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! si vicinis The TWENTY THIRD ARTICLE
Of Ministring in the Congregation. T is not lawful for any man to take upon him the office the congregation, before he be larvfully called, and sent to execute the same: And tholé we ought to judge lawfully called and sent, which be chosen and called to this work by men, who have publick authority given unto them in the congregation, to call and send ministers into the Lord's vineyard.
This Article contains Two Propositions. í. 1. It is not lawful for any Man to take upon
him the Office of public Preaching, or Ministring the Sacraments in the Congregation, before he be lawfully called and sent to exe
cute the same. 2. Those we ought to judge lawfully called and
fent, which be chosen and called to this Work by Men who have public Authority given unto them in the Congregation, to call and send
Ministers into the Lord's Vineyard. Both these Propositions are establish'd in the First Part of the Rights of the Clergy.
The TWENTY FOURTH ARTICLE. Of Speaking in the Congregation in such a Tongue
as the People understandeth. I?
T is a thing plainly repugnant to the word of God, and the custom of the primitive church, to have public
prayer in the Church, or to minister the sacraments, in a tongue, not understood of the people.
1YI'r This Article contains Two Propositions. 1. It is a thing plainly répugnant to the Word of
God to have public Prayer in the Church, or to minifter the Sacraments, in a Tongue not un
derstood of the People. 2. It is a thing plainly repuguant to the Custom
of the Primitive Church, to have Public Prayer in the Church, or to minister the Sa
craments, in a Tongue not understood of the 1. People. .
The First Proposition. See the Twelfth Chap ter of the Second Part of the Confutation of Popery.
The Second Proposition. Origin hath these Words,
ACRAMENTS ordained of Christ, be not only
badges or tokens of Christian mens profession: but rather they be certain sure witnesses and effetual signs of grace, and God's good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also ftrengthen and confirm our faith in him.
There are two Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the gospel, that is to say, baptism and the supper of the Lord.
Those five commonly called Sacraments, that is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Matrimony, and extream Unction, are not to be counted for Sacraments of the gospel, being such as have grown, partly of the corrupt following of the Apostles, partly are states of life allowed in the scriptures; but yet bave not like nature of Sacraments with baptism and the Lord's supper, for that they have not any visible sign or ceremony ordained of God,
The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ to be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but that we should duly use them. And in such only as worthily receive the fame, they have a wholfom effect or operation ; but they that receive them unworthily, purchase to themselves damnation, as St. Paul saith.
This Article contains Ten Propositions.
Tokens of Christian Mens Profession.
Witnesses, and effectual Signs of Grace and
work invisibly in us, and doth not only quick-
our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism
and the Supper of the Lord.
is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders,
to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel.
and extream Unction, have grown partly of
are States of Life allowed in the Scriptures.
and extream Unction, have not like Nature
and extream Un&tion, have not any visible
Sign or Ceremony ordained of God. 8. The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ
to be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but
that we should duly use them. 9. The Sacraments in such only as worthily
receive the same, have a wholsom Effect or
thily, purchase to themselves Damnation, as
The Word rather, in this place, and in the Twenty eighth and Twenty ninth Articles, is expressed in the Latin, not by immo, as in the Thirteenth and Twenty second Articles, but by potius, which is manifestly a Comparative. However, the Context I 4
in all these Places shews,that the Church did not in tend to express her self doubtfully ; but she roundly and directly affirms the respective Propositions. Nay, the Phrase but rather being oppos'd, in this and the Twenty eighth Article, to not only, must needs signify the same as but also.
Touching the Nature of Sacraments in general, see the First Question of Turretin's Locus Decimus nonus.
The First Proposition. See the Third and Fourth Questions of Turretin's Locus Decimus nonus.
The Second Proposition. See the Fifth Question of the same Locus, and Article 27. Prop. 2. and Article 28. Prop. 2, 3.
The Third Proposition. See the Confutation of Quakerifm, Chap. 18, 19, &c.
The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Propofitions. See the Thirty first Question of Turretin's Locus Decimus nonus, and the Fourteenth and Twentieth Chapters of the Second Part of the Confutation of Popery. You may peruse them in the following Order.
Touching Confirmation, read Turretin's Locus Decimus nonus, Queft. 31. Sect. I-------10
.. Touching Penance, read the Confutation of Popery, Part 2, Chap. 14. Turretin's Locus Decimus nonus, Quest. 31. Sect. 11--------26.
Touching Orders, read Turretin's Locus Decimus nonus, Queft. 31. Sect. 34-------39.
Touching Matrimony, read Turretin's Locụs Deçimus nonus, Queft. ; !. Sect. 40------44.
Touching extreme Undion, read the Confutation of Popery, Part 2, Chap: 25. and Turretin's Locus Decimus nonus, Cuest. 31. Sect. 27-------33.
The Eighth Proposition. By the Word Sacraments, in this and the Two following Propofitions, the