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he calls men to repentance, they should repent, and many did repent; and you are not fit men to be ministers of Christ, or of God.
Now if God command all men every where to repent, and, as thou sayst, does not intend they should repent, thou and you go about to make God unjust. The Lord desireth not the death of a sinner, but that he should turn from his wickedness and live, Exod. xxxiii. 11. Now in turning from his wickedness he lives, but in going on in his wickedness, he dies; so repentance was preached from dead works, to serve the living God, Heb. vi. l, and Christ came to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous; for the whole need not the physician, but the sick, Matt. ix. 12, 13.
And as for saying God did not intend to give them grace, though he calls them to repentance, that is a lie, and unrighteous doctrine, for 'the grace of God, which brings salvation, hath appeared unto all men,' Titus ii. 11, and so as he calls them to repentance, he gives them grace, that grace which brings salvation, which men are justified by; so it is saving grace that brings salvation, and teacheth to deny ungodliness.
Now they that live ungodly, turn the grace of God into wantonness, Jude 4, and these are the wells without water, in Cain's way,
Balaam's way, and Core's way, Jude 11. who speak high words in hypocrisy; and these are they that separate themselves from the apostles, who are sensual, having not the spirit, Jude 19, and are of old ordained to condemnation, who separated from the light, who turn the grace of God into wantonness; so these are they that neglect the common salvation. It was the charge of the apostle to Timothy before his decease, 1 Tim. iy. 2. 2 Tim. iv. 7. he then told him perilous times should come, and doctines of devils, and men speaking lies in hypocrisy; he said unto them, that they should trust in the living God, who is the saviour of all men, and especially of them that believe, 1 Tim. iv. 10. But the devil's doctrine leads them from their saviour and from the grace, 2 Tim. iv. 1. And they that are not in the doctrine, are from the light, which Christ hath enlightened them with, John i. 9. And have turned the grace of God into wantonness by their pernicious ways, and draw others from it, and we do conclude that to be the doctrine of the devils, which says, God calls all men to repent, and intends not to give them grace, nor would have them to repent: as thou Henry Foreside dost say; for it was the charge of the apostle to Titus to speak sound words, and sound doctrine, and could not be condemned, Titus ii. and told him that the grace of God which brings salvation had appeared to all men,' which taught them to deny ungodliness and worldly lust, and to live godly, soberly, and righteously in this present evil world; these things speak and exhort with all authority,' Titus i. But, as I said before, ungodly men that turn the grace of God into wantonness, are of old ordained to this condemnation, and this is the condemna
tion of the world, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil,' John iii. 19, he that loves the light, it is his saviour, but he that hates the light, it is his condemnation.
P. "That the two parts of the church must be profane and godless.'
A. The church is the pillar and ground of truth, 1 Tim. iii. 15. The church of the living God; for the ungodly, and that which is ungodly, are out of its grounds. The church is the pillar and ground of truth, and there'are no ungodly in it, and the church is without wrinkle or spot, holy, and without blemish, Ephes. v. 27. And the church is in God, 1 Thes. i. 1. That which is in God is in the light, and out of the ungodly.
P. "That God before the world was, had ordained one little part of the people for eternal life, that sin or do all the evil they could, they could not lose that which was ordained for them.'
Here thou goest about to make Christ a liar, for he that commits sin is the servant of sin, John viii. 34. He that commits sin is of the devil, saith the apostle; and thou wouldest make God partial, and hast taught a doctrine contrary to the scriptures; for God is no respecter of persons, Rom. ii. 11. who will give to every one a reward according to their works, Psalm Ixii. 12. And he that works iniquity must depart, cursed from Christ, Matt. vii. 23, and Matt. xxv. 41.
And he that sinneth after he hath received the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sin, but a fearful looking for of judgment, Heb. x. 27. And the elect doth not commit sin, and who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect, Rom. viii. 33, and the elect is Christ, Isa. xlii. I, who was elected before the world was. He that is born of God doth not commit sin, neither can he, because his seed remains in him,' 1 John iii. 9. And he that commits sin is of the devil, and never knew God, ver. 6. And herein the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil, i John iii. 10. And God hears not sinners, and them that regard iniquity, Psalm lxvi. 18. John ix. 31. Prov. xv. 3.
P. "That the great part of the world was ordained for hell, that let them repent, or do all that they are commanded to do, they would not obtain salvation, because God had ordained them to hell.'
A. Then he was asked, wherefore he preached? his answer was to save the elect: he was answered again, if it was so, there was no need of that, seeing they could not be lost. Then he was asked, wherefore he preached to them that were ordained to hell? he answered, to make their damnation hotter. It was answered him, that they had small friends of them, and they could not make it hotter, seeing they were ordained before. The priest aforesaid was asked, who had the blame that men went to hell ?
His answer was, “Seeing ye desire to know, I shall tell you; there
is one part of the blame in man, and another part of the blame in the Almighty, that men went to hell.'
A. In this there is confusion. Thou sayst, God hath ordained them;' that he has done it, then thou sayst, there is part in man,' and thou saidst before, it was in God. Now if it be in God, that he hath ordained them to hell, repent or do all that they are commanded to do, thy preaching is needless: and thou canst not make hell hotter or colder. Therefore thy preaching is done and ceased. And thou sayst part of the blame that men go to hell is in God; here thou wouldst make God unrighteous, who desires not the death of a sinner. God is not to be blamed in any thing he doth, but to be praised, who is righteous in all his judgments: and God is not to be blamed, for God is truth, so let God be true, and every man a liar, Rom. iii. 4. Thou wicked one, man's destruction is of himself, Hosea xiii. 9, and God wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he would repent; so no fault in God, who saith, 'Let the unrighteous man forsake his unrighteousness, and he shall live, so let the righteous man forsake his righteousnes, and he dies,'Ezek. xviii. 22. So my ways are equal, the Lord hath no pleasure at all that the wicked should die, but that he should return and live; so man's destruction is of himself. And whereas thou sayst, "God hath ordained a great part to hell,' what makest thou of Christ who came to be a saviour of the world? John iv. 42, he doth not say the elect only, but to save the world, and not to condemn it. And God so loved the world'(mark the words, Jo. iii. 19, he doth not say, so hated it, that he gave his only begotten son into the world, that whosever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' And he came not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might have life. But they that hate the light and do not believe in it, are by the light condemned, but thou sayst otherwise, that he condemns a great partof the world. And he doth not say he loves the elect only, but God so loved the world, and God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself,'2 Cor. v. 19, he does not sayt he elect only. And he through death hath destroyed the power of death, the devil, Heb. ii. 14, And thou art to be reproved for thy judgment, for thy unbelief, for thy unrighteousness, for thy sin, because of thy unbelief, because the prince of this world is judged, John xvi. And so Christ doth not say, I am the light of the saints, of the elect only, but I am the light of the world, John viii. 12, and saith, that 'light is come into the world, and this is the condemnation of the world, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than it, because their deeds are evil,' John iii. 19. So it is unbelief that shuts out, Rom. xi. 20. So the gates stand open night and day, and every one that doth evil, hates the light and will not come to it, because it will reprove him, and he will not come into the gate, for he that comes to the gate comes to the light, and he that comes to the light comes out of condemnation, and comes
to be a child of the light, he that hates the light will not come into the kingdom of God. And as for thy saying, 'God hath ordained a great part of the world to hell, let them repent and do all that ever he hath commanded them;' he that doth the things that Christ commands, enters the kingdom; he that repents, his mind is changed, and whosoever be. lieveth shall not perish, and this command is general, John X. 28, through the whole world, therefore thou, with the devil's doctrine, shuts up the kingdom of heaven against others, and wilt not go in thyself, who says, let men repent, and do all that ever they can, they must go to hell, when God wills not the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live, Ezek. xxxiii. 11, but he is merciful, and judges not as thou dost, whose eyes are blinded, and whose hands are full of blood. So I say, whosoever repents, and doth the things he is commanded shall be saved; and that which thou sayst to the contrary, we conclude to be the devil's dectrine: and whosoever resists the thing that is commanded, that will be their condemnation, who hate the light which was before the world was, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, that all through him might believe, for he that believes in the light shall not abide in darkness, John viii. 12, shall not come into condemnation, shall come to be a child of light, John xii. 36, and they shall have the light of life. And so the light is sufficient to save them, and to condemn them if they believe not, John iii. 18. 14. Isa. iv. 12, and every one that cometh into the light that he is enlightened with comes into the election, and into the covenant of God. Evil consciences thou mayst frighten, them that hate the light, which is their condemnation, but the elect thou canst neither save nor deceive. Thanks be to God, Christ reigns, who will give to every man according to his works, who doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world; and he who doth not believe is condemned, and shut out. And such turn the grace of God into wantonness, and are ordained of old that hate the light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, and such are in Cain and Balaam's way, persecuters and murderers, and turn the grace of into wantonness.
P. From the words of Jude iv, “they were of old ordained ;' from these words he said, that God had predestinated one to life, without any cause in the creature less or more, and the other wicked man to hell, without any cause in the creature less or more; and both wicked
And before thou saidst part of the cause that God cast into bell was in the man and part in God. In this 7th principle and doctrine thou said there is no cause in the creature, that God casts into hell and condemns him, and in the other thou saidst, there was part blame in man, and part in God; and here is the devil's doctrine, a lie found in thy mouth. And thou hast wrested, perverted, and wronged that scripture in Jude, who sayest, there is no part in man causeth condemna
tion, that all may see that you are liars, whereas Jude saith, they were ungodly, they turned the grace of God that brings salvation into lasciviousness, and denied the Lord that bought them. Jude xi. 2. Pet. ii. 1. They were covetous, made merchandise of the people, through feigned words, and no covetous person nor idolater shall enter into the kingdom of God, 1 Cor. vi. 9. And all deny the Lord that bought them, but they who own the light that comes from him, which doth enlighten every man that comes into the world, and none see him, but with the light that comes from him; and they go in Core's way, and gainsay the truth, who go from the light that Christ hath enlightened them within the particular, and he that gainsayeth the truth, there is a fault in him; and they go in Cain's way, that are from the command of God, who said, “If thou dost well, shalt thou not be accepted ?' and if he did not well, sin lay at the door. Now these were of old ordained unto condemnation, who turned the grace of God into wantonness, who were in Cain's way, Core's way, and broke the commands as Cain did, and in Balaam's 'way, erring from the spirit, and admiring men's persons because of advantage, which Balaam did, and loved the wages of unrighteousness; and so these do not the things they are commanded, Cain did not do the thing that he was commanded, nor Core and his company, that offered strange fire. Num. xvi. So these of old were ordained for this condemnation, which condemnation is the light, John iii. light foresees them and sees over them, and condemns them, when they arise and go out from the spirit of God in them. And here all may see, here was fault worthy of condemnation. And those were they that sensually separated themselves from the apostles, and had not the spirit, Jude xix. in their days, who were covetous, who went for the gift and reward, who were like raging waves of the sea, who were spots in feasts of charity, feasting, feeding without fear, 2 Peter ii. Who admired men's persons because of advantage, and spoke high words in hypocrisy, wells without water, trees without fruit, raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame, clouds without water, carried about with tempests, spots in the feasts of charity, like unto Sodom and Gomorrah' in filthiness, who go from the light that does convince them: so there is the self-separation, and there is the condemnation that comes over them, the light; and these are they that separated from the apostles; who said, love your enemies,' Matt. v. 44. who are men gone into the world, who are in Cain's way in envy, in Core's way gainsaying the light; they are like raging waves of the sea, foaming out their shame in their pulpits. So you are the men that separate from the apostles, that are in Cain's way, and Core's way, who are out of the life and sacrifice the saints were in, who would murder, who gainsay the light that doth enlighten cvery man that cometh into the world, so are against the common salvation VOL. III.