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the soul, who is its ornament, in which it hath its joy. And men with their learning prison the soul which is immortal.
P. And he saith, “The Quakers are no Pharisees,' &c. See page 16.
A. 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 that which cannot be shaken, and the royal seed is atop of their head.
P. He saith, " The Quakers scorn to creep into houses,' &c. See
A. Which doth 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 houses creep not, but are upon the throne: but you that 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 hath unveiled himself in what spirit he is, and that he hath gone from the pro
phets, 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 burthen.
P. He saith, "We do utterly deny all their ways and doctrines who exclude all teachings of men.' See page 5.
A. Contrary to the prophets, who bid 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.
P. He saith, The Quakers' spirit doth teach them to honour no man,' &c. See page 6.
A. That is a lie, for it teacheth them to have all men in esteem, and to honour all men in the Lord. Yet they are convinced 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 as you do.
P. And whereas thou sayst, · The spirit of God doth not teach to judge before the time,' &c. See page 6. And others say, 'The saints shall not judge while they are upon the earth.'
A. But the spirit did teach 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.
P. 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.'
A. Who hath 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.
P. To say, that he that saith he hath hope in himself, and yet is not purified even as he is pure, is the hope of the hypocrite,' &c. this he calls a mistake.' See page 8.
A. And here he is corrected, and his spirit is corrected, as being in the world, for the hope purifies as God is pure, but the hope of the hypocrite doth not.
P. He calls it ' a subtle delusion that owns not the law without, in tables and books, to try the spirits within,' &c. See page 8.
A. The spirit of Christ within is the end of the tables, law, and works, and books. Therefore in this is discovered his own white deyil,' 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 thou hast scriptures, and stood against the life, and in the subtle delusion as thou dost, who brings the external to try the eternal, whereas it is the eternal that trieth the external, as Christ did the Pharisees, who told them when they wronged it. And so are you the wrongers of 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,' dic. His principles follow.
P. HE saith, Repent and become sinners,' because the Quakers say they are made free from sin by Christ. See page
6. A. Contrary to the apostle's doctrine, who said, repent, and forsake
sin, that they might receive the remission of sins,' &c. And contrary to the apostle's doctrine to Simon Magus.
P. Francis Blake hath printed a letter, which shows, that those that are in scorn called Quakers own the blood of Christ.' And John Bunyan saith, they deny it.'
A. 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 that bid 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: over all such spirits
we see; there is that in them shall answer it.
P. They say, “The Quakers principles are blasphemous, Paganish, antichristian, antiscriptural.'
A. Because we hold forth the foundation of God, Christ Jesus, who doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world.
P. He calls this . loathsome, poisonous, and blasphemous error,' &c. See page 3.
A. You are poisoning the people, and are of the whore's stock, who would have blood to drink, which 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 that deny the ó light that lighteth every man that cometh 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.
P. 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,' &c. page 7.
A. So show their ignorance of the apostle's doctrine and words; • Not of man nor by man' he saith he had received it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ;' and so you who are made by men deny this.
P. 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.
A. Now he that is not infallible in his counsel, and judgment, and advice, is not he in error ? Αι are not th 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 know not 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.
P. You say again, you are laying and spreading their errors and blasphemies before the magistrates, that they may stop their mouths.' See page 9.
A. Now you show that you have not the spirit of Stephen nor of the apostles, (whom their enemies could not resist, but the spirit of them that are against Stephen, &c. persuading the magistrate; and so your weapons you show are carnal, not the mighty weapons to pluck down the strong holds and spiritual wickednesses, which weapons are spiritual. Ye are fain 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 are 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 ye have not the spirit that is able to gainsay or contradict the spirit that is in the Quakers. Therefore do you beg, with your petitions and fcigned 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 tumulls, and made insurrections among people, casting mists before magistrates' eyes, whereby 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 hath “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, viz. 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 followeth. 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 hath 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.
'P. He saith, “The declaring against all sin is nothing of the mystery of the gospel of Christ.' See page 3.
A. Ignorant are you; for that which 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.
P. He saith, “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 honour the creature; not drinking to any; and to pull off the points and ribands from his knees, band-strings, and hatband, and buttons that were unnecessary on his coat, and other things, and burned divers books,' &c. the putting off all these things which were unnecessary, they call . seduced persuasions,' &c. See page 15.
A. Now all these that have borne record with thee, under the life are ye come, and judged, which abides and remains, and for ever 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 Vol. III.