|Author:||Pordage, John, 1607-1681.|
|Title:||Innocencie appearing, through the dark mists of pretended guilt.: Or, A full and true narration of the unjust and illegal proceedings of the commissioners of Berks, (for ejecting scandalous and insufficient ministers) against John Pordage of Bradfield in the same county. In which he is justly vindicated from the unjust and horrid aspersions of blasphemy, divelism or necromancie, scandal in his life, and all things else falsly objected against him by his enemies. Published for the clearing of truth, and the detecting of malice and subtilty, and for the prevention of all mispprehensions that may be caused by any scandalous pamphlets, and false relations of the proceedings in his case. As likewise for the information of all sober-minded Christians touching his judgement in many things of high concernment, and particularly concerning chastity, virginity, apparitions of spirits, visions, communion with the holy angels, the invisible worlds, magistracy, &c. / Written by the said John Pordage.|
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Innocencie appearing, through the dark mists of pretended guilt.: Or, A full and true narration of the unjust and illegal proceedings of the commissioners of Berks, (for ejecting scandalous and insufficient ministers) against John Pordage of Bradfield in the same county. In which he is justly vindicated from the unjust and horrid aspersions of blasphemy, divelism or necromancie, scandal in his life, and all things else falsly objected against him by his enemies. Published for the clearing of truth, and the detecting of malice and subtilty, and for the prevention of all mispprehensions that may be caused by any scandalous pamphlets, and false relations of the proceedings in his case. As likewise for the information of all sober-minded Christians touching his judgement in many things of high concernment, and particularly concerning chastity, virginity, apparitions of spirits, visions, communion with the holy angels, the invisible worlds, magistracy, &c. / Written by the said John Pordage.
Pordage, John, 1607-1681.
London: Printed for Giles Calvert, at the Black Spread-Eagle, at the West-end of Pauls, 1655.
Pordage, John, -- 1607-1681 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
To his Highness the Lord PROTECTOR, and to his Honourable Council.
To my Judges the Commissioners, and their Assistants the Ministers.
To all my Christian Friends and Acquain∣tance in Berkshire and elsewhere scattered.
To the Tryal it self, I thus present it to view.
Artic. 1. That Christ is not God, That Christ is not Jehovah.
2. Article. That the imputative righteousness of Christ is a sapless righteousness.
3. Article. That they should look to the fiery nature of Christs Deity in the centre of their souls, burning up the dross and chaff of their lusts and corruptions.
4. Article. That the fiery Deity of Christ mingles and mixeth it self with our flesh.
5. Article. That Christ was a Type, and but a Type.
6. Article. That the gifts and graces of the Spirit are but flesh.
In the second place to the Articles themselves, I thus reply.
As to the fifth Article, which concerns my giving entertainment in my house to one Everard, reputed a Conjurer, and to one Tawny, reported to hold unsound opinions, I thus answer.
Whereas it is said he was generally reputed a Conjurer.
As to the second part of the fifth Article, which concerns my entertain∣ment of one Tawny, reputed (as it is there expressed) to be one that holds unsound Opinions.
Francis Knight of Wallingford saith,
As to the particular Articles (which are raked together in much confusion, without reducing of them to their particular heads, of Scandal or Insufficiency, many of them being incapable justly to be referred to either) I thus begin my Answers.
Art. 1. THat the righteousness of Christ was a poor, vain, sapless righteousness.
Art. 2. That Jesus Christ was not perfect, alleadging that Scripture to confirm it My God, my God, Why hast thou, &c.
Art. 3. That the bloud of Christ was not meritorious of any mans sal∣vation.
Art. 4. That it was a poor thing to live upon the bloud of Christ, and fetch∣ing it over again in a contemptuous kind of speaking, Pish, said he, thou art a babe, thou knowst nothing, to live upon the bloud of Christ is a poor thing.
Art. 5. That one speaking to me of the glorious persons in the Trinity, I replyed, pish, there is no such thing as persons in Trinity:
Art. 6. That it was a weakness to be troubled for sin.
Art. 7. That he might say any thing to the men of the world.
Art. 8. That I asserted, I knew nothing to the contrary but that a man might company with more then one woman, being taxed for keeping carnal company with a woman in London.
Art. 9. That he hath frequent and familiar converse with Angels.
Art. 10, 11, 12, 13. Concerning the Vision of a Dragon, and the Appa∣rition of Spirits.
Art. 14. That Mrs. Margaret Pendar doth think she was bewitched by them of Bradfield.
Art. 1. THat some of Blewbery who spake against Marriage, said they came then from my house.
Art. 2. That my Chamber hath been filled with Spirits.
Art. 3. That I Preached, That Water-baptism was not an Ordinance of Jesus Christ.
Art. 4. That about 1653. I was commanded by my Angel, or from hea∣ven, to give off Preaching, and to take no more Tythes; but that since I have had a dispensation.
Art. 5. That in July 1654. I was taken up into heaven, &c.
Art. 6. That I cursed the people of Bradfield in my Pulpit, and their posterity for ever, &c.
Art. 7. Concerning the little Horn mentioned Dan. 7. to be Christ.
Art. 8. Concerning Goodwife Pococks singing Hymns and Spiritual Songs.
Art. 9. Concerning the same persons coming to Col. Evelings, and saying she had a word from God, viz. Have nothing to do with that just man.
Art. 10. Concerning Mr. Snelling and his wife coming to my house, &c.
Art. 11, 12. Concerning the sending of my man Bolt in an uncivil manner for Mr. Forster, with his speaking of strange things there to be seen, and of my telling Mr. Forster he should see very wonderfull things, &c.
Art. 13. Concerning Goodwife Pocoks coming to Mr. Forsters, and saying the Dr. had fought with, and overcome an evil Spirit, and that the Family had been strangely acted, the power taking some of them in one part, some in another, and that they spake glorious things.
Art. 14. That Mrs. Flavel was in a Trance, and in it saw the Philoso∣phers stone, which she knew to be the Divinity in the Humanity.
Art. 15. Touching Sawoods Depositions of the birth of a child, and one being in travel.
Art. 16. That in my house the new Jerusalem hath been seen to come down from heaven, and that in it was a Globe, in which Globe was Eterni∣ty, and in that Eternity all the Saints.
Art. 17. That in my house God hath been seen face to face, &c.
1. Circ. Its said it was some eight years since I brought one Mrs. Fla∣vel to Goodman Laughtons, &c.
2. Circ. Its further said, this was carrying her to London.
3. Circ. That I asked whether my friend behind me, being sick, might have entertainment, &c.?
4. Circ. That I never mentioned she was with child.
5: Circ: That in a short time she fell in travel:
6: Circ: That she had no husband then as the world knew of:
7. Circ: That I came often to visit her.
8▪ Circ. That I removed her to Kensington:
9. Circ. That I payed the Smith for her being at his house:
10: Circ: That the Nurses husband wrote a Letter to me at Bradfield, for money for the childs nursing:
11. Circ. That shortly after he sent for the child away.
12. Circ. That a little while after the said little one was brought into my Family.
Now to take away any thing that may seem to reflect upon me in this my acknowledgment, pray consider these subsequent particulars.
I shall now proceed to add some few circumstances more, which may serve to clear me before all sober persons.
Art. That we have changed our Names.
Artic. 8. That I am extreamly covetous, taking five shillings at a time to marry one.
Art. 9. That my preaching doth not tend to Edification.
Artic. 10. That I am very ignorant and insufficient for the work of the Ministry.
Now to the first Article.
To the second Article.
Now I shall present the Depositions of my own Witnesses touching the second Article.
Now I shall pass to the third Article.
To the fourth Article.
To the fifth Articli.
To the sixth Article.
To the seventh Article.
To the eight and ninth Article.
But now we shall pass to the next Witness.
Now I shall present you with the Depositions, and Evidence given in on my behalf touching the eighth and ninth Articles, viz. That Christ is not God, and That Christ is not Jehovah.
Now follow the cross-Examinations of the Accuser, and some other of the Ministers.
Now I come to the second Charge of Articles in reference to the proof, be∣ing exhibited against me by one Joseph Cook an unknown person.
Artic. 1. ONe Mrs Lewin being with child, and neer the time of tra∣vel, sent for Dr. Pordages mother to be her Midwife, but he would not suffer her to go, saying they would not be guilty of such a beast like life, meaning Mrs Lewins being with child by her husband.
Artic. 2. The said Doctor Pordage coming to the house of Mr Lew∣in, in his discourse with Mrs Lewin blamed her for having children by her husband, and argued with her the unlawfulness of having children by her husband.
Art. 3. In his discourse to Mr. Lewin concerning the same subject, he endeavoured to maintain the unlawfulness of their having children, and said that Adam was Male and Female in himself, and had he not fallen he had brought forth children himself, and to maintain and prove the same by Scripture and otherwise.
Artic. 4. In his discourse with Mr Lewin, which was about the time that one Everard was with him in his house at Bradfield, who was generally re∣puted a Conjurer, he asked Mr Lewin whether he would not be afraid, if he should see his own picture or shape, intimating that he himself had used to see his.
Artic. 5. The said Doctor Pordage hath had for some weeks together in his house the said Everard and one Tawny, who stiled himself King of the Jews, who had been questioned as it is generally reported, for holding dangerous and unsound Opinions, as that there is no Hell, and the like.
But now as to the particular Depositions, relating to the third Charge, exhibited by Mr Fowler, I shall here present them to be weighed in the scales of Justice by the Reader.
Artic. 2. THat Jesus Christ was not perfect, alleadging that Text to confirm it, he cryed out My God my God, why &c.
Now as to my Defence against this Testimony, not repeating the illega∣lity and invalidity of it, I have these things to say,
Artic. 3. That the blood of Christ was not meritorious of any mans Salvation.
To ballance this Deposition, let the Reader Consider,
Article 4. Pish, It is a poor thing to live upon the blood of Christ.
Now as to this Deposition, what is further to be added, to give the Reader more light to judge both of the Article and Deposition: Is this.
Art. 5. Pish, there was no such thing as persons in Trinity.
Now what I have more to add to clear the truth in reference to this Deposition, is this.
Art. 6. That it was a weakness to be troubled for sin,
To this I replyed before the Court.
To the seventh Article nothing is deposed, being contrived and re∣ported abroad by the accuser, to draw an odium upon me, as you may see in my Answer to it.
But let the Reader here take notice.
Article 9. That he hath very frequent and familiar converse with Angels.
Artcle 10, 11, 12, 13. Concerning the apparitions of Spirits, and of a great Dragon.
But now to the Depositions.
But for the further satisfaction of the Reader in reference to the former Deposition.
What I intend here to declare, I shall dispatch in these three particulars.
But I shall here first present the Objects.
But now I come to the other internal world, which we may term Mundus Luminosus, or the light world, which with its various objects, was then like∣wise opened to the inward Senses.
The Deposition taken on my behalf was this that follows:
Here follow the Depositions of John Grip of Redding, Ioyner,who being sworn and examined, deposeth.
In reference to these two last particulars touching Mr Blagrave and his wife, consider this following Deposition and Evidence.
But Mr Grip further on Oath deposeth,
Art, 28, 29. Concerning Mrs Mary Pococks Relation to Mrs Forster, of what was acted in my house. And of Mrs Flavels being in a Trance, and seeing what was the Philosophers stone.
Mrs Pocock sworn and examined, deposeth,
Art. 34. The testimony of Richard Sawood, who was neither sworn nor examined in publick Court.
Mr Pordage, Minister of Stanford Dingly, sworn and examin∣ed to the former Deposition of Richard Seywood.
To the 35. and 37. Articles.
Sent. And hath publikely by his evil and contumacious expressions slighted and affronted the said Commissioners, and instead of producing his Interrogatories in writing according to our Order, hath now verbally offer∣ed several questions, &c.
Sent. Upon due consideration it appeareth that the said Doctor is guil∣ty of denying the Deity of Christ.
Sent. And the merit of his precious blood and passion.
Sent. And hath asserted and maintained, that Christ was a Type, and but a Type.
Sent. And not perfect.
Sent. An that his Imputative Righteousness was sapless.
Sent.—And several other hellish Opinions, and is otherwise scandalous; as by the said Depositions may more fully appear.
Sent. And it is likewise declared—that upon the matter proved against him, The said Doctor Pordage is ignorant and very insufficint for the work of the Ministry.
Sent. It is declared under the hands of six of the said Commissioners, and seven Ministers their assistants, &c.
Here I shall begin with the Ministers.
But now I come to the Commissioners, who were in number six, as the Sentence expresseth.
An APPENDIX to the former RELATION.
notice to the reader