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Infant Salvation

Q. Have you, during your ministerial life, ever found any one, claiming the name of Primitive (or "Hardshell") Baptist, that advocated the doctrine of "infant damnation?"
A. I never have. Only those evilminded persons who misunderstand and hate us have ever made such an accusation. One evident cause of such misrepresentation is our belief of the scriptural doctrine of particular election and a special atonement, without which all mankind would be justly condemned and lost. The Scriptures do not plainly state that all who die before natural birth or in infancy are saved; but such passages as II Sam. 12:23; Matt. 18:2,3; Luke 18:15-17; Rom. 5:12-21; and Rev. 7:9, have perfectly satisfied nearly all Primitive Baptists that all who die before natural birth or in infancy are elect and redeemed of the Lord, and are everlastingly and graciously saved by Him, without any merit or works on their part, just as all of His other people are saved; and that water baptism or sprinkling or pouring has nothing whatever to do with the everlasting salvation of any human being, whether infant or adult.

Q. What is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost (Matt. 12:31,32; Mark 3:29,30; Luke 12:10)?
A. Speaking against, or slandering, or reviling the Holy Ghost, calling Him an unclean or evil spirit, as explained in these passages.

Q. Is the exact spot now known where Solomon located the temple?
A. Yes; it was on Mount Moriah, where now stands the Mohammedan Mosque of Omar, built about 700 AD.

Q. After all Israel, or the great body of the Jews, are converted to Christ by the almighty power of their Divine Deliverer (Rom. 11:26,27), will any Gentiles be savingly converted?
A. Yes, a great many more than ever before, by the same Almighty Power, so that the unlikely, yet clearly foretold, conversion of the great body of Christ's bitterest and most inveterate enemies, the Jews, to living faith in Him, by His Almighty Spirit's power, will be Divinely blessed to the wonderful spiritual awakening and enrichment of the Gentiles (Rom. 11:12,15). The Jews are already in all nations, and know all languages, and are used to all climates; and, as the prophets and apostles were Jews, they, as the priestly nation, will preach the pure gospel of Christ to every creature in all the world (Exod. 19:6; Isa. 2:1-5; 43:12; 60:1-22; Micah 4:1-5; Zech. 8:22; Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:15,16; Luke 24:44-48; Acts 1:8; Rev. 1:5,6).

Q. What is the meaning of John 12:32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me?"
A. The word "men" is in italics and was therefore supplied by the translators; it is not in the original. And so the word "man" in Heb. 2:9 - "that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man" - should be in italics, for it is not in the original; and those for whom Christ tasted death were, as the Apostle says in the next verse, the "many sons whom Christ, as the Captain of their salvation, made perfect through sufferings, brings unto glory" (Heb. 2:10). The "all" whom Christ draws unto Himself are His own loved and chosen people, who were given unto Him by His Father in eternal covenant relationship, and whose sins He bore in His own body on the cross, for whom He died and rose from the dead, and ascended to His mediatorial throne and evermore intercedes whom He has redeemed to God by His blood out of every nation and kindred and people and tongue, and whom He will raise in His own image at the last day, and take home with Him to be forever with the Lord (John 6; 10; 17; Eph. 1; 2; Heb. 1; 2; 6; 10; 12; I Pet. 1; 2; Rev. 5; 7; 21)

Q. Is there any scriptural authority for public prayer meetings?
A. Yes; in Acts 1:13,14; 4:23-32; 12:12; 16:13; Isa. 56:7; Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46.

Q. Are the Jews to possess the land of Canaan again?
A. It seems so from such prophecies as Gen. 17:8; 48:4; Isa. 2:1-4; Jer. 3:18; 30:3-24; Ezek. 36: 24; 37:15-28; Micah 4:1-5; and from the waning power of Turkey, which now holds Palestine; and from the re-gathering of the Jews in Palestine, in the last 25 years, more than ever before since the destruction of Jerusalem, A.D. 70.

 

Is God Unjust?

Q. How can God vindicate His justice in pardoning and redeeming some of the sinful race of Adam from the law, and in punishing others of the same sinful race by the law?
A. Foolish and sinful man must not arraign a wise and holy God, his Creator, Preserver, and Benefactor, before his poor, little, erring tribunal. The Scriptures clearly teach that God is righteous in all His ways and holy in all His works, the Eternal and Infinite Sovereign of the universe, who cannot do wrong, who is accountable to none of His creatures, while all of them are accountable to Him; and that the whole race of Adam are sinful and guilty and condemned by His righteous law; and that the sinless and incarnate Son of God, in accordance with the stipulations of His eternal covenant with His Father, lived on earth and died and rose again for His chosen people, as their Head and Surety, doing all the law required them to do, and suffering all the law required them to suffer, bearing all the wrath of God and all the curse of the law for them, magnifying the law and making it honorable, dying for and making an end of their sins and reconciliation for their iniquities, and rising for their justification, bringing in for them an everlasting righteousness, so that God can be just and yet justify the ungodly who believe in Jesus; and that those sinners of the race of Adam for whose sins Jesus did not atone, who are not quickened by the Holy Spirit, who do not repent towards God and believe in Christ, will have their sins and the wrath of God for their sins forever abiding upon them, and will, at last be righteously consigned by a Most Holy God, who never even tempted much less compelled them to sin, but always forbade them to sin and threatened them with death for sinning, to everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels, the first transgressors of God's holy law. The justice of God shines, in the case of the elect, in His punishment of their Surety, His holy Son for their sins; and, in the case of the nonelect, in His everlasting punishment of themselves for their wilful and inexcusable sins; while His mercy shines in the everlasting salvation of the elect. Why God chose to save some from their sins, and to leave others to perish in their sins, the Scriptures do not reveal. The clearest expression on the subject is the reverent exclamation of the holy and wise and humble Son of God "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight" (Matt. 11:25,26; Luke 10:21). But the Scriptures do repeatedly and emphatically declare that God chose His people not because of their holiness or their work of righteousness (for none of the race of Adam are holy or righteous by nature), but that they should be holy - elected them, not because of their obedience, but unto obedience (Eph. 1:4; 2:1-10; I Pet. 1:1-5). The greatest of all wonders to the true people of God is why He should have loved them, chosen them, redeemed them, renewed them, and prepared a bright and everlasting home in heaven for them; and when they are at last taken to heaven, they will unanimously and joyfully and thankfully ascribe every particle of the glory of their salvation to the Divine Father, Son, and Spirit.

 

Jews and Gentiles

Q. Do the Jews live now as they did during Christ's personal ministry on earth?
A. They do not sacrifice animals as they did, by God's command, in the ancient tabernacle and temple service, because Jerusalem is the place where they were to make such offerings (Deut. 12: 5,6), and, since the destruction of Herod's temple, Jerusalem has been trodden down by the Gentiles (Luke 21:24), and the Turkish Mohammedan rulers will not allow such sacrifices. But of the twelve million Jews who are now living in the world, about eleven millions (about ten millions in the Eastern Hemisphere and one million in the Western Hemisphere), called Orthodox Jews, who at least profess to believe in the divine inspiration of the Old Testament Scriptures, eat and dress very much as their ancestors did in the time of Christ; but about one million, called Reform Jews, the most of whom live in the United States, are Sadducees, or unbelievers, and eat and dress very much like their Gentile neighbors.

Q. In Rom. 11:25 the Apostle Paul says that "blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in;" what does he mean by "the fulness of the Gentiles?"
A. "Until the Gentiles have had their full time of the visible Church all to themselves, while the Jews are out, which the Jews had till the Gentiles were brought in."

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