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CONFESSION OF FAITH;
LARGER AND SHORTER CATECHISMS,
SCRIPTURE-PROOFS AT LARGE: *
THE SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE,
CONFESSION AND CATECHISMS,) AND PRACTICAL USE THEREOF;
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SINS, AND ENGAGEMENT TO
DIRECTORILS FOR PUBLIC AND FAMILY WORSHIP;
FORM OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT, &c.
OF PUBLICK AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.
WITH ACTS OF ASSEMBLY AND PARLIAMENT, RELATIVE TO, AND
APPROBATORY OF, THE SAME.
Deut. vi. 6, 7. And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thine
heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children; and shalt talk
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1. Tur Preface, by sundry Eng. VIII. Thę Solemn League and Colish Divines.
XII. The Directory for Family VII. The National Covenant,
HEADS OF FAMILIES.
we cannot but with grief of soul lament those multitudes of errors, blasphemies, and all kinds of profaneness, which bave in this last age, like a mighty deluge, overflown this nation; so, among several other sins which have helped to open the flood-gates of all these impieties, we cannot but esteem the disuse of family instruction one of the greatest. The two great pillars upon which the kingdom of Satan is erected, and by which it is upheld, are ignorance and error; the first step of our manumission from this spiritual thraldom consists in having our eyes opened, and being turned from dark. ness to light, Acts xxvi.i8. How much the serious endeavours of godly parents and masters might contribute to an early seasoning the tender years of such as are under their inspection, is abundantly evident, not only from their special influence upon them, in respect of their authority over them, interest in them, continual presence with them, and frequent opportunities of being helpful to them; but also from the sad effects which, by woeful experience, we find to be the fruit of the omission of this duty. It were easy to set before you a cloud of witnesses, the language of whose practice bath been not only an eminent commendation of this duty, but also a serious exhortation to it. As Abel, though dead, yet speaks by