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to

the

.ender.

xXXiîi

on with

a

challenging and

difquieted

Confcience;

or

tempts

us

to endeavour the

biaffing

and

bribing

(as

it

were)

of

our

own

Confcience,

towards

a

fort

of

jufli_

fy

us

in what

we

have

done

;

or

if

neither

of

there

Mould

be,

(which

feldom cometh

to país)

we

are

greatly

in

hazard

to

be very

loth,

relu&ant

and

shy

to

hear,

and lay due

weight upon

the after

animadverfions

and

cenfutes

of

our

Confcience

upon

thefe a&ings

and

meddlings,

being over and

by, and not

now

reverfible

O

how

fate

and

fure might

we

be

in

all

our

a&ings,

movings and

meddlings; and with

how

much

peace

might

we

refle& on them,

if

we

did

always

call and

ad-

mit

God's

teflimonies, and

our

own

Confiences

enlight-

ned

and informed

by them,

to

be

our

advifers

and

counfellors

;

the

negle& whereof

makes many

rugged,

diforderly, irregular

and unpeaceable

ffeps in

our walk

n

That

man

only walks

fizrely,

that

walks uprightly,

in

Tingle

and

unbiaffed

compliance with the di&ates

of

the

Spirit

of

God in

the fcriptures,

and

of

his

own

Confci

ence

conform

thereunto

;

moll certainly

in

the

multitude

of

confultations

with fuch

counfellors

there

is

fafety.

Eleventhly,

We

would carefully take

heed, that

we

do

not

baffle

and proftitute

Confcience

either

by

fwearing

at

all

by

our

Confcience,

let be

ordinarily

and

cufloma-

rily,

(too

much incident to

many

profefl Chriflians,

to

the great

(caudal

of

Chriflian religion) which

be-

fide

the

unneceffarinefs

of

it,

at

leafl

in molt

cafes,

is

never

any

in

any

cafe

warrantable

;

Confcience,

though

Gods

deputy,

being

but

a

creature,

as

heaven,

earth,

and our

heads

are,

Matth.

5.

v.

34,

35,

36.

(by

which

we

ought not at all

to

(wear,

being exprefly

forbidden

by the

Lord

to

do

fo) and

fo

never

to be

fworn

by

Swearing

being

a

piece,

and

a

very

folemn

piece

of

God's

worship, and

often

put

for the whole worship

of

God,

in

the

fcriptures, where

we

are called

to

(wear

by

biro

only,

Deut.

6.

v.

13.

and

20.

v.

io.

or

where (wearing

by

it

is

much,

or

altogether,

abflained

from,

and

it

may

be

fomewhat

abhorred;

yet

we

would

not

dare

to

debate vilify

and

(as

I

faid)to proftitute

Confcience

ordinarily,and

on

every

light

and

trivial

occafion,by

Paying

in

Confcience)

or

on

myCon'.

C

ctrnce

s