attayned the knowledge (a) of the principles of Religion,
and are free from grosse & open scandals (b), but
also do togeather wth the profession of their faith (c) and
repentance (d), walke in blamelesse obedience to the
word, so as that in charitable discretion they may
be accounted saints by calling, though phaps some
or more of them be unsound & hypocrites in=
wardly; because the members of some pticular
churches are commonly by the Holy gh. called saints,
& faithfull brethren in Cht (e). And sundry churches
have bene reprooved for receiving & suffering
such psons to continue on fellowship amongst
them as have bene offensive & scandalous: (f) the
name of god by this meanes is blasphemed (g), and
the holy things of God defiled & prophaned (h), the
hearts of ye godly grieved (i) and the wicked
themselves hardened & holpen forward to dam=
nation (k); and the example of such doth endanger
the sanctity of others, alittle leaven leavening the
whole lump.(l) 2 the children of such, they
also are holy (m). (a) 1 Cor. 11. 29. (b) psal. 50. 16, 17.
(c) Act. 8. 37. (d) Math. 3. 6. (e) 1 Cor. 1. 2. Eph. 1.1. phil. 1.1.
Col 1.2. 1 Thes. 1.1. (f) 1 Cor. 5. 1, 2, 13. Rev. 2. 145, 15, 20. Ezek. 44.
7, 9. [crossed out] (g) Rom. 2.24. (h) Ezek. 44. 7. & 23. 38, 39. Numb.
19. 20. Hag. 2. 13, 14. (i) psal. 73.21 (k) 1 Cor. 11. 27, 28. (L) 1 Cor.
5.6 (m) 1 Cor. 7. 14.
The members of churches though orderly constituted
may in tyme degenerate, & grow corrupt and
scandalous (a). wch though they ought not to be tole=
rated in the church, yet their [crossed out] continuance
therein through the defect of the execution of
discipline & just censures doth not immediatly
dissolve the being of a church, as appears in
the church of Israel (b) & ye churches of Galatia (c)