“AN EVANGELICAL MINISTRY, AN ACTIVE CHURCH, AND A SANCTIFIED PRESS, THE HOPE OF THE WORLD.” – American Messenger.
In the above extract, the wire workers of the religious machinery of the day have informed us wherein they trust. Such an acknowledgement as it contains would hardly have been made had not the hosts of anti-christ felt confident that they were about to triumph for a little season. Truly, while flesh is the arm wherein they trust, it is a sweet consolation to the children of the Most High God that the Lord is our Refuge, and our Hope is the Holy one of Israel. The book of divine inspiration informs us what the hope of the hypocrite is similar to, and how long it will last. “And the hypocrite’s hope shall perish: whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.” Job. viii. 13,14. But who is the hypocrite here intended? Certainly it must apply to the same characters of whom Christ spoke, saying, “Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Mat. vii. 22,23. “Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust; and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” Psa. xl. 4. Let arminians boast of how much they are doing for their god: he needs all the effort of their sin polluted fancy to keep him in being, for the deity they worship never had any existence independently of the evil imaginations of the human heart. “Their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.” They are unwilling to acknowledge that the eternal God is a sovereign, that he does his pleasure in the heavens. Their hope is, as they have repeatedly published to the world, that, by the union of effort of their active church, they may make proselytes to contribute funds for the use of their falsely named evangelical ministry, who propose to evangelize the world; and some have gone so far as to estimate the exact number of dollars and cents that it would cost. The Apostles of the Lamb ascribed the power of converting sinners to the Spirit of God; but there were those in that day who compassed sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he was made they made him twofold more the child of hell than themselves. Is not this spirit of missions, recently called up in our land, the same spirit that actuated those scribes and Pharisees, in their pious, self-sacrificing and unremitting efforts to make proselytes? The hope of these workmongers is, that they may manufacture a righteousness out of their own doings which shall be sufficient to shield them from divine justice, as the spider spins its web out of itself; but the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, when every refuge of lies shall be swept away and whatsoever is done now secretly shall be exposed publicly: then the superiority of the Hope of Israel over the hope of the world shall appear, and all the enemies of God shall be confounded.
The quotation at the head of this article is not a mere accidental remark, but it is a standing motto at the head of the pages of the authentic organ of the American Tract society. What the world is to ope for in these things, they do not say; perhaps it is to be made to feel the tyranny of this aristocratic limb of the image of the beast, which has already begun to be exercised as far as it has received power, as will be seen by reference to page 181 of the last volume of the Signs. The just censure which several of the papers expressed of the flagrant outrage which the society committed upon their neighbors, Messrs. Gould, Banks, & Co., has died away and been lost in the admiration of the world for the image of the beast, for who is so blind as not to see that these popular institutions, such as Tract Societies, Total Abstinence Societies, Bible Societies, Mission Societies, &c., are to be the horns [or power] of the image that is rising to cause that no man may buy or sell, save he that has the mark of the beast? Perhaps some may say that the other societies do not manifest the tyrannical disposition of the Tract Society. But the Total Abstinence limb has already formed a coalition with State authority; and if the mission spirit be examined it will be found equally corrupt. Take for instances of its corruption any of the missionary fields where they have been in operation long enough to develop themselves – They have worked their schemes of iniquity among the Nestorians until they occasioned the massacre of several thousands of that inoffensive people: the Jamaica mission is another instance of their avarice: and the disclosures of their iniquity in the Hawaiian mission by H. Melville, Esq., furnishes another instances. [Does any one know yet, why the exposition of the iniquity of the missionaries at this station is left out of the revised editions of “A residence in the Marquesas”?] These things plainly indicate the approach of those perilous times which will fill up the measure of the iniquity of the man of sin. Then is their great reason for God’s people to rejoice in hope, for the Lord will bring them off conquerors and more than conquerors through him that hath loved them.
W. L. BEEBE
Signs of the Times.
Volume 15, No. 11
June 1, 1847