|Author:||Eaton, Samuel, 1596?-1665.|
|Title:||The Quakers confuted,: being an answer unto nineteen queries; propounded by them, and sent to the elders of the church of Duckenfield in Cheshire; wherein is held forth much of the doctrine and practise concerning revelations, and immediate voices, and against the holy Scriptures, Christs ministry, churches and ordinances &c. Together with an answer to a letter which was written and sent by one of them to a family of note and quality in the said county, which pleaded for perfection in this life, and for quaking. By Samuel Eaton, teacher of the Church of Christ heretofore meeting at Duckenfield, now in Stockport in Cheshire.|
|Publication Info:||Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library
2012 November (TCP phase 2)
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The Quakers confuted,: being an answer unto nineteen queries; propounded by them, and sent to the elders of the church of Duckenfield in Cheshire; wherein is held forth much of the doctrine and practise concerning revelations, and immediate voices, and against the holy Scriptures, Christs ministry, churches and ordinances &c. Together with an answer to a letter which was written and sent by one of them to a family of note and quality in the said county, which pleaded for perfection in this life, and for quaking. By Samuel Eaton, teacher of the Church of Christ heretofore meeting at Duckenfield, now in Stockport in Cheshire.
Eaton, Samuel, 1596?-1665., Waller, Richard, d. 1657.
London: Printed by R. White for Thomas Brewster, and are to be sold at the sign of the three Bibles at the West-end of Pauls, 1654.
To the Supream Authority of the Nation, the Parliament now sitting in Westminster.
To the Christian READER.
THE Quakers QUERIES, For some Friends who call themselves Elders of the Church of Christ, meet∣ing at Stopport, these &c. A few Queries to you who profess your selves to be Teachers, Pastors and Elders.
An ANSWER to the foremen∣tioned Queries, brought by one Richard Waller a Messenger of the Quakers, and presented by him in the name of them, unto the Elders of the Church common∣called the Church of Duckenfield, now meeting at Stockport in the face and pre∣sence of the whole Congregation; and an Answer required fromthe above said El∣ders, upon the 5th of Iune 1653.
Querie 1. WHether you have the Eternal Spirit which gave forth the Scriptures, yea or no?
Querie 2. Whether the Apostles did give a right meaningto the Scriptures when they gave them forth, or left them to you to give the meaning of them, yea or no?
Querie 3. Whether Plagues be not added to them who addto the Prophecies Written in the Book? And whether his name be not diminished out of the Book of Life who diminisheth? And whether you can witness this name, yea or no?
Querie 4. Whether you have an infallible Judgement to judge of things eternal, yea or no?
Quere 5. Whether you be above the Apostle, and able tojudge his condition, because you say he was not perfect who said he spake wisedom among them that were perfect?
Querie 6. Whether you have the hidden wisdom which Godordained before the World was, which the Apostle speaks of, yea or no?
Querie 7. Whether you have heard the voice of the live∣ingGod of Heaven and Earth? or whether you do not take the Prophets words, Christs words, and the Apostles words, and say, he saith it, when saith the Lord, I never spoke to you?
Querie 8. Whether a man shall overcome the body of sinwhile he is upon the Earth, yea or no?
Querie 9. Whether you preach no other Doctrine butwhat the Apostles did? That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life. For this life is made manifest, and we have seen it, and bear witness and shew it unto you.
Querie 10. Whether you have this word which was fromthe beginning, and this l•fe manifest unto you which was to the Apostles? And if it be, why do you take a Text from the Letter, and Preach from it, and shew the People the Letter?
Querie 11. And shew me where the Prophets did take aText, and preach from it; but only Christ read a place, and said, it was fulfilled, who said he was anointed to preach; and which of you can witness you are anointed to preach by the living God, yea or no?
Querie 12. Tell me why you sing Davids Conditions andExperiences in Meeter, and when you read them, Hats you put on, and when you sing them, Hats you put off.
Querie 13. Whether you have the voice, and whether you do know the voice of Christ from the voice of a Stranger? MySheep know my voice, saith Christ, seeing that you are so forward to judge, and sit as Judges of the Saints Conditi∣ons?
Querie 14. Whether that which is in you which Judgeth, be eternal and infallible, yea or no?
Querie 15. What are the Ordinances which are ordained of God, that those which you call Quakers deny? Or when did God command you to observe them, as to sprinkle Infants, and to pray before and after your Sermons, (as you call them) or to set times, dayes and hours, which was in the gene∣ration which were enemies to Christ, who observed such things. Querie 16. What these Ordinances of God be which youspeak of? and where God commanded them, and to whom: which you say them (which you call Quakers) deny? men∣tion them in particular, and declare them openly in Writing, and give over accusing.
Querie 17. Whether you do not seduce the People to arawthem from the anointing within them? when as John saith, they need no man teach them, but as the anointing, and the Pro∣mise was Eternal Life to him that did abide in the anointing.
Querie 18. Whether you do not bewitch the people, and draw them from the Spirit of God within them, to observe thosethings which God never commanded; to tell the people of a Sacrament, and following your outward Teaching, who stand praying in the Synagogues, and are called of men Masters; which Christ d•d forbid, Mat. 23. And have the chiefest places in the Assemblies; Whether these be not called Antichrists, which act contrary to the Commands of Christ, yea or no?
Querie 19. Whether a man shall ever grow up that he need no man teach him under your Ministry, yea or no? see∣ing the Apostle saith, you need no man teach you; and you which have been long Teachers, how many have you brought up into this Condition?
A Coppy of a Letter which Richard Waller a Quaker, sent to a Gentlemans Family, near Stockport in Cheshire: in which both he and his wife had been formerly servants: Wherein he pleads for an ab∣solute perfection, and for Quaking.
A Copy of an answer to the forementioned Letter, written in the name of the Church of Duckenfield, now meeting in Stopport, and sent unto the wife of Richard Waller, for the setling and establishing of her in the faith of Christ, be∣ing a member of the forementioned Church, wherein all such Scriptures which were brought to prove an absolute Perfection and Quaking are Interpreted, and the true sense given to them; and freed from such corrupt fense for which they are alledged.
The Quakers Reply to our fore∣mentioned answer, sent by Richard Waller, with an injunction that it should be read in the presence of the CONGREGATION.
Annotations upon this Reply, and an Extraction of the unsavory passages contained in it.
There is lately Printed and sold by Thomas Brewster, at the three Bible in Pauls Church-yard, near the West and, these Books, viz.