Excerpt from Baptist Doctrines: Addresses Delivered at the North American Pre-Convention Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, June 21, 1921
The Movement represented by the Conferences on Baptist Fundamentals in giving new emphasis to Christian doctrine is seeking to put first things first. We would not concern ourselves too exclusively with the first principles of Chris tianity but would the rather go on to perfection. It is well that we should remind ourselves however, that we' are to leave these first principles only as a tree leaves its roots and as a house leaves its foundations.' The greater the tree the more deeply the roots must sink into the soil. The greater the house the stronger the foundations must be.
Thoughtful people will agree that in our day the roots of Christianity are being tampered with and the foundations of Christianity are being undermined. While realizing that roots are not trees and foundations are not super structures, we ought also to realize that to cut the roots and undermine the foundations of Christianity is 'master strategy upon the part of the devil. Such work is done underground and too often the Lord's husbandmen and the Lord's builders are un aware of the purpose or even the presence of this hidden and powerful enemy., It is the primary purpose of these Conferences on Fundamentals to raise the danger signal and to plead with our Baptist people everywhere to contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
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