King's Business - 1922-11

T HE K I N G ’ S B U S I N E S S


unto death, as typified in baptism at thirty years of age, that He received the earnest of His inheritance of the divine nature:” and the “ Higher Critics,” to evade the evidence Christ gave to the authority of the Old Testament Scrip­ tures, conceived t h e blasphemous Kenosis theory, the deadliness of which is well illustrated in the following blunt assertion by one of their number: “The objection is raised that Jesus and the Apostles clearly considered these ac­ counts to be fact and not poetry. Sup­ pose they did; the men of the New Testament are not presumed to have been exceptional men in such matters, but shared the point of view of their time.”— From Prof. Gunkel’s Legends of Genesis, p. 3. Nor must it be imagined that this fundamental doctrine is attacked only by those mentioned; many more might be cited. The Deity of Christ, if discredited, causes the collapse of Christianity, for as some one has truly said, “ Christian­ ity is Christ;” and this Satan well knows. Concerning the doctrine touch­ ing the Person of our Lord, the “ be­ loved disdiple” warns us in his second epistle in the following solemn words: “ He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God­ speed: for he that biddeth him God­ speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 'ihat there would be many in the last days of the Church’s history who would thus deny their Lord is clearly foretold by the Apostle' Peter in his second epistle . “ But there were false proph­ ets among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privlily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction, and many shall follow their


N the city of _ Poona many years ago, a friend attended services held in two places of worship, one in the morning

and the other at night. In the one he was assured from the pulpit that he was living in the “ Great Tribulation” and in the other that he was now in the Millennium! The latter speaker may now see his mistake; probably the form­ er is more convinced than ever that his view is right; of course both were wrong. Today, one might enter a church in the morning and hear the Deity of Christ denied or questioned and In the evening from .another pulpit be assured, by a disciple of the New Theology School, that Man is Divine! This foundation truth— the Deity of Christ— is assailed from almost every point of view- We have the frontal at­ tack by those known as Unitarians; the flanlj attack by Millennial Dawnists; and the still more dangerous tactics o f- that far-famed sapper and miner corps —the Higher Critics. The first deny that Christ is God; the second declare that whilst on earth our Lord was nothing more than a “ perfect human being,” and the last assure us that He laid aside His Godhead, and was there­ fore as unreliable as His fellow-Jews of the first century. Unitarians teaclf that to worship Christ is idolatry, and so it is IF Christ be not God: the followers of “ Pastor Russell” accept as Gospel truth their “ Pastor’s” exposition as found in his book, The Divine Plan of the Ages, in which it is asserted that, “ It was not until the time of His consecration, even

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