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ONFESSION of FAITH,
THE | LARGER AND SHORTER CAT E CHI SMS,
SCRIPTUR E-PROOFS AT L ARGE.
TOGETHER WITH The Son of SAVING KNOWLEDGE || NATIONAL and SOLEMN LEAGUE. (contain'd in the Holy Scriptures, || ACKNOWLEDGMENT of Sins and and held forth in the said Confef- || ENGAGEMENT to Duties. fion and Catechisms) and Practi- || DirecTORIES. cal Use thereof.
Form of CHURCH-GOVERNMENT, COVENANTS;
όF PUBLICK AUTHORITY
RELATIVE TO, AND APPROBATIVE OF THE SAME.
\£87. vi. 6. 7. And these words which I command thee this Day, shall be in thy
Heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy Children, and Male talk of them when thou Gittelt in thy Houfe, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou lieft down, and when thon risest up.
G A S G O W:
THE Preface, by fundry English Divines.
CHRISTIAN R É A D E R
H E A DS OF F A MIL I E S.
A s we cannot bot with grief of foul lament those multitudes of errors
like a mighty deluge overflown this nation; so, among several other fies which have helped to open the food-gates of all these impieties, we cannot but esteem the disase of family instruction one of the greatest. The two great pillars upon which the kingdom of Satan is erected, and by which it is upheld, are ignorance and error; the first step of our manumission from this spiritual thraldomi confists, in having our eyes opened, and being turned from darkness to light, Acts xxvi. 18. How much the serious endeavours of godly parents and masters might contribute to an early seasoning the tender years of fuch as are under their inspection, is abundantly evident not only front their special influence upon them, in respect of their authority over them, interest in them, continual presence with them, and frequent opportunities of being helpful to them; but also from the sad effects which by woful experience we find to be the fruit of the omission of this duty. 'Twere easy to fet before you a cloud of witnesses, the language of whose practice hath been not only an eminent commendation of this duty, but also a serious exhortatoo to it. As Abel, though dead, yet speaks by his example to us for initation of his faith, &c. Heb. xi. 4. So do the examples of Abraham, of Jofua, of the parents of Solomon, of the grandmother and mother of Timothy: the mother of Augustine, whose care was as well to nurfe up the souls as the bodies of their little ones ; and as their pains herein was great, so was theit faccefs no way unanswerable.
We should scarce imagine it any better than an impertinency, in this toon-day of the gospel, either to inform or perfuade in a duty so expressly commanded, fo frequently urged, fo highly encouraged, and so eminently owned by the Lord in all ages with his blessing, but that our fad experience tells us this duty is not more needful than 'tis of late neglected. For the testoring of this daty to its due observance, give us leave to fuggest this tsable advice. The hikt concerns heads of families in respect of themselts, that as the