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P

A

It T

H.

Reverend

Mr. Richard

Baxter.

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r

r-

Permitting you

to

fhppofe

[Orthodox]

and

[Épifcoparian] to

be

the

fame,

at

prefent; you

may

eafily

know that the Epifcopalare not

all of a

Mind,

but

differ,

I

think,

much more among themfelves,

than the

moderate Epifcopal

and Presbyterians

differ

:

'fome

maintaining that the Ordination

of

meer Presby-

ters

is

not null, with

divers

the

like things ;

which the

novel fort

doth

difclaim.

The

old Epifcopal

Proteltant

may

not

only take

a

Cure

of

Souls

now without any

Contradi

&ion to

his

Principles,

but may

comfortably Affociate

with

the

peaceable

Mimicry

of

the

Land; and may

not

confcionably avoid it.

The

Novel fort be-

fore

mentioned, ought to

reetifie

their minakes, and

fo

to

take

up their

duty; but

as

they

are,

I

fee

not how they can

do

it

in

continency with their Principles,unlef

under the

Jurifdi &ion

of

a Billion.

Ad

14'.

For the Point

of

the

legality

of

the.

Liturgy,

you call me to determine

Cafes

in

Law, which

I

find

my

felfunfit

for And for the Directory,

its

Nature

is

( according to

its

Name

) notto

impofe Words

or Matter, nor bind by human

Authority,

but

to

dire& Men how

to underhand God's Word coneerning

theOr-

dering

of

his Worlhip.

Now

either it direeteth

us

right or wrong

:

If

wrong, we

mull not

follow

filch

Dire

&ions

:

If

right,

it's

no

unlawful

difturbance

of the

Churches Peace to obey God's Word upon their Dire&ion

t

Circumhances, where-

in

Tome

place moll

of

their Government, they

.

very little meddle with.

And

in-

deed

I

know but few

that do much in theorder

of

Worfhip

eo

Nomine

becaufe it

is

fo in the

Dire&ory

;

but

becaufe

they think it

molt

agreeable

to God's

Word

;

or

molt tending to Concord,

as

things now

nand.

Would you have

us

avoid

any

Scripture

or orderly Courfe, meerly

becaufe

it

is

expreffed

in

the Dire&ory? And

think

you thofe

are

Ways

of

Peace

?

Ad

er.

I

think

(

on the Credit

of

others

)

that

the

Jewilh Church

[lad a

Litur-

gy

;

I am lure they had Forms

of

Praifes

and Prayer in

fome

Cafes,

I

know

;

Chrih

taught

his Difciples

the

Lord's Prayer,

I

will

not

determine whether

as

a

Dire&ory for

Matter

and

Order,

or

whether

as

a Form

of

Words

to

be ufed, or

when, or how oft

ufed

:

I

conje&ure

you regard

theJudgment

of

Grotius,

who

faith

in

Matt.

6.9. [

grew

:

In

beer

Senfum :

Non mien prrvcipit Cbriftus

verba recitari,

plod

nee

legimus

ApeJtolos

fceife,

paanpuam

in

plaguefieri

cum

frutto

poteft fed mareriam

?cram

bine premere.

]

i.

e.

Pray

thus ;

that

is,

to

this Senfe

:

For

Chrih

cloth

not

command the faying

of

the Words, nor do we read that the Aporles did

it, though

that

alto

may

profitably

be done

;

but hence to fetch the Matter

of

Prayer.

]

You know

the

Dire

&ory advifeth the

ufe

of the Words

:

And

how

it

was

that

7obn

taught

his Difciples

to pray,

I

cannot

tell ;

nor

will

herein pretend my felf

wirer than I am.

The

Example

of the

Primitive Church

is

never the more imita-

ble for the Celfarion

of

Perfecution; and

its

Example before

is

molt to

be

regard-

ed, that

befog

purell that

is

next the Fountain. We

are fore

that the Church

long

ufed

extemporate Prayers, and

its

probable betimes, fome Forms withal.

I

think they are hrangely Dark and addi&ed to Extreams, that think either

that

no

Forms are lawful, or

that

onlyprefcribed

or premiditated Forms

are lawful.

And

if

you

will

condemn

all

publick extemporate

Prayers, you will err

as

gray

as

they

that

willhave

no

other.

Ad

16'".

I

know

no

necelGty

of

any Godfather

or Godmother,

befide

the Pa-

rents,

unlefs

you will

call

chore

fo,

that in

cafe

of

their

neceffary

Abfence

are

their

Delegates.

Nor do I

know that ordinarily among

us

any

Dietates

or

Prayers are

ufed

that

a fober

Chriftian

baththe

lean reafon to Couple

Communion

in.

Will

you have

a

Parlor that

shall

not

speak

in the Name of the People

to God

?

or

will

you

call his

Prayers

[

his

own

]

which

he puts

up

by Virtue

of

his

Office, accord

-

ing

to

God's Word?

Ad tr'°,

I

think

they cannot

without

Sacriledge

make

fuch

Alienation

;

except

where God'sConfent can

be proved.

For Example;

if

the Minifters

of

the Church

have

full as

much means given,

as is

fit for

the Endsto whichit

is

given,

and

yet

the

People will give more and more,

to the

Burden and

enfnaring

of

the

Church§

and the impoverifhing or ruin

of

the

Commonwealth,

hem

I

think God confents

not

to accept

that

Gift, and therefore

it

was

but an Offer, and not plenarily

a

Gift,

for

want

of Acceptance;

for

he accepts not

that which

he prohibits.

Here

there

-.

fore

the

Magirrare

may

rerore

this to its

proper

ufe. But

whether

this

were any

of

the Cafe of theft

(

Sacrilegious) Alienations too lately made

in

this

Land,

is a

far-

ther

Querion

:

I

apprehend

a

deep Guilt

of

Sacriledge upon

fore.

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18

".

The

Particulars here mentioned

mutt

be

dil

in&ly

confdered:

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a

á.

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