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cometh into the world withal, are the enemies of Christ, that would not that he should reign over you, who are by him to be slain; and so that scripture which he mentions there in page 10. stands for himself, who gets his words, and calls him Lord, but doth not do as he saith. And
ye all that are in the darkness stumble at the scriptures, who see not the light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.'
P. He saith, They that deny the honour of men, are witches and wizards,' page 14.
A. Wilt thou say that Mordecai was a wizard, and had a familiar spirit, that would not bow to Haman? And the apostle found fault with them that worshipped the creature more than the Creator, who is God blessed for ever. And all the familiar spirits and wizards fell down and worshipped Nebuchadnezzar's image, while Daniel could not bend to their image nor inventions.
P. And again thou saith, “They that love God, and love Christ, keep his commandments.' See page 14.
A. And thou art bringing many scriptures to oppose the commands of Christ, who saith, “Be ye not of men called master.' So thou art seen not to be of the spirit of Christ, but the spirit that is gone out into the world, that is, antichrist, and opposeth his doctrine who is the end of the prophets, and was before Abraham was; and so hast given judgment of thysels, that thou neither lovest God nor Christ.
P. And he here accuseth Paul, and saith, Paul saith, he is not perfect.'
A. When Paul saith, “As many of us as are perfect, are thus minded,' and brings himself in the number; and speaks “wisdom among them that are perfect,' page 15.
John Timpson's book, called, · The Quakers' Apostacy from the
perfect rule of the Scriptures discovered.
A true title is this, to his hook, of his own condition, as his book doth witness himself in the apostacy, whose work is to oppose the light which doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world, that John bore witness of. So opposing the covenant of God, of life, and peace, and the foundation of God which stands sure, Christ Jesus, he may as well say nothing, or do nothing. But the stone is set upon his head, and the foundation of God is laid, witnessed by the prophets, Christ, and the apostles; and the scriptures are owned by them in scorn called Quakers, and the light they speak of, who are come out of the apostacy, and so from among the apostates. And as for the lies and slan
ders in his book, they are not worth mentioning, but they shall turn upon his own head, whose immodesty hath discovered them.
P. In his preface to the reader, he saith, “It is an expression of a dark, deluded mind, to say that God is not distinguished from the saints.'
A. But God and Christ are in the saints, and dwell in them, and walk in them; and he in whom Christ is not is a reprobate, and out of the apostle's doctrine.
P. He saith, we have broken the everlasting covenant of God.'
A. Because we own the teaching of God by his spirit, and the light which doth enlighten every one that cometh into the world, which is the covenant of God.
P. He saith, “The scriptures is the rule of life.' See page 4.
A. Contrary to Christ, who said, the spirit should lead them into all truth.' And they that are the sons of God, are led by the spirit of God.' And the churches were to hear what the spirit saith, for the spirit led them to speak forth scripture.
P. He saith, “It is a contradiction, and a consused senseless thing, to preach the word of faith in the mouth, and in the heart.' See
page 6. Again he saith, “Most senseless is this profession of Christ in the mouth, and believing in him with the heart, God that made all things.' These are his words, page 8.
A. It is not a senseless profession to preach the word of faith in the heart, and in the mouth; and to say, God will dwell in you,' and the word is in the heart, and in the mouth.' The word is God; and thou art senseless and fallen into confusion, in the contradiction, out of the apostle's doctrine; for the apostle saith, Christ in you, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.'
P. And he calls it a notion, to say that Christ lighteth all, and that therefore the light is Christ.'
A. So here he is kicking and spurning against the light, Christ, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world,' which is the rock, the foundation of God, the corner stone, which is fallen upon thy head, and all are in the notion that are out of it.
P. He scoffs at the Quakers, because they say, 'they have the word of God in them.'
A. Christ's name is called the word of God.'
P. He saith, “God blessing or blasting his own word to some, according to the different ends intended by himself.' See page 9.
A. Now the word of God is not blasted: God never blasts his own word, but it is they that disobey the word that are blasted. For the word of God doth its service, and accomplisheth the end which it goeth forth for, and cloth not return in vain. And it is the sword of the spirit; and that is not blasted. It is a “hammer and a fire,' and it lives
and endures for ever. So thou art blasted, who sayst, God blasts his own word,' and art to be cut down by the word of God for thy blasphemy.
P. He saith, “The Quakers are deceivers,' because we say that Christ is not in outward observations and forms.' And John Bunyan saith, that he is distinct from the saints,' and would have him in the forms, &c. See page 13.
A. We say he hath triumphed over the ordinances, and blotted them out, and they are not to be touched; and the saints have Christ in them, who is the end of outward forms, and thou art deceived, who thinks to find the living among the dead; and Bunyan is deceived, who said, "He is distinct [separate) from the saints;' and so you are a company of pitiful teachers.
P. He saith, "Every true christian doth believe that the holy scriptures alone are to be the object of faith,' &c. page 17.
A. So he hath thrown out God the giver of them, and Christ the author of them; for many have the scriptures, and deny Christ the author and object of faith.
P. He asketh, · Did you ever read of law and testimony in the heart?' &c. See page 18.
A. Yea, God saith, I will write my law in their hearts.' The law was in David's heart; the law was in the apostle's heart. « The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,' and that is in the heart. See Heb. viii. Rev. xix. 10.
P. He saith, • The covenant of God is not to all in the church of Christ.' See
19. A. Which is contrary to the scriptures, for where the church is, there is the covenant, the head Christ Jesus. And God saith, I will give him for a covenant to the Gentiles;' those are the heathen. And. I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah;' and these are called the people of God. And therefore thou art in the fall, in ignorance, and a man without understanding, and affirms thou dost not know what; and silence would become thee better than to publish thy shame in print, for they are not in the church of God, that are not in the covenant of God.
P. And he saith, “The scripture is the sure and perfect rule.' See
A. The scripture saith, Christ is the bishop of the soul; and God hath all souls in his hand. And many have scriptures, but the bishop of their souls they know not, but they remain in death, and the life they want that gave them forth, and so are all on heaps about the scripture one with another, and calling them the rule; but the spirit of God that led them to speak forth the scriptures, was the rule to the saints
and holy men of God: and they that are in the transgression will kill one another about their words, but the spirit leads to see them again, and brings into unity with them and God.
P. He saith, · It is blasphemy to say, that Christ is in them as God and man,' &c. See page 23.
A. Doth not the scripture say, 'Christ in you,' and God will dwell in you, and walk in you?' And are not the saints of his flesh and of his bone? And are they not partakers of the divine nature?
P. He saith, “ It is a fancy to say, the eternal word of God is in them.' See page 26.
A. Thou art in the fancy in whom the eternal word is not witnessed; and under the fire, and sword, and hammer, to be hammered down. And so art corrected by the apostle, who saith, Let the word of God dwell in you richly,' the ingrafted word which is able to save your souls, and the immortal word.'
P. He saith, The scripture is the only rule of knowing God,' &c. See page 26.
A. Christ saith, None knoweth the Father but the son,' who spoke among them that had the scripture; and so he hath excluded the son, as the rule of knowing the Father, who reveals him. For many had scriptures who knew not the Father, nor knew the son, nor heard his voice, as in John v.
P. He saith · All those that are without the scriptures, are without all comfort, and hope, and God.' See page 26.
A. Here then is thy doctrine, that none have comfort, none hope, none have God, but who have scriptures. Abraham will tell thee otherwise, and Enoch; for those knew God, and walked with him, and knew hope and comfort: and Joseph and Jacob, God was with them before the scriptures were written. And Christ was promised before the scriptures were written; and many have the scriptures and not the comfort, nor the hope, but stand against Christ as the Jews did. And many may have the comfort, that have not read the scriptures.
P. He saith, . The only judge of all error is the scriptures,' &c. See
A. So he hath excluded Christ, and the spirit, and the spiritual man, and the saints, and God the judge of all, who was the author of the scripture.
P. He saith, • The apostle doth not say that God in these last days doth speak, or will speak unto us by his son; but God hath already in time past spoken by his son, and that speaking is to these last days, and we are not to look for any other speaking, or revelation,' &c. See
A. And so by this thou hast denied the scriptures, and the authority of them, which is Christ Jesus, and denied the apostles' doctrine, and
the new covenant, where the law is written in the heart and mind, and all are taught of God. Thou hast thrown down and laid waste Christ's commands, who saith, ' Learn of me.' And the command of God, who saith, “This is my beloved son, hear ye him.'
him.' And so art ignorant of the scriptures and the power of God.
P. He saith, . It is abhorred dotage they are bewitched with, to say, they witness forgiveness within,' &c. See page 41.
A. Thou shows thou never knew a saint's life, and that which cleanseth from all sin, and the testimony within of forgiveness of sin; for where it is forgiven it is forgiven within. The apostle saith, “If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin.' And many may speak of Christ without them, and the body of sin not dead. And so the wolf may get the form of godliness, and the devil may confess the son of God in words.
P. He saith, “It matters not much if the sense be in the scriptures, whether the words be there or not.' See page 47.
A. And yet he saith, the scripture is the rule and the word; and so by that means have all men run into their senses, into confusion from the words of the scripture, which is not to be added to, nor taken from, nor can it be broken, nor is it of any private interpretation; and the scriptures are the words of God, and Christ is the word, and in him they end, and the spirit is the rule.
P. He saith, · Doth not Christ approve of the Jews' opinion, in thinking that in the scripture they should have eternal life?' And he saith, Christ refers them to the scriptures to find life.' See page 48.
A. Whereas Christ said, “They would not come unto him that they might have life;' and bid them believe in him whom God had sent, who was the end of the scriptures. And Christ did not approve of them that thought to have eternal life in the scriptures.
P. He saith, to say that the light of Christ is not received from the scriptures, it is an abominable thing to be asserted.'
A. But the light is received from Christ; and many had the scriptures, as the Jews, but stood against the light as you do now, and did not receive it, that had the scriptures which testified of it. And the light cannot be blotted out, but it doth condemn, and it leads to the knowledge of God, and to eternal life.
P. He calls it'a fancy of an idle brain, to witness the law of God written in the heart, that is different from the moral law,' &c. See
A. The scripture saith, “I will write my law in their hearts, and put it in their inward parts, and I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, not according to the old.' And this is the covenant with Israel, not according to the old; and so they are in the fancy, and idle