Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
The NFF exists to preach the Christian Message that was proclaimed by the Early Friends. Christ has come to teach his People himself.
I have heard this so many times - I wonder if anyone can explain it fully? I am presuming that it was a reaction against Protestantism, that had reacted against Catholicism and their reliance on Tradition as authority in the church. Protestants said that scripture is the sole source of authority and as Barclay rightly said, scripture is the fountain and not the source. Authority is in the direct and immediate revelation of the Spirit to man, but it will not contradict scripture. We see the results of the Protestant position - thousands of denominations. I am fully in support of the Quaker position and have had many wrangles with Protestants about it. It has been the main issue of whether I can join another holiness church - The Salvation Army as it is their first doctrine.
But was this their foremost reason for existence or just one of the ways they differ, and was this the reason for the persecution?
I don't think so because the major significant thing for me was their preaching against sin - that is - they said that men can only be delivered from their slavery from sin, if it is perfect and complete and occurs through the washing of the blood of Jesus done for us on calvery and if we say that it cannot be complete in this life, or that it occurs slowly, then it is because a man is walking in the flesh and is merely stating his own experience, whereas men like George Fox gave a clear testimony that sanctification which is entire and complete, is to occur, and has for them, as an event (flaming sword).
This is the doctrine that is hated in the church and caused the early believers who claimed it to flee to the desert to avoid persecution and so it went out of manistream teaching as Fox reported and the dark ages came. However, there have been men in the church who have taught that immediate revelation from the Spirit is authoritive. Sorry I do not have referrences atm. but I have read men say this and am not aware that a great persecution came upon them. One is a Nazarene pastor who I will try to recall.
The persecution has been kept for anyone who claims to be without sin - and this is the doctrine and the reason for the true revivals in the church of which early Quakersim is one.
Or does it mean that when men are gathered together, Christ will come into their midst and teach them collectively and if this is so, which scriptures are being used?
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