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xx

The

Epif

c

entions perfons to

think, that

it were

better,

and

more

for the

advantage

and

credit

of

religion, and

of

the

real

pleas

of

Confcience,

that

it

were

never

pretended

in

fuch things,

where

it

is

only pretended.

I

will not,

I

dare

not fay,

but

a

truly

confcientious perfon may, by the

more

clofe

approaches

of

trouble

and

fuffering

on

the

account

of

force

particular

debated

pra.

&ice,

or forbear-

ance,

be

put upon more

narrow and exa&

enquiry

into,

and examination

of,

the

grounds and

reafon

of

that

pra_

fake,

or

forbearance

:

And

may,after

fuch

enquiry

and

ex-

amination, come, from more clear

light,

to have different

apprehenfions about

the thing,

from what

he

had before;

though

the

clearnefs win

at, which

is

waited with

the

et-chewing

of

trouble

and fuffering, would

be

holly

jea-

loufed and fufpe&ed, and

brought

to the light of

the

word,

to

be

thereby fcrutinoufly,

accurately and

impar-

tially

tried,

left

felf

-love

in

fuch

a cafe

bribe

(as

it

were)

and

biais

the

perfon's judgment and light.

idly,

When

Confcience

is

pretended

in

minute,

fmall,

petty

and

com-

paratively

inconfiderable things, while

in

the

mean

time

little or

no

Confcience

at

all

is

made of,

but

vaft and

unlimited latitudes are taken in,

the

molt

momentuous

and weighty things

of

religion

;

as

the

Pharifees

pre-

tended

Confcience,

in

tithing

the

fmallesá

herbs,

as

mint,

annife and

rue,

while

in

the

mean

time, they

paffed

over

without

making

any bones

of

them, judgment

and

the

love

of

God;

which

is

Braining

at gnats,

and

(wallowing

of

camels.

idly,

When

Confcience

is

pretended

for

mens tenacious

adhering

to

human

traditions,

while

in

the

mean time

they make

no

Confcience

of

making

void

the

law

of

God

:

As

the

fame Pharifees

did,

for

which

our

Lord

with holy feverity inveigheth againft

them.

4thly,

When

Confcience

is

pretended

for not

lhedding

the

blood

of

innocents

;

and yet, nOtwithftanding,

tl9e

fame

things

are

adventured

on,

and wickedly

perpetra-

ted,

when

they

come in

competition

with

mens

worldly

wealth

or preferment,

or

with

the

gratifying of

great

ones in

order

to the

former;

as

it

was

with Pilate

in

the

matter

of

condemning

Chrift,

of

whole

innocence

he

was

throughly

convinced,

and

accordingly did

thrice

overbear

publick

teftimony

to

it;

yet, when he wastold,

dig