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hardly

a

worfe thing

than

an

erring

Confcience

;

becaufe,

whether the

man

that

hath ir,

forbear or

do,

to

him

it

is

fin;

only,

if

the

things

be

indifferent, it

obligeth

to

door

forbear

;

for,

when

the word

determineth

nor,

Con

-

fcience

(tho'

mifiuformed) cafteth the balance to

the

fide

which

it

judgeth

to

be neceffary

:

As

for Inftance,

if

a

man

think

it

a fm

to hear the

word with the

head

un-

covered,

he

is

obliged

to

cover

his

head,

and

contra-

rily

;

for

Confcience

there

cafteth

the

balance:

But,

when

the

thing

is

unlawful

on

the matter,

it may

bind

him

up,

while it

remains in

an

error,

fo

as

he

cannot without

fin

counteract

its

dictate

;

but it never

obligeth him to

fin.

2.

An

opinionative Confcience is

not

a

good guide,

that

is, when

a

man

bath

fome

fort

of

light,or

apprehenfion

of

a

thing

to

be

duty

;

yet feareth

that

it

may

not

be

a

duty,

and bath

fome hefitation

or doubt about

the

matter

:

For,

i.

This

is

not

faith, but

opinion

;

and

in

-matters

of

faith,

opinion cannot

be

a

ground

torelt upon;

therefore,

Roma.

14.

5.

Every

man

ought

to

be

fully

per_

(waded

in his

own mind.

Z.

In

matters

of

pratice,

the

impulfe

of

an

opinionating

Confcience, will

not

warrant

us

;

for,

when

a

man hefitates, he

cannot

do

in

faith

;

therefore

to

do, it

is fin

to

him,

becaufe he

hath

not

perfwafion

;

and

in

this refpe ±,

as

to

practice,

he

is

like

the

man

that

bath the

erring

Confcience,

he can

neither

do

nor

forbear,

but

he

finneth.

3.

If

it

be in

a

truth,

not fundamental, opinion

may

have

weight with

him,

and

fway

him

to

that

which

is

molt

probable,

and

hath

moti conveniencies with

it (tho'

in

matters

of

pra

&ice

it

be otherwife) and it giveth

Con,/cience

peace in

this

re-

fpe&,

when

that

which bath

molt

probability

in

it

(as

I

have

jutt

now

faid)

is

inclined to.

3.

A

doubting

Confcience

(of

fome

affinity

with

the

former)

which leaveth

a

man in

.an

hover

or

fufpence,

that

he knoweth

nor

whether

filch"

á

thing

be

duty, or

if

fuck

a thing;

be fin,

or

not

;

certainly here

a

man is

bound

not

to

do

doubtingly,

For

be

that

douyteth

is

dam-

ned,

if

he

do,

Rom.

14.

2.3.

And

yet

there

is

hazard

in

forbearing,

if

the thing

be

duty

;

yea, in this

cafe

there

is

a

necefty

of

fuming

(but

it'll'

of

the

man's

own

con-

trading)