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to,' for that's my Father's Gift; but the Law preserves my Right to me, in that which is so given me by my Father, or by any Friend else, that gives me any out. ward Estate 'he 'had a true Right and Title to ; and if I please I can dispose of what is so given, or that comes to me by Descent, or that i buy of anotber that sells me his proper Right; and to secure it to them, I make use of the Law, that those I give it or sell it to, may enjoy it quietly and peaceably; so the Law preserves their Right, I gave them or fold them. Buć for all thy talk of Legálish Right to Titbes, what Right halt thou either to sell or give the Tithes which thou calleft thine ? So that the old Saying holds here, If the Parfon dies, where's the Darfon's Wife ? Thou canst not give thy Tithes either to Wife or Child, nor sell thy Tithes, as I can my Temporal Estate, co any Man ! please, and to his Heirs for ever, from me and mine.
But Tithes are due to God and Holy Church, faith the Law of our Foré-fachers, and Lawmakers, and no Mar can dispose of them, þur while he lives and remains within her Pale, in some Office, Service, or Place the approves of him in; and if the approves of him, then though he never was Holy, but lives and dies á miserable Sinner; yer she has given him Tithes, while he' abides in that Place or Office; and, whether he be wliar he pretends or no, he may get them by Law! But
if the Church finds him fauliy, and turns him out of his place or Office, he loses all his Tithes; and if no Pay, then no Pater. Noster. But Friend, the case is not so with a Landlord, he may keep his proper Right, and have the Benefit of it to himself, and his Heirs for ever ; so that that Argument is weak and frivolous.
Secondly; That, that Law sbou claimeft Tithes by, is contrary to the Law of Cbrift, p. 76. doth, I think, sufficienily appear; it being never made by Christ and his Apoftles, but by the Pope and his Successors.. .
Thirdly, That Gospel Ministers ought to be content with Gospel- Maintenance, p. ibid. is likewise evident enough; and what that is, appears plainly also to be necessary Food and Raiment, which, if they are in want, they may lawfully receive of those that reap Spiritual Things from the Sowers of them; which none can do, that have nor Spiritual Things given them freely from Above, from the Giver of every Good and Perfe&t Gifi ; and then sent to minister freely, according as they receive, and those that receive freely, are to give freely, on both fides, the Reapers, as well as the Sowers y for the Labourer is worthy of bes Meat, and thou say'st of his Hire, which I grant also : But then it's only from him that hires him, which I fuppose my friend 7. Ş.'never did thee, since he knew the Lord's Appearance in bis Heart, by bis Holy Spirit ; nor will ever need, as he faichfully abides to follow the Leadings and 133:2
Guidings of it; for that's that which I calld The Witness of God in bus Conscience, and doch wit, ness to the Children of God, ibat they are so; and they that pretend to be the Children of God, and are not, it bears witness against them ; fo that every Man must stand or fall to his own meafure of it, as it doth testifie in his Conscience, for or against him. :: Fourthly, Thou seem It offended, il my Letter, Your Maintenance by Tithes is Popery, and tellelt me, It is a foul Name ; yet, I perceive, thou wile not reject a sweet Morsel, because of a foul Name : But I think I have made it so evidently appear to be Popish, that chere is no need to say any more to that point. But yet I defire thee to hear me patiently a few things: Thou comparelt me to Dogs, lapping in the River Nile, in fear of being snapt by the Crocodile ; the plain Sense whereof is, if I am the Dog, then thou art the Crocodile : And if so, I cannot but tell thee, the Crocodile hath been accounted the proper Emblem of a Cruel Hypocritę; and truly if thou doft snap me, I see thou canst take pleasure in it, and thinkest, after thou hast Lamed me, to Expcse me to Derilion : But I see noț the Cause I have espoused, hurt as yet, nor my Self foiled neither, nor do I fear it; and thereforç shall take a little more notice of fome of thy Pallages, though I value not at all thy Taunts, Jokes, and Empty Flourishes, void of Civility and Solid Arguments.ti p sos mila
And Firs, for thy pretended Divine Right of Tithes, thou bțingelt that of Levit.27.30. where it is said, All the Titbe of the Land; wbetber of the Seed of the Land, or of the Fruit of the Tree, is the Lord's ; it is Holy unto the Lord, siis
But what is this to thee? For, is all the Seed of England, and are all the fruits chereof Holy? That the Tenths, and all the Nine Parts, yea, the whole Earth, is the Lord's, I grant ; but no more of it is thine, chan he pleases to give thee for a little while. And why didnt thou not observe how he dispos'd of the Tenths of Cangan, both of Seed and Fruit? He gave them to the Levites and Chil.. dren of Irael, but no Part to thee, por in. deed to any Gospel Ministers; that thou canit provę, or alt the Pope's Prelates to help thee. Bur, pray William, read the 34th Verse of that Chapter,. These are the Commandments, which iba Lord commanded Moses for the Children of Israel: Mark, not for thee, nor for the Ministers of the Gospel, nor for such as call themselves so amongth the Gentiles; no, the Precept is bounded, so that thou canst not prove any. thing from it, to do thee Service. Therefore seeing the Tepths then and there were the Lord's, and given to the Levites; do not thou lay claim to any, till thou canft Thew as good a Title given thee of God to the Tenthis here, both of Seed and fruit, and then I'll consent thou shal "have them, i but not Still then. So here's fomething more I had to (ay, though I omirted it before. u. : ?
Paul faith, Chrifti received Titbes, referring me to Heb. 7:8, 13.
Bur thou shouldest have better considered with thy self, before thou hadít done fo ; for thár Place compared with the Context, is plainjy to be understood of Melcbisedec; and so Dr. Hammond, in his Paraphrase upon the Text, interprets it. And it is cleared before, that Melchisedec gave as freely to Abrabam, as he received of him...
Lo! here thou haft brought a place that throws down all thy pleading for Law; for Love here was the Law, and no Command of God for Tithing. But would't thou and thy Brethren come to this Practice, you would not opprefs poor Men, and force them, by Popish Laws, to unequal and unrighteous Paymenos, againft their Wills, who are not satisfied, that you are Prieffs of the most High God, or of Jesus Cbrit ; ias Abraban knew that Melchifedec was, and Melchifedec knew thai Abrabam was also the Lord's approved faith ful Servant. 0. D '. - Again, The Ministers of Christ, to this day, are not free to receive Relief from any, when they need, but only from the People of God, that give in Love freely, as Abrabam did: Sothy Argument drawn from chis In: Itance, is nothing worth. : "! ''s Tii Bup thou say’A, Cbrist approved of the Plan cifeeds, wbo were friet in Titbing even in the (mallef matters. p. 83. And why Aould he bor?
ful soon was allo ind. Melchifedme knew that