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case of private Offences to be performed according to the Rule in Mat.18 15,16,17, and in case of Publick Offences openly before the Church, as the Honour of the Gospel, and the nature of the Scandal shall require, and if either of the Admonitions take place for the recovery of the fallen Perfon, all further Proceedings in a way of Cenfure are thereon to cease, & jarisfaction to be declared accordingly, I Tim. 1. 20 Mar. 18. 15. 17. .
III. When all due Means are used, according co the Order of obeGospel for the reftoring an Of fending & fcandalous Brother, and he notwithItanding remains impenitent, theCensure of Excommunication is to be proceeded unte; wherein the Paftor & other Elders (if there be such) are to lead & go before the Cburob; and the Brotherhood to give their Consene in a way of Obedience unto Christ, and to the Elders, as over them in the Lord. Mat. 18. 15, 16, 17. Tit. 3. 10. 1 Cor. 5. I Thef. 5. 5. 12.
IV. It may sometimes come to pass, that a Churcb Meraber, not otherwise fcandalous may Jully withdraw, and divide himself from the Communion of the Church to which he belong. ech: In which case, when all due means for the reducing him,prove ineffect valhe having chere .by cut himselt off from thatCburcbes Communion; the Church may justly cltcem & declare it
self discharged of any further Inspection over him. Heb. 10.25. Rom. 16. 17. 2 Tbes. 3.14
IV. Of Communion of Churches.
I. INTE agreethat particular Churches ought
V not to walk so diftinct and separate from each other, as not to have Care & Tenderness towards one another. But their Paftors ought to have frequent Meetings together, chac by mutual Advice, Support, Encouragement,& Brotherly Intercourse, they may ftrengthen the Hearts & Hands of each other in the Ways of the Lord. A&t. 15. 23. & 20. 17,28.
II. That none of our particular Churches fhall be subordinate to one another,each being endued with equality of Power from. Jesus Chrift. And that none of the said particular Churches, their Officer or Officers, shall exercise any Power, or have any Superiority, over any other Church or their Officers. Rev. 1. 4. Cant; 8. 8. 1 Cor. 16. 19. A£T. 15. 23. i
III.' That known Members of particular Churches constituted as aforesai.li, may have occasional Communion with one another in the Ordinances of the Gospel, viz.cheWord, Prayer, Sacraments, finging of Psalms, dispensed according to the mind of Christ : Uniefs chat Church,
th which they desire Communion, haih any
just Exception against them. A. 18. 27: Rom, 16. 1,2., 2 Cor. 3. I. 1 Cor. 12. 13.
IV. That we ought not to admit anyOne to be a Member of our respective Congregations, that hach joya'd binself to another, without Endeavours of mutual Satisfaction of the Congregation concerned. Heb. 13. 1. I Cor. 14.40.
V. That'oneChurch ought not to blame the proceedings of another, until it hath heard, what that Church charged, its Elders or Mefsengers, can say in vindication of themselves from any charge of Irregular or Injurious Proceedings. Mat. 7. 1. Prov. 18. 17. Deut. 13. 14. i
VI. That we are most willing and ready to give an Account of our Church proceedings to each other, when desired ; for preventing or
removing any Offences, that may arise among - Us. Likewise we shall be ready to give the Right Hand of Fellowship,&walk together according to the Gospel Rules of Communion of Churches. 1 Pet 3 15. Rom. 14.19. A.11.2,3, 4.18. 106, 22.13.21, 30. Gal. 2 9. Col.2.5: 1 Per.4.10,11; 1Cor 10.24. Rom. 1. 15 Gal. 6.10
V. Of Deacons and Ruling Elders.
E agree, che Office of a Deacon is of VV. Divine Appointnienc, & that it bele - tp hci: Office to receive, lay out, and distri
the Churches Stock to its proper Uses, by the direction of the Pastor, & Brethren, if need be. And whereas diverse are of Opinion, that there is also the Office of Ruling Elders, who labour not in Word and Doctrine ; and others think otherwise ; we agree chac chis Difference make np. breach among us. Al. 6. 3,5,6 Pbil. 1 1.
Tim: 3. 8, to 13 Rom. 12. 8. 1 Cor. 12.28.
Tim. 5. 17. Pbil. 3 150.16. VI. Of occafional Meeting of Ministers, &c. I. IATE agree that in order to Concord, and
V V in other weighty and difficult cases, it is needful and according to the mind of Chrift, that the Ministers of the severalChurches be consulted & advised with about such Macters. Prov. 24.6. 14. 15. 26.
III. That particular Churches, their respective Elders and Members, ought to have a reverencial Regard to their Judgment, so given, and not diffent therefrom without apparenc Grounds from the Word of God. A&t.16.4,5. rCor. 14. 32,33. Gal. 1. 8. 1 Pet. 4. 11. ..
VII. Of our Demeanour towards the Civil
Magistrate. I.TVE do reckon our selves obliged conti
VV tinually to pray for God's protection, Guidance and Blessing upon the Rulers fit om ver us. iTim.2.2 Psal. 20.1,t0 4. & 72.1.
11. That we ought to yield unto them not only Subjection in the Lord, but Support according to our Station and Abilities. Mat.22. 21. Rom. 13. 5,6. Neb. 5., 18.
III. That if at any time, it shall be their pleasure to call together any number of us, to require an Account of our Affairs, & the State of our Congregations, we shall moft readily express all ducitul regard to them herein. Isa 40 23. 2Cbron.29. 4,70 11. Rom. 13.1. Tit. 3.1.
. VIII. Of, a Confeshon of Faitb. A S to what appertains to soundnefs of
Judgment in matters of Faith, we efteem it fufficient that a Church acknowledge the Scriptures to be the Word of God,che perfect and only rule of Faith & Practice, & own either the Doctrinal part of those commonly called the Articles of the Church of England, or the Confession or Catechisms, fhorter or larger compiled by the Allembly at Westminster, or the Confellion agreed on at the Savoy, to be agreeable to the said Rule. 2 Tim. 1. 13: fan Phil 2 12.