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Numb.IX.

AP

P

END

IX.

Numb.

IX.

An

AEI

for

Concord by

Reforming

Parifh

Churches

,

and Regulating

Toleration

Of

DISSENTERS.

r27

i.

H E

Qualification requifiteto Baptifm in the

Adult

for

themfelves

and

in one Parent at

leaf}

or

Pro

-

Parents for Infants,

is

,

Their

nder-

f6anding Confnt

to the

Baptifmal Covenant

,

in which they are

folemnly

devoted to God the

Father,

Son,

and Holy Ghoft,

as

their God

and

Father

,

Sa-

viour and San&ifier,

Renouncing the World, the Flelh

and the Devil,

10

far

as

they are

adverfe

:

And the requifiteQualification

of

the Adult

for

proper Church

Priviledges, and Communion in

she Lord's.

Supper,

is,

That

they forfake

not the

faid Covenant

or

Chri/tianity

,

but publickly

own it, not rendering their

Profelon

invalid by any Do&rine or

Pra

&ice

incanJftent

therewith. And

that

they under

-

Itandingly delire the Cid Communion.

II.

The

Chriftian

Churches have

univerfally taken

the Creed

, the

Lord's Pray-

er

,

and the

Ten

Commandments,

as

delivered by

Chrift,

for

the

Summary

of

the

Chriftian Belief,

Delire and Pra&ice

,

expounding

the

Matter

of

the Baptifmal

Covenant

:

Therefore

all

Pallors

fhail

Exhort

all

Houlholders

to

learn themfelves,

and teach their Families,

the

words and meaning

of the

Baptifmal

Covenant

,

and

of the Creed

, Lord's

Prayer

,

and Ten

Commandments

:

And

¡hall

alto

thus Catechize fuch themfelves

as

need their help,

as

far

as

they

(or

their AGI-

ftants) can do

it.

IH. No Minifter

Ihall

Baptize

any-Perfon

,

Adult or Infant , till

the Adult

for

themfelves,

and the Parent,

or Pro

-

Parent

,

( who undertaketh the Education

of

the Child

as

his

own)

have

there profeffed

their

Belief

of

the.Chriftian Faith,

and

their fore defcribed Confent

to

the Chriftian Covenant,

in

which they are to be

folemnly devoted

to

God

:

And fuch they

(hall

not

refufe.

Nor

Rail

the Pallors

admit any to

the

proper Priviledges

of

Church Communion-and partaking of the

Sacrament

of

the

Body

and Blood

of Chrift,

but thole who have made

Proles

lion that they

refolvedly Band to

their

Baptifinal

Covenant,

in the

forefaid Be.

lief

of the Chriftian

Faith, and Delire, and Obedience

to Chrift. Which

Profef-

lion Rail

be

made in the

Church, or

to the

Pallor

before

fufficient

Witnefs, or

to

the Diocefsn

or fome

other

Paltor,

who

¡hall

give

Teftimonial

of

it.

And if

any

¡hall

go Boni

the

Parifh-

Church Pallor

to

be

Confirmed by

the Bi!hop, or

received by

any other Miniller, without

the Certificate

or

Content of

his

own

Parilh

Paltor,

the

laid

Pallor

fhall

not

be obliged

to admit him

to

Communi-

on',

till

to him

alfo, before

Witnef,

he have made the

Paid

Profellìon.

IV. Becaule in great

Pariflres, and Cities, whore Perfons live

unknown,

and

as

Lodgers are tranfient, and too great

a

Number

defre

not Communion

, and ma-

ny Communicate

only with other

Churches,

and

it

is

needful for

Order that

all

Pallors know their Communicating Flockfrom the

ref},

the Pallor may, for

his

memory,

keep

a

Regifler

of

the BatedCommunicants

of

his

Parilh

;

and

put out

the

Names

of

thofe

that deny or

remove, or are lawfully Excommunicate

,

or that

wilfully forbear Communion above

lix

Months, not rendering to the Pallor

a

Sa-

tisfadtory Excufe. But occafionally

he

ought not to

refufe any Stranger

who bath

Tel}imony

of

his

Communion with any other approved Chrillian Church.

V.

If

by

the

Pallor's knowledge, or by

jail

accufation or fame, any

Communi-

cant

be

ltrongly

fufpe&ed

of

Atheifm, Infidelity, or denying

any

Effential part

of

Chriftian Faith, Hope, or

Pra&ice, or to live in

any heinous Sin

,

the

Pallor

¡hall

fend for

him,

and enquire of the

Truth

i

and if he

be proved

Guilty,

gently

inflru& him and adntonifh

him,

and

skilfully

labour to bring him to

Repentance:

And

if

he

prevail not , Rail again fend for him , and do the tàme before force

Wit

-

neffes:

And

if

he

yet

prevail nor,

or

if

he wilfully refute

ro

come, or

to

anfwer

him

, (hall

[open br;

Cafe before the

Church Veftry,

or

Neighbour. P

ore

i

and

if

be be

profess.

there

,

admon

fr

him,

and

pray

for

hie

Repentance.

And

if

yet

he

prevail

not to

bring