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As we believe we ſpeak; first hear, and then judge charitably of what we ſay.

IT was the Saying of wiſe Solomon, That in making many Books, there is no end, &c. And if every one ſhould Write or Print what they believe is true Religion, it were the way to fill the World with Books. Many Teſtimonies have been5 publiſhed by particular Friends of their Faith, and alſo in a general way, of our Belief who are called Quakers, concern­ing the Principles of True Religion, at ſundry times; yet ſo unhappy is the Age in which we live, that ſome that are Contentious will not believe: However, for the Sakes of others, we have this to ſay in theſe following Particulars.

I. We do ſincerely believe, That there is but one only true and living God, who is a Spirit, the Creator and Upholder of all Things by the Word of his Eternal Power, who is Infinite and Incomprehenſible in himſelf; and all Words of Men and Angels cannot define him as he is, being in all, through all, and over all bleſſed for ever, whom all ought to fear and dread.

II. We ſincerely believe in our Lord Jeſus Chriſt, both as he was the eternal Son of God from the beginning, glorified with the Father before the World began, and alſo as he was the promiſed Seed ſpoken of, Gen. 3.15. The Seed of the Wo­man ſhall bruiſe the Serpents Head; which the Prophet Iſaiah pointed at, Iſa. 7.14. Behold a Virgin ſhall be with Child and bring forth a Son, and (thou O Virgin) ſhalt call his Name Im­manuel; which being interpreted is God with us: Which in due time was born of the Virgin Mary at Bethlehem in the Land of Judea, Mat. 2.15.

III. We believe, That the Man Chriſt Jeſus, according to the Fleſh, was the Seed of Abraham, to which the Promiſe was made, That in him (to wit Chriſt) all Nations of the Earth ſhould be bleſſed, Gen. 22.18. Who was the Son of Abraham, and the Son of David, &c. Mat. 1.1.

IV. We believe, That the Man Chriſt Jeſus had a real Soul that was not the Godhead, and a real Body that was not the Godhead; but in a moſt holy and myſtical Union of the Divinity and Humanity in One, better known and underſtood through a living Faith in our Lord Jeſus Chriſt, than to be expreſſed in Words, Pſal. 16.10. Acts 2.27.

V. We alſo believe, That the ſame Chriſt Jeſus that was born of the Virgin, was the Son of God, having no imme­diate Father but God, Luke 1.35. Jo. 1.39.


VI. We do believe, That Jeſus Chriſt, as to his Human Nature, was in all things like unto us, except Sin; yet the fulneſs of the Godhead dwelt in him Bodily: He was both God and Man and yet but One Chriſt, the Nature of the Manhood being moſt gloriouſly united with his Godhead, according to Tim. 2.5. Heb. 2.16. And to this we may add that Saying of the Apoſtle, 1 Pet. 1.8. Whom having not ſeen ye love; in whom though ye ſee him not, yet believing ye rejoice with Joy unſpeakable and full of Glory.

VII. We do verily believe, That Chriſt's Body that died on the Croſs and was laid in the Sepulchre, did riſe again the Third Day, and that he aſcended up into Heaven after his Reſurrection, according to the Scriptures: And that Heaven into which Chriſt hath aſcended in the moſt glorified Nature of Man, is above the Earth, a Place of unexpreſſible Glory with his Father: And as he that dwells in Heaven is unlimi­table, ſo is the Place of his Habitation above the reach of the carnal Mind to define where it is; yet meaſurably we poor Mortals taſte of it here on Earth, ſo that we believe it is not included in us, nor excluded from the Regenerate; Chriſt is Lord of Heaven, yet as to his Godhead he is meaſu­rably within us, by his Grace, Light and Spirit; For he that hath not the Spirit of Christ, is none of his.

VIII. We are juſtified and cleanſed from Sin by the preci­ous Blood of Jeſus Chriſt, that was outwardly ſhed; and we are ſanctified by that precious Blood, through the Spirit of God that dwelleth in us, 1 Cor. 6.11.

IX. We believe, That it is neceſſary for all to believe in Chriſt Jeſus, as he came outwardly for our Eternal Salvation; and alſo to believe in his ſpiritual Appearance, Grace and Light, wherewith he hath Inlightened every Man that cometh into the World; and in the Spirit of Truth, which is ſuffici­ent to lead and guide into all Truth: Alſo living Faith in Chriſt as he died for our Sins, and to reconcile us to God, and roſe again, and is at the Right Hand of God making Inter­ceſſion7 for us, according to Rom. 8.34. is neceſſary to be Preached, with his inward and ſpiritual Appearance, by every true Miniſter of Chriſt, as God ſhall require it by his Spirit, John 1.9. Mat. 16.13.

X. And we believe it is abſolutely needful for every Man and Woman that do profeſs themſelves to be Chriſtians, and hope to be ſaved by our Lord Jeſus Chriſt, to be very care­ful that they are certain and know in themſelves, that they are true and faithful Witneſſes of their own true and unfeigned Repentance towards God, and that they ſo believe as to have ſaving Faith in our Lord Jeſus Chriſt, and rightly to know what the Apoſtle ſaith, viz. Not by Works of Righteouſneſs which we have done, but according to his Mercy he ſaved us, by the waſhing of Regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, Tit. 3.5.

XI. We believe, That all that are or ſhall be ſaved in any Age of the World, have their Sins blotted out and forgiven for Chriſt's ſake, and on the account of his moſt holy and per­fect Obedience unto Death; and what Light and Grace all Men ever did, doth or ſhall receive to the Worlds end, it is given to Men for the Man Chriſt Jeſus his ſake, and by his Purchaſe and Merits, and continual Mediation and Inter­ceſſion, 1 Tim. 2.5.

XII. We believe, That Chriſt Jeſus ſhall come again to judge the Quick and the Dead, according to Act. 1.11. And that God hath appointed a Day, in the which he will judge the World in Righteouſneſs by the Man whom he hath or­dained, whereof he hath given aſſurance to all Men, in that he hath raiſed him from the Dead, Act. 17.31. but in what manner he ſhall come, we muſt ſubmit to the Pleaſure of the Almighty.

XIII. We faithfully believe, That there will be a Reſurre­ction both of the Juſt and Unjuſt; and if our Hope were only in this Life, we were of all Men moſt miſerable: Chriſt Jeſus ſaith, That he is the Reſurrection and the Life, and he that believes in him, tho' he were dead, yet ſhall he live; and he that lives and be­lieves,8 ſhall never die. We believe, That the deceaſed Saints are at Reſt in the Kingdom; for we do not believe a Purgatory or Place of Cleanſing hereafter; For as Death leaves, Judgment finds; but we believe, That there is a Reſurrection of the Body more than what we have already attained, which after the Diſſolution and putting of that which is Corruptible, we ſhall attain to the full Injoyment of that which we now, through Mercy, have the Earneſt of, Knowing that he which raiſed up our Lord Jeſus, ſhall raiſe us up alſo by Jeſus, 2 Cor. 4.14.

XIV. We believe, That Body that dieth ſhall riſe again, but wonderfully changed; yet ſo far the ſame Body, as it is poſſible for a Natural Body to become a Spiritual Body; God will give it a Body as it pleaſeth him, 1 Cor. 15.38. In ſhort, the Reſurrection is a Myſtery too great for the carnal Mind to per­ceive; and the things of God knows no Man, but the Spirit of God: Let us therefore take the Counſel of an eminent Man; viz. To be ſolicitous to know the Power and inward Operation, whereby we may be made Sons of God, and attain to the Reſurrection of the Dead, as being Children of God and of the Reſurrection: If Men walk in the true Light, and ſo truly ſerve and pleaſe God here on Earth, they ſhall not need to doubt or diſpute about their future Be­ing in Heaven; their Buſineſs is to get thither, and God will well accommodate them there; Men ought not to be too curious and ſcru­tinous in Matters beyond their Reach, as to the manner of their fu­ture Beings, or how they ſhall be reſerved for eternal Rewards.

We are Friends to all that hunger and thirſt after Righte­ouſneſs, more than after Strife and Contention,
  • Thomas Curtis,
  • William Soundey,
  • Benjamin Coales.

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TextThe reading Quakers vindicated from false aspersions; shewing that unneighbourly proceedings is no testimony of Christianity or real Quakers, but destructive to Christian society
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Bibliographic informationThe reading Quakers vindicated from false aspersions; shewing that unneighbourly proceedings is no testimony of Christianity or real Quakers, but destructive to Christian society Curtis, Thomas, 17th cent.. 8 p. s.n.,[S.l. :1696]. (Caption title.) (Signed and dated at end: Reading, 19th 9th month, 1696. Thomas Curtis, William Soundey, Benjamin Coales.) (Reproduction of original in the Folger Shakespeare Library.)
  • Society of Friends -- Apologetic works -- Early works to 1800.
  • Society of Friends -- Doctrines -- Early works to 1800.

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