"The Rev. Mr. Huribut, of New London, Connecticut, enclosing five dollars, says: 'It has been my privilege to attend the sick and dying bed of a dear child of God, Miss Elizabeth II, who sealed an exemplary, consistent life, by a death full of faith and peace. The money was earned by her Sabbath school class who met with her on Saturday afternoon to sew, while she read to them and instructed them. It is precious seed, for it has been wet with the dying tears and consecrated by the fervent prayers of one who, I believe, is now in Abraham's bosom. Will you send it in tracts to some missionary, and request him to scatter it faithfully as good seed that may be expected to bring forth fruit unto eternal life." American Messenger.
PRECIOUS SEED, in the language of Ashdod, does not mean the same as good seed, incorruptible seed, &c., as used in the scriptures; but now agreeably to the order of things precious seed signifies filthy lucre, wrung from the earnings of Sunday school children, and wet with dying tears, and consecrated by the fervent prayers of their teacher. The children are taught to believe that such seed will raise up children to Abraham, and bring forth fruit unto eternal life.
Albeit, the scriptures inform us that a seed shall serve him, (Christ) and it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation - that when he shall make his soul an offering for sin he shall see his seed, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in. his hand. Christ, in expounding one of his parables, says that the good seed are the children of the kingdom: and Peter tells us that the heirs of grace and glory are "Born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever." Peter esteemed this modern precious seed as corruptible things, such, said he, as silver and gold. But the wire workers of modern religious machinery, take a very opposite view of the subject. They believe that gold and silver are far more effectual in the redemption of sinners than the blood of Christ; for they contend that Christ's blood has been expended for the redemption of all mankind, and that it has failed to secure that object for which it was expended; but a five dollar bill, earned by Sunday school children, wet with dying tears and consecrated with fervent prayer, then laid out for tracts, and these tracts faithfully distributed will produce fruit unto eternal life, where the blood of the Lamb has failed to produce such results.
John says, Whosoever is born of God cannot commit sin, because his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. According to the New School rendering the text should read, Whosoever is born of money, or tracts, cannot sin, for the five dollars remaineth, &c. Is it any wonder that these worshipers of mammon should believe that gain is godliness!
The American Messenger is a new paper published by the American Tract Society, at 150 Nassau street, New York, and is the regular organ of that institution. The above article, with several others copied from that filthy sheet, will show to what extent of abomination that society has arrived in their daring opposition to the God of heaven.
New Vernon, N. Y.,
June 15, 1843.
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 2