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Here'rwill be convenient to subjoin the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Questions of the Locus Duo decimus of Turretin's Syftem, concerning the Nature of the Covenant of Grace; and also the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Chapters of the Sixth Book of Limborch's System, concerning Juftification, Sanctification, Oblignation of the Spirit, Certainty of Salvation, Adual Reprobation, Excecation and Induration.
We are in the next place to consider the Nature, Unity and Com- of the Nature, Unimunion of the Catholic Church. ihe Catholic Church.
ty and Communion of See Bishop Pearson on the Ninth Article.
The Diftin&ion of Church Mem- of Clerical Powers, bers into Clergy and Laity, and the several Powers and Offices appropriated by God to the Clergy, are treated of in the Rights of the Clergy,
What Form of Goverment Cbrit has appointed in his Church, you'll of the form of learn in the Course of your reading Church Goverment. our Controversies with the Papists on the one hand, and our English Sectaries on the other. For the Controversies with the
of the Popish Corso Papists, 'tis poffible the Confutation
troverfies. of Popery may at present suffice you. But one thing I must add, which I ought indeed to have mention'd in the First Chapter of the Second Part, viz. that those who leave the Protestant Religion, and become Proselytes to the Church of Rome, are obliged to profess the Trent Creed. This appears from that (a) Advertisement which is
pre(a) Atque eadem professione uti tenentur, quicunque ab hæreft remeantes ad fidem Ecclefiæ Catholicæ revertuntur P: $18. Lugdun. 1690.
fix'd to the Bull of Pius IV. at the End of the Cated chismus ad Parochos. So that 'tis plain,that the Church of Rome allows not either the Clergy or the Laity any Liberty of diffenting from her in any of those Errors and Practices, upon the account of which I have shewn it to be unlawful to join in Cominunion with her.
As for the Judgment of the ancient Fathers concerning those many Points which are controverted between our selves and the Church of Rome ; I can by no means advise you to give your self any Trouble about it at present. An impartial Enquiry after it will cost more Time, than perhaps you are aware of. When you are at leisure to prosecute your Theological Studies, after your Ordination, 'cwill be no difficult matter for you to furnish your self with such Books as will affist you in it.
As for the Lutheran Doctrins, the of Confubftanti
only one that deserves your Confide
ration, is that of Consubstantiation; concerning which see Turretin's Twenth eighth Question of his Locus Decimus nonus, and Limborch's Sevensy first Chapter of the Fifth Book of his System.
Descend we now to the Controversies with our English Sectaries. of the Quaker
The Errors of the Quakers are treaControversies. ted of in the Confutation of Quakerism.
Touching Infant Baptism read the of the Contro- Fifth Chapter of the Abridgment of verly with the
the London Cases. Then reflect upon Anabaptists as bout Infant Bap
the following Hints. First, yce. One yer (the Word used in Matth. 28. 19.) signifies, not to teach, but to disciple
, or make Disciples of. This is evident from the use of it in the New Testament. Secondly, Infants are in their own Nature capable of being discipled or made
Disciples of. This is evident from the Circumcision of Infants under the Law; for they thereby entred into a Covenant with God, and were made the Disciples of Moses. Thirdly, 'Tis acknowledged, that they are not exprelly excluded by Chrift: Nor, Foarthly, is a&oal Faith or actual Repentance absolutely and indispensably required in order to Baptism. This is prov'd in the aforesaid Chapter of the Abridgment. And consequently, Infants are not virtually excluded by Christ. Wherefore, Fiftbly, the Command to disciple or make Disciples of all Nations, Matth. 28, 19. extends to the Infants of those Nations; because it extends to all that are capable of Baptism. By this Means it apo pears, that we have a divine Precept for the Baptism of Infants.
Concerning the Observation of the Lord's Day as the Christian of the Controversy Sabbath, see the First Chapter of with the Saturday Mr. Nelson's Companion for the Feftin bout the Christian vals and Fasts of our Church, and the Sabbath. Thirteenth and Fourteenth Queftions of Turretin's Locus Undecimus.
Our Controversies with other Dissenters respect, First, Lay Con- of the Controverformity ; Secondly, Ministerial Con- fies with other Dif
With respect to Lay Conformity, you are to consider in the first First, About Lay
Conformity. Place the Disputes about a precompös'd Liturgy in general, and our own Liturgy in particular. See the Brief History of the joint Use of precompos’d set Forms of Prayer, with the Discourse of the Gift of Prayer annex'd to it, the Discourse of joint Prayer, and the Paraphrase with Annotations upon the Book Common Prayer. Then add what Nir. Nelson
has written concerning the Piety and Prudence of our Church in her Festivals and Fasts, and the religious Improvement of them, in his Companion for them. Only you may now omit the First Chapter, because you have already perused it, when you consider'd the Christian Sabbath. The Terms of Lay Conformity being vindicated, the Neceffi ty of joining in Communion with the Establish'a Church of England, is shewn in the Discourse of Schifm, with the Answer to Tbomas against Bennet annex'á to it, down to p. 140. the Two first Chapters of Mr. Hoadly's Defence of Episcopal Ordination, and his Reply to Dr. Calamy's Introduction. You may then add Chapters the Second, Eighth, Ninth, dc. down to the end of the Abridgment of the London Cases. Secondly, About Touching the Lawfulness of Mi: Ministerial Confore nisterial Conformity, see Mr. Hoada mity.
ly's Reasonableness of it.
'Twill now be proper for you to of the Church Ca. techism.
read some Exposition of the Church
Catechism. There is indeed a great Number of that sort of Books; but I am apt to think, that Bishop Wake's Commentary is best sured to your Purpose.
The Casuistical and Practical Part of Casuistical and
of Divinity ought to entertain you Practical Writers.
upon the Lord's Days, and other Days of Retirement and Devotion. You'll do well to begin with Mr. Kettlewell's Measures of Obedience, and the Whole Duty of Man. To these you may add (or as Opportunity offers, you may consult) Bishop Sanderson's Prelections and Cases of Conscience, Dr. Hammond's Practical Catechism, the other Works of the Author of the Whole Duty of Man,the Sermons which Arch-Bishop Tillotson publish'd in his Life time, Mr. Kettlewell on the Sacrament, and of Christian Pru
dence, and Dr. Barrow's English Works. These are sufficient to give you a fair View of the Casuistical and Pra&ical Part of Divinity, and to furnish you with good plenty of Matter for Sermons. If you have Leisure to peruse or consult more Books of this Kind, there is a great Number of excellent ones to be had, and 'will be difficult for you to make an ill Choice. But there is one Book, which I would beg you to be much conversant in, and to make your constant Companion; I mean Dr. Stanhope's Christia an's Pattern, being his Translation of Thomas à Kenia pis's Book de Imitatione Chrifti.
There are, I confess, in some of these Casuistical and Practical Books, diverse Controversies in termixt. But if 'twas not impossible, yet 'twas cer
nly needless, for me to separate them; especially fince they will amply recompense all the Labor you will bestow in the Perusal of them. And indeed, I would advise you by all means, before you are in gag'd in a constant Course of Preaching, to be fo well acquainted with then
that whensoever you are about to compofe a Sermon, you may readily have recourse to such Parts of them as relate to your Subject. This will make your Composition very easy; and you cannot but be immediatly fenfible of the Advantage of it. Be persuaded therefore to turn overtheir İndexes frequently,and take a cursory View of what they write about. Make your self able to find whatsoever is contain'd in thent; that altho you have not at present Leisure to consider it, yet you may instantly run to it, when you have occafion for it.
There are many Questions commonly mention'd by the Writers of the use of Turre
tin's and LimSystems, which I did not think it borch's Systems. worth while to refer to particular