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Biography Autobiography of Elder Gilbert Beebe
      Mr. Saluson: In fulfillment of my promise, I will state some of the most important incidents of my life. I was born in the town (now city) of Norwich, Connecticut on the 25th day of November, 1800. At a very early period, and as far back as my memory extends, I was seriously impressed with a solemn conviction of my sinful and lost condition as a si ...read
Article1 Samuel 8:10
      Sister Blake, of South Carolina, desires our views on the passage referred to, which reads thus: "And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house," &c. It seems to be a hard matter with many to comprehend how God can govern, restrain and direct the evil spirits which are ...read
ArticleA Riddle
       NEW VERNON, N. Y., March 1, 1811. WE have for many years been partially acquainted with the inmates of a house, whose history, if we were able to do jus tice to the work, would be interesting, and perhaps profit able to some portion of our readers. The house itself is fearfully and wonderfully made, and has stood in its present form a little mor ...read
ArticleAbsolute Predestination
      The Old School or Primitive Baptists in former years have been very definitely identified and distinguished from all other religious or ecclesiastical organizations as Predestinarian Baptists, and as such have borne reproach and vituperation from those who hold more limited views of what we regard as the absolute and all pervading government of God ...read
ArticleAbsolute Predestination - A Dialogue
       Mr. Beebe: --In a former letter I requested your views on the absolute predestination of all things. I asked for information, and for nothing else; but I will excuse you for not answering me, for I know that I am not worthy of notice, but I am a poor unworthy worm of the dust. Your unworthy friend. R.S. Reply. --We assure our friend R.S. that ou ...read
ArticleActs 5:38-39
       "Refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God." (Acts 5:38-39) Such was the counsel of Gamaliel to those who were madly engaged in the suppression of the truth, and persecution of the ap ...read
ArticleAtonement And Redemption
      Dear Sir: - There are some who say that the atonement is general and that redemption is particular, and others who say that both the atonement and the redemption are general. If you will give your views, through the SIGNS, on this subject, you will very much oblige, and I hope instruct me. What I want to know is, can the two be separated? If the on ...read
ArticleBehold The Lamb Of God
       "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." - John the Baptist. WHILE in the faithful discharge of that duty to which he had been divinely called, John Baptist preached in the wilderness of Judea, and buried in the bosom of Jordan all such as gave him satisfactory evidence that they were prepared for that sacred ordinance. ...read
ArticleCast Not Your Pearls Before Swine
       "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." Matthew 7:6 This text is found in the closing part of what is familiarly termed, "Christ's Sermon on the Mount," in which he taught them privately, and gave them lessons of instruction, whic ...read
ArticleChurch History
      We do not know of any reliable history of the Baptists from the apostles' days down to the present. Of all the books that have been published on ecclesiastical history, that have come under our observation, we have seen none that traces our history from the organization of the primitive Baptist Church on the day of Pentecost to the present time, as ...read
ArticleDrink No Longer Water, But Use A Little Wine...
       "DRINK no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake, and thine often infirmities." - Paul to Timothy UNPOPULAR as this text may appear in this day of religious reform, in which the scriptures have fallen so far behind the spirit of the age, we have nothing of popularity at stake, may venture a few remarks upon it without the f ...read
ArticleEternal Unconditional Election
       NEW VERNON, N. Y., February 27, 1933. IN the third item of our prospectus, we are pledged to maintain inviolably the doctrine of eternal, unconditional election. Some of our opponents have been kind enough to interpret our prospectus in such a manner as to lay us under the necessity of giving our readers more fully to understand our views. The l ...read
ArticleInvitation of the Gospel?
      New Vernon, N. Y., July 15, 1846 MUCH is said about them, and spirited controversy is often raised in deciding whether they are made to the world indiscriminately or only to the children of God. Few have paused to inquire at the sacred oracle, whether there be invitations of any kind in the gospel or not. If there are invitations in the gospel, wh ...read
ArticleInvitations of the Gospel
      We have received a communication from the north, over the signature, "A Friend of Truth," desiring our views in regard to what are called the invitations of the gospel; whether they are addressed indiscriminately to sinners or exclusively to the quickened children of God. We learn from the letter that some of our esteemed brethren are differing ser ...read
ArticleIt is Finished!
      WHEN the beloved Son of God hung on the accursed tree,-- when his soul was poured out unto death, when frighted rocks were burst asunder, the heavens in sackcloth were veiled, when the rugged bars of death were loosed, and tombs of marble resigned their sleeping tenants, when by the rending of the veil of the temple the ark, and cherubims, and merc ...read
ArticleNot by Succession but by Who are Called
      Since the apostles of the Lamb have finished their course with us in the flesh, no history of the church of God should be allowed to lure us from the doctrine which they taught, the judgments they recorded, the ordinances they have enjoined; nothing is to be added nor aught diminished from the perfect standard of faith and order they established, w ...read
ArticleOn Marriage
      We are requested by a correspondent to give our views on Romans 7: 2-3. "For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then, if while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if ...read
ArticleRomans 7:25
       "So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin." - Rom. vii. 25. If Paul had in him these two opposite principles, and both so identified with his person that with the one he himself served the law of God, and with the other at the same time he himself served the law of sin, was he like all other christia ...read
ArticleSanctification
       Dear Brother Beebe: --Will you be so kind as to give your views through the SIGNS OF THE TIMES on 1 Thess. v. 23? The doctrine of Sanctification, or holiness, is being a subject of much discussion here, and often by opponents I am thrown into perplexity for want of a more full understanding of the subject, and I ask for your aid. Likewise, please ...read
ArticleSeek and Ye Shall Find
       "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matt. 7:7-8) These words are plain and emphatic, and sufficiently simple to be comprehended by the merest infants among the children of ...read

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