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is one part of the blame in man, and another part of the blame fn the Almighty, that men went to hell.'
A. In this there is confusion. Thou sayst, 'God hath ordained them;' that he has done it, then thou sayst, there is part in man,' and thou saidst before, it was in God. Now if it be in God, that he hath ordained them to hell, repent or do all that they are commanded to do, thy preaching is needless: and thou canst not make hell hotter or colder. Therefore thy preaching is done and ceased. And thou sayst part of the blame that men go to hell is in God; here thou wouldst make God unrighteous, who desires not the death of a sinner. God is not to be blamed in any thing he doth, but to be praised, who is righteous in all his judgments: and God is not to be blamed, for God is truth, so let God be true, and every man a liar, Rom. iii. 4. Thou wicked one, man's destruction is of himself, Hosea xiii. 9, and God wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he would repent; so no fault in God, who saith, ‘Let the unrighteous man forsake his unrighteousness, and he shall live, so let the righteous man forsake his righteousnes, and he dies,' Ezek. xviii. 22. So my ways are equal, the Lord hath no pleasure at all that the wicked should die, but that he should return and live; so man's destruction is of himself. And whereas thou sayst, “God hath ordained a great part to hell,' what makest thou of Christ who came to be a saviour of the world? John iv. 42, he doth not say the elect only, but to save the world, and not to condemn it. And“God so loved the world'(mark the words,) Jo. iii. 19, he doth not say, so hated it, that he gave his only begotten son into the world, that whosever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' And he came not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might have life. But they that hate the light and do not believe in it, are by the light condemned, but thou sayst otherwise, that he condemns a great part of the world. And he doth not say he loves the elect only, but ‘God so loved the world,' and 'God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself,' 2 Cor. v. 19, he does not sayt he elect only. And he through death hath destroyed the power of death, the devil, Heb. ii. 14, And thou art to be reproved for thy judgment, for thy unbelief, for thy unrighteousness, for thy sin, because of thy unbelief, because the prince of this world is judged, John xvi. And so Christ doth not say, I am the light of the saints, of the elect only, but I am the light of the world, John viii. 12, and saith, that 'light is come into the world, and this is the condemnation of the world, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than it, because their deeds are evil,' John iii. 19. So it is unbelief that shuts out, Rom. xi. 20. So the gates stand open night and day, and every one that doth evil, hates the light and will not come to it, because it will reprove him, and he will not come into the gate, for he that comes to the gate comes to the light, and he that comes to the light comes out of condemnation, and comes
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that cometh into the world, and such are in Cain and Balaam's way, these words he said, that God had predestinated one to life, without hell, without any cause in the crcature less or more; and both wicked condemns him, and in the other thou saidst, there was part blame i man, and part in God; and here is the devil's doctrine, a lie found thy mouth. And thou hast wresteil, perverted, and wronged that are
to be a child of the light, he that hates the light will not come into the kingdom of God. And as for thy saying, 'God hath ordained a great part of the world to hell, let them repent and do all that ever he hath commanded them;' he that doth the things that Christ commands;entetis
, the kingdom; he that repents, his mind is changed, and whosoever be lieveth shall not perish, and this command is general, John'. through the whole world, therefore thou, with the devil's doktrine, shuts up the kingdom of heaven against others, and wilt not go in the self, who says, let men repent, and do all that ever they can, they must go to hell, when God wills not the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live, Ezek. xxxiii. 11, but he i merciful, and judges not as thou dost, whose eyes are blinded, and whose hands are full of blood. So I say, whosoever repents, and doth the things he is commanded shall be saved; and that which thou saya to the contrary, we conclude to be the devil's dectrine: and whosoever resists the thing that is commanded, that will be their condemnation
, who hate the light which was before the world was, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, that all through him might believe, for he that believes in the light shall not abide in darkness
, John viii. 12, shall not come into condemnation, shall come to be a child of light, John xii. 36, and they shall have the light of life. And so the light is sufficient to save them, and to condemn them if they believe not, John iii. 18. 14. Isa. iv. 12, and every one that cometh into the light that he is enlightened with comes i nto the election, and into the covenant of God. Evil consciences thou mayst frighten them the hate the light, which is their condemnation, but the elect thou cene neither save nor deceive. Thanks be to God, Christ reigns, who wil give to every man according to his works, who doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world; and he who doth not believe in condemned, and shut out. And such turn the grace of God into wanlonnes and are ordained of old that hate the light, which lighteth every man persecuters and murderers, and turn the grace of into wantonness
P. From the words of Jude iv, “they were of old ordained from any cause in the creature less or more, and the other wicked, many
And before thou saidst part of the cause that God east into bel was in the man and part in God. In this 7th principle and decals thou said there is no cause in the creature, that God casts into hella
apostles' doctrine; with it you are judged, and you must have a reward according to your works. And he that comes to life, comes out of his wickedness, and the wicked man enters not into the kingdom of God. Rev. xxi. And the promise is to the seed, and he that works iniquity departs from the seed. Gal. iii. 16. And the election obtains it. Rom. xi. 7. Not he that wills, nor runs, but God that shows mercy. And whereas thou sayst 'the wicked man is ordained to life, without any cause in the creature less or more: this is just the devil's doctrine again, to bring every one to hide his talent, and none either to watch or pray; for there is in the creature, that which brings him to lay aside wickedness, and to depart from sin, and iniquity, and covetousness, and drunkenness, which lets him see it, through the obedience of the spirit; and that is in the creature which brings him to confess his sin, and forsake it, whereby mercy is showed; “the power of God worketh in us,' saith the apostle. And as they had been servants to unrighteousness, so came to yield themselves servants unto righteousness. Rom. vi. How come the commands of God to be obeyed, if there be not something in the creature that causes him to obey it ? For thou sayst 'without any cause in the creature :' why were all these expressions spoken in scripture, that they should obey all things that Christ commanded? Matt. xxviii. 20. And all the statutes and ordinances spoken of in the scriptures, if there be not something in man to cause him to obey them? But thy intent is to make God unrighteous who respects no man's person, , but gives to every man a reward according to his works, Rev. ii. 23. the one as well as the other; and all shall appear before the judgment of Christ. 2 Cor. ix. 10. He will judge the world in righteousness. And there is something in the creature that enlightens every man that cometh into the world, whereby he is capable of obeying or disobeying, and not believing comes to be condemned, and in believing he is saved; he hath the witness in himself. John iii. 8. 1 John v. 10. For he that commits sin is the servant of sin. John viii. 24. And there is no respect of persons with God, but whosoever doth righteousness is accepted of him. Acts x. 34, 35. The apostle said, “he perceived God was no respecter of persons;' but whosoever doth wickedly hates the light, and is condemned, but * whosoever doth the truth, cometh to the light,' John iii. 21. and so is out of condemnation : so thou teaches another doctrine. So as I said before, • The promise is to the seed, the seed is Christ, and Christ is all and in all.' 1 Cor. xv. 28. And all ungodly and wicked men are shut out of the kingdom of God, into which no wicked men enter, and man must be turned again from wickedness before he enters. Rev. xxi. 8.
P. He being asked, what he would do with Quakers, said, “if he had been a civil magistrate, he would have thought it good service to have cut oil all their heads.