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II2

f1PmENDIX.

Numb.Vl.

Therefore being urged,

I

cannot in Confciencedeny a

plain Anfwer

to

this

Que-

flion.But

I

defpair

of

fatisfying thofe

Men thatmutt

have

that

whichAugaftinet faid

he

bated,, viz. A

(hart

Anfwer to

a

long

and

bard

Queflion';

and

that cannot

away with

ditiin

&ion,

when

diftin&mattersmutt be

fpoken to. Let filchReaders cati

this

An

Ewer

afide,

asbeing not

fuited to

their

Witsand,Difpofitions.

T.

We

mutt

diffinguith between an

Infant or Child in theParents Family

,

and

one that

is

at Age,

or gone

out of the Family.

'

2.

Between, a

thing that

is

either Duty

or

Sin

or

Indiferent,

in it felt

by the

Law

of

God,

and

Mens

thinking

it

to

be fo, or

not

fo.

1.

And particularly between

a

Mintier

juftly

filenced,

and People

juflly

prohibited

to

meet, and thofe that are unjuftl

filenced

and forbidden.

4. Between

the

Prohibition or Command

of

the Civil

Magifirate,

and

of

the

Bi-

o

çs

.

Between

the

Command

of

Laws

or Parents, to hear

filch

and filch Minifters,

and

their

Prohibition

nor

to hear others,nor joyn in fach

Affemblies.

6.

Between an A& of

Formal

Obedience

to

a Command, and an

A&

of

Prudence

moved

by

the good

or hurtthat

willfollow.

7. Between guilt

of

Divine

Revenge,

and guilt

of

Humane Ponifhment.

I

make

ufe

of

all

thefe

difin

&ions

in

refolving

your Doubt

by

theft

following

Propnfitions.

I. There

is

no Power but df God,

and none

above

God, nor

againft

him,

or

a-

ny of

his Laws. All Laws

are null

to

Confçience,

as

being no

A&s

of

true

Au-

thority thereto, that are

againft the Laws

of God,

in Nature or Scripture.

H.

Though

onlyRulers beJudges

publickly

to

decide Controverlies

,

and punifh

Offenders, every rational

Man

muff judge difcerningly

of

his

Duty

,

what God's

Law

and Man's require

: elfe

we were

not

governed

asMen

but

as

Beads,

nor were

accountable for

our

A

&ions

to

God,,

any

further than whether

we obeyed

Men:

And

elfe all

under Heathens,

Mahometans, Papifts; Hereticks, mutt be

of

the

Kings

Religion. And then

if

the King and a Ufurper

Brive for

the Crown , we mull

not

be

Judges whofe part we

mutt take

:

All

which are intolerable

Confequentsc

III.

Every

true

Mintier

of Chrift

is

in

his

Ordination

devoted and

confecrated

to

that Sacred'Officeduring

Ability and Life

:

And it

is

from

the

Law,

of

Chrift

that their

Authority immediately arifeth

;

as

the Lord Mayor's from the King's

Charter

;

though

Men

ele&,

and the Ordainers

invel

them in

it

by delivery.

And

as

he that crowneth

the King

cannot

depofe him,

or he that marrieth

Perfons can-

not

.unmarry them, no more can any

depofe

a

Paftor,

and

diffolve his

Obligations

to

his Office, but

in

cafe

of

fach

Primes

as

God's Law depofeth him for, and ena-

bleth them to

do

it:

Of

which

Bifisop Bilfen

of

Obedience

fpeaketh foundly,too large

to

be

here recited.

IV. For

a

Minifter of Chrift to

forfake

hisCalling or Work,

while bá

Vow

and

the true

neceffty

of

Souls

continue hisObligation, and

this

meerly

becaufe he

is

un'uft.

ly

forbidden

by

Man,

is

to

be

odioufy

perfidious

and.

facrilegeous,

and a

Deferrer

of

his

great Lord and Mailer's Work, ánd a

Murderer

'of

the Souls

which

he

negle&eth,

as

verily

as

Parents murder their

Children

whom they give

not

food to. And

no

Mur-

derer

bath Eternal Life,

were it

but of

the

Body

or Temporal

Life

;

Inch being

as

Cain,

of

him that

was

a.

Murderer from

the beginning

;

and contrary to Chrift

,

who

came to

Peek

and

fave

the loft.

V.

The unjuf

forbidding Chriff's Minifters

to preach his Gofpel,

is

a fin fo

ta-

ceeding

heinous,

as

that no

Chìiltian

fhould

either concur in

the

Guilt,

or

be fo

fcandalous

as

to

feem

to

do it. Had

I

lived

in

Germany

when many hundred Mini

-

Bers

were

eje &ed,

and thereby the Churches

cart

into

divifion

and confufpn

,

and

Proteftant

Preachers turned againft each

other, about

the Form

or

Book called

the

Interim,

while

Melancbtbon

and fome good Men partly conformed to

fave

the

Chur-

ches

from ruine, and

Illyrian.

and more were Nonconformids,

I

would

not

for all

the Riches of the World appear

before

God

in

the Guilt of thofe three Men that

did Compile that Book

Utilises Pflug,

Sidoniue,

and

Iflebiru

Agricola)

or

of

thofe

that

for

it filenced

or banilhed

Chrif's

Minifters.

z Tim. 4.

I,

2.

I

charge thee

before

God

and

the

Lord

fefur

Chrift,

who

fhaU

judge

the Buick and the dead

his

.

appearing

and

his

Kingdom, Preach the

word,

be

instant, in

feafon,

out

of

feafon, reprove, rebuke,exhort,

with