Live Bait

Live Bait for the Devil’s Hook – furnished by blinded mothers.

We wish that every woman in our land would read the following which was written by a Godly mother, Mrs. Sybil Hoxworth.

Why are your little girls kidnapped, shamefully treated and murdered?

In the old days little girls were taught modesty from infancy, that it was disgraceful to expose the body. The mothers dressed them accordingly, with long sleeves, high necks, sensible length skirts and full length stockings. “Old fashioned,” you say? That is the kind of people that are going to populate Heaven, people who live according to the Word of God; and the Bible says that women should dress in modest apparel. 1 Timothy 2:9, “In like manner, also that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”

The devil is the author of many fashions today and they are inspired by him to destroy the souls of men and women.

When God clothed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, because they had eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3), He meant for the human body to be covered from that time on, and because people are disregarding the laws of God, crime is rampant all over the world today. The beast nature is stirred in man until they revel in crime and lust.

After God had created man and they began to multiply on the earth, “God saw that the wickedness of man was great and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, and it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth.” He said He would destroy man from the face of the earth. (Genesis 6) God sent the flood and destroyed every living creature on the face of the earth except eight souls, Noah and his family, and the living creatures that God told Noah to take into the ark.

The Bible says, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be; For as in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark and knew not until the flood came and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be,” Matthew 24:37, 39.

Mothers, you go out in public half naked and stir up the lust of man, then send your innocent little girl out half naked, at the mercy of the beast of man. Whose fault is it if she is kidnapped, brutally treated and murdered? Not the child’s fault, for she knows no better because she has not been taught.

God will hold the parents of this generation accountable for not training their children in the Word of God.

God made man the head of the woman and the head of the house, and commanded that wives should be in subjection to their own husbands and He will hold them responsible as they disobey His Word for He says in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my Word shall not pass away”.

22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. ~ Ephesians 5:22, 23 

18Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. ~ Colossians 3:18-20

Reader, will you be ready “… when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” (2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8).

Therefore the fathers are responsible before God for their household and equally responsible for the conditions in the world today.

Joshua said, “[… but] [a]s for me and my house we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

The time has come when we have to choose whom we will serve, whether God or mammon.

Mothers, if you love and regard the lives of your girls, you will dress decently and respectably and see that your girls are dressed mostly, and do all you can to eliminate the cause of all this crime.

If you have a boy how do you know that he may not meet the same fate as Hickman and others who have raped and murdered little innocent girls? It is almost impossible for a young man to keep a pure mind and see the things he has to look on at every turn, wherever he goes and even in his own home.

The judgment of God will surely fall on the women of this day for the souls they send to perdition by their ungodly dress and immodesty; and I am sorry to say it is not the women of the world alone, but many whom God has saved and filled with the Spirit are still holding on to the world and not living up to God’s Word as they know it, and are more guilty before God, for He says in His Word, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

He says if we love the world and the things that are in the world, the love of the Father is not in us; and the friendship of the world is enmity against God.

4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. ~ James 4:4

15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. ~ 1 John 2:15

Therefore if we do not come out from the world and the things of the world and live according to the Word of God, we are enemies of God, a reproach to Him and a stumbling block to the world.

For the sake of the boys and girls who are going down to perdition by the thousands, let us awake to our responsibility to God for the existing conditions.

Thousands upon thousands of young girls are disappearing in our land every year and the number is increasing rapidly; thousands upon thousands of our boys are going to perdition, destroyed, body and soul.

What a record for a land that is called a Christian nation.

May God help us to wake up and blow the trumpet in Zion.

MRS. SYBIL HOXWORTH (Free Tract Society)

WHY INVITE GOD’S WRATH?

Why is it that otherwise sensible women will dress in such a manner today, as to actually invite God’s wrath, by wearing men’s apparel? God says that they are an abomination in His sight. See Deuteronomy 22:5; Joshua 1:8.

Friend, are you wearing the garment of Christ? “Christ died for our sins … and rose again” (see 1 Corinthians 15). By trusting Him, you are clothed with ‘eternal life’.

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16

2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) ~ 2 Corinthians 6:2

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Pilgrim Tract Society

Randleman

NC 27317

Rest in Christ

I am busy reading a book titled Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor and would like to share an extensive quote (pages 259-265) from the text to encourage and edify the Saints of Christ.

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Six weeks after these experiences, when Mr. Taylor was rejoicing in the abiding fullness of this new life, a letter reached him from England that specifically touched his heart. It was from his sister, Mrs. Broomhall, the intimate friend and correspondent of his early years, who, now with a growing family round her, was sore pressed, as he had been himself, by outward responsibilities and inward conflict rather than at rest in spiritual things. With a great longing to help one so dear to him, Mr. Taylor took up his pen to reply. As he wrote, the whole story of his own extremity and deliverance was poured out in a letter that is so precious:

October 17, 1869: So many thanks for your long, dear letter …. I do not think you have written me such a letter since we have been in China. I know it is with you as with me – you cannot, not you will not. Mind and body will not bear more than a certain amount of work. As to work, mine was never so plentiful, so responsible, or so difficult; but the weight and strain are all gone. The last month or more has been, perhaps, the happiest of my life; and I long to tell you a little of what the Lord has done for my soul. I do not know how far I may be able to make myself intelligible about it, for there is nothing new or strange or wonderful – and yet, all is new! In a word, “Whereas [once] I was blind, now I see” (John 9:25).

Perhaps I will make myself more clear if I go back a little. Well, dearie, my mind has been greatly exercised for six or eight months past, feeling the need personally, and for our mission, of more holiness, life, power in our souls. But personal need stood first and was the greatest. I felt the ingratitude, the danger, the sin of not living nearer to God. I prayed, agonized, fasted, strove, made resolutions, read the Word more diligently, sought more time for retirement and meditation – but all was without effect. Every day, almost every hour, the consciousness of sin oppressed me. I knew that if I could only abide in Christ all would be well, but I could not. I began the day with prayer, determined not to take my eye from Him for a moment, but pressure of duties, sometimes very trying, constant interruptions apt to be so wearing, often caused me to forget Him. Then one’s nerves get so fretted in this climate that temptations to irritability, hard thoughts, and sometimes unkind words are all the more difficult to control. Each day brought its register of sin and failure, of lack of power. To will was indeed present with me, but how to perform I found not.

Then came the question, “is there no rescue? Must it be thus to the end – constant conflict and, instead of victory, too often defeat?” How, too, could I preach with sincerity that to those who receive Jesus, “to them gave he power to become the sons of God” (John 1:12) (i.e. godlike), when it was not so in my own experience? Instead of growing stronger, I seemed to be getting weaker and to have less power against sin; and no wonder, for faith and even hope were getting very low. I hated myself; I hated my sin; and yet I gained no strength against it. I felt I was a child of God; His Spirit in my heart would cry, in spite of all, “Abba, Father,” but to rise to my privileges as a child, I was utterly powerless. I thought that holiness, practical holiness, was to be gradually attained by a diligent use of the means of grace. I felt that there was nothing I so much desired in this world, nothing I so much needed. But so far from in any measure attaining it, the more I pursued and strove after it, the more it eluded my grasp, till hope itself almost died out, and I began to think that, perhaps to make heaven the sweeter, God would not give it down here. I do not think I was striving to attain it in my own strength. I knew I was powerless. I told the Lord so and asked Him to give me help and strength, and sometimes I almost believed He would keep and uphold me. But on looking back in the evening, alas! there was but sin and failure to confess and mourn before God ….

All the time I felt assured that there was in Christ all I needed, but the practical question was how to get it out. He was rich, truly, but I was poor; He strong, but I weak. I knew full well that there was in the root, the stem, abundant fatness, but how to get it into my puny little branch was the question. As gradually the light was dawning on me, I saw that faith was the only prerequisite, was the hand to lay hold on His fullness and make it my own. But I had not this faith. I strove for it, but in vain. Seeing more and more the wondrous supply of grace laid up in Jesus, the fullness of our precious Saviour – my helplessness and guilt seemed to increase. Sins committed appeared but as trifles compared with the sin of unbelief which was their cause, which could not or would not take God at His Word, but rather made Him a liar! Unbelief was, I felt, the damning sin of the world – yet I indulged in it. I prayed for faith, but it came not. What was I to do?

When my agony of soul was at its height, a sentence in a letter from dear McCarthy was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known before. McCarthy, who had been much exercised by the same sense of failure, but saw the light before I did, wrote (I quote from memory):

“But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.”

As I read I saw it all! “If we believe not…he abideth faithful” (2 Tim. 2:13, italics added). I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how joy flowed!) that He had said, “I will never leave [you]” (Heb. 13:5). “Ah, there is rest!” I thought. “I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I will strive no more. For has He not promised to abide with me – never to leave me, never to fail me?” And, dearie, He never will!

Oh, my dear sister, it is a wonderful thing to be really one with a risen and exalted Saviour, to be a member of Christ! Think what it involves. Can Christ be rich and I poor? Can your right hand be rich and the left poor? Or your head be well fed while your body starves? Again, think of its bearing on prayer. Could a bank clerk say to a customer, “It was only your hand wrote that check, not you,” or, “I cannot pay this sum to your hand, but only to yourself”? No more can your prayers, or mine, be discredited if offered in the name of Jesus (i.e. not in our own name, or for the sake of Jesus merely, but on the ground that we are His, His members) so long as we keep within the extent of Christ’s credit – a tolerably wide limit! If we ask anything unscriptural or not in accordance with the will of God, Christ Himself could not do that; but, “If we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and…we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

The sweetest part, if one may speak of one part being sweeter than another, is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize this; for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient. It little matters to my servant whether I send him to buy a few cash worth of things, or the most expensive articles. In either case he looks to me for the money and brings me his purchases. So, if God place me in great perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength? No fear that His resources will be unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine, for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me. All this springs from the believer’s oneness with Christ * [See Note below]. And since Christ has thus dwelt in my heart by faith, how happy I have been! I wish I could tell you, instead of writing about it.

I am no better than before (may I not say, in a sense, I do not wish to be, nor am I striving to be); but I am dead and buried with Christ – aye, and risen too and ascended; and now Christ lives in me, and “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). I now believe I am dead to sin. God reckons me so, and tells me to reckon myself so. He knows best. All my past experience may have shown that it was not so, but I dare not say it is not now, when He says it is. I feel and know that old things have passed away. I am as capable as sinning as ever, but Christ is realized as present as never before. He cannot sin, ** and He can keep me from sinning. I cannot say(I am sorry to have to confess it) that since I have seen this light I have not sinned, but I do feel there was no need to have done so. And further – walking more in the light, my conscience has been more tender; sin has been instantly seen, confessed, pardoned; and peace and joy (with humility) instantly restored: with one exception, when for several hours peace and joy did not return – from want, as I had to learn, of full confession, and from some attempt to justify self.

Faith, I now see, is “the substance of things hoped for” (Heb. 11:1, italics added) and not mere shadow. It is not less than sight, but more. Sight only shows the outward forms of things; faith gives the substance. You can rest on substance, feed on substance. Christ dwelling in the heart by faith (i.e. His Word of promise credited) is power indeed, is life indeed. And Christ and sin will not dwell together; nor can we have His presence with love of the world, or carefulness about many things.

And now I must close. I have not said half I would, nor as I would had I more time. May God give you to lay hold on these blessed truths. Do not let us continue to say, in effect, “Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above)” (Rom. 10:6). In other words, do not let us consider Him as afar off, when God has made us one with Him, members of His very body. Nor should we look upon this experience, these truths, as for the few. They are the birth-right of every child of God, and no one can dispense with them without dishonour to our Lord. The only power for deliverance from sin or for true service is Christ.

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* Note: This oneness with Christ is while believers are upon the earth to bring glory to the Son – the Lord pointed this out while typing, John 17:21-23 ~ 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

** 1 John 3:5, 6, 9 ~ 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

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