George Gillespie on the evil of compelling people against their conscience to observe indifferent ceremonies

Reformed Covenanter

Puritanboard Commissioner
If the thing be indifferent, I confess no man is to be compelled to it against his conscience, for this hath been the tyranny of Papists and Prelates, to compel men against their conscience to certain rites which themselves acknowledged to be merely indifferent, setting aside obedience to authority in such things, which (say they) is not indifferent. But if the word of God either directly or by necessary consequence, make the thing necessary, and such as we cannot leave undone without sin and breach of duty; if there be such an obligation from the word, then may a man be compelled to it, though against his conscience.

For the reference, see George Gillespie on the evil of compelling people against their conscience to observe indifferent ceremonies.
 

Ben Zartman

Puritan Board Sophomore
This is timely, given the approaching season when at my church they bring uncommanded elements into the service of God, then say, "What? It's Adiaphora!" Forgetting that what is done and said during Lord's Day worship is laid on the conscience.
 
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