When the Lord came to bring the primitive light and principle, that He might perfectly deliver out of deceit; what can the enemy do more advantageously towards keeping his hold in the mind, and towards keeping the mind in the deceits where he has already entangled it, than to stir up and heighten a fear in it, lest the precious truth, which God made manifest to deliver the soul by, should be deceit? And they that adhere to, and let in, the voice of the deceiver, must believe it to be so. And thus with them light comes to be called darkness, and darkness light. Who is it, at this day, who escapes this snare, of calling evil good, and good evil? Surely none but he, whose soul is led into and lives in the light and power of truth.
For most men take up principles, according to their own or other men's understanding of the Scriptures, and judge according to those principles; and so the Spirit and light of the Lord does not judge in them, but they themselves judge according to an assumed knowledge. So that flesh is not silent, the man is not dead in them and brought to nothing, but only lives in a higher region than he did before. Before, he lived in an apparent unrighteousness; now he lives in an imagined righteousness and faith; but not in the Son's righteousness, not in the Son's faith, not in the Son's power, not in the Son's dominion; but at best only in that which he apprehends and strongly imagineth to be so.
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