"I stand only to the Lord in respect of my selfe."
James Nayler, Sauls Errand pg.15 1654

"Let him to whom an Idol is nothing, to whom all shadows, Types and Figures, are come to an end, let him exercise his freedom; yet with all tender love and forbearance to those that see not the same liberty;"
Robert Rich, Hidden Things Brought to Light

God hath a People among them [Quakers], many of whom have long been reviled and falsly accused and slandered, because they have conscientiusly refused to conform to Prescriptions without Conviction
Thomas Crisp, Babels Builders, Preface pg.1, London, 1681

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Relative Propriety of the inshining Light in the Consciences of the Early Gathering of Friends

NOTE: Draft Copy - 8-9-19

Preface

From the earliest days of the gathering of Friends, through the appearance of the Spirit of Christ in their conscience and consciousness, a people testified to witnessing the appearance of inherently sustained Life itself in itself within their conscience and consciousness; so that they were drawn out of the process of being guided and informed by the reflected thoughts of other people and institutions. They were come out of the process of reflective thought to organize and administer human relationships and worship. The impulse of the inherently sustained Presence of Christ was completely sufficient in itself to guide their relations with one another.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Out of the Process of Reflective Thought in Relation to Others

There were many people in the earliest days of the Quaker gathering who, through the appearance of the inherent Presence of the spirit of Christ in their consciousness and conscience, were (relatively speaking) drawn out of the process of relating to one another through reflective thought to guide and rule their relationships, interactions, and worship. The nature of this different way of relating to and interacting with other people was such that they were come out of identification with and participation in outward formalities, ceremonies, instrumentalities, and institutions; even those that others in the gathering found helpful and nurturing through the inshining Light itself in their conscience. This being drawn out of the process of reflective thought in relation to other people led them to make no distinction between godly or ungodly forms and instrumentalities. They were draw out of all forms in relation to others people.  It is a blessing and encouraging to share this experience with those who were part of the earliest history of the gathering of Friends and to know this ministration of life, through the appearance of  immanent Presence itself in itself inherently sustained in the conscience and consciousness, is still alive today.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Godly Forms and those out of all Forms.

[Note: This document is the first attempt to show part of the vision behind the Christonomy (www.christonomy.net) network. There are various embedded links in the document directly to the document or cross-reference discussed. This will give the reader the opportunity to interact with and immerse themselves in the Early Quaker source documentation directly and in real time and with ease while reading the content of the article. This is the third year of a ten year project. At this stage in the project there are enough early Quaker source documents keyboarded and published to begin adding content to the blog side of the project.]

In 1666, a document ( [London 1666] View Document ) was published and sent to various Quaker Meeting-houses. The subscribers to the document state they are called to watch over the souls of the gathering and, out of that calling, are concerned with its viability in the face of those in the gathering who speak out against the leaders of the gathering and the establishment of outward formalities and prescriptions to rule and guide the relationships and interactions of the people in the gathering. To preserve the fellowship and the viability of the gathering the subscribers lay down six prescriptions on how people, in the established Meetings, are to relate to and interact with those Quakers who are come out of outward formalities (relatively speaking) and who speak out against the enforcement of outward forms and the leaders who promote adherence to outwardly established forms over against the prerogative of the inshining Light in the conscience.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

More Early Quaker Documents Keyboarded and Published

I have keyboarded published nine more early Quaker related documents to the Christonomy project. These documents are in some way related to William Rogers' "The Christian Quaker" either mentioned directly or the subject matter is topical.

1. Anarchy of the Ranters - Barclay
    1. http://quakerlit.blogspot.com/p/taotra-title-and-contents.html
2. Hidden Things Brought to Light - Robert Rich
    1. http://quakerlit.blogspot.com/p/htbtl-title-page.html
3. Tyranny and Hypocrisy Detected - Anonymous
    1. http://quakerlit.blogspot.com/p/tyranny-and-hypocrisy-detected.html
4. An Exalted Diostrephes Reprehended - A Response to Roger's "The Christian Quaker" signed by multiple persons.
    1. http://quakerlit.blogspot.com/p/the-exalted-diotrephes-reprehended.html
5. Saul's Errand to Damascus - George Fox and James Naylor
    1. http://geofoxlit.blogspot.com/p/saul-errand-to-damascus.html
6. An Epistle for True Love, Unity, and Order - Anne Whitehead and Mary Elson
    1. http://quakerlit.blogspot.com/p/an-epistle-for-true-love-unity-and.html
7. An Epistle Concerning the Government of Christ - George Fox
    1. http://geofoxlit.blogspot.com/p/an-epistle-concerning-government-christ.html
8. To all People that Profess the Eternal Truth - John Harwood
    1. http://quakerlit.blogspot.com/p/to-all-people-that-profess-eternal-truth.html
9. The Spirit of Envy, Lying, and Persecution - George Fox's reply of John Harwood's reflections upon him.
    1. http://quakerlit.blogspot.com/p/the-spirit-of-envy-lying-and.html