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The TRUTH about the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers):
The Church of Jesus Christ, a Christian Denomination or a New Age Group?
A brief answer to all those who spoke against us, and to those who say they are Quakers yet are not. Written by a group of Christian Friends who where led to their believes by Christ Jesus Himself therefore cannot change the Faith given unto them.
"And when all my hopes in them and in all men were gone, so that I had nothing outwardly to help me. nor could tell what to do, then, Oh then, I heard a voice which said, 'There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition', and when I heard it my heart did leap for joy. Then the Lord did let me see why there was none upon the earth that could speak to my condition, namely, that I might give him all the glory; for all are concluded under sin, and shut up in unbelief as I had been, that Jesus Christ might have the pre-eminence, who enlightens, and gives grace, and faith, and power....And then the Lord did gently lead me along, and did let me see his love, which was endless and eternal, and surpasseth all the knowledge that men have in the natural state...." (Journal of George Fox, Nickalls edition, p. 11). This testimony is not just the testimony of our dear Brother and Friend George Fox but it is the personal testimony of us all who passed through religions and denominations and none could speak to our conditions and then Christ Jesus spoke to us and through a miraculous way led us to his people, the true Church of Jesus Christ, the Quakers. We speak of what we know and worship Him who we do indeed know (John 4:22) and worship Him, namely Christ Jesus in Spirit and in Truth (John4:23-24).
There are some who say they are from us, they use our name, they use our history but they disobey our Lord (Revelation 3:9-10). They say they accept all Faiths, all religions, all ideas but we don't and with George Fox we say, "we are calling you off from all religions and man made ways of worship unto Christ your free Teacher". George Fox asked once, "Dost thou call this place a church? Or dost thou call this mixed multidude a church?" (Journal of George Fox, Nickalls, p. 24). It seems that these friends forgot about these prophetic words and call their mix multidude, where everything goes, a church (Religious Society of Friends). Well the true Church of Jesus Christ has, "one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Ephesians 4:5). And the Society of Friends or Children of the Light or Publishers of Truth who where in scorn called Quakers knew this, and had one Faith, one Lord, one baptism, as we the true Friends of Truth, who (this is not a mistake) Truth is Jesus Christ our Lord (John 15:14-15) know this this. We are His Friends because we obey His commandments, and we worship Him in all His offices: Lord, Saviour, King, Teacher, etc.
Some people tried to say that our Friend and Brother George Fox was a false prophet or a liar. But they are lying. They are full of empty words but when it is time to prove from Fox's own writings their disgusting ideas they hide. They dare say that Brother George or Brother Robert (Barclay) said things and meant other things but they can't prove it. When Fox said that he and Early Friend believed in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, in His miracles, in His sacrifice for our sins, in His resurrection, and that He asended up into heaven (which includes a body) according to Scripture they meant just that: ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE not according to the ideas of of the New Age Movement! (see The Epistle of George fox to the Governor of Barbados, 1671).
To those so called "Quakers" who do not tremble or quake at the Word of God (Jesus Christ) Fox says this:"THe strong man hath long kept the house, his goods have been kept in Peace; but now a stronger then he is come Christ Jesus, the stronger, who dispossesses him, and cast him out, and spoils his goods, and makes Man the Temple of God for himself to dwell in, a Holy Temple, an habitation for himself to dwell in, which makes the keepers of the house to Tremble; through which Power of Christ, the Salvation is wrought out with Fear and Trembling; and so we can say, that it is God that worketh in us to will and to do, according to his good Will, and Pleasure.
In the dayes of the Prophets, the Prophet Trembled and reeled like a Drunken Man, because of the Iniquity of the People; and because of the Holiness of the Word of the Lord he Trembled when he heard his Voyce; & when the Lord spoke to him he feared exceedingly; This is the Man that the Lord will regard, saith Isaiah the Prophet, which is of a broken and contrite Spirit, and Trembles at his Word; which were cast out by their Brethren, and said, Let the Lord be Glorified; who would appear to those Tremblers at his Word and broken-hearted ones, which were for Signs and Wonders to both houses of Israel, when they should be confounded, amazed, and astonished. And before you know the Sin rooted and consumed out of your Flesh, and the Earth shaken, and removed out of its place, and the Power of Darkness, the Devil, the Author of it, he and the Earth removed out of its place, and ye brought into the state which Man was in before he fell, you must know Trembling and Shaking of that which is to be shaken, and removing that which is to be removed, before Christ the Seed do appear, which is the Foundation of many Generations, and the Rock of Ages which is the First and Last, which is not shaken nor changeth.
So all the unrighteous World hath much to go through before they come to this, they must know the Devils Trembling, the Heaven shaken, and the Earth shaken, before that which cannot be shaken doth appear, by whom the Worlds were made." (from Larry and Licia Kuenning's website, Fox, Principles of the Quakers).
The true Quaker Faith - By Robert Barclay.:
"A Confession of Faith, containing twenty three Articles.
Concerning God, and the True and Saving Knowledge of him.
There is one God [Eph. 4:6; 1 Cor. 8:4,6] Who is a Spirit [John 4:24] And
This is the Message which the Apostles heard of him, and declared unto the
Saints, That he is Light, and in him is no Darkness at all [1 John 1:5]
There are Three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Ghost, and these Three are One [1 John 5:7] The Father is in the Son,
and the Son is in the Father [John 10:38; 14:10-11; 5:26] No man knoweth the
Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, but the Son, and he
to whomsoever the Son will reveal him [Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22] The Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God [1 Cor. 2:10] For the
Things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God: Now the Saints have
received not the Spirit of the World, but the Spirit which is of God, that
they might know the things which are freely given them of God [1 Cor.
2:11-12] For the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father sends
in Christ's name, he teacheth them all things, and bringeth all things to
their Remembrance. [John 14:26]
Concerning the Guide and Rule of Christians.
Christ prayed to the Father, and he gave the Saints another Comforter, that
was to abide with them forever, even the Spirit of Truth whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him, but the Saints
know him; for he dwelleth with them, and is to be in them [John 14:16-17]
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his; For as many
as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God [Rom. 8:9,14] For
this is the Covenant that God hath made with the House of Israel, he hath
put his Laws in their Mind, and writ them in their Hearts; and they are all
taught of God [Heb. 8:10-11] And the Anointing which they have received of
him, abideth in them; and they need not that any man teach them, but as the
same Anointing teacheth them of all things, and is Truth, and is no Lye. [1
Concerning the Scriptures.
Whatsoever things were written afore-time, were written for our Learning,
that we through Patience & Comfort of the Scriptures, might have Hope [Rom.
15:4] which are able to make wise unto Salvation through Faith, which is in
Christ Jesus: All Scripture being given by Inspiration of God, and is
profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Instruction in Righteousness, that
the Man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all Good Works [2
Tim. 3:15-17] No Prophecy of the Scripture is of any private Interpretation;
for the Prophecy came not in old time by the Will of man, but Holy men of
God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. [2 Pet. 1:20-21]
Concerning the Divinity of Christ, and his Being from the Beginning.
In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God; the same was in the Beginning with God: All things were made by him;
and without him was not any thing made, that was made [John 1:1-3] Whose
Goings forth have been from of Old, from Everlasting [Mic. 5:2] For God
created all things by Jesus Christ [Eph. 3:9] Who being in the Form of God,
thought it no Robbery to be equal with God [Phil 2:6] And his Name is
called, Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the
Prince of Peace [Isa. 9:6] Who is the Image of the invisible God, the
First-born of every Creature [Col. 1:5] The Brightness of the Father's
Glory, and the express Image of his Substance [Heb. 1:3] Who was cloathed
with a Vesture dipt in Blood; and his Name is called the Word of God [Rev.
19:13] In him dwelleth all the Fulness of the God-head bodily [Col. 2:9] And
in him are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge. [Col. 2:3]
Concerning his Appearance in the Flesh.
The Word was made Flesh [John 1:14] For he took not on him the Nature of
Angels, but he took on him the Seed of Abraham, being in all things made
like unto his Brethren [Heb. 2:16-17] Touched with a feeling of our
Infirmities; and in all things tempted like as we are, yet without Sin [Heb.
4:15] He dyed for our Sins, according to the Scriptures; and he was buried,
and he rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. [1 Cor.
Concerning the End and Use of that Appearance.
God sent his own Son in the Likeness of sinful Flesh, and for Sin condemned
Sin in the Flesh [Rom. 8:3] For this Purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that he might destroy the Works of the Devil [1 John 3:8] Being manifested
to take away our Sins [1 John 3:5] For he gave himself for us, an Offering
and a Sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling Savour [Eph. 5:2] Having
obtained Eternal Redemption for us [Heb. 9:12] And through the Eternal
Spirit offered up himself without spot unto God, to purge our Consciences
from dead Works, to serve the living God [Heb. 9:14] He was the Lamb that
was slain from the Foundation of the World [Rev. 5:8,12;13:8] Of whom the
Fathers did all drink; for they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed
them, and that Rock was Christ [1 Cor. 10:1-4] Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an Example, that we should follow his Steps [1 Pet. 2:21] For we
are to bear about in the Body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the Life
also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body, being alway delivered unto
Death for Jesus sake, that the Life also of Jesus may be made manifest in
our Flesh [2 Cor. 4:10-11] That we may know him, and the Power of his
Resurrection, and the Fellowship of his Sufferings, being made conformable
to his Death. [Phil 3:10]
Concerning the Inward Manifestation of Christ.
God dwelleth with the Contrite and Humble in Spirit [Isa. 57:15] For he
said, he will dwell in them, and walk in them [2 Cor. 6:16] And Christ
standeth at the Door, and knocketh; if any man hear his Voice, and open the
Door, he will come unto him, and sup with him, and he with him [Rev. 3:20]
And therefore ought we to Examine our own selves, and prove our own selves,
knowing how that Christ is in us, except we be Reprobates [2 Cor. 13:5] For
this is the Riches of the Glory of the Mystery, which God would make known
among (or rather IN) the Gentiles, Christ within, the Hope of Glory. [Col.
Concerning the New Birth.
Except a Man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God [John 3:3]
Therefore ought we to put off the Old Man with his Deeds, and put on the New
Man, which is renewed in Knowledge after the image of him that created him,
and which after God is created in Righeousness and true Holiness. [Eph.
4:21-22; Col. 3:10] For henceforth know we no man after the Flesh; yea,
though we have known Christ after the Flesh, yet now henceforth know we him
no more [2 Cor. 5:16] For if any Man be in Christ, he is a new Creature, old
things are past away; behold, all things are become new [2 Cor. 5:17] For
such have put on the Lord Jesus Christ [Rom. 13:14] And are renewed in the
spirit of their minds [Eph. 4:23] Sith as many as have been baptized into
Christ, have put on Christ [Gal. 3:27] Being born again, not of corruptible
Seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth
forever [1 Pet. 1:23] And Glory in nothing, save in the Cross of the Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom the World is crucified unto them, and they unto the
world [Gal. 6:14] For in Christ Jesus, neither Circumcision availeth any
thing, nor Uncircumcision, but a new Creature. [Gal. 5:6]
Concerning the Unity of the Saints with Christ.
He that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified, are all of one [Heb. 2:11]
For by the exceeding great and precious Promises that are given them, they
are made Partakers of the divine Nature [2 Pet. 1:4] Because for this End
prayed Christ, that they all might be one, as the Father is in him, and he
in the Father, that they also might be one, in them; and the Glory which he
had gotten from the Father, he gave them, that they might be one, even as
the Father and he is one: Christ in the Saints, and the Father in Christ,
that they might be made perfect in one. [John 17:21-23]
Concerning the Universal Love and Grace of God to all.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life [John 3:16]
And in this was manifested the Love of God towards us, because that God sent
his only begotten Son, that we might live through him [1 John 4:9] So that
if any Man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
Righteous; and he is the Propitiation for our Sins; and not for ours only,
but also for the Sins of the whole world [1 John 2:1-2] For by the Grace of
God he hath tasted Death for every man [Heb. 2:9] And gave himself a Ransom
for all, to be testified in due Time [1 Tim. 2:6] Willing all Men to be
saved, and to come to the Knowledge of the Truth [1 Tim. 2:4] Not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to Repentance [2 Pet. 3:9]
For God sent not his Son into the World to condemn the World, but that the
World through him might be saved [John 3:17] And Christ came a Light into
the World, that whosoever believeth in him should not abide in Darkness
[John 12:46] Therefore, as by the Offence of one Judgment came upon all Men
to condemnation; even so by the Righteousness of one, the free Gift came
upon all Men to Justification of Life. [Rom. 5:18]
Concerning the Light that enlighteneth every man.
The Gospel was preached to every Creature under Heaven [Col. 1:23] which
Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation to them that believe [Rom. 1:16]
And if it be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the God of this
World hath blinded the Minds of them which believe not, lest the Light of
the glorious Gospel of Christ should shine into them [2 Cor. 4:3-4] And this
is the Condemnation, that Light is come into the World, and Men love
Darkness rather than Light, because their Deeds are Evil [John 3:19] And
this was the true Light which lightneth every Man that cometh into the World
[John 1:9] By which all things that are reproveable are made manifest: for
whatsoever maketh manifest is Light [Eph. 5:13] Every one that doth Evil
hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his Deeds should be
reproved; but he that doth Truth, cometh to the Light that his Deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought in God [John 3:20-21] And they that
walk in the Light, as Christ is in the Light, have Fellowship one with
another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth them from all Sin
[1 John 1:7] Therefore ought we to believe in the Light, while we have the
Light, that we may be the Children of the Light [John 12:36] Therefore to
Day, if we will hear his Voice, let us not harden our Hearts [Heb. 4:7] For
Christ wept over Jerusalem, saying, If thou hadst known; even thou, at least
in this thy Day, the Things which belong unto thy Peace, but now they are
hid from thine Eyes. [Luke 19:42] And he would often have gathered her
Children; as a Hen gathereth her Chickens; but they would not [Matt. 23:37]
for the stiff-necked and uncircumcised in Heart and Ears do always resist
the Holy Ghost: [Acts 7:51] And are of those that rebel against the Light
[Job 24:13] Therefore God's Spirit will not always strive with Man [Gen.
6:3] For the Wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all Ungodliness
and Unrighteousness of Men, who hold the Truth in unrighteousness [Rom.
1:18] Because what is to be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath
shewed it unto them [Rom. 1:19] And a Manifestation of the Spirit is given
to every Man to profit withal [1 Cor. 12:7] For the Grace of God that brings
Salvation hath appeared to all Men, teaching us, that denying Ungodliness
and Worldly Lusts, we should live Soberly, Righteously, and Godly in this
present World [Tit. 2:11-12] And this Word of his Grace is able to build up,
and give an Inheritance among all those that are Sanctified [Acts 20:32] For
the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged Sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of the Soul and Spirit, and of the
Joints and Marrow, and is a Discerner of the Thoughts and Intents of the
Heart [Heb. 4:12] This is that more sure Word of Prophecy, whereunto we do
well that we take heed, as unto a Light that shineth in a dark place, until
the Day dawn, and the Day-Star arise in the heart [2 Pet. 1:19] And this is
the word of Faith which the Apostles Preached, which is nigh in the Mouth
and in the Heart [Rom. 10:8] For God, who commanded Light to shine out of
Darkness, hath shined in our Hearts, to give the Light of the Knowledge of
the Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ [2 Cor. 4:6] But we have this
Treasure in earthen Vessels, that the excellency of the Power may be of God
[2 Cor. 4:7] and not of us, for the Kingdom of God cometh not by
Observation, but is within us. [Luke 17:20-21]
Concerning Faith and Justification.
Faith is the Substance of things hoped for, and the Evidence of things not
seen [Heb. 11:1] Without which it is impossible to please God [Heb. 11:6]
Therefore we are justified by Faith, which worketh by Love [Gal. 5:6] For
Faith without Works, being dead, is by Works made perfect [Jas. 2:22,26] By
the Deeds of the Law there shall no Flesh be justified [Rom. 3:20] Nor yet
by the Works of Righteousness, which we have done; but according to his
Mercy, we are saved by the Washing of Regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
Ghost [Tit. 3:5] For we are both washed, sanctified and justified in the
Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. [1 Cor. 6:11]
Concerning Good Works.
If we live after the Flesh, we shall dye; but if we through the Spirit do
mortifie the Deeds of the Body, we shall live [Rom. 8:13] For they which
believe in God, must be careful to maintain good Works [Tit. 3:8] For God
will render to every Man according to his Deeds: acording to his Righteous
Judgment to them, who by patient Continuance in well-doing, seek for Glory,
Honour, and Immortality, Eternal Life [Rom. 2:6-7] For such are counted
worthy of the Kingdom of God [2 Thess. 1:5] And cast not away their
Confidence, which hath great Recompence of Reward [Heb. 10:35] Blessed then
are they that do his Commandments, that they may have Right to the Tree of
Life, and may enter in through the Gates into the City. [Rev. 22:14]
Sin shall not have Dominion over such as are not under the Law, but under
Grace [Rom. 6:14] For there is no Condemnation to those that are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the Flesh, but after the Spirit; for the Law of
the Spirit of Life, maketh free from the Law of Sin and Death [Rom. 8:1-2]
For such are become dead unto Sin, and alive unto Righteousness; and being
made free from Sin are become Servants of Righteousness [Rom. 6:2,18]
Therefore ought we to be perfect, as our Heavenly Father is perfect [Matt.
5:48] For the Yoak of Christ is easie, and his Burthen is light [Matt.
11:30] And his Commandments are not grievous [1 John 5:3] And whosoever will
enter into Life, must keep the Commandments [Matt. 19:17] Hereby do we know
that we know God, if we keep his Commandments [1 John 2:3] He that saith, I
know him, and keepeth not his Commandments is a lyar, and the Truth is not
in him [1 John 2:4] Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not; whosoever
sinneth, hath not seen him, neither known him. [1 John 3:6] Let no Man
deceive us; he that doth Righteousness is Righteous, even as he is
Righteous; He that committeth Sin is of the Devil: whosoever is born of God,
doth not commit Sin; for his Seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin,
because he is born of God [1 John 3:7-9] For not every one that saith, Lord,
Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doth the will of
the Father, which is in Heaven [Matt. 7:21] Circumcision is nothing, &
Uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the Commandments of God. [1
Concerning Perseverance and Falling from Grace.
We ought to give Diligence to make our Calling and Election sure, which
things if we do, we shall never fall [2 Pet. 1:10] For even Paul kept under
his Body, and brought it into Subjection, lest by any Means, when he
preached to others, he himself become a Cast-away [1 Cor. 9:27] Let us
therefore take heed, lest there be in any of us an evil heart of unbelief,
in departing from the living God [Heb. 3:12] Likewise, let us labour to
enter into that Rest, lest any man fall after the same example of Unbelief
[Heb. 4:11] For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and
have tasted of the Heavenly Gift, and were made Partakers of the Holy Ghost,
and have tasted of the good Word of God, and the Powers of the World to
come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance [Heb.
6:4-6] For he that abideth not in Christ, is cast forth, and is withered
[John 15:16] Yet such as overcometh he will make as Pillars in the Temple of
his God, & they shall go no more out [Rev. 3:12] And these are perswaded,
that nothing shall be able to separate them from the Love of God, which is
in Christ Jesus. [Rom. 8:38]
Concerning the Church and Ministry.
The Church of God is the Pillar and Ground of Truth [1 Tim. 3:15] Whereof
the Dear Son of God is the Head [Col. 1:18] From which all the Body by
Joints and Bands, having Nourishment ministred, and knit together,
increaseth with the Increase of God [Col. 2:19] Which Church of God is, them
that are sanctified in Christ Jesus [1 Cor. 1:2] Who when he ascended up on
high, gave Gifts unto Men: And he gave some Apostles, some Prophets, some
Evangelists, some Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints,
for the Work of the Ministry [Eph. 4:8,11-12] Who ought to be blameless,
vigilant, sober, of good Behaviour, given to Hospitality, apt to teach; not
given to Wine, no Strikers, not greedy of filthy Lucre, but patient: not
Brawlers, not covetous [1 Tim. 3:2-3] Lovers of good Men, sober, just, holy,
temperate, holding fast the Faith, as they have been taught, that they may
be able by sound Doctrine both to exhort and to convince Gain-sayers [Tit.
1:8-9] Taking heed to themselves and to the Flock, over which the Holy Ghost
hath made them Overseers, to feed the Church of God [Acts 20:28] Taking the
Oversight thereof, not by Constraint, but willingly; not for filthy Lucre,
but of a ready Mind, neither as being Lords over God's Heritage, but as
being Ensamples to the Flock [1 Pet. 5:2-3] And such Elders as rule well,
are to be counted worthy of double Honour, especially they who labour in the
Word and Doctrine [1 Tim. 5:17] And to be esteemed very highly in Love for
their Works sake [1 Thess. 5:13] As every Man hath received the Gift, so
ought the same to be minstred: if any Man speak, let him speak as the
Oracles of God; if any Man minister, let him do it, as of the Ability which
God giveth [1 Pet. 4:10-11] Preaching the Gospel, not with the wisdom of
Words, lest the Cross of Christ be made of none Effect [1 Cor. 1:17] Nor yet
with enticing Words of Man's Wisdom, but in Demonstration of the Spirit and
of Power; that the Faith may not stand in the Wisdom of Men, but in the
Power of God [1 Cor. 2:4-5] Howbeit such spake Wisdom among them that are
Perfect; yet not the Wisdom of this World, nor of the Princes of this World,
which cometh to nought; but they speak the Wisdom of God in a Mystery, even
the hidden Wisdom, which God ordained before the World to their Glory [1
Cor. 2:6-7] Which things they also speak, not in the words which man's
Wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth [1 Cor. 2:13] For it is
not they that speak, but the Holy Ghost, or Spirit of the Father that
speaketh in them [Matt. 10:20] Who if they sow spiritual things, ought to
reap carnal things; for so the Lord hath ordained, that they which preach
the Gospel, should live of the Gospel: for the Scripture saith, Thou shalt
not muzle the Mouth of the Ox that treadeth out the Corn; and the Labourer
is worthy of his Reward [1 Cor. 9:11,14,9] Yet a necessity is laid upon
them; yea, Wo is unto them, if they preach not the Gospel; and their Reward
is, that when they preach the Gospel, they make the Gospel of Christ without
charge [1 Cor. 9:16-18] Not coveting any Man's Silver, or Gold, or Apparel;
but their Hands minister to their Necessities, that so labouring, they may
support the Weak; remembring the Words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, Its
more blessed to give, than to receive [Acts 20:33-35] For they are not of
the greedy Dogs that can never have enough [Isa. 56:11] Nor of the Shepherds
that look to their own Way, every one of his Gain from his Quarter. [Isa.
56:11] That feed themselves, and not the Flock [Ezek. 34:8] That make the
People err, biting with their Teeth, and crying Peace, and preparing War
against all such as put not in their Mouthes, teaching for Hire, and
divining for Money [Mic. 3:5,11] Nor yet of those which teach things which
they ought not for filthy Lucres sake [Tit. 1:11] That run greedily after
the Error of Balaam for reward, loving the Wages of Unrighteousness [2 Pet.
2:15] And through Covetousness, with feigned Words, making Merchandize of
Souls [2 Pet. 2:3] Men of corrupt Minds, destitute of the Truth, supposing
that Gain is Godliness [1 Tim. 6:5] But they know that Godliness with
Contentment is great Gain [1 Tim. 6:6] and having Food and Rayment, they are
therewith content. [1 Tim. 6:8]
The Hour cometh, and now is, when the true Worshippers shall worship the
Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him
[John 4:23] God is a Spirit; and they which worship him, must worship him in
Spirit and in Truth [John 4:24] For the Lord is nigh to all them that call
upon him, to all that call upon him in Truth [Psal. 145:18] He is far from
the wicked; but he heareth the Prayer of the Righteous [Prov. 15:29] And
this is the Confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing
according to his Will, he heareth us [1 John 5:14] What is it then? We must
pray with the Spirit, and with the Understanding also; we must sing with the
Spirit, and with the Understanding also [1 Cor. 14:15] Likewise the Spirit
also helpeth our Infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for, as we
ought; but the Spirit it self maketh Intercession for us with Groanings,
which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the Heart, knoweth what is
the Mind of the Spirit, because he maketh Intercession for the Saints
according to the will of God. [Rom. 8:26-27]
As there is One Lord, One Faith, so there is One Baptism [Eph. 4:5] which
doth also now save us; not the putting away of the Filth of the Flesh, but
the answer of a Good Conscience towards God, by the Resurrection of Jesus
Christ [1 Pet. 3:21-22] For John indeed baptized with Water, but Christ with
the Holy Ghost and with Fire [Matt. 3:11] Therefore as many as are baptized
into Jesus Christ, are baptized into his Death; and are buried with him by
Baptism into Death, that like as Christ was raised up from the Dead by the
Glory of the Father, even so they also should walk in Newness of Life [Rom.
6:3-4] Having put on Christ. [Gal. 3:27]
Concerning Eating of Bread and Wine; Washing of one another's Feet;
Abstaining from things Strangled, & from Blood; and Anointing of the Sick
The Lord Jesus, the same Night in which he was betrayed, took Bread, and
when he had given Thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat, this is my Body
which is broken for you; this do in Remembrance of me: After the same manner
also he took the Cup, when he had supped, saying, This Cup is the New
Testament in my Blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it in Remembrance of
me; for, as oft as ye do eat this Bread, and drink this Cup, ye do shew
forth the Lord's Death till he come [1 Cor. 11:23-26] Jesus knowing that the
Father had given all things into his Hands, and that he was come from God,
and went to God, he ariseth from Supper, and laid aside his Garments, and
took a Towel and girded himself; after that he poured Water into a Bason,
and began to wash the Disciples Feet, and to wipe them with the Towel
wherewith he was girded: So after he had washed their Feet, and had taken
his Garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have
done unto you? Ye call me Master and Lord, and ye say well; for so I am; If
then I your Lord and Master have washed your Feet, ye also ought to wash one
another's Feet; for I have given you Example; that ye should do as I have
done unto you [John 13:3-5,12-15] For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and
to us, to lay upon you no greater Burden than these Necessary Things, That
ye abstain from Meats offered to Idols, from Blood, and from things
Strangled, and from Fornication; from which if ye keep your selves, ye do
well [Acts 15:28-29] Is any man sick among you, let him call for the Elders
of the Church, and let them Pray over him, anointing him with Oyl. [James
Concerning the Liberty of such Christians as are come to know the Substance,
as to the Using, or not Using of these Rites, and of the Observation of
The Kingdom of God is not Meat and Drink; but Righteousness, and Peace, and
Joy in the Holy Ghost [Rom. 14:17] Let no man therefore Judge us in Meat or
Drink, or in Respect of an Holy Day, or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath
days [Col. 2:16] For if we be dead with Christ from the Rudiments of the
World, why, as though living in the World, are we subject to Ordinances? Let
us not touch, or taste, or handle, (which all are to perish with the Using)
after the Commandments and Doctrines of Men [Col. 2:20-22] For now, after we
have known God, or rather are known of him, why should we turn again unto
the Weak and Beggarly Elements, or desire again to be in Bondage to observe
Dayes, and Months, and Times, and Years, lest Labour have been bestowed on
us in vain [Gal. 4:9-11] If one man esteem a Day above another, another
esteemeth every day alike; let every man be fully perswaded in his own Mind:
He that regardeth a Day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth
not the Day to the Lord, he doth not regard it. [Rom. 14:5,6]
Concerning Swearing, Fighting & Persecution.
It hath been said by them of old, Thou shalt not Forswear thy self; but shal
t perform unto the Lord thine Oathes: But Christ says unto us, Swear not at
all, neither by Heaven, for it is God's Throne; nor by the Earth, for it is
his Foot-stool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the City of the great King;
neither shalt thou swear by thy Head, because thou canst not make one Hair
white or black; but let your Communication be Yea, Yea; Nay, Nay; for
whatsoever is more than these cometh of Evil [Matt. 5:33-37] And James
chargeth us, Above all things not to swear, neither by Heaven, neither by
the Earth, neither by any other Oath; but let your Yea be Yea, and your Nay,
Nay, lest ye fall into Condemnation [Jas. 5:12] Though we walk in the Flesh,
we are not to War after the Flesh; for the Weapons of our Warfare are not to
be carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strong Holds,
casting down Imaginations, and every High Thing that exalteth itself against
the Knoweldge of God, and bringing into Captivity every Thought to the
Obedience of Christ [2 Cor. 10:3-5] For Wars and Fightings come of the
Lusts, that War in the Members [Jas. 4:1-2] Therefore Christ commands, Not
to resist Evil; but whosoever will smite on the right Cheek, to turn the
other also [Matt. 5:39] Because Christians are Lambs among Wolves [Luke
10:3] Therefore are they hated of all Men for Christ's sake [Matt. 10:22]
And all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus must suffer Persecution [2 Tim.
3:12] Such are Blessed; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven [Matt. 5:10] For
though they have lost their Lives, yet shall they save them [Matt. 16:25]
And because they have confessed Christ before men, he will also confess them
before the Angels of God [Luke 12:8-9] We ought not then to fear them which
kill the Body, but are not able to kill the Soul; but rather him, which is
able to destroy both Soul and Body in hell. [Matt. 10:28]
Let every Soul be subject to the Higher Powers; for there is no Power but of
God: the Powers that be, are ordained of God; Whosoever therefore resists
the Power, resists the Ordinance of God; and they that resist shall receive
to themselves Damnation: For Rulers are not a Terror to Good Works, but to
the Evil; wilt thou then not be afraid of the Power, do that which is good,
and thou shalt have Praise of the same; for he is the Minister of God to
thee for Good: But if thou do that which is Evil, be afraid; for he beareth
not the Sword in vain; for he is the Minister of God; a Revenger to execute
Wrath upon him that doth Evil: Wherefore we must needs be subject, not only
for Wrath, but also for Conscience sake; for, for this Cause pay we also
Tribute; for they are God's Ministers, attending continually upon this very
thing: Render therefore to all their Dues, Tribute to whom Tribute is due,
Custom to whom Custom, Fear to whom Fear, Honor to whom Honor [Rom. 13:1-7]
Therefore are we to submit our selves to every Ordinance of Man for the
Lord's sake, whether it be to the King, as Supream; or unto Governours, as
unto them that are sent by him, for the Punishment of Evil-Doers, and for
the Praise of them that do Well; for so is the Will of God, that with
Well-doing we may put to Silence the Ignorance of Foolish Men [1 Pet.
2:13-15] Yet it is right in the Sight of God, to hearken unto him more than
unto them [Acts 4:19] And though they straightly command us, not to teach in
Christ's Name, we ought to obey God rather than Men. [Acts 5:28-29]
Concerning the Resurrection.
There shall be a Resurrection of the Dead, both of the Just and Unjust [Acts
24:15] They that have done Good, unto the Resurrection of Life; and they
that have done Evil, unto the Resurrection of Damnation [John 5:29] Flesh
and Blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, neither doth Corruption inherit
Incorruption [1 Cor. 15:50] Nor is that Body sown that shall be; but God
gives it a Body as it has pleased him, and to every Seed his own Body: It is
sown in Corruption, it is raised in Incorruption; It is sown in Dishonor, it
is raised in Glory; It is sown in Weakness, it is raised in Power; It is
sown a Natural Body, it is raised a Spiritual Body. [1 Cor. 15:37-38,42-44]"
(taken from: http://www.qhpress.org/texts/barclay/catechism/chapter16.html ).
Some words from our dear Brother and Friend John Wilbur:
"If it be, as has been affirmed, that enmity took root in some of the heavenly company, and that they through pride were led into rebellion, and an attempt to set up and establish a kingdom for themselves in opposition to, and above the throne and kingdom of God; still we have no reason to believe that the needful and mighty act of God in expelling from the regions of light their arch leader with all his band had, or could have, any effect as a reconciliation, or any tendency to remove the enmity, however humbling their defeat or condition. No, nor that it were possible for those who had been created free partakers with their blessed and eternal King in the riches of His glory, after such daring rebellion and attempted usurpation, could ever be restored to that glorious state which they had lost by their fall; (1) for, as we may well believe, no mediation could be found between those rebels and Him whom they had attempted to dethrone; they had sinned willfully and without temptation, and there remained, therefore, to them no more sacrifice for sins, but they were consigned to the blackness of darkness forever.(2)
Hence this arch-pretender, finding himself forever defeated by the power and interminable decree of God, was excited to the highest pitch of hatred and malice, and seeing he was now forever expelled from the glories above, would seek to obtain for himself some other place and kingdom where to rule. He therefore, as it would appear, t hen sought out and, by his subtle temptation, assailed the lower creation of God, that he might hereby establish his dominion over a noble race which God had here placed, newly-created by His Divine hand, in His own image, a little lower than the angels," and furnished, too, with power from his almighty Creator, if he had been obedient, to resist and overcome this proud usurper of the prerogative of heaven; but he, the wicked one (for such he had now become) by deceit and lies, and by a proud contradiction of the law and commandments of God, attempted to turn away man from his allegiance to his beneficent Maker and Father, and to corrupt and obliterate the character and image of uprightness and holiness which God had impressed upon him; and instead thereof to stamp him with the mark and inscription of the beast, which is sin, and serves to show to whose kingdom he belongs.
In this the serpent succeeded but too well; and man, through pride, and listening to the tempter, and seeking to obtain knowledge beyond what his Creator had assigned to him, fell into a mighty lapse of transgression, and was estranged from his Maker; the threatened penalty of his disobedience was inflicted upon him, and his condition was properly denominated death, than which, if it remain, there can be no greater punishment; and this death was truly realized, inasmuch as he died spiritually by losing the divine life through his transgression. He was dead also as it regards a sense of goodness; for his feelings were now so perverted, that they led him to consider God, who was truly his all beneficent Father, to be his enemy; he himself having now become the subject of another kingdom.
As things now were, it remained entirely with God, whether He would provide a way for man to return again to his rightful allegiance, so that the first purpose of His own benevolence and glory might still be realized; or whether He would abandon this ruined work altogether. But rejoice, O heaven! and sing, O earth! and break forth into singing, O ye mountains of the forest! love, boundless love, and mercy led the way, and if a plan could be found compatible with both the blessed attributes of justice and mercy, so that His statutes should not be rescinded nor dishonored, then God would open a way for them to return to Himself again. And joyful to think and to know, in the richness of His grace a way was found, and a Mediator was also found and ordained who would for this, even for this fallen creature, give life for life. For however man had conceived pride through the instilling of the author of it, and had a desire to be wise in himself, and to be as God, yet he had not rebelled as the fallen angels had done; hence a provision could be made and adapted to remove out of the way that which had befallen him; and this provision should apply to him, on condition that he would then by obedience reverse his disobedience, for when the sacrifice for sin repented of was in that way ordained, the Lord said then unto man, If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?"
But as it regarded the character and office of the Mediator, it was seen that he must also be a man; as it was man that sinned, so like must be given for like, and life for life, yea, and death for death. That is the death of a man temporarily (God's leniency being such), should be accepted as an equivalent pledge for the death of a man spiritually, he being yet within the reach of such a pledge, not having sinned as those had sinned, who had fallen before him; and so, by a pledge, should man be redeemed from the judgment of death that rested upon him.
But as sin could not be atoned by sin, any more than
disobedience could be atoned by disobedience, or by an impure offering; and as
the subsequent race of man, if a race should be suffered, must descend through
these sin-stained progenitors; therefore the offering of a mere man yet
unredeemed could not be equivalent to the effecting of redemption; and as no
mere man, therefore, could be an equivalent pledge without first having a
pledge;nor even then,so long as the nature and propensity to sin remained in
him; so, therefore, no one could be found among men merely as such, that could
possibly redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for him.
There were also other, and still higher and greater reasons, why a mere man could not be a sufficient mediator, because in the covenant of such a redemption as this must be to succeed to salvation, there must be a bringing to repentance before the sins which had been committed could be forgiven or atoned for. And then again, and which is indispensable and cannot be commuted, man's heart must be enlightened, drawn and guided to the truth and to righteousness; for although he repent and his sins be remitted for once, yet, without something to keep him from a recurrence to them he will still sin, and never forsake the commission of it. For however he may know his former sins expiated by the atonement, still, if he witness not the interposition of a power to preserve him in future from sin, he will go on again, adding sin to sin, until the accumulation become such, and the duration of his transgressions so outlive the day of God's grace, that the application of the mediation, whether without or within, will be rendered entirely unavailing. And here we see the supreme excellency of the light and grace of this provision, that, if observed, is able to keep us from a state out of which the atonement itself is not designed to redeem us - even that of sinning against the Holy Ghost. (See Hebrews 6:5,6; 10:26).
If the offering of a mere man could have been given and accepted for sins already passed, still this could have no effect in keeping man from sinning in future. But still the interposition and mediation must be effected, as wisdom teacheth us to believe, by the seed of the woman, even by the man Christ Jesus, who should know no sin, and in whom the fullness of God should dwell bodily, and this body and life of man in which he designed himself to dwell should be a pure offering and sacrifice of the first fruits, even of the first and only man who never sinned. This was therefore a sacrifice of a sweet smelling savor unto God, in which, and by which, he would blot out from his presence the transgression of every penitent sinner, and obtain a place and ground for him, whereon he would deign to meet him; and such too as would enable him to receive the divine grace, and prepare him for the guidance of the divine Spirit: for without this, man could not so much as be brought to repentance, and much less to that which is the hardest of all attainments: the forsaking and ceasing from sin; for the mediation as well as the mediator was to be the Immanuel, God with us; not only God in Christ Jesus, reconciling the world unto himself, but also God in them through a measure of his spirit, as was declared, "thou in me and I in them!"
As we have not only abundant Scripture testimony to show the
fitness and necessity of a mediator to act in us, and with us, as well as
without us, and for us; but our own inability alone to do anything that is good
clearly us the high order and urgent necessity of a spiritual and continual
mediation to guide and preserve us. Herein is much of the excellency of the
mediation seen, that after the expiation of repented sins, He the Mediator of
the whole glorious covenant of life and salvation is to us a mediator still,
keeping with us, and constantly teaching us the denying of all ungodliness: for
such is our weakness, even after remission, that but for his help continually,
we should soon fall into our old sins again, and our last state would be worse
than the first. So that in the end Christ may have died for us a thousand times
(if by his judgments we should be so many times brought to repentance) and still
we be continually growing worse and worse; yea, and though we might all the time
be acknowledging the atonement, and having the most implicit confidence in it,
still if we do not believe in him and receive him the promise of the Father, the
Immanuel to be with us, to keep us, all will be in vain. Yea, and if we do not,
by the power of the agency which God giveth us, work with him, and endeavor to
keep his commandments, then the covenant to us is broken; yea, and by us is also
broken; and moreover, if this indispensable part of the covenant, so clearly
identified and enforced by the undeniable authority of the Scriptures, is
disregarded or rejected, however clear and full our faith may be in another
indispensable part, still we are covenant breakers, and but partial believers in
the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And again, on the other side: if
any man with the Bible in his hand shall deny the divinity of Christ, and the
efficacy and necessity of his outward sacrifice, then all his professions of
light or grace, or spirit (if indeed he have the presumption to make such a
profession) will be but a mere ignis fatuus, or a counterfeit of the right
thing, and will only contribute to his condemnation.
Now if by the suggestion of an evil spirit the fall of man was
effected through disobedience, then are we not to conclude, that through the
interposition of a good spirit, the restoration is to be effected in the reverse
of that by which man fell; even in obedience? And obedience is not a whit less
necessary on account of what has gone before it in order to make way for it; for
what Christ has done for us without us has not rescinded a single obligation for
us - has not in the least exonerated us from obedience, or from fulfilling as
much of the conditions as devolves upon us. In every covenant there is either a
promise, an obligation, or a condition, between two at least; thus in that
between God and us, after the first step which he himself has taken, to make way
for all his promises, as well as even the application of the atonement, it is
upon the condition of our obedience, and the fulfillment of our part of that
covenant, which ensures to us an eternal inheritance.
Christianity having been ordained as the blessed means of
restoring man from his fallen condition and from sin to a state of holiness and
acceptance with God, is of all things the most hateful to the devil; yea, he
hateth the faith and power as well as the author of it. He strove mightily to
destroy the child Jesus through the instrumentality of Herod, so that if
possible he might frustrate and prevent his glorious mission amongst men; so
likewise it is to be presumed that he unwittingly strove, through the chief
priests and elders, to apprehend and bring him before Pilate and Herod that they
might destroy him, not knowing at the time that therein he was fighting against
his own kingdom; for however cunning, yet he is not infinite in understanding,
nor can he know beforehand the divine purposes. For although the coming of
Christ, and his character as the Messiah, were so clearly spoken of, that
doubtless he as well as the children of men were in expectation of it; yet the
benefit of his death and sufferings were described in so mysterious and hidden a
manner that even the most enlightened of men could not comprehend it until after
his resurrection, when he himself clearly explained it to two of his disciples
as they walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus, as well as at other times. Thus the
enmity and malice of the devil led him ignorantly on to instigate the Jews to
destroy the man Jesus, not knowing, as we may well believe, the satisfactory and
saving purpose of the death of Christ.
The plan of our salvation and redemption then, on the part of Divine Providence, consists of three things: - 1st. Repentance, or rather his power that leads to it. 2nd. The atoning blood of Christ: and 3rd, his Holy Spirit which sanctifies; and this agrees with the apostle John's testimony that there are three that bear witness in the earth, viz: "the Spirit, the water and the blood, and these three agree in one." For we are instructed that the water of Jordan, administered upon the body of Jesus, and upon the bodies of men, represented repentance, and showed, and was thus acknowledged by Jesus himself, that judgment which brings to repentance cometh first; after this the blood of Christ shed at Calvary as an atonement and reconciliation for us cometh in the second place; and the gift of the Holy Spirit for our guidance and sanctification comes in the third place; and this order of time, and their succession to each other, was arranged by Wisdom itself; for as the baptism of John, signifying repentance, took place first; so the offering of Christ, for the expiation of sins thus repented of, came next in succession; and lastly, the more full diffusion of the Holy Spirit followed for the accomplishment and completion of the work of sanctification; and as to the two former, their order is sufficiently proved by the times of those events; and as to the latter, its place is clearly demonstrated by the direction of truth and the nature of things; - see John 7:39, "For the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified." But after his death and resurrection he breathed on them, and bade them receive the Holy Ghost, which is the eternal spirit that sanctifies men's hearts. John 20:22,23.
There are divers operations and effects of the Spirit
distinctly spoken of in the Scriptures of Truth, as being effectual to
salvation, and they are severally alluded to by Christ and his apostles, as well
as by the holy men of old, in such manner as if each was saving of - itself; and
for the reason, as I apprehend, that not one of these requisites, all of which
are indispensable to our future well-being, should be overlooked or excluded
from the summary of our faith in the covenant of life and peace. And these
provisions and conditions may be thus enumerated: -
1st. That men are to be saved by the outward coming,
sufferings, and death of Jesus Christ, through whom their souls are reconciled
2nd. That men are to be saved by faith in God, and in his Son
3rd. That men are to be saved by regeneration and baptism of
4th. That men are to be saved by Divine Grace.
6th. That men are to be saved by the knowledge of God.
7th. That men are to be saved by obeying and keeping the
commandments of God, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
To exemplify and demonstrate the foregoing positions, I would
refer to the subjoined passages of Scripture, as being distinctly applicable to
them, and which, collectively, would seem to constitute and include the whole
covenant of life and salvation. (3) And I would desire to ask everyone who is
looking for the blessed hope of this high calling, even the glory of salvation,
whether he can venture, even secretly in his own soul, to disregard or openly to
disavow any one of the above conditions of his eternal salvation? And whether on
serious reflection he would not be fearful of doing so at the great risk of his
soul's happiness? Then how needful it is to have a full belief in the doctrines
of Scripture, and in every part of them, not merely assenting to some and
passing slightly over others, for fear that a practical and living belief in
them should lead us to much pain and conflict of spirit, and to the mortifying
of the will of the flesh. - Then let every one come down and prove himself, and
examine, by the light of Christ, all the hidden and dark avenues of his heart,
remembering that every secret thing must be opened and brought to judgment in
the day of Jesus Christ. And oh, how desirable that when that day shall come
upon every one of us, we may submit to it, while there is yet tenderness in our
hearts, so that a spirit of unbelief in any one of these great doctrines of life
and salvation may never be entertained; that none of the great truths of the
gospel may be looked upon with indifference, but that every one of us may be so
quickened and made alive unto God, by the resurrection and power of Jesus Christ
as to be furnished and blessed with the perceptive and all instructive guidance
and influence of his Holy Spirit.
(1) For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if
they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance. Heb.6:4-6; also Heb.
(2) Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. Matt. 25:41.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. 2 Ptr. 2:4.
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains, under darkness. Jd. 6.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rev. 12:7-9. (3) Even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, etc. Jn. 3:14. We have redemption through his blood. Eph. 1:'7. Who gave himself for us, etc. Tit. 2:14.
And washed us from our sins in his own blood Rev. 1.5.
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me, etc. Jn. 11.26. For ye are all the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3.26.
He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, etc. Matt. 3:11,12. Except a man be born again, etc. Jn. 3:3. Baptism doth also now save us, etc. I Ptr. 3:21.
But by the grace of God, I am what I am, etc. I Cor. 15:10. My grace is sufficient for thee, etc. 2 Cor. 12:9. For by grace are ye saved through faith Eph. 2:8. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Tit. 2:11. And his Spirit, it hath gathered them. Isa. 34:16 It is the Spirit that quickeneth etc. Jn. 7:63. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, etc. Rom. 8.2. But he that soweth to the Spirit, etc. Gal. 6:8.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, etc. Jn. 17:3.
If thou doest well, shalt thou be accepted Gen. 4:7.
Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. Jer. 7:23.
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Heb. 5:9.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Jn. 8:51.
Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5. Fear God, and keep his commandments, etc. Eccl. 12:13. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments, etc. I Jn. 3:22. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments a liar, and the truth is not in him. I Jn. 2:4. He that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. l Jn. 3:24. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments, etc. 2 Jn. 6."
(taken from: http://www.qhpress.org/quakerpages/qwhp/qwhp.htm )
Original Quakerism is not a denomination, is not a New Age Group, it is the one, true, Church of Jesus Christ.
"Then I saw another angel flying in the midair, and he had the Everlasting Gospel to proclaim to those who live on the Earth..." (Revelation 14:6). We proclaim the Everlasting Gospel!
After all this explanation those who continue to accuse Original Quakerism of being a New Age cult, of denying the truth in the Holy Scriptures, of not following Christ Jesus prove that their father is the Devil the father of lies (John 8:44).
Some Christian Friends (Quakers), 06/11/2002 .