This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1735. Excerpt: ... no such adjurations, attestations or obtestations had been used, because the name of the Lord has been interposed by others: and if sueh attestations, &c. be lawful, as we have proved them to be in some cases, then ought they to have weight, or they are used in vain. We see our Lord Christ answered to such, Mat. 2.6. after a while's keeping silence. And in reference to these ye fail, 1. In giving little enter-, tainment unto, and laying little weight upon, the charges and obtestations of ministers, which come unto you by them from this word and gospel; these charges of ministers are, as if an herald gave a charge in the magistrate's name, which bindeth as from him, and more than another roessage delivered in other terms. In thjs then ministers are as heralds, charging you in their Master's name, even in the name of the great God, and of Jesus Christ, the Prince of the kings of the earth. 2. When one of you putteth not another scrioufly to it, to forbear and abandon sin, or to practise such a duty, charging them, or rather, obtesting them, as they will answer to God, to do so; as often in the Canticles we find, / charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem. 1 3. In your overly, rash, and flight way of using obtestations and grave intreaties, merely or mostly for the fashion, or by way of complement, or in petty and trivial things; as when ye fay, For God's fake, for God's blessing do this or that, only as a customary by-word: This is no doubt more than an ordinary taking of God's, name in vain in common discourse, because ye take on you to bind others in the name of God, not considering what ye are doing; and in a matter not necessary, and of no weight, exposing the name of the Lord to contempt, and thereby tempting others to care but little for it. This is a mos...
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