John Dury on the admission of professors to communion

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Now concerning the outward form and manner of admitting Professors unto the holy Communion, and distinguishing them from those that are without; we find nothing distinctly enjoined in the Word, or extant in the practice of the Apostles: Therefore that which may concern this matter, is conceived to be left free unto the discretion of the Eldership, as they shall think it most fit, for the edification and capacity of those with whom they have to do.

And herein the customs of the Reformed churches, in respect of circumstantials, are found to be different; yet, in the main, their agreement is this—

1. That every one who for the first time is to be admitted unto the Holy communion, is to be examined in respect of his knowledge and conversation; although from his infancy he hath been born, baptized, and bred in the Congregation. ...

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