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l MR. IOWLER IN REPLY. 1
Editor Tin Advertiser;
Please allow ma space in your valu
able paper lo say a word about the
sermon which seems to have stirred
Up so much comment. No medium
could reach those who are interested
Letter than The Advertiser. I have
seen your criticism of my sermon, have
meen it very much. I-Yiends from all
over the county have sent me copies
of your paper. One man. local, sent
u copy In sectarian glee. I Know my
reinurks will do such men no good,
und yet for Cod's glory I reply.
Permit me to say I hate newspaper
controversy?it seldom it ever accom
plishes anything. Then' is no preju
dice ho hitter ns sectarian prejudice.
Those who agree with me will hive me
for Bpeaklng, those who do not agree
with me will hale mo. And so life
goes. True, these discussions bring
a man and his views before Hie public.
Hut I repudiate such cheap claptrap
notoriety. A man with a message
will sooner or later he heard. Time
will tell whether I an^ an upstart or
whether 1 speak words of wisdom from
u heart full of love and tenderness.
I am well aware of the fa. 1 that
stones are always cast at him who
stands for truth, bill III alter ye n s the
same stones ate used to build monu
ments to him at whom they wore cast.
I have principles which I am glad to
get before the masses of men, believ
ing that Cod will bless his own truth,
"if Cod be for us, who can be against
us?" I believe the principles for
which I contend are true, and nothing
would please me more than to have
men examine them dispassionately.
Prejudices put men to sleep; they are
the opiates of hell. They keep us
from truth, divine and eternal. I know
this experimentally. I was bred, born
ami buttered a Methodist. Becoming
dissatisfied with some things wh ?
seemed untenable, 1 was plunged into
it period of long research and suffering,
lake a freezing man I was not satisfied
und happy until 1 got a ray of light.
The day dawned and I am now spread
ing far ami wide with all the zeal of
IU> heart what 1 realize of Cod's hook. |
Mr. Honey unwisely und from a far
Meld tries to lead in (|iiestions con
cerning our Presbyterians, Methodists,
et al. Let nie say I am not nor have
I been busying myself with these bod
ies. I am concerned about my own
truth. I refuse to write about these
bodies. I have nowhere condemned
them. I have not beard that Mr.
Honey has been employed as their
spokesman. I am not courting the
disfavor of these two great bodies.
Should one of I hem care to read after
me 1 shall be pleased, and shall not
be angry If he does not ngreo with me. |
I love him still. Some of my best ,
friends in Clinton ami elsewhere are ,
Presbyterians ami all the happy scenes
of my childhood clusler about the
Methodist;; Some of their people are
noble Christians, better than I; but
those who arc thus good would he so
much more useful ami powerful if they
would go all (he way in perfect obe
dience 10 Jesus. l judge no man?I
only ask a prayerful, thoughtful read
Mr. Honey has not yet touched the
main point in my sermon: he reminds
me of my father's old Towser. faithful
old dog. whose sole ambition it seemed
was to trail rabbits. If a rabbit were
to jump up before him he would stand
ami watch in amazement until he was
gone and then he would begin the
trail. Mr. honey jumps at conclusions
und Undings and never touches the
main truths. Let me state my con
(Ii .lesus Christ did not come to
establish all the denominations of to
day. He is not the author of confu
sion. He did not do a dozen things.
The differences between denominations
are not trivial (here are no non
essentials in Hie kingdom; there are
no substitutes, no counterfeits. What
ever Jesus Commanded is essential, is
law forever. The New Testament is
u perfect Compendium of doctrine ami
directory of church government. The
word does not teach two things but
one. Jesus said. "Ye are my disciples
If ye do whatsoever I command you."
"This is Hie love of Coil, that ye keep
my commandments." If Jesus came
not to set up the confused order of to
day, ihen let us get hack to his plan.
1 come to (his later.
(2) "The liberalism of today is sin
ful narrowness." He alone Is broad
who is true lo the spirit of Jesus and
bis word. Righteousness consists In
submitting to the limitations of truth
und virtue. He who says. "I am
broad on the command 'Thou shall not
bteal,'" is a thief. it he says, "I am
broad on the command 'Thou shall not
kill,'" he Is a murderer. Truth is
narrow; foundations must he solid.
Jesus laid one foundation, not a thou
sand. The trees, the hills ami stones
of the quarry must he narrowed down
Into the Shape demanded by the archi
tect. In sympathy with all good; in
compassion for burdened, sinful, strug
gling, aspiring, hoping humanity we
v must be as broad as the world, hut in
our loyalty to truth und righteousness
ws must be like our Master, narrow as
a razor's edge.
CD My third point is lliut, religi
ously, the world is drifting towards
tWO great bodies. Till? is a fact which
every observing scholar will readily
acknowledge. One of these bodies is
the Hornau church witli hoi' central*
l/.ed. machine hardened, priest ridden.
enslaving, hierarchical government.
The other will be exactly the opposite,
vl/.:demo< rotlc, loose ami yet coherent,
tnacliineless, priestless, liberating, en
lightening, singing, conquering, savin;;
body. These two great bodies are al
ready upon the horl/on.
i I* 'the Itomttn churcli will absorb
every possible body. [See liritish
Weekly tor llrsl week in June. |
Cannon llcnson, who is now in Amer
ica, an high chuchmnn Episcopalian
says thai neatly all the lilglt churcli
ministry in fCnghind are both ready
and oager to Join tin1 Catholics. Itome
has said to them, come. The present
pope's policy is to absorb the lOpisco
pal Church ami her offspring. A fow
of the low churchmen are lighting
Rome, but only a few. And so the
world moves on. The Protestant
world is hunt ine. a basis of union. Mr.
Honey says "Australia lias already a
chin eh federation." in this he is en
tirely mistaken. Canada lias, how
ever, a plan to organize all sprinkling
bodies. All tuen who are free from
prejudices waul one gt'Cnl Christian
t.".i My last argument is the lire*
brand, I claim the llaptlsts have a
perfect .New Testament form of gov
ernment: that her doctrines are
plainly New Testament : that Jesus
would not Change tin* New Testament
were he hei-?' today, ami therefore
would not change this church; that
the drift of the age is toward (he
' tenets held by Baptists the New
! Testament. I contend that all Chris
tians will sooner or later, just us
, soon as all of us get above all preju
dices, federate at the cross on the
basis of the New Testament. All
? hiistian bodies have many good
things. The drift of Christianity is
toward a church polity such as held
I by Haptists. our good Methodist >
brethren in the conference at I.aureus
even last fall beard many words con
demnntory to their system and of
praise for Haptist's system. This Is
not hearsay. The new Rplscopal
cathedral in New York lias a baptist
ry. The churches of Beecher, Tal
lliage and Henry Van Dyke have bap
tistries. Henry Van Dyke has, with- '
in six months, written an article de
claring immersion only is New Testa
ment. Infant sprinkling has de
clined .100 per ci-nt within fit) years.
(See Vedder's Short Hist., last chap
ter.) All denominations accept Im
mersion as baptism. More and more,
men. like i was. are becoming great
ly dissatisfied with other forms of
baptism, which by thousands is only
Claimed as a useful substitute and
expedient. The day of (be bishop is
numbered-?(using the term not in its
New Testament hut ecclesiastical us
age i. The scholars of the world are
saying that only two officers were set
in the church. \i/... pastors (also
called elders and bishops! and dea
cons, I refer Mr. Homy to I last log's
Bible dictionary, vol. i. pp, !!02-f?7tl.
Let these men speak, ami none of
them are Baptist -Owatkln, Snnday,
Karnnck, Hatch, and about sixty
nil Now. briefly, to a few of Mr.
Honey's rambling remarks. He says:
"Mr. Fowler would make this a Bap
tist world.'" I have nowhere said
such. I have repeatedly said that I
believe when all Christians unite they
will not be known as Baptists, etc..
ad flnltum. I believe they will be
called "Christians." I believe if all
COine to the New Testament, am! the
world can federate nowhere else,
Christianity will he just as it exists
today in the Baptist churches. 1'lease
bear in mind, however, that all other
faiths have more truth than some
think; they all have eternal good.
(7) Mr. Honey adds. "No compro
mise . . . was ever perfected without
Concession." That is partly true.
It will not be true in this case there
will he no giving down on the purl
of those who have the truth, Why
give down, concede When the world
drifts even now toward those heroes
of faith? Baptist principles, call
them by whatever name, have saved
the world hitherto. .Men have died
for them, great denominations have
adopted them ami will yet adopt them
until the world stands at the New
Testament, no; as Baptist but as
Christian, I would not give the snap
of my linger to make a Baptist. I
am Intensely concerned about making
men Christian; the Baptist will care
for Itself, Del a man make Jesus
his supreme lord and I will risk him
in Hie ordinances and la all church
Just a word in conclusion, I re
fuse absolutely to go longer in this
discussion. Some will differ With me.
I ask them to road prayerfully and
dispassionately ami follow out a
course of study along these linos.
Some will rejoice in these lines. I
ask them to pray for the -access of
truth. Some will want to reply. Del
them do it and Iben read this article
as a reply to what they may say I
have neither time nor Inclination to
writo more; I am not working to i
|tO|Mlltui'/.u any paper hy appealing to
men's prejudices. I in ay for lliu (itin*
to COI1I0 VVllOll all rhristians shall bo
one. I shall he please.I lo talk with
or correspond with those who may
desire more light hero.
('. Lewis Fowler.
Clinton, s. c.
1251h Year Begins Oed.her I.
Entrance examinations will he held
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July 2, al "a a. in. All candidates for
admission can compete in October fur
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II lltltlSON RANDOLPH,
WINTHROP COLLEGE SCHOLAR
SHIP AN!) KNTiMV. V,
The examination lor the award of
vacant Scholarships in Winthrop Col
lege and for the admission of new
student-; will he held al the County
Court House mi Friday, Julj 'J, at 0
a. in. Applicants must not he less
than Hfl en years of age. When
Scho'urshtps are vacant after July 2
they will he awarded to those making
the highest average at this examina
tion, provided they meet the condi
tions governing the award. Appli
cants for Scholarships should write
to President Johnson before the ex
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Scholarships are worth $100 and
free tuition. The next session will
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County of 1.aiiicns.
Whereas, petitions signed hy nioro
titan one third of tie- quaIIHod oloo
lora and free-holders residing in
School District number one. I.aureus
Township, Laurens County. South
Carolina, asking lot an election on the
question of VOtlllg out of High School
District, I.aureus number olCVOIl, in
said County ami Slate, has been Hied
with the County hoard of Education,
an election upon Raid question is. horo
ordnred; said elect Ion to ho held 2!l
of June a. I).IJbi'.b at Trinity Uhlge
School Mouse under the management
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All qualified electors ami floe hold
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ten or printed thereon.
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