Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Thank Thee Friend. It is good to know that someone with heart is out there. Thee hath shown compassion. May God Bless thee.
AND THE BAND PLAYS ON.
I am genuinely and truly sorry that some of the people who have posted here have had bad experiences from plain people. I must say also that I've seen people who have taken to follow this testimony for the wrong reasons.
On the other hand, I've also been blessed with knowing plain Friends who have seemed to me to be 'walking the walk' with Christ and not just 'talking the talk'.
I very much agree with what has been said about that the only valid reason for becoming plain is through obediance to Christ. What disturbs me about both your posts, Simon and Joe, is that you appear to suggest that all plain Quakers are plain for the wrong reasons. Perhaps I have misunderstood or perhaps you have just met the wrong people.
My experience is that there are some faithful and good-hearted Friends 'out there' who are plain, and understand the spirtual place where it comes from. I hope you are open-hearted and humble enough to acknowledge this as a possibility.
It is true that Early Friends bore this testim0ny through obedience to Christ. They felt led to tear off the lace collars of their coats and get rid of the other 'folderols' that adorned clothing at that time. I believe our testimony as Friends against the vain fashions of the world is no less important in our time.
Yes, well, Friend Lomax. Tis true, of course, all thee hath said. It wasn't that plain Friends I knew disappointed me. I do not know any. Regular, "secular Friends" whom I have known most of my life did. They neither cared nor were interested. As far as plain Friends such as thee and others who replied to my statement---thee had neither written me nor offered support in any way until I wrote the 'snippet" that obviously, yanked off thy lace collar of prudence causing thee and others to gaze at thy "plain reflection".