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P

A

R

T

II.

Reverend

Mr. Richard

Baxter.

$49

§

29.

There

were

at

that time, two

forts

of

Epifcopal Men, who

differed from

each

other, more than the more moderate fort

differed from

the

Presbyterians.

The

one

was

the

old common moderate

fort, who were commonly in

Dottrine

Calvinifls,

and took Epifcopacy

to

be neceffary ad

beneeffe

Miniflerü

â

Eeelefa',

but

not

ad

de;

and took all

thofeofthe

Reformed

that had not

Bifhops, for

true Churches

and Miniffers,

wanting

only

that

which they thought would make them more com-

pleat.

The

other fort

followed Dr.

H. Hammond,

and ( forought we

knew)

were

very new, and very few

:

Their

Judgment

was

(as

he afferteth in

Annat. in

Att.

u.

&

in

Defertat.)

that

all

the

Texts of

Scripture which

1peak

of Presbyters, do

mean

Bifhops,

and

that

the Office

of

Subjett.Presbyters

was

not

in

the Church

in

Scripture Times,

( but

before

Ignatius

wrote it

was

)

but that the

Apoftles

planted

in

every

Church

only

a

Bishop

with Deacons, but

with

this

intent (

afferred but

never proved

) that

in

time, when the Chriflians multiplied,

theft

Bifhops

(

that

had

then but one Church

a

piece

)

fhould

ordain

Subjet-

Presbyters under

them,

and

be

the Paftors

of

mafiy

Churches

:

And they held

that Ordination without

Bishops was

invalid, and

a

MiniftryYoordained

was

null, and

the

Reformed Church-

es

that

had

no

Bifhops,

nor Presbytersordained by

Bishops,

were no true Church-

es,

though the

Church

of

Rome

be

a

true Church,

as

having

Bifhops

:

Thefe Men

inDo&trine were

filch

as

are

called

Arminian

:

And

though

the other

fart

were

more

numerous and elder, and tome

of

them

raid

that

Dr.

H

Hammond

had

given

away their

Cade

( becaufe

hereby he confeffeth

that

de

fella, the Churches were

but

Congregational or Parochial,

and that

Every

Church

had

a

Bilhop,

and no

Subjeâ

Presbyters were ordained

by the

Apoftles, or

in Scripture time, which

is

almóft

all

that the

Presbyterian delire)

yet

Dr. H.

Hammond

and the few that at

firft followed

him,

by

their Parts and Intereft in the

Nobility and Gentry,

did car-

ry it

at

last

against the other Party.

Now in

my

Chriflian

Concord,

I

had confef

-

fed

that

it was only

the moderate ancient Epifcopal Party which I hoped for

Agreement with

;

it being impoflible for

the Presbyterian and Independant

Party

to

affociate

with them

that

take

them and their Churches,

and

all

the reformed

Minifiers and Churches

that

have

not Epifcopal

Ordination,

for

null

:

And know-

ing that this

Opinion greatly

tended to the Divifion

of

the

Chriltian

Churches,

and gratifying the

Papifls,

and offending the

Proteflants,

I

fpake freely against ir,

which alienated'that party

from

me.

Having

fetled our Affociations

Dr.

Warmerflry

(

after Dean

of

Worcefer) and

Dr.

Thomas

Good

(

after

Prebend

of

Hereford)

were willing to have

a

Conference

with

us,

in order

to bring in the Epifcopal Party in

Shrapfhire

(

where they

then

lived

)

to our

Affociation

:

Accordingly we

met

with them at

Clcobury

in

Shrop-

fhire

;

and our Articles were read over by

Dr.

Warmerflry,

and examined one by

one, and in the conclufion they profeffed their very good likeing

of

our Delign,

and that they

purpofed to join

with

us,

but they thought it not

meet at

that pre

-

lent, being but two, to

fubfcribe

their

full

Affent

left

it

should feem

over hafty

to

their

Brethren,

and

fhould

hinder the Affociation, which they

Defrred

to promote:

But yet at prefent they fubfcribed

as

followeth

:

Sept.

20.

1651.

g

;o.TX

E

whofe

Names are under

written, having bad

Conference

with

divers

of

our

//

Brethren

of

the

MinifsryofWorceiletíhire,

concerning

their

Agreement

and

Ajciation,

for

the promoting

of

Peace

and Unity, and

Reformation

of

their refpetlive

Congregations,

according

to the

Word

of

Gad,

do by

theft Prefents approve

of theirChri-

flian

Intendments in the

general,

as being

fisch

that

in

Reference

to the

prefent Condition

of

the Church, we conceive

to

conduce

very much

to the Glory

of

God, the Promotion

of

Hoynefs,

the

reflraint of Sin,

the removing

of

Scandal, and the

f

tling

of

God's

People

in Cbrifüan

Unity

and

Concord.

Wotnefs our

Hands,

the Day

and

Tear above

written,

THO. WARMESTRY.

THO. GOOD.

('This

is

that Dr.

Warmeflry,

who, when

I

was filenced by Bifhop

Morley,

and

he

made

Dean

of

Woroefter,

came purpofely

to my Flock,

to preach thole

vehement

tedious Inveetives

of

which more hereafter.

)

31.

In

our Affociation we agreed upon

a

MonthlyMeeting

at

certain Market

-

Towns

for

Conference about fuch

Cafés

of

Difcipline

as

required Confultation

and