[anzac] GEORGE FOX - Too RADICAL!!

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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:04:50 +1200

Andrew Strom:-  A reader wrote to me recently about the radical
ministry of George Fox from centuries ago. Here was a man who
feared nothing, who walked the earth in leather clothes, who was
so against the organized religion of his day that he called church
buildings "steeple houses" and frightened off many a "hireling" in
the charge thereof - before preaching to the congregation himself!!
There has rarely been an anointed Reformer or Revivalist as radical
as George Fox.

As reader 'Tom' wrote to me:

"I have read a number of items on revival, but to my knowledge, no 
one has referenced George Fox who lived in the 1600s in England 
during a tumultuous time. He spent times in jail for his outspoken 
faith and because he challenged the clergy of the day. His teaching 
was the most practical and uncompromising I have encountered 
on the matter of holiness and regeneration.

An interesting thing about him and perhaps the reason he goes 
unnoticed, is that his ministry mirrors that of the book of Acts, 
except that his foes are not Judaism but apostate Christianity. 
In other words, his time is contemporary in many ways with ours. 
Because of this, many may avoid him since he was entirely 
separated from organized religion!"

-by David Smithers.

In the year of 1647, a large man with piercing eyes named George 
Fox started preaching throughout the towns and villages of England. 
He prayed and fasted often, traveling with no other companion but 
his Bible. He proclaimed a gospel of purity, power and repentance. 

When George Fox began preaching, many churches were dead 
and bound in man-made traditions and formalism. When the Church 
drifts into formalism, the world drifts into further ungodliness. The 
methods and appearance of George Fox to some, seemed quite 
offensive and extreme. It is sometimes necessary for God's 
prophets to be unconventional in order to thoroughly awaken the 
indifferent and hard hearted. 

Soon after George Fox began to preach, he had a remarkable 
spiritual experience that lasted fourteen days. A certain Mr. Brown, 
while on his death bed prophesied many great things concerning 
Fox. "When this man was buried," says Fox, "a great work of the 
Lord fell on me." During this mighty baptism of the Spirit, Fox 
received a remarkable gift of discernment. "He seemed to be able 
to read the character of men by looking at them." Miraculous 
healings also accompanied his ministry. Through prayer and the 
laying on of hands, the sick were often healed and devils were 
cast out to the glory of Christ. When George Fox preached men 
would shake and tremble. "The name Quaker was given to Fox 
and his followers because of the quaking of the men who came 
to scoff but stayed to pray." This remarkable power seemed to 
accompany the preaching of Fox wherever he went. 

Fox preached that Jesus Christ is the author of a faith which 
purifies and gives victory over sin. He fervently exhorted men to 
pursue complete holiness rather than empty religious ceremonies. 
As a result, he was often beaten, stoned and driven out of town. 
It is estimated that perhaps no other man since the time of the 
Reformation was persecuted and imprisoned as often as George 
Fox. He usually went about the country on foot, dressed in his 
famous suit of leather clothes, which it is believed he made 
himself. He often slept outside under a tree or in some haystack. 
Fox also often pointed out that what was commonly called the 
Church was only a building. He boldly declared that only the 
fervent believers of Christ were the living stones of the true Church. 

"Above all George Fox excelled in prayer." It was his habit to wait 
in silence for the movement of the Holy Spirit and then begin to 
pray, causing whole congregations to be shaken and humbled 
under the hand of God Almighty. "As he prayed the power of God 
came down in such a marvelous manner the very building seemed 
to rock." Through the ministry of George Fox, a glimmer of Apostolic 
power was revealed to seventeenth century England. He was a man 
of the Spirit in an age that emphasized theological and scriptural 
accuracy at the expense of the power of the Holy Ghost. He always 
stressed the importance of a Spirit filled life and refused to let dead 
orthodoxy be a veil for the works of the flesh. 

If we as believers are content with a gospel that merely comforts 
our conscience and perseveres our traditions, then we are also 
content to forsake the gospel of Christ and the Apostles. God 
help us to truly seek the kind of praying and preaching that will 
once again make men tremble in the presence of Jesus Christ. 

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