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IX. Of our Duty and Deportment towards
tbem that are not in Communion with us. I. W E judge it our Duty to bear a Chrif.
W tian respect to all Christians, accord. ing to their several Ranks and Scacions, thay are not of our Perswalion or Communion i Per 2. 15. Rom. 12. 10. Gal. 6. 2. Eph. 4. 2. Rom. 14. tot.
: II. As for such as may be ignorant of the Principles of the Christian Religion, or of Vicious Conversation, we hall in our respective places as they give opportunity, erdeavour co explain to them the Doctrine of Life & Salvation,& to our utmost perswade them to be reconciled to God; 2 Tim. 2. 25. 2 Cor. 5.11,20
III. That fuck who appear to have the Efsential Requisites to Church-Communion, we fall willingly receive them in the Lord, not troubling them with Disputes about le flur Matters. Rom. 14. 1.
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ARTICLES : For obe Adminißratior of Churcb Discipline,
Unanimoufly agreed upon and Confenied to * by the Elders and all the Churches in the
Colory of Conneticut, i* New England,
at Say. Brook, Sep. geb. 1908. 1. THAT. the Elder, or Elders of a parei
I cular Church, with the consent of the Brethrén of the same, have power and ought to exercise Church-Discipline according to the Rule of God's Word, in Relation to all Scans dals, that fall out within the same. And it may be meet in all cases of Difficulty for the Respective Pastors of particular Churches, to take advice of the Elders of the Chörches in the Neighbourhood, before they proceed to cens fure in such Cales. Mat. 18. 17. Heb. 13. 17. a Cor. 5. 43 53 12. 2 Cor, 2. 6. Prov. 11. #46 Al. 1 $ 2. · II. That che Churches, which are Neighbouring each to other, thall Confociate for mutual affording co each other such Affiftance, als may be requisite; upon all occalioos Eceles
fiaftical. And that the particular Paftors & Churches, within the refpective Counties in this Government shall be one Consociation ( or more if they hall judge meeto) for the end aforesaid. Pfal. 122. 3, 4, 5. & 133. 1. Ecol 4. 9,10 12. 18. 15. 2, 6, 22, 23. 1 Tim.4. 14. i Cor. 16. 1. i
III. That all Cases of Scandal, that fall out Within the Circuit of any of the aforesaid Consociacions ball be brought to a Council of the Elders & also Medengers of the Churches, within the said Circuit, i. . the Churches of one Consociation, if they ice cause to send Meffengers, when there shall be need of a Council for the Determination of them. 270b ver. 9, 10. : Cor. 16. 1. Gal. 6. 1, 2. 2.Cor. 13. 2. A. 15. 23. 2 Cor. 8. 23. : • IV. That according to the Common practice of our Churches nothing fhall be deemed an Ac or Judgment of any Council, wbiche hath not the major part of the Elders present Concucring, and such a number of the Meffen. gers prefent, as makes the Majority of the Council ; Provided that if, any fuch Church fhall not fee cause to send any. Meffingers to the Council, or the persons Chosen by them Thall not accend ; neither of these shall be any obstruction to the Proceedings of the Council, or Invalidate any of their Ads. Als 15. 23:
14. 32, 33,
; V. That when'any Cafe is Orderly brought before any Council of the Churches it shall there be heard & determined which (unless or derly removed from thence) thall be a final Ifrue, and all parties cherein Concerned shall fir down, and be determined thereby. And the.. Council fo hearing, and giving the Result or final Iflue, in che said case as aforesaid, Ihall see their Determination, or Judgment duly execu-, ted and attended, in such way or manner, as Shall in their Judgment be moft fuitable and agrecable to the Word of God. 18.15.1 Cor 5. 5. 2 Cor. 2. 6, 11. & 13. 2. `Pbil. 3. 15. Rom. 142, 3. '
VI. That, if any Paftor & Church doch obftinarely refuse a due attendance & Conformicy to the Determination of the Council, that hath the Cognizance of the Care, and Determineth it as above, after due patience used, they shall, be reputed guilty of Scandalous Contempt deale with as the Rule of God's Word in such cale doth provide, and the Sentence of No*-. Communion ihall be declared againt such Pastor and Church. And the Churches are to approve of the said Sentence, by with drawing from the Communion of the Pastor and Church, which fo retured to behealed. Rom. X6. 17. Mát. 18. 15,16,17, hy Properties Gate 2. EL 10-14 2 I bel.-3.6, 14.
VII. That, in Case any difficulties thall arila in any of the Churches in this colory which cannot be pued without confiderable disquiet thatChurch, in which they arise (or that Minister, or Member aggrieved with them, ) hall apply themselves to the Council of the Concociated Churches of the Circuit, to which the said Church belongs, who, if they fee cause shall thereupon convene, kear, and determine such cases of difficulty, waless the matter bro's befare tkem, fhall be judged fo great in the Na fure of it,or fo doubtful in the fue, os of such general concern, chat the faid council Hall judge beft that it be referred to a fulles couscil con ifting of the Churches of the other Con.. sociation within the fame County, ( or of the HCXX adjoyning confociation of another Couns. ty, it there be not two confociarioes is the County, where the difficulty arisech ) who too gecker with themselves Thall hear, judge, deo termine, and Anally Ifue such case according to the Word of God. Pro. 11. 14: 1 Cor. 14 33. $14. 24 by proportion. . · VIII. That a parricular Church, in which any difficulty dotk arife, may if they ice cause, eall a Council of the confaciated Courbes of iba Arcait, to which the faid Church belongs, before they proceed to sentence therein, bus here is net the fame lebesty te an offeading