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26

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X

Numb.

II.

faith

the

Law.

Some

being

café

in molt

remote

parts of

the

World, where

no

Minifters are,

andmany where no

Bifhops

are,

nor

can

be had in any

competent

time,

and

uncertain?, whether at

all.

And the

Poffibility

of

filch

a

thing

is

evident

in Nature, though it

never had been

till this

Day.

z.

Cefante ffneseffatObligatio; fed

bicceffetvdcefftre

potefltint:

Ergo,

TheMinor

only

is

to be

proved.

The

End why I ate obliged to

feek

Ordination rather

from

an

Ecclefiaflical Officer, than

from a

Magiftrate,

or

to

take

the other forementioned.

Courfes,

it

is

becaufe

God hath appointed

him, Ordini,

grant,

as

one'

that

ought to

be the fitteft to do ir, leaft

by Mens

voluntary Intrufion, or the

Conttitution of

others

lefs

able

to

judge, the

Church

fhould be wronged.

Now

in

cafe

the

regular

Ordainers do prove uafufficient or wicked, thefe Ends

fail,

as

in the Church

of

Rome,

where none

(hall

be admitted

that

will

not

fwear

to do wickedly,

and

tofalte

Ways. And in the great Arrian Defedtion, when fcarce

Six

or

Seven Bifkops

wete

to

be

found

that

did

not

turn

Arrianr,

among whom, the Bilhop

of

Rome

was

one

that

revolted ; and

they

would

ordain

none

but

thofe

that

would be

of their

Way,

and

fo would engage

Men againft Chrift. God did

not

give

them Power

to

de-

ffroy the Church,

but to preferve

Order

and propagate

it.

They

can do nothing

(by

any Power from

God)

againft

the

Truth,

but for the

Truth

:

When

Ergo,

They

will

not

ordain

to the

Prefervation, but to the-apparent Defirudtion

of the

Church,

we

are

not

obliged

to

receive their

Ordination

:

And

that the

failing

of

regular Minilterial

Ordination

Both

not

deRroy

the

Ordination or Law

of

God

de

Specie confervandâd,

and that it

was

never the Will

of

God, that there

Ihould be

no

Miniltry

at

all

longer

than

they

might

be

fo regularly

Ordained,

appears thus

;

r.

The

Office

of

Miniftry

is

of

Itanding Neceffity to the very Being

of

a

Poli-

tical

Church,

whereas

the EcclefiatlicalAuthoritative Ordination

is

but neceffary

to

the

well-being and

ordering

of

it.

Ergo,

the

failing

of

the later caufeth not a

failing

of

the

former.

The

Reafon

ofthe

Confequence mayappear

in

that God

bath

oft fuffered his

Church in

all

Ages,

to

fall

into

Diforders and Diflempers,

when

yet

he hath preferved the

Being. z.

God hath not infeparably tyed

a

necef.

fary certain

End,

to one only.mueable, uncertain

means.

But

the

Office

of

the

Miniftry

is

the

neceffary, certain

End of Regular

Ecclefiaffical

Ordination

(viz.

by one in Jult Power) and

this isa

mutable, uncertain means:

Ergo,

God

hath

not

tyed the

Office

of

the Miniftry to

this alone.

The

Neceffity

of the Miniltry

and

the certainContinuance

of

it

to the Church, I

fuppofe,

will be granted

; even

to

every Church, while it remains

a

Church

Political.

The Uncertainty

and

Muta-

bility

of that

means

is

before proved.

;.

God bath not put it into

the

Power

of

Bithops

(or other

Ordainers) to deRroy

his

Church

for

ever;

but

if

the Miniftry

were infeparably annexedto their authoritative Ordination, it

would

be fo

:

Ergo,

It

is

in

the Power

of

their

Wills,

whether they

will

ordain any other

Bithops

to

fucceed

them

;

which

if they Ihould

not

do, the Succeffion

is

interrupted, and the

Office mufffor

ever fail

:

If

you

fay,

it

is

not to

be fuppofed

that

all

will deny

to

Ordain

others. I anfwer r.

What Promife or Certainty of

the contrary

?

2.

It

is

not

poffrble

their

own

Judgments may be turned againft Bithops, and fo renounce

that Calling

;

or may they

not turn moltof

themHeretical, and

fo will

ordain none

that

will

not

be

fo

too.

As

it

was

a

tually when

the whole

World

turned Arrian;

except

fix

or

(even Bithops,

there were none

left, and

a

tenth

Parr,

nay

the

Hun-

dredth part of the Church could not

have recourfe

to

fix

or feven perfecuted

Bilhops, hidden

in

Wilderneffes

or Corners, or

Fugitives

that Men

knew not

where

to

find.

And

that it

was then

unlawful

to have fubmitted to

the

Arrianr

Ordination,

on their Terms,

I

fuppofe

will

not

be denied.

And

the few

that

do not turn He-

reticks, may yet

clogg their

Ordinations with

filch

unlawful

I.mpofitions

and

En-

gagements,

as

that

no

Man

fearing God may

jufly

fubmit to them,

which

is,

at

buff, theCafe

of

all

the Romifh

Church

(as

is

faid).

So

that

if

all

Men

elfe

obey

God,

they mutt not be Ordained

by thefe

Men;

and confequently thefe Men have

Power

todeRroy the Church, which

if

it were

affirmed but

of

the

Churches

in

one

Nation,

is

not true

:

No,

nor

of

one

Congregation;

for

the

Senfe

of

the Precept

for Ordination

is

this,]

That

the Churches may

be edified

and well guided, and

my

Worfhip rightly performed, do you ordain

Elders,

etc.]

4.

God bath

made

it

in-

dilpenfably neceffary to

his

People to the World's

End, to

affemble

in

folemn

Con-

gregations,

and

then to perform his publick Worlhip,

viz. In

Prayer,

Praifes,

Sa-

craments, Preaching and

Hearing,

&c. Bur

without the Miniftry

this

cannot

be

performed

:

Ergs,

he bath made it

indifpenfably neceffary

that

they have

a

Mini

-

firy

:

and confequently the failing

of

Authoritative, Ecclefiafical Ordination doth

not

deRroy

theMiniltry. Both

by necellit),

of Precept,

and

of

Means,

is

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