The Oconee Association of Primitive Baptists, in session with the church at Black's Creek, Madison County, Georgia, October 8th, 9th and 10th, 1926, to the churches of our faith and order sendeth greetings.
DEARLY BELOVED: - Once more we have been blessed to meet to worship together our heavenly Father. The injunction is to preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine, for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. We understand that Jesus is the Word, and was in the beginning, and was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the only begotten Son of God, who came into the world to save his people, clothed with all power and wisdom that was necessary to do the work of his Father, and he said that he had finished the work his Father gave him to do. Holy, harmless and undefiled, and separate from sinners, yet he was made sin for who knew no sin, that we should be made the righteousness of God in him, hence his righteousness is imputed to us, so in the body of his flesh through death to present us holy, unblameable and unreprovable in his sight, a wonderful work indeed for poor sinners who are in this warfare, flesh against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, contrary one to the other, so that we cannot do the things that we would. So let us rejoice in the truth that we are not our own, but bought with a price, and that price is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanseth us from all sin; not part, but atoned for all our sins, hence man at his best state is altogether vanity. He was at his best state in the garden when he was good. God had a wise purpose in putting the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden, at the right place, so it would accomplish his purpose, will and decree. Nothing took place in that garden contrary to his purpose, for “as I have thought, so it shall come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” There was a precious promise made to Abraham and his seed; then, too, Isaiah had so many sweet visions. One was a virgin shall bear a son and shall call his name Emmanuel. Another was, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace,” referring to the same word that should be preached; no other name given whereby we must be saved, hence, salvation is of the Lord. Just as this doctrine is the singular, this doctrine is in the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation to the believer. Our destiny is in his hands in time as well as in eternity. He leads his people and instructs them (as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God). There is constraining power in the Spirit, so good works are fruits of faith and the fruit of the Spirit is faith. So this Word is King of kings and Lord of lords, and the end has been seen from the beginning, and all things are coming to pass just as they were seen, and all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. There is no power but of God, and he does as he pleases in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth, and none can stay his hand, and his will, decree and purpose are being executed in spite of man or devils. All the grace that was treasured up for him for his people will be received by them, and not on any conditions upon their part, for all that the Father has given him shall come to him, and him that cometh he shall in now wise cast out.
We feel that the above is part of sound doctrine, and our Association is enduring it and contending for it in soberness and love. We feel that we have been kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, and we are proud of the sweet memory of our fathers who enjoyed the principles of this doctrine, and left the record of their day and generation. Let us continue to contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints. Our articles show where we stand, and we want no change now, and never will.
Signs of the Times
Volume 95, No. 1