. No small derogation to the perfection of the Scriptures. 2. To the Wif. dom and Faithfulness of Christ, debasing of him herein, below Mo, ses, though the Scripture in this respect prefers him before him. 3. Diametrically opposite to the Scripture instanc'd in, which stands as a two-edged Sword to cut the throat of their cause, in its approaches thereto for shelter: Of which take this brief account; The Apostle having in the beginning of the chapter, prest the Church of Corinth, to follow after Spiritual Gifts, bui especially that they might prophecy; tre liberty of the Saints therein being fully asserted, and several directions thereabout given, he condemos their disorderly pra&tise, in respect of this important Duty and Priviledge, ver. 26. and gives direction touching its regular performance; and this he doch, first, generally, ver. 26. Let all things be done to edifying, which with a little alteration he re-preffes, ver.40. Let all things be done decently and in order. Secondly, Particularly, by telling them




how they ought to manage this affair, in a way of Decency, Order and Edification; wherein several Rules are comprized; too long to be here infited on, as in cases of speaking in an unknown Tongue, ver.

28. of prophesying by two or three, ver, 29, 30. of the duties of Women with reipect thereuntos.ver. 34, 35. that from hence a power invested in the Church for the binding of the consciences of men, touching ceremonies in Worship, should be regularly deduced, is the first-born of improbabilities and absurdities. 1. Paul speaking by an infallible Spirit of Prophecy, advises the Church of Corinth, that all things be done decently and in order; therefore persons that have not, pretend not to such a Spirit, may of their own heads bind our consciences by Laws and Rules of their own in the service of God. 2. Paul doth not onely tell them, that all things ongbt to be done decently and in order, but discovers to them, wherein that Decency and Order lies; therefore the Church hath power to determine in this matter, are such Non-fequiturs as will not in haft be made good. But let this be granted, fuppose that'tis the priviledge and duty of the Church to make Laws and Constications, for the binding of the consciences of men in matters of Decency and Order; this Church herein is

bounded by the Scripture, or it 7 Learned Maccovius in loc. com. is not : If it be f bounded by the cap. 83. p. 851. sayes, Leges fe- Scripture, then when it bath no cundum quas judicare debent reéto- prescription therein, for its comres Ecclefia funt lege's in verbo Dei mands, its not to be obeyed, and prescripte. The Laws he cells you so we are where we were before, by which the Goverdours of the that Decency and Order is to be Church are to judge, are such as determined by the Scripture : If it are prescribed in the Word of be not bounded therby, then whatGOD..

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not directly contrary thereunto, they muk be subjected to; which how fair an intet it is to the whole Farago of Popij Inventions, who fees not yet were this also yielded them, they were never a jot nearer the mark aimed at, except it can be proved, that suppofing a power of introducing Ceremonies to be invested in the Church, thence a power for the institution of new Orders and Ordinances, the introducing of Hearherish, Jewish and fuperftitious pradices in the Worship of God, may be evinced: And all cbis-be. yeelded them, nonc of which will they be able to prove to


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43 2 the worlds end ; how will they manifeft, those Lordly Commands and Constitutions are the Constitutions of a truly-constituted Church of Christ, (a frong supposition hereof is the motor trūdG of the present Obje&ion:) and yet fail they in the making good their ground herein : who sees not that their plea hitherto impleaded, finks of ir self? what is it then they mean by the Church, whose xuell doble, we are without dispucing to subject to ? is it the National Church of England ? But where find they any National-Church of the institution of Chrift, in the Oeconomie of the Gospel? how prove they that the Church of England is fo? Yet should this also be granted, where are the Constitutions and Laws of this Church, that we may pay the homage to them as is meet? when was it affembled érigò quró in the same place together, in its several Members freely to debate, (1 Cor.Ir. † Maccovius in loc. com, ap20. & 14.23.) and + determine what pend. de Adi. p. 861. sayes, Laws and Conftiçutions were fit to be Conditio tertia que requiritur observed by them? If it be said, That in adiaphoris efi bac, quod hac this is not requisit, it is enough that it non debeant introduci in Ecbe allembled io its several Officers, or clessam, nife communi confenfu such as fhall be chosen by their Offi. Ecclefia, A&ş is, Things incers, whose Laws every Member is different, he tells you, ought bound to be obedieot to. We answer, not to be introduced into the But these Officers are the Church, or Church, but by the commare they are not; if they are not (as there consent thereof, according to is nothing more fure) I owe no sub- As 15. jedtion to their Laws or Constitutions, it being pleaded that 'tis the Church that hath only power in this negatter: if they are the Church , let them by one Scripture prove they are so; or, where the true Officers of a true Church are so called, and as Nonis faith out of Nevius to them,

Dum vivebo fidelis ero. Yet except this also be yeelded them, there is nothing of moment in the Objedion produced : It remaineth therefore that the present Minifters of England, submit, awn, and subscribe to, Laws and Constitutions, that are not in any sense, of Christ's revealing, and therefore oppose che Kingly & Prophetical Office of Christ. But this is not all.

2dly. The present Ministers of England do own, submit, and fub. {cribe to Laws, Conftitutions and Ordinances, that are contrary to

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