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What Would John Join

What Would John Join

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


I John 5:4-12.

FOR whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world : and this is
the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is
he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus
is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, even
Jesus Christ ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is
the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there
are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the
Holy Ghost : and these three are one. And there are three that bear
witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: 'and these
three agree . in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of
God is greater : for this is the witness of God which He h'ath testified
of His Son. ' He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in
himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he
believeth not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the
record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His
Son. He that hath the Son hath life ; and he that hath not the Son
of God h'ath not life.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


I John 5:4-12.

FOR whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world : and this is
the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is
he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus
is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, even
Jesus Christ ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is
the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there
are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the
Holy Ghost : and these three are one. And there are three that bear
witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: 'and these
three agree . in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of
God is greater : for this is the witness of God which He h'ath testified
of His Son. ' He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in
himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he
believeth not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the
record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His
Son. He that hath the Son hath life ; and he that hath not the Son
of God h'ath not life.

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What Would John Join? BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M I John 5:4-12. FOR whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world : and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost : and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: 'and these three agree . in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater : for this is the witness of God which He h'ath testified of His Son. ' He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life ; and he that hath not the Son of God h'ath not life. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Dear Christian Friends: John Avas the only one of the twelve disciples that died a natural death. He reached the age of about one hundred years, and the thought occurred to me as I read this text, what would John do if he Avere on earth to-day? Where Avould he actually be? What Avould he join? The Roman Catholic Church members tell us that Peter was a Catholic. Hoav about John? Would he be in the Lu- theran Church? Would he be in the Presbyterian Church?
 
Would he be in the Jewish Church? Would he be in the Sah^ation Army? Would he be a Christian Scientist? 390 FIRST SUDAY AFTER EASTER. 391 Would he join the Masons? Where would John be? I am glad for one thing that we have reached a period at least in this church, and I think in history, Avhen things that used to be considered questions not debatable, are now debatable. There was a time, not a hundred years ago, that if a man came to a city and said anything about Masonry, for instance, they would get some paint and paint him, and they Avould not let those men get off of the train any more; they would send them home as fast as they came. That day has passed. There was a time when, if you would say anything about the Lutheran Church the Lutherans were angry, or if you would say anything against the Catholic Church, the Catholics were angry. We are reaching a time in history when intelli- gent men are discovering that anything that is not worth discussing is not worth anything, and that things that are not worth testing are not worth anything. I may pay my respects this evening to the Lutheran Church, I may pay it to the Protestant Churches, I may pay it to the Jewish Church, may be to the Christian Scientists, may be to the Salvation Army, may be to the different things that come into my mind as I pass along. I simply wish to say tonight that this text is so full of good things that I wish I had ten evenings instead of one to expound it. It is so full of the real essence of true Christianity that I am led to ask the question WHAT WOULD JOH JOI? I. I shall pay my respects a few moments to the Eoman Catholic Church this evening, and the abuses
 
there. The Roman Catholic Church has many things that are worthy of imitation. Her hospitals are so grand and so good that I can never think of the Roman Catholic Church Avithout praising her for taking care of her sick. The last evening I spent at Omaha I Avas called out at twelA^e o'clock at night to Adsit a sick one in a Roman Catholic hospital, and there I saAv those good, angelic nuns sitting there in that large liospital reading their words of prayer and giA^ng their lives for the good of hu- 392 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. inanity, and a man who just publicly and in a wholesale way denounces Catholicism is an ignoramus. When you see how the Roman Catholic church reaches down into its pocket and not only supports the priest but several good school teachers to educate their children the first twelve years, I say shame on the Protestant church that she doesn't take the same care of her children. But when I ask myself the question, Would John join the Roman Catholic Church, I find a little difficulty. For instance, I do not believe that you could ever get him to pray to the virgin Mary. I open my Roman Catholic catechism and I find these words : ^'I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grevious fault. Therefore I beseech blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our Cod for me.'' John would never utter those words. John had Mary in his own home for fifteen years. John heard Jesus

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