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10. The Tenth Ground :

Those Scriptures, whereon a New and Different Form of Go.

vernment is raised, had need to be more evident and unques.

tionable, than those which are alleged for the former that is

rejected

..... 538

11. The Eleventh Ground:

If Christ had left this pretended Order of Government, it

would have, ere this time, been agreed upon, what that

Form is, and how to be managed.....

539

12. The Twelfth Ground :

If this, wbich is challenged, be the Kingdom of Christ; then,

those Churches, which want any essential part of it, are

mainly defective; and that there is scarce any at all en-

tire.........

..... 540

13. The Thirteenth Ground :

True Christian Policy requires not any thing absurd or im.

possible to be done......

ib.

14. The Fourteenth Ground :

New Pretences of Truths never before heard of, especially in

Main Points, carry just Cause of Suspicion........

541

15. The Fifteenth Ground:

To depart from the Judgment and Practice of the Universal

Church of Christ ever since the Apostles' Times, and to

betake ourselves to a New Invention, cannot but be, be-

sides the danger, vehemently scandalous........

542

Part Second. PROOFS.

1. The Terms and State of the Question, settled and agreed upon 544

2. Church Government begun by our Saviour in a manifest Im-

parity..

548

3. The Execution of this Apostolical Power, after our Saviour's

Ascent into Heaven ....

..... 550

4. The Derivation of this Power and Majority, from the Apostles

to the succeeding Bishops....

551

5. The clear Testimonies of Scripture for this Majority, especially

those out of the Epistles to Timothy and Titus, urged...... 554

6. Some Elusions of these Scriptures met with, and answered......... 557

7. The Testimony of St. John, in his Revelation, pressed .............. 560

8. The Estate and Order of Episcopacy deduced from the Apos-

tles to the Primitive Bishops........

563

9. The Testimony and Assent of Bucer, and some famous French

Divines

..... 565

10. The Superiority and Jurisdiction of Bishops, proved by the

Testiinony of the First Fathers and Apostolical Men: and,

first, of Clemens, the Partner of the Apostles............. 567

11. The Pregnant and Full Testimonies of the Holy Saint and Mar-

tyr Ignatius, urged............

569

12. The Testimony of the Ancient Canons, called the Apostles'

578

13. The State and History of the Next Age ..

580

14. Proofs of the confessed Superiority of Bishops, from several

Arguments out of Antiquity.....

582

15. Power of Ordination only in Bishops....

583

16. Power of Jurisdiction appropriated to the Bishops, from the first 585

17. Exceptions against our Episcopacy answered, and, particularly

of ine Dissimilitude of our Bishops to the Primitive; espe-

cially in their Pomp and Perpetuity......

..... 587

18. The Practice of the Whole Christian Church, in all Times and

Places, is for this Government by Bishops

..... 591

19. Of the Suppression of Contrary Records : and the Sole Oppo-

sition of the Heretic Ærius.........

594

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IV. CERTAIN IRREFRAGABLE PROPOSITIONS, WORTHY OF

SERIOUS CONSIDERATION,

Dedication to the King

501

Seven Irrefragable Propositions, concerning Oaths and Covenants

502

Two, as undoubted, Propositions, concerning Church-Government. 504

V. EPISCOPACY BY DIVINE RIGHT, ASSERTED.

Dedication to King Charles

507

INTRODUCTION.

1. An Expostulatory Entrance into the Question

..... 510

2. The Difference of the Condition of Foreign Churches and

Divines, from those of our Northern Neighbours.

512

3. The Judgment of the German Reformers, concerning the retain-

ing of Episcopacy

514

4. The Attestation of "Famous Divines abroad to our Episcopacy ... 515

5. The Particularity of the Difference in our Freedom, and the

Benefit of a Monarchical Reformation

517

6. The Project and Substance of the Treatise following

................... 521

Part First. PosTULATA.

Section

1. The First Ground, or Postulate:

That Government, whose Foundation is laid by Christ, and

whose Fabric is raised by the Apostles, is of Divine In-

stitution .....

522

9. The Second Ground:

The Practice and Recommendation of the Apostles, is sufficient

Warrant for an Apostolical Institution ...

523

3. The Third Ground:

The Forms, ordained for the Church's Administration by the

Apostles, were for Universal and Perpetual Use ........... 524

4. 1 he Fourth Ground:

The Universal Practice of the Church immediately succeed-

ing the Apostolic Times, is a sure Commentary upon the

Practice of the Apostles, and our best Direction. The

Two Famous Rules of Tertullian and St. Augustine, to

this purpose, asserted

5. The Fifth Ground :

The Primitive Saints and Fathers neither would nor Jurst set

up another Form of Government, different from that they

received of the Apostles

531

6. The Sixth Ground:

If the next Successors would have innovated the Form

of Government; yet they would not, in so short a space,

have diffused it through the whole Christian World 533

7. The Seventh Ground:

The Ancientest Histories of the Church and Writings of the

First Fathers, are rather to be believed in the report of

the Primitive State of the Church, than the latest Authors 534

8. The Eighth Ground;

Those, whom the Ancient Church of God and all the Holy

Fathers of the Church since, have condemned for Heretics,

are no fit guides for us to follow, in that their judgment of

the Government for which they were so condemned 536

9. The Ninth Ground:

The Accession of Honourable Titles and Compatible Privi-

Jeges, makes no Difference in the substance of a Lawful

and Holy Calling ........

...... 537

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565

10. The Superiority and Jurisdiction of Bishops, proved by the

Testinony of the First Fathers and Apostolical Men: and,

first, of Clemens, the Partner of the Apostles......

567

11. The Pregnant and Full Testimonies of the Holy Saint and Mar.

tyr Ignatius, urged..........

569

12. Thi Testimony of the Ancient Canons, called the Apostles' 578

13. The State and History of the Next Age

580

14. Proofs of the confessed Superiority of Bishops, from several

Arguments out of Antiquity.......

15. Power of Ordination only in Bishops......

...... 583

16. Power of Jurisdiction appropriated to the Bishops, from the first 585

17. Exceptions agaiøst our Episcopacy answered, and, particularly

of tive Dissimilitude of our Bishops to the Primitive; espe-

cially in their Pomp and Perpetuity...

587

18. The Practice of the Whole Christian Church, in all Times and

Places, is for this Government by Bishops.....

591

19. Of the Suppression of Contrary Records ; and the Sole Oppo-

sition of the Heretic Ærius.........

...... 582

.........

....., 594

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IV. CERTAIN IRREFRAGABLE PROPOSITIONS, WORTHY OF

SERIOUS CONSIDERATION.

Dedication to the King

501

Seven Irrefragable Propositions, concerning Oaths and Covenants .. 502

Two, as undoubted, Propositions, concerning Church-Government. 504

V. EPISCOPACY BY DIVINE RIGHT, ASSERTED.

Dedication to King Charles

507

INTRODUCTION.

Section

1. An Expostulatory Entrance into the Question ....

510

2. The Difference of the Condition of Foreign Churches and

Divines, from those of our Northern Neighbours. .... 512

3. The Judgment of the German Reformers, concerning the retain-

ing of Episcopacy

514

4. The Attestation of Famous Divines abroad to our Episcopacy ... 515

5. The Particularity of the Difference in our Freedom, and the

Benefit of a Monarchical Reformation

517

6. The Project and Substance of the Treatise following

521

Part First. POSTULATA.

Section

1. The First Ground, or Postulate:

That Government, whose Foundation is laid by Christ, and

whose Fabric is raised by the Apostles, is of Divine In-

stitution

522

2. The Second Ground:

The Practice and Recommendation of the Apostles, is sufficient

Warrant for an Apostolical Institution ....

523

3. The Third Ground :

The Forms, ordained for the Church's Administration by the

Apostles, were for Universal and Perpetual Use ............

.... 524

4. The Fourth Ground:

The Universal Practice of the Church immediately succeed-

ing the Apostolic Times, is a sure Commentary upon the

Practice of the Apostles, and our best Direction.—The

Two Famous Rules of Tertullian and St. Augustine, to

this purpose, asserted

525

5. The Fifth Ground :

The Primitive Saints and Fathers neither would nor Jurst set

up another Form of Government, different from that they

received of the Apostles

531

6. The Sixth Ground:

If the next Successors would have innovated the Form

of Government; yet they would not, in so short a space,

have diffused it through the whole Christian World 533

7. The Seventh Ground:

The Ancientest Histories of the Church and Writings of the

First Fathers, are rather to be believed in the report of

the Primitive State of the Church, than the latest Authors 534

8. The Eighth Ground;

Those, whom the Ancient Church of God and all the Holy

Fathers of the Church since, have condemned for Heretics,

are no fit guides for us to follow, in that their judgnient of

the Government for which they were so condemned

536

9. The Ninth Ground:

The Accession of Honourable Titles and Compatible Privi.

Jeges, makes no Difference in the substance of a Lawful

and Holy Calling ...

...... 537

........... 539

..........

........... 542

Section

Page

10. The Tenth Ground:

Those Scriptures, whereon a New and Different Form of Go.

vernment is raised, had need to be more evident and unques.

tionable, than those which are alleged for the former that is

rejected

538

11. The Eleventh Ground:

If Christ had left this pretended Order of Government, it

would have, ere this time, been agreed upon, what that

Form is, and how to be managed.......

12. The Twelfth Ground:

If this, which is challenged, be the Kingdom of Christ; then,

those Churches, which want any essential part of it, are

mainly defective; and that there is scarce any at all en-

tire....

540

13. The Thirteenth Ground :

True Christian Policy requires not any thing absurd or im.

possible to be done......

ib.

14. The Fourteenth Ground :

New Pretences of Truths never before heard of, especially in

Main Points, carry just Cause of Suspicion .........

541

15. The Fifteenth Ground:

To depart from the Judgment and Practice of the Universal

Church of Christ ever since the Apostles' Times, and to

betake ourselves to a New Invention, cannot but be, be-

sides the danger, vehemently scandalous..........

Part Second. PROOFS.

1. The Terms and State of the Question, settled and agreed upon 544

2. Church Government begun by our Saviour in a manifest Im-

parity...........

548

3. The Execution of this Apostolical Power, after our Saviour's

Ascent into Heaven .....

550

4. The Derivation of this Power and Majority, from the Apostles

to the succeeding Bishops.....

551

5. The clear Testimonies of Scripture for this Majority, especially

those out of the Epistles to Timothy and Titus, urged.......... 554

6. Some Elusions of these Scriptures met with, and answered......... 557

7. The Testimony of St. John, in his Revelation, pressed ....... 560

8. The Estate and Order of Episcopacy deduced from the Apos-

tles to the Primitive Bishops......

563

9. The Testimony and Assent of Bucer, and some famous French

Divines .....

565

10. The Superiority and Jurisdiction of Bishops, proved by the

Testiinony of the First Fathers and Apostolical Men: and,

first, of Clemens, the Partner of the Apostles....

..... 567

11. The Pregnant and Full Testimonies of the Holy Saint and Mar-

tyr Ignatius, urged..........

569

12. The Testimony of the Ancient Canons, called the Apostles' 578

13. The State and History of the Next Age ..

580

14. Proofs of the confessed Superiority of Bishops, from several

Arguments out of Antiquity..........

582

15. Power of Ordination only in Bishops.........

583

16. Power of Jurisdiction appropriated to the Bishops, from the first 585

17. Exceptions against our Episcopacy answered, and, particularly

of 'tive Dissimilitude of our Bishops to the Primitive ; espe-

cially in their Pomp and Perpetuity..

587

18. The Practice of the Whole Christian Church, in all Times and

Places, is for this Government by Bishops,

591

19. Of the Suppression of Contrary Records ; and the Sole Oppo-

sition oi the Heretic Ærius.........

594

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