Ok, a keyboard is before me. None of this touch-screen piddly. For the last little while I've been thinking about how you're finally realizing that you are lost in the dark and not guided by light as you have bragged and boasted all these years. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
I am thankful that you recognize that Quakerism is a philosophy so that the Word of God is shown aright that your faith was not in a person but in wise arguments, as philosophy is the love of wisdom. My speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
And it is not the love of the wisdom of God, but the love of worldly wisdom: understanding and perception.
Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.
With Quaker philosophy, a man can live with no faith in God, because faith requires trusting another person rather than one's own wisdom, understanding, and perception. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
With worldly wisdom, worldly things are brought to light, and that is how a Quaker can completely avoid the light of Christ: For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
All these years you have judged your brothers. Judge not, that you be not judged.
According to the light of your own wisdom rather than the word of God, and now it has left you in darkness.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
It pleases me to tell you, that we are not left to our own devices to discover the truth. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away.
The Father saves his children from their hopeless estate. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
The race of men is precious in the sight of the Creator because they are his image-bearers. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
They are his flock. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts,
He loves them as a perfect husband loves his bride. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
What kind of sheep doesn't know the shepherd's voice? What kind of child doesn't know his father? What kind of bride doesn't recognize her husband?
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
I write to you, children, because you know the Father.
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’"
You did not build your house on the rock. “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
You should have built your life on the words of Jesus. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
You should have meditated on the Scriptures. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Then you would not have forgotten the LORD. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.