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7. Heb. xii, 15. Tit. iii, 10. I Cor. v. 6.
II. Admonition, being the rebuking of an of fending member in order to conviction, is in case of private offences to be performed according to the rule in Mat. xviii, 15, 16, 17, and in case of publick offences openly before the Church, as the honour of the gospel, and the nature of the scandal shall require, and if either of the Admonitions take place for the recovery of the fullen person, all further proceedings in a way of censure are thereon to cease, and satis faction to be declared accordingly. I Tim. i, 20. Mat. xvii, 15, 17.
III. When all cue means are used, according to the order of the gospel, for the restoring an offending and scandilous Brother, and he, notwithstanding, remains impenitent, the censure of Excommunication is to be proceeded unto; wherein the Pastor and other Elders (if there be such) are to lead and go before the Church; and the brotherhood to give their consent in a way of obedience unto Christ, and to the Elders, as over them in the Lord. Mat. xviii, 15, 16, 17. Tit. iii, 10. I Cor. V. I lhes. V, 5, 12.
IV. It may sometimes come to pass, that a Church Member, not otherwise scandalous, may. fully wi hdraw, and divide himself from the communion of the Church to which he belongeth; In which case, when all due means for the ser
ducing him prove ineffectual, he having there. by cut hunself off from that church's communion ; the church may justly esteem and declare itse if discharged of any further inspection over him. Heb. X. 25. Rom. xvi. 17. II Thes. iii, 14.
IV. Of Communion of Churches.
T E agree that particular Churches su VV ought not to walk so distinct and
palale from each other, as not to have care and tenderness towards one another. But their Pastors ought to have frequent meetings togeiher, that by mutual advice, support, encouragt ment and brotherly intercourse, they may strengthen the hearts and hands of each other in the ways of the Lord. Acts, xv. 23, and xx, 17, 28.
II. That none of our particular churches shall be subordinate to one another, each being endued with equality of power from Jesus Christ. And that none of the said particular churches, their officer or officers, shall exercise any power, or have any superiority over any other church or their officers. Rev. i, 4. Cant. viii, 8. I Cor. xvi, 19. Acts, xv. 23.
III. That known members of particular churches constituted as aforesaid, may have ocCasional communion with one another in the ordinances of the gospel, viz. the Word, Prayer, Sacraments, Singing of Psalms, dispensed according to the mind of Christ : unless that church with which they desire communion, hath any just exception against them. Acts, xviii, 27. Rom. xvi, 1, 2. II Cor. iii, 1. I Cor. xii, 13.
IV. That we ought not to admit any one to be a member of our respective congregations, that hath joined himself to another, without endeavours of mutual satisfaction of the congre. gation concerned. Heb. xiii, 1. I Cor. xiv, 40.
V. That one church ought not to blame the proceedings of another, until it hath heard what that church charged, its Elders or messengers, can say in vindication of themselves, from any charge of irregular or injurious proceedings. Mat. vii, 1. Prov. xviii, 17. Deut. xiii, 14.
VI. That we are most willing and ready to give an account of our church proceedings to each other, when desired, for preventing or removing any offences that may arise among us. Likewise we shall be ready to give the Right Hand of Fellowship, and walk together accord. ing to the gospel rules of communion of churches. 1 Pet. iii, 15. Rom: xiv, 19. Acts, xi, 2, 3, 4, 18. Josh. xxii, 13 21, 30." Gal. ii, o. Col. ii. 5. I Pet. iv, 10, 11. I Cor. x, 24. Rom. 15. Gal. vi, 10.
Of Deacons and Ruling Elders.
W E agree, the office of a Deacon is of di.
VV vine appointment, and that it belongs to to their office to receive, lay out, and distribute the Church's stock !o its proper uses, by the direction of the Pastor and brethren, if need be. And whereas, divers are of opinion, that there is also the office of Ruling Elders, who labour not in word and doctrine, and others think oth. erwise ; we agree that this difference make no breach among us, Acts, vi, 3, 5, 6. Phil. i, 1. I Tim. ji 8 to 13. Rom. xii, 8. I Cor. xii, 28. I Tim. v, 17. Phil. iii, 15, 16.
VI. Of occasional Meeting of Ministers, &c.
V E agree that in order to concord, and . VV. in other weighty and difficult cases, it is needful and according to the mind of Christ, that the Ministers of the several Churches.be
consulted and advised with about such matters. Prov. xxiv, 6. Acts, xv. 26.
II. That such meetings may consist of smal. ler or greater numbers, as the matter shall require.
III. That particular churches, their respective elders and members ought to have a revea rential regard to their judgment, so given, and not dissent therefrom without apparent grounds from the word of God. Acts, xvi, 4, 5. I Cor. xiv. 32, 33. Gal. i, 8. I Pet. iv. ll.
VII. Of our Demeanour towards the Civil Ma.
W E do reckon ourselves obliged continually
to pray for God's protection, guidance, and blessing upon the rulers set over us. I. Tim. ii, 2. Psal. xx, 1 to 4, and lxxii, l.
II. That we ought to yield unto them not on| ly subjection in the Lord, but support, accord
ing to our station and abilities. Mat. xxii, 21. 1 Rom. xiii, 5, 6. Neh. v, 18.
III. That if at any time, it shall be their