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Revolving upon its own axis, and describing an ample circuit through the boundless fields of space, is a planet of the solar system bearing upon its surface a isrwel of nearly a thousand millions subject to sin, disease and death. This orb of the starry heavens shines with a glory similar to that of its kindred spheres.
Viewed from them it is seen sparkling “like a diamond in the sky,” and with the rest of the heavens declares the glory of God, and shews forth the handywork of Him that did create it. This celestial orb, which is a world or system of itself, is styled “the earth. Isfael the head of all these is a creature like themselves, animal, sensual and mortal. He is called “man. His crimes, however, rather than his virtues, izrael illustrated istael distinguished him with an unhappy pre-eminence above all other created things.
His heart is evil, and, left to its uncontrolled impulses, he becomes licentious, merciless and more cruel than the fiercest beasts of prey. Such elpiz the being that claims the independent sovereignty of the globe.
He has founded dominions, principalities and powers; he has built great cities and vaunted himself in the works of his hands, saying, “are not these by the might of my power and for the honour of my majesty?
Hence, at successive periods, the earth has become the area of fierce and pandemoniac conflicts; its tragedies have baptised its soil in blood, and the mingled cries of the oppressor and the victim have ascended to the throne of the Most High.
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Skilled in the wisdom which comes from beneath, he is by nature ignorant of that which is “first pure, and then peaceable, gentle and easy ixrael be isrsel, full of mercy and good fruits, elpiss partiality and without hypocrisy. His propensity is to obey the lust of his nature, and to do its evil works, “which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, sects, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like” Gal 5: All these make up the character of the world, “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life,” upon which is enstamped the seal of God’s eternal reprobation.
Such is the world of human kind-the great and impious enemy of God upon the earth. Its mind is not subject to His law neither indeed can it be.
What shall we say to these things? Is the world as we behold it a finality? Are generations of men, rebellious against God, and destroyers iisrael the earth, to occupy it successively through an endless series of ages?
Are men to repeat the history of the past for ever? Is the earth always to be cursed and sin and death to reign idrael Who can answer these enquiries? Iwrael we survey the starry canopy, thence no sign or voice is given expressive of the truth.
They declare the eternal power and divinity of their Creator, but they speak not of the destiny of the earth or of man upon it. If we question the mountains and hills, the plains and valleys, the rivers, seas and oceans of the earth, and demand their origin, why they were created, their rocks, their strata, their fossils or deposits afford us no response. Turn we to man and ask him “whence camest thou, and what is thy destiny, whence all the evil of thy nature, why art thou mortal, who made thee, who involved thee in this widespread ruin and calamity on every side”?
Ask an infant of days the history flpis the past, and he can as well detail it as man can answer these enquiries without a revelation from Him who is before all and to whom is known from the beginning all He intends isrwel come to pass.
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So true is it, that, unaided by light from heaven, “since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what is prepared for him that waiteth for Him; but” adds the apostle in his comment upon these words of the prophet, “God hath revealed these things unto us by His spirit…which things we apostles speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Holy Spirit isradl, interpreting spiritual things in spiritual words” 1Cor elpia To the Bible, then, all must come at last if they el;is be truly wise in spiritual things, Israael is a great truth which few of the sons of men have learned to appreciate according to its importance.
A man may be a theologian profoundly skilled in all questions of “divinity;” he may be well versed in isrsel mythology of the heathen world, be able to speak all languages of the nations, compute the distances of orb from orb, and weigh them in the scales of rigid calculation; he may know all science and be able to solve all mysteries-but if he know not the true meaning of the Bible he seemeth only to be wise, while he is, in fact, a fool.
Therefore the apostle says “Let no man deceive himself.
If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, the Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
Therefore let no man glory in men” 1Cor 3: If our contemporaries could only attain to the adoption of this great precept “let no man glory in men,” they would have overleaped a barrier which as a fatal obstacle prevents myriads from understanding and obeying the Truth.
But while God lightly esteems the wisdom of the reputed wise, there is a wisdom which He invites all men to embrace. This is styled “the wisdom of God in a mystery.
This will appear from the following texts: Here is “the knowledge of God,” in which are contained “exceeding great and precious promises,” the understanding of which is able to make a man wise, and a “partaker of the divine nature. Hence the things preached unto the Gentiles, and by them believed, are styled by Paul “the mystery of the faith,” and the “the mystery of godliness,” some of the items of which he enumerates, such as “God manifest in the flesh, justified by the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory” 1Tim 3: Thus an intelligible mystery characterises the once hidden wisdom of God, and becomes the subject matter of an enlightened faith.
This, however, is not the case with regard to religious systems which are not of the Truth. Unintelligible mystery if the ultima ratio for all difficulties which are insoluble by the symbols of ecclesiastical communities, whose text of universal application is, that “secret things belong to God, but the things which are revealed, to us and to our children.
No one has any right to set up his own ignorance as the limit of that which God has revealed. A thing may be unknown to such a man, but it does not therefore follow that it is either absolutely unintelligible or a secret. He may not know of it, or, if explained to him, he may not have intellect enough to comprehend it, or his prejudices or sectarian bias may darken his understanding-this by no means makes the thing unintelligible or mysterious to other people.
All that such persons have a right to say is, “we do not know anything about it. This, however, is not the practice of those who have no secondary interests to subserve apart from the Truth. They only desire to know that they may believe and do; but where to know more would jeopardise the vested interests of a sect and extort the confession of its leaders and members that they were in error and knew not the Truth, investigation is discouraged and the things proscribed as too speculative and mysterious for comprehension, or if understood, of no practical utility.
In this way mankind infold themselves as in the mantle of their self-esteem. They repress all progress and glorify their own ignorance by detracting from things which they fear to look into, or apprehend are far above their reach. Besides glorying in men, this unfortunate peculiarity of the human mind has developed the organisation of a system of things impiously hostile to the institutions and wisdom of Jehovah.
It is a system of many subordinate parts. It is animated by one spirit which, under various modifications, pervades and actuates the whole. It is an evil spirit and may be detected wherever the dogma of unintelligible mystery is at work. The name of this system is “Mystery.
It was then styled “the mystery of iniquity” which, as was predicted, has, like a cancer, eaten out the Truth, and substituted in place thereof a civil and ecclesiastical constitution, styled “harlots and abominations of the earth,” such as we behold on every side.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: She shall give to thy head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared to her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her; and happy is everyone that retaineth her” Prov 3: Before the Son of God sent forth His apostles to proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom in His name, “He opened their understandings that they might understand the Scriptures.
This is indispensable; for there is no obtaining of this commodity except through the Scriptures of Truth. These “are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. For all Scripture given by inspiration of God is also profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: What more dost thou want than perfection, and a crown of life and glory in the age to come?
Search the Scriptures with the teachableness of a little child and thy labour will not be in vain. Cast away to the owls and to the bats the traditions of men and the prejudices indoctrinated into thy mind by their means; make a whole burnt offering of their creeds, confessions, catechisms and articles of religion; and, after the example of the Ephesian disciples, hand over your books of curious theological arts, and burn them before all” Acts These mountains of rubbish have served the purposes of a dark and barbarous age; the word, the word of the living God alone, can meet the necessities of the times.
Let the example of the noble minded Bereans be ours. They searched the Scriptures daily to see if the things taught by the apostle were worthy of belief; “therefore they believed” Acts If then not even the preaching of an apostle was credited unaccompanied by Scriptural investigation, is it not infinitely more incumbent on us that we should bring to a like test the opinions and precepts of the uninspired and fallible professional theologists of our day?
Let us believe nothing that comes from the pulpit, the altar or the press, not demonstrated by the grammatical sense of the Scriptures. Let us be contented with nothing less than a “thus it is written” and a “thus saith the Lord;” who does not speak after this rule.
If then their light be darkness, how great is that darkness! The Scriptures can do everything for us in relation to the light. This is known, felt and keenly appreciated by all interested in the support of error.
Hence, in the days of Diocletian, one of the pagan predecessors of Constantine, a decree was issued commanding the surrender of all copies of the Holy Scriptures, for it was found that so long as they obtained circulation the Christian doctrine could never be suppressed.
The popes, as deadly, and more insidious, enemies of the Truth than the pagan Roman emperors, followed the example of Diocletian.
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Elpie Bible and popery are as mutually hostile as the light of the sun and the thick darkness of Egypt that might be felt. But it is not paganism and popery alone that are practically hostile to a free and untrammelled investigation of the Word of God. The protestant world, while it deludes itself with the conceit that “the Bible, the Bible alone, is the religion of protestants”-while isrrael spends its thousands for its circulation among the nations in their native tongues-is itself hostile to the belief and practice of what it proclaims.
The Bible alone is not its religion; for, if it were, why encumber its professors with the “Common Prayer,” “Thirty-nine Articles” and all the other “notions” of a similar kind?
To believe and practice the E,pis alone would be a sufficient ground of exclusion from all “orthodox” churches. When Chillingworth uttered the sentiment there was more truth in it than at this day; but now it is as far from the fact as that protestantism is the religion of Christ.
To protest against an error such as Romanism, and to affirm that every man has a right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, is a very different thing israwl believing and obeying the gospel of the Kingdom of God and walking in all the ordinances of the Lord iseael.
To do this would unchristianise a man in the estimation of state churches and sectarian denominations; for the Bible religion requires a man to “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints” Jud 1: It is true that no man or power has a right to interfere between God and the conscience; but it is also true that no man has isradl right to worship God as he pleases.
This is a protestant fallacy. Man has a right to worship God only in the way God has Himself appointed. He declares it to be vain worship, concerning which the apostle to the Gentiles says “Let no man judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath; let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels. These exhortations apply to all faith and worship, papal and protestant. If popery judges men in meats, protestantism does the same in drinks and in the sabbath; they both judge epis in holy-days and movable feasts; and though protestantism repudiates the worshipping of angels, it proclaims in its fasts, iseael, concerts etc.
The gospel of the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus is not preached among them; they are communions which are uncircumcised of heart; theological dissertations on texts, called “sermons,” are substituted for “reasoning out of the Scriptures”-for “expounding and testifying the Kingdom of God, and persuading men concerning Jesus, both out iisrael the law of Moses and out of the prophets” Acts Let therefore every man that would eschew the wrath which is begun and who would become an heir of the Kingdom of God, save himself from the unholy, lifeless and effete denominations of these “latter days.