CHAPTERS DEVOTED TO THE
REFUTATION OF SUBTLE ERRORS
AND DEMONSTRATION OF TRUTHS ON MORTALITY, SINFUL FLESH, IMMORTALITY AND INCORRUPTIBILITY, BEING
ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS
Was Man Made Mortal? What is mortality? What is Sinful Flesh? What is Immortality? What is incorruptibility? Was Jesus Mortal? Was Jesus made of sinful flesh? When was Jesus immortalized? When will his true brethren be immortalized?
By Thomas Williams
The history of Gospel Truth has been one of many ups-and-downs. When freshly revived from the effects of the wounds received in the house of its friends, it has for short seasons been nourished, loved, and defended; but sooner or later mostly sooner subtle errors have crept in among its supporters, gradually and steadily supplanting it, not by openly denying its plainest principles; but by so mystifying some of its more difficult elements as to destroy its saving power.
Before the later-day revival of the Truth as a system of salvation, there was not one of its fundamental principles that could not be found in the literature of religious authors; but these were fragments powerless to save, since they were as helpless individual Israelites among hostile and ferocious Philistines. Of the principles of the Truth, possessed of the power to save, it must be recognized that
"United they stand; divided they fall."
Whether the Truth is to suffer another fall before the Lord comes is a question; but if not, it will not be because of having been spared exposure to blighting winds of false doctrines. If the questions we have now proposed to give special attention to, seem to some to be harmless and needless of attention, it is because their present dangerous attitude is not known and their forth-coming fatal effects are not foreseen. "While they slept an enemy sowed tares." Whatever the dark future may have in store for that precious Truth which has spent so much of its history in exile as a homeless wanderer, its true friends must stand by, watch, quit themselves like men, and be strong.
In making these introductory remarks we are quite well aware that those who have unfortunately fallen into the errors that are to be the subjects of our warning will, perhaps honestly, regard us as egotistic, perhaps conceited; but a zealous, valiant fight for right is often nicknamed "Egotism;" and confidence in the right, branded "conceit." To be frank, however, but not conceited nor egotistic, we believe we can refute the errors and rectify the wrongs, by the help of the Word of God. This belief, yes, this confidence, is what gives us the needed courage to undertake it; and it is our candid belief that refutation is needful and rectification desirable that we must offer asapology? No, it calls not for apology. What then? that we must offer as a reason for inviting our readers to the consideration of