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wise their claiming the Power of Baptizing, by Virtue of the suppos’d Divine Right of their Mission, would be a meer foolery, and indeed a Contradiction.

SO that, the Lawful Minister's claiming the Authority of Baptizing, because his Mission is truly of Divine Right; and the unlawful Minister's claiming the fame Authority, because he esteems his Mision also to be of Divine Right, do both conspire by their Pra&tice to Confirm this Truth, That the Divine Authority of the Administrator of Baptism is an Elsential Part of that Holy Institution ; and this is not a little Corroborated,

Sixthly and Lastly, From the Do&trine and Practice of the Church of England.

For in her 23d Article of Religion, she affirms, That “ it is not Lawful for any Man to

take upon him the Office of Miniftring the 6

Sacramentsi &c. before he be Lawfully call’d © and sent to execute the same. Now what can this Article mean by [ it is not Lawful? ] Certainly nothing else but that it is Sinful, or Contrary to the Divine Law in the Holy Scrip. ture, for she is not treating of Civil, but Spiritual Things. But againft what Law in the Sacred Scriptures is this a Sin? Surely againtk that Lam which treats of these Sacraments, and this Law is principally in the Institution of them ; so that the plain meaning of this Article must be, that it is contrary to the very InAtitution of the Sacraments for any Man to take

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upon him “ the Office of Administring them, “ before he be Lawfully callid and sent to exe66 cute the same.

AND in her 26th Article she teaches, a that the Administrators of the Sacraments “ do not Minister in their own Name, but in “ Christ's, and by his Commission and Authority.

AND left every One who has acquir'd (tho' not justly) the Reputation of being such a Lawful Minister, should fancy himself to have Christ's Commission, because the People made choice of him, and fome others of higlier Rank among them, took upon them to Ordain him, Separate from, and

Indepen dent of the Bishop;

In the Preface to her Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of BiShops, Priests, and Deacons, she tells us thus; “ It is evident unto all Men diligently reading

Hoby Scripture, and Ancient Authors, that from the Apostles time there have been these "Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church, “ Bishops, Priests and Deacons ; which Offices

were evermore had in such Reverend Efti. 6 mation, that no Man might presume to exe. cute any of them, except he:

by Pub“ lick Prayer, with Imposition of Hands, were « approv'd, and admitted thereunto by Lars * ful Authurity. [And what she means by this Lawful Authority, is plain by the Words immediately following.) “And therefore, Eco “ No Man Thall be accounted, or taken to be

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Church of England, or suffer'd to execute

any of the said Functions,except he be calld, “ Efc. thereunto, according to che Form here« after following, OR HATH HAD FOR. 56 MERLY EPISCOPAL CONSECRATI. “ ON, OR ORDINATION ; whereby she confines the lawful Authority, so evidently to Episcopacy; that a Man must be wilfully blind who dares to deny it.

ALL which put together, sufficiently prove that by the Doctrine of this Church, the Divine Authority of the Administrator of Chri. ftian Sacraments, is an Essential Part of their Institution; and consequently, that the Divine Authority of the Administrator of Baptism (which is one of those Sacraments) must be also an Essential Part of that Holy InAtitution.

SO likewise by her Practice she confirms this Truth; for in her Office of Ordering of Priests, the Bishop fays to the Priest: “Re“ ceive the Holy Ghost for the Office and * Work of a Priest in the Church of God koin e committed unto thee by the Imposition of our “ Hands. Whose Sins thou doft forgive, " they are forgiven; and whose Sins thou * doft retain, they are retained. And be " thou a faithful Dispenser of the Word of “ God, and of his Holy Sacraments, in the " Name of the Father, and of the Son, and hans of the Holy Ghost, Amen. And delivering


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to the Priest kneeling, the Bible into his Hand, the Bishop adds, “Take thou AUTHO “ RITY to preach the Word of God, and to Minister the Holy Sacraments. By all which 'tis plain, that she reckons the Administration of the Sacraments to be Essential to the Office of the Priett, and that he must have Commif foon even from the Holy Trinity, by the Mediation of the Bishop, convey'd to him, to qualify and authorize him to adminifter the faine. And in Conformity to this her. Rule of Practice, when any Person, tho? formerly a Teacher, and one who has assum'd to himfelf before, the Power of baptizing and adminiftring the Lord's Supper, notwithstanding his having continu'd even in the toterated Practice of these Usurpations for many Years together, nay, tho' chosen thereto by the Consent of the People, who submitted to, and acknowledg’d all such his Ministrations to be Valid and Goodi when such a Man, I say, forfakes his Heresies or Schisms, and returns, or desires to be united, to her Communion, and to be reckon'd in the Number, and to have License to act as one of her lawful Ministers, she will not allow him such a License; he must be receiv’d only to Lay Communion, if he was never before dia vinely authorizd by Impofition of Episcopal Hands, and now refuses to accept fuch Cathos lick Ordination : She thereby declares that he Wants the Divine Commission to act in such Ho lý Ministrations, and that she will not acqui


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esce with his former Usurpations; he must difclaim and renounce them now, if in her Communion he would be allow'd to Officiate in the Word and Sacraments, as the rest of her Mi. nifters do. But why all this, if his Power and Authority had been sufficient before, for the Purposes of the Holy Sacraments? If his Commillion was good then, 'tis so now, and Ptis needless to Re-ordain him ; but if it was Invalid, the acts consistent with her self in refusing to admit him among her Ministers, TO WHOM ALONE she gives Authority for these great Purposes. And really it ought not to be dissembld, that if fucha Man's Administrations of the Sacraments were before agreeable to, and not Breaches of their Institution, his Ministry before was also valid; and therefore ’twould be even unjust to require him to take up a new Commission, and from ANOTHER SORT of Authority tlian what he had receiv'd it from at first; because the Design of handing down Christ's Commission to Ministers, in all Ages, is, that there may

be conftantly such Persons to adminifter the Holy Sacraments, as he in the first Inftitution of those Sacraments did authorize and require : But forasmuch as the Church of England re

quires fuch Perfons, as above-mentioned, to receive the Divine Authority,which she reckons they wanted before, to qualify them for the Administration of Sacraments, 'tis plain that this her Practice discourages us to hope, that



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