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MARK 11:16.

DEAR BROTHER WILLIAM: – As I cannot feel satisfied to pass the request of brother Gibson {appearing in the MESSENGER of the 1st of April,} entirely unnoticed, I have concluded to attempt to write something, and as I am sure I understand but little about the text, it will not take long to tell it if I can get language to communicate it. The text reads as follows, “And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.” Mark 11:16. The character that would not suffer any man to carry any vessel through the temple was Jesus Christ, who had just been casting out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. This indeed appeared like putting a sudden stop to their religious traffic or merchandise, and greatly frustrated the many thieves who had made that temple their den. This temple no doubt represents to some extent the church of God in her militant state; and it appears as there were many anciently in the temple trading and changing money, so there has been many, and may be some yet, in the church who have manifested great anxiety to keep up constant religious merchandise. But as Jesus cast out none but those who were engaged in trading, and overthrew no tables but those of the money changers, so yet by his severe judgment sent on the church he has been cleansing her from such as delight in religious traffic, and will continue to cast them out until he will suffer no vessels {or ministers of anti-christ,} to be carried by the hope of worldly gain through the temple or church, and when such thieves can no longer hide there, they will boastingly fly to their own place, {the church of anti-christ,} where they can trade, count and change money without interruption. Those money changers, and money beggars who once troubled the Old School Baptists abundantly in this part of the world have now become convinced that with all the dissimulation they can put on, and all the pretensions to love and christian fellowship for the Old School Baptists, yet they fail to impose themselves any longer upon the church to pass or be carried through the temple of the living God. When God has sufficiently cleansed his church from such, then Zion will be a peaceable habitation, when brought down and made to cease from man whose breath is in his nostrils, and glory alone in the Lord. Then though she may be reduced to very few in number, yet she will be the house of prayer in reality, and when this is the case one can chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, for God’s strength is made manifest in weakness. And, as Paul said, so may God’s children say individually or collectively, “When I am weak then am I strong.” II Cor.12:10. I am truly glad that the time has come when Jesus will not suffer such vessels {or hireling preachers,} to be carried through the temple or church, because as long as they were carried through, or allowed to be with us, and preach in our homes, they kept up continual distress by teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, but since they are not allowed to be carried through the temple, we realize the truth of Solomon’s saying, “That a little morsel with contentment is better than both hands full with strife.”

As I had but few minutes, and but very little to write, I will now close, hoping my brother Gibson will excuse me for not writing more, and better.

Yours in love,
D.W. Patman.
Oglethorpe Co., Georgia, April 20, 1854.