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20

APPENDIX

Numb.Il.

'

Faithful Difcharge in it.

Neither would any underfanding Man think

himfelf

`

obliged

to

obey

his

Warrants,

if

he

lhould have

the Confidence

to iffueout

any

be-

'

fore

theft compleating

Acts be done,

notwithftanding

all

the former Prepared-

`

ons towards it.

`

In

like

manner to the thing inHand

about Ecclefiaftical Officers: A

Man,

I

`

doubt

not,

may

have

competent Qualificationsfor the Work

of

the

Miniltry, he

`

may have

a willing Mind to the Employment, hemay

have

an Habitation

fit

for

the Overfight

of

filch

a Congregation, he may

be

invited by

them

to

undertake

the

Care and

Overfight of them

;

and"

yet, for

all

this,

till Jefus

Quiff,

the

Su-

'

preme Governor

of

his

Church,

fhall

by

his

Vicarios

Epifcopos,

put

his

Name into

`

the

Commilfton

and take

reciprocal Security from him

for his faithful Difcharge

in

it, he neither

can,

nor

ever

was

efteemed

a

Minifter duly

authorized.

And

`

therefore, though God

as

in the

Cafe

of

a Civil Magiftrate, may

very

fitly

and

`

'properly

be faid

to do

all

as

you urge, I think out

ofSpalarenfis

:

So

he may

be

fold

`

in the

Cafe

of

Ecclefiaftiacal Officers

to

be faid

properly and

fitly

to

do

all;

yet

he

`doth

not

all

the Work without the Mediation

of

his

Vicegerents, and

1

cannot

` fee

but

that part of the

Work which he hath

left

for them to do,

is

as

neceffary

for

`

the compleating and

perfecting

ofthe Work,

as

that which

he doth without

their

Mediation ;

and

by

confequence,

if that

part

of

the

Work

be

left

undone.

`

the

whole Work

is

as

impeded

and incomplete,

as

if

this

had been

done, but

t the other Parts

left

undone.

Here

is

in

this,'

I

confers,

form thing

taken

pro con-

`

feJfo,

that

Jefus

Chrift bath

fore

Vice-gerents here

on Earth, and that he bath

`

left

fome

part of

this

Work

in their Hands for them

to

do:

Which being a

Mat-

`

ter of

Fad,

thall be

proved when Iknow

it

is

denied.

`

III.

But

Thirdly,

My Third

Argument

is

this

:

I

do therefore plead for

an

un-

'

interrupted

Succeflion, becaufe

it

appears to me

that moti of

the Invaders and

In-

`

truders

upon the Minifterial

Office,

are very,much ftrengthened and

juttified

in

`

their

Schifm

and

Ufurpation,

if

Succeffon

be

not

material.

For

I

will

not deny

`

but many

of

them

are

Men competently

qualified,

and

all

of

them willing to

un-

dertake

the Work,

live

conveniently, or

will live

conveniently to difcharge

the

work,

are chofen by

a Number

of

Chrillians

who

call

them

out to it

:

Now

if

all

'

this make

them Minitiers authorized, why

do

we clamour againft them

?

why

do

`

we not

give them

the Right Hand of

Fellowfhip and Brotherhood

in the Work

'

ofthe

Lord

?

If

you fay,

they

take this Courfe for

their Call, when there

is

no

`

neceflity ;

if

you lay, this

is a

Courfe only

to

be ufed

in extream Necelfìty

;

when

`either

the Parties think that there

are

no

Church

Officers

in being, or thofe

that

are in being

be

lb

corrupt and wicked,

as

either they will

not

give them

Orders,

or

they

dare

not

take

Orders from them.

I

anfwer,

That

this

extreme neceffry

is

'

their

Cafe

:

They

think there

be

no

fuch things

as

Chrills Church

Officers

now

in

being

;

or

if

they

be,

they

are filch

as

either

will

not

give

them Orders, or filch

`

as

they dare

take

no Orders from

:

And therefore they are

(till excufable

upon

`

fuch

an Hypothefis

as

you

propound. Whereas, do

but grant

a

Succeflion

unin-

`

terrupted

neceffary,

it

will

uncontroulably follow, that they are therefore no Mi-

`

niters of

Chrift,

becaufe

they have not been let part by

fuch

who at length

` rook

their Authority

from

Chrift's own

Hands.

Ryon

fay

that

there

is

a

nece(lity

of

a

Difpenfation

in

cafe

of

a

generalApoftacy,

`although

the difpenfrig with Ordination

in

filch

Extremity

doch

furnifh Sectaries

with

a

Foundation to build their

Schifms

upon.

I

anfwer,

r.

That

we fuppofe

that which

yet never

fell

out, nor

ever

is

likely

to

fall

cut. There was never

yet

filch

a general Apoftacy but Chrift kept fome

Church

Officers

in being,

who

`

might from

Age

to

Age

continue the Propagation

of

the MinifterialOffice

to his

`

Church. Nay, it

is

admirably worth our Confideration,

that when God ftirred

`

up

the drouzy World to depart

from

Rome's

Superftitions

and Idolatries, he then

bowed'

the Hearts

of

fome

of

the Church

-

Officers to go along

with them, who

might be_inlframentel, for the conveighing

of

the Minifterial

Office

to the

next

`

Generation: and took

away the Subject

of

this over anxious

Enquiry, what melt

we do

if

all

apoftatize? what God

did

then we may

probably hope he will al-

'

ways do

in

the like

Exigency.

But

if

you

tIiould

be

importunate, and demand

frill

what mutt

be

done in

filch a

general Apoltacy.

I

anfwer, I

cannot

tell

either

what

Impiety or Abfurdity would

follow,

if

I

fhould affirm,

that in

filch an

ex-

'

traordinäry Difpenfation

of

Providence,

the

faithful

might

(afely

wait for

fome

'

extraordinary Revelation

of

God's Mind

what

they

Ihoulddo in fuch an unknown,

`

unprefidented

Cafe.

And"

if

this be

to turn

Seeker,

I

confefs

I

fomething incline

to