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Validity to that A& of Baptism which had an Essential In walidity before. And this is what is meant by PERFECTED in the Council of Eliberis, viz. That the Baptiz'd Person should be Confirm's by the Bishop, as all other Baptiz'd Christian's us?d to be, because, all Valid Baptifims were rećkon'd by the Church, to be consummated and finish'd by Confirmation, or Imposition of the Bishop's Hands, which in thofe Days was immediately perform’d after Baptism, or as foon after as pollibly could be. 54 For these Gentlemen to fay, that tlie Ancients reckon'd any Baptism with Water in the Name of the Trinity, by whomfoever adminiAter'd, to be that One Baptism which ought not to be repeated, is a great Mistake for the Cyprianifts and the Eastern Churches 'affirm’d and pra&tis’d otherwise ; and particularly in the Baptism of the Montanists, who, tho they were Wath'd in or with Water, in the Name of the Tripity, were not admitted into the Church without a Second Baptisms, And St. Bafil, St. Chrysostome, and the Catholicks after the Nia sene Council, condemn the Baptism of Laymen as Null and Void, tho? they were done with Water in the Name of the Trinity and fo do the Apostolic Canons, the Baptism of Herericks, as is plain by the Instances in my Preliminary Discourse, But to tell us, that the Primitives call'd such Heretical and Schif matical Baptisms as were nor repeated, and G 2


fuch Lay-Baptisms as they had by Canon allow'd, partly Invalid; and that they made them totally Valid by Imposition of the Bishop's Hands, is to impose upon us very great

In. consistencies. For, if (as we al 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 In. stitution; and therefore those other Baptisms which are not so Administer'd and are therefore confessedly imperfect and partly Invalid, must be of another kind distinct from that One True Baptism, and this will introduce Two Sorts of Baptisms in the Christian Church; which is utterly contrary to their own Affertion, as well as that of the Holy Scripture, which acknowledges no more than one Baptism for the Remission of Sins; and consequently thefe imperfect Baptifms are no Baptisms at all, and so are entirely void, and of no effect. And in. deed, to allow the Contrary, is in effect to destroy the whole Ministry of the Christian Priesthood ; and to open a Door of Licentioufnefs to all Intrudors into that Sacred Office, and thereby put every Man upon a Level, infomuch that at laft: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?dAmbassadors and Ministers; for where will the Confusion end, if every Man may be fuppos'd capable of giving Valid Baptism? Will


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they not argue; What need we attend upon others for these Ministrations, when we have as much Valid Power therein as themselves? If our Baptisms are Valid, fo may our Administrations of the Lord's Supper, and much more our Preaching to, and Teaching such People, as we can gather to our felves. If Validity may be allow'd to all these, by whomfoever Administer'd, then farewel all Rule and Order in the Church; and Christ's setting some therein ; First, Apostles ; Secondarily, Prophets, &c. for the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the Mioistry; and his promiling to be with them to the End of the World, was to no purpose. And it will not serve, to fay, that such Men will be guilty of Sin in those Usurpations, except we tay also, that their Authoritative Acts of Ministring in what they call the Holy Sacraments are Şins too, and

consequently, contrary to the Institution of the Real Sacraments, and therefore of no effect to convey the Supernatural Gracés and Benefits annex'd to them: For, if ever Men can be once perswaded, that any unauthor riz'd Person can by means of the mere Opus Operatum, of what they call Sacraments, con, vey those unspeakable Advantages which are annex'd to Real Sacraments, it will be in vain FOR YOU TRUE MINISTERS to tell them of the Sin of Ufurping the Sacred Office, when you in effect assure them, that every Christian can Validly Exercise it ; and as fruita


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less will it be, to preach to them the Danger of Schism, or causeless Separation from the Church, when you, by allowing the Validity of their Uncommiffioped Teachers Ministrations pf suppos'd Sacraments, give them an Argie ment to confound all that you shall lay for their Conviction, by your affirming that their pretended Şacraments 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 Godias 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 Million is ridiculous and nonsensıcalı becauise, they have ALL as Valid a Commiffion as your own, which you your selyes mult needs grant, by allowing the Validity of their supposid Sacraments. Nay further, if it be al low'd that such their Sacraments are Valid; then, apy Excommunicated Person (tho' never Authoriz?d by a Divine Commission) if he can but gather a Congregation to himself, may set up for a Valid Minister, and even they who know this, may receive Valid Sacraments at his Hands, if the want of a Divine Million in the Administrator does not Invalidate the Sgo craments: Which is a Consequence fo horrido and attended with such infinite Confusions that it should make fober Christians even tremble to think of it. And this brings me to my last Propofition, viz..


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of this Sacrament, (Axiom 2.): to those who know nothing of i ; such as Infants, or others who think they havet receivdo it, tho" (they have not, and would receive it, if they could be perfwaded thať they had not » Or "laftly, thofe whô know that they never receiv'd it, and are heartily deftous of it, bụt cannot poffibly at rain it, yer, as he who knows to do good, and does it hörg o him it is Sin (Axiom 6.). So he who KNOW $ that he ought to be Baptuld by a Minister vefted with the DIVINE AUTHORITY for that Purpose, and NEGLECTS to be lo Baptiz’d, incurs the Guilt of Sin ; and consequently, while he continues in thar Guilt, can (by Axiom 6.) expe&t none of the Sapernatural Benefits annex'd to the dye Performance of his Neglected Duty, of Reš



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