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Numb.

II.

11PP

ENDP;_

Worfhip neceffary

to the World's End. Ordinary teaching

publickly and

being

the

Mouth

of

the People in Praifing God, and Adminiltring Sacraments;

and'blef-

ring

the People,

&a

are Minifterial A

&ions:

Now

fuppof

you come

into

a

:Na-'

tion or

Country where

fuch

Ordination

fails

(as

if

you

had

lived in

the Reign

ofthe

Arriaos)

durit you

abfoive all

the Churches

front

all

God's Publick Worfhip.?

Durfi

You

have faid

to whole Countries, Never

Affemble

to Worfhip God

by Solemn

Praifes

;

Never baptize any

;

Never communicate in the Lord's Supper?

This

were to contradi&

a

Precept

in Force,

that

binds

them

to do what

you forbid

them,

and

it

were

to deftray their

Souls,

and bid them forfake

Gcd,

and

quench

his

Graces

:

For without God's

Publick

Minifterid Ordinances,

Grace and

Chri-

ftianity it

Pelf

could

not

be

long

continued, at leaft, ordinarily,

and in marry. .\Vit-

nefs

the

Unchriftianingof the

vaft

Kingdom

of

Nubia,

for want

of

Minifters.

If

you

would have fuch to

appoint

Private Men to do there Things

pro tempore,

in this

Cafe

of

Neceffity, that

is,

to

grant

all ;

for then the Peopledo make

More

Private

Men Minihers,

pro

rempore;

whether they

give them

that name

or

not,

for

the Of.

fire

is

butPower

to do

ttrofe

Works

which

belong

thereto

;

and

if

they

have

Pow

er to

do the

Work, they

have

;he Office.

The

like

may

be

laid

of

thole Reform-

ed Chriftians

that

live

under the Romilh Power

if they

mull have no

Minihers,

they

muff have

no Worlhip or

Sacraments,

which Minifters

are to eiform.

If

they inuft

have

IvÍinifters

either Romilh or Reformed.

Not

Romilh, for they can-

not

follow

them, or

join

with them

but

by

known finning in wicked Engage-

ments

and wicked

A&ions.

Not

Reformed

if

there be

a

Neceffity

of

Authorita-

tive

Ordination: For

the

Amin

Bifhops

(if

they

have

Authority)

will

not

Ordain

without

forcing Men

to

open

Sin

;

nor may any Pious Man fubmit to their Ordina-

tions ontheirTerinsr andmany People

cannot

haveReformed

Bifhops(no

nor

Pres-

byters)

to,ordain

them.

I.The

Law

of

Nature, and the exprefs, unchangable, writ-

ten

Word

agreeing thereto, do require

Men to

do the Offices

of

Minifters who

have

a fitnels

for

ir,

and

where there

is

an undeniable Neceffity

of

their Help.

But

the

failing

of

Authoritative,

EcclefiatPical

Ordination

will

not

difpence with the

Law

of

Nature,

and the exprefs

moral written Law

agreeing therewith

:

Ergo,

It

will

not

difpenfe

with

filch

Men for

the

negleet

of

Srch

Minifterial

Wòrks:

t

think

none

will

queftion the

Manor.

.Vor

the

Major,

underftand,

that

theft whom

I

call

fit,

are they

that

have,ti

e.Qualifications

which I mentionedbefore., Here

I.

take

it

as

undeniable,

that

Duty

and.

Power to perform

ir,

fo go,

together, that

God never

.calleth

Man

to,

Duty ,hut he

gives

him

this

fire of Power,

that

is

Au-

thority

;

for

the

very

Command

to do the Work Bothgive

Authority

to

do

it :

Man

may oblige

himfelf,

without

a,Call, -and fo

.

have,

no

Authority

; but whofoever

is

required

of

God to do

ir,

bath

eo

Nomine,

Authority

to do

it

And the .Office

of

the Miniftry

is

but

the

Duty

and

Authority

of

performing the Works

of

the

Miniftry. Moreover, the Power

is

for

the Work's

lake,

and

not

the Work for

the

Powers

fake

as

the

End

:

So

that if

I

prove once that

the Duty

is

required

of

un-

ordained

Men,

I

do thereby prove that the

Power

is

given

them.

Now that,that

Duty

is

required appears

thus

: The

greateft Works

of

Mercy

to

Mens

Souls,

and

of

glorifying God, are-fuçh,

as,

Men

are

obliged

to by the Law of Nature,

if

they.

have Ability and

Opportunity,

and

there

be

a

Neceffity. But

the Works

of

the

Miniftry are

the

greateft Works

of Mercy to

Mens

Souls,

and Glory to

God

:.

Ergo,

The

Minor

is

proved

by

the Parts.

The

Publick Preaching

of

the

Lord

Jelus

to

a

Heathen

People;

as

the

Jefuits have

long

been

doing in.tim lndies,land

the Difcipling

Men to Chrfit,

and baptizing them,

is

the

greateft

Work,of

Mercy

imaginable:

Whereto,

add,

the teaching

them

to obferve,alfthings whatroever Chrift hath

coin-

nuanded..andit

makes

up the whole

abfblutely neceffary

in

all

its

Parts:

a.

The

Greatrieg

appears,

in that Men cannot

be raved

ordinarily without

it:

It

is

to

fave

Men

from Everlafting

Torments,

and

help them to Everlafting

Glory.

a.. It

is

that which Chrift himfelf

did;

yea, made his Office

to

Peek

and to

fave

that

which

was loft.

;. It

is

that

which heordained the Miniftry for

; yeas

giveth

us

his Gifts

for;

yea, upholds all things for,

and

makes

other

Mercies

fubordinate

to. And

that it

is as

conducible

to

that

Honour that

he will have by the Gofpel,

and Mens Salvation

is as

clear.

For the

Major;

Note,

that I

fuppofe

Ability and

Opportunity, for

elfe

they cannot

be

obliged.

Alfo

I

fuppofe,--

Neceffity,

that

is,

that

there

be

not

Ordained Men (Authoritatively)

enough,

competently

to do ir.

And then that

it mug

be

done

without fach

Ordination, rather than not

at

all, is

fo

plain

in the Law

of

Nature, that it

needs

no

Proof.

;

To

do good to

our

Pow-

er, efpecially in fo great Neceflities and

weighty Cafes,

is

a

Principle in Nature;

that

he who

is

a

Man doth

find in himfelf.

4

Forciere,

it's

proved

that

in

leffer

Ca-

Dz

fe

Moe