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PART

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

14=3

Capiende, is

the Life

of

all

their

Cenfures

)

:

But

both Parties too much

debate

the

Magi/trate,by

making him their

meet

Executioner

when

as

he

is

the

Mudge

where-

ever he

is.

the

Executioner

,

and

is

to try each Caule at

his

own

Barr before

he

be

obliged to puniíh any

;

and they

corrupt the Difcipline of Chrift

by mixing

it

with

fecular

Force

;

and they

reproach

the Keys or Minifterial Power,

as

if

it were

a Leaden Sword,

and not worth

a

Straw

unlefs

the

Magiftrates Sword enforce it,

(And what then did the Primitive Church for

Three

hundred

Years

?)

And

worít

of

all,

they corrupt the Church

by

forcing in the Rabble

of

the

unfit

and unwil.

ing;

and thereby tempt

many Godly Chriltians

to

Schiff-us

and dangerous Separati-

ons.

In

all this

I

deny

not, but that the Magiftrate

muff

rellrain

all

lints

of Vice:

But

not

as

a

Hangman only, that executeth the Judgment

of

another

;

nor

ea

No-

mine

to puniíh

a

Man

becaufe he

is

Excommunicate

(

that

is

moft heavily punifhed

already

by

others )

:

Till

Magiftrates keep the Sword themfelves, and learn to de-

ny

it to

every

angry Clergyman that would do

his

own Work

by

it,

and

leave

them to their own

Weapons, the Word and Spiritual Keys ;

â

valeant quantum

valere

poffúnt,

the

Church

(hall

never have

Unity

and Peace ;

bucufyúe

probarum

3.

And

I

difliked

fame

of the Presbyterians, that they were not tender enough

to

diffenting

Brethren;

but too much againft

Liberty

as

others were too much for

it ;

and thought by

Votes

and

Number

to do

that

which Love and Reafon.lhould

have

done.

4.

And when the Independents raid

[

A

Worfhiping Church

and

a Governed Church

is

and

muff

be

ad

one

:

]

And the

Presbyterians

fail

[

They

may

be

all

one

,bough

it

be

not neceffäry];

yet in their Practice they would have

íò felled

it, that they

fhould

no

where

beall

one, but

tenor

twelve

worlhipping Churches íhouldhave made one

Governed Church

;

which prepared the way to the Diocefane

Frame;

though I

confer;

it

is

incomparably

better (

becaufe

ten

or Twelve

Churches

is

not

fo

ma-

ny

as

a

thoufand or many hundred

;

and

becaufe

the Pallor

of

every

Church

had

the Government

of

his

own

Flock,

in Conjun

&ion

with

the

Presbytery

or

Synod,

though not alone ).

S

14.

4. And

in the Independent

way

I difliked

many

things:

As

1.

That

they made too light

of

Ordination.

z.

That

they altohad

their Office

of

Lay-Elaerlhip.

;.

That

they were commonly

Strider

about the Qualification

of

Church

Mena.

bers,

than Scripture, Reafon, or the Practice

of

the Univerfal Church would

al-

low

;

not

taking a Man's

bare

Profefon

as Credible, as

a fufficient

Evidence of

his

Ti-

tle to

Church Communion,

unlefs

either

by a holy

Life,

or the

Particular

Narrati-

on of

the

Paffeges

of

the Work

of

Grace, he

fatished

the

Paflors

(

yea,

and

all

the

Church

)

that

he

was

truly Holy

; whereas every Man's

Pro£ehlion

is

the

valid

Evidence

of

the thing

profeffed

in

his

Heart,

unlefs

it

be

dig

roved

by him

that

quellioneth it,

by proving him

guilty

of

Herehes or

Impiety,

or

Sins

incontinent

with

it.

And

if

once you go beyond the Evidence

of

[

a ferias.,

fiber Conf

ffion

]

as

'a

credible and

fuf

icient

fign

of Title,

you will never know where

to relt

;

but

the Churches Opinion

will

be

both Rule and

Judge,

and Men

will he let in

or

kept out, according to the

various

Latitude

of

Opinions or Charity in the feveral

Officers

or Churches

:

and

he

will be paffable in one

Church who

in another

is

in-

tolierable

;

and

fo

the Churches will

be

heterogeneous and confuted.

And there

is

in

all

Isis

a

little

(if

not

more than

a

little)

fpiritual Pride

of

the Weaker fort

of

Profeffors,

Aiding

to

be vifibly

fee

at

a

greater Dillance from the colder

Profef-.

fon

of

Chihlianity,

than

God

would have

them, that

fo

they

may

he

more obfer-

vable, and

confpicuous for

their Holynefi in the World

:

And there

is

too much

uncharirablenefs

in it, when God bath

given

fncere

Profeffors the

Kernel of

his

Mercies, even

Grace

and

Glory,

and yet they will grudge

to

cold

Hypocritical

Profeffors,

fo finall a

thing

as

the outward

Shell,

and

vifible

Communion

and

ex-

ternal Ordinances; Yea, though

fuch are

kept in the Church

for the

Sakes

and

Service

of the

Sincere.

4. And

I

difliked

alfò

the lamentable tendency

of

this

their way to Divilìons

and

Sub-

divifions,

and the nourilhing

of

Herefies and Sells.

ç. But above all

I

difliked, that molt

of

them made the People by majority

of

Votes

to

be

Church-

Governors,

in Excommunications,

Abíolutions, &c.

which

Chrift hath

made

an

Ad

of

Office, and fo

they governed their Governors and

themfelves.

6.

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