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Zion's landmark. online resource (Wilson, N.C.) 1867-current, November 15, 1876, Image 6

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Zion’s LandmaiMv; Wilson, N. C. i\ so that I did not eat much for some time. I went on in tliis way, some times trying to pray, until at last I thought I could discover that 1 was friendless, and had sinned away my day of grace. I cannot tell my feel ings here. I gave up all but prayer, r was trying to get dinner, and I fell to the floor. Then such a paasage of scripture as this passed through ray mind: O Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered thy cliildren togetlier as a lien gathereth her lorood, &c. The heavy load seem- ,1 to give way, and I sang the first ^ong that I ever sang ; “ When I can read my title clear, 'I'o manMion.s in the sky ; ” &c. Then I began to think that I might he deceived. So I prayed to the Jmrd that I miirht dream something !0 my consolation. I dreamed of go ing up stair-steps towards the sun. Old that the steps shone like silver. 1 reached a place like a fair ground, where was a door. I lieresaw a Free- Will preacher witli wliora I was ac quainted. I then looked over the fair ground, and the people were all dre.ssed alike, in one sort of clothes, slid their garments were trimmed with -ilver. 1 then .said to the Free-Will preaclir, \\'hy are you not dressed like they are? He replied that he \^■as not of tliat society. The door was open and I went in, but some of them said I must go back. I thought the man tliat oj>ened the door showed me my seat, and that two men told me I had something to do. The two men .seemed to be standing on .some thing yellow like gold. I then dreaim^df going to the ciiurch, and thatJilBias,baptized by Elder Vim. IJrown, which I afterwards did.\I dien felt new, and every thing else looked new for a day or so. I now am some times in the darkness, and some times in the light; some times my .soul takes its flight upwards. In shaking hands with the church, brother Jlrown, who was Moderator, Oild me that I Imd found friends. I joined the cluu’ch at Bethany, a car Fine I.*eveL Tour sister, I trust, in liope of -ternal life, B. Bkai>y. I'ine Level, N. C., Marcli 27tli, J876. !:Mer P. X). Gold, and all to whom this may reach:— As it has been requested of me to M>eak through the Laxdm.'IRK of -m>e of my travails, as I trust, from ! lature to grace, I will try, by the aid f Him who created me, to speak of Misdealings witli me:. I was born October 27th, 1844 ; road at the age of fifteen years had very j -'. rious meditations about being a sin- '■M.'r; hut old ,siitan. led me on in sin Old J grew woi’se ainl worse, until i '.Truary 23rd, 1863, when I voUui- t.red and went to the war; and dnr- h.g the time of my servlet's there, •wiiich W.SS tm> years and two uonths,) I th()\i'ght ft impossible for Ji'e to esrajie death ; and I felt im- pres ed to meet my Gotl in peace, for 1 could read some, and read that if I ('ied in my sin.s I never could appesir ■■ here God is. I went on in sin, fring to do better, hitt every deed '■ IS sin, until the close of the war ■vheu I returnoiFlmme—the only one | of four, one brother and two brothers- | are many rnansion.s, if it were not so in-law, who received the .summons of ; I wofdd have told you,” A;c. I death while .soldiers in the army. ; could then prai.se God again, to tiiink In I860 I m: irricd and then I i he had instructed me where to go. 1 thought I would live a moral life; , wa.s then directed to go and hear a but w'as not able to comply with my i preacher tliat I said I would not lis- desircs and went astray as the prodi- | ten to again, who had been so long gal .son did. In 1873 I began to be in w'ant, and that want was this: the Lord to be merciful to me, a sinner. It seemed to me that every breath was to God for mercy. Tliere ivas no justice {ilead for, for I was justly condemn ed, and I tlionght that everyliody knew it. My wife saw that I was greatly troubled about .something, and asked me what it was, but I wa.s unable to tell her. I was .so weak I could hardly work, and had no ap- jietite for food, and wanted to be off to myself. All the time I was try ing to ask God for mercy. One day while on my knees trying to plead with God, all at once, I was, as I have since thought, asleep—the burden was removed from my heart, when I felt .so light that I awoke and commenced praising God, and started home thinking when I got there I would tell my wife of the great change of my fl'clings; but when I got there she seemed unprepared to give me her attention ; so I said noth ing about it until tliat night. I tried' to tell her all but could not tell half of it; and what made it worse for me was, she could not witness such feel ings. And yon, my dear reader, if | yon have ever witne.ssed wit!) iue, it [ will not be hard for you to under stand what I am now trying to pen down, X Notvvirhstlunlit.j; :iil oFtliirs, L soU^I began to have doubts or the reality of my feelings, and tliat old satan | had deceived me, hut could not ge^' j tiie weiglit of sin and condemnation hack. Shortly after this I had ah impression that it was mv duty to go | to the Church and he haj)tized. Tliere 1 was a Free-will Baptist Chui’cli near ! by, and not knowing (as I do now) j the difference between' law and "os- . O I pel, I joined them and was baptized ; by Daniel Davis, and wa.s for two years satisfied with them, though we ^ persecuting FVec-willers. Xever since that time have I heard that man or any other Old Baptist ])reach perse cution to .a believer in Ciirist. The fourth Sumby in June, 1875, at tlie water, I related something of this to tile Cluirch, and was received and baptized by Ekltr Wiu, Brown, and Iiave, since that time, been trying to contend for the faith once deliver ed to the .'■aint.s. Amours in hope of eternal life, as a weak brother, if one at all, H. F. Peedin. Dickin.son's Sfore, Va., Oct. 30tli, 187G. Dear Brother Gold:— The Staunton Kiver Union met with Senica Church, in Campbell County, Va., Friday before the fifth Sunday in October, 1876. The congregations svei’e large and at tentive and many marks of interest were manifest. Tlie hretliren and friends were very hos[)Itah!e and seemed to be very grateful for tlie privilege of once more hearing the proclamation of the gospel. May the Lord continue the work which we ho[)e he has heguu in that desti tute rcijion. ‘The next Union will he held with the church at Mill, in Pitt.sylvania ■’county, Va., about sixteen miles ^lorthcast of Danville, Va. Brethren, 1^ 1} fi'..-.irrist.^rsVai'e qord.ial- hope to irivited to attend, Continue this meeting with some clmrch in this district during each 5th Sunday hereafter. A’onr.s in love, Wm. S. McDowell. i f 0 t i a I . Remove not the anemit land-1 1 mark, which thy fathers have set.” / COIfflMAWDING ALL TO REPENT. Brother Jackson Cagle, of Ga.,de- differed about some things, until last | my view of Acts 17 : 30: “And June, when I began to .see where I : the times of this ignorance God wink- was. 1 hen I began to see that I was ; ed at; but now commandeth all men in the wrong place; every pas,sage of , every where to repent.” scripture I read I thought was for those that God had given to Christ in a covenant of grace before the world began that they should come to him—just like I thought I had come under the sword of the .Spirit. This do and live was t'aken awav from me and life given. 'When this was opened to my eyes greatly was I unknown God. Question .surprised, and thoug.it I would leave \ false religion benefit one ? the T ree-willers and go hack to i known God was tiie true God. Their where I belonged, for I knew I had ; fault was partly in mixing their false, been deceived. I wa.s alone at that | idolatrous worship witli this. For This preaching of Paul at Athens is remarkable. He did not prepare a learned di.sconrse to preach to the ])nilo.sophers and wise men of Greece ; hut, among other things, lie charges them with being too religious—in the had sense of that woul, too supersti tious ; for they had an altar to the Floes This un- time, from home at work, and imme diately started home, hut did not get men, wlio .sacrifice to their drags and endeavor to worship many things in far before these words came in my their religion, claim also to worship mind with great force, “ Ihe Lord i the true Gotl: liut tiicv should not will provide for himself a lamb for the sacrifice.”' When 1 got home .something said, Bead! 1 took the Testair.cnt net knowing what I would find, but my eyes resti'd njKm these words Jjct not yoiu’ heart he trouhled ; ye believe In God, believe also in me. In mv Father’s house suppose tliat he can be Wnefitted by the work of men’s hands; for he givcth’all tiieir lives and all that they have. “ He hath made of one bfood all is; it ions, of men,” &c. Hero is a [liece of theology that men are slciw to ad mit. The while man, ’olat-k raaui. red man, and yellow man, Ac., all are made of one blood, opposite and contradictory as they may be. The fact that God bath glv'cn them mete.-) and hounds—that he hath fenced them with peculiar marks—.hat he hath made one white ami another black, show.s that they should lie con tent witli what he has done, and not endeavor to break down these hediyes ' and bounds which God hath determ ined for them beforehand. Lt;t each one preserve his identity and al>idc where God ha.s placed him. We re gard tliat man who would endeavor to ignore the.se naiural distinctions ami over ride them by [iroclaiming inter marriages between .siicli different ra ces, an enemy both to God and man,. Still each is to be regarded and treat ed as man, and as an ohjeet of God’.s merciful providence; for we are all Ins offspring; yet the nations had com pared God to gold, or silver, or stone, supposing and teaching tdiat their Maker was no more than a stone [ad- ished by art of man’s device. During the ages prec'eding the* coming of Christ in the fle.sh God had suffered their evil manners, and f winked at such ignoraiM^e. He had e not given any special laws to liiiy ^ hilt the Jew.s, but liad winked! nt ur ovcrlooked and not noticed ti)i\s ig norance of other' idolatrous ualiWis^ Now, though, God has broken denv^s this middle wall of partition hetwemt Jews and all other nations, or the Gentiles, and their is no difE-reuco made. Now, as Peter says, God is DO respecter of jiersons, hut in everv nation that feareth God and work- ^dh L-. iiitn. G^d no more Ecpciits either. 'I'lie gospel is sent also to the Gentiles ; for when Jesus arose froirt the dead he ewnmanded his di.sciples, to go into ail the world and preach the gospel to ever creature—to alb. 7iaiions—to all colors, tongues, races,, &c., and to baptize believers among all these nations. The gospel knows, no fleshly differences in that sense,, but what God lias cleansed we are not to call common or unclean. Yet fleshly distinctions are still observed while we are in the flesh. For though ill Christ Jesufe’ there is nei ther male nor female, still a woman just as much remains a woman after the new’ birth as before, and is to abide in her lot while in the flesh ;, and it is just so of all other orders and relations of men. Else why are some- weak, and ivliy are some not allowed to teach? Ac. From time to time tliongh, we see weak, designing, am bitious and restle.ss men and women teacliim; that all are one in the sense*' that one can teach as well as another, endeavoring to ignore, override and hieak down all natural distinctions, such as black a:>id white, master and servant, &c., or contending that, be cause some hold higlier ranks than others in time, therefore there Is no fellowshii). Ijet each abide in his lot where God hath placed liim, and all will ho right. People that desire to produce such revolutions are great disturbers of tlie peace .•;ind order of God’s honsG and his works. The strong should bear the infirmitie.s of the weak, and we should render lion,- or to whom it is due. Now God conamaikds. afi men every

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