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tor, ti gular, Foatisfied
of these, and comes to know it, be very apt to far, How can I reft fatisfied in a Baptism declar'd to bc Irregular, for want of a proper Administra
tor, [i.e. One calld of God] When the Uncalld - pretended Administrator, will by God bimself be
Galld to Account as an Usurper of the Priejily Of'fice, for Baptizing me? Will God judge him for so doing? And pall. I escape his Fudgment for knowingly concurring with, or acquiescing in, bis sinful Act? By what means pall I extricate my self out of this Difficulty? If 'tis Sin in bim, 'tis so in me too, by my approving of it; ; and yet (that this Scruple may cease) approve of it I must. But how can I approve of it, since it was finful in the very AE? And thus I find no. Relief from such a Declaration, which involves me in Sin, and probibits my being extricated out of it.
The supposed Error it was designed to oppose, is this; That pretended Baptism, Administred without the Divine. Authority or Commision; i.e. by One who bas not this Commission, is not Christian Baptism, but Null and Void. Is not this much Differing from the Real Error of Donatism, which was, That the Donatifts. Rebaptiz'd those who came over to them from the Catholick Church, tho they had been before rightly Baptiz'd in or
with Water in the Name of the Father, and, of · the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and by One in Real,
Valid Holy Orders too? What bas ibis, to do with the Matter before us?
And as for Anabaptism, its Error is twofold: First, It Nulls Baptisin in an Infant, howsoever and by whomsorver Administer'd. Secondly, In Grown Perfons, if they were not plung'd all over in Water; in both which they make the Age of the Perfon Baptized, and the VERY GREAT
World wi gives his Recards, and in a miting People
QUANTITY of Water fufficient to cover the Pero fon, Effential to the Ministration of this Sacrament; Errors fo infinitely Different from the Case before us, that One would wonder how Men could Invent the Notion, of their being not much Different from what is Aferted, and, I bope, fairly proved, to be a Great Truth in this Essay.
The Author of a Pamphlet, callid, The Judgment of the Church of England in the Case of Lay-Baptism and Dissenters Baptism, has publil'd what he calls The Second Part of the Judgment, &c. 'Tis an amazing thing to see Men so expose themselves: For this Gentleman amuses the World with a Repetition of all that he had said before; and gives his Reader the same Things over again, but in other Words, and in a Method fomething diversified from the former; putting People to an Unnecesary Charge, besides á Trial of their Patience, 'to bear with the Reading a fecond Time what they had read before; which is still the more aggravated by his 'Want of Argument; by his not ro much as endeavouring to confute the Reasons brought against his First Part, in the Answer thereto, calld, Dissenters Baptism Null and Void, (for he tells his Reader, that he does not design this as a Reply to that Book;) by bis unbecoming Language, in giving Ill Names to what he knows he cannot confute; and lastly, by his industriously Evading the MERITS OF THE Cause; when he knows that the Church of England has concern'd Her Self therewith, that her Articles of Religion are built upon it, and that he is oblig'd in his own Defence to enter into it. i
This Author mightily triumphs in Bishops confirming Children, pretendedly Baptiz'd by Disenting Teachers, as if they therefore acknowledg'd those
Baptisms to be Valid. -- But I can tell him, that there are some who fay, that those Baptisms are not Valid before Confirmation, but made valid by Confirmation; this ( tho I absolutely deny it) I can prove to be the Foundation upon which Confirmation has been given to Persons lo pretendedly Baptiz'd; and our Author would do well to consider, whether those Bishops he speaks of, did not Confirm them upon the same Foundation, before he so positively affirms, that those Bishops allowed their Baptisms to be Valid: For, if 'tis true, that some act upon this false Foundation, others may have done so likewise; and this will Spoil our Writer's Supposition, however insufficient to make those Baptisms Valid, as I have endeavoured to prove in this Elay.
I have in this Fourth Edition added some fur.. ther Arguments to prove the main Proposition, ra much avoided by this Author, and endeavour'd to Answer new Obje&tions for the Satisfaction of some who may be led away by them. I have nothing more to request of my Reader than Christian Juffice and Equity in bis Censures, and that he would beartily join with me in this Prayer to Almighty God, That it would please Him to bring into the Way of Truth, all such as have Erred, and are Deceived.
PS Letter to the Author, Pag. i, to lxx
A Preliminary Discourse of the Va.
rious Opinions of the Fathers, con-
The Council of Eliberis allows of Lay-Baptism in
Case of Necesity, but with a particular Proviso,
St. Basil does fo too,
The Essential Parts of such an Institution, ibid.