1. SHE thinks when an editor has excellent communications on hand, he would do better to publish them than to occupy his columns with church quarrels, &c.
2. She wishes to be informed why it is that the ministers of all denominations within the circle of her acquaintance exhort sinners to comply with the terms of salvation.
3. Whether it is her duty to attend meeting every first-day where the main scope of the preaching is erroneous, or to tarry at home and be considered a heathen?
We respectfully reply to our correspondent, that however pleasant and agreeable it may be to us to read the excellent communications of our scattered brethren on those ever profitable and interesting points of doctrine and experience, and to learn the prosperity of the cause of God and truth in the various departments of Zion, it is also our painful lot to record some of the many tricks of the adversary, by which he is known to sow the seeds of discord among brethren, for the two-fold reason: first, that others may not be ignorant of his devices, but be on their guard, and the better prepared to meet him at the treshhold; and also, to build up the dear persecuted and afflicted bands who are sorely hunted by the common enemy, and to let them know that we have fellow. ship in their sufferings for the truth’s sake.
To the second enquiry we shall not attempt to give a better answer than what the apostle Paul has given in Rom. x. 3, viz: “They being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” There. fore being strangers to God, and of course to the things of the Spirit of God, they cannot, with all their scholastic divinity, “know the things of the Spirit.” These are all the reasons we are prepared to give. We are happy to say that within the circle of our acquaintance there are a number of professed ministers of the gospel who cease not to affirm that the terms or conditions of salvation were settled in the ancients of eternity, and that they all rested on him who was and is mighty and able to save unto the uttermost all who come unto God by him, and that he has fully and completely met these conditions, and fulfilled them all, so that “He has by one offering perfected forever them that are sanctified.”
To her third interrogation we say it is not the duty of any one to countenance the promulgation of error by their presence, but on the first day of the week, and on all other days, it is the duty of all who love our Lord Jesus Christ to come out, and be separate from the world and from anti-christ, although by doing so they may be subjected to the ridicule of such as would call them heathen for a correct and bible course.
NEW VERNON, N. Y.,
July 30, 1834.
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 1
Pages 142 – 144