Blue Flower

A Statement of Faith

The Light is the Life in Christ - George Fox
 

Of God: God is a Spirit (Jn.4:24). God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in One, yet not three Gods but One (1 Jn.5:7).

Of Christ: Christ is God (Jn 1:1). Christ Jesus was born from the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Mt.1:18). Jesus Christ, God made flesh (Jn.1:14). Jesus Christ died for our sins but rose again the third day according to Scripture (1 Cor.15:3,4). Christ is the only Mediator between man and God (1 Tim.2:5).

Of the Holy Scriptures: The Holy Scriptures are inspired by God, therefore true and profitable (2 Tim.3:15,16,17). But only Christ Jesus is the Word of God (Rev.19: 13-15) as the Scriptures clearly testify. Christians must study the Holy Scriptures (Jn.5:39). One must be led by the Holy Spirit in order to understand the Scriptures if not then there is the danger to fall into heresy (2 Pt.3:16). The Scriptures were written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost (2 Pt.1:20, 21).

Of the Light of Christ within: Christ has enlightened every man on earth (Jn.1:9). This means that all people can if they repent of their sins turn to the Light Jesus Christ and be saved (Jn.1:12). Those who deny the Light (Jesus Christ) do it because they love sin (Jn.3:20) and are already judged for denying Christ. True Christians must walk in the Light (1 Jn.1:7). The Light can teach all Christians, which is Jesus Christ teaching through the anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 Jn.2:27).*

Of Salvation: We are saved through Faith, the grace of God, (Eph.2: 8, 9, 10).

Of Freedom from Sin: Christians are free from sin (Rom.6:2, 7, 11,12, 13,16, 23). And they should aim for perfection in Christ (Mt.5: 48).

Of the Church: Christ is the Head of the Church (Col.1:13 and 2:19). The Church is the body of Christ, the people of God.

Of Worship: True worship is done in Spirit and in Truth (Jn.4: 23,24).

Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper: There is only one Baptism (Eph. 4:5). This is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit not the baptism in water (Acts 1:4,5). The Lord's Supper is also Spiritual (not with the elements of bread and wine) (Jn. 6:32-58 and Rev.3: 20).

Of quaking and trembling: We tremble at the Word of God (Is.66: 5, Jer.33: 9).

Of peacemaking: Christians should not fight with carnal weapons (Mt.5:39, Lk.6:27, 28, 29, 2 Cor.10: 3,4,5).

Of oaths: We should not swear at all (Mt.5:33-37).

Concerning End Times: Christ will appear in body to judge the world. On that day the dead will be resurrected and accordingly some will go to Eternal Salvation and some to Eternal Damnation with Satan (Acts 24:15).

Of course Friends have other doctrines too which come from our understanding of the Holy Scriptures (i.e. we believe in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit) but these are the main ones. One can also read George Fox's letter to the Governor of Barbados in 1671 where he states clearly what Quakers believe about God, the Scriptures, Salvation, etc.

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*The Gospel was preached to every Creature under Heaven [Col. 1:23] which Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation to them that believe [Rom. 1:16] And if it be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the God of this World hath blinded the Minds of them which believe not, lest the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ should shine into them [2 Cor. 4:3-4] And this is the Condemnation, that Light is come into the World, and Men love Darkness rather than Light, because their Deeds are Evil [John 3:19] And this was the true Light which lightneth every Man that cometh into the World [John 1:9] By which all things that are reproveable are made manifest: for whatsoever maketh manifest is Light [Eph. 5:13] Every one that doth Evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his Deeds should be reproved; but he that doth Truth, cometh to the Light that his Deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God [John 3:20-21] And they that walk in the Light, as Christ is in the Light, have Fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth them from all Sin [1 John 1:7] Therefore ought we to believe in the Light, while we have the Light, that we may be the Children of the Light [John 12:36] Therefore to Day, if we will hear his Voice, let us not harden our Hearts [Heb. 4:7] For Christ wept over Jerusalem, saying, If thou hadst known; even thou, at least in this thy Day, the Things which belong unto thy Peace, but now they are hid from thine Eyes. [Luke 19:42] And he would often have gathered her Children; as a Hen gathereth her Chickens; but they would not [Matt. 23:37] for the stiff-necked and uncircumcised in Heart and Ears do always resist the Holy Ghost: [Acts 7:51] And are of those that rebel against the Light [Job 24:13] Therefore Gods Spirit will not always strive with Man [Gen. 6:3] For the Wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all Ungodliness and Unrighteousness of Men, who hold the Truth in unrighteousness [Rom. 1:18] Because what is to be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them [Rom. 1:19] And a Manifestation of the Spirit is given to every Man to profit withal [1 Cor. 12:7] For the Grace of God that brings Salvation hath appeared to all Men, teaching us, that denying Ungodliness and Worldly Lusts, we should live Soberly, Righteously, and Godly in this present World [Tit. 2:11-12] And this Word of his Grace is able to build up, and give an Inheritance among all those that are Sanctified [Acts 20:32] For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged Sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the Soul and Spirit, and of the Joints and Marrow, and is a Discerner of the Thoughts and Intents of the Heart [Heb. 4:12] This is that more sure Word of Prophecy, whereunto we do well that we take heed, as unto a Light that shineth in a dark place, until the Day dawn, and the Day-Star arise in the heart [2 Pet. 1:19] And this is the word of Faith which the Apostles Preached, which is nigh in the Mouth and in the Heart [Rom. 10:8] For God, who commanded Light to shine out of Darkness, hath shined in our Hearts, to give the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ [2 Cor. 4:6] But we have this Treasure in earthen Vessels, that the excellency of the Power may be of God [2 Cor. 4:7] and not of us, for the Kingdom of God cometh not by Observation, but is within us. [Luke 17:20-21] (Robert Barclay, Confession of Faith, Article XI).