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Numb.

I.

APPENDIX.

3

any Pretention

whatfoever

(for

at

that time

no

neceffity

could

be

with

any

Co.

lour,

nor

was

pretended).

Reply to Sedi.

r9.

r.

But is

it the Judgment

of

the Ancient Church that

will ferve

to

degrade

or

null

a

Minifter

of

this

Age? if

fo,

then

all

your

former Arguing

is

in

the Duft

For though your

Popes had none

to Judge them Wicked and Uncapable then, yet

the ancient Church beforethem did makevoid andnull the

Office

and

Ordinations

of

(uch

as

they.

If

it mutt

be a

prefent

Power that mutt

do it, we

have

not

yet

been

called

to any Judicature about it.

2.

Your

Parenthesis

feems

to

intimate that

if

the Presbyters

be

but

Reputed

Bifhops

by the

Church, then

their Ordinations are

not

null

:

All's

well

on our

fide

then,

except you only

or the

Romanifts

be

the

whole Weihern

Church

:

For not

only

Paftors and People here

do take Presbyters

to

be

Bifhops,

having

Power of Ordination,

but

fo

do the

ref}

of the

Reformed

Churches,

or

at

leaft

moft of them.

They think

that the primitive

Bifhop

was

the

Bilhop

of

one particular

Church,

and

not

of

a Diocefs,

or many

Churches.

3.

You talk

of

necefiity again,

but you wouid not

fay,

that

neceflity

would have ex-

cufed

them then,

if

there had been

filch

though

it

feems

you would

be

thought

to

judge

of

the

Reformed Churches

as

cheProteftant

Bifhops

do,

or

elfe

hide

your

Judgment in part.

Except: to

SW

.20.

a

Thefe Three

Fallacies

are the Summ

of

all his

Arguments,

rather popular Ca-

lumnies, for

want

of

Argument

tocry out,

there

Men are not

Protef}anrs, at

Ieafk

in

this, fee

pag.

49. f:n, there

are

Popilh who contend

for Succeflion

of

Ordi-

nations.

Reply to

See. zo.

I

fee

nothing`to forbid me

to

fay

that

there

few

frivolous

Exception;, and the

Name

of

Fallacies, Sophifms,

á'c.

is

the

Summ

of

your Opposition

;

and how

far

you

manifeft your felf

to

be

free

from Popery,

I

leave

to others to

judge';

for

willnot, till

I

know you.

Except. to

Sea.

ze.

And

here

give

nie leave, becaufethere

is

a Mask

of

ChtiftianConcord

and

Chi-

rity

even

to the embracing the Epifcopal Party

allo,

pretended in

this

Union,

lei

me

a

little give you

a cafte

of

the Spirit

of

this

Charity

of

theirs, whether

it

be

like

the true genuine Chriftián Spirit and Love

:

Betides

the Charity he

allows

to

Bifhops

which

I

have

writ

out

unto you in my

Second Page,

to which

you

may

add, that of

pag.

74.

[The

late Bifhops, even

in the Judgment

of

all

moderate

Men that

ever I fpoke

with, did

very many

of

them deferve to be put down,

and

Mare

reckons four,

Wren,

Land,

&a. but come we

to the

Charity'

he allows

E-

pilcopaI Divines (as

he

calls

them).

Reply

to

SeEt.

21.

If

by (a Mask) you intimate

a

diffembling Pretence, he that better knows

my

Heart than

you, will

be

Judge

between

y ou

and me concerning this,

bot

I

date

not

fay

that

toy

Charity

is

of

as

high

a

Degree

as

theirs

that

have more

of

that

Chriftian

Grace:

Bat

I

bewail

any Uncharìtablenefs, and beg

Pardon

of

God and Man. z.

But

where found you any Ma:k of

Concord

in my

Book,

as

with any

Bishops

but

the Proteflant

Bifhops

and their Followers?

I

never

extended it to

others

:

Not that

I

have

not Charity

to them, or with

not Concord

with them, but that

it

is

impoffible till

they change their Minds. And here

I

put it

to your

felf,

and

to

all

of

your own way, to tell me, what

you

would,

have

wifhed me

and

all

the Minifters

of

our Affociation to have done for

Concord with

you

?

and

whether

you will not confefs

it

impoflible

till

one party change

their

Minds?

for

the

prefent Rulers will

not

have Epifcopal

Ordination, nor

allow any

in

the

Publick Éxercife

of the Miniftry, butthofe that come

in

by meer Presbyters

(in

your Elicem). Many

of

the Minifters after earneft

ftudy.

and Prayer cannot be

fatisfied

that

Epifcopacy

is

Jure

Divino,or

lawful:

it

is

not in their power tochange

their

own Judgments.

Till

they do change them and procure Epifcopal

Ordinati-

on,

you will

not

take

them for any Miniltèi's at

all

;

no nor

joyn in

the

Affocia-

tíon

!call

you be guilty

of

acknowledging'fhemYlinifters , what

..

means

then have

we

left for

Concord with

fuck

as

you? Only

this

,

Renounce your

Miniftry

;

all

muff

forbearPreaching

and Baptizing

,

and

all

Minifterial Duties

:

all forfake

the

Congregations of Chrift here

,

and

throughout

England

that

are

in thefame

cafe

,'

and

then you

will

be

at

concord with

us

bet what concord

?

not

as

fellow Pa=

Rots ;

that cannot

be,

when we mull

lieft

renounce that Office

;

the meaning

then

of

your desired

Concord

is

this

,

give

sup

all

yofit Offices and

Churches to

us,

and

let`

ti