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The Gospel Messenger—February 1912


FOLLOW JESUS IN DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE

By Moses Nye

 

Dear Brother Hassell:

  We had here in Columbus, Ohio a year ago J. Wilbur Chapman (the most famous of living American so-called “evangelists” or “revivalists,” a Presbyterian, born June 17, 1859, in Richmond, Ind.) and eighteen of his co-workers. He stopped at the finest hotels for three weeks, and it cost twelve hundred dollars to entertain them, and he took away in cash thirty-five hundred dollars for the three weeks’ work. They had 1,145 cards signed, and yet there was not satisfactory evidence of one real, genuine conversion. A few weeks ago William Ashley Sunday, called “Billy Sunday” (a Presbyterian “revivalist,” born at Ames, Iowa, November 19, 1863, who was, from 1883 to 1890, a professional baseball player), held a meeting in Springfield, Ohio, for six weeks, had 6,543 cards signed by persons professing to have been converted, and went away with fourteen thou­sand dollars.

  I desire to thank the Lord for what I believe a real experience of grace, a new birth, a new creation, a circumcision of heart, and a change of life. All this took place at three o’clock in the morning of July 6, 1889, without a mourners’ bench or a hireling preacher. I believe that it was the work of God’s Holy Spirit.

  Jesus tells us: “There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets (preachers), and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold I have told you before. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, Christ is in the desert (in the worldly church), go not forth: Behold, Christ is in the secret chambers (secret societies), believe it not” (Matt. 24:24-26). I was a member of six secret societies before my conversion; but God’s word and Spirit showed me they were of the world, and a child of God had no business to be in one of them. I came out and I use my means to preach the gospel and to help worthy poor. Since my conversion, and since I read and believe the New Testament, I try to follow Jesus, what He taught, and not follow men. The Catholic “Church” is the mother of harlots; and the Lutheran and Episcopalian “churches” are her old­est daughters, and the other “churches” that came out from them are her granddaughters, and every one of them has something of the old harlot hanging on them. I told them yesterday, in a Methodist “church,” I have my eyes on Jesus, and follow Him, not John Wesley, nor Martin Luther, nor George Fox; they are not my examples. I follow Jesus. He made the atonement for me. My experience and change of life came from Him, and He has kept me.

  Many of the so-called “come-out-ers” tell us they have the second mark (or blessing); and we have some in Ohio who say they have the third mark. But if I were in business, as I was years ago, and those second or third markers came to my store and asked me to trust them, very few, if any, would get goods on credit. The prophet Hosea tells us (4: 1, 2) “There is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swear­ing, and lying, and killing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood” (that is, they break out into open transgressions, and murders abound).

  When I sold out my clothing store in Newark, Ohio, I had preachers and church members who had owed me money for years, and they never paid me. In a Metho­dist class-meeting the class leader wanted to debate with me one Sunday morning, and I told him, before all the people, that if he would pay me the five dollars he owed me, I would debate with him. He never paid me, and we never debated. He is dead and gone now.

  The Apostle Paul says (II Tim. 4:2-4) “The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers (preachers), having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Many of these hireling preachers buy story books, and they learn those lies so that they can recite them, and they use them in the pulpit to entertain the people, so that they can hold their posi­tion and salary. They have no experience of grace; all they know they learned in an ungodly and Christless college, and what can you expect from such preachers? Jesus tells us—“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves” (Matt. 23: 15). Jesus the Messiah saw two thousand years ago the condition of the present worldly churches in this country, and we see it today with our natural eyes.

  What the end of all this will be, none but God knows. His children ought to be careful to follow Jesus in His teaching and His example, so that, when Divine judg­ments come, they will not be swept away by them.

  “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 24, 25.

 Your Brother, 
 MOSES NYE,
 A Converted Jew.

 

REMARKS BY ELDER SYLVESTER HASSELL

  As shown by Brother Nye, the only right and safe and peaceful and truly prosperous course for the churches of Christ to pursue, is to adhere to the simple and spiritual doctrine and practice of the Apostles, as taught them by their perfect, Divine, and unchangeable Saviour, Physician, and Master, the Lord Jesus; and to return to that infallible standard of doctrine and practice, if they have departed from it. If those who have departed do not thus return, there remain for them, only two other alternatives—either a gradual drifting into another order, in reality if not in name, or a dissolution of their church organizations. I have noticed for years that some of our “Strict Bap­tist” brethren in England, speak mournfully in their periodicals of their “dying churches”; organs and Sun­day Schools and salaries and meansism (regeneration by human preaching) cannot, nor can specialized meetings, nor can all modern, humanly invented machinery preserve the life of a dying church, nor make the pure, spiritual truth of God, salvation by sovereign grace alone, acceptable to the darkened, self-righteous, carnal mind. We must walk in the good old way of Jesus’ teaching and example; and, if we have departed from that everlasting standard, we must return thereunto (Jer. 6:16; John 16:6).

  Only by “continuing steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine” (which includes both their faith and practice), can we continue in church fellowship (Acts 2: 42).

  S. H.

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