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The

PREFACE.

into

a

wood

of

Iliflory,

that

there

they may

either win the

game.

or

end

the

chafe

:

And

if

a Minifler

of

Chrifl

be

not

armedhere,

to

confute

their

h.

iorical

forgeries,

they

will

take

it for

a

s.viaory

and

triumph, which

made

me

write

my

lull

book

againft

Johnfon

(or Terret)

to

Them

Hi-

flcricaily

the

Antiquity

of

ourChurch,

and

the

novelty

of

theirs (which

I

could with

young

Miniflers

unacquaintedwith

Church-1102y

would

penile.)

But

i

f

our

people

were tritely

acquainted

how

things have gone

in

the

Church

from

the beginning,

it

would

be

ore

of

the moll eleblual,

prefer--

vàtives again

ft

Popery, when now the

fal

tfications

are

become

itsftrength.

I

have oft thought

that

it

had

been

greater

policy

in

the Pap? s,

if

they

could, to have

burnt

all

Church

-

Hillery,

but

*daily

of

the Councils,

that

the

credit

might have depended

on their

bare

word:

For

verily

once

reading

of

Crab,

Binnius, Surius,

or

Nicolinus

would

turn

againfl

them

any

ftomack,that

is

not confirmed

in

their

own

difiaj.

But

they

have overdone

Baronius,

and

now

made

f

great

and

coltly

a

load

of

the Councils, as

that

the

deficiency

of

money,

time,

wit

and

patient

induftry, Jhall

fave

the moll

even

of

the

Priefihoed

from

the

underfiand-

ing

of

the

truth

:

And

finch

Epitomes

as

Caranza's

leave out

molt

of

the

culpable

part:

and

yet

even

filch

they

can

hardly

tolerate.

IL

The

more

moderate

French

Papifts

who

magnifieCouncils

aboue

Popes, would mane

zts

believe,

that

though Popes

arefallible

and

may

mif.

carry

,yet

GeneralCouncils,have

been

the

univerfalChurch-reprefentative;

which

have

a

Legiflative

and

udicial

V

niverfal

power,

and

that

our

concord muff

be

by

centring

in

their

decrees

5

and

all

are Schifmaticks

at

leaf,

that

taAe

not

their

Faith

and

Religion

upon

their

tru

:

But

if

men knew

that

there never was

a General

Council

of

all

the

Chriflian

Churches but

only

of

the

Empire,

and

how wofidly they

have

milarried,

it

woulddo

much to

fave

them

from all fnch

temptations.

III.

The overvaluers

of

Church

grandure,

and

.,wealth,

and

main-

tainers -of

the corrupt

fort

of

biocefane

Prelacy,

Patriarks,

&c.. write

books

and

tell

the

ignorant

confident

flories,

how

limb

a

Prelacy bath

been

in

the Church ever

(,nce

the dayes

of

the

Apo,

Rtes,

and that

all

the

Churches on

earth

contented to

it:

But

if

the

people were

acquainted with

Church

-H

fiery

they

would

know,

that

the

primitive

fix

cd

Epifropacy

was

\

Parochial,

or

every Church

affociated

for

per(onal prefent

Co

nmu

nion had

a

Bi(hop,Pre(bytery

and

Deacons

of

their

own: (urfrxed

Itinerant GeneralPafiors ,indefnitely

taking

care

of

manyChurches):And

that

it

was the

Bi

fbops

ftriving

who

fhould begreatefl,

and

turning

fingle

Churches