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, All ye that have know the Way of Truth, and tasted of the Power of the same, and now turn back into the World's Fashions and Customs, ye stop them that are coming out of the World, ye make them to stumble at the Truth, ye make them to question the Way of the Lord, which is out of the Way of the World, and its Ways; and ye grieve the Righteous, and sadden the Hearts of the Upright and Simple. Ye had better, ye had never known the Way of Light, Life and Power, . . . and a hard thing it will be for any of you ...
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