I.Apologetics Considered as Merely Possible or Inevitable?
As the doctrine of divine election by the most wise counsel of God, was declared by the prophets, by Christ Himself, and by the apostles, and is clearly revealed in the Scriptures, both of the Old and New Testament, so it is still to be published in due time and place in the Church of God, for which it was peculiarly designed . . . .
The proper attitude toward politics has always been a concern for God’s people in the midst of the world, but more so as we see the day approaching. The “day,” of course, refers to the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We must not overlook the fact that connected with that day is politics.
“My aim in life is in finding happiness!” It seems almost everybody these days says this. There is nothing really wrong in wanting happiness, is there? No, indeed; not if you want to obtain it in the right way. On this note there is much to be said. But pause for a moment and consider that the word “happiness” is not found in our King James Bible. Yet it is still the world’s “best seller” book. (I wonder how that “grabs” modern joy-seekers!) The word “happy” is found in the King James Bible about twenty-eight times.
There has been much discussion in recent times of the subject of church growth. Church growth seminars are being held, sensational methods for bringing about increases in membership are being devised, and mass evangelism programs are engaged in that have as their objectives nation-wide and worldwide reawakening and revival. We are seeing the establishment of super churches with memberships in the thousands. Large churches are said to be successful churches and churches which are in a particularly wonderful way fulfilling the great commission.
When we say that man’s chief end is to glorify God and fully to enjoy Him forever, we are speaking of our constant and conclusive aim held in view. Our far-reaching view is to God. He is our end. Looking to that end we also keep in view our own earthly end. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. This we must consider while we. have health and strength.
It is generally recognized that the church today as an institution is on the decline. Strange as this may seem, this decline goes hand in hand with what is being heralded as a spiritual awakening in our land. There is a spiritual movement in our land that goes under the name “Neo-Evangelicalism” or “New-Evangelicalism.” This movement is associated with such names as Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Bill Bright, Mark Hatfield, and many others. Through their organizations and crusades we are told that thousands upon thousands have been brought to Jesus Christ.
“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” Colossians 3:20-21.
The story you are about to read is a story of the sovereign leading by God of a people which were once not a people but are now the people of God, which had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. We invite you to walk with us through our pathway, one with many narrow corridors of strife and purging, to the present, and experience with us the grace of God to His Church. Many there were who walked in our band and left; many there were who had sharp disagreements with the path taken; and many were the...