“Loophole of Escape”
One brother writing to another says: “Non-responsibility of enlightened rejectors is furnishing them with an elegant loophole of escape from immersion.”
This would intimate that immersion is a punishment that the “enlightened” dread and seek to escape. To one really enlightened it is the only door of hope of escape from death. Is the gospel become with some a dreadful thing that men enlightened in it seek to escape? Is it a club in the hands of men to intimidate and frighten men into baptism? Must we change the words, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings of good,” to “How dreadful are the feet” etc.? It is to be hoped that the “beautiful feet” of those who have been bringing good tidings will not become covered all over with corns.
“An elegant loop-hole to escape immersion”? Was there ever a man a real candidate for
immersion who sought a loophole to escape immersion? In case this supposed man did not know of
this loophole and under the impression there was no escape were immersed, how
would you like your convert after you had immersed him? He comes to you and asks to be immersed,
while if he knew of a loophole to escape he would not come, and you having
frightened him with resurrectional responsibility,
hold him down to it and immerse him.
What do you think of such a thing?
Would God be well pleased with you?
Would you be “taking heed how you built upon the foundation? This is the evil and the growing mischief of
this resurrectional responsibility club in the hands
of men who have come to regard the gospel as a trap for Gentiles instead of an
olive branch of love and hope. You may
tell it in