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there is no nutrality; In this ca e our Savio u faith, he that is not with me is against m. - 'Tis noturbanity to o!ir li jend, but treachery to truth, to applaud him to her prejudice, and it is bardly utterable what milchiefs, and inconveniences she receives, when her presumed defenders excur into a justification in gross, of those, who in some chings complying with their opinions, are in others contrary to her ; The is molt glorious in her own nakedness, our paflims and our praises, equally diguie, and dishonour her: 'When I have observed fome emi;ient nien vainly prefacing what they beleeved to be, and really wastruth; with their unwillingness to difse it from others of their own ra'ık and reputation ic bath-Tuspended my Judgment in an aquilibrious doubtfulness, whether they thought to bear out, eröith, or be born out by her ;--Truth (as Christ) may be ben trayed with a kiss and complement; and this is a degree of tieason, whereiinto the groflelt radenels cannot ascend. Res verendj and eloquent Dr. de Moulin did nor adyance the French Church, or her: Presbyterian Government, in his Apologetical letters to'Bishop Andrews ; nor did the Church of England, receive a little prejudice by the Encomiasticks, which some of her learned men, and obedient fons made upon the Genevian Dif cipline. Divine institutions if widened, or straightned by our conceffions, inr, denyals, will loose their authority, and be accounted, the res Jülts of prudence and conveniency, byjudicious and cunning men. If we will be giving, let us part with our own, not Gods right; let us not confound our inventions with his institucions, tó mingle both together is the ready way to make neither oblige the conscience. Witness Erastianisme, and Socinianisme. 'Tis a Jus divinum we must stick to, if we will prove our Ministry to be Gods Ordinance unto our people, or have them own it as fuch ;. wherein if we waver in our Epistles, or Treatises unto strangers (in what language so ever they are written) how eafi-ly comes it, and how many are there to bring it to their notice, and when they know it, and object it against us, with what words can we excuse our selves, or defend our Order? The : Church is not now as of old, confined within two Nations or Professions, viz. Jewish and Samaritane, for besides feveral Churches under reformed Episcopal, or Presbyterial Government; there are many of a third fort, whose Ministers pretend --confidently and conitantly their Divine Right. But if we (be our
ends what they can be) are irrdifferent in our Affertions and - bang it iii lulper.ce, whether we, or others, or both of us when
and wheji tegive or take it ; l what honour, least what we gile
the world is fenfible of our contrary conftitutions) be Govertiments by Divine right : uninterressed persons will settle there, where there is most confidence, and leaft dispute tolerated, i know the world is too bankrupt in civility, too slow in making just payment of those observances, due from all, men unto the worthy advancers of truth; my intent is not to det forth their Charter of Protection, but to calition they friends of truth, not to fetter her freedom. by, their complements. We may honour men, so hath God ordained; Render bimbur to wborn hökoter is -dne, Rom. 13.7. Thats the kings. Hold such in reputation. Philem. 2. 29. thats the Müfters. In hon ur preferring one another,Rom. 13:7. That's one Christians duty to anor ther. But we must diftinguith what, honour we give to men, to men be stollen from Christ, and our respects (as Gideons amies bounty to him) proves fnare to them. Judg. 8.25, 26; 27; 28. ?Tis Christs peculiar honour to bez and beesteemed infallible, to be budisputably erediredtipon his own word) into an indiífolab Pe union with the deity eie man canteiitfallible The best of men hare, and will acknowledge they have errors. St. James the Apostle, and a Pen-man of Holy Writ, who might have pleaded infallibility, if any meer man may do it, ch the contrarylaith; Jam. 3. 1, 2, My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnatim, for in many things we offend all; If any min offend not in word he is a perfect 7.09, and äble to bridle the whole bidyo the laft words (or if any min offend not) run Hypotheticallys but do not contain á grant that some njen are impeccánit for that the foregoing clause,br'in many things we offenil all;contradicts. Rather they enForce' tlie propition of all mens fallibility and imply, if so much pei fe&ior is required in bridling the tongue, of which notwithHairding he saith, ver: 8. the tongue can no mntame, it is an unPuły eril full of dadly pofon; then how much more perfe&ion is requisite, for the unerring regulation of the thoughts and actions. And will the best of men, even Apostle; acknowledg
they have 'erreurs? what is it for others to deny it;but to charge them with want of charity unto, or Judgment of themselves,
and to presiime we know them better then they know themfélves. We admire the stupidity of Heathens, in worshipping of stocks, stones, and dunib creatures, which they knew wese
a batter Presbyterian Definiti0175 examined. 16} To Gods, but to adore in men what themelves difowrisha groffer and more fe::dels Floarry, it stooring to an Idcl witch Hatli a mouth and tongue, therewish he tells us he is no God: Excellently S. Paret', Cet: 2. 425. My speech and my preaching slis. not with enticing word wans willine liet in dena utrati;n rif the fitit Mäntel pontry (there's lis pradice;) But your faith wigba nit jt. in dl in Hob evifion of men, but in the power of God: (there's his reason for it:) Men may lead is ds the Samaritan woma i did her Citizens, tuto Chrift, but unle's out faith alriir ately reolve, as theirs did, John 4:42. Now we believe not biC.: Je of why words, fix foe Isave heard bim vier feltes, and know this is indeert the Strizar, of the world. It will stand totteringly upon a fardy foundation.
Belidey, as we muft diftinguish what honour we give to meit, fo we nuit heedfully obterve the time when we give it unto them. When Chrift is dishonoured, the Church reproached, of hår uutty bitken, then is no time for Christians to seek their Oun honour in this case it is enough that the disciple be us his maboule Beelzebrb, Locoo much more Malthey call them of the houshold, Matth. 10.25. 'Twas the high commendation of Valiant and koule, whiên the Ark of God, and his General Foat lay in the field. 1 Sánt. In: '1.: To be dishonoured with Truth, will bring more TwinA . end, then to be honcured without it ; Thore (as Moses) God
13:59 din will honoutr: Tliefe (as the Pharisees ) he will bring to fhame. For our indifeâ honouring, or being honored by men, occafiöneth a farther dishonour unto Truth; who unite to us, will rend from her, and transform Verity into a Conspiracie, and Faith into Faction. Nothing being more certain and explo; ed, then when cach lath the honoured head of his own party, seldoni or rever any hold the head of truth. S. Paul's carriage towards the fa&tious Corinthians is of excellent use, though rarely, imi dated. They had eclips'd the Majesty, and broke the Inity of Truth, by setting too high a value uponi,o
per: fon, and the persons of their other Teachers in an i
indue admi ration, One was of Paul, another of Apolles, a third of Cephas, nonę for Christian Concord or Companion. What doth the ApoNle in this cafe? Why he tears che Garland from off all their heads, and sets it upon the Head of Chrift, mightily endear *curing that neielier Paul, Apolos, or Cephas might be named a
of them together with whom I have to deal by name) bę, one
mong them, but onely Chrift, 1 Cor. 1. 13, 14. Like we this way and company, we shall not travail far, till we meet another Apostle encouraging us to keep in it, and threatning us if we ftir out of it, that we shall be branded for the worst Hæreticks, for they, as we, have the persons of men in admiration, Jude v. 16. A bare cautelousness, not to be liable to this crime or punishment, may (I suppose) be my justification, for using such plainness and freedom of speech with diffenting, and (as I believe) mistaken Brethren. It being each. Church-Officers duty, ( in which Catalogue I am, though unworthy, enrolled) by an incir ition of Charity (perhaps Presbyterian parity may carry ic further) to observe, bewail, and endeavor to redrels what he pers ceives amiss in his Brethren : Other designI had not, in examining, and dissenting from the aforesaid opinions. And I hope I have pursued it with demonstration, and kept my self within duelimits. Sure I am, I have spar’d the Image of God in each Dissenter, and not drop'd such black. words to blot this paper as Grosius in his vote for peace execrares
in others, he nanies them : and what he there writes, is not matter of opinion, but
of fact. This shall fuffice, a:d i hope will be sufficient to a:2. Obje&. Or Twer the first Objection. Scandal given But our Boat being cleared of one Rock, another threatens to all reform’d yea we a'e charged to dash against Reformed Churches
Answ. 1. The diligent Reader need not to be remembred 1. Answer.
how feldon i have mentioned Churches in this dispute; my buiz verfie is not finess was and is with particular nier, with whom fupposing the with Churches, worst, that I have dealt too courfly, yet am I to learn that they but with parti- Calvin, Beza, &c. are so many particular Churches, or that all cular men.
(. Church, fuce they are all Ministers. But if Miuresius his figue Synecdadle must be brought into this place also, and we mult by a part for the whole, accompt
' then Churches, because they trere Ministers, then I say, This will come little short of seating theo ili feveral Chairs of Papal Authoriry and In 'allibility: and We'must be wary not to meddle with any of their, Errours, least (as the Pope) they threaten us with a Catholick Church falling about our Ear's Reason tells us That" a Ciry is not tajrited with the Treason of a few, Inhabitants; and the Scripture assures ns, that the eleren were not degraded by Judus his apostacie.“ If the subsistence of any body, did depend upon the absolute foundness of every part, itcould not long continue : The Head or the Heart may ake, ani dthe body do well in time notwithstanding.
S.Panl reckoned up the several Fađions in the Church of Corinth, made or abected by her prophets and leading men, for which he very frequently and severely checks them by name, which assuredly he would never have done, if it had injured the Catholick or that Church in particular. This might stop the mouth of the obje&ion, would not clamorous Spirits hale it to Churches, and cry out, That (notwithstanding this evasion) I scandalize all reformed Churches. Of necessity therefore I must adde fome thing more, though if I did not believe Truth di&ated it, I would conceal it.
2. Reformation is a thing easier pleaded then proved : All 2. Answer. that faith it is reformed, is not. Reformation (as Titles upon ing ReformaApothecaries Boxes) may be written on the forehead where cor- tion into ruption and deformities in the brain. Primitive Hereticks promised others liberty, whilé themselves were the servants of corruption. What saith it is, no more then what seems to be, is not the same. But we are yet too general, that we may therefore resolve our Reader whether we have scandalized all or any Reformed Churches, we shall consider Reformation, as it falls under consideration in a two-fold notion.
1. Proper. Reformation, properly so called, hath the same 1. Proper. relation unto Formation, as Reliurre&tion unto Life: that's of the same Body, this niuft be of the fame Church : The Church is then reformed, when she is restored to her primitive constitution : what that was, niay be collected from what hath been already handled in this discourse: but I know with whom I have to do, and am beforehand aware of how little credit whatever
Concilia coguar I shall say,will be with them. May they therefore hear whatReve
tur, ut reforlend Zanchy faith in this matter : He faith, Councils are to be con- mentur ecclevened for the Reformation of the Church : Churches are to be refor- fis, ecclesia med according to the best Form of all: a better Form of a Church Sunt refor. cannot be found out, or imagined, then that according to which Christ
formam omniby himself and by his Apostles in the beginning instituted and framed um optimam. his Church : What do is the form of that old and Apostolick Church Melior ecclein the time of Christ and of his Apoftles, plainly and certainly ap-sie forma inpears in the Books of the Apostles and Evangelists, and probably out venirimaurem of the other molt antient Ecclesiastical Writers, after the Apostles : porert ; illa , Therefore all Churches are to be reformed according to the Form of the axta quam antient and Apostolical Church. Thus he.
Christus per se
do per fuos Á postolos, ecclefiam initio constituit, & confirmavit. Qualis fuit illa veteris L'Apostolice ecclefie forma tempore Christi do Apoftolorum liquido do certo apparet, ex libris Apostolorum, en Evangelistarum probabiliter autem, ex reliquis poft Apostolos antiquissimis ecclefie scriptoribus. Et paulo post. Sunt igirur ad formam veteris, & Apostolic& ecclefia, omnes ecclefia reformarda. Żanch. de regula Concilii.