BROTHER BEEBE: – I feel it both a duty and privilege to acknowledge through the medium of the Signs, the receipt of a copy of the minutes of Bridgewater Baptist association for 1840, with a copy of Mr. H. Curtis’s sermon tacked to it; which was so powerful as to draw from the pockets of his 832, 66, and from their lips a request to have it published: also to present my respects to the kind friend who directed brother Ellsworth to hand me the aforesaid copy, for the notice he has taken of a mere worm. I am persuaded that if the minds of men were not blinded by the god of this world, or God had not given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, &c., they never could profess to love Christ so well, be so engaged to preach, (professing to preach the word) manifest such great zeal, and pay their money so liberally in fellowship with such abominable falsehoods, mere shadows, misrepresentations, and perversions of divine testimony as a considerable portion of Mr. Curtis’s address is composed of. His text is, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, even as it is with you.” 2 Thes. iii. 1.
It is not my intention to follow Mr. C. in all the twists and turns through the whole, nor have I time at present to give but a few sketches, as a sample of the general body of the work.
In his first proposition, he professes to give “a brief exposition of the text.” In which he says, “The word of the Lord, in an unrestricted sense, is to be understood as including all the inspired record, the entire revelation of the will of God to man.” After attempting to prove the position by quotations from the Bible, he says, “Those great truths, however, which more immediately relate to the ministry of reconciliation, the gospel, its doctrine, its ordinances, and precepts were doubtless more especially intended by the words of the text.”
Astonishing as it may seem to one who has been taught in the school of Christ, that a man of Mr. Curtis’s profession, opportunities, and celebrity as a minister of Christ, should leave Christ out of exposition of his text, and not mention him as being the Word, when Christ Jesus was the very substance of it, yet such is the fact; and that he did not even mean to embrace him as THE WORD OF THE LORD OR OF GOD, appears evident from the frequent use he makes of the word of the Lord, and the word of God, by way of interchange. But, to prove that he does not mean to be understood as embracing Jesus Christ as the word of God, near the close of his discourse, he says, “And although our money can do nothing at all towards purchasing the salvation of a single soul, yet it is indispensable in feeding and clothing the care worn’ missionary, and in the printing and distributing of the word of life.”
As I am from home, a variety of circumstances forbid my proceeding farther at present. If the Lord will, soon after I get home you may hear from me again on this subject.
I remain a sinner, hoping that I am made alive by Christ the living and eternal Word.
Signs of the Times
Volume 9, No. 10.
May 15, 1841