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158

The

LIFE

of

the

L

B.

I,

cy

and

unmannerlinefs

(

to

fpeak eafily

)

to

call

that

unreverence and

fawcinefst

(

as

many

do

)

which Chrift

and the Apoftles and all

the Church

fo

long ufed

with one

confent. He better

knew

what

pleafeth himfelf

than

we

do

:

The

vain

pretended difference between the Apoftles Gefture and

ours

,

is

nothing to the

matter

:

He

that

ftteth

on the

Ground,

ftteth

as

well

as

he that fitteth on a.

Stool

:

And if

any difference

were,

it

was

their Gefture that

feems

the

more homely: and

no

fuch difference can be

pretended

in

the Chriftian Churches many hundred

years after.

And

I

think

it

is

a naked

pretence

(

having no

Thew

of

reafon

to

co-

ver

it)

of

them that

againft

all

this will plead

a necellity

of

kneeling

,

becaufe

of

our unworthinefs:

For,

a.

The

Churches

of

fo

long

time

were unworthy

as

well

as-we. 2.

We may

kneel

as

low

as

the Dull

(

and

on our bare knees,

if

we pleafe)

immediately before in

praying

for

a blefling

and

for

the pardon of our

fins,and

as

loon

as

we

have

done.

;.

Man

muff

not

by his

own Conceits make

thofe things

neceffary

to the Church, which

Chrib

and

his

Church

fdr fo

long thought unne-

ceffary. 4.

On

this

pretencewe might

refufe

the Sacrament

it fell:

for they are

more unworthy

to eat the

Flefhof Chrift,

and to drink

his

blood, than to

fit

at

his

Table.

q.

The

Gofpel

is

Glad Tidings

;

the

Effe

&sof

it are Faith and Peace and

Joy

:

the

Benefits

are to make

us

one

with Chrift, and to

be

his Spoufe

and

Mem-

bers

:

the work

of

it

is

the

joyful

Commemoration

of

thefe Benefits, and

living in

Righteoufnefs, Peace and

Joy

in

the

Holy Ghoft

:

And

the

Sacramental

Signs

are

fuch

as

fuit

the

Benefits

and Duties.

if

therefore

Chrift

have called us by

his

Ex-

ample,

and the Example

of

all his

Church, to

It

with

him at

his

Table to repre-

fent our

Union, Communion,

and joyful redeemed State, and our everlabing

fit-

ting

with him at

his

Table

in

his

Kingdom, it

as

little

befeems

us

to rejeet

this

Mercy and Duty,

becaufe

of our

Unworthinefs,

as

to

be

our own

Lawgivers.

And on the

like Reafons men

might

fay,

(

I

will

not

be united

to thee, nor

be a

Member

of thy

Body,

or

married to thee,

nor

fit

with

thee on thy

Throne

(

Rev.

2

r.

)

according to thy Promife,

becaufe

it

would

be

too

great

fawcinefs

in me].

Gofpel Mercies,

'and

Gofpel Duties, and Signs,

mutt be

all fuited,

and

fo

Chrift

bath

done them, and we may not undo

them.

q.

I

muff

profefs

that upon

fuch

Confiderations

,

I

am

not certain that

fitting

is

not

of

commanded

Necefity

(as

I

am

Pure

it

is

lawful)

;

nor

am

I

certain

that

kneeling in the A&

of

Receiving, when done

of

choice,

is

not

a

flat fin.

For

I

know it

is

not

only againft Scripture Example

(

where though Circumftances

ap.

patently

occafional bind

not,

as

an

upper Room

,

&c. yet that's nothing to

others

)

but

alfo it

is

againft

the Canons

of

Councils,

yea a

General Council

(

at

Trull.

in

Conianrinople)

and againft

concurrent

a

Judgment and Pra&ice

of

the Church

for many hundred

years,

that it

Teems

to

fight

with

Vincentiar

Lerieeenf.

Catholick

Rule,

good

limper,

ubique

&

ab

omnibus

receprum,

&c. Let them therefore

juftifie

kneeling

as

lawful

that can,

for

I

cannot;

and therefore dare

not do that which

Thall

be

an

owning

of it,

when we may freely do otherwife.

í.

Yet for

all this,

I

fo

much incline to Thoughts

of

Peace, and Clofure

with

others,

that

I

will

not fay that

fitting

is

of

neceilley,

nor

that

kneeling

is

unlaw-

ful (unlefs

where other Circumftances make it fo)

nor

condenso

any

that

differ

from me herein

:

Yea,

if

I

could

not

otherwife Communicate with

the Church in

,

the

Sacrament, I would take it kneeling my

felf,

as

being certain

that the

Sacra-

ment

is a

Duty,and

not certain

thit

kneeling

is

a

fin

:

and in

that Cafe I

believe

it

is

not.

6. As for

them that think kneeling

a

Duty,

becaufe

of

the Canons

of

the late

Bilhops enjoyning

ir,

I

have more

to

fay

agpmft their

Judgment than

this

Paper

will contain.

Only

in

áword,

t.

If

it

be

the

Secular Powers

eftablifhing, thole

Canonsthat

binds

their Confciences, Why do they not obey the prefent

Secular

Powers in

all

other

things

?

It

is

known the King confented to

relax this

:

And how-

ever,

this

is

little to them

that

go

on the

Ground

of

Divine

or Ecclefiafical

Right,.

And

if

we

muff fo

plunge

our

felves

into Enquiries after the

Rights

of

Secular

Go-

vernours, before we can knowwhether to

band

or

let

at

the Sacrament

,

weare

all

uncertain what to do

in

greater Matters

:

for there

are

as

apparent grounds

for

our uncertainty

of

five

hundred

years old and more

,

which

this

is

no

place

to

live into. And

it would

be

as

unlawful

on

this

ground to read any other

Pfalm

or

Chapter,

but

what

was

of

old

appointed

for

the Day,

as

to

forbear kneeling at

the

Sacrament. And perhaps

on the Opponents grounds, it would

be

bill

as

fulfill

to

reftrain

a

Child or

Servant from

Dancing on the Lord's

Day.

And if it

be

Ec-

clefiaftical

Authority that they

flick ar,

that

muli

be derived from

Chrift,

and fo

Originally Divine, or

it is none.

And then (not to

wade fo

unfeafonably

into

the