Jf pride and uncharitablenefs , -if di-uifi ins t *nd ftrifcs, if wrath and envy^ if animoptks and con- ;;;, <r<:r? Religion was then propagated , not by Chriftiansfceddmg fix blood of others, but by laying down their own. And tt would be flrdnge the Church fljottld require more than Ckrtft himfilfdid \ and make other conditions of her com- munt OH , than oiw Saviour did of Difciplejbip. No division of Provinces made among the dpofifes then, wa. Whether Paul W Peter were confacd, one to the circ Mmcifion, the other tie vncircumciffoh ) and different Churches ere&cd by them The Contents^ in the fame cities? Community of names and cuftomss be tween fcws and Chriftians then. The power of ordination-) in whom it lodgeth in the Chriftian Church. Any one fixed cottrfe offetling Church Government ; but fetled it according to thefevzral circumftances of tiwe, places and performs. This opinion , theughfeetn- ingly New-, is proved at large to ie moft confon Artt to Antiquity , by thefevtral teftimonies c/Glemsfi S Rom. Prince of Anhalt, Hyperius, Hemingius : the practice of moffi Forreign Churches. Thofe who judge Epifcopacy to be the Primitive Form, yet lookjiot on it M neceflary, Bijhop Jewel, Fulk, Field, Biftop Downarn , Bijbop Bancroft, Bifkop Morton, Sifhop Andrews, Saravia, Francis Mafon, and others. Independents in elective Synods^ and Church Covenant s^ admiffion of Members , number in Congregations. That prudence beft, which comes neareft Primitive practice. for the former , a non-prohibition fufficient, the latter AH ex- prefs command. The divine right arifing from Scripture examples^ divine &fts y and divine approbation confi* dtred.
They thought there were &ther rv ayes to a Canaan <? What poffitle rcafon can be affignzd or given, why fuel) things j Jj Mtld not be faffioient for communion with a Church , which are f efficient for eternal falvation ? What conrfe the Apoft Lcstookjn fitting the Go- 237. Largely proved that they obferv- 1.3$ edthecuftomes of the fewifl) Synagogue* The model of the Syria- 144 . Whether peculiar ordination for the Synagogue officers ? Forming Churches ow of Syna~ 2^7: gogues : Whet her any diftinft Ccetus of Jewi[b and Gentile Chriftians in the fame Citiest Correfpondency of the Church with the Synagogue, ifi in the orders ofpublick Service. Alexandrinns, Epipha- njus (whofeteftimonyis corrected., explained and vindicatcd^llll^ ry, and divers others. A4cer jtyoftojic tl practice $ iffnppofedi founds not any divine right ^proved by a fourfold Argn- tnsnt. The tcftimony of Forreign Di vines to the fame purpofe, Chemnitius, Zanchy. Thofe who look upon equality as tht Primitive Form, yet judge Epifco- pacy lawful. Calvin and Beza lo h ap proving Epifcopacy and Diocefan Churches. Presbyterians in Clajfes and Synods^ Lay- elders, &C. A Prefi- dency for life over an Eccleftaftical Senate fhewed to be that form v in order to it. E that impofeth any matter of opinion upon the belief of others, without giving evidence of rea- fonforit, proportionable to the confidence of his aflerticn, muft either fuppofe the thing pro pounded, to carry fuch unqueftionable credenti als of truth and rcafon with it, that none who know what B they The Divine right of Book I.
manner ) : fo lately to abate the Land-fibod of our civib inteftine divifions, how ftrange mttft it needs feenr, if our facred contentions (if contentions may be calkdfacrzd) like the waters of the Sanctuary , .(hould rifi from the Ancle to the,. And yet that hath been the aggravation of our divifions that tbofe who ft duty it is to lift up: their voyces like Trumpets -, have, rather founded an Al- larm to our contentious Jpirits, than a Parley or Retreat, which been far more f nit able to our Mef Tengers of Peace. ^Igno rance ^WBaibarifhl ; may we be bat >ts happily delivered from the plague of our divisions and animofitits \ 7 "ban which, there hath bzen.
tad ski R to purge out thofe noxious humours which have b^n the cafife soft-hem.
O F I Particular Forms of C H u R c H -G o v E R N M E N T ;.. The Preface to the Reader; is- fo long pnce that version of the vulgar . Tor o;tr Controverfies about Religion have brought at laft even Religion its felf into d Controverfie, &mongfucb ivhofe weaker judge ments have not been able to d fctrn rv/xre the flam and uncfiteftwnable may to heaven hath Ltyn^ , info great a Milt as our Difputes haveraifed among us.
Whereby a foundation is laid for the Churches peace, and the accommodation of our prefent differences. ^/pjrfw TJifif, t Lccw&ttdi Hinj xtrt, Grocius de Lupcr. Kine have de voured the fat, and our thin ears the plump and full ; I mean our Controverfies^W Difputes,.
I knov no prefer if tionsfo liktly to effect this hippy end, as an Infufion of the true Spirits: of Religion, and the Revulfion of that e^travafated blood, into its proptr channels : Thereby to take men off* from their eager pitrfuit after n\iyes a/id forties, notions md opinions, ( wherein many have run Jo far, that they have left the heft part of thtir Rtligion behind them) and to brin^ them back too.
rjgbt undtrftanding of the nature jdefigii W principles of Chrifthnity.