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Quaker Similarities

Some members of the Jesus Christians are also members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Most other members have at least attended Quaker meetings. And, at the time this was written, some of us were working with programmed Quakers in Kenya. Articles on this page relate (in a very general way) to subjects which we feel represent similarities between the teachings of Quaker in Australia (i.e. unprogrammed Quakers), and the teachings of the Jesus Christians. Some articles were written without any conscious reference to Quakerism. However, they have, on reflection, touched on subjects which are of interest to Australian Quakers, and this has led to them being added to this book. There are even a couple of articles which suggest dis-similarities between Jesus Christians and Quakers.

Please bear in mind that due to the very nature of Quakerism, no individual Quaker can make a definitive statement on what Quakers believe. The articles on this page should, in no way, be taken as representing some official statement by Friends, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

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Quakerism

A brief summary of Quakerism, with a number of similarities noted between what they teach and what we teach. Includes a hint of caution about some tendencies in Quakerism as seen through the eyes of Jesus Christian emphasis.
(See also Musings on Quakerism [10], Many Paths Up the Mountain, and Universalism, Pros and Cons.)

Read more: Quakerism

Without Guile


This study on the Virgin Army of Revelation 7 and 14 stresses the sincerity of members of that body. Although unprogrammed Quakers do not teach the traditional evangelical “plan of salvation” (recognition of sin, confession, a change in lifestyle, and on-going fellowship) this article suggests a link between the two different approaches, by showing how all of those steps can naturally flow from sincerity, something which does seem to be more in line with the Quaker approach to spirituality.
(See also The Twelve Tribes, In Search of Truth, and The Virgin Army, part 2 [10].)

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In the Name of the Father


A tiny, almost insignificant rule: Don't call anyone 'father' except God. Sounds easy to follow too. And yet Jesus Christian attempts to obey Jesus even with this simple rule have stirred up a hornet's nest of opposition.
(See also Protestant Popes [10], Titles [10], and The Social Conscience, part 1 [10].)

Read more: In the Name of the Father

Eight Ways to Know God's Will


Does God really speak to people today? Yes, definitely! Christine has listed eight ways that our community has used to discern God's will. The best part is that it works!
(See also Hearing from God [10], Dreams [10], and Hearing What You Don't WANT to Hear.)

Read more: Eight Ways to Know God's Will

Christine on Baptism


Christine has put together a thorough summary of our position with regard to water baptism in this letter to an enquirer. (Note: The enquirer later became a member.)
(See also Water Baptism [10].)

Read more: Christine on Baptism

The Unknown God

The Apostle Paul demonstrates a gracious approach toward non-Christian religions when he builds on what the two beliefs have in common, rather than attacking the opposition. This more universalist approach to non-Christian religions is shown to be an extension of an Old Testament teaching about the God with an unpronounceable name.
(See alsoIn Search of Truth, The Good Hindu, Idolatry [10], Universalism, Pros and Cons, and Father and Son‚ Two for One [10].)

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In Search of Truth


A whole new slant on how to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Clue: It has nothing to do with what religion they profess.
(See Another Cornerstone [10], The First Rule is: There are no Rules, The Unknown God, and The Cross [10].)

Read more: In Search of Truth

Godly Counsel


Tells how to actually solve problems and to arrive at the best possible decisions, as opposed to scoring points when discussing plans and problems.
(See also Singles or Doubles?, and Eight Ways to Know God's Will.)

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Civil Disobedience


Four powerful arguments are given to support the right (and responsibility) of true followers of Jesus to break the law at times.
(See also Character, Jesus and the Law, The Peace that Disturbs [10], and Why Did They Kill Jesus?)

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Christian Politicians


Most people can see the error in trusting political solutions in some areas, but they are inclined to overlook the error in other areas. Christianity is not a matter of choosing the right candidate for an earthly government; true Christianity is based on faith in a completely different kingdom, ruled by a completely different government.
(See also Our Mission, and Thy Kingdom Come.)

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Anarchy and Pacifism


Although this study defends the ideals of both anarchism and pacifism in general, it also examines the error in trusting them in preference to the teachings of Jesus as the cornerstone for our beliefs.
(See also Loose Cannons, Divine Authority [10], and No Pain, No Gain.)

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A Letter to a Friend


The subject is grace, and the letter is in response to a reader who questioned whether a heathen could be saved without someone preaching to him or her. This is the most complete answer to that question that we have so far given. It is recommended for anyone who is having problems with our position on the grace of God. In particular, it deals with the double-think that is so prevalent in the churches, which applies grace to people inside the institution, but the law to those outside.
(See also Universalism, Pros and Cons, What is Faith? and What is a Christian?)

Read more: A Letter to a Friend

The Word of God


Is the Bible the Word of God? Is Jesus the Word of God? Did the Bible create the world? Are the Koran and the Baghavad Gita holy writings? Can people be inspired when they speak today? If so, are they speaking the words of God? Are they infallible? Find the answer (as understood by Jesus Christians) to these questions and more in this thought-provoking study.
(See also The Role of Experience in the Quest for Truth [10], The Spirit of God, The Holy Spirit [10], and The Bible.)

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Superstition


How do miracles differ from magic? For that matter, do miracles differ from magic? And what about the difference between Christian faith and primitive superstitions? Are they as different as what some people think they are?
(See also Heal the Sick, and Miracles.)

Read more: Superstition

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