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Numb.

lI.

1!

PPE

1èl

D

I.

X.

by

teaching

the Archiva

at

Lambeth

to clear up the

Ordination

of

our

firft

Refor-

'

mers,

that thereby they might

invalidate

the

Papif}s

Calumny

of

our

Sueeefliorl;.

'

being

interrupted.

But

if

Succeflion in Office

(for

Succeffion

inDo&rine

I

nei-

`

Cher

fpeak of,

neither

did they plead for) be

a

inatter of

fo

fmall a Confeque.ncer

our learned Country-Men

might

have

faved themfèlves

much Labour

and Trou-

ble,

and in

a few

Words have told the Jefuits,

that an Uninterruprion

of

Succef-

'

lion was a

thing not worth pleading

for

:

Put on

the other

fide,

we

fee

them ac.

knowledge Succeflion

in

Office

to

be neceffary,

and

Contend

that

there

hash

`

been no

fuch

Interruption in our Miniftry.

`

II.

The

Second Argument which perfuades me

to

believe

that

the pleading für

` a

Succeflion

is

of

great

Moment,

is

this,

viz. That

without

this

I

do not under-

`

Eland

how we that

are

now Minihers can

be faid to have

our Authority from

`

Chrifl

:

For we mutt

have

it

from him either mediately,

or

immediately.

But we

'

cannot

have

it

mediately from

him,if

the

Succeflion be

interrupted

;

for

if

we have

`

it

mediately from

him,

we mull have

it

by

the Mediation of

fome

Perfon, who at

'

length

had

it

immediately from

him:

But

if

the

Succeffion

be interrupted, we

'

cannot

have

it

from any Perfon

that

had it immediately from him;

or

his

Apo-

'

files.

This

is

a

kind

of

Contradiltion

in adjeelo,

and

therefore we cannot have

'

it

mediately from

Chrifl

t

If

you deny the Confequence,. and fay,

that

we may

`

have

our Authority

from

Chrifl

mediately, though we have it

not from

lone

`

Perfon who had it immediately front him. I demand how

;

if

you

fay

by

the

a

Mediation

of

his

written

Word.

I

anfwer,

that

the

written Word

is

no

fit

me-

`

diem

to convey

the Authority

of

the Minihry now a

days upon

any

Men:

And

'

that upon

this Account

;

The

giving

of

Authority which we

talk of,

is

in

ACE-

'

on terminated

upon fam

individuum

in

this Age, But the Scriptures meddle

not

'

with any of the

Individuumr

of

thefe times, and therefore

it cannot

give

any

Au.

thority unto

any tingle Perfon

nów

a days.

`

The

Major

I think

is

clear,

the

Minor

I

prove

thus

:

If

the

Scripture meddle

'

with

any

of

the

Individuum,

of

this Age,

it doth

it

either

quoad Nomen,

or

Toad

` Adjunëium aliad

incomunicabile,

or

by

Come

general Difcription which may

be

per-

'

foually and

particularly

applied

to

fome

individuum.

But

I am

confident you will

`

not

fay

it

doth either

of

the

two former

ways,

neither doth it

(fay

I)

by

the

third

'

way, and therefore

not

at

all.

That

it

doth not

give

any Authority toany

fin-

`

gle

perfon by way

of

general Difcription I prove

thus

:.

If it

doth,

it

mull be

'

in

fertile'

fuch

Form

of

Words, or

Words

of

equivalent to

thefe.

They

that

are

thus

and

thus qualified

may be Minihers

of

the Word

t

but there

is

no.

fuch

Form

of

Words in Scripture.

There

is

I

con£efs

fuch a

Form

of

Words

in

the Scripture

as

this,

They

that preach the Word

£hall

be thus

and

thus

quali..

fled.

But

if

any

individuum fhall

venture upon the Application

of

this

Propofitions

to take the Authority of the Miniltry upon himfelf; The Application Í conceive

`

muff proceed in

this

Form.

But

I am thus,

and thus, and thus qualified

:

there.

fore

I

may preach

the Word.

But this

is

to

proceed

ex omnibus

affirmatives

in the

`fecund Figure, which you know

makes a wild Conclufton.

If

you

fey

that

there

is

fuch

a

Form

of

Words, which being the

Major,

may

be

fo

accommodated

to

any fingie

Perfon

in

the

Mini,

as

he

may thereby infer

this Conclufion

g

'

Therefore I, M.

f.

or

I,

I.

B.

have

Authority to preach the

Gofpel,

and this

'

without

refpe&

to

any

Attion

to

be'

performed by fome Perfon,

gúafz

wedianreq

then I

will yield

that

nave

been beating

the

Air

all

this while.

I

have faid no-

i

thing

to

the

firfl

Branch

of

the firfl Propofition, concerning our

having our

Au..

'charity

immediately fromJefus

Chrifl, neitherdo

I

intend till

I

know

that it will

`

be 'denied.

Authority I.conceive to

be far differentfrom

either

Abilities

to undergoan

Im

-.

'

ployment,

or

a

willing

Mind

to

undertake it, or Conveniency. of Habitation

for

the

Difcharge

of

ir,

or the

Defire

of

"any kind

of

Men inviting

a

Man

to

it

:

I

"fay,

I

conceive

Authority

for

the

Difcharge

Of

any

Office

to

be

very far wide,

from any one

of

there, or altogether

:

For

a

Man may

have all thefe,

and

yet.

want Authority: For Example,

in

civil

Matters

:

A Gentleman

may be

abaft.,

dandy

qualified

to ba

a

Juftice

of

the Peace,

be may have

à

willing Mind to do

his`,

`

Country

Service in

that way,

his

Habitationfor

fuel)

an

Imployment may bemore

that

Convenient,

he may be put

upon

ir,

and invited

to

it

by

his

Couñtry

Neigh.

'Bonn.;

and

yet for

all

this,

no

Man-will

take

him for an

Officer

in

the

Common-

wealth,

till his

Name be

in

the Commifáion fromthe Supreme Magiftrate, and

he..

'taken

his

Oath

as a

Stipnlàrioä to the

fup'teäm Mag4fttate

on

his Pare, for

hs

"s

O

1

`

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