Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
In his booklet “A Revolutionary Gospel,” Lewis Benson writes of three stages of work that seventeenth-century Friends undertook: the first in the sequence was turning people to Christ through preaching the Word (the substance of vocal ministry), which reached to the witness of God in others (convincing/convicting of sin); the second stage was settling and establishing the newly convinced, which entailed repentance and amendment of life; and the third was building on this newly laid…Continue
Added by Patricia Dallmann on 1stMo. 24, 2016 at 14:37 — No Comments
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On the 1-9-2016 conference call we read and considered text from The Works of Fox, 1831, pp-75-77. (Note: this material is also available in C.D. format from www.foundationpublicationsnffusa.org/.) We covered such topics…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 1stMo. 12, 2016 at 14:21 — No Comments
Every serious Christian should read Lewis Benson's A Universal Christian Faith (formerly Catholic Quakerism) because it solves the problem of "I know what God requires but I don't have the power to carry it out." Who has not felt the tension between what the Bible spells out as Christian behavior and one's own moral impotence?
This inability to do right is the human condition apart from the direct guidance of God. And, though many Christians believe they get this…
Added by Rebecca Hein on 1stMo. 8, 2016 at 14:57 — No Comments
A group of us were considering Fox's epistle 24, which contains the following passage:
And so, our unity and fellowship with vain man are lost, and all his evil ways are now turned into enmity; and all his profession is now found to be deceit, and in all his fairest pretences lodgeth cruelty; and the bottom and ground of all his knowledge of God and Christ is found sandy, and cannot endure the tempest. For being brought off from that foundation, and having suffered the loss…Continue
Added by Rhonda Fuller on 12thMo. 12, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments
I have wondered for some time how to properly understand the story told in Genesis 2-3 of Adam and Eve's disobedience. While I still don't completely grasp it, I felt moved to share some recent thoughts on its meaning.
Although I have heard the story taken as an account of the creation of humankind, I believe it is too inconsistent with our knowledge of archaeology and paleontology to be a literally true record. Rather, I see it as an allegory or parable that portrays a truth about…Continue
A small number of us gathered by conference call to read and discuss the Works of Fox, beginning with Vol. 1. So this time we began with Fox's account of his early years of how the Lord prepared and fitted him for the work to which he was called. We read as far as Fox's account of the deep trouble and despair he had to undergo before coming to that opening of "There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition...
Our discussion centered on the universality of the human…Continue
God created us in love. He loves us. He loves His creation. If it's true man believes he can alter the human genome, thereby creating a new being, the question must be this: is he creating in love what he aspires to create?
If you examine human history from ancient times to the present you will see "that there [is] an ocean of darkness and death. . . " (George Fox, 1647; p. 19 Journal of George Fox) beginning with Cain and going on to the Assyerians, the Babylonians, the Canaanites…Continue
Added by Rhonda Fuller on 11thMo. 14, 2015 at 1:06 — No Comments
I went to late Meeting for Worship today. As before, the Lord sent me. It was time, He let me know.
Yesterday, I wrote a blog, which I read to the Meeting. You can read it if you go to www.thereligioussocietycafe.com. Title: God's Teaching. It originated from my readings in Leviticus (thus far). As I stated to the Meeting, I am always in the Spirit. I had written a blog a year or so ago about living a Spirit ordered life, and the…Continue
If we died with him, we shall live with him;
if we endure, we shall reign with him.
If we deny him, he will deny us.
If we are faithless, he keeps faith,
for he cannot deny himself (2 Tim. 2:11-13).
These simple, beautiful lines are preceded by the Apostle's guarantee: "Here are words you may trust." It seems likely that he's informing us that the words are inspired, and therefore trustworthy. In addition, the breadth and depth of understanding,…Continue
Full of anxiety. I am late to worship and worry about interruption.
Let me be still.
See what gifts He gives you in return.
And do these gifts not bring you joy?
And do you not want to shout to the world His greatness?
Do you not want to share with the world your joy?
Addendum to the above worship poem. The gifts I refer to are not material gifts, lest a material…Continue
Added by Rhonda Fuller on 10thMo. 29, 2015 at 16:49 — No Comments
It's a blessing to be able to express joy or talk freely of an opening among those who share my religion. I wouldn't belong to this group if it didn't share my religion and understand its doctrines. My experience as a Quaker Christian (I don't like having to say that) has been a lonely one insofar as the different Meetings I have attended or was a member of were not Christian. Middletown Meeting came closest to being Christian.
I had found something so wonderful when I first got hold…Continue
Added by Rhonda Fuller on 10thMo. 21, 2015 at 4:16 — No Comments
When Lewis Benson was invited to the UK to speak about the Christian message of the Early Friends in 1974, he reported that after much prayer about whether to accept the invitation, he was shown that if he stayed close to the message of George Fox, and to his own experience, "no harm would be done."
It certainly rings true that something as important as the ministry of Jesus Christ should not be lightly or hastily undertaken. This is in direct contrast with the prevalent attitude…
Added by Rebecca Hein on 10thMo. 19, 2015 at 14:57 — No Comments
In Meeting this morning I sat in a different spot so I would be near someone, anyone. I realized what missed greatly about the old Meeting Houses in Pennsylvania were the benches. It seems people were less inclined to sit alone on a bench, but with chairs as seating there's no choice. Were there more people attending early Meeting, I'm sure the sense of isolation would be different. Were there only one Meeting per First Day, nearness to one's neighbors would erase a feeling of isolation, it…Continue
Added by Rhonda Fuller on 10thMo. 18, 2015 at 17:47 — No Comments
During Meeting for Worship it was opened in me to speak about Jesus's criticism of the Pharisees. Matt: 23. I understood Jesus's criticism to be for two reasons: the Pharisees were keepers of a demanding law. Yet they didn't keep God's Law, handed down by Moses. They taught the Law but did not have the Spirit. Two, the Pharisees had rewritten the Law or wrote new law that was not of God but men. The new law was influenced by their captivity in Babylon. These new laws were burdensome and…Continue
If you listen to the language of professing Christians, a recurring phrase you will hear is "In Jesus' name," "In Christ's name," "In his name," or some other variant. I am not sure what they mean by the phrase, neither am I sure if they understand what those words really mean.
To do something or request something in Jesus' name is to act under his authority. "Have you been authorized by Jesus to act in his stead?" I have often wondered. From my perspective, I would have to conclude…Continue
What do you think the Church is?
One of the distinct aspects of the Gospel of Early Friends, and a matter of faith that George Fox was most clear on, was his conception what it is that constitutes the True Church.
A good starting point to reach clarity on this point is to ask ourselves the question, what is the Church?
There are many misleading answers offered by various counterfeit versions of Christianity. They tend to…Continue
The Solid Rock
Vs 1: My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
Chorus: On Christ the Solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.
Vs 2: When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
Vs 3: His Oath, his covenant, his blood support me in…Continue
We’re here today because we’ve gone through these trials; we've been tempted countless times to love something more than truth, and for the love of it, we’ve chosen truth instead, though our choice entails baptism into Christ’s death, the world's brief triumph. We know that the eternal triumph, the resurrection to new life, follows the inward dying to the self. In that triumphant inward resurrection, we know not only rightness but the joy and the peace of having received Christ, the life, of…Continue
Arendt’s ideas of the necessity for deep, critical thought to halt evil, and evil's impervious resistance to thought, has a Scriptural corollary in the work and execution of John the Baptist. Like Arendt, John is calling people to engage in thought when he cries, "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Mt. 3:2). The word “repentance” at its etymological root means “to think differently.” John's call to repentance is a call to re-think or to begin to think more deeply and…Continue
Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8thMo. 8, 2015 at 11:08 — No Comments