SOME False Principles AND ERRORS DISCOVERED AND REFUTED: In a short Answer to a Catechism book, which is said to contain, The Principles of Religion, put forth by a namelesse Authour; But is supposed to be the work of one Samuel Eaton, a profes­sed Minister of the Gospel, among the Sect of the Independants, in Cheshire. But upon true examination he is found to be teaching the traditions of men for the commandements of Christ; and his Principles are proved to to be not according, but con­trary to the Spirit of God and the Scriptures.

By E. B.

LONDON, Printed for Thomas Simmons, at the Bull and Mouth near Aldersgate, 1659.


THE Reason and Cause of this being sent abroad is for the better Information of all, but more particularly for the good of that Assembly, to whom Samuel Eaton is Minister and Pastor, that they may know the truth from errour, and the way of Righ­teousnesse from all false wayes, and may turn from Idol-shepherds that destroyes the vineyard, and treads it down, and may come to Christ, and receive him who is the chief shepherd, to feed his flock with the bread of eternal life.

And the reason why these false principles are char­ged upon Samuel Eaton is this, it being doubtful to some who was the Authour of that Catechism, wherein these principles and doctrines was held forth: John Gredley and Anne Sheeld by name was with the said Samuel Eaton, and asked him if he owned that book (the Catechism) and he said he would maintain all in it; that was his answer.

THe wayes of the Lord are equall and just, but the wayes of the Sons of Adam are altogether corrupted, and different and contrary to the wayes of Salvati­on; And the wisedome that is of this world is fool­ishness with God, and its end is destruction to it self, and to all that walk therein; And what is man, that he shall prescribe a way to his Maker? and who is it, that will be more wise then God, to set him a way how he must teach his people? There­fore in vaine have men laboured, and have reaped to them­selves nothing but wind and confusion; And in vaine have they sowen, for others to reap after them, whose fruit hath been emptiness, and not filled the hand of the gatherer; And in particular this book with which I am now dealing, is the fruit of an empty Tree, which cannot satisfie the hungry soul, nor comfort the weary seeker; for the satisfaction and com­fort of the seeking hungry soul dependeth only upon the Lord, and upon the bread of life that commeth down from God; and the soul that eats thereof is satisfied and comfor­ted for ever, and hungers no more, nor thirsts any longer; but the fountaine is in him, and the well springs up unto e­ternall life, and he goes no more forth: And if so be that all herein were true and sound Doctrine, and were learned, so as to express it over againe in words this might be, and yet the soul still remaining in anguish, and under sin and death, though increased in the knowledg that is from below, and yet in a farther ignorance of God; for the wisdom of this world knows not God, neither can it teach, nor receive the know­ledg of the things that pertaines unto life eternall, but to the simple and to fools doth the Lord teach and reveal the knowledge of his kingdom, and it is not received from books, nor the teachings and traditions of men, but by the manifes­tation of the eternall spirit which doth lead into all truth, and reveal the mysteries of Salvation.

The first thing that I take notice of is this, thou saist, God is a Spirit, and he is one in [...]eing, and is to be distinguished into three per­sons, and the Father, Son, and holy Ghost are personall relations; and if one be a person such are the other, &c.

[Page 4] Ans. The Father, Son, and Spirit is one, this we believe and know, according to the Scriptures; but as for thy word person, that is carnall and too low a word to denominate God by, who is infinite; for God and the spirit hath no person, nor cannot truely be distinguished into persons; for a person hath relation to place, time, and change, and is not in all places at all times at once, and the Scriptures knowes no such di­stinction, for God is is a spirit, and hath no relation to one time, place or alteration more then another, but filleth hea­ven and earth, and his presence is in all, and over all, who is blessed for ever, and is infinite, and without person, or confi­ned being, and the Scripture no where in true translation, doth denominate God, Christ and the spirit by persons, and personall beings, nor doth distinguish them into three per­sons; for persons are related to carnall, as I have said, and persons is to low, too denominate God and Christ and the spi­rit by: so thy principles are unsound, and not agreeing to the spirit of God, and the Scriptures, And therefore not to be be­leeved nor received.

Whereas thou saist, That the one standing rule, according to which God is to be sought, worshipped and served, is the holy Scriptures, in which God hath revealed himself in all things which he would have believed and done, &c.

Ans. It is the spirit of God that gave forth the Scriptures, which spirit was and is within the saints that leadeth into all truth, and teacheth to know all things, and that spirit of God only is the standing rule to walk in, and to walk by; it was the rule to Abel, Enoch, Abraham, and the rest of the holy Fathers that lived before any scripture was written, and it was the rule to the Prophets, to Christ and to the holy Apo­stles, they all followed the spirit and walked in it, and spake and wrought and acted as the spirit of God within them mo­ved them, and led them, it was not the Scriptures, but the sprit that gave forth the Scriptures that was the standing, unchangable, unerring rule of worshiping serving and obey­ing the Lord God, and that same spirit is the standing rule to us also; for the Apostle commands to walk in the spirit, and that which we are to walk in is our rule, and as many as are the sonns of God are led by the spirit of God, and then the spirit [Page 5] is their rule, and that guides the feet in the way of peace, and in the spirit is God worshipped, for they that worship him must worship him in the spirit and in the truth, & such he seeks to worship him, for it is in the hearts of his people, and within them that God reveales himself by his spirit, for it is the spi­rit that revealeth the things of God, and none knows the things of God, saving by the spirit of God, and that reveals God, and teacheth to worship God and to serve him, and the Scriptures they declare of the rule, and of the revelation of God, and are a declaration of all things which is to be belie­ved and practised by the children of the Lord; so that the Scriptures are not the standing rule, neither doth it teach to worship and serve God, but the spirit that gave forth the Scriptures, that is the standing rule in and through all gene­rations, and the spirit doth reveal the knowledge of God, and how he is to be worshipped and served.

And thou saist, the Scriptures are the word of God, given by ime­diate inspiration of God, and that they are given to all men to be read, and the Scriptures are sufficient to make the man of God perfect and throughly furnished, and are able to make wise unto Salvation; and the Scriptures and plain and easy to be understood by the simplest, and there is milke in them for babes, and strong meat for persons grown up.

Ans. Christ is the word of God, and his name is called the word of God, and the word of God was in the beginning and shall endure for ever; and this word is not the Scriptures, and the Scriptures are not the word, but the Scriptures are words of God, given forth from the Word which was in their hearts that spake forth the Scriptures, which were wro [...] as the holy men of God were moved by the holy Ghost, and given by the inspiration of the spirit of God, and the Scriptures are a declaration, and a treatise of the Word that was in the be­ginning, and shall endure for ever; but the Scriptures are not the word, and some of them were given to one sort of men, and some of them to another, and some of them to all; but as for the threatnings and Judgments pronounced, and the re­proof of the wicked, that part was not given to the Saints nor spoken to them, and so not given to all, and the promises to the children of the Lord, and the Epistles to the Saints, and them that were sanctified, that part was not given & spoken to [Page 6] the world and to the wicked who are unconverted, and so not spoken to all, though all may read them, yet none can un­derstand them but by the same spirit as gave them forth, and who hath not the same spirit to guide them, they cannot un­derstand the Scriptures, for it was given forth by the eternall spirit, and the carnall wisdom that is from below, and sensual, cannot understand nor receive the things of the kingdom of God, which is declared of in the Scriptures, and so the Scrip­tures are not easy to be understood, but are sealed from the world, neither are the Scriptures without faith (which thou hast left out) sufficient to make the man of God perfect, but the Scriptures through faith, is able to make the man of God perfect, and throughly Furnished, this we know and beleeve, and doth set the Scriptures in its right place, and give it its right honour and respect; and as for thee and thy generati­on who are erred from the spirit of truth, you know not the Scriptures nor the power of God, for Christ is the bread of life, and the water of life, in him is the milk for babes, and meat for strong men, and not in the Scriptures who testifie of Christ the life, and in them the Pharisees thought to have e­ternall life, but would not come to Christ the end of the Scriptures that they might have life, and this is the self same state with yours of this age, who thinks to have the perfect­ing of Salvation and the milk for babes, and the meat for strong men in the Scriptures, but will not receive Christ who is the perfect Salvation and the bread and water of life for all the children of the Lord who are born of the spirit; and so thy Doctrines, and thy principles of thy Religion, are not sound nor agreeing with the Scriptures but contray, and by a contrary spirit, and therefore we cannot be of thy mind, but doth truly Judge thee to be unlearned of the Father, and knows not the way of Salvation, and so thou cannot truly in­form nor direct others.

And thou saist, men are under a necessity of multiplying trans­gression▪ &c. Rom. 3. 12. Ephes. 4. 17. 2 Pet. 2 4.

Answ. In this thou hast erred, and spoken contrary to sound doctrine; for there is no necessity laid upon any to commit any sin, much lesse a necessity of multiplying trans­gression; if there be a necessity, who layes it on men, and why is that necessity? transgression is of the wicked one, and [Page 7] who sins is of the Devill, and there is no necessity for that upon any account, because sin destroyes the soul, and is a vex­ation to the Lord God, and a cause of everlasting misery, and for to act that, there is no necessity, which hath these effects, and thou hast perverted the Scriptures quoted by thee, to prove thy false assertion which I have set down for the Reader to peruse, that all may see thou hast perverted them, for they prove no such Doctrine, as that there is a necessity of multi­plying transgression, which thou hast affirmed and brought the Scriptures to prove it, which is first false doctrine uttered by three, and also a perverting of the Scriptures to maintain it, and this is too evils, which thou hast committed in one work, and because thou hast done evill, it shall lie at thy dore, and there I will leave it.

And thou saist, to be Iu [...]fied is not to be really cleansed from all sin, nor is it to partake of real righteousness and holines, but it is to be ac­counted and reputed Iust and holy, and not to have sin reckoned, &c.

Ans. There is none Justified but who are in Christ, and are changed, and renewed and born again, and such are cleansed from sin, for he that is born of God sinneth not, and it is he onely that is Justified, and not the old man that is unchanged, and committeth sin, he is not Justified; and who is born of God and are Justified, are really cleansed and really doth partake of righteousness and holiness, even of the righteousness and ho­liness of the Son of God, and in that righteousness he is ac­counted righteous, and in no other, nor by no other way then by receiving Christ and his righteousness, and being made partakers of it in their hearts, for the Apostle said, if Christ be not in you, you are reprobates, and such are not Ju­stified, nor accounted just and holy who have not Christ within them, and his righteosness, but who hath Christ within, the hope of glory, and are accounted just and righte­ous in the sight of God, the body of sin is put off; for if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, and such are really cleansed, and if he be in you, you are made partakers of reall righteousness and holiness, and this is the truth of the Gos­pell of Christ which confounds and condemnes thy false Doc­trine, for no man is accounted and reputed just and holy, but who are cleansed from sin, & are in Christs; for who doth com­mit [Page 8] sin are unholy, and so reputed of God, and sin is reckon­ed to them, and this all will find in the day of the Lord, when he comes to Judge righteously, and to give every man according to his works, and not according to what he may make a shew of and profess in words, though all you false daubers with untempered morter, heale up the hurt of the Daughter of Sion deceitfully, and cry peace, peace, by a false applying the Promises and words of Christ, when God speakes no peace, and even you and your false daubed wall will be Whirle-wind of the Lord beat down and destroy utterly; and this I assert contrary to thy false doctrine and princi­ples, that none are Justified, but who hath Christ in them, and really partakes of holiness and righteousness, and are really cleansed from sin, and are born of the spirit of God, and is heire of the promise of eternall life.

And further thou saist Iustification admitteth not of any degree▪ and if a person be Iustified from any one sin, he is Iustified from all sin, as well from sins to be committed, as those that are already com­mited, and who is once a Iustified person, is not unjustified upon new sin committed, &c.

Ans. Grace and faith, and truth, and Christ himself admit­teth of degrees, or measures which are one, and there are se­verall measures of life, of light, of grace and faith, of sancti­fication, and of Justification also; for according as every man, hath received Christ so hath he received Sanctification, and Justification, and no otherwise, for Christ is made wisdome, and Sanctification, and Salvation, and every one feels his Sanctification, and his Justification, according to the measure of the gift of Christ given to him, so that there are severall measures of Justification, and also a man may be Justified from one sin, or some sin, and not from all sin; for accor­ding to every mans Sanctification, so is the witness of his Ju­stification to him, and no more; and if thou knowest any thing by experience thou knowest this, and no man is Justifi­ed from the evill which he is to commit, for that faith gives licence to sin, if any committing sin, shall beleeve that that sin is long since forgiven, and he is Justified from it, and if he shall beleeve he is Justified, though he commit sin, even long before he commits his sin, this will be a cause to run into sin, [Page 9] and is a gap opened by thee, unto all unrighteousnesse; Why, if people can believe they are justified from the sins which they have yet to commit, what should restrain them from running with plea­sure into all unrighteousness? & if new sins alwaies committed, do not make persons unjustified, then may the sinners rejoice in their sins, and take their pleasure in ungodliness; this doctrine of thine is plea­sant to the wicked, and it is the way and principle of liberty in all sin, rather then the principles to lead from sin, and so thou hast shewed whose work thou art doing, by strengthning the wicked in his way, so that he cannot turne from sin, rather then drawing him from sin, and this is the Devils work.

And thou saist such as are justified, are regenerated and sanctified; and a little before thou said to be justified is not to be cleansed, nor is it to partake of real righteousnesse; and persons are justified from sins which they have to commit. And these are contradictions, and proceed out of darknesse, and not from the light; and thy folly and ignorance may be read by all men; for who are regenerated and sanctified are clean­sed, and partakes of real righteousnesse; and thou further saist, that sanctification is a real change from sin to the purity of the Image of God and I say none are sanctified but they are justified, so none are justified but who are changed into the Image of God, this the trut [...] saith, and wherein thou hast said contrary, thou hast spoken contrary to the truth, and the truth will judge thee.

Again thou saist sanctification is not perfect in this life, & the new man, the spirit or law of the mind, is that grace or imperfect sanctification, &c.

Ans. Then Christ is not perfect in this life, for he is made of God unto us sanctification, 1 Cor. 1. 30. but we say Christ is perfect, and therefore sanctification is perfect, and the new man is the Image of God, and is created in righteousnesse and in true holinesse; but thou saist the new man is imperfect; consider of thy principles, when they are compared with the scriptures, and see the error and wickednesse of them, and the spirit and Law in the mind is the spirit of God, and the Law of God in which the Apostles served God, and so doth all the Saints; but thou saist the spirit and Law in the mind, is imperfect, and this is error in the highest degree, to say or signifie that the new man the Image of God, that is in righteousnesse and true holinesse, and the Spirit of God and the Law of God is imperfect sanctification, and grace is the salvation, and is Gods sufficiencie, and that thou saist is imperfect also; and thus thy principles of thy religion which thou [Page 10] walkest in thy selfe, and would teach to others, are abominable, cor­rupted principles of error, and contrary to the spirit of truth, and to the scriptures also; and no marvel that thy name is concealed, for thy work deserves not a good mans name to it; much more might be said to lay open further thy folly, but this is sufficient to men of un­derstanding; and contrary to thee I do assert, that the new man, the Image of God, the Spirit and Law of God in the mind, is perfect grace and perfect sanctification, and thou hast said the contrary, and now whether thy principles of Religion, or mine, be the more true, and whether fals, let all sober men judg with the light in their conscience,

And thou saist, the old man, the flesh, the body of sin, the body of death, is the sin that remaines in sanctified persons.

Ans. Who are sanctified, are [...]reed from the body of sin and death, and hath put it off, and the Law of the Spirit of life hath freed them from the flesh, and from the old man; for if the old man, the fl [...]sh, the body of sin, and death be in the sanctified person [...], then there is none sanctified at all, and what are they sanctified, freed and clean­sed from, if the old man, the fl [...]sh, the body of sin and death be yee re­maining in them? thou speakest like an unlearned man, and one that, knowes not the sanctified estate, but art erring in thy mind, and judg­ment, and in thy words also, for we have put off the old man, and are Crucified to the flesh, and made free from the body of sin and death, and this is our sanctification, and who are remaining in these things are not sanctified, but in the degeneration, and hath no part yet in the kingdom of God, nor in Christ Jesus, but are without him in the world.

And thou saist, the sanctification of the first day, hath put an end to the sanctification of the seventh &c.

Ans. Here again thou hast uttered that which thou knowes not, for all daies are alike unto God, and one sanctified as much as an other, and no respect of daies with him, but all are holy, and pure, and good, and when the sanctification of any thing is put to an end, (as as thou saist the sanctification of the seventh day is) then the thing is no more good, nor holy, but become evil and unclean, if it be no more sanctified nor holy, and in this principle thou hast erred also; as for the seventh day it was commanded of God to the Jews, to be kept and observed holy to the Lord, and all manner of labour to all Creatures were forbiden, which thing was a signe and a shadow of a good thing to come, the end of which ordinance was Christs the substance of all things, and the end of daies, and that there was any [Page 11] anulling of that command to the Jews, and a command to keep and observe the first day of the week in stead of the other, by any out­ward command, this we read not in all the Scriptures, and what ground thou hast more then thy imaginations I know not; to assert the changing of dayes, and to teach the observation of the first day, as the Sabbath instead of the seventh day, seeing thou hast nothing in the Scriptures to raise such a principle from, and so would make ex­ception of daies, and respect of times which the Apostles did not, after the holy spirit was come; for daies and times all are a like to God, and who are come to Christ the true rest of the immortal Soul, are in the end of daies, and out of the respect of times, in the sub­stance which endures for ever, and in the Gospel ministrations, there is no command or injunction, by Christ or by his Apostles given to us for the observing any one day more then another.

And thou saist, when it is said, swear not at all, the meaning is not vainly and unnecessarily.

Ans. Christ hath not spoken doubtfully, but plainly, and he hath not left his words to thee to give thy fals meaning upon; so thou ta­kest too much upon thee, and intrudest into things thou hast not seen, and all swearing which is contrarie to the command of Christ, is unnecessarie and vain, though by such false consequences and per­verting of Scriptures, thou & thy generation hast made the people to err, and led the blind by the way; for where the Scriptures, as they are in themselves, doth not made for your turn, then it means not thus, but otherwise, and this is the consequence, and it must be interpre­ted say you, and so you pervert the Scriptures to your own destructi­on, and to the undoing of manie others, for you that lead the people cause them to err.

And where is thou speakst, of outward seals of the Covenant, which is Baptism (saist thou) which appertaines to grown persons converted, and also to children, &c. Acts 2. 39.

Ans. The seal of the covenant of God is the Spirit, even the Spirit of promise which sealeth and confirmeth unto God, and not any out­ward thing; for the Covenant of God is inward and spiritual, and not outward and carnal; and the seal and testimonie of it, is the spi­rit of life, and no tradition of man; and as for Baptism in that way and manner administred and practised, as in the Church of England, it is wholie an invention of man, and not after any Institution and commandement of God, and sprinkling of infants, which is said to be Baptism, is so far from being a seal of the Covenant of [Page 12] God, that it is a mark of the whore of Rome, and was by her first of all ordained and begun to be practised in her Church, and your false Minsters have received it from her, and it is a seal and sign that you and you Ministrie and Church is of the whore of Rome, and not of the true Church of Christ; for, the Apostles nor the true Church of Christ never ordained nor practised such a thing amongst them; and in the true Church, as sprinkling of infants and calling it the Baptism in the faith of Christ, and the seal of the Covenant, there was no such practice and dostrine amongst them; but it is come up since the true Church fled into the wildernesse, and since the beast received power over kindreds and Nations, and it is an institution of the great whore that hath sat upon the waters, for many generations, and she hath made Nations drink her cup of fornication, and the o­riginal of this practice and principle is received out of the whores Cup, and not by any commandement of Christ, or axample of his Church and Apostles; and I cannot but charge thee, that thou teaches for doctrine the traditions of men, and holds forth for principles of Religion, to be believed and learned, the institutions of the great whore, of whose cup thou hast drunk, and would also give it to others that they may drink it also, and to accomplish which evil end thou hast perverted the Scriptures Acts 2. 39. for the Scripture hath no such thing intended in it, as to the baptising of infants, for which end thou hast falsely cited it, for though the promise is to as many as the Lord our God shall call, yet what is this to the sprinkling of infants, which thou asserts as a principle of Religion, and would seem to en­force it, by vertue of the Scripture mentioned? but thou hast abused the Scripture, and shewed thy selfe to be disagreeing to the holie Ministers and Apostles of Christ, and to be agreeing with the false Church of Rome, and this is answer sufficient to thee.

And thou saist, The outward covenant of God is conditionall, and the profession of the faith entitles both such as make it, and their infants unto it (to wit,) the covenant.

Ans. The Covenant of God is not outward but spiritual, as I have said, and it is also free, even the free gift of God, and the promise and Covenant is freely manifested without the performing any thing by the creature to obtain it from God, for it stands not upon condi­tion, but upon free love and mercie; and many makes a profession of faith which hath not right nor title to the inheritance of Salvation, nor to Gods sure covenant, neither can anie upon earth, much lesse [Page 13] Infants void o [...] understanding, have any assurance or title in the Co­venant of life eternal, but who are regenerated and born of the elect seed, for the unchanged and degenerated, in that state hath no ti­tle nor right in the Covenant, but Abrahams seed which is heir of the promise, which is born of God and not from below, to that is the Co­venant; so thou hast spoken things thou knowest not, and hast mani­fested thy false principles which thou walkest in, and would cause o­thers to receive them also.

Then thou speakest, of bread and wine, which (saist thou) are the out­ward signes in the Lords Supper, and are aseal of the Covenant also, &c.

Ans. The supper of the Lord is the bread of eternal life, the bodie and blood of Christ, and who eats thereof shall never die, nor hun­ger and thurst any more; and as for bread and wine visible and car­nal, that is not the real Supper of the Lord, and even the purest insti­tution and practice thereof is but a representation of a thing, and not the very thing, and the end and substance being come, the outward sign may be neglected; But as for the manner and institution of that practice in the Church of England, and the practise it selfe, we de­ny to be either a sign of good past, or to come; but in an Idolatrous way it is leld forth, and not in any true honour to God; for he is thereby dishonoured; for the false Church hath gotten the forme of that practice as well as of many others, (which the true Church once practised) without the power, and now doth practise many things, in meer imitation and vain Idolatry, and in form and tradition, and without the teaching of the Spirit, which sometime the true Church and the Apostles practised in the power, and by the leading of the Spirit of God, and what the command of God was unto them; so that though you may in some things practice the very same which the Apostles did, yet having not the same Spirit to lead you, nor be­ing guided thereby as the saints and the Apostles were, your works are but Idolatry and formal, and not accepted of the Lord, but stinks in his nostrels, and your covenant is outward, and your seals out­ward, your Baptism and Supper outward and carnal, and while you are with zeal prosecuting your outward proformances and fol­lowing them, you neglect the inward, and the substance, which is Christ within you the hope of glory, which if he be in you, then the body of sin is put off, and the vail is done away, and the representati­ons are done away, and the substance and salvation is come, and if Christ be not in you, you are reprobates, notwithstanding all your profession and practises of outward duties unto God without his Spirit.

[Page 14] And whereas thou hast quoted, Col. 3. 10. Gal. 5. 17. Rom 7. 23. to prove that the new man, the spirit or Law of the mind, is called the imperfect Sanctification.

Ans. Hereby openly thou hast shewed thy self to be a perverter of the Scriptures and a wrester of them to thy own destruction; for let but reasonable men peruse the Scriptures mentioned by thee, and see if there be such a thing in them as held forth by thee; that the new man, the spirit or Law of the mind, is called imperfect Sanctifica­tion, which thou hast asserted, and cited those texts to prove it, but to as to the thing it self I have answered before; onely this is to shew, thy manner of perverting Scriptures; which is the work of the evil spirit in thee, and not the work of the Spirit of God.

And thus I have examined some part of thy principles of Religi­on which thou hast put forth into the world, for others to learn; and the error and falsness of them is laid open, and how contrary to the Scriptures they are, and in haste as it were, I have passed over it, not willing to rake into things which gave no just occasion against truth; but have onely confuted a few of thy many parti­culars; which had I narrowly sought into other things, much un­soundness would have been discovered; but what I have said is truly sufficient to discover unto sober persons, the error of thy judge­ment, and of thy principles and practices, and of thy whole Re­ligion; and before ever thou be a true instructor of others in the way, thou must first repent and believe, and learn the way thy self, which yet thou are ignorant of; for thou hast shewed no knowledge but what is sensual and devilish, and from below, and meerly carnal, and natural; and meeting with thy book, and enquiring what the Author was, I was engaged to say something to it by way of Answer, and to lay it to the line of judgement according to the Scriptures; and it hath proved very guilty of error, and perverting Scriptures, and of corrupt principles; and in justice I could not but condemn it, and if thou shall receive the conviction of thy error, and of thy false doctrines by my answer, and repent, it shall prove to thy good; but if thou shalt be stiff-necked, and harden thy heart, then shall thy condemnation be the greater and thy Judgement the more just; because God hath warned thee, and given thee a day of visitation, and shewed thee the error of thy wayes and judgement that thou mightest forsake thy transgressions, and be converted and live; but whether thou shalt harden thy heart and remain in error, or repent or turn from it; my reward is with the Lord, and in him [Page 15] I have peace in this matter; whatsoever, thy mind shall be towards me in my work; for I stand not to mans judgement while I cannot be convinced of error in this business, and if thou shalt envy me, and have wrath in thy heart towards me, because I have dealt to plainly with thee in reproving of thee; then thou wilt but add to thy own sin, and add more wrath up in store against thy self against the time of thy judgement, and a greater burden will lie upon thy conscience; wherefore consider of these things and let not the day of thy visitation passe over, and be shut up with the night of dark­ness, and thou be everlastingly condemned; And if thou shalt vin­dicate thy own false principles, by answering to me again; thinking to clear thy self, and to reprove me, that will not prove thy best way because thou wants the truth and righteousness to stand by thee; and to appear bold in a bad cause, will shew more wicked­ness, then sign of repentance; and if thou do answer a sound reply will further unfold the misterie of iniquitie that lyes hid in thee, and be thy greater shame; And as for thee and all the false Mini­sters, God hath discovered you, and you are made bare and naked, and the false woman the Whore, your mother, her shame is dis­covered and her judgement is come, and God is avenging us on her, and great Babylon is now come into remembrance before the Lord, to bring her down to the ground, and you have long made a prey upon the heritage of the Lord, and been spoilers thereof, ra­ther then builders of her breach, and she hath been troden down, and not pittied by you; and as for your poor ignorant hearers they lie in thick darkness, and loves to have it so; and the blind hath led the blind, and yet the light is arising out of thick darkness, and its appearance shall be glorious to expell all your errors, and that mist of darkness that doth now cover them, and this light shall arise in mens consciences, which shall discover the difference between every false, and the right way; and all that take heed to the light shall no longer sit in darkness nor in the shadow of death, but their steps shall be directed in a perfect way; and the glory of the Lord shall shine forth upon them, and this will the Lord bring to pass, and hasten his work, and cut it short in righteousness, for his elects sake.

By a lover of thy soul, and a seeker of the good and Peace of all men. E. B.

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