George Fox’s use of Conscience

Source: Gospel truth demonstrated, in a collection of doctrinal books, given forth by that faithful minister of Jesus Christ, George Fox: containing principles essential to Christianity and salvation, held among the people called Quakers - Volume 2

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1. And now if you should object and say, ' custom to whom custom, and tribute to whom tribute ;' this did relate to the magistrates, which were for the punishment of the evildoers, and were for the praise of them that do well, such things we were never against, paying for conscience sake ; but this in Rom. xiii. is nothing to justify hirelings, and to oppose Christ's command, which is, ' freely ye have received, freely give:’ pg. 34

2. And doth it not show that you are puffed up, and that you are fallen under rebuke, and the snare of the devil ; let your consciences, and your fruits, and the prisons, and them that are without, and the scripture speak, which you call your rule to be tried by, and God and Christ judge. Likewise, deacons must be grave and honest, come, let the deacons be tried by scripture also, not double-tongues, (they must not be double- tongued, take notice) not given to wine nor filthy lucre, (mark the dea cons,) having the mystery of faith in a pure conscience; likewise their wives must be honest, not evil-speakers, but sober and faithful in all things; come, try your wives here, ye bishops and deacons. pg. 42

3. And the apostle saith, 2 Tim. iv. he chargeth Timothy to preach the word ' in season, and out of season.' Come, professors and priests, mea sure yourselves by this ; in season, may be you will say, is when the sun shines, and out of season, is when there is a storm ; but there is more need to look after the sheep when the storm is, than when the sun shines ; for when there is a storm, is there then not most need ? so try your practice by the scripture, but then Demas will forsake Paul, and embrace the world ; and have not many done like Demas herein? let that of God in your conscience speak, and God and Christ judge. pg 45

4. As the apostle saith ; ' but this I confess unto thee, that after that way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, and believe all things, which are written in the law and the prophets, and have hope towards God, that the resurrection of the dead, which they themselves look for also, shall be both just and unjust ; and herein l endeavour myself to exercise a good conscience to wards God and towards men.' Acts xxiv. 14, 16. pg. 93

5. And this was the apostle's doctrine to the church then, who saith, 'I say the truth in Christ and lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost.' [Mark,] in Christ, and in the Holy Ghost ; which should be every true confessor of Christ his testimony, which we do witness, both as to his flesh, and as he was God. pg. 108

6. ' For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer, sprinkled them that were unclean, sanctify as touching the purifying of the flesh ; how much more shall the blood of Christ, which through the eternal spirit offered him self without spot to God, purify the And how does Christ exercise his office, as he is a priest amongst you, who has died for you ? do ye feel his blood sprinkling your hearts, and his pure water washing you, and he sanctifying of you, that he may present you holy, without spot or wrinkle, and without blemish to God. And how do ye feel Christ exercising his office as a prophet amongst you 1 do you hear him in all things ? doth he reveal the Father to you T for none knows him nor the Father, but by revelation ? doth he open the book of conscience to you ? and the book of the law, and the book of the prophets, and the book of parables, and the book of life ? that you may see your names written in the book of life, and Christ, the end of the law and the prophets, and the sum and substance of all, who is the * rock of ages,' your rock in this age to build upon, who is the foundation of many generations, and the foundation of the prophets and the apos tles, and your foundation now to build uponconscience from dead works, to serve the living God V [mark, to serve the living God,] and not only to talk of the living God. pg. 116

7. [Mark his flesh,] ' and seeing we have an high priest, that is over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in assurance of faith, sprinkled in our hearts from an evil con science, washed in our bodies with pure water, keeping the profession of our hope without wavering; [mark,] for he is faithful that hath promised.' pg 117

8. And the just shall live by faith,' and will not cast off their confidence, but if any draw back, God's soul hath no pleasure in them : and ye may see the faith of the elders, and of Enoch, Abel, and of Abraham, and these by faith sought a country that is heavenly, wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he hath prepared a city for them ; and such went under mockings, stonings, scourgings and imprisonings ; and wandered up and down in sheep's skins and goat's skins, destitute, atrlicted and tormented, of whom the world was not worthy, neither is now indeed, of those that are in this mystery of faith, held in a pure conscience : and they wandered in wildernesses, mountains and dens, and caves of the earth. And all these through faith received a good report, and received not the promise, God providing a better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect ; for we are all one body together, who are of this faith, as Heb. xi. And now see if ye profes sors have not been the stoners, afflicters, mockers and imprisoners of the faithful. pg. 118

9. And it is a good conscience, that makcth request to God by the resur rection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, to whom the angels and powers are subject, as 1 Pet. iii. throughout. pg 122

10. And the apostle saith, ' we approve ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.' 2 Cor. iv. 2. So it is the duty of every one that de clares the gospel, and that has received to it, to approve themselves to every man's conscience, as the apostles did. pg. 142

11. therefore, the apostle says, ' first they must be proved, and then let them use the office of a deacon, &c. being found blameless:' and likewise the apostle saith, ' they must hold the mystery of faith in a pure conscience ; (mark in a pure conscience,) and faith is a mystery ; pg. 181

12. And the apostle saith, 1 Tim. iv. 14. ' neglect not the gift that is in thee,' &c. and he was to hold the faith in a good conscience, pg. 191

13. Now mark, these followed the apostles in the succession in the Holy Ghost, in the faith in the good things, which they dwelt in and committed unto faithful men, which mystery of the faith is held in a pure conscience; so none can succeed the apostles nor Timothy, nor these faithful men, but in the same faith, and in the same gift of prophecy, and in the good thing, kept by the Holy Ghost dwelling in them ... pg 192

14. And does not the apostle say, ' that Christ was the author and finisher of faith, and whatsoever was not of faith is sin? And therefore must not all be left to their faith, which Christ is the author of? and the mystery of faith is held in a pure conscience, then must not their consciences be free for Christ, and at liberty for the mystery of faith which is held in it, which faith, Christ the spiritual and heavenly man is the author and finisher of, who was persecuted by the Jews, and they delivered him to the Gentiles. pgs. 213,214

15. Therefore, all look unto him who opens the book of the law and the prophets, and the book of conscience, and the book of life ; that you may see your names written therein ; and reveals grace, faith, the gospel, himself and the Father, and his glory, and the things of God by his spirit ; so he is worthy to be waited upon, (who reveals by his spirit,) and not upon them who deny revelation : and likewise, who reveals unto you the man of sin, the son of perdition, who sits in the temple of God, above all that is called God, whom he (to wit, Christ,) will destroy ; and also, he reveals his wrath, judgments and indignation upon all the disobedient, and such as hold the truth in unrighteousness, and not in the spirit of revelation that the apostles were in ; and such as hold the truth in unrighteousness may plead for the body of sin and death, and the old man with his imperfections to the grave, where there is no repentance, where they and he may be buried in the lake together. pg. 238

16. And the apostle saith, 1 Tim. i. 18. ' this commandment commit I unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies that went before on thee, that thou by them should fight a good fight,' [mark,] should fight a good fight, according to the prophecies which went before on him, having faith and a good conscience, which some have put away, and concerning faith have made shipwreck ; and such may say, prophecy is ceased, and a good conscience too ; and (hat faith is ceased that works hy love, which purifies the heart, and gives victory over the body of sin, (which they plead for to the grave,) amongst them that were amongst the apostles : and then ye may say, ' revelation is ceased, and grace is ceased, that brings salvation, and the knowledge of God and Christ (which is by revelation.) is ceased.' But the revelation of the wrath and judgments of God such will feel, which is to be revealed from heaven against all that hold the truth in unrighteousness, and not in the spirit of revelation, that gave it forth. pg. 243

17. So Christ is the purger of the heart, mind, soul, spirit, and conscience, and the body inwardly ... pg. 270

18. So they that be without understanding, pharisee-like, know not that whiph purges all meats ; and also know not Christ, and is without the understanding of him who purges with his blood, the mind, heart, soul, spirit, and conscience, with his blood, through which they come to serve the living God. And all they that plead for a purgatory when they are dead, to purge them ; and they that plead for a body of death and sin to the grave, and forbid meats, as if they should defile them, that goes into the belly, and so into the draught, the purger that purges all meats, they are as blind as the Jews, chief priests, and pharisees, and are as ignorant of him that purges the conscience, to wit, Christ Jesus, the seed in whom all nations are blest, and therein sanctified and reconciled to God, all things in heaven, and all things in the earth, and receives his blessing and promise in the seed, and sees all things is blest and clean to them, as they were in the beginning, by Christ Jesus. pg. 271

19. And the apostle saith, 1 Tim. i. 19. where he exhorts Timothy, ' to hold fast his faith and a good con science, which some having put away, (concerning faith,) they have made shipwreck.' pg. 285

20.  ' Therefore,' said he, ' let us draw nigh with a pure heart, in full assu rance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with clean water : cast not therefore away your con fidence, which hath great rccompence of reward.' Heb. x. 22, 35. pg. 312

21. And how does Christ exercise his office, as he is a priest amongst you, who has died for you ? do ye feel his blood sprinkling your hearts, and his pure water washing you, and he sanctifying of you, that he may present you holy, without spot or wrinkle, and without blemish to God. And how do ye feel Christ exercising his office as a prophet amongst you 1 do you hear him in all things ? doth he reveal the Father to you T for none knows him nor the Father, but by revelation ? doth he open the book of conscience to you ? and the book of the law, and the book of the prophets, and the book of parables, and the book of life ? that you may see your names written in the book of life, and Christ, the end of the law and the prophets, and the sum and substance of all, who is the * rock of ages,' your rock in this age to build upon, who is the foundation of many generations, and the foundation of the prophets and the apos tles, and your foundation now to build upon. pg. 319

22. And so Christ, who is the light, who enlightens every man that comes into the world with his divine light, which is called, the life in the word, which was in the beginning, who is the light of the world ; which is not a natural light, or a created light, but a spiritual, heavenly, and a divine light, which enlightens every man's spirit that comes into the world, his candle ; for, the spirit of man, is the candle of the Lord, and the candle stick is every man's body, mind, soul, and conscience, that with this spirit their candle being lighted, and set up in its candlestick, they may see all that is in the house ; and with this light they may see Christ that died for them, and is risen for them : so come by this light, which is life in the word, to be grafted into Christ the word, which was in the be ginning, which lives and abides, and endures for ever. pg. 346

23. And we know that the Jews were against John, and said, 'he had a devil,' that came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, and said, • that was the true light that lighteth every one that cometh into the world, that through him every man might believe.' And so it is not strange that such as profess themselves to be preachers of Christ, and christians should say now, that the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, is of the devil, and the Quakers' idol, and natural and a corrupt conscience, and the like ; but Christ saith, ' believe in the light while you have it,' shewing that people have the light before they can believe in it ; and therefore he exhorts them, ' to believe in the light, that they may become children of the light ;' so their candle is lighted that believe in it : and such are they that preach Christ's holy kingdom, that see it, and know it, and preach the Lord Jesus Christ, and not themselves, and warn people to repentance, and uewness of life, and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God : and so the light enlightens their candles, their spirits, and they come to be children of the light, and of the everlasting day of Christ. pg. 356

24. And also, all they that are haters of the light, which is the life in Christ the word, which is the true light, that lighteth every man that comes into the world ; and all they that err from the faith, and make shipwreck of it and a good conscience, are in the unrepented state, unconverted, un translated, and unregenerated ; and Christ stands at the doors of such and knocks, and saith unto them, 'behold (that is to say, take notice,) if any man will open unto me, (to wit, any man of you all,) and hear my voice, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he shall sup with me.' Now, there is no man opens to Christ and hears his voice, but he joins to the spirit, grace, faith, and light, and truth.in the inward parts; and turns at the reproof of the Holy Ghost, which Christ hath sent ; and with the grace, light, truth, and spirit, they let in Christ into their hearts : for Christ is in his saints, and dwells in his saints, and they are reprobates, that Christ is not in pg. 360

25. And they were to hold the mystery of faith in a pure conscience ... pg. 432

26. And so it is the blood of Christ that ' purges the conscience from dead works, to serve the living God.' Heb. ix. 14. So no purgatory : for it is the blood of Christ, that cleanses from all sin. pg. 447