Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
August 16, 1951


Gene Martin, Quitman, Texas

In Psalms 16:8 we read, "I have set Jehovah always before men: because he is at my right hand and I shall not be moved." Many times we have sung that wonderful old hymn, "I Shall Not Be Moved," and while singing in the spirit and with the understanding we resolved to be ever so steadfast in the way and work of the Lord. Both the scripture and the song have helped Christians to take loyal stands of trial and fierce opposition. Today, perhaps as never before, we need Christians with strong determination and fiery zeal couched in sound judgment to carry the banner of the Lord. We need God-fearing men and women who will respond to the words of Isaiah, "Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them." "Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of truth." (Psalm 60:4)

When the trends of digression from truth and righteousness appear before us we need to heed the principle of the admonition of Deuteronomy 19:14, "Remove not the ancient landmarks, which thy fathers have set." The modernist would deceive us with heavy verbiage to the effect that we need to streamline the church, revamp moral standards, and use the scriptures as "loose-constructionists," all to fit the needs of modern times. They advise us to quit being so concerned over Biblical precedent and scriptural authority. We may be assured that the Bible does not need the addition of modern schemes, rather it needs to be studied, believed and obeyed. Let us be steadfast and immovable in the faith, thus abounding in the work of the Lord.