Written by Elder Dell Smith
The Pocatalico Old School, or Primitive Baptist Association, now in session with Providence Church, Lincoln County, West Virginia, September 3rd, 4th and 5th, 1926, to the associations with which we correspond, and to all of like precious faith with us, sendeth greetings.
DEARLY BELOVED IN THE LORD: - We are once more permitted by the goodness of our covenant-keeping God to meet in an associate capacity to worship together in love and meekness the true and living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We greatly desire that peace and unity of Spirit abound among us in all that may be said or done during this the ninety-first annual session of the Pacatalico Old School Baptist Association. Dear brethren, with much meekness I try to write this our Circular Letter, but do so with the ability God gives. We are not self-sufficient of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of Him who loved us and washed us in blood and gave us a sweet hope, which is an anchor to the soul. Dear brethren, if we are the Lord's people we are the purchased of the Lord. You are the pearl of great price and his blood was shed for you, for so sayeth the Scriptures. You are not your own, for you are bought with a price. (1 Cor. vi. 19,20.) This is our hope. Nothing we have done of ourselves, but we believe the promise is sure to all the seed who are the covenant children, those the Father gave the Son, for he paid their debt on the cross, and said, It is finished. The work of redemption rests alone with the triune God, not with man or men, and we believe when the blessed Master gave up the ghost on the cross it satisfied every demand of that debt and set us free. We had not with which to pay, for our garments were as filthy rags and our best deeds a mixture of sin, but he took off the filthy garments and covered our nakedness with the imputed righteousness of Christ, therefore we are not our own, we are his by choice and by redemption and sanctification. We are the choice of the Father, the redeemed of the Son, set apart by the Holy Spirit, therefore who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies, therefore we believe he has redeemed his people, and the Holy Spirit makes it manifest to them in due time.
Dearly beloved brethren, I submit this to your better judgment, hoping you will throw the mantle of charity over my imperfections.
J.W. McClanahan, Moderator
J.C. Hammond, Clerk
Signs of the Times
Volume 95, No. 1