A Missions Failure


Elder C. H. Cayce 

From Editorial Writings of  Elder C. H. Cayce  November 5, 1907

A remarkable case of apostasy has occurred in the missionary field of the United Brethren. A missionary in Africa took a native baby and reared it, and when he came to this country gave the boy a high school and medical-college education; then the young man was sent back to his own tribe to do missionary work. He married in this country, and took his wife from Dayton, Ohio, with him to his former home.

Their four children are now in school in this country, but the man has renounced Christianity, has turned to heathenism, and now, at the age of nearly fifty years, has become chief of his tribe, a devil worshiper, contracted plural marriages, and taken on the habits of a heathen. What is the matter? It seems to us that the mistake was in undertaking to educate a human soul into Christianity. The human appliances were all right. They did the best they could. They kept the man for half a century; but they could not get the heathen out of him, nor fortify him against heathenism when brought into direct contact with it. There is but one way to make Christians. God alone can create the soul anew and make it a new creature in Christ Jesus. God alone can take the heathenism out of the man's soul. Let us never forget that man must be born again.

—The Methodist (Fulton, Ky)., Oct. 23, 1907.

The above clipping from The Methodist is only another evidence of the truthfulness of the claim made by the Primitive Baptists that the “human appliances” are a failure and do not result in the salvation of sinners. Our position all along has been that “God alone can create the soul anew and make it a new creature in Christ Jesus;” that “God alone can take the heathenism out of the human soul.” The editor of The Methodist has admitted our claim on this, and it is next in order to renounce all the ponderous machinery and human ideas of the modern religious world, invented by men in the name of Christianity to make merchandise of the people.