A Serious Warning and Caution UNTO George Keith, And to many Others.

AS ALSO, A RELATION OF SOME EXPRESSIONS FROM George Keith, Concerning His REASONS which He then gave, for Opposing and Exposing the QƲAKEKS, When at His Place at TƲRNER's-HALL.

The Intention of the Publication of which, and more that is in this Paper contain'd, is proposed for a Publick and Ge­neral Good of All.

LONDON, Printed in the Year, 1700.

A Serious Warning and Caution unto George Keith, &c.

WHEREAS on the 18th of the Month called August, 1700. was seen affixed upon the great Pil­lars of the Exchange, on Cornhill-side, a Paper in Print, entituled; A Serious Call to the Quakers, In­viting them to return to Christianity: Containing many Quotations (so termed) out of the Books of divers Quakers, &c. Which Quotations are said to be attested by Eight Ministers of the Church of England; wherein George Keith in his Goliah-like Spirit, doth offer to prove the same to the Quakers Faces, &c. to be Monstrous, Heretical, and Antichristian. But there is a Stone which is cut and a cutting out of the Mountain, without Hands, which is risen, and arising, in this Nati­on, which will dash to pieces in the Head, the Work and Works of this Goliah, with his Cham­pions; for the Lord the invisible and mighty God is on his way, to sustain and support his distres­sed and exercised People, let their Exercises be of what nature or kind soever; and the Faithful amongst this People shall be preserved, such that do not seek to be setting themselves up great in this World, that deny themselves of Self and Self-Love, and Selfish Worldly Interest, but are [Page 4]seeking after the invisible and only wise God, and our Lord Jesus Christ, for the everlasting welfare of their never dying Souls; as also seeking, desi­ring, and praying for the eternal welfare and good of their Relations, Neighbours, and loving Coun­try-men, of what Judgment or Perswasion soever. And notwithstanding all the Mists and dark Fogs that may arise out from the Bottomless-Pit, and of fallen Angels, the Faithful, Humble, and Low­ly minded and hearted amongst this People, the Lord, the mighty God and Creator of all things, he by his great and invisible Power, will preserve them, in despight of whatever Satan and his fallen Angels can or may be suffered to do, or attempt.

And the Author of this Paper doth something admire that those called Bishops and Ministers of the Church of England, should suffer them­selves to be so Imposed upon, to think that this poor Apostatized Man and Creature, should be of service unto them, to be an Instrument to help to bring the Quakers back to the Church of Eng­land: I do affirm and assert, That you will in the Lord's time see your selves Mistaken, although it may be some Particulars, such as George Keith, whom 'tis supposed you take something the more notice of, because he may have something of out­ward Learning, and therefore the fitter Tool to be made use of on the aforesaid occasion, who like him, have forsaken their inward, and spiri­tual, and first Love unto the Lord, which hath provoked the Lord to withdraw from them, and to give them up unto the guidance of their Souls Enemy, and to follow their own darkned Under­standings. And this I am made to declare unto you that are called Bishops and Ministers, &c. that [Page 5]the same Arm, Strength and Power, that did secretly and inwardly sustain this People in their former Sufferings, Exercises, and Persecutions, I do affirm and assert, through the unexpressible mercy, and goodness, and favour of Almighty God, is now in a wonderful secret manner pre­valent in the Assemblies of this People; but it is much my Belief, and I fear, that the Lord will make some of them Examples unto the World of his displeasure for their Unfaithfulness unto him, notwithstanding they may, it may be, keep to the outward Profession amongst this People, be­cause of their secret withdrawing in their Hearts from the Lord, who hath been good and gracious unto them many a time, and delivered them ma­ny a time, because of their getting again too much into the Love, and Spirit, and Things of this World; of which I can remember a time when the Lord suffered many of them to be stript from almost all worldly Enjoyments, and in that Day the Lord was with them, and sustained them in a low and exercised Estate, and was near to them to do them good; and the Lord is the same at this Day, and will be the same to all that shall be so happy as to have their reliance and depen­dance always upon him. Now as to the Spirit and Disposition that hath, and is of late Years and Months entred into this, to be pittied and lamented, poor Apostatized Man George Keith, I do affirm and testifie, it is no other than the same that was in the Prophet Balaam of Old; who for Balack's Rewards, notwithstanding the Lord had forewarned him, yet would go with Balack to endeavour, (like this poor Creature) for Enchantments against Israel; But the Lord turned [Page 6]his endeavours of Cursing of Israel into Blessings; the Lord is not changed, he is now the same at this very day. And this is the same Spirit that was in wicked Jeroboam, who made Israel to sin, in causing them to worship his Golden Calves, to cause them that they should not go up to Jerusalem, to worship and offer unto the Lord, as the Lord had commanded; and is the same Spirit that made wicked Cain kill his Brother Abel, because the Lord had accepted of Abel's Offering; and is the same Spirit that in the Old World mocked at Righteous Noah, when he was Building the Ark, at the Commandment of the Lord; and is the same Spirit that was in Dathan and Abiram of old, that withstood Moses and Aaron, the Servants of the Living God, who the Lord had commanded to lead his People Israel out of Egypt's dark Land, Slavery and Bondage; the Lord caused the Earth to open its Mouth and swallow them up: So at this Day, those that inwardly in their Hearts which departeth from the Lord, the Earth opens its Mouth, and they are swallowed up in the Love of this World, and in the Love of Earthly Things and Enjoyments: and this is the Spirit that was in the false Prophet Zedekiah, the Son of Cheuah of of old, that smote the Prophet Micah the Lord's Prophet upon the Cheek; who said, Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from we to speak unto thee? And is the same Spirit that ruled in the unbelieving Jews of old, who Crucified our Lord, the Lord of Life and Glory, the great Saviour of the World, and of Mankind; it is the same Spirit that was in the unbelieving Jews, that Stoned that blessed Mar­tyr Steven, who told them of their Rebellion and Stubborness against the Lord, and how they Re­bell'd [Page 7]against his good Spirit; it is no other but the same Spirit that caus'd Demas of old to em­brace this present Evil Word, complain'd of by that worthy Apostle and Servant of the Lord, Paul, who lamented in his Day and Time to this effect, That all were seeking after their own, and not the things of the Lord, who could not be content with a low Estate which the Lord doth bless; having Food and Raiment to be there­with content, and to follow the low and humble Example of our only and blessed Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ; who, although, was Heir of all Things in Heaven, and in the Earth, yet deny'd himself of all things taking off the World, only a little sustenance, and a little something for outward Covering, viz. a Garment which we read of was without Seam, without Rent; and so is his Spiritual Garment witnessed, and known to be at this Day to a little Remnant; he alone is worthy of the Glory, who is for ever blessed: And where the Rents are, and where the Envy and Bitterness of Spirit is, and where the Runings out are, from the Truth and blessed Spirit of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ; let it be be a­mongst what People, Name or Denomination soever, such do not keep under the Spiritual and Seamless Garment of our Lord Jesus Christ; not­withstanding they may not be a wanting of high Pretences, and making in Words a great and spe­cious Profession of him, much like the Jews of old, who counted themselves the Children of God and Abraham's Seed; yet would needs have Christ the blessed Messiah to be a Blasphemer, and what not, speaking Despicably of him; saying, Is not this the Carpenter's Son? whose Father and Mother we [Page 8]know; and are not his Brethren hear with us? Cal­ling him a Deceiver, and how that he did cast out Devils by Belzebub, &c. And such as before go into the Love of this present World, and too much effects the Enjoyments thereof; and such go into a Spirit of Prejudice and Envy, and lets in a persecuting Spirit against their Bre­thren, that cannot Worship after the same way and manner, as they themselves are pleased to do; which is too much like Cain's Spirit and Disposition. And this envious Spirit of preju­dice, to my former too great and woful Loss, and hurt, to my great Unhappiness; having en­tred into my poor Soul, through my too much giving way unto my Soul's Enemy, after I had a long time made profession with the People call'd Quakers, to that Degree, that I almost loathed the sight of any of the said People; but the Merciful God, who had visited and tendered my Heart, in my early and young Days, who had been many a time good unto me, who continued to follow me in my Rebellious State, and State of Apostacy from him, justly brought upon me, Outward and Worldly Disappointments, and blasted my Endeavours, as to Outward and Worldly Affairs; yet providentially open'd a way still for an outward Subsistance.

Yet again, I forgot the Lord, who had shew­ed so much Mercy and Goodness unto me; and the Enemy again stole away my Heart from fol­lowing him, by little and little, so that I lived in much and great Excess, too much to mention hear; but the Lord still continued to follow me, according to his wonted Mercy and long forbear­ance, and in a remarkable way visited me with [Page 9]his Judgments. It being now near Four Years since, by laying his Afflicting Hand upon my Body; by which my Body came to be afflicted with di­vers kinds of Indispositions and Weaknesses, and that of a long continuance; and also inwardly visited my Soul and Spirit with Judgment, where­in my former Disobedient and Rebellious State was set before me, as in a Glass; the Lord having found me in this deplorable State, and nothing but Eternity, in a dreadful manner, seemingly to ap­pear in my view; and that which greatly Exer­cised my distressed Mind, was the unaccountable hardness of my Heart; when if the World had been in my Power to have given, I could gladly have parted with it, to have had my hard Heart broken, and tender'd by the good Spirit of the Lord, and at that time to have witnessed lasting Peace to my poor never dying Soul. So the Lord in great Mercy unto me, having brought me every way very low in his time, which was a time of great Love indeed, he did not forget to shew his great Love and Mercy unto my greatly distressed poor Soul, and brought my Heart and Spirit into much brokenness and tenderness; for which I have abundant cause to be always thankful unto the Lord for ever, to bless and praise his Honourable and Worthy Name, so long as it may please the Lord to give me a Being in this Mortal Body.

The weighty, solid, and serious Consideration, of which great and unaccountable Mercy, great Favour and Love of Almighty God to me, hath occasion'd a concern of Mind in me towards others, that may have Apostatized from the Lord as I have done, in slighting his tender and compas­sionate Visitations; to warn others that may have [Page 10]declin'd in their Hearts from the Lord of Life and Glory, as I to my former great Unhappiness have done: And this former unhappy State and Condition of mine, may also serve to be a warn­ing unto all sorts of People, of what Perswasion or Judgment soever, that they do not provoke a merciful God as I have done: For my belief is, that the Lord is not a wanting, to afford in some degree and measure, a time of Visitation unto all, so as to leave all without excuse, of what Per­swasion or Judgment soever, when he shall come to Judgment. And it is my belief, that at that Day the Question will not be so much, what People's Judgments and Religious Perswasions may have been; but whether in their Lives and Conversa­tions, they have not lived in Rebellion against the good Spirit of the Lord; so as in that Day be found Workers of Iniquity, so as to incur that woful Sentence of, Go you Cursed into utter Dark­ness, &c.

And as before express'd, having through the great goodness of the Lord, in some measure obtain'd Forgiveness, and Mercy, and Favour at his Merciful Hand, hath occasion'd a concern up­on my Mind, to go to visit this, to be lamented Apostatized, poor Man, George Keith; which ac­cordingly I did, about the Months call'd February or March last, before he had given over Acting at his Stage at Turner's-Hall, and some Months before he tooks Orders upon him in the Church of England way; it being upon my Mind, to warn and caution him against that Spirit of Pre­judice, which I had a Sense of he was enter'd into: And I can truly say, I found Love in my Heart reaching towards him; and amongst the [Page 11]Expressions which he made to me, at the close of what past, I holding him by the Hand, being earnestly disswading of him from that undue proceedure of his. He replyed, What wouldst thou have me to do? wouldst thou have me to go into the Street with my Wife and Family? And this, if need be, I can Testifie to the Face of George Keith to be ineffect, if not the very express Words, which came then from the Mouth of George Keith, against whom I have nothing of Prejudice, but Christian Tenderness, Love and Good Will in my Heart: And it would be well for him, if he would whilst it is call'd to Day, to turn unto the Lord with a sincere Heart in true Repentance, and to put up sincere Cries and Breathings unto the Lord, as I through the Goodness and Mercy of the Lord have been made to do, to Cry unto him in much tenderness and brokenness of Heart for forgive­ness, and for Mercy, and not to be ashamed to take Shame upon himself in sincere Repentance, again to return unto the Lord.

No Worldly Intrest moved me to this Concern, neither am I, nor have I been insighted hereunto by any Person, or Quaker living: The Lord is my Witness, I have had a Concern to conceal my Concern of Mind from them, until it be Publish'd unto the World: And the Author of This, in Sincerity, hath Christian Love and Good Will, and Christian respect to all Solid and Sin­cere-hearted People, of the Church of England Perswasion and Way; as also, to all others, that do not too much affect Worldly Interest, that affects a Christ-like Self-denying State, that de­sireth the Welfare and Happiness of all that can love Enemies; that like Christ our Lord, who [Page 12]came to do good unto all, even unto the Re­bellious; that when his Persecutors were Crucify­ing of him to Death, he cryed, Father forgive them, they know not what they do. He did not cry for Fire to come down to destroy his Per­secutors, but submitted his Will unto his Fa­ther's Will, which he came into the World to do, to dye for Sinners, for the Rebellious, that thro' him? and what he suffer'd for lost Man, lost Man might be redeem'd unto God out of the fallen State. So in the tender Love of Almighty God, with which he is waiting to do the Sons of Men his Creation good withal; I bid all to farewel. Seeing no necessity for me to subscribe my Name to this Paper, I having more than once signified it unto George Keith, as likewise my place of Aboad and Calling, &c.


Friendly Reader,

AS to the giving this our Adversary, and the Adversaries of Truth what they insist upon, relating to their Disin­genious way of taking Scraps of their Quotations, out of our Friend's Books, as best suits with his, and their Inve­terate prejudiced Minds; and that also in a bitter persecuting Spirit, and Disposi­tion against a peaceable People; not only out of divers of our Friend's Writings, that are yet living: And if they have not already, may as they find freedom, give a more Sincere Sense than their Opposers have done, of what may be ob­jected, and unfairly opposed, and exposed by their unfair and partial Adversaries, Sordid, Biassed, Disingenious Insinuati­ons: And whether it doth not look unfair in These, our, and the Adversaries of Truth, to rake m the Embers of the Dead, that are out of the Body, divers of them [Page 14]Years since; so not in a capacity to Vin­dicate what was then in their Time and Day, upon their Hearts to Write, for, and on the behalf of that Way and Bles­sed Truth, they in their Day and Time were made Professors, and Possessors of; on the account of which, they underwent great Sufferings, and greatly Suffered; for Whom we have good Reason to be­lieve, are at Rest with the Lord. And whether this to be Pitied and Apostatized Man George Keith is not partial in a high Degree, as to these his Quotations; when as he himself in those many Years he was amongst the said People, I have reason to believe, was not without a con­siderable share in Writing for, and vin­dicating that Truth, which I believe he once sincerely and firmly believed, that he hath not so much as made one Quotation out of his own Writings, when among the said People; and notwithstanding his publick owning to have been formerly with them Guilty, both in Doctrine and Practice of Error, and what is proposed [Page 15]and desired by the Author of this Paper, is that the unbiassed, and simple-hearted, and unwary may not be hurt, nor let in a Spirit of prejudice, by any means, work or endeavour, by the endeavours of any poor Envious, Bewildered and Darkned Apostate, or Apostates; who like Esau of old, sells their Birth rights for a Mess of Pottage, for a little present Worldly Enjoyments, a little Worldy Gain, &c. In which I am assured, they cannot have true and lasting Peace, to their never-dying poor Souls; but Horrour, Anguish and Trouble of Mind, Heart and Spirit; For there is no Peace to the Wicked, saith my God: Which the Author of this Paper, to his un­expressible Sorrow, Grief and Anxiety of Spirit, hath by woful Experience been acquainted withal. Farewel.


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