"I guess I am fortunate to belong to a liberal Quaker meeting where a proclaimed atheist and a proclaimed Christ centered Friend are able to worship beside each other. And should either be moved by the Spirit to utter a message, they are encouraged…"
"I think there is a self-selection process that goes into cross-branch Quaker gatherings that makes it unlikely that those who do show up would be made to feel unwelcome.
It is my understanding, for example, that Evangelical Friends are unlikely to…"
"I would not assume that a Christ-centered gathering would not be welcoming. To be honest I find it hard to get my head around all the various "groupings" and labels in the US. We are all mixed in up here (which has its rewards and…"
Hi Adria... I just tried to e-mail you with the e-mail I have and it bounced. I just sent a QQ friend request to you, but forgot to include a message. I wonder if you could e-mail me (email@example.com) with your current e-mail.
I felt compelled to say something to you in this fashion rather than add to the official conversation we're engaged in. I apologize if I implied that people are wrong if they choose to become involved with organizations or causes which they may be called to do by the spirit. As I contend with the Holy Spirit in my heart I have been renewing my perspectives and feel that I am starting to see the world through the lens of the Spirit. When I browse through the volumes of diverse Christian works I come across very committed people who love God and Jesus and who are or we're being transformed maybe as I am starting to be. One quote always gives me security I try and figure what good to do to bring the kingdom on earth through me.
"If you are a preacher of grace, then preach a true and not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here [in this world] we have to sin. This life is not the dwelling place of righteousness, but, as Peter says, we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. It is enough that by the riches of God’s glory we have come to know the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. No sin will separate us from the Lamb, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day. Do you think that the purchase price that was paid for the redemption of our sins by so great a Lamb is too small? Pray boldly—you too are a mighty sinner.”
I am not a Lutheran but there is an assurance that in this broken world as we try to do good Gods grace is with us. So good intentions do matter to some extent I guess.
I've liked George Fox's writing and admire the spiritual grounding that Quakers I've encountered. I appreciate their social activism, too (at least the more liberal opinions). I also like the work of Parker Palmer. Though I recently decided to go back to a Roman Catholic church after becoming involved in Benedictine spiritual practice, I enjoy exposing myself to the spectrum of Christian thought.
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