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22

APPENDIX.

Numb. If.

for even the Ufurper fucceedeth

in

the

Office

as

a Ufurper,

and

it

is

part

of

our

ControJerfy, whether the

later (Succetfron

of Ordination)

be

of

flat

Neceffity

to

the

former (Succeflion in Office).

It

being

then the

Neceffity

of

an

uninterrupted

Succef

ion

of Ordination that

we

enquire

after,-

itmutt

be

known what wemean by

Ordination.

xn frs

n,

theWord

commonly ufed

is

but

Conflitno:

Ordination

in.

General then

is

any

Conflitution

of

a

Man

in

the

Office

of

the Miniftry.

Hlere

we mutt

diflinguifh between

the Conflitution it

felf, and

the

Madam

Conflitnendi :.

It's one

thing

to

ask

whether Ordination

be neceffary

;

and

another, whether Im-

pofition

of

Hands, or prefent Falling and Prayer

be neceffary ; yea,

or

the

Pre-

fence

of

the Perlon Ordaining

;

feting

a

Man

may be

Ordained, Conflituted or

authorifed,

per

literar

abfantis.,

and not only

per

mans

vel

verba

prafentú, whether.

this Mode

be

as

meet

as

any,

we now queftion not. Alto

its

one thing to

ask

whe-

ther

God's

Ordination

be neceffary, and another, whether Man's

be neceffary.

Alfo,it

is

one thing

to

enquire

of the

Neceffity

of the

Fa&

of

Ordaining

;

and ano-

ther,

of

the Neceffity

of

a

jufl

Authority in the Ordainer

to

do

it

;

where

it

will

be

needful to confider

what

is

of

Neceffity

to the Conflitution

of

fuch Autho-

rity,

and what deflroys

it

:

Before all

which

it

would

be neceffary

to

know

what.

the Ordainer's

Work

is,

and to what

and

how

far

his

Power

extends

r

But this L

am not now to

meddle

in.

That aDivine

Ordination

is

of

Neceffity, to the Li-

gitimation

of

our Calling

in fora

Dti,

I

grant

;

as

alfo, in fora

Confcientie

Mini

-

flrantie.

That

authoritative Ordination

of Men,

is

neceffary

Ordinie

Grritiâ,

when

it

may be obtained, and where God's Providence

¿loth

not

make it naturally,

or

morally

impoffible,

lalfo grant. That Impofition of

Hands with folemn Prayer,.

is

the moll convenient manner, and neceffary

for

the Ordainer

to

ufe,

Necef/uate

Pracepti

b

Mediiad

bene

efre

Ordinationie,

I

elfo grant.,

That

the Power of Ordain

-.

in

is

ordinarily only in

she

Hands

of

Chrift's Ecclefiaflical Miniflers, I acknow-

ledge

(whether

Bilhops

or

Presbyters we

now queflion not)

and

that it

is

notdi-

volved

to

any others, but

in

Cafe

of

Neceffity.

The

Things then

that

I

deny

are,

that

Impofition

of

Hands, or prefent Prayer, or

the

Prefence

of

the

Ordainer are

of

Neceffity

to our

Office.

That

the true,

juif

Authority

of

an

Ecclefiaflical

Or-

dainer

is

of

Neceffity to

the

being

of

our

Office

::

And confequently,

that an unin-

terrupted

Succetfion

of

Jai.,

Authoritative, Ecclefiaflical Ordination from the

Apollles,

is

of

rabfohite

neceffity

to the being

of

our Calling.

Nay,

that any

Au-

thoritative Human

Ordination

at all,

betides

the

Peoples meet

Confent

is

of

filch

abfólate, indifpenfable Necelftty

ad

rife

O(flvü

;

all this

I

deny. And my

Opinion,

is,

that

in

Cafe

of

a

failing

of

all

Ecclefraflical Authoritative

Ordination, the Ma-

giflrates

Ordination may

fuffice

ad

ejfe

Officü :

And

in

cafe

both fail,

the

Peoples

Meer Acceptance,

Confent, or Ele6tion may

fuffice,

fuppofing the Perfon meetly

qualified.

And whether

you will call this

all

of the

People

a

Conflitution, or

Or-

dination,

or

not, I

am indifferent.

Certainly

xa9isn¡p

oft

liignifies

the Conflitu-

ting; which

is

hot an

Alt

of

Government, or fuperior Authority.

But

no

Term

bath

fo

much need

of

Explication

as

the Word (Office) or (Ministry) which

is

the

1

erminua

of

Ordination. An

Office

is

a flared

Power or Authority, or

Facul-

ty with

Duty of doing certain

Works

to certain

Ends.

The

Mini(terial

Office

of

a

Presbyéer,

is

to

be differenced

ab

objetio

er

a

fine.

The

Authority and the

Duty

in

a

lawful Officer

go

together

:

Such

a one only

is

in

fen/it

primario

&

proprio

an:

Officer

:

But he

that

is

a

Ufurper,

or

bath no

lawful

Call, may

yet both

a.

Have

all

the Duty of that

Office

lying upon him, and

by his

own

Intrufionoblige him

-

felf to the

Performance, and

yet want thetrue Authority

for

performing

it, feting

he came in without

God's Call, and there

is

no Power

but

of God.

a. And he

may

have

the Name

of

an Officer, though given him but analogically, or in

f

nfie

fecundario

Fr

ecclefiaflieo.

;.

And the Church may owe him that

RefpeLt

and

Oft

fer*ance due to

a

[awful Officer

(the Reafon

is,

becaufe

it

is

one thing to know

who

is

a

truly

lawful Officer

;

as

in Matter

ofMemberlhip,

Tam bound to

ufe

ma-

ny

as

true Chriffiaus, even

all

that have

the.Profellîon of fach)

who yet

are not

fach

So am

I bound to

take

all

thofe for lawful Officers that

have the

external

To-

kens

of

filch,

feting

we cannot know any further ; though they be

notfich indeed).

4. And all

that

Man's Miniflerial Allions are

valid

to the`Church that doth her

Duty in oblerving

him,

and

yet they are

all

null

or unlawful,

and

flat Sins

to the

Performer. The.Reafón

of

the

later

is,

both

becaufe

no

Man can lawfully

do

that

which he had, no Authority

given

him

for,

and

becaufe

nemitti

ex propria crimine

de-

botúr benef:cium;

and

Ergo, his

Ufurp tion cannot

fecure him.

The

Reafon

of the

former

is,

becaufe

Duty and

Benefit go

together, and thereforethe Church that per

-

fórmeth but

her

Dury.in

taking thofe to

be

truly

called,Pallors

that

recut fo

to

be,

having