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Never Had Any ECCLESIASTICAL LAW, TRADITION, or CUSTOM,
Validity of Baptisms
Perform'd by Perfons who Never were Commiffion'd by Bishops to Baptize.
All Prov'd from the Reverend Mr. Bingham's Scholaftical History of Lay-Baptifm, and from other Evidences not produc'd by that Hiftorian.
By the Author of Lay-Baptifm Invalid.
Other Foundation can no Man lay, than that is laid. -Ye are built upon the Foundation of the APOSTLES, Jefus Chrift himself being the Chief Corner-Stone. 1 Cor. iij 11. Ephef.ij 20. Quam Periculofum fit autem in Divinis Rebus ut quis cedat jure fuo & poteftate, Scriptura Sancta declarat, cum in Genefi Efau Primatus fuos inde perdiderit, nec recipere id poftmodum potuerit quod femel ceffit. Cypr. Epif. ad Jubaian. 73. p. 151. Paris 1548.
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SI have bitberto avoided all unnecessary Cavillings and Difputes,about Words and Things that have no Relation to the Merits of the Caufe, in this Controversy; and as I have all along Confulted the Just Honour and Reputation of the Clergy, and upon a Principle of Great Reverence and Efteem for their Sacred Character, have been exceeding Scrupulous and Fearful, of Saying and Publishing any thing that might reasonably be interpreted to be difrefpectful or uncivil to any of them, how much foever they have (fome of them) Differ'd from me; So I refolve (by God's Grace) ftill to preferve the fame Temper and Difpofition; and in the following Remarks to Avoid the great Impertinence of Troubling my Self and the Reader, with Strife and Wrangling about mean, little, pedantick Things, which ferve only to Cloud and Obfcure That Truth, which we profess to Plead for, and Discover to Others.
§. II. If any of my Opponents have been thus Troublefome to their Readers in this Difpute, their Performances of that kind will meet with the Deferved Cenfure of the Difcerning and Judicious; and if to make their Assertions go off the Better, they have thought fit to treat me with Incivility; I paß it by, with only pitying their
Tempers, and advising them to fix their Eye more fteddily upon the Great Matter it felf which is now in Debate; and then they'll fee that 'tis too Noble a Subject to be mix'd with fuch an Alloy; and that it will fooner be determin'd by Separating from our Reasonings about it, all ungenteel Reflections upon Perfons, and all Partialities in favour of fome, who are Deeply concern'd in its ConSequences.
But tho' I refolve to be as Civil to my Opponents as the Merits of the Caufe will allow, yet they must not Expect that I will Compliment any of their Errors, or that I will be fo foft and kind to their Dangerous Notions, as to skreen and hide them from that just Reproach which is due to them. If my Learned Adverfaries make falfe Arguments to defend Error, I shall not Efteem fuch their Methods to be only Mistakes, but fomething worse, confidering the Greatness of their Knowledge; and if my Endeavours to Expofe their falfe Reasonings be unpleasant to them, I care not; fince Important Truths of a Spiritual Concern are infinitely more valuable to me, than the Pleafure and Satisfaction of even the Greatest of Men, who ftand in publick Oppofition to them.
The Author of Lay-Baptifm Invalid, whatever his Name is, has abundant Reafon not yet to publish it in Print; and therefore in this Difcourfe will not answer Mr. Bingham by the Name of Lawrence, tho' that Reverend Hiftorian has been pleas'd uncivilly to print that Name at large in his Title-Page,&c. without the Leave or Confent of the Perfon, whom be fuppofes and afferts to be the Author he aims at. But not to detain the Reader any longer from the Matter in Hand, I will here, once for all, fhew him, First, What it is that the Author of Lay-Baptifm Invalid do's infift upon; And, Secondly, What thofe Things are, which were never defign'd to be infifted upon in his Jeveral Treatifes. And,