Conservative Quaker Spirituality
For Isolated Friends
George Fox (1624-1691), Epistle 264, 1669
AND such Testimonies of Friends, as are deceased, let them be Recorded, that so the Testimony of the Lord through his Servants may not be lost, that he raised up his People, for the same they were carried on thro' great Tribulations and Sufferings; and many laid down their Lives, and had their Goods spoiled, and they persecuted to Death to keep up their Testimony (which the Lord moved them to speak by his Spirit) to future Generations: So that those Words, that they were moved to speak forth by the Power, may not be lost; that the Power and Spirit of the Lord may be exalted. . . . And so be Diligent, and those that can write, help them that cannot: This may be easily done.
(To Friends in the Ministry)
ALL Friends, who are moved of the Lord to speak the Word of the Lord, whom the Lord hath made to be his Mouth, speak not your own Words to feed the sensual part of Man, in your own Wills; for there God is not honoured, and Wisdom is not justified. But ye that are moved to speak . . . speak the word of the Lord faithfully, neither add to it with your Reason, nor diminish from it with a disobedient Mind, but speaking the Word of the Lord (faithfully) it ...
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