BY: A. P. ADAMS
We commence this paper, and shall continue it, we trust, if in God’s providence it is to continue, in the name of God and for the love of the truth. We desire to reach, through the medium of this periodical, as many as we can of those who love the truth for the truth’s sake; those who love and prize the truth, above the creed, above the denomination, above their reputation, above all their worldly prospects; those who are willing to part with all they have for the priceless pearl. I would rather have the privilege of sending this little monthly visitor to a few hundred such readers, than to send it to thousands of the more numerous class of careless, indifferent, worldly Christians. “What is the chaff to the wheat? Saith the Lord.” (Jer. 32:28) We are living in a shallow, deceitful age. Expediency is the universal principle in the church as well as state. Sterling integrity, unswerving uprightness, incorruptibility and fearless honesty is alas, the exception and not the rule. The cynical aphorism “every man has his price” is almost universally applicable. Politicians, from the lowest “heeler” to the “boss,” are to be bought for money, or the “spoils” of office. The same is true to a very great extent of legislators, judges, jury men, and others in positions of trust and power. Even the Christian ministry is contaminated by the same covetous spirit; and preachers are oft-times engaged in an unseemly scramble for the “loaves and fishes,” rather than seeking for that bread that perisheth not. The masses are like their leaders: thoughtless, worldly and selfish. I do not expect to reach them. God will speak to them presently, “out of the whirlwind,” as he spake to Job, and then they shall hear. “Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence; a fire shall devour before Him; He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people” (Psa. L. 3, 4) Meantime, “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” (Isa. 8:16) A few are willing to pay any price for the truth; to as many of these as this may reach I send greeting, and trust that our communion through this medium may continue to our mutual benefit and God’s glory.
(Spirit of The Word Editor’s Note: Adam’s introduction seems to be crass and perhaps non-loving. We feel it is his intent to startle the first time reader and provoke each one into opening their minds to other choices, choices other than denominational Christianity. God has called every man “in their own order” and no one can come “unto Jesus Christ except it were given unto him of my Father.” God has determined His purpose in His relationship with His creation and He has placed the matter on a complete different plane, “it is believing not achieving.” Organized religion has filter and processed “worldly, carnal ways into the “Church” and the focus of today is to bring God down to the understanding of man. But Praise God we still see the movement of the Spirit and Truth (present truth) being brought to the surface. Recently during a PBS presentation, Searching For God In America, Father Thomas Keating made a profound statement. He had for many years earnestly sought God and his search was fulfilled as the Spirit came to him and he received “revelation.” Following this revelation he saw more clearly a reality of God and he stated following that illumination, “The god of my understanding had to die.”
We ask each reader of this introduction a question. Does the god of your understanding have to die? Can you come to this letter of love and open yourself to the leading of the Holy Spirit and embrace the true God seen in 1 John? Can you? Can you read by the Spirit the scriptures and embrace the Sovereignty of God in all that has been proclaimed? That there is no competitive God, there is only ONE and through His purpose, prior to the foundation of time, He, through His Christ determined the reconciliation of all mankind. No one is to be left out……all of God’s children are to receive their inheritance. If you cannot except this fact of God’s GRACE and MERCY going far beyond your understanding as it relates to the reconciliation of all mankind, then put this letter on a shelf perhaps to be picked up at a later time. If you are reading this and you are lead by the Spirit to “come up higher” in your understanding, please “feel FREE to GO ON.” End of Note).
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