Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

§. 53. Of the aberrations of children in the manner of their obedience.

Contrary are these aberrations.

1. When children performe their duties on by-respects: * for feare of parents wrath, and the punishment following there∣on: for hope and expectation of greater portion and allow∣nce: vpon instant perswasion of friends, with the like: these respects simply in themselues are not for the Lord.

2. When they performe them only outwardly in shew, * complementally while parents are in presence, or may know thereof. This is not with respect to God who seareheth the eart.

3. When they performe them grudgingly, mutteringly, * disdainfully: as if their parents authority were an vsurped ower and not giuen them of God. Is this in the Lord?

4. When they performe them rudely and vnmannerly: * his sheweth they consider not the glory of Gods Image shi∣ing in their parents.

5. * When they care not how they sinne against God, so *••ey may please their parents.

6. When, as if they repented of what they haue well done, *••ey refuse to doe any more duty to their parents. They waxe eary, thinking that God hath laid too heauy a burden vpon ••em. Many shew themselues more dutifull in their young∣•• then in their riper yeares. That which maketh children eary in doing duty, is commonly the great and long neede of ••eir parents, as long sicknesse, long impotency, long po∣uerty, Page  484 with the like. It appeares that such children looke only on their parents as men, which, as they imagine, can neuer re∣compence their paines and cost: they looke not to God who is able abundantly to recompence all. These therefore per∣forme not their duty in the Lord.