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28

42'2ENV

IX

Numb,

II,

fes

we are bound to do

thus ;

much more in theft

fo

great.

If

a

Man

be like

to

petith through Hunger, or

Nakednefs, he

that

is

no

Taylor

muff make him Cloaths

if

he can

;

and he

that

is

no

Baker

mutt

make him

Bread

:

Or

if

a

Man come into

a

Country

infe

&ed

with

the Plague,

or

other Epidemical

Difeafe,

which

he hash,

Skill

in Curing,

he

is

:a

Murderer if he

will

not do

it, though he

be

no Physician,

while there

is

no

Phyfician

there that

can. Every Man

that

is

able

h

a lawful

Phy-

fician in

cafe

of

desperate Neceflity.

If

thefe Inftanees terve

not,

we may gohigh-

er

:

In

cafe

of

an unexpeeted Onflaught

of the

Enemy when the Commandersare

afleep,

every Souldier

may

do

hisOffice

:

In

cafe a

General

be Hain

in the

Field,

or

a

Collonel,

or a Captain,

the next Officer may take

his

Place

;

yea,a common

Soul-

dier maydo

it in Neceffrty

:

Or

if the Commander turn Traytor,

the next Officer

may take

bis

Place, and command

the

Souldiers againft him. Salta

opuli

fnpremd

les

eto,

is

God's

own Law.

And.

Salts Ecclefu

firprema

Len

ego, is

no

lelhis,

and un

-.

changable,

as

to

allChurch

Works

(1ä1l

looking at his Glory herein,

as

the highest

abfolutely).

He that

Ihould

fay,

I

would cure

these

Sick

Men, but that

I

am not

in

Office

a

Physician; or I

would

do

this or

that Work to

fave

the City, or

the

Army,

but it

is

not my

Office,

or

I

have

no Commiffion, were not

ettbufable:

Yet

far more than he that

would fay,

I

would Preach

Chrift to

these

People, and

Baptize

them,

and acquaint

them

with

his

Laws, to

fave

them from Damnation,

but that

I

am

not Ordained

:

Durli you

warrant that Man from beingcondemned

for

his

Negle&

?

Nay,

davit you encourage him to

negle&

it

?

Nay,

durft you

adventure

to

negle&

it

your

felt? What

should

the People

in

New-Eq./awl

do,

if

there were not Ministers among the

Indians

?

If

there were Protellants cart into

Cbina,and had

theOpportunity

as

the

Jefuits

have,what

should

they

do?

To

forbear

the Minifterial Work till they had

a lawful

Ordination,

were no

lets

than

Soul-

murder

:

It

would in probability never be had

;

for

if they

travail'd for

it

to thofe

parts of the

World where

it might

be

had, there were no great probability

of

their

Return.

If

you fay, they

may teach and baptize

as

private Men

:

I

anfwer,

If

they do but what private Men here

are alloweddo,

viz.

to

Teach

but privately

and

occasionally,

it

would be

Rill

unnatural, bloody

Soul-

murder

:

To

fpeak

the Do-

&rine

of

Redemption

to

two or three in

a

House, when they

might 'peak to Mal.

titudes, and to teach

now and then

occafionally,

when theymightdo

it

ordinarily,

is

cruel deftroying

of

the molt. And

to Baptize

is

no private Man's Work.

If

you

would

have

them

Teach

both

publickly

and ordinarily, and

Baptize, then you

would

have

them be Minifters under the

Name

of

Private

Men;

yea,

to

do

the

Work

of

Apostles

or

Evangelilts.

Certainly the Law

of

Nature

is

God's

Law, and

Evangelical Ceremonies, and

points

of

meer

Order

do give

Place

to

it,

as

well

as

either

Mofaical

or

Secular.

God

bath

as

ftreightly commanded Obedience to

Secular

Power

as

to Ecclefiallical:

If

therefore

Matter

of

Order

in

Secular

Things'mull hoop to

Matters

of

Substance

and Neceffïty, and the

Law

of

Corporations to theLaw

of

Nature,

fo

it

muff

do

here.

The

Gofpel Croffeth not,

nor

obliterateth Natural Principles

:

And to

love

our

Neighbours

as

our

felf,

and do him good,

efpecially

to

the Everlafting

Saving

of

his Soul,

are too deep

in

Nature to

be

queftioned, or to hoop to

a

Point

dime;

Older.

If

you

fay,

That the

fame

God that

requires

us

to

do it,

doth require

that

we do it

in

his

order

and way. I anfiver,

No

doubt

of

it

;

where that

Order

may

be obferved

:

But where it cannot, God's way revealed to Nature

is

to do

it

without,

as

bath been

chewed.

And

Scripturefeconds

Nature in

this

; Chrift

tells

us, That

this

is

the

leeredgreat

Commandment,

Thou

fhalt

love tby Neighbour as thy

feelf,

and

on

this, with

the Love

of

God, bang

ail

the

Law,

and

the

Prophets.

To

do good

to

our

utmost Power,

is

a

Charge

laid

on

all,

Pfal.;4.

14.

and

S7.

27.

Gal.

6.

no.

Eccl.

9. so.

As

every

Man bath

received

the Gift,

fo

mutt

he

as

a

good Steward

of

God's

manifold Grace adminifter

it,

a

Pet.

4.

to.

The

Manifeflation

of

the

Spirit

re

given

to

every

man

to profit

withal, I

Cor.

Is.

7.

AA Members

of

the

Body

mug have the

fame

care

one

of

another, verse 25. And

if

one

Member fuffer, the

refb

mu(t fuffer

with

it,

verfe 26.

and

Ergo,

do their bell to

relieve them. Every good

Man

is

a

pub

-

lick

Good;

ci'

bonumgeo

communion es

melon.

God's Gifts are

fo

many Talents that

mull

be accounted for

Matrb.

as.

and he that

bath belt

improved them for

his

Lord,

will have

the

molt comfortableReckoning. Thefe Generals tying Men to

do

all

the Good

thtÿ

can, doth rye them that

have Abilities and Opportunities for

the Miniltry to

use

them wherethere

is

need, and

that

in

Order,

as

being ordained

thereto,

where it may

be

had,

and

out

of

Order

where

it

may not,

and there

is

necefluy

:

even

as

Paulbids

Timothy

Preach

out

of

Seafon

you

will acknowledge

that

they that have

Abilities,

where the Church

is

in

necetìty,

may, and mutt leek

a