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to

the

Reader,

xiii

world

;

being

obvioufly liable

to

thefe following

(befide others) great and

grofs

abfurdities

;

i. That

private Chriftian

fubje&s

are not

at

all

to

trouble

them

-

felves,or

to he

at

the

pains to

fearch

the fcriptures

in

order

to

the

information

of their

confciences,

and

bringing

themfelves to be

fully perfwaded

in

their

mind or

con-

fcience

(which they are

exprefly commanded

to

do,

fohn

5.

39.

and

Rom, 14.

5.)

of

the warrantablenefs

of

what

they do,

or

are enjoined

to

do in

religion, and

ita

the

worfhip

of

God.

if

it

be

not

againfl

the

law

of natures

which

may be eafily

difcerned

;

(for,fays

Mr.

Hobbs,

It

is

born

with

every

man, and

engraven

on

every

man's

heart)

he

is

in all

fuck things

to

acquiefce,

without debate

or

de-

mur,

in

the

determination

of

the

publick

confcience ;

and

if

he (hall endeavour to have his confcience

informed,

the

more he

doth

fo,

he

but

puts

his

own

confcience

the

more upon

the rack,

and

to

the torture.

If

he muft,not-'

withftanding

the

cleareft information and belt

grounded

perfwafion

of

his own

judgment and confcience,

ftand

to,

and acquiefce

in

the

refolre of the

publick

confcience

;.

as

he mutt

do according

to

this

do&rine

;

if

he fin

not,

(as

bath

not

hitherto

been

doubted

by any

man

of

con-

fcience)

in

countera&ing

his

own

light,

and well-

inform-

ed

confcience

;

at leaft,he.cannot

but

be more

difquieted,

that

he

was,

according to the

command

of

God, at

much

pains

in

the duty

of

feeking

to have his

confcience

fo well

informed

;

which

God never

made

a

juft

ground

of

difquiet

to the

minds

of

bis

people

;

And

his

acquief-

cence

in

the determination

of

the

publick

confcience,

or

of

the

law

of

the

land, mutt be

as

to many, or molt,

if

not

all

divine

pot

tives in

religion,

and

the worthip

of

God

For,

faith

Mr.

Hobbs,

p.

249.

2

hey to

whom

God

bath

not

fpoken

immediately,

are

to

receive

commands

from

the

fove

reign

;

and

confequently

in

every common

-

wealth,

they

wb®

have

no

fupernatural

revelation

to

the contrary,

ought

obey

the

laws

of

their

own

fovereign

in

the

external atgs

and

profefflon

of

religion

;

which draws

dreadfully

deep,

.

as

will

further

appear from

fome

of

his

inffanceso

If

(lays

he,

p.

271.)

it

be

asked,

What

if

we

be

commanded

by

our

lawful

prince

to

fay

with

our

tongue,

We

believe not

in

Ghrifß

(he

may

as

well

add, We

believe not

that

there

is