“THIS is all important. The Lord’s treasury requires filling up. We pray the brethren in Pennsylvania not to forget when making up their contributions for missions, that the treasury of the Pennsylvania Baptist Convention is laboring under a consumption. That we have between thirty and forty missionaries dependent upon us for aid, and now looking anxiously for their quarter’s appropriations, without our having one dollar in the fluids!
“Brethren, remember the missionaries in your own state of Pennsylvania.” – Baptist Record.
IT is very common with modern stock-jobbers in religious speculation, to call their receptacles of filthy lucre “The Lord’s treasury,” and thus applied they speak much of its exhaustion and replenishment. A treasury in the true sense of the word, is the place where treasure is deposited, and the Lord’s treasury is the place where God has deposited his treasures. In a scriptural view of the subject, Christ is the
only treasury of God; for, in him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; and it has pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell. And we behold his glory as the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. All power in heaven and earth is treasured up in him. Indeed, all that is valuable in securing the glory of God, and the redemption, sanctification, preservation and ultimate glory of the elect of God, and all who are embraced in that election; all is treasured up in Christ, and he is the only treasury of the Lord, that his children have any knowledge of. How unlike the treasury to which the New School Baptists profanely apply the title. The Lord’s treasury never was exhausted; it is inexhaustible. It never was replenished, nor has it ever needed to be, by men or angels. It requires no agents, mendicants, or Judases to whine, beg or plead for aid; in him is found a full supply of all that is, or ever can be required for the execution of his purposes; quickening his redeemed, qualifying, sending out, and supporting his ministers; and all his chosen people shall, and do, from his fullness receive, and grace for grace. Those who are taught by his Spirit to trust in him, become as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved; they have no apprehension of a failure, they know in whom they have believed, and that he is able to keep that which they have committed unto him against that day. His ministers are not subjected to such contingencies as those deprecated in the extract copied above; they require no humanly devised mission board to become his endorser for their support, or to direct them to the field of their labor: for, Lo! he is with them always, even to the end of the world; and they have never found him an exhausted treasury, or a barren wilderness to them.
“All their capacious souls can need,
In him doth richly meet,
Nor to their eyes is gold so dear
Nor silver half so sweet.”
“The treasury of the Pennsylvania convention is laboring under a consumption.” And no wonder, there are so many officers, agents and hirelings dependent, that as fast as the people will replenish, the “greedy dogs” will devour, and hence the cry of the horse-leech’s two daughters is always applicable.
These New School Baptists pretend to be worshiper’s of God; but the article copied shows that they pray to the people, who have money. The thirty or forty missionaries depend upon the convention, and the convention in turn depend upon the monied contributors to whom they address their prayer. If among the thirty or forty who look to the convention for their quarter’s pay, there should be one of the servants of our Lord, he will learn how vain a thing it is to trust in man, and not only a vain thing but a cursed thing; for “ cursed is man that trusteth in man, or maketh flesh his arm.”
New Vernon, N.Y.,
July 1, 1845
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 2
Pages 563 – 565