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a

Sermon

2.

fn,

and

fin

to be

duty

;

as

it

was

with

thefe

of

whom

the Lord fpeaketh,

john

16. z The

time

cometh,

when

whofoever

killeth

you

will

think

that

he

Both God

fervice

Tho'

an

erring

Confcience be not

fo

properly

to

be

cal-

led

Confcience,

for it

rather

gives offence

than

edifies

;

vet

this

Confcience, fuch

as

it

is,

putteth

a

man

into

a

lirait,

that

he

can

neither do nor forbear

:

That

is,

it

necel

ari-

ly,

while

it

remains, involveth him

in

fin,

whether

he do

or

forbear

;

hence

it

is

faid

of

filch

a

Confcience,

ligat,

fed

non

obligat,

it bindeth up

the

man,

but

loth

not

oblige

:

For

the

man

that hath this erring

Confcience,

making

him

think, that

fuch

or

fuch

a

thing

is

a

neceffary

H:.

duty,

when

in

the

mean

Time

it

is

a

fin, in

following

.'

the

impulfe

of

his

Confcience, finneth

again{"

the

law

of

God

;

as

filppofe

it

be

in

perfecuting,

or

killing the

fervants

of

God, which

he

thinks

good fervice

:

Neither,

will the

error

of

his

Confcience excufe

him

here,

becaufe

he fhould

have

endeavoured

to

have

it

better

informed

for

thefe

that

fin

in the

law, "hall

be

judged

by

the

M1;

law:

And,

if

he

forbear

to do fuch

a

thing,

he finneth

a.

gainff

his

Confcience,

for,

he

fuppofing

it

to

be

God's

mind

which

it di&ateth,

and

his

Confcience being to

him

in

place

of

God,

he

is

guilty,

as

it

what

he

doth

were

done

dire

&ly and

immediately

again""

God;

for

to

him

it

was

fo,

and

he

thought

fo

;

and thus,

through

his own

culpable

acceffion,

it

layeth

a necefTity

of

finning

on

him,

whether

he

do

or

forbear

;

yet it

never ob.ligeth,

nor

can

oblige him

to

go

contrary

to

the

law

of

God

:

As

fup-

F

pofe

he

thinketh that

fuch

a

minifler, who

is

an honeff

and

faithful man, Mould

be

depofed

or

excommunicated,

í;

it

doth

not oblige

him to

perfecute

an

innocent

and

ho-

ï

nett

man

;

and

yet,

if

he

endeavour

it

not,

he finneth a-

gain"" his

Confcience,

in

countenancing

of

that perfon,

which

he

in

his

mifapgehenfion

judgeth

to

be

fin

:

This

may

feem

to

be

fomewhat

{"range

and

parodoxial

;

but

it

is

the

woful

effe

&, and

bitter

fruit

of

the

want

of light,

and

of

a

well- intormed

Confcience, and

it

floweth not

from the nature

of

the

word

of

God,

nor

from

the nature

of

Confcience,

but

from

our

own

Cor-

ruption,

making

no

ufe,

or

an

ill ufe

of the

word

of

God,

the

fuperior

of

the

Confcience

:

So

that there

is

bard..