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PART

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

the

main

Controverts),

X.

Before

they

have proved

their

Legiflative

Authority;

2.

And

that

this

Congregation

is

,are

Divine

part

of

their Charge, and under their

Jurifdietion;

;.

And that they had power to conrradiet the Examples

of

Chrift

and

his

Apotles herein,

and the

constant

pra6tice

of

the Primitive

Church,

and the

Canons

of

Councils, even General

Councils;

4.

And that their Canons

are.

yet in

force

againt

all

there;

I

fay before all this be

well done,

we (hall find

that them

mutt

go

more than

a flight Suppofition to

the

making good

of

their

Caufe.

Ac-

cording to their own Principles,

a

lower Power cannot

reverfe

the

As

of

a high-

er. But the

General Councils

at

Nice

and

Conftantinople

that forbad Kneeling on

any Lord's Day,

was a

higher Power

than the

Englifh

Convocation

:

Ergo,

The

Engle, Convocation

cannot Repeal

its

Mts.

(

Though

for

my

own part

I

think

that

neither of their

Aets do need

any Repeal to Null them to

us,

in fuch

Cafes

).

S. Betides

this

If

thefe Canons bind Confciehce ;

yet,

it

is

either

by

the Autho-

rity that Enacted them,

or

by

the Authority

of

the

prefent

Church-Governours

that

impofe them.

If

old

Canons bind,

without or

againft the

prefent Power,then

the

fame

Canon that

forbiddeth

Kneeling bindeth, and many an hundred more,

a

great

part of

which are

now

made

no Confcience-of

:

If

it

be

the prefent Autho-

rity that

is

above

the Ancient, then

a.

They that pretend to

fuch

Authority

over

this Congregation lhould produce and exercife

it

:

For

if

we know them

not,

nor

receive any Commands from

them,

we are capable

of no

Difobedience

to

them.

2. And in the

meantime, We that

are in the place mutt take it

as

our Charge

;

or

do

the

Work, or for ought

I.

know,

it

will in molt

Places be

undone: For

the

Authority

is

for the Work.

3.

We ufe

to

take

it

for

the great partiality

(at

lea' )

of

the

Church

of

Rome,

that

will be

judged by none but

the prefent Church, that

is,

themfelves,

when we would be tried

by

the Scripture or the Ancient Church.

In

a

word,

I

do not think that when Circurntances tending

to

Order

and

Deceit

cy

are fo mutable,

that God

ever gave

power

to

any

Bithops

to tie

all

Congrega-

tions and Ages to this

or

that

Sacrament Gefture

;

nor

at

all

to

make them

fo

necef

-

try,

as

that

Bodily Punishment

or Excommunications

Ihould be inflieted

on the

Neglettersof them. And I think that Calling

Which

hath

no better

Work than

this

to

do,

is

not

worth

the

regarding.

And here I

Mould

propound to the

Contrary

-

minded one

Quellion

,

Whether

if

a Bithop l

would

command them

to

Rand or

fit,

they would do

it?

Yea;

or

if

a

Convocationcommanded it

?

If

they

fay

Yea

;

then

mull they lay

by all

their

Arguments

from pretended irreverence

to prove Sitting

evil

:

for

I

hope

they

would not

be irreverent,

nor do

evil

at the command

of

a

Bithop

or Convocation:

And then

let

our Authority (

from Scripture

Example and the UniverfalChurch,

and

a

General Council, and the prefent Secular

Power,

and the late Affembly and

Parliaments, and the

prefent

Parlors

or

Presbyters

of

theCongregations)

I

fay, let

all this

befet

againt

the prefent Countermand

of

I know

not'

who, nor

for

what

Reafon,

as

being

not

vifible.

But

if

they fay,

They

would

not

obey the

Bishops

if

they forbad them Kneeling,

then

let them

jutifie

us

that

obey

them not

when

they command

us

to

Kneel, having

fo

much

as is

expreffed

to the contrary.

Thus

Sir,

I

have

fir'

given you my Reafons about

the Genure it

felf.

And

of

putting

it

into

each Perkins hands,

I

have thus much more

to

fay ; r. I

know

no-

thing

to oblige me to it.

z.

Chrit

himfelf did otherwife,

as

appeareth in Mattb.

26.

z6,

27.

[For

r4Ge1e,

to

.,1s, eiels

iro

,,,íeles

;

take

ye, eat ye,

drink

ye

ad of

it]

cloth thew

that it

was given

to them

all

in

general, and

not to

each man

Tingly.

RAnd

in

this alto

Antiquity'is on my

fide,

the contrary

being much later.

More

eafons

I

have

that I

(hall

notnow

trouble you with.

To

this

I

may well add,

That no

Man can

have

any Rational pretence

(

that I

know

of)

again('

the

Receiving

of the

Sacrament upon

fuch a

General Delivery:

t.

Becaufe

the contrary

was

never

yet

pleaded

neceffaryy

use

Diviso that

I

know

of.

2. And

if

it were

a

Sin,

it

would be the Ministers

Sink,

to

deliver

it,and not theirs,

who

as

they have not the Rule

of

his

A6tions,

fo

they

(hall

not

Anfwer for them.

Having

thus told you

my thoughts of the Matters in doubt,

I

¡hall

next

tell

you my

purpofe

as

to

your Motion.

t.

I

did never hitherto, to my remembrance,

'refute

to give

the Sacrament

to

any

one, meerly

becaufe

they would

not

take

it

Sitting

or

Standing

;

nor did

ever forbid

or repel any on

that account

; nor

ever mean to do.

If

any

of

my

Charge

(hall

take

it

Standing or

Kneeling,

I

(hail

not

forbid

them on any

fuch

account.

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