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3

54

The

L

IFE

o

f

the

g.,

i

B. 1.

2. We

Argued,

[If

the Holy

Gbofl

command

the receiving

of

Men

to

that

Church Cam.'

minion

in

general

wit

aut

exception,

whereof

the Communion in the Holy

Sacrament

is

a

moll eminent

part,

then he thereby commandeth the

receiving

them to the

Communion

in

the

Sacrament.

But, &e.

Ergo,

&c. Your Anfwer

fignifieth

that

it

is

a

receiving

firft

to

Inrtrattion,

and not

to

the

Sacrament,

till

fome

Change

be made,

you

tell

us

not

'what,

or that it

is

fuch a Receiving

as

may

coffin with

denying them the Com-

munion. We

(hall

now

therefore prove in

order thefe two Propofirions,which

are

to

be

nextproved.

x.

That the

Reception

that

Paulfpeaketh of,

is fuch

as

is

not continent

with de-

nial of the Sacrament for thofe

faults.

2.

That

there

is

no

fuch Difparity between

their

Faults and thofe

that

refufe

to

kneel

at the

Sacrament,

as

may

warrant your Difparity of

Penalty orUfage.

The

firft

we

(hall

prove,

r.

From the

Text

before

us ; z.

By

other Scriptures;

;.

By

Teftimony

of Expofiters,

efpecially thofe

of

your own way in other Things.

I.

So

to

receive one another

as

Chrilt

received

us

to the Glory

of

God the

Fa-

ther,and

this

not to

doubtful Difputation,

(or

not to

judge

their doubtful Thoughts)

and

not

to

defpife

or judge one another,

but to

take eachother for fuch

as

do what

we do to

theLord,

and letevery

Man

be fully

perfwaded in his own Mind

;

and

fo

as

todiftinguilh the

Points

that

we differ about from thole

in which

God's

Kingdom

(loth

conlft,

in which whofoever ferveth

Chrift

is

acceptable

to

God,

and

Ihould be

approved

of

Men

;

and fo

as

to

follow the things

that

edifie and

make

for

Peace, and not lay

a

Bumbling block or

occafion

of

falling

in our

Bro-

ther's way, or deltroy

him

by the uncharitable

efe

of

ourLiberty

,

knowing

it

is

Sin

tohim that efeemeth it

Sin ;

but

to

forbear

our

felves

to

efe thofe

things

in

Controverfie wherebyour Brother

ftumbleth or

is

offended

,

becaufe he

is

damned

if

he ufe

them doubtingly;

and therefore

to

have

the belief

of

their

lawfulnefs

to

our

felves

before

God, and

to bear with the Infirmities

of

the

Weak, and pleafe

them to their Eification,

and

not to

pleafe

our

felves,

that

fo

being

like-

minded

one

towards another, that with one

mind and one

Mouth we

may

glorifie

God

:

We

fay,

Thus to

receive

is

not

continent with

the

denial

of

Communion in the

Sacrament

for

thofe Faults. But fuch was the Receiving required by the Apoftle

Rom.

r¢.

é7rq.

Ergo

--

He

that

can

ferioufly

ponder

all

thefe Expreflions, and the

Scope

of

the Holy

Gholt,

and

yet

can believe

that

all this Receiving

is

but

fuch

as

confifleth

with

forbiddingthem Communion in the Lord's

Supper,

which then

was

fo

great a part

of

the daily Communion

of

the Church, and alto may

coati}

with

the further

Procefs againft

People and Minifters to Excommunication, and

Prohibition to

preach the

Gofpel,

which

is

now pleaded for in

cur

Cafe,

is

of

fo Orange

a

tem.

perature

of

Underifanding,

as

that

we can

have

little hope by any Scripture-Evi-

dence

to

convince him.

z. When the Holy

Ghoft

requireth Men

in general to receive others

as

Church

-

Members

into Church

-

Communion, with

the

Affection

and Tendernefs here

ex-

preffed,

and

doth not

except any

ordinary part

of

Church

-

Communion

,

it

is

not

lawful for

us

to interpret it

of

fuch a

Receiving

as

excludeth the principal part

of

ordinary Church

-

Communion.

But in

Rom.

r4.

&

t

f. the Holy

Ghoü

requireth Men in general to

receive o-

thers

as

Church

-

Members into

Church-

Communion with

the

Affeâtion and

Ten

-

dernefs

here expreffed, and

doth not except

any ordinary part

of

Church Commu-

nion.

Ergo

it

is

not

lawful

for

us

to

interpret

it

of

fuch a Receiving

as

excludeth the

principal

part of

OrdinaryCommunicn.

The

Reafon

of

the Major

is,

Becaule

as

the wholecontaineth

all

the

parts,

fo

when the whole

or

general

is

commanded,

if

Men may take liberty

to

except

the

very principal part where the Law doth

not

except it, then no Commands

can be

intelligible,or fuchInterpreters may

have

liberty

ro make void

the

law at

their own

pleafure.

As

when it

is

faid [Honour the

King] and

Let

every Soul

be

febjelt

to

the

Higher Powere]

and

[not

refill]

&c.

if

Men may take liberty by interpreting,

to

except the

very

principal

part

of

Honour,

and

the principal

perfons

from

Subje-

ttion,

and the principal Cafe

from [Refill-

not],

it

will

be no jolt interpretation.

Íf

thefe fame Perfons had a

Command in general, to

[worfbip God]

or

[

hold Com-

munion

with

the

Cherub]

if

they

themfëlves Ihould

interpret it

fo

as

to exclude

wor-

'hipping

God in the Sacrament

of

the

Eucharift;

or holding Communion with

the