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The author of the book called, ‘The Quaking Mountebank.’* His principles follow.
His words are seen in the light, and are condemned for the fire. The day is coming that you (whosoever you are) will suffer, and the witness in your conscience shall answer.
Principle. He said, ‘the Quakers are no conjurers,’ and yet he calls them ‘mountebanks,’ in his libel called ‘The Quaking Mountebank.’ See page 5.
Answer. They have discovered his works and fruits, and the fire is over his head, and he proves that he has the language of a mountebank, by his revilings and railings, which, among sober people, are not worth mentioning. And the Quakers' mountain is the house of the Lord, established upon the top of all the mountains in the earth: and their rock is Christ, which will split all mountebanks, who make war against him, in pieces. And now is seen what is risen against the Lamb and the saints; and the mouths of the false prophets are opened, and the inhabitants of the earth are drunk, and the beast makes war against the Lamb and the saints, but the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory. And Quakers are not mountebanks, but the Lord's children.
Principle. And this mountebank calls the Quakers ‘beasts, who have the spirit of God in them, feeling it.’ See page 7.
Answer. So that it has discovered his spirit where he is gone; and his words shall be his burden, and the Lord will find him out, though he has not put forth his name. And those who know the mind of Christ, such he calls beasts, and so has discovered himself that he knows it not; but the saints know the mind of Christ, and spirit of Christ, and are the sons and daughters of God.
Principle. He makes the steeple-house ‘the ark,’ and calls it ‘the house of God.’ See page 9.
Answer. A place which Papists set up for mass; so he shows his ignorance and profaneness against the saints whose bodies are the temples of God.
Principle. And the mountebank said, that ‘the Quakers are not akin to the Egyptians,’ but yet he said, ‘they love darkness rather than light.' See page 12.
Answer. And thus his spirit is rebuked, those who are in Egypt do not love the light.
Principle. Again he said, ‘that learning is the prime ornament of the soul.’ See page 13.
Answer. And so has thrown away the power, and Christ the bishop of the soul, who is its ornament, in which it has its joy. And men with their learning imprison the soul which is immortal.
Principle. And he said, ‘The Quakers are no Pharisees.’ See page 16.
Answer. And the priests of Newcastle call them Pharisees. Here is Gog and Magog in battle together against the Lamb, and the royal seed called Quakers, who witness what cannot be shaken, and the royal seed is atop of their head.
Principle. He said, ‘The Quakers scorn to creep into houses.’ See page 19.
Answer. Which does not agree with the rest of his company, who say they do creep into houses. The Quakers are in the power of God, and in the authority of the Lamb, above all houses, and into do not creep into houses, but are upon the throne: but you who are in the form and deny the power, creep into houses.
Ellis Bradshaw's book, called ‘The Quakers' Whitest Devil.’ His principles as follow.
He has unveiled himself in what spirit he is, and that he has gone from the prophets, and Christ, and the apostles, fighting against the rock. But the stone is fallen upon his head, which will grind him to powder, whose words shall be his burden.
Principle. He said, ‘We do utterly deny all their ways and doctrines who exclude all teachings of men.’ See page 5.
Answer. Contrary to the prophets, who told people to cease from men whose breath was in their nostrils; therefore there is a teaching beyond it. And who comes to that, shall come to hear the son. And the apostles went to bring people to the end of the prophets, and off from the priests, and off the ordinances which the prophets had established in their place; and the Lord is come to teach his people himself, where they need not say, ‘know the Lord,’ in the new covenant.
Principle. He said, ‘The Quakers' spirit teaches them to honor no man.’ See page 6.
Answer. That is a lie, for it teaches them to have all men in esteem, and to honor all men in the Lord. Yet they are convicted by the law to be transgressors, if they respect men's persons; and they are not to hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with respect of persons [partial to certain men] as you do.
Principle. And whereas you say, ‘The spirit of God does not teach to judge before the time.’ See page 6. And others say, ‘The saints shall not judge while they are upon the earth.’
Answer. But the spirit taught the apostle to judge, and his time was come. And he tells some, ‘that they were of old ordained for condemnation, and their damnation slumbered not,’ and they went on to ‘eternal judgment,’ and it is high time now to judge.
Principle. And this he calls ‘a mistake, to deny all those that say they have faith in Christ, and yet their righteousness is not perfect as the righteousness of Christ is perfect.’
Answer. Whoever has faith in Christ is in the perfect righteousness, and so you are in the mistake, that have a faith and a righteousness that is not perfect; for righteousness and faith which are the gift of God are perfect.
Principle. To say, ‘that he who said he has hope in himself, and yet is not purified even as he is pure, is the hope of the hypocrite.’ this he calls ‘a mistake.’ See page 8.
Principle. He calls it ‘a subtle delusion that owns not the law without, in tables and books, to try the spirits within.’ See page 8.
Answer. The spirit of Christ within is the end of the tables, law, and works, and books. Therefore in this is discovered his own ‘white devil,’ and he corrected by the spirit he speaks of. The law is now in the heart, the new covenant is witnessed. The Pharisees had the law in tables, as you have scriptures, and stood against the life, and in the subtle delusion as you do, who brings the external to try the eternal, whereas it is the eternal that tries the external, as Christ did the Pharisees, who told them when they erred in it. And so are you err in it, who have not the eternal to try with, so are as the devil, fallen out of the power. And it was the eternal that led the saints to speak forth scripture, and with that they are tried and seen who wrong them, and wrest them to their own destruction. And Peter was one of those triers, who was in the spirit of God, and could not read letters; and the Pharisees had the letter without the life, and could not try.
Francis Blake's book called, ‘Choice collections of scriptures, against the practice of the Quakers.’ His principles follow.
Principle. He said, ‘Repent and become sinners,’ because the Quakers say ‘they are made free from sin by Christ.’ See page 6.
Answer. Contrary to the apostle's doctrine, who said, ‘repent, and forsake sin, that they might receive the remission of sins.’ And contrary to the apostle's doctrine to Simon Magus.
Principle. Francis Blake has printed a letter, which shows, ‘that those who are in scorn called Quakers own the blood of Christ.’ And John Bunyan said, ‘they deny it.’
Answer. And thus they are in confusion. But the blood of Jesus Christ the son of God we own, but their lies we disown; and we witness the repentance which cannot be repented of; but we say to you, ‘repent and turn from your sins.’ And they who told people repent and become sinners, are Satan's messengers.
Luke Fawnes, Samuel Gellibrand, Joshua Kirton, John Rothwell, Thomas Underhill, and Nathaniel Webbs, in a book called, ‘The Second Beacon Fired, ’
Sent to the protector. Their thirst is after blood and persecution: we see over all such spirits; there is that in them shall answer it.
Principle. They say, ‘The Quakers principles are blasphemous, Paganism, antichristian, antiscriptural.’
Answer. Because we hold forth the foundation of God, Christ Jesus, who does enlighten every man that comes into the world.
Principle. He calls this ‘loathsome, poisonous, and blasphemous error.’ See page 3.
Answer. You are poisoning the people, and are of the whore's stock, who would have blood to drink, who drank of the blood of prophets, and martyrs, and saints, and so by lies provoke the zeal of the magistrate against them, as the Pharisees and priests did in past ages. But that was the blind zeal that persecuted, in all ages; and they are antiscriptural, antichristian, and antiministerial who deny the ‘light that lights every man that comes into the world,’ which is the end and substance of the scriptures; and who are in that, own the scriptures, and are not against them, and are the true ministers and christians; and so you are the Pagans and heathens that deny the light that all men are enlightened with.
Principle. They say that ‘the Quakers are in an error, to say, that none are the ministers of God, and called of him, who are sent forth by the authority of man.’ See page 7.
Answer. So show their ignorance of the apostle's doctrine and words; ‘Not of man nor by man’ he said he had received it, ‘but by the revelation of Jesus Christ;’ and so you who are made by men deny this.
Principle. They say, ‘That is another error of the Quakers, to say, he who is not infallible in his judgment, when he gives counsel and advice, is no minister of Christ.’ See page 7.
Answer. Now he who is not infallible in his counsel, and judgment, and advice, is not he in error? And are not the ministers of Christ the ministers of the spirit? And is not that out of the error, and infallible in counsel and judgment? And are they ministers of Christ that are fallible? And is not the power, the gospel, infallible? You may well creep and go to the magistrates for help, who deny infallibility, and so as natural men you do not know the things of God with the earthly spirit of the world. I say, that is infallible which must order all the creation to the glory of God, by which they were made and created.
Principle. You say again, ‘you are laying and spreading their errors and blasphemies before the magistrates, that they may stop their mouths.’ See page 9.
Answer. Now you show that you do not have the spirit of Stephen nor of the apostles, (whom their enemies could not resist), but the spirit of those who were against Stephen, persuading the magistrate; and so your weapons you show are carnal, not the mighty weapons to pluck down the strong holds and spiritual wickedness, which weapons are spiritual. You are willing to fly to the mountains to cover you, to hide you from the presence of the lamb which is now risen. And where did ever the apostles go to the magistrates for help, and complain against errors and blasphemy? And such as did so, judged truth to be blasphemy, running to the magistrates as you do now, who are apostatized from the apostles. But many of the magistrates have come to see you, and will not be your pack-horses nor executioners any longer. And your whole intent is to brand the light of Christ Jesus, with the same expressions of ‘error and blasphemy’ as the Jews did in ages past, who are running to the magistrates with petitions, provoking and stirring up the blind zeal where it is, against Christ where he is in his saints, such as keep his testimony; whose thirst is after blood and persecution, who would stop the press that truth should not be published to the nation; thus showing you have not the spirit that is able to oppose or contradict the spirit that is in the Quakers. Therefore you beg, with your petitions and feigned humility, for the powers of the earth to stop them. But where the spirit of wisdom, and of God, and of a sound mind is ruling, the intents of your minds are seen, such as were in all ages, that brought upon heaps, and stirred up tumults, and made insurrections among people, casting mists before magistrates' eyes, by which they might be blinded and turned against the just. For which cause God's judgments have been brought upon such as you, and magistrates also, and he has ‘rebuked kings for his anointed's sake.’
John Toldervey's book called, ‘The foot out of the snare.’
His principles: and these whose names were subscribed to the book: Thomas Brooks, Thomas Jacomb, George Cockayn, William Adderley, John Goodwin, John Tombes, William Jenkins, and Matthew Poole, priests.
Whose intent, and that of the priests, is, to father the work of the imagination that was in John Toldervey, upon the spirit of the living God and of Christ, that is in the Quakers. But all their work and imaginations are with the light and the spirit of truth judged, and him and his priests, and all of them, their feet are fast in the snare. And all that is in this book which is contrary to the truth, and the scriptures, is judged; but all that is truth, is owned. And here are some of their principles as follows. John Toldervey, and the rest, in the book entitled ‘The foot out of the snare,’ would lay all his actions upon the light, but they split themselves against the rock; and he himself has split himself upon the rock, which made him recant, and deny all his foolish actions, and so these great high priests come off with shame.
Principle. He said, ‘The declaring against all sin is nothing of the mystery of the gospel of Christ.’ See page 3.
Answer. Ignorant are you; for what makes manifest sin, is the light of the glorious gospel of Christ the mystery. All his will-worships, and his will-actings, his self-righteousness, and obediences, and motions, and fancies which he followed, the priests would lay upon the covenant in the heart, and Christ within, and do not clear the covenant and Christ within from all those actions which were destructive to the creature; which Christ, the covenant, preserves, and the creation, and brings the creature into the liberty of the sons of God: and here your madness and blindness appear without distinction.
Principle. He said, ‘Not to call any one master, nor to pull off the hat to any one; not to you any one, but to use the word thee and thou to a single person; not to use any compliments or greetings to any; not to bow to any man, to honor the creature; not drinking to any; and to pull off the points and ribbons from his knees, band-strings, and hatband, and buttons that were unnecessary on his coat, and other things, and burned divers books.’ The putting off all these things which were unnecessary, they call ‘seduced persuasions.’ See page 15.
Answer. Now all these who have borne record with you, have come under the life and are judged, which abides and remains, and forever with it are judged; for, as for not calling men master, that is the command of Christ. As for the not fashioning yourselves according to the world in your former lusts of ignorance, that is the command of the apostle. And as for the forsaking of gorgeous apparel, naughtiness, and superfluity, they are corrected by the scriptures, and judged by the spirit. And as for ‘drinking to one another,’ and tempting one another with beer, and bowing the hat, and respecting and honoring the creature, these are earthly Adam's honor in the fall, which Christ does not receive, the second Adam. And as for respecting of persons, those who do so, ‘commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.’ And now see where you were, and all the priests, in your seduced persuasions, and judged good evil, and evil good. And you and the priests may see that all this that you did from your own persuasions, is your own will. But what led you from sin, and from the world, to righteousness, was owned; that shall be recorded forever against you and all the priests, and stand a witness against you, though now you are in the flower of your age. And it will be hard for you, John, and the priests, to get in what you have spread abroad; and the weight of the burden of all your words, and your words, you have not yet come to feel; but when the fire and the heat enter into your flesh, that you are scorched with the vehement heat, then remember, every word that you have given forth, will come upon you as a burden. From a lover of your souls, and a cherisher of truth.
And, John, for all the actions that were done in your will, and set forth in the same to the view of the world by the priests, who abused the power, and what was rising in you of God, to the sight of the world, crucifying afresh the son of God, and so put him to open shame, you will suffer, and the priests; and what was done in your presumption, which abused the power of the Lord God, that was never accepted of the Lord God, nor owned by the men of God. But there are a thousand, I do believe, in the nation, who can see and do see what you and the priests have recorded to the world, and are able to judge, when the power moved you, and when there were imaginations; and they see that the priests took your part, and are one with that nature in you that betrayed the just, even Judas-like. And mind and take notice those who Judas betrayed Christ to, as you betrayed the just also; see what friends they were to Judas, after Judas had finished, and what friends they will be to you after you have finished! Now come to the just principle in you, John; your flight was in the winter.
And as for the word ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ spoken to a particular, they show they have forgotten the Latin books, what they call their learning; for is it right to call one many, or many one? Is that a sound speech which cannot be condemned?
And all the people upon the earth who have run out in their imaginations, whereby truth comes to be hurt, if they have done it willingly, the greater shall be their punishment; they shall be whipped, however. But all you who have bent your wills, and given your strength to the adversary of God, by which the way of truth comes to be reproached, you are such as turn his grace into wantonness, as cause the way of truth to be evil spoken of, and such shall have a reward according to their works, you and you all.
Principle. They say, ‘The fashions of the world, and the compliments, it is not sin to use them.’ See page 45.
Answer. Which is contrary to the scriptures, since to use even the ceremonies commanded of God, after the substance had come, was sin, much more the fashions and customs of the world. Yes, but they say, this brings in our living, and by the other we lose our livelihood; so you may see what mind is up in choosing. And all the zeal is in the will which runs out before the light, the guide; and that is what the priests catch at to make their defense with, against the truth. But the Lord will reward them according to their works, who has showed mercy to Toldervey, and made him confess, in another book, what formerly the priests and he had set forth, and vilified the truth with, and so it is published to the nation, as the answer to this book called, ‘The foot out of the snare.’
Such as deny the fashions of the world, which the priests are in, points and ribbons, double cuffs, and boot-hose-tops, and the honor of men, which God will stain, and are called of men master; such things as these eight great priests justify, and ensnare people under them; and if any forsake them, they will say they are snared and deluded. And it is manifest who is their master, and who they serve, since the keeping Christ's command is a snare to them. And because we cannot call them master, and keep Christ's commands, therefore they rage, who transgress his command, and then say they are his ministers. But your fruits and works are seen, praised be the Lord; your eight priests have discovered yourselves, who are the false spirits gone out into the world from the apostles, and out of Christ's command. Mat 23. Where do you read Mr. Paul, Mr. Peter? And where do you read that Paul and the messengers of Christ were hung about with points and double cuffs, and boot-hose-tops, and ribbons, and made such a stir about doffing of hats, and you and you, as the novice teachers do now, who are found in the lusts and fashions of the world, which the apostle declares against, and instructed them to use sound words which could not be condemned, and to obey the doctrine of Christ, not to be called of men master? But you are the transgressors who do not abide in Christ's doctrine, but are the antichrists (2 John) which the apostle speaks of, that have reigned from their days, but are now discovered by the spirit; praised be the Lord God. And they know in their Latin original, it is not proper to say ‘thou’ to a single person, and they know that to be ‘called of men master,’ is against the command of Christ, and in the transgression, and so usurping that authority which Christ forbids.
Thomas Collier's book called, ‘The Looking Glass for Quakers.’ His principles follow.
And as for all his lies, they will be heaped upon his own head, and to his own sorrow.
Principle. He calls James Nayler a liar, because he said, ‘That by which the just lives, is that by which the creature is justified.’ See page 2. And he said, ‘it is another righteousness,’ because we witness the righteousness of faith which is in the heart, which God is the author of, page 3.
Answer. Now what we say God and Christ is not the author of faith that is only gathered from the letter, which is a dead faith and dead righteousness; and there is your justification, that stands in the unbelieving state and is condemned; only speaking of the letter as the Jews did, of a Christ that is come, as they did of a Christ that was to come; and have not heard his voice, nor received faith from him, who is the author of it, through which men are justified and come to have peace with God; and this faith is in their hearts.
Principle. He calls it ‘a hearkening to the voice of Satan, to hearken to the voice within,’ and said, ‘They cry, the light within, the voice of Christ, the true word, which (he said) is but their own lying fancies at the best.’ See page 4.
Answer. Now to call the light within, the word within, Christ within, the word of faith within, which is to be obeyed and done, ‘lying fancies at the best;’ here you may see, Collier, that you do not divide the word aright, and are ignorant of the scriptures. And Christ said, ‘the spirit of the Father speaks in you.’ Is not this all scripture? And if they hearken to this, do they not hearken to scripture? And is not the scripture fulfilled in this? And is your voice all without you, only in the letter? And you judge all to be delusion who have any speaking within them, and so have judged yourself, from the holy men of God, to be one of the dumb prophets, and so, contrary to the true prophets and apostles.
Principle. He said, ‘If the very Christ of God be within those who are called Quakers, he cannot come down from heaven.’ See same page.
Answer. Here he stands against the promise of Christ, that ‘he shall come and dwell in you and walk in you.’ ‘I will come again unto you.’ And he has ‘revealed his son in me,’ said the apostle. And thus you, Thomas Collier, and John Bunyan, are ignorant of plain scripture; the scripture declares it, and the apostle said, ‘Do you not know that Christ is in you except you are reprobates,’ and ‘the spirit of the Father speaks in you.’ See how contrary you are to the prophets, Christ, and the apostles!
Principle. He said, ‘The heavenly bodies spoken of in 1 Cor 15 are the sun, moon, and stars.’ See page 6
Answer. Let all people read the scripture ( 1 Cor 15:39-50) and see if it holds forth that.
Principle. Again he said, ‘They abuse the scriptures, because they say he who is born of God does not commit sin.’ See page 6.
Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Answer. The scripture is witnessed, as it relates and speaks. And he abuses it, when he gives private interpretations to it, and does not owns it as it speaks.
Principle. Again he said, ‘He who said he has no sin deceives himself.' See page 6.
Answer. But the scripture said, ‘If we say we have no sin.’ So he perverts the scripture, for it is not ‘he;’ if he says ‘he,’ he may put it upon Christ, who is without sin; and upon this principle, he may charge the elect, to whom God lays no sin, and sees no ‘iniquity in Jacob, nor transgression in Israel.’ And it is Collier's wicked eye that sees sin in the elect, those who are born of God. Thus he abuses the scriptures, and is not able to divide the word aright; and therefore such spirits are to be kept out of scriptures, with the spirit that gave forth scripture; for he who is born of God does not commit sin.’ And there is a time for men to see they have sin, and have sinned, and a time to confess it and forsake it; and there is a time to witness the blood of Christ cleansing from all sin, and then a time to witness the birth born of God which does not commit sin. 1 John chapter 5.
Principle. He said, ‘Here is a strange conceit of a person that fills heaven and earth with his presence, and dwells in the saints, - blindness with a witness.’ See page 8.
Answer. Here your ignorance has appeared again: for all power in heaven and earth is given to him, Christ Jesus, who is in them, at the right hand of God, who is dwelling in the saints, and enlightens every man that comes into the world; but this to you is a strange conceit, and blindness with a witness. Your witness is blinded with your conceit, which shows your ignorance of scripture, and your unskillfulness in the word and doctrine; since all things are upheld by his word, and his power; and there is no creature but is manifest in his sight, for all things that were made, were made by him, that he might have a name above every name; and that to his name should every knee bow, and every tongue confess to the glory of God. And God will dwell in man, and it is he who sees the heart.
Principle. He said, ‘Sin is in the saints.’ See page 10.
Answer. Sin is not in the sanctified, but in the unsanctified. And he who said sin is in the saints, is blinded, he is of the serpent, and he and they are in the pollution themselves, which the saints have escaped, and are washed and cleansed; and so far as any one is sanctified, it is from sin.
Principle. He said, ‘that we will not enter into the kingdom by the blood of the covenant, that hath been often proved.’ See page 10.
Answer. And Francis Blake published it in print, that the Quakers witnessed the blood of Christ that cleanses from all sin; and so you print against us, and he prints for us; you print that we deny the blood of Jesus, and he prints that we own the blood of Jesus; and so you are devouring the innocent between you. The blood of the seed [Christ] we own, which cleanses from all sin, which you do not own, who say sin must be in the saints, but make his blood, which cleanses from all sin, of no effect.
Principle. He said, ‘The scriptures shall be our judge one day, which we call the letter.’ See page 11.
Answer. And the scripture said, ‘All judgment is committed to the son,’ and ‘God will judge the world,’ and the saints and the spiritual man judge all things; and thus you are ignorant of the letter, and this shall judge you at the last.
Principle. He said, ‘That the kingdom is not come, nor refreshing from the presence of the Lord.’ .
Answer. Which shows they are like the Pharisees, unconverted, gazing here and there; but Christ told them the kingdom was in them. And they are not turned to the light that comes from Christ the refresher, by which refreshing might come; so have not yet come to repentance.
Principle. He said, ‘They that say they have no sin, make God a liar.’ See page 12.
Answer. The scripture said no such thing, but said on the contrary, many were made free from sin. ‘And if Christ is in you the body is dead because of sin;’ and ‘they that are Christ's have crucified the lusts,’ and ‘all things have become new:’ and those who sin and lie are not in Christ the truth.
Principle. He said, ‘All that have been, are, or shall be converted since the gospel ministration, are converted by the apostles' words.’ See page 13.
Answer. So he has thrown out the spirit that regenerates [gives life], and Christ the way to the Father, the word that sanctifies, and Christ ‘the power of God to salvation;’ who said they would not come to him that they might be converted; so if they get all the apostles' words and do not come to Christ, they are not converted; and none are converted by the apostles' words, but those who come to the life that the words came from.
Principle. And he opposes and said, ‘It will be the Quakers' fall, because they say there is no other way to bring people to God, but by the light in them.’ See page 14.
Answer. Which is Christ, the way to God from whom it comes, not believing in which is man's condemnation, and so a saving light. For said God, ‘I will give him for a covenant, for a light to the Gentiles, that he may be my salvation to the ends of the earth;’ to wit, the light shall: and all that are not in the light are in the fall, out of the covenant, in the unsaved state, and know not their salvation, as the scripture declares; so there is death and destruction, talking of the fame of wisdom, and keeping people out of the light.
Principle. And he said, ‘That Christ is not so the light of the world, as he is the light of believers.’ See page 14.
Answer. Christ is the light to the world, as to believers, and he who believes in it shall not abide in darkness, but shall have the light of life. He who follows the light and believes in it, shall have the light of life, and shall not abide in darkness. He who does not follow the light, but hates it, he abides in the darkness and the light condemns him, which the believer walks in, and believes in, and has the light of life; which light is one and the same, which enlightens every man that comes into the world, believers and unbelievers.
Principle. He said, ‘That the scriptures are the rule of the saints;’ and he said, ‘the spirit is the guide to that rule.’ See page 15.
Answer. And so would have the scripture to go before the spirit. Now the spirit was the saints' rule, that led them to speak forth scriptures, and to let them see to what condition they were spoken, and so by that they came to the law of faith; and they were not ministers of the letter, but of the spirit. So in this you have proved yourselves not to be ministers of the spirit, but of the letter, but the spirit was before the letter was.
Principle. He said, ‘That the time of perfection will be when Christ comes from heaven, and not before; till then the saints must be warring, waiting, groaning, and mourning.’ See page 20.
Answer. And David said, he had ‘seen an end of all perfection,’ (contrary to Collier), and the apostle said, they should ‘hunger no more, nor thirst any more.’ And Christ said, ‘he who eats his flesh, and drinks his blood, shall hunger no more, and thirst no more.’ He who believes has entered into his rest, and shall hunger no more, and thirst no more. And the apostles and saints witnessed Christ in them, and the kingdom, while they were upon earth, and the end of groaning and growling which you are in, that are out of this, and keeps people who are apostatized from the apostle, from the light which is the truth.
John Deacon's book, called, ‘A public discovery of a secret deceit.’ His principles follow.
And as for the rest of his lies and slanders in his book, with which it is filled, they will fall upon his own head, and be his sorrow. And all liars upon the earth, who are given up to believe and tell lies, are comprehended with the innocence and truth, by which innocence is preserved, and men shall heap to themselves sorrow by their own lies and inventions.
Nevertheless the scriptures of truth are owned in their place, to the condition that they were spoken to.
Principle. He said, ‘that the light with which every one who comes into the world is enlightened, is the light of nature, and reason, and sense.' See page 5.
Answer. Which is contrary to John (1:9) who said, ‘it was the true light by which all things were made;’ which as many as received, he gave them ‘power to become the sons of God,’ which is beyond natural sense and reason.
Principle. He said, ‘that the work of faith, and the growth of faith, is by the natural use of ordinances, and calls it deceitful sophistry which denies it.’ See page 7.
Answer. Faith is the gift of God, and Christ is the author of it. It does not come by the natural use of ordinances: ‘the natural man does not receive the things that are of God,’ but faith is the gift of God. And you are in the sophistry, and in the poison, who say, the work and growth of faith, are by the natural use of ordinances.
Principle. And he speaks of ‘a temporal expressive word of God.’ See page 8.
Answer. But the scripture tells us of no such thing as a temporal word, but speaks of the word of God that ‘lives and endures for ever;’ and so the other is but his own imagination.
Principle. He said, ‘The Quakers go about to pick forth the right eye of christianity.’
Answer. Because they hold forth the light that lights every man that comes into the world, Christ Jesus the covenant of God, which makes all the apostate christians blind. And your right eye must be plucked out that offends; and this the christians shall witness when their eyes are open to see the light, ‘which enlightens every man that comes into the world,’ the covenant of God.
Principle. He said, ‘The Quakers were never heard of till of late years.' See page 12.
Answer. Which is contrary to the scriptures, in which they are spoken of before Moses, by Moses, by the prophets and by the apostles; and the apostle tells them to ‘work out their salvation with fear and trembling.’ And now the great earthquake John speaks of, is coming among you false prophets, antichrists, harlots, and apostates from the apostles, compellers to your worship. And now are you comprehended, and with the spirit of God are you judged, who are ignorant of the salvation wrought with fear and trembling.
Principle. He calls them ‘subtle deceivers and heretics, who question the word trinity,’ and says ‘it came from Rome.’ See page 13.
Answer. Which he is justifying, and so he is turning to his teacher the pope, (and the common prayer book), of whom he has learned it; for the scriptures have not taught it to him. And the son and the Father are in unity, and this we own who are called Quakers, and deny you and your pope, and your common prayer book, and your false teachers, gotten up since the days of the apostles.
Principle. Again he said, ‘O incomparable, hypocritical liars! Is not this the character Paul gives of a false prophet, to speak lies in hypocrisy?’ because we preach perfection. See page 16.
Answer. It is agreeable to scripture, Christ's doctrine, and the apostles' doctrine, and the life of Christ. ‘We are made free from sin,’ said the apostle. And again, ‘As he is, so are we in this present world.’ And, ‘As many as are perfect are thus minded.’ But this you call hypocrisy and lies; and thus you are out of the apostles' and Christ's doctrine and life, and like a madman rages against those who are in it, and has denied your own work, the work of the ministry, which was ‘for the perfecting,’ and so are a physician of no value.
Principle. He said, ‘The enjoyment of immortality is not till they have put off the body.’ See page 17.
Answer. Contrary to the apostle's doctrine, who said, ‘immortality was brought to light through the gospel.’ This was when they were upon earth, and the word of God was in them, and Christ was in them, which was immortal.
Principle. Again he said, ‘They shall not have power over death and the grave until the natural death.’ See page 17.
Answer. Contrary to the apostle, who said, ‘O death! where is your sting? O grave! where is your victory?’ And they were ‘passed from death to life;’ and ‘he who believes shall never die,’ and such have power over death and the grave. Those who believe shall never die, they have passed from death to life.
Principle. He calls them ‘secret deceivers, to grant perfect purity and perfection.' See page 18.
Principle. He said, ‘To witness perfect purity is an alluding to an enjoyment of heaven upon earth,’ and said, ‘This is as the world.’ See page 19.
Principle. He said, ‘He dare boldly assert, that the gospel is not first made known by the seeing within, but by hearing tidings without.’
Answer. Contrary to what they call their original, which said, ‘the gospel is preached in every creature.’ And none come to hear and see the gospel, but with the eye within, what is oppressed. For the Jews who did not, and did not see within, stood against the gospel; and Christ said, ‘their ears were stopped, and their eyes were closed;’ and so they heard words, but the gospel, the power of God, they could not hear, but stood against Christ; and so none hear but they who hear within; and he only is a preacher of the gospel, which is the power of God, that preaches to the inward eye.
Principle. He confesses, ‘that none of the saints had ever a particular command;’ and then again he confesses they had, and so he is in confusion, page 26. He said, ‘It is a lie to preach the kingdom of heaven within unbelievers.’
Answer. Contrary to Christ's words, who told the Pharisees, ‘the kingdom of God was within them.’ Luke 17:20-21. So in confusion, in Babylon; the smoke of the bottomless pit has blinded his eye, which has gotten up since the days of the apostles. The foundation has been lost among these inwardly raveners, which is the light, Christ Jesus, which enlightens every man that comes into the world, the rock of ages.
Principle. He said again, ‘It is a lie to say that any come to the knowledge of the light of God by the light that shines in their hearts.’ See page 28.
Answer. Contrary to the apostle, 2 Cor 4:6 who said, ‘the light that shined in their hearts should give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus;’ and so he is a messenger of Satan, the devil's minister, one that draws from the light that must give people the knowledge. The witness in your conscience shall answer.
Principle. And again he said, ‘It is a notorious lie, to say that Christ preached the kingdom of heaven in unbelievers.’
Answer. Contrary to Christ, and contrary to Luke 17 who said, the kingdom of heaven was in the Pharisees, and so you are an unlikely man to be a minister of Christ, who is ignorant of the letter [Bible], who does not know the kingdom in yourself, as it was not known in the unbelieving Pharisees.
Principle. He said, ‘The greatest of the apostles were never exempted from the remnants of sin, and the saints' pilgrimage is a continual warfare to heaven, while they are on this side the grave.’
Answer. Which is contrary to the apostle, who said, they were ‘made free from sin;’ and said, ‘how could they live any longer in it?’ And said, ‘their citizenship was in heaven, and they sat in heavenly places,’ and they witnessed the kingdom wherein was ‘joy in the holy ghost.’ So this was the end of their pilgrimage then; and thus he shows he is ignorant of the scriptures, and of the apostles' doctrine. And it is not a strange thing that the teachers of the world should cry up imperfection and the body of sin, who are ravened inwardly from the spirit of God by which it is put off, and gone forth from the apostles' and Christ's doctrine. But those who have come to the spirit of God, which they are ravened from, put off the body of imperfection and sin. And so you have corrupted the earth with your windy doctrine; for what good has their doctrine done, that teach people they must be in imperfection and in sin while they are upon earth? They can but be so if they never come to teach them. And they are apostatized from the ministers of Christ, whose work was to the perfecting of the saints, ‘until they came to the perfect man,’ the possibility of which these apostates' work is to deny.
Principle. He is judging the apostle, and saying, ‘The prick in the flesh which the apostle received, was neither through the lack or disability of faith.’ See page 34.
Answer. Why then did the apostle cry out? Answer me that. And the Lord said, ‘His grace should be sufficient for him; and his strength should be made perfect in his weakness,’ and is not weakness disability?
Principle. He said, ‘That no man, by that native light inherent in him, had power to believe.’ See page 26.
Answer. The light which enlightens every man who comes into the world, he calls ‘native,’ and ‘inherent.’ He gives these names to it, which is the light that enlightens every man; there is power given in the light to believe. But he, who hates the light, hates the power, and so the light is his condemnation. The names he gives, as ‘native’ and ‘inherent,’ are his own, out of the truth.
Principle. He said, ‘The scripture does not set forth a certain allowance for ministers, but it is left to human prudence.’ See page 12.
Answer. So he is flown from Christ's words and the apostles,’ who with the wisdom of God set down the ministers' allowance, and did not leave it to human policy in after ages for maintenance for ministers; for human policy will feed the false prophets, such as the prophets, and Christ, and the apostles declare of in scripture, whose spirits are seen with the spirit that gave forth scripture, gone out into the earth, who were covetous, and so idolaters, ordering with the policy which is human and earthly.
Principle. He said, ‘Abraham's obedience was not an act of the body.’
Answer. Which any may read the scripture and see, and judge you whose body is out of the action of God, serving him who is not of God.
Principle. He said, ‘God does not work directly now.’ See page 43.
Answer. So all the works of God are indirect now by his principle; then by his conclusion, none have the spirit of Christ which is direct, and works directly. So then none hear God's voice, and none are sent from God, and Christ is with none of them! For those who are sent from God hear his voice; and those who have Christ in them, have what is direct.
Principle. He said, ‘He utterly declares (as others have done) against not praying or preaching, unless the spirit moves them.’ See page 44.
Answer. So here then, you pray and the spirit does not move, and preach, and the spirit does not move; so the spirit of error is what moves you. And you are contrary to all those who gave forth the scriptures, the prophets and ministers of God, who ‘spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.’ And you are never likely to read the scripture, but by the same [spirit] that gave them forth, nor know them, nor is any one upon the earth; nor to know God of whom they learned that gave them forth, and were taught by him; and so you are no minister of the spirit.
Principle. He said, ‘Not to preach, nor to pray but as the spirit moves; in a sort is to shut up the kingdom of God from the sons of men; and brings men to neglect their duty, and is the gap where the delusion of Satan comes in, and draws men to sluggishness. And how can glad tidings be known, unless they are told.’
Answer. Now they are all in the sluggishness, shutting up the kingdom of heaven against men, under the delusion of Satan, and none can bring the glad tidings, but as the spirit moves [sends] them. And those who go when the spirit does not move them, are those who run and the Lord never sent them; and those who pray or speak without the moving of the spirit, are out of the path of all the holy men of God.
Principle. He said, ‘It is the privilege of the Bereans to try an apostle.’ Again he said, ‘They are to put up their supplications when the spirit does not move them.’ See page 45.
Answer. Now see if God ever accepted what was not moved from the spirit. God who is a spirit never accepted that; and what tries apostles is the light, and it gives the Bereans to believe the scriptures which the apostle speaks of.
Principle. And he said, ‘Far be it from me to imagine that the spirit of God moved the apostles to preach when they did only, and not at other times, and that they always waited in silence till then.’ See same page.
Answer. So he would make out that the apostles preached when the spirit did not move them, and run without the moving of the spirit, and so would make them like himself. Peter said, they ‘spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.’ And those who are the sons of God are led by the spirit of God. And ‘the spirit shall lead them into all truth.’ And the spirit should ‘tell them what they should speak, and show them things to come;’ and that was their guide and rule. And you who speak, and not as the spirit moves you, are no minister of the spirit; and say, ‘far be it from you to imagine the apostles preached only when they were moved,’ and so with your imaginations, do not own the apostles were the ministers of the spirit.
Principle. And the singing of the saints in the spirit and grace, is not like the ungodly singing without the spirit.’
Answer. And saying, ‘the grace of God has not appeared to all men,’ and that ‘all do not have the spirit;’ which is contrary to scripture. It said, ‘the grace has appeared to all men;’ and ‘I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.’ And the spirit who reproves [convicts] the world is the saints' leader; and you who sing David's quakings and prayers, are not in the understanding nor grace, but distinct from the saints, your singing must be turned into wailing. How then can you give them the psalms to sing who have no grace?
Principle. And the priests of Scotland say, ‘Cursed is he who says, grace is free.’ These are the Scottish principles.
Answer. You give the psalms to all to sing, and yet say all do not have grace, and all do not have the spirit of God; so then can they sing in the grace, and sing in the spirit? Is there any prudent reason or good understanding without the spirit?
Principle. He said, we ‘deny the scripture to be the word of God.’
Principle. And he speaks these detestable words, and says, ‘Are our tongues not oiled with a spirit of confused delusion,’ which is his own. See page 5.
Answer. Because we say, those who pray or preach, it must be by the moving of the spirit of God; which they are not in, who are in the spirit of delusion.
Principle. And he is opposing the commands of Christ, who said, ‘Be not of men called master, for you have one master, even Christ,’ (who conquers death and hell.) And he said, ‘Why may they not be called master?’
Answer. It is his master who teaches him to be called of men master, who has gone out of the truth; but Christ said, ‘Be not of men called master;’ and woe be to those who are. Mat 23. And you are those who are made by the will of man who break his commands [sin].
George Willington's book, called ‘The Gadding Tribe Reproved.’
A right title to his own condition is his book, who like a wild beast, is gadding up and down; but the Lord rebuke such spirits. His principles follow.
Principle. He himself falls to judging others, and then cries, ‘O man! who are you who judges another.’ See page 9.
Answer. And does not see the work that he is doing himself. But tells others not to judge, and falls to judging himself, which is like all the rest of his gadding tribe; and how they run with their horns at the righteous, and push at the upright in heart! But the Lamb is above them all, and the wrath of the Lamb is kindled; therefore the beast rages, who makes war against the Lamb. And where judgment is come through into victory, he may judge; and the hidden things of darkness are brought to light, and the counsel of the heart made manifest; and the Lord is come, and ‘the spiritual man judges all things.’ But he shows that the counsel of his heart is not made manifest, or his hidden things of darkness brought to light, and the Lord is not come to him, and so cannot judge. And George Willington has judged before his time, with which he is charging others, therefore his words shall be his burden.
Principle. And his principle is, ‘that he is justified by faith alone without good works.’ See page 10.
Answer. What! Without the faith that works by love? Have you concluded those works to be the works of Popery, which are the works of faith that works by love that gives the victory? How do you gad now? Where are you gadding now? Know, faith that works by love is owned, and he who believes has ceased from his works, as God did from his, and has entered into his rest. And faith gives victory over all the Popish murdering spirits, and yours also, and your works; which gives to have access to God, and the works of such are wrought in him.
Principle. He said, ‘While the upstart sect of Quakers look after the light within, we have a more sure word of prophecy,’ ... and so would make the sure word of prophecy not the light within. See page 12.
Answer. His spirit he has made manifest, where it is, among those who are gone from the apostles, who stand against the light within. For those who draw from the anointing within are the seducers, and they went forth from the apostles that went from the anointing within. Are not you and the world all gadded from the anointing within you, and so seducing one another? Therefore you have so many heaps of teachers, arming yourselves, and making lies your refuge against those who have come to the anointing, which you are all gadded from, giving judgment against yourselves, who will not have people to own the light Christ Jesus, ‘who enlightens every man that comes into the world.’ And none own the anointing within, who do not own the light, which you who have apostatized from the apostles deny. And the Quakers have risen up in the night of apostasy, and discover you all what you are in, and what you went from, and what has been lost since the days of the apostles. And an earthquake is coming upon you that has not been since the foundation of the world, out of which earthquake we have come, into what cannot be shaken. The Quakers are not the gadding tribe, they have the anointing in them, and as it shall teach them, they shall abide in the son of God and in the Father.
But it is manifest that you and the whole world are gadded from the anointing within you that should teach you, and so are turned against the saints and the Lamb. And have been the harlots, and the mouths of the false prophet, blaspheming God in his tabernacle, and have drunk the blood of the saints, and martyrs, and prophets, and made war against the saints to overcome them, and have overcome them; but the Lamb and the saints shall get the victory.
Principle. And you tell us of ‘a creed and Catholic faith, commonly called the apostles' creed, which creed and Catholic faith, except a man believes, he cannot be saved.' See page 16.
Answer. Who taught you all this language? Where did the apostles teach you any such thing as the Catholic creed?’ The apostles teach us no such thing as a Catholic creed. Did you not learn this from the pope who apostatized from the apostles?
And the twelve apostles taught you no such doctrine as the Catholic creed, and you say, they signed it. No, the pope signs your creed, and the sacraments; you have the pope's signature. But we are come to the foundation of God, which was before the pope was, and we gad [walk about aimlessly] not. You should not tell lies, and say they gad [walk about aimlessly] who come to God, the elect of God; God's elect, Christ the light, was the salvation before you and the pope were.
Principle. And you say, ‘Do any forsake the ministry to follow a new light.’ See page 17.
Answer. That ministry that deny the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world, (as this gadding tribe of ministers, and professors, have done and do since the days of the apostles), deny the foundation of God. The light we own with which every man that comes into the world is enlightened, which is the foundation of God; and we deny them to be any ministers of Christ, who deny the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world, and his ministers we own.
Principle. And you say, ‘Do not forsake the temple and truth of God, to follow the bleating of Jeroboam's calves in Dan and Bethel.’
Answer. Now where are you gadded? Are you not gadded in this from the apostles' doctrine, to the temple which the apostles brought the people off from? Where is your light now? How can you own Christ, who keep people to the temple, and tell them of Jeroboam's calves in Dan and Bethel? Where is there any people gadding there? Have you lost your reason and sobriety, to publish your madness to the nation? And did not Christ say the temple should be thrown down? Mark 14:58. And Stephen witnessed against it, and was stoned to death, and you are calling people to it. And your Popish mass-house, which you call your temple, and which you have set up since the days of the apostles, is like the idol set up at Dan and Bethel.
Principle. And he said ‘your ancient divine* are those who have entered in at the door.’ See page 20.
Answer. How can you and your ancient divines enter in at the door, when you deny the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world, which is Christ the door? Therefore it makes you to gad up and down without light, in the dark. Now is the stone fallen upon you, and the rock you are splitting yourselves against. Now shall the saints know the song of the lamb, rejoicing over the beast and the false prophets.
Principle. He said, ‘The written word the engrafted is able to save the soul.’ See page 21.
Answer. The engrafted word is able to save the soul, but the letter, the written words, are not. The Pharisees had the written words, but stood against the savior of the soul. And how are you gadded here in your judgment? How are you like to own the word that saves the soul, when you deny the light? [as well as they deny the word within the heart that teaches a man].
Principle. He is stirring up the magistrate to persecute; his own mouth condemns him, who pretends ‘love.’
Answer. And you who gad abroad in your mind to stir up the magistrate to prosecute, are not in the life of the apostles, nor Christ, but in the spirit of the false prophets, and antichrists, and one in what all persecutors come from, out of the truth.
Principle. Again you say, ‘we ought not to judge.’ See page 23.
Answer. Let all people who read your gadding tribe, see if you do not judge, and so come under judgment, by your own words. And the time was come to the apostles when they went on to the ‘eternal judgment,’ which we own. But this is not for such as are crying up temples and persecutors, nor stumbling at the light; your measures are all too short for this, your whole gadding tribe that are out of the light that every man is enlightened with that comes into the world.
Principle. Again you say, ‘The apostles were to call the ministers of Christ directly, and the direct call from God is not enough.’ See page 24.
Answer. So you have set up the an intermediary call ahead of the direct call, and judge the direct not sufficient. But you are corrected by the scriptures, and the apostle corrects you, who said, ‘I received it not of man, nor by man;’ and told others look at Jesus the author of their faith. And the apostle does not say that they were to call men as intermediaries, he does not teach such doctrine as that their ministers were called by intermediaries, nor did he send them forth so, but it is you who are gadded from the counsel of God. And the apostle disproves you, who said he was ‘an apostle not of men nor by men,’ and all the apostles went forth by the direct power of God, and the church of God was gathered by the same power. But you are the indirect, fallen from the apostles, and made by the will of men; but now with the direct you are all comprehended.
Principle. And you bring many scriptures to oppose Christ's commands, and the apostles' doctrine, which say, ‘Be you not of men called master.' See page 28. For you say, Christ does not mean as he speaks: for you say ‘the meaning is not, that is unlawful to be called master.’
Answer. Here you show where you are gadded: one who teaches to break Christ's commands. But the woe that is denounced in the same chapter where the command is, belongs to you. So an antichrist who teaches to deny Christ's commands, and despises his authority; and one who calls him Lord, and does not do the thing that he commands. But it is not such that enter into the kingdom; and this you shall witness at last when your words fall heavy upon you.
Joshua Miller's book called, ‘Antichrist in man the greatest idol.’
Which is a fit title for himself; who calls that antichrist, and mystery Babylon, that justifies within; contrary to the apostle's doctrine who said, ‘we are justified by faith in Christ Jesus,’ which is in the heart. As for the rest of his slanders and lies in his book, they are not worth mentioning, but these that follow.
Principle. He calls them ‘devout men’ who denied the light that has enlightened every man who comes into the world.’
He said, ‘The Quakers are the saddest and most deplorable spectacles of revolted professors that ever I heard or read of, since my knowledge of them.’ See page 2.
Answer. The Quakers have revolted from you apostates who are inwardly ravened, as the converted Jews did who were turned to Christ; for the Jews revolted from the temple and the priests, and turned to Christ, from the other Jews, and owned the light which lights every man that comes into the world, which you rebels deny, that have reigned since the days of the apostles, and so are ignorant of what we are come to, and the apostles were in, and what was before you and they were.
Principle. He said, ‘The angels of light, which are holy and without sin, may be devils.’ See page 3.
Answer. The devil fell from the light, from the holiness, and so he cannot transform into holiness. And all holiness which is not in the light, is such as the Pharisees were in, and the whole world, and is condemned with the light.
Principle. He said, ‘Salvation by the light within is cursed.’ See page 6.
Answer. Contrary to the apostle, who said, ‘the light that shines in the heart gives the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.’ And contrary to John, who said, ‘every man that comes into the world is enlightened;’ ‘and as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God.’ And the power of God is the gospel of salvation to every one that believes in the light; and he who believes in the light has the witness in himself. And the apostle turned them from the darkness to the light. And the word of faith that saves the soul, was in their hearts; and there were the glad tidings, the gospel. And priest Shaw said, ‘The gospel is the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.’ But the apostle said it is the power of God; and said, many have the form, but ‘deny the power.’ So now here he has cursed himself; so this same man is a curser, as the Papists are. Both he and they are found out of the doctrine of Christ and the apostles, who say, ‘Bless, and do not curse.’ And the Scotch priests likewise are cursers, as in the ‘Scotch principles' you may see; and no one knows salvation but by the light within, which enlightens every man that comes into the world, which is the salvation to the ends of the earth.
Principle. And he calls his steeple-house ‘St. Andrews.’ See page 7.
Answer. Never did prophets nor apostles give such names to houses, but the pope did, who is his teacher.
Principle. He said, ‘It is an error to say, that the light which every one has that comes into the world, is sufficient to salvation, without the help of any other means or discovery.' See page 9.
Answer. Contrary to Christ, who brought the Jews off from all other helps to himself, and said, ‘Believe in the light while you have the light;’ and, that they that believed in the light should not abide in darkness.’ And ‘no man comes to the Father but by me,’ said Christ. For he was the way, the truth, the light in men, and the life, and there is no salvation by any other name but by him. And none know the blood of Christ which cleanses, and the offering for the sins of the whole world, but with the light which comes from Christ Jesus, who is sufficient, who is the salvation to the ends of the earth; so he is the only means without any other help. And as the anointing in people teaches people, they shall continue in Christ: and as they ‘walk in the light as he is in the light, they shall have fellowship with the Father,’ from where all helps come; and Christ will dwell in man, and walk in man, and what need have they of any more help?
Principle. He said, ‘It is an error to say, we are justified by what Christ does in us.’ See page 9.
Answer. Contrary to the apostle, who said, ‘We are justified by faith in his blood;’ and the faith is in the heart, and the blood is in the heart that purifies it, and held in a pure conscience. And the word of faith is within. And faith gives victory over the world, and that which gives victory, justifies. And Christ is within, who is justification, and sanctification, and condemnation; each of these is found within; and you are in the error, and not fit to talk of these things, which you do not understand.
Principle. Again he said, ‘It is an error (if not damnable) to say Christ is the means, and that there is no other means of salvation.’ See page 13.
Answer. And Christ said, ‘No man comes unto the Father but by me;’ and he is able to save to the utmost. And ‘he shall be my salvation to the ends of the earth,’ said the Lord. And said the apostle, ‘God is in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.’ And ‘he who has the son of God has life,’ and the Father and the son are one, and there is no salvation in any other.
Principle. He said, ‘That Christ gives light to no man under that name except believers.’ See page 13.
Answer. Contrary to John, who said, he enlightens ‘every man that comes into the world,’ that all might believe through the light. And contrary to Christ's own words, who told them believe in the light while they had it; and he who did not believe was condemned already; and he who did believe, had the witness in himself.
Principle. He said, ‘It flatly contradicts the whole scripture, to say that the light with which Christ has enlightened every man, will save.’ See page 14.
Answer. God said, ‘I will give him for a covenant, for a light to the Gentiles, and new covenant to the house of Israel and Judah; and he shall be my salvation to the ends of the earth;’ and such believing in it are saved, and not believing are condemned.
Principle. The wise heathen philosophers had a greater measure of light in them (which is the first Adam) than I can think any men have now.' See page 15.
Answer. Which shows that he knows nothing of Christ the second Adam, the quickening spirit. And he knows nothing of a new creature; for they ‘who are in Christ are new creatures. Nor of Christ the covenant of God, of light, of life, of peace, who was glorified with the Father before the world began, who is beyond the first Adam, and he has set forth himself not to be as high as his heathen philosophers. But many witness Christ in them in this age, as in the days of the apostles, who is above the heathen philosophers.
Principle. The light which every man that comes into the world is enlightened with, Christ, he said, ‘This is the light of nature and of reason.’ And said, ‘It is a damnable doctrine to deny all external means of salvation.' See page 16.
Answer. The apostle said, ‘We do not look at things that are seen, but at things that are not seen. For the things that are seen are temporary; but the things that are not seen are eternal;’ and what is to salvation is eternal, and is not external.
Principle. He said, ‘What word did Paul and Barnabas preach in the synagogues, but the prophets?’ See page 19.
Answer. No, they preached Christ the end of the prophets.
Principle. He calls that ‘a monstrous opinion, to compare them to the heathen, who had not known there had been a God but by the scriptures, and have no more knowledge but by it,’ page 20.
Answer. The Pharisees had scriptures (and heathen men may get scriptures) but knew not the true God; for none know the true God but by the spirit of God, (and the son of God reveals the Father), though they may have all the scriptures; and the light that shines in the heart gives the knowledge of him. And this the apostle spoke to those who had the scriptures. And those who are of faith, are of Abraham, and in the knowledge of him who knew God before the scripture was written.
Principle. And he said, ‘That the law and the testimony, are Moses and the prophets,’ See page 21.
Answer. Contrary to the rest of the priests, who say, they are ‘the Old and New Testament; and he and the rest of the priests are contrary to the apostle, who said, the law and testimony are the light, and spirit of prophecy. Many may have the Old and New Testament, yet deny the light and spirit of prophecy, as priests and professors do now, who say prophecy has ceased. Here they deny the practice of the church, where edification, learning, and comforting are, ‘prophesying all one by one.’ Such they imprison and persecute; and they are not likely to own prophecy, when they deny the light, which enlightens every man that comes into the world, which is the end of prophecy. And none own Christ, who do not own prophecy. A prophet is a seer, and those who deny prophets are all blind, and in the dark, and are such as have ravened from the spirit of God, and have killed the prophets.
Principle. He said, ‘The prophets are more certain than any other revelation.’ See page 21.
Answer. Was not the son of God revealed, the end of the prophets? Did not God reveal him who came ‘in the volume of the book, to do the will of God?’ And so those who had the prophets, and the law, and types, and shadows, did not know the son of God who was revealed, that was their end, spoken of in the prophets and epistles, and who is now revealed.
Principle. He said, ‘The patriarchs and prophets were justified by conceiving Christ without.’ See page 24.
Answer. Now the patriarchs and prophets had the spirit that gave them an evidence of him, and by faith they saw him, [inside their heart] which is beyond a conceiving, by which they were justified.
Principle. He said, ‘Justification by works, and inherent grace we call Christ.’ See page 25.
Answer. We say Christ is the end, the substance, and he who believes in him has ceased from his own works; he is the end of gifts and graces, and man's own inheriting; and no one knows justification, but he who receives the grace that brings salvation.
Principle. He said, ‘This justification by a righteousness within us, is man's grand idol, and Christ's arch-enemy.’ See page 25.
Answer. ‘We are justified by faith in Christ Jesus,’ and that is in us, in the heart. This he calls an idol, and Christ's enemy, which he is the author of. So the doctrine this man teaches is contrary to the apostle, in the error from the apostles; and faith it is that purifies the heart, by which we are justified, and not by works, which throws down all idols, and the enemies of Christ, which you are one; and none own justification but who witness justification within, faith in the heart; and Christ being within, there is justification.
Principle. He said, ‘We miserably wrest the scripture,’ because we say, he who respects persons commits sin.’
Answer. Now let all read that in James the apostle, how that he who respects persons commits sin, and is convinced by the law as a transgressor; so he teaches men to transgress the commands of God, contrary to the apostles, who taught men to keep them.
Principle. He said, ‘Popery and vain philosophy are the foundation of the Quakers' religion.’ See page 30.
Answer. Their foundation is the light of Christ, ‘which lights every man that comes into the world,’ which was before Popery or philosophy was, which you are in, as your books, naming of days, and colleges, and steeple-houses, make it appear.
Principle. He said, ‘And to believe, or think our justification is by something wrought in us, is that antichrist whose name is mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots.’ See page 32.
Answer. The apostle said, ‘We are justified by the faith of Christ Jesus.’ Gal 2. And faith purifies the heart, and is a ‘mystery held in a pure conscience.’ This justification is by the faith of Christ within, and this you call antichrist, and mystery Babylon, who are there yourself, that are out of this faith that purifies the heart; for all the holy men of God were justified by their faith, and the faith is in the heart. And your belief that is without you, and faith in Christ, is like unto the Jews', who stood against him when he was come. True faith gives victory over mystical Babylon and the world, in which faith men please God, in which is unity.
Ralph Hall's book, called ‘The Quakers' Principles Quaking.’
His principles in it follow, and are turned upon himself, whose works are for the fire, and to be burned.
Principle. He said, ‘It is delusion to give up to the light within to be the judge, and calls it ‘an obscure kind of chemistry.’
Answer. The apostle commands to judge themselves; which they cannot do except with the light, by which they may see themselves.
Principle. He said, ‘Does the light of nature (as he calls it) give liberty to women to teach?’ and calls it ‘gross and palpable darkness.’
Answer. Contrary to the apostles' doctrine, and the mind of God, and the prophets, who said, God would ‘pour out his spirit upon all flesh: and his sons and daughters should prophesy.’ So he is in the darkness, a limiter of the Holy One, and a quencher of the spirit, and this is above the light of nature.
Principle. He said ‘The Quakers blame everything; and convince of nothing.'
Answer. Are you not all, you hirelings, convinced of your covetousness? Of your respecting men's persons for advantage? Of your teaching for filthy lucre, and for your gain from your quarters? And of your love of money? Are not you all convinced? Have not the Quakers convinced you all of those things, and of your pride, and ambition? And have you not been corrected by, and reproved for this by Quakers and scripture?
Principle. He said, ‘The spirit of light will be judged by the scripture, keeping to the scriptures.’
Answer. Which is contrary to the scriptures, and the apostles' doctrine. But he is like the Jews, who had the scriptures, yet judged the spirit of light. But the spirit of light owns scriptures, and the scripture does not judge spiritual light, and they are not one against the other, but are in unity.
Principle. And whereas he said, ‘Noah's ark was a true figure of the church of God, so Noah's dove is a clear emblem of such as through affection of new and unknown paths, stray from the church of God.’ See page 1.
Answer. Now you having strayed from the church of God, are the false prophets which Christ said should come, and John saw were come; and the whole world are gone after you. And you have brought the nation to be water, and your tongues are waters, and your multitudes waters, and your peoples waters; on this account are the doves flying abroad; and the Quakers found no rest for the soles of their feet among you. For there is nothing but waters among you, the doves find you all waters, not to set the soles of their feet upon. But according to the eternal counsel and promise of God, that the waters should be abated and dried up, they have found the ark of the testimony, and the opening of the seals, and the tabernacle in heaven, and the people of God begin to inhabit; and the kings of the earth shall not pass; and what you call your church has been waters.
Principle. And whereas he brings the sayings of scripture, that speak of prophets, and pastors, and names places of scripture to oppose Christ's command, which said, ‘Be you not of men called master.’ See page 7.
Answer. Which is to no purpose but to manifest himself a transgressor who does not abide in the doctrine of Christ, who does not have the Father and the son.
Principle. And he said the prophecy of Malachi is upon us, who said, ‘Cursed be the deceiver, who does not bring in his tithes and offerings.' See page 9.
Answer. We say the priesthood is changed, and the offerings are denied, and he who holds them up is under the curse.
Answer. Now by this he has showed his ignorance; for Christ's words and the prophets,’ are true as they speak, and the things they speak of; the fruits of the faith that they speak of are known, and the fulfilling of the promise. And what the apostle speaks of, Heb 7, is that the priesthood is changed, and the law disannulled also, and that another priesthood is come in, not after the order of Aaron, but after the order of Melchizedek; without father, without mother, without beginning of days, or end of life. You run into all absurdities, who give your meaning to scriptures, and by private interpretations have brought the world on heaps about the scriptures. And those who are in the faith, are in the healing of the sick, and removing mountains, and you who are out of the faith have brought whole nations into sickness, mountains, and rough places.
Principle. He said, ‘The priest's work is changed in point of administration only; but in respect of the order, the priesthood is not changed.' See page 11.
Answer. Contrary to the apostle, who said Christ came after another order, and not after the order of Aaron; but came after the order of Melchizedek. So the order, and all things pertaining to it, fall, which Ralph Hall said do not.
Principle. He said, ‘The matter is not changed in any one of the ceremonies, only the manner of administration.’ See page 11.
Answer. The first covenant could make nothing perfect, said the apostle. The matter and the manner of all that pertained to the first priesthood changed. The matter and the manner fell down when the life came in, the second covenant, through which the new and living way was felt, by which we enter into God, by the blood and life of Jesus Christ, and the offering; and not by the first priesthood, first covenant, tithes, offerings, and sacrifices. So matter and manner all fell; and Christ came out of another tribe, that is, of Judah. And not after the order of Aaron, but after the order of Melchizedek, and so after another matter.
Principle. And you bring that concerning ‘Jacob's paying a tenth to the service of the house of God: and why may not you have tenths for the maintenance of the house of God,’ namely the steeple-house, which was the Papist's mass-house. Now see what a suitable measure you have. See page 16.
Answer. There was a time when the ark was maintained, and the tabernacle, and the temple, and the storehouse, and tithes; and there is a time when all these things are utterly denied. So you are a man who does not divide your word aright, but a workman who may be ashamed of your work. Look on your book, who are crying up tithes and priests. And you say the order of Aaron is not changed in the substance, contrary to the apostle, and yet plead the order of Melchizedek, and so are in confusion. And as for the order of Melchizedek, you are as short of that, as of Christ in whom Melchizedek ends.
Principle. He said, ‘The best of God's people have sin enough to be repented of, and to be humbled for.’ See page 19.
Answer. Contrary to John who said, ‘He who is born of God does not commit sin; neither can he, because the seed of God remains in him; and he keeps him so that the evil one does not touch him.’ And they were not to ‘lay again the foundation of repentance from dead works.’ And said the apostle, ‘How can we who are dead to sin, live any longer in it?’ So you are ignorant of the saints' state; for sin exalts and does not humble, for what brings down sin humbles.
Principle. He said, ‘he knows not one in the nation that sues at the law those that will not put into their mouths.’ And again he said, ‘if they should not sue at the law such as do not give them maintenance, they would sin in doing so; for it were to uphold covetous minds.’ See page 19.
Answer. Now this proves your covetous desires. And the courts throughout the nation will witness against you; for most of the suits that are in the nation for one particular thing, are those of the priests against the parishioners, because for conscience sake they cannot put [food] in their mouths [pay them]. Therefore they are worrying them like wolves, and destroying them for their dishonest gain, which they do no work for. And did not the ministers of God, the apostles, rebuke those who went to law before the unjust, one among another? And they told them set up the least in the church to judge such things, and told them they should ‘judge the world, yea angels;’ and not to go to law one with another about such things. Then where are you and your generation, who say it is a sin if they do not go to law? If the ministers do not sue for outward things? Let the least in the church judge you and them. How unlike the apostles you are, who kept the gospel without charge, and coveted no man's silver or gold, who preached the gospel, the end of the law, and brought people from under it. And you bring people into your inventions, but the day is come that you are seen, and the night is past to many, and you can deceive none but those who are in the night; the judgment is gone over your heads, the judge of the world is come.
Principle. He said, ‘Abraham's faith was imputed to him for righteousness: and doubtless Job was a perfect man in God's account, and Christ's righteousness is imputed to us.’
Answer. Yet you say, ‘none do good, no not one,’ and bring that scripture in Rom. comparing those who were in the faith, with those who were gone astray both Jews and Gentiles. See page 21. Now let all try and judge you here, and see your false measure. Are you a man fit to speak of the saints and their faith, who put those who are astray, Jews and Gentiles, among those who believe, making no difference between the precious and the vile? So you are not a man capable of true reason.
Principle. He said, ‘God's furnace is the grave, where all the remainder of corruption shall be consumed.’ See page 22.
Answer. Now what differs this from the Papists who hold a purgatory? And the saints witnessed, and said, ‘now they were washed, now they were cleansed,’ while they were upon earth. And they were sanctified through the obedience of the spirit, and they were justified, and sat in heavenly places, on this side the grave, while they were upon earth, and were made free from sin, and were perfect.
Principle. He said, ‘that Paul disclaimed perfection in himself,’ page 23.
Principle. He said, ‘If a man were free from sin, he would be free from temporal punishment and afflictions.’ See page 23.
Answer. Christ was free from sin, and the saints, and yet he and they were not free from temporal punishment and affliction. And so here he does not divide the word aright.
Principle. He said, ‘If we attain to perfection here, we should attain to a rest here,’ and brings the apostle's words, ‘doubtless there remains a rest to the people of God.’ See page 24.
Answer. The apostle said there, ‘He who has believed has entered into his rest.’ And so he does not divide the word aright, to know what state and condition it was spoken to. And the apostle said, they (the ministers of Christ) were perfect, and ‘he has perfected for ever those who are sanctified.’ And so you are not a sanctified one, and have denied the offering that has perfected for ever those who are sanctified, and so have denied the covenant that blots out sin and transgression; and ‘the blood of Christ cleanses from all sin.’
Principle. But he said, ‘That does not follow, that he who is dead to sin, is freed from sin.’ See page 24.
Answer. Thus he is contrary to the apostle, who said, ‘He who is dead to sin is freed from sin, and can live no longer in it.’
Principle. He said, ‘The law of God is a standing rule to the world's end.' And you who say the law is a standing rule, have denied Christ the end of it. See page 25.
Answer. But the scripture and Christ say, the law must be fulfilled. Christ is the everlasting covenant in the heart and in the mind, the end of the law, who was before the scripture was written, glorified with the Father before the world began. Many have the scriptures, and yet are from the law of God written in the heart, and neglect what brings into covenant with God, by which the scriptures are fulfilled. So here again you do not divide the word aright, and do not bring people into what fulfills scripture.
Principle. He said, ‘Because this light does not lead us to close with God's ordinances, the sacraments, he looks upon it as a delusion of Satan,’ page 26.
Answer. The scriptures mention no such word [sacrament]; and the light was before your invented sacraments were, and cannot join with them, but condemns them, but it owns the scripture and the ordinances of God.
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