Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.4

Of Chrßian Liberty. i 51 reduced to a very fmall matter; for if the S E R M: main objefticn of the dif'enters be againft V. impofition, and if it be acknowledged, on `--"v the other hand, that human decrees pro- duce no direct obligation upon confcience, the only remaining queftion feemeth to be concerning the expediency or inexpediency of complying with the ceremonies impofed. Some think themfelves obliged to ftand fail in their liberty, uniformly refilling every kind and degree of impofition which in- croacheth upon it ; and while this continu- eth to be their opinion, for them to fubmit, would, in confequence, be to betray the principle ; others maintaining the fame prin- ciple of liberty, but not apprehending the fame confequence, which therefore charity forbiddeth us to charge them with, think it more eligible at prefent to bear with the appointed ceremonies, fnce they are few in number, and they think not ill chofen ; but furely between fuch parties peace ought to fubfift, and mutual brotherly affeftion, and to their pallions it mull be attributed, not their diverfity of fentiments, if it is other - wife. Thirdly, It is apparently the intereft, as well as the duty, of Proteflant- difl'enters, to preferve a firm union themfelves; their di- L 4 vifaons