I've put the full text of the catechism in the extended entry, so as not to overwhelm the front page of this and other sites, but I especially enjoyed this question and answer:
I can't say this is aimed at especially young children, though it does feel simplified from much of Fox's other writing.
Scholar. How many Offices has Christ in his
Church? The Baptists and Teachers of
the World tell us Christ has but three.
Master. Yes Child, he has many more
1. His Priestly Office, when he offered up
himself for the People in the whole World;
and sprinkles the hearts and consciences
of his People with his Blood, to cleanse
them from dead Works, to serve the living God, and to offer up and
Church without spot or wrinkle to God.
2. The Kingly Office is to subdue all the Enemies of man, the Devil &
all his Works,
and to subdue all his Enemies under his
Feet, and to give forth the law of love,
law of Life, law of Spirit, law of Faith;
who is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
3. His Prophetical Office; Christ is a Prophet raised up like unto Moses,
who is to
be heard in all things, who speaks to you
by his Light, Power, and Spirit; and opens
unto you by his Power, Spirit, and Light,
things to come.
4. Christ hath the Office of a Bishop, to
over-see thy Soul, Spirit, and Mind, that
thou dost not go astray from him, who is
Light and Salvation.
5. He hath the Office of a Shephard, who
put his Sheep forth out of the prison and
Captivity of old Adam and the Serpent,
out of the Jaws of Death and the Pit,
wherein there is no Water, and the Grave
of old Adam, and out of his Bryars and
Thorns; and Christ goes before them as a
Shepherd, and they know his Voice, and
a stranger they will not follow, and he
brings them to the Pasture of Life, and to
the Waters and Springs of Life, where he
feeds them and fills them abundantly;
Christ doth, who is the Life.
6. And he hath the Office of Minister,
to minister Grace and Truth unto thee,
and Glory, and Faith, and the Heavenly
Riches, and Light, and Power, and
7. He hath the Office of a Teacher, whom
God hath anointed to preach (the Spirit
of the Lord is upon him) to bind up the
Broken-hearted, to open the eyes of the
Blind, to set the Captive at liberty, and
the Prisoner free, and to teach thee the
way of Life, Salvation, Holiness, and Godliness, the way of the Redeemed,
way of the Lord which is perfect, and the
way of the Just, which is a shining Light,
distinct from way of Unjust, which
8. He hath the Office of a Physician, to
heal thee of thy Sicknesses and Infirmities,
thy deafness and blindness, who is a Physician of value, Christ Jesus,
9. He hath the Office of a Mediator and
Interceder, who meditates and makes intercession for thee to God, that
pass to God through him, who is able to
save to the utmost.
10. He hath the Office of a Captain of
thy Salvation, who conquers the Devil
and his Works, Hell, Death, & the Grave,
who trains up and disciplines his Souldiers with the heavenly Armour, the
Breastplate of Righteousness and the Helmet of
Salvation and the Armour of Light, and
shoes the feet with the preparation of the
Gospel; and this Armour is proof of being
tryed; and the Arms are, the Shield of
Faith, the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of
God: and Christ trains up his Souldiers
to keep their Ranks in Righteousness, in
Godliness, in Holiness, in Truth, in Life,
that they may stand against Death, and
stand against Darkness, Unrighteousness,
Unholiness, and the Power and Prince of
it, but doth not wrestle nor war with flesh
and blood, but with spiritual wickedness,
the Rulers of Darkness in High places, &c.
And many more Offices, as thou readest
the Scriptures, thou will see Child, as thou
growest in Truth, that Christ hath; for
Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the
Life, and the Leader of people to God,
who old Adam and the Serpent that led
Schol. What is it that gives the knowledge
of God? and where is it?
Mast. The Light which shines in the
heart, it gives the knowledge of the Glory of God in the Face of Christ
2 Cor. 4.
Schol. What brings Salvation?
Mast. The Grace of God which hath
appeared to all men, brings Salvation, Titus 2.11, which Grace teacheth
us to deny ungodliness and worldly Lusts, that
we should live soberly, and righteously,
and godly in this present World.
Schol. What is the true Hope, from the
Mast. The true hope is Christ in you,
the hope of Glory, Col. 1, 27.
Sch. Who are them which seek that which
comes down from above?
Mast. Them that be risen with Christ
and dead with him, their affections are
set on things above, and not on things on
Sch. What makes a man a Believer? and
how cometh a man or woman to be a Believer?
Mast. Christ Jesus teaches thee how to
believe, and what to believe in, John 12.
36. While you have the Light believe in
the Light; so there are no true Believers,
but who believe in the Light; so Christ
teaches people to believe in the Light,
which Light manifests all things; It manifesteth Christ to be its
Saviour, its way,
its Light, and to be its Mediator; for the
light cometh from Christ, who is the Light
that enlightens every man that comes into the World that all through him
believe, John 1.
Sch. What makes a Child of Light, and to
come to have that honourable Name after
God, who is Light?
Mast. By believing in the Light he be-
comes a Child of Light, and so Children
of the day; and so there are no Children
of the light, no Children of the Day;
but first they believe in the light.
Sch. What is that which shall lead into
Mast. It is the Spirit of Truth which
must lead into all Truth.
Sch. Where is the Spirit?
Sch. What shall reprove the World of Sin,
of their Righteousness, & of their Judgement.
Mast. It is the Spirit of Truth that leads
the Saints into all Truth.
Sch. In what is God Worshipped?
Mast. He is worshipped in Spirit and in
Sch. Where is this Spirit, and where is
Mast. The Spirit is within, and the
Truth is within, in the inward parts, by
which Spirit God is known; and by the
Truth the God of Truth is known.
Sch. What is God?
Mast. God is a Spirit.
Sch. Where is the Church?
Mast. The Church is in God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Thes.
Sch. What is the Church?
Mast. The People of God, which he
hath purchased with his own Blood.
Sch. Was Christ's blood shed for all? and
did he taste death for every man? and was
he an offering for the sins of the whole World?
Mast. Yes, his blood was shed for all
men, and he tasted Death for every man,
&c. tho some trample the blood of the
New-covenant under their feet, and deny
the Lord Jesus that bought them.
Sch. Who is he that must instruct people?
Mast. Neh. 9. Thou mayst see how
God gave his people his good Spirit to
instruct them in the ways of Righteousness and Holiness, and in the way
Lord, which is perfect.
Sch. What is the just man's Path? and
what the unjust-man's path?
Mast. The path of the Just is a shining
light, which shines more and more till the
perfect day; but the path of the wicked
Sch. Wherewith shall a young man cleanse
Mast. By taking heed to the Word.
Sch. Where is this Word?
Mast. In the heart and in the mouth,
to obey it, and do it, Rom. 10.
Sch. What is the good old way? and which
is the new and living Way, and which of
these ways must we walk in?
Mast. The good old way was the way
among the outward Jews which they were
to walk in; but the new and living way
is Christ Jesus, which thou and all true
Christians must walk in.
Sch. What was that Image of God that
Adam was made in? was it from below or
Mast. It was from above, from God, of
his Image and Righteousness, likeness
and holiness; the Image of God was not
of the Earth from below.
Sch. What is meant of that Rib Eve was made of?
Mast. A Rib is a beam or a side-piece,
which was part of the building of the
whole creation, so she was called Woman
because she was taken from man; for Eve
signifies Living; and she was the Mother
of all living, Gen. 2.
Sch. How many Faiths are there? and
which is the true one?
Mast. There is one Faith, and the true
Faith is that which works by love, and purifies the heart, and justifies
thee, and saves
thee, and gives thee Victory over that
which separates thee from God, through
which Faith thou hast access to God, in
which Faith thou pleasest God, and hast
unity with him, and them that please God.
Sch. How many Baptisms are there?
Sch. Who is the Baptizer?
Mast. Christ; for John is decreased,
and Christ is increased, that is the one
Baptism that saves; he baptizeth with the
Holy Ghost and with Fire, and burns up
the Chaff with unquenchable fire, who
comes with his Fan, and thoroughly purges
his Floor, and gathers his Wheat into
Sch. What is the Wheat?
Mast. The Wheat is the Seed of God.
Sch. What is the Chaff?
Mast. The body of Death, and the body of the sins of the flesh, and the
corruptions that must all be plunged down to
Sch. What is the Jordan that John baptized in?
Mast. Jor. is a River, and dan is Judgment; he dipt them in the River of
Sch. What is the Ministers of Christ's
Mast. Christ gave Gifts unto men for
the Work of the Ministry, and their work
was for the perfecting the Saints, and
for the edifying the body of Christ, till we be
all come to the unity of the Faith, the knowledge of the Son of God
[Mark] and unto a
perfect man, and unto the measures of the stature of the Fulness of
Sch. And are these Christ's Ministers?
Sch. And what are the rest that do not
bring People to this stature, such as toss
People to and fro, and carry them with
their cunning slights and craftiness of men,
and lies in wait to deceive them?
Mast. Yes, they are them that bring
People to no Stability, Ephes. 4.
Sch. What is the Scripture? Are they the
Word of God?
Mast. The Scriptures signifie writings;
the Scriptures of Truth are the Words of
God; Christ's Name is called the Word
in the Revelations; In the Beginning was
the Word, and the Word was with God,
and God was the Word, John 1.
Sch. What is the Original of Sin?
Mast. Original is the Beginning; the
beginning of Sin was the Devil.
Sch. And who destroys him?
Mast. Christ Jesus destroys the Devil
and his works, and through Death destroys Death, and the Devil who has
power of Death; and the Seed of the Woman shall bruise the Serpent's
Sch. What Seed was that?
Mast. Christ Jesus.
Sch. To bruise, how is that?
Mast. It is to break to pieces, to crush,
to break into pieces and into powder his
strength and power.
Sch. Master, the Star-gazers tell me, all
Light comes from the Sun.
Mast. Read Genesis 1. there thou wilt
see, there was Light and Day, and there
was three days before the Sun was made.
Sch. What is the Church Fellowship?
Mast. It is the Gospel Fellowship.
Sch. What is the Gospel?
Mast. The Gospel it is the power of
God unto Salvation to everyone that believeth; so the Power of God (the
Gospel) is everlasting.
Sch. What is the Cross of Christ.
Mast. The Cross of Christ is the Power
of God, and this is foolishness to them
that perish, and set up a wooden or a stone
or iron Cross, or any other outward Cross.
Sch. What is the ministration of condemnation, which was glorious? And
what is that
administration that exceeds it in glory?
Mast. The Ministration of Condemnation was the Law that took hold upon
outward Actions of Men and Women;
but the Ministration of Restoration that
exceeds it in Glory is Christ, that takes
away the Root of Sin, which the Fruits of
Sin proceeded from, and the Law took
hold upon the outward Action, which
Christ takes away the Root of, and so
makes the Root and the Branches holy,
who destroys the Devil and his works, and
bruiseth the Serpents head, Christ doth,
by whom all things were made and created, who was glorified with the
before the World began, and set up from
everlasting to everlasting, the beginning
and ending, the first and last.
Sch. Who is the Christian Sabbath or Rest?
Mast. Christ Jesus; he that believeth
hath entered into his Rest and ceased from
his own Works, as God did from his; and
so Christ is the Rest by whom all things
are made and Created, and there is Rest
and Peace in him, but not in old Adam.
Sch. Is the Light sufficient for Salvation.
Mast. Yes, by believing in the Light,
thou shalt be a Child of Light.
Sch. Who are true Christians?
M. Such as believe in the Light of Christ
and are led and guided by Christ Jesus.
Sch. Why are the true Christians called
Quakers in this Age?
Mast. It is in scorn and derision that
they are so called, to render them and the
Truth odious to the People, that so they
might not receive the Truth and be saved.
Yet quaking and trembling is no new
thing; for thou mayst read of Quakers in
the Scriptures, as in Heb. 12.21. Moses
said, I exceedingly fear and quake. And
it is said, Son of man, eat thy bread with
Quaking, and drink thy Water with Trembling. And when Daniel saw a
great quaking fell upon the men that were
with him: And Habakkuk his Belly trembled, and his Lips quivered, Hab.
Sch. Sure those that scoffingly call the true
Christians Quakers, never read these Scriptures: for they prove very
plain, that there
were Quakers in the Primitive times: But
why do the people called Quakers say Thee
and Thou to a single person? Is that according to the Scriptures?
Mast. Yes, it is the proper Language
to a single person, and according to the
Scripture; God said Thee and Thou to Adam, and Adam said Thou to God;
and people say Thee and Thou in their
prayers; and it is the Pride in peoples
Hearts that cannot take that Language
themselves which they give to God:
And God said Thee and Thou to Moses, and
Moses said Thee and Thou to him again;
and Jacob said Thee and Thou to Laban, and
Laban said Thee and Thou to him again;
and Jacob and his sons said Thee and Thou
to each other, Gen. 43 to Chap. 49. And
Jeptha, who was a Judge in Israel, did
Thee and Thou his Daughter, and she did
Thee and Thou her Father the Judge again,
Judge. 11. And when Daniel and the three
Children were before the King, upon
Examination they said Thou to the King;
and the Caldean did Thou the King, Dan.
3. And Paul did Thou King Agrippa: And
many other Examples there be in Scripture; but these are sufficient; And
Thou is the singular Number, and to be
spoken to one, & You or Ye the plural Number, and to be spoken unto
more than one.
Sch. I am very well satisfied that Thee
and Thou is the proper Language to a single
Person, and You to more than one; but the
People called Quakers will not put off their
Hats, nor bow, nor give flattering Titles to
People; what Scripture have they for that?
Mast. With God there is no respect of
persons; and James said, if you have respect of persons you commit sign,
convinced of the Law as Transgressors;
and in Job, Elihu said, Let me not, I pray
you, accept any mans person, neither let
me give flattering Titles unto Man; for
I know not to give flattering Titles, in
so doing my Maker would soon take me
away. Job 32.21, 22.
Sch. They say the People called Quakers
deny the Scriptures.
Mast. No, they own the Scriptures
more than any People, for they walk in
the Light of Christ Jesus, and by following him do witness the Scriptures
in them; and they who hate to be
reformed, have nothing to do to speak of
the Siants and holy men of Gods conditions mentioned in Scripture.
Sch. The People called Quakers do not call
their Days and Months as other Professors do.
Mast. No, Professors and People are so
far degenerated from Truth that they
have lost the very form of sound Words
used by the Primitive Christians.
Sch. How did the Primitive Saints call
their days and months?
Mast. God made the World in six Days,
and rested the seventh Day, and he called the Evening and the Morning the
Day, and the Evening and the Morning
the Second Day, and the third Day, &c.
And Christ rose on the first Day of the
Week? and they came to the Sepulchre
when the Jews Sabbath was ended, on
the first Day of the Week, and upon the
first Day of the Week the Disciples met
together: And in Ex. 12.2. This month
shall be unto you the beginning of months, it
shall be the first Month of the year to you:
And in Ex. 16. Moses writeth, the fifteenth
day of the second Month, and the Scriptures
say, the third Month, and fourth Month,
Sch. Who invented those Names of Sunday, Monday, &c. and calling the
March, April, May, &c.
Mast. The old Pagan Saxons in their
Idolatry were the first that brought in the
names of the Days after than manner,
and these called Christians, have retained
them to this day. The first Day of the
week they worshipped the idol of the Sun,
from whence came Sunday; The second
Day of the week they worshipped the
Moon, from whence came Moonday or
Monday; the third day they worshipped
the Idol of the Planets, which they called
Tuisce, from whence came Tuesday; and
from the Idol Woden came Wednesday; and
from the Idol Thor came Thursday; and
from the Idol Friga came Friday, and
from the Idol Seatur came Saturday. And
the Heathen called Mars the God of Battle, and from thence they called
Month March: And Venus they called the
Goddess of Love and beauty, and from
thence they called the second Month April; and Maja a heathen Goddess
Flora; Flora and Cloris were called the
Goddesses of Flowers; Unto Maja the
heathen Idolaters used to sacrifice, from
thence was the third Month called May;
and upon the first day of the same Month
they used to keep Floralia Feasts to the
two Goddesses of Flowers (viz.) Flora and
Cloris, and Flora was a Strumpet in Rome,
that used on the first Day of that Month,
to set up a May-pole before her Door, to
entice her Lovers, from whence came
May-poles to be first observed: And
from the Heathens Goddess Juno is the
fourth Month called June: And in honour
to Julius Caesar a Roman Emperor, is the
fifth Month called July: and the sixth
Month took it Name August, in honour
of Augustus Caesar; and September, October, November, and December are
from the Latines: And one Janus a King
of Italy, was for his Wisdom pictured with
two Faces, whom they honoured as
God: and from this name Janus was the
eleventh Month called January: And Saturnus, Pluto Februs, were called
of Hell, whom the Heathens said, had the
rule of the evil Spirits there, and from
Pluto Februs, was the twelfth Month called February.
Sch. Who have been the Ministers and
Intrusters of those People, that they are erred so from Scripture
Example? Let me
have some marks and signs by which I may
know the Deceivers and false Prophets?
Mast. The marks the Scriptures give
of Deceivers and false Prophets are these:
I shall set them down in short, that thou
maist remember them the better.
1. They are such as bear rule by their
Means, Jer. 30. 31. Mat. 10. 19,20.
2. They are such as seek for their Gain
from their Quarters, Isa. 56.
3. They seek for the Fleece and make
a prey upon the People, Ezek. 34.1, 2, 3.
4. They are such as preach for Hire, and
Divine for Money, Mic.3.11.
5. They cry Peace so long as People put
into their Mouthes; but when any come
to see them to be Deceivers, and cannot
put into their Mouths, nor give them
Gifts, then they prepare War against
them, Mic. 3. 5. Hos. 6. 9.
6. They run when the Lord never sent
them, and prophesie Lies in his Name,
Jer. 14. 14.
7. They stand praying in the Synagogues: They love the uppermost Rooms
at Feasts, and the chief Seats in the Synagogues, and love Greeting in
the Markets, and to be called of men Master, and
they make them broad Philacteries on
their Garments, that they may be taken
notice of; for they do that they do to be
seen of men, and are proud and covetous,
and they come of Cain's Stock, for they
are full of Envy, and are in Balaam's way,
who was erred from the Spirit of God,
and received the Wages of Unrighteousness, and so do they, 2 Peter 2,
8. They are such as sprinkle Infants, for
which they have no rule in Scripture;
and tell people it is an Ordinance of
Christ, when it is but one of their own
Inventions, and so are Lyars and Deceivers.
9. They tell people they shall never be
free from Sin while they live here.
10. They are made Ministers by the
Will of man, and men uphold them: if
thou meetest with them and seeth those
Fruits brought forth by them, then beware
of them; for they have got on sheeps
Clothing, but inwardly they are ravening Wolves.
Sch. How may I know the true Ministers?
Mast. I may give thee some Marks how
to know them.
1. The true Ministers of Christ, as they
have received the Gift of God freely, so
they minister freely from the same, as
good Stewards of the manifold Grace of
God, and they do unto all Men as they
would have all men do unto them.
2. They do not strive for Mastership,
like the false Prophets; but are gentle
unto all men, and apt to teach, patient
in meekness, instructing those that oppose
themselves 2. Tim.2.22 that so the Church
may be edified.
3. The true Ministers have no mans
person in admiration because of advantage, but are men of sorrows,
and rejected of men, as Christ was; and
they are not made Ministers by the Will
of man, but by Christ Jesus and are blameless as he, Stewards of God, not
self-willed, nor soon angry, nor given to Wine,
no Strikers, nor greedy of filthy Lucre,
4. And the true Ministers work was,
for the perfecting of the saints, for the
edifying of the Body of Christ: and the
true Ministers were not bred up from
years at the Colleges, as the Deceivers
are now; but the Lord called Tradesmen
to be Ministers: Moses was a Keeper of
Sheep, and Jacob and David were Keepers of Sheep, and Elisha was a
Ploughman, and Amos a Herdsman, and Peter
and John Fisher-men, and Paul a Tent-Maker.
Sch. The People called Quakers are mocked, beated, persecuted, and
it so with the People of God in former Ages?
Mast. Yes, the People of God were in
all Ages mock'd, persecuted, imprisoned,
and sufferers. Elisha the Prophet was
mocked, and called Bald-head. And the
Lord sent his Messengers, rising up betimes and sending, because he had
compassion on his People; but they mocked
the Messengers of God, and despised his
Words and misused his Prophets, wherefore the Wrath of the Lord was
them, 2 Chron. 36.15. And David was as dispised of the people, they
laughed him to
scorn, they shot out their Lips, and shaked
their Heads at him: And in Psal. 69. 12.
David said, Sack-cloth is my Garment and I
am become a Proverb to them, and I am the
Song of the Drunkards. And Jer. 20. 8. Jeremiah said, I am in derision
one mocketh me. And thou mayst read before, how he was persecuted, and
the Dungeon. And David said, The wicked have waited for me, to destroy
they have laid a Snare for me. And Job said,
I am as one mocked of his Neighbour: and
said, The just and upright man is laughed to
scorn. Job 12. 4. and said, Now I am their
Song, yea, I am their By-word; they abhor
me, and spare not to spit in my Face. And in
Acts thou mayst read, how Herod the King
stretcht forth his hand to vex some of the
Church of Christ; and how he killed James
and imprisoned Peter; and how Paul and
Silas had their Cloaths torn off, and after
they had received many stripes, they cast
them into Prison, and a strict charge was
given to the Gaoler to keep them safely,
who thrust them into the inner Prison,
and made their Feet safe in the Stocks: and
above forty of the Jews bound themselves
under a Curse, that they would neither eat
nor drink till they had killed Paul. And in
Acts 22, when Paul spake to the people,
some of them cried, away with such a Fellow from the Earth; for it is not
fit that he
should live. And in Acts 24. For we have
found this man a pestilent Fellow, and a
mover of Sedition, and a Ring-leader of the
Sect of the Nazarens: And Christ himself
was derided by the Pharisees, Luke 16.
And Paul said, Whoever will live Godly in
Christ Jesus, must suffer Persecution, for it is
through many Tribulations we must enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
(From the Speller, pages 40-62.)