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. Ioi,) 2. Doth not his own proof,evidently-confute him. 2Cor. i. i. To the Churchof Godwhich is at C orinth, withall theSaintswhichare in all Achaia- Arethe laft words Tautological ? doth [with] fignifienoaddition at. all. If by [the Church which is at Corinth ] be meant all theChurches and Chri- flians inAchaia, what fenfe is there in theaddition of [with all the Saints which are inAchaia? ]Owhat kindof proofwill fatisfie fome Learned Men! ;. Was it allthe Churches of Achaia thatthe inceftuous perfon. a Cor.g. dwelt with? and thatare chiddenfor fufferinghim in their Communion? and that are directed when they meet together to call himout, and not to eat withhim ? q.. Wouldit not be Calumny according to all rational Laws, to accule all theChurches of Achaia, of all thofe Crimes which the Church at Co_ rink is accufedof; without a better proofthan this ? g.. Was it all the Churchesof Achaia, '. which j Cor. 14. arefaid to meet all in one place,, and to have fo many Prophets-and Interpreters in that one Affembly ? 1 am not at leifüre to faymoreof this: ; But who denieth that the fame Epifllewhich was directed firft to the Corinthians, was fecondarily directed to the reft of Achia, and to be Communicated to them. And yet not the Churches of Acfiaia be all Paid to beor dwell at Corinth. When 2 Cori 1.10. Paul ipeaketh of [theRegions ofAchaia(erórsxNkuctor) he faith that fheweth that the matter. belonged [ to the whole Church of Achaia. ] Buthow long have they all been challenged to name one Text ofSeripture,that fpeakethfingularly ofthe Church of a Provinceor Countrey, confifting of many particular Churches: Yet addeth he [In remanifefa non : pluribus opus eft.] Cap,. 3. He only m:ntíoneth- the occafion of Clements Epiftle, where' without any Proof heextendeth the Seditionthen railed by them, to the difturbanceof the Civil Government and Peace : And if he had proved as he endeavoureth that by 77c riyeiLívoie is meant the Civil Rulers (which is ut- terly uncertain) yet thecommendation of their Obedience, formerly to, the Civil Power, as part of theChara&er of their orderlinefsand peace- ablenefs, doth not prove that Rebellion againft them was partof their fol- lowingdiforder. Cap. 4. Is to tell us, r. That Clemens puts Obedïencé to Rulers, and due honouringof Presbyters as a Lawof God(which is not to be doubted oh) 2. That Bilhopswere lent by the Apoftles,as the ApoftlesbyChrift, but were joyned only with Deacons to attend them. Mark here Reader,, thathe doth not onlyacknowledge that dtfactothe Order of Mungrel or HalfPriells was not yet Exiftent,but alfo that none fuch were fent by the A-- poftles, and fo not lnftituted,. and that Clemenshimfelftaketh notice ofno fuch even inhis times.But how theDr.will prove thatno greatChurches(and particularly this of Carinah) hadbut one Bi(hop, you (hall fee with little fa-. tisfa&ion.) 3. Henoteth that there Bifhops thus font were conflitutedevery where, Ecclefasnondumnatas, fed ad pampa (bonis.Dei aufp:aiir) fèfiinae. tee,