Background Image
Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  355 / 364 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 355 / 364 Next Page
Page Background

[3351

God

gave,

them

for

edification,

and

not for

dew

ffruion.

P.

243.

Concl.

5.

An

offered

Oath

is

not

to

be

taken with

a

reluftant

or

doúbting

confcience

.

Becaufe

what

is

not

of

faith

is

fin. 2.

Becaufe

we

muff

fwear

in

judgment,

which

he

doth

not

that

fweareth

againft

his

confciences

judgment.

3.

Becaufe

this

is

done

for

fume

temporal

com-

modity, or to

avoid

fogne

lof

,

or obtain fonìe

gain,

or

to get

force

mans

favour,

or

fuch

like

:

But how

unworthy

of

a

Chrittian

is

it,

to

fet

God

behind

the

World,

Heaven behind

Earth, the

Soul

behind

the

Body,

eternal joy

behind

temporal

gain,

the hope

of

the

life

to

come

behind

prefènt

eafe, inward peace behind

outward

!

4

Becaufe

he

that

fo

fweareth

evidently

expofeth

hmfelf

to

the

danger

of

Perjury

(

a

molt

heinous

fin.)

For

he

that

for

hope

or

fear

of

any

temporal

commodity

or

difcommodity

can

be induced

to

twear

that

which

he

ought

not,

it

is

farce

credible

but

he

may

by

the

like

hope

or

fear be drawn

from doing

what

he (wore.

And

P

ER

J U

R

Y

was

by

the

very

heathens accounted

one

c;f

thcie

molt heinous

fins,

which

they

believed would bring

the wrath

of

the

Gods

not

only

on

the

guilt,

but

on

their

pofterity,

vea

on

whole

nations, much

more

is

it

to

be feared

of

us, who worfhip

that

one

true

God, who bath

folcmnly

profeffedd

that

he will

not

hold

him gtiiltlefs

that

to

:eth

his

name

in

vain.

Left,

while which way

ever

we

lock

we

fee

filch

a

great

and

luxuriant crop of

Oaths

and

Pe,-jury

even already

white to

the Hatvet

,

God

the

moft

righteous

judge

ff:culd

quickly put

in

the

f.ckie,

utterly to

cut

down

fo

perfidious

and

profane

a

ration.

We have

long

felt

that

of

r molt

merciful

Father