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" the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft; tho by Laga Perfons, or Hereticks, or Schifmaticks; they
refus'd to give such Perfons Catholick Bapa “ tifmi, at the Hands of those who were du
ly anthoriz'd by the Divine Commiffion : Bes “ cause they reckon'd any Baptism with Water “ in the Name of the Trinity, by whomfoera “ ver administer'd, to be that One Baptism " which ought not to be repeated ;s But “ yet, at the same time, they efteert'd fuch
a Baptism in fome Measure Incalid, till it
was perfected, or rather mended, by Impos « sition of the Bishop's Hands. And for this they bring the Council of Eliberis. Anno 305! Can. 38. (See Prelim. Difc. pag. 11.) '"* And « because that Council requir'd the Lay Bap u rizid Person to be presented to the Bishop, “to be PERFECTED by Imposition of “
Hands; thence they conclude that there “ was a Partial Invalidity in the Baptifm be
fore , but that it was made wholly Valid by o Imposition of Hands.
But this is only Gratis Diétum: For the Pri mitive Church when the refus d to give a se cond Washing, refused it upon this account, That me elteem'd the Baptism before to be the One Valid Baptism; and the Imposition of Hands enjoyn'd by Her, was no obber than that which was used, either at the Confirmation of all other validly Baptized Persons or elfe at the restoring of Returning Penitents, and to the fame Ends and Purpofes; not with any De
lign to give an Essential and Total Validity to that Act of Baptism which had an Essential Invalidity before: And this is what is meant by PERFECTED in the Council
: of Eliberis, viz. That the Baptiz'd Person should be Confirm’d by the Bishop; as all other Baptiz?d Christians usd to be ; because, all Valid Baptisms were reckon'd by the Church, to be consummated and finish'd by Confirmation, or Imposition of the Bishop's Hands, which in those Days was immediately perform'd after Baptism, or as foon after as possibly could be.
For these Gentlemen to say, that the Ancients reckond any Baptism with Water in the Name of the Trinity, by whomsoever admini. ferd, to be that One Baptism which ought not to be repeated, is a great Mittake; for the Cyprianifts and the Eastern Churches affirm'd and practis'd otherwise ; and particularly in the Baptism of the Montani fts, who, tho’ they were Wash'd in or with Water, in the Name of the Trinity, were not admitted into the Church without a Second Baptism ...And St. Basil, St. Chryfoftomne, and the Catholicks after the Nitene Council, condemn the Baptism of Laymens a's Null and Void, tho' they were done with Water in the Name of the Trinity, and to do the Apoftolic Canons, the Baptism of Hereticks, as is plain by the Instances in my Preliminary Discourse But to tell us, that thie Primitives callid fuchi Heretical and Schifmatical Baptisms as were not repeated, and
fuch Lay-Baptisms as they had by Canon al -low'd, partly Invalid; and that they made them tórally Valid by: Imposition of the Bishop's Hands, is to impose upon us very great Inconlistencies, For, if (as we all agree) there be but one Baptism, it must certainly be that which has no invalidity, being Administer'd exactly according to the Essentials of the Inftitutión; and therefore those other Baptisms which are not so Administer'd,and aretherefore confessedly imperfect and partly Invalid, must be of anoiher kind distinct from that One True -Baptifm, and this will introduce Two Sorts of Baptifms in the Christian Church; which -is utterly contrary to their own Assertion, as (well as that of the Holy Scripture, which acknowledges no more than one Baptism for the Remission of Sins ; and consequently these imperfect Baptifms are no Baptisms at all, and so are entirely void, and of no effect. And indeed, to allow the Contrary, is in effect to destroy the whole Ministry of the Christian Priesthood ; and to open a Door of Licentiouf -nel's to all Intrudors into 'that Sacred Office, and thereby put every Man upon a Level, infomuch that at last all may set up for them felves, and refuse to give any regard or atten tion, any deference or respect to our blessed Lord and Master, in the Person of his Authoriz'd Ambassadors and Ministers; for where will the Confusion end, if every Man may be Suppos’d.capable of giving Valid Baptism? Will
they not argue ; What need we attend upon
less will ic.be, to preach to them the Danger of Schifm, or causeless Separation from the Church, when you, by allowing the Validity of their Uncommiffioned Teachers Ministrations of suppos’d Sacraments, give them an Argus ment to confound all that you shall fay for their Conviction, by your affirming that their pretended Sacraments are as true, and effectual as your authoriz'd Administrations ; and that, (since they thereby receive as much Spiritual Benefit as others do by yours, because God as much concurs with such their Sacraments, as with thofe Minister'd by you ) your charging them with Schism in adhering to Ministers who have no Divine Mision is ridiculous and nonsensical because, they have ALL as Valid a Cammiffion as your own, which you your felves must needs grant, by allowing the validity of their fuppos?d Sacraments. Nay further, if it be allow'd that such their "Sacraments are Valid, then, any Escommunicated Person (tho? never Authoriz'd by a Divine Commission) if he can but gather a Congregation to himself, may fer up for a Valid Minister, and even they who know this, may receive. Valid Sacraments at his Hands, if the want of a Divine Mission in the Administrator does not Invalidate the Sau cramentis : Which is a Consequence fo horrids i and attended with such infinite Confusions, that sin it should make fober Christians even tremble tò thịnk of it. And this brings me to my laft Propofition, vizio di