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P

A

ß

T

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Il

ithard

Baxter.

d

i

§

3z;.

2.

And

as

to

the fecond

Ot

eftion,

[What

thra Difcspline

n

?l

It

is

confide

-

rable, r.

Asto the

Matter

;

z. As

to the

Perron;

3.

As

to the.

Place

;

4.

As

to the

Manner

;

and

5.

As

to

the

Endt

1.

As

to

the

Matter

;

We

are agreed

that it conffteth in

receiving

°

Per-

foes

into the Church

;

in

preferving and healing thofe

that

are

in the

Church

,

and in calling

out

thofè from

the Communion

of

the

Church which

are

unfit for

it

,

and in Abfolving and Reftoring

the Excommunicate when

they are penitent. And therefore

it

is

called,

The Power

and

Exercife

of

the Keys:

By

thefe Keys,

the Door

is.

first

opened to

Believers

and their

Seed,

and the Bi.

Ihops-judge who are

fit

to-be let in

by Baptifpr.

When

any

are lapfed

into

fcan-

dalous

fin,

they are to

be

proceeded with'as

Chrift

hathdire

&ed,

Matth. 18.15,16,

17

We muft

firft

tell

men privately

of their

private Faults,and

if

they hear

us

not,

we muff take with

us

two

or

three

;

if

they hear

not

them, we mutt

tell

the

Church

;

-and

finally,

if

they hear not

the'

Church,

they mull

be

to

us as

Heathens

and Publicans. And whatfoever

is

thus bou

rd

on

Earth

!hall

be bound

in Hea-

ven, and whatfoever

is

looted

on

Earth hull

be looled

'in

Heaven

'verf.-

t8.:

The

Church

is

the

Body

of

thrift,

his Spou(è, his

Family,

his

Gat den

;

It

is

a

'Com-

munion of

Saints

which

is

to

be held

in

it

t

It

is

commanded to put

away

wicked

Perfons from among th'etn; and not

to keep company,

If

any

that

is

called

a

Bro-

ther

be

a fornicator,

or covetous,

or

an idolater

¡or

4t

railer,-

or

,a

drunkards

or

an extorri

aner,

with

fisch

a

one no

not to

eat, t

Cor.

5.

t

1,

s3.

And,

we are

to withdraw our

felves

-from every Brother

that

walketh

dsfor

rly"and.ta

note them,

and

to

have

no

eoln-

pan, with

them,

that

they

Mal

be

afhamed,

z

Theft-

3.

6,

14.

If-

any"

comae

to us;and

bring

not

fiend

Do

&rine-,"`we muff

noreceave

him into

our ho,ofei, nor

bid

'him

good

feed,-lefb

we

be

partakers of

.hie

eehihdeeds,

a

John rd.

a

r

A

Man

that

is

an

Here

-'

tick, mutt, after the

fitll

and fecond

Admonition ,'he

avoided,= asPSelf

condemned,'

7sr.

3.

sour.

And

the penitent mull be'reftored and

re-

admitted.

All

this

is

a

greed

on.

3z4. z.

And

as

to-the

Perfons

who

are

Parties

ip-

this

Tranfaétion,we are

Agreed'

s. 'Thar

it

is

filch

Perlons

as

defire

Communion with

us,

that

ire to

be

admitted,

(

being fit),

and

Hach

as

havingCoinmunibn

with

us,

become unmeet for it

'that

are to

be

caft out, &c.

fo

that

it

is

to

be exercifed

on Perlons, fó far

as

they

are to

have Communion with

us,

and

not on thofe

that

are uncapable

of

that

Commrí

-"'

nion. z.

That

fententially

it mutt

be

done

by

the

Pallor

or

Goveriour

of that

particular Church,

which the

Perron

is

to

he

admitted into, or call out

oft

'And

by

the

judgment

of

the Parlors

of

other neighbour Churches,

when

they

-alto,

-as

..

Neighbours,

are

to

refaié'Communion with

him.

3.

That

executively

it

is

to be

done

by

every one in their

places,

the Pallors giving or denying

the

Sacraments,

the, and the People holding or

refufing'Communion or

Coíiïpany with Men ac-

cording

as

they are judged by'

the

Church..I think

there

is

no'

Contloverfie among

us

about

there.

§

-3

zç.

3.

And therefore the

Work

will refolve as

of

the

pláee I.

viz.

That theEx.

ecatson

mutt'

be

in

that place where he had or defiled

Communion,

or

was

capable,

of

it

e

And therefore that

the

yargment Ihould

be

by thofethat

being

upon

thoptaee,

have

fullelt

opportunity

to know the Perlons and

the

Cafe:

Even

by

thotel'aftors

wba

labour aniongff

the People that

are over them

si,theLord,

s

Theft

5.

iz,

r3. who

have

the rule over them,

and

preach to them the

Word

of

God,

Hebr,

13.

7,

17, 24:

and

not

by

ehoit

that

are

grangers to them.

f 326.

ç.

And

as

to

the

Manner, all

Divines are agreed,

That

it

is

not

to

be

like

the

proceedings of

a

Civil

Court,

where

there

is

no

more to

be done,

but examine

the

Cauee afid pats

the Sentence, and execute it by

Corporal

Penalties and Mul&s:

But,

r. That

it

is

to

be

managed by grave Divines, the Phyticians of

Souls

for

the

faring of

the Sinner,

if

it

may be, with great

ferioufnefs,

and light,

and weight

of

Scripture Argument, convincing the

Erroneous,

terrifying the

Secure

with the

ter

-

roars of the

Lord, reproving and admonilhing and -perfwading

the penitent

Offen-

der,

and

all

this

with Love

and Compaflton and

due

Patience;-

and

reftoring the

Penitent

with

Tendernefs and Confolation

and neceffary

Caution. Prom

all

which

it

is

evident,

That

one

liagle

Perfoo

thus

dealt

with in

cafe

of

Herehe,

may

hold

the Parlor or

Bifhop many days

time, andone

grofs

Sinner may hold him many

hours

time,

before

this

Work can

be

done

as

the Nature and

Ends of it do require.

z.

And

it

is

to

be

done by the

meer Keys of

the Kingdom of Chrilb,

by managing

God's Word by particular Application to

the

Cafe and Confcience

of

the Sinner,

and not

by

outward Force

or

Penalties.

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