WE copy the following article from the N. Y., Baptist Repository, it was copied by them from the S. S. Journal, and appears to be intended by both of those periodicals, as an illustration of the title with which it begins.
“ANTI-CHRISTIAN. - At a meeting of a religious representative body in Crawfordsville, Indiana, a few weeks since, a vote was passed, of seven to two, disapproving of Temperance, Missionary, Bible, and Tract Societies, and Sabbath Schools, and it was determined that the patronage of any of these institutions ought to subject the offenders to ecclesiastical discipline. The argument that carried this point was used in opposition to the introduction of a new vegetable into Scotland not many centuries ago - “Potatoes are not mentioned in the Bible.” - S. S. Journal.”
The church of God was early warned of the spirit of anti-christ which was in the world in the apostles’ days; and lest they should be deceived by it, its most prominant features were depicted by the apostle. John. Let us briefly compare the testimony given by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, with that given in the article above. “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God, and is that spirit of Anti-Christ, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world, therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God, he that knoweth God, heareth us; he that is not of God, heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” - 1 John iv. 3, 4, 5, 6. The characteristics of anti-christ, according to the apostle, are, first; a failure to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, i. e. as the head over all things to his Church, which is his body, and the fullness of him that filleth all in all; as God’s King, set upon his holy hill Zion, to reign unrivaled as the only wise God, our Savior - as the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, on whose shoulder is the government of Zion. In short, to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, embraces all that his name implies, viz: Jesus, “for he shall save his people from their sins.” Christ the anointed of the Father, anointed as Prophet to teach his children, “as never man taught.” Anointed Priest, to bear their sins in his own body on the tree, and “by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” Anointed King, to be their only Law-maker or Law-giver. To deny this, or any part of it, is anti-christian, either directly, by disputing his right to legislate over the church, or indirectly, by attempting to amend his laws, or add to them, even by the introduction (into Zion) of potatoes, or any thing else to feed the flock of God upon, which Jesus the King has not provided. See Nehemiah, xiii. 15, 16. “I testified against them in the day wherein they sold vituals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judab, and in Jerusalem.” Again the apostle further describes the spirit of anti-christ, as being, first, “of the world “secondly, “they speak of the world”thirdly,“ they are heard by the world;” fourthly, “they are for the world” and lastly, “they hear not the apostles.”
Such is the description of anti-christ given by the infalible lord of God. Candid reader, where do you find these characteristics? Can you discover them in the conduct of those brethren who refuse to recognize those institutions which are unauthorized by the King’s book, and are brought in by the merchants of Tyre? Or are they to he found in those societies which teach for doctrines the commandments of men? Have the brethren complained of in Indiana, denied that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, either by refusing to obey what he has commanded, or by consenting to do what lie has not commanded? Are they of the world? Do the world hear them? Do they speak the language of the world? Or are they for the world, coveting other men’s gold and silver? Or are they denounced for refusing to do this? Ah, here lies the offence of the cross. With such arguments as would prohibit the introduction of potatoes, where they could not be introduced scripturally, “they have passed a vote, disapproving of Temperance, Missionary, Bible and Tract Societies, and Sabbath Schools. Nay more, they have concluded that such departures from the law of king Jesus, ought to subject the offenders to the discipline of’ the church.” We truly rejoice to learn that God has reserved to himself a remnant, according to the election of grace, in the state of Indiana, who have not bowed to the image of Baal.
New Vernon, N.Y.
February 6, 1833.
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 1
Pages 31 - 33