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P

A

R

T

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

399

fuch

as

we

now

call

Presbyters in Scripture times.

And in

his

Anfwer

co

the

London

Minigers,

he faith,

That

for

ought he knoweth,

all his

Brethren

of the

Church

of

England

are

of

his

mind

:

So

that

Presbyters

that

had

no

Governing

Power,

were

not

in Scripture times.

And though

he fays

that

the

other

fort came,

in

before Ignatien's

time,

yet

x.

He faith

not that

this

fort had

no Government

of

the

Flock

,

but

that they

were under. the

Bifhop

in Government

; fo

that yet they

are

not the

fort

that we

are

fpeaking

of.

2.

And he

loth

not

prove any

more.

¢

3a7.

;. A

third Charge which they

bring

againft our-Prelacy

is

,

That

it

de-

froyeth

the

Species

or

Form

of

particular Chinches inftituted

by

Chrift

:

The

Churches.

whichChrift inftituted

are

[Holy

Societies affociated

for Perfnal

holy Corn=

minion undertheir particularPaflors

]:

But

all filch Societies

are

degroyed by the Dio-

cefan Frame

--

Ergo

it

is

dellruetive

of

the

Form

of

particular Churches in-

fituted

by

Chrift.

They diilinguifh between [Perfonal Local Communion of Saints,

by

Pall

ors

and

their

Flocks] and Communion

of

hearts

only

;

and Communion

by

Delegation

or

Deputies: r.

We have Heart-

Communion

withall

the Catholick Church through

the

World.

z.

Particular Churches

have

Communion

for

Concord

and

mutual

Strength,

in

Synods by

their

Pallors

or

Deputies.

3.

But

[a

holy Communion

of

Souls

or individualPerlons,

as

Members of

the

fame

particular Church; for

publick

Worlhip and

a

holy

Life]

is

fpecifically

diftinet from both

the former,

as is

ap

=;

parent, I.

By

the

difinet

end

; z.

The diftin& manner of Communion , yea

and

the

matter

of

it.

And that

this

Form

of

Churches

(or

Species)

is

overthrown by

this

Prelacy,

t17py

prove

:

[

The

Churches

of

Chrift's inilitution were conífiiuted

of Governing

a(tors,and

a Flock governed

by them

in

Perfonal holy

Communion,every

Church

havingits proper

Pallor,

or

Pafors].

But filch

Churches

as

are

thus

conitituted are

deftroyed

by

our Frame

of

Prelacy

:

Ergo

The

Major

is

confeffed

de

fade

by

Dr.

Hammond

(abi fupra)

as

io Scripture times,:

and

fufficiently

cleared in my Treatife

of

Epifcopacy.

Ignatius

hisTefimony

alone

might

fuffice,

who faith,

That

[to

every Church there

was

one

Altar,

and

one Bifloop,

with

the Preibytert

and

Deacons

bin

Fellow

Servants]. A

Church of

one

Altar,

and

of

a

thoufand

Altars;

A

Church that

is

forPerfonal

Communion, and

a

Church

that

hath no Perfonal Communion with her

Pallor

or Bithop, or

with one

of

a

hun-

dred of

her Fellow-Memberß,

a

Church which

is

a Church indeed, and that

which

is

no Church,

but only

a

part

of

a

Church, are more than

fpecifically

difinet

for

indeed

the

Name

is

but

equivocally applied to them

as

difin&

Natures ór

So-

cieties.

Every

Church

(univocally

fo

called

in

fenfu politico, as

a governed.

Society)

bath its

parsgubernans

and parsgubernata

to

confitute it

:

But

fo

have

not

our Pa-

ra

Churches

as

fuch :

indeed,

as

Oratories

and

Schools

(as inftru &ed

and wor-

(hipping

Societies)

they

have their

Parochial Heads; but

as

governed

Societies

they

have

no

Heads

proper to themfelves,

nor any

at

all

as Churèbés,

but

as parts

of

a

Church: For the

Diocefan is

Head

of

theDiocefan Church

as

fach

,

and

not

of

a

Parochial Church

as

filch, but

only

as

a

part

of

the Diocefan

Church. And

as

it

is

no Kingdom which bath no King,

fo

it

is

no Political Church which bath

nd

Governour or Pallor.

So

that

Diocefans deft

roy particular,Churebes,

as

much

as

in

them

lyethe

Unlefs any

will lay, that

as

one King;

as

he

is perfana

naturales,

may

be three, or

twenty Kings,

as perfora

civilis,

as

related

fevetalKingdoms

;

and

fo'

one

Bilhop,

as perfora

naturals's,

may

yet

be a

thoufand EécÍefialficalPerfons,

as

Pa-

llor of

fo

many Churches

:

But this

being

ridiculous-1

and yet

faid by

none that

T

have heard of,

I

!hall

not

fand

to confute it.

But

were

it fo,

yet

a

Pallor that never feeth

or fpeaketh to

his

People,

nor bath'

any

perfonal

Communion

in Worfhip

with

them',

and

this

according to the

Con-

fitotion

it felt,

is

notof

the fame

tort

with

a

Scripture

Pallor,

r.The"..

S.

sa, t

3a

Hebr.

x3.

t7,

&e. which

labour among them,

and

preach

to

them

the Word

of

God,

and

watch

for their Souls,

&c. And confequently

the Churches

confitated

by them

are

not of the

fame

Species.

It

is

one

Office

perfocally

to

Teach,

Overfee,

Rule and

Worfhip with them ;

and another

to

do none of

there

to

one

óf

a

thoufand,

but

to

fend

tIe

Churchwardens

a

Book

of

Articles.

§'3t

8.

4:Afourth Charge is;That

it

fetteth up

a

14Cv,

Church

-Form

which

is

dnlaw-

fill,

infeàd

of

that of

Chrif'sinflitution

;

that

is, a

Diocelàn

Churchconlilting

of

many hundred Pariflses

(which none of them

are

Churches

according

to the

Dioce-

fan Frame,

but

parts

of

one

Church)

:

It

hath

been !hewed

that

this

Diocefan

Church

is

of

another

Specier'thats

the Parochial, one being

for

perfonal

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