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that you perish not Luc: 13. 5.
3. Considr what matter of mourning in respect of ye Censure
you now lye undr by ye sinne , oh! thinke wth yrS: is not
the Divells’ Kingdom large enough , but must it be increased
by Me , & that after I have professed a translation frō
his Kingdom into ye Kingd: of Xt.
4. Considr whither you have not cause to question whither ever
Gode had any true work of grace in you ; we are to Examine
or Estate when we come to a Sacramt , much more upon
a great ffall, Ecl. 7. 26 . who so is good
shall escape (for so
ye word is) shall escape from her , but ye sinner shall be
taken by Her. & so Pro: 22 14. reade also Gal. 5. 19, 21
the God of all grace effectually convince you of & humble
you for, & turne from your sin that so you may find Mercy
. So pray
Yor grieved ffriends
Rowley. Oct: 7. 1667.
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Qn: whither another Church
may testify or number of men
testifying of a man’s Impenitency ought to be a sufficient
ground for another church to goe by in Censuring or absolving
Impenitency is in ye Heart , only Deedes Are Signes of yt. ought
we not to take ye Testimony of others concerning Deeds yt
are visible , not concerning the morall Evill yr of.
A Brother of another Church is grieved (he thinks justly) by a member
of this, he desires some Brethren of this Church to goe with him to hear
it in private, they Refuse. / Qu: what shall he doe. he cannot bring ye
supposed offender to the Church till it be heard in private way ? and
they will not. / An: why will they not goe to heare. / Ans:
tis a brother of another Church who hath
by or prsence if the offendr
(Supposed) be guilty by or presence power over or Member: we in Case
that he who takes ye offence proove in fault , we have no Advan
=tage to Come at Him. / Ans: You; you may declare Him to be in
fault, & if he will not heare you 1. prvent any Comuniō with
the Church whereat You are members. 2. may Carry it to ye
Eldrs of the Church to wch he belongs. & they may Censure Him
2 it may be they will say [Take some other Brethren] & yy
say [Take some other] And none will. Ans: the Same
may be sayd when as it is towards or own fellow Mem-
=bers; / But indeed none that are called upon or desired
if they be fitt for
it ye Work so as it may attayn yr End.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Samuel Shepard, son of Rev. Thomas and Joanna Hooker, was settled as the assistant pastor at Rowley in 1665, but died three years later.