Church=govnmt or rule is placed by cht in the officers of ye

church(a), who are therefore called Rulers, while they rule wth

God. Yet in case of male=administracion they are subject

to the power of ye church, according as hath bene said before

The Holy gh: frequently, yea alwayes where it mentioneth

church=rule, or church=govmt, ascribes it to ye Elders(b).

Whereas the work & duty of the people is expressed in

the phrase of obeying their Elders and submitting themselv[es]

unto them in ye Lord(c). So ^as that it is manifest, that an

organick or complete church is a body politicke, consisting

of some that are Goveners, and some yt are governed in

the Lord.  (a) 1 Tim.5.17.  Heb.13.7,17. 1 Thes.5.12.  (b) Rom.12.8.  1 Tim

5.17.  1 Cor.12.28,29.  (c) Heb.13.7.17.


  The power wch cht hath committed to ye Elders, is to feed

& rule ye church of God(a); & accordingly to call ye chu[rch]

togeather(b) when upon any weighty occasion; when the

members so called, wthout just cause may not refuse to

come(c). Nor when they are come, depart afore they are

dismissed(d). Nor speake in ye church before they have

leave from the Elders(e), nor continue so doing whe[n]

they require Silence: nor may they oppose or contradict

the judgemt or sentence of the Elders wthout sufficient &

weighty cause; because such practices are manifestly

contrary to order and govnmt, & the Inletts to disturba[nce]

& tend to confusion.  (a) Act.20.28.  (b) Act.6.2.  (c) Numb

16.12.  (d) Ezek.46.10.  (e) Act.13.15.  (f) Hos.4.4.


  It belongeth also to ye Elders to examine(a) any officers

or members before they be received of ye church; to

receive the accusacions(b) brought to ye church, and to

prepare(c) the for ye churches hearing. In handling

of offences and other matters before the church, the[y]

have power to declare(d) & publish ye counsell & will

of God touching the same, & to pnounce sentence wth

consent of ye church. Lastly, they have power when the[y]