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tO

mortal Difcord,

on

pretence of being the

only :

way

to

Concord. Chrifi only is the Head, the

King, and Law-giver, and·Judge of the whole

World: The Law of Nature, and facred infpired

Apofrolical Scriptures, are his only Univerfal

' Law. Pafiors by the Word, and Princes by the

Sword (conjoyned where it may be) rule . under

him only in their feveral Provinces.. God made

the largenefs of the Roman Empire a Receptive

Means of the happy propagation of Chrifiianity..

Mans nature is prone to felfiibnefs and ambition :

By ·degrees thofe humours, and the Wifdom of

theWorld, conformed the Epifcopal Government

to the Civil, and made thofe Bifl1ops higheft, who

dwelt in the Cities where the Secular Rulers were

highefl:. The Churches had before ufed to ferve

God in Concord, and to Affemble for Confulta–

tion when Concord required

it.

The Emperors

therefore exalted the great Bi!bops, not to Go–

vern alone, but to prefide in thefe Affemblies.

The

fir

1

fi General

~ouncil

had been called as a ra.

tional means to cure the ibameful threatning Dif-.

cords of the Churches, without the formal.ity of

-any Prefident, fave the Emperor and a temporary

Moderator : But three Patriarchs were foon

fet

up, apd after made five, and other BHhops in dif–

ferent degrees of grandeur : The great and

fha-

, king dangers bred by Religious Faetions, were

ordered to be .decided by Aifemblies pf Biiliops,

when ,changes were made in the Cities of

the

Empire, the Rule of conforming the Church

to

the Civil Gov.ernment bred a competition

be–

tween

Rome

and

Conffantinople,

becaufe of the

tranllating

of

the Imperial Seat.

Th-

grew

l~igher

an'ct higher; and whenever

any Em

perm·

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