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Document 1194954
speciAL
coLLecrioNS
DouqLas
LibRARy
quecN's UNiveusiiy
AT kiNQSCON
kiNQSTON
ONTARIO
CANADA
An
Authentick
ACCOUNT
O
F
Several Things
Done and agreed upon by
the
Diflbnting Minifters
Lately affembled ac
SALTERS^HALL.
y
I Advices
a Lift of the
I Z.
Peace,
for
&c. With
Names of Thofe who have
fubfcri-
bed them.
IL The Letter,
fcnc with the Advices
EXETER^.
to
fubfcribing, as
in. Reasons for not
offered
Some of their Brethren did, the PaP5R
to
them on March 3d, 17 18-9.
LONDON:
Printed /or
Crown
E.
n
C l ar k,
the
Poultry
] oh
in
Matthews,
rofter-Row;
inthe?ou\try.
^f the Bible
near
^? the
;
Bible in Pater-
and R. Ford,
17^9-
^«^
Cheapfide
at the
Angzl
CPnce4'^]
An Authencick
^ACCOUNT
O
F
Sever.al Things,
i|
E
CTV.
have no Defign
Paper, to give a
in this
full
and
particular Account of
that
lately
pafs'd,
mongll the
all
a-
DilTenring
Minifters of the fcveral
Denominations,
.iqtend
it,
zx.
filters- Hall
unlefs there
A
fliall
2
\
nor do
we
be farther Occafioi).
+
(
cafion. All that
fome
)
we here propofe, is, to
principal Matters in their true
proper Light, which
we have
found to be
and
mifunder-
greatly
mifreprefented
flood.
We defire
thing.
We would
to
do what may
not to aggravate any
be very
in
careful,
have feen
we
to
not
the leaft hurt the
Charadler of any of our Brethren,
fit
put
and
differ
from us
:
who
And
hope, that notwithftanding our late
Differences,
They
will
ftili
preferve the
fame Efteem and Affection for Vs, which
We are refolved to do for Them.
I,
Ad.
(5^
L Advices
Peace, ^c.
for
After feveral Meetings of the Prote-
of the Three
ftant DifTenting Minifters
Denominations,
in
and about the City of
London, the following Ruies and Advices
were
Hally
finifhed,
and agreed
March lo, 1718-19, upon
Summons
SaUers^
a general
whole Body.
fent to the
We are
clearly of Opinion,
HAT
there are
Errors ia
Dodrine of
that important
Nature,
will
as
warrant,
a
to, at
but even oblige,
Chriftian Congregation
from the Minifter,
not only
or
to
withdraw
Minifiers,
that
fpaintain and defend thofe DoSrines.
2.
That
(6)
That the People have a Right to
judge for themfelves, what thofe Er2.
rors are,
and when they are
and propagated,
withdrawing from fuch
However, we
think
fo
taught
them
in
their Minifters.
s
as will
jnftify
it
neceffary, that
the Right of thus judging and aQing, be
maintained and purfued, according to the
following Advices.
That
I.
fters
all
Chriflians, efpecially Mini-
of the Gofpel of Peace, fhould on the
one hand carefully avoid giving any
Occafion of Offence
v
juft
and on the other,
avoid and difcountenance
all
unreafon-
able Jealoufy concerning the Sentiments
and Opinions of
Minifters
;
and
all
Chriftianity and
thren
;
others,
rafh
particularly
judging of the
Sincerity of their Bre-
and promote
to their
Power mu-
tual Forbearance and Brotherly
far as a jult
Concern
nefs will allow.
of
for
Love,
as
Truth and Holi-
If either Minifters, or other Chri-
II.
flians,
fhould be
chargM with not hold-
ing the Chriftian Faith, or propagating
Cp'nions inconfiftent with
!
-nd, that
we
appre-
no luch Accufations fhould be
received by
Ihall
it,
any, to
whom
AppHcatioii
be made for Advice upon fuch Oc-
calions, unlefs the Accufation be
to a Certainty,
reduced
and two or more credi-
ble Perfonsfhall declare themfelves ready
to fupport and juftify
That by
0[is
and
it
all
tending to Scandal
when
callM to
III.
Way which
it:
private Infinuati-
may
be avoided,
Proceedings had in that open
fincere
is
this
means
and
the Gofpel prefcrlbes.
That when fuch an Accufation
brought, the Perfon
accufed be
firft
privately admonifhed, before the Matter
come under
lick
lick
the Examination of any Pub-
Affembly, or he be obliged to a pub-
Defence
^
IV.
If
* Thus far we proceeded on March 3d.
And
rhen thought fit to adjourn the further Confideracion of theie Advices liil the following Tuefdnj, Manb
;
(
IV. If
ittfifted
8
after all, a
on,
we
of
publick Hearing be
think the Proteftant Prin-
ciple, that the Bible
f&B Rule
)
Faith
ii
,
the only and the per^
obliges
who
thofe
have the Cafe before them, not to condemn any Man upon the Authority of
Humane Decifions, or becaufe he confents
But
not to Humane Forms or Phrafes
then only is He to be cenfured,as not holding
:
the Faith neceffary to Salvation,
when
it
ap-
pears that he contradidls, or refufes to
own, the
plain
and exprefs Declarations of
Holy Scripture^ in what
ceffary to
is
there
be believed, and
made
ne-
in Matters
loth ; ordering a Summons co be fent to every one
of the Brethren who had withdrawn from us;
did particularly
which was accordingly done.
hope to have had their Help in the IVth Article
and to have calmly debated, every Sentence and
Word in it. Some Changes we our felves have
lAade from what it was, both in Suhfiance and Form ;
and, tho' it looks to us, as it now ftands, a very
Chri/iian and reafonable I{ule of Condudl, yet we
were not fo fet upon having our own Way, but we
fliould have readily received any thing that had been
clear and convincing, in ord^r to have changed our
We
Minds.
there
9)
r
And
tfiere folely revealed.
^ve truftthat
com-
All will treat the Servants of their
tnon Lord,
as
who expeQ
they
the final
Decifion at his appearing.
We
V.
chifrns
Care-
that
advife,
further
and other Sumnnaries of Chrifti-
anity, and
of Scripture
Expofitions
by
Men, fhould
wife and learned, tho'
fallible
be regarded
Helps to underfl-and
the
that
Mind
all
as great
of God in the Scriptures
be allowed by
to fupport their
own
common
:
And
Confent,
Senfe of Scripture
upon proper Occafions, with fuch Reafons as appear to them convincing, provided
thofe
be with Sobriety and Charity to
it
who
We
from them.
differ
defire to fecure the Evidence arifing
Scripture Confequences
fhould
no
tho'
from
Man
with holding thofe
be charged
Confequences of
;
alfo
his
Opinion, which he
exprefsly difclaims.
VI. That where any, either Miniflers
br
other
Chriftians,
B
think
themfelves
bound
"o
(
bound
fuch
in
)
Confcience, to declare againft
Senfe of Scripture, as the
a
Body of
which they be-
that Chriftian Society to
long apprehend to be a Truth of great Importance,
after the proper
they fhould,
Methods have been
tried for
tisfaQion, rather quietly
it,
mutual Sa-
withdraw from
and feek Communion, or Service, in
fomc other Chriilian
ll:urb
And
Society,
than di-
the Peace of that Congregation
that
Perfon
there be
:
no cenfuring of the
who withdraws,
or of the Congre-
gation that receives him.
VII. That Minifters, and People, both
endeavour to know, maintain, and propagate the Truth
in
Love
;
mod
infifting
on thofe things wherein Chriftians are
generally
agreed
more
;
fparingly,
and
with great Modefty and Charity, on thofe
in which good Men do, or may, differ.
VIII. If any Minifter or Congregation
fhall differ as to the
Methods, or
fliall
Expediency of thefe
think any other
more
proper,
"
(
proper,
we hope
the fame
)
they will, as intending
good End,
iiill
preferve Charity
and Communion with thofe Minivers and
Congregations that
fhall think
fit
to pur-
fue thefe Advices.
To
fet
thefe Rules and Advices
our Hands.
we
have
D. D. Moderator, p
/>. /.
Jeremiah Hunt,
'John Sheffield,
Samuel Baker,
John Billingfleyy
Thomas Fetken,
William Harris,
Simon Brown ,
John Gale, D. P.
Ifaac Kim her.
John EvanSy
Clerk Ohlfworth,
John Hughes,
Richard Righy, M.D»
Thomas Sleigh,
Thomas Kcrby,
John Savage,
Samuel Wright,
Edward Bearne,
Benjamin Grofvenor, Samuel Chandler,
William Sheffield,
John Ratcliff,
Nathaniel Hodzes,
Samuel Rojewell,
Jofh. OUfieldy
Robert Billio,
Jofeph Jenkins,
Mojes
Low man,
Jofeph Burroughs,
John Ingram,
Thomm
Leavejly,
George Smyth,
Lewis Douglas,
,
Thomas Slater,
James Read,
Henry Read,
William Hocker, jun.
Richard Bifcoe,
Jofeph Rennet,
B
z
Bsrija,
(
lO
Avery, L.L.DJ Richard Parkas,
Samuel Oldfield,
Joftph Baker,
Ben. Andrews At kirjfori John Cambden,
Gabriel Barher,
Nathaniel Foxivell,
Nathaniel hardner-,
John Conder,
William Jacomh,
Thomas Simmons,
Samuel Savage,
David Jennings,
Samuel Highmore,
John Eaton,
Robert Lamb,
Obadiah Hughes,
Amos Harrifori,
Arthur Shaf/et,
Richard Tuddeman,
John Bradley,
Btfija.
Samuel Clark,
Daniel Burgefs.,
John Cornijhy
Thomas Neivman,
Quintus Naylor^
Jphf Sherman,
There
E' Rofcoe,
James Richardfon,
Matthew Randal,
William Bufh,
Chrijlopher Taylor,
Thomas
Cotton,.
are fevcral of our Brethren con-
fenting with us in thefe Advices,
defire
we would
World,
bed
tho'
their
fignify fo
much
who
to the
they Lave not here fubfcrir
Names.
m^ mm
^m iII.
Tk
LETTER
The
II.
the
Advices
ipjith
fint
Exeter.
to
London-,
March
lyiS-m.
17,
Gentlemen^ Fathers and Brethren^
Honoured and Beloved
AV I
'
*
*
*
^
*
Lord
!
heard with great
Concern of the Divifions
amongft you, we take the
'
Leave
have
been
*
pleafed to give us,
hum-
you
you with a few general
Advices, which we judge proper to ufe
our felves, and would recommend to
bly to prefent
all,
'
^
NG
in our
on fuch Occafions.
We
are fatisfy'd, that things of this
Nature are well
kr,
wn
to you,
'
and
hope
;
'4-
r
hope they
*
be
will not
We
received, or
ill
be glad to re-
*
unfuccefsfui.
*
ceive from you, the valuable improve-
*
ments
'
make upon them,
'
ference to
*
to
'
'
*
we
fhall
promife our felves you will
them
or any thing with
that
you
Re-
think
(liall
fit
communicate.
We
allow not our felves to form a
Judgment of yourAffairs, upon fo diilant
and imperfe8: a View as Rumours and
'
Reprefentations, on either
'
can give
*
before us
'
nefs aflure us, that
*
the like from you.
"
We
or both,
whole
whilfl: the
us,
:
Hand
is
not
Your Prudence and Good-
we may depend upon
can truly fay, the Advices
we
*
fend you are the ReCuIt of ferions Prayer,
'
as well as long
*
tion.
*
no Party-Views, and aim
'
the
«
culated
*
and mature Delibera^
They have taken
common Good
them
for
:
their Rife
We
Peace,
Truth together with
at
it
:
from
nothing but
have
as
fo cal-
to fecure
And
for
'
Sub-
ftance
(
'
ftance, they
'
great
*
men and
'5 )
have the Approbation of a
Number
of our principal Gentle-
Citizens, as appears in a Paper
'
fubfcribM by them, and laid before our
'
Committee of
*
tions.
*
We
Three Denomina.
the
add our earned Supplications^
God would accompany them with
*
that
'
his Bleffing to eftahlilli
'
amongft us
And
:
'
we
*
and
ilncerely
*
the
BlelTed
'
Divinity
*
which we
*
vealed
*
are far
utterly
*
Peace and Truth
freely declare, that
difown the Arian Doftrine,
believe the
Trinity,
DoQrine of
and
the
proper
of our Lord Jefus Chrift,
apprehend to be clearly re-
Holy Scriptures
But
from condemning any who ap-
in
the
;
*N. B. The human Words
[Trinity
and proper Di-
Declaration of our Faith, are ufed
only to notify the things we fpeak of; and we do
not prefume, in the Way of Tcfi, to go into any
particular Explications of thofe things, either in our
But for that we refer
ovcrn, or other Mens PVords
to the Holy Scriptures j whence it may appear, thac
we take the Scripture- Account of thofe things to be
the beji and fitceft we can ufe on fuch an Occafion.
vinity'}
in
this
:
'
pear
j6 ;
(
with us
Main,
'
pear to be
*
they fhouici chufe not to declare them-
*
felves
*
tlid'
than Scripture^Terms,
other
in
in the
or not in OufSo
May
*
GOD
and Good
Holy Spirit abundantly
and the Prayers of yoU
the Great
*
pour out of
'
upon us
*
all
'
increafe
'
ledge of our Lord and Saviour.
'
are
his
all;
be continually
Tour
in
and
Grace,
/ijfe^iorj/tte
we may
the Know-
for us, that
in
Ws
Brethren and Servants
in our
The Minijlers
common Lord^
in
And about London^
SighMJjy Mc in their Namft,
and by their Appoinrmcnt,
Josh. O
l d
P. S. This
wlhorn
it
Letter
defired,
fore
'
municated to
'
vices.
is
e l d, Moderator*
may concern
•
it
t i
all
;
that
is
to all
and thereit
be com-
fuch with the
Ad-
IIL ReA"
'7 )
(
Reasons
III.
TATER
bing the
March
Salters-Hall;,
Suhfcrib-
not
for
offered at
the £hirdj
1718-19.
HE
many
Miflakes fpread a-
broad concerning
thrs
Matter^
we
and the prejudices which
fome have endeavoured
to fix in Peoples Minds againft us. and
the /// Vfe which the E-riemies of our
find
common
make
Intereft
are
endeavouring
to
of our not Subfcribing on the Oc-
cafion mention'd,
lay
upon
a Neceffity
World the Reafons of
us,
our Condu£l; Which are as follow,
give
to
I.
fered
the
We could
«.r,
not fubfcribe the Paper of-
becaufe
o-ur
doing
have been a manifeft Breach
The Cafe
On
Ft^braary 19,
it
then^
would
of Order,
ftood thus,
17^8-19. the Body of
G
Fr9^
( i8
)
D:ffenthg Minifters
Protefla'ftt
were
bout, London^
In,
called together,
confider of a Paper, containing
for promotwg
was
peace,
recommended
and
to
Advices
Which Paper
&c.
them by
to
a-
their
and
thereupon, in a very numerous A^emhly
of Minifters, it v/as voted and refolved,
Committfe of Three Denominations
proceed
to
by paragraph
vifion, or
Hands
was a
the
confidering
in
;
and
it
;
paragraph
without any Di-
this
any confiderable Appearance of
On
to the contrary.
fecond
Names
of
which Time
were fet down,
over one by one
each
Meeting
all
and then called
February 24,
at
;
prefent
;
Denomination being to approve or difap-
were reputed to belong
were allow 'd to
to them
be made againft any, whofe Prefence
with us might be obje£led to. After
this, Matters were debated for feveral
prove of fuch
;
and Exceptions
Hours, and at
to be put,
Divifion
it
was
was agreed
the Decifion of which a
laft,
for
was found
carried
claration
as
a Qjdeftion
ncceflary;
and then
by the Majority, that
concerning
the
a De-^
Trinity fhould not
he
>6
(
)
be infer ted in the Paper of Advices,
But,
notvA/irhftanding tlicfe Refolutions, feveral or
^d of
our Brethren, at
a
Meeting on the
renewed
a
Debate, to the
'^farchj
fame Purpofe
was agreed
had gone
be
fliould
v;hich before
that,
vvith
iai^i afide
throt/gh the Advices-^
not acquiefce
we
'till
and would
the Detemninations of a
in
Majority^ even in the Method of Proceed'
ing, Inftead of this, they
withdrew from
our Affembly, and went
hj themfelves^ to
fubfcribe their
P^^/?fr,
Names
to a certain Roll of
wherein wascontain'd (as
told) the
firjl
Article
Und^ and the
5 th
we
of the Church
and 6 th
A ^fivers
w^ere
Eng-
of
in the
^ffemhlfs Catechifm,
This Management,
wc
could not but
interpret, as having a direO:
Tendency
to
overthrow the Great Rale neceflary to be
obferved in all Societies and AjferMes, to
prevent their being tamultuarj and />/%-
mfaant
:
And
to a Violation of this
Ruls
muft impute whatever then happened
We alfo look'd upon
that w^s dtforderh.
we
this as tending to prevent our future
femblirjg in a
Vmted Bod) of
C
2
Af
the Three Denon.ind-
(
tjommations
20
)
which yet we take
;
mutual
and fomeiimes mceffary
ufeful, for prefer ving a
among
us,
common
hjtereft,
Wg took
to be yet a further
it
to be
Friendjhip
for
our
Breach
of Order, That, after our Brethren fliew'd
they were refolved to a8: contrary to the
former Agreement of the Majority^ they
would not
fo
much
as allow us the
proper
Queftion (hould be put, Whether we jbould
froceed^ or not proceed ? before
any other
Matter was entered upon.
But
pi
that
Order
make
Their
an
which
to
fuch
carried the Breach
unhappy
and
v:ithdran-irfg
Height as
an
to
was,
Difference,
[uhfcribing as a-
bovemention'd.
Our Brethren being thus
us, leaving the Moderator
and us
to act as
feparated from
in
the Chair,
we thought fit we
;
then
went on with our Advices according
to
Agreement,accounting ourfelves properly
The Body, and not thinking ourfelves at
all
concerned with what our Brethren wer?
doing, out of Place, Time, and Order^
JI.
We
(
II.
We
21
could not
)
fall
with the Sub-
in
we
fcription propos'd, becaufe
that the infixing u^on
At thxt
it
obferved
Time, was,
Ad-
to dday our confidering the Paper of
vices before us,
and
if it
might
to fet
be,
Some were fo free as to
make open Acknowledgment of this. And
it ivhoUy
we
this
afide.
why
thought a very good Reafon
\7e could not go about Subfcribing
ing the Advices
confider, did not
;
fee-
we were fummon'd to
(as we apprehended) de-
ferve to be in
fuch
but were every
Way
manner rejeQed,
worthy of the Cona
fideration of fuch a Body of Cbriflid/t Di-
We were
vines.
exceedingly pleafed with
End propofed
the great and noble
ji promoting Peace and Charity
ans
;
that
2.)
without which,
ive
we
among
we
;
viz^
Chrijli"
all Faith,
fa
could remove Mountains, (i Cor.
xiii.
h.xd
And we
which we had heard
fhould he nothing
the Paper before
us,
thought;
:
read once and again, might be
fcrviceable to anfwer the
and
at the fam.e
and
Holincfs,
Time
End
made very
it
propofed,
to prom,ote Truth
III.
We
)
(
We
III.
were
did not think
we
becaufe
thought no
offered, for
We
were
fit
to fubfcrlbe,
fufficient
Reafons
our fubfcribing.
preft to
our/elves
cle^xr
"
tliat
it,
from the
we might
Sujpicions of Art-
we knew no jufl Ground
of Sufpicion, much lefs of any Charge
againft us, we thought it would
beBut, as
anifm.
ill
come
us fo far to indulge an unreafonMe
^edoujy,
for
as to take a Step of this
removing it
;
efpecially fince
Nature
doing
fo
would have been inconfiflent with one of
the Advices which we thought neceffary
to be given, and which was founded upon an Apojiolical Rule. And we fee no
End
of fuch Jealoufies
For, if
:
we may
be fufpeded of Ariamfm without having
taught any Thing
have taken
all
like
tho'
we
it,
and that not on-
from the Fulpit but fome of us from
the Rrefs
ed,
and
proper Occafions to offer
our Reafons againft
ly
it,
;
We fay,
if
we
rnufl be fafped-
merely becaufe we would not fubfcribc
what our Brethren would have
may we
us;
why
not be fufpecled of Hjfocrify after
we
23
(
we
have done
World
And
it ?
for Arians^
We never
)
then pafs In the
and Chents
into the Bar-
yet thought Jealoufy
and
Sufpicion to be fuch good-natured Things
as to be fatisfied with d.few Good Words.
gain.
as
It was alfo urged, That to fubferibe
they would have us, would give the
greater Weight
fhould fend
to our Advices^ in Cafe
them
trary
we
they
might be
to Exeter.
On
could not but think,
regarded
did fo as to
juftifie
their
that tho*
by One
becaufe they would interpret
own
Wc
the con-
Party^
what we
Conduit:
;
yet they could be taken by the other fide
no other Senfe, but making ourfelves a
Party againft them^ which we thought
in
would no
Way
tended to
make
cure Truth.
fuit
Peacey
with Advices inas well as to fe-
And we had Ground
to
hope that our Advices would be received by all impartial Men on Account of
what was
contain'd
in
them,
as far as
they carried Reafon and Evidence along
with them.
There was another Thing
if we fubfcribed it would
That,
offered,
prevent
the
;
H)
(
th6 fpreadhyg of Erroneous Ofmions amongft
Thofe
whom
pofed
to Influence
fufed,
They might be
Names might
our
whereas
;
in
be fup-
we
if
re-
Danger from a
wrong Apprehenfiort of our Sentiments. But
we
could not think ourfelves anfwerable
for
any
drawn by
Arguments
others
from groundlefs Suff:cicm concerning us
nor that thofe Sufpicions were a juft Rea»
jfbn for our coming into fuch a SubfcripWe thought we had fufficiently
tion
:
guarded againft them
publick
Mi/^iflrations
;
fully perfuaded, that
our Authority
We
is
in the Courfe of our
And we
are
flill
a Faith built
upon
Thing
hfelf.
a Vain
in
think ourfelves obliged often to in-
upon our Hearers,
" That they ought not to form their
" Judgment in Matters neceffary to Salculcate this Principle
by the private Sentiments of
" their Mimflers any farther than they
** are fupported by the Word
God. "
''
vation,
of
And we
aifure ourfelves
that
a
tender
and fcrupulous Regard for the Word of
God doney will never be thought either
dangerous,
or inconvenient,
of Protejlant
Dijjenters,
to the Body
IV.
Ws
(^5)
/We faw
IV.
no Reafon to think,
That
Scripture^
Words than thofe of
would ferve the Caufc of Peace
and Truth
J
a Declaration in
other
but rather
be the Occafion
O^ greater Confufions and DiJ orders
have found it always fo in Hijlory
the Words of
ia Reafon^
We
:
And
;
Men appear
to
us more liable to
different Interpretations,
than the Words
of Scripture
may
fairly
herty^
to
Since
:
think themfelves more
own
put their
all
at Li-
Senfe upon
if//-
mane forms ^ than upon the Words of th^e
Holy Ghoft. And in this Cafe, what Affurance could we have that all who fubfcribed meant precifely the fame Senfe^
any more than if they had made a D^»
cla ration in fxprefs Words of Scripture ?
V.
The
heyond
Subfcription infifted on,
even
rvhat
quires of us.
phought
fcribing
;
fit
the
For
Legijlature
the
this
being
itfelf re-
Legiflature has
to require only our
and
Was
ome
Conditioi) of exercifing our Miniflry,
^ould be highly
fuh-
made a nece0aiy
blameable
to
we
ncgl^ft
(.6)
Work, by
comply with
what is required of us, when we can do
But we have
it with a fafe Confcience
always thought that fuch Humane Declathat
refufing to
:
were
rations of TA{ihy
gible
on
far
from being
their own Account
they
fince
;
eli-
fend to n.irrow the Foundations of Chri-
and to reflrain that Latitude of
Bxpreffion in which our great Legijlator
ftianity,
has feen
fit
We
to deliver his Will to us.
pay fuch
a new and unwarrantable Regard to the
VI.
did not think
fit,
to
Catechifm of the Affembly of Divines
ing what they themfelves, have
many piChriftians will be lefs ready to make
proper Ufe of this Compendium, when
declared againft
ous
the
we
It be-
:
in Effed,
they
and
;
Colour
fuch
fee
ftanding in the
Place
fear,
given
for
its
of the Word of
God,
VH.
We
take
Great Rule of
Protejlants
Words of
:
it
to be an inverting the
deciding Cont roverfie s
Making
Mexf
among
the Explications and
determine the Senfe of
Scrips
V)
(
Scripture^ inftead of
how
to determine
making
We
are to be regarded.
the Scrtptarei
the Words of
far
not give our Hands to do that,
in prefent
Circumliances,
to miflead others to
fet
We
Duty
and do
which
would be
Hkei
up Humane Ex"
plications for the Deciftve
then did,
Men
therefore, could
Rule of Faithw
now
judge
it
otir
to remonftrate againfl: fuch a Prece-
dent^
as
dread)
opening
a
Way
to
(what
vt^e
the moft fatal Breaches on Gofpd
Libertj,
VIII.
Tho' we would
not charge our
Brethren that requirM our Subfcription^
with a Defign
difclaim, yet to
ftill
which any of them do
us it appeared, and does
appear to have the Nature of Impoft"
Hon;
which has been the great Engine
of Divifion
Beginning,
among ChrilHans from
the
and has done unfpeakabk
Mifchief to the Chripan Church.
IX,
We
proach upon
thought
us,
to
would be a Redo any Thing that
it
iook'd like giving up our Chrijlian Uhsrty^
D
2
wheA
)
^s
(
when
with
others
fogreat^S^r^Afg^/y
ment are pleading
W£
X.
for
of Argu-
it.
forefaw the Subfcription
infift-
ed on would occafion RefleBiom^ and be-
come
who
Mark of
a
Diflinction
fhould not fubfcribe
who had
that feveral,
on thofe
fet
And we
:
knew*
the fame Faith
Opinions concerning the Trinity,
and
ourfelves
not be
our
fatisfy'd to
Brethren^
come
into
and
with
yet could
any
Humane
Explications.
XI.
We
could not but think
highly refleO: on
thofe
among
had been known often
it
would
ourfelves,
who
to declare againfl:
every Thing of this Nature.
XII.
We
obferved the Enemies of the
Diffenters to
Frottpnt
be great Encoura-
ge rs and Approvers of fuch kind of Proand we have feen how many
ceedings
;
they are ready to take Advantage
of our Brethrens Subfcription fmce.
Ways
To
add but one Thing more,
not think
it
proper
to
We
fubfcribe,
did
be-
caufe
(^9)
caufe
if this
with,
we
Humour was ome
could not
tell
complied
vphen
it
would
FINIS.
POST-
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POSTSCRIPT.
E
defire
it
may
be more par-
ticularly remarked, That in
Our declining the Subfcri^tion
we
propos'd to Us,
hend,
more
effect
Growth
We
ud Courfe
Errors
of
Trinityy
have taken
who
thren
the
concerning the
Do^
(Whether
fo earneftly infifted
thofe of
Our Bre-
on
not the Method they have taken,
Men to
queftion,
a
prevent
to
Brine of
AriuSy or any other,) then even
the
appre-
Whether the
it.
May
tempt
Scriptures
fo ferfeci a Rule of Fail h, as Proteftants
be
have
all
along reprefented them to be
?
and to conclude there muft be fomething
wanting in Scripture Argument and Evidence,
mane
on
when
We betake Ourfelves to Hu-
Declarations^
Thofe
and dare not depend up-
which are Unqueftionably D/-
vme ? Will
it
not give great Advantage to
the Jdverfaries of the Scripture Do61;rine,
when
)
(31
when "We are
die Doftrine
made
obliged to defend not only
HumaneWords
but the
itfelf^
necefTary to explain
be but new Queftions
New
it ?
It
cannot
will be ftarted,
to be defended
Points a rife
and
all
;
which would be Difficulties needlefsly
brought upon Ourfelves, and create Dit
putcs among thofe who embrace the
Truth, and might
We
would not
join in fupporting
it.
Laws of God
with lefs Refpe8: then is paid to Thofe of
Our Country. When any Form of Words
is
treat the
prcfcribed by the Legijlature as a Tefi
or Declaration, no
Men, were ever
of Their
tation
Men,
or
Number
of
allowed to put an Expli-
own
or Others, either in-
Words, or together with
nor do any prefumc to do it. Can
ftead of thofe
them
the Words o{ Humane
;
Declarations be truft-
cd to anfwer the Purpofes of CtvH Go^
verntnent ; and not thofe of God to anfwer His^ efpecially where the Importance
is
fovaftly difproportionate?
We
cannot confent to wliat,
in
our Ap-
prehenfion,has fucha TendencyjCfpecially
in prefent Circumftances/.to
narrow the
Chriftian
(30
Chrlftlan and Proteftant Liberty of
People
;
the
and to divert them from attendIn fome Points
ing to Pra^ical Religion.
we may no doubt
Demands^ when yet we
and fome Cafes
to Legil
by no Means
fubmit
ought
where
But
there is no Pretence of Authority
If we will bind Ourfelves, to Humane
to countenance
it
:
'DecifionSj in
the deepeft
Points of Reve^
were abfolutely neceflary
to Communion; will not the natural Conhtion^ as if They
fequence be, the lefTening of Peoples Regards to the Words of God, and placing an
undue Regard to the Words of Men, Nor
fhould
Men
be led into curious Enquiries
about thofeThings, in which even Superior
C4p^«>/>^ lofe themfelves,
the
Minds of People
from
the plainer
ligion. And
what
and by which
will be taken off
Truths and Duties of Rewill Truth itfclf avail if it
be not improved into Holinefs
be made Inftrumental
that Charity which
-nrfs
and the
is
or if
it
to deftroy or abate
the Bond of Perfecf-'
fulfilling of the
Law.
FINIS,
6;
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