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41

Sermon

r.

them

;

therefore they

are given

up

to

the

groffefl things

without check

or

challenge

:

Hence

it

is

thus,

in

part

at

leaft,

with

many profeffors

within the

vifible

Church,

for

thwarting

with

Confcience.

And indeed

a

filent

and dumb'

Confcience

is

a

great plague

:

For,if

it

ceafe to

be

a

repro_

ver,

and

fpeak not, men, nay,

even

godly

men, may,

and

will

fleep

on;

as

David,

after the

going over

the bet.

ly

of

his

light,

and

blunting the

Edge

of

his

Confcience,

ílept

long enough,

till

Confcience

at

laft

roufed

him up.

Hence

alto the apoflle

fpeaketh

of

force

Conf

iences

which

mere

feared with

an

hot iron

;

which

is

not

fo

to

be

un-

derftood,

as

if

Confcience

were flefh,

or

of

a

fiefhly

fub4

fiance

;

only he

maketh the

comparifon,

that,

as

a

man's

flefh

is

fenfible

of, and

afeeted

with

the

prick

of

a

pin,

fo

is

Confcience

with

fin,

while

tender

:

But,

as

the

flefh

of

a

man

or

beaft, when

it

is

feared

or burnt,

a

confia°

derable

thruft

will

not

much,

if

it

at

all,

affe&

it

;

fo

is

Confcience,

when

ftupified and made

fenflefs

by

mul-

tiplied

fins

againft

light,

it

groweth

fo

cauterized

and

feared,

that hardly

any fin,

or

challenge

for

fin,

is

felt.

3.

Men

want not

a

Confcience,

tho'

they hear

it

not

al-

ways fpeaking

;

for

Confcience

may often

be

fpeaking

when

they

take not heed to it

;

as

is

abundantly

clear

in

David

and

yofeph's

brethren

:

For,

that

which

is

the

death

-evil

of

a

natural

man, may fometimes

be

the

fore

and dangerous

ficknefs

and

diflemper

of

a

child

of

God;

and,

tho

Confcience

may

fpeak but foftly

for

a

time,

yet

thereafter

it

will

fpeak

louder,

and make

it known,

that

it

fpoke when

it

was

not

liflned unto.

The

day cometh,

when

the

books will

be

opened,

and

Confcience

will

fpeak

plainly, fmartly,

and home

;

and

it

concerns

you

all

to

know,

that

Confcience is

not abfent when

it

is

quiet,

but

that

it

will

fpeak,

and fpeak to

purpofe

in

due time;

and that,

as

a

party

with

whom

there

is

no

tryfting

till

it

come

before

the

great

Judge,

and

then

it will

give

in

what

it hath

to

fay

;

and

it

will

then

be

evidently

known,

that

there

was

a

Confcience

in the

prophaneff

perfon,

who

moll

cauterized

it,

by

going over the belly

of

its

light

and fuggeftions.

The

zd

ufe

fpeaketh

to

you that

live

at

random,

taking

lrcat

liberty and latitude

to yourfelves befide the rule

e

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to