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by theie Eduk 102 Lay-Baptism uncharitable and unkind, because it does not fuit witli the Temiper and Disposition of other People? Cannor we still keep our Charity for them, by Believing that God many difpente with the very want of the Chřitián Sacra ments, and bestow even the Supernatural Graces of them; to those who labour' either under an Invincible Ignorance; or else an Impoffibility of Receiving those' Sacraments, when they do all that lies

in their power to fulfil this Bléffed Will? Certainly we may; fot God can dil pense with his own tristitutes, and give the Spiritual Graces annexd-to them, juo whom he pleases (by Axiom Ł:yo ni 5570 di sud

BUT as for fome among our felvesylt fear their Case is very dangerous , becaules Aibundance of them seem to want so fajani cuse, living under that Episcopal Government which tfiey refuse to acknowledge and submit to: But God only knows their leveral Cits cumstances of Knowledge and Capacity, and the Strength of those Prejudices which fome çation. He is. Infinite Goodness it felf, and will never punishi any for what they never could help. But as for the Slothful and Negligent, the Obstinate and Perverse, we have no Authority from Divine Revelation to hope any thing for their Advantage. But to sum up my whole Answer to this Objection, in the Words of an Excellent Modern Author. ***


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9 THOSE who have been Baptiz’d by Per . Sons, not

, lanfully Ordain?d, and consequently they have receip?d no Baptism, having receiv'd

it from those who had no Commission to admi. nifter it

, but wbá were guilty of the highest * Sacrilege in Usurping such a Sacred Commission,

not lawfully derivd to them by a: Successive

Ordination from the Apoftles : [as is the Case with us ! Bufrijet, throq General Corrup,

tion of the, Times, such. Baptisms are sufferd to pass, whereby the Persons lo baptiz? swim, ming, down; the Stream, do think their Bap

tifm to bp Valid, and therefore seek not for

a Re-baptization, [I had rather say True Baptism) from those who are empower'd to

Administer it. I say, whene no such Re-baptization? [ or rather True Baptisin) “ ir taught, and thereby the People know nothing of in; in such case, their Ignorance is in a manper invincible, and their Sincerity, and Devoti on in Receiving no Sacraments, yet thinking

them True Sacraments, may be accepted by God, and the Inward Grace conferr’de But this Case does not reach those who do, or may know and act better; and is the whole of my Charity in this Matter, and, I think, a suffi. cient Answer to the Objection,

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V. Another Objection in Defence of the Validity of Baptisms administer'd by such as have not the Divine Commission, is the Example of Zipporah, Moses's Wife, who circum



God did not fet apart a Particular Order of
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cis’d her Son, and thereby faved her Huf
band's Life ; for God fought to kill Moses
and when she had circumcis'd her Son, he leč
him go; and therefore approv’d of her Act in
so doing, tho’ she had no Right to do so by
the Institution.

Anfw. Whosoever will but look into the fir
Institution of Circumcision, will find, That

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Men for this purpose; but only requir’d, Gen. 17. 10. Every Man-Child among you fall be circúmcis'd, &c. to the 15th Verse ; Every Male must be circumcisd: But the Persons whộ should continually adminifter this Circụmci

: lion, are not nam'd in the Institution.

Nay, tho' it should be granted, that Cir çumcifion was to be performd by the Master as he was the Priest of his Family; yet it does not follow, that Zipporah did any thing more than what she had a Right to do; be cause her Husband's Authority was devolvd upon her in his Sickness, when he was un able to do it himself: Especially, considering that this Sickness was inflicted upon him, because his Son had not been circumcis'd; and tliat he might therefore order his Wife to do it in his stead ; and consequently, ?twas interpretatively done by himself, because by his Authority: As we find in the Iffue, by God's sparing his Life when the Circúnícision was perform'd ; and by Zipporah's Words to Moses, when she had cut off the Fore-Skin of her


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Son, and cast it at his Feet, saying, A bloody Husband thou art, because of the Circumcifion, Exod. 5:25, 26. which plainly implies, that she did it for his Sake, and by his Order. But what does all this avail to those, who knowingly receive, or acquiesce in Baptism receiv'd, from such as have no Divine Como mission; when they may be Baptiz’d by Christ's own Ministers, whom he has particularly ap. pointed, exclusive of all otliers, to Baptize? This is Acting even contrary to the Exam ple here objected ; because, i by all that can be seen in the Text, the acted by a Divine Commission, even by Virtue of an Immediate Revelation to Moses, her Husband, whom God doubtless acquainted with the Caufe of his Displeasure, and the Means of appealing his Anger by this Circumcifion of his son? Which was an Extraordinary and Unusual Cafe, and not at all parallel to the Unauthoriz'd Ministrations of those who act in Opposition to that Divine Commiffon, which has been succeffively handed down from Christ and his Apostles, in all Ages.

VI. Another Objection is a Maxim, which fome would perswade us will hold good in Christian Baptism; and that is, Fieri non de bet; Factum valet : i.e. It is not lawful to be done ; yet being done, 'tis Valid. Circumstantials of some Secular Cafes, yet


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does not therefore follow that i wifi fo, in alle or indeed in any of the Esentials of Worldly MaitersFor Example: Tispot Lawful for me to make a Man Free of the city of, Lomi dania and tho I should be never 19 lerious and fonmal in pretending, or should really suppola my felf to have sufficient, Anthority, to give fach a Freedom get?tis certain that such a Freedom given by me would never be Valid; The Man muß geceive a Legal Freedom, nat withstanding, the Counterfeit one he had_of me .. The like may be juftly affirm:d of the Nauuplization of Foreignersi and many

other great Concerns of this world. And if this Marrim will not hold good in these and, As bundange af other Worldly, Things how Bych, dels in thola of an infinitely higher Nan gure in the Divine Positive. Institutions which God has made to be the Means and Pledges of Supernatagal Benefits, to be conferrid on us by the Ministration of his propertiralarla Lumnifiga di and Authoriz'd Ambaffadors? Espea cially when we remember, that this Maxim was

never appointed by him to be our Rule and Guide in


of our Affairs, much less in thoke of a Religious and SpiritualiNature as without all count, Christian

Baptism is, [ides, The Objection acknowledges that it is agt Lawful, therefore 'tis: Sinful: Tis a Sin against an Ejential of the Institution, and how SUCH A SINFUL Ad should be WALID TO SUPERNATURAL


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