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But to return to the subject of popular Election. I have an author before me, a dectaimer against Priestcraft, who finds Jbe right of the people in the History of the Election of Matthias to the Apostleship. "Matthias is elected," says he, "to testify that ordination might be valid by the votes of the people only, without the immediate interposition of Heaven? He calls the Assembly of Apostles and Disciples, who were an hundred and twenty in number, the people; of whom we know that eleven were Apostles; that seventy more were ordained ministers; and nothing appears, but that (the women excepted) all the rest of this assembly were of the ministry likewise. But supposing them to be the people, how does it appear, that ordination was valid by their votes? Where is ihe account of this voting? The election is referred to God in the determination of a lot.— Thou, Lord, shew whither of these two thou hast chosen. Here the immediate interposition of Heaven is applied for; but our orator says, this ordination was from the votes of the people only, without any such interposition of Heaven *. These two examples may be sufficient to shew the wretched shifts, and bold experiments,
* See the Axe laid to the Root of Priestcraft, in four Diuourses. Disc. iv. p. 5;
ments, to which men are driven in the handling of the Scripture, to uphold the Anti-christian doctrine of a Church, derived from the authority of the people.
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