The Pilgrim's Bible Church
The Pilgrimís Bible Church met for the first time Sunday morning, August 29 in the Sebring Apartment by the kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hornby.
We have adopted the name of "The Pilgrimís Bible Church" for three reasons:
First, we named it to honor the Pilgrims of the Mayflower who came to establish the Plymouth Colony on the shore of Massachusetts. As they were reformed in theology, they were Separatists from the world.
Second, in remembrance of John Bunyanís "Pilgrim" in his allegorical classic, Pilgrimís Progress. Bunyan depicted Pilgrim as being separated from worldliness and he himself was reformed in theology.
Third, and the primary reason, to confess that we, too, want to number ourselves as being "strangers and pilgrimís on the earth," and that we "seek a country...a better country, that is an Heavenly." Hebrews 11:13,14,16
As of this printing, We are meeting in the Conference Room of the Georgia Railroad Bank in Daniel Village her in Augusta, but we have an opportunity to purchase a church and a house for our family. At present we have no where into which to move.
WOULD YOU BE WILLING to LOAN the Pilgrimís Bible Church $100? Or $500? Would you be willing to loan us $1000?
For further information either write us at the above address, or telephone us -- Area Code 404-793-3553.
Brethren, pray for us.
"HOW HAVE THE MIGHTY FALLEN!"
Throughout the Middle Ages, learning was exclusively in the hands of the Church, so that to know how to read was accepted by the courts as evidence that one was a minister.
The great centers of learning had been from their founding also centers of religion: in fact most of the Oxford colleges were founded by ministers. Balliol was founded by the Bishop Durham between the years of 1260 and 1282; Merton College was founded by the Bishop of
Rochester in 1274; Exeter, founded by the Bishop of Exeter, was next in 1314; Oriel College was founded by Adam de Brome, rector of St. Maryís Church in 1324; University College was founded in 1532 by William, Archdeacon of Durham; and Queenís College was itself founded by
Robert Eglesfield, Chaplain to Queen Philippa. Is it any wonder that Oxford was the citadel of the Roman Catholic Church in England?
The founding of colleges was no different in the New World. In fact all of the eleven oldest universities in the East were started as Christian institutions. The Swedish schools on the lower Delaware were strongholds of Lutheranism. The Dutch school of New Amsterdam on the Raritan and Passaic were founded by the Dutch Reformed minister and would later emerge as Rutgers College in 1766. William and Mary College was founded by the Anglican Church in 1693; while Princeton was founded by Presbyterians in 1746. Baptists founded Brown College in 1764, and Yale was founded in 1701 by the Congregationalists. Columbia University, founded in 1754 stated its educational policy in the New York Gazette over 200 years ago:
"The chief things that are aimed at in this college are to teach and engage the children to know God and Jesus Christ and to love and serve Him in all sobriety, Godliness, righteousness, in life with a perfect heart and a willing mind."
Harvard University, founded in 1636, was no different. In 1637, John Harvard bequeathed his library and half his estate to the yearling institution. He stated in his will,
"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main ends of his life and studies; to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all knowledge and learning and see the Lord only giveth wisdom. Let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to see Christ as Lord and Master."
Who would suspect that a school so nobly begun would publish a book entitled THE HARVARD REPORT in which it would state in effect that today we have advanced educationally to a point where God and Jesus Christ play no part in education! The report continued by saying the Bible is no authority in the field of educational endeavor! The book was published by Harvard professors at a cost of $60,000. "Harvard, íHow have the mighty fallen!í"-- II Samuel 1:19,25,27.
In the next edition of THE ANGELUS, we will see the grandeur and the descent of Harvard University, and indeed "Great was the fall of it."
The Life of Augustine-- II His Influence, No. 6
In the matter of salvation, Cassian taught "Man has the natural ability to make the first step." T.T. Shields once asked his class, "If there is something in man that can respond to God, is that something ígoodí or íevil?í" In other words, if the receiving of Christ be a good thing to do, and the refusing of Him a bad thing to do, then Cassian could be right only if man is basically good, that is, if man has the innate ability to do good. This issue is most important because one of the presidential candidates, Gov. Jimmy Carter, has already expressed his belief in the innate goodness of man! If man has the ability to make the first step in matters of salvation, then man must be inherently good. What does the Scriptures say?
"There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God." --Romans 3:10,11. "It is GOD which worketh in you BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO of His good pleasure." --Philippians 2:13. "Looking unto JESUS, THE AUTHOR AND
FINISHER OF OUR faith." --Hebrews 2:12. "HE which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." --Philippians 1:6.
Man has no ability to come to Christ by his own strength, for until God begins a "good Work in him", he is in a "LOST" condition, a condition of having "NO HOPE." --Ephesians 2:12