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7 i 4f . I Zion’s Landmark. primitive baptist cause. “TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY.” Vol. X. - No. 8. Wilson, N. C., March I, 1877. Whole No. ^^4. Zion’s Landmark. By the helji of the I^nl, tiiiR paper will contend for the iincicnt landmark, ^;uidel by !ia stakes of tnnU.andstrengtheiaed by its cords of lovo. It }ioj)e« to reject all Tr.AmTiotrs ani> ^N^iTITUT^os.s OF MEN, and rcRard only the BIBLE AS THE STANDARD of TRUTH. It urgc« people to search tSse scriptui'ea and obey Jesus as tlie only King iu the holy hill Zioii^ keepitij' uu-spottvd fiom the world. It aims to conSisnd for ths tsaystery of the faith in Go«l and die Father, Jesus the Medi ator, and the Holy Spirit, th« Blessed Com- tiwter. All lovers of gewpel truth are invited to write for it—if so iisfiressed. May gi'aoe, mercy asvd peace, be multiplied to »dl lovers of Jesus. FEAGMEISTS. AI.L PRESERVE:i>. “ And ha spake also a parable unto them ; Jfo man puiteth a piece of new garment u{X3n All old ; if otherwise, then both the new ihkIc- eiii a rent, and the piece that was taken out •of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine info old bottles; else ihe new' wine w'iil burst tlie bottles, and be -spilletl, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must bo put into uevr bottles; and both are preserves!."—Luke 5 ; 36, 38. Tills jiarabie ilkvstrate.«Mhe a.nswer -of Jesus to tlie scrili-es anti Pharisees who asked, why did the disciples of John and those of the Pharisees fast 'often and make prayers, while those of Jesus eat and drank. He tells them they cannot make the children s)f the bride-chamber fast while the ?orido-rreom is with them : but the iays will come when the hride-groooi will be taken from them and that then they will fast. Tliere is a divine, preserving con sistency in the doctrine of Christ 'which saves the recijdents of his ♦ruth. It Is not like putting new %ine in old bottles, nor patohiug an ♦Id garment with new cloth. To use new, strong c'oth in patching an ©Id ji;arine»t would weaken the old gar ment, rather than strengthen it, and 1^0 make the rent worse, besides losing die new cloth in patching : so to put new wine in old leatliern bottles, such as were used in those days, would l)urst the bottles when the new wine fermented, and both the wine w'ould be lost and also the bottles would per ish. But men will use only now cloth, all of a censUteney and all of the same texture and .strength, in making garments; and they would put new wine in new bottles ca,pable of holding the wine, and thus both would be saved. If men are wise- enough to do this that nothing be lost, shall not the Ood of all wisdom and prudence like- Aviso .so bestow the new wine of his kingdom that none of it be lost?— AVill he so throw away the new and everlasting garments of his salvation ^hat they shall be last, and also the objects upon whom he puts these di vine bles.sing? also be- made worse? I say no ! He does not, throw away these precious, sure mercies. He does not do a mere patchwork upon an old garment, but he makes all things new—a new creation, a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness ; “Old things are pas,sed away; behold all things are become new.” According to the false notions that hatem of God put upon his work of grace, this would be so. They say, “ if I believed as you do, I would take my fill of sin, I would commit sin that grace might abound.” If it were possible (but it is not,) for pearls to be eaten by swine, for grace to be given to one witnout his loving it, or its causing no conversion in him; if it were possible for true religion to be merely in the head, with^i^ut the law of God being written in the heart; then might this be true. One of the most dan gerous classes of people we see, are those who hold the doctrine of grace merely in the letter in their natural raind.s, while their hearts practice all maimer of iniquity. Such will take a warrankfrorn God’s word for com mitting aW*/h's'j^e}e,or sin, and excn.siq if not jnstiij- it, by saying, they are such as the Lord made them, and are accomplishing his purpose. They pervert the doctrine of God, by hold ing that it warrants tl eir wickedness. Tliey turn the grace of our God into lasciviousness through their much wantonness. It matters not, say they, if I get drunk, if I steal, if I He, if I commit all manner of wickedness, if I am to be saved I will lie saved, and will thus shield their wickedness under tlie cover of pre iestination and so pervert the true liberty of a Christian into a license to commit whatever wrong their hearts may in cline them to do. Perhaps there is not a class of people that more re proach the holy doctrine than this one. The more of such religion they have the more it injures and rends the old garment, the more of such wine they have the more it inflates them with pride, and is sure to break the bottle, and hence both it and their notions perish. No man can understand the doc trine of godliness unless it is given him from above, and no one can un derstand it without loving it. There are many exhortations in scripture warning and encouraging believers to watchfulness and faithfulness, and there-is a principle of grace in their hearts that suffers and loves this word of exliortaticn ; and if they de part from it they acknowledge their wrong, the chastenhig rod, justi fy God,and rejient of their sins. For the grace of God which bringeth sal vation teaches them that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, they should live soberly,-righteously and godly ia this present world. There is a washing away and purging out of sin, and a leaven given that will leaven the whole man. Zion hath reeeived of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins, forgiveness and justi fication. The Lord washes her from her pollution, and then gives new raiment from head to foot. A Chris tian is a new creature, none of the old garment is left, no self-righteousness is allowed to cling to him. All these rags are removed. A new heart is also given him, that holds the truth in righteousness, and he receives it in the love of it. Hence the grace of God does not puff him up with pride, nor exalt him in self- confidence, nor incline liim to do evil that good may come. He does not feel that it does not matter what he docs. The more he hopes he is sav ed, the greater is his humility, and tlie stronger his desire to glorify God in his l)ody (the bottle) and spirit which are both God’s. True reli gion then does not lead one to abuse the body by yielding its members to sin, but it leaches one to keep his body under, and thus both are pre served. The liffht that is in him is Rvhigle and the body is benefitted by it. (The old mail of deceitful lusts is not the literal body of a saint, but sin that dwells in him. The mortal body of a Christian shall be quicken ed in the resurrection, and made spir itual, and hence saved.) A holy principle is put in a Christian which leads him to deny self and mortify his members which are upon the earth, and thus by walking in the truth the whole soul, body and spir it are [ireserved unto the coming of out Lord Jesus Christ.—1 Thess. 5 : 23. “ And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soal, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of oar Lord Jesus Christ.”— So that true religion never harms any one, nor does it teach him t® do himself any harm. It teaches one to mortify sinful passions and lasts and deny that corrupt self that is in us.— It is not any honor to God to cut the body, or impose penances, or as do the Pharisees, nor observe days, nor abstain from meats which God hath made to be received in thanks giving by them that know the truth; for all these meats and drinks, when ; sanctified by the word of God and prayer, are to be reeeived with thanksgiving, and eaten, A volun tary humility of body and submit ting to fasts of men, such as are now observed, is no evidence that one knows the truth. The fast that the Christian keeps is not before men, but when Jesas is withdrawn and his soul Is cast down, then he .will fast in those days. But while Jeslls is,with him he cannot fast. The disciple.s of Christ rejoiced while ho was with them. They eat and drank very ranch to the otfenoe of the proud Pliarisees. But while the Pharisees feasted at the crucifixion of Jesus, behold the true disciples fasted. But on the de.scent of the Holy Comfort er tlieir fasting was turned into feast ing and no man took it from them. Even so now the law of truth is written in the heart of a Christian which preserves his body; which keeps him from violating the laws of the land ; which preserves him from open sins, and the profanation of God’s laws ; which makes him hate secret sins; which enables him, as the true child of liberty, to so the blessings of God as not abusing them. For there is a change wrought in the man who is born again. I do noi mean that the change is the cause of ids being born again, but it is the re sult of +he new birth. Paul will il lustrate it. As s'iul of Tarsus, his chief purpose and pleasure seemed to be to devour Christians ; but when ever Jesus is revealed to him and in him, the same man, but inflnencel now by altogether different princi ples, s{>ends the remainder of his life in serving this same kind of peo ple he once sought to destroy. Was there no change m him? *?Jis liter al flesh was not changed; yet he was a new creature, created in Christ Je sus unto good works. He yet bore the image of the eartlily Adam in his natural man ; “ But we all, with open face beholding as in a the glory of the Lord, are changed into his image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”—2nd Cor. 3 : 18. This is a change from law to gospel, from death to life. For Paul was then animated by a spirit ual life, and he rejoiced in the Lord- So great and effectual was the opera tion of this grace in Stephen tl>giE even his enemies beheld its i>lorioits appearance in his face. It led Paa! to keep his body under and endure. Was there no change in him ? Hid he have the same love of the world he once had? The Canaanite still dwelt in the flesh, and when he would do good evil was present, yet he did dot serve sin in his mind; for he was renewed in the spirit of his mind. Why is that change manifest ed in the general conduct of a man who is born agairt? Why does he love the things he once hated, and hate what he once loved? It is the effect of putting this wine of the grace of God in him. Nor does i^ make his last state the worse. It is not like the unclean spirit that left the Jews, and leaves a mere profess or for awhile, but finally rof’nriKNi to the Jewish nation, and their las: state was their worst one; and re turns to the false professor and his last state is worse than his first one ; but it as.serts its blessed power ai>') influence over ns and preserves us in obedience unto the end. It teaches

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