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L

B.

T.

142

The

LIFE

of

the

I

depofed

all

the

Bifhops

in the

Empire,

and

have

taken

all

their Charges upon

themfelves.

x.

That

hereby they altered the

Species

of

Churches, and either would

deface

all

particular Churches, and

have

none

but

affociated Diocefane

Churches,

(

who

hold the Communion by

Delegates

and

not

perfonally

);

or

elfe

they

would

turn

all

the

particular Parochial Churches into

Chrifian

Oratories and

Schools,

while

they

gave

their

Paftórs but

a

Teaching

and

Worfhiping

Power

;

but not

a

Go-

verning.

3.

That

hereby they

altered the

ancient

Species

of

Presbyters, to whole

Office

the

Spiritual Government

of

their proper

Folks

as

truly belonged,

as

the Power

of

preaching and worlhippingGod

did.

4.

That

they

extinguifhed the ancient

Species

of

Bilhops, which was in

the

times

of

Ignatius,

when every Church had

one

Altar

and

one Bifhop

;

:and

there

were

none but

Itinerant,

or

Arcbbifhops

that had many Churches.

i.

That

they

fet

up Courtsthat were more

Secular

than

Spiritual,

in the

wanner

of other

Secular

Courts and that the Government

of

the Church

by

Excommu-

nicadon,

Sufpenfions,

A

sfolutions,

&c.

was exercifed by a

Chancellor

,

who

was

a civil

Lawyer and

a

Layman

even

againft Minifters

themfelves,

itnlefs

for

a

blind,

fome Prieft did formally pronounce the Sentence.

6.

That

the great Church

Bufinefs

of

thefe Bilhops

and Courts,

was

to

vex

ho-

neft

Chrifian

that darft not wortóip

Godby

loch Ceremonies

as

their Confcien-

ces

thought

unlawful,

and to

filenne able godly

Preachers

that

du&R

not

fubfcribe

and (wear

Obedience to them,

and

ufe

every one

of their

Formes and

Ceremo-

nies, and

profefs

the

Lawfulnefs

of all

this ; and

that

by gratifying

the multitude

of the ungodly, and

efpoufing a Caufe fo perniceous

to the Church, which

multitudes of

fober

Chriftians would

diflike,

they had engaged

themfelves

into a

way

of

Enmity

and Violence

againft

a

very confiderable Number

of

as able

Mini-

fters,

and holy

Chrifian

as

any were in

the Land or

in the known World.

7.

And hereby it came to pats

that the

Multitude

of

the Ignorant and ungodly

People were become

the zealous Pleaders

for the

Prelacie, and made it the Bre(t-

work

to exercife

their Enmity

againft the

ferions

Pradtice

of

Religion.

8..

And

that ignorant drunken

Readers

(

unfit

to

live in

Chrifian Communion)

were the only

Pafors

( under the Prelates)

of

abundance

of

the

Churches in

the

Land.

g.

And that their

zeal for

Formality and Ceremonies, and their Enmity

tothe

molt

ferious way

of

Preaching,

Praying', yea,

and Living, did greatly tend to

the fuppreling of

.Godlinef,

and the increafe

of Ignorance

and Prophanenefs in

the People.

r o.

And

.laftly/,

That

they were

fet upon. a

way

of

uncharitableCenfuring,

Re

proaching, Cruelty and Force, for the carrying

on

of

fo

ill

a Caufe ;

wherein.

their carnal Intereft did evidently manage a

War

againft the Intereft

of Chrift

and

Godlinefs

and

the

Souls

of

Men.

13.

3. In

the

Presbyterian

way

I difiked

I. TheirOrder of

Lay-Elders

who had

no

Ordination,

nor

Power

to

Preach,

nor to

adrninifter Sacraments:

For though

I

grant that Lay

-

Elders,

or

the Chief

of

the Peo-

ple, were oft imployed to

exprefi

the

Peoples

Content; and

preferve their Liber-

ties,

yet

there were

no

Cburcb-

Officers

at all, nor had any Charge

of

private Over

-

fight

of the

Flocks

:

And though

I

grant that

one

Church

had oft more Elders,

than did

ufe

to preach, and that

many were moli employed

in

private Overfight,

yet that

was

but

a

prudent dividing of their Work, according to the

Gifts and parts

of

each, and

not that

any Elders wanted

Power

of

Office

to preach or Adminifter

Sacraments

when there

was Caufe.

`

x.

And

I

difiked

the Courfe

of

tome

of

the more rigid

of them, that

drew

too near the way

of

Prelacie, bygrarping at

a kind

of

fecular

Power

;

not

ufing

it

themfelves, but

bindingthe Magiltrates

to

confifcate or imprifon

Men,

meerly be-

caufe they were excommunicate

;

and

fo

corrupting the true

Difcipline

of

the

Church

,

and turning the

Communion

of

Saints, into the Communion of the

Mu;titudethat

mutt

keep

in the Church againft their Wills,

for

fear

of

being

un-

done in

the

World. When

as

a

Man

whole Conferencecannot

feel

,a

jolt

Excommuni-

cation,

e

lefs

it

be

back'd

with

Confifcation

or

Imprifonment, is

no

fitter

to

be

a

Member

of

i

a

Cheoffian

Church in the Communion

of Saints, than a

Corps is to

be

a

Member

of a

Corporation.

It's true they claim not

this

Power

as

pare Divino

(

though fome

fay

that the Magiftrate

is

bound to

ertecute thefe Penalties

on Men

meerly

as

excom-

municate.;)

nor

no

more do the Prelates, when

yet the Writ

de

Excommunicate

Capiendo,