Laying on of hands upon baptized believers, as such, proved an ordinance of Christ in answer to Mr. Danvers's former book intituled, A treatise of laying on of hands : with a brief answer to a late book called, A treatise concerning laying on of hands, written by a nameless author
Keach, Benjamin, 1640-1704.

The INTRODUCTION.

AS it is matter of grief and trouble to many sober and pious Christians, so it is no less of admiration to see such eminent and worthy Persons beclouded and darkned concerning one Ordinance, that are so clear in, and so much for the practice of another. How well have some of our Brethren written concerning Baptism? And how have they defended it against the strongest opposition, as a glorious Institution of Jesus Christ? but yet how have they opposed this other sacred Ordinance, or holy Oracle of God? Heb. 5.12. and Principle of the Christian Religion, viz. Im∣position Page  2 position of hands upon baptized Believers as such? which they have some of them cried down as much as they have cried Baptism up, rendring it nothing save a meer human Innovation, or Antichristian Forgery; whereas nothing can be more clear, than that it is of the same nature and authority with Baptism, and ought equally to be contended for, being inter prima Rudimenta Fidei Christianae, among the first Rudiments of the Christian Faith. Dangerous it is to pull one stone out of the Foundation of the House of God: the Lord open their eyes to see their weakness. However, what they have written concerning this Principle, is in this ensuing Treatise examined, weighed, and particularly answered.