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1. Look that thou livest not in any one known sin against thy conscience, hating to be reformed. Do not cherish, allow, or go on in any lust, corruption, or lewd way in thine heart, life, or calling. Suffer not any work of darkness, or service of Satan, to reign and domineer in thee; for, if so, thou art so far from ability, or possibility of walking with God, or delighting in him, that thou wearest the devil’s brand, and art yet most certainly one of his. See and search the true meaning of such places as these 1 John 3:3,6,8-9; James 2:10; Ezek 18:21,30; Ps 66:18, and Ps 119:6,101; Matt 18:8-9; 2 Cor 7:1.
Suitable hereunto is the concurrent judgment and doctrine of our best divines and worthiest writers, graciously instructed unto the kingdom of heaven. These are their several assertions to the same sense, in their own words:
1. “A man can have no peace in his conscience that favoureth and retaineth any one sin in himself against his conscience.”
2. “A man is in a damnable state, whatsoever good deeds seem to be in him, if he yield not to the work of the Holy Ghost, for the leaving but of any one known sin, which fighteth against peace of conscience.”