The Missing Cross to Purity


 

PRINCIPLES

OF THE

Elect People of God

Who in Scorn are called

QUAKERS

Note: These writings only refer to the 17th Century early Quakers.
Many of today's Quaker sects don't require a belief in Christ or even God.



Text in Light Blue or bold Light Blue can be "clicked" for backup in scripture or detail in writings.

For all people throughout all Christendom to Read over, and thereby their own States to Consider

By GEORGE FOX

LONDON,

Printed for Robert Wilson, 1661.

[Copy from W.H. Jenks Collection, Magill Library, Haverford College. Catalog no. BX 7733 S6 1661; accession no. 53279]
with additions (38. - 43.) from the Digital Quaker Collection of Earlham School of Religion

TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. Worship.
2. Church.
3. The Way.
4.The Cross.
5. True Fellowship.
6. The Gospel.
7. faith.
8. Baptism.
9. Persecution.
10.The scriptures.
11. Tithes.
12. The Higher power.
13. Christs Kingdom, how it is set up, and how not.
14. Teachers, shepherds, Bishops, Elders, etc.
15. An Exhortation to whole Christendom, to mind the Grace of God, the light.
16. Perfection.
17. The resurrection.
18. Election and Reprobation.
19. Trembling and Quaking.
20. The Body of death.
21. Thou to a single Person.
22. Hats, Scraping, Curtsies, and Compliments.
23. Good Manners.
24. The Worlds Objection about the Preaching of Christ, Answered.
25. Bread, Water and Wine.
26. The Sabbath Day.
27. God-fathers, and God-mothers, and Sprinkling Infants.
28. The word Trinity.
29. The Ministry.
30. Days and Times, Food and Drinks.
31. Marriages.
32. False prophets and Antichrists.
33. The Peoples Objection, Answered.
34. The Original Sin.
35. Plots.
36. The Jew outward; and
---- The heathen that do the law;
---- The Christian in the power; and
---- The Christian out of the power.

37. Christ the Covenant of God.
38. Swearing and Oaths.
39. The WORD of God
40. Naming Days and Months
41. Singing Psalms
42. Fashions of the world
43. Queries to ministers or people
44. Concerning the MINISTRY

PRINCIPLES of the Elect people of God,
who in Scorn are Called QUAKERS

A salutation of the salvation to all people in what is called Christendom, for them to come in at the door, which is Christ the light, by which every one is enlightened that comes into the world, John 1:9 by Christ the light which is the way to God, John 14:6, and the door out of the world through which they must enter in unto the Father from the world, and from darkness, and death, and the dower of it, into covenant with God, through the door Christ; and this is the light, in which light you see all your evil actions, you have evilly acted; and all your ungodly deeds you have ungodly committed; and all your ungodly thoughts you have ungodly thought, and all your hard ungodly speeches you have spoken. The light with which Christ has enlightened you is that which makes manifest all that is contrary to it. The same light makes manifest the Savior from whom it comes, and makes manifest Christ to be the covenant of light and life through which you may come to have peace with God.

I say the same light makes manifest to you (if you love it) that Christ is the mediator between you and God, 1 Tm 2:5; the same light makes manifest Christ the offering for your sins, and the sins of the whole world, Heb 1:3. The same light makes manifest that Christ is the Way, the Truth, the life, John 14:6, and the Word of God, by whom all things were made and created, John 1:1-3; and the same light makes manifest Christ to be the wisdom of God, and the power of God, 1 Cor 1:24, and the sanctification, and the justification; and the redemption, to sanctify, and to justify, and to redeem from what the light makes manifest to be evil, which lets and holds in the separation from God.

And this light is within, by which all these things are seen; and you that love this light, you will see all these things above mentioned: Christ the mediator, Christ the Way, the life, the wisdom, the sanctifier, the redeemer, the offering for your sins, and the sins of the whole world; in that light you will have the testimony of it; and so he that believes will have the testimony and witness in himself.

And so you all being enlightened with the light, receiving it, you receive Christ; you receive not darkness nor the prince of darkness; and as many of you as do receive Christ, to them he will give power to become the Sons of God; (mark) you shall have power through which you can come to know sonship, and not only to stand against sin and evil, but become Sons of God.

And now, if you do hate this light, and go on in sin, and in evil thoughts, words, deeds, and actions, and will not come to the light, because it will reprove you; and love the darkness rather then the light, it will be your condemnation, John 3:19-20. That is the light which makes manifest to everyone of you, what you have done, said, thought, and acted, and which reproves you; and if you love the light, you love Christ, and love your salvation, and redeemer, and sanctifier, and the offering for sin, and see him which makes an end of sin, and destroys the devil which brought it in, and his works, he that destroys brings in everlasting righteousness in you. But, as was said before, if you hate this light, and go on in sin and evil, that will be your condemnation; for this light is with you at your labors, and in your beds, and in your occasions, and tradings, showing all your words and all your thoughts, deeds and actions; which if you love it, it will lead you into the new life, from the old, out of the separation, and degeneration from God his life, and image; and with the light you will see Christ, a King to rule you, who has all power in heaven and earth given to him. And with the light you will see him a prophet, to open to you, and a priest to offer for you to the Father; and in the light you will see more light; it shining in your hearts it will give you the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ your Savior, 2 Cor 4:6 . And with the light you will see the kingdom of heaven within, that never consented to sin and evil; like unto a grain of mustard-seed, the leaven that leavens into the new lump. And with this light you will see the field, which is the world, set in your hearts, where the pearl is hid, and with what you may dig to find the pearl, the power of God; and what you must sell for its sake to purchase the field.

And in this light waiting, you will receive the Spirit of Truth, the Comforter to lead you into all Truth, and to bring to your remembrance the words which Christ spoke; and it will show you things to come, and take of Christ’s, and give unto you. So loving the light, you love Christ. Receiving it, you receive Christ, the first and the last; for in the light, Christ is seen and felt, his Voice heard, and he followed. So in the light you will see Christ to be your teacher, who said, learn of me, I am the way, the truth, and the life, through whom Eternal life is given; and you are brought again to the shepherd, Christ, who plucks you out of the fall, up to God in his image, where the fresh pastures of life are known and fed upon. And no man comes to the Father (said Christ) but by me, who enlightens every man and woman that comes into the world, that through the light they might believe. And further, said, believe in the light, while you have the light, that you may be children of it, John 12:36. So you are enlightened, through which, if you believe, you may become children of the light, and heirs of the promise and mercy, and of the power of an endless life; and believing in the light, you pass from death to life, and from darkness to light, and so come to know a translation from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, Acts 26:18; and know the begetting of God up into his image through his power, as you have been begotten from God, and lost his image by the prince of darkness; and so translated from the image of God into the image of Satan; from Christ's power, into the power of darkness.

So you must come to the light, that you may have another turn from the power of Satan to God, from darkness to light, to be renewed into God's image; and this is felt within. And as you come to feel this within, you shall know the Word of God within your hearts, which is the Word of faith that the apostles preached to the Romans, which they were to hear, obey, and do; and that is the Word of God which divides asunder the precious from the vile; your precious thoughts, affections, and motions, your precious words from the vile. So the Word is said to be in your hearts and mouths, that you may obey it, and do it; and it is quick and powerful, sharper then any two-edged sword. And you need not say, who shall fetch this from above? Or who shall fetch it from beneath except it is in your hearts and mouths? And this is the Word of faith the apostles preached. The same Word is called a hammer, a sword, a fire, to hammer, and cut down, and to burn up that which is contrary to it.

So it is the same Word that sanctifies and makes clean, and reconciles to God; that hammers and cuts down that which is contrary to God, and that separates between you and God; so hear, and obey and do the Word; for it is with you in all places, and on all occasions dividing good thoughts, good words and motions from bad. For if all Christendom did hear and obey the Word in their hearts, which is pure, and lives, and abides and endures forever, by which they might come to be born again of the immortal seed, by the Word, it would keep them from the bad actions and words which are said and done within them; and so by the Word every one would be taught to know the engrafted Word which is able to save their souls, which hammers and cuts down, and burns up that which wars against, and keeps the soul from enjoying good; and so in this Word they would know the anointing in them to teach them, by which they would not need any man to teach them, but as the same anointing teaches them, which teaches Truth in all things. 1John 2:27.

And in this light and Word which is in the heart, they would know the new covenant of God, the law in the heart written, and put in their minds, by which they would not need to say to one another, 'Know the Lord,' for all should know him from the least to the greatest; and these are the true Christians which do come to witness this, which thousands do now in this Day in England; among whom the precious pearl is found, and the Field purchased; among whom the law of the Spirit of life makes free from the law of Sin and death, who witness the age has come which the Apostle spoke of, in which are the kindness and exceeding riches, which the Lord showed among the apostles in the primitive times, who sat in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, in which places many thousands have come to sit; glory to him for ever and evermore.


I. Concerning Worship

Our Worship is in the spirit and in the truth, which the devil abode not in, but is out of; who is the author of strife and unrighteousness among people; which truth makes the devil to worship and to bow, and also destroys him; and it is the spirit which mortifies sin, which makes a separation from God.

Now we say, if all Christendom had worshipped God in the spirit and truth, they would have been in that which the devil is out of, and had been in the holy hill, and had felt the spirit in their own particulars ruling them, and had felt the spirit of truth in their own hearts, guiding and teaching of them.

II. Concerning Church

The promise of redemption from the state in which Adam and Eve, and their sons and daughters were in the fall, driven from God, into the state in which they were before they were driven from God, to the church in God; so abiding in the state driven from God, people are far off from the church which is in God. But our church is in God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he has purchased with his own blood, without spot or wrinkle or blemish, or any such thing, which blood we have felt in our hearts cleansing from all sin; which blood we have felt our consciences sprinkled with from dead works to serve the living God. So this blood has been felt within us, the preciousness of it, whereby the price of redemption we come to know.

III. Concerning the Way

Further we say, Christ is our Way, who is the light that enlightens you and everyone that comes into the world, that with it you might see him, the Way, and come to walk in the way of peace and life, which is the Way of God, and which is the new and living Way, which the apostles were in; which Christendom has gone out of, going from the light in their own particulars, into their own inventions and imaginations, which is the cause there are so many ways among them; changeable ways, and changeable worships; I say, among those who are gone out of the new and living way. So everyone who comes to the light in their own particulars, they come to Christ, they come to the new and living way, and from and out of the old and dead ways, which are in the fall from God, out of his image and power. So who come into his image and power, they must come to the light, which Christ the way has enlightened them within in their own particulars. For there is no other way to the Father, but Christ the light, which enlightens every one that comes into the world, who is the way, even the new and living way, and hear his voice and teaching; so they shall love the light, love the way, and love Christ; but they that hate the light, hate Christ the way.

IV. Concerning the Cross

The cross of Christ is the power of God, which crosses the world; which cross of Christ (the power of God) was among the Apostles, which crucified them from outward things, figures, types, shadows, and inventions of men. So those that have gone from the power of God since the apostles days, have set up many other crosses, who have lost the true cross, which is the power of God. For I say the cross of Christ, which is the power of God, crucifies the state which Adam and Eve, and all their children were in in the fall; in which cross is the power; by which cross they come to the state in which they were before their fall; and in that power of God the Cross is the fellowship, which is a mystery, which goes through to the beginning, in which stands the everlasting glory, and so in that stands the very mystery itself.

V. Concerning the Fellowship

The true fellowship is in the Gospel which is among us; which was among the apostles, in the Spirit and in the light; through which we have Fellowship with the Father and with the Son.

VI. Concerning the Gospel

The Gospel is the power of God to Salvation, for he that believes receives the power, receives the Gospel, by which life and immortality is come to light; and the power of God expels away that which darkens life, and immortality from people; and captivates their souls, spirits and minds, and keeps them in bondage, which power of God expels that away, and sets them at liberty, and gives them dominion over that which burdened them, and to feel and see before that was, which darkens life and immortality from them. And through this power of God, life and immortality shines over that, in which the saints fellowship, the church fellowship, wherein they come to be heirs of the power of God, heirs of the Gospel, heirs of the fellowship, church members, members one of another in the power of God (the Gospel) that was before the power of darkness was.

And now the everlasting Gospel must be preached again to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples which dwell upon the earth, that through that, life and immortality might come to light in them; and that which has darkened it from them might be expelled by the same power [the Gospel] which is the salvation which makes their souls, spirits, and consciences free from that which burdens them; and to them this is glad tidings.

VII. Concerning Faith

There is one faith, which purifies the heart; which gives the victory, which brings to have access to God, which gives the victory over that which separates from God; in which faith was the unity of the saints in the primitive times, in which stands ours, which faith is the gift of God.

VIII. Concerning Baptism

There is one baptism, with one Spirit, into one body, which plunges down all the corruption that has gotten up since transgression, sin, and iniquity made a separation between man and God; which Spirit brings into one body out of the many bodies; and to one head from the many heads, of the many bodies, which are in the fall from God. So being baptized with one Spirit into one body, which plunges down that which makes a separation from the Lord; into this one Spirit are we made all to drink, and this Spirit is within, plunging down the corruptions which are within. And the Cross of Christ, the power of God is within, crucifying the mind that would walk in those things which hides from God, and that keeps in the world, in the lust of the eyes, pride of life, and lusts of the flesh, which are not of the Father.

Now, who mind earthly things, those go from the power of God within, and so become enemies to his Cross, which is the power of God; as Paul said, 1 Cor 1. And so the many heads, the many bodies, the many baptisms, are among those that are out of the power of God, the Cross of Christ, and out of the one baptism with the Spirit into one body, into one head, Christ Jesus the first and the last, the beginning and the ending. And he is the head of his church which is his body; and of it he is the Savior, of which church we are.

IX. Concerning Persecution

And the many faiths, and the many worships which are in the world, and the persecuting about them; such believers and worshippers are out of the one faith which gives victory and they have lost their spiritual weapons and run into the carnal; and so are also out of the true worship which is in the Spirit and Truth, which as I said before, the devil is out of. And here are all the carnal weaponed men, fighting for worship and for trifles; which the spiritual weaponed men that have the Word of God, and the sword of the Spirit, wrestle not with flesh and blood; they do not go about to destroy creatures, and cry to the powers of the earth to help them, as they of the world do, which are out of the church which was in the begriming, using not the weapons of the spirit; who deface creatures, kill, and mangle creatures about inventions of worships, faiths, baptisms, churches, crosses, and such like things, which were not the fruits, nor works of the Apostles, nor the spiritual weaponed men.

Therefore all that have persecuted and killed about religion, church, and worship, have not been the worshippers of God in Spirit and Truth, have not been in the fellowship of the gospel the power of God, which was before the power of Satan was; and have not been in the true faith, which gives victory over that which separates from God; and have not been in the Cross of Christ the power of God (which was before Satan was) that crucifies flesh, the world, and its carnal weapons.

Therefore all you who have persecuted and killed about religion, you are out of the new and living way of Christ Jesus, who said love enemies, and commands to give cheek, back, and hair to the smiters; you are in Cain's way, persecuting and killing your brother christian as Cain did; and so in this you have not done well. Neither has God had Respect to your sacrifices, for if you and Cain had done well, you or Cain had not killed your brethren about worship, church, sacrifice and religion; then God would have respected you; but you not doing well, sin lying at your door, as it did at Cain's, it has gotten into your house, so that now neither his, nor your sacrifice does God accept or regard, neither do you stand in the acceptable state where you are, and in which way you walk; and Cain walked not in the new and living Way. For Adam neglected the voice of God; and Cain neglected the voice of God; and the Jews neglected the voice of God; and you neglect the voice of God; and the devil, who went out of Truth, lies at the door of such as neglects the voice of God. So sin comes into their house, and defiles them, and thereby their hearts are hardened, by reason of which they turn against their brethren, so they do not well, neither does God accept their sacrifice; for they go out of the path, and out of that Way wherein God respects and accepts people; and so become vagabonds and wanderers in the earth, and have not in God a habitation; and in this vagabond state those christened heathens have been worse then the unchristened heathens; and many of them are made much more the children of the devil then before, like the Jews Proselytes, Murdering and Persecuting, doing the devil's work, who is out of Truth. For Christ his ministers and apostles came to save men's lives, but the devils bait is, to clothe his ministers, apostles, and messengers with sheep's clothing; and to keep people always under teaching, that they may be always paying of them, destroying and persecuting such as will not pay them; and this is not according to Christ the Way, who destroys the devil and his works that leads man from God, and makes man unclean; and Christ who destroys that, makes man clean again, and brings man to God, who is the justifier, sanctifier, and redeemer, and the captain of their salvation.

So all religion, church worship, ministry, and maintenance that is help up by carnal weapons, clubs and swords, is of Cain, Judas, and the Jews, and of the antichristian antichrists, and not of Christ, nor in that way which is the way to life; for he is the life that saves men's lives; but he is of the prince of death that destroys men's lives, and of the prince of darkness, out of the light, and out of Christ the Way; which was before he and his works were, and lives and remains when he is gone, the devil gone, and all his instruments and works; glory to God forever.

And all the quarrels, strivings, and disputes about the scriptures of Truth, with the several meanings and interpretations of them, are because they are not in the power and Spirit which they were in that gave them forth; so they are not in fellowship with God of whom they were learned, nor with the just men's Spirits that gave them forth; nor one with another, being out of the Spirit; in which Spirit we are, by which Spirit we know God, know the just men's spirits and know scriptures. In which we have unity one with another. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets; and that is witnessed among us, which God said, that he would pour out his Spirit upon all flesh; and sons and daughters should prophesy. And sons and daughters do prophesy now in our age as they did among the Apostles. And there are women helpers, laborers in the Gospel, such as will lay down their necks for his sake.

X. Concerning the Scriptures

And the scriptures we say were not given forth for men to make a trade of, and to keep people always learning, that they may be always reaching to get money from them; this is by the earthly wisdom, knowledge and understanding, which must perish and be confounded and come to nothing, and is not in the wisdom which comes from above, (which is pure and peaceable) but in the wisdom which is below (which is earthly, sensual and devilish, which will destroy those which are contrary minded to them) nor the understanding by the Spirit, which gives dominion over sin, which gives to distinguish the one from the other, and out of that knowledge whereby God is known, which is life eternal.

So such make a trade of the scriptures, being out of the life themselves, and are not able to bring others into it, but keep people learning all their life time; and this is the state of Babylon's merchants, building up and throwing down.

But this is the state and right use of the scriptures, for all people to believe them, and to read them, and to walk in the light, and to feel the power and Spirit which was in them that gave them forth, by which they may know them and have them revealed to them, and so feel Christ which is the top and cornerstone, which fulfills them; and so to receive and live in him that fulfils them, who is the end of the prophets, and all types, figures and shadows.

So the scriptures of truth, I say, were given forth to be believed, read, fulfilled and practiced, and the things enjoyed they speak of, that is, Christ Jesus the substance.

The scriptures of truth, are the words of God, which were learned of God the Father of truth, and they cannot be broken, but must be fulfilled; and he that does fulfill, is Christ, by whom all things were made and created, who is called The Word of God.

XI. Concerning Tithes

Tithes have been set up among the (called) Christians by force and command, since the apostles days, and Christ in the flesh, from whom there is no example for tithes; among them all things were to be done free, in bounty and Love: tithes before the law, from Abraham; and tithes in the law for priests, widows, fatherless, and poor; and heave-offerings. Which law of God commanded the tithes of the increase to be offered up for his service, which Christ in the time of the Gospel redeems out of the ninths of the earth, and ends that law that gave the tenths; and the priesthood that took them, and the command that gave them, and ends the offering.

And though Abraham paid tithes in the war, to Melchizedek; they were of the spoil and not of command, and Christ was after the order of Melchizedek, who ends the war, destroys the devil who is the author of it, and brings out of the earth; and so, though we are thousands, there is not a beggar among us; neither do we read there was among the church in the primitive times, which denied tithes, and said the Priesthood was changed that took tithes, and the law by which they were made; and the command that gave them. So they that take tithes, and they that give tithes, are antichristian, and do deny Christ come in the Flesh.

XII. Concerning the Higher Power

Moses who had the law of God, saw over all transgression; and before transgression was, he saw the state where man was before the fall in the garden, he saw the state in the fall, and how death reigned from Adam until Moses; who received the law which went over all transgressors, which answered the witness of God in all, which commands that people should not sin, and keeps them from it, and so from death which reigned from Adam until Moses; which law went over both sin and death, and this was the higher power, over transgression, which answers the witness of God which was transgressed in all, which is truth, holiness, justice and equity; which law is true, just, holy, and good, true measures, just weight, this is called the higher power. This served until the Seed came which is Christ; and this law they were to hear; and Moses unto whom was given wisdom to make the pattern, figures, and shadows, and hold them up in the law until Christ came, of whom Moses said, like unto me will God raise up a prophet, him shall you hear in all things; and when Christ came he ended those things, i.e. types, figures, and shadows, and variable things; and in him is no shadow, who is called the righteousness of God. So the law served until the seed came, and Moses who had said it, God would raise up a prophet like unto him, now he is come whom we hear; that is to say, the seed, who is the end of all the prophets that prophesied of him. And so he is the end of the law for righteousness sake to every one that believes. So the believers are the members of the true church of which Christ is the head, to whom Christ is the end of the law for righteousness sake to every one that believes, who purges the floor, burns up the chaff; comes with his fan, baptizes with the Holy Ghost and with fire, brings his wheat into his garner.

And further, Christ is the end of all oaths which were in the law, and which were before the law, the oaths that ended the strife among men.

XIII. Concerning Christs kingdom, how it is set up, and how it is not

Christs kingdom is not set up by carnal weapons, for Christ said, my kingdom is not of this world; and therefore his servants do not fight. Now all you who profess yourselves to be Christians and gospellers, and are fighters with clubs and swords about your Religion, you are not Christs servants, but are contending for earthly kingdoms, for Christs kingdom is fought for with spiritual weapons in patience and sufferings; and Christ said to his disciples, which would have had fire come down from heaven to consume them that were contrary minded to them, (as the prophet did) he turns him about, and rebukes them and told them, they did not know what spirit they were of, He came not to destroy men's lives, but to save them; and so those who destroy men's lives, and do not save them, are not in Christ's mind, or way, but are under the rebuke of him, and do not know what spirit they are of themselves; and therefore those who are wise will not trust their souls, bodies, or spirits in the hands of such.

XIV. Concerning Teachers, prophets, shepherds, Bishops, Elders

Teachers, prophets, shepherds, elders and bishops, they must not be such as are given to filthy lucre, nor covetous, nor given to wine; they must not be strikers, nor brawlers, nor seekers of earthly things; they must not teach for filthy lucre, or be covetous, or strive about words, or use fables, or philosophy, or the worlds rudiments, or traditions, or doctrines of men, or their ordinances; they must not compel their people to observe days, meats, drinks, and such like things; they must not bear rule by their means, or such as seek for their gain from their quarter, for such are forbidden; and such as teach for money and pieces of bread, and such as taught for gain were forbidden, and witnessed against by the true prophets and teachers, and apostles.

And such as wear long robes, and are called of men master, and love salutations in markets, uppermost rooms at feasts; such as follow and love those things are out of Christ's doctrine, against such he poured forth woes, who said, you have one Master even Christ, and you are all brethren, and that it should not be among them, as it was among the gentiles.

And so all those who have the scriptures' words (spoken by Christ, the apostles, and prophets), and are not in the power and Spirit that gave them forth; and those do not listen to what reproves them, by which they should come into the Spirit, but stop their ears and close their eyes to it, these are like the Pharisees. These cannot worship God in Spirit, these cannot pray in Spirit, nor sing in the Spirit, but quench it, and grieve it, and vex it; these are out of the fellowship in the Spirit, and without God the Father of spirits. These err not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God, such go abroad to change their way, go from the Spirit and light in their own hearts, which should lead them to Christ the living Way, and the Truth; so all such as have the form of godliness, and are not in the power and Spirit which they were in which gave forth the words; such must be turned away from. The true praying must be in the Spirit, and the true worshipping, true praising, and the true singing must be in the Spirit, so those who grieve and quench the Spirit cannot pray, cannot sing, and cannot worship God in the Spirit.

XV. An Exhortation to whole Christendom, to Mind the Grace of God, the Light

So all people, (in what is called the whole Christendom), come to the light that Christ Jesus has enlightened you with, that with it you may see your salvation, and know Christ your Teacher, your captain of your salvation, and the grace that comes by him, that brings your salvation, which grace teaches us, which is sufficient in weakness and temptation that brings salvation, and by it are we saved; and it teaches to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly and righteously; and this is our Teacher which brings salvation. Therefore have all the loins of your minds girded up to wait for the grace to be brought unto you at the Revelation of Jesus Christ; mind Peter's exhortation.

Now they that turn from the grace into wantonness, [unrestraint], and walk despitefully against the Spirit of God, set up teachers according to their own hearts lusts, and such are always learning under them, being unable to come to the knowledge of the truth, and so go into and remain in the earthly lusts, ungodliness, and into temptations, and weaknesses where there is mourning and complaining, and where the mourners are many. Therefore come to the grace of God, and that is what will let you see your ungodliness, unrighteousness, lust of the world, and unsoberness; that is your Teacher at all times; which will bring salvation if you mind it, and regard it, and take heed unto it; but if you turn it into wantonness, [unrestraint], the swift judgments of God will come upon you.

Therefore mind the grace of God, the Teacher at all times which brings salvation; by which you may see your salvation; by which you may see your salvation brought; for the mighty day of the Lord is coming upon all the unrighteousness of men, the Lord God his Son is appearing towards you; who has all power in heaven and earth given to him, who is the King of kings, the Lord of lords. Therefore mind and receive the light with which he has enlightened you, that you may receive him. Set open your gates that the King of Glory may come in, who stands at the door and knocks; turn to the light, and you open the gate, where the entering of the King of Glory is seen. And come off all the barren mountains that are in the fall out from God’s image, life, and power, come from all the wells without water, and tempests and clouds without rain which wander about. Come to the light, and receive the light, that in the light you may receive Christ, and become his sons; that through that you may see the morning star appear where the Sons of God Sing together. For woe is to the world which lies in wickedness, for the Lord is come to judge it; and to give all Men the reward according to their works, whether they are good, or whether they are evil: And with the light you may every one know whether your works are good, or whether they are evil, for that which may be known of God is made manifest in you, which God has showed to you, when you do the thing that is unrighteous or worthy of death; by that of God in you, you can tell.

And when you go from that of God within you, you do not glorify God, as God, but you are strangers from his life; and strangers from the covenant of life; and peace which is in Christ; and so come your foolish hearts to be dark fed and filled with unrighteousness, and upon such come God's judgments and wrath.

Now they who are made free from the wrath which is to come, they are come to that of God in them; to the light, and so see Christ the covenant of peace, who destroys the devil, and takes away the enmity which is between them and the Lord, through which comes the wrath, woe and misery; by which light, (Christ, God's covenant), man is brought into Peace with God, and saved from the wrath to come, from all the false ways, teachings, false worship false churches, commands, traditions, rudiments, will-worships, inventions, handy works, worship, lip service, to the light and Spirit of God in your own particulars, that by it you may turn to God, and worship him in Spirit; and walk in the Spirit, Christ Jesus, who was before sin was. For since the beginning that man fell from God, from his power and image, have all false ways, false worships, false churches, been set up; even by that evil spirit and power, and wisdom that is out of the Truth, below, which has killed about them. So there is a way in which is the life, and he is the light which enlightens you. Therefore come to the light, and you come to the way, which was before the power of death was, whose name is Christ, and such as are out of the light, are out of him in the ways of death and darkness and captivity; for as the outward Jews were in captivity under Pharaoh so the inward Jews in the Spirit, are in captivity in spiritual Sodom and Egypt, which do not mind the leadings of the Spirit and do not hearken to what it says; for every one must hearken and hear what the Spirit said to the churches, and not to hearken and hear a visible thing; and in that they would edify, build, join, unite, and come into Fellowship.

XVI. Concerning Perfection

He that has brought man into imperfection is the devil, and his work who led from God; for man was perfect before he fell, for all God's works are perfect. So Christ who destroys the devil and his works, makes man perfect again, destroying him that made him imperfect, which the law could not do; so by his blood he cleanses from all sin; and by one offering, has he perfected for ever those who are sanctified; and they that do not believe in the light which comes from Christ, by which they might see the offering, and receive the blood, are in the unbelief concerning this.

And the apostles that were in the light, Christ Jesus, (who destroys the devil and his works), spoke Wisdom among those who were perfect, though they could not among those that were carnal; and their Work was for the perfecting of the saints, for that cause had they their ministry given to them until they all came to the knowledge of the Son of God, which destroys the devil and his works, and which ends the prophets, first covenant, types, figures, shadows; and until they all came to the unity of the faith which purified their hearts, which gave them victory over that which separated from God. In which they had access to God, by which faith they pleased him, by which they were justified; and so until they came unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; and so the apostle said, we preach Christ in you the hope of glory, warning every man, that we might present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

XVII. Concerning the Resurrection

We say Christ is the resurrection and the life, to raise up that which Adam lost, (who has all power in heaven and earth given to him) and to destroy him that tempted him out; so He is the resurrection into life, of body, soul and spirit, and so renews man in the image of God, and brings man into a higher condition than man was in before he fell, to Himself, which never changed nor never fell; and so they that forget God and do wickedly, must be turned down into Hell, for by forgetting God and doing wickedly, they go from the life and power of God, in the separation from Him, and out of His favor, for in the life is His favor; and so the power, light and life goes over them, who go on in wickedness, that leads out from God, which was before it was.

XVIII. Concerning Election and Reprobation

Concerning God loving one and hating the other before he had done good or evil, that stands in the birth that is first brought forth, which despises the birthright which God foresaw, which was not the Seed, with which is God’s Love to the end.

Reprobation is going from the life, and that of God within, and from his voice and command, as Adam did, as the Jews did, and such as despised that of God within, their birthright, and such are out of the true understanding, out of true knowledge, closed under, and the witness grieved within, and they are dead in their senses from the life and covenant of peace with God. The Seed, which is called the elect, in which the elect is known, and the election is known, is the Seed Christ, before the foundation of the world was that slew him; and those who slew him, and slays him, were and are reprobated from the life, who go from the command of God, and so have lost his image, lost his power, which keeps above, and over, and out of reprobation. Those who come into the election, the Seed, they come out of that state that Adam is in in the fall up into that state which Adam was in before the fall, and into a state beyond that, into Christ, the Seed, the elect; and so these in the Seed, the elect, Christ, the wisdom of God, comprehend and see the state of election before the world began, and the state of Adam before he fell, and the state of Adam in the fall in the reprobation, and the state of Adam up again out of the fall, and so to a state which is above Adam, before he fell, in the election, (but there is more in this) and the state of the beloved of God is seen in the Seed, the wisdom of God.

Cain was the first birth, Esau was first birth, Ishmael first birth; Cain killed his Brother about Religion; Ishmael was a Scoffer; Esau bore the sword, despised his Birthright, and turned against Jacob his Brother.

So Christendom read your reprobation, your first birth that is born of the flesh; the first birth will persecute him that is born of the Spirit; so most of Christendom is seen to be of the first birth, and to lie in the reprobation from God. For Cain went from the good voice of God, and Esau from the birthright, and Ishmael into the despising nature, went from the good, and so from faithful Abraham, who was of the election.

So, those who are in Cain, Ishmael and Esau’s nature, are in the first birth, which is not the elect. Read Christendom, and your birth; Whoever hates God’s principle and his voice becomes reprobate; who disobeys his command and voice, such God goes against, and he does not hears those who hate the election, and are in that reprobation from the Seed, and of the law-birth. For the law keeps man from sin, but it does not say it destroys the devil, but the Seed Christ does, who is greater than the law, who is the election; so who know the election, they must know the Seed, they must know the birth born of the Spirit.

So if Christendom will know the election, it must know the birth born of the Spirit, which will not persecute; for Cain, Ishmael and Esau’s nature is but one, which the apostle spoke of to the saints in the primitive times, which the same, we say is one now, and the election is one, which stands in the Seed which was before the foundation of the unrighteous world was; and the reprobation is one, which stands in the unrighteous world, out of the Truth, and the life, in the disobedience of Gods command; so know the reprobation one, and the election one, then will you know the Seed, in which is the wisdom of God, and that you will know which goes from his voice, power and command, out of the wisdom of God; so whom God loves he loves to the end, so know Jacob, and know Esau: Esau, Cain, and Ishmael, were the first birth; and is not Christendom of the first birth which persecutes, which goes from the good, and despise the pure, and persecutes the birth that is born of the Spirit, which thing God hates, such work out of his life in the reprobation out of his power and wisdom, and out of the election, Christ the Seed the second birth, which was before this birth of the flesh was, and stands when it is gone, with whom God's love is to the end, with whom is his promise, which goes over this other birth and destroys the devil, and his works, which went out of Truth, and led out mankind from God, whereby the curse, wrath, and woe came upon mankind, which Christ the Seed brings the blessing, who destroys the author of these evil works, who brings the blessing, and man to see the blessed state of all things as they were in the beginning, and how they were blessed in the beginning; and through Christ he comes up into his power which is his throne, where is the blessing and no curse.

XIX. Concerning Trembling and Quaking

The strong man has long kept the house, his goods have been kept in Peace; but now a stronger then he is come Christ Jesus, the stronger, who dispossesses him, and cast him out, and spoils his goods, and makes man the temple of God for himself to dwell in, a holy temple, an habitation for himself to dwell in, which makes the keepers of the house to tremble; through which power of Christ, the salvation is wrought out with Fear and Trembling; and so we can say, that it is God that works in us to will and to do, according to his good will, and pleasure.

In the days of the prophets, the prophet trembled and reeled like a drunken man, because of the iniquity of the people; and because of the holiness of the Word of the Lord he trembled when he heard his voice; and when the Lord spoke to him he feared exceedingly. This is the man that the Lord will regard, said Isaiah the prophet, which is of a broken and contrite Spirit, and trembles at his Word; which were cast out by their brethren, and said, let the Lord be glorified; who would appear to those tremblers at his Word and broken-hearted ones, which were for signs and wonders to both houses of Israel, when they should be confounded, amazed, and astonished. And before you know the sin rooted and consumed out of your flesh, and the earth shaken, and removed out of its place, and the power of darkness, the devil, the author of it, he and the earth removed out of its place, and you brought into the state which man was in before he fell, you must know trembling and shaking of that which is to be shaken, and removing that which is to be removed, before Christ the Seed does appear, which is the foundation of many generations, and the Rock of ages which is the first and last, which is not shaken nor does it change.

So all the unrighteous world has much to go through before they come to this, they must know the devils trembling, the heaven shaken, and the earth shaken, before that which cannot be shaken does appear, by whom the worlds were made.

XX. Concerning the Body of death

The Body of death and sin, which the world so much talks of, and pleads for, while they dwell upon earth, which of necessity they must plead for the author of it the devil. So this is not pleading for Christ, which destroys him who is the author of sin and the body of it; but if you say that John said, "If we say we have no Sin we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us; and if we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar:" (Mark) "But if you confess your sin and forsake your sin; the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, will cleanse you from all sin." Now, "he that is born of God does not commit sin, neither can he, because the Seed of God remains in him, because of which he cannot sin;" for it keeps the Holy One that the evil one touches him not. In this the children of God, and the children of the devil are manifest, and each children plead for their own. So there is a time for men to say, they have sinned, and have Sin, and a time to confess it and forsake it;and then there is a time to know the blood which cleanses from it all, and then the birth born which does not commit sin, and the Seed which remains in him because of which he cannot sin, because (as I said before) it keeps the Holy One that the evil one touches him not.

And though Paul cried out of the body of death, and of the warfare, yet he thanks God through Jesus Christ afterwards that he had the victory over the body of death, and the law of the Spirit of life had made him free from the law of Sin and death: and never did the apostle afterwards complain of the body of death; but thanks God he had victory through Christ, which destroyed the devil the author of sin, which destroys death and the body of it, and said he was made free; and said there was no condemnation to them which were in Christ Jesus; and that the life which he did live he lived by the faith of the Son of God; which faith gives the victory over sin, death, and the devil which separates from God, by which man displeases him, through which faith he being purified, and having the victory, he pleases God, and has access unto him, and is justified and saved; Amen.

XXI. Concerning Thou to a single Person

Thou to a single Person, and You to many, is our practice, and was the saints, according to scripture, and the principle of God placed in every man, which does distinguish many from one, and has a word to the plural, and to the singular; singular to the singular, and plural to the plural. According to the true understanding and Spirit of God in every man, and witnessed to by all the prophets. But these that have degenerated from the Spirit of God, have degenerated from the scriptures and from their own teaching books, and call the practice of them nonsense, and they are gone from the true understanding, which they that are in it, look over them.

(In the 17th Century, grammar books called for the use of "thee" and" thou" for singular address of people. People of the upper class wanted to addressed as "you" instead because it was looked on as an honor from others. Since "you" is commonly used in the singular today for all classes of people, it is no longer an issue. H.W. )

XXII. Concerning Hats, Scraping, Curtsies, and Compliments.

Hats, scraping, curtsies, and compliments, they are things below, customs and fashions of the world, which will pass away, and not that which comes from God; nor the esteem it is not, which all men are to have one another in, for if they had honored all men, and had had all men in esteem, then had they been of a higher Spirit then the Spirit of the world, and more noble and generous. Then had never a Man or Woman been hurt in Christendom, if they had esteemed and honored them; for he that honors and esteems men will not hurt in any case, in that lies the decency and civility; and every knee shall bow unto me, said the Lord and worship him, in that is the cry, worship God, and fear him, and reverence him.

And if you do allege, some bowed in old time to the angel: yet in the gospel time, which is the power of God, which was before the fall, in the state of reformation and restoration, John was rebuked for bowing to the angel; and the apostles rebuked those that bowed to them; and Jacob, though he bowed one time to his brother Esau, yet it is not said he bowed all his life time. For it is written the elder shall serve the younger, so the elder shall bow. So the bowers and scrapers one to the other, that will kill and envy one another, to them this is a mystery.

XXIII. Concerning good Manners

Evil words and evil communications corrupts the good manners; and if Christendom will learn the good, they must come every one to the light of Christ Jesus the Spirit of God in themselves, and the Word of God in their hearts and mouths, which will teach them to forsake the evil Words, and lead them from them, and to deny them; and this is the way to get the good manners.

But who live in high expressions and compliments, and full of evil words and flatteries, and dissimulations, and call it good manners; their works and words testify, and manifest they are evil and corrupt; and such whose manners are evil and corrupt, quench, grieve, and vex the Spirit of God in themselves, and hate the light, and will not come to it because it reproves them for their evil words, and such love wrath, envy, fury, vanity, high-mindedness, rashness, and headiness: and yet in plausible expressions, scrapings, and bowings one to the other, and call that good manners, and honor, which is quite out of that which comes down from above, and is that which the witness of God in themselves witnesses against for God, that he will lay it down in the dust, and to be that which he will condemn and judge.

The apostle said, it is not for women to wear gold, silver, pearl, costly apparel, nor plated hair; but to be clothed with a meek and quiet spirit, which is with the Lord of great price; the hidden man of the heart, etc. And if Christendom had minded this, there had been more virtue, more sobriety, and less envy at one another about their fashions.

XXIV. Concerning the World's Objection about the Preaching of Christ

The world objects, saying, some preach Christ of envy, some of good will, and some of strife; and contention, and that Christ bid hear the Pharisees: therefore say they we may hear our teachers though they are never so bad.

Answer: He that has the form of godliness, and denies the power; from such turn away; an envious man, a man of strife, a contentious man, the apostle bids turn away from such; though there was a time when the name of Christ was spreading abroad, he allowed envious men to spread his name abroad, but when it was spread abroad, he stopped such envious contentious; and exhorted Timothy to shun and avoid such, for they would not bring people to the power; for envious men and contentious men may preach the form, and have it, but not bring people into the power. The time did come before the apostles were deceased, to turn away from such, who have a form of godliness, but deny the power; and therefore from such turn away.

And as for hearing the Pharisees, that was before Christ was offered up, and before the law was fulfilled; for they ministered the law, and so people were to do as they said, and not as they did: but when Christ was offered up, he bid them, Go, Preach the Gospel, and not hear Pharisees, and the apostles were to bring people to the end of the law, the seed, into gospel fellowship, the power of God, which was before the power of darkness was.

XXV. Concerning Bread, Water and Wine

Bread, water and wine are things below, and decreasing things; for the bread and wine which Christ gave at supper in the night; which the world takes in their day time, this Christ and the apostles gave in a show and remembrance of him, of his death, until he came, which some of the disciples questioned after they had taken that, whether he was Christ or not? And after the Apostle had given it to the Corinthians, in his first Epistle, he bids them examine and eat in the remembrance of Christ, but in the second epistle he bids them examine themselves, and prove their own selves whether or not Christ was in them, except they were reprobates, [sin still lives in them].

Now they were to take it in remembrance of his death; that was a state, and then they must come to die with him that was a nearer state then the taking bread and wine in remembrance of his death; and then they were to rise with him, that is another state; and if they were dead and risen with him, then to seek those things which were above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God; but bread, water and wine, these are below, and are not Christ, and those who have him are not reprobates, [where sin still lives in them], neither do they need to have outward things to put them in remembrance of his death, where they are dead with him, and risen with him, and live with him. But those who will not die and suffer with him, live in the old nature, and would have outward things to put them always in remembrance of his death; and such live in strife and arguing about outward things, and shadows, and come not to the substance Christ, which was before the world was made, in whom there is no strife but life and peace.

Now these were told by Paul they were reprobates [sin still lives in them], even though they had taken the bread and wine, and had the water, these were still reprobates, if [they could not evidence that] Christ to be in them; for bread and wine is not the flesh and blood of Christ who came down from above, which who eats of it lives forever; for people may eat of the bread made of corn, and drink of the wine made of grapes, and yet die reprobates, [sin still lives in them]
.

Site Editor's Comments. In John 6:27-28, Christ begins his "eat my flesh, drink my blood" discourse with this statement, Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes, but strive and work and produce rather for the food which endures unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him. I suggest a sect's sacrament of eating bread and drinking wine could hardly be described as "striving, working, and producing" food, but rather is a lazy man's substitute for a directly ordered labor that Christ sufficiently describes to lay to rest any contrary arguments. Christ further distinguishes: This is the Bread that came down from heaven. It is not like the manna which our forefathers ate, and yet died; he who takes this Bread for his food shall live forever. Christ ends with: It is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever.The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life, John 6:59-63. Clearly, his words, which we must labor to hear, by getting quiet to wait and listen, is the bread which we must eat, by listening, hearing, and obeying (repenting), Luke 6:47-48. All of the supposed sacraments are man's invention of an easy, ritualized, self-performed salvation that could hardly be described as the narrow gate, to which we must strive to enter, and which few will find for many embrace the broad, easy way that leads to destruction. To strive is to exert much effort or energy; few would argue that being wet with water, or eating bread and drinking wine or grape juice, is to labor with much effort or energy. Rather it forms a fantasy salvation of no effort, just ritual - I would include saying the "sinner's prayer" (say the magic words) to be just another superstitious invention of self-appointed evangelists, who are anxious to get credit for their imagined "saving" of souls.

In regard to eating bread and drinking wine, [or eating in general] we are to remember Christ's death for us, until he appears for the second time in our hearts. This eating and drinking while remembering Christ's dying for us, has been turned into a heathenish, superstitious, religious ceremony, which has distorted Christ's directions to us:

This is my body which is given for you: this do [eat] in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19

Another early Quaker, Stephen Crisp, wrote how Christ taught him the same:

This was given me at a time when the sense of my own unworthiness had so overwhelmed me in sorrow and anguish, that I thought myself unworthy of any of the creatures; forasmuch as I was out of the covenant of God, and hereupon was tempted to deny myself of them. Then did the hope of the resurrection of the just spring in me, and I was taught to wait on God, and to eat and drink in fear and watchfulness, showing forth the Lord's death till he should come to be raised to live and reign in me.

XXVI. Concerning the Sabbath Day

THe Jews kept the Sabbath day, a type, a sign of rest, that the man-servant, maid-servant, and strangers, and cattle, in which all might rest within their gates. A sign of Christ, that destroys the devil, the author of oppression, who gives rest to man and beast, and the whole creation, and brings it up into the blessed state which was in the beginning before man fell.

And now the saints meeting together on the first day of the week, that practice is not denied, but owned by us; for they that come to Christ, come to the first day before all things were made, and meet in the first as the Jews did in the last; but there is more in this.

XXVII. Concerning Godfathers, and Godmothers, and Sprinkling of Infants

Godfathers, and Godmothers, and sprinkling of infants, the scriptures are silent of such things, but instead say repent, teach and baptize.

XVIII. Of the word Trinity


Of the Word Trinity the scripture is silent; but the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the Water, Blood, and Spirit, which are one, that is owned by us, as was by the apostle, which did not give them other Names, as the world does.

Site Editor's Comments: Below is scripture's references to the three.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:
and these three are one. 1 John 5:7
, and

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD, Deu 6:4
.

The three persons Trinity, three persons of God, is a great blasphemy to the Jews and Muslims. Unfortunately it is a man-made invention of the Roman Catholic sect, without a single reference to it in the Bible; invented to explain the unexplainable to man's fleshly mind. God is light. God is a consuming fire. God is a spirit. Jesus is the sole expression of the glory of God. Christ is the image of the invisible God. Col.1:5-20.

Revelation 5:6 describes the Lamb [
obviously Christ] as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. and
These are the words of Him Who has the seven Spirits of God, Rev 3:1. and
there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Rev 4:5

So seven spirits can represent God and the Lamb or Christ; and this is the Holy Spirit. Fortunately no one yet has suggested there are seven gods; (or worse - seven spirits each for the three so-called persons, making twenty-one Gods - which is of course ridiculous). Perhaps you can see how erroneous a three person God is.


We know that natural light consists of seven different colors; infrared, red, orange, green, blue, violet, ultraviolet. The Light and Spirit, both names for God, are similarly made up of seven spirits of God that are still one; not seven different lights, not seven different Gods. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are similarly different manifestations of the same, one Spirit.

XXIX. Concerning the Ministry


They that receive of Christ, receive freely, and they are to give freely, pray freely, and preach freely; and the ministry is the gift of God, and is to be ministered freely, and a free people, and that which they do administer of their earthly things, is to be done freely of their own substance; for they that are ministers of the Spirit, of the life, and of the treasure of heaven, and of the gospel of the kingdom of heaven, of which they are heirs, that is to the eternal state of people, and the greater love in the life.

XXX. Concerning Days, and Times, and Meats, and Drinks

Days, times, meats, drinks and such like things, the kingdom of heaven stands not in, but in power, righteousness, faith, and joy in the Holy Ghost; and people are not to strive and persecute one another about these things, for the apostles gave no such command or example, that any should do so from them; but on the contrary, checks those that would do so, or keep people in such things.

XXXI. Concerning Marriages

Those who God joins together, let no man put asunder; and whom he does join together, it is with his power, an Immortal powerful Bond, above and beyond that state which is in the fall, where men may put together and put asunder, about earthly and outward things, and strive and fight about them. But this is in the defiled bed, out of the honorable state, which was in the beginning, where there was no hardness of heart; and Marriage in itself is not judged but owned, and all that are in the power, I say, it is honorable.

So all the vain words, all the vain customs, and all the needless idle words, which you are judged and accused for with the light, the witness in your own consciences, which does reprove you, forsake them, come out of them, into the new life, in which God is served; let your words be seasoned with grace, that by it your hearts may be established, that no corrupt communication come out of your mouths; for that which is corrupt, is contrary to the witness of God in your consciences, the light of Christ, that which reproves you. Therefore all the customs and fashions of the world, which grieve and quench the Spirit of God, forsake, and repent while you have time, and spend not your time as a tale [lie]. Come to the light, sleep not in sin, in darkness, in the separation from God, but prize your time while you have it, so man not come to say, you had time but now it is past; but mind the power of God, the light of Jesus, in which you may redeem it.

XXXII. Concerning False Prophets and Antichrists

False prophets and antichrists are much talked of in this part of the world called Christendom, and they bring the 7th Chapter and 24th Chapter of Matthew, and say, they are come but now.

To which I answer, Christ said they should come, that antichrist and false prophets should come; to the disciples He said they shall come to you, meaning His disciples; and he gave them the marks how they should know them: A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit, neither can a good tree bring forth evil fruit; but yet if it were possible, they should deceive the very elect. For they should have the sheep's clothing; but He told them that they should not go after them, for they were inwardly ravening wolves, having the sheep's clothing. And these were the antichrists, and false prophets, false Christs, and deceivers that ravened inwardly from the light, and so from the Seed, the true Christ. And as Christ said they should come to his disciples, before his disciples decease they did come; as may be read in John’s first Epistle, Chap. 4:1. and Chap. 2:18. Who said, Little children I write unto you, it is the last time whereof you have heard say that antichrist should come, even now are there many antichrists and false prophets already gone out into the world. So Christ had said before they should come, and his disciples said they were come, who went from them, being inwardly ravened from the spirit, which is sixteen hundred years since; and John which saw they were come, kept the saints to the anointing in them, and told them that they needed no man to teach them, but as that did teach them, they should continue in the Father and in the Son.

And so these antichrists, false prophets, wolves, false Christs, inward raveners, should bear briars, thorns, thistles, which Christ said should come his disciples said had come, which went forth from them into the world. And in the Revelation it is said, all the world went after them. So they went from the church-fellowship, the gospel; they went from the fellowship of the Spirit, being inwardly ravened from it; they went from the anointing within to teach; they went from the law in the heart the new covenant; they went from the kingdom within; they went from the Word in the heart to obey and do; they went from the light in the heart, which gives the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus.

And so they lost the pearl hid in the field, the Word in their hearts, and so the false prophets, going from the Apostles; in the Revelation, the world is going after them; so John wrote to the seven churches which were going astray suffering Jezebel to teach: and setting up idols, and such as said they were Jews and were not, but the synagogues of Satan. He goes on in his Revelation, until he comes to the 11th Chapter, where the Witnesses are slain, the two Olive Trees that bear the oil to anoint the nations; the two candlesticks that bears the light. And in the 12th of the Revelation, the woman, the true church, fled into the wilderness prepared for her by God, and to be fed there for a time, and times, and half a time: And in the 11th of the Revelation, The Dragon gave his power to the beast, and the beast with the dragons power made war with the saints, and killed those that were of the remnant of her seed, who kept the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy, which were in that the inwardly raveners were gone from. That all that dwelled on the earth worshipped the beast, and worshipped the dragon, and caused and compelled both small and great; and here came up the compelling to worship, then the false church the whore, got up upon the beast in the dragons power, and caused all nations to drink her cup; here came up the whore that went from the Apostles, out of their life, power and Spirit.

*the wine of her cup of fornication is the false promise of living in lusts and pride with no consequence of the fury of God. The false church, the whore, fornicates with the lusts, pleasures, pride, and affections of the world, and promises her followers salvation without having to become sin free.

And fornication was before the nations could be married to Christ, they took this whores cup of fornication, and the saints and martyrs which were not the inward raveners, which could not drink her cup; she drank their blood, even of the saints and prophets which kept the testimony of Jesus, which did not inwardly raven; and so such work as this has been set up these fifteen hundred years, killing and slaying. For these false prophets spread over all nations, as the apostles were to go over all nations; and these in this work work are the wolves in sheep's clothing made the inwardly raveners from the Spirit of God whose fruits are briars and thorns, and this work have they made since the apostles days, who have ravened from the life and power; having the sheep's word's, the scriptures, but not in the power which gave them forth; therefore are they so thorny and briary, who have worried and killed the Lambs, and compelled to worship, and forced about religion, and maintenance, which was not the work of the Apostles.

And so John said again, the beast would be taken, and the dragon, and the false prophet which deceived the nations, that Christ said should come, and John said was come, which went forth from them; and since the world has gone after them about this fifteen hundred years; which beast and false prophet shall be taken and cast into the lake of fire, and must deceive the nations no more.

And the whore, the Great Whore, which has compelled all nations to drink her cup of fornication, which has drunk the blood of the saints, should be taken even in her drunkenness, in whom the blood of the prophets and martyrs is; whose flesh must be burnt with fire; and Babylon shall be confounded, and all the merchants that trade with her shall howl and cry, alas, how is the great city fallen! for in this great city has been the trading, which must be cast down, and all the merchants of this great city have been the inwardly raveners from the Spirit of God, who have built up and thrown down. So to that which they ravened from, must all come, before the sheep's life can be known; and so the Witnesses are risen, and rising, which hold the light, and bear the oil to give light to the nations, and anoint them with the Spirit and power that the apostles were in, and fellowship and worship; and the cry begins, fear God, give glory to him; come out of her, my people, lest you be partakers of her plagues; and the reapers are going forth; and the prophets prophesy, witnessing the Lords Spirit poured forth upon them, as it was among the apostles, and the everlasting Gospel preached again to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.

XXXIII. The Peoples Objection

But several people speak one this manner, Have we not had a gospel all this while?

Answer: We say, No, you have had the sheep's clothing, being ravened from the Spirit, so not like to have the power to live in.

And the bride, the Lambs wife, is coming up out of the wilderness, where she has been fed of God a time, and times, and half a time, preparing for her husband; and the man child is brought forth to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and the Lamb and the saints, shall have the victory, glory in the highest; and the fellowship of the gospel, people are coming into, and gathering to the church of God, and into church-fellowship in the gospel, the power of God which was before the power of Satan was, which gospel was among the apostles in which was their fellowship; and this is church fellowship, and in the power of God they are over false prophets, over will-worshippers, over the dragon, over the false church and her worship, and have gotten them between us and the Apostles, which have gotten on the other side of them, and sees their coming up inwardly raveners from the Spirit, so went from the Truth as the devil did; and as the whore did, who is turned against them that are in the Truth. But here is the faith and patience of the saints, who sees the destruction of them: whore, beast, dragon, false prophets, by the hand and power of God; who knows the seed of God to reign over all, who is the first and the last.

XXXIV. Concerning Original Sin

The Original of Sin is the Devil, which Christ destroys. The original of righteousness is God, and Christ the righteousness of God, which last forever; and the worlds original, which is the tongues, the beginning of which is Babel, which makes divines,* as they say; which Pilate set over Christ; and the whore sits upon the waters, as in the Revelation, and John said, the waters are nations, multitudes, peoples, and tongues; which tongues the world calls original, to whom the Gospel must be preached before they are established.

*During Fox's time, the ministers claimed that if they studied Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, that resulted in them obtaining the divine tongues, which then equipped with heavenly understanding. Fox is ridiculing that, saying Pilate wrote in those three languages the sign he placed over Jesus' head on the cross; thus proving that the ministers had no divine aid by understanding their claimed original and divine languages.

And you must be redeemed from tongues, and tongues shall cease said the Apostle, and so from the worlds original, (which Babel is the beginning of, which keeps in Babylon,) are the saints redeemed.

(Site Editor's Note: The serpent told Eve, she could be like God, able to judge good and evil. And so our carnal minds were activated, where we make the decisions, based on our thoughts as to what we should or should not do, what we want or do not want, what is good and what is bad. We lost the direction of God. We lost the Spirit of God that guided us, and substituted our carnal mind, which is enmity with God. To be renewed back up into the image of God, to be restored back into union with God, our minds have to be destroyed, so our mind is renewed to once again be under the direction and submission the Spirit of God. And as the mind is destroyed, the Lord's guidance fills the void. When our selfish nature is slain, we will receive the Spirit of Christ, so that we will be obedient in our love for God - and our obedience is by choice, God not having taken away our free will. Love never insists on its own way. But our love for God will make our obedience to his wishes to be the joy of our life.

And this has been set up for the original among them which are inwardly ravened from the Spirit of God in Babylon, which the beginning of tongues were at Babel, in Nimrod that heretic's time, who did begin to build Babel.

So tongues make no divines, nor no ministers of Christ; for that which makes a divine is the Word, which redeems out of tongues which was before Babel was, in the beginning before the fall, which hammers down that which has corrupted man's nature, and brings up again into the divine nature.

And who are ministers of the Word and preachers of the Gospel, are in the power and Word which was before tongues were; and thus brings into church-fellowship that is in God, which them with their original, called tongues, do not; which must cease and be redeemed from; such bring not into the fellowship of God, nor worship of God, nor beyond Babel; for there ends the tongues.

But who come to the Word of God[Christ], and the gospel, come before they were, the many tongues were, and stand when they are gone. This is the Word of the Lord God to you all.

XXXV. Concerning Plots

Plots, insurrections, tumultuous meetings we are utterly against, whose lives are peace, and seeking the peace and good of all people upon the earth. And there was about thirty men made a tumult in England, who were called monarch people; which plot was wickedly charged against the people of God called Quakers, of which the monarch people cleared us at their death, and said there was none but themselves. And although we were innocent, the news-mongers put us in their news as raisers of sedition with the monarch people, and published us as plotters to the nations; but we are innocent, and the Lord forgive them, we do say.

XXXVI. Concerning the Jew outward, and the heathen that does the law;
the Christian in the power, and the Christian out of the power


The circumcised Jews in the flesh which had the law; the uncircumcised heathen, which had not the law, did the things contained in the law, and this was better than the Jews, and more sober and moderate; and so the Jew inward in the spirit is better than the Jew outward in the flesh; and also the Christian in the power, light, and seed of God, is better then the Christian in the form of godliness without the power, and is more moderate and patient.

XXXVII. Concerning Christ the Covenant of God


Christ the covenant of God who was prophesied of, in which prophesy it is said, I will give him for a light, a covenant to the Gentiles, and he shall be my salvation to the ends of the earth, and a new covenant to the house of Israel, and to the house of Judah. So this is to all people, them that were called the people of God and the heathen; and this is the covenant of light that John came for a witness, to bear witness of, which enlightens every man that comes into the world, which, as many as receive him, who has all power in heaven and earth committed to him, to them he gives power to become the sons of God. And this is the light which people are to believe in, through which they may become the children of God; and this is the light that shines in the darkness, and out of the darkness in the heart, which gives the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ, from where it comes; and this is the light which they that love darkness hate, and will not come unto it, because it reproves them. And by this covenant of light to the gentiles, which is the salvation to the ends of the earth, we gentiles are made Christians, and have salvation, and by believing in it have become children of light, and by receiving it, we have the power to become the Sons of God; and they that have it, and love the darkness rather than the light, and will not come to it because it reproves them, it is their condemnation. And the lying priests and professors say, we deny the scriptures, we deny the resurrection, and Christ and his body; and that we foam at the mouth, and that we bewitch people, and tie ribbons about their arms; which things are all utterly false and lies, from their father the devil the author of them, who is out of the Truth; in which Truth we are, though slandered by them who are of the father of lies, and have all manner of evil cast upon us; but we are in the Truth, we can rejoice, praised be the Lord that lives forever.

 

XXXVIII. Concerning Swearing and OATHS.

The Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Apostles, of the martyrs is risen again, which gives testimony against Swearing and Oaths.

There were no oaths at all imposed upon man before the fall, but only since the fall, for under the law after the fall; and among the Jews; oaths and commandments were given. To which Christ (by whom the world was made, which was before the fall, which is the Oath of God, which oaths in the fall were types ) who put an end to strife, and brings into quietness and peace, and binds to God without oaths, which Christ put an end to.

And, Christ himself, the Oath of God, puts an end to all oaths, and brings into the land of quietness and rest, the spiritual Canaan, and puts and end to strife, and destroys the devil the author of strife, he who is the rest, the Way, Truth and the life, who brings again to God, and is the covenant of God in man, has peace with God, which destroys that which led from God and from Christ; and he himself said, Swear not at all, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath. He who restores man into that state in which he was in the beginning before the fall, who restores into the image of God. And so in the restoration there are no oaths to be used, nor swearing, according to his own doctrine; But yes, yes, and no, no, was to be used among men in all their Communications, and what is more then this, is evil, Mat 5:34-37; So that swearing now is evil. And this is the doctrine of him who restores people into that state in which man was in in the beginning; who is the Substance, who put an end to Figures. And his disciple James in the 5th chapter of his epistle, who followed his counsel (who is an everlasting counselor) faith, and this was the manner among them who followed the doctrine and command of Christ in the above. But in all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, nor by earth, nor by any other oath, lest you fall into condemnation: but let your yes, be yes, and your no, be no. And this was the manner among
them who followed the Doctrine and Command of Christ in the restoration, who were built upon the true foundation, which was first laid in the primitive times among the true brethren; and was publicly held forth which manner and custom, doctrine and command of Christ Jesus and the Apostles in the primitive times, many of the martyrs followed, held forth, and practiced among those who were degenerated and apostatized from the life and power of Christ and the Apostles, although they profess the words. And now the Spirit of Christ is risen again, and of the Apostles, and saints as in the primitive times, and the Spirit of the martyrs, who bear witness against all oaths and all sort of swearing whatsoever, that were used among the heathens, Jews, and apostatized Christians, both privately and publicly, and binds to yes, and no, in all manner of communication, as Christ and the Apostles taught, and the saints and martyrs practiced, knowing, that whatsoever is more than yes, and no, is evil; and such who Swear, are condemned according to Christ and the Apostles' doctrine.

So we say again, that the Spirit of Christ, the Apostles, and martyrs is risen again, who has been dead, and is dead, in and among the apostates, who have the form, but deny the power, from whom we have turned away. But now its risen again, and lives among us: glory and honor be given to God through Jesus Christ, who has restored to the beginning, into the image of God in which man was in before he fell, before oaths were.

For Example. Read the Book of Genesis, and there you may see that there was no command given to Adam and Eve before the fall, concerning swearing, neither from Christ, who restores man again, and who puts an END to OATHES, before the law, and under the law, and prophets both, whom the angels (which swear) worship, for Christ said, Swear not at all, who is Lord and Master, so it is better to obey him than man, and in all your communication let your yes, be yes, and your no, be no; for whatsoever is more than this comes of Evil, said he who restores, even Christ.

And in the second example, consider the Apostles, who did according to the command and doctrine of Christ, who said, Above all things, my brethren, swear not at all, lest you fall into condemnation, Jam 5. But let your yes, be yes, and your no, no, in all your communication.

And although there was Swearing among the Jews, and other nations and heathens, before the apostatized Christians used toswear, nevertheless the Apostles and the brethren obeyed, and they must obey the doctrine and the command of Christ, for if Christ command one thing, and man another, it is better to obey the Lord Jesus Christ, the life, who is the restorer, savior, andredeemer, than men.

This is the WORD of the LORD GOD to you all.

XXXIX. Concerning the WORD of GOD, and the Original, what it is.

Blessed are all those whose minds are staid upon the Lord, for they shall be kept in perfect peace; so where the mind is staid upon the Lord, there is perfect peace, for it is a whole peace which cannot be broken. So here is not only a perfect peace, but a blessing; a perfect peace which comes from the God of all peace, that bruises the serpent's head under your feet, (the troubler) and the blessings which comes from the blessed God. So all imperfect peace may be broken, that is when the mind is staid upon any creature, or in any creature (and not upon the Creator) or in any outward things. Goods, houses, lands or inventions of the vanities, in the foolish vain fashions, which the lust of the eye, and the pride of life go into, which will defile it and corrupt it, when any of these things fail, and are not according to your mind, it being in them, then your peace is broken, and you are cross, and brittle, and envy gets up; so this is not a perfect peace, but is a broken peace, and then you have the trouble and not the blessing; and the reason is, because your minds are in the creatures, and the outward things, and are not staid upon the creator, where the perfect peace is, and the blessing, where nothing can get between you and the Lord. And this is below Job to have the mind in the creatures, and visible things, for when you are tried, and creatures fail you, you are crossed, and troubled, that shows an imperfect state. For God said, that Job was a perfect man; and when that the Lord allowed him to be tried, and when that his goods and houses were thrown down, and driven away, and servants killed, he said, Blessed be the name of the Lord, for the Lord gave and the Lord takes; here his mind was stayed upon the Lord, and he retained his peace. When his children were destroyed, and his wife said to him, what, do you continue in your integrity still? Curse God and die; he rebukes her, and calls her, A foolish woman: and said unto her, Shall I receive good of the Lord and not evil? Naked came I out of my Mothers womb, and naked I must return again. Here Job kept his integrity still, and did not all this while offend with his lips. Now many of you who think highly of yourselves, and above Job; but if your Goods and children should be after the same manner taken away, (whose mind is in them), you would be found in a troubled brittle state, far below Job. And when Job's friends came to reason with him, who kept his integrity, and would no way yield to them, they called him an hypocrite, and said, he denied prayer, and filled his belly with east-wind, and said, What shall mortal man be more pure than his Maker? Shall man that is born of a woman be just? God charges his Angels with folly, and the heavens are not clear in his sight. These are the scriptures the priests use to bring against friends (who keep their integrity) as Job's friends did against him; but at the last the Lord commanded Job to offer a sacrifice for his friends, because they had sinned, and spoken not right, as Job had, who was perfect and kept his integrity. The Apostle said to the saints, That he had learned in all conditions to be content. Mark, in all conditions, but this was when he was Paul, not when he was Saul, running up and down with his packet of letters, haling the saints before the rulers like a Praetor; then he was not content, neither with his own condition, nor others. But when he came to learn of Christ, which destroys the devil and his works, which teaches to know all things, then in all things he learned to be content; so that you know that there is learning, learns, and learned; as a child when he is learning, has learned, and become learned is three states; so Paul had learned in all conditions to be content; and who was his schoolmaster but Christ, by whom all things were made, not of man, nor by man (out of the truth;) so while he learned of men, and by men, he was not content; neither are any others.

Therefore all are to learn of Christ the light, the life, and the truth, that you may come to that condition, to have learned in all conditions to be content, and not to trust in uncertain riches, for they have wings and will flee away; and so he is never counted a wise man that will put any confidence in that which will flee away from him; for those are the heirs of the earth and the world that load themselves with thick clay, that they may set their nests on high; but those who are heirs of Christ, and of the power of an endless life, trust in the living God, and come to possess an everlasting inheritance of the power of an endless life, and come to increase in the riches of the everlasting inheritance, and there lay up riches that are everlasting, which will abide for ever. So therefore mind every one God's word in your hearts, and in your mouths, and obey it and do it; and be not of them that are saying in their hearts, who shall ascend or descend to fetch him from above? Keep down that sayer under reproof, and then your ears will be open to that which the righteousness of faith said, The Word is near you, in your heart, and in your mouth, so thou need not to say, who shall ascend or descend, and that was the Word which the messengers of God preached, and do preach, and rebuke the gainsayer.

And so all people seeing the devil has made the world like a wilderness, and there is so many ways in it, that they do not know which way to come out, nor which to follow. Therefore this is my answer to you all, take David's lantern and candle; you may say, "What is that, and where is it?" I say it is within you, the Word of God. You may say, people do not carry lanterns and candles in the daytime, but in the night.

I say, you are in the night of darkness, and therefore the Word is called a lantern and candle to you, by which you may see the way of the Lord which is perfect, from all men's ways which are imperfect; by which you may see the path of the just to be a shining light, from all the unjust paths that are in the darkness; for by this Word did David come to outstrip his teachers, who was made wiser than them all, so it will you, if you obey it; for by this Word he saw Christ, and called him Lord. Therefore he loved the Word and hid it in his heart; for by it he spoke so many glorious expressions, which the world since has turned into meter, and made Songs or Ballads of them. This was the Word that came to Abraham, which made him forsake his national religion and worship, and obey the Lord; and this was the Word that came to Jacob the shepherd; by which he saw Christ, and prophesied of him to his sons on his death-bed, when he said to Judah, The law should not depart from between his feet until Shiloh came, (meaning Christ) and the gathering of all nations should be to him, as it is at this day, the gathering is to Christ, and this was the Word that came to Moses the shepherd, when he was keeping sheep, which he obeyed, and went to Egypt, and brought the children of Israel out of Egypt; by which Word he was made a minister; and when the children of Israel were come out of Egypt into the wilderness, told them, They need not go for the Word beyond the seas, etc. for it was near them, in their hearts and mouths, to obey it and do it. And this was, the Word that made Moses a prophet, who prophesied of Christ, and said, Like unto him God would raise up a prophet, him should they hear in all things: mark, (HEAR in all things) we are to be ordered both inward and outward, for hearing Christ, by whom all things were made; And every one that would not hear this prophet (Christ) should be cut off; for how should they continue or reign?

This was the Word that came to Samuel, and made him a prophet, who spoke to Ely the priest, and reproved his Sons, and the children of Israel. This was the Word that made Saul to prophesy, and Balaam, though they erred from it. This was the Word that made all the prophets to prophesy, and to reprove the kings of Israel, and their priests, of their superstition and idolatrous ways, in setting up groves, and images in high places; and reproved all their monthly prognostications, who spoke and acted from them, and not from the Lord.

This was the Word that came to Isaiah, by which he prophesied of Christ, and of his preaching, and of his sufferings and by which Word he reproved the shepherds, which were as greedy dumb Dogs, could never have enough, seeking their gain from their Quarter: and by this Word he saw, that all the children of God should be taught of God, and established in Righteousness and Peace; and though many tongues should rise up in judgment against them, yet those that were taught of God should condemn them all, this power should be given to his children. And many weapons formed against them should not prosper, God would restrain them. Also he saw those who were cast out, that trembled at Gods Word, to whom God would appear to their glory, and to the shame and to the confounding of those who cast them out for his Names sake, as it is at this day.

And this was the Word of God that made Jeremiah a prophet, by which he saw the new covenant, by which Word he was said to reprove the people and princes, of the filthy and horrible thing committed in the Land, that the priests preached for hire, and the prophets prophesied falsely: and for reproving them for their superstition and idolatry, they struck him, and put him in the Stocks, and Prison, and persecuted him in the Dungeon, till his Persecutors were carried into Captivity. And by the Word Jeremiah saw the number of seventy years of his persecutors being in Babylon's captivity.

Elijah by the Word was made a prophet, and by the Word reproved Ahab and Jezebel for their idolatry, and worshiping of images. For which Words sake they persecuted him, and the rest of the prophets; and was not he fed of the ravens by the river. Did not they seek to take away his life; and did not he think all the Lords prophets had been killed, and he was left alone? Yet did not the Lord say to him, he had reserved so many Thousands that had not bowed the knee to Baal? And Elisha the plowman by the Word was made a prophet, and forsook his plough; and by the Word reproved the idolatry in his age of priests and people.

And by the Word was Ezekiel made a prophet, by which Word he reproved the shepherds of Israel, that made a prey upon the people, and taught them for the Fleece; and by the Word he saw that God would bring the people from them, that they should be made a pray upon no longer; and would gather them from their mouths, and set one shepherd over them, Christ, which is witnessed; and by the Word he reproved false prophets, that taught for handfuls of barely, and pieces of bread, and daubed with untempered mortar, and sewed pillows under the armholes; and by the Word he saw the pattern of the temple, and the return of the Jews.

And by the Word Daniel was made a prophet, and saw Christ and his kingdom, and how the saints should take his kingdom; and by the Word he saw such that should rise up against the people of God; and by the Word he numbered the years of Christ to his time 499 years, and of his, death and how he should end the sacrifices; and how that Christ should bring up everlasting righteousness, and put an end to sin and end the prophets, and seal up their visions.

And by the Word Micah was made a prophet, by which he cried against the priests that preached for hire, and the prophets that prophesied for money, and the judges that judged for rewards, and such as preached peace to the people, that put in their mouths, (like the priests in these times) and when they did not, they prepared war against them, and chopped their flesh and, gnawed their bones, (as the priests in this day and time have done) but Micah saw by the Word that the sun was gone down upon such prophets and priests, and they should have no vision nor answer from God; therefore such are against revelations and visions, on whom the sun is set, and gone down upon, and then the night comes upon them.

And by the Word was Amos the herdsman made a prophet, who was a gatherer of fruits, and likewise all the rest of the prophets, who spoke forth divine things and reproved the superstition and idolatry in their time and day. And by the Word did all the prophets speak forth divine things, which Word brought them into the divine nature and mind, which Word hammered and cut down that which corrupted their natures; and this was the Word that made so many fisher-men preachers of the Gospel, which is the power of God.

And this was the Word which made Matthew the toll gatherer, Luke the physician, and Paul the tentmaker, ministers and preachers of the gospel and power of God. And this was the Word which made Peter to see Joel's prophesy, how that God would power out his spirit upon all flesh, and sons and daughters should prophesy, and young men should see visions, and old men Dream Dreams, and the powering forth of the spirit upon servants and hand-maids, that everyone should have something to speak to the glory of God. And now the priests and proud prelates, and bishops, and popes, though you have made a trade of the saints words, and the apostles and prophets words, and gotten a deal of money by them, (which were fishermen's and shepherds' words, from the Word); yet nevertheless if a company of shepherds, herdsmen, fishermen, tent-makers, and toll-gatherers should come among you to preach, you would say: Away with these mechanic fellows, they have not served seven years apprenticing at the colleges, which we have set up to make ministers; therefore they are not to set up, because they have not served their apprenticing.

What say the shepherds, tentmakers, physicians and toll gatherers? Do you make a trade of our friends words, who were of our occupation, that never served apprenticing in colleges, before they spoke forth the words you make a trade of? what, will you make a trade of our friends words, who were of our occupation! Away with you to work, and away with your colleges: for our brother Paul the tent-maker said, If you will not work, you must not eat. For, would you own Christ if he had come in your day? who was called, A carpenters son. You popes with your triple crowns, and you lord bishops with your coaches and fat horses, and gorgeous apparel, with your black Coats, and white coats, and girdles. Are you like to entertain him who is called, a carpenters son? or to cast him and his mother into the manger in your stables?

This was the Word by which John the evangelist saw Christ, which did enlighten every man that came into the world, and saw how he became flesh, and came to his own, and his own did not receive him: but to as many as received Christ the light, to them he gave power to become the Sons of God; which all they that are ministers of the letter, made by the seven years Colleges, and not the Word, hate the light.

And by this Word, the minister of the Word preaches Christ's Word, life, death and resurrection: And therefore as John said in his epistle, That which our eyes have seen, our hands have handled, and our ears have heard of the Word of life, do we preach unto you; that which was from the beginning, in the beginning was the Word, though since the beginning were the words and letters for the scriptures of truth are the words of God, and the words of Christ; and he that adds to words (said John the regarding the book of Revelation, [for the Bible hadn't even been printed yet] ) God shall add unto him the plagues, that are written in this book [Revelation].

So the Word was in the beginning, and Christ's name is called, The Word of God, but Christ is neither called scriptures nor writings, for scriptures signify writings. So, In the beginning was the Word, since the in beginning were not writings and scriptures. In the beginning was the Word; after the beginning have been all false ways, false churches, false teachers; and in the Word you comprehend them all. The priest said, That Hebrew, Greek and Latin were the Original, the many languages, and the many languages began at Babel, which Nimrod the Hunter before the Lord, (began to build) after God had destroyed the old world with water: then he would build a tower which should reach to heaven; then God came down and confounded them into many languages. So he hunted before the Lord, but the Lord followed him, and confounded him in all his work, as he will do all the builders that run before him; and so all the priests that have gotten the many languages, which began at Babel, they tell simple ignorant people, that they have the original, and are the orthodox men, and get in a different habit [dress] from them, and say the Quakers are a simple people, and despise the learned orthodox men who have the original.

Give ear O people, if these languages which came up at the confounding of Babel are the priests original that makes them orthodox and divine, then Pilate that crucified Christ was as good an orthodox divine as they; for when he crucified Christ he wrote a paper in Hebrew, Greek and Latin, and set a top of him, he was as ignorant of scripture and of orthodox and divine matters as you, and you as he; and the Apostle said, That tongues must cease, then that which makes orthodox men and divine, as you say, must cease, according to the apostle's doctrine; and so then tongues neither are the original, nor make orthodox nor divine: and John that gave forth the Revelation said, That the whore and the beast are set upon tongues, and the everlasting gospel must be preached again to all kindreds and tongues; which were before Babel was, who was the first beginner of tongues.

Now it is clear that the Gospel must be preached to all nations and tongues, and that tongues are not the original, neither do they make divines or orthodox men; but it is clear that it is the Word which was in the beginning which makes divines; yes, tradesmen, which are base and contemptible in the eyes of the proud, and them that have gotten Babel's tongues, who are confounded by the ministers of the Word, which was in the beginning before Babel was; for all the earth was of one language and speech before Babel. And you who call yourselves orthodox men made by tongues, and say that is your original, who are so blind and cannot see that there was an original before Babel was; for did not Enoch the prophet, the seventh from Adam, who prophesied in the od world before it was destroyed, and long before Babel was, concerning the coming of Christ in ten thousand of his saints, as in Jude; and Lamech prophesied in the Old world concerning Noah, and Adam and others might be instanced, before your tongues which you call your original were: and so we say that the Word of God is the original, which fulfills the scriptures, and the Word is what makes divines, which is called a hammer, but it is a living hammer; and a sword and fire, but a living sword and a fire, to hammer, cut, and burn up that which separated and kept man from God, by which Word man is reconciled again to God, which is called The word of reconciliation; by this Word are men and women sanctified and made clean, and this is the Word that makes both men and woman divines, and brings them into the divine nature, which hammers and cuts down that which corrupted their nature; and by this Word are they brought into a divine wisdom, understanding, knowledge, spirit and power. And this is the Word that lives, and abides, and endures for ever, by which the saints are born again of the immortal seed and Word of God, who feed upon the milk of the Word, up into a divine life, wisdom and understanding, and divine nature; and by this Word they do see all flesh to be as grass, and as the flower of the field that fades; and the Word of God that lives, and abides, and endures for ever, which is Christ, whose name is called, the Word of God.

And so to keep the Word of patience, which is over all the impatient spirits, and then you will know the Word of life, the Word of patience and Word of wisdom is everlasting, and abides and endures for ever; which all they that are in the letter, out of the life and Word, have neither patience to themselves, nor others; for the Word of patience, and the Word of life, which is to be kept in all tribulations was before death and impatient spirits were.

XL. Concerning the Heathen Idolaters Naming their Days and Months.

THE old Pagan- Saxons in their idolatry, were the first that brought in the names of the days, which those called Christians, have retained to this day; for they adored idols, and unto them offered sacrifices, and worshipped the planets. See Vestigans Antiq. and Cambdens Brit.

As touching the idols which these Saxons adored they were many; and though they had many, yet seven among the rest, they especially appropriated unto the seven days of the week.

That day which is the first day of the week, they worshiped the idol of the sun, which was placed in a temple, and there sacrificed unto, and to the special adoration of which idol they gave the name of Sunday.

The second day of the week, they dedicated to the idol of the moon, and from what source, these called Christians retain the name of Monday instead of Moonday.

The next was the idol of the planets, was the idol of Tuisco, who was the first and highest man of name among the Germans, unto whom the name of Tuesday was especially dedicated.

The next was the idol Woden, whom the Saxons honored for their God of battle; and after this idol, these called Christians do yet call the fourth day of the week Wednesday, instead of Woddensday,

The next was the idol Thor, from where the name Thursday, is retained, instead of the fifth day of the week.

The next idol was the goddess Friga, to which idol they dedicated the sixth day of the week, and called it Friday;
which is retained to this day.

The last was the idol Seater, from where is called the seventh day, Saturday.

And as these called Christians, have followed the heathens examples in naming their days, so they follow them in naming their months; for the heathen they called Mars the god of battle, and from there they called the first [March was the first month in the Julian calendar] month March. And Venus they called the goddess of love and beauty, and from that they called the second month April. And Maja a heathen goddess called Flora and Cloris, were called the goddesses of flowers, unto Maja the heathen idolaters used to sacrifice; from that was the third month called May: And upon the first day of the same month, they used to keep Floralia, Feasts to the two Goddesses of flowers ( viz. ) Flora and Cloris; and Flora was a strumpet in Rome, that used on the first day of that month, to set up a May-pole before her door to entice her lovers; from where came May-poles and May -Day to be since observed, by these called Christians.

And Juno whom the heathen called the goddess of kingdoms and wealth, from this Juno, the forth month was called June.

And Julius Cesar a Roman emperor, in honor to him, was the fifth month called July.

And in honor to Augustus Cesar, an emperor, was the sixth month called August. And four of the other months are called after the latin names, as September for the seventh month, October for the eighth, November for the ninth, December for the tenth.

And one Janus a King of Italy, was for his wisdom pictured with two faces, whom they honored as God; and from this name Janus, was the eleventh month called January.

And Saturnus, Pluto, Februs, were called the gods of hell, who the heathen said, had the rule of evil spirits there; and from Pluto Februs, was the twelfth month called February. And by all these idolatrous names, do these called Christians, call their days and months, to this day, which is contrary to the scriptures, the prophets and the apostles.

The Saxons also had a goddess, (whom they sacrificed to in the month of April ) called Eoster; hence they called April, Eoster month, and hence in process of time came Easter. Page 135. Camb. Brit.

XLI. Concerning Singing of Psalms

Psalms began to be sung about three hundred eighty three years after Christ, brought in by Damasins Bishop, though not turned into meter.

Benedistus an Abbot of the Monastery of Peter and Paul at Wirr, brought with him from Rome one John the Arch-Chanter, who first taught in England how to sing in the Quire, after the manner of Rome. Act. & Mon. vol. 1. page 164. Anno, 724.

Laws made by the Saxon Kings in England, concerning singing Psalms.

In the year seven hundred forty seven, at the beginning of King Edgberts reign, the Synod of Bishops disputed the profit of singing of Psalms in the church, and made a decree, that with a modest voice, they should sing in the church so called. In the year nine hundred twenty four, King Ethelston, alias, Atelston, made a law that fifty Psalms should be daily sung in the church, as he called it, for the King.

Beza being much diverted with poetry, made his pastime to become a part of the vulgar devotion; hence they have been stilled by some geneva-Jigs. These are the express words of the Injunction, given to the clergy and laity by Queen Elizabeth:

Item, Because in several collegiate, and also some parish-churches heretofore, there has been livings appointed for the maintenance of men and children, to use singing in the church, by means whereof, the laudable science of music has been had in estimation, and preserved in knowledge; the Queen wills and commands, that first no alteration be made of such assignments of living, a heretofore has been appointed to the use of singing or music in the church, but that the same so remain, and that there be a modest and distinct song so used in all parts of the common prayer in the church, that the same may be as plainly understood, as if it were read without singing. And yet nevertheless, for the comforting of such as delight in music, it may be permitted that in the begriming or end of common prayers, either at morning or evening, there may be sung an hymn, or such like song, to the praise of Almighty God, in the best sort of melody or music, that may be conveniently devised.

XLII. A Warning to all to keep out of the fashions of the world, which lead them below the serious life;
and not to fashion themselves according to the world.

(This is also in the Letters as #250)

Friends keep out of the fashions of the world, let not your eyes, and minds, and spirits run after every fashion (in apparel of the nations) for that will lead you from the solid life, into a full stomach, with that spirit that leads to follow the fashions of the nations, every fashions of apparel that gets up; but mind that which is sober and modest, and keep your fashions; therein you may judge the world, whose minds and eyes are in that, what they shall put on, and what they shall eat; and friends that see the world so often alter their fashions, and follow them, and run into them, in that they cannot judge the world, but the world, will rather judge them: Therefore keep all in the modesty, and plainness, and fervency, and sincerity, and be circumspect; for they that follow those things the world's spirit invents daily, cannot be solid; and many fashions might be instanced, both of hats and clothes of men and women, that daily are invented, which they that run into them, are near unto the world's spirit, and their eyes are gazing after them, when they should be upon the Lord, from whom they should receive judgment: Therefore all keep down that spirit of the world that runs into so many fashions to please the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life: And fashion not your selves according to your former lust of ignorance; and let the time past be sufficient, which you have lived according to the lusts of men and the course of the world, that the rest of your time you may live to the will of God, taking no though what you shall eat, what you shall drink or what you shall put on; therein your lives may judge the heathens and that you may be as the lilies; for nothing you brought into the world, neither any thing shall you take out: and therefore, while the eye is gazing after every new fashion, and the mind and desire is thirsting to get it, when it has it, it lifts up its mind, and so brings himself under the judgment of them that be in the sober life, and of the world also, and to be like one of them: Therefore take heed of the world's fashions, lest you be molded up into their Spirit, and that will bring you to slight truth, and lift up the wrong eye, and wrong Mind, and wrong Spirit, and hurt and blind the pure eye, and pure mind, and quench the Holy Spirit; and through such foolish toys, and fashions, and fading things, you may lose your conditions: And therefore take heed of the world, and trust not in uncertain riches, neither covet the riches of this world, but seek the kingdom of God, and the righteousness thereof and all outward things will follow; and let your minds be above the costly and vain fashions of attire, but mind the hidden man of the heart, which is a meek and quiet spirit, which is of great price with the Lord, and keep to justice and truth in all your dealings, and tradings; at a word, and the form of sound words, in the power of the Lord, and equity in yes and no in all your dealings, that your lives and conversations may be in heaven, and above the earth, that they may preach to all that you have to deal withal; so that you may be as a city set on a hill that cannot be hid, and as Lights of the world, answering the equal principle in all, that God in all things may be glorified; So that you may pass your time here with fear, as pilgrims and strangers, and sojourners, as having an eye over all things that be uncertain, as cities, houses, lands, goods, so, as things below, they that possess, as if they did not; and they that marry, as if they did not; yet as having a city whose maker and builder is God, and a possession on of an inheritance that will never fade away, in which you have riches that will abide with you eternally.

XLIII. Some QUERIES given forth to the ministers or people to Answer if they can.

1. Have any of you the same Spirit and power as the prophets and apostles had?

2. Or have you the same revelation and inspiration, and Spirit of prophesy, and pouring forth of the Holy Spirit; or do you own the pouring forth of the Spirit upon sons and daughters, and is not this the last time in which it should be poured out, and the sons and daughters should prophesy, and old men dream dreams, and young men see visions?

3. Or have you heard God's voice, and Christ's voice immediately from heaven, or are you some of them the Lord never sent, nor spoke unto? Answer me these Queries.

4. Do you own that Christ that died at Jerusalem to be the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world; and that they are all enlightened by him either to their salvation or condemnation?

5. What and where is that which must give the knowledge of God; is it within people, or without them? Answer me according to plain scripture.

6. Do you teach or preach that while a man is upon the earth, he may be freed from sin, and the body of death, and imperfection, and shall be perfect while he be upon earth; or do you keep people in the state of your father Adam and mother Eve in the fall, or do you bring them to the state before they fell, and so to Christ that shall never fall? Which of these states do you bring them to, and keep your flock in, in Adam and Eve in the fall, or Adam and Eve before they fell, or in Christ that shall never fall; you must keep your flock in one of these three states, and which of them is it? Have you brought any of your flock whom you have driven to that condition and state, they need no man to teach them, that is to the anointing in them, the law in their hearts, whereby they need not say one to another, know the Lord, that is to the light of Christ that shines in their hearts to give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus, and how many have you brought there?

7. What is the mother of harlots, and what is the beast she rides upon, and what are the people, nations, and multitudes, and tongues the whore sits upon, and what is Mystery Babylon, and what is the woman that went into the wilderness, what was her time she was to be there, and what is the beast and dragons worship, and what is a will-worship, and what is it to worship angels, and what is that which leads nature into its course, and so to the glory of the first body, and what is the glory of the second body, and what is that which leads nature out of its course, and so sets the whole course of nature on fire?

8. What is the ground of that which keeps in good manners, and what is that which corrupts them, and what is the righteousness the world is reproved of, and what are the judgments, and what is that which leads the saints into all truth, and does everyone have the Spirit of God; and whether bowing, bending, doffing hats, scraping, cringing, saying you to one, be the honor that comes from above, or what is it, and where comes it, and whether this before mentioned does not stand in that nature, part and principle, which is on fire, if it has not these things, and therefore whether or not these things do proceed from that which leads nature into its Course, or out of its Course, and what is it that defaces the glory of the first body?

9. Whether or not you own trembling and quaking at the Word of God?

10. Seeing you look upon yourselves to different from many, and to be above them, let us see the basis of your self-esteem, and in what it is manifest?

11. What is self-righteousness, and what is man's righteousness, and the righteousness that is as filthy rags? Distinguish these one from another, or whether they be all one; for our righteousness is that which was before Adam was, whom you in scorn calls Quakers?

12. Whether ever any of you came to see so far as did Balaam's Ass, who saw the Angel of the Lord?

13. What are the graves, and the tombs, and the sepulchers, and the fowls of the air, and the nests they sit in, which Christ spoke of? Answer.

14. Whether or not to pay tithes or receive tithes, is not to deny Christ Jesus to have come in the flesh; and to deny Christ to be offered up, the offering once for all; and was not theirs of the tithes a heave-offering; and was not that offering to be ended by Christ offering up himself; and had not the priests a commandment to take tithes of the people, of their brethren; and do not you transgress the law of God, which take them from those you do not call brethren [in 17th Century England tithes were assessed like taxes in a geographic area to all who lived there]; and was not the widows, fatherless, and strangers to have a part of the tithes; and was every priest and Levite, and them that was to have a part of them, to have a particular tithe barn; and were tithes to be sold; and was there any who owned the right to a tithe revenue; and whether they do not hold up the priests of the Jews, and their law and Commandments, that take tithes and give tithes, and so denies Christ the priest, in holding up the Jew's priests.

15. And whether or not MELCHISEDECK did take tithes of all other nations that were under him, or any other spoil, but once of ABRAHAM; and whether he had a command for doing it, or whether it was an example?

16. And whether the Jews did take tithes of the Canaanites, or any of those nations that lived among them, or of any people where ever they came, that they had the power over, that was not of them?

17. You that speak so much of Christ's reigning, whether or not your swords are beaten into plowshares, and your spears into pruning-hooks, that you do not learn war any more; that nation shall not lift up a sword against nation; and whether or not this ministration should be among Christians, seeing that it was Christ's doctrine, that they should love one another, and love Enemies; and he told Peter to put up his sword: and the apostle said, their weapons were spiritual.

Secondly, does not Peter say, That the heavens must receive Christ Jesus until the time of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of his prophets since the world began, Act. 3. Now do you look at restoring of things; then by what does Christ restore, whether by his light and power within people or without them, seeing the sin is within them, and whether or not Christ does not remain in the heavens until all things be restored; and whether or not Christ does now reign; and whether or not he is restoring; and then by what (as I said before) does he restore, seeing he is in the heavens, and must remain in the heavens until all things be restored, and whether or not some were not restored, when they sat in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Eph 2:6. And whether or not he that remains in the heavens, is not also manifest in men, who are restored and lives, and walks, and reigns in him?

Answer this, you that talk of a personal reign.

18. What is that voice of Christ which his sheep hears and knows from all false voices, and all that hear cannot endure any more to hear the voice of a stranger, hireling or thief?

19. What or where is the Word that people shall hear behind them, saying, This is the way, walk in it, when they turn to the right hand or the left; or what the word of faith that none needs to say, Who shall ascend to heaven, or into the depth to seek, Christ from above or below, but was near in their hearts; and is not the same now?

Answer in Writing the things Queried.

George Fox

XLIV. Concerning the MINISTRY

The true ministry of Christ we own and witness, and the ministers and messengers of Christ we own and witness, but those who have gotten the letter and form to trade with, which was spoken forth freely, and denies the life and power, those we deny, their ministry, and all those who go to get human learning, and are certain years as it were serving a apprenticeship, pretending to study divinity, and when their time is expired, they go among ignorant blind people, and gets a certain place, and certain wages, and so sells that which they studied and got into the brain, and those which receive it, gets it into the brain, and so they live upon dust which is the serpents meat, feeding upon the tree of knowledge both priest and people, Mic. 3:10, death feeding death, and with the notion begets into the notion, and feeding the carnal mind with the carnal letter; and this is the cause why drunkards, swearers, liars, proud, covetous, envious, wrathful and contentious ones, and all unrighteous persons, hath gotten the letter to talk of, or discourse of, though in the ale-house, or tippling-house; but this ministry works no reformation, only hath the form, and leads into the form, and denies the life and power, which is neither to be bought nor sold for money; so from such we turn away, who come by the will of man, are approved by the will of man, and are upheld by the will of man, and not by the will of God: And their call and ministry we deny, which is mediate, and formal imitation, and the invention of man, and so mere delusion, and this is the cause why the Land so overflows with iniquity, and all manner of ungodliness, and no better reformation wrought amongst them, their ministry is so dark, and dead, and cold, and yet the land full of teachers, and yet the people lost for want of teaching, Jer 23:29-32, and so they spend their money for that which is not bread, and their labor for that which profits not, Isa. 35:2. But who can witness an immediate call by God, from their outward callings and countries, lands, livings and possessions, into several countries, to preach the free Gospel as they had received it, by the immediate inspiration of the Spirit, and speaks it forth as they are moved by the Holy Ghost, and as the Spirit gives them utterance freely, as they have received it freely, by which ministry many are convinced, and as they abide in it are converted, as many in the nation can witness to the honor and glory of God, who are now new creatures; and this Call we own and witness, and this ministry we own and witness, which is immediate, and stands in the will of God, and such covets no mans silver nor gold, neither could be hired to a certain place, but travels from place to place, and hath no certain dwelling place; and such are the true ministers of Jesus Christ, who make the Gospel free and without charge; and this we own and witness, and for the testimony of this true ministry, some of us are imprisoned, some stoned, some stocked, whipped and shamefully entreated, as vagabonds, and deluders, and wanderers, and raisers of sedition, and pestilent fellows, and esteemed not worthy to live in the nation, both by priest, and people, and rulers, who are out of the commands of God, and are vagabonds and fugitives from God, who go in the way of Cain, to envy and murder the innocent; and because we declare against all who come not in by the door, but seeks to climb up another way, by their study, inventions, and serpentine wisdom and knowledge, and so are thieves and robbers; and those are they which are now so set up and extolled in England, with great augmentations and benefices, by the arm and will of flesh, now heads of England, and such ministers and their ministry we deny, for the hand of the Lord is against such, John 10:1. But this which we own is no new call, nor new ministry, but the same which was with the prophets and apostles. All who God sent witnessed, and here is the difference of the ministers of the world and the ministers of Christ, the one comes by the will of man, the other by the will of God; and he one is upheld by the will of man, the other by the will of God, contrary to the will of man; and the one of the letter, the other of the Spirit; the one has the form and shadow, and the other the life and substance; and the effects and fruits of their ministry makes them manifest; but from such turn away, 2 Tim 3:5, who have the form, but not the life and power, for they are mere deceivers, and witches, bewitch people from the Truth, holding forth the shadow instead of the substance; and what is the shadow to the substance? or what is the chaff to the wheat? He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear and understand.

This web site's purpose is to show how to become
free from sin
by benefiting from the changing power of God through the cross,
which leads to union with God in his Kingdom.