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115

attending him, or by committing the Care

of

our

Souls

to him

:

charts, t.

To

(11th

as

are intolerably unable

in Knowledge or Utterance or Practice

; 2.

Or

ro

fach

as are Atheifis, Infidels, or

true Hereticks;

;.

Or

to notorious Malignants, that do

mote harm than good.

XVIII. Though

its a

hard Queflion how far other

Vicès difoblige

us

from fub-

mining

to fach

á

Miniltry,

e.

g. Perjury,

Renóancing, Reformation

and

Repentance,

great

Errours, Drunkenneß,

Idleneß,

and

fuch like ;

yet

t.He

that

can without great-

er

mifchief

than

benefit, have

a

better,

fhould

undoubtedly prefer him.

2.

And a

Man

that feeleth the need of

a

better to

his

own Soul, and knoweth how much

a

Scandalous

Minillry wrongeth Chrift

and

theChurch,

is

very unfit

to

be

perfecuted

or troubled for preferring

his Soul's

benefit before a

Humane Parilh

Order

:

Fop

Cyprian

and an

African

Council, in the

Cafe

of

two

Portugal Bishops, have

laboured

to

prove out

of

Scripture,

That

A

Libellatike,

and

fo

lath

likefcandalous Sinner, is

sou

capable

of

being

a

Bilbop or

Pallor,

and

oughtto

be

forfaken

by

the

People,

though the

boar

Bafbops

sun

bon. 2.

Pope

Nicbolas,

and the Canons

of

Tome

Councils,

Command

that

no one

hear

Maß of a Priest

that

livetb in

known Fornication.

And

may

not

a

Chriilian

be

tolerated

in beingbut

as

ßriet

against Vice

as

the

Papilla

and

Cpnncils

are;

and being

of the

opinion of

fo

holy a

Martyr

as

Cypriots :

and erring

(

if

he err

)

but

as

he

and

that

African

Council

did.

XIX:

All this

is

but

Preparatory

:

To

the

Cafe,

I

fay,

yòu

muff diffinguish be-

tween the

Command

and the

Prohibition

of

your Rulers and your

Parents.

I. The

Command

of

your

Prince

is

theCommand

of

a

lawful

Power ;

and to hear

honefi

tolerable

Minifters

(fach

as

wehave

many)

in

the Publick

Affemblies,

is

a

lawful

Command

(

whatever forcefay without

profit againfi

is

)

and therefore,

you

ought

to

obey

it. And

your

Parents

are

a

lawful

Power

(for

the many

Reafons

which

I

publicklynamed) exprefly mentioned rather than Princes, in the fourth

Corn.

mandment

:

And to

Hear and

Communicate

in the

Affemblies

of

Orthodox godly

Uri-

Pans

unlawfully prohibited

.by

Man,

is

a

lawful

Command,

and

ought

to

be obeyed.

Both

the

Powers are lawful, and both the Commands lawful, and both muff be obeyed

as

far

as

you can, at

feveral feafons: But

you cannot

be

in two

places

at

once.

2.

Intending

no

dilhonour to Authority,

I

muff

not betray

Truth

and

Souls,

while it

is

my

Office

to

refolve

their Doubts

propofed ;

with

fubmiffion

to bettet

Information,

I

am

pall

doubt,

that

both the Prohibitions

in

your

Cafe

here are

lawful,

and

neither

of

them

to be

forma),

obeyed.

That

is,

in

general to take any true

Mini-

'

fters

of

Chriftfor no Minifters, or Chriftians for

no Chrifiians,

and Churches

for

no

Churches, and

fo

to avoidthem, or

to

take their Communion for

Sinful

when

it

is

not,

isa

heinous

fin: He that

thus

avoideth lawful

Communion

as

unlawful, re-

Eproacheth

the

People and Worship

of

the Lord, and

in

a,degree

doch

as

it

were

xc mmunicate

all thofe

Churches, judging them unworthy

of

Communion: And

if it

be

a

great

fin

ralhly

to

Excommunicate one Chrifiian,

what

is

it fo

to Ex-

communicate

whole Parifhes, Cities,

Counties, or Congregations?

Tout

Parents

forbid you

to

hear

in

Pubiick

:

It

is

an

unlawful

Prohibition

of

a

lawful

thing

corm.

manded by the King and Laws, and you are not

to

obey it. You

fay

the

Laws

forbid you

to

joys

with

any

Nenconformable

Minifters and Chriffiansin other Affetn-

blies

than

the

Parifh

Churches:

If

they do fo, I humbly conceive

that it

is

an

un-

lawful Prohibition

of

a thing that God to

force

commandeth,

and therefore

is

not

robe

formally obeyed.

God commandeth

us

not to

forfake

the

affembling

of

our

(elves,

Hebr.

co.

He

chargethall true Minifters, to preach

his

Word, and

be

in-

fiant,

inßafen and

out

of

Jeafon

;

and woe be

to them that

are truly

called

,

and

not

lawfully depofed,

if

they

preach

not

the Goffel,

when them

is

need.

He that

shall

fay,

That now

in

England

there

is

not true need

of

the joynt Labours

of

all

faithful

Miniftersof Chrift, Conformifis and Nonconformifis, will but

flrew

that ignorance

or

unconfcionable indifference in the Matters

of

Salvation,

as

will

warrant

all wife

Men to

fufpeet his

Counfel, and all that know the Fallhood to rejeet

ir.

Chrifi

requireth

all his

Servants

to

live

in purity,

love

and

peace; and

confequently

not to

rejeét

Communion with each other

as

unlawful, when it

is

not

fo,

nor

to go any

further from

each other

than

they needs

muff; nor

unjufily

to

judge

one Man,nnach

lets

Chriftian

Societies.

He that in

the

days

of

the Emperours

of

various Opinions

(Conflantius,

Valens,

TheodofsusJunior, Zeno, Anaßafiuc,

the

Leo's

and

others, that

were forcefor Images, and

force againfi them, would have called

the

Paffors

and

Affemblies unlawfuland

unfit

for

Communion

, becaufe

they

were forbidden, would

have been

a

guilty Separatiti.

And

fo

may be

be

that

feparatoob

from

forbidden

Affem-

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