South-hill, Bradford co., Pa., June 25, 1844.
BROTHER BEEBE: – By order and in behalf of the Chemung Baptist Association, I send you the following, with a request for you to publish it in the Signs. Brother Jewett is also requested to publish it in the Advocate and Monitor.
[Of the Chemung Baptist Association, for 1844.]
The Chemung Baptist Association, to all the Associations with whom she has been want to correspond, and all others of like precious faith, wherever these presents shall come, greeting.
BRETHREN BELOVED FOR THE TRUTH’S SAKE: – May grace, mercy and peace abound toward you, in you, and among you, and be declared by you, and shine in your life and conversation in the world. Let your light shine before men. Is Christ your Light, brethren? May your conduct show it. As Christ is the Light of his people, and the church called a candlestick may you present Christ in your temper of mind, in the disposition of your heart; and in your walk before and among men. Let Christ dwell much in your thoughts, be much the theme of your conversation, the object of your affections, your whole confidence. Love him supremely; believe in him firmly, trust in him wholly, worship him reverently. When under heavy trials, in the midst of sore conflicts, surrounded by your enemies, allured by the world, or tempted by the devil, may grace so support you that you yield to none of them. When engaged in wars, or suffering with famine, passing through perils, travelling in the wilderness, parched with thirst, or accosted by harlots presenting a golden cup, may Christ so attend you that none of these things move you. Follow your Lord, obey his commands, believe his promises, and in nothing be terrified by your enemies; while Jesus says, “Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” But, brethren, remember the kingdom is not of this world. Its King, subjects, spirit, principles, maxims, and immunities are not of this world, nor in agreement with it. Hence the religion of the kingdom is not the religion of this world, but is opposed by the people of the religion of this world. Yea, even by the god of this world: and it is no wonder, for the god of the religion of this world was at ware with the God of heaven, the God of the Bible, before the days of Cain; and though long since conquered, he is yet suffered to keep a strong hold of the hearts of many of his worshippers, and of late has gathered quite a host under a false banner, with the instruction of
HOLINESS TO THE LORD,
and he enlists all that he can force, frighten, or flatter, to join in such clan as they think best, whether professor or profane, reserving some for the high offices which are obtained by cash, and engaged in for life, and some dozens of dignitaries whose money, character, and talents, serve his purpose as his privy counsellors. He pleads great need of money for the precious purpose of evangelizing the world, (converting them from one species of false worship to another,) saying that “the heathen will not be given to Christ without money.” Also, that “Money is no less the nerve of missionary enterprise, than of war.”
They “attempt great things,” and “expect great things,” but our King says, “Fear not little flock.” Brethren, Let us not fear this formidable array; for their god is not as our God, themselves being judges. Our God shall come with strong hand, his arm shall rule for him. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out the heavens with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance. Who hath directed his Spirit, or being his counsellor hath taught him? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, as the small dust of the balance; and Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof for a burnt offering. Who hath taught him the way of judgment, and knowledge, and showed to him the path of understanding? All nations before him are as nothing, and they are counted to him less than nothing and vanity. He maketh the clouds his chariot, and walks upon the wings of the wind; maketh his angels spirits, his ministers a flaming fire. The clouds and darkness are round about him, yet mercy and truth go before his face: – righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
There is no God like unto our God. Well may we sing praises to his name, and extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. He is a Father to the fatherless, a Judge of the widow in his holy habitation, and will not be bribed with gold. God setteth the solitary in families, he bringeth out these that are bound with chains; yea, he bringeth out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. He will not give his glory to another, nor his praise to graven images. No; he will not give the glory to the god of the religious world of evangelizing all nations, with all his helps from its learned ministry, its various societies, boards of officers, money, missionaries, witchcraft, runners of every description, and all their various operations. Certain it is, if their own united testimony is admitted as truth, that the god of the religion of this world, the god of missions, as by them he is called, is not able to save all that he wishes to without their aid, nor even then, with all the aid they can afford for the money they get, unless he or they can gain the creature’s consent. Hence it is plain that his counsel does not stand, and he cannot do all his pleasure. He cannot do whatsoever pleaseth him on the earth, and the heaven of glorious holiness he never was in; no, nor ever will be. He doubtless was in an earthly Eden, and his religion is earthly, sensual, devilish. Himself, his ministers and followers are of the world, they speak of the world, and the world heareth them. Many indeed follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom they way of truth is evil spoken of; and through covetousness they with feigned words make merchandize of such as follow them. The description of merchandize given by inspiration is, of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. Herein is depicted the wickedness of their traffic, their voluptuousness, and the luxuriant living they make by it. But, brethren, let us reject their traffic, and be very careful that we have none of their merchandize; for they have moved God to jealousy: a fire is kindled in his anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell. He will heap mischiefs upon them, and spend his arrows upon them; they shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction. For this vine is the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter; their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
See now, There is no God like our God; who kills and makes alive; who sounds and heals; neither is there any that can deliver out of his hand. Well may we say to them, and all the makers and worshippers of idols, Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the manifestation of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion; God is known in her palaces for a Refuge, his right hand is full of righteousness. Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of their judgements. We have a strong city, salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Say ye to them that fear to trust in the Lord’s hand the salvation of his chosen, lest some of them might be lost that might be saved by their help; Walk about Zion, go round about her, tell the towers thereof; Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces, that ye may tell it to the generations following. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our Guide even unto death. He is our Defence, our Strong hold, our strong Dwelling Place, Strong Rock, and Fortress, our Strong habitation. He is the Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord mighty in battle, and with his strong hand he hath gathered us into his strong house of defence, to shelter us from the storm, to save us from the power of the enemy.
Though we are as a wonder unto many, God is our Strong refuge. They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from hence forth, even for ever. For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous. As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity, but peace shall be upon Israel.Praise ye the Lord.
We gratefully acknowledge the kindness of our brethren in corresponding with us by minutes, and messengers when they have sent them, and we solicit a continuance of the same.
Our next meeting will be held, if the Lord will, with the brethren of the church in Asylum, on Vaughn’s Hill, or Wyalusing, or Frenchtown Mountain, on Wednesday and Thursday before the 4th Lord’s day in June, 1845.
Brehtren from a distance will inquire for Elias Vaughn, living on the hill.
Signs of the Times
Volume 12, No. 15.
August 1, 1844