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viii

he

Epiftle

occafions

frech

believing applications made

to

the

blood

of

fprinkling,

that thereby

the

heart

may

be

fprinkled

from

4n

evil

confcience,

and the

confcience purged

from

dead

works

to

ferve

the

living

God

;

and

endeavours would

be

renewed

in

the

ftrength

of

grace

to walk more

tenderly,

without

offence

toward

God,

and toward

men

:

Toward

which

there

fermons

abound

with

variety

of

choice and

excellent directions and

helps.

Thirdly,

and

more

particularly,We

would fludy

to

have

our

confcience

well

and

throughly informed,

by

intimate

acquaintance with

the

mind and will

of

God,

revealed in

the

fcriptures

of truth,.as

to

all things

that

we

are

called

to

believe and

do;

fo

that

it

may

be in cafe

to

difcharge

its

office

and

duty

aright, whether

in

dictating,

or

in

teflifying,

or

in

judging. An

ill-

informed confcience,

efpe-

cially where

there

is

any zeal

or forwardnefs, ftrongly

pufheth

and furioufly

driveth

men

to

many

dangerous,

diftra&ed

and

deflru

&ive

practices; bath

not this

driven

men

to

kill

the

fervants

of

Chrifl

(as

himfelf foretold)

and in doing

fo

to

think that

they

did God

fervice

?

Did

not

this

hurry

on

Paul, before

his

converfion,

to

perfe-

cute

callers

on

the

name

of

the

Lord

Jefus,

and

to

make

bavock

of

the

Church,by drawing

and

dragging

the

dif

ciplcs, both

men

and women,

bound

to

prifon,

and

by

cruel

perfecuting

of

them

even

to

flrange cities, compel

ling

them

to

blafpheme

?

So

exceedingly

mad

was

he

(as

himfelf

confefï`eth)

againft

them.

O

what

terrible

and

tragical

things

hath this

fet

men

on

to

do,

and what

mad

work

bath

it

made in force places

of

the

world,

befide

many

leffer impertinencies,

extravagancies and

diftur-

bances

in

particular

Chrif}ian focieties!

Fourthly,

We

would

endeavour

to

have

the

confci-

ence deeply impreffed

with

due and

deep

veneration,

awe and

dread

of

the

majefty

of

God, the fupreme

Lord

(If,

and

great Lawgiver

to, the

confcience

;

whole

laws

and

commands

are

only

properly, direftly,

immediate-

ly,

and

of

themfelves

obligatory

thereof

;

becaufe

the

confciences and

fouls

of

men are

properly

fubje& only

to

God

;

and

becaufe

the

law

of

God written

in

the

beans

of

men,

and

in

the fcriptures,

is

the

only

rule

of

confcience

;

and

rnoreoverp

becaufe

men cannot ammedi-

atehy