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justify any Separation from the National Church, which we have been Baptiz'd in, and belong to. Lord, to whom fhall. we go? Thou haft the Words of Eternal Life.

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When Corruptions are real and visible. in a Church, and where our Compliance with 'em is made the Condition of Communion, we ought to forfake, and not continue with Her. Such a Sepa ration is not Schifm, because the Church we leave is such an impure one, that we cou'd not without Sin, ftay any longer in it, and because Her Tenets were too erroneous to be affented to.

Thus the Doctrines of the Church of Rome are fo grofly erroneous, that they justify our Separation from her, and the Guilt of Schifm will not fall upon us. Some of thefe are (1.) Infallability, then Idolatry, in their Worshipping Images, and Praying to Saints; that monftrous Doctrine of Tranfubftantiation, which if true, Christianity may be falfe, for our Senfes are not to be depended on: The giving the Communion in one kind, when


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when the other part, the Cup, is as Effential of the Sacrament, as the Bread; then the keeping the Holy Scriptures from the People; performing Divine Service in an unknown Tongue; granting Pardons without Repentance, and that curfed Doctrine of Depofing and Refifting Princes, and abfolving their Subjects from their Allegiance to them.

Thefe, and many more that might be nam'd, are fo directly contrary to God's Word, and even to Reafon itfself, are fo abfurd, that no Church whatfoever, has Power to oblige a Man to believe them, or to continue in that Communion where they are avow'd, and practifed.

But now the Church of England requires no Terms of Communion but what are lawful; and yet many there are, that break the Unity of this Pure and Orthodox Church; a Church, where the Liturgy is in a Language understood; a Church, where no Part of the Sacrament is deny'd to the Laity; a Church, where neither Saints nor Angels are


pray'd to, nor Images ador'd; a Church, where the Bible lies open to every ones View; where the Publick Service is Solemnly and Devoutly perform'd; a Church, where Decent, and Becoming Ciremonies, are us'd; -fuch Ceremonies as aws the Scoffer, inspires the Languid, and inflames the Devout WorThipper; in fine, a Church that Preaches up Obedience to its Supreme Head, the Queen, and which has ever been untainted in its Loyalty.

Thus ftands the Church of England void of any thing that is finful, and therefore Teachers of Conventicles wou'd do well, feriously to weigh the Reafons they have for leaving the Communion of a Church Eftablish'd by Law, with thofe that oblige them to join with ber. After fuch an Examination I do believe, if they woud fpeak impartially, they muft own, that there is no Objection lying against our Church, than may be made against the beft Conftituted one in the World. -This many of the most eminent of

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them for Learning and Piety, do confefs; for they fay, that their Religion is the fame with ours; that they believe in the fame God, in the fame Lord Jefus that we do; that they have the fame Scriptures, Baptifm, and Sacraments, and that their Doctrine is as confonant to the Word of God, as ours. Now, if what they fay be true, Good God! How Criminal is their Schifm? Why do they leave us, when they confefs we have the Words of Eternal Life? Why do they caufelefly make a Schifm in the Church?

This is fuch a Practice, as no Account, no good one, can be given of it.

Indeed, they think we are fufficiently anfwerd, that they excufe the Guilt of Schifm in themselves, when they tell us, that tho' we have all things neceffary to Salvation in our Church, yet they refuse our Communion, because they diflike many things in our Offices: Our Ceremonies are unneceffary, and might much better be let alone. They do


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not approve of a Form of Prayer; the Surplice gives offence, fo doth the Cross in Baptifm, and Kneeling at the Sacrament, with divers other Things, which they have an Averfion to. They don't pretend thefe are unlawful, but they are not pleas'd with 'em, and therefore Pleasure is to be the Rule of their Confciences, for they can't in ConScience, they tell you, join with any Church where thefe are us'd. Now with the very best Things Men may fay they are difpleas'd; but ought that for an Objection, before their Rea

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Let us therefore examine the Force of their Arguments, and try whether Confcience can be pleaded for not doing Things, which the fame Confcience tells em may lawfully be done; and which Occafionally to ferve a turn, and to get, and bold a Good Place, they make no Scruple to do.


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