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The Advent Review, and Sabbath Herald, vol. 6

as above, by giving an expression of their views on the same subject. By order and in behalf of the Church. STEPHEN PIERCE. Roxbury, Vt., Dec. 28th, 1854.

THE SIREN SONG

NOTWITHSTANDING the palpable downward tendency of society in a moral point of view, there is a certain class who vainly pretend that the world is growing better, and harangue the people about the “Progress of this enlightened Age.” The improvements and discoveries in the arts and sciences are faithfully enumerated, and the imagination and hope wrought up by a glowing picture of the future. The attention of the multitude is diverted from the moral state of things, and their minds directed almost exclusively to the intellectual progress of the age. I had the opportunity a short time since, of listening to a Temperance lecture in which the present state of society was faithfully depicted. I wish to make a few quotations in substance from this lecture. The lecturer commenced with the lower classes and gradually rose to the national government; but I choose to reverse the order.

Washington city is under the immediate control of Congress, therefore the moral tone and character of its citizens may be taken as an index of the character and principles of the ruling class. New Orleans has been noted as the rum hole of the Union, but the lecturer said. “New Orleans cannot hold a candle to Washington city. Rum is poured out like a river.” [I would here state that this person is sent out by the New York State Temperance society, to advocate their principles.] It is not long since, that a fight occurred between two members on the floor of the House of Representatives. An honorable occurrence for two American statesmen! The lecturer obtained the following from an eye-witness.

“On the night the Nebraska Bill passed the House, I sat in the Reporter’s gallery. The haggard looks, nervous gestures, and fiery speeches of the members, bespoke the excitement they were under. As the time drew near for the vote of the House to be taken the excitement grew intense. One would almost imagine themselves carried back into the past, and looking down upon an ancient gladiatorial scene instead of the deliberations of an American legislative body. Members would frequently rise and draw their pistols and bowie knives, and then, as if remembering themselves, would replace them and resume their seats. In the midst of this excitement the Nebraska Bill was passed.” “The truth of the matter is this: The South was determined that the Bill should be passed at all hazards, to accomplish which, their money and liquor was freely dispensed. Such excitement could not have prevailed if the members had been sober. The Nebraska Bill would never have passed a sane American legislative body.” This is astonishing. “At the last session of the Legislature of New York, a prohibitory Bill was presented for the suppression of intemperance. It was strongly opposed, especially by those engaged in the liquor traffic. The sum of $150,000 was sent by one firm alone in the city of New York, to Albany, to corrupt the Legislature, and prevent if possible the passage of the Bill. The Bill was passed by both Houses, but vetoed by the governor, Horatio Seymour.” I heard a man say the same evening, that Seymour intended to sign the Bill all the time, but was prevented at last by scruples of conscience.

“The influence of the higher classes upon the mass is demoralizing in the extreme. The young especially, think it is perfectly proper for them to follow the examples of the leading men of the country. If this state of things is permitted to exist, in less than ten years the young men of this state [N. Y.] will become a race of bloated sots.” The lecturer concluded by saying that “the influential men of the country are just waking up as though they had been asleep fifty years, are going to take hold of the matter in earnest, and the cause will certainly triumph.”

A short sermon on the “good time coming,” is necessary to captivate the people. The world is going down in spite of every effort that can be made; then what folly to cry “peace and safety.” The honesty and simplicity of olden times is set aside as a weakness, and fashionable deception has taken its place. A temperance lecturer once said, “We all wear a mask, and every one of us have agreed to deceive each other all we can.” The present generation has become so refined (!) that naked truth is too coarse to suit the nice and delicate taste of the age; so fiction, arrayed in beautiful apparel is courted in its stead. Children and fools only are simple enough to tell the truth. “Pride and fashion, folly and foolery sit in the parlor; while common sense and genuine worth are kicked out of doors.” “They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.” H.

Bottomless Pit

This term is translated from the Greek word abussos, which occurs in the following places in the New Testament:

Luke8:31.command them to go out into the deep.
Rom.10:7.Who shall descend into the deep?
Rev.9:1.the key of the bottomless pit.
2.And he opened the bottomless pit;
11.the angel of the bottomless pit,
11:7.that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit,
17:8.shall ascend out of the bottomless pit,
20:1.having the key of the bottomless pit
3.cast him into the bottomless pit,

The word Elder is translated from three words, presbuterian, presbuteros and sumpresbuteros. They occur as follows:

PRESBUTERION
Luke22:66.the elders of the people and
Acts22:5.and all the estate of the elders:
1Tim.4:14.of the hands of the presbytery
PRESBUTEROS
Matt.15:2.the tradition of the elders?
16:21.suffer many things of the elders
21:23.and the elders of the people
26:3.and the elders of the people,
47.and elders of the people,
57.and the elders were assembled.
59.the chief priest, and elders,
27:1and the elders of the people,
3.to the chief priests and elders,
12.accused of the chief priests and elders,
20.the chief priests and elders persuaded
41.with the scribes and elders.
Matt.28:12.were assembled with the elders.
Mark7:3.holding the tradition of the elders.
5.according to the tradition of the elders,
8:31.and be rejected of the elders,
11:27.and the scribes and the elders.
14:43.priests and the scribes and the elders.
53.and the elders and the scribes.
15:1.with the elders and scribes
Luke7:3.he sent unto him the elders of the Jews,
9:22.and be rejected of the elders,
15:25.Now his elder son was in the field:
20:1.came upon him with the elders,
22:52.and captains of the temple, and the elders
John8:9.beginning at the eldest, [plural]
Acts2:17.and your old men shall dream dreams:
4:5.that their rulers, and elders.
8.Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
23.and elders had said unto them
6:12.and the elders, and the scribes,
11:30.and sent it to the elders by
14:23.ordained them elders in every church,
15:2.unto the apostles and elders about this
4.and of the apostles and elders,
6.And the apostles and elders,
22.pleased it the apostles and elders,
23.The apostles and elders and brethren
16:4.that were ordained of the apostles and elders
20:17.and called the elders of the church.
21:18.and all the elders were present.
23:14.the chief priests and elders,
24:1.high priest descended with the elders,
25:15.the chief priests and the elders of the Jews.
1Tim.5:1.Rebuke not an elder but intreat
2.The elder women as mothers;
17.Let the elders that rule well
19.Against an elder receive not
Titus1:5.ordain elders in every city,
Heb.11:2.For by it the elders obtained a good
James5:14.let him call for the elders of the
1Peter5:1.The elders which are among you
5.submit yourselves unto the elder, [plural]
2John1.The elder unto the elect lady.
3John1.The elder unto the well beloved Gaius
Rev.4:4.I saw four and twenty elders setting,
10.The four and twenty elders.
5:5.And one of the elders saith unto me,
6.and in the midst of the elders,
8.four and twenty elders fell down
11.and the beasts and the elders
14.the four and twenty elders fell down
7:11.and about the elders and the four
13.And one of the elders answered,
11:16.the four and twenty elders, which sat
14:3.before the four beasts, and the elders:
19:4.the four and twenty elders and the four
SUMPRESBUTEROS
1Peter5:1.who am also an elder, (lit. a co-elder)

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:33, 40.

COMMUNICATIONS

From Bro. Loughborough

DEAR BRO. WHITE:- The Lord is prospering our efforts in this vicinity to advance his cause. The meeting in Oswego resulted in good. Some received strength from the Lord to declare themselves free from the influences that had hindered the work of God there. At our public meetings in Bro. Carpenter’s Hall, some came in to hear the reasons of our faith, and quite an interest was manifested.

We have commenced meetings here in the village of Manville in a Baptist meeting-house. We spoke to them three times yesterday (First-day) on the reasons of our faith. The house was well filled. We look for the Lord’s blessing on the effort. We still continue in that place through the week. There are ears to hear, and hearts that seem to desire to understand. J. N. LOUGHBOROUGH.

Lorain, Dec. 25th, 1854.

From Bro. Walworth

DEAR BRO. WHITE:- It is a little more than a year since we became readers of the Review. It is a welcome messenger to us. We love to read the epistles from the friends of the cause of truth. We have been greatly interested in the immortality question. I trust that it has opened our eyes that we might see and understand the third angel’s message more fully. I believe that the fourth commandment is binding on us at the present day. We would like to have some of the preaching brethren come this way and give us a few lectures. We would like to have the message presented in this place. Much good I think might be done here.

Dear brethren and sisters, set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Colossians 3.

Yours in Christian love.
A. L. WALWORTH.
Eaton, Mich., Dec. 24th, 1854.

From Bro. Cady

DEAR BRO. WHITE:- It is with great satisfaction that I can receive the Review weekly, and thereby hear from the dear brethren and sisters, who are striving to keep the commandments of God, the Father. Their trials and sufferings are mine. We journey the same road and meet with the same opposition; nevertheless, if faithful we shall outride the storm, and end our pilgrimage with joy. Glory to God!

I can truly say that I feel somewhat weaned from this poor transitory world. I have got my eye on that inheritance which is undefiled and that never will fade, and the inhabitants of that land never will say, I am sick.

I am striving to overcome through the blood of the Lamb, and the word of my testimony. Truth is mighty and will prevail. I hope the remnant will keep looking into the perfect law of liberty and be not forgetful, but remember, ‘tis God that hath promised who also will do it.

Yours in hope of the kingdom.

J. CADY.
Reading, Dec. 17th, 1854.

From Bro. Fishell

DEAR BRO. WHITE:- It is but a short time since I have embraced the Sabbath of the Lord our God. I have been with the nominal Adventists about two years. I heard Bro. Loughborough’s lectures and a discourse on the subject of the Sabbath which was too much for an honest soul to reject. I find that till heaven and earth shall pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Also David says that all of God’s commandments are righteousness. Psalm 119:172. And Isaiah says that God’s righteousness shall not be abolished. Isaiah 51:6. Therefore I am determined by the assisting grace of God to keep all the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus. The Lord guide us into all truth. JOHN FISHELL. Jr.

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