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John Wallace, priest of Kendal; William Moore, priest of Kellet;
and priest Walker. Their principles as followeth.
P. They say, 'that the devil is transforming himself into an angel of light, and this is to oppose the light of Christ.'
A. The light which every man that cometh into the world is enlightened with, is that which satan is out of, and in you that are out of the light, which Christ doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world with, may satan transform himself, who transformed before the apostles' decease, and since their decease it hath been he that hath made this work among all creatures, under whose power you are, in the night of the apostacy. And he hath been the cause of destroying people, who is out of the light in which is the unity.
To sing without the spirit, to sing words made ready to hand, the Jews could do that, whose songs were to be turned into howling; but to sing in the spirit, there is the melody made to the Lord, where hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs are known. But to say that Christ and the apostles sung David's psalms turned into metre as you do now, a thing made ready to their hands, this would make as though the apostles and Christ could not sing without David's psalms, and would put every one beside the spirit; for Christ was Lord of David, and the apostles preached the end of David, and in that they sung. And every man that cometh into the world hath a light from Christ, and that which may be known of God is manifested within man, though Jews and Gentiles be from it, guiding all minds, it will bring them to sing in the spirit, as David, Solomon, Christ, the apostles, and the saints; and in this let all make melody to the Lord in their hearts, all having motion and breath from the Lord. So let all praise the Lord in the spirit, and in it unto him sing, who in him move, and live, and have their being.
Gawen Eglesfield's principles, as followeth.
P. "That his call into the ministry is mediate.'
A. So he is not a minister made by the will of God, which is immediate; nor a minister made by the spirit, which is immediate. Mediate is natural, and the natural man knows not the things of God, for they are spiritually discerned.
P. And he saith, “The law is not changed that gave tithes.'
though the pope set up another law, since the apostacy from the apostles.
Ambrose Dickinson's principles, as followeth.
P. He saith, That there is nothing within man, but what puts him on a covenant of works.'
A. There is faith within man that works by love, and there is Christ within man, and God will dwell in man, and walk in man, and the son of God is revealed within. Dost thou liken all these to things without in the covenant of works, which ends them all, and was before they were?
P. He saith, " There is no knowledge of Christ in this generation but by the scripture.'
A. Many may have the scriptures, and not know Christ; they will not give the knowledge of Christ. That which comes from him, and shines in the heart, doth give the knowledge of Christ the light. And the Jews had the scriptures, but had not the knowledge of Christ, as you do not know the light that doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world,' the ear being stopped to that of God in you, and your eyes closed. And it is not the spirit, and the letter of it cannot give life.
P. John Stockdale said, "The scriptures must try the spirits.'
A. : The spirit was before the scriptures were; and the Jews had the scriptures, yet knew not Christ, but crucified him; and that must try the spirits that gave forth scriptures.
P. He saith, “The spirit and the scriptures, are one and the same thing.'
A. Scriptures are writings, as the priests and professors say, and Christ was before they were given forth, which owns it, and is when it ends and is fulfilled.
P. Priest Heywood in Lancashire said, it was blasphemy to say that the church was in God.'
A. Contrary to the apostle, 1 Thess. i. 1. who said, "the church was in God.'
P. Again he said, “It was blasphemy to say, that God dwelt or walked in his saints,
A. Contrary to the apostle, 2 Cor. vi. 16. Eph. iv. 6. who saith, • God will dwell in you, and walk in you;' and ye are the temples of God.'
Christopher Wade's book, called Quakery Slain.' His principles
P. He saith in page 3, 'Oh horrible! to say the infallible spirit must open the scriptures. '
A. He hath shut himself out from the spirit, that gave forth scriptures, and must open them again, in which is the unity, and that is infallible. And he that hath the spirit of God, hath that which is infallible, and he that hath not the spirit is none of his; so out of the infallibility, where thou art, in the horrible state.
P. He saith, It is whimsical to say, Christ, God and man, flesh and spirit, is in them.'
A. Contrary to the apostles' doctrine, who said, they were of his flesh and of his bone; and Christ in you,' and he would walk in them. And he that hath not the spirit of Christ is none of his,' and they are of his flesh and of his bone, and Christ in you, the hope of glory.'
P. He saith, It is a devilish doctrine not to forsake quaking and trembling.'
A. So in this thou mayst say, it is a devilish doctrine to say, salvation must be wrought out by trembling and quaking : so thou showest thou never knew salvation; for before men have salvation wrought out, they must know trembling and quaking. And so thou hast shut thyself out from Moses' and David's condition; and such as the Lord regards, tremble at his word.
P. He saith, • Flesh and bone cannot be a measure in one, and a measure in another.'
A. Whereas the apostle saith, "We are of his flesh and of his bone.' Here thou art contrary to the apostle, and they were more than one that had the flesh of Christ, and his bone, and his spirit.
P. He cries, Oh Luciferian pride to save souls!'
A. What good doth all your preaching do? Here thou spoilest all the rest of the priests, and showest thyself to be contrary to the apostles, who watched for the soul, and saved souls; that turned people from a multitude of sins.
P. He saith, God the Father never took upon him human nature.'
A. Contrary to the scripture, which saith, "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself;' and thou art ignorant of the great mystery, God manifest in the flesh;' and his name is called the everlasting Father.' As for the word human, which is from the ground, it comes from thy own knowledge, which is earthly. And Christ took upon him the seed of Abraham and David, according to the flesh; and this is scripture language.
P. He saith, “The holy ghost is a person, and that there was a trinity of three persons before Christ was born.'
A. Thou knowest not him that is in the Father, and the Father in him, glorified with the Father before the world began. And the scriptures do not tell people of a trinity, nor three persons; but the common-prayer-mass-book speaks of three persons, brought in by thy father the pope ; and the Father, son, and holy spirit was always one.
P. He compares immediate revelation from heaven,' to the false prophets' dreams.' And again he saith, ' The scriptures is the word of God.'
A. Here he fights with the rest of his fellows, who say, scriptures signify writings, and writings are not God; but the scriptures of truth are God's words, which Christ, the word, fulfils. They are not the word of God which thou hast blasphemously affirmed, but Christ is the word of God; and they that deny revelations, are out of the fear of God and the spirit, and know not the son nor the Father, but are among the false prophets and false dreamers.
P. He saith, The scriptures are the word, except you dare to deny Christ is God.' And he brings a scripture, · Let the word of God dwell in you richly.'
A. So he makes the scripture Christ, and God, and he doth not say, let Christ dwell in you,' but means the scripture. And God dwells in you; and the apostle said, 'Let Christ dwell in your hearts by faith;' and God will dwell in you; but thou sayst, Christ doth not dwell in them personally. Doth not Christ dwell in his saints, as he is in the person of the Father, the substance and are not they of his flesh, and of his bone?
P. “They that hear the word of God do not hear the son, the holy scriptures are the mediate word of God.'
A. Now, all people, where ever did you read of a mediate word of God? Doth not the word of God endure for ever, and is it mediate ? And he calls God heavenly Father, and admits he never heard his voice, nor his son's, and denies immediate teachings. He that knows the spirit that gave forth scriptures, hears the son.
P. He saith, ‘God limits the supreme Holy One by the inspired writings of the apostles; and that is his third dispensation of his mind to men.' And he saith, “They are taught by inspired scriptures, which is mediate; not by letter, which is literally, the letters or letter.'
A. Inspired scriptures, and yet mediate. . • The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy;' and the spirit inspires, which the letter doth not. And God's teaching is by his spirit, and the Holy One is not limited by the words of the apostles, who fulfils them; and many words the apostles spoke which were not written. VOL. III.
P. And he calls the devil the tutor, to say, not made minister of the letter.'
A. So we speak the apostle's words, and he makes the devil the apostle's tutor, who was not a minister of the letter, but of the spirit, who said, “The letter killeth, but the spirit gives life.' And whoever says this, that makes the devil the apostle's tutor, it is a lie, and his own; and the devil is the tutor of the ministers of the letter, and not of the spirit; who can run into it, who are out of the truth.
P. He speaks of a moral law.'
A. Which he hath no scripture for, the scripture speaks no such thing; but he darkens counsel by his words.
P. He saith, 'The scripture contains the mediate inspired teachings, written word of God, that was and is God.'
A. The scriptures say, 'the heaven of heavens cannot contain him;' and God and Christ were before any written words were. And the mediate teaching of the whole scripture letter he speaks of, which he calls God and Christ, and all the mediate teaching is carnal; and the scriptures do not continue the immediate teachings of God's inspiration, but testifies of those things.
P. He saith, The written word is the sword of the spirit.' And he makes another rule besides the scriptures, false.
A. Which we say is the spirit that gave them forth, whereby peace is known upon the Israel of God. And the Pharisees had the scriptures, but had not the sword of the spirit. The scriptures testify of the sword of the spirit.
P. He saith, It is a lie to say the saints shall judge the world.'
A. So he would make Christ and the apostles liars, and would take the judgment from the son, and make Christ at a distance from the saints ; so he is ignorant of the saints and Christ both, and knows not the time of the saints' judging when the Lord is come; but stands in the counsels of his own heart, and in the hidden things of darkness.
P. He saith, No saint can be a judge of the world.'
A. Contrary to Cor. vi. where the apostle said, 'Do ye not know the saints shall judge the world ?' And they abide not in the truth that affirm it,' as thou sayst; so hast shown thy ignorance, and art one of them that are judged by the saints.
P. He denies the son of God to be revealed in man only by adoption,' and cries against equality with the Father.'
A. And that is contrary to the apostle, who had the son of God revealed in him. And the assembly of divines gave forth a catechism, which children, old and young, were to learn, and said, 'the holy ghost and son were equal in substance, and power, and glory with the Father.' What! then all that have the son and the holy ghost, have