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166

IheLIFE

ofthe

LtB.I,

s

To

ywr

fecund we

fay, Its true

that

we take

our Parsfhes

for

true Political

Churches;

and we

take

it

as

probable

(

and

fo

to

be

judged

by

us

and

others)

that

all

thole

that

con

-

feantly fubmit

to the

Ordinances

and Minifterial

Offices,

are true

viftble

Members,emd

take

themfeenet

for

fuch

; except they do otberwife difcover

their

diffeat.

But

becaufe

wherePro-

fe

ons

are but implicit,

or

kf

expreß we

have

but

a

probability,

and

not'

a

full

certainty

that

adfacb

Perfam

do takes-hamlet-vet

indeed

for

Members

,

and

becaufe

when we

call

them

to acquaint

us expreßy,

whether

they

take tbemfelves

for

Members, or

not;

tbeÿ deny

it,

or

refute

to profeß

it,

and

fo

difclaaim

it,

we now

firfl

difcern

that

they

are

no

Members;

either

not

intending

to

be

frith all this while,

or

voluntarily departing now.We have

more affarance

of

the

Truth

of

our

particular

yifible Churches,

than

we have

of

each

Man's

memberfhip

par

-

:titularly. For

force

do

plainly profeß thewfelves Members,

and

mote

others

do

that

wbicb

amounts

to

a

more ebfeure

Profefon, and which

makes them

guilty

of

Hypocrifee,

f

they

in-

tendnet what

theyfaene to

profeß

:

Best

yet when

they

contradifl

the teeming

darker Pro

-

feeon

by

an

open

difdeiming

it,

then

they

undeceive

as, and

ceafe

that

diffembling :

And

Multitudes

do openly profefi

in many

places, longago,.

that

it

n

their

liberty

to

bear

all

Men,

but

they

take as

for

no

Churches, or

at

leaft

they

take.

not tbemfelves ee Members. Beftdés,

when

they

difclaim

our

Power over them,

they

will

not

come

near

us to

be quefhsoned,or

give

any

account

of

their

ways, but

tell

us,

We

have

no

more

to do

with

them, than others have

wbofeCbargethey

sire

not

under. Moreover, when

they

have

cafe out

tbemfelves,

they are

not capable

of

the

fame Calling

but

by no,

ai tbof

that_

are

in

for it-

cannot

be

wholly

ab

eodern termino.

Tot

we

do

not,

as

you

jay,

refolve

to

exertif

our

Dif

ipline

on

thole only

that

tefIile

Confent

;.:but.

only

agree

on no

more,

leaving

the

rife

to

be

done

as above,

and

be-

yond this Agreement..

But that's

your.

third, grunion,

to

which we fay, That we

do

not

Prop.

x8. limit

our

Publick

Confines to thole only

that exprß

Confnt,

as excluding

all others,

or refol'oing not

to do

it

on any others

:

but

only

refolvtng

bare to do

it.

Indeed cur

Judgment

u,,

that

fo

far

as

a fcandaleur Chriltian. bath

Communion

with us,

fo

far

he

may be

cafe

out

(not

breaking

Natural

and Civil

Bonds)...

f

fame

bave

the Communion of

particular

Chinch-

Member,

withas,

and

others

bave but

the.

Communion

of

Cbrsf

Lam

in Neighbourhood,

and

ordinary

Converfe wherein

we have

accafton to

manifefl familiarity, we

may

and

Ought-to

Cafe the

former

(

on

jute

caufe

)

out

of

Church-Communion,

and

eke

later,

out

offamiliar

Society, or Communion

in

any

,

Ordinance

that

intimates

Familiarity;

but

out

of

that

Church we cannot

can

him, when

he

is not in

it.

Tot

for

many Reafons

we judged

it

un-

meet to

put this late into

our

Agreement.

I.

Tou do

mifeake

our

Reg.

to.

of

Prop.

19.in

fop

ofmg

that

the

Profelon of

Confine

there mentioned,

detb

carry in the

not

of it, a

plain

refofal

of

our Difcipline.

For

if

be

profeß Confine, we mule

take

him as

a

Member,

and

rife

bins

accordingly

; and

by

that

Profeon,

be

manifefletb

Content to our Guidance

and

Difcipline in

general and

the thing.

that

be

refufetb

is

only

Actual

Obedience to

a

particu-

lar

Ate

of

Difcipline,

andthat after

the difcovery

of

Content; which

any corrupt Member

may do.

As

for

the

two

Points

before mentioned

by you,

wherein you

went

not fo

far

as we,

this

much

we

briefly

fay,

x.

Our

x9th

Prop,

Reg.

9.

ffeaks of

no

Ignorance but

what was

before

eeepreffed,

viz. of

Fundamentals,

and that

only

where we bave

jail

ground

of

Safficion

of

it. z.

We

dare

not diffivadeyour

mutual Affiance jn

Pafeoral

Offices

to

particular

Con-

gregations, where there

is

no offence

taken

at

it. But

if

the Congregational Brethren

flrould

take

it

at

a

makingyour

many Churches

to

be

but

one

particular

Church,

or

a

giving

the

Patter of

one

Church

a

true

Pa/oral

Power,

and

confequently

Charge

and

Duty over

other

Churches,

(

which

you

know Mr. Burroughs

in

bis

Irxnic.

makes their

great

Offence),

then

for

Unity

and

Peace

fake, we

could with

you

did

forbear

it.

Brethren, Our hearty prayeris

that

the

Lord wouldguide ,

quicken, encourage,

and

fuc-

aeed

you, in this

blefféd (York.

But

the more

excellent

it

is, the more Oppefitian expetl

from

Men

and Devils, andyourown

Corruption:

But

the dearer

it

eo/eetb

you,

and

the

more

unrefervedlyyou devoteyour

felves.and

reftgnall you

bave

to God,

for

the

faithful

perform-

ance

of

it,

the

more

Comfort mayyou

expeá from

God, and.the

Tweeter

will

be

your reviews

of it at a

dying

hour.

Brethren,

imitate

your

Lord:

Do the

Work

of

him

that

fine

you

while

it

is

day

; for

the

night

cemetb

when

none

can work.

Farewel

Kiderminlier,

OAob.

Your Brethren

16I;.

and

fellow Servants,

Rich.

Baxter,

Jarvis

Bryan,.

in the

Name

and

at theAppointmentof

the relit

Brethren