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both the washing of one another's feet, and the anointing of the sick with oil, doth answer to it, and many other things: so that the probation of a sacrament at all, or of their being two, seven, yea, or seventy, is all alike easy; seeing neither name nor number is to be found in the scripture, they being the mere conceits and inventions
And yet it is marvellous to see, with how great confidence some men do affert the scripture to be their rule, while they build up so considerable parts of their doctrine, without' the least scripture foundation.
Thus I thought fit to pitch upon these three, viz. the scriptures, sabbath, and sacraments, because these be three of the main things for which we the Quakers are chiefly cried out against, and accused, as believing erroneously concerning them. . Now what we believe concerning these things, and how agreeable our testimony herein is to the scriptures, is heretofore fufficiently demonstrated: also how little fcripture-proof these have for their contrary assertions to us in these things, notwithstanding their great pretences to seripture, will also appear to the unbiassed reader.
ADVERTISEMENT TO THE READER.
Note, reader, that I have here throughout made use of the last common translation of the bible ; and if I would have made use of the Hebrew and Greek, I could have produced divers other very clear scriptures, which in the common translation are corrupted and perverted; but I choosed rather to do thus, that our opposers might see I took no advantage that way; and also, that all that can but read, may find the places cited in their own bibles.
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