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APPENDIX.

2f

to

it,

and fhould

much more

if

I thought

it

could

indubitably be

proved

that

`

the

Succeffron

hash been

interrupted.

IV. My Fourth Argument

is

this;

We

ought therefore to contend

for

an

fli

mutt-

terrupted

Succeon,

becaufe

if

the

Succeffìon be

interrupted;

then that Perfon

`

who immediately comes into

the Miniftry

after the

Interruption, mutt

come into

'

it without Impofition

of Hands;

and

fo

if

he without Impofition

of

Hands

b0

ítí11

a lawful

Minifier, then it will follow, that Impofition

of

Hands

is

a

Matter

` rather

of

Convenience than

of

Neceflity. But Impofition

of

Hands

is

effential

'

to Ordination.

I know there are fome Schoolmen

that

contend' againft

éhis

t

`

But this

is

aQueltion

not

fubje&ed

to any Man's

way

of

reafoning

e

Naturâ

Rei:

'

For

if

Chrift hath declared,that

it

is

his

Mind

any Ordinance

lhall

be performed

'

after fuch or fuch a Mauer,

it

is

too

much Confidence

for

any

Manto-l'y,

or go

'

about

to

prove, that

fuch an

Ordinance

may

be

performed

as

well

another Way,

`

or after another

Manner;

when

as

the Fitnefs

of the

Manner

of

doing

to the

`thing

done,

is

not

founded in Naturâ

Rei,

but in

bene

placite

inftituentr. Foraf-

'

much therefore

as

Chrift

bath revealedto

his

Church that it

is

hit Mind,

or

Will

`

that

his

Churches

Officers fhould be

fer

a

part

by

Impofnion

of

Hands,

it dodr

'

therefore follow

that

Impofition

of

Hands

is

necefiary and effential

to

their

Sepa-

r

ration

:

If

you

ask me

how

I

know that

it

was

Chrift's Will and'Mind,

that Im-

pofition

of

Hands fhould be

ufed

in the Ordination

of

Miniflers:

I

ánfwer;

fink;

`

That

if

you

expert I

fhould thew

an

exprefs

Command

forit,

I acknowledge there

` is

none: Or

any implicite Command, I acknowledgeI know

none:

But

rejoin

with

all,

that the Mind

and Will

ofChrift

may

be

otherwife madeknown.

Thole

'

Scriptures

where Impofition

of

Hands

is

fpoken of, commented upon

by

the

Ihní-

'

verfal

Pra

&ice

of the Church of Chrift

from the firft Age, until this wild,

e

m

'

bitant,

laft

Century,

feem

to

me a

molt clear

Evidence what the Will

of

Cürill

id

`

in that Particular, andwill

fä11

appear

fo, till

you

Thew

nie

a

bettor

way how

to

difcover the Mind

of

Chrift

in

fuch Cafes

as

theft at

this

Diltance,

If

you

expedf

that I

should

prove

that it hath

been

the confiant,

univerfal

Praâiee

of the

`

Church of

God

:

I

/hall likewife

do

that when I

know

that it

is

required, and

all

the

reft

in the Argument granted.

Andnow, Sir,

if

this

Interruption of

Succeffron,

being yielded, doth

necelfa'

rilycall

out

fome

of

the Effentials in

Ordination,

if

it

ftrengthens the Hands

of

'

Intruders,

if

it hinders

us

from having

our Authority from Chrift

;

if

our learned

Country

-men have taken

fo

much

Pains

to

clear up an

Unioterruption, then

I

think

it follows,

that

it

is

a

Matter worth the

pleading

for

:

Which

is

the only

'

STTp

Ede

¿i

a

of

this

Paper.

M. 7ohnfon..

Mr.

Baxter's

Kepi"

to

Mr.

johnfon, ägaini

the

abfolute Neceffity

of

Ordination, anti

of

an uninterrupted Succefon thereof

front

the

Appel,

to

the

Being

of

the

Minifferial

Office.

Brotber,

T

Return you

this Anfwer

to yours, but on

this

Condition, that

before you

Osaka

JI

any Reply to it, you perform

the

other Parts

of

your undertaken Task, or

it

leali, the two tall

;

for

I

think it

a

far fafer way

in

fuch Cafes

as

this,

to argue

a

non

fbia

ad

non

ingitutum,(the Church

harp

not had

fuch an

uninterrupted Soccer'

fion

:

Ergo,

God bath not made

it abfolutely

neceffary)

than

from a fuppofed

hi.

ftimtion

to an anfwerable Event

(God bath

made it abfolutely neceflary

á

Ergo,

the

Church bath

enjoined

it)

;

becaufe it

is

incomparably

mote

eafy

to

difcern

the

Matter

of

fuch publick

Faet, than to

difcern the meaning

of

thofe

Texts

which

will be alledged by each

Partyin theft controverted

circumffaittial Points

:

And

you know

we

muff

argue

a

notiere

ad

minis

notion,

andnot

contrarily..

/could

wills

the Queftion had been exadily flared by joint Confent,

to

avoid tedious

Explicati-

ons and

fxcurfiona. We mull

fink

diltinguifh the

Succeflion

of

Office, and

Suc

cellion

of Ordination to that Office:

Our Queflion

is

not

diredlly

of

the former,

fog,