Charles Taze Russell - 10-9-1899
NEW FORM OF RELIGION. The Members Call Themselves "Be ltevers" . and Have no Churches. The address of M. L. McPhail in this city brought out the fact that a new form of religion has been introduced in this city. At present there are but few adher ents, though they hope for accession to their ranks. Members of this new sect cell themselves "Believers," though they object to being called a sect or a denomination.. Tbey hold all denominations to be right, and yet wrong; right in the doctrine and principles which they teach, but wrong in that the? take portions of the Bible to prove their particular position and do not' take it as whole, although they believe it as a whole. The "Believers" accept the whole of the Bible and put it all together. Tbey do not pick out any particular doctrine, but strive to emulate the ancient believers. They have no churches, but meet at the hoaies of the various members and there study the Bible. They have no ministers, though they have travelling lecturers like Mr. McPhail, who are known as "pilgrims." The "Believers" have also figured out that the second advent of Christ will oc cur shortly. By some the year 1914 Is fixed as the one when this will occur. They reject reject the idea that the world will bo des troyed by fire, but believe tbat the world, or rathar. the people in the world, will be placed !i.r the same position as was Adam when be was first placed In the world. Mea sometimes say that if they were placed In Adam's position they would not bavj fallen from grace. The "Believers", think these men will have the opportunity. Thsy also believe that right and Justice wil! prevail. The administration cf justice will be equitable, and right will prevail among men and nations. The "Believers" assert that all ths things can be figured out and proved by tbe Bible. Members of the new religion think the number of "Believers" in this city will grow.