Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
I have agreed to try to help organise a reading group in the U.K.
anyone who may be interested please get in touch; either on this forum (add me as a friend) or my email.
As a Christian, Christian in the sense of early Friends I have found few people who acknowledge Jesus as their God. Most Quakers of my acquaintance actually deny Christ and use scripture only when it suits their purpose. They bask in the reputation earned by previous generations whilst they no longer even attempt to follow their teachings., this is no reason to walk away from the truth. Rather we should find each other and do as Fox et.al., and stand secure in the light of Christ; This forum is a place where we can find others who have truly met with the seed of God and maybe make a start to tending to our roots, We are very close to becoming an apostate church, is it time to stand and be counted amongst the disciples of Jesus, who is the Christ? In the William Penn lecture of 1939 Thomas Kelly quoted the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart......
Meister Eckhart wrote: "There are plenty to follow our Lord half-way, but not the other half. They will give up possessions, friends and honors, but it touches them too closely to disown themselves." It is just this astonishing life which is willing to follow Him the other half, sincerely to disown itself, this life which intends complete obedience, without my reservations, that I would propose to you in all humility, in all boldness, in all seriousness. I mean this literally, utterly, completely, and I mean it for you and for me—commit your lives in unreserved obedience to Him.
Little groups of such utterly dedicated souls, knowing one another in Divine Fellowship, must take an irrevocable vow to live in this world yet not of this world, Franciscans of the Third Order, and if it be His will, kindle again the embers of faith in the midst of a secular world. Our meetings were meant to be such groups, but now too many of them are dulled and cooled and flooded by the secular. But within our meetings such inner bands of men and women, internally set apart, living by a vow of perpetual obedience to the Inner Voice, in the world yet not of the world, ready to go the second half, obedient as a shadow, sensitive as a shadow, selfless as a shadow—such bands of humble prophets can recreate the Society of Friends and the Christian church and shake the countryside for ten miles around.
In love of God
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Thanks for this post, Michael. I resonate with Thomas Kelly's observations about Meetings flooded by the secular. How can we stem the tide of secularism in our meetings, families and lives? Surely, only through the Power of Christ.