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30

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xY-.

Numb.

it

Ordainer,

if

Ordination

cannot

be

had

:

It

is

the

Onus

and Labor,

that

is

the

firlt

and chief thing

confrderable in

the Miniliry, and

the

Honor

and

Power

is

but

in

or-

der to that.

8. If

Secular

Power may

be derived

from God, at leaft,

fo far

as

to

oblige

the

Subjects

to

Obedience, and

:

to

give

them

the

Benefits

of

that Power;

and

this

without any

regular authoritative Conveyance from Man,

then

fit

may

Ecclelaftical Power

alfo.

-

But

the Antecedent

is

truer

Ergo,

The

Antecedent

is

proved.

r.

In

that

Scripture commands

us

to

obey fuch

as

the Roman Emperors

then were,

Rom.

1

;.

who

had

no

filch

Conveyance. 2.

Life

it

would be hard

to

know

what

Power to acknowledge

:

For what Nation

is

there where the Line of

Succelfion,

as

to

a

lawful

Conveyance, bath not

been

interrupted?

William

the

Conqueror's

Title

being bad, fo

mutt

all

that hold

from him.

King

Stephen's

was

worfe.

The

Hodes

ofTork andLancafter had rather neither of

them

a

good

Title,

than both. What Nation

is

there that

muff

not

acknowledge the Original from

the Sword

?

I

(hall

not

need

to

anfwer

the

Arguments drawn from the

Peoples

Pow-

er

to convey

it,

to

any

that approveth

of the

Arguments lately

ufed

in

England

againft the Parliaments

Caufe.

And

I

think

if

it were

proved

that the

People

have

the Power

of

making

a

King, it would

foon be proved,

that that

way

of

Soccer

-

fion

hath

been oft enough

interrupted. And

for

the

Sword

of

unjult

War,

if

Vi-

olence

gives

right in one cafe, why

not

in another

?

but this will

not, I

fuppofe,

be

owned. Moreover,

if

an Interruption

of

the Succellìon

of

Legitimate Convey-

ance

of

Power,

do leave

us

uncapable

of

any

juft Succeffion hereafter,

or any true

Power, then

either

all

Commonwealths, or molt

are diffolved for ever, or ours

at

lealt,

till

God immediately

Ihall

choofe.a new. But that

is

not

true: It

being

a

Conclufon

defi idive

to

all

Civil Government, and

all

Obedience

of

Subjects

to

the World's End.

The

Confequence

is

proved in

that there

is

the

fame

Necefity

of uninterrupted

Succeffion

in Legitimate Conveyance

of

Secular

Power,

as

is

of

the

forefaid

Conveyance

of

Ecciefiaflical

Power

; for

there

is

no

Power

but

of

God. And therefore

I

would have you here anfwer

all

your own Queftions, whe.

Cher

King

Cbarlee

did receive his

Power

immediately from God, or mediately

:

if

mediately, then whether by

an

uninterrupted

Succeffion

of

Legitimate Conveyance,

or by fumeScripture Mediation

?

And how Scripture which meddles nor with the

individua Ihould confer

Power on

him

as

a

It Medium?

For my part,

I

fhall

an.

fwer

this

as

I

do

the other,

I

think Providence

doth

Signare individuum.

9.

If

un-,

deniable

Ufurpation did

not

null thg

Minifterial

Aáions

of

the

Priefts before

Chrift's

Death,

then want

of

Authoritative

Ecclefiaftical

Ordination in

cafe

of

Neceffity

will not null the

Aáions

of

Church

-

Governors now. At

worum

prim:

Ergo,

and

confèquently

if

their Allions

be

not

null,

then their Ordinations

are

not

null.

That

the Priefts then

came

not in

God'sway

(which

was

tofucceed

by

Birth.from

Aaron)

but

that

the

Priefihood

was

ufurped

by

others;

yea, commonly bought

with

Mo-

ney

of the

Romany,

and became

at

WI but annual,

if

not two

at once, is known

beyond doubt.

That

their

A&ions

were

not null,

as

to others, appears

by

Chrift's

teaching Men tofubmit to them, and

make

ufe

of

them,

as

he

did the

Lepers,

and

by many other

Paffages.

The

Reafon of the

Confequence

lyeth in the

equal ne-

ceßity

of

uninterrupted

Succeffion

thenand

now

:.Yea,

the neceflity then

was

far

more apparent, in

that God

had more

clearly fixed

it

to

the Tribe

of

Levi,

and

the Line

of

Aaron,

than

he

bath

done now to

Ecclefaltical

Legitimate

Ordination,

and

becaufe

under

that

Law

of

Ceremonies

(whereof

the High-Priefthood

was the.

Topar

typifying Chriff,

&c.)

God would not

fo eafily

difpenfe with_

them

as

now.

to.

When God

ryes his

People to Duty, there he

is

ready to give them

the

Blelling which

is

its

end,

if

they

obey

:,

But God tyeth his People

to fubmit

to

the

Minifteriaf

Aáions of

Come

Ufùrpers:

Ergo, he

is

ready

to give them

the

Bindings

which are the

end

of

thole A&ions; and conftquently

they

are

not

null to

them;.

and

confequentl 'Orddination

is

not null to filch; which

is

one

!idiom The Mi.

jor

is

proved before, and indeed needs

no Proof

For the Minor, God

eyes

us

to

fubmit to the Minifterial

Aáions

of him that

is

in

fede

(at lealf)

if

we

know

him

not

to

be

an

Ufürper

;

but

many may

be

Ufurpers

in

fede,

whom yet

we

know

not

to be

fuch

(nor can

well

know:)

Yea, many

fach have been already

:

Ergo,.

If

the

Major

be denyed,

all

peoples Ecclefialtical

Obedience

is

unavoidably

over-

thrown.,

The

Minor

is

apparent;

t.

In that

it

is

not the

Peoples

Duty

fo

much

as

narrowly to pry into his.Calf, whom

they find in

fede

; fo

as

to

require

Satisfaction

as

to

his

Jult Ordination,

if

they find him

fit

for, and

faithful

in

the Minifterial

Work.

x.

In

that

the People cannot know it

:

There

is

not

one

of

Ten

Thoufand

in

England

could know whether

their

Bifhotos

were truly Confecrated

at

all,

much

less; whether juftly,

much

lets,

whether from an uninterrupted

Succeffion

of

juft

Ordination