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have not that which is infallible to judge in you, know not the spirit of Christ, neither can you judge of persons or things that have not the infallible judgment, nor the spiritual man. Neither have you the word of God in your hearts, nor Christ which is eternal and infallible, all which the Quakers have, to judge persons and things.
P. He saith, that children are of the seed as to the church privileges, and external ordinances of a spiritual nature.'
A. (Mark his confusion.) But Christ saith, “Ye must be born again, or ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven,' and such be of the church.
P. He saith, “If they can but destroy all forms, the power will fall with it; for the form preserves the power,' page 37.
A. Contrary to the apostle; many have the form, but deny the power.' The power preserves the form, sees the end of forms, and destroys them, and brings to see before forms were, where forms are not. For the apostles who lived in the power, denied the Jews' forms, and Gentiles' both, as we do now deny the Popish forms, and yours which you have invented and set up.
P. And an immediate teaching (he saith) of the spirit, and to wait for secret inspiration of God, is to subject men to satanical delusions, &c. page 40.
A. Contrary to the apostle, who said, “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the holy ghost;' and they were to wait for its revelation, as in Peter; and all are in the satanical delusion that are not in the immediate teachings from the spirit; and every one that hath this spirit, and the leading of the spirit, hath that which is immediate.
P. He saith, The prophets and apostles drew people to an outward word,' &c.
A. Now, is that which lives and endures for ever, outward? And did not they bring them to Christ the power of God, which is the end of words, which is immediate?
P. He saith, Is not the gospel an external way,' &c.
A. No; the gospel is a living way, which is revealed within, and is the power of God to salvation.'
P. Are not they seduced (saith he) who are drawn off from the external means, by which the spirit is given and faith wrought, to wait for the receiving of the spirit without any word to convey it to them ? which spirit, when they have it, is not the spirit of truth, but of delusion,' &c. page 41.
A. The spirit and faith are not conveyed to any man without the word, and they are seduced that rest in the external from the eternal; and the spirit is not given by external means, neither is faith so wrought.
P. And he saith, They need not any man's teaching them, but as
the spirit in the scriplures teaches, and they need not that any teachings of man should be added.'
A. And so by this he hath thrown out himself from being a pastor, and all other such pastors and teachers. The spirit is not in the scriptures, but was in them that gave them forth. And the spirit which gave forth the scriptures, and which was in the saints, opens the scriptures again, and leads into all truth.
P. And he saith, "There is an excess in that scripture which saith, “ Ye need no man to teach you, but as the anointing teacheth you.”'
A. And here he speaks as if John did not mean as he spoke, and would make John, who spoke truth, as false as himself.
P. And the apostles' saying to the saints, ' And ye know all things,' he calls an excessive speech, for no one knows all things but God,'
A. So contrary to John, the minister of God, and would make him a liar. So he is in the false spirit gone out into the world. Contrary to 1 John ii. who know all things.'
P. He saith, Outward teaching is the way and the means whereby the deep, and profound, and necessary truths of scripture come to be understood, but not immediate,' page 44.
A. So he hath denied the spirit to open the scriptures, immediate inspiration by the spirit, and it teaching; and set up an outward in the room of it. Here his spirit is tried again, gone out into the world. For salvation is immediate, and the means that bring to it, and none know the scriptures by outward teaching, but immediately by the Lord God.
P. And he saith, “Ministerial gifts are not now to be found in the world, such as the ministers of the gospel had in the primitive time.'
A. Therefore no such ministerial work now as was then, nor any such officers as pastors, teachers, &c. as were then! He hath proved himself to be one of the false spirits which went forth from the apostles into the world: and yet he saith, Christ is with them to the end of the world.' And yet saith there is no hearing of his voice, nor seeing him, nor handling him; so he hath confounded himself, and showed to all that he hath quenched the spirit. - P. He saith, that the apostle was silent in that point, that men must be endued with extraordinary gifts.'
A. The apostle's epistles prove to the contrary, who saith, “Without faith ye cannot please God;' which is a gist, and an extraordinary gift; and saith, “He that hath not the spirit of Christ is none of his,' which is an extraordinary gift. So you are another ministry, and other pastors and teachers; and that which is another gist than the apostle's, is not the gift of God.
P. He saith, How comes the apostle to raise up a living to some
persons for preaching, when he saith, that “they that preach the gospel, must live of the gospel,” ? &c. page 48.
A. It was contrary to the apostle, to preach to raise up a living for preaching; for he saith, they were not to preach · for filthy lucre's sake.' But they that preach the gospel, live of the gospel;' that is not as you raising livings, who make a trade of the form, denying the power, which is the gospel.
P. Here he cries out against gifted men's preaching, and saith, · Paul prophesied against them,' page 49. and names them to be such as have itching ears.'
A. As he is gone out from the apostles, so he cries up his imagined gifts, and disowns those gifts which the apostles did not cry against, but said, every one must minister that had received a gift; and thou art one of the itching ears gone out from the apostles.
P. He saith, that their synagogues (commonly called churches) were not ordained for any spiritual uses, as for serving God in them," &c. page 51.
A. Which is contrary to all the professed teachers in the nations, who say they are ordained for the use and service of God, and call them churches: but to this I believe he will call his words back again,
P. And Pharisee-like, he teaches to break Christ's command, Be not of men called master,' and calleth it a civil honour.'
A. And here he hath proved himself not to be a guide of the way, and the governor of a man's life, for that title, master, belongs to Christ, and not to any man. These are his words, and the signification which he gives of that title there; (sce page 52.) And yet he dare presumptuously take it, and plead for it, (which Christ denied in the Pharisees,) and so impudently break Christ's command; and so hath showed that he walks out of his doctrine, and is a transgressor, and no minister, but an antichrist.
P. He saith, " The apostle never bred up any that they needed no man to teach them,' page 53.
A. And so giveth John the lie, who saith, “Ye need no man to teach you, but as the same anointing teacheth you.' And the prophet, who saith, · Ye need not say every man to his neighbour, know the Lord,' &c. and denies the effectual work of the new covenant. But all shall know him from the least to the greatest.'
P. He saith, Paul denies perfection to himself.'
A. Paul did not deny perfection to himself nor others; but his work was to the perfecting of the saints, but your work is to keep men from perfection, and that hath been the ministers' work since they apostatized from the apostles. And yet Paul judgeth him again, and saith, * As many as are perfect are thus minded.'
P. He saith, “ There is a contradiction in the letter,' speaking of the scripture, page 6o.
A. Showing that he doth not know to what condition it was spoken, for there is no contradiction in it: but in them that are out of the spirit that gave it forth, is the contradiction.
P. And he saith, There is a perfection that respects justification and not sanctification.' See page 61.
A. Now, there is no perfection but where there is sanctification.
P. And he perverteth the scripture of John, that saith, 'If we say we have no sin,' &c. And he saith, “Whosoever saith he hath no sin, deceives himself.' See page 62.
A. So he wrongs John's words, and puts he for we, and is charging sin
upon the elect, and so himself is found a liar. For there is a time for men to see they have sinned, and a time to confess and forsake sin, and a time to witness the blood of Christ cleansing from all sin; and he that is born of God doth not commit sin. And here the children of God are manifest from the children of the devil.'
And, Eaton, hast thou been preaching and praying all this while, and never yet heard the voice of God? The night is upon thee, thou hast no answer from God.
And as for the rest of Eaton's lies, we let them rest upon his own head, not being worth mentioning; the witness of God in his conscience shall answer in the day of his judgment.
John Bunyan, Richard Spenceley, John Burton, and John Childe,
in their book that they call,. A vindicution of a book called some Gospel Truth's Opened,' are these following principles.
And as for Bunyan's lies and slanders, they will come upon himself; they are
his own garments. And for the scriptures which he quotes, they are owned, but not to cover the wolf withal.
In his epistle to the reader he saith, “The Quakers will own that salvation was obtained by Christ,' (this is truth,' saith he,) and but a little before, he saith, · They deny that salvation that was obtained by him,' &c. And thus he hath shamed his father of confusion that taught him, the father of lies, who says and unsays; for salvation is owned by Christ and God, and no other.
P. Again, in the same epistle, he denies that salvation is obtained by Christ within,' and saith, The scriptures do not prove it,' and calls it • fighting against the truth,' &c.
A. The apostle saith, Work out your salvation with fear and
trembling,' and that is within. And the ingrafted word is able to saye souls,' and that is within. And the apostle saith, “If Christ be not in you, ye are reprobates.' And that is not opposite to Christ without them, nor contrary to the scriptures. And none know salvation, but who know this Christ in you,' who is the salvation, and where he is within there is salvation. And so thou art one of the reprobates, that can talk of Christ without, and denies him the salvation within.
P. He saith, The Quakers own Christ Jesus revealed to them in spirit,' and calls it delusion.'
A. And yet he saith, others are carried away with error for not receiving Christ revealed in the spirit; and this is his patched up stuff, comprehended with the spirit, and with it is judged, who finds fault with them that have it, and is against them that have it not.
P. He tells people of the history of the word; and saith, Some have no other witness nor knowledge but the history of the word, and the relation of others,' &c.
A. And yet he is against the revelation of the spirit in the Quakers. But he is one of the beast's officers to fight against the Lamb; but it is to no purpose, who thus builds up and throws dowi).
Again, Bunyan is railing against the priests, and runs up into the pulpit himself. And so the wolf hath got the sheep's clothing, and they can speak of Christ without, who are reprobates, who have him not within.
P. He saith, · The Lord Jesus Christ is afar off in his bodily presence.'
A. And yet he saith, “The Lord is at hand!' And the apostle said, - he was in them.' And Christ said, he would dwell with them.'
P. He saith, “ They were sealed by Christ's death, at his offering upon
the cross.' A. And yet Christ must come to save them at the last day! And the saints witnessed their salvation while they were upon earth, and said Christ was in them, except they were reprobates.' And the son of God was come, and gave them an understanding.
P. He saith, The Quakers witness the teaching within,' but saith, • The apostle witnesseth the contrary,' &c. page 4.
A. Why dost thou wrong the apostle, and put thy lies abroad, when the apostle said, and Christ said, the spirit of the Father spoke in them. And the apostle said, the law and the covenant of God were in their hearts, and the anointing was within them, to teach them. But why fightest thou against the apostle's teaching, the apostle's doctrine, and Christ's doctrine? Dost thou not see thy weapon now fails thee? Thou hast cast thyself without, and have not the apostle and Christ corrected thec here? Vol. III.