Saviour of All Fellowship
Dear Friends in Faith,
As a newsletter, this monthly sheet often has a lot of old items in it, foremost of which is the good news that God is the living God, Who is the Saviour of all mankind, especially of believers (1 Tim.4:10). This goes back well over nineteen hundred years ago as part of the message God gave Paul to preach. But it is still fresh and exciting.
It is also challenging. Paul said that heralding this truth about God involved toil and reproach. It seems that it still does. Yet it is encouraging to find that many others have joined Paul and Timothy and their associates in this reliance and expectation.
In our January letter we included quotations from an old book by Pierre Cuppe (1733). Later in the 18th Century, an Episcopalian rector, Rev. John Tyler, of Norwich, Connecticut, preached a series of sermons presenting the truth of universal salvation on a Calvinistic basis. A number of years after his death, these were published in a book with
the unusual title, Universal Damnation and Salvation (Boston, 1826). The following is selected from that book:
I suppose none of you will deny that Christ was righteous: He was the lamb without spot; he did no sin, we are told, neither was guile found in his mouth; he came to do the will of God . . . . He is called Jesus the righteous, his name is the Lord our righteousness; he suffereth the just for the unjust. Well then, we have found that on which the perfect and holy law of God promises life, even a perfect righteousness, in Christ, who is our surety . . . and we have found . . . death tasted for every man, and that perfect righteousness of one by which the many individuals of mankind are made righteous, all this we have found in Christ (p.77).
About the same time Tyler was preaching this message in Norwich, the pastor of the First Church (Congregational) in Coventry, Connecticut, Joseph Huntington, was writing down his testimony to the same truth. Unlike Tyler, however, Huntington apparently never preached on this topic. His book, Calvinism Improved (New London, 1796), was also published posthumously. Here is a short selection:
If you leave room, in the glorious plan of our redemption, for all to be personally damned, you take away all the glory of it: And you derogate from this glory, in just proportion, as you hold, that any number shall be personally damned, be that number more or less (p.263).
All is out of God, and through Him, and for Him. To Him be the glory!
The second annual Kentucky Fellowship will be held in Nicholasville, Kentucky, at the County Park (Blue Building), starting at 7:00 PM February 27, with sessions on the 28th from 9:00 AM to about 9:00 at night, and ending with sessions on Sunday morning at the home of Bob and Jill Evely in Wilmore. For further details contact the Evelys at firstname.lastname@example.org (or phone: 859-858-4307).
The March Fellowship will be on the 27th and 28th at the Pilgrim Manor Chapel, 2000 Leonard St. NE, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with Orville Hunt as host (616-457-2213).
Yours in God's grace and peace,
Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser
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