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of the eye and pride of lise; and so leads into gluttony and drunkenness, idleness, sports, plays, and shows, and all the vain fashions and customs of the world, honouring one another, so that you do not honour God, and makes you mad, and fight for it, and about it. All this, the world's god will give unto all such as come to worship him; which is not of God, the father of truth, but from the world's god, in whom there is no truth.
Now, you cannot worshíp the world's god but in his unclean, foul spirit, which is out of truth, and in whom there is no truth.
And ye cannot worship the true, living, eternal, everlasting, pure, holy God of truth, the creator and maker of all, but in his holy, pure spirit, and in his holy, pure truth, which the devil, the prince of the air, the world's god, is out of.
And when the world's god hath blinded their eyes, he leads them which way he will into blasphemies, heresies and errors, and so from one false way, faith and religion, church and teacher to another, when they go from the truth in the heart, and grace and spirit, from Christ Jesus, from whom it comes, and follow him, in whom there is no truth.
Now, in the eighth chapter of John, Christ describes the devil, what he was, and what he is, when he spoke to the Jews, saying, · Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do; for he was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. So he is not like to abide in truth, when there is no truth in him. And when he speaks a lie, he speaketh of his own ; for he is a liar, and the father of it.
But, now, ye may say, the devil, the world's god, could speak true words, and say, Christ was the son of God, and brought scripture to Christ.
And so could the Jews to Christ, and so may the christians now-a-days; but what better are they for that, whilst they are not in the truth, and in the spirit that they were in that gave forth. the scriptures ? For Christ will not know such that are not in the truth, but are workers of iniquity; for he knows such that walk in truth, and in the spirit, which they have from Christ; here they come to have fellowship with him, and he feeds them, and they know his voice, and follow him, and he keepeth them in the light, spirit, and truth.
So all people’s applying scriptures, or promises, or prophecies, whilst they grieve God's good spirit in their hearts, and hate his light that shines there, and walk despitefully against the spirit of grace, and so disobey the voice and command of God and Christ, such cannot have comfort of God, nor Christ, nor the scriptures, nor the promises nor prophecies of them. But they that walk in the light, and spirit, and grace, and the gospel, they have the comfort of God and Christ, and the pro
phecies and promises, and of the scriptures, which holy men of God spake forth as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, which came not by men's wills; and these are for the perfecting of the men of God, not the men of the world, which follow the world's god, who are not like to have perfection by following of him, that is out of truth, in whom there is no truth: for perfection comes by obeying God in his grace, spirit, and truth, and following him, as God and Christ commands.
So it is clear, that God Almighty, who is the creator of all, and made man and woman in his image and likeness, in righteousness and holiDess, he was their teacher: but when man and woman forsook God and disobeyed his voice and command, and hearkened unto the serpent's teaching, and followed him, they came to bear his image, and to do his works and lusts, (not God's,) that murderer from the beginning, and is to this day a liar, murderer, and persecutor about religion, church, and worship.
But the promise of God was to fallen man,' that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head ;' who is the head of all false prophets, false teachers, false apostles, and false religions, ways, worships, and false heads of them. And of destroying him and his works, who through death destroys death, and the devil the power of it.
And Christ saith, “ Learn of me, I am the way, the truth, and the life; and no man cometh to the Father but by me.' And God saith, this is my beloved Son, hear ye him.'
And so the apostle testifies in Heb. i. who saith, ‘God at sundry times, and after divers manners, spoke in times past to our fathers by the prophets ; but he hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom he made the worlds.'
So now, here are three things to be minded in these words. God was the first speaker to Adam and Eve in paradise; and as long as they kept under his speaking and teaching, they kept the paradise of God, and in that happy and blessed estate, in the image of God, and in his power, dominion and wisdom, over all things which God had made.
But when they forsook God's teaching, and followed the serpent's teaching, the second speaker, who is out of truth, in whom there is no truth, they lost, and fell from truth and the image of God, and the power in which they had dominion, and fell from their perfection, and lost their blessed state in the paradise of God.
Nevertheless, the promise to them and mankind then was, “The seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head: And all the fathers and the faithful believed in this promise of God, and died in the faith of it.
· And God spake by the prophets to these fathers at sundry times, and after divers manners, in the old covenant.'
But the sced being come which bruiscth the head of the serpent, that false teacher, liar, murderer and deceiver, who is the head of all false teachers, ways, religions, churches and worships; Christ, who is the saviour and the life, in these last days, of the new covenant of grace, light and life, God hath spoken unto us, the children of the new covenant, by his son, the immortal, eternal and living God of truth, who was the first speaker to Adam and Eve in paradise, who was the speaker by the prophets to the fathers in the old covenant, who is the speaker unto his children of the new covenant by his son, who bruiseth the head of the prince of the air, and destroyeth the serpent, the world's god and false speaker.
So, the eternal God of truth, who was the first speaker, he is the speaker again unto his people, by his son now, in these latter days of the new covenant, and so will be to all eternity; who by his son renews his believers again into the image of God, as Adam was in before he fell; and creates them anew in Christ Jesus, unto good works, out of the bad works, that they may come to sit down in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that never sell, who is the first and last, by whom all things were made and created, who is over all things in this life, light, truth and righteousness, in his kingdom of glory. Amen.
And is not that the beast and whore, which goeth from the holy spirit of the God of truth, and receiveth the dragon's power, in his foul, unclean spirit, whose kingdom is full of darkness, and compelleth all, both small and great, to worship the beast in the dragon's power, and the whore, that is whored from the clean holy spirit, of the God of truth, which sits upon the beast, which makes all nations to drink her filthy cup of fornication, and compelleth, and would compel to drink of that foul cup, and worship that dragon, in that foul spirit, in whom there is no truth; and would draw people from the light, and from the grace, truth and spirit, and the word and faith within their hearts, and compasseth all the earthly minds, though he cannot the heavenly and spiritual minds, whose names are written in the lamb's book of life, before the world and his god was; those he cannot get under his dark power, in whom there is not truth, though he may draw them that disobey Christ and the God of truth?
And was not the law and the old covenant and testament given forth to the Jews in their mother-tongue, from God and his prophets, and to
be read amongst them in all their synagogues, and in their temple, in their own tongue and language?
And therefore are not the scriptures of the New Testament and new covenant to be translated, and to be read, spoken and interpreted in every man's language and mother-tongue? And they that are against it, and do gainsay it, are they not barbarians, that say That all nations must not have the new covenant and New Testament in their own mother-tongue or language, translated, to read it? They are barbarians that do not edify. And we do know, that the world's god and his followers, would keep people as ignorant from the scriptures as to have them in their own languages, as he would draw every man and woman from the light which Christ doth enlighten them withal, to believe in, and to be a child of light: And this light shining in their hearts, to give them the knowledge of God, in the face of their saviour Christ Jesus, from whence it comes; and to draw men from the spirit, which God poureth upon all flesh, and say, “That is not sufficient to instruct them and to lead them into all truth;' by which they might profit in the things of God: And to draw them from the grace and truth, which cometh by Jesus Christ in their hearts, ó which grace hath appeared unto all men, to teach them and bring their salvation:' But them that follow the world's god, in whom there is no truth, who is a destroyer, deny the grace to be a sufficient teacher, and to save, and bring salvation.
And they that walk despitefully against the spirit of grace, and turn this grace of God into wantonness, and follow ungodliness, unrightecusness and worldly lusts, they do follow the god of the wicked world, in whom there is no truth; and then such do crucify the just, instead of crucifying their affections and lusts, and put on the old image and the old man, which is after the god of the world, in whom there is no truth, and puts off the new, which is after the God of truth.
And the apostle Paul said, “So fight I, not as one that beateth the air, but I do keep under my body, and bring it under subjection, lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away: This was the practice of the apostle of Christ.
But satan, the world's god, his ministers and teachers, instead of keeping under their bodies, do let them up in all manner of filthiness, and a beating the air, and their fellow creatures, and them that serve the God of truth in his holy spirit, and spoiling their goods, and haling them into prisons till death, spoiling them: And this is the fruits of the spoiler, the world's god, and the power of death, who abode not in the truth, in whom there is no truth, which is unlike Christ, who said, • Freely you have received, freely give,' to Christ's followers, which
the world's god and his followers cannot endure to hear of this command.
And is it not only deceit in those that say, •The scripture is the rule of their faith, life, manners and doctrine;' and yet are found serving the world's god, that is out of truth, in whom there is no truth; and cannot endure to hear talk of the grace of God, which appears unto all men, to teach them, and bring their salvation, to be in man: And cannot endure to hear talk, that Christ enlightens every man that cometh into the world with a saving light, to believe in; and that this light should be in their hearts, which is saving to the believer in it, and condemns the unbeliever of it: And cannot endure to hear talk that God should pour out of his spirit upon all flesh, to instruct them, and to lead them, that they may profit in the things of God: And that Christ hath tasted death for every man, by the grace of God, which hath appeared unto all men, that all might have a sense of it: and the gospel of good news and glad tidings preached unto, and in every creature under heaven: and that he through death destroys death, and the devil, the power of death. This is glad tidings to all people that receive it; but bad news to the world's god and his followers, that disobey the truth, and him, in whom there is no truth; who manifest, that their words corrupt their manners, and they are dead in sins and trespasses, and serve not Christ in the new and living way. For their fruits declare their faith is dead, and their doctrines not according to scripture: for they are reproved by the prophets, Christ and the apostles; who confess they have not the same power and spirit as Christ, and the prophets, and apostles had: but in their own wills, and in the foul spirit that is out of truth, make a profession of the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, which came not by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke them forth as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
But at the moving of this Holy Ghost, and leadings thereof into the truth of the scriptures, which were given forth by the movings of the Holy Ghost, such as have said, “the scriptures are their rule for their faith, life, manners, doctrine and conversation, have made a scoff at the Holy Ghost's moving and leading now, as it did them which gave them forth; and such their manners, life, conversation and doctrine, is quite contrary to the scriptures, and are reproved by them and by the Holy Ghost, that moved upon them that gave them forth.
Now, for unholy men, that plead for sin and a body of death to the grave, and a purgatory for to cleanse them in from their sin, when they are dead; for such to interpret in their wills, and give meanings with their unclean spirit to the scriptures, which holy men of God spoke forth as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and minded nobody's wills. For unholy men, with their wills and unclean ghost, that serve