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a

right

way to

ufe

them; and

fo

leeks

an Ordination

into

the Miniftry,

r

Tim.

;.

a.

He

that

defreth

the

Office

of

a

Bithop, defrreth

a good

Work.

But

God,

as

be

gives

no

Gifts

in vain,

fo

he

fets

Man upon no vain Endeavours.

Thole therefore

that are bound to

feek

to be

Minters,

are

not

bound to vain Endeavoùrs;

and

therefore

there

is

a

poflibility

of

Succeeding

E

But

there

is

very oft

no

poffibility

of

Authoritative Eccleliaftical Ordination

t

Ergo,

There

Inuit be

a

potlibility

of

fucceeding fome other way

;

for,

nemo

renetar

ad

impotrbile

:

God's Gifts

of

Light

are not

to

be

put

under

a Bufhel.

While

I

live

where my

Pains

may

be

feared,

and

others enough may

competently

fupply my

Room, I

will

do nothing

diforder

.

nor without Authority from Man,

fo

far

as

belongs

to them to convey

it;

and

if

they

that have

Power

filence

me,

I

will be

flee.

But

if

I

live

where there

is

a

t

i-

fible

Necefltty

of

my Labours,

I

will, by God's

Help, rather preach without

Auche-

city ;

yea, though I were filenced,

than

forbear

;

as

knowing that Men

have

their

Power to

Edification, and

not to Deftruetion

;

and

I

will

rather venture to anaver

before

God to

the Charge of doingGood, and

facing

Souls

to Chrift without Im-

polition

of

Hands, or Human Appointment, than

the Charge

of

hiding my

Ta-

lent

as

a flothful, evil

Servant, and

of letting Men go to

Hell, and rejeet

Chrift

for

want

of

a

Commiffìon from

Man to hinder them,

for

I

know that

an

that

con-

-

vertetb a

Sinner

from

the

Error of

his

way, bath

fared

his

Soul

from

death, and

covered

a

multitude

of

Sins ,

yam. ç. zo. 6.

Chrift himfelf bath taught

us

in

Scripture

fo

to interrupt

his

Laws,

as

that

Ceremonials and meer-Pofitives, do give

way to natural Morals and Subfatitials

;

and

that whentwo

Duties come together

and

cannot both

be performed, the greater mug

be chofen ;

and therefore

it

is

fo

in

our

prefent Cafe.

t.

Even under the Law

this

is

oft

manifefted; to

inl

ance

but in

one

;

Circumcifion it felf,which

wasfo

far neceffary

as

to be called God's

Co-

venant, and

hethat

negle&ed it

was

to

be

cut

off

from the People,

yet in the

dernefs for

forty Years together

is

difpenfed

with, and

gives

place

to greater

natu-

ral

Duties.

z. Much

more under the Gofpel, when God placeth

lefs

in Externals,

as

chooing

fuch

Worfhippers

as

will

worfhip him in Spirit and in

Truth. Chrift

often

healech

on the

Sabbath

Day,

and

tells

them it

is

lawful to do Good

(viz.

ne-

ceffary

Good)

on

that

Day.

He

tells

them that

David,

when

he was

Hungry, and

they that were with him,

did eat the

Show

-bread which

was

not

lawful

(viz.

with-

out

filch Neceffity)

for him to eat, but

only

for the

Prieffs

:

And that

the Priefis

in

the

Temple

do break

the

Sabbath, and are biamelefs,

and

therefore jufifies his

Difciples

for rubbing the

Eares

of

Corn.

If

the Prophet

Ifaiab

under the Law

could tell them,

that

This

ma,

the Falb which the

Lord bath

chafen to loofe

the

Bands

of

Wickednefs; to

undue

the heavy Burdens,

and

to

let the

Oppreffed

Free, and

to break every

Take,

If.:

58.

6,

7.

And

the Holy Ghoft faith,

I

will

not

reprove thee

for

tby Sacrifices, or

thy

Burnt

Offerings to

have

been

continually before

me,

Pfal. po.

8.

How much

more, under the Gofpel, would God haveExternals and

Modals Poop

to

the

Sublance? He that

tells us

there

is

Joy

among the Angels

in

Heaven over one Sinner

that repenteth,

would not have

that

Office

that calleth

them

to

Repentance

laid by,

nor

Men forbear the Works

of

it,

for

want

of

a

Man rightly ordained himfelfto fay, Goe.

There

is

tome great Moment in that

Leffon which Chrift

calls -the

Pharifes

fo emphatically

to learn, Mat:

9.

t;.

But go

ye now, and

learn

what that

meaneth,

built

bave Mercy

and

not Sacrifice

:

Nor

is

Chrift

very forward

to

fatisfie

their Demand,

By

what

Authority

doff

than

thefe

things?

Mat.

at.

24, 27.

Nay,

he flatly refufed.

7.

An OrdainedMinifter

may have

fufficient

caufe

to

give

over

his

Calling,

without the

Will

of

the Ordainer, or

any in his

place; therefore he may have

fufficient

Caúfe to affume

it, without

the Will

of

anOrdainer.

The

Antecedent

is

doubtlefs

;

Nay,

it may

be

his

Duty to

give over

i

as

if

the

-

People do generally rejeht him,

or

if he

be called

to an Employment

where he may

be

certainly more

farviceable,

or is

fitter

for; or

when there are ma-

ny

abler

to fupply

his

Place

if

he remove,

&c. For the Confequence, perhaps yo*

will

fay,

It

follows

not,

becaufe all muff

concur

to

a

Man's

Call

to the

Work

:

Bue

one thing wantingmay

call him from

ir.-

But

I antwer,'

The

Strength of the

Con=

fequenca

is

here;

in that

as

clear

a

Call

at

leaf

is

neceffary to take

a

Man

off

a

Courfeof

Duty in

fo

needfulan Employment,

as

to

put him

on:

And therefore

let

us

fuppofe

a

Parity in other

Refpe

&s,

and look only

at that

one Reafon,

The

Good of the Church

:

It

is

certain,

that

if I

knew I were a great Wrong to

the

Church by

my,

Continuance

(as by

keeping

out

one far better,

or the

like) I

were

bound

to

give over,

though without the Ordainers

Content, or

againf

ir,

ifit

can-

not be had

:

Therefore it

follows,

that

if

my exercifing that Officebe undoubtedly

Conftderats confiderands

to the great Good

of

the

Church,

I

may

do

it

without

ars

Ordainer