Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
January 19, 1956

The Overflow

F. Y. T.

His "type"

He is one of the most prolific of the "writin' brethren" among us and his articles appear again and again on the hallowed pages of "Old Reliable." A little church in California invited him to hold them a meeting, informing him that they had just closed a good meeting and had supported the preacher to the extent of $300.00. Right back came the answer from this brother: he would be glad to set them a date for a meeting, "but a preacher of my type must have $400.00 for such a meeting."

As McGarvey said it

Proof-reading the copy for the forthcoming "McGarvey's Chapel Lectures," we ran across this subtle touch from the old teacher: "My subject this morning is tying.' Let nobody charge that I have selected this subject because it is especially appropriate to my audience. I do not think any of you will ever lie unless you get caught in a very tight place."


Last month we carried the story of five children in Kentucky whose father was in prison, and whose mother was soon to die. We asked brethren who were interested to contact Brother Houston Gateley at Berea, Kentucky. Within twenty-four hours after the Gospel Guardian appeared Brother Gateley had received telephone calls from every direction from worthy Christians wanting one or more of the boys; and within two days he had received FIVE calls from families wanting to adopt ALL FIVE of the children! What happened to that argument the "promotin' brethren" have been making all over the country that nobody could be found who would take three, four, or five children, and that everybody wanted a beautiful six-month old baby, and would take nothing else? The five boys in this family ranged from five years to twelve years in age. We will let our readers know what finally happened to the boys when we get information from Brother Gateley.

We'd like to hear!

Brother G. F. Raines of Lebanon, Indiana, wrote us a few weeks ago that one of the better known "faith-healers" was shortly to put on a healing campaign in Lebanon, and that he (Raines) had secured a man with a glass eye who was willing to get into the "healing line" and let the miracle-worker try his luck on him! We will await word of the results with much interest.

The difference

"The main difference between a modern promotion scheme and setting a sitting hen is in the fact that the promotion is hatched before it is put under a group of sitting elders." — Guthrie Dean Ruston, Louisiana

As Blackmon sees it

"After reading Brother Cleon Lyles' Tulsa speech as it appeared in the Gospel Guardian, I can understand why some of the elders of the Tulsa church did not want anybody to answer him. Brother Lyles says he would be very much opposed to one congregation's taking money from other churches and 'determining how that money is spent with the home church having no say in the matter,' but he doesn't know of any church anywhere, any how, that is doing that. Sounds about like saying, 'I would be opposed to sin if there were anyone in the church committing sin, but I don't know of anybody anywhere that is doing anything wrong.' Brother Lyles doesn't know as much about some of the churches as he ought to know if he is going to run around the country and make speeches about such things. He has gone a long way since I was associated with him — yes sir! He has gone a long way." — Luther Blackmon, Houston, Texas

Life of David Lipscomb

"It is truly a masterpiece of work, and one which will be treasured by all who love the truth and those who teach it. I have received no book in years which I was more anxious to read, and I am glad to say it is everything that I expected it to be." Charles Crouch, Bessemer, Alabama. This great biography by Earl West is one of the most interesting life stories you will ever read. It sells for $4.00, and can be ordered from the Gospel Guardian Company.

Precise language

In a friendly discussion with some "Herald of Truth" brethren the other day, somebody remarked that one real source of disagreement was in the field of semantics — a difference over the meaning of words. It reminded us of the famous story of the great grammarian, Noah Webster. His wife entered the kitchen one day to catch him kissing the cook. "My dear," she exclaimed, "I am surprised." "No, my dear," Webster replied. "You are astonished. It is we who are surprised."

The spirit of innovation

"The spirit of innovation is a peculiar spirit. While coming in it is the meekest and gentlest of spirits; only it is marvelously firm and persistent. But when going out, no term but fiendish will describe it. It comes in humming the sweetest notes of Zion; it goes out amid the ruin it works, howling like an exorcised demon. At first it is as supple as a willow twig; you can bend it, shape it, to any thing; only it will have its way. But when once it has fully got its way, then mark how it keeps its footing. It now calls for reason, for argument, for scripture; but no more has it an ear for reason, argument, or scripture than has the image of Baal." — Moses E. Lard

Many splintered

A few weeks ago we remarked that Brother Thomas B. Warren's new argument which he had concocted in favor of Herald of Truth was a "many splendored thing." Now comes James Adams' review of the Warren argument, and we need a slight revision of our wording: Warren's argument is a "many splintered thing."

Note to hobby-riders

"The difference between riding a horse and riding a hobby is that you can get off the horse, but you usually have to be thrown by the hobby." It would be well for certain pathological hate-mongers ("hate-the-Guardian" hobbyists) and sponsoring-church hobby-riders among us to take note.