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to

the

Reader.

ix

ately

judge the

confcience,

nor know

they the

ferret

motions

thereof;

and finally, becaufe

he

can

only

inflid

fpiritual

punifhment

on

the

finning confcience.

All the

laws

and commands

of

men,

in

whatever capacity, are

only

obligatory

of the

confcience

mediately, indire&ly,

and confequentially,

viz. in

fo

far

as

they

are confiftent,

compliant and

agreeable

with

the

laws

and commands

of

the abfolutely fupreme

Lawgiver, or

not repugnant

thereunto

:

For

certainly

he

hath

not given

a

difpenfation

to

any

power

on

earth,

civil

or

ecclefiaftick, to

counter-

mand

his

commands,

or

to

enjoin

obedience

to

commands

contrary

to,

or

inconfiftent

with,

his

own

;

whofe

com-

mands

are immediately

and

inviolably

binding

of

the

confciences

of

fuperiors

and

magifrates, tho' the

greateft Monarchs

on

earth,

as

well

as

of

inferiors

and

fubje&s, all

without exception being

inferiors

and

fubje

&s

to

him

:

Yet

fuch

laws

of

men

as

do

either

preis

or

declare the

commands

and

law

of

God,

and

make

for the confervation and obfervation thereof,

ob-

lige

in

confcience

;

becaufe

fuch laws,

as

they

are

fuch,

participate

of

the

nature

and

force

of

the divine

law

;

and

becaufe

the

law

of

God

doth

direly

and

immedi-

ately command

fubje

&ion

to

the

fuperior

powers

:

Therefore,

even in

reference

to

their

unjuft

Iaws,

and

fuch

as

are

repugnant to, or

incrnfiffent

with, the divine

laws, fubje

&s

are obliged in confcience

not

to

refufe

obedience to them out

of

any

contempt

of

lawful

autho-

rity (let

be to difclaim and

renounce

the

fame,

as

fome

poor feduced and

deluded

perfons

do in thefe

days,

either

out

of

ignorance,

or humour, or mifguided zeal,

to the great

reproach

of

religion)

nor

to

admit

of

any

thing that

may

have in

it the

leaft

appearance

of

offence,

and

fcandal

that

way

;

becaufe

the

contempt

of

lawful

authority,

and the fcandal

of

others, are

in

themfelves

fins

againft

the

law

of

God

:

Yet

Rill,

as

no

mere human

laws

do

dire&ly, immediately

and

of

themfelves (as

I

faid) bind the

confcience

;

fo

neither hath

God

given

a

power

to

any

of

the

fuperior

powers

on

earth

to

enjoin

obedience

to commands

that

are

crois

to his

own

in-:

jun&ïons, which

all

are

obliged

indifpenfibly

to

obey.

And therefore

it

is

not

only

firange,

but

even

flupen,

dinnc