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VIE Another Obje&tion which I have heard of, iss. That the Cauneil of Elikerisj Apna 305. Vallowd of Lay Beptifm in a Case of Nes cesipy; That the Church of Rome does so co this Day » And that the Church of England didufo in the Reign of King Edward the VItli, of Queen Elizabeth, and, in the Beginning of King James the Haddas is plain, by the seves rad Common-Prayer

Books in those Days, para ticularly King Edward's, Anno 1552 and King James's, 162113 to be seen at Sion College LP brary, in London orij vice

Anfor. I grant the Truth of these Matters of Fact; and yet affirm, That those Allowancesji be they of what Consequence they will, ate not of any Validity for our Unauthorized and Anti-Episcopal Baptismsorgina ; As for the Council of Eliberify I have cited iti Pag. 11 and 02 of my Preliminary Discourse's and made fuchh Remarks thereon, as will ut terly frustrate the Design of this, Objection; and therefore I refer the Reader back to it for bis Satisfa&tion.

Next for the Church of Rome, hef Allow, ances in this Cafe are no Rule to us Protestants, who have separated from her, for her many gross Errors, both in Doctrine and Practice : She began to quarrel with St. Cyprian, and other Primitive Bilhops, and carried it very unchristianly against them, for not allowing


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any Validity in Hereticaļi and Schismatical Baptisms, whịch they look!d upon as bad as Lay Baptifins, and she has ever since perAfted in this ill Humour; so far as at laff to condemn those who do not believe the Vali dity of Baptism Administer'd by Women, whiofe Authoritative Acts in the Church of God, are both contrary to the Law of Nature, and also forbidden by the Holy Ghoft himself. Nay so far have her Bishops proceeded, asto. pionounce Baptism Valia tho administer'd by an UhBaptiz'à Heathen, um St. Bafil: lin his

noch Epistles complains of the Western Bif

Thops, and particularly the Roman, Band Hi Veritatem regaer Nörunt, neque discere fuftiaiment LASCúm iis quirveritatem ipsis annukcia

ant sonténdenitės; haerefin autem per seci ipfos ftabilientes That they neither know the Truth,

nor care to learn it, but they pontend with them 4 who tell them the Truth, and by themselves se establish Herefy: For which Reafon.their Authority ought not to be obje&ted in this Matter by a Proteftant; especially confidering that such an Objector will not submit to their Decisions, even in things of a much more mferior Nature. 1300 jov

The Practice of the Church of England in this Cafe, would have been look'd upon as a formidable Objection, if She her self had not answer'd it already by purging her Liturgy of fo Inconsistent a Rubrick: I call it Inconfiftent, because, especially in King James the First's

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Reign She had declar'd in her Articles of Res ligion, that it is unlawful, i.e. finfil.for any Man to Administer Sacramenes until he be Lanfully call d'and fent, and at the same time allowd by lier Rubrick to Private Baptifm, that any one there present might Baptize the Inx

fant (in a Case of Necefliyy.). This can be recončil?d to her Articles of Religion by noother way, but by supposing that She, by her Rubrick, authoriz?d and impoverd Lay-men for fuch-Cases, as much as if She had Ordaind them by Imposition of Hands: Ifäný will al

fert "this, which will-be odd enough if they do; yet still it will not favour the Baptism now disputed againft; for they are ucrerly deftitute of any such supposed Impowering and Authoriting Rubrick, as that was esteemed to have been; Tho' yet, even in that Common-Prayer-Book, upon the Priest's Examination afterwards into the Lawfulness of the Child's Baptifm, it was requir'd, that this Question should be put to the Persons who brought the Child to Church; viz. Whether they think the Child be Lawfully c. and perfectly Bäpriz'd, which (considering the preceding QuestionsWhether 'twas Bap" tiz'd with Water, and in the Name of the

Trinity, &c.) Teems to be needless, and to no purpose, except by asking their Thoughts abour the Lawfulness and Perfection of such a Baptifm, they meant to make it lawful or unlawful, as the Persons

they pue such a Question to, should think it: Which is a very krange,


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and indeed a pregarious and uncertain Foundation for us to build the Validity of our Baptism upon, in such a case of Necessity, And therefore, 'tis no wonder that the Church of England, afterwards expung'd this : Question out of the Rubrick ; and also, for very

weighty Reasons took away the Liberty of Lay-Baptizing, in her present Liturgy by requiring, even in Cases of Necessity that, Baptism should be Administerd byThe Minister of the Parifle,

or any other Lawful Minister that, can be pro

curd, which is a fubftantial Anfwer to all Objections that may be rais'd from her for mer Practice. But if such a Custom had been Atill continu’d, St. Cyprian long since laid it down for an Undoubted. Truth, That we are not to be determined by any Gustoms of that Nature,

but to examine whether they will bear the Taft e of Reafon. And Bishop Tutor faysa (speaking of Baptism by Midwives) . This Guftans

came in at a prong Dear, it lean:d upon a falfe and Superfirious Opinion i and, they thought it better

. to Invade the Prialt's Office, sham to traft God with the Souls which he made with his own Hands and Redeemed with his Son's Blood; but this Custom was not to be followid, if it had Mill continu’d; for even then they confefs?d uit was Sin, Factum valet, fieri non debudt zicand Evil ought nat, to be done forja good end, &c. This Custom therefore is of the * Nature of thefe which are sp be wid, ajade.

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o do it, and mi Invatid 1 ders; -fard Simeon of? Thellálonica ; and I so i think he said truly. But above all things, Opinions are not to be taken up by Custom, and redục'd to Practice: Not only.booaufe-Caftons

is no good warranty for Opinions, &c. But Sie befides this, when an Opinion'istoffer d oridy King is the hand of Cuftom, it is tommonly a sign of W! a Bad Certife, and that there is nothing elje « to be said før it. "Ductor Dabitantium, & Fourth Edition, Page 638, 639" - 3:1 BOAND in the fame Book, Page 1987** In Call Moral Actions, there wúft-be-a- Substantial Of Poteftative Principle that mifíi have propora votiondd Pbiver to the Effect a thing cannot be We done without Cause and Principle in the rality, any more than in Netspied If Wia no man goes abort to Confettáte the Holy Sacrament,

it is an ineffectitie Hands fbe Sins of 6 attempting it,

and cannbe'l do # afterwards; Shu and it were wifer and træer, of men will shark be the fame thing of their giving-Baptifm, ushless

they will confefs that to Baptike "Children is ta

mere Natural and Secular Action, to which ** Natural Porders are fufficientor that women 26 that whether & Paieft of a Woman do's:ut, ílasi sio Sto difference, biet matter of Order only. Sifon sal get be' spiritual, the Agent

Moteft be vyðriod; Thus far WarGreat Bishop :rand VP hits Redfons are good againlt Women Bạprizing, as I think they are, they will be as good to all Intents and purposes again(P4 Man's prefa

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