George Fox – Quakers - (1624-1691)
George Fox is the first real prophet of the English Reformation. Rufus Jones.
George Fox was born in Leicestershire, England in July 1624. The son of an English weaver, he was raised in the religion of his parents, Anglicanism, the official Protestant religion of England. Unhappy with the creed he professed, he did not feel the presence of God during worship, nor did he see a future in any other religion. In search of a new way of expressing his faith, he had a "vision," in which the divine will indicated the way to propagate the belief that God communicated directly with the spirit of man. "There is one, the same Christ Jesus, who can speak with thy condition." This discovery of Christ as a present reality transformed George Fox from a frustrated seeker to joyful discoverer and initiated a great Christian awakening in England George Fox was. At 23 years old George Fox was already a critic of his culture. When human counselors could not fill his spiritual emptiness, he resorted to Bible reading and prayer. In 1647 he began to preach, travelling and working as a travelling shoemaker. His ministry is centred in Mansfield and Nottinghamshire.
In 1652 he met Margaret Fell of Swarthmore Hall and she was converted. After the death of her husband, Judge Fell, in 1658, she married George in 1669. Margaret Fell became the principal organizer of the Society of Friends.
Much influenced by Anglicanism, the fulfillment of the Quakers´ mission began in the north of England with massive adherence. In 1652 the Society of Friends was positively established. Soon the movement spread rapidly from the north of the country to Bristol and London, carried by numerous Quaker ministers. The Friends would be dressed in black; they had a formal way of communicating, and extreme fervor also identified them. They were called Quakers: "those who tremble before God."
In 1660, with more than 40,000 members, George Fox and his Society began to face problems with the Official Church by opposing it with his concept of faith. He was also opposing the State by advocating freedom of worship and spreading the idea to members that one was not required to perform military service nor swear allegiance to the King.
The persecutions were constant; often the Quakers held their services in the streets after having their meeting places closed. Many Friends did not escape death and others took refuge in the American colonies. The Quaker Exodus to America lasted two years, from 1656 to 1658. The Friends who remained in England, about 50,000, knew some peace when in 1689 the Law of Tolerance was passed.
Even as a boy, Fox was extraordinarily sensitive to God, having been well taught by pious parents. He remembered having experienced the "purity" of the divine presence at the age of 11. This view of the world as God intended contrasted sharply with the world of political violence and ecclesiastical hypocrisy which he experienced as a young man. George Fox worked first as a shoemaker and later as a partner with a wool and cattle dealer. His integrity brought him commercial success. But spiritual conflict raged furiously inside him until his experience of Christ brought peace.
The legacy he left and Fox's influence in the Friendship Society were tremendous, and his beliefs were largely carried forward by this group. Perhaps its most significant achievement, in addition to its predominant influence in the initial movement, was its leadership in overcoming the twin challenges of the post-Restoration government's prosecution and internal disputes that threatened its stability over the same period.
George Fox's name is often invoked by traditionalist friends who dislike modern liberal attitudes toward the Christian origins of the Society. At the same time, the Quakers and others may relate to Fox's religious experience, and even those who disagree with many of his ideas see him as a pioneer.
George Fox died in London on January 13, 1691.
REVIVAL IS NOT:
Note: Some items related here may even happen during the revival, but isolated is not revival.
. It is not a movement...
WHAT PRECEDES REVIVAL:
. A time of darkness in society
. Hopelessness in people’s hearts
. Coldness in the churches
PURPOSE OF REVIVAL
To carry out Great Commission
The Great Commission is carried out as the fruit of the revival...
WHAT HAPPENS DURING REVIVAL:
. The Holy Spirit of God is always in control.
. The fear of the Lord come to rests upon all.
. A state of brokenness.
. Unlimited Worship.
. A Strong conviction of sins with confessions
. A State of Repentance.
. A Deep desire for Holiness.
. Many miracles, signs and wonders.
. End to social injustice, violence and crimes.
. Profound impact on society...
RESULTS OF REVIVAL:
- The Church arises (for the Great Commission) in boldness to speak of the love of God to the lost.
- There is extraordinary numerical growth in the Church, membership multiplies supernaturally.
- Society now respects the Church as the Divine Institution it is.
- This revival does not come to liberals, mystics, syncretists and the merely religious, but to a people desperately longing for the presence of God.
- The final phase of revival is the restoration of society to the standards of the Word of God, bringing justice, righteousness, compassion and blessing that should continue through generations.
Revivals, Great Awakenings and visitations from God in the United Kingdom over time
This timeline is to help you get to know and understand God's moves within the UK from when God used a humble man in Ireland (in the 5th Century), Saint Patrick, through many other men and events up until modern times. These men defied the circumstances of their times and made history, being hungry and desperate for the presence of God. Many of them were not understood in their day, but today are examples of people who dared to obey God and in doing so, changed the course of history. Here in the United Kingdom, there were many visitations from the Lord which touched generations both here and around the world, writing chapters of the history of the Church. These amazing accounts demonstrate God's great love for Britain. You will know all or some of the following ‘brave hearts’ for God. We believe that there were many others whom history did not recognise, but they are eternally recorded by the Lord.
We are the next generation that will make history in the UK; WE who are here now on this site, wanting to know more about revivals and about God's next move in the nations of Great Britain.
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