“Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that “Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the YY -it may be displayed because of truth.“-(Psalm 60:4.) voice unto them.“-(Isa. 13:2.1 - Vol. III No. XII Devoted To The Defense Of The Church Against All Errors And Innovations JULY 194: SIGHTING-IN SHOTS CLED E. WALLACE JOHN Q, PUBLIC called invasion. Should Brother Brewer decide to go down and scout around a little, he might find things as one-sided Some of the counts in the alleged “findings” of “Judge as he did in Oklahoma City. He would at least get the in- John Q. Public,” as recently interpreted, or maybe more ac- spiration to write a sequel to “That Makes Me Sick.” curately interpolated, by Judge R. 0. Kenley, need some OTHER “FINDINGS” IN “THE RECORD” touching up. My high personal regard for Brother Kenley is a sufficient guarantee that any criticisms I direct at him Here is .qnother count in the “findings.” will be free from any bitterness. In fact I’m not after him.
2 THE BIBLE BANNER JULY 1941 ANOTHER BROTHERHOOD ON THE HONOR ROLL MOVEMENT The slander-slingers of the Rio Grande are making up We are about to be treated to another “brotherhood” quite a long honor roll of preachers throughout the nation, something. Not long ago one Clinton Davidson, an ex-digres- who for one reason or another are out of humor with us.
JULY 1941 THE BIBLE BANNER 3 THE AKIN FUND help received from this fund to stand. More than fifty-fine young men arose. He then introduced Brother Akin and L. L. BRIGANCE asked him to say a few words. He couldn’t say much but among other things was this significant statement: “I have This is a large sum of money provided annually by already seen and heard enough this morning to more than Brother and Sister J. W. Akin for the education of young repay me for every dollar I have put into this fund.” preachers. It is administered by Freed-Hardeman College to young men who desire to preach the Word but are unable From fifty to seventy-five young men can be assisted to pay their way through school. It takes care of a large each year by this’ fund. Any one desiring such assistance part of their expenses. Although this fund has only been should write Brother N. B. Hardernan, Henderson, Tennes- available for the past three years more than 200 young men see, for full particulars.
4 THE BIBLE BANNER JULY 1941 A REVIEW OF THE SITUATION CLED E. WALLACE It is generally conceded, I think, that we have done never yet opposed a good work anybody was doing. If a pretty fair job in our fight against the future kingdom Timothy had rated the same grade in deportment from the foolishness and certain compromises which we feared might brethren “at Lystra and Iconium” that the “adolescent” become widespread enough to bring tragedy to the editor does from the brethren in the Valley of the Rio churches. In it all we have kept in mind the warning of Grande, Paul would have left him at home for he could not that apostle of Christ who said: “But I fear, lest by any have used him without performing a major operation on means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your him, “through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us.” minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the “John Q. Public” as interpreted by my friend Judge R. 0.
JULY 1941 THE BIBLE BANNER 5 thinking about something else. If thinking about Brother Our only salvation is that the people Brother Brewer is Utley affected me that way, I wouldn’t ever let him enter handing the “Soldier” out to may take time out to decide my mind, much less write letters about him. I wouldn’t that the witnesses against us are all the way from slightly even smell of a “dose” somebody “gave him” to “settle biased to being overwhelmed with an all-out desire for re- him.” No, beloved, we would not “boss the church” even venge. When they prove everything else on us, we shall if it should ask us to, but we do not mind saying that we endeavor to maintain a comparative calm, unless they ac- would hate to see it turned over to the men who are using cuse us of appealing to a congregation over the heads of the valley sheet as a wailing wall. its elders to hold a job. That is one piece of chicanery we cannot tolerate. The invariable charge in such a case that Now, Brother Paisley, bless his little broken heart, “the so-called elders” are not qualified is a smoke-screen stumped his toe in Temple, Texas several years ago and to cover up an illegal operation. If we had “a desire to has been crying about it “in season, and out of season” murder” as Brother Paisley charges, the professional ever since. He blames us with it when we were not even church-buster is the first “megalomaniac” we would point there and had nothing to do with it. We had something to toward the graveyard. All the victims of our murderous say about preachers dividing churches, and although we intentions are not dead yet, judging from the shrieks of did not call his name, he insisted on applying it all to him- agony that are rending the air. The charge of murder is a self. We really didn’t mean it all for him. He should not little premature. Besides, when dividing a church kills a have gorged himself on it and got a bad case of perm- preacher, it is a clear case of suicide.
6 THE BIBLE BANNER JULY 1941 And on and on he goes in true Brewer style and finally Oklahoma City unmentionable. It is a short bed with a gets to this point. “Well, I’ve written too much.” Why, no, narrow blanket to hold all of them. They may lie together on. Nobody ever wrote too much of that sort of but we’ll see to it that they do not do much sleeping. We t,on oghing for the “Christian Soldier” and according to Brother can see that they stay warm without any cover. What Brewer, the members of the Broadway church in Lubbock makes these strange bed-fellows? As far as I can deter- like to read it. One reason we touched the match to this mine, they are victims of the same “megalomania.” inflammable situation to begin with was to give the wild That is Brother Brewer’s favorite word which he uses on a boys an occasion to reveal themselves and Brother Brewer brother when he doesn’t hate him and would not harm is even wilder than I thought he was. The brethren are him. Incidentally, he used the word in the Gospel Advo- learning things fast and it is not all on us. I take it that cate recently, applied it by inference to the editor of the we will not be widely blamed for not meeting these soft- Bible Banner and recommended that he be withdrawn speaking gentlemen “for any fair settlement.” It would not from. Well, the “megalomania” that seems to hold these be a major fault if we should conclude that they “are too occupants in the same bed together has all the ear-marks rough to play with.” Everybody who does not think they of a common and consuming hatred for the Bible Banner are “rough” stand on your head! It is not even necessary and its editor. This hate is bred of disappointment and for us to deny these grievous charges. Our friends and frustration as far as I am able to dispassionately deter- supporters and fairminded neutrals do not believe them mine. My conclusions are drawn from what they. say about and our enemies would sneer at our denials. It is entire- us in print. Their’s is not the language of soberness and ly possible that some of Brother Brewer’s friends will lift straight-thinking. We have given them nothing in the way their eye-brows at his latest display of “respect or decency.” of rebuke that they did not ask for.
JULY 1941 THE BIBLE BANNE. R 7 “THE UNITY THAT PLEASES GOD” (G. II. P. Showalter, In Firm Foundation) They want US to unite. That sounds good, provided He is left out of any arrangement that disregards his law it is a unity that pleases God. Harmony is God’s order and leaves out of consideration any of his commands or and one has said that order is heaven’s first law. Order prohibitions.
8 ‘hiE BIBLE BANNEAt JULY 1941 CONTRIBUTORIAL -- THE DIGRESSION .OF THE DIGRESSIVES HOMER HAILEY It is doubtful whether many are taking very seriously Mothers Will Conduct Service At West Side the “Witty-Murch” Unity movement, at least among the Christian Today thinking members of the church. It is true, all who love “Mother’s Day will be observed at the West Side Chris- the Lord want unity, but there can be no unity at the price tian this morning. Mrs. C. A. Hale, Mrs. Maxine Bair, of compromise. It is difficult to understand why members Mrs. Hazel Shanton, Mrs. Thelma Talbot and Miss Lor- of the church cannot realize that there is only one of two raine McCormick are arranging the song service. Mrs. N.
THE BIBLE BANNER JULY 1941 10 IN CULLINGS-COMMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITTY-MURCH-DAVISON ‘BROTHERHOOD PAPER’? The following letters reveal another “brotherhood” seheme. After Clinton Davidson’s counterfeit ‘*brotherhood9’ survey and fake questionnaire and the New Christian Leader’s fiasco. Claude F. Witty has the audacitr to urouose another assault on the church in the form of a “brotherhood paper.” On the opposite page will be seen a photographic reproduction of a “confidential” letter from Brother F. L. ” Roweaa to the editors of his Christian Leader. Will Brother Witty use this “brotherho. od paper” in an effort to do what he tried to persuade Brother Rowe to attempt to do? If not, why should he try to get another man to use a paper to do a thing that he will not use his own paper to do? The “brotherhood” is not quite so gullible as to be deceived by the same scheme twice. Anybody can see that the source of the Witty “brotherhood paper” is no higher nor better than the Davidson movement, if not the same. But everybody knows that Claude F. Witty could not operate such a paper on his own power. In view of Clinton Davidson’s long distance telephone proposition to F. L. Rowe and Claude Witty’s trip from Detroit to Cincinnati to persuade Brother Rowe, as revealed in the letter on the opposite page, it is not difficult to discern the ClintonClaude tie-up. They are not even smart. They cannot cover up their own tracks. Their purposes are apparent and their schemes transparent. Dis- cernlng brethren see through them.