Margaret Fell's second marriage was to George Fox, eleven years after the death of her first husband, Judge Fell.
Margaret Fell Writes to the Newly Convinced to Stay in the Cross
Perhaps the greatest error in Christianity today is to presume. To presume one is born again; to presume one is 'saved,' all based on reading selective scriptures - like the Pharisees finding eternal life in the scriptures. To presume the touch of God, given to awaken us to his reality and only a call, without yet being chosen; to presume such to be the baptism of the Holy Spirit or the evidence of being 'born again,' or worst of all: to be misinterpreted as evidence to being made a minister or designated a prophet, thereby obligated to go out and preach the letter without spirit, resulting in spiritual retardation and death of the soul; such presumption is catastrophic to the presumer. Here Margaret Fell stresses such saved and born again conditions must be witnessed: that is verified, observed, heard, felt, experienced vs. imagined, presumed, assumed, claimed, believed, read about. She pleads that those newly convinced of the truth, will not fool themselves to living in a pretension and form. But warns them to stay in the cross; observe their hearts being ripped open with their secrets exposed, observe their death and: 'whether you are cleansed, whether you are purged, whether you are washed,' the result of which is to be free from sin, to enjoy union with God in His Kingdom with the fruits of holiness.
An Epistle to Convinced but not yet Crucified Friends, in 1656
Margaret Fox writes on Quakers Slipping into a Form of Dress a Few Short Years After George Fox's Death
Below is Margaret Fox's letter criticizing the Quakers who were
retaining the fashion of the previous years (only 10 years back) as a mark of their Quakerism.
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Margaret Fox's Epistle to Friends, from Swarthmore Hall, 4th Month, 1698
William Penn, after becoming a Quaker, continued to dress as a Cavalier; however he did remove superfluous jewelry, ribbons, and other ornamentation from his apparel. When asked by King James II, his friend and supporter, how their religions differed, Penn reportedly stated: "thy hat hath ribbons, my hat hath none." Plain in the original context was simple: free from ornamentation, not elegant; but free from restriction of color, free from restriction of uniformity, free to accommodate individual preferences - and certainly not clothing of a style from years or centuries past. To wear clothing in a style from times past is being a follower of a particular fashion, exactly what the original Quakers were against; their original ideal has been twisted into doing the exact opposite of ignoring fashion; however holy it may feel to wear such clothing, it is a grievous error. If such had value, Fox and his followers would have worn robes copied from the time of Christ; which of course they did not.
Margaret Fox writes Further on Quaker Slippage into a Form of Dress
Below is Margaret Fox's last letter to the Assemblies of Quakers, written in her 86th year. She had written earlier as above, decrying the slippage of the Quaker faith into forms, thereby forsaking the inward spirit and law; but her pleas went unheeded, for in this letter she notes the forbidding of colors in dress as further error, and deadly to those practicing such outward forms.
Despite the multiple warnings of Margaret Fox in 1698/1700, the Irish, English, and American Quakers had established an unwritten conformity of dress required of their members; as Margaret Fox warned them, they entered spiritual death, believing that dress contributed to their righteousness, thus slipping into a form of the original Quaker denial of superfluous ribbons, solid gold braiding, and dysfunctional gingerbread on clothing. In 1752, from Amsterdam, Samuel Neale wrote to Richard Shackleton regarding the Quakers in Holland, "there is no conformity of dress in the professors here, which is peculiar to the simplicity of the gospel; I hope the labor bestowed on them, as it comes from the fountain of all good, will so operate with the gift in them, as to bring them to a sense of their error." Unfortunately the supposed error of the Dutch was the log in the eye of the entire English-speaking Quaker movement.
As is plainly seen, her pleas and serious consequence warnings were ignored in 1700 and continue to be ignored in 2007. As evidenced from letters written by Quaker ministers, conformity of dress became a universal requirement in England, Ireland, and America around 1730. Fox and the Early Quakers would never have dressed in a robe, the dress of holy men in centuries past, so as to look holy, so as to rely on clothes to be their badge of religion; to the contrary, their badge of religion was in the moderation of their conversation and conduct. Neither would they have worn a cross to display their godliness.
To dress like a Quaker, and speak like a Quaker, does not make one a Quaker. It is a form of godliness, without the power of God; from such withdraw. 1 Tim 3:5
Margaret Fox Writes to William Penn, (founder of Pennsylvania and West Jersey)
There are three testimonies to the authenticity of the early Quaker faith: 1) the persecutions they suffered, 2) the miracles and signs that accompanied their ministries, and 3) the love they had for each other and even their enemies. For Christ said: I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. This letter plainly exhibits that love. Penn was perhaps the closest to Fox of all his brethren; accordingly he was chosen to write his outstanding Introduction to Fox's Journal. Margaret Fox here writes to Penn about Penn's letter of advice in the recovery of those Quakers who had run out from the unity, thinking any rules of conduct in their personal lives were an imposition on their conscience, as follows:
Margaret Writes to George Fox
And here is another letter from Margaret to George, wishing he could come home, but not at the expense of the spread of the Lord's truth. Margaret and George were harshly and slanderously criticized for their frequent and long separations, due to George's ministry. From her letters we can glimpse the sacrifice they both made, forsaking the enjoyment of their fellowship and love, to serve the Lord; and sympathize greatly with the slanderous accusations circulated against them by those envious of their faith and measure of Christ. Quoting from her Introduction to George Fox's Journal:
In the below letter she references a gift sent by George; which was usually cloth, one time scarlet cloth, and another time Spanish black. From this rare letter, we can appreciate their humility and love for each other. Margaret writes to her husband, George Fox:
A Major Evangelical Pamphlet by Margaret Fell
A CALL unto the Seed of ISRAEL,
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Awake, awake, put on your strength Oh ZION, put on your beautiful Garments, Oh JERUSALEM, the Holy City; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust, arise and sit down, Oh Jerusalem; loose yourself from the bands of your neck, O Captive Daughter of Zion. For thus said the Lord, You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money, Isa 52:1-3. Now is the free covenant of everlasting life set open to you, which brings salvation unto the Jews and gentiles. Therefore O house of Jacob come you, and let us walk in the Light of the Lord, which is now shining in this his day; gloriously is the Lord risen, and shining in the consciences of men; in him is life, and the life is the light of men; this is he which Isaiah prophesied of, which is now fulfilled, who said, Lo every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has no money, come you, buy, and eat, yes come buy wine, and milk, without money, and without price; and JESUS CHRIST, who is the Fountain, cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink, he that believes on me, (as the Scripture has said) out of his belly shall flow Rivers of living water, but this he spoke of the Spirit, (John 7:37-38). and this is the fountain, which Moses saw, and told Israel of, God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms, he shall thrust out the enemy before you, and shall destroy them; Israel then shall dwell in safety alone, the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of Corn, and Wine, also his Heavens shall drop down dew: Happy are you O Israel! who is like unto you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help! and who is the Sword of your Excellency, and your enemies shall be found liars unto you, and you shall tread upon the high places of the earth, Deut 33:27-29. Now is this fulfilled, in all who turn to the light, which comes from the life, which is the fountain, which is now set open for all Nations to flow unto, and all the Nations that are saved, walk in the light of the Lamb. David saw this, when he said, How excellent is your loving kindness O God, therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings, they shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house, and you shall make them drink, with the Rivers of your pleasures, for with you is the Fountain of Life; in your Light, we see Light, Psa 36: 7-9. Therefore did he say, Tremble you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, which turned the Rock into a standing water, and the flint into a Fountain of water, Psa 114:7-8. and the day has come that Zachariah saw, who said, In that day there shall be a Fountain open, to the house of David, and to the Inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin, and for uncleanness, and it shall come to pass in that day, said the Lord of Hosts; that I will cut off the name of the idols out of the Land, and they shall be no more remembered; and also, I will cause the Prophets, and the unclean spirits, to pass out of the Land, Zach 13:1-2. This is fulfilled, praises to the living God. The true prophet is risen, which Moses said, the Lord will raise, who teaches his people himself, in whom is life, and this life is the light of men, whose name is the Lord, our righteousness, and whose Light leads unto righteousness, and purity, and whose blood washes and cleanses from all sin, all that believe, and obey the gospel. The day has come which Joel prophesied of, who said, the Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem, and the Heaven, and the Earth shall shake, but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel; so shall you know that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no stranger pass through her any more, and it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with water, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valleys, Joel 3:16-18. but to all the stiff-necked, and uncircumcised in hearts, and ears, who are disobedient to their measures, unto them this fountain is sealed, my beloved is as a spring shut up, and as a fountain sealed, and yet he is as a fountain of gardens, and a well-spring of living waters, and streams from Lebanon, unto the faithful and obedient, who wait in the Light, for his appearance, the second time without sin; and this, all the faithful and obedient shall witness. Therefore all that desire to know the living God, who desires to have living virtue, and grace unto your souls, wait in the Light, which shines in your consciences, for this fountain of life, is the light of men, and there is no life to be found but in the fountain, which is now set open, for the gathering of all nations together, by his Light which gathers together into one, which is the covenant, which is given a light to the gentiles, which brings salvation the ends of the earth, and this you shall eternally witness to be truth. Therefore as you love your souls, turn to the Light, and fear the Lord God; for Solomon said, The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, and again he said, The law of the wise is a fountain of life, and the Law of God endures forever, God is pure, and his law is pure, and the Word of the Lord endures forever, who said, I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, this endures forever, the same Lord brings from Egypt, and out of the house of bondage still.
Therefore, all people, high and low, rich and poor, Jews and gentiles, barbarian, Scythian, mind the Light, by which the Lord God calls out of Egypt and Sodom, which is all the world spiritually, where our Lord is crucified. By this light, which is the life of the Law, does he call the seed out of bondage still. For Moses saw this, when he said, And he came with ten-thousand of his Saints, from his right hand went a fiery law for them, yes, he loved the people, all his Saints are in your hand, and they sat down at your feet, everyone shall receive of your words. Moses commanded us a Law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob, Deut. 33:2-4. and this inheritance endures forever, who dwells and abides in this pure and perfect Law of God. The promise of God is annexed to this, even the sure mercies of David; and in this Law, did David meditate day and night, the Law of God was in his heart, Psa 1:2. Give ear O my people unto my Law, incline your ears unto the Words of my Mouth. I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. And we will not hide them from the children, showing to the generation to come, the praises of the Lord: and his Strength, and his wonderful works that he has done. For he has established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a Law in Israel, when he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children. That the generations to come might know them, even the children which should be born: who should arise and declare them to their children. That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God: but keep his Commandments. Psa 78:1-7.
Now this Law David bears witness to, and all that are of God, bears witness to this Law; for this was a statute for Israel, and a Law for the God of Jacob, but those who were rebellious and stubborn; children of Ephraim they kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his laws; and so it is still. The Lord complains of the idolatrous Shepherds, my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, you shall be no Priest unto me, seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children. Now let all people try, and search, whether all the priests, and teachers, of this nation of England, or elsewhere, have not quite forgotten this Law, and cast it behind their backs. And works they call - the righteous Law of God, which endures forever, which the Apostle said was spiritual, holy, just, and good; this Law they call a covenant of works, and say Christ has abolished it, which is contrary to Christ’s own words, who said: Think not that I have come to destroy the Law, I have not come to destroy it, but to fulfill it; for truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one dot, or title, shall pass from the law, until it is all fulfilled, Mat 5: 17-18. And when one of the Pharisees, who was a Lawyer, asked Christ a question, saying Master, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind: this is the first and great Commandment, and the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself; on these two hang all the Law, and the Prophets. Here Christ Jesus, who is the end of the Law, for righteousness, witnesses to the righteous law of God, which Moses taught Israel; who said, Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, is one Lord, and you shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might; and these words, which I command you this day shall be in your heart, Deut. 6:6. Here now the oneness of the Lord is made manifest, who has sent his only begotten Son, not to destroy, but to fulfill this Law, which is one. And the Apostle said, that he was alive without the law, but when the Commandment came, sin revived, and he died, and yet he was teaching the law blameless. Now see if any of you blind Pharisees of England, can expound this, who deny the Law of God, and cast it behind your backs; the Apostle said, he that sins without the law, shall perish without the law; and as many as have sinned under the law, shall be judged by the law: for not the hearers of the law shall be justified before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. Now see where you will appear, who have cast the righteous law of God behind your back, and are no ministers, neither of the law, nor of the gospel; for the ministers of the Spirit, both under the law, and gospel, bear witness to the righteous law of God, and walk in it, and fulfill it, by the strength and power of him, who is the end of the law for righteousness. He that can receive it let him, for the gentiles, which have not the law, do the things contained in the law, which shows the works of the law written in their hearts, their consciences bearing them witness, in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ. This day has come; and your talking of Christ, and of a God, will not serve, who have cast the law of God behind your backs. The secrets of your hearts, you come not to judge, but your covers are come to be rent off, and your nakedness will appear. For out of Zion, the law is going forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Zion is redeemed through judgment, and her converts with righteousness, and the destruction of the transgressors, and of the sinners, shall be together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed. For you shall be ashamed of the oakes, which you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the gardens, which you have chosen; and you shall be as an oak, whose leaf fades, and as a garden, that has no water. The strong shall be as tinder, and the maker of it, as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them, Isa 1:28-31. This shall you Priests of Baal, and your upholders, eternally witness, for the last days are coming, and the Mountain of the Lords house is established upon the top of the Mountains, and it shall be exalted above the Hills, and people shall flow unto it, and many Nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up unto the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths, for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem; and this is fulfilled, in this our day, glory, and praise, be to the Lord for ever. Hearken unto me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose hearts, is my law, fear you not the reproaches of men, neither be you afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wood; but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation, to generation, Isa. 51:7-8. And the Lord said by Jeremiah, Thus said the Lord, Stand in the Court of the Lord's house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lords house, all the words which I command you to speak unto them, diminish not a word; and you shall say unto them, Thus said the Lord, if you will not hearken unto me, to walk in my Law, which I have set before you, and to hearken to the words of my prophets, which I have sent unto you, then will I make this house, like unto Shiloh, and this city a curse, to all the nations upon earth, Jer. 26:2-6. Therefore beware all you Priests of Baal, which cast the law of God behind your backs; and the Lord said, because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice neither walked therein, but have walked after the imaginations of their own hearts, and after Balaam, which their Fathers taught them; therefore thus said the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Behold I will feed them even with worm-wood, and give them water of gall to drink, this you shall be sure of, Jer. 9:13-15. And the Lord said by Zechariah, Yea they made their hearts as an Adamant stone least they should hear the Law, and the words, which the Lord of hosts sent, in his Spirit, by the former Prophets, therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts: Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear, so they cried, and I would not hear, said the Lord of hosts, Zech. 7:12-13.
Therefore all people as you desire your souls peace and comfort, turn to the Law, written in your hearts, which the Lord has put in your inward parts; that you may know him to be your God, and that you may be his people, that you need not say, know the Lord, for all shall know him, from the least, to the greatest. When the Lord appeared unto Abraham, he said unto him, I am the Almighty God, walk before me, and be you perfect, here is a Law, and this endures forever. He said, I will make my covenant between me and you, and your seed after you, in their generations for an everlasting covenant; to be a God unto you, and your seed after you, every man-child among you shall be circumcised, Gen. 17:1-12. You shall circumcise the flesh of the foreskins, and it shall be a token of the covenant between me, and you, this is the seal of the covenant, the circumcision which is of the heart; and the Apostle said, he gave him the covenant of circumcision, Acts. 7:8. And again he said, And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the Faith which he had, yet being uncircumcised, that he might be the Father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised outwardly, Rom. 4:11. We are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and have no confidence in the flesh, and this is the seal of the covenant, which stands for ever, unto all the seed of Abraham, to which the promise is. Except the Lord of the Sabbath, had left us a seed, we would have been as Sodom, and been like unto Gomorrah. What shall we say? Then that the gentiles who followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness, which is of faith; but Israel, who followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained unto the law of righteousness, because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law, for they stumbled at the stumbling stone, Rom. 9:29-32. And here do all the builders and Pharisees of this age stumble, who know not the Light, nor the Life of the law. They set at nothing the cornerstone, Christ Jesus the Light, who is the rock, upon which the whole Church is built, and by which Jews and gentiles are to come to salvation. This must have come to pass, for it is written, Behold I lay in Zion a stumbling stone, a rock of offence, and whosoever believes on him, shall not be ashamed. Because of their stumbling and disallowing the cornerstone, CHRIST JESUS the LIGHT, the acceptance of which is the first step into the way, the truth and the life. Because none can come unto the Father but by him; and so long as they are out of this Way, and stumble at the Light; they shall never know the true faith, nor they shall ever come to attain the law of righteousness. Because they do not seek it by the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is not held with respect of persons, but is a mystery held in a pure conscience, which the defiled conscience can never know. This you shall eternally witness.
Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the time of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; as said the Apostle, and he shall send Jesus Christ, who before was preached unto you, whom the heavens must receive, until the restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, since the world began; for Moses said unto the Fathers, a prophet shall the Lord raise up unto you, like unto me, him shall you hear in all things, whatsoever he shall say unto you, and it shall come to pass, that every soul, that will not hear this prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people, Acts 3:22- 23. And now is this prophet risen, in the consciences of men, and he is teaching his people by his Light, who is the Light of the world, and this is the condemnation of the world, that Light is come, and men love darkness, rather than light, because their deeds are evil. But from the Light, which shines in their consciences they cannot flee, but one day it shall find them out; all who hate it, it is their condemnation forever, but as many as obey it, and walk in it, shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of Life; yes all the Prophets from Samuel, and those that followed after as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days, you are the children of the Prophets, and of the Covenant, which God made with our Father; saying unto Abraham, And in your Seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed, unto you first, God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you, from his iniquities, Acts 3:24-26. The Light of Jesus makes manifest sin and iniquity; and turns from the darkness to the Light: I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand and will keep you, and give you for a covenant to the people, for a Light to the Gentiles, to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, out of the prison house. This is he that brings salvation unto Jews, and gentiles; who brings back the captivity, of the whole seed of Abraham, to which the promise is; who is anointed to preach glad tidings to the meek, who is sent to blind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, Christ Jesus the Light, who is the everlasting covenant, and oath of God, is made a priest forever, after the order of MELCHISEDECK, King of Salem, Priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the Kings, and blessed him; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation, King of righteousness; and after that also King of Salem, which is King of peace; without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God, abides a priest continually, Heb. 7:1-3.
So all poor people, Jews and gentiles; stop paying attention to your changeable priests; for Christ Jesus the unchangeable has risen to teach his people, who is made a Priest with the oath of God, which never can be revoked; but stands forevermore, for Jews and Gentiles, barbarians, Scythians, bond and free, who has taken down the partition wall between us, and has made of two, one new man, as the Apostle said, that the blessing of Abraham, might come on the Gentiles, through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made; he said not to seeds as of many, but as of one, and to your seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant which was confirmed before of God in Christ. The Law which was four hundred and thirty years after cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect, Gal. 3:14-17. This is the seed which the Lord has promised, that shall be known among the gentiles, and their off-spring among all people, and those who see them, shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed, which God has blessed. Therefore all people, as you desire the redemption of your souls, turn to the light of Jesus Christ, which makes manifest your evil deeds, and the secret thoughts of your hearts, that they are vain; that is the light, by which the Lord teaches his people, by which all the Seed of Israel, Jews and Gentiles shall be saved, as it is written, There shall come out of Zion, the Deliverer, and he shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob, and this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins, Rom 11:26-27. So do not deceive your souls; [there is] no covenant but where the sins are taken away. They who are strangers from the life, are aliens to the covenant of the promise. Where there is not the circumcision, which is is of the heart, and taking away the foreskin, and renting the veil, where this is not; there is no seal of the covenant, and this you shall eternally witness to be truth. So all to the light of Jesus turn your minds, and walk in his light, that the eyes of your understandings may be enlightened, that you may know, what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints is.
And beware I charge you in the presence of the Lord- of walking in the vanities of your minds, having your understandings darkened; being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in you, because of the blindness of your hearts, and so come to be past feeling, and so come to work all uncleanness with greediness. Therefore as you love your souls, turn to the light of Jesus, that you may come to be learned and taught by him, who is the redeemer of Israel, the holy one. To whom it is said, It is too light a thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the nations, that My salvation may extend to the end of the earth. Thus said the Lord, in an acceptable time have I heard you, and I will preserve you; and give you for a Covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages, that you may say to the prisoners go forth, and to them that sit in darkness, show yourselves; this is fulfilled in this our day, and his light is risen, which shall bring salvation to the ends of the earth, and all the nations that are saved, shall walk in this light; which said to the prisoner go forth, and to him that has long sat in darkness, show yourself; they shall not hunger or thirst any more; for he that has mercy on them, shall lead them by the springs of water shall he guide them, they shall come from far, from the north, and from the west; for God has comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted, glory, and praise, be unto him forever.
Therefore all people, to the LAW, and to the TESTIMONY written in your hearts, turn your minds, that so you may come to know the Revelation of Jesus, which is a mystery, which in other ages was not revealed to the sons of men, as it is now revealed by his Spirit; that the gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise, according to the eternal purpose, which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord before the world began. For the outward law, which was written in tables of stone, which was to the Jews only, is changed. The circumcision which was outward, and the Sabbath which was outward, and the priests which were outward, and the temple which was outward; these were figures, types, and shadows of him, who was to come; the body, and substance of these is CHRIST JESUS, who comes to fulfill the Law, and is the end of the law for righteousness; who washes, and cleanses, and purges by his blood, all that come unto the Father by him. For Christ has not entered into the holy places, made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but [has entered] into Heaven itself, to appear in the presence of God for us. For if sprinkling the unclean with the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer sanctifies, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself, without spot unto God, purge your consciences from dead works, to serve the living God. For this cause is he the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressors, that were under the first Testament; they which are called might receive the promise of the eternal Inheritance, for there is no respect of persons with God, for circumcision truly profits, if you keep the Law; but if you are a breaker of the Law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if he who is not of the Circumcision, as the Jew is outwardly, if he keep the Law, by keeping of the Law, he judges you who are of the Law, by the letter outwardly, For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly, neither is that Circumcision which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the Letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God. So the Law, which is according to the Letter without, which is a carnal commandment; and the Priesthood which is without, and the Sacrifices offerings, and outward washings; [all] these has he abolished and taken away, blotting out the hand-writing of ordinances, which were against us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his Cross. Let no man therefore judge you, in respect of a new moon, or of the sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to come. But the body is Christ, who is the Light, which is risen in the conscience, which purges and cleanses the conscience, by his Spirit from dead works, to serve the living God.
They who had the outward law did not know this, as Stephen witnessed unto them, whom they stoned to death. This is that Moses said unto the children of Israel, A Prophet, shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, him shall you hear; this is He, who was in the Church in the Wilderness with the Angel, who spoke to him in Mount Sinai, Acts 7:37-38. So this is he, who spoke to them in Mount Sinai, whom they would not obey; but thrust him from them in their hearts, saying unto Aaron, make us Gods, and so they made a calf, and forsook the living God, and so God turned from them, and made them worship the host of heaven. Stephen spoke plainly to them, who were of the Jews outwardly, who had the law outward, the circumcision outward, the priest, temple, Sabbath, and sacrifices outward, and said, You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart, and ears, you do always resist the Holy Ghost, as your Fathers did so do you; which of the Prophets have not your Fathers persecuted? and they have slain them, which showed before the coming of the just one, of whom you have now been the betrayers, and murderers; who have received the law, by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. So these are those who had the outward law, which was given to them by the disposition of the Angels, but did not live in the life of it; and so did slay, and were betrayers of the just one, who came to fulfill the law. When Stephen spoke these words to them, they gnashed upon him with their teeth, and took up stones and stoned him. So all that come to witness the life and substance of the Law and Prophets CHRIST JESUS the cornerstone, come to be persecuted by them, who do not know the law. For the Apostle said, know you not brethren, for I speak to them which know the law, how that the law, has dominion over a man, so long as he lives, but this they know not who are alive without the law. And as many as sin without the law, shall perish without the law; for the Apostle said, I was once alive, without the law, but when the Commandment came sin revived, and I died, but this is a mystery to the lawless and disobedient, for whom the law is. And the law was added because of the transgression, until the seed came; he that can receive it, let him. But now said the Apostle, we are delivered from the law, That being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in newness of Spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
But to the men of the letter, who are only ministers of the letter, this is a mystery, who neither know the life of the law, nor the gospel. They have gotten into the seat of the scribes, and Pharisees who had the law and the Prophets outwardly read every Sabbath day, yet did not know the life of Moses, who wrote of Christ, and said, a prophet would the Lord raise like unto me, who spoke to God face to face. The prophets prophesied of Christ, of the coming of the just one, and of his sufferings, how he should be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and how he should be as a lamb, dumb before his shearers. Though they read this without them, yet when it came to be fulfilled, they were so blind, they did not see it, and so crucified the Lord of life.
But now the beast has gotten into another color, and now his ministers have gotten the words of Christ, and of his Apostles, and they take these words, and have gotten into the seat of the Pharisees, which Christ found them in, when he came, and cried Woe against. Here they sit decked with Christ’s words, and the Apostles' words, and the saints words. With these they continue deceiving poor people, and making merchandise of their souls, speaking things they ought not for filthy lucre, who serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies. They betray and murder poor souls, and do all that in them lie and spend all their strength, against the truth of God, which is now risen in this his day, in life and power, which makes them clearly manifest to be antichrist’s false prophets, and deceivers, who are gone into the world, which John spoke of. Now the Light is risen, and they are manifested, [exposed by the Light], glory and praises be unto the Lord forever, who is gathering his flock, which were scattered, from their mouths. For thus said the Lord, I will both search my Sheep, and seek them out, I will feed them in a good pasture, and they shall lie down in a good fold, and I will set one Shepherd over them, and they shall be no more a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beasts of the field devour them anymore. Woe to the Shepherds said the Lord, that have fed themselves, and not the flock, that feed with the fat, and are clothed with the wool. The Lord is coming to be avenged of them, the Light is risen, which makes them manifest, to be the false prophets, and the antichrist’s. They were seemingly all true prophets, until the Light came, which made them manifest, by their fruits, while they were clothed in the sheep’s clothing, the saints words, and Christ’s words, painted sepulchers, beautiful without.
But now that the true prophet, Christ Jesus is risen, whom Moses said, the Lord would raise, now they appear to be the false prophets indeed which Christ told us to beware of, who come in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening Wolves; by their fruits we know them, who said lo here, and lo there; but Christ said, believe them not. All their practice and labor is to oppose, and persecute the truth of God, as it is in Jesus now made manifest in his saints. They deny and oppose the light, when all the ministers of God, which ever taught for God, turned people from the darkness to the light, and from the power of Satan unto God. They do what they can to turn [people] from the Light, and to keep people in darkness. So here they stand to keep people from the first principle, that leads to God; for the Light is the first principle of pure religion, and undefiled before God. Some of them deny the Light, and some call it natural; and so they deny Christ Jesus, who is given a covenant of Light, which is the true Light, which has enlightened every man that comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not: and so these antichrists, and deceivers, which are entered into the world, know him not, who has said, I am the door of the sheep, all that ever came before me are thieves and robbers. I am the door, by me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. But these thieves and robbers, who are hirelings, who only come to steal, and to kill, and to destroy, (as Christ said), they keep from the door; and deny that by which every one enters, who are saved, the LIGHT, Christ Jesus, who is the cornerstone, and rock, upon which the whole Church is built. This [Light] they deny to be sufficient, to teach salvation. They deny the new covenant, the Law written in the heart, and call obedience to the Light, and Law of God, a covenant of works.
And so all poor people, as ever you desire to know the living God, and the living truth as it is in Jesus, or as ever you look for the redemption of your souls, turn from these deceivers, and turn to the light of Jesus, which lets you see the deceit of your hearts. This is that by which all that ever knew God were guided, by the pure and perfect law of God which is written in the heart. David said, blessed is the man whom you chasten, O Lord, and teaches out of your law; and the Apostle said, I delight in the law of God, after the inward man. So all to mind the pure law of God, which endures until it is all fulfilled, for the law is holy the Commandment is holy, just, and good. For what the law could not do in that it was weak thorough the flesh, God sending his own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law, might de fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit: and so as you walk in the Light, and in the Law of God, in the inward man, you will see and know what the fulfilling of the Law of God is, and then you will see what the Apostle said, when he said, But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law, Rom. 3:21. So as you are guided by the eternal Light and Spirit, you will know the Law of the Spirit of life, which makes free from sin and death, and as you dwell in the Light of Jesus Christ which is one in all, then will you come to know, and see that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin, as it is written, There is none righteous, no not one, there is none that understand, there is none that seek after God, they are all gone out of the way, they are all together become unprofitable, there is none that doth good, no not one; for they which were the Jews outwardly, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God; but Christ is the end of the law, for righteousness to everyone that believes, and the righteousness which is of faith, speaks on this wise, say not in your heart, who shall ascend into heaven, that is, to bring down Christ from above, or who shall descend into the deep, that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead; But what said it? The word is near you in your heart, and in your mouth, and that is the word of faith, which we preach, for if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart, that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation; for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord over all, is rich unto all that call upon him, and whosoever shall call upon the Lord, shall be saved: Therefore be not hearers of the word, but doers of the word; lay aside all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls; whosoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed; if you fulfill the royal law, according to the scriptures, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well; but if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law, as transgressors; so speak you, and so do, as those who shall be judged, by the law of liberty, James 2. and so all who are taught by the eternal pure measure of God, are guided by the pure law, for the Apostle said, I would not have known sin, but by the law, for I had not known covetousness, except the law had said, you shall not covet. So all the Children of the Lord, are taught by the Lord, and in righteousness are they established, and they are far from oppression. By the Law and by the Testimony are they taught, and who are taught of the Lord, they know the Lord to be their KING, and LAWGIVER, and CHRIST JESUS, who is given for a Covenant of light for Jews and for Gentiles, to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life, who has said, there is none that cometh to the Father, but but by me; the Light of Jesus Christ is the leader, teacher, and guider of all that come to the Father. The Scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise, by the faith of Jesus, Christ might be given to them that believe.
So turn to the light, believe in the light, and wait in the light, to receive the promise, for there is neither Jew, nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, that do believe in the Light, and walk in the Light and is obedient to the Light, but they are all one in Christ Jesus, and if they be Christ’s, and walk in the Light of Christ, and dwell in the Light of Christ, then are they Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise; and the Scripture foreseen that God would justify the heathen thorough faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, In you shall all nations be blessed, Gal. 3:8. and the Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham, the thing that I do, seeing that Abraham shall become a great and a mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him, Gen. 18:17-18. This is the everlasting gospel, and promise of God to all generations that do believe, for all that be of faith, are blessed with faithful Abraham. So wait all in the Light, to know the law of God, which is just and pure, which was added because of transgression, until the seed should come, to whom the promise was made, which was ordained by angels, in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. He that has an eye may see, and where the eye is open, there all sees, eye to eye, when the Lord brings again Zion, and the light of the body is the eye, and if the eye be single, the whole body is full of light. As you walk in the Light, and wait in the Light, and abide in the Light, this you will read and understand: Jesus said unto them, I am the light of the world, he that follows me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life, and as you walk in the light, you follow the Lamb, who is the light of the holy City; and as you dwell and abide in the Light, you will come to see the two sons which Abraham had, one by a bond-woman, and another by a free-woman, which the Apostle said is an allegory. For these are the two covenants, said he: one from Mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Hagar, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children; But [the other is] Jerusalem which is from above and is free, which is the Mother of us all. For it is written, rejoice you Barren, that bears not; but this is a mystery to all dark unclean spirits. Read, Isa. 54. Christ Jesus said, while you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of the light, walk while you have the light, least darkness come upon you; for he that walks in darkness, knows not whether he goes; and out of the light, the way Christ Jesus, are both Jews and Gentiles. But the light of the glorious gospel is risen, and the desire of all nations is come, who will shake all nations. Who will fill his house with glory, the glory of this latter house, shall be greater than the former, said the Lord of Hosts; and in this place will I give peace said the Lord of Hosts, according to the word that I covenanted with you, when you came out of Egypt; so my spirit remains among you, for thus said the Lord, Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the Heavens, and the Earth, and the Sea, and the dry land: Therefore rejoice greatly O Daughter of Zion, shout O Daughter of Jerusalem: Behold your King cometh unto you, he is Just, having Salvation, lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass; and I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace unto the heathen, and his dominion shall be from sea, to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth; as for you also, by the blood of your covenant, I have sent forth your prisoners out of the pit, wherein is no water turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope, even to day do I declare unto you, that I will render double unto you, Zech 9:9-12.
Therefore this is the day of your visitation, you prisoners, who are in the pit that is without water; turn to the strong hold, the Rock, Christ Jesus the Light; that he may say to the prisoner, go forth, and to him that sits in darkness, show yourself, and by no other way nor name under heaven shall you ever know the resurrection, but by Jesus Christ, who is the Light, the Way, the Truth, and the Life; who has said, I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believes on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: So as you desire the life of your souls, the resurrection of the prisoner, which lies in the pit, which is without water, turn to the light, and hearken diligently to the word which is near in the heart; incline your ears, that your souls may live; for the Lord has said, I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader, and a Commander; this is he who leads Joseph like a flock, who was dead; but is alive; whose name is called the word of God; and faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, and theirs none can hear without this preacher, which is sent, who is anointed to preach glad tidings to the poor, liberty to the Captives, who is the preacher of righteousness, who preaches to the spirits in prison; who opens the prison door, and brings the prisoner forth of the prison house, glory, and praise be unto him forever, this is witnessed, and fulfilled, to his everlasting praise, and glory. And the everlasting priest is witnessed, who has by one offering perfected forever them that are sanctified, whereof also the Holy Ghost is a witness to us; the Holy Ghost sanctifies, Christ Jesus the everlasting offering, perfects them that are sanctified, the blood of the covenant sanctifies; wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate, Heb. 13:12. So all people turn to the measure of the light, which makes manifest sin; and if you walk in the light, as he is in the light, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin; and here is the fellowship one with another; the Apostle speaking of those that should not inherit the kingdom of God, and he said to the Corinthians, such were some of you, But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified, in the name of our Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, 1 Cor. 6:11. So to the pure light, all be obedient; for Peter wrote to the elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father thorough the sanctification of the spirit, unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ, 1 Pet. 1:2. This is that by which all are sanctified, Jews and Gentiles, all that come to God by him, are sanctified by his blood; who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption; this is the covenant that I will make with them, after those days said the Lord, I will put my law in their hearts, and in their minds will I write them, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more: Now, where the remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin, Heb. 10:18. So all in the Light dwell, which is given to the Gentiles, and for a Covenant to the people, and for the opening of the blind eyes; for this is the will of God, even your sanctification; and the Apostle gave thanks unto God, who had chosen them unto salvation, through the sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth, 2 Thes. 2:13. Therefore all wait in the light, and wait upon the Lord, and stand fast in your measures, that you may sanctify the Lord in your hearts, and be sanctified in Christ Jesus, who has by one offering perfected forever, them that are sanctified, and none else. Therefore do not deceive your souls, for Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto them that look for him, shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation. So all wait in the Light for his appearing; and unto you that look for Him, and wait for Him in the Light. You shall see him appear the second time without sin, and as the day dawns, the day star will arise in your hearts; and this you shall see and know, if you be faithful and wait in the light; and whether you hear, or forbear, you shall eternally witness this to be truth.
(Updated from her book: A Brief Collection of Remarkable Passages, London, 1710, pp. 468-507.)
Many of today's Christians think there is nothing they have to change in their life; that God loves them, approves of them the way they are; that their sinful life of greed, lying, pleasures, lust, envy, jealousy, sexual immorality, etc. are all excused by Christ - with a free pass to heaven. This is very similar to what the Ranters in 17th Century England believed, except they used quoted scripture to justify their sinful behaviors. They were a very troublesome sect to the Quakers, because people often confused the Ranters to be Quakers. Margaret Fox wrote a very strong paper refuting their scriptural claims, including Ranter claim cited below:
In her published paper Margaret's reply to the Ranters scriptural assertion was:
(By the time of George Fox's death, almost all the Ranters had been converted to Quakers - which is not surprising considering their roots. As William Penn describes in his Introduction to George Fox's Journal:
Thus Margaret Fox has cleared the error so common in Christianity today; as well she completely describes the solution. We have been taught that we no longer have to walk by the Law; that to do so is works; we are to subsist on faith and grace. And that is right to a point: we can't attain salvation by only trying to observe the law - true; but in faith we must walk to the law that is already written in our hearts; we must do what we know is right, and not do what we know is wrong, at least as much as we are capable. Until we are led by the Spirit of God's personal commands to us, the outward moral law is our schoolmaster, reminding us to correct conduct and motivating us to seek God's help for those things we can't control. We must seek and submit to Christ's and the Holy Spirit's conviction with resulting commands to repent - each command also being written on our heart - the inward Law that we must follow to progress spiritually. Unless we obtain the complete inward law, written on our heart, and added to, one command at a time, we are far less righteous than the Pharisees; of whom Christ said: unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:20. Yes, the Law must be fulfilled in us; Christ must change us to become like himself so we too fulfill the Law, until that time when our faith is complete, held in a pure conscience. We must pass through the time of impurity, seeking purity, with the law sounding our deficiencies and transgressions to our sorrow and resulting in our motivation to seek divine help to change. The Law is our schoolmaster and condemnation until we are led by the voice of the Spirit of God. If we ignore the law and its requirements for good conduct, reminding us to find God's help to be rid of sin, we are hopelessly locked into sin, with the condemnation of the Lord sure to follow. We must walk by the inward law written on our hearts until we arrive at purity. And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure. 1 John 3:3; at the final result of our purification, heaven and earth passes away for us; we then walk in love, still capable of being tempted, but protected by the strength of Christ from falling to temptation.
Yes, the law still applies to all believers until they are led by the Holy Spirit; the law is our schoolmaster leading us to faith, which comes when you hear the word of God within your heart, believe it to be true, believe it to be God speaking to you, and so then obey all that you are commanded to do — that is to follow Christ, hearing his Spirit speak to you and then obeying it. The words Christ speaks to you are spirit and impart life; the life of God, which those who follow (obey his leading) Christ do receive. If you are led by the Spirit, you are no longer under the law, Gal 5:18; those led by the Spirit are sons of God. Rom 8:14.
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