CONTENDING FOE THE FAITH. 13
sponsible. We must be loyal to him. Those of us espe¬
cially who are called of God to preach must be true, and
aid to stand by the truth all who profess to be the Lord's
disciples. And no man can be loyal to Jesus who, for any
cause, is afraid to contend for the faith. Loyalty to Christ
and contending for the faith stand side by side in the
2. Our Baptist predecessors contended for the faith, and
thus handed it down to us. The scene before the Sanhe-
drin in Jerusalem, when Peter and John were commanded
to preach no more about Jesus, was re-enacted many
times in their experiences. When commanded to preach
no more as they had done, and to stop crying out against
error and sin, and burying converts in the likeness of
Christ, they, in the spirit of the apostles, would say:
" Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto
you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but
speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts
4:19, 20.) They willingly gave up everything in defense
of the doctrines which to-day are our precious heritage.
They sang, in substance :
" And must I part with all I have,
My dearest Lord, for thee ?
It is but right, since thou hast done
Much more than this for me.
" Yes, let it go ; one look from thee
Will more than make amends
For all the losses I sustain
Of honor, riches, friends."
An open Bible, with the right of private interpretation,
immersion alone as baptism, freedom to worship God ac¬
cording to the dictates of conscience, separation of church