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Namb.IX. .I T

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z29

Liturgy, Church Government

and Orders, which after their beft fearch

ray

be

judged finful,

by

fuch godly and peaceable Chriftians,

as

yet content to the Word

of

God,

and

all

that

the Apoltles and their Churches

praetifed:

And

Humanity

and

Chrifiianity abhor Perfecution;

and

Human

Darknefs and

great

Difference

of

Apprehenfions

i(fuch,

as

leaveth

us

in Defpair

of

Varietyand Concord in doubtful

and unneceffary Things

;

Let

filch

Perlons be allowed to affemble for

Communion

and the Worlhip

of

God, under

filch

Pallors and in

filch

Order

as

they

judge

belt;

Provided

r. That

their Paftors

and

Teachers

do

take

all

the

forefaid

Oaths,

Profefíions

and

Subfcriptions, before tome

Court of Judicature, or Juffices at

Seffions,

or the

Diocefan;

as

!hall

be by

Law appointed

;

who thereupon

!hall

give

them

a

Teli-

menial thereof, or a written Licenfeof Toleration.

2.

That

they be

refponfible

for their

Doctrine

and

Miniltration,

and puni(hable

according to the Laws,

if

they preach

or

praâtiee any

thing incontinent with their

forefàid Profeflion

of

Faith, and Obedience, or of Chriffian

Love and.Peace.

;.

That

their

Communicants. pay

all

Dues

to

the Parilh Miniffersand Churches

where they

live.

And

if

filch People

as

live

where the Incumbent

is

judged by them unfit for

the

Trait

and

Conduft of

their

Souls, !hall

hold Communion

with

a

Neighbour

Pa-

rifh

Church;

they

(hall

nor

be

punifhable for

it

;

They

paying their,Parillt

Dues

at

home: Nor

(hall

private Perfons be

forbidden

peaceably

to

pray or

edifie

each

other in their

Houles,

XI.

Chrillian

Priviledges and

Church Communion

being unraluabfe Benefits,

and jufl Excommunication

a

dreadful Punilhment

,

no unwilling Perlen bathright

to the

faid

Benefits; Therefore

none

íhall be

driven

by Penalties

to

fay

that

he

is

e

Chriftian,

or to be Baptized,

or to haveCommunion

in the Lord's

Supper:

Nor

!hall

any be Fined,

Imprifoned,or Corporally and

Pofitively punifhed

by

theSword,

meetly

as a

Non

-

Communicant, or Excommunicate and Reconciled,

but

as

the

Magiltrate

(hall judge

the Crimes

of

themfelves deferve.

But

if

Non

-

Communicants be denied

all

Publick

Trutt

in Churches, Univerfities

or Cicil Government

,

it

is

more properly the Securing

of

the

Kingdom, Church

and

Souls,

then

a

punilb

ngof

them.

But all Parifhioners

at

Age Ihall be

obliged

to

forbear reproaching

Religion,

and

profaning the Lord's Day, and

(hall

hear publick Preaching in

fore

allowed

or to-

lerated

Church

;

and (hill not

refute

to

be

Catechized, or tb

confer for

their

In-

Itrudlion, with the

Puilh

Minilìer;

and

Ihall

pay him

all his

Tythef

and

Church

Dues.

XII.

The

Church Power

above

Parilh Churches, Diocefan

,

Synodical

, Chan-

cellors, Officials, Commiffaries, &c. we prefume not

to

meddle

with

:

But,

were

it reduced to the Primitive State, or

to Archbilhop

Ufher'v

Model

of

the Primitive

Government; yea, or

but to

the

King's Defcription in

his

Declaration

166o.

about

Ecclefiaftical

Affairs,

and

if

alto the

Bishops

were chofen

as

of

old

(

for Six

hun-

dred

years and more) it would be a

Reformation of great

Benefit

to

the Kingdom,

and the Churchesof Chrill therein

:

But

if

we have but Parifia

Reformation, Reli-

gion

will be preferved

without any wrong or

hurt to

either

the

Diocefans

or the

Tolerated

:

And

if

Diocefans be good

Men, promoting

ferious Godlinefs,

and the

Sword

or

Force

ufed

only by the

Magiltrate,

Diffene will

turn to

Love and

Con-

cord.

But

if

they may

Sufpend, Silence,

or Excommunicate, Arbitrarily

,

or accord-

ing to their

prefent Canons

(which Excommunicate

ipfa

faíto,

all

Men,Magiftrates,

Minifters, and

People; who

do

but affirm

that the

Book

of Common Prayer con

-

taineth any thing repugnant to the Scriptures, or that there

is

any thing unlawful

to be

Subfcribed in

the

Thirty nine

Articles;

or

Ceremonies,

or that there

is

any

thing repugnant

co

the Word

of

God

in the

Church

Government

,

by

Arcbbifhops,

Ba(hops,

Deans, Arch-Deacons

and THE REST

THAT BEAR

OFFICE

IN

THE

SAME] without excepting

fo

much

as

Lay-Chancellor's

ufe

of

the Keys) And

if

Men Excommunicate mull,

as

continuing

filch,

be

undone and

laid in

Prifon, we

mutt

be

content with our Peace with God

and

Confcience, and good

Men,

andthat

we didour belt

for more,

and mourn under

the

calamitous Effefts

of the

Publick

E-

nemies

of

Peace, whom the

God

of

Peace will Ihortly

judge.