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If

they

further expe& that I

fhould

put it

into each Man's hands

individual-

ly,

I

may

well

expe& the liberty

of

guiding my own A

&ions, according

to

my

own Confcience,

if

I may not

guide theirs:

It h

enough

that in

fuels

Cafes

they

will

refute

to

be

Ruled

by

me

;

they

fhould

not

alfo ufurp

the ruling

of

me

:

but

let

us

boequal, and

let me have my

liberty,

as

I

am willing to let them

have

theirs

;

and

if

I

fin

they

are

not

guilty

of

it:

Nor

have

they

any ground

to refute

the

Sacrament

rather

than

fo

take it.

;.

Yet

if

any

of

my Paftoral Charge 'hall

be unfatisfied,

if

they will but

hear

.

my

Reafons firft, and

if

thofe Reafons

convince them not,

if

they will profefs,that

they think

it a Sin againft

God for them to Receive

the

Sacrament

unlefs it be

put into their

hands Kneeling, and

Ergo

that they dare not in Confcience

take it

otherwife, I

do

purpofe to condefcend to their Weaknefs, and

fo

to

give

it

them.

So

that no

one

of

them

shall

be

ever able

to

fay,

that I wronged

a

truly tender Con-

fcience, or deprived

them of that holy Ordinance.

My

Reafons are, becaufe

I

take not their Errours

to

fo heinous

a

thing,

as

to

der

rve their total

Execufion

from the Sacrament.

Nor

do

I fuppofe it a Sin

in

me fo

far to yield to them in

cafe

of

fuch Weaknefs.

Though I know

Inconveniencies will follow

,

which

they,

and

not

1,

are guilty of. And

thus

much,

as

far

as

is

neceffary,

I

fhould

make known.

4. But

then

thefe Perfons !mutt

not expe& that

I

fhould

never give them my

Judgment and

Reafons againft

their

Opinion:

for

that

wereto

ceafe

teaching them

the

Truth,

as

well

as

to yield

to their Errours.

I. And

I

(hall

expe&

that

at

the

firft

Receiving they will openly

profefs

that

they take

not the

Bread

for

the

Subftantial Body

of

Chrift

,

nor

Worship the

Bread.

6.

But

as

for thofe that are

not of my

Paftoral

Charge,

I muff fay

more, whe-

ther they

live

in this Parifh oranother

;

Either

they are fuck

as

are Members of

fume

other particular Church, or

of

none.

For the

former fort

,

r.

Ordinarily

it

is

fit

and neceffary

that

they Receive

else

Sacrament

of

their own Paftor, and in

that particular Church

of

which they

are Members ; or elfe

how

are they Mem-

bers of it

?

2.

And

in

Extraordinary

Cafes,

I

(hall

not

deny any

of

them the

Sa-

crament on

there

Conditions

;

r.

If

they bring Certificates from

the

Pallor

under

whofe Guidance they are, that they are

of

his

Flock, and

walk

as

Chriflians,

fup-

pofing

the Pallor faithful that certifieth

it.

a.Or

if

they do not this,yet

if

they will

come to nie, and acquaint

me

who

is

their Paltor,and what Church they

are

Mem-

bers of,

and

what Reafons

they

had to

withdrawfrom

this

Church,'

IA

not

refute

them,

if

their account

be

fach

as

may juflly

fatisfie.

But

as

for thofè

of

this

Parilh that

have

(

after this

two

years

Invitation

and

Expe&ation )

refuted

to

profefs themfelves

to

be Members

of

this particular

Church,

and to take me for

their

Teacher or Parlor,

and yet are not Members

of

any

other Church, nor under

any particular

Paftor and Difcipline,

I fhall de-

fire

ro fpeak

with them before

I

give them

the Sacrament. And

if

they

can

give

me

any tolerable Reafonof

it

, I

shall

willingly receive it,

and

if

they

prove

the

blame to

be

in me, I

fhall

endeavour to reform

ir.

But

if

they

give me

no

fuffi-

cient reafon,

I

cannot admit

fach to

the

Lord's Supper

(fpecially

ordinarily and

the multitude of

them)

for thefe Reafons following

:

r.

Becaufe I

take

it

to

be

a

heinous, fcandalous

fin,

to

live from

under Difcipline,

as a

Stragler and in Difor-

der, having no

Pallor,

nor being

a

Member

of

any particular Church

:

And

therefore

I dare

not admit fach till they

repent, no

more than

I

would do

a

Drun-

kard or Adulterer.

as

I dare

not

be an

Inftrument of.hindering Reformation,

and the Execution of jurt Difcipline, by

gratifying the

Unruly

that

fly

from

it,

and

fet

themfelves again

it.

And

as

for

all

thofe

that

either

will

not

give me

an

account, why they

live

from

under Difcipline, or can

give

no

ju(t

account,yea,

and

thofe that think their own Reafons

for it good,

whets I

do

not, or on any

ground

are

from under my Paftoral Charge,

without

my Fault,

I

fay, for all thefè,

I

dare

not

admit them ordinarily to the Sacrament,

becaufe I dare

not

fpend

fh

much

rime on them

as

is

neceffary for

Preparation.

I

may

not do

it without

Come

pre-

vious

Initrusilion;

and

I

havefo

much more

work already than

I

can well do,

that

I have

not

a

minute

of

time to (pare. And. (exceptin

publick

or extraordinary

Cafes)

f

take my

felf

to be more ftri&ly tied to thole

of

my

Charge, than to any

others; and having

made

my

felf

theirs,

I

dare

not

rob them

of

my Labours,

nor

negle& them to attend

on

others

that

are

no

part of

my Charge

,

nor

will

be.

If

you fay, that

if

they did become Members

of

my Charge

,

I

mull

then

as

much

negleét others

for

them

;

I

anfwer, but then

I

could do it

innocently,

whenI

have

the

The

LIFE

of

the

i

I B.