The Missing Cross to Purity


Part 9

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Thomas Moore in his book, called ‘A Defense against the Poison of Satan's Design.’ These are his principles.

Principle. He said, ‘Christ Jesus is personally absent from a believer. And Christ is in and to our hearts the hope, but not the possession, nor do we possess the glory.’ Again he said, ‘The grace of God which brings salvation to all men, instructs them not to look into themselves or to any light or spirit in them.’ See page 5.

Answer. ‘Christ in you the hope of glory,’ said the apostle. And if the saints sat with him in heavenly places, they are not absent from him. And if he say, ‘I in them, and they in me,’ he is not absent from them. The son of God was revealed in the saints. And ‘he who has not the son of God has not life.’ Such may say they are absent from him; but those who have him revealed, have life, and he is not absent. Those are absent from him who have not eaten his flesh, nor drunk his blood; and so are not of his flesh, nor of his bone. And they may talk of him, and say he is come, as the Jews did that he was to come, and he was not in them, and so were reprobates. And ‘the grace of God that brings salvation,’ which ‘has appeared unto all men,’ which is the saints' teacher, whose hearts are established with grace, this is within them, which brings them to know the hidden man of the heart, and a strength in the inward. And these come to look at the light within them, agreeably to the apostle's doctrine, who said ‘the light that shined in their hearts, would give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.’ And such as have Christ in them, have the possession, have the substance, have the glory which was with the Father before the world began.

Principle. He said, ‘There are none here have yet ceased from their own works, as God did from his.’ See page 9. And ‘the apostles received the last revelation to be given forth directly. And such as slight the word, and call it a dead letter, and bring people to the light within them, a spirit within them, this is a strange doctrine. And if there be not something to be added, and given forth by men, and another manner of preaching than by the apostles, what need is there of printing?’ See page 15.

[The man admits he has not entered into the rest. Yet Paul says: Therefore let us diligently labor with every effort to enter into that rest, lest any man fall from the same kind of unbelief [and resulting disobedience], Heb 4:11. Why has he not entered? Because he does not believe in a Jesus who is within him, ready to teach any humble man, ready to show a man his sins and then remove them; he doesn't believe in the word of God within his heart; he doesn't believe in the Light, who is Christ within. Since he doesn't believe, he sees nothing, he hears nothing, he receives nothing. He is condemned, with his nose stuck in the Bible.]

Answer. He who believes has entered into his rest, and ceased from his own works as God did from his. And since the days of the apostles there has got up another ministry by man and of man, made by man, (which is not as the apostles, who received it not of man, nor by man), and these stand against the light within, and the spirit of God within, without which none know true teaching, nor true instruction, nor opening of the scriptures, but as they come every one to the spirit of God in them, that was in those who gave forth scriptures. Who are in the Spirit have the thing within them, as they had who gave forth the scriptures; enjoying and possessing it. Those in the Spirit fathom those who are apostates, out of the apostles' doctrine; and witness the preaching that the apostles were in, which all those since the days of the apostles, who have ravened from the spirit of God, are out of. These do not deny the scriptures, but see them all in their place, and to what condition they were spoken. The letter is a dead letter of itself, and does not give life to any, which only those receive who come to the spirit of God in their own particulars, that was in those who gave it forth. For the Jews had not life, though they had scriptures, until they came to Christ, of which the scripture testified.

Principle. He said, ‘Christ is not natural.’

Answer. Yet some of you say he is human. As for your speaking of his mortality, you speak about what you do not know; Christ is the same today, yesterday, and forever.

Principle. He said, ‘It is the apostle's sense of those who served their bellies, they pretended to an inward light; and this is the apostle's sense of belly; who did cause divisions contrary to the doctrine they had learned, and here their belly may be understood their mind, heart, and spirit, or also their experience of these inward, &c. To rejoice in anything under the sun, is opposite to the apostles who had their citizenship in heaven.’ See page 42.

[Here is an excellent example of how the whore's ministers distort scripture. Christ's light and word dwell in the heart, not in the belly. Look at the scriptures that refer to belly:

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Rom 16:18

For many walk, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you weeping, who are the enemies of the cross of Christ; Their end is destruction, their God is the belly, and whose glory is their shame, and they think on earthly things. Phil 3:18-19

Clearly, those who serve their own belly have not crucified their lusts and affections, and their mind is on earthly things: possessions, wealth, pleasures, power, status, prestige, sex, etc. This man is obviously an enemy of the cross, by which the old man is crucified and Christ is formed — and formed inside a man; the new creature, new man cannot be formed on the outside: My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you, Gal 4:19.]

Answer. None come to witness their citizenship in heaven, but who have come to witness Christ within them, the substance, the second Adam, who redeems out of the earth. And the apostle brought the saints to the light that shined in their hearts, and walking in this light was not a serving of bellies. That light shining in them, and believing in the light Christ, ‘out of their belly flowed rivers of living waters;’ and those did not make divisions, but were in unity in the light, and in fellowship. But those were they who made the divisions that inwardly ravened, and went from the light, which Christ had enlightened them withal; and such went from what should give them the knowledge, and enjoyed the earthly things, and served not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies. And they act contrary to the apostles' doctrine; and rejoice in things under the sun, which who do, serve their own bellies.

Principle. He said, ‘Yes, when enlightened by that heavenly light, even from Jesus, yet they are of themselves deceitful.’ See page 44. And ‘the light is something else besides the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.’ See page 45.

[God is light. 1 John 1:5. Jesus is the light of the world and his followers do not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. John 8:12. And who is the light of life? In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4. Isaiah said it too: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shined. Isa 9:2. This is not so hard to grasp, unless you are a false prophet, trying to maintain all your confusion, obfuscation, and lies.]

Answer. The light which every man is enlightened with is not deceitful, but leads men out of all deceit. And it is of God, that gives them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, and it is one and the same that lets see to the beginning and ending; which comes from the beginning.

Principle. He said, ‘That none may expect to receive the word directly from Christ as the apostles; but only indirectly [by the Bible or a preacher of the Bible],’ page 46.

Rev 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Answer. Such as receive not the word of God directly from Christ, as the apostles did, are not preachers of the living word that lives and abides forever. And we do believe you, that since the days of the apostles, you have not received the word directly from Christ as the apostles did, but are only ministers of the letter. And such were those in all ages who closed their eyes, and stopped their ears, and were inwardly ravened from the spirit, who marred the face of Christ above all men; who were [and are] in the spiritual Sodom and Egypt where Christ is crucified. These had the scriptures, but were from the spirit of God within, that gave them forth, and such were the hypocrites who always judged the spirit of God that gave forth the scriptures, and shut out of the kingdom, in which spirit now you are found in these last days.

Principle. He said, ‘that Christ ascended without material blood, and the apostle did not preach both the word and faith in the heart,’ page 50. And ‘that the new Jerusalem is not come down from heaven,’ page 51. And, ‘A brief discovery of the wolves in sheep's clothing.’  page 57.

Answer. The blood of Christ which satisfies the Father, which the saints drink, and his flesh which they eat, which in so doing they have life, is what the world stumbles at; which who drinks, lives forever. The apostle preached the word of faith in their hearts, and in their mouths, and the word reconciles to the Father, and hammers down, and cuts down, and burns up what separates from the Father; and over it gives victory. As for the word material, the apostle does not call it so, but precious, and Jerusalem has come down from heaven and witnessed among the saints, heavenly Jerusalem, and the babes know their mother. Who are in Christ, and Christ in them, see it and possess it. But all of those who are against the light within, which enlightens every man that comes into the world, are the antichrists, the false prophets, the wolves which have gotten the sheep's clothing, (which may deceive the world, but not the elect), as your book has declared to you. You are such as Christ said would come, and John saw had come; and since the days of the apostles the world has gone after them. They are inwardly ravened from the light, and so have led the kingdoms of the earth into a profession and form, who are now standing against the light within, and gathering against the Lamb, and the saints that are in the light, and the light which they ravened from, making war against them; but the Lamb and the saints shall get the victory.

Principle. He said, ‘And the righteousness of God wrought by Christ for us, need not be wrought over again in us,’ page 58. And ‘that Christ our justification should be in us, that died, and suffered, that ascended,’ this he calls ‘a fancy, to fancy him in a particular person,’ page 59.

Answer. Whoever has not Christ within, is a reprobate, and whoever has Christ within, has the righteousness. Now Christ that suffered, Christ that was offered up, is manifest within, and the saints are of his flesh, and of his bone, and eat his flesh, and drink his blood, and not another. The Christ that ended the priesthood, ended the offering, ended the temple, ended the law, and the first covenant, the seed of God, Christ Jesus, this is manifest within; he who has Him, has life, justification, sanctification, and redemption. And so Christ, the same today, yesterday, and forever, who is the hope, and the author of their faith. And so all are in the fancy [presumptive imaginations] who are out of the state of witnessing Christ (who suffered) within them, and has risen again [within them]; but who are in this [experiential witnessing], are out of the fancy and shadows; and come to see where there is no changing, but possess righteousness, glory, substance, the end of their faith, and Christ their hope, that remains and abides.

Principle. He said, ‘There is something of God in man that will render the light which the Quakers speak of, natural,’ page 67.

Answer. What is of God in man captivated, namely life and immortality, who has not come to the light, will not render the light (when he comes to it through the gospel) natural, which the darkness now cannot comprehend, though it shines in it, and that of God in man will not call Christ (the light) natural, which the Quakers speak of.

Principle. He said, ‘You may remember, in the last times false Christs and false prophets shall arise, and shall bring in damnable heresies, and will show signs and wonders, and if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect. And such as follow strong delusions, and believe lies, and be damned, who obey not the truth, nor receive it in the love of it,’ page 68.

Answer. Christ said false prophets and antichrists would come with signs and wonders, which the apostles saw had already come, who were inwardly ravened and went forth from them; which since the days of the apostles have gotten the sheep's clothing, and the world has gone after them, whom they have deceived by their lying signs and wonders, and have brought them to be all on heaps about religion. For the damnable heresy, and the lying signs and wonders, and strange delusions; you may look into the whole Christendom, among yourselves, and your own stock of Papists; for none obey the truth, but who own the ‘light that enlightens every man that comes into the world,’ which comes from Christ the truth; and all false prophets are from that, and all antichrists are from that, who have reigned since the days of the apostles, in the apostasy; and inwardly ravening, they have gotten the sheep's clothing; have made war against the saints, and overcome them; but now to what they ravened from, are the saints come. And the woman has been in the wilderness, and the man-child is brought forth to rule the nations with a rod of iron. And all such now that are inwardly ravened from the light, are standing up against the Lamb and the saints. But the Lamb and the saints have the victory, and the rejoicing over the beast and false prophet is come, the Lamb who kills and slays with the sword, which is the words of his mouth. And the saints who are with him, their weapons are spiritual. And none lift up the son of God, as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, but as every one is in the light that the son of God has enlightened him withal, and then they know him that draws all men after him.

Thomas Moor, in his book called, ‘An Antidote,’  are these principles following.

Principle. He said, ‘God does not give the revelation of these things now directly as he did by the first apostles, nor in such manner as he did to the prophets of old.’ See his epistle.

[The Bible doesn't say God stopped revelations. The Bible says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus gave revelations to the early church, Jesus gave revelations to the early Quakers, Jesus gives revelations today and forever; but he does not give revelations to false prophets or people who are teaching errors. This man teaches errors and so receives no revelations, sees nothing, and hears no voice of God.]

Answer. All that have the scriptures, and are ministers, and not by the same power and spirit that the apostles were in, know not the scriptures; and all who are in it, are in the direct, and in what reveals, and in what fathoms all the ministers of the letter, who say, ‘God does not give forth now directly as he did to the prophets and apostles.’ Since the days of the apostles, in the apostasy, such as have ravened inwardly from the spirit of God, the time of antichrist, beast, and false prophet's reign, and the mother of harlots, who have had the sheep's clothing, such direct revelation has been hidden from them; and such should continue until the words of God were fulfilled, and the fulfilling of the prophets. But now is the fulfilling of the words of God, and that come into, which the prophets and apostles were in, with which that is seen and known, and him ‘that has been slain from the foundation of the world.’

Principle. He said, ‘To look to the light within, is in opposition to looking at Jesus.’ That ‘the light in every man is natural. And if you turn your eye inward, you shall presently see their mover and teacher:’ and this he calls ‘foolish and anti christian.’ And said, ‘that no man has in him, as of him, that light, spirit, and wisdom in the inward parts.’ See his epistle.

[David speaks of those who have seen natural light, but will never see the light of life, Christ, in whom is life, the light of men: He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see the light of life. Psa 49:16-19.

To deny the light, is to walk in darkness, with no life: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life. John 8:12

To deny the light, is to deny the current covenant and salvation of God: I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the Gentiles,.. 'It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth. Isa 42:6,49:6

To deny the light is to deny God, for God is light. 1 John 1:5.

To deny the light is to deny any knowledge of the gospel: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Cor 4:4, and,
But it is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:10

To deny the light is to deny cleansing of sin: But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

To deny the light is to deny the inheritance of the saints: Giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Col 1:12

To deny the light is to have no love for your brother and to stumble: He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no occasion to stumble. 1 John 2:10

To deny the light, is to deny where God's dwells: the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in the light that no man can approach; whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:15-16

To deny the light, is to deny 100 + scriptures (click to see) that speak to a spiritual, supernatural light.

The reason this man denies the man words of scripture speaking of the light is because there is no light in him.
Rather than to the law and to the testimony? If they do not speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isa 8:20

To deny the light, is to admit being a false prophet and a deceiver.]

Answer. All upon the earth that ever come to the knowledge of the glory of God, come to the light in them, ‘which enlightens every man that comes into the world,’ which light was before any natural lights were made or created; which light gives ‘the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus;’ and this is of him and from him. And all who are from this are in the foolishness, and are in the drunken spirit making drunk. And all that ever come into covenant with God, to have God's law written in their hearts, must come into the light which Christ Jesus has enlightened them withal, which brings them into him who is the life, and into knowledge of Christ; and there they shall find their teacher within them.

Principle. And he said, ‘To the law and to the testimony.’

Rather than to the law and to the testimony? If they do not speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isa 8:20.

Answer. Many may have the Old and New Testament, yet stand against the law and the testimony, and put the Old and New Testament for it: for ‘the law is light,’ said Solomon. And ‘the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’ And many may have the scriptures, and stand against the light, and say prophecy is ceased, as the world does now, who are inwardly ravened from the spirit of God; and despise prophecy, and so quench the spirit. The light within does not deny Jesus. None know him nor possess him, but with the light that comes from him. And the Pharisees and the Jews were opposite to Christ who enlightens every man that comes into the world; and were from that of God in their own particulars, their eyes closed, and their ears stopped, as you are now.

Principle. He said, ‘Take away the word of the Lord as declared by the pen, and then what wisdom is in them.’ In his letter, he said, ‘If a believer should turn his eye into himself to look for counsel and direction, he may be led to walk in the flesh as other Gentiles in the vanities of their minds, and follow their abominations.’

[To walk after the imagination of your own heart, rather than listen to and obey God, is worse than worshipping idols. Jer 16:11-12
Yet they say to everyone who walks after the imagination of his own heart, "No evil shall come upon you." Jer 23:17
]

Answer. None upon the earth hear the counsel of God, or Christ's teaching, but those who have come to the spirit of God within, and to the light within. All people upon the earth, who are led from the vanities of their minds and from walking in the flesh, have come to the spirit within, and are led by it; which all the Jews and Gentiles were astray from, while they ‘walked after the vanities of their minds.’ and then crucified the just. None hear the counsel of God, nor come into the faith of Jesus, nor ‘the grace of God that brings their salvation,’ unless they come to feel it within, the grace in their hearts, and the word in their hearts, and the faith in their hearts; there is what purifies. All who are from the light and spirit of God within them are in the vanity of their own minds, in the flesh, out of the counsel of God, and the wisdom of God, which the saints had and were in before the scripture was penned or printed. And the wisdom of God is Christ Jesus. Those [Jews] who had the scriptures stood against ‘the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world,’ as all you do now, and never come into it; but as you come into it, which enlightens every man, you come into the wisdom of God; and none come out of sin and evil, but who come into that; and that is not to oppose the scriptures without, but acknowledges them to have been given forth from the life in the wisdom of God.

Principle. He calls perfection ‘a devilish doctrine.’ ‘That the scripture is the absolute rule and medium of our faith,’ page 2. And ‘Timothy did not receive his furniture and service of the gospel directly from the person of Christ.’ And he said, ‘If I had seen Christ as Paul did, I might have received the word in the same manner, directly from the person of Christ.’

[To call perfection a devilish doctrine is to call the scriptures devilish. There are scores of scriptures that speak to the necessity of perfection, purity, and cleanliness in man. Click to see.

The man denies revelation and denies the light, while yearning to see Christ as Paul did; but it was by revelation of Light that Paul saw and heard Christ the Light and Word on the road to Damascus:

Now as he [Saul, later named Paul] neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven shined around him.
And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
And he said, "Who are you, Lord? " And the Lord said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting;" Acts 9:3-5

How ironic that this man, who denies the Christ the Light, acknowledges Paul heard Jesus as the light shined around him. And he denies revelation, but by revelation is how Paul received the gospel:

But I testify to you, brothers, that the gospel, which was preached by me, did not come from man.
For neither did I receive it from a man, nor was I taught it, but rather through the revelation of Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:11-12

Maybe this false prophet is confused and thinks Jesus was still alive on the earth when Paul became a Christian; either that, or he is a deliberate deceiver.

Paul was appointed and taught by Jesus to be his minister and apostle. This man was not appointed or taught by Jesus, but with no shame assumes his self-appointment is not a problem. Any minister of Christ must be authorized, taught, perfected, and sent, able to speak words supplied by the Holy Spirit at that moment of speaking. Just as Jesus only spoke what he heard the Father say, so must his ministers. Any who speak from themselves seek their own honor; but those who speak from the spirit, seek the honor of who sent them.

The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. Jer 14:14. Any prophet, who shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, .. — that prophet shall die. Deu 18:20. ]

Answer. Timothy had faith and the gift of God, and Christ is the author of faith, and so that is received directly, whereby he was ‘made wise unto salvation through faith,’ with which he knew scripture, and so by that he was furnished. And we do believe you, and you all, that you have not seen Christ, as Paul and the apostles did; so you are out of the faith, and show he is not in you, neither do you sit with him in heavenly places. Whoever receives faith from Christ, or knows Christ the power, knows directly; wherefore you have shown yourself a reprobate from God, and under the judgment of it you are come. And the apostle preached perfection; and Christ told them ‘be perfect, as their heavenly Father is perfect;’ and the saints were to grow to perfection: and the work of the ministry was ‘for the perfecting of the saints, till they all came unto a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.’ You in this have denied the work of the ministry, that call the doctrine of perfection ‘a devilish doctrine.’ And the scripture is not the author, nor the means of it, nor the rule, but Christ who gives it, and he increases it; and faith was before scripture was given forth. And all they who gave forth scripture had faith from God, and ‘they are able to make wise unto salvation through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.’ But those that have the scripture, and deny the light that enlightens every man, and hate it, have not faith, as the Pharisees had not; and so are such as the apostle spoke of who were ‘reprobate concerning the faith,’ before his decease, that had got ‘the form of godliness,’ as those that say, ‘the scripture is the medium of faith, and absolute rule;’ but what rules it, and increases it, is Christ.

Principle. He said, ‘Christ's grace brings salvation, but not by any such light or power dwelling in them,’ page 6.

Answer. The grace of God which brings salvation, that teaches the saints, is in the heart, and establishes it. What brings salvation and is their teacher, dwells within them; which brings them to say, ‘this is the Lord for whom I have waited,’ where the everlasting life runs, and flows.

Principle. He said, ‘Such as cause divisions are to be marked, that serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies, their lust, will, or light within them,’ page 12.

[The whore's minister has said "serve their own bellies, lust, will, or light within them." Where in all the scriptures is there a single word or warning about the light, as there are many warnings about lusts, self-will, bellies?

But there are over one hundred scriptures which prophesy the light, describe the light, claim the light, even telling us that Jesus wants to make us a light of the world, and telling us to then do good works so our light will shine.

The ravened whore's ministers rave on to justify their ravenous appetites for your money and support!]

Answer. The light which enlightens every man, Christ Jesus the second Adam, leads men from their lusts and wills, and from serving their own bellies, to serve the Lord Jesus Christ from where it comes, for such as serve their own bellies are out of the light, in transgression, in the first Adam, in their own lusts and wills, where you are, among the apostates in the deceivableness, the mystery of iniquity, which the apostle saw was coming in, which since the days of the apostles has reigned; but now with the light is discovered and made manifest. And such as have served their bellies, and serve their bellies, which the apostles saw coming in before their decease, are now manifest to be such as deny the light ‘that enlightens every man that comes into the world,’ which is ‘the salvation to the ends of the earth.’ Are they not for ‘their own bellies,’ casting into prisons, and haling before courts such as will not put into their mouths, that they do no work for? And these cause divisions among all people. Do not these serve their bellies? and are not people come to mark them, what a division they have set among people? Yes, persecuting and imprisoning for tithes and maintenance, and haling before judges and justices, by writs into courts, and at assizes and sessions? Do not these that make all this division, serve their bellies, and not Christ? They deny the light which enlightens every man, and so ‘deny Christ, the Lord who bought them.’ But the light that every man has that comes into the world, the light that shines in the heart, ‘gives the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus,’ and brings all off from serving their bellies, and leads out of the lusts in the fall, which came by Adam in the transgression.

Principle. He said, ‘To speak of the word of God directly, and that which I speak, I speak it directly. I am strengthened against that, and admonished by God to hold fast the form of sound words. And what is able to make men wise unto salvation through faith. And Timothy was to stir up the gift of God that was in him indirectly, by the putting on of the hands, and not neglect the gift that was in him. And God has published his last dispensation, and nothing more to be added or altered,’ page 15.

[Regarding, ‘God has published his last dispensation:’ Where does scripture say anywhere that revelation and prophecy will cease? This is a total fabrication without any foundation or support. These false prophets say that because they and their blind Bible college or seminary teachers have had no revelation or words from God; and they are frightened that if their customers start listening to God instead of them, they will no longer be able to control them; or worse, they might lose their tithes or contributions.

Regarding, ‘and nothing more to be added or altered:’ The writer confuses the warning of the Book of Revelation to apply to all communication from God, which only warns not to add or delete from the words of that specific book of prophecy, Revelation. As Jesus said: What I tell you in darkness, speak that in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach that upon the housetops. Mat 10:27. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37. As the Apostle said: Today, if you hear his voice from heaven, do not harden your hearts. Hebrews 4:7 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? Hebrews 12:25]

Answer. If you are strengthened by God against speaking his word directly, [received from Him]; or if you do not speak directly, you being strengthened by God against this, (as you say) - in this you show that you never knew him. Whoever is strengthened of God, it is by his power, and that is direct; whoever speaks his word that lives and endures forever, it is from him directly. In this you, and you all, have shown yourselves to be ministers of the letter, and not of the word of God, which is direct, which lives, and abides, and endures forever, ‘and is immortal and fades not away;’ and this you and you all do not speak directly [received from God], and therefore have you indeed substituted the letter for it, who are strayed from the word of God in your hearts, not born again of the immortal seed, the word of God. Whoever stirs up the gift of God in him, it is direct, and by the direct. Whoever holds fast the form of sound words, the scriptures, is made wise unto salvation by them through the faith, he is in the direct gift of God. And the gift which brought Timothy, by laying on of the hands of the presbytery, to see and divide the word aright, and kept him out of partiality, was direct, and it was the directly received word of God that he was to preach in season and out of season. And, since the days of the apostles, from this have you all been apostatized and asleep in the night of apostasy in the great city; though there have been pipers among you, and sounding of the trumpets, and the voice of the bride, and the grinding of mills, and the light of candles. And the time is coming that Babylon shall fall, and become the habitation of devils, and the saints shall rejoice and sing over her.

Principle. He said, ‘It is not properly and absolutely, in a full sense, that God is manifest, or glorified in the flesh of his saints,’ page 29.

Answer. The saints are the temples of God, and God dwells in them, and walks in them; and they come to witness the flesh of Christ, and they glorify him in their souls and bodies, and the Lord is glorified in their bringing forth much fruit. And they witness the seed, the one offering for sin and transgression, to be manifest within; and such are not reprobates, that witness the one offering Christ Jesus; but they who have him not within, are reprobates.

Principle. He said, ‘The body is dead because of sin, yes, it is in itself but a wretched vile body,’ page 30. ‘And Christ is in, or among believers the hope of glory. And that person Christ, is personally absent from the believers. And we do not possess the glory of this glory Christ in us,’ page 32.

Answer. I do believe you, that have not come to the light that ‘enlightens every man that comes into the world;’ you do not possess the hope of glory in you, you are absent from Christ, and do not feel him. But the saints in the light receive Christ the hope of glory, and so he is not absent from them; for they have unity with him and the Father, and know a change in them from glory to glory, and witness Christ in them as believers in the light, who walk not in darkness, but have the light of life. And where the body of sin is destroyed and put off, they glorify God in their souls, and bodies, and spirits which are the Lord’s, and those are not wretched.

Principle. He said, ‘Christ is absent from us while we are in the mortal body.’

Answer. Contrary to the apostle who said, ‘the life of Christ is manifest in their mortal flesh.’

Principle. He said, ‘Christ is in heaven with a spiritual body.’

Answer. And priest Higginson said, he is in heaven with a carnal body. And thus you are confused, and discerned, who are from the light, and can speak of the body of Christ by the letter, and tell where he rose by the letter, as the priests of old could tell Herod where he should be born; but Christ's body is glorified.

Principle. He said, ‘The first resurrection we desire not to account ourselves to have apprehended,’ page 44. ‘Such as magnify their belly to be some internal operation, making it with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in those who perish, glorying in their shame, minding sensual earthly things. All since the apostles have not the ministry of the gospel directly, but indirectly from the person of Christ, in their believing through their word,’ page 46. ‘And the text said not, the word of faith in the heart.’

Answer. The word of faith which they preached was in their mouth, and in their heart, ‘near them even in their hearts.’ Rom 10:8. And we do believe you have not received the word directly from Christ, as the apostles did, but you have erred and apostatized from them. (So no one can be a preacher of the word in the truth unless they are preachers of the word directly received.) Such are all false apostles, and such as serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies, who mind earthly things sensually, and are in the deceivableness of unrighteousness, deceiving the people with good words, forcing and taking maintenance of people they do no work for, keeping them all from the direct teaching of God, they themselves being out of it, and conclude all in their own dominion, and all agree in one against the direct teaching. Those who are out of the directly received from Christ’s teaching, are under the power of the beast, and antichrist, and the great whore, the mother of harlots. So they served their bellies, when they went from the direct teaching into the strong delusion, as since the days of the apostles it has appeared. How are people all on heaps, out of the life, and spirit, and power of God? So all who perish in the deceivableness of unrighteousness are from the light which ‘Christ enlightens every man that comes into the world withal’ for none perish who are in the light. The saints witnessed they were ‘risen with Christ;’ and they who were risen ‘sought the things that were above, and not the things upon the earth.’ And they who know the first resurrection, and are in it, are blessed, ‘the second death has no power over them,’ and they are atop of Adam, and they are in Christ the resurrection and the life. Such as are in the first Adam, driven from God, and love to live in the fall, do not hope for the first resurrection, neither do they desire to come into it.

Principle. He said, ‘The glorious bringing down of the kingdom and glory is yet to be waited for, even by the disciples, all the time of this mortality,’ page 54. ‘All believers are personally from Christ in their mortal bodies; and none of the fathers saw the day of Christ as actually revealed, accomplished in their time.’

Answer. He who believes is born of God, and overcomes the world, and abides in the doctrine of Christ, and has the son and the Father, and the spirit of Christ, the life of Christ in the mortal flesh. Christ said the kingdom of heaven was in the Pharisees, and the saints come to and possess the kingdom. The kingdom of heaven is within them, and consists in righteousness, in peace, in joy in the Holy Ghost, and in power. And they were changed from glory to glory; and they rejoiced with joy unspeakable and full of glory; and that was in the kingdom, and this was while they were upon the earth. And Enoch and Abraham saw the day of Christ, and David saw the betrayer, and whose feet should be snared, whose eyes should be blinded, and whose back should bow down; and he saw Judas that betrayed Christ. Isaiah saw the suffering of Christ, and how God laid the iniquity upon him. Isaiah saw his name, and how his soul was made an offering for sin. And Daniel said, the Messiah should be cut off, but not for himself, which the apostles witnessed fulfilled.

Principle. He said, ‘The scriptures is the power of God unto salvation,’ page 59.

Answer. Many may have the form, but deny the power of God, which is the gospel. And the letter does not give life, neither is the scriptures the power of God unto salvation.

Principle. He said, ‘That Christ is distinct from every one of us, and without us in our particular persons,’ page 61.

Answer. The apostle said, ‘Christ was in them except they were reprobates;’ and they were of his flesh, and of his bone; and they ate his flesh, and drank his blood; then it was within them; and he is distinct from none but reprobates, who hate the light.

Principle. ‘Nor are we to wait for a further revelation to us to be given forth, than the scriptures. For the word of God came not first to the Gentiles directly, but to the apostles,’ page 77.

[This man preaches against the possibility of revelation. If no revelation, then no prophecy. So the prophecy of Joel is supposedly limited, which was fulfilled at Pentecost: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out my Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy;

This occurred in the "last days" beginning at Pentecost. So, for prophecy (which comes by revelation) to be dead, then the "last days" are over. But obviously they are not, so revelation and prophecy have not ceased. Jesus spoke to his Apostles after his ascension, he (as a great light) spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus and identified himself as Jesus, and he taught Paul. Paul said that everyone needs to be taught by Jesus. Scripture says: They will all be taught by God, John 6:45. Notice, all will be taught. All will be taught, either on earth, to enter the kingdom of heaven while alive on the earth; or those who die in their sins will be taught in Hell.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever; so if he taught the early Church by revelation, he teaches by revelation the true Church today, and he will teach by revelation the true Church forever, in this world and the worlds to come.

There is absolutely no scripture backup to the false prophets assertion that revelation and prophecy have ceased; false prophets get no revelations or prophecies, but humble people who sincerely seek the Lord will hear his voice and be taught by revelation.]

Answer. The apostles who preached the word of God, it was direct to whomsoever they preached it, for they had received it directly. For the word itself is direct, for ‘it is the savor of death to the death, and of life to the life.’ And none know the scriptures but by the spirit who reveals them. So all who witness the spirit of God witness the revelation, and the revealing of the scriptures to them by the spirit. They witness the things of God, which are laid up for those who love God, the eye has not seen; but the eye may see the scriptures outwardly. And ‘none know the son of God, neither does any man know the Father but the son, and he to whom the son reveals him.’ And so people may have the scriptures, but not the revelation of the son of God by them. For the Pharisees had the scriptures, but not the thing they testified of.

Principle. He said, ‘The scriptures are the word of God, and the key of knowledge,’ page 79, ‘and the opening of all things contained in the scriptures.’

Answer. The scriptures are the words of God, and that is his word who fulfils them, Christ Jesus, whose name is called ‘the word of God.’ And what opens the scriptures is the spirit that gave them forth, that is the key of David, who in the light saw more light. For the Pharisees who crucified Christ, had what testified of Christ, the scriptures. You who are in the apostasy since the days of the apostles, lack the key, and have taken away the key of knowledge. All who dwell upon the earth, who stop their ears, who close their eyes against that of God in them, and who deny the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world; all such lack the key of knowledge.

Principle. He said, ‘He gives gifts unto men for the work of the ministry, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until all come into the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the son of God unto a perfect man,’ page 81.

[To be gifted the ministry by the giver of gifts, the Lord, is not to be assumed. It is to explicitly be commanded by the Voice of the Lord (which is revelation) what to do and when to do it. To feel a burden, to have a desire, to walk through an open door, or to be appointed by men — none of these are to be gifted by the Lord.

To work for the perfecting of the saints, you must be perfect yourself first. The imperfect man cannot perfect another man, particularly if he denies perfection is possible. And so is Christendom full of ungifted, unperfected preachers and teachers, who are without authority, without qualification, without understanding, without ability, without hope, without faith, without knowledge of God, without unity, without excuse.]

Answer. And yet he said before, perfection was a devilish doctrine, and a fancy; so you have excluded yourself out of this work and ministry of perfecting the saints. For this work and ministry have been lost since the days of the apostles, in the apostasy; but now is appearing in the end of Babylon, the knowledge of the son of God people are coming to, and to the unity of the faith, from among the apostates who have had the sheep's clothing, but all on heaps about it, being ravened from the spirit of God inwardly. Among whom the proclamation has been in the steeple-houses, and pulpits, in markets, towns, disputes: ‘No perfection, no overcoming of sin; perfection is a doctrine of devils, a devilish doctrine, and a fancy.’  And this has been proclaimed among the apostates in the apostasy since the days of the apostles, by the beast's authority, under Satan's power, the deceiver of the nations, where the mother of harlots is. But God will reward her double, and shall take the devil, and with him the beast and false prophet, and cast them alive into the fire. Rejoice, you holy prophets and saints, over her, who are come into the unity of the faith, and to a perfect man, and to the knowledge of the son of God. And the everlasting gospel shall be preached to those who dwell upon the earth, and God shall be feared, and glory given to him. And none come to the knowledge of the son of God, the salvation to the ends of the earth, the covenant of Jews and Gentiles, until they come into the light which Christ enlightens every one withal that comes into the world, that gives him the knowledge of the son of God, of the author of his faith, and the taste of his fullness, and to become a perfect man.

Principle. He said, ‘The scriptures are the means whereby the righteousness is revealed from faith to faith,’ page 82.

Answer. The Pharisees had the scriptures read every sabbath, and had the form of godliness, but denied the power, and were reprobate concerning the faith and the righteousness of Christ Jesus. It is God who reveals the faith, and gives the faith, and the righteousness; and many can recite the words, and yet do not possess what they profess; they who possess it have the word in their hearts, and the spirit that gave forth the scriptures, and see God, the original of all good. The scriptures cannot reveal it, but they testify of it; and all must come into the spirit, before they either know revelation, or know the scriptures.

Principle. He said, ‘New Jerusalem has not come down from heaven,’ and ‘he will make all things new, not has made,’ page 83. He said, ‘The body is dead because of sin, yet there is a remainder of the old man in the members,’ page 84.

Answer. Where the body is dead because of sin, and that put off by the circumcision of the spirit, if the root is holy the branches are holy also; and such come to glorify the Lord in their bodies and souls which are the Lord's, who has redeemed them out of sin. So ‘they who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts,’ and all things have become new. The New Jerusalem is witnessed as having come down from heaven among the saints; for who witness Christ and know Christ, know the tabernacle of God, and know the New Jerusalem, and know the place where there is no curse. Many know their mother now, and what had led captive is gone, and going into captivity.

Principle. He said, ‘The apostles gave the last and full revelation of the gospel to all nations. And Timothy learned doctrine indirectly; and since, none may expect to receive so directly as Paul did, but all indirectly,’ pages 88, 89. Again, ‘God now gives, and teaches indirectly and spiritually by the testimony of him indirectly,’ page 90. ‘It is a little necessary to show the vanity of their pretence of direct revelation from God's spirit,’ page 91.

[There is no scripture which supports this man's statement: The apostles gave the last and full revelation of the gospel to all nations. Yet he states this lie as though it is scripture truth.]

Answer. All those without the direct revelation of the spirit of God are in pretence and in vanity. Though people have all Paul's declarations, if they have it not directly revealed to them by the spirit of God, as Paul had, they do not have not the comfort of Paul's words, neither have they the comfort of the revelations [given to them by the Comforter]. John said, the everlasting gospel must be preached to those who dwell upon the earth, and he said that in Revelation after the apostasy from the apostles, (mark that.) What Timothy preached, who was in the faith, the gift of God, and spoke his word, and divided it aright, it was directly received from God. But since the days of the apostles the direct receiving has been lost, and I know you cannot expect it in the state you all stand in, inwardly ravened from the spirit of God and truth. But now the saints are coming to what you have ravened from, and the apostles were in, who witnessed the direct teachings of God; and God's teaching is direct, and the testimony of Jesus is direct, which is the spirit of prophecy. But many have what testifies of him, and are from the direct spirit that was in those who gave forth the scriptures. Everyone of the earth who is without direction from the Spirit of God, which was in those who gave forth scriptures, their ministry is only indirect, and they are only in the indirect; they are all ministers only of the letter, made by man, and what they have it is only from man, and not from God directly. Such have nothing but the sheep's clothing, being inwardly ravened from the spirit of God in them. Here is Babylon the mother of harlots, and the beast, and his names; but those who are in the direct are over all and have the victory, being in what the apostles were in, which answers that in them all which they ravened from.

Principle. He said, ‘Even now, in the days of their adversity, while the person of the Lord, the fountain of their teaching, for whom they wait, is personally absent from them,’ page 92.

Answer. All those who hate the light, do not see Christ the fountain of teaching, and these are those who have inwardly ravened. Such have their teachers in corners, and are in the days of adversity, and do not eat the flesh of Christ, nor drink his blood, and are not of his flesh and bone, and do not receive his spirit. But all who wait in the light with which Jesus Christ has enlightened every man that comes into the world, their eyes shall see their teacher who cannot be removed into a corner. They shall see salvation, and their days of adversity shall end, and they will know his guiding, and come to be in unity with Christ, and eat his flesh, and drink his blood, and be of his flesh and bone. Thousands do witness this, and the prophet raised up, the end of the prophets; and those who do not hear him are to be cut off. None lift up the son of God but who are in the light ‘which lights every man that comes into the world,’ and that brings him to understand the scriptures, and the substance of them.

Principle. He said, ‘The grace of God that brings salvation, it is a fancy to say it is stirred up in them; but it is a thing wrought in another for them. And to say the word of the Lord is within, and the spirit within, is men's following their own brain, and visions of their own hearts.’ And he said, ‘Whereas they imagine of a light within them, all that know God, show the light in them to be darkness itself.’ See postscript.

Answer. All that know God, own the light within them, ‘to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus,’ which light shines in their hearts; and all that know God, own the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world, Christ Jesus, and believe in the light, and have the witness in themselves. And all that are from the light within them, are in the darkness, and stumble, which have been in this night of the apostasy from the apostles' doctrine. And all, Gog and Magog, and the beast, and false prophets, and the kings of the earth, are making war against the light ‘that enlightens every man.’  but the Light shall get the victory. And all that are from the word of God within, in their hearts and in their mouths, though they speak of the scriptures without, yet they use their tongues, and follow their own dreams, and visions of their own hearts and brains, and are distant from the word of God, that lives, and abides, and endures forever. All that ever witness ‘the grace of God that brings salvation,’ feel it in their hearts, establishing them, and seasoning their words, and know the throne of grace from which it comes. This does not deny what Christ has done, but owns him all along from the foundation of the world; and what he wrought, and what he did, and what he said for us. All upon the earth that have the scriptures, and are out of the spirit that gave them forth, are all in a confusion here, and on heaps about words. The word of God within, and spirit within, leads people from following their own dreams, and following fancies of their own brains, which all have done many hundreds of years past, in the apostasy since the days of the apostles.

And as for all your lies and confusion in your books, they will be your own burden, and the witness in your conscience will answer in the day of your judgment; you shall feel a smart work you have to go through, who are now in the pack and body of confusion, buried under the body of iniquity. But your folly is discovered sufficiently to the nation, and your spirit is now tried, who are one of the heads risen up against the Lamb in his day, and against his light; but it is your condemnation.

Matthew Caffin, in his book called, ‘The Deceiving Quaker discovered.’ His principles follow.

Principle. He said, ‘Nothing will cure the soul but the knowledge of salvation, which is made known by outward means, because the will of the Lord in order to the soul's peace and rest was discovered by outward means,’ page 4.

Answer. The Pharisees had outward means, reading, praying, and expounding, and yet knew not the soul's comfort and peace for Christ told them come unto him, that their souls might have rest, all that were weary and heavy laden. So if people have all the scriptures upon the earth, hearing and praying, and all the outward means, and are not in the power, which is the gospel, which is direct, not outward; and if they are not in the life that gave forth the scriptures, they do not have their soul's comfort and rest; for the soul is in the hand of God, and Christ is the bishop of it; and the minister of the spirit watches for it. And they who hearkened to what the spirit said, their souls lived, and this was not outward. But when men stop their ears, and close their eyes to that of God in them, as the Jews did, and all the inwardly raveners, false prophets, and antichrists in the apostasy, since the days of the apostles, such do not hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord, and their souls live not. And all such as deny the light which enlightens every man that comes into the world, do not see Christ the bishop of their souls, nor their salvation.

Principle. And he said, ‘The Quakers cry, wait upon the light within you,’ and ‘this is another report than that of the scriptures.’ And he said, ‘I do not find where it is spoken that God spoke in this people,’ page 5. ‘And the apostle who was to go to preach to all nations, did not turn the people to a teacher within them, to teach them all things. And the apostle affirms that they were to give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, &c. and not their teacher within them,’ page 8.

The man claims that the apostle affirms that they were to give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, &c. and not their teacher within them, Look at what the scripture says: For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6.

The man claims the apostles were to give them light; but scripture says God commanded the light to shine to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.

The man claims not their teacher within, but scripture says the light in their hearts will shine to give them knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus. The light is Christ; Christ is their teacher; it is within. Paul clearly tells us that we all must be taught by Jesus, and he is in our hearts:

you must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
Who being past feeling [pangs of conscience], have given themselves over to fleshly indulgences, to work all impurities with greediness.
But you have learned differently from Christ;
Assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. Eph 4:17-21
.

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, Eph 3:17

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, 'Abba, Father.' Gal 4:6

The man conveniently leaves out in the face of Christ Jesus because he has never seen the face of Christ Jesus in his heart; and evidently is not interested in seeing Christ, rather he is interested in defending his position and income. For the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of who do not believe, so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine in them. 2 Cor 4:4.

This man assumes he is an apostle, which he is not. An apostle is a messenger of God, who is first appointed by God and second then receives messages from God to transmit to others. He assumes he is an apostle, yet he denies revelation. He assumes with his supposed knowledge of scriptures he can impart the knowledge of the glory of God. But reading about food is not a substitute for eating food. Reading about God is not knowing God. You must hear and obey the voice of the Lord, you must hearken diligently to it, before you receive the Holy Spirit, which is only given to the obedient. And those who read about God without his Spirit will make massive mistakes in understanding what they read, as this man clearly demonstrates. God is known by revelation only: Because that which may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:19.]

Answer. It was the Lord who spoke in his prophets, by their mouths, and in his son, and they were the mouth of the Lord: and where God dwells in his people, he speaks. The apostles were to go into all nations to preach the gospel, and preached the covenant of God; they who came into the thing they preached, the law written in their hearts, needed not any man to teach them, nor needed to teach one another, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ as it had been in the first covenant, people had been taught to know the Lord, and the priests' lips were to preserve the people's knowledge. But they who have come into the covenant of God, Christ Jesus, the second covenant, are come into the treasury of wisdom and knowledge. The apostles told the saints, that ‘the light which shined in their hearts, would give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus;’ and this is not something other than what the scripture says, but this is exactly what the scripture says. John told the saints, ‘that the anointing which abides in them would teach them all things,’ and the ‘word was in their hearts and in their mouths, to obey it, and do it,’ and this was the ministers' work; and to direct the hearing of faith, which Christ is the author of, whereby they receive the spirit. And the apostle brought the people to their teacher within them, which is the light, and turned people ‘from the darkness to the light, and from the power of Satan unto God;’ which light shining in their hearts, gives them ‘the light of the knowledge of the glory of God.’  See 2 Cor 4:6.

Now light shines in the darkness, and they being turned from the darkness to the light, it gives knowledge. So such come from under the power of Satan unto God; for while they are in the darkness, they are under the power of Satan. Nothing gives or makes manifest the knowledge of the savior, but the light which enlightens every man that comes into the world, which shines in the darkness; and they being turned from the darkness, and from the power of Satan, such the God of the world cannot blind. But they in whom this light shines, who are in the darkness, the god of the world blinds, and the light of the glorious gospel they do not know.

Principle. ‘Said antichrist, if you will believe in the light within you, it will lead you to Christ. To wait upon the teacher within, there will be such an internal light that will make known all things,’ page 9. ‘And the Quakers exhort all ignorant people in the world to depend upon a light within them. Therefore be counseled not to be carried away with strange doctrines,’ page 11.

[Yes, the truth is a strange doctrine to Babylon, for there the whore's ministers preach lies and don't know the difference between lies and truth, light and darkness, good and evil, peace and turmoil.]

Answer. The ‘light which enlightens every man that comes into the world,’ is not a strange doctrine; the light to the Gentiles, the teacher of the Gentiles, the ‘salvation to the ends of the earth,’ the new covenant to the house of Israel and Judah. And this doctrine was strange to the Jews and to the Gentiles, though to them it had been promised. So this light shines in the darkness, and the darkness not comprehending it, such are ungodly wicked men, and they must be turned from the darkness to the light, before they come to retain God in their knowledge, or come to what must give them ‘the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.’ And all that come to witness their teacher within, Christ, are possessors of the prophet raised up, Christ Jesus, the teacher of his people according to the promise. They are antichrist and the false apostles, who keep people from the light, for that was the true Christ, and the true apostles told people believe in the light, and walk in the light, and brought them to the light within; and the true prophet and prophets said, that God would give him a covenant to the Gentiles; and this is ‘the true light that enlightens every man that comes into the world,’ and all that deny this are antichrists and deceivers.

Principle. He said, ‘How beautiful are they who preach the gospel, not by the light within. And the word of faith cannot be said to be in men's hearts and mouths.’ See page 14. And the sure word of prophecy spoken of in Peter, are the scriptures, which people must take heed unto, as unto a light shining in a dark place. And ‘the saints received the words of the apostles not as the words of men, &c. whereas the Quakers suppose that God himself is their teacher, and so err, not knowing the scriptures.’ See page 17.

He said: How beautiful are they who preach the gospel. The gospel is everlasting, therefore it is not a book; the gospel is a mystery, which is only revealed by God within the heart of a man. Since this man doesn't believe in inward revelation, he doesn't know the gospel. He wasn't sent because, to be sent, is by revelation. He doesn't teach all the commands and teachings of Christ, (click to see the list), much less how to obey them.

He said: The word of faith cannot be in men's hearts and mouths. Without shame, he completely contradicts the scripture: But what did it say? "The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may obey it];" that is, the word of faith, which we preach. Rom 10:8.
So, he has denied clearly stated scriptures in an attempt to preserve his preaching of words from the Bible, rather than the spirit.
He denies scripture in his attempt to justify the preeminence of scripture. And most people are fooled, except the elect, who cannot stand lies, and love the truth.

He said: the sure word of prophecy spoken of in Peter, are the scriptures, which people must take heed unto, as unto a light shining in a dark place. See the on-line Bible and footnote to 2 Peter 1:19 for why the sure word of prophecy is the Spirit of God, not scriptures.]

Answer. They who preach the gospel, which is the power of God, which gives relief to what was captivated in every creature, they are in the light in their own particulars, with which they know the glorious gospel, and answer the light in every man that shines in the darkness, and life and immortality there comes to light, through the power, which is the gospel; and this is what is beautiful. The word of faith the apostle preached, was in the heart, and in the mouth, and is so understood by all the regenerate. But all they who have only the form, and are inwardly gone from the spirit, know it not, but are of this ignorant; they cry, ‘How should this be so?’ as the Jews said, ‘How is it that you make us to doubt?’ Yes, the word was it that made them doubt. And the sure word of prophecy, which people do well to take heed unto, as unto a light shining in a dark place, (mark, in the dark place), ‘until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in their hearts;’ this was it that let them see that ‘no prophecy of scripture came by the will of man:’ and this let them see that such as went in Cain's, Core's, and Balaam's way, which were preachers of the form but wanted the power, had lost the Holy Ghost; and such ‘admired men's persons because of advantage,’ and came to be dead, twice plucked up by the roots; which dead have long lain upon the earth, whose carcasses stink, since the days of the apostles in the apostasy. So many may have the scriptures, and quench the spirit of prophecy.

Principle. He said, ‘Christ is not yet so the word, but he himself testifies the scriptures are the word of God.’ See page 21.

[Christ never said scriptures are the word of God. But he did plainly state the difference between the word and scriptures:

And the Father himself, who has sent me, has testified concerning me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.
You do not have his word abiding in you; for you do not believe whom he has sent.
You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are those that testify of Me.
But you will not come to me, that you may have life. John 5:37-40

Here Jesus clearly states a difference between the word and scriptures, (the bible).
And the Word that abides, (lives), in you is clearly better than scriptures.]

Answer. Christ's name is called ‘the word of God;’ and the scriptures are the words of God, which Christ the word of God fulfils, in whom the words all end; and such in whom the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehends it not, are not like to see the spirit until they be turned to the light.

Principle. He said, ‘They err, not knowing the scripture, when they affirm that the only means of faith is the direct teaching of Christ, dwelling in them.’ See page 23.

[So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17. The word in your heart, Rom 10:8, which is Christ speaking to you from within your heart; The words I speak to you are Spirit and they are life. John 6:63.]

Answer. Could the apostle preach Christ until he was revealed in him, who is the author of every man's faith? And the doers of the law are justified, and not the hearers only.

Principle. ‘The Quakers will not own the scriptures to be the touchstone to try the spirits withal.’ See page 28. ‘And say the scriptures are not the rule: Oh shameful deceit! And George Fox said, that he knew Christ to have come in him.’ See page 29. ‘And this is the deceiving of many; and this cannot be till first the true faith of his coming is made void, which these men endeavor to do.’ See page 29.

[There are 41,000 different sects of Christendom, all created by interpreting the Bible differently. How could the Bible be the rule the spirits, when there is no agreement as to what the Bible means in Christendom?

But the Spirit of God is the rule, and if everyone will listen to the Spirit and obey it, then they will grow in the faith to a perfect man, to be in unity of the spirit, to glorify God with one body, one mouth, one mind, one spirit.

Since the Spirit of God inspired the writings the scriptures, the Spirit will never conflict with the true meaning of the scriptures, and will explain and show (by revelation) the scriptures to those who humbly wait and seek God. ]

Answer. The holy men of God before the scriptures existed had a rule, and a touchstone [the Spirit of God]; and the Pharisees had scriptures, but were out of the life that the holy men were in that gave them forth, and wanted the rule, and the touchstone; but the apostles that were in the life, and the substance of what they spoke, had the rule, and touchstone. All in the apostasy since the days of the apostles, who are ravened from the spirit of God, have had only the sheep's clothing; but have lost the touchstone, and so have destroyed one another about scriptures, the saints' words, which was not the work of the spirit that gave them forth. And ‘Christ is in you, except you are reprobates.’ So reprobates do not witness it; therefore they stand against it, and therefore are against those who witness it. All the false Christs, and the destroyers of the faith of people, are those who draw people from the ‘light that does enlighten every man that comes into the world,’ and keep them from witnessing and receiving Christ in them, the substance and the author of their faith; and these never know him come in the flesh, nor the spirit. Those who witness Christ within them, receive the author of their faith, and destroy the faith of none. The spirit was the rule of the saints that led them to give forth scriptures; and it let them see, in all ages, who got the form of godliness, who used their tongues, who lived in the spirit, who erred from the spirit, who run when the Lord had never sent them, to whom the Lord had never spoken: and this was the rule, and this was the spirit of discerning, and this was the touchstone to try with.

Principle. ‘And they say, they own Christ that suffered, meaning the spirit within.’ See page 36.

Answer. None know Christ or his suffering but with the spirit of God within; for with the spirit of God in the prophets, and holy men, they knew Christ who was to come to suffer. With the spirit of God in the apostles, they knew the Christ who did suffer. With the same spirit of God within people, they now come to see him, and enjoy him, and receive him, the same who did suffer, which none do who are out of the spirit. The Pharisee, who had scriptures, did not know him because they had gone astray from the spirit, as had the Gentiles, though they had scriptures. Neither do the apostates, who are inwardly ravened from the spirit of God, though they have all the sheep's clothing, know the ‘light that enlightens every man that comes into the world,’ though they be for multitude, ‘as the sands on the sea shore;’ nor do any know it, and receive it, but who come to what they ravened from.

Principle. He said, ‘that Christ is a distinct being from the Father.’ See page 40. ‘They who hold that they are now in the possession of the kingdom of Christ, and that they have eternal life now in possession, pervert the right way of the Lord.’ See page 42.

Answer. Christ is not distinct from the Father, ‘for he and the Father are one; the Father is in him, and he is in the Father,’ and the Father and the son dwell in the saints who are out of the transgression of his doctrine; and ‘he who has not the son of God, has not life:’ and ‘he that has the son of God, has life eternal,’ really in possession, and such ‘pervert not the right way of the Lord;’ but such as have not the son of God, they are all in the first Adam, in the crooked ways, and crooked by-paths in the world, not witnessing life, but standing against the light which shines in the darkness, which their darkness cannot comprehend; which are all the inwardly raveners since the days of the apostles, among whom has been the apostasy and the apostates, from whom the light of life has been hidden. But he who follows the light comes to have the light of life. He who receives the light, receives life eternal, and receives the son of God. He who receives the son of God, has eternal life in substance and possession.

Principle. He said, ‘Death which has passed over all men, is not a spiritual death.’ See page 51.

Answer. You and all you shall feel it as a spiritual death, before you know life and immortality come to light, and the spiritual wickedness wrestled against, ‘whose weapons are spiritual, and not carnal, that wrestles not against flesh and blood, but spiritual wickedness in high places.’ That is what causes the life of all creatures to groan, and oppresses it, whereby life and immortality is hidden from the eyes, and the power transgressed, whereby the spirit and soul of man must be sanctified before he witnesses thorough purification, before he come from under the death and spiritual wickedness. For sin brings death, and that is the spiritual wickedness that is to be wrestled against; transgressing the pure law of God, the commands of God, brings death. As he entertains the spiritual wickedness, this brings death upon his life, so comes oppression on his body, and on his spirit, and his soul is burdened and wearied, and unsanctified, and polluted, which Christ gives rest to, who is the sanctification, and redemption, and justification. The law goes upon man, agreeable to that of God in him; but Christ's body makes free from the law, and redeems from under it. So as the power of God, the gospel is known, and Christ known, the creature comes from under the bondage of corruption, and life and immortality comes to the light through the gospel, whereby the death is known, which who believes shall never die, and the life is known which shall never die.

Principle. ‘The Quakers deny water baptism, and slight it, and call it a carnal thing.’

Answer. Outward water is not spiritual, but is a carnal thing as it is in itself; and it is the spirit alone that baptizes into the body, which brings off from things that are seen, which are temporal, as the apostle said, ‘while we look not at things that are seen; for the things that are seen, are temporal,’  and water is seen.

[We look for the one baptism: There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Eph 4:4-5.

We do not look for the baptism of John, but rather the baptism of Jesus; for as John said: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire: Whose winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Mat 3:11-12.

For more on why water baptism is not needed, see Water Baptism, Communion, and Sacraments.]

Principle. He said, ‘False prophets and antichrists should come in sheep's clothing.’

Answer. Christ said to his apostles, these should come; and before the apostles' decease, they saw they had come. The apostles saw before their decease ‘the devil transform himself into an angel of light,’ and Satan's messengers and ministers come up, such as had a feigned humility, and had got up a will-worship, and the abstaining from meats, neglecting the body; and such as Jannes and Jambres, and that crept into houses, who had the sheep's clothing, the form of godliness. Such were the seducing spirits, who ran into the strange delusions, bringing in the damnable heresies and the doctrine of devils; who went in Cain's, Core's, and Balaam's way. They saw the coming of the man of sin; and the apostles all saw by the spirit of God, before their decease, those who Christ said should come, who inwardly ravened, after whom, since the days of the apostles, the world has gone. These Christ said would come, and the apostles saw had come and were coming, before the coming of the Just One. But the Just One now is come, who has revealed it, ‘the light which does enlighten every man that comes into the world.’ Cain, Core, Balaam, false prophets, antichrists, such as go into strong delusions, and bring in the damnable heresies, and forbidding the eating of foods, and marriage; these all inwardly ravened, and these all have been up since the days of the apostles, and these have been covered with the sheep's clothing. The false prophets and antichrists, inwardly ravened, and the devil, the man of sin, went out of the truth, and abode not in it. He and all they who have the sheep's clothing, can get scriptures, but being inwardly ravened and gone from the spirit of truth in their own particulars, such are the destroyers of the creatures, and of the creation. But with what they all have ravened from, are they manifest and discovered, and to that are people now come, and coming. These inwardly raveners have had the sheep's clothing, who have been the beast, and false prophets, devil's messengers and ministers out of the truth, who have reigned since the days of the apostles, and have long deceived the nations. But now the devil, beast, antichrist, and false prophets are all discovered with the light, and life, and the truth, which they all went from. The place is seen where there is no curse; and the beast, and the false prophet are taken, and are cast into the lake of fire, that they shall deceive the nations no longer, under whose dominion you are, whose words shall be your burden.

Principle. He said, ‘Let us mind the law and testimony.’

Answer. Then you must all mind the light; for ‘the law is light,’ said Solomon; then you must all mind the spirit, for ‘the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’ Many may have the Old and New Testament, yet are from the law and testimony; for the law and testimony were before Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, the Acts, Epistles, and Revelations were written, as in Isaiah 8, which the prophet minded. Those who say the Old and New Testament, are the law and testimony, show themselves to be ignorant of the spirit, and ignorant of the law and testimony. And the law and testimony does not deny the scriptures, but owns them in their place, and sees the fulfilling of them with the testimony of Jesus; they see Jesus who was before scripture was, and comes to fulfill it.

 

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