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;jrhad VIE Another Obje&tion which I have heard of, iss. That the Cauneil of Elikerisj Apna 305. Vallowd of Lay Beptifm in a Case of Nes cesipy; That the Church of Rome does so co this Day » And that the Church of England didufo in the Reign of King Edward the VItli, of Queen Elizabeth, and, in the Beginning of King James the Haddas is plain, by the seves rad Common-Prayer

Books in those Days, para ticularly King Edward's, Anno 1552 and King James's, 162113 to be seen at Sion College LP brary, in London orij vice

Anfor. I grant the Truth of these Matters of Fact; and yet affirm, That those Allowancesji be they of what Consequence they will, ate not of any Validity for our Unauthorized and Anti-Episcopal Baptismsorgina ; As for the Council of Eliberify I have cited iti Pag. 11 and 02 of my Preliminary Discourse's and made fuchh Remarks thereon, as will ut terly frustrate the Design of this, Objection; and therefore I refer the Reader back to it for bis Satisfa&tion.

Next for the Church of Rome, hef Allow, ances in this Cafe are no Rule to us Protestants, who have separated from her, for her many gross Errors, both in Doctrine and Practice : She began to quarrel with St. Cyprian, and other Primitive Bilhops, and carried it very unchristianly against them, for not allowing


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any Validity in Hereticaļi and Schismatical Baptisms, whịch they look!d upon as bad as Lay Baptifins, and she has ever since perAfted in this ill Humour; so far as at laff to condemn those who do not believe the Vali dity of Baptism Administer'd by Women, whiofe Authoritative Acts in the Church of God, are both contrary to the Law of Nature, and also forbidden by the Holy Ghoft himself. Nay so far have her Bishops proceeded, asto. pionounce Baptism Valia tho administer'd by an UhBaptiz'à Heathen, um St. Bafil: lin his

noch Epistles complains of the Western Bif

Thops, and particularly the Roman, Band Hi Veritatem regaer Nörunt, neque discere fuftiaiment LASCúm iis quirveritatem ipsis annukcia

ant sonténdenitės; haerefin autem per seci ipfos ftabilientes That they neither know the Truth,

nor care to learn it, but they pontend with them 4 who tell them the Truth, and by themselves se establish Herefy: For which Reafon.their Authority ought not to be obje&ted in this Matter by a Proteftant; especially confidering that such an Objector will not submit to their Decisions, even in things of a much more mferior Nature. 1300 jov

The Practice of the Church of England in this Cafe, would have been look'd upon as a formidable Objection, if She her self had not answer'd it already by purging her Liturgy of fo Inconsistent a Rubrick: I call it Inconfiftent, because, especially in King James the First's


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Reign She had declar'd in her Articles of Re ligion, that it is unlawful, i.e. finfil.for any Man to Adminifter Sacramenes until he bé

Lawfully called and fent, and at the same time sallow'd' by lier Rubrick to Private Baptifm, that any one there present might Baptize the In

fant (in a Case of Neceflity.) This can be reb cončild to her

Articles of Religion by no other way, but by supposing that șhc, bý her Rubrick, authoriz?d and impoverd Lay men for fuch-Cases, as much as if she had Ordain'd them by Imposition of Hands" fany will alfert 'thiswhich will be odd enough if they do; yet still it will not favour the Baptism now disputed against ; for they are uceerly deftitute of any such

supposed Impowering and Authoriting Rubrick, as that was esteemed to have been Tho? yet, even in that Common-Prayer-Book, upon the Priest's Examination afterwards into the Lawfulness of the Child's Baptism, it was requir'd, thạt this Question should be put to the Persons who brought the Child to Church viz. Whether they think the Child be Lawfully is and perfectly Bäpriad; which considering the preceding Questions, “Whether "twas Bap" tig'd with Water, and in the Name of the * Trinity, &c.) Teems to be needless; and to no purpose, except by asking theft Thoughts about the Lawfulness and Perfection of such a Baprifm, they meant to make it lawful or unlawful, as the Persons they pur such a Question to, should think it: Which is a very ftrange,

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and indeed aj precarious and uncertain Founa dation for us to build the Validity of our Baptism upon, in such a case of Neceflity, And therefore, 'tis no wonder that the Church of England, afterwards expung'd this ! Question out of the Rubrick; and also for very weighty Reasons took away the Liberty of Lay-Baptizing, in her present Liturgy by requiring, even in Cases of Necessity that: Baptism should be Administer'd by « The Minifter of the Parifle,

or any other Lawful Minister tbat, can be pro

curd , which is a substantial Antwer Objections that may be rais'd from her-former Practice. But if such a Custom had been Hill continu’dy St. Cyprian long since laid it down for an Undoubted Truth, That me are not ug be determined by any Cuftoms of that Nature, obat to examine whether they will bear the. Taft

of Reason. 7 And Bishop Tayfor faysafspeaking of Baptifm by Midwives. This Guftame

came in at a prong Dear it lean.d upowa falfe and Superfirious Opinion á end, they thought it better to Inyade the Priglt's Office, sham to trat Gad with the Souls which he made with his omn Hands, and Redeemed with his Sons

Blood; but this Custom was not to be folland, main if it had Mill continu'd; for even then they confefsid it was Sin, Factum valet, fieri non debuit ; and Evil ought nat, to be done for ta good endo &c. This Cufton therefore, is of the Nature of thefe which are to be laid aide.

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ders, fard Simeon 1f: Themalonica; and I se i think he said truly. But rebove all things, Hi Opinions are not to be taken up by Custom, and reduc'd to Practice : Not only because Caftans

is no good warranty for Opinions, &c. But sind besides this, when an Opinion is offer d Orly thing " the hand of Custom, it is tommonly as Sign of <!! & Bad Catife, and that there is nothing elfe « to be said før it." Ductor Dabitantium, **Fourth Edition, Page 638, 6:

639.5 737 boAND in the same Book, Page 1987** In c'all Moral Actions, there wilt be a Subftantial ** Poteftative Principle that wirft i have proporktion'd power to the Effect om" thing cannot be W done without Il Cause and Principle in No " rality, any more than in Natkrie. 1 If a Who jo man goes about to Confettáte the Holy Sacra

ment, it is an ineffectitie Hand, sbe Sims for : attemptinguit,

and cannbe'ldo ***#fterwards; Slike and it were wifer and trúer, of Men will think be the same thing of their gring Baptifm, Pusklefs a they will confiofs that to Båprize Children is he blimere Natural and Seculard Agion, to which ** Natural Powers are sufficients for that Women Whave receivindi Spiritual Powers to-do lit, and 2 that whether a Priest on a Woman do'st, is no sto difference, biet matter of Order!only. In sut Bel Spiritual, the Agerit vnuft bevfôriod; Thus far Har Great Bishop: and vif lits'Reafons are good againlt Women&Baptizing, as I think they are, they will be as good to all Intents and purposes against-a-Man's prefu.

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