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.
FRIENDS, the Love of God is to you, the Springs are opening, and the Plants are refreshing with the living Waters. Now Friends, walk in the Truth as ye have received it; and wait in that which keeps you in the Yea and Nay, in the pure Communication, in the Good Manners.
Ye that turn from the Light, ye turn from Christ . . . and ye that walk in the Light, ye walk after Christ, and he is your Way. . . . And ye that turn from the Spirit, . . . and ye that get up into Presumption . . . ...
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