THERE appears to be a disposition manifested by our Old School brethren in various parts of the country to encourage a mutual interchange of sentiment, to take sweet counsel together, to walk to the house of the Lord in company; but not for the purpose of trying experiments upon the Holy One, nor with the expectation of aiding the Lord in the conversion of sinners.
When the children of Israel had departed from the law of the Lord and committed lewdness upon every high hill, and under every green tree, when they burned incense upon altars of brick, in violation of the command of God; when the number of nominal Israelites exceeded that of the stars for multitude, and the true Israelites were but a remnant according to the election of grace; “then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another, and the Lord hearkened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.” - Mal. iii. 16.
We had the pleasure of attending a meeting of this description on the 5th and 6th inst., and of enjoying a precious interview with a number of brethren from various parts of Zion, assembled with the church at Olive, Ulster Co., N. Y. The meeting was refreshing, the conversation edifying, and the preaching during the meeting was like Moses’ two silver trumpets - of a whole piece.
After the meeting was dismissed, and the brethren had gone every man to his tent, an anonymous letter was found lodged in the pulpit, demanding the signification of the term Arminian. The substance of this letter has been forwarded to us by a brother who wishes us to explain the matter.
In our use of the term Arminian, we mean all sech as believe that man, or men, can possibly aid in the salvation of souls.
This term was applied to the followers of Arminius, a professor at Leyden; and by general consent it has been subsequently applied to all such as deny the doctrine of divine sovereignty in the work of grace, and who hold the doctrine of a general atonement, offered salvation, human ability, human virtues, &c., as these sentiments are held by all the Protestant daughters of Mystery Babylon, we apply the term to them indiscriminately. The doctrine of human merit, however, did not originate with Arminius. It was first whispered to the progenitors of our race in the Garden of Eden, that they could by their works become as gods. The same doctrine was attempted to be inforced by coercive measures by Adam’s first born, and has existed from that early period until the present.
The editor of this paper was born an Arminian in the full sense of the term, and had he not been born again, he would have sunk down to hell in the full belief of that doctrine. Hence he has nothing whereof to boast. “Boasting is excluded, not by the law of works, but by the law of faith.
NEW VERNON, N. Y.,
February 19, 1834.
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 1
Pages 124 – 125