church, & so one from another as they please, nor wthout just

& weighty cause, but ought to live & dwell togeather,

forsasmuch as they are commanded not to forsake the

assembling of themselves togeather(a). Such departure

tends to the ruine & dissolucion of the body, as the pulling

of stones, or pieces of Timber from the building, &

of members from the natural body tends to the disso=

lucion of the whole. (a) Heb.10.25.


  It is therefore the duty of church members of such tymes &

places when counsell may be had, to consult wth the

churches whereof they are members, about their remoovall,

that accordingly they having their approbacion may be In=

courage, or otherwise desist. They who are joined wth

consent should not depart wthout consent, except

forced thereunto.


  If a members departure be manifestly unsafe and

sinfull, the church may not consent thereunto: For in so

doing they should not act in faith, & should ptake

wth him in his sinne. If the case be doubtfull, and

the pson not to be pswaded, it seemeth best to leave

the matter unto God, & not forcibly to deteyne him.


  Just reasons for a members remoovall of himselfe from

ye church, are 1. If a man can not continue wthout

ptaking in sinne(a). 2ly In case of psonall psecucion,

so Paul depted from ye disciples at Damascus(b). Also

in case of general psecucion, when all are scattered(c).

3ly In case of reall & not only pretended want of

competent subsistence, a dore being opened for better

supply in another place, togeather wth ye meanes of spirituall

edificacion. In these or like cases a member may

lawfully remoove, & ye church can not lawfully deteyne

him. (a) Eph.5.11. (b) Act.9.25. (c) Act.8.1,2.


  To separate from a church, either out of contempt of