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II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

i

61

the

fame

Relation

to

them, and Obligation to help them,

as

others.

If

1

were

your Steward, and

you truft

me

to difribute

Money or

Bread

to

all

that

are un-

der my Stewardlhip,

if

there were but

few

I

muff give

it them

all ;

and

if

many

they

can havebut

all.

If

I

had

ten Children, and

had but ten Pounds to givethem,

I

might juttly give them but each one

a

Pound:

But

if

I had but two I

Mould

chink

thewhole little enough for them two.

I

am firlt bound to watch over

my

Flock, and

if

they

be never

fo

many they can have no more of me than

I have

:

But

if

they were fewer, each one

might

have

more

of

my help, and might

chal-

lenge

it

ás theirdue

before

another that

is

not of

my Charge.

The

furnrn

of

all

then

in

two

Words

is

this; r.

I

dare condefcend to give the

Sacrament kneeling, and into

the

hands

of

chore

that

live

orderly under Chriftian

Difcipline ;

that

is

ordinarily to thole

of

my own Charge

;

and occationally to

chore

of

another Mans. z. But I dare not

(I

profefs ferioufly

1

dare

not)

ordini,

rily at

loll

)

give

the Sacrament to

chofe

unruly

fcandalous

Perlons,

that

will live

under no jail Difcipline,

and

I

dare

not

defraud

my Charge

of

my Labours, while

I

attend ordinarily upon

thofe

that are not

of

my Charge.

If

any

fhould fay

that

their

coming

to

Church and receiving the Sacrament

is

a

fufficient Signification

that they

take

us

for their Pallors, and therefore they will

do no

more

:

I

anfwer,

r.Many

Strangersreceive

the

Sacrament that are

not

of

my

Charge,

and many

that

areMembers of

another Church, or no particular Church

do

ordinarily come to our

Affemblies.

This

therefore

is

no certain

Sign. z.

Anti

though it

were

a

probable

Sign

heretofore, yet when we have

called

our

Parilhds

to

a

plain difcovery

of

their Minds, and they

refufe

to

fignify their

Coni

nt,

fo

much

as

by a

Word

of

their Mouths in Publick, then

the

former ceafeth to be

any

probable Sign

of

Content.

We

had jutt Reafon

to

call

our People to

exprefe

their

Confent

(

which

Reafons we

printed

in

our Agreement to which

I

refer

you)

and

we explained

all

to them, and told them

over

and over, that

we muff take thole

only

i'or

our fpecial

Charge that

would exprefs

their Content, and

we waited now

two

Years

to

fee

whether they would do

it

:

And

if

after all

this

they forbearor

refufe,

let

the World judge whether

this be

not

an open, plain difclaiming

of

our

Overfight and their Memberfhip. What would

you have as do

!

can we know

Mens Hearts

that

will

not open them to

us

?

Nay,

(hall

the fame Man fo long

refute

to

tell

us

his

Mind, and

when he

hash done,

blame

us

becaufe

we under-

Rand it

not? If

indeed they contented,

a Word fpeaking, or the writing

of their

Names

is

no

great

Cott

or Labour to difcover

ir.

If

they think

it too

much, we

might

better think our yearly Labour too much for them, Relation

is

the ground

of, the

Duties

which they bind

to.

I

cannot enter

thefe

Relations but by con

-

lent;

nor, know them without the Ex rellion

of

that

Confent.

No

Man

can

be

a

Member

of

my Charge in defpight

of

me

;

nor

can

I

make any

Man

fuch

againft

his

Will.

I

can

never marry a Woman

that

will fay, you

Chaff

do

the

Office

of

a

Husband to me, but

I

will

not

tell you

whether I

take

you for my Husband,

nor

promifè

to

be

yourWife, &c.

I

will

not

have a Scholar

in

my

School,

or

a

Pu-

pil

that

will fay,

Hither

will

I come, and you

thall teach me,

but

I

will

not

tell

you whether

I

will be your Scholar,

or

take you for my

Teacher: Nor

will

I

have

a

Patient that will

make me give

him what Phyfick

he delires, and will

not

fay

he will take me

for

his Phyfician.

3.

Betides,

the

Office

of

a

Pallor

is

not

only to

preach and adminifter

the Sacrament, but

allo

to

admonifh, rebuke,

and

exercife

Come

Difcipline for the

Good

of the

Church

:

And

he

that will not pro -

fefs

his

confent to thefe,

Both

not by

his

partial fubmitting

to

the reff

hew

his

confent

that I

be his

Pallor.

I

will be a

Pallor

to none

that

will

not be

under

Difcipline

:

That

were to

be a

halfPaftor,

and indulge Men

in

an unrulinefs and

contempt

of the

Ordinance

of

Chritt

:

If

I

take

more

on

me than

is

juif

or ne-

ceffary,

I will

gladly,hear

of

it,

and recant. 4.

Either they do

indeed take

us

for

their Pallors or

not:

If

not,

we do them no

Wrong to

take them for

none

of

our

Charge

:

And

then why do they

fay

that their coming to Church proveth it

?

But if

they do take

us

for their Pallors,

then

they owe

us

more Obedience

than

the

fpeaking

of

a

Word comes

to,

and when we require

themto

profefs

themfelves

Members

of

the Church and

of

our Charge, they are bound

to obey

us

unlefs

they

"can prove

it

a Sin. But

if

they

fay

we will

not

obey them in

the

fpeaking

of

filch

a Word, though indeed they

did call

us

their Pallors,

this were

but

to

contradict

themfelves, and

to deny

the

thing when they give

us

the

Name.

I

delire

no

fuck

Charge

;

much

lefs

fach

as

will give

us

neither Name nor

Thing

and yet expect

Y

their