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29. 8, 10. with Mat. 5.17, 18. m Col. 2. 16, 17. Heb. 4. 9, 10.

VHI. This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when Men after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy reit all the day from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly Imployments and Recreations, n but also are taken up the whole cime in the Publick and Private Exercises of his Worship, and in the duries of necessity and mercy •

n Exod 20 8 & 16 23, to 32 and 13. 12, to 18. Isa 58. 13. Neb 13. 1.5, to 23 Ifa. 58. 13. Mat. 12. 1, 1014

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Lawful Oath is a part of religious Wor

ship, a wherein the Person Swearing in Truih, Righteousness and Judgment folemnly calleth God to Witnels what he afförtech or promisech, and to Judge him according to the Truth or Falthood of what heSweareth. by · Deus. 10. 20. b Jer. 4. 2. Exod. 20.7. Lev 19. 12. 2 Gor. 23. 2 Cbrin. 6. 22, 23.

II. The name of God only is that by which men ought to Swear and therein it is to be used with all holy teai & reverence : c Therefore to Swear vainly or rathly by that glorious and dreadiul name or to swear at all hy any other thing, is finful,& co be abhor eu :d yer as in matters of wright and mom:nt an Oath is warranted by the Word of God under the New Testament, as well as under the Old, e foa Lawful Orch, b ing mpoled by Liwful Authority in Tuch matters ought to be taken, rc Deut. 6. 13 d Exod 2: 7 e fer 5 7 Mat. 5.34, 35, 36 Jam 5 12

Heb.6 16 2 Cor. 1.23 ila 6516 Kings 8. 31 Neba 13. 25 Ezr. 10.5

Whosoever taketh an Oath warranted by the Word of God, oughe duly to consider the weightiness of so folemo an Act, and herein to avouch noching but what he is fully perIwaded is the truch : 8 neither may any man bind himself by an Oach to any thig buc what is good and just, and what he ben lieveth fo co be, and what he is able and rem folved to perform : " Yet it is a sin to refuse an Oath touching any thing that is good and jult , being Lawfully imposed by Authority i K

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& Exod 20. 7. Jer. 4. 2. h Gen. 24.1,2,3,5 6,8,9. i Num.5.19, 21. Neb.5.12. Ex0.22.11

IV. An Oath is to be taken in the plain & common sense of the words, without equivocation or mental reservation: * It cannot oblige to lin, but in any thing not finful being taken it binds to performance, although to a mans own hurt;

nor is it to be violated, although made to Hereticks or Infidels : *

! 2. Pfal. 24. 4. 11 Sam. 25. 22, 31, 33, 34. Pfal. 15. 4.

m Ezek. 15. 16, 18, 19.90.9 18, 19. witb 2 Sam 21. 1.

V. A Vow, which is not to be made to any Creature but toGod alone, is of the like nature with a promiffory Oath and ought to be made with the like Religious care, and to be performed with the like faithfulness" Pfa. 7611 Jer. 44. 2526. Pfal. 50. 14. & 65. 1. Ifa 19 21 · Eccl. 5: 4, 5, 6. Pfal. 61.8.& 66 1:3, 14

VI. l'opish monaftical Vows of perpetual single life, profefied poverty, and regular obedience, are lo far from being degrees of higher perfethat they are. Superllitious and Sinful

snares,

snares, in wbich no Christian may intangle himself. ° Mat.19. 11,12. 1 Cor. 7. 2,9 Epb 4.28 1 Pet. 4.2, 1 Cor 7 23

CH A P. XXIV.
Of the Civil Magistrate.

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TOD the supream Lord and King of all

the World, hath ordained Civil Magistrates 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 to 4 1 Pet 2: 13, 14

H. It is Lawful for Christians to accept & execute the Office of a Magistrate, when called Chereunto : in the management whereof as they ought especially to maintain Piety, Jufcice and Peace, according to the wholson Laws of each Commonwealth © So for chac end they may Lawfully now under the newTestament wage War upon just and neceffary occasion, d

b Pro. 8. 15.16. Rom 13. 1, 2.4. Pfal. 2. 10,10 12. I Tim. 2.2. Psal 82, 34 2 Sam 23 3. 1 Pet. 2. 13. d Luk 3.14. Ro.13.4 Mat. 8. 9,10. At 10. 1,2. Rev. 17 14,16.

They who upo1 pretence of Chriftian liber: ty shall pure any Lwful power, or the law. ful exerufs of it, reuit te Ordinance of God, and for their pubithing of luch opinions, or mint a sing of such practices as we contrary to the Light of nature, or to the known priocips of Christianity, whether concerning taich, wor hip or conversation, , or to the power of Godliness, or such erronious opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them are dedructive to che external peace & order which Christ hath established in the Church, they may Lawfully be called to account, and proceeded against by the cenfures of the Church, and by the power of the Civil Magistrate ; yet in fuch differences about the Do&rines of the Gofpel, or ways of the Wor. Thip of God, as may betal, men exercising a good conscience, mapitefting it in their conversation, and holding the foundacion, & du. ly observing the Rules of peace and order, there is no warrant for the Magistrate to abridge them of their liberty.

IV. It is the Duty of People to pray for Magi"tes, to honour their Persons, to pay them

ste and other dues, to obey, their lawful

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