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ing

and favoury

fermons

(wherein

if

there

be

any

thing

that

doth

not

fo

fully

anfwer

expectation,

let

it

be

im-

putted

to

the writer

from

his

own

mouth,

whole

copy

was

fo

very

incorre&, that the

fitting

it for the

view

of

the

world hath

caufed

no

(mall

labour

to

me)

I

need

fay

the

lefs

of

it

;

only

in

general,

I

would humbly

offer

thefe

few

things,

Fire,

We

would

above

all things look well

that

once

we have

a

good

confcience, not only

morally

(that

is,

when

confcience

judgeth

itfelf bound to

own

God's

revealed.

will for

its

rule,

and when

it

impelleth

or puiheth

the

man to

a&

according

to

that rule,

and

withal the more

ordinary

difpofition

of

his

will

is

to comply with

thefe

impulfes

of

his

confcience,

which

may

be where

there

is

no

fpecial

or

faving

grace)

but

gracioufly

fo

;

which

neceífarily

prefuppofeth

a

ftate

of

regeneration, and

the

heart's applying

itfelf

by

faith

(the

gift

of God)

to

the

blood

of

fprinkling,

which both

purgeth

and

pacifieth

cleanfeth

and

calmeth

the

confcience;

which

fpeaketh

bet

ter

things

than

the

blood

of

able,

yea,

bath

a

cry,

able

to

outcry the

loudeft cries

of

the

molt clamorous

and

guil-

ty

confcience, and

is

that

wherein

all

difquieting

chal-

lenges

and

accufations

for

fin

are

only fafely

funk

and

and put

to filence,

fo

as

they

íha11

never again

fwim

a

hove and

talk

to

the

final

forrow

and íhame

of

fuch

as

are

led through

grace to

take

this

courfe with them

,

as

the

now funk

and

any

other

way

filenced

challenges

of

moft

men and women,

will

once moft certainly.

rife

on

them,

and

fpeak

at

a

high rate

againft

them,

never

any

more

taP

hold

their

peace from grievoufly

galling and gnawing

ac-

cufations

;

For

to

the unclean

and

unbelieving nothing

is

pure,

but

even

the mind

and

confcience is

defiled.

Secondly,

The

confcience

being thus made good,

we

would endeavour

by

all

fuitable

means

to keep it fo,

that

we may be

in

cafe

on

warrantable

and good grounds to

fay

with

-the

apoffle,

LVe

trufi we

have

a

good confcience

in

all

things,

willing

to

live

honefily,

Heb.

13. 18.

And

if

at

any

time

the

confcience

of

the

Chriftian

be

defiled

and

wounded

by new

contracted pollution

and

guilt,

and

challenges

begin thence to arife and

to

difturb

the

peace

nd

fev

et

repefe

of

the

foul,

there

would

be

on

all

fuck

occafions