The Advocate For 1936

In the first issue of The Advocate in March 1885, Brother Thomas Williams wrote an article entitled "Our Name and Object" which served to establish the foundation of the magazine. That foundation has been both revered and adhered to by successive editors, as demonstrated in the following from the pen of Brother H. Ernest Hardy (Editor from January 1936 through April 1942). "The Advocate For 1936" opened the January 1936 issue of the Christadelphian Advocate (Vol. 51, No.1), announcing the magazine's revival after a one year suspension of publication. We commend the renewed expression of purpose, here presented as in the original, for your thoughtful consideration.

Encouraging letters have been received in response to the appeal of the "Preliminary Advocate" issued in October, and the brethren who have sponsored this effort to again start the magazine on its monthly visits feel encouraged to go ahead and continue publication through 1936...

The object of the magazine is to herald the "Things of the kingdom of God and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ." To make plain the plan and purpose of Jehovah in relation to the earth and mankind upon it, as it is revealed in the Scriptures. To call upon men and women to serve the Lord in truth and righteousness, and encourage those who have entered God's holy covenant, by an acceptance and obedience of these truths, as they journey through life towards the kingdom of God.

The " Advocate" goes forth upon the foundations recognized fifty years ago, when it was first published. Our confidence in these foundation truths have increased as the years have gone by, and today the realization of the promises made unto the fathers of the Israelitish nation looms upon the horizon with a certainty evidenced by the fulfillment of the prophetic word, for we realize we are living in the days when the open manifestations of Jehovah are near at hand, and a world seethed in sorrow and sadness, uncertainty and dread, will know that the God of heaven rules in the kingdoms of men.

To enter into controversy upon these foundation principles with those who claim the same faith, is not our object. That can only cause confusion and disruption. We have accepted these foundations as fixed and eternal, and to build upon them is the part of wisdom. To maintain and uphold them is a divine injunction, and the objective of the "Advocate" will be to this end, that God's word may be glorified...

OUR POLICY
Foundations

The "Advocate" is sent out with the hope and prayer that it will prove helpful to those who have espoused the cause of Christ, as it is revealed in the "things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ." It was for this purpose the magazine was founded by brother Thomas Williams some fifty years ago. He devoted his life to this noble work, and by tongue and pen defended and promulgated these truths, the same which Paul proclaimed, and which is the power of God unto salvation. That gospel or good news is the same now, as it was when proclaimed by Paul, and to preach any other would be sacrilege, for though an angel from heaven would dare to do it, the curse of God would rest upon him (Gal. 1:8).

God's word is sacred. A "Thus saith the Lord" leaves not room for question, and as we have his revelation, it is for us to accept it and honor it. There may be points of difference on unessential matters but on essential truths that affect salvation and the verity of God's word, there can be no yielding. The Lord Jesus Christ was the manifestation of the Father. Through his obedience salvation comes to us. He was "holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners" (Heb. 7:26). The fact that "he became perfect through suffering" (Heb. 2:10), shows that he himself had to work out his own salvation. That he was the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), does not alter the fact that he was of Adam's race, and needed redemption for himself. To redeem mankind required one who "was touched with the feelings of our infirmities," who, by birth, was related to the same condition, as those whom he came to save. Being born of a woman he knew what sorrow, sickness and pain meant through actual experience, and in the face of death, he wept because he knew that "the constitution of sin had its root in the disobedience of the first Adam." In the words of Scripture, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." So death comes to all, even the innocent babe, ignorant of transgression. "Thus men," to quote one of our early writers, "are sinners in a two-fold sense, first by natural birth, and next by transgression. In the former sense, it is manifest, they could not help themselves. " Their responsibility pertains to personal acts, yet being " sold under sin" (Rom. 7:14), by a "former war lord" they need redemption from this condition of death, which is our heritage by birth. What a beautiful and consoling thought it is that in Christ we have a Redeemer, one who being born under the constitution pertaining to death was able, through perfect obedience, to bring man back into favor with God, and open up the grave to a life that knows no ending.

With these thoughts in mind, how full of meaning are the words of Jesus, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." Depending then upon the favor and mercy of God for our salvation, through the redemptive work of his son, we are called unto this gospel of salvation. Being called we are exhorted to " work out our salvation with fear and trembling," for there is a "battle to be fought and a victory to be won." Christ has not done it all; there is something for us to do. Salvation is a personal matter. We must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of our stewardship. When we become related to this judgment seat the responsibility is ours as to whether or not we obtain the crown of eternal life. We realize it means a life of self-denial, because the constitution of God which we have entered is opposed to the constitution of man, and belongs to the flesh, in which dwelleth no good thing. However, God in his mercy has thrown around us many safeguards, of which we hope to speak more fully, that lightens the burden and brings rest to our souls, and leads to that everlasting "rest that remaineth for the people of God."

Upon these principles the "Advocate" goes forth. To maintain them is the object of those who have labored for its resuscitation...

Ernest Hardy