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P

A

It

T

II.

Reverend

MA

Richard

Baxter.

43-7

4

4;

3.

My Judgment was for

the

holding

of

Communion with

Affemblies

of

both

Parties

And

Ordinarily

I

went to

force

Parisi Church,. where

I

,heard a

Learned Miniffer that

had

not

obtruded

himfelf upon the People,

but

was

chafen

by them,

and preached

well,

(

as

Dr.

W:lkinr,

Dr.

Tslorfon,

Mr.

/Veil,

&c.) and

I

joyned

allo

in the Common

Prayers

of

the

Church

:

And

as

oft

elfe

as

I

had

fit

opportunity,

I

privately preached and

prayed my felf, either with Independents

or

Presbyterians

that

defired

me! And

I

profeffed

to

all

upon

all occafrons,

that

though I

juilifred

not

all

things

which they

held

or

did

in any

of

their Churches,

yet

as

long

as

they made

not any

Sin

of mine

a

Condition

of

my,

Communion

with

them,

I

would occafionally

joyn with any true Church in

publick or

private;

fo be

it

they preached

not

for

Herdic, nor

against a holy and peaceable

Life,

nor

turned not their Strein to Sedition or uncharitable Reviling one

another

:

E.

ven

as

I

would

hold

occafonal Communion with

a

Church of

Lutherans,

or

Greek,;

or

Abagines,

if

I

puffed

through their Countreys. Though

caters

paribus

I. pre

ferred

Publick

Affemblies,

which

have

the Magiltrates Countenance, before

Private;

yet

I

more preferred thole

that

have pure Worship and Difcipline and powerful

Preaching,

before

the

(candalous,

undifciplined,

ignorant Churches,

of

ignorant

and

formal

lifelefs

Minigers. And

fo

far

as

I had my choice, my

waft

ufual

Coln,

munion

fhouldbe

with

thole Affemblies

that

I

thought the

bell

; yet

would I have

occafional

Communion with others,

as

Members

of the

Catholick

Church,

to

thew

my

Catholick Communion

with

all

the

Body

of

Chrift.

Yea, and

my

ordinary

Communion

Ihould be

with

a

Church that

ufed

the Common Prayer, rather than

with

none,

or with a

werfe

t

And the Lord's Day

I

would fpend in

Church

Com-

munion

(it

being

principally appointed to that end

),

and

not in

any meer Family

Worship,

or

Meetings

with a

few Chriftians occafionally

which met not

as

a.

Church. This

was

my Refolution

:

But

theconfrdence

of

many on the other

fide

was as

great

as

mine could

be

:

And their Arguments

as

many

(

though

I

thought

not

fo

good

):

Many

Books

cameout againft hearing

Common Prayer,

and

againft

hearing any

of

the prefentParifh Minigers

:

One

laid to

be

by

Mr.Jobn Godwin,and

another by one Mr.

Brown ofWorcefterfhiré

(a

fervent, injudicious,

honeft-

Fifth.

Monarchy-man)

and many more

that

made

the Common Prayer to

be

no

lels

than Idolatry.

Becaufe

it

was

not

prefcribed by

the Scripture, they

Paid

it

is

fall

Woribip;

and

faith Worship

they faid

was

one

Specie,

of Idolatry;

by which ar-

guing they would

have made every fault

in any

of

our Prayers

or other Worship

to be

Idolatry

:

For

Scripture prefcribeth

not

any diforder

or other fault in Pray-

er, but

forbiddeth

it:

and fothey may on the fameaccount

cultic

falf

Worlhipand

Idolatry

:

But many

honeft.People were led to depart

too

far

from

the

Parifh

Al-

femblies,

and from Charity and

Unity it

felf,

by filch weak reafonings

as

thefe.

Yea, many turned

Quakers,

becaufe

the Quakers kept their Meetingsopenly, and

went to Prifon

for

it

cheerfully ; and becaufe they would

not joyn

with the late

impofed

Miniftry

and Worlhip, which

was fobad

in their

efteem,

that

their hearts

rofe againft

any Debate in which we would butqueftion

ir.

When I hear men

cry

out

againft

us as

dangerous Schifmaticks, even when we

deny not

Communion with the conformable Parifh

Minifers

,

meetly

becaufe

we

ceafe

not preachingwhen

the

Magitiratesand Prelates command

us

fo

to

do,

not

-

withftanding the

notorious neceifIty

of

the

People;

it bringeth

to

my thoughts

two

reniarkable

Paffages

there met with.

The

órft

of

the

Eaftern

Churches

(Aleaandria,Antiocb,C.efarea,

&c.) which

Ruck

to

their

old Paftors in private

Meetings, and

refufed

the new obtruded Bi-

fhops

fufpeâed

of

Arrianifm, notwithftanding the Emperour

Palen, his

Prohibid-

on,

and

his

contrary Commands, and

his

perfonai violent Impedition.

The

like

was done

in

Conftantiva's

time.

The

fecundis

of

many

Bithops

in

Africa

who by

Genfericre

were forbid to

preach,

and

when they obeyed him

not, their

Tongues

were.

cut out

:

And God

by

a

Mi-

racle

juff:ified

their

Difobedience

to the

King,and they

fpake

as

well

as

when they

had their Tongues

:

Amongmany Hiftonans who report this,

I

remember two

credible

ones,

who

profefs

that theylaw and heard the men

fpeak themfelves,

af-

ter

the cutting

out

of

their Tongues

One

is

Vi#9qrr

Uricce

:a

and

as

I

remember,

c,

theother

is

noes

Gown.

c1

.

eow,

hr&

tw

ty

ÿy bä(üy-

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