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CONDITIONAL IMMORTALITY ASSOCIATION. THE HE Fourth Annual Conference of the above was held in the Tempe

rance Hall, Chapel Street, Bradford, Yorkshire, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Sept. 6, 7, and 8.

On Tuesday the Committee met at 11 and 3 for business, the President in the chair. In the evening the annual sermon was delivered by the Rev. W. Leask, D.D., Vice-President, from Jude 3 : “ It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once (for all) delivered unto the saints.” The sermon, which was both earnest and eloquent, was a defence of that faith

once for all” delivered to the saints; an exhortation to pure life and faithful witness; and a protest against — that worst of all corruptions of the faith-the perpetuity of sin and suffering. Above three hundred persons

were present. On Wednesday, proceedings opened at 10 with prayer, conducted by the Rev. W. Leask, D.D. At 11 the business of the Annual Meeting of Members commenced, the President in the chair. The Treasurer


reported an increase of £30 in the year's income, and a debit balance of £3. The Auditor followed with a very encouraging analysis of income and expenditure. The Secretary's Report showed a decrease of twentyseven in the membership, owing to the triennial revision of the Register. Fifty-nine new members had been added, two new Branch Associations formed, three additional churches had made collections. Lectures had been delivered in Uxbridge, Lincoln, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Gainsborough, and Torquay. Twelve publications had been printed, either as reprints or new, in all 32,000 copies. The Bible Standard has circulated to the extent of 35,250 copies, an increase of 60 per cent; and two new wholesale agencies had been established for the sale of Literature, viz., in New Zealand and South Australia. It was then decided to confirm the following recommendations of the Committee : That members' subscriptions be 28. 6d. upwards ; That the grade of associates be merged in that of members; That the representative members of the Executive be in the proportion of one to each fifty members ; That paid offices be standing, not elective. It was also decided to establish new Rules for Branch Associations, and to publish & summary of rules for members and inquiries. Thanks were voted to the President and Treasurer for their generous donations. Also to the Bradford Church for its earnest and cordial co-operation, and generous hospitality. The following officers were thanked and re-elected: The President, Henry J. Ward, Esq., Liverpool; the Vice-Presidents, Rev. W. Leask, D.D., London, and Gen. H. Goodwyn, Reading; the Treasurer, Robert J. Hammond, Esq., London; the Secretary, Mr. Cyrus E. Brooks, Malvern ; the Auditor and sub-Auditor, Mr. William Mortimer, Lincoln, and Mr. J. W. Davis, London. The following, with the above, form the Executive Committee: Mr. G. Aldridge, Bradford ; Mr. W. Bausor, Lincoln; Mr. W. F. Davies, Liverpool ; Mr. W. H. Miller, Liverpool ; Mr. W. Laing, Edinburgh ; Rev. Thos. Vasey, Bacup.

In the afternoon, at 3.45, a Members' Conference was held, in which the following took part: Messrs. T. Vasey, Bacup; Albert Smith, Blackburn; J. Wilson, Halifax; H. J. Ward, Liverpool; R. J. Hammond, London ; W. Laing, Edinburgh ; J. Paul, Bradford ; Dr. E, W. Forster, Darlington ; W. H. Miller, Liverpool ; and H. K. White, Lincoln,

In the evening a public meeting was held, the Treasurer, R. J. Hammond, Esq., in the chair. Addresses were given by Mr. W. Laing, of Edinburgh, on “ Conditional Immortality ; " Gen. H. Goodwyn, of Reading, on “ A Challenge to Orthodoxy;" Rev. G. P. Mackay, of Lincoln, on " Unconditional Immortality; "and Mr. G. Aldridge, of Bradford, on “ The Silence of Scripture on Natural Immortality.” The earnestness and clearness with which these addresses were delivered held an audience of near 500 persons nearly unbroken for considerably over two hours.

On Thursday, agreeable relaxation was provided by a morning excursion to Saltaire. At 3 and 7.30, public meetings were held, the President, Henry J. Ward, Esq., in the chair, when the following gentlemen took part: Mr. Albert Smith, of Blackburn, on “What is the Soul ? Is it Mortal or Immortal ? " Gen. H. Goodwyn, of


Reading, on “ The Gospel in Ezekiel;" Rev. Thos. Vasey, of Bacup, on “ The Church of Christ: Its Present Mission and Future Destiny ;” Rev. B. B. Wale, of High Wycombe, on “The Pre-Millennial Advent: Its Nature, Necessity, and Nearness; " Rev. W. Leask, D.D., of London, on “Witnessing.'

Witnessing." This last was the crowning meeting of the Conference ; and the audience, of quite 500 persons, had repeatedly to find vent for its deeply-stirred feelings in applause.

Thus closed the fourth and best Conference yet held; its members departing thankful for the past and hopeful for the future.

Cyrus E. Brooks, Secretary.


"J. D." (Kulpara). Thanks. We are glad that our teaching has cheered you in life's journey, and thankful to the Master that you are only one of hundreds that have borne similar testimony. This is our reward. It is a priceless editorial salary, although it is not convertible into gold.

• G. L. D.” Our contention is simply for the purity of Divine truth. It has come through fearfully corrupt channels; and our work is to rescue it from the pollution, as far as our limited means will allow. We are quite sure that any help rendered to this cause must be a Christian service.

The Ministry of Evil.Readers of the Editor's tract thus named, will have the goodness to correct two errors of the press which he did not see until a large edition was printed: p. 7, second line from bottom, draw the pen through “not.” On p. 8, line 14 from top, read seemeth for seemed.

“ A. B. C." The Jews are making efforts for establishing a colony in the district of Gilead and Moab, and have secured a grant from the Sultan of 1,500,000 acres of land for the purpose, for which they are to pay a large amount of money.

“ J. C. Mc C.” writes : Many thanks for your excellent editorials in the two last issues on the all-important subject of THE KINGDOM; the various bearings of which are so indispensable to the knowledge of the revealed will of God : that, without their recognition, it is simply impossible to comprehend His purposes so clearly revealed therein.

“T. T.” Mahomet, or Mahommed, was born in Mecca, in Arabia, in or about A.D. 569. He began his pretended mission A.D. 609, in the fortieth year of his age. " Hegira” means the flight, i.e., of Mahomet from Mecca, from which the magistrates, fearing his impostures might foment sedition, expelled him, July 16, A.D. 622, under the reign of the emperor Heraclius. When the Turkish empire, the seat and stronghold of Islam, is dissolved- and the process of dissolution is very rapid, as all the world knows—" the times of the Gentiles” will close, with the exception of the brief reign of Antichrist, and then the House of Israel will be found in the land of promise. There are great events at band !

THE RAINBOW: J Magazine of Christian Literature, with Special Reference to tge

Rebealed future of tķe Obureţ and týe World.



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REWARDS OF FIDELITY.* ALVATION being by grace and contrary to personal desert, it

would be very evil to speak of eternal life, immortality, and celestial glory as being Divine rewards. But the Scriptures do teach the doctrine of Divine rewards to be conferred on account of sufferings endured in the path of spiritual service, and of fidelity to the name and truth of the Lord.

1. Speaking generally, an apostle says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” And the same apostle, when about to lose his life on account of Christ, and his service to Christ, said, “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith : henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me in that day.”

Another apostle, when exhorting to ministerial fidelity, gentleness, and self-abnegation, as the servants, and not the lords, of the flock of Christ, says, “ And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear,

, you shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” And the Lord Himself has said, “Be thou faithful

“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.”

2. Paul exhorted the believers in Corinth to pursue a course of practical fidelity to Christ, and illustrated his exhortation by an allusion to the Isthmian games with which they were familiar. His exhortation was addressed to saved persons, to whom he said, “So run that you may obtain." He compared himself to the marshal or herald who proclaimed the order and rules to be observed by the athlete who contended for the crowns to be awarded ; and showed that he himself conformed to the rules of the spiritual

* See“ The First Adam and the Last Adam.” W. H. Guest,

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course to which he exhorted others, saying, “So run I, therefore, not as uncertainly; so fight , not as one that beateth the air ; but I keep my body under and bring it into subjection, lest possibly, having proclaimed to others (the rules to be observed) I myself should be unapproved.” The Greek term adokimos, which in the English is translated “ a castaway,” means simply to be unable to stand the test or to be unapproved, as an aspirant for å crown ; and does not relate to the subject of salvation.

The aphorism, “No cross, no crown,” when correctly understood, represents a true doctrine, the doctrine of Divine reward ; but if used in respect to salvation, it would be heathenish and evil. The exhortation,“ So run that you may obtain,” should be calmly considered ; for, in this spiritual course, the motive and aim must not be to win a crown, but to serve and honour the Lord.

3. Treating of the superstructure of Christian doctrine, the Apostle Paul says, “I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let each take heed how he buildeth thereon. For other foundation can no one lay besides that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one build on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw; the work of each shall be made manifest ; for the day will show it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire will test the work of each, of what sort it is. If any man's work remain which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved ; yet so as through fire."

Herein, the theme is ministerial work and responsibility, and the manifestation of results in the day of the Lord. The contrast instituted is of great moment.

(a) In mentioning gold, silver, precious stones, the apostle alludes to their emblematic meanings in the construction of the Tabernacle, and in the breastplate of the high priest. In accordance with those emblematic meanings the gold signifies the manifestive and appreciable excellencies or moral glory of God; the silver signifies redemption; and the precious stones, the saints of God, as represented by the Son of God, their Great High Priest.

Therefore, to build gold, means to unfold and teach the truth concerning the moral glory of God, as manifested in the scheme of His manifold wisdom, and of the riches of His grace, for bringing many sons to glory, who shall be conformed to the likeness of his Son in eternal life. To build silver, is faithfully to teach the truth concerning the redemption which the Son of God accomplished on the cross-redemption unto God, even eternal redemption. And to build precious stones, is to teach God's estimate of His saints, as associated and even identified with His Son, as borne upon His heart in the presence of the Father, and as reflecting the light and glory of the eternal throne.

(6) But the wood, hay, stubble, represent doctrines which are

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