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PAR

T

II,

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baiter.

439

therein you cannot avoid them.

The

Churches

of

Corinth ,

Galatia,

Epbefu,, Spr-

dra,

Laalicea, Thiatyra, &c.

had foul

Corruptions,

and are commanded

to

exe-

cute Difcipline

on the Members;

but

no

Members commanded

to

forfake

the

Churches,

but

the contrary.

As

to

Cyyprian's

words, it's

true, that a People that

care for their

Souls muff

depart

from an

Heretical or utterly intolerable Miniffer,

as

they that

love

their

Lives

will do from

a

Phyfician

that

would kill

them

t

But

there

is

a

great

deal

of

difference between

Petfonal

Fault,, and

Mie

ifterial Faults, (as

between

a

Drunkard and an

Heretick),

and between

a

tolerable

minifleriál

Fault (

as

all

imperfect Men are guilty

of

in their fev$ral meafures

) and an

intolerable

one

:

and between the Defertion

of

a

whole Congregation, and

of

the

leffer

part, when

the

reff will

not

forfake

the Minifter.

I

deny not but

you

are bound to forbear

committing the care and guidance

of

your

Souls

to

a

Man

whole

Minifferial Faults

are intolerable. And fuch are, I.

The utterly

Ignorant

and Infufficient

;

z.

The

Preachers

of

Herefie,

or

Doftrinecontrary to

the

neceffary Points

of

Religion;

;.

And

thole

that

let themlelves

to

preach

down

Godlittefs,

or preach

for

a

wick-

ed

Life,

(

if

any fach

there

be

)

:

But

you mull remember how in

their

Factious

Zeal,

all

Parties

or

Sets

of

rate

among us, were wont

to

preach againft one

aim-

Cher,

and yet

that

was

not taken for preaching againft Godlinefs, though

the

Perfons were never

fo

godly

that

they preached againft.

And

as

you recount all

that

may

aggavate

their fin,

fo

you

muff in

julice

remember all

that

may exte-

nuate it

:

Remember therefore,

r.

That

for the

Common Prayer and Ceremonies

and

Prelacy

,

multitudes of worthy holy

Men

conformed to them heretofore,

from

whom you would

not

have fepttrated ; fach

as

Dr.

Preen,

Dr.

Sibb,,

Dr.Tay-

loe,

Dr.

Staugbton,

Mr.

Gattaker, and

molt (

by

far)

of

the

late

Synod at

WefE-

minfe'er:

And

for

the

reft

of

the Conformity, remember

the

Matter and

the

Temp

-

ration: For the Matter, it

is

muchabout Political Things, where it

is

no wonder'

if

Divines on

either

fide

are

ignorant

or erroneous

:

and

if

they

be

unacquainted

with the

Power

of

Kings and Parliaments, when Lawyers and Parliaments them

-

felves

ale

difagreed about them. And for

the

Temptation,

remember that

fuch hor-

rid

Mlfcarriages,

as

the the Rebelliouspulling

down

of

King

and

Parliament,

kil-

ling the one,

and

calling out and imprifoning the Members

of

the

other,

and

the

attempting the taking down

of

all

the Miniftry, and the

ruining

of

all

Order by

armed Sectaries,

with the multitude-of

Sets

that

fwarm'd among

us,

I

fay thefe

Effets,

with the

King's miraculous

Relocation,

and the ruine

of

fuch

an

Army

without

one

drop of

Blood, are things

that

might

eafrly

draw Men to judge that

the Covenant

was

but

a League

for the promoting of an unlawful War,and there-

fore

is

utterly

null

:

And fpecially it concerneth

you to remember, that

it

was

the

Independents

that firft taught them the

nullity or non

-

obligation of the Covenant,

calling it

a

ceafed

League,

and an

Almanach

out

of date, which they were forced to

do

that

they might violate

it:

And yet you do

not now

call

them

Perjured,

and

aggravate their

Sin, and fay,

They

kill'd

the King and conquered

Scotland,

when

they

had fworn

the contrary in the Covenant

:

Nor

do you feparate from them on

this account: Nay, it

is

molly

the Independents that are now for

Separation

from the

Prelatils

as

Perjured, who went

before

them in

the

nullifying

of

this

Vow.

4. We diffwade you not from worlhipping

of

God with the bell you have, fo

you will but remember,that Love and Concord and honourable Solemnity are con-

fiderable Ingredients

to make up the

beft

:

and

that it

is

not belt to

fpend

theLord's

Days in

no Church-

worfhip at

all,

but meerly

with a few that

are met occafional-

ly,

becaufe

you cannot worfhiphim publickly

as

you

would

;

and

that

that

may

be the

belt

which you

have liberty to

perform, which

is

not

the

belt which you

could do

if

you had liberty.

5.

And though the Churches

be

too much undifciplined, and

all

Communicate,

fo are

the Reformed Churches

of

Helvetia

, which are numbered with the belt,

where Difciplinenever

was

feu

up.

In

Conclufion,

He that

feparateth from one

Church,

fora

Caufe common

to

almól

all

the Churches

in

the

World,

doth

go

too near

a

Separating from

all

the Churches

in

the World

:

But

fo

it

is

here':

For

almolt

all

the Churches in the

World

have worfe

Minifters and

worfe

Mem-

bers, and

as

bad

a

form or way

of

Worfhip

as

thefe in England

:

And

it is a

terri-

ble

thing

to

think

of

Separating from

all

or molt

óh

the Univerfal

Church

of

Chrift

on Earth.

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