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446

The

L

IFE

of

the

91 hoe's

Cafe.

crave the pardon

of

that

Noble Lord, who

delred

my Anfwer might

be

Subfcrì-

'

bed

to the Cafe,

becaufe

Neceffity requireth more words

than that Paper

will

well

`contain.

The

Queflion about the Marriage,

is

not

An

faun,

volear

?

but

An

Jeri

debeat

?

'

There

is

no

affirming

or denying without

thefe neceflary Diftinçtions. r.Between

'

a Cafe

of

Neceffity and

of no

Neceffity. z. Between

a

Cafe where the

Motives

'

are from the Publick Commodity

of Church

or State, and where they are only

°

Perfonal or Private.

3.Between one who

is

otherwife fober,ingenuous and

pious,

'

and

a

faithful Lover

of

the

Lady,

and one

that

either

betides his

Opinion

is

of

an

'

ungodly

Life,

or

feeketh

her

only

to

ferve himfelf

upon her

fiate. 4.Between

a

Lady well grounded

and

fixed

in

Truth

and

Godlinef,

and one

that

is

weak

and

`

but

of

ordinary

fetlednels.

Hereupon I anfwer,

`

Prop.

r. In

general,

It

cannot

be

laid to be limply and

in

all Cafes unlawful

to marry an

Infidel

or Heathen;

much

lets

a

Papill.

2.

In

particular,

It

is

lawful

in

thefe following Çafes

:

r Cor.7.

I.

In

Cafe

of

tree

Neceffity

:

when

all juif means have

been

ufed,

andyet

a9.

'

the Party bath

a neceffity

of Marriage,and

can

bave

no

better:

If

you

ask,

Who

it

'

better?

I anfwer, A

fuitablenefs

in things of greateft moment to the Party's

good

'

determineth that

:

An impious hypocritical Protefiant

is

worfethan

a

lober

godly

Papill (

for loch

I

doubt

not but

Come

be)

:

But

he

that

is

found both

in Judg-

'

ment and

in Life

is

better than either.

ggh,

2.17.

`

a.

In

cafe it be

very likely to prove fome great Commodity

to'

Church

or

`

State.

For

fo

I doubt not but

a

Proteltant

Lady might

marry

a

Papill Princeor

other Perlon, on

whom

the Publick Good

loth

eminently depend

; fo be

it

r.That'the

be fiable and

of

good

Underftanding her fell: a.

And like to keep

fuch

`

Intereft

in him

as

may conduce to

his

own

and the Publick Good

:

3.

And

in

'

cafe'

the

may not

be

as

well difpofed

of

to the

Good

of

the Publick other

ways.

`

When

all

thefe concur,

the

probability

of

Publick

Utility

is

fo

great, that

the

Perlon

(I

think)

may

croft

God

to make up PerfonalIncommodities, and pre

-

'

ferve

the

Soul

who aimeth at

his

Glory,

and keepeth

in his

way.

°

But fmall

in-

'

eonfiderable Probabilities are not enough

to

move

one

to

hazard their

Soul

in

fo

I

perillous

a

way.

'

3.

Betides

thefe

two

Cafes

(of

real Neceflity and Publick

Utility)

Iremember

`

no

Cafe at

the prefent, in which

it

is

lawful

for

fuch

a

Proteflant Lady to marry

a

Papill:

At

leali in

the

ordinary Cafe of Perlons in

this

Land,

I

take

it to be

'

undoubtedly

finful,

what hopes foever

may be imagined

of

his

Converfion

:

My.

Reafons are

theft,

Gen.

a.r8

`

r.

A

Husband

is

efpecially

to

be a

Meet

-

helper in Matters

of

the greateft

mo

so.

`

ment

:

And

this

help

is

to

be daily

given,

in.counf

lling

in the things that concern

r Cor.

r4.

'

Salvation,

inlirutling

in the

Scriptures, exciting

Grace, fubduing

Sin, and

help-

35.

`

ing the Wife in the conttant

courfe

of

a

Holy Life, and

in

her preparation for

iph.

Death and the Life to come! And

a

humble Soul

that

is

confcious

of

its

own

weaknefs;

will

find

the need

of

all

this Help

!

which how it can

be-expeEted

from

,

rç,

zo,

at,

a7. to

'

quo who only promifeth

not to

difturb her in her Religion, I cannot underhand

I

the end.

s

I

Ihould

as

loon advife her

to

take

a

Phyficianin her

Sicknefs,

who only

promi-

co1.3.16.

r

mifeth

not

to meddlewith

her Health,

as

a

Husband who only promifeth not

to

Hebr.3.r3.

P

,Cor.r.ro. `-meddle

with her

in

Matters

of

Religion.

.

Corn. r s.6.

'

z.

A Husband,

whkis

no helper in Religion

,

mutt

needs

be

a

hinderer! For

the very

Diverfions

oMe

Mind

from holy

Things,

by

confiant

talk

of other

'

Matters,

will

be

a

very great

Impediment

!

And

as

not to

go forward

is

to

go

e

backward,

fo

not to

help

is

to hinder,

in

one-of fo near relation. How hard

it

is

to

keep

up the

Love

of

God, and

a

Delight in

Hol'vlefs,

and heavenly

Defres,

`

and a fruitful Life, even

under the greateft

Helps in the World, ,much more a-

'

móng Hinderances, and

efpecially ludo

as

are in our Bolom, and continually

with

us,

I

need

not

tell a

humbleand

felf-

knowing Christian.

.

And

of

what

Im-

portance

thefe things are,

I

thall

not

declare till

I

ans

fpeaking to

an Infidel

or

Impious

Perfn.

3.

And