FROM THE PUBLISHER OF THE “OLD PATHS ADVOCATE”
I have reluctantly accepted the responsibility as Publisher of this religious journal, for I have thought that if I had any ability in the services of my Master, it was in the evangelistic field. This I still believe, but it seems to be the will of the editors that I undertake the arduous task of publishing the paper, and to this will I resign.
I appreciate very much the confidence manifested in selecting me to undertake this responsible duty, and I trust that I may ever merit this confidence. I feel very keenly my inability to carry on the work in the splendid way in which brother Harper has served as Publisher of “The Truth.” I have nothing to promise you but a conscientious effort to give the best there is in me, and to the best of my ability, give to all a square deal.
With Brethren Homer A. Gay, J. D. Phillips, and H. C. Harper on the editorial staff with me, with their influence and assistance, I feel that my burden is made lighter. I believe that these are true and tried friends, upon whom I can rely. And, too, Bro; H. E. Robertson, a consecrated Gospel preacher, of this community, has promised to assist me with mailing out the paper and otherwise as I may need his assistance. This will enable me to continue in the evangelistic work as I have in the past; otherwise I would not have undertaken the publication.
Finally, brethren, I ask you to be patient with my humble efforts and mistakes; pray for me that I may ever strive to keep the “Old Paths Advocate” true to the name, and that it may be a means of bringing us all closer together and of learning more of the Lord’s will concerning us. To Him who loved us and died for us be all the praise, glory and honor.
Yours for the “Old Paths,”
Homer L. King
POLICY OF THIS PAPER
1. To judge no man’s loyalty to his God by his loyalty to the paper.
2. To “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3). And thus complete the restoration started by the Campbell’s and others a century ago.
3. To oppose every departure from the word of God in faith and practice; avoiding at the same time undue stress on any one sin, to the exclusion of others. We expect to wage a war of uncompromising hostility against every sin both in and out of the church.
4. To make the paper an open forum, insofar as the issues being discussed are considered vital to the welfare of the church and the salvation of the soul.
5. To give the readers a balanced periodical, thus making it beneficial to both saint and sinner.
6. To manifest the spirit of Christ in dealing with all issues and controversies, thus avoiding personal thrusts and abusive language. We ask all our writers to say nothing in the columns of the paper that they would be ashamed or afraid to say in the Day of Judgment.
7. To make field reports a special feature. Therefore, we insist that all preachers and leaders of the loyal congregations send in reports and announcements regularly; thereby encouraging others in the work.
8. Finally, to be true to the charge that God has given us; to glorify Him in all that we do or say; to urge upon all a closer walk with God; realizing that we have never dying souls to save, and to fit them for Mansions in the sky.
J. D. Phillips H. C. Harper
Homer L. King Homer A. Gay
Old Paths Advocate
This is the first issue of our new paper, “Old Paths Advocate.” We hope you will like it and become a regular subscriber. Its motto is Jeremiah 6:16 and Isaiah 58:12, and we are determined to keep it true to its motto. Its mission is the restoration of primitive Christianity. We hope to heal the torn and bleeding body of the Crucified One. This is the best work that can engage the attention of man. Yahweh promised us (Jeremiah 30:10-17) that He would “restore health unto thee (Zion) and heal thee of thy wounds.” But his loyal servants must “stand upon the walls of Zion, and cry aloud and spare not.”
The body of our ever blessed Redeemer is badly mangled. After the death of the Apostles, a bitter and fierce apostasy began to work as a corrupting leaven in the Church. “That man of sin, and son of perdition” was soon developed into “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots” (Revelation 17:1-7), the Roman Hierarchy (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5).
The Lord has shown by His prophets that the grape harvest is now ripe, and that the plagues of Sodom, Egypt, and Jerusalem are in store for Mystical Babylon. Her doom is graphically described in Revelation 17-18. The 1,260 years of her oppression will soon end (Daniel 7:25). The Lord is going to judge this adulterous breed, whether Mohammedanism or Catholicism, Protestantism or Digression, and give them over to the burning flame.
He has warned His people to come out of Babylon (Revelation chapter 18) and thus escape plagues, just as Jesus warned His beloved disciples to flee from Jerusalem when they saw the “abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel the prophet” (Matthew 24).
Many are conscious of the fact that they are seated “by the waters of Babylon” and they “weep when they remember Zion” in her ancient purity and simplicity—just as the ancient Israelites did. See Psalm 137:1-4. They have read, in tears, the announcement by the Lord of the awful doom of Mystical Babylon (Revelation 17) and the command to “come out of her, My people” (Revelation 18:4); but they do not know how to “come out of her.”
We need just such a paper as we are determined to make “Old Paths Advocate,” to lead earth’s meek and faithful into “the old paths” of Apostolic Christianity.
Times are hard. We are poor. Babylon has and controls the money of the world. She says, “I am rich, and increased with goods,” and, “I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.” You need the lessons we intend to give through the paper. Your friends need them. So the cause we plead is a good one. Satan is even now breathing out threatenings against us. Help us to defeat Satan, “the Accuser, who is the God of this world” and the leader of the forces of spiritual obstruction. The “Old Serpent” (Revelation 20:2) has been heard from. He has said that such an “impractical” venture as the undertaking of the publication of this paper during such “hard times” and apostasy is “folly.” Help us to prove that “the father of lies” is a LIAR! Your subscriptions and donations will do this. Of Satan it has been said:
“He says, if I do not worship him for a God,
I shall eat coarser food and go worse shod;
So as I don’t value such things as these,
You must do, Mr. Devil, just as God please”
So let us have your subscriptions and donations. Many sample copies of this first issue will be sent out. Let each one who receives one, send a dollar right now to, “Old Paths Advocate,” Lebanon, Mo.
J. D. Phillips
I am preparing a tract, or booklet, on The Cup of Blessing. I expect to make this the most exhaustive of any work ever written on The Cup Question. It will do for several generations.
Information Obtained: I have more than a dozen Greek-English lexicons from which I will freely quote. I have consulted such commentaries as Meyer, Hurt, Clarke, Lange, et al. From these, I have obtained valuable information regarding the literal and figurative uses of the word “poterion, a cup, a drinking vessel.” From histories, I have learned that one cup was used in each assembly of Christians in the Apostolic and post-Apostolic ages. Letters from dozens of professors of Greek, Hebrew, English, and History, in the universities, such as Bethany, Drake, Yale, and Harvard, give valuable information to the same effect.
A Request: I want all brethren, who have commentaries, to copy, verbatim, all in them that bears on the Cup Question, and send to me. Also send letters from the scholars. Now, don’t say, “Bro. Phillips knows this already,” for I may not. If I do, I need these letters and statements to quote from, as I wish to make the booklet a reference work to be used by preachers, debaters, and writers in their work; and for individual study.
J. D. Phillips