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Second Part

OF
LAY-BAPTISM Invalid:

Shewing, That
The Ancient Catholick Church

Never Had Any
ECCLESIASTICAL LAW,
TRADITION, or CUSTOM,

FOR THE Validity of Baptisms Perform'd by Persons who Never were Com

mission'd by Bishops to Baptize. All Prov'd from the Reverend Mr. Bingham's

Scholaftical History of Lay-Baptism, and from other Evidences not produc'd by that Historian.

By the Author of Lay-Baptism Invalid. Other Foundation can no Man løy, than that is laid. --- Ye are built

upon the Foundation of the APOSTLES, - Jesus Christ himself

being the Chief Corner-Stone. 1 Cor. iij 11. Ephes. ij 20. Quam Periculosum sic autem in Divinis Rebus ue quis cedat jure fuo & poceftate, Scriptura San&a declarat, cum in Genesi Efau Primatus fuos inde perdiderit, nec recipere id poftmodum potuerit quod femel cefsit. Cypr. Epil

. ad Jubaian. 73. p. 151. Paris 1548. London : Printed for H. CLEMENTS, at the Half

Moon in St. Paul's Church -Yard. MDCCXIII.

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s I have bitberto avoided all unnecesary Cavillings and Disputes about Words and Things that have no Relation to the Merits of the

Cause, in this Controversy; and as I bave all along Consulted the Just Honour and Reputation of the Clergy, and upon a Principle of Great Reverence and Efteem for their Sacred Chara&ter, have been exceeding Scrúpulous and Fearful, of Saying and Publishing any thing that might reasonably be interpreted to be disrespectful or uncivil to any of them, bow much soever they have (Some of them) Differ'd from me ; So I resolve (by God's Grace) ftill to preserve the same Temper and Disposition; and in the following Remarks to Avoid the great Impertinence of Troubling my Self and the Reader, with Strife and Wrangling about mean, little, pedantick Things, which serve only to Cloud and Obscure Thär Truth, which we profeß to Plead for, and Discover to Others.

. II. if any of my Opponents have been thus Troublesome to their Readers in this Dispute, their Performances of that kind will meet with the Deferived Censure of the Discerning and Judicious ; and if to make their Asertions go off the Better, they have thought fit to treat me with Incivility; I pass it by, with only pitying their

Tempers,

Tempers, and advising them to fix their Eye more steddily apon the Great Matter it self which is now in Debate; and then they'll see that 'tis too Noble a Subject to be mix'd with such an Alloy ; and that it will sooner be determin’d by separating from our Reasonings about it, all ungenteel Reflections upon Persons, and all Partialities in favour of some, who are Deeply concern’d in its Cona Sequences.

But tho' I resolve to be as Civil to my Opponents as the Merits of the Cause will allow, yet they must not Expect that I will Compliment any of their Errors, or that I will be so soft and kind to their Dangerous Notions, as to skreen and hide them from that just Reproach which is due to them. If my Learned Adversaries make false Arguments to defend Error, I shall not Esteem such their Methods to be only Mistakes, but sometbing worse, considering the Greatness of their knowledge ; and if my Endeavours to Expose their falfe Reasonings be unpleasant to them, I care not; since Important Truths of a Spiritual Concern are infinitely more valuable to me, than the Pleasure and Satisfaction of even the Greatest of Men, who stand in publick Opposition to them.

The Author of Lay-Baptism Invalid, whatever bis Name is, has abundant Realon not yet to publish it in Print ; and therefore in this Discourse will not answer Mr. Bingham by the Name of Lawrence, tho' that Reverend Historian has been pleas'd uncivilly to print that Name at large in bus Title-page,&c. without the Leave or Consent of the Person, whom he supposes and asserts to be the Author be aims at.

But not to detain the Reader any longer from the Matter in Hand, I will bere, once for all, shew bim, First, IVhat it is that the Author of Lay-Baptism Invalid do's insist upon; And, Secondly, What those Things are, which were never design'd to be infifted upon in bis Jeveral Treatises. And,

§. III.

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