EXPERIMENTAL religion is becoming more and more unpopular with the work-mongrel religionists of the present time. Very little or nothing is said on this all important subject in the discourses or through the presses of the modern fashionable professors of religion. How true are the words of our Lord: "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." The doctrine of Christ and the inventions of men can never harmonize. The worshipers of mammon, while they pretend to see a virtue in money or human works to save sinners from the wrath to come, can entertain no just conceptions of the value of a Savior's blood and righteousness, nor of the absolute necessity of the Spirit's work in regeneration. For every one that can at this day be found reiterating the words of Jesus, "Ye must be born again," twenty, we presume, may be found crying, Ye must give your substance for the conversion of the world. If those who appeal to your pockets for the salvation of sinners really believe the doctrine that they make their unceasing theme, they cannot but regard regeneration by the Spirit of God as an unimportant thing. Who that believes what Daniel Dodge asserted a few years ago before the Philadelphia Association, viz.: that our money may be invested in a stock that will insure in this life a hundred per cent., and in the world to come life everlasting, [! ! !] can regard the blood of Christ as possessing the only power that can possibly save a guilty sinner from eternal perdition, and the name of Jesus as the only name given under heaven or among men whereby we must be saved! According to the new religious theory, if a man will give his money to support the unscriptural inventions of professedly religious men. though it be to aid in operations in open hostility to the doctrine of Christ, he is considered pious; and if he will connect himself with the various anti-scriptural societies, he is considered a suitable person for church membership. If we are supposed to be wrong in this conclusion, we would desire to be informed when, where and by whom any such person has been rejected, who has manifested a disposition to be connected with any of the popular churches of our age.
One of the preachers of our acquaintance said, when requested to relate his christian experience, that it was so long ago he had forgotten the particulars of it. Another said, in a public discourse, that the notion entertained by some people that we must experience a certain exercise or change, was a falsehood coined by Satan to cheat men out of their souls and added, "When Christ called Matthew he did not wait for any such change, but immediately followed him." Such, are the sentiments with which the modern pulpits ring in regard to the work of regeneration. But christians are not to be brow beaten out of what God has taught them. They speak (upon the subject of the new birth, at least) what they do know, and testify what they have seen.
With what satisfaction do the children of God, from time to time, recall to mind the first exercises of their mind when quickened by the Holy Ghost. They do not forget the time of the wormwood and the gall, their souls still have them in remembrance, therefore they have hope.
New Veronn, N. Y.
January 1, 1844.
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials – Volume 2