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Numb.

H.

APPENDIX.

Ordination.

No nor

do they

know whether their Mini1e_rswereeverordained or

not

:

And it bath been known

that many

have provedUCurpers (efpecially at

Rome)

which the Common

People could not know

;

and therefore could

not

by Inch

Knowledge

be

di(obliged.

xa.

If

the Adminiftrations

of

all Ufurpers were

null,.

(and

fo

the

Ordination of fach) then innocent

Perlòns and Churches fhould tàffer

(yea, Ruine

it

felt) meerly

through other Mens

Faults.

Bur

ne

Man

is

to

lirffec

for

other

Mens Faults

meetly

:

Ergo,

The

Minor

is evident.

The

Major

is as

evident.;

a.

It

is

none

of

the Churches Fault, or

at

leaft,

not

of

each

Member, that

a

Ufurper

fecredy intrudethand deceiveth

them, pretending right when

hebath none.

At

leaft

it

is

not

always and

in

all

Cafes

their

Fault

And yet that the

Church

would fuffer by

it,

yea,

Ruine it

felt;

is

apparent

s

in

that

all

the Ordination

of

fach Men would be

null,

and

fo all

their

Churches

would be no true

Organized

Political Churches but meer Communities, and,all

the Baptihn and other

Adroini=

ftrations

of

all filch

Ordained Men would

be

null. Moreover, it

is

evidently

againft common Equity.

If

the Deputy

of

Leland,

or

the

Pro-rea

of

Naples

were

dead, and one fhould

fo

counterfeit the King's Hand

andSeal,

as

that

the Nobles

and

People could

not

difcern

it

and

fhould annex this to

a

Grant for the

Place,:.at

d

thew it

the People,

and

chito

the Power by

it

:

If

this

Man

continue

the

exercdfe

of

this

Power

for

a Year

'before

the King difplace'hitn, or the Deceit

be.difco-

vered,'all

his

Actions

malt

be valid

as

to the

Benefit

of the

Commonweath,

though they

are Treafonable to

himfelf: And he

conveys

Power

front the

Kìng'eo

inferior

Officers, who

yet never

received

any himfelf;

So

is

kin

this

prefent Cafe.

02.

if

the

Ordination: of Magiftratesdid

feat

turn

in cafe

of

a

failing in the regu-

lar way

before

Chrift's Incarnation, then

it

may

do

fo

now.

But the

formeras

true

:

Ergo,

The

Rea(on

of

the Confequence

is,

both that God

was

as

(Iii& in Po-

fitives

then

as

now, and ihat there

was as...great

Neceflity

then of an

uninterrupted

Succeffion

for derivation from

God,

as

now there

is.

Solomon,

pat

out

Abiatbkr

from

being High-Prieft, and

put

Zadackin his Read,

t

Ring. z.

27135. David

and

the

Cap-

rains

of

the

Hefts féparared

to

God's Service

shore

of

the

Sons

of

Afaph,

and

of

Hemav,

and

of

yedutbun,

who fhould

propbefie

with Harps, &c.

t

Chron,

2

f.

a,

6.

They

were

for

the

Service

of

the Houfe

of

God, according

to the

King's Order,

16

r Chron.

i6.

did

Solomon,

z

arm.

8.

x4,

5.

The

Magiftrates

Power in

Church

Matters

Was

no Ceremony or Temporary Thing.

13.

When any

Officers

of

theTemple were

difcovered

to

have

no

Tuft

Title,

and thereupon

were

put out ;

yet none

of

their

A&ions

while they were in

Place.

were cenfured null

:

Ergo,

if

now

any

be

ditto

vered to have no

.

Title,

his

former

A&ions

are

not

to be judged

null.

The

Realon of the Confequence lyeth in

the Equality

of

the

Cafe.

The

Antecedent

is

proved from Ezra

2.

62. Neh.

7.

64,

65.

They

fought their Regifter among theft

that

were

reckoned

by

Genealogy,

but

they

were

not found

: therefore

were

they

as polluted

put

from

the

Prifthead.

So Neb.

13..29,

30.

And

therefore the

Ordination

done before

filch

Ejeótion,

is

not

null.

And

that

the individual Perfon to receivethis

Power,

may

be

determined

of in

cafe

of

neceflìty, without an Ecclefiaftical Authoritative

Determination, may fur-

ther appear

thus

: 1.

If

the individual Perfon may

be

determined

of

ordinarily,

or

fometimes by

the

Peoples Ele&ion

to

be prefented

to the Minihers

for

their Or.,

dination,

or

Confirmation, thenmay

the.

individual Perfòn be determined

of

by

the

People to

he

prefented to God immediately, for

his

Ordination, in

cafe

there be

no Ordainers

to

be

had. But the

Antecedent

is

true

:

Ergo,

the Antecedent

is

pro-

ved,

1.

From the ApoftlesInftru &ion to the Church

of

ferufalem,

Ali.

6.

;.

Cboofe

you, er

look you out

fven

Men

of

honef Report,

full

of the Holy Chaff

and Wifdom,

whomwe

may appoint

over

this Bufn

fs.

They

defcribe the Men, and

leave

them to

nominate them that were

Euch.

And

if

the Church can do

this

to prefent to the

Apottles, then it

Teems

they

are competent Difcerners

of

Such.

If

the Apoftles

had

laid,

(We do appoint and authorize the

feven

Men whom

you

1hall

choofe,

1h

that

they

be fuch

and

filch

Men) the Ordination

had

been as

valid,

on Suppofition

of

Etch

an Eleltion,

as

it was

when

it

followed the Ele&ion.

And

if

the Apo

files

might

have

fo

done, no doubt, God may

fo do by

his

Law

:

For he doth

the

fame,

-roiz.

defcribe

the Perlons, and confer

thePower,

particularly,

and

on an In-

dividuum

vagem, and fèmetimes

quaff

f:gnatum

and

if

popular

Ele&ion

can make

it

an Individuum

determinatuin,

then

all

is

done.

2.

And the Church

hath continued

this

Cullom

fo

far, that Councils decreed Ordinations invalid without

Ele&ions

of

the

People;

yea, if they were but afrighted

and

over-awed,

and did it notfreely.

Infomvch

that

Cyprian

faith,

Plebs

maximam habet, poteftatem, 'eel

dignos Sacerdotei

elegendi,

vel

indignos

rétufandi:

Till

the bloody bout in the choice

of

Damafsss,

ie