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Praise for the NFF's new publication, the Sermons of Stephen Crisp

With the publication of these sermons, the "library" of Quaker classics readily available to the reading public gains a completeness it had previously lacked. Oh, we'd had the writings of George Fox, Isaac Penington, James Nayler, Robert Barclay, and William Penn in print; but none of these had fully penetrated the armor of my complacent world-view until I'd read Stephen Crisp's Sermon No. 14, "The Kingdom of God Within," made available by the NFF a generation ago, and been struck by Crisp's query, "How do we like the government of Satan?"
   At first I laughed bitterly, thinking of the civil governments of this world, which "call evil good, and good evil" (Isa 5:20), and routinely reason, "Let us do evil, that good may come" (Rom 3:8). I was particularly angry with the U. S. Government at the time, and took a perverse pleasure in imagining a horned, goateed red-skinned giant sitting in the Oval Office, calling the shots.
   But then I realized that that wasn't what Crisp was talking about. He was talking about ME: I was enslaved to fear, anger, and lust; I had sins on my conscience, some of them as ancient as my childhood, that still had the power to send me into paroxysms of self-loathing. Did a satan actually exist? If one did, then I was ripe for his capture. If one did not, then there might as well be one. Fortunately, I had already heard the voice of my Savior by then, so I knew there was a refuge.
   Friend, let Stephen Crisp shake you up as he's shaken me up. The query I referred to is on page 93:

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