According as it is written the wicked world that always did as they now do persecute the Messengers of Jesus Christ, who to them were and are sent to witness against them in their markets and meeting places that their deeds are evil; which the children of this generation, that are strangers to the leadings of the spirit of truth, calls them that are guided by the spirit to walk according to the Scripture; makers of tumults, movers of sedition, breakers of the public peace, as the unrighteous generation did, who persecuted Christ and his apostles, whose practice was to declare the mind of God in their synagogues and markets, as the ministers of Christ do now; And they found him in the Temple sitting in the midst of the doctors both hearing and asking the questions, Luke 2.46. When Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been brought up, and as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and as was declaring the word of eternal life to the people, all they in the synagogue when they heard these things he spake were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill (whereon the city was built) that they might cast him down headlong: But he passed through the midst of them, and went his way, Luke 4.16, 28, 29, 30. And Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, not of man, neither by man; but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead, Gal. 1.1. He was a chosen vessel unto the Lord, to bear his name amongst the gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel, Acts 9.15. It was his practise to go to and fro to preach the word of eternal life to the people in their synagogues and markets, as the ministers of Christ doth. When Paul & Silas came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews; Paul as his manner was went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures, Acts 17, 1,2. When Paul went unto Athens his spirit stirred in him when he saw the whole city given to Idolatry, therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews and with the devout persons, and in the markets daily with them that met with him. Then certain of the philosophers of the epicureans and of the stoics encountered him, and some said what will this babbler say, other some he seemeth to be a setter forth of strange Gods, because he preached unto them Jesus and the Resurrection, Acts 17.16, 17, 18. verses.
And all my Brethren this day with me; that witnesseth Christ Jesus risen from the dead, and are sent to preach Christ the resurrection, who hath enlightened every one that is come into the world; that all his light that from him comes, that shows them sin; wait for his power to cleanse them from sin, and raise them out of the fallen and dead estate, by the power of his resurrection, to live in pure obedience to God.
We are by these the world calls their ministers and teachers, withstood as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses. But the Lord is making them daily manifest that all shall see their folly, and by them be no more deceived, 2 Tim. 3.8, 9. And as the heathen Philosophers, before written, encountered Paul, so hath these men encountered with us, as before written, for witnessing Jesus the resurrection, and the true light that lighteneth every one that comes into the world.
And as Tertullus the heathen orator accused Paul before Felix. Acts 24.1, 5. We have found this man a pestilent fellow, and mover of sedition amongst all the Jews throughout the world, and a ring-leader of the sect of the Nazarenes. The same spirit that was in the heathen orator Tertullus that led him to accuse Paul before Felix, did Edward Bowles, whom the people of the world calls minister, and teaches in the high place in York; manifest to be in him, who never had spoken to me, when he by that dark spirit was led to give in an information against me; and at the time when it were expected I should have the privilege of the law, that thieves and murderers had by it to be tried, and my accusers to appear face to face, the said Edward Bowles did not appear to prove against me what was written in the information; neither a perfect copy of it would he or they that had it in keeping give when it was demanded, lest their works of darkness should be brought to light; but what was brought to light when it was demanded of Edward Bowles: This is a perfect copy that he wrote with his own hand, as followeth:
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