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394

The

LIFE

of

the

B.1.

The Oath

of

Canonical Obedience.

Go

A.

B.

Pro

quod præfbabo Veram tar Canonicam Obedientiam Ep

f

opo

L.ondinenfi

li

ejufgue

Succefforibus

in

amnibus

liçitit

e

bonefbit.

§

;oz.

H.

The

Nonconformifts, who take not

this

Declaration,

Oath,

Subfcríp.

don,

&c. are

of

divers forts, fome being

further diftant from Conformity

than o-

tilers

;

fome

thinking that

(orne

of

the forementioned things are lawful, and tome

that noneof them

are lawful

:

and

all

have

not the

fame

Reafons for their

diffent.

But

all

are agreed

that

it

is

not.lawfal to

do

all

that

is

required,

and therefore

they

are

all

call out

of the

Exercife

of

the

Sacred

Minittry,

and forbidden to preach the

Word

of

God.

§

;03.

The

Reafons

commonly given

by

them

are

either,

a.

Again the

Impo-

frng

of

the things forementioned

;

or,

2. Againft the Ufng

of

them being impoled.

Thofe

of

the former fort were giveninto the King and

Bifhops before

the

Palling

of

the

Adl

of

Uniformity,

and are laid

down in

the

beginning of

this Book ; and

the

Opportunity_being now paff, theNonconformifls now meddle not with that

part of the

Calife,

it having

Teemed

good to their

Superiours

to

go

againft

their

Reafons. But this

is

worthy

the

noting by the

way,

that

all

that

I

can fpeak

with

of

the Conforming Party, do now

ju(tifie

only the

Ufing

and

Obeying

,

and

not the

Impofrngofthee things

with the

Penalty by which

they are

Impeled:

Fromwhence

it

is

evident, that

moftof

their

own Party do

now juftide

our

Coufe

which

we

main-

tained

at

the

Savoy,

which

was

againft

this;Impoftion

(

whilft

it might

have been

prevented), and for which

filch an

intemperate

Fury bath purfued the

to

this

very

day. z.

But

it

is

the

Reafons againft

our

full

Obedience to the Impofirion of

this

Conformity, which

I

am

now to

rehearfe

:

but I

muff defire

the Reader to remem-

ber, that my

bare Recital

is

no

fign

of

myApprobation

of

all

that I recite,though

I

be one

of

thofe

that dare not Conform.

'§ 304.

And fìrß there

are

divers

general

Reafons

which 'keepfomeof them more

than

others from Conformity, and

drive them further,

even from

joyning with

them in Liturgy

oc

Sacrament.

r.

Some

of

them

look upon

the Principles and

Lives

of

many

of

thole who

fall

in with the

eflablifht

Church,

as

furnilhing them with

a

fufficient Plea

againft Con-

formity

:

For,

fay

they,

it's

eafie

to

obferve how

the Prophane and

Vitious

and

Debaucht and

Scandalous

(

which

makes

up

but too great

a

part

of

the Nation

},

fall in

with that Party

in

the

Church that

are

for Prelacy

and Liturgy,frc. and for

oppre(Iingthofe who

differ in

their Sentimentsfrom them about

thefe

Matters.Now

how

fay

they, can

we

fafely

joys

in with that

Body

of

Men, that

harbours fo

many

open Enemies to

all

Religion,

as

the

prophane part of

the Nation compre-

hends

?

But fome

who

are more confiderare, reply,

That

this

is

no other than what

is

the

ufual

Attendant of

a

National E(tablilhment

;

it

being

a

common thing

for

all

thole in

a

State, who are really

of

no Religion,

in appearance to

fall

in

with

that

Modeof

Religion that

is

favour'd by the Law

,

and molt encouraged

by

the

Prince.

§

3

o

s.

z.

The

fame Perlons fay,

That

by

Conforming

they fhall

own

and

fbrengtb

enUJurperr;

who

have made a

New

Office

which Chrift

never made, and

to the

great wrong

of Chrift,

and the

peril

of

the

Church,

have made themfelves Lords

of

God's Heritage

:

And

as

he

that

obeyeth the Pope's Law,

is

guilty

of

his

U-

furpation

, fo is

he

that

obeyeth the

Prelates Laws,though

the Matter

commanded

were

lawful in

it

fell.

But

the

moderator Nonconformills

are not

for

this

Reafon;

becaufe,fay they,it

is

but

Counfel as

it cometh from the

Convocation

;

and

it

is

the King

and

Parliament

that

make

a

Law

of

it, whom

we mull

obey

in

lawful things.

And

they fay fur-

ther,

That

we

mutt not

forbear a

-Duty,

for fear

of

Encouraging Men's Ufurpa-

clons.

§

;o6. They

fay

alto, 3.That

thefe Impofitions are

doneby

the

Prelates

in meet

deign

to root out

godly Miniffers and

Chriflians

:

And that

when

they

feared

that

the old Conformity would not

fern

turn,

they

have added

lach new

Materi-

als

of

fer

purpofe, which keep out

a

Thoufand

at

leaf

that

would have yielded

the