Quaker Strongholds

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Henry Longstreth, 1891 - Quakers - 188 pages
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This is selected passages from Caroline Stevens' book, Quaker Strongholds, 1890, a Quaker classic about the cornerstone and foundation of Quakerism. Caroline Stevens lived 1834-1909. Read full review

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Page 152 - We shall also be very willing to admit it as a positive certain maxim, that whatsoever any do, pretending to the Spirit, which is contrary to the Scriptures, be accounted and reckoned a delusion of the devil.
Page 183 - His labors in the Yearly Meeting appear to have been owned and blessed by the Divine Head of the church. The London Epistle for 1758, condemning the unrighteous traffic in men, was read, and the substance of it embodied in the discipline of the meeting ; and the following query was adopted, to be answered by the subordinate meetings : — " Are Friends clear of importing negroes, or buying them when imported ; and do they use those well, where they are possessed by inheritance or otherwise, endeavoring...
Page 45 - He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If, therefore, ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches ? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
Page 26 - The one corner-stone of belief upon which the Society of Friends is built is the conviction that God does indeed communicate with each one of the spirits he has made, in a direct and living inbreathing of some measure of the breath of his own life; that he never leaves himself without a witness in the heart as well as in the surroundings of man...
Page 151 - Spirit, and that the errors, which may be supposed by the injury of times to have slipped in, are not such but that there is a sufficient clear testimony left to all the essentials of the Christian faith ; we do look upon them as the only fit outward judge of controversies among Christians ; and that whatsoever doctrine is contrary unto their testimony, may therefore...
Page 183 - At length the truth in a great measure triumphed over all opposition ; and, without any public dissent, the meeting agreed that the injunction of our Lord and Saviour to do to others as we would that others should do to us should induce Friends who held slaves " to set them at liberty, making a Christian provision for them...
Page 12 - I found myself one of a small company of silent worshippers, who were content to sit down together without words, that each one might feel after and draw near to the Divine Presence, unhindered, at least, if not helped, by any human utterance. Utterance I knew was free, should the words be given; and, before the meeting was over, a sentence or two were uttered in great simplicity by an old and apparently untaught man, rising in his place amongst the rest of us. I did not pay much attention to the...
Page 176 - Do you, as a Church, exercise a loving and watchful care over your younger members ; promoting their instruction in fundamental Christian Truth, and in the Scriptural grounds of our religious principles...
Page 175 - Christ ? 2nd. Are your Meetings for Worship regularly held: and how are they attended ? Are they occasions of religious solemnity and edification, in which, through Christ, our ever-living High Priest and Intercessor, the Father is worshipped in spirit and in truth ? 3rd. Do you " walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us...
Page 185 - This was effectual ; settlements without disownment were made to the satisfaction of all parties, and every case was disposed of previous to the year 1787. In the New York Yearly Meeting, slave-trading was prohibited about the middle of the last century. In 1771, in consequence of an epistle from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, a committee was appointed to visit those who held slaves, and to advise with them in relation to emancipation. In 1776 it was made a disciplinary offence to buy, sell, or...

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