|Chapter XX. Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty Of Conscience|
II. God alone is Lord of the conscience [k], and has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in any thing, contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith, or worship [l]. So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience [m]: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also [n].
III. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practice any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty, which is, that being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life [o].
IV. And because the powers which God has ordained, and the liberty which Christ has purchased are not intended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another, they who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist the ordinance of God [p]. And, for their publishing of such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity (whether concerning faith, worship, or conversation), or to the power of godliness; or, such erroneous opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ has established in the Church, they may lawfully be called to account [q], and proceeded against, by the censures of the Church and by the power of the civil magistrate [r].
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