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    taken from the minutes of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, house of Mary A. Blair, North Union, Butler Co., PA. June 13, 1910. The Christian Amendment. This
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      taken from the minutes of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, house of Mary A. Blair, North Union, Butler Co., PA. June 13, 1910.
      The Christian Amendment.
      This is the caption of an article in the "Christian Nation" for April 27, 1910. It is given as an address before Congressional Judiciary Committee, by Rev. J.S. Martin, General Superintendent of the National Reform Association.
      In this address by one of the highest officials of the Association, and a professed Covenanter minister, is found such a mixture of error and infidelity as should mantle with shame the cheek of any one worthy the name Covenanter.
      Rev. Martin says: "In this amendment there is no recognition of the Holy Spirit, for the all sufficient reason that it is not proposed to acknowledge theological formulas, but the actual facts with which the nation has to do. The nation as such does not sustain any relation to the Holy Spirit. But it does stand in relation to Almighty God as its Creator and Preserver. It stand in relation to Jesus Christ as its lawgiver and ruler."
      Truly, it is a sad spectacle thus to see "the leaders of the people causing them to err." Alas, for those that are led by such teachers! Why not recognize the Holy Spirit? Oh, that would not do, the Unitarian members of the Association would never agree to it.  But, says this valiant reformer (?), "the nation as such does not sustain any relation to the Father and Son; for he that denies one of the three persons of the Trinity in effect denies all.
      To say, that "the nation as such does not sustain any relation to the Holy Spirit," is to deny him to be God. But the Holy Spirit is in Scripture expressly called God. "Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost * * * * thou has not lied unto men but unto God." Acts 5 3,4. Paul tells us, 1Cor.6:19. "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you:"  and in the 2nd epistle, Chap. 6:16, "Ye are the temple of the living God."  He that in the one place is called the Holy Ghost is in the other called the living God.
      Isaiah tells us, Chap. 6:8,9. "I heard the voice of the Lord, saying * * * * Go and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not" Paul expressly say, that the Lord who thus addressed the prophet was the Holy Spirit.  "Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive."  Acts 28:25,26.
      Works are ascribed to the Holy Ghost which none but God can perform.
      1. Works of creation: In the very beginning of Genesis we are told, "the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters," forming and fashioning the shapeless mass, and bringing beauty out of desolation.  And Job says, "By His Spirit He hath garnished the heavens." Chap. 26:13. And Chap. 33:4, "The Spirit of God hath make me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." It was the work of God to form the body of Christ in the womb of the virgin. But this work was done by the Holy Spirit.  "Fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife  : for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost."  Mat. 1:20
      2. Regeneration is said to be the work of the Holy Ghost.
      "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ."  1Peter 1:2.  Here we have the concurrence of the three persons in our redemption: the Father electing, the Holy Ghost sanctifying and the Son shedding His blood for us.  Our Savior declared to Nicodemus: Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5.
      3. The bestowing of spiritual gifts is ascribed to the Holy Ghost. "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Lord. And there are differences of administration, but the same Lord. And there are differences of administration, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations; but it is the same God which worketh all in all." 1 Cor. 12:4-6. There were poured forth on the church various gifts, of wisdom, of healing, of miracles, of tongues, etc.; but all have one author.  "All these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." Ver.11
      This is but a tithe of the evidence that might be adduced from Scripture, to show that the Holy Spirit is a person or subsistence distinct from the Father and the Son, and equally to be feared and worshipped.
      And nations are moral persons accountable to God for all their actions, and are commanded by His righteous law to serve Him. "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all the earth." Ps.98:4, Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the glory due Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Fear before Him all the earth." 1 Chron. 16:28-30a "Fear ye not Me? saith the Lord : will ye not tremble at My presence?"  "The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble." Ps. 99:1.
      But none can worship God except by the enlightening, vivifying and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit. "No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." 1Cor. 12:3 "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His."  Rom.8:9.  "The things of God knoweth no man but the Spirit of God.  1Cor.2:11: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." Ver. 10. Christ declared: "The Spirit of Truth which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of Me."  John 15:25.
      What then shall be said of the man who teaches that "nations as such do not sustain any relation to the Holy Spirit?" It seems like walking on the very verge of the pit. He shall that blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation."  Mark 3:29. And, truly, (whether he mean so or not) instead of being a reformer, he is teaching the nation atheism and rebellion against God, and leading them in the broad road to destruction. "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Ps. 9:17.
      But as if this were not enough error to inculcate, farther on in his speech he says: "You will not find a body of citizens in all the land more bitterly and determinedly opposed to the union of church and state than those constituting the membership of the Association I have the honor of representing.  It is their purpose forever and most effectually to prevent such a union. This they would do by having the state clearly and explicitly recognize, acknowledge and practice for itself that religion which is confessedly essential of its welfare, yea even its perpetuity, and not in any sense dependent upon the church for it."  Again he says: "Let the state for itself, and not through any church, acknowledge its Divine Ruler and the moral principles of His law; as revealed both in nature and Scripture, that apply to its distinctive sphere and functions. This is its own religion. This is national Christianity."
      This is no new doctrine for the National Reform Association, but has been iterated time and again by its leading officials; in fact, it seems to be about the only pitiful little string on which they can harp.  Years ago, Rev. John Mc Auley tore this little speech to pieces and showed the atheism and infidelity of it.  See Reformation Advocate for December, 1874. page 110.
      "Let the state for itself, and not through any church acknowledge its Divine Ruler and the moral principles of His law"---in any way that its lust, avarice and sensuality can devise. Absit blasphemia! Voltair, Hume, Payne, Ingersoll and the whole infidel host never uttered words more subversive of the Christian religion.
      The nation does not need the urging of J.S. Martin, nor any other reformer (?), in its course of rebellion against the righteous laws of heaven.
      The carnal mind needs no prompting to induce it to walk in the flowery paths that lead to destruction: "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Rom. 8:7 How cant he kings and kingdoms of the earth kiss the Son?  By serving him as king upon his "holy hill of Zion."  "The nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. " Is. 60:12
      It is plain that this is spoken of Christ's mystical body, the Church, although persistently misapplied by these champions of reform.
      For Rev. Martin says: "Let the state for itself, and not through any church is, "the god of this world who hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."  2Cor. 4:4.
      The only religion it can "practice for itself" without being "in any sense dependent on the church for it," is that of "the prince of the power of the air, the Spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." Eph. 2:2. Neither this nation nor any other can serve the "God of Jeshuran" only through his church; for "his foundation is in the holy mountains." Ps 87:1. There is only one "pillar and ground of truth----the Church of the living God."  1Tim. 3:15.
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