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Numb.

I.

iTm

ENDIX.

9

which

is

mentioned

:

And yet you are

pleafed

to

affirm that

I

[(Peak

it

as

my

ow

n

Judgment,

and

not

only from

the

Confequences

of

Adverfaries.J Suppofing

your

Grounds, (which I confidently

deny)

that

an

uninterrupted

Succeffton

of

due Au-

thoritative Ordination

is

neceffary.abfolutely, to the Being

of

the Minilterial Call-

ing

;

I doubt not

but

all

the

unhappy Confequences

will be unavoidable

which you

mention concerning

the Churches

of

all

the Weft:

But

whether

it be

you

or

I

that

is

to

be

blamed

for

thofe

Confequences, it

is

not your Word

only

that muft

de-

termine, and

I

am willing to try

by

weight

of

Reafons:

Except. to

Seg.

I

;.

And

now for

theProof of

all this,

the whole weight

is

laid by this Book.

t.

Upon

an

Argument a

compuratu:

If,

they,

the

Proteftants beyond

Seas

are lawful

Paftors and Presbyters (whole Neceflity and

Plea

of

Neceffìty publickly to

have

been made by thofe, thefe our, new, Presbyterians

cannot deny) then our new or-

dained ones by Presbyters, are Presbyters

alfò

(though they, want

all

fach Pretence;

all

colour

of

Neceflity, for

themfelves

were

the

fish Authors

of

it, to thofe

that

eje

&ed

them,

which yet did not bring

a

Necellty neither,,

which we

all

know)

If

Neceffìty be pleaded to be

above Ecclefialfical

Laws,

(as fometimes it

hash

ilifpen

fed even

with

divine pofitive Laws themfelves) then

they

pro imperio

will

be

above

them

by

their own Magifterial

iìosdd`oo

and by Confequence

if

they will

take this

to

themfelves,

that

whatfoever

is

lawful

toothers

upon neceffìiy,

is

and

(hall be

lawful to

themfelves

without Neceffity,.they may in the

next

place,

Pope-like,

take to

themfelves

to

difpenfe

with

divine pofitive Laws,, slfo becaufeneceffity

has

fometimes

difpenfed

with them.

Reply

to

See.

I.You

may

as

well fay,we

dare

not

fay

the

Sun Shineth,as

that

wedare

not

deny

the Protellant Churches to

have been

without

Bishops

to

this day

through

neaflìty

againft their

Wills

;

whets in almoft

all

of

them

the

full

Power

Civil

and Eccleft-

altical

is

fuppofed

to be among

themfelves ;

though

I

deny not but

forme

particu-

tar

Perfons among

them would

fain have Bithops,

yet

I

think very few,

in

oomparifon

of

chofe

that

were willing to be rid

of

them,. when

they

were recei-

ved here. z., You boldly

affirm

without

Proof

that the

Minihers of

this

County,

who

were

not

ordained

by Bishops,

were.EjeOlors

of

them,

or

Anchors

of

the

Ne-

cefilty.

;.

I (hewed

you before we

have more Necelhity than you

mention, and

betides

a

Necefffty

whereof we ate

not

guilty,

there

may be

a

culpable

M

ce

ty

which

yet

may free our calling from

a nullity,

though

not our

fIve,

from

Sin.

What

if

God

fhould

permit

all the

Churches

of,Ethiopia,

or

the

Greeks

to deny the

Jar

Die

uuinum

of

Epífcopacy,

(which

is

poíftble,

as

well

as

to permit the Reformed

<lurches

to do ir) and

fo

to

let up

Ordination

by

weer

Presbyters

?

(while

1

fpeak

to

you on your

own Grounds) I

fuppofè this

to

be

their Error, and

fo

their

Sin;

yet

would you prefently

=church

them

all,

and rather

have

God's Worfhip

for-

born,

as

to the Publick?

There

be

many among

us,

who

are againft Diocefan

BE

(hops,

who give

us

good teftimony

of

a fincere

Heart, impartial ftudying

of

the

Point,

with

as

much

Pelf

denial

and earnett Prayer for

Gods

Dire &ion,

as

any

E-

pit

opal

Man that

ever

I knew

;

and yet remain againft

Epifcopacy.

This kind

of

Neceffìty may

fire

free

their Calling from the Charge

of

Nullity

(which

needs

not

this

Plea);

though it could

not

free

them from the Charge of Error.

Except.

to Seal.

t4.

Inhead of anfwering

one

Word to

Ignatius

(God's

Holy

Saint

and

Martyr)

his re-

nowned

Epiftles

(which

he knew lately

vindicated) or

so

all

the ancient

Fathers

avowing

in termini,

the

jus divinum

of

Bishops

above

Presbyters,

and the

Bishops

file

Power

of ordaining;

or producing any to

the 'contrary,

he

fills

up

his

Books

with Citations

of

modern Mens

Writs

sgs,

which they

all

wrote charitably

for

the

Patronage of

thole

poor

afieted

Proteftants, who

had no. Bilhops besaufe

they

could have none

:

So

that

as

well

his

Authorities

as his

Reafonsare

all

drawn a

locá

sr

mparator:on,

arguing' weakly from the Priviledge-of necellity,

to their

licentiouf

nets,

wit:., or without Neceffity, ,which

is

one continued Sophifm:

Reply to

Sea.

14.

t. Though

TTnatste,

were both

a

Saint and

Holy,

yet I

know' not what

call

I

had.

in

thole Papers to meddle with

him:

Unlefs

I mull

needs difpute the

point

of

E

-.

pifèopacy, which

I

did difclaim.

z.

As

I

would

not undarvaluethe

late. Vindica

cation

of

I

sutiess,

fo

I

would not have you fo far overvalue

it,

as

to think it Ihould

fo

e.dily and

potently

prevail Cr.)

With

all

thofe

that

fee

not

anyCogency

in

the

Arguments, or

fir

diciency

in the

Anfviers to

the contrary Objections,

,(z.) Or

with

hole that

will take

Scripture only for the

Teft of

this Caufe.

(;)

Or

with

tlïofe

that