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Written by Lee Hanks   

(this article is the last know writing of Elder Hanks)
The Primitive Baptist, May, 1947

I am old and feeble; in my 86th year, and not able to go to meeting very much; but it is such a comfort to me to read the writings of our precious ministers, brethren and sisters, far and near, all contending for the grand old principles I found in the Old Baptist Church nearly seventy years ago. They have ever been precious to me. All are satisfied with the goodness of the Lord's house. None want any new doctrines or practices.

It makes m sad that so many of our precious ministers are being called from us to a sweeter and better home than this; but my humble desire and prayer to God is that He may raise up many more in the future, contending for the same blessed truths for which our dear, faithful fathers hazarded their precious lives. All of them, in the past, had many sore trials and afflictions and doubts. At times they felt almost ready to faint by the way, but the grace of God was sufficient for them, and He fought their battles.

That same God still reigns, and will never leave nor forsake them; and in their weakness He will give them strength and grace to bear all the fiery trials of life. That same God preserved Daniel in a den of lions. The Hebrew children in a fiery furnace were all preserved, and the Lord brought them out unharmed. If a mother's child falls into the fire, she takes it out to save it from being consumed by the fire, but when the Hebrew children were cast into the fiery furnace, God was there with them to make it a sweet, heavenly place for them. Oh, how sweet when we can feel the sweet, preserving presence and loving hand of God protecting us! Surely no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper.

If the Lord is for us, none can successfully be against us. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, His foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification are for us - His elect. Then none can successfully be against His children. What shall we say to these things? All these things work together for good to them that love God, who are the called according to His purpose. This is a solid, golden chain; not a weak link in it. Those who love God are born of God, already born of God before they love Him. We love God because He first loved us. The love of God in our poor hearts for the Lord, or His ordinances, for His pure, sweet gospel and or His children, is an evidence that we are born again and belong to the heavenly family, and that we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.

The nearer I reach my eternal home, that I humbly hope He has prepared for poor, unworthy me, the more anxious I am to go to that sweet, eternal, heavenly home and be forever at rest. Blessed rest! I am hoping some sweet day to be taken home in my entirety, body and spirit, to see Jesus and be like Him. Then shall I be satisfied, when I awake in his likeness. May this be the happy lot of you and yours.

Lee Hanks

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