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DEVOTED TO THE DEFENSE OF THE PRIMITIVE BAPTISTS.
“TO THE A.A.W TO THE TESTIMOJ^Y.’'
WILSON, NORTH CAROLINA, OCl'OBER 15, 1871.
(Jonu* all niy Iriciuls who travel,
In this’ t,ark world of wee,
Oiir coiitiicis .are many.
But still wc onward go;
Our tri.als and tcinijta. .-nis.
Are dllk and tier- ioo,
Oh! christimis, tru.-^t in ■Resits,
He’ll surely bring vou through.
Come all, who walk in darkness.
And seem to have no liitht,
Cast all your eare on Jesus,
He always will do right.
The spark* that others kindle,
Will never profit you;
Oh! ehriatians, look to .Jesus,
He’s sure to bring you through.
My trials were so pressing,
1 thought I’d leave iny homo,
And travel on in inourniug.
Through this dark world of gloom;
I’d meet with m.any strange s.
Who iny voice had never heard,
I’d lean upon my Saviour,
Andtru.st his lioly word.
But some of my children’s wicked.
My neighbors too, are vain,
No prayei- nor admonition.
That seems them to refrain.
I i)ray the Lord, to turn them,
I know the3’’ll then be turned.
Lest they should sink to ruin,
, Where his wrath forever biirus.
Five of rny children’s buried.
In the dark and loutisome grave,
Likewise, their tender mother.
Who hath tne so bereaved;
While some, that still are living.
They cause me many a smart,
Wliile all these trials press me.
They almost break my he-irt.
If 1 must be a mourner,
Down Bable.’s stream I’ll go,
With tuy harps httng on the willow,
ru still th“ trumpet blow,
ni blow the trumpet in iJion,
And sound that thrill a;amt,
Invite the lost t>i Jesus,
Who’ll save them from all harm.
Far. well my ioaing brethren,
Ye suidters oi the cross,
Wlio for the sake of Jesus,
Have counted all things loss.
Farewell, my tender sisters.
You wiiom I dearly love,
Press on towards fair Canaan,
And soon we’ll meet above.
Farewell, to every mourner
On Shiloh’s summit high,
I trust you’ll bow to Jesus,
And meet him in the sky;
I hope j’ou’ll love and serve him,
While here on earth you stay,
And meet him in bright glory.
In that eternal day.
Farewell, poor careless sinner,.
Once more we turn to you,
VVho of ’i have been invited.
But still your sins ])iirsue.
Wo want you to love aud serve him.
The glorious King of kings.
Ami meet us up in glory,
Aud hear the angels sing.
Fall River, Kansas, \
August 15, 1871. )
Editors Zion’s Landmarks:—
Seeing in a copy of your paper, that
you recRiost those of the same faith
to Avrite to the Landmarks, I write
this short communication, which is
at your disposal.
The Apostle Paul upon one oc
casion asked the question, of the
Corinthian brethren : “Is Christ di-
Auded; avus Paul crucilied,” &c.
I haA’e never seen but two copies
of tile Landmarks, but as far as I
haA^e read, I find the same testimo
ny that is giA-en by all true Baptist
authority; and, I am made to be-
lieve, truly, that the Avhole family
of God are taught in the same
school, for it seems that they all see,
eye to eye, and speak the same thing,
for I learn that Christ is the head
and AA'e are the body, and all mem
bers one of another; then the ques
tion is properly asked, “Is Christ
diAuded.^” Paul says. Let there-be
no division among you. Christ
[irayed the Father that they may be
one as we are one, I in the Father
and the Father in me, so may they
be one in ns. Now it is not many,
hilt one body, and it having many
members—one body in whom the
whole building, fitly framed togeth
er groweth unto an holy temple in
the Lord, in whom we are also build-
together for a habitation of God
through the spirit. Again, the whole
body joined together and compacted
by that Avhich every joint supplieth
according to the effectual Avorking in
the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body unto edifying
of its self in love, it groAvs up into
liim in all things AA'ho is the head,
even Christ. But, noAv the Apostle
saw tliat there Avere divisions among
in regard to the
The\‘ catuiot slug redeinptiou.
For the3’’ve not been redeemed,
But you may sing redemption,
Through ClirKt, the glorious King.
VVe’li sing .aloud his praises.
When we in heaven shall iie,
..And shout, and give him glory
Through all eternity.
tioned, and say.s, Was Paul crnci-
iied for yon; is Christ divided.^ if
not, Avhy then are some for Paul and
some for Apollos, &c.? lie an-
SAvers the question himself: It is
Clirist that died, yea, rather that is
So then, Christ is not
divided, as some teach, saying that
the Roman Catholic church Avas once
an orthodox body and became cor
rupt; Avas reformed by Henry the
VIII, and again became corrupt,
from whence all the daughters of
the harlot’s mother, all claiming to
he pure, yet they say their mother
was corrupt. Now, can a clean thing
come out of an unclean.'^ Can the
same fountain send forth hitter wa
ter and SAveet, or can the fountain
rise above its hcad.^ Now, if we
admit any one of these creeds to he
correct, then Christ is divided, and
some are for Luther, some for Cal
vin, some for Wesly and some for
Campbell; and at this present day
there are six hundred or more of
these classes, all claiming the name
but denying the poAver; all claiming
to be members of the body, yet not
in union. If there is no union there
is no love, and if no love, they are
not of God for God is love.
But I think I see in the contem
plation of my thoughts, a little, hand
who are not members with the aboA^e,
for they are the number of a man,
but these are the number of Christ.
Hence Balaam says, Lo, and the peo
ple shall dwell alone, and shall not
be reckoned among the nations of
the earth. Christ says. Ye are not
of the world, tor I have chosen yon
out of the Avorld; if you were of the
Avorld the world Avould love its own,
but you are not of the world, there
fore the world hateth you, but if it
hate you it hated me before it hated
yon; hence there is no life manifest
ed only in Christ, and that given to
us by sovereign grace through sov
ereign mercy, which was the theme
of the apostles, the theme of churches
in early days, the theme of all true
believers in ancient days as well as
the theme of God’s children noAv,
and they being the salt of the earth,
, by that tlieme, and the same not
I having lost its savor, and it being
I the poAver of God, Ave are kept by it
j through faith unto salvation, ready
i to he revealed at the last time, Avheii
God shall sAveep away the refuge ol‘
lies and take his children home to
enjoy the climes of immortal l)lis^
Yours in hope,
Elder L. I. Bodenhamee: J)ear
BroOier (as I hope in Ch7'ist):—Yon
are aware that I am not a subscriber
for you paper, yet I frequently have
the pleasure of reading its columns.
Seeing your request for communi
cations, I have concluded to Avrite
you a few lines for you disposal.
I do not wish to burden your
readers with a long experience, hut
j list simply make a fcAv statements. I
have been a member of the Primitive
Baptist church for forty years, and
for the greater portion of this time,
I have been endeavoring to present
Christ us the Avay, the truth and flic
life. Though I have long been try
ing to preach, yet I have been ac
tive in my attempt to quit, still I
continue to try. Although I feel
imptessions, my great desire is, that
I may he counted worthy to labor
in the cause of Christ.
Many long years ago, I Avas inti
mately acquainted Avith a dear sis
ter, Nancy Dutton, who reinoA^ed to
some portion of the West, whence
she wrote me, that she had heard I
had changed my doctrinal tenets.
I heard soon after that she had
again moA’'cd, and not knoAAdiig her
post office, and tlie AA’ar inter\Tuiing,
I never had an opportunity to re
spond. So I never heard any thing
more about whan she was, until 1
saw her name in Jion’s Landmarks,
through which ^ have concluded to
I was a menlier of tlie Bajitist
church before ay division arose. 1
joined these Oh Baptist, in Ruth
erford county, Nrth Carolina, abonr
the year J827. I soon after remov
ed to Alabania,'vvhere I commenced
trying to preac^ and where 1 notv
try to advocatethc cause of Ckr"’^/'
upon the sam(/p‘’’^i8 fhat it,f
fore the diviViiii, _ the same -.l
practiced by tlib PTimi'J:t;e 13ap is s
1 haA-e been moderator of Aount