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116

APPENDIX.

Numb.VTe

blies, as

well

as

he

that

feparateth from

commanded

ones

(by men).

And

if

God com-

mand Love and Communion of

all

Chriftians,

as

they have

occaion,

as

being one

Bread and one Body, what God commandeth and conjoyneth, no Man may for-

bid or

put

afunder.

Therefore

I

conceive you owe Obedience to

both

the

pofttive

Commands,

but

to

neither

of

the general Prohibitions

of

Communion.

XX.

But

you cannot

obey

both

at

once:

I

anfwer

;

Obey both

as

far as

you can;

and

Obey

neither when it tendeth to

your deftra

Lion.

If

Parents

bid you

joyn

with

Hereticks or

Rebels,

obey

them not.

If

others

bid

you commit

the

Paftoral

Care

of

your

Souls

to intolerable Men, obey them not.

But where

formal Obedi-

ence ceafeth, Prudence muffdire& youabout material Obedience.

It

is

Obedience

When we

do

it

in Confcienceto the Authority

:

It

is

Prudence when wegather

our

Duty from theEnd.

Avoid

that

molt

that

bringeth the molt intolerable

Confe-

quents, and prefer that which tendeth to the grearelt Good.

Some dwell

where

there

is

no Competition,

all

the Minifters

being only

of

one way

:

Some

when the

ill

Confequents are moreon one

fide,

and tome where they are more on the

other.

And Rituals

give place

to

Morals

Go

learn

what that

meaneth,

I

will have

mercy

and

not

facrifce.

You

fhall anfwer for

your own

Souls

:

Neither

Parents

nor

Princes have

an abfolute

or

a

deftroying Power

over

them, nor any that

divefleth ou

of

the

Charge or Government

of your

felves.

Prudence therefore

in filch

Cafes

muff

look

to

Order,

to

PubJck

Good,

and to your

own Edification,

and preferve

all as

far

as

you

are

able

;

and God

will' accept you

if

you do your belt, though interefs'dFa&ions

be offended with you.

XXI. It

is

a

great

Doubt

among Cafuills.

Whether

ant

-when

the Breach

of

Hu;

mane Laws obligeMen

to

any

other than

Humane Penalties

?

So

far

as

God

is

of-

fended

and

his

Law broken by the breach

of

Mans,

fo

far

Punilhment from God

alto

is

deferved;

but no further. And

a

Council at

Teletam

hath

an

exprefs

Ca.

non, that

left Subje

&s

by the Churches

Laws fhould have their

Souls

enioared

in

Guilt

towards

God, it

is

declared

that

their Provincial Canons bind only ad

prenam,

non

ad

cùlpam,

tobear the Penalty, 'but

not

to conclude men

Sinners.

The

Expref-

fons

want

skill,

but the Meaning

is

manifeft.

XXII. The

Perlons belief

that

an evil

Courfe

is

lawful, maketh

it

not

lawful

to

him

:

The

effé

is

before the

faire

:

If

God's

Law

have

forbidden or

commanded;

Man's Errour may enfnare

himfelf

in fin

,

but cannot change the Law

of

God.

XXIII.

Some that

I

love

and honour, that

have heretofore been enfnared

in

A-

nabaptiftry and

Separation, in the

fenfoof

their Errour

(as

is

ufual) warp to the

contrary Extream,

and fear

not the

dreadful

guilt' of

perfwading

Cltre's faithful

kb-

sifters

to lay

by

the

Sacred

Office

which'

they

are devoted

to ;

yea

,

and would

blind

oea

to

believe

there

is no

need,

fave

only to fpeak to particular

perlen,

privately

;

whereby

they

fhould be

a

year in (peaking

to

thole whom they may

(peak

to

in

an

hoar,

and

few be

able

to do it, and perhaps

be

thruft

out

with wrath

by

the Parifh

Mini=

Bets,

as creeping

into

Heafes tq(educe

filly

women,

or reproached and

fufpe&ed

for

k.

They

fay

truly, that

he

that hath gone

their

former.

way

of

unjuft Separation,

is

like

one tharin

travel

teeth here

a

Leg

and

their an Arm lye in

his

way, and therefore

Mould fear

to go on in danger.

But

I

tell

them further,

he

that readeth

Church

Ri-

flery

and

Councils,

what work

Church Tyranny

and /lrizing

to

be

greatefi,

bath made

with Kings and Kingdoms, Churches and

Families,

and

the

Blood

of

an

hundred

thoufand

Chriftians, for about

a

thoufanrl years at leaft,

is

like one

that in

his

tra-

vel

Teeth

here

a

hundred

Carkaffes, and

there

an

hundred, and there a Bream

of

Blood, and there

a

City ruined,

and there a

good

King fitrrendring

his

Crown

as

an

All

of

Penance

(asLadovicus

Pius

did), and there

the Streets covered

with the

Blood and Carkaffes

of

Monks and others, and then call

into the

Rivers,by

the

wars

and

broils

of

contending

Bithops

(as at

Antioch,

8cc)

and

if

this

Man

will go

on,

he

overcometh another

kindof warning than

[bere

a

Leg

and

there

an Arm

]. Read but

theHiftory throughly,

and judge. But

what will not Ignorance make men

fay?

XXIV.

Some

think that

if

Sacramental Communion only

were

left

free,it would

alone

heal

moll ofour

Engliih

differences.

I

confefs,

I

that

think Men

may

be

for

-

ced

to

hear and

be catechized

,

do think the great

Priviledges

of

Sacramental

Communion, and

a

fealed

Pardon,

fhould be given to

none

by Cramming ,

or

as

a

Drench;