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P

A

R

T

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

a

57

t

t.Kneeling at the Sacrament

is

a

Novelty introduced

many hundred years after

Chrift,

and

contrary

to

fuçh

Canons and Cuftoms

of

the Church, to

which for

Antiquity

and

Univerfality, you owe muchmore

refpea,

than to the Canons

of

the

late Bithops

inEngland.

-

ta-

If

your General Rule hold that you Band bound

by

all

Canons, not

repeal-

ed

by'equal Power, you have

a

greater burden on your

back

than you are aware

of,

which

if

you bore indeed, you would know

how

little this ufurped

L-egif-

lative

Power

befriends

the Church

:

And

amongothers,you

-are

bound

not to

kneel

in

the'Church'on

any Lord's

Day,

in Sacramentor Prayer.

Grafters de imperio

Sum.

potei?,

would

teach much more Moderation in

thefe

Matters

than

I

here

per-

ceive.

Ad

Q

r9

^.

t.

It's

too much Self

-

conceitednefs and Uncharitablenefs

to

pafs

fo

bold

a

Cenfure

as

your Suppofitiondoth contain, of the

.

viable

ruling Church

be-

ing

Schifmatical,

and

fo

Heretical. Which

is

the

ruling

Church

?

I

know none

in

England betides Bithops

that pretend

to

rule any

but their

own

Provinces; and

but

few

that pretend Order toRegiment. Perhaps when the

Schifm and Herefie

come to

be

opened, it will

not

be found to lye where you imagin,

nor

fo eafily pro-

ved

as

rattilyaffirmed,

or intimated.

2.

Donot

be

too

fenfible

of

Perfecution, when Liberty

of

Confcience

is fo

pro-

claimed, though

the

Reftri8ionbefomewllaton

your

fide.

O

the difference

of

your Perfecution,

and theirs

that

fuffered

by

you.

!

;.

The

only

confcionable and

fafe

way for the Church and your own

Souls,

is

to

love, long

for, pray, and confult

for

Peace. Clofe

in the unanimous pra&ice of

fo much

as

all

areagreed

in

:

In

amicable Meetings endeavour

the

healing

of

all

breaches

:

Difown

the ungodly

of

all

Parties

:

Lay

by

the

new violent Opinions

inconfiftant with

Unity.

I

expel

not that

this advice fhould pleafe

the

preju-

diced

:

But

that

it's

the only

Cafe

and comfortable way

, is

the Confident Opi-

nion

of

lour

Brother,

Richard

Baxter.

All

the Difturbance

I

had

in my

ownParilh

was

by

Sir

Ralph Clare's

refuting

to

Communicate with

us,

unlefs

I

would give

it

him kneeling on

a

diftinû

Day, and

not

with

thofe

that

received

it fitting.

To

which Demand

I

gave

him this

follow-

ing

Anfwer.

SIR,

T

/Pon

Confultation with others and my

own

Confcience, I

return

this

Anfwer

1.1

to

your lab motion;

befeeching you

to

believe

that

it had

been more plea-

tiing,

if

it

would have

flood

with

the

pleating

of God

and my own Confci-

ence.

t.

In:

general

it

is

my refolution

to

be far

frdm being the Author

of

any

Di-

vifions

inany

part

of

the Church

of

Chrift,

as

that

I

!hall

do

all

that

lawfully

I can

to

avoid

them.

2,

I am

fo

far from

theJudgment

and

Praékices

of

the

late Prelates.

of

England,

in

point

of

compelling

all

to obey

or

imitate them in

geftures

and other indifferent

things, on pain

of

being deprived

of

God's greateftOrdinancçs ( which

are

not

in-

differents), befide the ruine

of

their

Eftates,en.

that

I

would become

all

things

{lawful)

to

all

Men

for

their good, and

as

I know that the Kingdom

of

God

ftandeth not

in

luth

things,

fo

neither would

I

'hut

any out of

his vifible

King-

dom

for fuch things

i

as

judging

that our

Office

is

to

fee

God's Law obeyed

as

far

as

we can procure

it,

and not to be Law-

givers

to the Church our

felves,

and

in

Circumftantials to make no more Determinations

fthan

are neceffary

; left

they

prove but Engines

to

enfnare Mens Confciences,

and

to

divide the Church. And

as

I would impofe no

fuch

things

on other

Churches

if

I had power,

fo

neither

will

I

do

it

on

this

Church

of

which

I

-have

force overtight.

;.More particularly,I

am certain

that

fitting

in the

receiving

of

the Lord's Supper

is

lawful

or

elfe

Chrift

and

his Apoftles,

and

all

his Churches for

many hundred

years after

him did fin,

which cannot

be.

And

I

take

it

to

be

intolerable arrogan-

cy