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dance of the same nature in the Writings of other Holy Fathers and Martyrs of the Primitive ! Church, but either thete will awaken well-intaning Penple, who unadvisedly ininare theinfelves in Schilms, Separations and Divisions from the Orthodox Church we live in, to a more lerious Consideration of their Error, Sin and 'Danger, or there will be small hopes of other Authorities doing it, though I should fill a whole Velume with them.

To conclude, I presume every good Chrillian will acknowledge it to be his Duty daily , and most fervently to Pray for the peace of Jerusalem *, viz. thac * Pfal. 122. the God of Peace, the great Lo-. 72 ver of Concord , would of bis . great Mercy and Goodnels, give, and restore, and establish perfect Peace, Unity, and brotherly Love and Charity to his whole Catholick Church, and more particularly to this most Orthodox Part of it, the best of Reformed Churches, wherein we live in the Words of our pious Litany) that all who profess his Holy Name may agree in the Truth of his most Holy Word, and may live in an unfeigned Concord) in Unity and godly Love; and if it could be obtained of the Separatists to make more use of that most perfect Form of Prayer which our Lord taught his Disciples, and required of them, and of us all in them, when they prayed to say, than they either use to do, or (out of groundless prejudice against all Forms of Prayer) will allow of. And did they then understand it in its true

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150 Catholick Vnity, and
and comprehensive meaning? they will undoub-
tedly find, that this Catholick Unity and
Church Communion is what is prayed for, and
all Schism, Separation and Division is prayed
against in the second Petition (Thy Kingdom
come) and also, according to St. Ignatius his No-
tion of doing the Will of God, as also accord-
ing to the Nature of the Thing in the third Pe.
ricion (Thi Will be done in Earth as it is donc
in Heaven.) And then, forasmuch as all Mens
Endeavours ought to answer and to be conform-
able to their Prayers; for if Men endeavour
not what they pray for, they do bue dil-
seinble with God: This only thing ringly con-
lidered is sufficient to engage Men to this as their
unquestioned and indispensīble Duty, even as
ever they will approve their sincerity in their
Prayers to God, to take their utrnost heed as
of dividing, or making any Schilms or Divisions
in his Church, lo of tollowing , joyning with,
or communicating with Schismaticks, or any
that caule, or are buc in a Schism or Division;
for whosoever will practise as he prayeth, or at
least as he ought to pray, he must unite him-
self closely to that particular Sound and Ortho-
dox Established Church where he liveth, there
being no other way for him to unite to the
whole Catholick Church, to which all shall be

added that shall be faved ', for * A&s 2. 47. of that Church' is every particu:

lar Sound and Orthodox Nati onal Church a Part and Member: And blessed are those Eyes that all see this Catbolick Unity, rese: . .,': iiwhich

lie Which the God of Peace , the Lover of Concord,

grant, That as there is but One Body, One Spirit,

and One Hope of our Calling, One Lord, One Faith, 1 One Baptism, One God and Father of us all, 10.

we may all be benceforth fo.sensible of the greas Sin and Danger of our unhappy Divifions as benceforth we may (if it be God's blessed Will), be ali

of one Heart and of one Soul, knit together in the 1 Holy Bands of Truth and Peace, mutual Love and

Charity, and with one Mind and one Mouth gloeng rifie God through Jesus Christ our Lord, °70 to whom with the Most Holy Spirit, be all Honour, i Glory and Praise for ever mare. Amen. Amen.

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eparation from an Established Church is no Sin,

but a Christians Duty in case of Idolatry,

Heresie and Tyranny. The Church of Rome
is justly charged with these, for the which we Pro-
testants do justly renounce her Communion, but
the Church of England cannot juftly be charged
with any of them.

A good Minister cannot choose but sadly refent
bis Peoples running to Separate Meetings, and
ke cannot excuse himself from the utmost endea.
tour to reduce them that actually separate and
preserve them from Segration who are yet in the
Church's Communion.

His care and endeavour mostly proves in vain
which occasions this Discourse.

Many common People are apt to run into, and
to live in Schism and Separation through an high
Opinion of the Teachers and Peoples feeming god-
liness that are in Separate Meetings, but great is.
the danger as well as vanity of being misled hereby.

As godly Men as any of them can be, have given
- their Testimony for the Church of Englands be-
- ing sound and orthodox, and have pronounced

Schism and Separation to be a Sin, and a damna-
ble Sin, namely, our Glorious Martyrs, the most
Eminent Divines in the Reformed Churches, the
old Non-conformists, and many Dissenters of chief
Note in this present Age...

The Author's defigm in this Discourse.

The Questions answered, and their

Answers in this Discourse,

Quest. !. What is a Church?

Ant. The Church is a Body, or a Society of
Men called to Faith and Repentance, united to
Got, and to one another by a Divine Covenant.
The Gospel Covenant is the Foundation of the Chri.
stian Church.

Quest. 2. What is it to be a Member of the
Christian Church ?

Anf. Men are received into the Church of
Christ, and become Members of the Christian
Church, by being taken into Covenant with God
in Christ, and to be so taken into Covenant with
God in Chrift, and to be received into Christ's
Church, or to become church-members are one and
the same thing.

Quest. 3. How or phen are Men visibly takex
into Covenant with God, and thereby made Mem.
bers of the visible Church of God?

Ans. In their Baptism, where note, it is not so
in the Indeper:dant Conftitution , for being taken

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