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2

Rp

P

E

ND

1

X Numb,

]ò.

Pope as

the

Principiam unitatia,

and

vifible

Head

of

the Church

;

and in the

Roman

Cburah

as

the Heart

of

the

Church Catholick ,

denominatin

the

whole.

He

is

a

Schifmati

k

with

force

others

that

ifwnakiot every

Order

ter

erenr

,ny,which

they

maintatin.

For my part I

fhould thitrit

,

that heMiat centr

inCh9á(1,

and hal-

deth

the

found and wholfome

Datrine

contaihed

t

the Cr

s

of theChureh,asid

maintaineth

love and

unity with

all

Chriflians,

to

the utmoft extent

of

his

natural

capacityieven

"with all

that he

is

capable

of

holding Communion with,

is

no

Schif-

matick, nor his

attemptsfor

thatend

Schifmatical Combinations.

If

there were

e

Bilhop in this

Diocefs

,

and

he fhould

go one way

(fùppofè

he

command

that

all

Church

Affemblies

be at

filch

a

time,

and

all

worship

in

flab

a

form) and aklklelPref-

byters

and

People go

another way

Cwttether

they do

well or

ill,

fo

theahisigitfelf

be tollerable) and

will

not

meet

at

the time,

nor

worship

God

i

í

theform Which

he

prefcribeth,

I

fhould

think

I

were guilty

of

Schifm

if

1

ft;paardd,froom

.11

t

hefe

Churches , and guilty of ungodlinets

if

I

wholly forfook

and

Th

bore

all publick

worship

of

God,becaufe

I

could

have

none

according

to

the hilltops commanding

!

Much

snore

if

there were no Bilhop in

the

Diocels at

all.

This

feems'ro ire our

cafe,

in

refpe&

of

both

Worfhip and Difcipline

(at

leaff for

the moll

parr).

Is

that

man guiltyof no

Schifine,

nor

Impiety,

who will rather have

no

Difcipline

exer-

cifed at

all

on the

profane and fcandalous,but all Vice

go without çontroul,

and the

rage

of

Mens

fins

provoke Heaven yet more againtt us, who

will

rather

hA,'

Minilterial Worship

of

God, in Prayer or Prai

e,

no

Sacraments,ho SolenitnA

blies

to

this

end, no

Miniterial

Teaching

of

the

people but have

all

Mens

Souls

given over

to perdition, the

bread

of

life

taken froto their

mouthsy

and God

depri-

ved

of

all his

Worlhip, then any of

thisfhould be done

withbat'Bithops?

That

had

rather

the Church

doors

were ¡hut up, and we

lived

like

Heathens,

than

we

Should

Worship God without

a Bithops

Commands? and that when

we

hive

none to com-

mand

us

.

;.

We diftinguifh

of the

neceffity

of

Bithops ;

either

it

is

a neceffttyad

bene

e

i

for

the

right

ordering

of

the

Church

when

it

may

be

had

;

it

is

a

neceffity ad

wide

tothe

very

being

of

a

Church, or

of

Gods

Worship

,

witout

which

we may

not

offer

God

any

publick Service,

or have any Communion with any Congregationthat

fodoth.

The

former

we leave

as

not

fit for

our determination; and therefore we

do not contradi

c

you in it, nor

feek

to

draw

you

to ownany Declaration

againft

it.

The

latter we do deny

;

there

is

no

filch

necefliity

of

Whops,

as

that

God can

have

no Church without them

;

and

that we muttrather

feparate from

all

our

Affemblies,

and never offer

God

any

publick

Worship,

then do it without them,

(remembring

Iä11,

that we fpeak

of

thole Bithops whom we

are

charged with

rejeïting and not

the Paflors

of

particular Congregations).

And in

this

diftinetion

of

ncceflity,and

in

this

concluuon,

I

have the

conlent

of

the

generality

of

the Proteftant

Bithops, fo

far

as

I

know to

a

Man

,

as

far

as

their

Writings declare to

us

their

Minds;

and

therefore Epifcopal Divinesmay content.

Except.

to

Sell. 2.

a.

Whether in

thisWorceJherdhir,

Alfociation, whoever will enter into it doth not

therein

oblige

himfelf to acknowledge thole for Presbyters and

Paiorsof

Churches,

who

profefs themfelves

to

have

been made

Inch

(in a Church where

there are

and

were Bithops

that

never denyed them

Orders) without

the

Hasds,Confent,orKnow-

ladge

of

the Bithop, yea

in a

time when

Bithops

were

(withoutany

accufation, be-

fore any Ecclefiaffical Superiour Synod, or other,

(unheard)

ejeeted,laid

by,by,

their

own

Cheep

and Presbyters

that owed them obedience?

Reply to Seas.

z.

To your

firft

QueftionI

anfwer,

x.

You mutt ditlinguilh

of

punifling andejeiling

Bi(hops

that

deferve

it, and caning out their Order.

2.

Between calling out the

appurtenances and corruptionswhich made

up the

Englills

fort

of

Prelacie,

as

differ-

ingfrom

the

Primitive,

and

calking

out the

Order

and

Office

of

Bilbops limply

in

itfelf.

;.

Between thofe Men

that do call them out, and

thofe

that do not.

q.Be-

tween

a

Church that hath

Bishops,

and one

that

bath

none. S,Between them

that

can

have

Ordination

by

them, and thofethat

cannot.

6.

Between thofe Minigers

of

this

Affociation

that

were Ordained by

Bithops, and thofe

that werenot.

7. Be-

tween theIrregularity and

finfulnefs

or Ordination,

and the nullity

thereof;

and fo

between

a

Minifter regularly Ordained, and a Minifer IrregularlyOrdained, who

is a

Minifter

fill

Hereupon I anfwer further in

thefe conclufions.

1.

That

too

many of the

Bithops

lately

eje&ed,

did deferveit,

is

beyond difpute.

ss.

Whether

the Parliament

in

the

Rate

that they

were in,had

not power

topunilh them

by Im-

prifonment, or Eje&ion,

as

Solomon

did

Abiathar,

without an

Eccleuaffical Superior,

Of