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dance of the same nature in the Writings of other Holy Fathers and Martyrs of the Prinsitive Church, but either thete will awaken well-meaning Penple, who unadvisedly inínare theinfelves in Schilms, Separations and Divisions from the Orthodox Church we live in, to a more ferious ConGideration of their Error, Sin and Danger, or there will be small hopes of other Authorities doing it, though I should fill a whole Velume with them.

To conclude, I presume every good Chrillian will acknowledge it to be his Duty daily , and most fervently to Pray for the peace of Jerufalemn , vizthat * Pfal. 122. the God of Peace, the great Lo- 7. ver of Concord, would of bis great Mercy and Goodnels, give, and restore, and establish perfect Peace, Unity, and brotherly Love and Charity to his whole Catholick Church, and more particularly to this most Orthodox Part of it, the best of Reformed Churches, wherein we live in the Words of our pious Litany), that all who profess his Holy Name may agree in the Truth of his most Holy Word, and may live in an unfeigned Concord) in Unity and godly Love; and if it could be obtained of the Separatists to make more use of that most perfect Form of Prayer which our Lord taught his Disciples, and required of them, and of us all in them', when they prayed to say, than they either use to do, or out of groundless prejudice against all Forms of Prayer) will allow of. And did they then understand it in its true


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and comprehensive meaning? they will undoubtedly find, that this Catholick Unity and Church Communion is what is prayed for, and all Schism, Separation and Division is prayed against in the second Petition ( Thy Kingdom come) and also, according to St. Ignatius his Notion of doing the Will of God, as also according to the Nature of the Thing in the third Peticion (Thy will be done in Earth as it is done in Heaven.) And then, forasmuch as a!! Mens Endeavours ought to answer and to be conformable to their Prayers; for if Men endeavour not what they pray for, they do bue dilsemble with God: This only thing fingly considered is sufficient to engage Men to this as their unquestioned and indispensible Duty, even as ever they will approve their fincerity in their Prayers to God, to take their utmost heed as of dividing, or making any Schilms or Divisions in his Church, ro of tollowing , joyning with, or communicating with Schismaticks, or any that caule, or are but in a Schism or Division; for whosoever will practise as he prayeth, or at least as he ought to pray, he must unite himself closely to that particular Sound and Orthodox Established Church where he liveth, there being no other way for him to unite to the whole Catholick Church, to which all shall be

added that shall be saved, for * Ats 2. 47. of that Church is every particu :

lar Sound and Orthodox Nati onal Church a Part' and Member: And blessed are those Eyes that shall see this Catbolick Unity, Which the God of Peace , the Lover of Concord, grant, That as there is but One Body, One Spirit, and One Hope of our Calling, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father of us all, so we may all be henceforth fo sensible of the greas Sin and Danger of our unhappy Divisions as benceforth we may (if it be God's blessed Will ), be ali of one Heart and of one Soul, knit together in the Holy Bands of Truth and Peace, mutual Love and Charity, and with one Mind and one Mouth glorifie God through Jesus Christ our Lord, 70 wobom with the Most Holy Spirit, be all Honour, Glory and Praise for ever mare. Amen. Amen.

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As godly Men as any of them can be, have given
their Testimony for the Ckurch of Englands be-
ing sound and orthodox, and have pronounced
Schism and Separation to be a Sin, and a damna-
ble Sin, namely, our Glorious Martyrs, the most
Eminent Divines in the Reformed Churches, the
old Non-conformists, and many Dissenters of chief
Note in this present Age.

The Author's desig» in this Discourse.

The Questions answered, and their

Answers in this Discourse,

Queft. 1. What is a Church?

Ant. The Church is a Body, or a Society of
Men called to Faith and Repentance, united to
God, and to one another by a Divine Covenant.
The Gospel Coverant is the Foundation of the Chri.
štian Church.

Quest. 2. What is it to be a Member of the
Christian Church ?

Ans. Men are received into the Church of
Christ, and become Members of the Christian
Church, by being taken into Covenant with God
in Christ, and io beso taken into Covenant with
God in Christ, and to be received into Christ's
Church, or to become Church-members are one and
the same thing

Quest. 3. How or pphen are Men visibly takes
into Covenant with God, and thereby made Mem.
bers of the visible Church of God?

Anl. In their Baptism, where note, it is not so
in the Independant Conftitution , for being taken

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