Quakers often echoed biblical phrases but perhaps they seemed the normal language of the Spirit. Friends were also willing to obey a lack of leading, when no words were given. Higginson noted with mirth that two Friends came to visit a Cumberland squire, stating they were "sent from God," but when he "demanded what that voice commanded them to say to him they answered it was not yet given to them." They still had not received a message next day and went home. 31
In the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, some Friends also felt called to make symbolic gestures, such as going through the streets of a city naked or in sack- cloth, as a warning against moral nakedness (cf. Is.20:2-3). 32 The shock that such an act aroused in every Puritan mind would make any Quaker's half- conscious impulse to do the same seem a "cross" to pride and self-will and drive him to yield to such impulses. The Puritans naturally called such "signs" Ranterism.
The Quaker mission was thus both a product of the inner "Lamb's War" that each Friend had been through and an extension of it across the world as a spiritual conquest of new peoples. At times "the Lamb's War" was a regional ingathering of masses of unchurched families, as in the English Northwest. At other times it was sharply focused on regions of proud resistance, as in Cornwall and New England. Public resistance to "convincement" after 1656 made Friends realize that aggressive preaching and shocking "signs" often aroused hostility without shaking hearts. Nayler and Penington reexamined "the Lamb's War" and its relation to Quaker behavior and how God deals with evil.