Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Wednesday, the 13th of December, 1654.
RESOLVED, That the House be resolved into a Grand Committee of the whole House, on the 2d of January next, to take into Consideration the best way how the Proportions of Assessments may be most equally laid for the future: And that Mr. Speaker do forbear to take the Chair.
Settling the Government.
|Mr. Maidston,||Tellers for the Yeas:||62.|
|Colonel Rous,||With the Yeas,|
|Mr. Grove,||Tellers for the Noes:||80.|
|Mr. Bulkley,||With the Noes,|
And being come to the Bar, kneeled awhile, till Mr. Speaker bid him stand up: And, being demanded, what his Name is; he answereth, John Biddle: And being shewed the Book, intituled, "The apostolical and true Opinion concerning the Holy Trinity revived and asserted;" saith, He doth acknowlege the Book, and the Contents of it; and that he wrote it: And being shewed the Book, intituled, "A Two-fold Catechism," saith, He knoweth the Book, and the Contents of it; and that he wrote it: Denieth he keepeth a School: Saith, he hath no Congregation: Being asked, Who printed these Books; saith, Hitherto he hath answered as a Christian, to give an Account of the Hope that is in him: What the Law of Christ doth warrant him to answer, he will do; but beyond That he will not: The Law of Christ enjoins him not to betray his Brethren:
Being asked, Whether the Law of Christ did enjoin him to believe the Holy Ghost is not God; saith, The Law of Christ doth no-where tell him, the Holy Ghost is God: And thereupon was commanded to withdraw.
And, being come to the Bar, was, by Order of the House, demanded by Mr. Speaker, Whether the Holy Ghost be God? Saith, He hath examined the Scriptures; and doth nowhere find, in the Old or New-Testament, that the Holy Spirit is God: He doth own the Books; and his Opinion is sufficiently declared in them.
Being demanded, whether Jesus Christ be God from Everlasting to Everlasting; answered, He doth own the Books; and therein hath declared his Judgment: But saith, He doth not find, in Scripture, where Jesus Christ is called the Most High God, or God from Everlasting to Everlasting.