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dance of the fame nature in the Writings of other Holy Fathers and Martyrs of the Primitive Church, but either thefe will awaken well-meaning People, who unadvisedly infnare themfelves in Schifms, Separations and Divifions from the Orthodox Church we live in, to a more ferious Confideration of their Error, Sin and Danger, or there will be fmall hopes of other Authorities doing it, though I fhould fill a whole Velume with them.
To conclude, I prefume every good Chriftian will acknowledge it to be his Duty daily, and moft fervently to Pray for the peace of Jerufalem *, viz. that the God of Peace, the great Lover of Concord, would of his great Mercy and Goodnels, give, and restore, and establish perfect Peace, Unity, and brotherly Love and Charity to his whole Catholick Church, and more particularly to this molt Orthodox Part of it, the beft of Reformed Churches, wherein we live (in the Words of our pious Litany) that all who profefs his Holy Name may agree in the Truth of his moft Holy Word, and may live (in an unfeigned Concord) in Unity and godly Love; and if it could be obtained of the Separatists to make more use of that most perfect Form of Prayer which our Lord taught his Difciples, and required of them, and of us all in them, when they prayed to fay, than they either use to do, or (out of groundless prejudice against all Forms of Prayer) will allow of. And did they then understand it in its true M 3 and
* Pfal. 122.
and comprehenfive meaning? they will undoubtedly find, that this Catholick Unity and Church Communion is what is prayed for, and all Schifm, Separation and Divifion is prayed againft in the fecond Petition (Thy Kingdom come) and alfo, according to St. Ignatius his Notion of doing the Will of God, as alfo according to the Nature of the Thing in the third Petition (Thy Will be done in Earth as it is done in Heaven.) And then, forafmuch as all Mens Endeavours ought to anfwer and to be conformable to their Prayers; for if Men endeavour not what they pray for, they do but dif femble with God: This only thing fingly confidered is fufficient to engage Men to this as their unquestioned and indifpenfible Duty, even as ever they will approve their fincerity in their Prayers to God, to take their utmost heed as of dividing, or making any Schilms or Divifions in his Church, fo of following, joyning with, or communicating with Schifmaticks, or any that caule, or are but in a Schifm or Divifion; for whofoever will practife as he prayeth, or at leaft as he ought to pray, he must unite himfelf clofely to that particular Sound and Orthodox Eftablished Church where he liveth, there being no other way for him to unite to the whole Catholick Church, to which all shall be added that fhall be faved, for
Acts 2. 47. of that Church is every particu lar Sound and Orthodox Nati onal Church a Part and Member: And blessed are thofe Eyes that shall fee this Catholick Unity, Which
Which the God of Peace, the Lover of Concord, grant, That as there is but One Body, Ŏne Spirit, and One Hope of our Calling, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptifm, One God and Father of us all, (o we may all be henceforth fo fenfible of the great Sin and Danger of our unhappy Divifions as benceforth we may (if it be God's bleffed Will) be ali of one Heart and of one Soul, knit together in the Holy Bands of Truth and Peace, mutual Love and Charity, and with one Mind and one Mouth glorifie God through Jefus Christ our Lord, To whom with the Most Holy Spirit, be all Honour, Glory and Praife for ever more. Amen. Amen.
Eparation from an Established Church is no Sin,
Herefie and Tyranny. The Church of Rome
is justly charged with thefe, for the which we Pro-
testants do justly renounce her Communion, but
the Church of England cannot justly be charged
A good Minifter cannot choose but fadly refent
bis Peoples running to Separate Meetings, and
ke cannot excufe himself from the utmost endea
vour to reduce them that actually feparate and
preferve them from Separation who are yet in the
His care and endeavour mostly proves in vain
As godly Men as any of them can be, have given
The Author's defign in this Difcourfe.
The Questions answered, and their
Quest. I. What is a Church?
Ant. The Church is a Body, or a Society of
Quest. 2. What is it to be a Member of the
Anf. Men are received into the Church of
Quest. 3. How or when are Men vifibly taken
Anf. In their Baptifm, where note, it is not fo