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r. JT E T him make an Acknow~ I_, ledgment of his Faults, to the Persons he hath Seduced (so far, and in such a manner, as becomes the Relation he stands in to them. )
%. Let him endeavour, by Instruction and Counsel, to reclaim them from those Sins, which he Tempted them to. And so to recover them out of the Snare of the Devil.
Let him never be at rest, till he hath done as much, or more, for the Furtherance of their Salvation, and helping them forwards towards Heaven , as he did contribute before to their Ruin and Destruction.
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3. If he hath been so monstrously Wicked ( and there are some such Wretches ) as to turn Factor for the Devil's Kingdom, by Publishing Atheistical Books: Or, by Writing Filthy, Olscetie, Lascivious TraBs and Poems : Let him first as Publickly as he can, declare his Abhorrence of such his Wickedness; and then take the most effectual Methods, to call in, stifle, and suppress those Cursed Books.
Thus the Sick Person is to make Restitution , with respect to his Neighbour's Soul.
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Rongs or Injuries which may be done to the. Body, are of several Degrees/...".
1. The highest is Killing. Or taking away the Life. Which we call Murther. Now
Now Murt her may be committed,
1. By open Violence. When a Man either by Sword, or any other Instrument, takes away another's Life.
z. Murther may be committed Secretly, and Treacherousty. As by Poyson, False Accusation, with such like concealed Ways. m And for the Sick Man's Conviction: And that he may distinctly examine his Conscience, how far he may have been guilty of Murther, I must remind him of this Rule , frequently mentioned by Divines; <viz.
In the Negative Tart os a Commandment, where any Sin is forbidden, there all Causes and- Occasions of that Sin, are likewise sorhidden.
According to which Rule, the Sixth Commandment, CfjOU
tyalt ao no ggfcm&er, is thus
to be Interpreted.
Thou fkalt not Kill. Neither shalt thou do any thing, which may be the Cause or Occasion, os taking away the Life os thy Neighbour.
Which I fliall explain very pertinently to our present purpose, in these Two Instances.
j : ':•".- - ::u. .'-,.') :.': ' 1 1. A Man , for his Diversion,
makes another Drunk. Who being thus Distemper d, breaks his Neck off his Horse: Falls down a Precipice , or by some other sad Accident, is \br ought to his Death.
He who thus Debauched him, (though Human Laws cannot Punisli him, yet) in the fight of God, he is not free from his Blood. ;.. , |i,Mo '♦ .. ..;:..:ir.. \;.<v:
x. A Man, out of a Malicious Design, mutually reports false and injurious Stories betwixt Tw& Perj. sons. Upon which a Duel or ^.encounter happens, in which cute, of them is kill d. . >.* He
He who first started the Quarrel, by his prating Lyes , most certainly hath his ihare in the Guilt.
From these Two Cafes, which God knows , too often happen, I think it seasonable to add this Two-fold Caution.
i. lake heed of Encouraging the Epccejfes j Or , Administring to the Intemperance of Others. •'"
2. Beware (inSo/omonsPhraCe) ef sowing Discord among Brethren.
You do not know the fad Consequences of either; nor what depth of Guilt and Misery may be incurr'd thereby.
II. Though Murther is the greatest , yet it is not the only * Injury which may be done to the Body. 's
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