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.
AND the Apostle said to the saints, That he had learned in all Conditions to be content. (Mark) in all Conditions: but this was when he was Paul, not when he was Saul, running up and down with his Packet of Letters, halling the Saints before the Rulers like a Parater; then he was not Content, neither with his own Condition, nor others; But when he came to learn Christ, . . . who teacheth to know all things, then in all things he learned to be Content. . . . So while he learned of Men and by Men, he was not Content, neither ...
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