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& Exod 20..7. 7er. 4. 2. h Gen. 24:1,2,3,5 6,8,9. i Num.5.19,21.Neb.5.12. Exo.22.11
- IV. An Oath is to be taken in the plain & common sense of the words, without equivocation or mental reservation: * It cannot oblige to sin, but in any thing not finful being taken it binds to performance, although to a mans own hurt; nor is-ic to be violated, although made co Hereticks or Infidels : k Jer. 4
2. Pfal. 24. 4. Ti Sam. 25. 22, 31, 33, 34. · Pfal. 15. 4. m Ezek. 17. 16, 18,19. Yob. · 18, 19. with 2 Sam 2 i. 1.
i A Vow, which is not to be made to any · Creature but to God alone, is of the like nature with a promiffory Oath and ought to be made with the like Religious care, and co be performed with the like faithlulness " Pfa. 76 1 Jer. 44, 25, 26. Psal. 50. 14. & 65. 1. Ifa 19 21. Eccl. 5: 4, 5, 6. Pfal. 61.8. & 66 13, 14 .
i VI. Popish monaftical Vows of perpetual single life, profeffed poverty, and regular obedience, are so far from being degrees of higher perfeGtion that they are. Superftitious and Sinful
M OD the supream Lord and King of all
U the World, hath ordained Civil Magile frates to be under him, over the People for his own glory and the publick good; and to this end hath armed them with the Power of the Sword, for the defence and encouragement of them that do good, and for the punishment of evil doers : * Rom 13 I 10 4 1 Pet 2: 13:14
. 11. . It is Lawful for Chriftians to accept & execute the Office of a Magistrate, when called Chereunto : " in the management whereof as they oughe especially to maintain Piety, Julcice and Peace, according to the wholon Laws of each Commonwealth ; " So for that end they may Lawfully now under the new-. Testament wage War upon juft and neceffary occasion. d b Pro. 8. 15.16. Rom 13.1, 2.4. he Psal. 2. 10,10.12. 1 Tim. 2.2. Pfal 82, 3,4
2 Sam. 23 3. 1 Pet. 2. 13. d Luk-3.14. R0.13.4 . Mat. 8. 9,10. AE 10. 1,2. Rev. 17 14,16.
ill. . They wag upon p'etence of Christian libera ty shall pose any Lawful power, or the law. tul exéruses of it, selift the Ordinance of God, and for their pubishing of iuch opinions, or mint inning of such practices as de contrary to the Light of nature, or to the known priociples of Chriftianity, whether concerning taich, worship or convertation, , or to the power of God inels, or such erronious opinia ons or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publihing or maintaining them are deftructive to che external peace & order which Christ hath established in the Church, they may Lawfully be called to account, and proceeded against by the censures of the Church, and by the power of the Civil Magistrate ; yet in fuch differences about the Doârines of the Gospel, or ways of the Wor Thip of God, as may betal, men exercising a good conscience, mapitefting it in their Con. versation, and holding the foundacion, & duo ly observing the Rules of peace and order, there is no warrant for the Magistrate to abridge them of their liberlý.
: . IV. It is the Duty of People to pray for Magifrates, co honour their persons, to pay them Piibute and other dues, to obey, their lawful
commands, and to be furjiet to their authority for coniciince lake. Tofidelity, or difference in religion, rith not make void the Magistrates just and legal Authority, nor free: cbe people from their cue Obedience lo him : from which Ecclefiaftical persons are not Exempter, much lels hath the Pope any power or Jurisdiction over them in their dominions, or over any of cheir people, and least of all to deprive them of their dominions or lives if
he shall judge them to be hereticks, or upon · any other pretence whatsoever. 1 Tim 2 12
1 Pet. 2. 17. Rom. 13 6,7. & 13. 5. Tis. 3. I i Per. 2 13, 14, 16. Rom. 13. 1. 1 King 2. 35 A&t 25. 9,10,11. 2 Pet 2.1,10,11 Jude v. 8, 10 . 2 Tbef. 2. 4. Rev. 13: 15, 16, 17.
Arriage is to be between One Man and IV one Woman: neither is it Lawful for eny man to have niore then one Wife, nor for any Woman to have more than one Hulband at the same cime, a Gen 2' 24 Alat 19 56 Prov 2 17
Myrriage was orrlained for the mutual help of Husband and wile, b for the increase of
- Minkird purpose of his Will fore-ordains thereunto: Wherefore they being fallen in Adam are redeen are effectually called unto Fau his Spirit working in due seara adopted, sanctified, and kep through Faith unto Salvation any other redeemed by Chrif called, justified, adopted, fandi but the Elect only.9 mi Pel & 2.10. 2 Thef. 2. 13. DIT 2.14 o Rom. 8. 30. Epb. I. Pi Pet, 1.5. 9 70bn 7. 9. & 47.8 10.26. Rom. 8.28.50 tb
VII. The rest of mankind God cording to the unsearchable own Will, whereby he exten eth mercy, as he pleaseth, fo soveraign power over his Cre and co ordain chem to dish for their sin, to the praise tice. r Mat. II. 25, 26. R 22. 2Tim.2.19, 20. Jude 4
VIII The Doctrine of this bi destination, is to be handle dence & care, s that men at