William Bayly (1629–1675) was a seeker of God from his youth, and one who clearly saw “that all the religion in the world was but as a fading leaf when it lacked the pure life and power of God which saves from sin, and brings into unity with Him.” Having for a time sought the living Truth among dead ceremonies and empty words, he was at length reached by the power of the Spirit and became intimately acquainted with God’s covenant of life and light in His Son, Jesus Christ. He is said by those who knew him best to have been a man of an innocent and blameless life, whose conduct adorned the gospel in every sense, and whose words administered grace to the hearers. Like Apollos, “he was an eloquent man, mighty in the Scriptures,” being well acquainted with both the history and mystery of the oracles of God, through the assistance of that Spirit which gave him a true understanding of both.
William Bayly’s zeal for God and His blessed truth was known to many witnesses; for as he was a true son of thunder, to beat down deceit and falsehood, so was he also a son of consolation, to comfort the weak and tender. Indeed, he had a way to thresh the proud mountains till they became as dust before him; and yet at the same time, with his arms he would take up the meek and lowly, and bear them as in his bosom.- John Crook
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A selection from the Life and Writings of William Bayly, relating his experiences of the Lord from childhood and his convincement of the principles of the Society of Friends; also giving a powerful description of Cain’s worship (offered in the flesh), and the worship of the new birth, which is in Spirit and Truth.