Update: I have made an attempt to “tone down” most of my blogs about Evangelical Friends/Quakers, to not be so hurtful to my many friends in the EFCI (and EFC-ER). Yet when I see what is going on, I still feel compelled to speak out. Read on.
Recently I came across some intriquing info about Edward Mott, an Evangelical Friends minister and teacher. To me he seems very biblically sound. And, he was a staunch opponent of Quakerism ecumenism.
In 1981, Convergent/Emergent Quaker Chuck Fager wrote an interesting article discussing Quaker ecumenism. I am providing an excerpt below.
Fager started off by speaking favorably of Jack Willcuts and Dr. Everett Cattell – two Evangelical Friends leaders who endorsed Quakerism ecumenism. Fager then turned around and described Edward Mott in rather derogatory terms as follows:
“Edward Mott, who was a leading minister and teacher in [Northwest Yearly Meeting] for many years earlier in [the twentieth century], strongly and bitterly opposed any moves toward ecumenical contacts or fellowship among what were then much more fragmented groups of Friends. In his memoir, Sixty Years of Gospel Ministry, published in the late 1940s, he insisted, as he had for decades, that such efforts “cannot have the blessing of the Lord upon them.” In fact, he insisted that “The attempt to fellowship and work with unbelievers [non-evangelical Quaker denominations] spells death. Any conclusion to the contrary is ruinous to all concerned.” He vehemently denounced the efforts to reunite Orthodox and Hicksite Yearly Meetings, which were then nearing success in New England and Philadelphia. He described with considerable relish his address to an “All-Friends Conference” in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1929, the intention of which he had earlier said was “to thwart the very purpose for which the conference was held, the promotion of fellowship among the groups.” He was also a fervent and relentless opponent of the American Friends Service Committee, for having undertaken work for peace and justice on other than an exclusively evangelistic basis, and particularly for its role in setting up the Oskaloosa meeting.” (Source: http://afriendlyletter.com/AFL-archives/AFL-archives/006-AFL-%209-1981.pdf)
Mott warned of the apostasy Evangelical Friends would be swallowed up in, should they become a part of Quaker ecumenism. Evangelical Friends leaders failed to heed his warning. In 1970, at the St. Louis Conference on the Future of Friends, Evangelical Friends leader Dr. Cattell and others went ahead with plans for Quaker ecumenism. This, in spite of the fact that many Evangelical Friends in 1970 opposed this move.
I hope to locate additional resources by and about Edward Mott. He was an excellent role model for the rest of us concerned Evangelical Friends. Truly he was a man of vision and a man of God.
… in 1927 … a group of 11 Quaker Evangelicals met in a YMCA in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to discuss ways to counter theological liberalism within the Society of Friends. The convener of the group was Edward Mott of Oregon, a leading Quaker fundamentalist voice. These Quaker leaders targeted organizations supported by mainline Quakers, such as the American Friends Service Committee, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and the National Council of Churches, as symbols of liberalizing trends within Quakerism. (Source: William Kostlevy, Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement, p. 109)
FURTHER RESOURCES by and about Edward Mott:
The Friends Church in the Light of Its Recent History, by Edward Mott (Portland, OR, self published, 1935, ASIN: B004D67XUM)
The Inner Light versus Christ, The Light, by Edward Mott [a booklet]
Sixty Years of Gospel Ministry, by Edward Mott
Through Flaming Sword, by Arthur O. Roberts (can preview many pages online)