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quently, with equal consistency, admit Believers to their communion, who have neither been immerla. ed nor fprinkled; and fo, like the Quakers, have nothing at all to do with water in the worship of God. Whether, therefore, a person has been it. merfed in a river, be the waters ever so many'; or {prinkled with that element from the palm of the hand, be the drops ever fo few; or has had no .concern with water at all, it makes no material difference with them, in pomt of communion. So, then, as they can receive' members into their communities, fubfist in a church state, and enjoy fellowship at the Lord's table, with either much wä.. ter, or little water; or none at all ; Į humbly conceivě. that if our bantering opponent would do them jur. tice, while he displays his own wit, he should give' them, a different name. For though they feem, at some times, to be as fond of water as we are; infift: ing upon it, that where there is no immersion there is no baptism; yet, at others, they warmly contend, that believers of all denomination's; (i.e: Baptist's with much water ; Pædobaptists with little water; and Katabaptists without any water at all) have a' right of communion with them in the Tacred súpper.. It behoves the Doctor, therefore, if ever he favour us with another' address, to féarch for' aitew' dif-tinguishing epithet, to connect with the term bigots, that shall include and express thefe various ideas. But whether our own langưage be able to furnith an adjective comprehensive enough, on such an'occasion, I dare not affert': ' very probably, however, among those numerous compounds- contained in the language of ancient Greece, he may find one that is fit for the purpose. And as it is not every no, no, nor every Doctor, who could have

thouglit-of that elegant phrase, "Watery Bigots ;' I doubt not the fertility of his invention, and the well-known accuracy of his peni, when lrandling the Baptifts, will enable him to give our bretliren a descriptive character, that fhall be equally polite and perfectly suitable:

Thoug! I am far from fufpecting that our bretlireír want fincerity, or from thinking that they violate the dictates of conscience, in maintaining their very singular liypothesis ; yet tlieir conduct, in regard"to baptism, has such an ambiguous appearance, and looks sơ much like holding both sides of a contradiction, that I thould not' wonder if one or another of our Pædobaptilt' opponents, were to apply to them, with a little alteration, the fpirited remonstrance of Bifhóp Hall to Archb:thop Laud. The latter being ?trongly suspected of a predilection for Popery, and the former intending to deal roundly with him on that subject, ad.' dresfed him in the following language. I would I knew wliere to find you-To-day you are in the tents of the Romanilts : to-morrow in our's; the next day between both, against both. Our adveriaries think you our's; we their'

s This of your's is the worst of all tempers. Heat and cold have their uses ; lukewarmness is good for nothing but to trouble the stomach--How long will you halt in this indifferency? Resolve one way, and know, at last, what you do hold; what you should. Cast off either your wings or your teeth; and, loathing this bat-like form, be either a bird or a beait. If you must begin, why not now?-God .crieth with Jelu, Who is, on my side, who?--Take you peace ; let me have truth, if I cannot have both.' *l'hus the acute and good Bishop Hall, to one who

halted between two opinions; who was neither an uniform Papist, nor a confiftent Protestant.

And now, before I conclude, our brethren will suffer me also to remonftrate; and the reader may rest assured, that I do it withoạt the least impeachment of their integrity—If infant sprinkling be a human invention, disown it, renounce it, entirely reject it, and no longer let it hold the place of a divine institution in any of your churches. But if it be from Heaven, embrace it profess it, practise it in the face of the sun, and lay the other absolutely aside, as destitute of a divine warrant. For as there is but one God, and one faith, so there, is but one baptism. Divine truth is consistent; di. vine ordinances are consistent, for they are not yea and nay; and all the Christian world are confift. ent with themselves, relating to baptism; be ye, therefore, consistent in this, as you are in other respects. That is, be either consistent Baptifs, or Pædobaptifts ; for, according to your present practice, all thinking and impartial men must pro. nounce you an heterogeneous mixture of both.

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The Baptists not chargeable witė taying an un

warrantable Stress on the Ordinance of Baptism.

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SECTION IX.

The general Grounds on which we proceed, 'in

refusing Communion at the Lord's Table, to Padobaptift Believers.... Novelty of the Sentiment and Prašice of our Brethren, who pleud for Free Communion; and the Inconsistency of such a Conduet with their Baptist Principles.

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SECTION III.

Arguments against Free Communion at the Lord's

Table.

SECTION IV.

Several Passages of Scripture confidered, which

our Brethren produce in favour of their Sentiments.

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SECTION V.

The Temper required of Christians towards on:

another, not contrary to our Practice-Our
Condu& freed from the Charge of Inconsistency
-No Reason to exalt the Lord's Supper, in
point of Importance, as greatly superior to the
Ordinance of Baptism.

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SECTION VI.

Refle&tions on the diftinguishing Charader, Strict

Baptists, which our Brethren apply to uso

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