|Author:||Humfrey, John, 1621-1719.|
|Title:||An humble vindication of a free admission unto the Lords-Supper published for the ease, support, and satisfaction of tender consciences (otherwise remediles) in our mixt congregations / as it was delivered at two sermons upon the occasion of this solemnity in the weekely labours of John Humfrey.|
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An humble vindication of a free admission unto the Lords-Supper published for the ease, support, and satisfaction of tender consciences (otherwise remediles) in our mixt congregations / as it was delivered at two sermons upon the occasion of this solemnity in the weekely labours of John Humfrey.
Humfrey, John, 1621-1719.
[London]: Printed for E. Blackmore, 1651.
Reproduction of original in the Union Theological Seminary Library, New York.
Close and open communion.
Lord's Supper -- Early works to 1800.
To the Reader.
An humble VINDICATION Of a Free ADMISSION Unto the Lords-Supper.
The Second SERMON.
Objection 1. This Doctrine will take away the use of the Keyes, Excommunicate Excommunicati∣on, and leave us no Discipline in the Church.
Object. 2. The most of men are wholly unfit, and not capable of this Ordinance. This is en∣larged, Here are things to be done; Preparatory, a serious examination; Executory, an exercise of Faith, Love, &c. And here are things to be recei∣ved, Remission, Increase of Grace, Assurance, which all cannot obtaine neither. There∣fore no free Admission hither.
Rep. But is not the Ordinance here∣by taken in vain against the third Commandement?
Objection. 3. Holy things to holy men.
Rep. But doe We not hereby make our selves one with the wicked with whom we joyne, and can we have Communion with Christ and Beliall?
Object. 4. The seale is set to a Blanck, if All be admitted.
Rep. But were it not absurd for a man to set his seal, when there hath been no agreement and transacti∣ons before? So do unregenerate men, who come to the Sacrament without that solemne giving up the Soule to God, as be ought, who enters Covenant with him.
Object. 5. The Covenant belongs not to All, therefore the Seals nei∣ther.
Rep. But what right doth this give him to the Covenant?
Object. 6. The Sacrament is not a converting Ordinance, we preach to all to convert them, but we may Administer onely to the regenerate, to confirme them.
Rep. Although a Man may be con∣verted At, it is not By the Sa∣crament, it is occasionally, but not intentionally a converting Ordinance.
Rep. But unregenerate men (you will say) are dead in their sins, and shall wee give bread to the dead? men must first be living, new born, and converted Christi∣ans, before they can feed at the Sacrament?
Object. 7. Judas received not the Supper, for in Mat. 26.23.26. he is said to dip his hand in the dish before the administration, and in 10.13.30. as soon as he received the Sop he immediately went out. Besides some learned men conceive the Sauce he dip∣ped in, was the Sauce of bitter herbs in the Passeover (called Cheroseth) and that was ther∣fore before the Sacrament.
Object. 8. Unworthy Receivers are guilty of Christs blood, and eat their Damnation, therefore wee must not allow a free Admis∣sion.
Rep. But you will say; If another should be taking a cup of poyson shall not we be partakers of his bloud, if we doe not hinder and and forbid him? Qui non vetat, &c.
Object. 9: The Ordinance is polluted if all be admitted.
Rep. But are we not faulty and par∣take of other mens Sins, if we do not our best to have the Leven purgedout, and therefore we may not say, Am I my Brothers kee∣per, look they to it?
Rep. But you will say more obviously, Are not all ignorant and scan∣dalous persons Swine and Dogs, to be rejected and kept from the Pearls and holy things of the Sa∣crament?
10. The last Objection is from those severall Texts that are alleged for a separation from Wicked persons.
Rep. But you will say, If I must decline a wicked man, so as not to eat with him, (which I interpret by our or∣dinary conversation) how much more must I decline him at this Sacrament?