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126

4'

P

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D

I'X:

Numb.VIII.

Excommunications,

anda

daily increafe of

Schifms.

He that

will

fee

the

Examples

of Tyranny

and

rath-Excommunication,let him

read

join's

Epic

to

Diotrepbe

,and

'

the pious Admonitions of

Ireneur

to

ViE,'or:

The

Examples

of

Schifms

we have

in

others,

not

a

few

;

To

which

Optams

Melees.

prudently

afcribeth three Caufes,

Wrath, Ambition,

and Covetoufnefj.

'

But how

many

fcore Canons, Interdicts

and Bloody Wars do prove

all

this.

XXVIII.

And had

not

there Vices conquered Common Reafon

with Chriffia-

nity

in

fuch

men, it were

a

Wonder

that

fo

unprofitable and

caufelefs

a

thing,

as

forcing

all

Chriftians to

Unite

on the

profeti

Apprdbaoion

and

tradice

of

all

the

needlefs

Things which

fuch

impofe,

and denying

theta

Communion

and Peace

on

the Terms that Chriff prefcribed,

for

all his Servants

to own and

love each

other

on,

Mould

be thought a

fufficient

j:,ftification

of

aft

that

Dividing Cruelty

of

which it bath been guilty. And that Church-Grandees

fhould

make

fuch Schifms,

as

are yet in

Eaft

and

Weft,

and

then hate

and perfecute the

Sufferers

as Seidl-ma-

ticks

:

Saith

Grotius

on

Luke 6.

22.

Scitum

efE

Veterum

7udeerum

cujas Maimenides

meminit,

liquis

Innocentem a Commtinione

arcuerit,

ípfum excidere

jure

Commun,anis

.'

And Dr.

Stillingflees

on Archbilhop

Laud,

and before him Chtllingwortb, conclude,

That

if

a Church deny Communion

to

her Members,

on thofe Terms that

give

them Right to Communion with

the

Church

Univerfal, that

Church

is

guilty

of

the

Schifm.

Were it

not more Chrillian

-like, eafte

and

fweet, to joyn

all

in the

pra

&ice

of

the

Laws

of

Chrift, by which

we thall

be

judged,

with the

needful

ufe

of

edifying Order and

Circumfances,

that

all Sizes

and

Ages

of

Chriftians

might

live

in Unity

and Love,

than

to

cart

out

all

that cannot

Unite

on Terms

fo far beyond meer Chriftianity

,

as

mot

Churches on

Earth

require.

When

the

Volume

of

Councils and Canons were

unknown, and

plain Familiar Difci_

pline

was ufed

in the open Church-Meetings

,

Chriflians were

lefs

divided

:

(

faith

Grotius

in

Luc. 6.

22.

[

Apud Cbrifiianos

Vetoes prefidente

gaidlm

Epifeapo

&

Senioribus, fed Conteis

Cenfeptiente

Fratrum

multitudine morum

judicia

exerceban-

cur

j.

If

Chriftians

be

partial hear an impartial Heathen

, Ammianus Marcepí:

nus

, who,

fcandalized

with

the murder

of

Men

kill'd

in the

Church for

the

E-

IeEtion

of

Pope

Damafus ,

concludeth how

well

it

would have gone with

Chri-

ftianity

;

if thofe

great

Roman

Prelates, had

lived

like the

poor,

humble, in-

feriour

Bithops :

See

his words. But

if

Paul's full

Decifion

on

Romans

xq..

will

not bring

us

to neceffary forbearance, nó

Plainnefs

nor

Authority will

ferve.

Numb.