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360

'The

LIFE

of

the

Y.,

I B.

q.

It

may

through

culpable

Ignorance

be applied to

undue Subjells

who are

not

Cirrumftanres;.

as

if

a People

that

have

the Plague

be

commanded to

keep Affemblies

forWorlhip

;

theLawgiver

being culpably

ignorant that

they had the Plague. Ma-

ny

more

Reafons may

be 'given.

Oppon.

We make good our Major by (hewing

that

the

Subje&

is

not

changed,

'

thus.

If

whenfoever the

fiat

A&

is

commanded

fub

Pena.

injuffa,

and

no other

Aet

is

`

commanded whereby any

unjut

Penalty

is

enjoined

(which wereyour

Words)

the

ark

A& commanding

mull command an

unjut

Punifhment (which

were

ours)

then

we have

not

changed the

Subje&

`

But the Antecedent

is

true ; therefore the Confequent.

2;4.

Thus, Reader, thou

haft every

Word that

was

brought

by

them in this

Difputation,

to

prove the

juftnefs

of

all thorn

Impofitions on pain

of

Excommuni-

cation

(which

infers

Imprifonment,

en.)

which

have divided this

mifèrable bleed-

ing Church,

and

will

admit

of

no

Remedy,

nor patiently endure

him that

Ihall

propofe

it, or

beg for

Peace and Charity

at

their

Hands.

2;y. The

other Arguments which

I

offered

(and they were not

accepted or

read).

were thefe following. In which you mutt note that

all

theft

Arguments were

but

propofed thus

briefly, and

not

followed up, becaufe it was expe&ed

that

they

Ihould have called

us

to that.

And that

this

Writing

was

but begun, and many

more Scripture

Texts

and Arguments omitted, for

want of time,

and by

the Inter-

ruption

of

our Difputation. And concerning the foregoing Reply to Dr.

Gunn ng

about the

Senfe

of

Rom. 14.

Note, that

at

I

was

purpofing to

have

added a multi-

tude of

Teflimonies more, to thole

of

Dr.

Hammond and Groriur,

the ending ofour

Difputation did

prevent me, and ever unce

then I

calf by

all

fuch

Thoughts

as

theft,

forefeeing

that

now

(when

they would

not

endure the means

of

Peace) my Dttty

would henceforth lye

on

the other

fide,

to plead other Men into true and moderate

Thoughts

of

things indifferent, and Obedience,

fo

far

as

the

Unity

and Peace

of

the Church

required it,

and the

matters impofed were

not

finial to

the Doers,

though they might

be

Panful

to the

Impofers.

I

knew that henceforth

I

Ihould

be

as

much

exercifed in moderating thole for whom

I

had

now

pleaded, and muff

bear fome centime alto from many

of

them.

Qeft.

Whether

it

be

jail

(or lawful)

to enjoin

all MniJlers

to

deny

Communion to

all

that

dare not kneel

:nth,

Reception

of

the Sacrament

on the

Lord's Days?

Neg,

Becaufe

you

will needs call all

the Opponent's Work

on

us,

by

arguing

that

we

have

brought

no fufficientReafons

for the contrary (appealing to

all Men

acquaint-

ed with

the

juk Method

of

Difputation, whether you that

have

the affirmative,

do

not hereby

fly all

juk and

equal

Difpute, and

¡hew

a

Diffidence,

of

your

Cauf)

we that

hive

the negative

Ihall

more juftly by the

fame

method, call

back

your

proper Work upon you.

If

it

be

jut

(or

lawful)

to

enjoin

all

Minillers to deny Communion to

all

that

dare

not

kneel in the Reception

of

the. Sacrament on

the Lord's

Days,

then

tome

cogent Argument

may

be

drawn from the Nature

of

the

thing,

or fupernatural

Re-

velation,

to ju(tify it.

But

no Argument

can be drawn (for ought

that

ever

was

yet

by

the Right

Reve-

rend Fathers,

or

Reverend Brethren produced or manifefted to

us,

or

we can

tell

whereto

find,

or how to invent)

fwm

the

Nature

of

thething, or

from fuper-

natural Revelation,

to

¡unify it.

Ergo,

it

is

not

juft,

care.

If

any filch

Argument can be produced,

let it

be

produced, oryou

forfake

your

Caufe.

(Note thatthis

was

written

before

they yielded to

be

Opponents.)

I.

Our

firk Argument

drawn

front general Councils,

and the Pra

&ice

of

the

Univerfal

Church,

we handled already

:

and are ready to bring in fuller

Proof.

II. And our fecond

Argument

from

Rom.

r4,

and

a5.

where the Cafe

is

purpofe-

ly and largely

decided, that

things

of fach Moment

matif

not

be made

the matter

of

Cenfures, Reje

&ions,

or Contempt.

114

To

impofe on the

Church

things antecedently unneceffary upon

fo

great a

Penalty

as

Exclufion from

Communion,

is

a

linful thing.

But ro enjoin all Miniflers to deny

Communion

to

all

that dare

not

kneel in the

Reception

of

the Sacrament(for Pear of Idolatry or

Scandal)

is

to impofe on the

Church