tHE FOOL-KILLER, BOOMER, N, C.
You say that a man lies when he J our past sins by works, but by faith short of the glory of God. Romans
professes to live without committing I in Jesus. Well, do we make the law; 3:23.
sm. .Listen: It there is no man lives oi none effect if we believe? Just
without sinning after he has been believe and go on sinning!? Is that
converted to the Truth, then there It? No, by no means. He says we
borne time during the shank end 1 19 no man going to inherit eternal I establish the law. In what way do
of the winter I received a lengthy life, because God's Word says, "He we establish the law? y following
communication on the subject of that committeth sin is of the devil." in the footsteps of Jesus and doing
"Holiness" from one of my near neigh- I John 3:8. He says the Son of what he lells us to do. If we do
bors, Mr. Claude Carlton, of Boom-1 God was manifested that he might 1 what he tells us to do, we will not
er, w. O. it was intended to be an destroy the works, ol the devil. Also sin at all.
answer to my "Sermion on Holiness'" Paul says in Romans 6:1-2: Now just one more, thing to discuss.
in the January issue of this paper.! "What shall we say then? Shall I You wrote: "God is a reasonable God,
The communication is well-written I we continue in sin that grace may and when-a man does the very best
and just about as strong and convinc- I abound ? God forbid. How shall wefhe can under the circum&tnces he will
ing as anything on that subject could that are dead to sin live any longer (not be condemned."
be. But still it is one-sided, as all therein?" That statement is all 'right, minus thought that was a stroner noint. but
uch arguments are apt to be. He) He says in Romans 8:10: I the "circumstances," as there is no you didn't know what I could do to
gjves all the scripture verses he can! "Ajnd if Christ be in you, the body "circumstances" mentioned in the jit. Now watch me:
And others of the same kind that
might be given. You were interest
ed in giving the texts that supported
your view, but you didn't want any
thing said about the texts that op
pose your view. That isn't the way
to do. We must leam to look at all
sides and balance the evidence and
see what is the most reasonable posi
tion to takeT-
Now let me show you something
that you have evidently not noticed.
The first scripture quotation you give
is Phil. 2:5 8. Of course you
find that seem to support his belief is dead because of sin." Bible. Paul said:
m Holines-s, but ignores a great many And many other Scriptures I could "In all these things we are more
that clearly teach the exact opposite. Quote on the same line showing it is than conquerors through him that
I will first give . you my neighbor's out of the question to be a Christian loved us."
letter, and then follow it with a few and sin all at the same time. In all what things? In ail the
You quote from the old King Jim
translation, which all Bible scholars
today adririt is very faulty, and this
very passage you have quoted is one
remarks of my own. Here is the let
Boomer, N. C.
Feb. 17, 1922.
James Larkin Pearson,
Boomer, N. C.
1 received several sample copies
of The Fool-Killer for January, and
looking over it to see if I could "find
anything that would interest me, I
of the faultiest places in it. In fact,
As far as perfection is concerned, I things which you included in your it is so glaringly wrong that I don't
we are commanded to be perfect as 'circumstances." see how anybody with common sense
Jesus himself. And if you don't know You said that what a man sinned can fail to notice it.
what that command. is, it is to put through the weakness of the flesh, r t u- u i t.
,.. -, U v .... J ' (5) Let this mind be in you, which
it wuuju noi ne set uown against : i m . , T
to wns n kn in ( hriQT. J pens
mm. in ov let me ten you tnere is
on charity, which is the bond of per
faction. Now you can't afford, sure
ly, to kick against a man who be
lieves in living a perfect Christian life
iou Knew jesus says, te ye per-
iect, even as your Father which is
in heaven is perfect."
You spoke about Adam being per-1 sanding His own Son in the likeness 1
P'lli ;o Vio Ihorl nn rrtrirAya ci'n niifll I POHsnPS r-f lrYxr micrhi. ho -pnlfillorl
jl uiu wf'.A.i otvli in cm cii-liit; ui uiub I i i i s, i -r-r i i ,i I n 11 i .1 n i
. . .r . . . .ne aisoDeyea uoa. rie naa tne same m us wno waiK not aiier tne nesn
flesh and blood as you and I have. I but after the spirit.
If' he had not had, why then he Now it says in one plae (Gal. 5)
Wouldn't have been tempted to dis- that the flesh lusteth again? the spirit
chef God. So Adam was no more and the spirit against the flesh, so
pertect than a little child is today, you cannot do tne things that ye
who has never come to the age of would; but if ye. are led by the spirit
accountability. We are all Adams ye are not under the law. He says
one time in cur lives; but we must that the works of the flesh are adult-
repent of our sins- and forsake them, ery, fornication, uncleanness, idolatry,
saw a piece headed, "A Sermon on - ' . , . , , , ,
T mi . , . . , feet. Adam was perfect as far as ol smiul flesh, and for sm
Holiness?. lhat did interest me very .... . , . , . . a . A, , .
, , T . .. . committing sin was concerned, be- ed sm in the flesh, that 1
much, and I read it carefully. Yes, , , , , , , . .., , -i.il.
kind that is, anything on the subject
of eternal salvation of the soul.
Holiness is a thing we must have
if we see the Lord, because the -Bible
says, "Without holiness no man shall
see the Lord."
You didn't say a thing about what
true Holiness is, in the sermon, but
applied it to a certain class of people.
As we dmer on some things you
spoke about" in your sermon, I will
make a'eply to it, and I want you
to print my letter in The Fool-Killer
Now I don't believe in going around
and telling, that I am a good man,
and that I am doing the Lord's will,
specifying the good things that I do,
etc., and then live an ungodly, selfish
Ble. Ut course 1 believe tnere is
what you would call religious fools,
net having knowledge enough to know
what they are doing. But now let's
gt down to business. You seem to
think that a man is not required to
live a sinless life in this world. But
JLsten to me: the Bible teaches that
else there will be :no mercy for us. hatred, and the like. But the fruit
Now as to the purpose of Christ's of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long
coming to this world, in the likeness suffering, gentleness, kindness, faith,
of, sinful flesh, you said a few words and such like, against which there
about that, but I must say that you is no law
are sadly mistaken in your idea. Now when our fruits aie such that
Christ died for us, and in what way 1 there is no law against them, where
did he die? He died unto sin. He is the sin? There is none, for sin
lived a sinless life in this world. Now is the transgression of the law." (I
listen: He is our model. He came John 3). Consider these points care
to this world to point out a way for I fully, Mr. .Pearson.
lis tn irn. in nvrlpv that, wa mnv hp
saved if we would go that way. Now
I am going to prove to you that this
"For even hereunto were ye called,
because Christ also suffered for us,'
lpiviT!fp ivu cfi ttVairt-rSlp thai vo ciinnW
wii mjusu live tiiiuesft iiJ.e ncic 111 una .
. . . . i I follow m his steps."
.jiiesent world if we are to inherit the
precious promises which God has
given to them that believe.
You say that some people set them
selves up as equals of Jesus. Here's
what I have got to say about that. . j said
P11 just put the scripture to you; J 4Vr
- "Let this mind be m you, which
-was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being
. in the form of God, thought it not
rtbbery to be equal with God. But
In the second chapter of First J ohm
made himself of no reputation, and h hap-pjnesSi ere w ,s no is nJne holy as Lorf...
took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men
And being) found in fashion as a man,
biv humbled himself and became
oIedient unto death, even the death
f th oross." Phil. 2:5-8.
Paul exhorts us to have, thought
about us in a way that we'll think
it not robbery to be equal with God.
w .xC wr there arc many more exhortations on
"t. , 77 ItfiG same line. In Romans 3 we are
( fi Winn, hpincr in flip fmm n-p Onrl
no provision made in God's word fori.i t.-. . iu .4.1, i
. ! thoue-ht it not robherv to be eual
the weakness of the flesh. Here is ! q0(j
some Scripture on that: ,v , ,
vviiat the law could not do m tliat f- . i 4-1 4? j
tion. ann rnok nnn mm t.hf tmnYk rf a
it was reak through the flesh, God, , j , . v1
ness of men;
(8) And being found in fashion
as a man, he humbled himself, and
became obedient unto death, even the
death of the cross.
Verse six is the bad one. Bead
it over again and see what idea it
conveys. Then read verses seven
and eight and see what idea they
convey. How does the thought of
being, "equal with God" harmonize
with the thought of utter humility
and servitude expressed in the follow
ing verses? And how does it harmo
nize with the third verse ? "Let each
esteem others BETTER than them
selves." Can't you see that something s
wrong? Well, the trouble is in the
translation. The men who made the
King Jim version were nothing but
mere men, and probably not very good
nor very wise men, either. Anyhow,
they simply fell down on that sixth
In recent years ' a number of new
translations of the Scriptures have
been made by men who were in every
way better equipped than the King
Jim translators. It 'must be remem
bered that all the most ancient and
valuable Greek manuscripts have
been discovered SINCE the Authoriz
ed Version was made. They had only
a iew manuscripts to wrork from, and
none of them were more than 400
years old. But no less than 1,
500 Greek manuscripts have been dis
covered since that, and somrv of them
reach back to the third century A,
D., and among these are the thuia.
oldest and most valuable of all
the Codex Sinaiticus, now im Petro
grad, Russia; the Codex Vaticamis
in Rome, and! the Codex Alexandrinus
in the British Museum, London. Thes&
three manuscripts are now looked up
on as the "Three Great Witnesses,"
and they have all been discovered
SINCE the Authorized Version was
The modern translators have had
the advantage of all these ancient
manuscripts to work from, in addition
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that ye should do as I have done to lJ, c, - --i'-
Well, there it is, Mr. Carlton, and
I congratulate you on your ability as
a writer and reasoner. There will
not be room in-this paper to fully
answer all fou have written, and in
fact sortie of it does not need; answer
ing. I admit to start with that you
agaii (to support jtoufr' view. ButJ
I also know there are scriptures which
seem to teach the exact opposite, and
rr 4u 4. 4.1- i 4.1. Iwliv should we take all of the texts
He that sayeth he abideth in him I
ought himself also to walk as he -
Here is another, if we believe the " ?r . ' "y 'u H
precious promises of everlasting; life 1 s "
sickness, sorrow, death, or anything! I Samuel 2.2.
like that. He says: I "There is no man that sinneth not.'
'And every imahii that hath thisl I Kings 8:46.
hope in hinv pari fieth himself even "If we say that we have no sin,
fas he is pure." we deceive ourselves, and the .truth
Now what are you going to say? lis not in us." I John 1:8.
Do not these Scriptures prove that
we should live like he lived a sin
less life? They surely do. And
For there is -not a just man upon
earth, who doeth good and sinneth
not." Eccl. 7:20.
"There is none that doeth good,
no, not one." Rom. .3:12.
For all have sinned, and come
mnuus us iv uu jj. nwci y .
n uie cross, ana i ne wi that are Jn8tified from
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