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' HOCBTOH , D AILY FO ST.; MOHDA Y MORNING' FRUAR11909l V I A "!. k TV ADDLES ABOUT GOD'S UNIVERSAL '3 Ills Also"Universal Fatalism,'' 'Says Bishop Street Baptist Pastor Sermon on the New Birth. "All this twaddle about the universal atharnood of Ood and the universal brotherhood of man la universal foolishness and universal fatalism," said Rev. J. II. Rlffe at Bishop Street Baptist church yesterday. "Hear the words of Jesus Christ: It Ood were your father ye would lore Me; ye are of your father the deril; My mother and My brethren are those who hear the word of Ood; and do It.' By natural federation we are partaken of the natural, and It Is bnly by spiritual regeneration that we ' are made partakers of the spiritual." The .minister was preaching oh the Incident of . Nlcodemus' Interview with Jesus. "Nloodemus has been woefully pulpit ridden." said Mr. Rlffe. "He has been Crossly misrepresented. He has been charged with cowardice and hypocrisy . ' because he came to Jesus by night. If that were' an evidence of cowardice and hypocrisy. It must still be an evidence, and the number of cowards- and bypo-orltes has greatly Increased, for the very largo majority 'of church going nowadays la by night 'Whatever may have been Nlcodemus' motive," -continued the preacher, "there is one teaching of the incident of hi ' Interview with Christ that we do know. That teaching is the necessity of regen- i e ration. It is universally necessary. ' "No religious nedums or ecclaalasttnal standing or seal can remove the necessity of the new birth. Whether you be layman, deacon, preacher, or what not, Jesus Christ emphatically and Irrevocably declares 'Ye must be born again.' No race, nationality or sect Is exempt fro.n the necessity of regeneration. v What Christ said to, Nlcodemus applies to all men in all ages. FOUR REASONS. "There are four reasons, to my mind,' why the sinner should be born again. "First, in order to see or enjoy the kingdom of God. This -is what Christ told Nlcodemus, and we know it must be so. Both the seeing and enjoying the kingdom of Ood are dependent on spiritual sight; and as natural sight Is Impossible without natural birth, even so is spiritual sight impossible without spiritual birth. "Ye must be bom again in order to be partakers of the divine nature. As by natural generation we are partakers of the natural, or akin to our natural or earthly parents, so by spiritual regeneration we are partakers of the divine or spiritual nature. "Ye must be born again to be the heirs' of God. "Ye must be born again in order to enter Into the kingdom of God. This Is the unequivocal language of Jesus to Nlcodemus. and no explanation is needed. No one has ever gotten Into the natural world A YOUNG MEN'S BIBLE CLASS THAT'S INTERESTED Fifty-four-vyoung men gathered in a Bible class yesterday morning at S:4i o'clock at Central Christian Sunday school. The Sunday before there were fifty-seven, the Sunday before that the attendance was in the fifties. A visitor to the Bchoo! yesterday thought some special occasion was on, some special event to call forth an extra effort on the part of the young men. and It w'as a genuine surprise to learn that the class was normal in Its attendance. The more than fifty young men are there every Sunday morning. Perhaps this is the largest Sunday school class In Houston. Certainly It Is the largest class of young men attending regularly on systematic Hlblc study. And it was no mere sense of duty that brought them together, no doing it for the sake of appearance or conscience. The fellows were Interested. A number of years ago William A. Wilson organized a class of young men, and ever since he has been going along with this work, throwing all his enthusiasm and earnestness and devotion Into the work of Bible study and leading young men to study the Bible and profit by lis teachings. His efforts were hampered by lack of conveniences and room In the old church building, but when Central Christian church came Into Its splendid equipment more- than a year ago provision had been made there for the ydung men's class. The room was filled to Its limit yesterday, and If It keens growing at the rate it has grown during the past two months, enlarged quarters will have to be furnished. "Boys." said Mr. Wilson yesterday. "I consider it one of the greatest privileges of my life to come here every Sunday omlng and meet you fellows and talk about God's work and God's message to us. It Is not a duty. I don t look at It that way. He expects It of me, I believe, but It's a genuine Joy to meet up to His expectations, to try to meet up to them. 'There are a hundred Christian men In Houston, members of various churches here, who ought to be engaged In this work, who would find blessed Joy In It. and whose Influence would be markedly CLASS INITIATED XNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, TAKE IN THIRTY-TWO CANDIDATES. Ceremony Was Witnessed by a Galveston Delegation and Many Visiting Members. The exemplification of three degrees In the Knights of Columbus to a class of thirty-two candidates, many of whom were from out of the city, by Houston council No. 803, at their hall In the Tempi building yesterday was Interesting and was visited by many local and visiting knights. Beginning at S:K o'clock yesterday morning the first degree was exemplified to the candidates, after which the knights about M strong, marched te the Church f the Annunciation for high mass. After 1:S o'oloek yesterday afternoon th ' second and third degree were put on and at 7:30 o'clock a spread and refreshments were tendered oy the : local knlgMi to their visiting brethren. -' Th class Initiated yesterday was aa follows: . M. 8. Alvey, p. p. Benson, J. G. Brown, W. J. Blasonett, J. F. Culver of Wadaworth, J. H. Cloud. Rer. C. Collins. T. A. Clay, W. K. Oonnelley.-O.'C. Du-pr A. N.'Fltzpatrick, Ed. Friedman. J. FATHERHOOD IS FOOLISHNESS m 1 V Photo by Blackburn. Bev. J. F. Riffe. without a natural birth. Neither can any one ever get Into the spiritual world (kingdom) without the spiritual birth. "The unregenerate object to regeneration, because It humbles man and exalts God. Nicodemus objected. 'How can a mar. be born when he Is old?' How humiliating to htm was the bare thought of having to be made over. And could any one be better born than I am? he must have asked himself. Must I own that I mi a worthless creation, and that I must bo made anew or remain forever ruined? Yes. it were a thousand times better to submit to the washing of regeneration now than to endure the fires of hell hereafter. "Thfe doctrine of regeneration Is objected to because 4t can not be philosophically understood. Nlcodemus objects, How can these things be?' He couldn't understand it. We can not understand many mysteries. But, thank God, Qhrist does not command. 'Ye must understand the new birth," but 'Ye must be born again.' And It is yours to accept His truth." William A. Wilson. ' - - - - ri-irir.-iriririr--inrtnnrirvuuu in multiplied by such activities. I, am trying to Influence them; I am ' praying that they may lake up these privileges, and if we will go about Houston telling what the Bible school does for us, telling what it really means, we can together help to extend the Bible school Idea." It's a live, interesting group of young men. They talk out Jn meeting. When un explanation doesn't appeal to one as the logical explanation, he doesn't hesitate to challenge It and ask for a bet ter explanation. Everybody takes part in the discussion, and everybody seemed whcle-heai'teuly in earnest in the Bible school work. Oarvey. Dr. C. W. Hoefllch. M. Jeleneck. H. F. Krausc, W. J. Kennedy, J. C. Mul-downy, D. D. McClung, F. J. Prucha. Rev. J. C. Plumcr of I.u Porte, J. C. Parker of Almertn, W. J. Sherman. P. Schomer W. J. Schmltz, J..K. Thornton, W. D. Welder of La Porte and others. ' VISITORS FROM GALVESTON. The initiatory ceremonies were witnessed by at least fifty members of Galveston council No. 7S7, who came up to Houston yesterday morning to be present on this occasion. Among those from Galveston were Grand Knight J. G. Smith, lecturer John Young and District Deputy Marion Douglas. State Deputy Frank Alvey of the Beaumont council was In attendance and assisted in tl ceremonies, aa were also Rev. Father Donnelley of La Porte, Rev. Father Sharp of Waco, H. B. Mistrot of Waco, Nicholas Flood of Waco and Pas Grand Knight. P. J. Studderd of, the Galveston council. Some of the Galveston knights returned to the Island City last night, while others remained In ' Houston until this morning. The Houston council still holds th distinction of having the largest membership In the State. There are approximately S60 members belonging to the local organisation and new members are being constantly added t the membership roll, Rev. Mr. Horner Goes to Dallas. (Houston PoU Sue (. NEW ORLEANS, January Sl.-Rev. ,W. W.. Horner preached his farewell sermon at Grace Methodist church today, -and will leave for Dallas tomorrow morning to take charge of th Srvay Street Ban tist church, .. , :, -v. aiSCQIlCEPTIOIIS t ' ABOUT hWRTHA . -, -. : ' ; y Tr ,' " , Some IVonrch of TWar Think Themselves Uirlhts Who Are Not," Says Miss Blodgetl. Miss Btodgett of Detroit. Mich., wlio la here at the Instance of the Young Women's Christian Association and who has been conducting a Bible school for the past several days, delivered a lecture yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the First Baptist onurch. The auditorium Of the church - was packed. 10 per cent of the attendance being ladles. Miss Blodgett had teed lecturing; on the "Women of the Bible," and her subject yesterday afternoon was "Martha and "There are many- women of today who believe they are Marthas,, but few who In reality are either Marthas or Marys. There are those .busy, fussing women, ' who believe tbat the work of Martha was with the pots add the pans, and who take consolation and say, I'm a Martha.' " The lecturer Mid that they are perhaps what' Martha Was In the beginning, but admonished them that If they really wanted to be Marthas that they must regress with Martha and become what lartha was In the end. , Martha was likened unto those church workers among the women. They work and worry and fuss and fret until they reach the verge almost of nervous prostration, and they criticise those other women who they believe are not doing as much as they. Their minds are so full of the material tilings that they haw no time to think of the spiritual, and, like Martha, who criticised Mary, they criticise and fret.. It was likely, stated the speaker, that Mary went about her work in a practical way, did It in a hurry, without noise, and then had time to think and for the service of her Master. The lecturer opened her discourse by reading Luke, chapter 10, verses 38, 39, 40. 41 and 42. showing Martha fretting and worrying and working, while Mary sat at Jesus' feet; Martha criticizing Mary for har Indolence and Christ chldlnr her. She carried her hearers to the scene at the tomb of Laxarue. Martha had faith in Jaaua. so she thought, for she had been near when He had wrought miracles, and she told Htm that she knew He could do whatsover He willed to do. It was a show of belief, but she did not really believe, for when at the tomb Jesus requested her to roll away the stone, she became stricken with fear. She feared lest she would see her brother's decomposed features. She had made a great show of faith, but had really none, he was awakened, however, through the f perseverance of Jesus, and she fully beloved In Him. She had progressed to the real Martha, the Martha that Christ had Intended she' should be, and while she went about her material duties In a practical manner, she was also spiritual and had quit her fussing and worrying. DEBATE ON ZIONISM MESSES. FBOHMANSEJT AND DAOTJENBATnt GIVE VIEWS. "Jews Have No Nation,'' Said Former; "There It Not Enough Boom in Palestine Latter. The debate yesterday afternoon at Temple Beth Israel between A. H. Frohmon-sen, chairman of the propoganda committee of the American federation of Zionists, and J. H. Dannenbauni of Houston, as promised at the outset, was a very spirited one and attended with much Interest. Mr. Frohmonsen took the rostrum first, and his discourse was forceful. The speaker depicted the conditions tinder which the Jew has labored almost since the crucifixion. Ail the horrors of the Russian-Jewish life were pictured in language, born of much study over conditions In that country, combined with personal sentiments, which went to make Ills words the more expressive. Jewish life In other countries was also described and lamented. "What have the Jews given to the world since their disparagement?" he questioned. "Nothing but bloodshed and prejudice. When we were a nation, you say, what then d.d we contribute as a people to the development of civilization? The Jews gave to the world its most valuable treasure the Bible. "In tlfst book may be found the principles upon which all the civilized globe gets Its religion, Its literature, its everything which constitutes an enlightened people. But wc are in a minority. When a Jew proves himself a great musician, writer ur artist, or perhaps an inventor or any other benefactor to mankind, the Jews do not get the credit for it as a nation. The credit goes to the country in which he resides. All because the Jews as a people are In a minority." This was only one of the many reasons set forth by Mr. Frohmonsen why the Hebrew should have a land and a government of their own. He especially de- f lored the life of the Jew In other coun-ries. Cowering sons of humanity "efcelnc out a chameleon existence" hv adapting themselves to their environment ! ime some or tne lower animals and trusting that affected resemblance to their surroundings may save them from persecution. DANNEN BAUM'S POSITION. -He was followed by Mr. Dannenbaum, who launched at once Into an-eloquent dissection of the subject of the debate, Zionism. "I could stir up your feelings," he said, "with glowing accounts of Palestine and Its possibilities as a future home for the Jews, but we .are forced to consider the matter from the practical viewpoint. The aim, as I learn it. Is to secure a legal home In Palestine. Zionism stands almost entirely upon modern culture and values It. Why then should wo .attempt to flee from the very seat of culture and refinement to retire to the barrens of As. a for the purpose Of setting up a nation?" Mr. Dannenbaum, stated that Zionism Is a religious and not a National movement. "History, he said, "has proved beyond doubt the Impracticability of a union of church and state' und to attempt to establish a government of the kind defined by Zionism would be an Impossible task. History says there should be no union of church and state and Zlanlam means Just such a combination." Mr. Dannenbaum declared that the old life of th Jew waa not now to be de. aired. He think It would even be a piece of affrontery against the Omrilnotant to carry out th movement H. Says Ood scattered th Jews among th nations for a purposo and that It waa their mission to teach the other races. Thla w have dons all attftnsr. ho atmtori ll t i- done all along, he stated. He referred to the Ten Commandmepta and recited tliwm. "Have not all the enlightened nations of the world," he stated, "based their laws of Justice and government upon th principles of these Jewish teachings? Even the constitution of th United 8 takes owe It fundamental law j to Jewish Idea.' No, even tl tough my friend hav the wisdom of a Solomon and th eloquence of a Bryan, I can not agree with him. W Mde our heads In th sand Ilk the proverbial ostrich . when w attempt to fulfill th edict f Zionism. We slm. ply leav a land wber we .am anlnvtn all the privilege granted by It const I tu- un u crown in mi a amau strip of country sixty mile acros by 300 long, where not one-fourth of th entire Jewish population could find summit. . TnatMrf i i- - Tit my persecuted brother frnmRussta to com to th bMt plao for frdom la A Growing Suburban Church , I, ' ?!jn . V; - . '2 i iiih IMsssslil fT3" 'Tl'1 jxy?-. " The First Baptist church of Houston Heights is one of the fu.n growing congregations of tile rapidly developing suburban districts. This congregation is only a few -years old, and yet It has a strong organisation, a comfortable house of worship and a work that Ii developing In all legitimate activities of the modern church. The Baptist temple, organized a few POLISHED GENTLEMAN He Goes About With Silk Hat and Broad-cloath Coat and Plausible Speech, Says Rev. R. Carroll. 1 "The devil use4 to appear in the form of a roaring lion.'" said Rev. Robert Carroll at Tuam Avenue Baptist church, yesterday. "But now the devil goes about as a polished gentleman, with silk bat, broadcloth coat, gold-headed cane and with his r'usible speech suggests to the sheep of God various things they may do, places they may go, and all the while saying 'no harm In this.' Thus by his cunnlnR methods he leads God's sheep Into the by-paths. Into questionable places, and to do 'questionable inmgs. and thereby deprives them of their joy and usefulness. "In some respects a roaring devil H better than a 'sleeping devil.' We are often tempted by people (and our friends are Included, of course) upon the ground that 'there is no harm in it.' Whatever It is, we had better give ourselves the benefit of the doubt and let it alone. "According to the statistics, the1, average vears of man are 3S. When you subtract from this the years spent In eating and sleeping it leaves 16; subtract from 16 the amount of time spent in making a living and it leaves X: Hiihtruet from S the amount of tijne spent in infancy and it leaves about one year lo work for Hod. Shall we men ami women, made in the image of God. and endowed with etrnal capacity of mind ami soul, capable of reaching out and taking hold of Infinite things of interest and capable of helping suffering humanity, can we with these powers spend our year in indulging in things, the best we can say of which is 'ihere is no harm in It." " The sermon was based on the subject: "Chris, the Shepherd and the Christians the Sheep." Referring to the term "Great Shepherd," Ihe preacher said thai was used with reference to Christ's resurrection. CHRIST'S GOODNESS. Referring to the adjectives, the Good Shepherd, Great Shepherd anJ Chief Rhnherri. This Is In association with ........iIltlitllltltlHIIHIMMI L ... : . . - . m. -r nTTW STA0TTI the world, the United States, and I win I Mm mi t ha streets unasluiiiied I think I have us much love for my breth-er In other countrie as anyone, and 1 certainly would rather ee him come to a country like this, where lie is eligible to any of the rltrhts granted by Us laws than attempt to go to Palestine and establish a government that is a reversal of historv in Its fundamental principles. I The debate was closed by Mr. Frohmon sen will- a few answering sentences. 1 have said on a previous occasion.' ho said, "that Zionism la no longer a debatable subiect. and t thlpk Mr. Dannen-baum's discourse ha only added strength to my first statement" Both speakers spporontly shared fcavequal' amount of support ' , y Deaconess 14 Transferred. Wiss KHaletli Taylor, the deaconess who has been pastor" assistant at St. Paul's church for th 'past two years, has been transferred-' by the woman's board to New Orleans, ' where she' w ill serve in like capacity at the First Methodist church, assisting Dr. HilL who is filling Ihe pulpit Just Tacaied by Dr. Wray, te present pastor of Sheivi it Church. Miss Taylor I deaconess of vast experience, and during these two very busy vears, when the pastor. Rev. George 8. Sexton has been so occupied with affairs connected with the bu.ldlng e th. mAff-nlfieent church home whu-ii ..A nf ,n.KI i.A.r or.l v mnrtl- lnr Tarlor has proved herself a ", ,-onscienttou worker, ana an Inspiration to the various ladles' societies of the church.- , On the eve of her-departure for New-Orleans. Miss Taylor waa presented with yery nanusonm htiips i-w.-. : tng a complete st . of - silver-mounted toilet articles; pw rumi nwwiwjr lessen the Inconvenleooe. . of traveling. This sftrt wss in appraolatton of her ex- f- Miin work, and -came from her co workers and friend tn th church. ' The Junior League, whoa leader she has been sine its organisation. als remembered her with beautiful gold Ih.m-ble, . '.- ' - - CAPUDINE for THAT HEADACHE." - Out last nltM? Hcadaeb and terrou thu smlngT Uklc' CawJia Just tae thing t ' yea fee hwnons, '"CWan tb be brsrrs the Bern. Try it At drag stem, . months ago, received some of the members of this church living in the northern pert of the Heights, and the two congregations are co-operating with cordial fellowship. Rev. C. A. Earl recently took charge of the pastorate of the First Baptist church of the Heights and under his leadership new life and energy has been aroused. His resurrection. His goodness and lovs is shown by laying down His life for the sheep and His greatness Is shown by HI resurrection Jesus, the hero of Golgotha. The humble Nazarine, who was supposed to be a man, broke out from the tomb with the keys of death and hell dangling to His girdle, and the Phafisees had said He was dead. Even some of the apostles doubted and becamo discouraged. Peter said: 'I'll go' They were doubtful about His resurrection. This Is the same Christ who gave His life fur the sheep, and who rose from the dead as appointed." "Christ's resurrection means more to us than simply the historical fact of His power. It is the pledge of a resurrection to us. If you will notice In the first verse of Second Ephesians we, the sheep, are represented as being dead In trespass and sins. 'All wc like sheep have gone astray, every one turned to hie own way.' (Isaluh, 45:i.) Christ's resurrection was necessary to our spiritual resurrection. Had Christ remained in the tomb there would have, been no hope for us. A dead Christ would have been no more than a dead Mahomet or Buddha. We must have a living Christ, a living shepherd. Because He rose from the dead Ihe pledge of a spiritual resurrec-ilon is made to every one who believes in Christ. Yon can see thst as we are dead spiritually we must receive life before we can do anything. Life first, then service, and it is necessary tfiat '1st r ise from the dead that wo have life and forgiveness of our sins, that we may know we are born again and know we mav enter His flock as His sheep. ' Christ's resurrection is the pledge of our physical resurrection. "When the chief shepherd shall appear vc shall receive a crown of glory that fadelh not away." Notice this adjective. chief shepherd. This term Is conneciea with His coming and power of resurrec-ton. But few kingdoms Recognize Christ; thev mostly live in opposition to Him. When He comes again, then It Is that He takes His sheep to Himself and gives them their crown. The second coming of Christ Is the greatest of all doctrines In the Bible." KJSViVAli ill Bin IVIilJl VJABXiV. Union Meetings Under Dr. Walton Have Been Successful. Houston Post Svciol.l MARLIN. Tezas. January 31. "Everybody's revival." which has been In progress here for the past three weeks, closed tonight nt 9 o'clock with a farewell meeting. All the Proteatartt churches have taken part In the meetings. Ttve services, especially for men were pronounced the best ever known In Marlln. At 9 p. m. the farewell service waa held nt the Baptls! church. On Monday Dr. Wnlton, the evangelist will leave for his home for a week's rest ; Mr. Jolly will sing in a Baptist meeting at Waxahachie and Mr. Smith will go to Dallas. Mrs. Curtis to Lecture at Temple. tHouston Post Special.) TEMPLE. Texas. January 31. Mrs. Nannie Curtis of Dallas, representing the Texas Woman's Christian Temperance l'nlon. Is announced to deliver three lec-uires in this city on February 3 and S, one of which will be for ladles only. The lectures will be delivered at the Christian, Crurc lTesbyterlan and First Methodist churches and will be In the Interest of prohibition. Revival at Yoakum. (Houston Post SprcM.) YOAKl'M. Texas. January St A re vival meeting was commenced at t ..... p,,hytcrlan church this morning, to continue indefinitely. , Af present tne services are In charge of Rev. E. W. Ford the pastor, who will be Joined by Rev. William Megginson during the next wees. . 1.1' LING, Texas. January 30.-M. O. Mc-Uaffey's new residence la-Bearing completion and when finished will be one of the nicest residences tn town. "H. B. Holmes has begun work on a fine residence In the southern portion of tn riiv. Numerous other lmprovmnta ar under headway In lb city. ) " v i ' i ' ' CHRISTIANITY IS M ACCORD ON ESSENTIALS OF DOCTRINE The Battle Wages About the Fundamental Things on Which Churches Are Agreed Says Pastor Fincher. "In times past emphasis was placed on the things that mark division in Christian ranks. Let us hope that that day is past," prayed Rev. F. E. Fincher at the Second Presbyterian-hurch yesterday. "Together," must be th watchword of the Twentieth century. In those things essential . and fundamental to Christianity we are all In accord. It is around these that the battle rages and In the truth they bring and that alone can we expect victory. The minister was preaching on th theme, "Doctrine Well Adorned," taking as his text. Titus 3:10. "Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things." "Much prejudice exists against doctrine," began the minister, "and yet all. progress ha come through It right use. Dr. Harvey, Galileo. and Sir Isaac New-iton taught strange doctrines, but today we see that their teaching has been as stones In the walla of civilization, lifting It to a higher level. The doctrine referred to in the text Is evidently that teaching which all agree makes Christianity stand out apart from other religions and gives It personality! In this sense,, doctrine Is necessary. It has been the everlasting' hills of the soul, from which cam help and deliverance. At times thev stand out like frowning breast works they strike terror to the heart of the adversary as the rocky cliff throw out Its arm to hold In check the ravaging sea through wind and storm. So doctrine has held at bay the forces meant to destroy. "Doctrine makes Christ' followers on In spirit, If not In name. Doctrine differentiates Christianity, giving it a unique position. PERSON OF CHRIST. "The person of Christ Is meant In this text Herein lies the very citadel Of Christianity. Every attack aim ultimately at this. But It is Invincible and can not be shaken. Rising with majesty and grandeur, Christ, the Son of God and son of man, la fast fixing th gaze of the world. He not only is a fact that can not be doubted, but He Is chief and fundamental to all others. Sine Jesus Is a reality, all His claim are true and all He taught must stand. 'He Is In, living touch with those who love Him. He speak and lead the way as they follow on. This tact make Christianity a living power that shall never grow old. Men may come and go, kingdoms rise and fall while the years pas out Into the silent ages, yet Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. "The doctrine of Christ' work la an Feet Washing Notable Controversy Among- Hardshell Baptists. . ' ..''.; (New York Sun.) Before the days when politic was tho greatest Subject of discussion there waa a notable debate In Missouri on the subject of feet washing; not your own feet, but the feet of others. It wa threshed out at a iittle backwoods church-near a hamlet called McLalnsvltle In September, 1842. Six years previously there had been a spilt In the Baptists of the West over missionary work. Tho debate on feet washing was confined to the Primitive or Hardshells. who had disagreed with the Baptist brethren about sending emissaries -across the high sea to convert th heathen. The subject of feet washing was fought out with even great er acerbity than the on on missionary-ism, and It threatened to divide, op tho little host of Hardshells Just aa the other miMtinn had divided th main body. The discussion of feet washing was long and strenuous. Those favoring th practice pointed to unassaUable scriptural authority, arguing that It was the most Important of Christian alma to teach the lesson of humility. The adverse side said a man ought to wash hi own feet when they needed it and not expect his neighbor to perform the Job. It was contended also that the practice would be embarrassing to the sisters of the church. After a three day debate It was hard to tell who was getting th better of It It was the supreme topic of discussion for a hundred miles around, and those who could not get to the debate would have nttle argument tn the village store and at crossroads pfstofflces. Th little church waa crowded from morn until late In the afternoon with an Interested congregation. As th discussion proceeded the elders became stronger In their language, and It began to look very much as If they were creating a breach that could never be healed. But at th cricital Juncture Elder William Sears, on of the disputants, arose and offered thla resolution: "Resolved. That If any of th brethren want to wash each other's feet It shall be lawful for them to do It" Each side thought the resolution favored It contention, and It carried unanimously. It stopped th long and acrimonious debate and has ever sine been the rule of th Primitive churoh In th nest, ii an association believe In feet washing It I practiced; If t doesn't there Is no law of th church to compel It. Elder Sear' little Joker was a splendid piece of diplomatic liniment The Primitive declare that th Missionaries, so called, departed from th faith of their father In th Tear &. Commodore Perry' voyage to Ui Orient precipitated th crisis which caused th parting of th ways. Th Missionaries contended tbat Perry' report was In the nature of a divine command to preach the gospel In foreign lands. The Primitives said, "Tee. but let's first cfvtllso th noauien at nonw. It may be remarked har that they ar still trying to work out this commendabl enterprise, with th odd steadily piling up against them. Tby hav never yet so far as known, sent a missionary to any country. The debet on the missionary proposition among th Western Baptist took place at Mount Sakm ' church. - Macon county. In 1833. : Tb brethren who opposed th seztdins; of mlaasonarsM organised tha-LltUa Zloa chares, th first i - other fundamental fact to which Chris. ; nanny must ever noid. it was vicarious, work rendered for another. Many pic- ; tures point to this. He is the Good Shepherd. He Is the Good Samaritan, saving : his enemy from an awful death. He la these; though tender and beautiful, do ' uuc BiinB Mil llll Vlii lv wiimnni us. The cross alone can tell what He suffered and why. It was for us. Our sins nailed Him to the tree. The crow 1 may well be used as an emblem of eur religion. What more do wo need to make us one? "The doctrine of a supernatural power working in men Is also essential, to the meaning of our text W call It the Holy Spirit His presence and work in th early church was felt with tremendous power. It was more than thet natural way. Ood was touching men's 1 hearts t making them new, giving a freedom and boldness unseen before. Peter at Pentecost la a different man from th flshep man of Galilee. This doctrine must always be a mark of Christianity. W net only affirm a supernatural act a a reality, but assert a power above that of th natural man, and give ourselves ever to obey. i ' "Doctrine Is meant to transform. These three facts not only are fundamental te our holy religion, but are meant to work a great transformationin us and m th world. Truth is senr to make us free-. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Truth In tho heart will produce a great change in the life until the perfect likeness of Christ appears to all. It must ever be the means used by th spirit sj a great sculptor to finish his new creation. A holy life is convincing. When followers of Christ live every day what they believe society and the whole world, shall soon be transformed. ' "A great sculptor stood before his masterpiece calling for It to speak and weeping because It eould not In the artist is revealed our strength. Christ make men live and speak. . V'-' transforming!. i;', "Doctrine Is to be adorned with beautiful deeds. Th text make a skillful turn. We are to know the doctrine and we are to practice It; yet, more than that, we are to adorn ft, make It appear beautiful and attractive. Let your light ahine before men. Adorn the doctrln of God our Savior. Abraham waa doing this when his faith endured, as seeing 'Him who Is Invisible. Aa the pyramid tell the skill of unknown builders, so great men in all th age adorn the doctrine that made them and gave them hope. The beauty and strength of a'mother faith lays hold of her son with a peculiar and tender force. The truth that made her brave and gentle, pure and noble, bearing har up uv sorrow, 1 so beautiful and strong that nothing can wrest him from its enchantment. , v -.j--. Split Churih Primitive Baptist chutch in Northern Missouri, and probably In th West..,-.' The Primitives were not strong, and as they did not believe In seeking out convert their membership did not Increase fast. They met In back country districts and In annual associations. Th nam of the association 1 generally taken . (ram some creek near which the meetings are held, as the Yellow Creek association, antt Locust Creek association. At present there are about five thousand members In Missouri, representing the slow growth, of seventy-two years. If a man Is not "elected" It te no use for him to knock at the doors of tln Primitive church. ' Like Paul, thorn alien all testify to having seen "the while, light. Some encounter it in the forest: where they ar chopping wood; others meet it on the highway as they are go- a ... ,.,! .mi m saca ui corn, ana ! comes to others Sallowing a plow aorox the field. There - Is no mistaking tho sign. The following from one of tha Primitive songs conveys th Idea of their creed: So many as the Lord hath chosW Bo many shall believe; ' Not all the power and craft of hU : ShaU on of them deceive. . . It-' Before God formed hi creature man, ' Before the birth of day. : God foreordained redemption's plan. And Christ the only way. , , According to tha Primitives It Is very wrong to dignify any man with the title reverend. The preacher Is an "eMer,' on who "feed th flock.'' "a servant Of the Master." Th Primitive Baptist elder receive no salary. He goes where duty call him at his own expense. Sometime he Is reimbursed and often he Is not He never asks as to "what Is there ha It.' and never allow possible compensation In th way of donation to decide In considering ' a proposition to assume ; , his charge. If he think the Lord wants him to work tn a community where the people are very poor he goes there without hesitation. . , Th Primitives' rlgldaelief on fore-ordlnatlon. their opposition to Sunday schools and mlssonary effort, hav led the Irreverent to designate them as : "Hardshells," "Ironsides, "Straitjack-ts" and the like, but the Primitive alder-, .-replies that the Lord's people were always the subject of a scoffing world. - Tit Primitive Baptists have on church organ In the West, the Messenger 'of Peace, which Is now published by Elder Waltr Cash of St. Joseph, Mo. Th Messenger of Peace was founded November U, 1874, by Elder J. E. Goodson of Maeon. Mo. It has the peculiar distinction o being the only paper In the West thai ever received a legacy of CV subscriber'. In a lump. A wealthy Montana man dle not long ago and among other behest' waa one of 3500 for the Messenger oi Peace, with instructions to send It to Primitive Baptists too poor to take the paper. , . The Messenger of Peace Is a unique rubllcatlon and full Of human interest, t contains almost exclusively the experience of Primitive Baptists. ' Thes experiences tell the varied ways in whicn th "white light" cam. There Is oi record th case of a good old man wli-ascribed bis call to a kick by a fraction-mule. He saw white lights and probable those of other color, but to thla d there ha never been any question in h church about his orthodoxy or tho gun ulnenesa of hi call. - . Should a member rr and be haute, up on th carpet no secret tribunal passu on hi case. He appear before the en tire churoh and la tried publicly and tl dlct of . excommunication or acqultt mast be pronoun oed by th satire con gregatloa, :,.t.' ,v ,,"

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