Her teaching was instrumental in the rise of denominations like The Church of the Nazarene, The Salvation Army, The Church of God and The Pentecostal-Holiness Church.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” Hebrews 12:1 Remember the line of the song “Wonderful World” that says, “don’t know much about history?
” The accusation is sometimes made that the egalitarian movement is the result of modern feminism “infiltrating” the church. These five women made significant contributions to the Christian egalitarian movement during the Post-Reformation period, long before Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique came on the scene: Fox was a founder of the Society of Friends along with her husband, and is considered one of the Valiant Sixty early Quaker preachers and missionaries.
In 1664 she was arrested for failing to take an oath and allowing Quaker Meetings to be held in her home.
She defended herself by saying that “as long as the Lord blessed her with a home, she would worship him in it”.
She was sentenced to life imprisonment and forfeiture of her property, and remained in prison until 1668, during which time she wrote religious pamphlets and epistles.Her most famous work is “Women’s Speaking Justified“, a scripture-based argument for women in ministry, the major text on women’s religious leadership in the 17th century.The mother of Charles and John Wesley, Susanna often preached at services in her home during the absences of her husband from his parish. to the point where she could say: ‘Last Sunday I believe we had above two hundred.In a description of these meetings Tucker and Liefeld note that “Susanna could not prevent the spontaneous growth. And yet many went away, for want of room to stand.'” While her husband was initially resentful, he came to appreciate and support the unique gifts God had given her.History records that people responded to Susanna’s sermons and calls to salvation more than to those of Samuel Wesley or the replacement who followed him.Her son John referred to her as “a preacher of righteousness”.