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P

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ß

T

IL

ReverendMr. f

ichard

Baxter.

355

the Church therein, we doubt not but they would

be

judged unju(t diftinguifh-

ers.

The Minor

is

granted

us

by

our

Reverend Brethren

,

who

here openly

contef

that

the

Text

fpeaketh

of

Church

-

Members, and

of

Receiving them to Church-

Communion, though they unwarrantably interpret it

of

filch a

Communion

as

extendeth not to the Sacrament

of

the Eucharift.

.

;.

if

the Text

Rom. 54.

ter

55.

forbid

not

one

part to put away

othçrs

from

Communion in the Sacrament

of

the

Eucharift, then it. forbiddeth

110t

the tither

Party to feparate from

their Brethrenin

the Sacrament

of

the

Eucharift.

But the Confequent

is falfè

:

Ergo

fo

is

the Antecedent,

The

Reafon

of theConfequence

of the

Major

is

becaufe

if

is

fpeak

not

of that

part

of

Communion to one

Party,

it

cannot

fpeak

of

it to

the other,ic

being

plain-

ly the fame

Communion

e

hat

is

fpeaketh

of to

both.

The Minor

is

ordinarily granted

us

by

the

Diffenters

,

when

they apply this

Text

againit

Separatifts,

that upon the Account

of

Ceremonies and

Things

hrdif

-,

ferent, condemn the

Church,

and judge

their Brethren,

and feparate from their

Communion in the Eucharift.

II. From other

Scriptures.

If

in all

the

Word of God there

be

no

mention of

.

fuch

a

Receiving into

church-

Communion,

(

much

left

with

all

thefe

Prohibitions

of

Judging,

Defpiling,

Offending,

e

.c.) as

confrfteth with Reje6ting from

Commu

-.

nion

in the

Eucharift,

of

any Perfon naturally capable

,

then the word Receiving

is

not

to

be fo

expounded here.

But

in

all

the Word

ofGod

there

is

no mention

of

fuch

a

Receiving into Church-

Communion

(

much

left

with

all

thefe

Prohibitions,

erne) as

conitteth with

Re-

jeûing

from

Communion in the Eucharift,

of

any Perfon naturally capable.

Ergo

the word

Receiving

is

not to

be fo

expounded here.

The

Reafon

of

the Confcqueuce

of

the Major

is,

becaufe

here

is

no

apparent.

ground in

this

Text

for äs

to

underitand'the Receiving

Spoken of,

as

dire, ent

from

what

is

mentioned

in

all ocher

places

of

the holy Scripture

:

,And

if

without

an/.

filch

ground we

fhould allow

our

felves a

fingnlar

Interpretation,

we

should open a

way to Men to make what they

pleafe

ofScripture.

The

Minor being to

be

proved by

an

Indu

&ion

all

particular Texts,

it

will

be the briefer way

for

the Refpondent

to

inflance

in

any one which he thinks

hash

fuch a fence,

and then

we

(hall be

ready

to prove the

contrary.

III.

For

the fence

of

Expofitors; We

fhali

begin with

the Learned Dr.

Ham

-,

mand;

who expounded) the

Text

of

Church

-

Communion, and

fuch

Communion

as

cannot conflit with Excommunicating from the Sacrament

of the Eucharift

,.

or

the other heavy Penalties upon Minifters and People

which

we

now

plead a-

gainit,

as

may

be feen

in

thefe

his

plain Exprefiîons.

`

V.

e.

[

And for the prefer-

'

ving

of

that ChriftianCharity among

all

mentioned Solemnly

Cb.

a

;.

8,9,

to. (vid.

lot.)

I

(hall enlarge to give thefe Rules.

The

Jewifh

Believer

on the

other

fide

the Gentile

Believers feeing

the

Jewilh /land upon

fuch

things

are

apt

to

1parate

and

fo

betwixt one

and other the

Communion

is

like

to

be

broken.

.The

Scrupulous

or

Erroneous Judaizer

do

the

Gentiles

not

reje61,

but

receive

to your Communion

:

Yet

not

fo

that

he thereby thinks

himfelf encoura-

ged

or authorizedto quarrel with other Mens

Refolutions

and to condemn

ci-

tilers

--

V.

;. The

Scrupulous

Judaizer

muff

not reject and

cafe

out

of

his Corn-

'

munion the Gentile Chriftian

for

God bath admitted

him into

his

Church

(

withbut laying that yoke upon

him)

as

a

Servant into

his

Family, and he

is

not

'

to

be

excluded by the

Judaizer

for fuch

things

as

chete--

V. 4.

What Commit-

`

fion haft

thou,

O Jewith Chriftian,

to judge God's Servant, received and owned

'

by

him, to

exclude him out

of

the

Church.God

is

able

to clear him,it he

pleafe, and

he

certainly will, having by receiving him

into

his

Family

given

him

`

this

lihe

ty

V.

q.

In

fuch things every

Man muff

a6t by

his.

own,

and

not

by

another Man's Judgment or Confcience, what

he

is

verily perfwaded he

ought

to do

;

and therefore

Unity

and

Charity ought not to

be broken by you for fuch

things

V.

6,

7.

and

this fare

is

well

done on both

fides.

For no Man

of

us

`

is

to de what he hrmfelf

likes

belt, but what he thinks

is

molt acceptableto

God.

V.

9.

And

all

the Fruit

of

Chrift'sDeath

and

Suffering and Refurre&ion ,

which

accrues

to him,

is

only

this,

that he

may have

Power and Dominion

over

us

all,

"`

to command or

give

what libertyhe

pleafeth.

V.

ró. put

why doff thou

Jewilh

`

condemn the Gentile Chriftian,

or

exclude him from thy

Communion, becaufe

Zzz

`he