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P

A R

T

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

§

29o. ¢.

The

fourth Matter

of

Difference, being the

Oath

of

Canonical

Obedience,

they here

alfo differ

among

themfelves.

r.

Some

of

them think

that

as

the

Neeef-

fity

of

Monarchy

and

our Relation to the King, doth make the

Oath

of

Allegi-

ance neceffary,

or

very meet,

fo

the

Neceffity

of

Prelacy and

our

Relation to the

Prelates, doth make

the

Oath of

Obedience

to

them-

iu(ifiahle and meet For

that which

muff

be done, may be promised and

fworn.

2.

Others

of them

(ày,

That

it

is

only to the Bilhops

as

Magtftrates,or Officers

of

the

King, that

we (wear

to

them.

3.

And others

fay,

That

as

we may

be fubjeet

to

any.

Man,

in humili-

ty,

fo

we may promife

or £wear

it to any Man. And it

being but

in licitia

er

how-

f1re,

that

what

we may

lawfully do,

we may fweartó

do.

§

291.

I.

The

fifth

Controverfie

is

about

Re-ordination

of

fach

as

were

not Or-

damned

by Diocefans, but by

the Presbyteries which then were

(at home or abroad)

And

here

they

are

alfo

of

two

minds among themfelves.

The

one fort fay,

That

Ordination

without

Diocefans

is a

Nullity,

and thofe

that are

fo

Ordained,

are

no

Miniffers but Laymen

;

and therefore their Churches, no true Churches

(

in

fe

politico

)

:

And

therefore

that

filch

muffneeds

be

Re- ordained.

The.other

fort fay;

That

their Ordination

was valid before

in ford

fpirituali; but

not

infra

civilt;

and

that the repeating

ofit,

is

butan afcertaining

or

a

confirming

Aft,

as

publick Mar-

rying

again would

be,

after one

is

privately married, in

cafe

the Law

would be-

ftardize or difinheric

his

Children

elfe.

§

292.

6.

The

txth

Controverfie

is

about

the

lawfulnefs.of

the

Af

nt and

Con-

fine

to

be

declared,

which

is

to

all

contained

in

the

Book

of Articles,

the

.Book

of

Ordination,

and the

Book

of Common

Prayer. Thefe comprehend abundance

of

Particulars ;

lore

Doârinal,

fome

about the

Offices

and Difcipline

of

the

Church, and

fome

about the Matter, the

Order

and

Manner, and

Ceremonies

of

Worfhip. Here they are

alfo

divided among themfelves

:

fome few

of

them

take

the

words plainly

and properly, (

viz.

the willing Conformifts) and think that

deed there

is

nothing in

thefe

Books

which

is

not

to

be affented and

contented to

:

And

indeed

all

the Convocation mutt

needs be

of

that mind

(or

the Major

part

)

and

elfo

the

Parliament);

becaufe

they had the

Books

before them to

be

peru(ed,

and did

examine

the Liturgy and

Book

of

Ordination, and

make great Altera-

tions in

them,

and therefore

if

they

had

thought there

had been any

thing

not

to

be

affented and confented

to, they

would

have altered

it by

corre &ion,

before

they

had

impofed

it

on the Church.

But for all

that, the other

Party

is

now

fo

nume-

rous,

that I

could

yet never

fpeak

with

any

of

them, but went that way,viz. with

the

Latitudinarians to expound the words [all

things contained

in

the Books]

which

they

affent and confene

to [All

things which

they

are

to

ufe

]

:

and

their

[

Af

nt

and

Confent

J

they limit only to the

ufe:

q.

d.

[I

do af/eny..obáa there

it

nothing

in

theft

Books

which

rear

nos

lawfully

be

ufed,

and

I

do confect to

the ufe

of

fo

ensecb

of

belongeth.

io rise]

:

Though yet they think

(or

will

not deny

but)

that

there

may be fome.

thing

that

may

be

ill

framed and

ill

impofed

:

The

reafon

of

this

Expofition they

fetch from the word

[ufe]

which

is

found after in the Aet

of

Uniformity,

though

is

be

not

in

the words

of the.

Delaration.

And

for the

Books,

they

fay,

It

is

law-

ful to

ufe

the

Common Prayer,

and the Ceremonies,

Crois, Surplice, Copes, and

Kneeling

at the

Sacrament, and

all

that

is

in

that

or the other

Books

robe

ufed,

and

therefore

to

declare

fo

much.

§

291.

More particularly,

r.

Concerning the

Kalenclar

impotng

the

safe

of

fo

many Apocryphal

Leffons,

they

fay

that

they are

read

but upon Weekdays, and

that not

as

Scripture, but

as

edifying

Leffons,

as

the Homilies are

i

and

as

many

Churches

have long ufed them.

And that the Church

fufficiently avoideth

the

Scandal by calling them

Apocrypha.

§

294.

And

2.for

the,

parcelling

and ordering

of

the Prayers

and

Refponfes

as

they

are, fome

of them

fay

that it

is

the bell Form and

Order,

and

it's

only Fan-

cy and Errour which

mifliketh

them

:

Others

fay

that they

are

difordery

indeed

,

but that

is

not

the

Sin

of

the

Orr

(

when they are

impofed)

but

of

the Framers

and

Impofers.

§

29(.

And

3.

as

for

the

DosBrine

of

the Salvation

of

Baptized

Infants in the

Rubrick

of Baptifm,

and

all

the mil

in

that

Book, and

in

the Nine

and

thirty

Ar-

ticles, fome

of them

fay

that

they are

all-

found

(vio.

the

willing Conformiffs)

but the unwilling Conformills

fay

that

theft are

not

things

to

be

usd by

them;

and

therefore. nor

within the

Compafs

of

the declared'

Affect

or

Confine

in

the

296;