We endeavour to hold forth a full-gospel message:--1 Salvation from sin by faith in Jesus Christ alone; 2. A complete separation from the world in spirit and practice: 3. a full dependence upon God in every circumstance of life; 4. the LORD as the only healer of His people; 5. the second coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as both personal and imminent nent; and, the necessity of a "walk in the Spirit" and "not in the flesh." (In this connection the following passages of scripture will be helpful: Acts 4:12-- Rom. 5:1, Gal. 6:14--Jas. 4:4; Jerem. 17:5--Matt. 6:19,20; Exod. 15:26--Matt. 8:17; Acts 1:11--II Thes. 2:3; 6 Rom. 8:9--Gal. 5:16.)
On the other hand, we have the so-called Fundamentalists, those who are standing up against the departure from the faith of the Son of God in all the once evangelical churches,--a nobel army, praise the Lord! Others there are, small and great, ranging from nation-wide movement to the lone city mission,--thus contending for the faith. How we should pray that, in this hour of darkness and trial, they may be kept meek for the Master's use and brought into a closer spiritual fellowship! Bear ye one another's burden, says the Word. In the meanwhile, we may enjoy--not only good doctrine--but the old-time power, which attends it. Some call it, an "in- filling;" some, an "over-flow;" some, the "second-blessing;" while some have the "victorious-life;" and, again, the "overcoming-life."
We believe it all to be of the same,--rain, in the time of the latter rain;--and we join hands with Wesley and others, in their doctrine of "sanctification," now so universally neglected or ridiculed by their professed successors. It is for every honest, thirsty soul.
Beyond all this, we have a new thing, that claims distinction from everything else, and which is called, in many instances, 'The Latter Rain.' There are, it seems, as many shades and shadows within what is known as "Pentecost" as there are in the whole of the church outside it. Perhaps this is one of the strongest evidences in its favor in being called "The Latter Rain." The eastern farmer looked for two periods of the down-pour:--the one before, and during the planting, and, the other, just before--and as final preparation for the harvest; the farmer and the latter rain, both identical, but with different significance. James 5:7 and 8 gives this as the similitude of the church-period--unto the coming of the Lord. He cautioned them of his time and all that were to follow--up to that desired end--TO BE PATIENT, THEREFORE. BEHOLD, SAYS HE; THE HUSBANDMAN WAITETH FOR THE PRECIOUS FRUIT OF THE EARTH, AND HATH LONG PATIENCE FOR IT, UNTIL HE RECEIVE THE EARLY AND LATTER RAIN. The "early rain" had come, the downpour being at Pentecost and after Jesus pictured God the Father as the anxious, patient HUSBANDMAN in JOHN 15 1,2. He, also, "waiteth for the precious fruit". Therefore the apostle (JAMES) adds again, BE YE ALSO PATIENT; STABLISH YOUR HEARTS; FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD-- which will be the harvest time--DRAWETH NIGH,--come on apace. But "the husbandman waiteth... until he receive the latter rain." Anyhow, we see the same power manifested AS THE BEGINNING.--the gifts of the Spirit. But we see, also, the same extremes as existed in the period of the "early rain," (at the planting of the seeds for the CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS BODY), and which St. Paul exposed and tried to correct so that the Epistles are again brought into full use even at those points we had come to believe were in permanent disuse. We have seen some very marked manifestations of the Spirit--in both gifts and graces--in this movement; but, we have seen things, also, which we could not place with the HOLY SPIRIT. There are many spirits, embodied and disembodied, but there is one only Holy Spirit, and an honest heart need not be long in doubt about His manifestations. Meanwhile, if the claim be true, and we do not doubt it, that it is indeed the "latter-rain", then "harvest" is very near,--which Jesus called, THE END OF THE AGE; and, we may expect the return of our Lord at any time. Let us voice the words of the beloved disciple John, in the Revelation.-- EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS.
"But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."--MATTHEW 24: 48-51. A seasonable word of warning to those who are part in charge in God's "household" in view of the soon coming of Jesus.