r >jr 4 i ■% ZION’S LANDMARKS. DEVOTED TO THE DEFENSE OF THE PRIMITIVE BAPTISTS. “xo XHE X.A.W .A.ND xo xhe: XESXIMONAT.’^ Volume IL Wilson, North Carolina, July 1, 1869. Number 15. Sl0Wf3ir0Bd[i;M«. Near Lbxi.N(1ton. 1 I nally lost. If this was so, who cari- i not see that the salvation of these Jsinpers is by men and money, for i with these they are saved, and with^ OoLETHORPB CoLXTY, La., / them they would be lost, notwith- June 4th, 1809. | „ % , ’ , , . 7~. ,T T 7 iStandinsj all Jesus has done by his near Brother Bodenhamer . ,. TT • 1 ,1 . I hie, death, resurrection and interces iisvinor ^ .1.x • ^ } ig to make a small remittance have .concluded to write in connection with “ For the | I Sion. to save sinners, but the use of the I means has accomplished it. ' But, say some, (with whom I meet,) we . . , , 7 , . ........ All that wmuld be of no avail to you. i iiave concluded to write i • i , . 1 to save sinners, but the use o'- some thought the following words things which are seen are temporal, , f.ut tho tilings «-hieh are not seen are I *>*'= eternal.” 2 Cor. 4; 18. That there ^ d'scl»'-g'»g ■ „ ^ , j our duty to God and to our fellow m a temporal religion or professed i ^ i i i i r. n 1 a ■ , 7 ! ci’eatures, and attribute the whole of levotion to God, that is natural, and | of which natural men and women are I capable, none can deny, and all the things connected with it can be seen. 4-” or appears reasonable and right to natural men. Among these things is that of an equal chance of salva-1 • Very well, if it is a duty which God requires of you, it must be recorded in the New Testament, by precept or example, for surely that good book is the only rule of fai'-h and practice for the saints, and 4m,7 .7 1 3 11 T- 7 7 . 7 ' if it is not there written, authorizing tion.tor each .and all of f AdamA iAi-V ^ len race, to be obtained by works, or by the use of means, and to be miss ed entirely, if works and ineans are neglected. Then, according to this natural Anew, all that are lost would be Avithout excuse, and God Avould liaAm good and sufficient grounds to banish them forever, because he had given them a chance of heaven, and they had failed to improve it. If this Avas true, who cannot see that the sah-ation of sinners does not de pend upon Jesus Christ, but upon sinners improving the chance given them ; and if Jesus has done no more for sinners than to work out a chance for them to he saved, b\’' somethintr tuey have to doj then he has saved none, but has only made it possible for all to save themselves. It never could be said of them, “For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourseiveg, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” But this last sentence is among the things that are •ilpiritual and not seen. Again, it is a natural conclusion, that with the use of means {money enough) minis ters can be employed and sent to heathen lands to preach, and through their preaching thousands can be .taved, who otherwise would be eter- tbe means system, missionary boards ^ and conventions, Sunday school unions, temperance societies, tract societies, begging money to pay preachers, you may employ and send into the field you have chosen for them to labor in ; if you have author ity in that good book for all such means, then it is your duty, otherwise you are treating the great Head of the church with contempt, taking his name, and then in that name, adding to the finished rule he has given, such a routine of means, and plans of hu man policy, professedly to advance his cause, Avhen he has never asked nor required you to do any such things. And if the means accom plishes nothing in the salvation of sinners, why so industrious in their use. It may be with such, like it is ! and being of the Avorld, the A^'orld istry is desirable, and the natu ral conclusion is, that the most learned and eloquent ministers, are the most successful instruments, while others not so well educated and affluent, could not be as useful in the salvation of sinners; and if poor sinners are situated Avhere they can- ‘not hear the learned or unlearned preach, they must necessarily live and die in unbelief and be lost. If this Avas so, surely their preaching would appear in the place of Jesus Christ and his atonement, for Avith their preaching sinners would be saved, who Avithout it Avould be lost, notAvithstanding Jesus has shed his precious blood. One other thing Avhich is temporal and can be seen, is that of advancing the cause of God A\dth the treasures of this world, sil- j^er^d,yi;old connected Avith the at»“- dn^T,i uien, and with these excellent things employed improvement has been, and yet can he made, in the great Avork of saving sinners. If this Avas so, Avho could not see that it Avaa not by the Spirit of God, but by the might and poAver of men and money. If the salvation of sinners depends 7jpon the use of means con trolled by mortals in the least degree, it no longer depends upon Jesus Christ ; and though all professed ministers (who are not moved by pro per motives) take the name of Jesus, to give them currency, Avhoever preaches that the salvation of sinners depends upon Avorks, or means con trolled by men, positively denies Jesus Christ, and-of course have not the Father, and are of anti-Christ; with the priest, who says the money has nothing to do with getting souls out of purgatory, but that his pray ers can avail nothing without it; and there is as good sense in saying they pray souls out of purgatory for mo ney, as a means, as to say that souls are saved from hell, by the use of ineans, men, money, or anything else, apart from the all-atoning blood of Jesus Christ. Among the temporal things that are seen necessary by natural minds, an educated inin- hearetli them, because they teach temporal things Avhich can be seen, and are believed by natural men. 1 John, 4th chapter. A few of the things Avhich are not seen and are eternal, and I will close. The means which God makes u.so of to accom plish his divine and unchanging pur- posea, are such as men would never think of. or if they did, would disdain. JosopUs Ircthren Avere used by the Lord, to tiave him sold down into Egypt, iud that lying woman Avas used to have Joseph cast into prison, to remain until God used the poor forgetful butler, whose dream Joseph had interpreted, to let the king know that Joseph the prisoner could inter pret dreams. Just at the time God had designed, Joseph was brought out, and put in authority to provide for the coming famine, all for the best interest of Jacob his father, and his wickedbrethren, never seen or thought of by them until Joseph made himself known to them. Just look at the Avhole circumstance and see hoAV con trary to all human calculations.— God controlled tho Avhole matter for their good, and for the display of his power and glory. Notice how God displayed his poAver, Arhen the Avor- shippors of Baal came in contact Avith Elijah the prophet, and also Ah^b’,s byxa lyingy spiri.^*Sfut hj rt" himself, and Mi- caiah the true prophet. . See how God controlled all to bring down that Avieked king from the throne to his grave, to put in office a better man : David, and Goliah of Gath ; Absalom, Avho Avickedly got up a con spiracy to kill his father, and stole the hearts of the people of Israel, Avith his natural beauty, and by lit erally kissing their h'ands : all that could be seen, it Avas temporal, just like the external pretentions to love manifested by the advocates of the modern anti-christian institutions when they are trying to make prose- l^ites ; but poor Absalom Avas found hanging on an oak not quite dead. Avhen Joab thrust him through Avith a dart; so Avill these also have their folly made manifest sooner or later. Daniel and rhe HebrcAv children were delivered contrary to all human caF dilations, because God Avho is invisi ble and eternal, done it. The birth, life, extraordinary works of Jesus— his betrayal, death, resurrection and ascension—all contrary to human calculation, and out of the sight of tho AA'ise and prudent—and he dis plays his grace in calling and mani festly saving poor sinners in the same Avay, and leads them during their pilgrimage here in a AA’ay that their carnal nature cannot understand, and all this he does that no flesh should glory in his presence. Amen. Yours in love, D. W. PATMAN.

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