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BEING A Full ANSWER to W.W's Fourth
Letter, in his Book, Intituled, The Clergy's Legal Right to Tithes asserted.
To which he hath also annexed, A Juftification of the Divine RIGHT,
Erroneously so called.
By John Gatton.
Apostles, took Titbes of the People, nor com-
LONDON, Printed and Sold by T. Sotle, in WhiteHart-Court in Gracious-Street, 1703.
Friendly Reader, la
this Book, was briefly occa
sioned thus: A Friend of mine refusing to pay Tithes to the Prieft of the Parish; meerly upon the Account of his Faith and Conscience towards God; the Priest wrote a Letter to him about it: The Friend, being a plain, honest, laborious Man, nop used much to writing, desired that either I orjiny Son should answer liim: Whereupon I wrote a few Lines for him to the Priest, and sent them to my Friend; which, after he had perus’d, and approv’d, he sent them to the Priest. After which, he wrote again, and I asfwer'd, that, and sent it to my Friend, and he to the Priest; who wrote to me again, and I sent him an Answer to that allo; but not expecting my Letters should have been put in print, I did not bestow that pains upon them to be so full in every particular, or to clear up Matters fo A 2
plainly, as I might have done. And he finding, as he apprehended, some shortness in them, and as he might conclude, his own addapted so well to his design; he, unknown to me, and contrary to common Justice, causes them to be printed, with a Fourth Letter of his, and sends a Book to my Friend, who transmitted it to me: Unto which, this is an Answer; which I desire thee to read without Partiality or Prejudice, and in a Charitable Mind towards both sides.
It is cause of Grief and Sorrow of Heart to me, to see so much of Self, and the Love of Money, which the Apostle faid, was the root of all Evil, abound in this Age, and so little of the Love of God appear; which the Apostte fpeaking of, faith, It feeketh not its own, Juffereth long, is kind, envieth bot, vaunteth not it self, is not puffed up; y
yea, faith he, It never fails : Prophecies fall fail, Tongues shall cease, Knowledge vanish away; but Paith, Hope and Love, abide ; the greateft of which three, is Love ; or, Charity,
Cor. 13. And says he, Follow after Charity, and desire Spiritual Gifts, but rather that you may prophecy: He that prophesieth, Speakech unto Men to Edification, Exhortation, and Comfort, 1 Cor. 14.1, 3. Where it is clear, that this Prophecying, here spoken of, was
preaching unto Men, in the Love of God, and as Ministers were enabled by Spiritual Gifts, in the Power and Demonstration of the Holy Spirit: As every Man hath received the Gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good Stewards of the manifold Grace of God, 1 Pet. 4. 19. And so doing, the Body edifies it self in Love, and dwells in Love, Faith, Hope, &c. And these three abide at this Day in the Body of Christ: For by Cone Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, and all made to drink into one Spirit, i Cor. 12. 13. and Faith works by Love, and gives Victory over the World; and standing in the Power of God, and not in the Wisdom of Man, it brings Men to Hope, and confide in the Lord, who hath in Mercy bestow'd his good Gifts upon
them. And as he spared not his own Son, but gave him freely for us all
, so shall he also with him freely give us all things; so that if we are Christ's, we are God's; the Lord is our Portion, we shall not want, nor need we fear what Man can do unto us. So on Him alone, who is God over all, his People depend; to Him do they look, and from him only they have their Expecta tion : And having an Eye to him, that is Invisible, and feeling his Love abide, they give up in Obedience to him; and when