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1922 Tygarts Valley River Association

Circular Letter

Written by Elder J.R. Dennison

The Tygarts Valley River Association of Old School, Primitive, Predestinarian Baptists, now in session with the Valley Church, Randolph County, West Virginia, to the several churches of which she is composed, and to all of the faith of God's elect, sendeth christian salutation.

VERY DEARLY BELOVED IN THE LORD: - Once more, through the mercy of our covenant God, we are spared to meet in the capacity of an association of churches and brethren, for the purpose of keeping up a friendly correspondence among us, and for the comfort and edification of the sons and daughters of Zion's King, in sweet fellowship of the glorious gospel of the blessed Son of God. Since we last met as an association some of our dearly beloved ones have been called away from time to the realities of eternity, and while we mourn our loss, we hope that they are now safely landed on the sunny side of sweet deliverance, and are basking in the smiles of God's love. We realize that we are a little band, very few as compared with the multitudes of nominal worshippers and carnal christians, but we do hope we are of the “few chosen.” The Savior says, Many are called, but few chosen. Again, Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth to life, and few there be that find it. Then, dear brethren, let us not feel discouraged because of our number being so small, for the blessed Savior again says, Fear not, little flock, it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. The dear Savior has purchased redemption for all the “chosen few,” all those who were given him of the Father before the world was. He hath borne their sins in his own body on the tree, and by his stripes they are healed, and not by works of righteousness which they have done. No, he was wounded for their transgression, he was bruised for the iniquities, the chastisement for their peace was laid on him, and by his stripes they are healed. Yes, dear brethren, thus it is with the “chosen,” “faithful,” “hidden few,” to whom an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness have been given, but the world knows them not, because it knew him not. The world does know them, however, as the uncompromising opponents of the many humanly devised institutions and organizations of the worldly-wise, for the advancement and furtherance of Christ's kingdom, his church. But, he says of his church, Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. Again, On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. No, nothing can prevail against it, for he so loved it as to give his life a ransom for it; then it is the purchase of his blood, and God has placed every member in the body as it pleased him, and who but a blind guide would presume to increase or diminish it? It is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. Then, dear brethren, let us rejoice that we are of the few who have entered in at the strait gate into the narrow way which leads to life, rather than to be numbered with the many who are pursuing the broad way that leads to destruction. Oh may it please our heavenly Father to keep us in that narrow way, and enable us to serve him acceptably with reverence and godly fear, that when earthly life and its labors are done we may hear the welcome approbation of, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. This inheritance is for all the elect of God, the few chosen: the predestinated of the Father, the redeemed of the Son, and the regenerated of the Holy Spirit. These three sweetly harmonize and accord in the redemption and salvation of the elect, the chosen few. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

J.N. Bartlett, Moderator
J.R. Dennison, Clerk

Signs of the Times
Volume 90, No. 19
October 1, 1922