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Chrift not feel it, so she cannot be more insufferably abusedsthen
to be charged that she is not now Organized as in hee Primitive ** fate; It giving the lye to Christs promised presence with her
minifters, and raising such a thick wall of partition betwixe the two Church states, as both cannot be that one body of
Chrift. Sixthly it Sixthly, It not only makes the Church monftrous, or manidestroyes the fold, but render's her ministry a chimera, a metapbyfick noțian, a ministry.
lye nothing at all, because the principle of the temporariness of any minister will, or, may be improved to deordinate the whole ministry: Sathan, and corrupt men are only excellent at affuming, and concluding from particular propositions ;
grant them one Office, or Officer to be temporary, how facile, -ti' 21.3110 -Surfisso site
and strong is their inference (e pari) chey are all so, Let me Dium-addsuch juference of every one, arifeth out of the preniiles of
... it our opinion of the temporariness of any one Officer ; for che -22.214.171.124.5) temporary Officer once had an express warrant, and commiffion
for his Office, or the Church would never have received him.
But the perpetual Officer never had, could, or can have any -115 211ad
more: yow may one of these warrants and commissions. bean por nulled, and made voids: why may not another: Church order
is like foundation Aones, no part of it can be removed, but med housiaan, somewhat of the ful/tru&uretumbles with it. That Presby
tery fell with Episcopacy, and had been grub'd up root and Jus divin branch, with that tree of her own hewing down, unless (he had 2. Paper" left a stump standing, whereupon to graft her own ordination by delivered to the Bishop Presbyter is a recent experiment. Wherefore when the mini
fallen on the wrong side of the Lighter, she pitifully tells the inHerşat Wight sulting Independents, that fhe did not Covenant
, the abolition of Scripture Epifcopacy, but Prelacy. Prophetical whereof was that
paslage in his blessed Majesties papers (wherein is enough also to Seventhly, prove him King and Priest)viz
His Majesty doubteb whether it be in it irreconcılı" your power to give him any, perfed allurance, that in the desired aboliably contra- tion af tbe present hierarcly the utter abolition of Episcopacy, and diás other al- consequently of Presbytery, is neither included, nor intended. Thus Calvius and His Majesty', and this shall end our fixth realon. Zarchys. Seventhly, W irreconciliably contradi&s those portentous
affertions of Calvin, and Zanchy, which boad ruin,and destructiNon-nego
on to whatsoeyer Church.state chey hangover: Calvin (as was quoq; vel fall before, observed) faith I deny not but some time after rem evangeliftas quofdam exciravit, der no noftro quidem tempore falfum eft. Calv.sinftit, lib. 4. ca. 3. S¢&c 4.5 33 Siri 11 urte 39
Wards. (i.e. after the Apostles time) God bath raised up fome
sikcafons ir Jembly (the odiunt of the term only excepted) acknowledge, Presbyterian.
gainst the and say, Our brethren confess the Apostles were virtually elders, we government fay, really, and indeed: Whence is easily colligible. Firstshow pag 36. the same Officers are temporary, or continuing as they serve,
Aufitoi үе or serve Presbyterian delignes. Secondly, how unjustly Presbyter's quarrel with the Bilhops for deriving their Оfice from the Apoftolical; as one and the same order : When yet them selves do, and must confound two diftinct orders, Apoftolical, and Presbyterial, ere they can patch together their new disci-. pline. Particularly, che incongruities wherewith the Wight Presbyters passionately, and absurdly load Episcopacy, do fly biri back into their own faces, and krongly recort against them. Wighe diselves. They say; Whereupon it follows, that the highest officers vines second in the Chureb are put into a loper orb, an extraordinary office is paper. turned into an ordinary diftin& office, confounded with that which in Scripture is not found, a temporary and diftinct office revived. This Thall conclude our seventh, and last reason for our resolution against the temporariness, or sole limitation of any Officer terpretation
Secondinunto the Apostles dayes.
of temporary The other Interpretation of temporary is yet behind, or as as relative to it is spoken,ofuncertain, or erratical time. Any time when erraticat time
&c. an do
que per homi
Calvin will not den
falle Prophets of old, was to run Tere they were sent, they 138.142 Presbyterian Definitions-examined. gainst it.such Apostles, or Evangelists in the Charch. But we muft &
Firft the "qually enter our diffent against this, as against the other For; : contrary is a 3 First, the words of several texts'; God batb fet, 1 Cor. 121 proved by 28. Christ þath given; "Ephes. 4. 11. Lo I am with you to the end Scripture. of tbe world, Mat. 28. 19, 20. imply nothing less then such as
.:.. vin, zanchya
Secondly, These divites alledge no Seripeures to prove their thers alledge Affections. Caldin faith, he will not deny itt!" Zanchy saith, no Scripcare God deth'send'them. Our l'emblyofdy **these extraordinary offi their opinion. cers officiate without ministerial mission. Amefius faith (*) they * Affembly have their authority not from, or by man properly, but from God as before Com lone by Jesus Christ, and the holy Ghost; Of this kind of Offimittee of a. cers Kereckons fome living in his own, or his fathers dayes, commodation
But we must note that he faith it'upon his own, not Scripturé Extraordina- althority, and we fhall shew how litele reafo: he had to say it, riis miniftris ere we conclude
otir reasons against the allowance of this latter quibus neq; fort of extraordinary Officers.", Aretius (x) faith, Sometime ab bomine ne
tohen the world n anders from true doctrine, God doth extraordinarily proprie find otber reformers, who are instead of Apostles, and Prophets, as
and others in these tinies: But what have we a pobo-ddemper to do with the fayro's of our Affémbly 3-or Amefius, or Calvins Jefums Ebris
nor denyal'; our question concerns a nätter, not of humane Stum, fpi rimum Kiam
opiniar, but divine institutinn, and we expeet the authority aum Avels of the holy Ghoft, not their words for its confirmation: In medull Theoke deed Zanchy' :nd Areius speak a: Fittle louder, but to as litele
purpose; they fay, God will"Have them to be in the Chiurch, and of Inter- doth extraordinarily Jend them to bein;
"But what matters it of what men forge Gods volition, or million, fince he gives the mundus exor. Church no notice of it in the Scripture.' 'Tis tiot the first time bitat a vera that falle prophets have colile with a God walls,Flop thus faith the
Lord, when they have only seen the viftoris of their own beads, and alaoscagiva erdiven miwit Ipake
the deceipts of their own hearts. What a grave perfon reformatoren Tong fince observed of loose Hiftorians, is dayly verified of
qui loco Apo leofe divines, "2. e. when they have entangled themfelves with Koruma morstrous Rositions, des indigent machina, they want the engine
fins aleg ho. of a deity, to releeves and free them. The ordinary character of Zuinglius, & came allextractditarily,
for neither God, nor his Church call the 13) alii. Arer. problem. loc time, who as if they had "been Herálds to Christs second co
led, or sent for them. And we have seen thousands in our Polybius, ming, have foberly affirmed, to bere is Christ, lorhere is Chrifti,
lib. I. ca. 23.
they wearing a disguise of Sanálcy so neatly mpon their Hypoeri fie, as our selves might have been cheated into a good opinion of them, unless the holy Ghost had forêwat heet us to believe bem, because they fall deceive many, and if it were posible even the ele&. 1.Then we saw that such confidence in contradi&ioncsvas an evidence of their being Seducers, or seduted, for whosoever faith sometimes, Lo here is Chrift, otherwhile, Lo be *s there, con fefseth he knows not where he is, før Chrilts word is not yea and nay, nor his body here and there, hot was it ever fancied fo to be, till the real presence becanie confubftantiate with urbiquity. Tisour own perfwasien (let it Itand or fall at the pleasure of the discreet Reader) how no one thing gave a rise and increase un to the several Sects of the Pharisees, Sadduceso Efenes, "and He todians of old, like this, there were many Prophecies and Provin mises in the then onely Books of God, concerning the future is my manifestations of the Méfiab; and of Elijah who was to come, ton": 1,56357 prepare his way before hini Mal.4.5. and those Sectaries took!", on a advantage' to verid their Traditions and Inventiotis under the x te odio? fained buit plausible Titles of the Laws of that Messiah, or of 13.8.13 fomething previous thereanto ! But we Christians are undern by irit another Dispensation, 'neither do we expect an Elijab to come 94 +41 10"-417 and loose our knots, or resolve our doubts ; for we fedfastly be lieve, that he who should come, is come, and that we need not look for another, Mat.11.394. with 14. Hebr. 3. 2, 3.
Object. But may fome say , Confider a little better with your obje&ion self what you write, ere yon write any more, doth not Zanchy from GOD'S fay, God when he wil raiseth up Evangelifts, or extraordinary Of - Omnipotentie. cers * And cannot God do what he will?
I answer, He can; but will and can are of equal force with Answered. ! God, and he will do nothing against his Truth ; Power and + Verity are his inseparable natural Attributes, and what is one
in his Nature,cannot betwo in his Providential Adminiftrations; DJA God is just as Powerful as he is True, and juft'as True as he is wiki Powerful : These Attributes always move and act together.***.** Luxuriant Fancies would perpetually fprout forth into unworthy, Conje&ures of an incomprehenfible Being, and though in their presumed Exaltations they most heavily depress it, they would obtrude their Notions, as Divine Truths, upon those who
.:9'13. are as Crechulous as they are Confident, did not God check and keep them under, by a peremptory enjoyning all men to respect him, and expe&t from him, according to a written word: who do fo, may affure themselves of a certain and timely perfor
mance, but whoever wait the affiftance of a Divine Power contrary unto a Sacred Promise, though they speciously pretend Gods Omnipotencie, and doing all things, yet they do in effe& bend God to their wills; binde one of his hands within another, make him will contradi&tions, and consequently impotent to do any thing. Whatever God doth, hath done,or promised to do, he squareth it by a certain Rule or Law;this so far as concerneth Church-Officers, is Christs Institution, Commission, and Promises in the Word. And if the Word be proper, the Divine Power hath in nothing so ftri&ly tied up his all-acting power, as in the continuance of those loftitutions, and accomplishment of those Promises. Our Lord Jesus insticuting his Ministry, promiseth a perpetual presence with them to the end of the world,
and $. Paul argues for the performance of Promises, upon a Thirdly Amefius audacious most true supposition, left otherwise God should deny, bimself, 2Tim. ly faith, There 2. 13. Give us therefore Scripture for this Knight Errantry of is no scripture Officers, we shall be filent in that will of God, whatever else is for it, neither brought, is as easily rejected, as obje&ted ; and we dare boldly peat any other answer that the Apachrypbal wills and sendings of God, quoted by authority then Zancby and Aretius if God would have them in his Church, or that of the peo send them to her, why did he not keep them there, while they ple.
were there, given and set by hin, with promise of their contihi teftamenti nuance unto the worlds end, and till we all come in the unity, &c.
But excmpla babemus conftitu. 3. Amesius bids us despair of Scriptures having any hand in tionis minifte- the draught of this temporary Officers Commission ; for he saich, rii,& ejusdem Although the new Testament contain certain examples of the conftietiam conservationis, fed
tution and conservation of the Ministry, yet there is none of its renon-reftaurati-Aauration and reformation after a general Apostacie
. We may not onis ejus, aut therefore exped certain Scriptural examples of the duty of the faith.. reformationis ful multitude in such a café. What ! Have we certain examples post generalem of the conservation of Apoftafiam oo
the Ministry, and have we none of its mnia igitur
restauration? Can that which is conserved, be fo wholly loft, as qua pertinent we may not know where it is, or who have power to find it out? ad plebem fi: Away then with the sufficiencie of Scripture : Then Presbytery delem in tali is beholding to Bellarmine for his defence of the unwritten word casa, non repræsentantur
of God, since 'tis equally her San&uary as the Papists. Yea, ibi certis ex- tis a question nor easily refolved, whether all or any Papal crac emplis.Ames. ditions derogate more for the Authority of a written word, or Bel. enerv.To the power of ordinary Church-Officers, then this one Presby, 2. pag. 7? terian unwritten word; how easily is Plebem changed into Pam This potion favours pam? or whereby can the Pope piore readily julife his worft 1. Popery.