tempted(a) and that the best of us have need of much forgivenesse

from the Lord(b). Yet the winning and healing of the

[struck through] ^offendors soule, being the end of these endevours, we

must not daube wth untemprd morter(c), nor heale

the wounds of or brethren slightly(d). On some we

must have compassion, and others save wth feare(e). (a) Gal.6.1.

(b) math.6.14,15. & 18.34,35. (c) Ezek.13.10. (d) Jer.6.14. (e)



  Whilest the offendor remaynes Excommunicate, the church

is to refrayne all member=like communion wth him in

spirituall things; and also from all familiar communion

wth him in Civill things, further then the necessity of

natural, domesticall or other Civill relacions doth require,

& are therefore to forbeare even to eate(a) & drink wth him

that he may be ashamed(b).  (a) 1 Cor.5.11. (b) 2 Thes. 3.6,14.


  Excommunicacion being a spirituall punishmt, it doth not

prejudice the excommunicate in, nor deprive him of his

Civill rights; and therefore toucheth not Princes or other

magistrates in point of their Civill dignity or Authority.

And the Excommunicate being th but as a Publican and

an Heathen, Heathens being lawfully pmitted to come to

heare the word in church=assemblies(a), therefore we

acknowledge the like liberty of hearing the word may

be pmitted to psons Excommunicated, that is pmitted unto

Heathens. And because we are not wthout hope of his

recovery, we are not to account him as an Enemye, but to

admonish him as a brother(b).  (a) 1 Cor.14.24,25. (b) 2 Thes.3.15.


  If the Lord sanctifye ye Censure to the offender, so as by

ye grace of cht he doth testifye his Repentance, wth humble

confession of his sinne, & judging of himselfe, giving glory

to God, the church is then to forgive him & comfort him,

and to restore him to ye wonted brotherly communion wch for=

merly he enjoyed wth then. 2 Cor.2.7,8.