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52

Serìnoiz z.

generals

;

Y.

That

whatever

is

fir

againff

God,

offendeth

the

Confcience

;

for

Confcience being

God's

deputy,fub-

flitute

by him,

and fuftaining his place and vice,in

a

man

-

ner,

in

the foul;

to give fentence

for him, whatever

of-

fends and

wrongs

God,

muff

alto

offend

and

wrong

the

Confcience

;

and

tho'

every

fin

doth

not

always

at pre

fent

fenfibly and feelingly

affe

&i

the Confcience, yet

it

rnaketh

way

for that,

and proveth

to be an offence

and

wrong

done

tf4,

in

that

it

layeth the ground

of

a

chal-

lenge.

z.

That

is an offence

and wrong

to

the Confci-

ence, which

is

agaìnft

light

and

knowledge

:

And

tho'

the

impulfè

of

Confcience,

according

to

that

light,

be not

always

fo

vigorous

;

yet,where

there

is a

thwarting

with

light,

there

is a

daring of

Confcienee, and

a

contradicting

of

it,

and

(as

it

is,

Rom.

14.

zz.)

a

man

then

condemneth

himf

l

f

in

that

which

he

alloweth.

,

and layeth

the ground

of

a

challenge

againff

himíelf

in

that

wherein

he

bath light

and

clearnefs.

3.

Confcience

is

offended

or

wronged,

when

any

thing

is

adventured

on

that

is

contrary

to

the

impulfe

of

it

;

as

when

Confcience

faith,That

fuch

or

¡hell

a

thing

ought

to be

done,

and

we

notwithffanding

leave

it

undone

;

or

when

it faith,

Such

and

fuch

a

thing

ought

not

to be

done, and yet

we

do

it

:

Since

Confcience

(as

we faid before)

takes

notice

of

all

a

man's

thoughts,

pur-

poles,

words

and ways, to give in

a

word

for God,

when

that

which

it

fays

for

him

is

flighted,

it cannot but

be

offended

and wronged.

Secondly,

Not

to offend,

but

to

keep friendíhip

and

a

good underffanding with the

Confcience,

fuppofeth

and

taketh

in

thefe things,

z.

To

have

the judgment

clearly

informed

anent

the

mind

of

God

;

for tho'

Confcience

be

above

us,

yet

it

is

under

God,

and therefore

it

ought

to

be

informed

from

his

word

;

and

we

lay

.a

ffumbling-

block

before

it, when

we

endeavour

not to

have

the

eye

fingle

(as

the

Lord

fpeaks)

and

the

uiiderffanding

clear.

z.

To

liffen

and lend

the ear

to

hear

what Con-

fcience faith, and,

after deliberation,

to be

fwayed

and

determined

according

ro

what

it faith,

in

doing

or

for..

bearing

;

for,

unlefs

we

takeheed

to

the

voice

of

Confci-

ence,

we

know

not

when

we

pleafe

or

difpleafe

it.

3.

To

ply

and

fleer a

ffrairihc

cou

-fe

according

to

the di

&ate and

dire&tioi