Christian herald. (Portland ;) 1882-18??, May 25, 1883, Page 4, Image 4

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lowing editorial note which we
take from it, and which speaks for
A subscriber of the American
Baptist Reflector called on its editor
- for “as strong an article against
. as. can,.pros.,
duce.” How “ strong ”• an article
he has produced can * be judged
from one point. He says : “ Camp­
bellites” and others go on the
theory that baptism is not a church
ordinance, but is in the keeping of
the preachers. “ They meet a man
__ in the roaxbimmerse him then and
there, and go on their way.” Per­
sons so baptized cannot, he says, be
received into a Baptist church
■without controverting its declara­
tion of faith. This is a pretty
¿tmhg censure of Philip
tizing the eunuch ; but then, in the
days of the Apostles, the American
Baptist Reflector and the Baptist
Battle Flag had not fully developed
the wonderful system of Hardshell
Baptist principles.
It is very true that this is a
pretty "strong censure on Philip
for baptizing the eun uch ;” but after
all it may be a question as to which •
is the most consistent the Baptist
papers for calling it alien<dmmer-
sion, or the Fndependent for mak­
ing a mockery of th’e solemn or­
dinance by substituting sprinkling
for going down into the water and
being immersed ?
“ C hristianity A W ork .”—A
writer in the Christian at Work
Christianity is not a theory, but
a work. Considering the character
of its Author it could not be other­
wise. Was Christ’sjife a dreamy,
contemplative, apathetic one ? Was
it a life of seclusion spent in scru­
tinizing, and self-formenting exer­
cises Z Wa« it an inner life merely?
Was it a life of inglorious ease and
luxury ? Far from it. From the
manger to the cross it was a life of
labor, a devoted, self sacrificing
life. Even in his boyhood he was
heard to say, “ I must be about my
Father’s businessand in his man­
hood he said : “ I must work the
works of him that sent me while it
is day; the night cometh when no
• man can work.” He expects us to
follow his example. And the Bible
says : “ Whatsi>ever thy hand find-
eth to do, durit withthy might; for
there is no work, nor device, nor
knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave
whither thou goest.”
Christian activity was taught not
only by Christ, but by the apostles
also. They inculcated it both by
example and by precept. Surround­
ed as they were, by idolatry and
superstition; beset on every hand
with bigotry, with bitter prejudice
against the new religion, and cruel
hate of its Author, they saw clearly
that nothing but united, persistent,
and unceasing labor would ever
Ovefcome the obstacles which seech-
ed to be in the w ay of the preaching
and spread of the gospel of Christ.
The gospel can never be published
through the earth, nor its pure and
ever-active principles established in
the human heart by singing pious
songs and offering earnest prayers,
companied by labor, by solid work,
by heroic devotion, by generous
giving, and noble sacrifices of time
and comfort. The apostles fouud
this necessary; and so have all
Christian workers in every age.
Ther epistles*abound with exhorta­
tions to diligence, activity, and per­
sonal effort to advance the Master’s
cause. These letters were read by
all the churches, and received by
the members as if personally ad-
.dixssed. xa. xaclioue. .. Thegreat.
aim of the apostles seemed to be to
make workers, to enlist agents in
the service of Christ. They sought
to impress upon every new convert
the importance of being instant in
season and out of season to win
Missionary Column.
t'liwreh of
W. H, Adams, Portland
I. G. bavidjon. Portland.......... .Treasurer.
8. M. HubWard, Amity
Rec. Secretary.
B. Wolverton, Corvallis
Cor. Secretary.
All communication« relating to the employ­
ment of evangelist«, protracted meeting«, co­
operation in «een ring pastoral work, etc., all
pledges ot as«istance with requests for the
same, and all brines« properly coming before
the Board will be addressed to the Cor. Sec­
retary All collections, payments of pledge«,
etc,, will be addressed to the Treasurer.
At last, after numerous delays
and disappointments, we are pre­
pared to announce good news to
the brotherhood of Oregon. No
one, without the sweet.“experience,”
can appreciate the reasons of such
delay. At our last annual gather­
ing it was expected no delay would
occur as a suitable person was
ready (as supposed) to enter the
field, But, by the time a call could
reach him, it was found he was
otherwise engaged, Next came the
correspondence, and we will briefly
state why seven months have been
consumed in the consummation of
this W’ork. Not every person has
the qualifications for State Evim-
gelist; of those not every one can
come to Oregon ; of those not every
one can come when needed ; and of
those not every person was know n
to the Board, and even when found,
he could not determine to accept
the work till he could know more
of the field. This is, sufficient
apology. If any one does not think
so, let hint address himself to the
task and attend to the necessary
correspondence and he will be
satisfied, .before half the work is
done. -Even this would have been
delayed had not the Board wisely
chosen to call to their aid Bro. D.
II. Dungan, of Davenport, Iowa,
whose correspondence coupled with
his good judgment and hearty in-
advantage and for whidh the Board
desire to publicly express their
thanks. With these extended pre­
liminaries we desire to introduce to
the brethren of the State
Original Contributions. ±
Ak artre» iskrnwu
so is God by w’hat he says and ,
does. We are lingering among the
Old Testament Scriptures, because,
as before said, these containing a
reeord of his sayings and doings
reveal God to man ; for we wish to
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learn what He is, together with his
present editor of the Christian attributes, with special reference to
Worker, of Meaford, Canada, for­ his veracity, that we may judge for
merly of Indiana, who has accepted ourselves whether we may confi-
the call of the Board, to become -dently--hop«. in—bis -fYFemiHeey-iUid—
State Evangelist. In doing so it is whether—if we live moral lives—
not with the intention of append­ we are in any real danger of his
ing his biography that we add a threatenings in case we are indif­
few’ words ‘ of com mendation. His ferent to his commandments.enjoin­
works speak for him, and the ing and prohibiting—I say we
favorable commendations which we want a clear understanding of these
have received from various sources things that we may direct our steps
justify us in saying that our State accordingly ; and if deciding in the
Evangelist will be found to com­ affirmative, “ that we may have
bine the qualities of head and heart grace whereby we may serve God
necessai y to. properly discharge, the oreeptaHv with reverence andgwHr-
great responsibility which he te- feM," The love of the world, Inlre-
He will be in Oregon warmness, irreverence and indiffer-
September 1st or before to enter ence to the worship of ,God, and »
upon the work. As the busy walking in his commandments,
season throughout the valley will which characterize the church of
Tiave been past, and as he will ex­ the present time, I think grow out
pect to enter immediately after his of its very meager knowledge of
arrival upon the w’ork of holding God, his greatness, his.holiness, his
meetings wherever brethren are abhorence of sin, his omnipotence ;
ready, we trust the churches w’hich resulting from ignorance of the
desire his services will not" be slow’ Scriptures, especially of the Old
to write accordingly. Likewise do Testament, where his wrath and
not forget that Paul plants, Apollos vengeance stand out so fearfully.
waters, but God giveth the increase. Neither are they read and taught
And except the Lord be with you in the family nor the pulpit as
in the work nothing wi l l be ...... ac­ . their merits demand. Had we the
complished. Then let us 1 while" knowledge of God, (obtained from
praying the Lord of the harvest to his word) of his goodness and
send his lalx>rers, also pray that we mercy, also of his wrath and vean-
may be ready and willing to geance that David had from his ex­
second the efforts of Bro. Sherman, perience and observation we would
by our hearty cooperation with feel like exclaiming with him, “ The
him in every good work.
Lord is great and greatly to be
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praised ;* He also is to be feared
Bro. A. D. Goodw’in, of Salinas, above all gods.” “ Stand in awe
Kansas, son of our lamented Elijah and sin not; commune with your
Goodwin, a graduate of Butler own heart upon your bed and be
University, and a preacher of still.” “ Let all the inhabitants of
ability, is expected here in June on the world stand in awe of him ; for
a visit to the State. He comes he spake and it wras done; he com­
with the view’ of locating in our manded and it stood fast.” “ Enter
State, and we trust a place will be into his gates with thanksgiving,
found for him. He will desire to and into his courts his praise.”
hold some meetings and become ac­ Such awe and reverence for him
quainted with our brethren. Any who has measured the waters in the,
congregations desiring his services hollow of his hand, and meted out
for a few days wdll please corres­ heaven with a span and compre-|
pond with the Board. His arrival hended the dust of the earth in a
measure, and weighed the inounl
will be duly announced.
tains in scales, and the hills in a
C or . S ec .