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314

The

LIFE

of

the

L

Alfo

the Prayer of [giving

the

Spirit

to

the

bffant,that

he

being born

again]

feems to

import

the

EffeEts

of

Baptifm

onChrift's part,(as

underftood bythe Common

Prayer

Book) to

be

not

given

by

the Private Baptifm.

In

the Rubrick

for

Confirmation, the

Order that

Children

!hall be

Confirmed

when they can

fay

the Creed,

Lord's Prayer, and

Ten

Commandments

, and

an-

fwer

the

Quefions

of

the Catechifm, kerns

contrary to the

firlt and third

Rea

-

fons,

which require that

Solemn

Renewal

or

owning

of

their Covenant,

which

or-

dinarily

they

are

not

ripe for,

of

many

years

after they can

fay

the Cate

-

chifm.

And though we

fuppofe,.

the

meaning was only

to

exclude

the

Neceffity

of

any

other

Sacrament

to

baptized Infants, yet

thefe Words are dangerous,

as

to

miflead

the Vulgar, [He

(hall know for

a Truth, that

it

si

certain

by

God's Word,

that

Chil-

dren

being

baptized have

all things

neceffary

for

their

Salvation, and

be

undoubtedly

faved].

The

meaning

is

ex

parte

Ecclef:ae

but it bath

miflead

many to think it

is abfolute,

and comprehendeth all things

neceffary

in

every

refpeet.

In

a

Catechifm where

fo

many

neceffary

Points are patted over

,

it's

diforderly

to

put two fuch frivolous Queftions in the beginning,

as

[What

rayour

Name?

and

Wbo

gave

you tbra

Name

?]

In

the Catechifm there

is

omitted

fome

of

the

EJfential

Attributes

of

God, with-

out which he cannot

be

rightly

known.

There

is

alto

omitted the Doctrine of

the

Law

made

to

Adam,

and

of

Man's

Fall,

and the

Doárine of

our

Mifery is

infuffici-

ently touched

:

The

Perfon, Office, and Properties

of

the Redeemer

,

are

fo

in-

fuffciently opened,

as

that we

fhould

think the

Effentials

ofChrillianity

are

omit.

ted, were it not that they are (generally at leap)

expreffed

in

the

Creed

itfelf,which

is

more

full

than

the

Explication

of

it.

There

is

no

mention

of

the

Holy

Scrip-

tures in

it

:

and the Doátrine

of

the Covenant

of

Grace

is

very

defeetively expref-

fed

;

and

fo

is

the Do&rine

of

SanCtification,

and other parts

of

the Work of

the

Holy Gboft

;

and the whole Do&rine

of

God's Judgment and Execution:

and

that of Man's Duty, and even the Nature and Ufe

of

the Sacraments

, in

which

it

is

fullelt

:

as

will

appear by

a

true comparing it

with what

we

offer.

.The

Prayers and Adminiftration

of

Confirmation

fuppofe all

the

Children

brought

to

be

Confirmed, to

have

the Spirit

of

Chrift and the

forgivenefs

of

all

their

Sins

;

whereas a great

number

of

Children at

that

Age

(

that

we

fay

not

the

far greater

part)

do

live a

carnal,

carelefs Life,,

and

Phew

no Love to God

above

all,

no prevalent

Selfdenial,

Mortification,

nor

Faith in

Chrilt,

and

Heavenly

-

mindednefs,

nor

ferious

Repentance

for

the

Life

of

Sin

which they continue in

af-

ter

Baptifm

:

Therefore to

there

Children Confirmation

is

not

to

be

Adminiftred,

till

befides

the

Paying

of

the Catechifm, they make

a credible Profeifion

of

Faith,

Repentance and Obedience

:

And to them

that

do

not

thus,Confirmation

is agrofs

and

perillous Abure.

In

the concluding Rubrick there

is

no care

taken for the multitude

that

being

pall

Childhood, underftand

not.what it

is

to

be a

ChritHan

:

who

alto have need

of

Catechizing.

In

Matrimony

there Words

[

Far

be ye

well af/ared

that

fo

many

as

be

cooled

toge-

ther

otberwife

than

God's Word

sloth

allow, are not oined together

by

God, neither is their

Matrimony

Lawful] do dangeroully

fpeak

that of Irregularities in General,

which

is

true only

of

force

greater

Faults

that

are

contrary

to

the

Effentials

of

Matrimony:

For

in many

Cafes goadfieri

non debet,

fauns

valet.

The

Ring

fhould

not

be

forced on

chafe

that

fcruple it.

The

oblolete Phrafes [With

my Body

I

theeWorfhip,

&c.)

fhould

be changed.

The

Prayers at the Tableare diforderly Repetitions, not delivering that in

many

Words,

which may

be

exprefl in

few:

It

is

unfit

to keep

all

Perlons unmarried

that

are unmeet for the

Communion,

be-

ing

Infidels

and unbaptized and prophane Perlons may marry

:

and it

is

unmeet

to

force

fuch

to

receive

the

Communion the

fame

Day that

they

Marry.

If

it

were

requifste

to put the private Work

of

vifiting

the Sick,into the

publick

Liturgy

of

the Church

;

yet the

Variety

of

the

Cafes

of

the

Sick

is

filch,

that

theta

Forms

are

nor

.(Arable

to

all.

In