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Numb.VIII.

P

END

IX

121

ping

but

one:

And they

are

not

like thofe

that

they call the Scripture Diocesans,

for

they

(fa

theft

Doctors)

had but tingle

Affemblies.

Thefe

Men I

confuted

in

my

Treatife

of

Epifcopacy,

and other

Books, But

the

Scribe

or Printer omitting

my

Dire&ion, to

put

1ír11

[

The

fore-

defcribed

Prelacy

and

Church

]

inléad

of

[

The

Englifb Prelacy

and Church]

I

was

put

to number

it

with the Errata, and

give

the

Reader notice

of

it in

the

Preface

and

Tide

Page, and

have

fine

vindicated the

Church of

England

herefrom.

XXV.

I

hear

the angry

Prete/laxt

Recafanta

fay,

['

It

is

juft

with God that he

that bath done more than

all others

to

draw Men

to

the

ParilhChurches, and

hath

theta

Thirty

years

been Reconciling

us

to the

Papifts in Doetrinals,

and

is

now called

Belarminus

junior

for

his

Arguments for Liturgies

and Forms

;

and in

his

Paraphrafe

bath

fo

largely and earneltly pleaded for

Charity

to Papifts,

as

not

'

Babylonilh

or Antichriflian,

should

be

the

firlt

that

should luffer

by

them,

and

that for

this very Book

that

fo

extraordinarilydoth

ferve

their Intereft].

To

which,

I

fay, take heed

of

mif-

expounding Providence: that Errour

bath

colt

England

dear.

If

I

be

put to death

by them

,

I

!hall

not repent

of

any

of

chofe

Conciliatory Doctrines and

Endeavours ;

I

have reviewed

my Writings,

and

am greatly

fatisfied

that

I

fuffer

not

for running into either Exrream,

nor

for

any

falfe

Doetrine,

Rebellion,

Treater', or

profs

Sin;

but

that I

have

fpent my La-

bour and Life

again(}

both

Perfecuting

and

caulcleß

Separating

:

And that

I

(hill leave

my Teftimony

againft both

to Pollerity

; and

for what could

I

more comfortably

fuffer?

It

is

by

decrying their Perfecution and Cruelty that

I

have angred

the

hurtful Papifts, and

by

confuting their

grofs

undoubted Crimes, more

effetually

than you

do by the Name

of

Anticbrifl,

Babylon,

and the

Whore :

And

if their

Cruelty on me

Ihould prove

my

Charge againft them true,

I

!hall

not

be

.guilty

of

ir.

Nor

will their

Sin

abrogate God's great Law

of

Love, even to

Enemies, and

if

it

be

póble,as

much as

in

you

lyetb,live

peaceably

with

all

men

;

follow

peace

with

all

men:

bled

are the

peace

-

makers,

&c.

The

diforderly tumultuous Cries

and Petitions

of

fach ignorant Zealots for Ex-

treams under the Name

of

Reformation,

and

crying down

all

moderate Motions a-

bout Epifcopacy

and Liturgies, and rufhing fiercely

into a War, and

young Lads

and Apprentices and their like, pricking forward

Parliament Men, had

fo

great a

part in

our

Sin and

Mifery from 164r. till z66o.

as

I

mutt

give warning

to

Pofle-

rity to

avoid the like, and

love

Moderation.

I

repent that

I

no

more difcouraged

ignorant

Ralltnefs,

in

1662.

and

2663.

but

I

repent

not

of

any

of my Motions

for

Peace.

XXVI.

I

am

Pure

that

my Writings

(

betides

Humane

Impperfe

&ton)

have

no

guilt

of

what they

are

accufed,

unlels

other Men put their

fenfe

on

my

words5

and

call

it mine:

and fay,

I meant

the

Ruler,

when

I

fpake

of

Popilh

Interdi

&s,

Si-

lencings and Perfecutions. And by

that meafure, no

Minifter muff fpeak againft

any

Sin, till

he

be fure

that

the Rulers are neither guilty

, nor

defamed

of

it,

left

he

be

thought to mean them

:

and fo

our

Office

is

at an

end.

If

the

Text

and

the

general Corruption

of

the World

lead

me

to

fpeak

againft Fornication

, Perjury

a

Calumny,

Lying, Murder, Cruelty, or any

Vice,

mutt

I

tell

Men whom

I

meats

by Name?

I

mean

all

in the World

that

are guilty

t

Andwhy muff my meaning

be

any more confined when

I

with the

Text

fpeak againft Perfecution,

and unjult

Silencing the

faithful

Minigers

of Chri(t,

while

I

fay,

that

Rulers may

juffly Silence

all

that

forfeit

their

Commion,

and do more

hurt than

good.

XXVII. Can any Man that bath

read Church-

Hiffory,

Fathers

and

Councils,

be

ignorant how

dolefully Satan bath

corrupted and torn the Church,

by

the

Am

bition

and

Tyranny of

many

Popes,

Patriarchs and Metropolitans,

while

the

humble

fort

of

Bishops

and

Patters

have kept

up the Life and Power

of

Chrigia-

pity? Or

can any Man that maketh not

Chrilt

and

his

Church a

nicer Servant

to

Worldly

Interell,

think

that

this

fhould

not by

all

true Chrigians

be lamented

?

Let

fuch read Nazianzen's

fad

Defcription

of

the

Bilhops

of

his

time,

in

ftrivingfor

the higheft

Seats,

and

his

with

that they were

equal : And

the

fame with

of

Iftelore

Pelufota; and

the

(harp

Reproof hereof

byCbryfoflom:

Great

Grotiut

expoundeth

Math.

24.29.

of

the

Powers

of Heavm

Palen, thus,

[

`

It

is

the Chriftian Laity

,

'

who after the

Apollles times began

to

be marvellougy lhaken, by

the Tyranny

of

the Prelates who

loved

Pre

-

eminence, and

to

Lord

at

over

the

Clergy by

math

!Ex.