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Numb.

H.

11PP

ENDIX.

à5

though in

fuo

goitre

it

be fufficient,

yet other

things muff concur in their kind

a1fo,

viz. For

the Qualification

of

the Subjeá ; whereof

one

is

the

effeá of Nature,

Art,

and Grace,, that

is

Abilities

;

another

of

the

Spirit,

that

is

Willingne(s,

which

may

alto be

moved by

other

Caufes ;

and

the third

of Providence,

viz.

Oppòrru-

nity. 2.

Magiffrates

Conffitution

in the

faid Cafe

Of

Minifterial

failing,

is

a

fur-

ther

Medium

difìiná

from Scripture. So

that

if Minifers

fail, Magiffrates are

the,

Judges

;

if

both fail, the People have

fine regemine

judicium

difcretionia:

Their

Judg=

ment

of

Difcretion

hath

.a

fufficient

Objeá

and,Difcovery ofGods

efficient

Confli-

tution.

r:

In the Law, which

is

then the inlìrumental

Efficient. a:

In the Per

-

fons Abilities.

;.

His Willingnefs.

4.

The

Peoples

own Willingnel.

S.

Oppor-

tunity. You add (the giving

of

Authority which we

talk

of

is

an

Aáion

termina-

ted upon

an

Individuum

in

this

Age:

But

the Scripture meddles

not

with

any

of

the

Individuume

of

thefe

Times

:

Ergo)

I

fuppofe by (meddles

not with) you

mean

(ter.

minateth it not on). The

Minor,

which you knew

I

would deny, you prove

thus

(if

it do, either

quoad

nomen,

or

quoad

adjunc`ium

edited

incommunicabile,

or

per defcrip-

tiámm

)

I anfwer,

per defcriptionem

abadjundia, but it

is

not

always

neceffary

that

that

they

be

incommunicable, at leali

mofe

of

them

;

for

God may

polfrbly

pro-

pound

to

the People more than one or two

that

may

feem fit,

and

leave

them

to

choofe, and

fo

their Choice

shall

be the

thing that

makes

the

difference,

and

God

Thereupon convey

the Power. You

add

(if

the Word do it

by

defctiption,

-it

muff

be

by fome filch

Form

of

Words

;

They

that

are thus and ,thus qualified may be

Minifers

of

the Word

:

But there

is

no fach Form

:

Erga)

I

anfwer,

I

fuppofe

that by

(Form) you mean,

quoad fenfum,

and not

quoad verba.

And then I fay;

there

is fuels

a

Sentence

in

the

Law

as

this,

if

by (thus

and

thus Qualified)

you

in-

clude

all

the

Signs

that

were before expreffed.

And

becaufe

we are now

at

the

Quick,

I

will

not put

you offwith the bare

part

of

a

Refpondent, but give you

the

Reafons

of

my denying

your,

Minor.

I

firfi fuppofe

it granted, that God bath

in

his

Law determined

r.

De

genre, that there

Ihall be

Minifers.

2.

De

fpecié,

that

there

¡hall

be

Inch forts

of

Minigers

in

his

Church,

and

that not

only

Toad nomen,

but Incad

defuirionem,

&

diferentiam confaitutivám,

that

is

the Nature

of

their Work

and Power,

the Objeel

abone

which, and the end to which it

is

to

be

employed.

.

That

the Perlons are defcribed from their

neceffary Qualifications,

who

"lhall

be

Subjeás

of

this

Form,

a

Tim.

;.

Tit.

r. and

in

other

Places. 4.

That

all

that

is

now

left

to

be

done

is

but to judge and determine

of

the particular Perfon,

Who

is

molt

capable

of

this

Form, and

fo far

to

be

the Medium

of

his

receiving the

Pow-

er.

ç.

That

this

Judging and'Detetmination mutt

be

per

figa,

from the Peïfons

Qualifications, agreeing to the -Rule.

6,

That

God bath made Ecclefiaftleal Offi-

cers

the

ordinary authoritative

Judges

of

this

Queftion,

Who

is

the

qualified

Per-

fon

?

Thus

much

I

conjeeture

that

we are agreed

in-; to

that

the Form

in the Law

is

not only,

[They

that Preach the Word,

fhall

be thus and thus qualified,]

but

[Men

thus

and thus qualified

)hall

be appointed to Preach

the

Word:] Now that

which I

am to prove

is,

that the

fill

part of

the

Conffitution'remains

in

force

(that

there

)hall

be

Minigers thus

qualified)

though the other Part, concerning the

way of their

Ordination

may ceafe: and

that

Magiffrates Defignation,

or

Peo-

ples

Eleáion

upon the difcerning

of

the

Qualifications

is

a fufficient

Nomination

óf

the Perfon:

and

fo

God doth

by his

Law

convey the

Power

as

truly

to

the Perlon

thus

Nominated,

as

he doth to the Perfon Nominated by a

Bithop

ordinarily

t

The

fame

Law being

God's

only In(trument

of

this

Conveyance, whoever nomi-

nates.

To

this end

I

¡hall lay

down

divers

Arguments, and though

I

conclude

not

4111

the

fame

thing,

you

Ihall fee that,

all

doth, ad

eundem fcopum collimate

;

and

that

either the Obligation to regular miniflerial Ordination may

ceafe,

or that all

ways

ceafe

not

when

that

ceafeth, or

that

the

other

ways are fufficient

forNomine-

tion of the individual Perfon,

and

fo

of

preferving

the Exiffence

of

the

Species,

for theft three

arethe things

to

be

proved.

r.

Cefj'

ante materia

cef

nt obligatio,

fed bit

vet

cigar

vel

cease

lintel?

materia Ergo,

The

Major

is

pall queltion

:

The

Minor

is

proved,

I. From

the

Silence

of

Scrip-

ture

;

God hath no where obliged himfelf to give

all

Churches

the Opportunity

of

regular Minifterial Ordination.

2.

From undeniable Experience

of

many

Places'

that

could

not

have

Regular

Ordination, not only

through the Imperfeetion

of

their

own Underftandsngs, not

able

after utmoft

Induftry, to know which

was

the.

regular Way, (for that

1

flick

not

on)

but alto the moral

or natural

Impofíïbility

of

the thing

;

fume

living

where they

could

have

no

Ordination,

but upon

frnful

Terms,

as

by

wicked Oaths

or

Profeflìons ;

as

it

is

throughout theRomilhChurch,.

and;

Erg., There

is-a

morel

Impofbility;

for

nape

ïnbonef/um

e?

impofibibi