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and subduing iniquity. Ezek. xxxvi. 25, Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean ; from all your filthiness will I cleanse you. Micah vi. 19, He will subdue our iniquities. 2 Cor. vii. 1, Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 8. By the help of the Spirit. Rom. viii. 13, For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die ; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 9. By frequent and fervent prayer. Psal. li. 2, 7, Wask me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than the snow. Psalm cxix. 37, Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity. Matth. vi. 13, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 10. When no other means will avail to quench burning desires, marriage is to be made use of. and that must be in the Lord. I Cor. vii. 9, But if they cannot contain, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn. Verse 39, If her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will, only in the Lord.
Q. 5. Why must we preserve our chastity ?
A. We must preserve our chastity, 1. Because we are men and women, and not beasts, who are under no law; it is suitable to the principles of reason, and law of God written upon the heart, as well as the express command of the word, to keep ourselves chaste and clean. 2. Because we are Christians, and not Heathens, who have no knowledge or fear of God. 1 Thess. iv. 5, Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles who know not God. Eph.iv. 17, 19, This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, who being past feeling, have given them. selves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 3. Because we are true believers, our bodies are members of Christ, and temples of the Holy Ghost, and not our own, and therefore ought to be kept clean and holy. I Cor. vi. 15, 16, 19, Know ye not, that your bodies are the members of Christ ? shall I then
take the members of Christ and make then the mem- , bers of an harlot ? God forbid. What! know ye not that he, which is joined to an harlot, is one body? What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own ? i Cor. iii. 17, If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy ; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Q. 72. What is forbidden in the seventh commandment ?
A. The seventh commandment forbiddeth all unchaste thoughts, words and actions.
Q. 1. What is the sin forbidden in the seventh commandment?
A. The sin forbidden in the seventh commandment, is, all unchastity and uncleanness. Eph. v. 3, Fornication, and all uncleanness, let it not be once named amongst you.
Q. 2. Wherein is all unchastity and uncleanness for, bidden ?
A. All unchastity and uncleanness is forbidden, 1. In the thoughts and desires of the heart, such as wanton thoughts and lustful desires. Matth. v. 28, Whosoever looketh upon a woman, to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. James i. 14, 15, Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then, when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin. 2. In words and speeches, such as all obscene words, lascivious songs, and enticing speeches unto any, to draw them to this sin. Eph. v. 4, Neither filthiness nor foolish talking. Prov. vii. 18, 21, Come let us take our fill of love until the morning, and solace ourselves with loves. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 3. In the actions, and that both the acts of unchastity and uncleanness itself, and whatever actions do tend thereunto.
Q. 3. What are the acts of unchastity and uncleati. ness which are forbidden ?
A. The acts of unchastity and uncleanness which are forbidden, are either such as are without marriage, or in those that are married.
Q. 4. What are the acts of unchastity and uncleanness without marriage forbidden?
A. The acts of unchastity and uncleanness without marriage forbidden, are, i. Self-pollution, and all lascivious spilling of man's own seed. Gen. xxxvii. 9, And Onan knew that the seed should not be his, and lie spilled it on the ground. 2. Fornication and adultery. Gal. v. 19, Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lascivious. ness. Ley, sriji. 20, Thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. 3. In: cest. Lev, xviii. 6, None of you shall approach unto any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness; I am the Lord. 4. Rape, and all forcing of any unto ihe sin of uncleanness, Deut. xxii. 25, If a man find a betrothed dainsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her, the man shall die. 5. Sodomy. Lev. xviii. 22, Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination. 6. Buggery. Lev. xviii, 23, Thou shalt not lie with any beast, to defile thyself therewith; it is confusion.
Q. 5. What are the acts of unchastity and uncleanness forbidden between those that are married ?
A. The acts of unchastity and uncleanness forbidden between those that are married, are all unseasonable and iminoderate use of the marriage bed. Lev. xviii. 19, Thou shalt not approach unto a woman, to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. I Cor. vii. 5, Defrawd ye not one another, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give your. selves to fasting and prayer.
Q. 6. What are those actions forbidden which do tend to unchastity and uncleanness?
A. The actions forbidden which do tend to unchastity and uncleanness, are, i. Drunkenness. Gen. xix. 33, And they made their father drink wine that night; and
the first-born went in, and lay with her father. 2. Glut. tony and idleness. Ezek. xvi. 49, 50, Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, Pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her; and she committed abomination before me. 3. Wanton gestures and attires. Isa. ill. 16, The daughters of Zion walk with stretched forth necks, and wanton eyes, walking, and mincing as they go. Prov. vii. 10, 13, There met him a · woman, with the attire of an harlot; and she caught him, and kissed bim. 4. Frequenting light and lewd company, reading lascivious books, beholding unchaste pie. tures, or doing any thing which may provoke lust.
Q. 7. Wherefore ought all to forbear all unchastity, and uncleanness, especially the grosser acts of fornication and adultery ?
A. All ought to forbear unchastity and uncleanness, especially the grosser acts of fornication of adultcry, 1. Because fornication and adultery is a sin very offensive and dishonourable unto God. 2 Sam. xi. 4, 27, And David sent messengers, and took her: and she came in unto him, and he lay with her. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. 2. Because fornication and adultery is very pernicious and hurtful unto themselves that are guilty of it. l. It is a sin against their body, which defileth it, and oftentimes wasteth and con sumeth it. I Cor. vi. 18, Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doth is without the body : but he, that committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body. Prov. v. 8, 11, Remove thy way far from her, lest tlou mourn at last, when thy flesh and thy body are consuined. 2. It is a sin against their soul, which doth blind the mind, waste the conscience, and, in the issue, doth bring destruction upon the soul. Hosea iv, 1l, Whoredom and wine take away the heart (that is, the understanding.) Prov. vi. 32, Whoso committeth adultery with a womnan, lacketh understanding; he that doth it, destroyeth liis own soul. 3. It woundeth and blotteth the name. Prov." vi. 32, 33, Whoso committeth adultery, a wound and dis
honour shall he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped - away. 4. It wasteth the estate and substance. Prov. v.
10, Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, and thy law
bours be in the house of a stranger. Prov. vi. 26, For by means of a whorish woman, a man is brought to a piece of bread. 5. It bringeth many to an untimely end.' Prov. vi. 26, The adultress will hunt for the precious life. Prov. vii. 26, She hath cast down many wounded; yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 6. Because fornication and adultery are injurious to others: the party with whom uncleanness is committed, is involved in the same guilt; and if the party be married, it is an injury to the other married relation.
Q. 73. Which is the eighth commandment? A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal.
Q. 74. What is required in the eighth commandment?
A. The eighth commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering the wealth and outward estate of ourselves and others.
Q. 1. What doth the eighth commandment respect?
A. The eighth commandment doth respect the wealth and outward estate of ourselves and others.
Q. 2. What doth the eighth commandment requires in reference unto our and others' wealth and outward estate?
A. The eighth commandment doth require, in reference unto our own and others' wealth and outward estate, the procuring and preservation thereof.
Q. 3. May we use any means for the procuring and preserving of our own and others' wealth and outward estate?
A. We must use none but lawful means for the procuring or preserving of our own or others' wealth or outward estate.
Q. 4. How may and ought we to endeavour the procurement and preservation of our own wealth and out. ward estate ?
A. We may and ought to endeavour the procurement and preservation of our own wealth and outward estate, 1. By making choice of a lawful and fit calling for us ; and therein to abide with God. Gen. ii. 15, And the