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in matters of doctrine, provided that he be peaceabir, and his practice good, and that he neither attempts nor teaches any thing which tends to the disturbing of the state, or to the debauching of the morals of the people.
They who without any just cause are public enemies to the state, (whether they are foreign foes or domestic rebels) may be refifted, and under the commission of lawful authority, subdued by force of arms.
If a private enemy unlawfully assaults, or any way endeavours to injure a man in his perfon, goods, or good name, it is lawful for the person, who is thus afsaulted or injured, to fand up in his own defence, as far as the justice and exigence of his case requires. But when we have thus done all that is necessary, or that we are able honestly to do, for the preservation of ourselves or the public, we must not proceed farther out of hatred or malice, to do any thing merely to vex, or grieve, or hurt, even the greatest and most implacable enemies : but on the contrary, having fo fecured ourselves, as that they can do uş no hurt, we must always be ready to do them all manner of good that is consistent with our neceffary safety, and with that duty which we owe to the reft of mankind. .
Husbands fhould love their wives with a moft tender affection ; of which they must give all the
proof they can in all their actions : and wives must in like manner love, and also be obedient to their husbands, and each of them muft be strictly juft and faithful to the other in all things. .
' Parents must honestly endeavour to provide for their children, and to teach and breed them up in such a manner as may be beft, both for their fouls and bodies, diligently and tenderly watching over them, to keep them from all harm, countenancing and encouraging them in every thing that is good; and reproving, and fometimes correcto ing them, but without bitterness or paffion; when they find them given to any thing that is evil. . .?
Mafters and miftreffes muft be just and merciful to their servants; and servants must behave themselves not only with faithfulnefs and diligence, but also with obedience and respect towards their masters and mistresses. --" te in... ... .. . . The paftors and ministers of God's church, muft bie exemplary in their lives, diligent and industrious in their teaching and preaching of wholefome and useful doctrine, and administring and dispensing of all the ardinances of God, that they may, as much as in them lies, promote the falvation of the souls of those that are committed to their charge ::. .
And the people, on the other hand, must pay a refpect to their pastors and minifters for their work and function's sake; giving as conftant and reve
rend attendance as they can upon all holy offices, and carefully hearkening to, and putting in practice, all füch wholesome directions and instructions, as they do or shall receive from them. .
And lastly, all magistrates and rulers, in their feveral stations, must govern the people that are under them, according to the laws and constitutions of the land, administring justice with diligence and difPatch, and without fear, favor or affection, of, or to any man; always tempering (as much as in them lies, the rigor and severity of human laws, with that equity, moderation, and mercy, that the law of God requires, and is consistent with the public good.
And the people, on the other hand, muft behave themselves towards their rulers with honor and reverence to their persons, and submission and obedience to their lawful authority, making conscience of performing whatever the law of the land requires, except it should so fall out, that something is thereby commanded, which is evidently contrary to God's law: there being nothing else that can excuse a subject from giving obedience to the laws and conflitutions of that government under which he lives, except he can make it appear, that God himself requires the contrary from him.
And thus I have done with the second thing which God requires from us, which is, obedience to those
laws or rules that he has given us. I come now to
Now this sorrow for fin muft, in the next place, move him to make an humble acknowledgment and confeffion of them to God: and that he may the.. better perform this, it is necessary that he often
examine his own conscience, and endeavour to bring his sins to his remembrance.
At the same time when he confesses his sins, he must also humbly beg God's pardon for them for the sake of Jesus Christ, who died for us ; and must put on serious and stedfast resolutions, that he will amend them, and lead a better life for the time to come: and that if he has done any wrong in word or deed to any other man whatsoever, he will make reparation and reftitution to him, to the best of his power.
And to conclude all, he must ftriatly keep and fulfil these resolutions when he has made them ; or else all that has gone before will signify nothing, For indeed, reformation or amendment of life, is the only thing that completes and makes up the true 'nature of repentance.
And thus I have endeavoured to give a brief and plain account of all that God requires as necessary to salvation. And God of his mercy direct us to believe and practise accordingly, and grant that in the end we may enjoy the reward of all, even eternal happiness, through Jesus Christ our Lord..