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 all Friends, take heed of Jars and Strife. . . . Therefore dwell in Love and Life . . . which is the Honourable, Royal State. And all that Speak or Preach abroad, see, that ye be in the Life, and Power and Seed of God, which will Edifie the Body, and not in a brittle, peevish, hasty, fretful Mind; but dwell in that, which keeps down the contrary, that that may speak, which edifies the Body in Love.
And all take heed of Vain Words, and Tatling idle Words, but every where stop such; ...
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