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402

The

LIFE

of

the

§

327. s. And all this

is

apparent in the

Ends

of

it

;

which

is,

I.

That

Church-

Communion may be a Communion

of

Saints

,

z.

That

the Sinner

may be laved.,

and converted to that end

;

3.

Or

however, that others may bewarned

by his fad

Example. 4. And

that the

unbelieving and ungodly World, may

fee

the Excel-

lency

of

Chriftian Religion,

and

not

be hardened in their Infidelity and Impiety.

y.

And

fo

that Chrift, and theFather

by

him, may behonoured in

his holinefs a-

mong the

Sons

of

Men

:

Thefe

are

the

Ends

of Church

-

Difcipline.

§

328.

;.

And

as

you

fee

what the Difcipline

is

that

is

to

be

Exercifed,

fo

the

Number of

Perfons

on whom it

is

to beexercifed, may be gathered from what

is

laid

in the beginning

:

where

is

(hewed,

a.

How many hundred

Pariffies are

in

a

Diocefi. a.

How

many hundred

or

thoufand

Souls

in

a

Parini

:

(

unlefs

the very

fmalleft).

3.

And

how many Hereticks, Atheifts

,

Papifts,

Infidels ,

or

Swearers,

Curfers, Railers, Drunkards, Fornicators, and other

feandalous Sinners

there are

proportionably

in molt

Parilhes, I

leave

to the judgment

of

every

faithful

Pallor

that

ever tried

it by

a

particular knowledge

of

his

Flock.

§.329. 4. And lal}ly,

who

they

be

that

are

to

Exercife

all this

Difcipline,

I

have

{hewed before ; even

one

Court

or Confiftory

in

a

whole

Dioceft, wish the incon-

liderable

fub1

rviency

of

the ArchDeacon's Court

:

(

For the Rural

Deans do

no.

thing in it, and

are themfelvesfcarce known

:

and the Pallor and Churchwardens

do

nothing but

prefent Men to

the

Courts, and execute part

of their

Senten-

ces.)

§

330.

All this

being

laid

together,

the

impoffrbility

of

Chrifl's

Difcipline in our

Churches

is

undeniable: r.

Becaufe

by

this

Computation there muft ftand

at once

before

the Court many thoufand

Perfons to be

at once

examined, convinced, re-

proved, exhorted, or

a

great Multitude

at leaf/

:

whenas

they

can fpeak

but to

one at once.

2. Becaufe

the fecond Admonition which

fhould be before

two or

three,

is

there before

an open Judicature

;

which

is

not

fuited

to the appointed

End

:

fo

that

really

our ControverSe'withtheDiocefans

is

the

fame

in

effe &,as

if

it

were controverted, whether

a

thoufand or

fix

hundred

Schools

{hall

have

as

many

governing

School

-

mafters

or

whether one only

1ha11

govern

all

thefe Schools, and

the

red of

the

School

-

mailers

have

only power to teach, and

not

to govern

?

(were

it only whether one

fhould have

a

general

Inlpeetion

over

the

refl.,

that they may

be punifhed for Male-

adminidration,

we fhould

not be

fo

far difagreed

:

for though

we

might

queftion whether

Chrift

ever

made or allowed any fuch Officer,

betides

the Magiftrare, yet

if

the

Work were but done by

any,

we fhould judge

it

more

tolerable.)

Or

the

Controverfce

is

as

if

it were queftioned, whether

all

the Dio-

cefs

fhould have any more

than one Phyfician, that

fhould

haveany power to pre

-

fcribe any Government to the Patients, and

all

the

red

Ihouldonly read general Le-

dures of

Phyfick

to

them, and

be his Apothecaries,

to carry

them

his

Prefcripts

and Medicines

;

which were to queftion, whether

mod

Ihall

have

any

Phyfcian

or none?

and

whether the

People

!hall

have their Lives facrificed

to the mad Am-

bition

of

fome

one Man that would

be

their

only

Phyfccian. Shifting may deceive

the

unexperienced, but let

any

Minitier in

England be

but

fo faithful

as

to know

all

his

Flock, and regard their

Souls,

and

he

can never deny

that

this

is

the true

Cafe.

For my own part, theLord knoweth that I

did with too much

remifnef

exercifefome Difcipline

a

few years

(

when

I

had

liberty)

in

one Country Parini,

upon one of the molt Reformed People in the Land, and

that

with the help

of

many

Fellow-

Minitiers, and

of

many

of

the People

in their

places, and

the

coun-

tenance and prefence

of

three

Julices

of

the

Peace;

and yet

I

found the burden

too

great

for me, and

that

one

half

of

that

Parifh

would have been enough.

It

is

in

this,

as

in

Military Difcipline,

or Navigation; The

Judgment

of

that Man that

never

toed it,

is

of

very little

value

in the

Cafe.

to

but

try

the Government

of

one

Parilh, in the

Scripture way, and we

!hall

not

differ.

§

331.

And the Nonconformiftsfurther

prove, that our

Prelacy maketh

this

Dif

cipline morally impoffible, thus

:

Were it not morally impoffible, fotne one godly

Bithop in

England

would have executed

it,

as

Chrift appointeth:

But

no

one godly,

Biflwp in England Both,

or

ever

did,

fo execute

it:

Ergo,-

-

The

Major

will

not

be

denied,

of

a

Moral Impoffibility, or

at lead

of

a difficul-

ty next

it:

That

which no one

Man, no not

the wifed or the bed

ever did,

may

well be calledmorally impoffible,

or

neer

it.

And

that

England

hath had fome

filch Bilhops,

we are

not

fo

uncharitable

as

to

queftion, when we remember

Hoop-

er,

Farrar, Latimer,

Cranmer, Ridley,

jewel,

Grindall,

Hag

and many more.

And

I

never met

with the Man

that

would affert,

or did

believe,

that the

fore-defcribed'

Difcipline

was

ever exercifed by

any Man

of

them throughout

his Diocefs, no

nor

in