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your lives and doings, and turn to the Lord, from all your evil ways, words, lives and conversations, and fear him, which to do, is to depart from evil, that the wrath of God and the Lamb may not come upon you; for I desire the good of all your souls, and the eternal welfare of all people.

And the apostle saith in 1 Cor. x. óneither let us (to wit, the christians,) commit fornication, as some of them (to wit, the Jews,) did, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.'

*Neither be ye idolaters, (to wit, the christians,) as some of them were (to wit, the Jews,) as it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.'

Now, all these things came upon them, (to wit, the Jews,) for example, and they were written to admonish us, that christians should not follow them.

And the prophet saith, Hab. ii. 15. Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunk also, that thou mayest look on his nakedness; thou art filled with shame for glory : drink thou also, and let thy nakedness be uncovered; the cup of the Lord's right hand shall be turned unto thee.' Now consider this, ye that profess yourselves christians, and live not the life of christianity, whether ye be not found in these practises that the scriptures declare against.

Hagg. i. 6. *Ye have sown much, and bring in little, ye eat, but ye are not satisfied ; ye drink, and are not filled ; ye clothe you, but you are not warm; and he that earneth wages, putteth it into a broken bag.'

Now, is not this the condition of many called christians, that drink, and are never filled; and eat, and are not satisfied; and earn, but waste their wages?

And in Amos iii. 15. and iv. 1. I will smite, saith the Lord, the winterhouse, and the summerhouse, and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall be consumed, saith the Lord, hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountains of Samaria, which oppress the poor, and destroy the needy; and they say unto their masters, bring and let us drink.' &c.

Now, consider this, ye that are found in such practises, and see what judgment the Lord brought against such.

And in Hos. iv. 18. there you may see how Ephraim's drunkenness stunk; their drunkenness stinketh, (saith the prophet,) they have committed whoredom.

And does not the nominal christians' drunkenness stink, think ye, together with other their uncleanness?

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And in Prov. xx. it is said, wine is a mocker, and strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.'

So mark, ye unwise christians, that are found in this raging with this strong drink; and do ye think that ye are wise, that are deceived with wine the mocker?

And in Prov. iv. 14, to 18. •Enter not into the way of the wicked, and walk not in the way of evil men, and avoid it, and go not by it, but turn from it, and pass by; for they cannot sleep except they do evil; and they cause some to fall; for they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.' Were not these things judged by the law of God? and are they not judged by the gospel? and do not you think that the Lord will make such to drink the wine of giddiness? as in Psal. Ix. 3, &c.

And in Psal. lxxx. 5. Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, and gave them tears to drink in a great measure.' And do ye think that ye christians, that feed yourselves without the fear of God, and consume his good creatures upon your lusts, must not be fed with the bread of tears, and have tears to drink from the hand of the Lord.

And in Isa lvi. 12. 'Come ye,' say they, to wit, the shepherds or the watchmen, ‘I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-morrow, shall be as this day, and much more abundant.' And were not these reproved by the prophets ? and are not such reproved now by the gospel ?

And in Isa. xxvii. 7, 8. •For all their tables are full of filthy vomitings.' Now, look into your houses of drunkenness, ye called christians, and see what filthiness is there; and by such doings ye devour the creation, and cause the drink of the thirsty to fail, which would do them good, which you destroy, and do yourselves hurt withal.

And the prophet Isaiah saith, but they have erred because of wine, and are out of the way by strong drink: the priests and the prophets also have erred by strong drink; they are swallowed up with wine, they are gone astray through strong drink; they fail in vision, they stumble in judgment.

Come, try yourselves by these scriptures, ye that call yourselves christians, and ye priests and prophets; and see whether by strong drink ye have not stumbled in judgment, and erred in vision, and are some of you swallowed up with wine ?

And does not the prophet cry against the pride and the drunkenness of Ephraim ? and do not many now, that are called christians, take a pleasure and pride in making others drunk ? and were not such threatened with judgments, and cried against them? and are not such to be warned now, as then ?

And now take heed lest this come upon you as is spoken of in Isa. xxiv.

• the earth shall be clean emptied, and utterly spoiled, the Lord hath spoken it; because the inhabitants of the earth have transgressed his laws, and changed his ordinances, and broken his everlasting covenant; therefore the curse devours the earth, and the habitations thereof: then the wine faileth, and all that were of a merry heart do mourn; the mirth of tabrets ceaseth ; the voice of them that rejoice endeth ; the joy of the harp ceaseth ; the earth lamenteth and fadeth away; the world is feeble and decayed; the proud people of the earth are weakened ; they shall not drink wine with mirth; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it; the city of vanity is broken down; every house is shut up, that no man cometh into it: there is a cry for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened: the mirth of the world is gone away: surely this shall be in the midst of the earth among the people, as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the grapes when the vintage is ended.'

Now, consider these things, ye that profess yourselves christians, and are the transgressors of the gospel, and the commands and law of Jesus, as the Jews did, the law of God and his ordinances under the old covenant : do ye think this curse and judgments will not come upon you, that are found in these practises?

And in Isa. 5. • Woe unto them that rise up early to follow drunkenness, and to them that continue until night, till wine doth inflame them; and the harp, viol, timbrel and pipe, and wine are in their feasts, but they regard not the work of the Lord, nor consider they the works of his hands :' therefore, does not the Lord say, 'he will lay his vineyard waste, and it shall bring forth briars and thorns.'

And therefore take heed, ye christians, so called, that practise such things, lest your vineyard be laid waste also.

And woe unto them,' says the prophet, that are mighty to drink wine, and to them that are strong to pour in strong drink ; which justify the wicked for a reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him; and call evil good, and good evil. Therefore, as the flaming fire devours the stubble, and as the chaff is consumed of the flame, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their bud shall rise up like dust, because they have cast off the law of the Lord of hosts, and contemned the word of the holy one of Israel : therefore is the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched out his hand upon them,' &c.

And now consider ye this that profess yourselves christians, and are found in these practises ; have not ye cast away the command and law of Jesus Christ, and contemned his instructions, who says, ' be ye holy, as I am holy; without which none shall see the Lord :' and ye ought to walk as Christ walked ; and will not he render vengeance in flames of fire against all such as obey not the gospel, and walk not as becomes the gos


And did not the Lord bring his judgments upon the Jews for such actions ? and do you think he will clear you of such actions, because ye make a profession of christianity, and the gospel ? Nay, nay, be not deceived: God's wrath and righteous judgments will be revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men ? and therefore amend and repent, lest these judgments come upon you at unawares: when you and your priests are crying, 'peace, peace,' sudden destruction comes upon you, as it did upon Sodom, and the old world.

And you that be found out of the power of Godliness, as the Jews were found out of the law of God; do you think that the stone will not cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer to it, against you that delight in sin and wickedness?

• This vision is plain, saith the Lord ; he that runs may read it; and the vision is for an appointed time, but at the last it shall speak.' Hab.2.

Therefore while ye have time repent, and give over pleading for your sin and body of death and wickedness to the grave; for there is no repentance there, and as the tree falls, so it lies; therefore cease to sin and break off your iniquities by repentance. • For the grave cannot confess to the Lord, nor death cannot praise him and they that go down into the pit cannot hope for the truth ; but the living, the living shall confess thee, as I do this day; the father to the children shall declare the truth,' thus saith Hezekiah, Isa. xxxviii. 18, 19.7

And you may see these evil works and workers before-mentioned, to wit, drunkenness, uncleanness, &c. are the works of such as go into hell; for the scripture saith, all that forget God, and do wickedly, shall be turned into hell, as aforesaid; and so into that which burns with fire and brimstone; and therefore saith the prophet, hell hath enlarged hersell, and opened her mouth without measure; and their glory and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth among them shall descend into it. Isa. v. 14. Therefore consider this, all ye drunkards and unclean persons, that feed yourselves without fear, and destroy and devour the creatures of God upon your lusts, lest hell swallow you up, which has opened its mouth without measure; be sure it will, except you speedily repent and amend your lives and doings, and turn, unto the Lord. {Though you may call drunkenness and uncleanness, good-fellowship, and call others fools that will not follow you into the same excess of riot, yet it is the bad-fellowship; for the good-fellowship is in the good spirit of God, which morti. fies these evils, and the works of the flesh, which are manifest; as, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, wantonness, envy, murder, drunkenness, gluttony, &c. "whereof I tell you (says the apostle) that they that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.' Gal. 5. G. F

Worcester Prison, this 1st of the 11th month, 1674.


To measure themselves by the scriptures of truth, and see if they be not re

proved by them, and the Spirit from whence they came. And to all that call themselves papists, bishops, ministers and teachers of the

gospel; and professors in Christendom (so called,) that say they have not the same power and spirit the apostles had.-By G. F.

Read and try with patience, and be not offended at truth.

He that hath the form of Godliness, and denies the power thereof, from such turn away. 2 Tim. iii. 5.

Woe be unto thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled, and dost wickedly, and they did not wickedly against thee, when thou shalt cease to spoil, then thou shalt be spoiled, &c. Isa. xxxiii. 1.

Woe unto the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me, and cover with a covering, but not with my spirit, that they may add sin unto sin. Isa. Xxx. 1.

Let his habitation be void, and let no man dwell therein, and let another take his office. Acts i. 20.

If you do own God, and Christ, the prophets and apostles, that God chose and sent to speak, and which Christ chose and sent to preach, and what they sent them to declare against, are those things to be held up? and such teachers, which they marked out by their fruits, that we should know them by ? are they not to be cried against in these our ages, as they did in their ages?

Such as were the sons of Eli, and Eli not restraining their sons, but honoured his sons above God; therefore the Lord said, 1 Sam. ii. 29, &c. • He would cut off his arm, and the arm of his father's house; and this should be the sign unto him, that he would cut off his sons in one day.' So Eli the priest lost his two sons, lost his life, lost the ark of God, and lost the priesthood; and therefore saith the Lord • I will stir up a faithful priest that shall do according to my heart and mind, (to wit, Samuel) and all that is left in Eli's house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver, and a morsel of bread,' &c.

Here was the judgments of God upon the unruly and unfaithful priests, as in the first of Sam. ii.

And when Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel, and his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took rewards, and perverted judgment, which grieved the good people, and Samuel, which brought judgments afterwards upon them, as in 1 Sam.

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