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440

The

LIFE

of

the

LIB.

I.

§

4

;6.

But the Eje&ed Presbyterian Minifters that would not

come

to Common

Prayer in Publick, went more moderately towork, and

raid,

I. We dò not

feparate

from every Congregation that we joyn not with in Per

-

jon:

Elfe every

Man

Both

feparate every day from

all

the Congregations in the

World

fave

one

:

If

they are

not

Separatifls

for

not

joyning with

us,

then neither

are we

for

not joyning with them, no more than

for

not joyning with the

Anabap-

rifts

and Independents

:

We may

conf

them to

have

a

true Miniftry,

and

be

true

Churches

;

but

their

faultinefs we mu

not

countenance.

2.

We

were lawfully called by

Chrift to

feed

our particular

Flocks

:

And if

thefe Men call

us

out

of the

Temples and Maintenance

,

and get

into our

Places,

and the more ungodly

half

of

the

Parilhes, for fear of

Man

,

conform to them, it

doth not follow

that

we are abfolved

from our

Office and

Duty for

the reft

,

or

mñft

bring them to,the

diforderly way

of

Worthip which they

violently impofed

on

us.

$

437.

To

there

I

anfwered,

I. That

it's

true, that

meer Abfence

is

no

Separation

:

But

when a Party

call and

invite

You

to joyn with them,

and

youpublickly

accufe

their way, and

never joyn

with them at

all,

you

(rem

to

tell

the

World that you

take

it

to

be rmlawful:

And

that bath

fome degree

of

Separation

;

to

avoid

them

as

a Company unmeet

to

be

joyned with.

2.

Though you

Offices

to your People

ceafe

not, yet

you

have

your power

to

Edification and not to Deftru&ion: And

if

a

tolerable Minifter

be

put into

your'

Places, it's confrderable

whether

it

be

not

molk

to

your Peoples Edification,

Unity,

Charity

and

Peace,

to

take them

with you to the Publick

Altemblies, and help

them

neverthelefs at

other

times

your

felves as

much

as

you can

:

And

whether

both

helps be

not

more than

one:

Efpecially when you cannot preach

to

above

four your

felves,

without Imprifonment and

Banifhment, and then you cannot

preachat

all.

And whereas

it's eafie

to

let

a

paflionate Stoutnefs

tranfport

us,

and

think that Tyrannical Church

-

Ufurpers mutt

not

be

encouraged by our Compli-

ance;

the

meek Spirit

of Chriftianity,

when

it fifteth thefe reafonings, will find

in

them toomuch

of

Selfand Paffronwhen

Unity,

Charity

and the Churches Edifi-

cation

is

on the other

fide.

5

438.

And

whereas fome Men are much

taken with

this

Reafon,

That

thefe

tintes have

more Light than the old Non-conformiftsever had, and therefore that

is

not

excufable

in

us

which was

fo

in them, I

muff confefs

I

have

great

reafon to be-

lieve

the clean contrary,

if

by

Light they

mean

Knowledge,

that

the

old Non-

conformifls had much more infight into thefe Controverfies

than

Profeffors have

of

late

:

For,

r.

We

know that'

when the Parliament had cart out Bilhops,

Liturgy

and

Cere-

monies, the generality both

of

Miniffers and People, took

it for

granted that

they

were

all bad,

and

fo

had

more Light than their Forefathers

had,

before

they ever

.ftudied

the

Controverfies

:

I have asked

many

of

them that

have boalted

of

this

Light,

whether ever they

read

what

Cartwright,

Bradfhaw,

Ames,

Parker,

Baynes,

Eerfnme, Bucer, Didaclavieae,

Salmafsm,

Blonde![,

Beza,&e.

have

raid

on one fide;

and what Saravia,

Bilfn,

Wbirgifi,

Coved

,

Downbam, Borges,

Hooker,

Paybody,

Hammond,

&c.

have

Paid

on the other

fide;

and

they

have confeft they never

throughly ftudied

any one

of

them,

a. And we

fee

it by

experience, that one

of

thofe

Men

have

written

more

on

Mete

Subje&s,

than

any

of

thefe

can

fay

or

underhand,

who boaft that

they have

greater Light. How weakly do they talk againft

Bilhops,

Liturgy,

and Ceremo-

nies

in

comparifon of

there ancient

Non-conformifts! However

,

that which

was

Truth

then,

is

Truth

now

:

And we

have

the

fame

Scripture to

be

our Rule

as

they

had

:

Therefore

let them

that

fay

they

have'more,Knowledge,

bring it forth

and

try

it by

the Law and Tellimony,

ifa. 8.

so.

5

4

;9.

Having

lived

three

years and more

in

London,

and finding it neither a-

gree with

my

health or

ftudies,

( the one being brought

very low,

and

the

other

interrupted)

and

all

Publick

Service

being

at

an end, I betook

my

felt

to

live

in

the Country

(at

A5/on)

that

I might

fer

my felfto writing,

and do what Ser-

vice

I

could

for Pofterity,

and

live

as

much

as

poffibly

I

could out

of

the World.

Thither

I came

166

;.

7ut

rq. where

I

followed

my

Studies

privately

in

quiet

-

nefs,

And

went

every Lord's Day to the Publick Affembly

,

when there

was any

Preach.