Baxter - BX5202 B29 1689

(34) them firft with that ítrange penalty of Excommunication ipfo faao. And indeed it is no final) part of the whole Book that we difTent from. I I. But moreover wedare not promife or fwear Obedience to our Ordinaries, till we know that Lay-men' governing by the Keys are not thofe Ordinaries. I have confulted Lawyers,and force fay that only the Bifhop is meant by our [Ordinstry] ButI think they are but few that fay fo. And indeed we are bound to believe the contrary, becaufe terms cf Art or Science are to be underítood according to the ufe of the men of that Art or Science. But men of that profetlion commonly call other Judges of their Courts our Ordinaries, befides the Bifhops : So doth R. Coufmns in his Tables andothers. z. And other Governing ¿4 nif1ers whom we mutt obey, are mentioned in the Ordination Covenant alto befides our Or- dinaries. Our Reafons againft this are there. 1. It is unlawful to confederate with Sacrilegious Propha ners of a great Ordinance of God, in Itablithing and pra- Ûifing that Sacrilegious Prophanation. But to Covenant or Swear Obedience to Lay -men in ufurp- ing the power of the Keys of Decretive Excommunication and Abfolution, we fear is fuch ; and as to the Minor the reafon of our fear is, if it be Sacrilegious prophanation for a Lay-man to ufurp the other parts of the Paftoral Office, . then it is fo for him to ufurp the power of the Keyes. But the Antecedent is confer, as to theSacraments and the charge of ordinary Teachingaaid Guidance of the Flocks, &c. 2. Ad hominem. if the Bifhops take it for Uíß rpation in Presbyters to exercife this power, fuppofing it proper to themlèlves, they muff judge it much more fo in Lay-men. . L. The Laymen de it by the Bifhops Authority and in bis Name ;. :andfo he doth it by them : His Name is to the Excommunications. M. i. The Chancellors have their Commifl;ons from the King, which the Bifhops cannot alter. 2. If it be fo it is the worfe. i. That the Bifhops name thould be abufed to a Sentence, when he never heard or tryed the .Caufe. If this be againfc the Bill-lops Will, it is a forgery ; if he confent, it teems he trufteth