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in the time of their visitation they shall perish” (Jer. 10:14). That time is now come, for the preaching of the pillar and ground of the truth demolishes the work of error.
God's church is exclusive like himself; and he who is not willing to commit himself exclusively to God and the church that Jesus purchased with his own blood, but for the friendship of the world and of the masses of sectarians enters the great wicked Babel of isms and by so doing avoids persecutions, is not fit for the kingdom. Though men have held a place both in God's church and in man's sects through ignorance, yet when the true light comes, they must cut loose from one or the other. If they then refuse to walk in the light, they will go into spiritual darkness.
The spirit of this age is to place Christ and Belial on an equality-to call everything that has a name to be religious God's church, and thus try to palm off upon the Almighty the corrupt works of the devil and insult his holiness by classifying with his heaven-born church all the hypocrites and abominable characters taken into the false branches of Babylon; but “the Lord knoweth them that are his."
The great congress of all religions held in 1893 in Chicago at the World's Fair was a perfect selling out of Christ. The representatives gathered in that congress claimed to meet in one common brotherhood, thus forcing fellowship between light and darkness, Christ and Belial, God and idols, heaven and hell. Heathen idolaters, Shintoists and worshipers of all the ridiculous gods that Satan has invented met on one common level as one great family-an act which virtually denied the exclusiveness of the God of the Bible and placed God on the level with heathen idols. This, we say, was a slander on the name of Christ and wicked blasphemy in the sight of God. It virtually proves that Roman and Protestant Babylon have left God and gone over to the gods of Baal; for surely Christ is separate from all such, and the God of the Bible is the only God, his church is the only true and safe fold, and the faith of Christ is alone from heaven.
THE HOLINESS OF THE CHURCH.
This is the one all-important and absolutely essential attribute of the divine church. Before God put forth the first creative act in the formation of this world, he determined that its inhabitants should be holy. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” Eph. 1:4. For this reason he created man in his own image-in his own moral likeness. And this image of God in which man was created and to which he is restored by the all-transforming and sanctifying grace of God is "righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:23). “After God” must mean after the original pattern in which man was created-after the moral likeness of his own Maker, which is defined as “righteousness and true holiness." Col. 3:9, 10, leaves us no shadow of a doubt that this original God-likeness, from which we have the word “godliness,” is restored to the soul of man here in this life: “Seeing that ye have put off the old man (evil nature] with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” Here we see that salvation in the second Adam brings back the holy image of God that man lost by sin in the first Adam.
This moral perfection in man is essential to the very object of his being. “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy." Lev. 19:1, 2. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Pet. 1:15, 16. Can any thoughtful mind read these words without receiving the impression that God created man to enjoy the blessing of fellowship and companionship with him? to enjoy the society of God and to be a “worker together with him” in carrying forward his beneficent plans ? The imperative command is, “Be ye holy''; and the one great and all-sufficient reason for the injunction is, “Because I the Lord your God am holy.” The import of the reason is this: Man was created to walk with God. God being holy, man also must be holy; otherwise there can be no affinity between God and man, no adaptation to each other's society. Therefore when our first parents by sin lost their holiness of heart, the image of God, they were spoiled for his heavenly society. They dreaded his approach, and hid with fear and trembling when they heard his voice. They having now become unholy, his holiness drove them out from his presence. And let it here be considered that as heaven is filled with the holiness and presence of God, it is the utmost folly and delusion to cherish a hope of entering into its ineffable glory unless one is made perfect and spotless in holiness before God. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”; but “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
For this great object was the church established here on earth. She is the mountain of God's own holiness, and her plane of moral perfection is the plane of heaven. She is all one “family in heaven and earth,” so that all who are in fellowship with her are in fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3), and are consequently fitted for the enjoyment of all the holy society of heaven. The church of the living God is paradise restored on earth, a "new creation.” No person can enter it except through salvation from all sin, and no person can remain in the church after he ceases to be holy, any more than Adam and Eve could remain in Eden after they had