Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
' Now the whole earth had one language and few words. As men migrated from the east, they settled on a plain in the land of Babylon. "Come", they said to one another, "let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." Then they had brick for stone and bitumen for mortar. "Let us build a city," they said, "and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves."
The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. "Behold," he said "they are one people with one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Let us confuse their language, that they may not understand one another.' So the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the earth, and they stopped building the city; it was called Babel, because the Lord confused their language and from there he scattered them all over the earth.'
And now a Tower of Babel stands in London and reaches up, not to God, but to the abstract principle of secular humanism, and very soon there will be a debate there to discern "what it means to be a Quaker today". For those of us who are awake to the Everlasting Gospel, and what it means, there is probably little chance of having our voices heard. But we can gather there, as an act of witness, to meet for worship in the name of Jesus. Our Meeting Houses have been taken from us, and we are cast out into the fringes and the wastelands of what remains of Quaker Life in Great Britain.
Please join us at Friends' House this coming 7th day. Details are available on this website under NFF Events, but perhaps some of us could arrive earlier and meet up in the coffee shop. I will be there at 10.30.
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