Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I find myself working with a George Fox tract, "To All That Would Know the Way to the Kingdom" (p 15 GF Works, volume 4).
Parked in the very first paragraph we find three (3) direct citations of scripture: John 3:3-8, Revelation 1:9 & Colossians 1:13. Here's something that jumps out at me: he introduces the gospel passage with "Christ saith" but Revelation with "John the divine said" and Colossians with "the apostle said". "Said" is universal past tense of "to say" but "saith" is third-person present tense singular. In other words, what Paul spoke we said into a particular place and time. What Jesus said he speaks today - he speaks into time eternally from eternity.
Now while the Christology of that (and the implications for our understanding of the Light/Inner Guide) may be fascinating, I think I would be doing GF a disservice by running off in that direction. He is pretty clear that salvation comes from faithfulness to that voice (he would actually be comfy with the word "obedience" here I should think) and not in speculative enquiry into doctrines about it. Better to savour a meal with a friend than to argue about its contents.
Look at how his convictions about Christ embed himself in his very syntax. His behaviour is an expression of his conviction and his experiences. This tract itself is an expression of this life shaped by conviction. This is not an attempt to justify Quaker doctrine in the theological marketplace. In this tract Fox basically says, you disagree with me. Good! Now turn within, listen to the voice of God in your own conscience -- then we can compare doctrines. How often do we do that when we are in the heat of verbal battle?