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p. 35. viz. - The Life, Riches and Enjoyment

of a Christian is inward and hidden, his Life is hid with Christ in God, none knoweth it but he ( that hath it ; his Conversation is with God in • Heaven, and his Treasure is laid up where he I walks and dwells, and where he fits, in heavenly

Places with his Saviour Christ Jesus, who is * made unto him, Wisdom, Righteousness, Santification and Redemption, and not only so, but he is come to see, what is the Fellowship of the

Mystery, which from the Beginning of the 6 World hath been hid in God; he is come to • know the Lord one, and his Name one, to the One Body,

one Spirit, One Hope, One Faith, One Baptism, One Way, One Truth, One Life, One · God and Father of all, who is above all, through call, and in all. This is the blessed End of all the

Appearances, Manifestations,and Dispensations, • under all the Variety of Names and various

Workings of the one Eternal God toward

Mankind, ever since the Fall, mentioned thro' ' the holy Scriptures, and witnessed to by the

true Christian, who really enjoys the End of Paul's bowing his Knees or

Prayer unto the Father of his * Not to Jesus theSon of A

Lord, his Jesus,and hisChrift, braham, David and Mary, Saints • of whom the whole Family ther, all Worship Honour and

or Angels, but to God the Fao in Heaven and Earth is Glory is to be given, through named, Ephef. iii.

Jesus Christ.

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These are W. Shewen's Words, transcrib'd in the same manner as they stand in his Book, by which the Reader may plainly see, that the Words cited by the Vicar, are but an Inference drawn from the Apostle's praying to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that they are placed by way

of Note thereupon.

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I Find also in the Book I transcrib'd from, the Word as inserted in the Manuscript, after the word Jesus ; and in an Account of the Typographical Errata prefixed,, the Place is thus noted, p. 35. 1. 1. Margin, after Jesus r. as. which Correction being admitted, as in common Justice it ought, the Patage will be read thus, Not to Jesus, as

the Son of Abraham, David and Mary, Saint ' or Angel; but to God the Father all Worship Ho

nour and Glory is to be given thro' Jesus Christ.' Of which, if any Man doubt, the Question naturally arising will be; Whether all Worship, Honour and Glory, be to be given to Jesus, simply confidered, as the Son of Abraham, David and Mary? When our Adversary shall give a direct Answer to this, we may probably have somewhat more to say to him: In the mean time, we cannot think it fair Usage, from the Printer's Slip of two Letters, to charge an Author as Heterodox.

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The last Question propos’d by our Opponent in this Section, is in these Words, <Is outward

Bodily Worship, or outward Signs of Reve• rence, as uncovering the Head, and Bowing,

or Kneeling, any true Part of God's Worship now, seeing they now that worship God, must worShip bim in Spirit and in Truth? John iv. 23.' He answers, Ves: For the presenting our Bodies a living Sacrifice to God, is called our reaSonable Service. Rom. xii. 1. And we are to

glorify God in our Body, and in our Spirit, which are God's; that is, by Right both of Creation " and Redemption, 1 Cor. vi. 20. And it is said

Every Tongue fall confess unto him, and every

Knee sball bow unto him. Rom. xiv. 11. But if none of these three Texts have any Relation to such outward Signs of Reverence, as uncovering the Head, and Bowing, and Kneeling, his producing


them in this place is not pertinent; and that they have no such Relation, we shall shew ;

1. The presenting our Bodies a living Sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, Rom. xii. 1. plainly appears by the next Verle to be, our not being conformed to this World, but transformed by the re newing of our Mind, that we may prove wbat is that good, and acceptable, and perfect Will of God.

2. The glorifying God in our Body, mentioned 1 Cor. vi. 20. is not spoken, of any outward Gestures, but of keeping our Bodies clean from the Sin of Fornication, as the Context does most plainly evince.

3. The bowing the Knee, spoken of Rom. xiv. 11. is not intended of external Genuflexion, but of inward Obedience, and living so as that we may be the Lord's. ver. 8.

The Vicar seems to take Pleasure in perverting Texts of Scripture, or he would not have practis'd it in a Point that with respect to us, wanted no Proof; for, as himself says, p. 194. · These outward Signs of Reverence, of uncove

ring the Head, and bowing the Knee in publick Worship, are now generally used by the

Quakers themselves. And so say, we, they were always ; and if some oppos’d that Decency and Order, in so doing they departed from their former Light and Practice, and were not countenanced by the Society therein.

It appears then, that as the Quakers do not lay aside all outward vocal Prayers, so neither do they lay aside outward Signs of Reverence in Prayer, nevertheless, they make all the Commands of God to


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Prayer, to require the inward Acts of the Mind; and that for this Reason, because they judge, that where a real internal Devotion of the Heart and Soul is absent, all outward vocal Forms of Exprefion, and all outward Signs of Reverence, are but meer Will-Worship and Hypocrisy, in no wise acceptable to God, who requireth the Sacrifice of a broken and a contrite Spirit, and is therewith well pleased.



The Question, with which the Vicar introduces this Section, is very material ; upon the right determining whereof, the Controversy between the Quakers and their opponents doth much depend, viz. • Is outward Water-Baptism an Institution • of Christ, of perpetual Obligation upon all « Christians ?' In Answer to which, the Quakers do assert, that Water-Baptism is annulled in point of Obligation ; in Proof of which, we shall transcribe severalArguments laid down by a learned Writer of that Persuasion, to which we know of no direct Reply yet publish'd by any of their Opposers.

(y) Arg. I. THAT which is ceased in Point of Obligation, is also annulled in Point of Obliga« tion ; but Water Baptisne is ceased in Point of Obligation: Therefore, &c.


() R. C's Lux Evang. atteft. A

· The major is undeniable; and the Minor į I prove thus,

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All Types are ceased in Point of Obligation ; Water-Baptism was a Type ; Therefore, &c. · The major, if denied, is proved from the Coming of the Antitype, for that puts an End to the Type, or else they would be in Force together : which if allow'd, would be to let up the first Tabernacle again with its Figures, which were for the Time then present; and to justifie the Jews in their Meats and Drinks, and divers Washings or Baptisms, and carnal Ordinances miposed on them, until the Time of Reformation. See Heb. ix. 8, 9, 10. "The minor, viz. That Water Baptism was a Type, is clear from hence, in that it was a Figure of that Inward and Spiritual Washing, which

is only effected by the Baptism of Christ. Now < that Water Baptism was such a Figure, is plain • from the express Testimony of John, Christ, ! and Peter.

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OF John: I indeed baptize you with Water unto Repentance ; but he that cometh after me, is mightier than I, whose Shoes I am not worthy to

bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with Fire. Whose Fan is in his Hand, and he will throughly purge bis Floor, and gather

his Wheat into his Garner ; but he will burn up 'tibe Chaff with unquenchable Fire, Mat. iii. ' II, 12.

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« Of Christ: John truly baptized with Water, · but ye sball be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many Days hence, Acts i. 5.


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