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Church of England, I would think my self obliged to preserve my Right, and my Pofterity.

Pray, My Lord, what is there in the Com. » munion of the Church of England should make

you » think your Soul in Danger? Would there be any » Hazard of your Soul, if there were no Invocation » of Saints, that are Dead, in the publick Offices of » the Church : No Pictures or Images of God to be » seen there ? No Elevation of the Host, which was » but of late Years brought into the Church ? No

Prayers for Souls out of Purgatory ? If the publick

Prayers were in the vulgar Tongue , and if the sa» crament were given in both Kinds? For these are all » the differences you will find between your publick » Offices, and ours. pag. 2.

L. Sr, I must be very shorthghted to find no more. For first, I think Preaching is a part of the publick Service of the Church : and there is some difference between your Sermons and ours. For I never heard our Preachers either call the Pope Ano tichrift, or Catholicks Idolaters, or the Church of Roone the Whore of Babylon. Neither do we ever hear them tell their Congregation with Dr Tillotson, that Transubstantiation is a Controversy of downright Impu. dence against the plain Meaning of Scripture, and all the Senses and Reafon of Mankind. Serm. 26.p.297. Now, to deal plainly with you, I should think


Soul in Danger of Perishing eternally, if I communicated with a Church, that disperses Libels from the very Pulpit, and preaches Calumnies instead of the Gospel.

But , secondly, I think the Maß is a very subftantial Part of our publick Office ; and I find it noc mention’d in your Queries. You speak indeed of the Elevation of the Host : But that is no Efentiai Part of the Maßnor is it any Thing to the Purpose ,

whether it was brought in of late or of old : tho in Effe& it is Ancienter than your Church by above 900 Years. But if the Church should think fit to make an Alteration either in that, or any other Ceremony, as she may do if she pleases, my Salvation would be upon the same Footing it is now. In like Manner , if by the same Authority no Pictures or Images were seen in our Churches, if the publick Prayers were in the Vulgar Tongue; and if there were neither any Invocation of Saints , nor Prayers for the Dead in the publick Liturgys finally, if the Sacrament were given in both Kinds, my Soul would be in no Danger in the Communion of the Church of Rorne. Because thô her Discipline would then be changed, her Faith would be the same, it is now.

But my Salvation would certainly fuffer Ship- t Wrack, if I should separate myself from her Com. munion (as the Church of England, and other reform'd Churches did, and continue to do) by obftinately Refusing to pay a refpe&tful Submission to the Dijcipline establish'd by her. For I think it but reasonable to allow the Church as much Authority to regulate her own Discipline, as the State has to make it's own Laws. And therefore as those would be look'd upon as Faltious and Seditious Subjects, who should dispute this Authority in the State, so they deserve no better Character, who impeach the Legislative Power of the Church, or by refusing to submit to it, become guilty of Schism.

Pray, $r, do not you argue thus against the DifSenters, when they rail at the Book of common Prayer, or accuse you of Popery for Baprizing with the Sign of the Croje, Kneeling at the Communion, and Using many other Popish Ceremonies ? And do you noc charge them with Schism for Separating themselves from your Clourch upon these , and other such Pre

toncos ? Now Sr, I should be glad to know how the Diffenters can be guilty of Scbism in Separating them, selves from your Church, if the first English Refore merspere free from the Guilt of it, when they se. patated themselves from their Mother-Church, the Church of Rome , in which they had received their Baptism, whose Faith they had profess’d for many Years, and whose Laws they were bound to obey as being Subjects and Members of that Church? And if they were Schismaticks, who first went out of their Mother-Church, they who tread in the Footlteps of fuch Forefathers, and continue the Breach, they made can be no better. This , Sr, is a fufficient Reason to think my Soul would be in Danger in the Communion of the Church of. England, or any other Reform'd Church : and thus your Questions, which a Lutheran, or Calvinist, or fanatick might have ask'd as well as yourself, are fully answer'd.

But let us now suppose, there were no more DifFerence between your publick Office and ours , than you have mențion'd, pray, Sr, is there no Difference between us in Articles of Faith? I heartily wish there were not. But I fear there is Difference enough to condemn any Man , that keeps wilfully, on the wrong Side of the Question. What do you think of Transubitantiation, of Infallibility, Supremacy , the Number of Sacraments, and several others? These surely are Questions of somewhat greater Moment, than those about Pictures hanging in the Church, oc what Sort of Language we are to say our Prayers in. But I presume they were not so well calculated for a Jeft, or to laugh a Man out of his Religion.

G. My Lord, the Questions, I have put to you, are lix in Number. The four first are concerning Things no where enjoin'd by God, and yet you practise hem. The two lait are concerning Things ,' he has expresfly commanded., [ viz. publick Prayers in the vulgar Tongue, and Communion in both Kinds ) and yet you fora bear, and forbid them. Our Worship is therefore purer and more Orthodox than yours. Vind,

L. Sr, 'tis false, chat publick Prayers in the vulgar Tongue, and Lay-Communion in both Kinds are com. manded by God; as I shall demonstrate, when we come to treat of those Subjeets by themselves (2. Part. I. 39. 53.) But, as to the four first Quel sions, which you say are concerning Things no where enjoin'd by God, yet practised by us ; Pray, Sr, has the Church no Aurbority to ordain any Thing, but what God has exprepfly enjoin'd ? Has a Child bo Obligation to obey his Parents bur in Things, for which there is an express Command of God Is it lawful for Subječts to refuse Obedience to superiour Powers, unlefs they can prove their Commands from fome express Text of Scripture ? May Soldiers lawfully disobey their Officer, when he commands thema to march , or halt , or go upon an Attack , unless he can produce a Text of Scripture for it ? Or has the Church less Authority than the State, or an Officer, or private Parent to require Obedience in Things, that are not expressly commanded by God?

Sr, I put these Questions to you to place before your Eyes the frivolousness of

yours, and convince you, that we are bound to do many Things, which God has not enjoin'd us by any express Command and that by Consequence my Soul may be in Danger by Refusing to obey the Authority, he has eftablish'd. Yet a certain Friend of yours has had the Weakness not only to cry up your Questions as senanswerable , but to Triumph in a very undecent Manner over his Adversary, because he let them pass without an Answer. Take this then for your final Answer , that, the God has not enjoin'd' the

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Elevation of the Hoft, the Hanging of Pi&ures or Ima

in the Church, &c. By any express Command, it fuffices that he has commanded us to hear and obey the Church, and not raise Schisms by an obftinate Disobedience to her Laws. God has not enjoin'd you to baprize with the Sign of the Croß, and yet you pracı rife is : Neither has he commanded the common Prayer-Book, and yet you use it. Suppose then some Phanarical D.linter should put such Questions, as these to you. Would there be any Hazard of your Soul's Salvation , if you should baptize without the Sign of the Croß? If the Common Prayer-Book were not used in the publick Service ? Or, if you laid afide the many Popish Ceremonies , you still retain? Pray, Sr, would you think such Questions to be unanswerable ? Nay would you not rather think them impertinent and frivolous ? In short, Sr, it is my Judgment, that I cannot be saved, unless I keep in the Communion of the true Church.

» G. I presume your Lordship means the Commu. pnion of the Church of Rome. pag. 2.

L. Sr, I mean the whole Church in Communion with the Church of Rome ; whose Bishop being the Successor of St Peter gives her the Authority and fun risdiction of the Morber-Church over all particular Churches, which compose the great Body or Society of Men call'd in the Nicene Creed the One, Holy, Catholick, and Apoftolick Church,

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