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Boz, We will now, if you will, go on to the fa. crament of Confirmation.
Mof. I fhall be happy to see the new covena:t, as you think it, made clear to me..
Luth. Nothing, Mr. Moses, could raise me in the elteem of the Bishops and Clergy of the Church of England, and might be a principal means of ranking your humble fervant anyongst what I have fo many years hungered and thirsted in body and mind to obtain. If I am so lucky, fortunate, and successful to lead captivity captive; and place you, my convert, at their facred feet; the conversion of a Jew-Rabbi, I make not the least doubt, would place me in a Bishop's Chair. My ambition extends no farther than my tela. tion's Chair, Dolor Tillotson, Bishop of Cantés. bury; his works have made a great noise; his fo. : phiftry remains unrivalled; he certainly had great talents, but favouring our inveterate foes, the Calvinists, his family being staunch Churchpeople, never relished his doctrine; but let this pass. · As Moses well observed, it is a forry bird that bekecks its nest.
Boy. Hum, Silent; (finds Luther to be his fa. ther.)
Mof: Not Tillotson oply, but all the Doctors of the Church of England that I have examined, were Calvinists. True Church Divines have never appeared in print, by which neglect, they let, or grant the scorner, despiser, ridiculer, inflent, contemptuous, proud scoffer, or Calvinilt Thismatic, to lead and devour themi, as fheep led to the laughter, or as Charles their King to the scaf
phiftry alents, his family be
fold; but our eyes are at , last opened. I make the case my own, as my dearest friends relide, and have very great obligations to that once great and flourishing country, in commerce the mistress of the world, but through Calvinilical influence they have lost their Colonies, and, unless they guard and watch those miscreants, they will be on the loging hand. I let drop this, though it might proceed from my partiality to a state, myself and family owes a great part of our happiness to. The implacable rancour of these people to the Church of England disgust me, though not of their persuasion, despising, and calling them Popish baftards, as if every nation in the world was to bend to their Calvinistical tenets or poison. I love charity and a beneyolent heart, but cannot coincide with ingratitude.
Boy. Shall we enter on the Sacrament of Confirmation ?
Luth. The Church of England allows but two facraments, the Lord's Supper, and Baptism.
Mof. If it is not contrary to your wifi, I fhall be glad to hear you speak on this fubjeat.
Boy. The eighth chapter of the Acts of the * Apostles tells us, that Philip (the Deacon) went
to Samaria, and preached Christ to the Apostles, who, with one accord, hearing and seeing the miracles, many, who had unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out, and many iaken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed, and there was great joy in that city. And when
they they (the people) had believed Philip, preaching of the kingdom of God, in the name of Jelus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
uth. It is to be noticed, in the infancy of the Church there were Calvinills, and fomc of the first christian writers consider the end in ihis chapter, Simon Magos, to be the first of this complexion; others Judas; they seem to wear, with their brethren, the fame face.
Boy. Now when the Apostles heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who, when they were come, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost; for he was not as yet come upon any of thens, but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon ihem, and they received the Holy Ghoft.
Mof. What do you mean, of understand by facrament?
Luth. An outward and visible sign, and inward and spiritual grace given by Christ himself, as a means.whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof.
Mof. You observe, what the boy has just quoted from the Acts, confirms two distinct facranients, administered by different persons, at different times.
The first Baptism, by a Deacon, to cleanse the foul from fin. **
The second, Confirmation, in which sacrament the Holy Ghost manifelled himself evidently.
The first might be administered by inf
The second by the Bishop laying on his hands; . but in the sacrament of Confirmation, the power of the Holy Ghost is evident, clear and pofitive.
Luth. It is a truth that cannot be gainsaid but by Calvinists, Heathens and Publicans, that in all ages of Christianity, chrism, an holy unguent, or oil, was administered by the Bishop.
Mof. Look, perhaps you will get some farther. inlight from your Common-Prayer: Book.
Luth. I am a member of the Reformation, and, according to jis principles, will not proftitute my religion to any set of men, particularly luch Calvinistical gentry that makes one 'shudder to think on, but with true Proiettant liberty, avail myself, and furm my conscience according to the Scriptures, which fully convince and satisfy, that Confirmation is a sacrament,
Mof. I beg you will abide by your own Church, and open our understanding with her instructions.
Luth. To satisfy you I will: Those who are to be confirmed, kneeling before the Billiop, he Thall lay his band upon the head of every one feverally, saying, Defend, O Lord, this thy child with thy heavenly grace, that he may continue thine for ever: and daily increase in thy holy fpirit, more and more, until he come unto thy
everlasting kingdom, Amen. The Lord be with į you. (Answer,) And with thy spirit. (Then shall i hoc bléis chem.) The blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen.
And there shall none be admitted to the holy Communion, until such çime as he be confirmed, or be ready, and defirous to be confirmed.
This is to the purpose. This great facrament is acknowledged in full force. This preserves comfort to the flock, and consequence to their Bishop. I shall be happy, when seated in the Metropolitan Chair of my relation, to adminifter this sacrament of superabounding grace.
Mof. Your Common-Prayer-Book makes no mention of the chrism, which you just said, have been used by christians of every age, and your catechism allows but two facramenis, Baptism and the Lord's Supper,
Luth. That old Ape has robbed my Church of this sacrament, in like fort with the others. O Calvint, Luther's Scourge, you Moth, how dare you intrude with venom even into the Book of Common-Prayer, and vulture-like rob us of the sweet fruits of salvation, the very facraments, and, copying your brother-fly, or caterpillar, leave your trail, poisoning every page. One happiness I have; the Scriptures are che rule of faith,
Boy. With your pleasure, we will go on to the Sacred Character of Priesthood.
Luth. You do not fuppofe Priesihood a facra. ment?