|Author:||Rogers, William, d. ca. 1709.|
|Title:||The Christian-Quaker distinguished from the apostate & innovator in five parts, wherein religious differences amongst the people termed in derision Quakers, are treated on : George Fox one (at least, if not the chief) reputed author thereof, is deducted : doctrines of truth owned by the children of light (and cleared from objections) are laid down according to Holy Scriptures and revelation of the Spirit / by William Rogers, on behalf of himself and other friends in truth concerned.|
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The Christian-Quaker distinguished from the apostate & innovator in five parts, wherein religious differences amongst the people termed in derision Quakers, are treated on : George Fox one (at least, if not the chief) reputed author thereof, is deducted : doctrines of truth owned by the children of light (and cleared from objections) are laid down according to Holy Scriptures and revelation of the Spirit / by William Rogers, on behalf of himself and other friends in truth concerned.
Rogers, William, d. ca. 1709.
London printed: [s.n.], 1680.
Errata following p. 32 of first numbered count.
Each part has special t.p. and separate pagination.
Numerous errors in pagination.
Reproduction of original in the Harvard University Library.
THE PREFACE TO THE READER.
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The FIRST PART OF THE Christian-Quaker Distinguished from the Apostate and Innovator, &c.
The INTRODUCTION. Wherein the Case is stated, manifesting, That there was an Union; and the Wayes and Meanes by which it came to be broken.
How doth it appear that there is such a great Difference, and Dis-union?
SECT. II. An Answer to the First Position (deducible from an Objection raised toward the conclusion of the first Secti∣on) to wit, That the Lord hath ordained G. F. to be in that place amongst the Children of Light in this our Day, as Moses was among the Chil∣dren of Israel in his Day.
SECT. III. An Answer to the Second Position (deducible from an Objection raised toward the Conclusion of the first Section) viz. That Monthly and Quarterly Meetings are called the Church, and ought to be submitted to.
What Order is either prescribed or used, whereby the sense of such Meetings is collected.?
SECT. IV. An Answer to the Third Position (deducible from an Objection raised, toward the Conclusion of the first Section) viz. That 'tis Folly and Hipocrisy to pro∣fess our selves Members of the True Church, and yet not Believe thus, as the True Church Believes.
SECT. V. What we stand for, viz. Truth and Righteousness, and that Christ's Government may be exalted in every Heart, under which we are instructed not to depend on Man, but on the sufficiency of God's Grace. A Testimony against Tythes, and for Meeting together in time of Persecution, the neglect whereof may be the Fruit of Weakness, or disobedience. The Government of Christ, and the Laws thereof are inward. Some part of the Fruits brought forth, under the said Government are discribed. An Objection relating to the Securing any part of a mans Estate on a fore-sight of a Premunire, or Fines for meeting answered.
SECT. VI. On the occasion of an Objection, raised touching the suf∣ficiency of Gods Grace, Unity is treated on, from the words of Paul to the Corinths, that they should all speak one thing. Touching the Word Independency, occasioned by a Publick Preacher. That leaving Friends to the Grace, Light and Spirit of God, is not the way to lead into Rantism.
SECT. VII. Touching Church-Government, and the meaning of the word Church-Government, in the sence of our Opposers, as we (on sufficient ground) take it laid down. Our denial of that meaning. Several Scriptures from whence a Proof for Church-Government hath been pretended, are treated on, shewing that from thence no Pretence can be to claim a Power over Consci∣ence, or Outward Property. The Doctrine touching Power over Conscience, and outward things relating to Meum and Tuum (as the Authors Terms are) which we therefore call Outward Property, Examined, and testified against, as con∣trary to the Principle of Truth, and Liberty we have in Christ Jesus. Our sense what ought to be done for the Decision of Controversy, with relation to Property between Brother and Brother. An Objection raised to this purpose, That what is given forth by the Spirit, through the Brethren, ought to be obeyed, and not accounted the Dictates of fallible Man; and that, if thou see it not thy Duty to obey, the Reason is, thy Want of Diligence, and not waiting in thy Measure, and so no Plea for thy Disobedience is Good. The said Objection answered. An Examination from the Scriptures, Whether Christ gave any Incouragement to his Disciples, to be∣come Rulers over one another.
SECT. VIII. A manifestation that the Variance hath originally risen from a Different Sense touching G. F. the Gene∣ral Meeting, or Womens-Meetings, &c. The End for which Womens-Meetings were assented to.
SECT. IX. An Epistle, evidencing the Qualications of such whom Sa∣than makes vse of, to Rend and Divide the Church of Christ. A Paper given forth by Edward Burroughs, Anno 1661. Touching the Scattered in Israel, wherein by a Parable is lively described a part of what hath happened amongst the Flock of God in these latter dayes. The Conclusion, manifesting Several Passages, very material and worthy observation, as a further discovery of the Fruit and Cause of Division.
The SECOND PART OF THE Christian-Quaker, Distinguished from the APOSTATE and INNOVATOR, &c.
CHAP I. The Introduction, Wherein is manifested, That there is but One Way, whereby the things appertaining to the Kingdom of God, and Sal∣vation of Mankind come to be revealed, though the Manifestation thereof may seem various.
CHAP. II. Touching the Light of Christ within, and Exhortation to Obedience thereof.
CHAP. III. Touching Infallibility and Perfection.
CHAP. IV. Touching Wisdom and Knowledge.
CHAP. V. Touching Magistracy, and Obedience thereto.
CHAP. VI. Touching Respect of Persons, Plain Language, dis∣use of the word Master, unless by a Servant to his Master; of Customs and Fashions of this World; and of the Cross of Christ.
CHP. VII. Touching Swearing.
CHAP. VIII. Touching Tythes.
CAAP. IX. Touching Baptism.
CHAP. X. Touching the Supper of the Lord, with his Disciples the night before he was betrayed.
CHAP. XI. Touching Justification and Salvation through Faith in Christ.
AN Appendix, manifesting some Fruits of Apo∣stacy or Innovation.
The THIRD PART OF THE Christian-Quaker Distinguished from the Apostate and Innovator, &c.
To the READER.
The matters occasionally discourst in this ensuing Treatise, are in some measure described in what followes.
The Innovations and Scripture-Misapplicati∣ons of R. B. Detected.
The Testimony of the said Isaac Penington, the Younger, now followeth.
The copy of a Letter pretended to be given forth by W. R.
The Coppy of a Paper given forth by Charles Marshal and Thirty six Persons more.
William Rogers his Observations, on a Letter given forth and pretended to be his, together with his Answer to a Paper given forth by Charles Marshal and thirty six Persons more, on the hearing of a Debate between W. R. and R. B.
The FOURTH PART OF THE Christian-Quaker Distinguished from the Apostate and Innovator, &c.
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The FIFTH PART OF THE Christian Quaker, Distinguish'd From the APOSTATE and INNOVATOR, &c.
The first Dissatisfaction.
The first Quotation.
The second Quotation.
The Third Quotation.
The Fourth Quotation.
The Fifth Quotation.
AN INDEX Of some of the Chief Matters Treated on.
Here now follows divers Things, relating to George Fox, contain∣ed in the First Part.
Here now follows divers things relating to George Fox, contained in the Fourth Part.
Here follow divers Things relating to George Fox, contained in the Fifth Part.
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