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Old Babies

Old Babies

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BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


1 Cor. 4 :l-5.

LET a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and"
stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in
stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a
very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judg-
ment: yea I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself;
yet am I not hereby justified: but He that judgeth me is the Lord.
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who
both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make
manifest the counsels of the hearts : and then shall every man have
praise of God.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


1 Cor. 4 :l-5.

LET a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and"
stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in
stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a
very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judg-
ment: yea I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself;
yet am I not hereby justified: but He that judgeth me is the Lord.
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who
both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make
manifest the counsels of the hearts : and then shall every man have
praise of God.

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OLD BABIESBY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M 1 Cor. 4 :l-5. LET a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and" stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judg- ment: yea I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but He that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts : and then shall every man have praise of God. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Dearly Beloved in Christ: In the early Christian Church of the old covenant the little children were presented to their Lord and became members of the church at the age of eight days, and we find that in Israel there was no such a thing as a family Iiaving children who were not Israelites. It was God's plan from the beginning that Christian families should rear nothing but Christian children, and that this is still the spirit of the ew Testament we heard in this morning's lesson. John the Baptist did not become a member of the church when he was a grown up man, or a young man, but he, too, was brought into the covenant of the circumcision at the age of eight days; was also filled with the Holy Spirit even before he was born. From this we learn that it is God's will in the ew Testament dispensation that the little children can come into the
 
Christian Church just as soon as they are born, and that 37 '38 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. they should have tlie Hol}^ Spirit, at least in the hearts of their parents, long before they are born. There is nothing more beautiful to a true pastor than to see the little chil- dren in the church. Those people Avho do not want the children in the church are far from being true Christians, for God gave the command to feed the sheep and the lambs, and hoAv can we feed the lambs Avhen we never see them? The way to train cliildren is to bring them to the house of God no later than six weeks after they are born, ana have them baptized, and the mothers come with those baptized children every Sunday that they are well enough ; and a room should be provided where they could go with those children in case they do disturb the service; and, as soon as they are trained a few weeks, they can be in the service as well as any one else. I have said it often, and I repeat it to-night, I could take care of twenty-five little children in any church if I were permitted to sit near by, and those parents who cannot take care of their children in the church, are discovering not simply that they have not trained them rightly in the church, bat they haven't trained them rightly at home. The little children should be brought into God's house, and if they were all brought in as they should be and trained there Sunday after Sunday, line upon line, precept upon precept, Ave would not have so many old babies in the church. ow the very people who do not love the little babes in tne church are old babes, and the old babes are the hardest babes in the world to control. The apostle refers to these old babes in chapter 3 :1 when he says : "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able
 
to bear it, neither yet now are ye able." This letter Avas addressed to Greek Christians, living in Corinth — the most intelligent people AA^ho Avere living on God's eartli at that time, but just because they were naturally intelli- gent they imagined in a very short time that they were theologians, and began to discuss questions concerning which they kncAv very little; factions arose, and the Apostle Paul Avas called upon to write them a letter in THIRD SUDAY I ADVET. 89 order that he might settle them and in order that they might not become too proud, he called them by their right name and said, You are a set of OLD BABIESYou will notice my themes are in the Bible and not in the iiex spai)ers. These old babies are still found in the church, and you will notice we find them 1. In the pew. 11. In the pulpit. 1. The old babes 1 say are souietimes found in the ptnv. You know them by three marks: Creating factions; qadrrdiiifj about the preachers ; and posing as theologians  — uiaking fools of themselves. 1. Creating factions. We read of these old babes in the following words: 1 Cor. 1:10-11. "ow I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all s])eak the sauie thing, and that there be no divisions: among you ; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto uie of you, my brethren, b^^ them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.'' In chapter 3:3 he says of them: "For ye are yet

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