Summary of an Essay

This very well worked out essay began by stating that we of course were not present at the procedures of 1924, and for that reason the task of holding fast that great heritage given our fathers be­comes that much the greater for us, in fact, by nature impossible.

That twenty-five years have already elapsed since 1924, its significance for this generation has a tendency to decline in value. This of course is not a good sign. If we forget 1924, we can only receive the idea that this great heritage was brought about through our own power, but if we look back at 1924 we can certainly see that it was God’s al­mighty hand alone, that restored the faith which we have today.

The essay then brought out that we must not only hold fast that heritage, but that we pass it on to the coming generation. Certainly no one can deny that we carry a great responsibility. To maintain a good confession in the midst of this evil world has always been difficult for the church of Jesus Christ. Today this is even more difficult than ever before, and as Scripture teaches it will become more difficult even unto the end of time. Therefore may God give us His grace in a very rich measure, that we may redeem the time, see and carry diligently this great responsibility in the years which are before us.

It was also made clear before our minds that we refrain from compromis­ing. This definitely called us to be on our guard, for it is one of the devil’s slyest ways which he uses to try and destroy the church of Christ in this world. Therefore we should be very careful in taking other denominations in with ours. Naturally, we would like to see our small denomination grow in numbers, but we know too that God does not often work that way. Let us then beware that we do not compromise the truth with the lie, only to make our church great in this world, and maintain our stand against the heretical view of winning the world for Christ.

Then, too, we must be diligent to learn to know what we stand for, keeping fresh in our memories the happenings of 1924, and be capable, girded around about with the girdle of truth, to impress to the generations to come with its fullest mean­ing.

Finally, it was brought out that while expressing the truth, we should also con­demn the lie. Certainly in this we must be careful, that we do not look upon them with scorn, who teach and main­tain that which is repugnant to the Word of God, and boastfully say in our hearts that we have earned this glorious herit­age. God forbid! Rather let all our boasting be in Him, our Covenant God. For Scripture states in Rom. 9:16, “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”

May God then grant us to grow in grace, that we may stand steadfast in the battle, holding fast that which we have, and say that we have run the race, and fought the good fight for that which is laid up for us, the crown of righteous­ness, which the Lord shall give unto all that love his appearing.

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