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1919 Baltimore Old School Baptist Association

Circular Letter

The Baltimore Old School or Primitive Baptist Association, now in session with the Black Rock Church, Baltimore County, Maryland, May 14th, 15th and 16th, 1919, to the several churches of which this Association is composed, sendeth greetings.

DEAR BRETHREN: - As another year has passed since our last meeting as an association, and as is our custom, we address you in what is called a Circular Letter. In these dark days of trouble and perilous times, delusions and errors, when men will not listen to sound doctrine, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, what a comfort it is to know there is a God who rules in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth, and whose foundation standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his, for the Scriptures firmly declare that the Lord has a people in every kindred, tongue and nation, and to them Jesus says, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” - Luke xii. 32. They are a chosen and elect people, zealous of good works. Jesus calls them a little flock. They were not counted with the nations round about. As in those days, so it is to-day. We see but few worshipers of the true and living God, a remnant, as it were, and to that little number Jesus said, “Fear not.” Why should they not fear? Because they are kept by the exceeding great and precious promises of God. “When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior.” Many times we feel to doubt, and fear that we are not of that little flock that Jesus came to redeem, but we have the assurance that he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself. Precious promises by a covenant-keeping God to an afflicted and poor people. Then happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord? Though few in number, we are reminded that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, for a remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people, as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. So it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. Then the flock that Jesus bids not to fear will, according to our Father's good pleasure, possess the kingdom, and not one for whom Jesus died shall be lost. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, the only wise God and Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.

Joshua T. Rowe, Moderator
Frank G. Scott, Clerk
Edward A. Johnson, Ass't Clerk

Signs of the Times
Volume 87, No. 12
June 15, 1919