Robert Barclay

Robert Barclay

Robert Barclay (1648–1690) was born into opulence and educated in some of the finest schools of the time, where his natural genius gained the admiration of both teachers and peers. But at seventeen years of age, upon entering a meeting of the people called Quakers, he said, “I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart.” And as he abode under the powerful operations of grace, he “came to receive and bear witness of the Truth,” not being convinced “by strength of argument, or by a particular discussion of each doctrine, but by being secretly reached by Life.” Barclay’s Apology for the True Christian Divinity was first published in 1675, and came to be considered the definitive exposition and defense of Quaker principles for the next 200 years.

Though [Robert Barclay’s] natural abilities were great enough to have made him surpass others in human learning, and so to have become famous among men, yet he so little valued that knowledge, that he in no way endeavored to be distinguished on that account. But his chief aim was to advance in real godliness, as the fellowship I had with him has undoubtedly assured me; for I was well acquainted with him.

- William Sewel

Books by Robert Barclay

Robert Barclay writes, “All true and acceptable worship to God is offered in the inward and immediate moving and drawing of His own Spirit.” It is not hard to agree with such a statement, but who has indeed stood still to see the salvation of the Lord, and known the dawning of His inward Day? Have we waited upon our God to separate the precious from the vile within, to differentiate between the pure operation of His Spirit and the wild rovings of our own soul? Have we truly known and obeyed His inward stirrings and teachings, or does the Seed of God lay buried in Christian hearts beneath a mass of superstition, assumption, and fleshy, religious activity?

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Waiting Upon the Lord
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Waiting Upon the Lord

Robert Barclay

Robert Barclay writes, “All true and acceptable worship to God is offered in the inward and immediate moving and drawing of His own Spirit.” It is not hard to agree with such a statement, but who has indeed stood still to see the salvation of the Lord, and known the dawning of His inward Day? Have we waited upon our God to separate the precious from the vile within, to differentiate between the pure operation of His Spirit and the wild rovings of our own soul? Have we truly known and obeyed His inward stirrings and teachings, or does the Seed of God lay buried in Christian hearts beneath a mass of superstition, assumption, and fleshy, religious activity?

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Download this and other books for free at www.friendslibrary.com.

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Waiting Upon the Lord
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Waiting Upon the Lord

Robert Barclay

Waiting Upon the Lord

This treatise is a carefully modernized edition of the eleventh proposition of Robert Barclay’s “Apology for the True Christian Divinity”, showing the necessity and benefit of waiting upon the Lord for ability to worship, pray, and minister acceptably.

  • 90 pages
  • doctrinal
  • Audio Book
Robert Barclay’s “Apology for the True Christian Divinity” is perhaps the most well-known of all Friends’ writings. “Saved to the Uttermost” (which is taken from propositions four through eight of the Apology) brilliantly expounds some of the most vital and misunderstood aspects of Christianity, plainly manifesting the true nature, experience, and extent of the salvation that God offers the soul through Jesus Christ.

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Download this and other books for free at www.friendslibrary.com.

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Saved to the Uttermost
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Saved to the Uttermost

Robert Barclay

Robert Barclay’s “Apology for the True Christian Divinity” is perhaps the most well-known of all Friends’ writings. “Saved to the Uttermost” (which is taken from propositions four through eight of the Apology) brilliantly expounds some of the most vital and misunderstood aspects of Christianity, plainly manifesting the true nature, experience, and extent of the salvation that God offers the soul through Jesus Christ.

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Download this and other books for free at www.friendslibrary.com.

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Saved to the Uttermost
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Saved to the Uttermost

Robert Barclay

Saved to the Uttermost

This book is a carefully modernized edition of propositions four through eight of Robert Barclay’s “Apology for the True Christian Divinity,” treating upon the fall, redemption, justification, and perfection of man.

  • 138 pages
  • doctrinal
  • Audio Book
This publication is a short extract from the fifteenth proposition of Robert Barclay’s “Apology for the True Christian Divinity,” showing how most common forms of entertainment and recreation do but stifle the soul’s longings after God, and serve only to draw men out from His fear, making them forget heaven, death, and judgment, while at the same time fostering lust, vanity, and carelessness.

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Download this and other books for free at www.friendslibrary.com.

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Considerations upon Recreation and Entertainment
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Considerations upon Recreation and Entertainment

Robert Barclay

This publication is a short extract from the fifteenth proposition of Robert Barclay’s “Apology for the True Christian Divinity,” showing how most common forms of entertainment and recreation do but stifle the soul’s longings after God, and serve only to draw men out from His fear, making them forget heaven, death, and judgment, while at the same time fostering lust, vanity, and carelessness.

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Download this and other books for free at www.friendslibrary.com.

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Considerations upon Recreation and Entertainment
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Considerations upon Recreation and Entertainment

Robert Barclay

Considerations upon Recreation and Entertainment

This publication is an extract from the fifteenth proposition of Robert Barclay’s “Apology for the True Christian Divinity,” showing how many common forms of entertainment and recreation war against the purpose of God for the immortal soul of man.

  • 9 pages
  • doctrinal
  • Audio Book
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“For what I have written comes more from my heart than from my head; from what I have heard with the ears of my soul and seen with my inward eyes, and my hands have handled of the Word of Life. What has been inwardly manifested to me of the things of God, that do I declare; not so much minding the eloquence and excellency of speech, as desiring to demonstrate the efficacy and operation of Truth.”

Robert Barclay

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