Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
The early Quakers declared it:
And we found this light to be a sufficient teacher, to lead us to Christ, from whence this light came, and thereby it gave us to receive Christ, and to witness him to dwell in us; and through it the new covenant we came to enter into, to be made heirs of life and salvation. And in all things we found the light which we were enlightened withal, (which is Christ,) to be alone and only sufficient to bring to life and eternal salvation; and that all who did own the light in them which Christ hath enlightened every man withal, they needed no man to teach them, but the Lord was their teacher, by his light in their own consciences, and they received the holy anointing.
John Wilbur and those who share his faith declared it:
"faith in the immediate renewing of the Divine Spirit ..."
Wilbur, John, 1774-1856. Journal of the life of John Wilbur : a minister of the gospel in the Society of Friends (Kindle Location 2643). Providence : G. H. Whitney.
Many have declared it. And, in the Presence, I declare it:
There is a faith that anchors consciousness and informs conscience in the immediate and direct experience of Presence. This faith is unmediated by outward religious, political, social, educational, economic, institutional forms. The faith stands independent and free of institutional and doctrinal structure. The faith sufficiently governs, not outward forms.
There is also a faith that anchors consciousness and informs conscience through adherence to outward forms like religious practice, doctrine, theology, scripture, etc.; also through political agendas imposed and enforced by outward political institutions.
I do not share this faith.
The early Quakers and John Wilbur demonized this faith anchored in and informed by adherence to outward forms. While I share their faith, in the Presence of Christ, there is no leading to demonize, however, there is a leading to distinguish. In Presence, I embrace and acknowledge the distinction and do not seek its resolution.
It is mine to share the sufficiency of a consciousness anchored in and a conscience informed by the immediacy of the presence of Christ. It is mine to distinguish this faith from a faith that anchors consciousness and informs conscience through adherence to outward forms and to hold this distinction between two fundamentally different and unequatable faiths in the Light.