Baxter - BV669 B3 1681

(u5) City Church as fuck, but are of another Church at home, which mull have a Bifhop becaufe it is a Church. 5. Their Civil andCity or Diocefan frame contradideth the plain inttitutionor LawofChrift andofhisSpirit. For r. Math. 28. r9. 20. it is the very Commiflìonofthe Apoßles and their fucceffors(with whom 'Chrift will be to the end of the world) roTeach or Difciple all Nations, and then to Baptize them, and fo gather them into the Church t niverfal, and then Teach them as Difciples all his Laws, which includeth Congre gating thetp in perticular Churches where they muß be fo taught. Now as it is all Nations, even the whole Countryes and not the Cities only that mull be Difcipledor convic`ed and Baptized, fo it is the whole Na- tions, Villages and all ofBaptized perföns that mull thus be Congregated into particular Churches and taught. 2. To which 'add MI. rq,. 23. ' the pofitive exemplary and fo obliging ordinary praáiçe of the A- pof les,They ordained themElders in every Church : fo that r, It is Gods will that Villages have Churches. 2; And it is Gods will that every. Church havea Bilhop (at leaft) therefore it is Godswill that every Village have a Bifhopwhich have a Church; or that force Villages have Bifhops, And though [every City be mentioned Tit. r. 5. that only fheweth that de filio then and there, Village Churches were rare or none, but }lot de jure they mull not be gathered nor loth he fay[ordain Elders in Cities only]: muchlets [give them Rule according to the City power. And as Ceuchrea had a Church, which was no City, foAd. 14.._23, will prove that they fhould have a Bifhop. For every Church is to have a Bifhop. And Ceuchrea was not a family- Church ; and Co ti.ename not tifedequivocally: And Bifhop D9wnams al%rtion that it was a Church with a meanPresbyter under theBifhop of Corinth, is a nakedunproved faying that defervethnocredit; and is contraditStedbyDodorHammond, who faith there was there no meer Presbyter in being. 6. Had this form been fetled as they Pretend (inCities only and Dioceffes )there would have been uncertainty and contentionswhat pla. ces fhould have Bithopsand Churches, andwhat places should have none. For it is uncertain and litigious, what place is tobe taken for City and what not. For ororis ,fometimes figniheth any. _great Town, and Come times ftridly Towns incorprate, and fometimes more, llridly eminent Corporations ndw calledCities withus here inEngland. And how great would the difficulty have been to determine when .a Town was big, enough topats for a City, or when it had privileges enow förihat title. Ifit be (aid, that the account and name then and t.,husufed was the di- relory, they will then make, Gods Church to depend for being upgn a. Namewith heathenpeople. Ifthel will call Ceuchrea a City, it thall have a Church ; otüerwife it (hall, havenone. But there was no filch contra, verfie in' thofe times: 7. According to their model Churches shall be . mutable and diffol-, vihle at the will of the Magißrate, yea ofevery HeathenMagilirate: For. if