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What is the difference between Quakers and Mennonites?
June 16, 2016 4:41PM
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Answer: The Quakers, or the Religious Society of Friends, arose in 17th-century England. The Friends' founder was George Fox (1624-91), a weaver's son born in Leicestershire. After allegedly hearing a miraculous voice, Fox concluded that he could commune directly with God and receive enlightenment apart from human mediation. "The traditional date for the origin of the Society of Friends is 1652," says the book A Religious History of the American People.
How did the Friends come to be called Quakers? One reference states that they experienced "agitated movements before moments of divine revelation." Another says that they "trembled under an awful sense of the infinite purity and majesty of God." The Quakers' aim was to find religious truth and to revive primitive Christianity.
For guidance, they claimed to look to the holy spirit, the Biblical prophets, the apostles of Christ, and an inner "light," or "voice," of alleged spiritual truth. Meetings, therefore, were essentially periods of group silence during which each person sought God's guidance. Any who received a divine message could speak up.*Meetings today are more organized.
Mennonites and kindred groups came from the Rhine country in Europe. One who looked to the Anabaptists in his search for truth was Menno Simons, a Catholic priest in the village of Witmarsum in the northern part of the Netherlands. By 1536 he had severed all ties with the church and had become a hunted man. In 1542 the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V himself promised 100 guilders as a reward for Menno's arrest. Nevertheless, Menno gathered some of the Anabaptists into congregations. He and his followers soon came to be called Mennonites.In the course of time, persecution drove thousands of Mennonites from Western Europe to North America. There they had the opportunity to continue their search for truth and to spread their message to many others. But the burning zeal of their forebears for progressive Bible study and public preaching had largely been lost. Most clung to certain unbiblical teachings, such as the Trinity, the immortality of the human soul, and hellfire. (Ecclesiastes 9:5; Ezekiel 18:4; Mark 12:29) Today, Mennonite missionary efforts tend to focus more on medical and social services than on evangelism.