(This Statement was adopted by our Yearly Meeting in 1993)
In his letter to the Governor of Barbados in 1671 George Fox wrote, “We own and believe in God, the only wise, omnipotent and everlasting God, the Creator of all things in heaven and on earth, and the Preserver of all that he hath made; who is God over all, blessed for ever. And we own and believe in Jesus Christ his beloved and only begotten Son, in whom he is well pleased. And we own and believe that he was made a sacrifice for sin, who knew no sin, and that he was buried and rose again on the third day by the power of his Father, for our justification, and that he ascended up into heaven. This Jesus who was the foundation of the holy prophets and apostles, is our foundation and we believe there is no other foundation to be laid but that which is laid, even Christ Jesus who tasted death for every man, shed his blood for all men, is the propitiation for our sins, and not ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. We believe that he alone is our Redeemer and Saviour. Christ Jesus the Alpha and Omega, the First and Last. He is (as the Scriptures of Truth say of him) our wisdom, righteousness, justification, and redemption, neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. He rules in our hearts, by his law of love and life, and made us free from the law of sin and death. We have no life but by him, for he is the quickening Spirit, the second Adam. He is our Mediator who makes peace and reconciliation between God offended and us offending. He being the Oath of God, the new Covenant of Light, Life, Grace, and Peace, the author and finisher of our faith. This we say is that Lord Jesus Christ, whom we own to be our life and salvation.”
We can accept that statement and other such statements that have been made from generation to generation; such as, “By grace are ye saved, through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the Gift of God. This Grace of God teaches us to deny all ungodliness and the world’s lusts, and where it is received and obeyed it gives faith to believe that we shall be strengthened and enabled by it to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. Thus as we are saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, through faith in him and we continue to believe and follow him to the end, we shall know him to be the finisher as well as the author of this living, victorious faith.”
Dost thou submit in loving obedience to the leadings of Christ, the Word within thee, to do the will of the Father?