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4-38

The

L

IF

E

of

the

LIB.

L

ß

434.

I

confers force

of

thofe

that were

for Separation. from the Parilh

Chur.

ches

fpake

fo

plaulbly, that it

was

no

wonder

that molt

of

the

Religious

fort

fol-

lowed them.

They

faid

that

I.

We

have

but

lately fworn

in the Covenant againft

Superftition, and for

a

Re

-.

formation:

and

(hall

we

all fo foon

return to

Liturgies

and

Ceremonies,

e¢c.

at the

Will of

Man?

2. As

Conformity,

:fo

Separation,

is

now another thing than it

was

when

the

old Non-conformilts wrote againft the

Brawnif

o,

the Churches

being far more

polluted.

3.

We

are commanded

to

avoid them

that

walk

diferderly,

and not

to

bid them

goodJIeed

that

bring

Falk Dohkrine,

and

not to

eatwith them,d'e.

And

Cyprian

faith,

That

it belongeth to the People to

avoid

a

bad

Pallor, and that

if

they do

is

not,

they mutt not think

themfelves

innocent, though

Synods

cart

them not out.

And

what

fin, fay

they, can

be

more heinous, than to break their Vows with God

fo

folemnly, and

in

filch

dreadful Expreftions, made? and

to

Subfcribe

under their

Hands,

That

neither Prince

nor

People in

Three

Kingdoms, ought to reform

filch

a corrupted undifciplin'd Church , no

not though

they have Sworn to endeavour

it

?

and

not

only to

be

Perjured themfelves, but to

juftifie

Three

Kingdoms in the

Guilt of Perjury

;

to difhonour our Nation

before all

the World, and

teach them

to

name

it

Infela Perfidorum,

the

Perjured

Ißand:

To

declare openly

for

the

abfolute

Slavery

of the

Kingdoms, whole Liberty their Anceftors preferred before their

Lives

;

declaring

that it

is

not

lawful

by

Arms

to

fave

my Purfe

or Throat

from

Thieves,

if

they

fay

they

have the King's Commiffion for

it

!

or thew

it

:

To

Af-

fent and Confent unfeignedly to

all

the Corruptions impaled on them

!

To

make

all this a

Minillerial

Sin, by Publifhingor Reading

it

before

all

the Congregation

:

To

turn

to

all this

unfaithfully, without ever Debating the Cafe with the

ableft

that

differed from

them

;

or

elfe

going on when they

were Silenced

in Con-

ference

,

and

had

nothing to

fay

!

Are thefe men for

us

to

hold

Communion

with

gr

God

will be

worthipped with the

beff,and

curfech

them that

offer

him

the

blind

and

lame,

when they have better in their

Flocks.

ç.

The

Churches are not only undifciplined, but the Pallors by

Subfcription

juffifie

ir, and

c

mrqppel

by cruel Perfecution all

Men

to

Communicate with them

thrice

a

year,

bodtr'the

Good

againft

their Confciences,

and

the

Bad

againft

the Word

of

God, to

their Condemnation

:

And

Ihall

we Communicate with

filch?

§

4;5. To

thefe

fad

and heavy Accufations we anfwered,

a.

The

Covenant

bound

us

to our

belt

to

reform: but did not bind

us

to fin,

that

is,

to

forfake all

Chriftian

Churches among

us,

and all Publick Worship, when

we

cannot

reform

as

we delire.

As I

am bound to amend

all

the

Diforders and

Faults

of

my own Prayers, but

not

to give over

praying till

I

can amend them.

Nay,

the Covenant

bindeth

us

to

come

to the

Affemblies,

in that it bindeth as

againft Schi(in, Prophanenefs,

and

whatfoever

is

againft found

Dodrine

and Godli-

ñefs.

z. I

¿

nfefs

that Conformity

is

not

the fame thing

as

it

was

in the

Browns/It

time

:

But

yet the Difference

is

not

(o

great

as

to

make Separation lawful

now

,

which

was

Unlawful

then. In

one great Point the

Cafe

of

the Church

was

worfe

then, than it

is

now

:

in that the multitude

of

the People

being new turned

from

Popery by the

bare Will

of

the Queen and Parliament

,

were

far

more ignorant

than now

they are

;

when

the Golpel

bath made the People much more under-

Banding and reformed

;

infomuch that in fotne

( few)

great Towns

and

Pa-

ri(lres,

a

conftderable

pare

of

the People, are zealous

Profeffors

of

Religion that

daily worthip God in their Families.

3.

There

is

a

great

deal

of

Difference between God's Commands to

a

Church

to calf out

and avoid

particular

Sinners by way

of

Difciplinary Reformation, and

a

particular

erforis avoiding

whole Churches,

and that

before

the Neighbouring

Churches have in any Synod declared them

unfit for

our Communion

:

The

for-

mer may be

found,

but any Command

for the

latter

you will hardly

find

in

Scrip-

ture

;

but contrarily it

was

the praetice

of

Schifmaticks and Hereticks

:

For how

c

at

you proceed in Chrill's method

of

Admonition with

filch

whole Churches ?

Af

kart,

till they are notorioufly Here3ical, or intolerably

corrupt

and obffinate

therein