A Sweet Savor Contact Miscellaneous Audio Messages Penmen

Poca, W. Va., Dec. 25, 1918.

MRS. FLORENCE PULTZ – DEAR SISTER: – From time to time since reading your good letter in the SIGNS of December 1st I have felt impressed to write you a few lines. Not that I feel able to speak a word that might be of comfort to you, or to any of the household of faith, but will try, though feeling lonely and much cast down, realizing my imperfection, and seeing that iniquity doth abound, and the love of many has waxed cold, some departing from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. But we feel to thank God and take courage that we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. We have that hope which is as an anchor of our soul: that Jesus hath saved us and called us with an holy calling. Then, if not deceived, we are his, and he is ours. O happy thought! Ye are not your own, but are bought with a price. The blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin, so we are not ashamed to own our Lord or to defend his cause. It seems at this present time there are very few earnestly contending for that faith once delivered unto the saints, just a remnant. As it was when John wrote to the angel of the church called Sardis, so it is now, just a few names who have not defiled their garments, who are standing fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made them free. I often tell the people that We Old Baptists are the only people who preach a free salvation. Nothing can be freer than a gift. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We often think it strange to see people who have good natural sense running after the false theories and institutions of men, but that is the best nature can do. We well know that the natural mind cannot grasp the things of the Spirit, for they are spiritually discerned; then it is not so strange, after all, to see all the world wonder after the beast, whose names are not written in the book of life. I have an old sister-in- law, who came to see me a few years ago, when I was very poorly with an abscess in my side. She said, Jim, I want you to prepare to die, for that is going to kill you. I told her I had nothing to do with preparing to die, that Adam had prepared us all to die. Then she said I must prepare to live. I told her I had nothing to do with that either, that if I were one of God’s children he had made all necessary arrangements for his people in Christ, he had chosen them in Christ, had given them grace in Christ Jesus before the world began, so truly I can say with Paul, By the grace of God I am what I am; that grace given us in Christ before the world began is sufficient for every emergency. The prophet Samuel said, or the Lord by the mouth of the prophet Samuel said, It must needs be that We die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But the Lord doth devise means that his banished be not expelled from him; the means devised is grace, through faith in Christ Jesus, given us in Christ before the world began. Hence it is a comfort to God’s children to know that

“In union with the Lamb,
From condemnation free,
The saints from everlasting were,
And shall forever be.

In covenant from of old
The sons of God they were;
The feeblest lamb in Jesus’ fold
Was blessed in Jesus there.” 

O happy thought, that we are numbered with those chosen in Christ, and grace given us in Christ before the world began. If you have a mind to write me a letter I will be glad to hear from you and Mr. Pultz.

Your unworthy brother,
J. W. McCLANAHAN.

Signs of the Times
Volume 87, No. 16
August 1, 1919