a curious quote

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Here’s a little ditty by George Fox, a rather un-CC (Christianly Correct) sort of statement. It’s the kind of quote which makes a person nod their head then look around to see if anyone saw them do that. Speaking of a morning he visited a church in Nottingham, just when the pastor began his sermon:

He took for his text these words of Peter, “We have also a more sure Word of prophecy, whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.” And he told the people that this was the Scriptures by which they were to try all doctrines, religions, and opinions.

Now the Lord’s power was so mighty upon me, and so strong in me, that I could not hold, but was made to cry out and say, “Oh, no; it is not the Scriptures!” and I told them what it was, namely, the Holy Spirit, by which the holy men of God gave forth the Scriptures, whereby opinions, religions, and judgments were to be tried; for it led into all truth, and so gave the knowledge of all truth. The Jews had the Scriptures, and yet resisted the Holy Spirit, and rejected Christ, the bright morning star. They persecuted Christ and His apostles, and took upon them to try their doctrines by the Scriptures; but they erred in judgment, and did not try them aright, because they tried without the Holy Spirit.

Interesting. This is, of course, precisely what Jesus said as well, but that doesn’t mean it’s culturally acceptable to say in churches today. Might get you thrown out, or called a heretic, or tossed into a nasty, stinking prison where the smell gets into your nose and throat so it annoys you very much. That last one is what happened to George Fox after his little outburst.

It turns out after a few days “great meetings” were held at the sheriff’s house. So maybe there is something to what he had to say, reminding me of that other fellow who once mentioned not having wise words but instead he had the power of Christ.


2 Responses to “a curious quote”

  1. academictriage Says:

    Now here, truly , was a person who pressed a great weight . . . yet was lifted up.

  2. Patrick Says:

    Absolutely. He, of course, was very good about making sure the credit went the right directions.