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396

The

LIFE

of the

L

I

B.

I.

§

3

ro,

7.

Daftly

it

is

laid,

That

the

Neeefty

which

is

pretended

for

this Con-

formity,

is

none

at all

:

For,r.

As

to

a

Neceffity ofCommunion with

the

Church

Catholick,

it

requireth not

Perfonal, Local

Communion with

each particular Con-

gregation;

but that at

a

difiance we own them

fo

far

as

they

are to

be

owned.

2.

And

for

the Efcaping of Punifhment

from

Men,

there

is

no neceiLty

of

it, nor

yet of our

Perfonal Liberty to preach

the

Gofpel, when

we

cannot

do

it

upon law-

ful

Terms.

But to

this

the moderate Nonconformifts fay, That

t.

our Catholick

Commu

pion

requireth

that

we

in Judgment or

Prabtice feparatefrom no

Church of Chrift

which forceth

us

not to

fin,

but

hold

Communion with them

as

we have a

Call

and Opportunity. And that

we

matt not

lèparate from one,

upon

a Cande

that

is

common to almoft

all. 2.

That

though there

be

no Neceffity

of

our efcaping

Perfècution, nor any

abfolute

Neceffity

of

our Perfonal

Preaching, yet

there

is

Of

this lull an

ordinate Hypothetical Neceffity

laid upon

us

by

God himfeif

i

and

wo

to

us

if

we preach

not

when we

may.

So

that

you

fee

that

thefè general Rea(bns

which

Come

Nonconformifts extend to

ai,

the moderate

allow

onlyas

Seconds

a-

gainll

chofe

things which

firfi are

proved unlawful.

§

315.

I.

For the particular Controverfie about

Diocefäns

T.

Some

of

the

Non

-

conformifts are againll

all Bifhops,

as

ditlin& front

Presbyters,

by any other than

a

Temporary

Prefidency or Moderatorfhip.

But

the molt

of

them

of

my Acquain-

tance

are

for the

Íawfulnefs

of

fome flared

Epif

opacy

;

that

is,

that

there be

fixed

Prefrdents

or

BiJlsops

in every

particular Church

they take

to

be

lawful,

as

of

Hu-

mane Conitimrion

and Ecclefiailical Cuf}om,contrary to no Law

of God.

z.That

There be

more general Overfeers

of

many

of

there Bilhops and

Churches,

as

the

A-

postles

were

( though without their extraordinary

Calland Priviledges) they

think

alto

lawful,

if

not

in

tome fort of Divine

Inflitution

:

r. Becaufe

Church-Govern-

ment being

an

ordinary Banding work, in that

the Apoltles were to have Succef-

fors.

z.

Becaufe they

think

it

incredible

if

the

Apoffles

had been

againll particu-

lar Primitive Epifcopacy, that

no

Church

or Perron would have been found

on Re-

cord to

have

born

witnefs againll

it,

till ithad been to univerlally received by all

the

Churches

But they are

all

agreed that

the

DIM:

Diocefan Frame of Government, and fo

the Popish Prelacy,

is

unlawful, and ofdangerous tendency

in the

Churches.

And

that

this Controverfie may

be

underl}ood, the

EngiiJlr

Frame mutt here

be

opened.

§

;rz.

There

are in England

two Archbilhops,

and under one of them four

Bi-

f

cops,

and under

the other One

and twenty Bishops:

in

all

Five and

twenty

Bi-

.fhops,

with

Two

Archbilhops. Every Bilhop bath

a

Cathedral Church which

is

no Parilh Church, nor hath

any People appropriated to it

as

Parishioners

:

But

a

Dean

with

a

Chapter

of

Prebends or Canons, are the Preachers to it, and Gover-

nours of

1

know not whom.

In

fome Bifhopricks are

Three

hundred,

Tome

Four

hundred,

force Five hundred,

firme

One

thoufand, tome Twelve

hundredPa-

rifiies, and

Come

more. In the greateft Parilhes

of

London

are about Threefcore

thoufand

Souls

(

as

Martyns,

Stepney

,

Giles

Cripplegate)

:

in others about

Thirty

thoufànd

(

as

Gileis

in the Fields

,

Sepulobret)

:

in others about

Twenty

thouftnd;

and in the leffer Parilhes fewer. Ufually

the

greater

Country

Parilhes

in Market Towns

have about Four thoufand,

or

Three thoufand,

or

Two

thou-

fand

Souls

:

and the ordinary Rural

Parilhes about

One

thoufand

in the

bigger

fort,

and

Two

hundred

or

Three hundred

in the

leffer

;

time

more, and

Come lets.

In

there Parilhes the Ministers who

have

watched over them,

( and

of

late times

in-

ftrueled and carechifed every

Fancily

and

Perlin,

young

and old,

apart

in many

places) do

find

that the number

of

chofe

that

are ignorant of the Perlon and Office

of

Chnit,

and the Effentials

ofChriltianity,

and

of

all

Religion, and

of

thole

that

are ordinary Drunkards, Whoremongers, Prophane

Swearers,

Cutlers,

Rasters,

or

otherwife notorioufly

Scandalous or

Ungodly,

-is

not

fmall.

For the

Government.

of

thefè

(befides preaching to them, and exhorting them,

and giving them the Sa-

craments),

the Parilh Minifter bath no

power: He

path no power

of

judging

whole

Children

he

Mall

baptize

;

but mutt refute none, though

the Parents be

pro-

fetfed Heathens

or

Infidels,

if Godfathers and Godmothers bring theta to

be

bap-

tized

(who yet never

adopt

then[,

nor meddle

more

as

Owners of

them with

their

Education,

and perhaps know

not what Baptifm or Chriltianity

is

themfelves).

They

have no

power to

judge

what

Perfons

of

their Parilh

fhall be

confirmed, or

admitted into the number

of

Adult Communicants

:

fo

that

all

their

Fro

ad

arein

poled on them.

They

have no more

power than

any

p'

the

Scandalous before Witness,

or

to admonifh

them

before the

Chinch,

ctr

pray

for