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Elder Newman's thoughts on Fullerism. 

The doctrine and practice introduced into the Baptist Church by Carey and Fuller would not have caused a particle of trouble in any of the Arminian "churches," because such doctrine and practice belong to the world; and while it was in the church, it was away from home, and its intention was to conform the church in doctrine and practice to the world. It served to establish, if possible, the original stock of Baptists more firmly in the doctrine of sovereign grace. Instead of the new things introduced into the church carrying the church over to the world, the church, after a forty years experience, placed these new things right back where they came from and exactly where they belonged, and the worldly woman has been crying, "Give, give," ever since. "These carnal notions have had the most pernicious influence on our profession. There is now but little of that unity, that simplicity, that gospel fellowship, which the earlier churches enjoyed. Formerly believers were hated of the world; and, being separate from it. they found comfort in the fellowship of Zion; but now we are conformed to the world, and the love of many waxes cold. We shall one day find that our apparent prosperity is a poor compensation for the word of faith, the comfort of the Holy Ghost, and the communion of saints. Whoever is alive to the things of God, must acknowledge that the spirit is remarkably withdrawn, divine consolations are but little enjoyed, and primitive Christianity is comparatively unknown. These complaints are not applicable exclusively to our own denomination. The Independents are as different from what they once were as we are."--Rushton, p. 111.

I feel safe in saying that as a people the Missionary Baptists have departed from the ancient landmarks our fathers set faster them any other body of religious people I have ever read after. The Holy Spirit absolutely sends His ministers to some countries, to other sections He suffers them not to go. Paul and those with him were "forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the gospel in Asia." Read Acts xvi. 6, 7, and you will see "They assayed to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit suffered them not." The Missionary Baptists tell us that the gospel is God's ordained means in saving sinners, and it seems that the Holy Ghost interfered with God's ordained means in the salvation of sinners by forbidding .Paul and his companions preaching the gospel in Asia and Bithynia. It was the Missionary Baptists of the modern type that fostered the idea of erecting all kinds of worldly modern machinery for the spread of their worldly modern gospel of works for the salvation of those Jesus came to save and those He did not come to save. Mr. Rushton said, "The first Christians erected no human machinery for the spread of the gospel. They never sought the support of the great and rich; nor did they ever complain of the want of pecuniary means, nor suggest that adequate funds would enable them to convert the world."--p. 121).

According to Fuller. what the Baptists believed and practiced before the Fullerites came into their house or church had almost reduced the church to a dunghill in society. Here are Mr. Fuller's words:

"When I first published my treatise on the nature of faith, and the duty of all men who hear the gospel to believe, the Christian profession had sunk into contempt among us; insomuch that had had matters gone on but a few years longer, the Baptists would have become a perfect dunghill in society."

The things the first churches did not have. the Missionary Baptists now have. The first Christians "erected no human machinery for the spread of the gospel." The Missionary Baptists have done this. "They never sought the support of the great and rich." The ancient Baptists "never complained of the want of pecuniary means, nor suggested that adequate funds would enable them to convert the world." The very things the first churches did not teach and do. are the things the Missionary Baptists are erecting, teaching and doing: and vet they say they are the original Baptists in origin, doctrine and practice.

I will quote from the minutes of a Missionary Baptist association of Kentucky, 1891, pp. 24, 25:

"Our people have all the money necessary to conquer the world for Christ, and the want of which is keeping back the overflowing glories of their common Redeemer, but alas, our people do not choose to give it, and the work of saving the heathen moves too slowly. How can this difficulty be removed, is the problem that is now puzzling the brain and saddening, the hearts of the Foreign Missionary Board. Appeal after appeal, pathetic and piteous, they have published throughout our Baptist Zion, and only the few hear and answer. It is hoped that a new era is dawning. The effort to celebrate the centennial of missions, which is now being inaugurated and organized, it is hoped will so fire the hearts of our people that one hundred new men can be sent into the field. This can be done if only the money can be obtained. Brethren, prayers are essential and must not be withheld; stirring speeches, or good moving sermons, are good; but all will be in vain if the money is not forthcoming with which to do the work."

I have many friends among the Missionary Baptists. I love them. I recognize them as erring children of God; and I wish. to show them, or prove to them, by their own writings that they are not the original Baptist Church.

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