Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
George Fox (1624-1691) founded the Religious Society of Friends commonly known as Quakers in 17th century England. George Fox was born at Drayton-in-the-Clay, Leicestershire, England (now known as Fenny Drayton), 24 km (15 miles) southwest of Leicester. His father, Christopher Fox, was a weaver, called "righteous Christer" by his neighbours; his mother, Mary Lago, was a faithful woman, "of the stock of the Martyrs". At the age of 19 he left home returning occasionally. He traveled for 4 years, he visited Theologians and priests, etc. but he was saddened when he saw that they did not live what they preached. He was in great distress. He writes, "But as I had forsaken the priests, so I left the separate preachers also, and those esteemed the most experienced people; for I saw there was none among them all that could speak to my condition. 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 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. Thus when God doth work, who shall let it? and this I knew experimentally"
Posted on 10thMo. 1, 2010 at 6:30