JOHN PLIMPTON Ten Charges Against the People, call'd QUAKERS, BRIEFLY ANSWER'D.

HAving seen John Plimpton's Ten Charges against the People, call'd Quakers, and understanding he has assum'd to himself an Authority of ap­pointing a Meeting, without the Approbation or Con­sent of the said People, they decline to meet him for these Reasons: viz. It being the day of our County Quarter­ly Meeting, which was appointed long before his, both as to Time and Place, we cannot attend him, and was it not so? I do not see we are obliged to it; because he hath not perform'd the Conditions of William Penn's [Page 2]Offer, (viz.) get the Heads of the Baptists to Im­barque in him (which he formerly, and also lately, gave Expectation of) for John Amory, of Wrinton, in Sommerset­shire; one of their Apostles, or Messengers, came with him to John Rutty's, in Melkesham, the 17th. of the last Mo. and did then, and there, in the Presence of J. P. himself, and divers Witnesses, refuse to Sign his Charges against us, and to imbarque in him, either for the freewill Bap­tists, in general, or himself in particular; and also said he knew no body that would, and blamed him for an Indiscreet Conduct therein; advising him to be quiet, and since that William Earl did also refuse to sign them, when put to him by Peter Knight, Simon Shewring, and John Rutty; and therefore, Now, because I believe he will pervert our Writings, behind our Backs, in picking a Sentence here, and another there, without due Regard to the Context (a very unfair Method) out of Books, whose Doctrines I question not, are Coherent to what I have here asserted; the Scope of them, being duely observ'd (which would be tedious for a Defendant in a Discourse, viva voce; but if he thinks mete to commit his Cavils to Print, he may then expect to see an Answer to them) Wherefore, for the Truth's sake, and the sake of the Simple hearted who are lyable to be abused, and imposed upon by his Fallacies, I thought mete to Print his Charges, with a Sincere and Candid Account of our Faith, re­lating thereunto, and to disperse the same at his Meet­ing; that all may see how extreamly he hath abused us.

As to his Charges against me, I intend to answer; when he hath purged himself of several Charges, as to Matter of Fact, which I for merly drew up against him, [Page 3]and some of his Brethren, in a Letter to them, dated the 5th. of the 10th. Month last past, &c. but they then refused to give me a Meeting upon it, and mov'd for an Agreement, which Agreement, the said J. P. hath broke, as did clearly appear by his own Words, at my House, the 24th. of the 12th. Month last past, in the Hearing of John Yeo, William Holloway, and John Ruddle, one of his Brethren; and John Ruddle will speak the Truth, he must confess that it did evidently appear so, and then pray who is the Truce-breaker, J. Plimpton or T. Beaven, and this Method I think but regular, he being first charged; but if he now refuseth, let him for ever be silent.

John Plimpton's Charges.
A Charge drawn up against the Quakers, both as to Do­ctrine and Fact; the Fact is For­gery, in part, declar'd in a Charge, formerly drawn up against them, the other are now omitted; the Doctrines are these, &c.AS to what he saith of Forgery, William Penn hath an­swer'd him, in a Leter, the Copy of which I sent him, and I do desire all Moderate Persons, that would willing­ly have farther Satisfaction therein, to read W. P.'s Book, entituled, A Counterfeit Christian detected, and the Success of two Disputes at Barbican.
I. That Justification by the Righteousness, which Christ ful­fill'd for us in his own Person wholly without us, they boldly affirm to be a Doctrine of Devils, and that the Shedding of Christ'sI. As to his First Charge, we turn it back upon him as false; for, we believe Justification, only and purely by the Righteousness of Jesus Christ, th [...] Son of God, who tasted Death for ever▪ Man,
[Page 4] [...]ood was not the Meritorious Ca [...]se of our Justification, &c.Heb. 2.9. whose Doings and Sufferings only, is the Meritorious cause of our Justification, Isa. 53.10, 11, 12. Rom. 5.18. Ti. 3.5.
II. That the Doctrin of Christ's Satisfaction is Irreligious Irrati­onal, Ridiculous, and Dangerous.II. As to his Second Charge, we believe that Jesus Christ by his Death and Sufferings, hath made Attonement to the Father for all our Sins, upon Terms of Faith, and Repentance by his Grace.
III. That Christ Jesus is not a distinct Person without us, and that he doth not consist of a Hu­mane and Earthly Body of Flesh and Bone.III. As to his Third Charge, we believe in that Jesus Christ; who was born of the Virgin-Mary, and after his Resurrection, Ascended into Heaven, in Soul and Body, Acts 1.9, 10. There to appear in the Presence of God for us, Heb. 9.24.
IV. That the Soul is part of God's Being, without Beginning and Infinite, &c.IV. His Fourth Charge, is a gross Falshood, for we believe that the Soul of Man, is not a part of the being of God, but a created Being, Gen. 1.26. Ch. 2.7. Isa. 57.16.
V. That Christ redeems him­self, and that what he did in his own Person was truly the Merito­rious and Deserving Cause of his own Justification, and not ours.V. As to his Fifth Charge, 'tis not true, for we believe that Christ came to Redeem us. Isa. 59.20. and that what he did in his own Person, was truly Meritori­ous to our Justification, Isa. 53.10, 11. Rom. 5.18.
[Page 5] VI. They prefer their own Words and Writings above and before the Scripture; yea, in Derision of them, they say they have them under their Feet.VI. As to his Sixth Charge, 'tis an abominable Slander, for we believe the Holy Scriptures to be the most excellent Writings in the World, and are Heartily Thankful to God for the Benefit of them, knowing that whatsoever Things were Written aforetime, were Writ­ten for our Learning, that we through Patience and Comfort of the Scriptures, might have Hope. Rom. 15.4. and that they are gi­ven by Inspiration of God, and are profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof for Correction, for instruction in Righteousness, that the Man of God may be perfect throughly furnished unto all good Works, 2 Ti. 3.16.17.
VII. They hold Justification by their own good Works; yea, that they are Meritorious and Deserving.VII. As to his Seventh Charge we believe Justification, only by the Works of Christ, Isa. 53.10.11. Rom. 5.18. &c. and deny that our own Works are the Meritorious cause of of any good thing, Isa. 64.6. Ti. 3.5.
VIII. They hold that is no Command to them that is a Command to another.VIII. As to his Eighth Charge, we believe all the Commands of God to Holyness and Purity; to do Justly, to love Mercy, and to walk humbly with him. Mic. 6.8. that were given to the Lords People of Old, and are incumbent upon them at this Day, are commands to us.
[Page 6] IX. That the Scriptures is no Rule of Faith and Practice unto Christians; yea, That they are False and Falsifyed, both Tran­scripts and Translations; Yea, That none of them are right, and that it is Dangerous for ignorant People to read them, and that they make use of them to no other end, then the Devils doth. O Pro­phane and Ungodly Wretches.IX. As to his Ninth Charge, we believe the Holy Scripture was given by Inspiration of God, and written for our Learning, &c. As in the Sixth Article, and Bless God for his Providence, in preser­ving them so free from Corruption, down to this Age of the World in which we Live. And I do assert them, the best outward Rule of Faith and Practice unto Christians, and that 'tis the Duty of all People that have this excellent Benefit, to read and use them (not as the De­vil and Wicked Men do, but) to the Advantage of their own Souls, as the Lord knoweth, we desire to do.
X. That they deny the true Christ of God, are therefore no Christians.X. As to his Tenth Charge, we beleive in the true Christ of God, who was in the Beginning with God, and was God, by whom all things was made, John 1.1, 2, 3. who in the fullness of time, took not on Him the Nature of Angels, but the Seed of Abraham, and was made Man, John 1.14. Gallat. 4.4. Heb. 2.16. and Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Matth. 27.26. And Rose again the Third Day, Matth. 28.6. And Ascended into Heaven, as aforesaid, Acts, 1.9, 10. And is the one Mediator be­tween God and Men, the Man Christ Jesus, 1 Tym. 2.5.
[Page 7] These things I do boldly af­firm, are the Quakers Opinions; and I do charge them upon them; as Heretical and Damnable; and therefore, forasmuch as the Bap­tists do own me in my Proceed­ings against them, I do expect that W. Penn be as good as his Word, to give me a Meeting, if not, I I shall expose him according to his just Demerits; and we shall look upon the Quakers, as Persons not only Guilty of, but persisting on in the Notorious Wickedness as can be expressed.
John Plimpton.
These things I do firmly be­lieve, and from Eight or Nine Years Conversation with the People call'd Quakers, and their Books, do know that they also Believe, and therefore I assert them against the Calumnies and Perversions of our Envious Ad­versaries, who to abuse us, pre­tend to know our Faith, better then we our Selves.
Thomas Beaven. Melkesham, the 19th. of the 7th. Month.


THE Foregoing Charges of JOHN PLIMPTON, against the Peo­ple call'd QƲAKERS, are the same that many of our inveterate Adversa­ries among the Baptists and others have falsly objected against us formerly, and have been fully Answer'd long since, as appears by ma­ny of our Books extant, in Answer to T. Hicks, J. Faldo, &c.


Bristol: Printed by Will. Bonny, for the Author, 1696.

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