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The Primitive Monitor -- October 1887

“I have peace-offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows.”  Prov., vii,14.
These words of inspiration are fraught with significance. It is a part of the “all scripture” that was given by inspiration of God, and therefore it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Beginning with the sixth verse of this chapter, Solomon says, “For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, and beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding, passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, in the twilight, in. the evening, in the black, and dark night; and behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtile of heart. She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house; now she is without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner. So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face, said unto him, I have peace-offerings with me, - this day have I paid my vows.”

Though Solomon is dead, yet this woman is still alive. John saw her when he was carried away in the spirit into the wilderness. He says, “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet-color, and decked with gold, precious stones, and pearls, haying a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and Filthiness of her fornication;” Rev., xvii, 3, 4. Is it not a fact that the woman can be seen riding on either side of the beast, at the same time exclaiming, “I have peace-offerings with me?” Is she not telling dead sinners that they are not dead? That there is a little spark of grace in their hearts, and by fanning it they will receive more? Is not this harlot, with all her brood, continually telling the people, and making the “simple ones” and the “young men” believe, that we have the power, through the foreign and home mission, the Sunday school, the mourner’s bench, and the ministers, to save the world? By this she declares, “I have peace offerings with me.”

Now can we not prove by the inspiration of God that her claim to have peace-offerings is a falsehood? The power to save sinners has never been delegated to the church, much less to the woman with the golden cup in her hand. Paul, in speaking of Jesus, says, “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” Now, if Jesus is our peace, is not the claim of the woman false, when she says, “I have peace-offerings with me?” I am told by some, that it will not do to preach so much doctrine; it will ruin my influence and drive my congregations off. Well, if preaching the pure doctrine of God our Savior ruins my influence, and drives my congregations off, I desire to continue it. I have no compromise to make with this woman or any of her daughters. It takes the precious blood of Jesus to save sinners, and not the offerings of this woman. Jesus by offering himself forever perfected them that are sanctified, them that were given him. He obtained eternal redemption for us. Therefore they are all saved by grace.

J. S. NEWMAN

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