Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
This poem (parable, what have you) came to me last summer, and I felt drawn to share it here.
I built my house in the lonely mountains,
I built a place where I might rest.
For of this world I was so weary
That all I asked was one request.
I said good neighbors, can't you leave me be?
I said the peace of the Lord is here,
I said your church is not for me,
They said I blasphemed, it was clear.
They said old…Continue
A common phrase you may see describing a particular denomination or church is, “Bible based.” But the Biblical basis of Fox’s message was not a surface adherence to certain passages, but a comprehensive alignment with God’s purpose throughout history.
Fox lived in a period that was Biblically literate and highly religious. Since Fox rejected all the various forms of Christianity of his day, an appropriate question might be, “Was Fox a Christian?” Lewis Benson’s lecture no. 3,…Continue
Love mercy and true judgment, justice and righteousness; for the Lord delighteth in such. Consider these things in time, and take heed how ye spend your time. Now ye have time, prize it; and show mercy, that ye may receive mercy from the Lord: for he is coming to try all things, and will plead with all flesh as by fire (Works, 1:115)
This statement is from a letter that Fox wrote in 1651 while he was being held in Darby jail. In this letter, Fox…Continue
Added by Patricia Dallmann on 12thMo. 15, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments
When Jesus walked the earth in the flesh, those who recognized him as the Messiah must have been seized by the conviction, "EVERYTHING this man says and does is important." Therefore, they wanted to record it all for future generations, and did their best.
However, earthly life dictates that a certain percentage of our actions and words are mundane and everyday, tied to the necessary tasks of living, such as eating, working, or repairing and maintaining machinery. In living on…Continue
Added by Rebecca Hein on 12thMo. 7, 2016 at 16:11 — No Comments
Blessed is the Lord.
Today in Red Cedar Friends Meeting I, for the first time, saw, heard, experienced the Lord working in his people. This morning was an answer to my prayers. This morning he sent me an angel I had asked for. The angel came in the beautiful voice of a woman who began a hymn and, after the first stanza, was joined by the young woman sitting in front of her.
I heard the voices of Friends who witnessed pain, one physical, one emotional; the latter most…Continue
Added by Rhonda Fuller on 11thMo. 20, 2016 at 22:14 — No Comments
Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
I ask for your indwelling strength, courage, wisdom and love to well up within me to enable me to move forward with your grace as I choose to participate in my nation's government as a catalyst for your Hope, Peace, and Love. I humbly confess my despair and anxiety, grief and an overwhelming sense of loss due to recent political strife. I pray for Donald Trump that he and his administration may follow your lead to guide us in your ways,…Continue
Added by Rebecca B MacKenzie on 11thMo. 11, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments
1 and 2 Thessalonians
In Post 8 about Paul on this question, I considered Paul’s discourse of farewell to the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20, connecting it to Ellis Hein’s openings in John. The post concluded with this: “The grace of God is the voice declaring: ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
This was such a departure from the meaning of the Grace of God taught to us by Protestant churches that for some time I felt at sea. But finally a sense of assurance came and grounding that…Continue
Added by Dan Davenport on 11thMo. 7, 2016 at 21:35 — No Comments
Ye that have seen the everlasting gospel, and known the everlasting gospel preached again, which was among the apostles, and have been reaped out from among the apostates, got up since the apostles’ days; I say, live in it, and dwell in it; in which life and power ye see over to the apostles’ days (The Works of George Fox 7:268).
"The Everlasting Gospel Preached by George Fox" is the second of ten lectures given by Lewis Benson in his lecture series Rediscovering the…Continue
I give what the Lord gives to me. Yesterday and the day before were restless, gray days for me. Two things veiled my spirit: worry about my country and an unsettled sparring match with a Meeting surrogate. As the day turned to evening these two worrisome issues prompted an internal dialog. I went over what was troubling me and presented the situations clearly. I'll tell this to the Lord, I thought. It would be redundant; he already knew but I vocalized anyway, though not as clearly. I prayed…Continue
Added by Rhonda Fuller on 10thMo. 18, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments
It would seem reasonable to suppose that, nearly three centuries after the death of George Fox, there would be some measure of consensus among church historians concerning the place he should be assigned in Christian history. But this is not the case. They all agree that he has an assured place in history, but there is an astonishing variety of theories purporting to tell us exactly what that place is.…
A year and a half ago I wrote an essay titled “The Only Antidote,” in which I argued for the need to think critically: to use natural powers of reason and conscience to honor, discern, and communicate the truth. Referring to Hannah Arendt’s understanding of the cause behind the rise of Fascism and also referring to a Bible story of John the Baptist’s execution by Herod, I pointed to the crucial and perennial role of critical thought in containing the spread of evil.
Having faith doesn't mean believing in superstition. That thinking belongs to the ignorant and the atheists. Faith is not believing at all, really, but trusting--trusting in the Captain, Pilot, or Driver you've come to know over the many months or years you've traveled with him.
I had been thinking a lot about faith before I took a walk the first morning of a many days trip. My location at the time was a suburb of Chicago but my thoughts that morning were out west. I had traveled to…Continue
Added by Rhonda Fuller on 10thMo. 2, 2016 at 3:17 — No Comments
There are many ways which this could be continued. But I think that with the previous post and with the material presented below, it is sufficient to get the direction of Fox's insights on what Christendom refers to as the "second coming of Christ."
I searched through the 8 volumes and found only one reference to "second coming" and that was a phrase used by a detractor. See below. Fox did not use that term, at least in the language we have recorded in the 8 volumes or in That Thy…Continue
The "Second Coming" is a hot topic in many Christian circles today, giving rise to much speculation of when it will occur and the order in which certain expected events will happen. One reader expressed a desire to know more about Fox's view of these matters. The following is not an exhaustive listing of all the material available.
"Vol. ?? refers to a designated volume of the Works of George Fox. Nickalls is the editor of an edition of Fox's Journal. The material from Vol. III is…Continue
Lewis Benson's The Antipathy Between Prophecy and Religion is rich, too rich to be properly summarized in a short blog post. In the following distillation, much of value has been passed over. I can't gather the essence of this work into a few short, concise paragraphs. It cries out to be…Continue
Receiving faith through hearing Christ, the Word of God, was the life-changing event for Fox, and so it is for everyone who follows the same excruciating path of partaking of sufferings.
Receiving faith ends the old, worldly order of misery as well as the moral evil that arises from humanity's determination to muffle and quell the fear of weakness and self-diminishment, the fear of death.
Emil Brunner in The Christian Doctrine of Church, Faith, and the Consummation…Continue
Two centuries before Dickens wrote about the Roman Carnival, the seventeenth-century men and women that would bring forth the Quaker movement had been engaged in something like a Lenten practice. George Fox and others subjected themselves to rigorous self-examination that was, in fact, the awareness the Lenten discipline was intended to evoke. That Friends opted to undergo this self-scrutiny in the absence of any cultural prod vouches for their having been guided not by a culturally…Continue
Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8thMo. 22, 2016 at 12:29 — No Comments
[This essay was first presented at our annual gathering last month. This is the first part of three, and in the next couple days, I expect to post the second and third parts.]
And our hope of you is steadfast knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation (2 Cor. 1:7).
In a world that is ever plagued by deceit and cruelty, suffering seems unavoidable. Yet Paul in this verse implies that suffering is optional: one may choose…Continue
Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8thMo. 21, 2016 at 17:01 — No Comments