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398

The

LIFE

ofthe

LIß.I.

feffed

their

Sin,and begged

the Prayers

of the

Congregation,and

been

prayed

for)

:

In

a word,

their

Courts

are meerly

as

Civil

Courts,

for

Terrour

,

but not at

all

to

convince

Men of

Sin, and

bring them to Repentance

and Salvation, further

than

fuctfi7erroar

is

it

to do it. And note here,

That

the Difcipline

of

the Church

is

not

Co

be judged

of

by

the

King's

Declaration concerning Ecctefiaftical

Affairs,

which

was

never executed

before

it

was

void, in theferefpeots

:

Nor

yet

by tome

of

our

Reformers or

Chroniclers, who tell you how

it

was

exerciled quickly

afer

the Re-

förrnation

in

King Edward's or

Queen

Elizabeth's days

:

As Halingfhead,

e.

g..

who

telleth you

of

many

Suffragans; and

of

the Piety and Diligence

of

their Courts

and of

Ecercifes

called

Prophelying

held up

at

the Arch-Deacons Vibrations ( a-

gäïtilt the Subverters

of which

he

thundereth)

:

But

as

it

is

in England

at

this clay,

and path

been this Sixty

or

Seventy years by-paft.

.

§

314.

Now concerning

this -Diocefàn

Frame

of

Government, the

Nan-

Szifcceíber,

(called

Puritans

by

many

)

do judge that

iris

finful

and

contrary to the Word of

God, both

in

the

Conftitation

and

in the

Adwiniftration

of

it. And

they

lay

upon

it thefe heavy

Charges, the

leaft

of

which

if

proved,

is

of

intolerable weight.

§

;

t

q.

r.

They

fay,

That

quantum

in

fe

it deflroyeth the

Paftoral

Office,

which

is

of

Divine Inflitution, and

was

known

in

the Primitive

Church

:

for

it doth

de-

prive the

Presbyters

of

the

third

effential

part

of

their

Office

:

for

it

is

clear in

SCriptmre,

that Chrift

appointed no Presbyters, that were

not

fùbfervient

to him in

all the

three parts

of

his

Office,

as

Prophet, Friett

and

King, to

Rand

between the

People

and him

in

Teaching, Worfhippingand Governing

:

And

though the

Abby-

al

Exercife

of

any

one part, may

be Sufpended

without the

Deftrudion of

the

Of-

fice,

yet to the

Office

it

felf

(

which

is

nothing

but

Power

and

Obligation

to

exercife

)

one

part

is

as

effential

as

the other

:

lb

then they

fay,

that

[That

which

deilroyeth

art effential

part

of

the Pallors or

Presbyters Office,

deffroyeth the

Office

as

inli-

tutedbyChrift].

But the Diocefan Bate

of

Government

deftroyeth,be.

Erg

The

Major

will

not be denied

:

The

Minor hath two

parts;

r.

That

govern-

ing Pdwer and Obligation

(over

the Flock )

is

effential to the Office

of

a

Pallor

oy

Presbyter

al

inllinited

by

Chrill. Which they

prove thus ; r.

The

very

Name

of

Presbyter and PaRbr denoteth the Governing Power,

and was then ufed in

that

fence

-(as

'

Dr.

Hammond

bath

well

proved

).

z.There

is

nofuch thing found

in all

the New Teflament

as a

Presbyter that

had

not the

Power of

Governing

his

Flock

Dr. Han,-

as

well

as

Teaching

ir.

He that can

find

it,

let

him

:

Dr.

Hammond

bath gone

o-

osondAn-

ver

all

the

Texts in proving

it.

;.

The

Church

long

after

knew no fuch Presby-

notac'n

ters

as

had not the Spiritual

Government of the

Flock. 4.

The

Papiltsconfefs

that

t

Corso.

they

have the

Power

of

the Keys

in

o o

interiors

to

this day

which

is

the

S

irteual

a8.[.iog.

Y

Y

f

r

Y

i

P

Government.

S.

The

fecond

part

of

the Minor,

That

the Diocefta Form denieth

this

Go.

veining Power to the Presbyters, appeareth r.

By

their own

Confeflions

:

2.

By

the

Actual

Conftimtion,

difabling

them,

and placing the

Power elfewhere:

e.

By

the

infsnce

Of

the forementioned Particulars, and many more

:

They

have eve

r?ië

power of

judging

who

f

tall be

taken into

their Churches

as

Members by

Bap-

tiGü.'

or

COntirmed, or

who

luau

Communicate,

or

who

is

to

be

publickly

Admo

n

#!hell;

Cenfured, Excommunicated,

Abfolved

;

buried

as a

Brother dying

in

thrift, be.

no

nor what

Chapter to

read in the

Church, nor what Garment to

wear

norwhat

words

of

Prayer to put

up to

God

:

in all

which

they are

meer

Elenur"nners

of

other

Mens

Judgments,

as a

Cryer

or fuch

other Melfen.

get. i

116.

i.

Thefècond Charge

againfi this Diocefan

Prelacy

is,

That

it

introdu-

ceth

a

New Huntam

Species

of

Presbyters

or

.Spiritual Officers,

initead

of

ChriR's,

which it

deftrbyeìh:

that

is,

a

fort

Ofmeet

S«bfed

Presbyters,

that

have no

power

óf GOVernmehtbut meetly to Teach

and 'Worship.

That

this

is

a

diftinét

Species,

is

proved

in

that

r.

It

wanteth an

"effential

part

which the other

Specie,

bath.

z

.From the Bifhop's

own

profelfron,who in the beginning

of

the

Book

ofOrdination

(Subfcribed

Co) do

declare it plainly determined in Scripture,

viz. That

Bithops,

Pr

#efts,

and Deacons are

three diflin&

Orders

:

which

wad

Orders

is

the common

term to

lignifie a

Species

of

Church

Officers

diftinf

from

a

weerd

gree in the fame

Order

or

Species

'

That

this Office

is

New,

-is

proved

a.

Inthat Scripture

or Antiquity never knew

it.

z. Dr, Hammond

Armor.

3n

Att.

Ir.

and

ils

his

-I

atin Book

again1

Blundell

(Di(

fertat.)'prefeffebh obSt it cannot

be

proved that

cite

weird

Pifhep, Presbyter,.

or Paßer,

fign

fteth

in

all

the Scripture

any

Other

than

d

proper

Bslhop

or

chat tjtere

was

any

fish