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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.
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.
 Samuel Shepard, son of Rev. Thomas and Joanna Hooker, was settled as the assistant pastor at Rowley in 1665, but died three years later.