Jefferson County Sentinel (Boulder, Mont.) 1885-1899, June 10, 1887, Image 1
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JEFFERSON COUNTY SENTINEL. .A_ 'The Pioneer Newlepaaper of Jelllibracon County—A Family Journal Independent in Polities. VOL. II. BOULDER, MONT., FRIDAY, JUNE 10, I887. NO, 48 The Horthostern! *win to alle foot t at our store is about to be rebuilt, remodelled and toilarged, we have d. aided until the above alterations are completed, to sell everything in out line at from 10 to 20 per cent. below regular prices. Now is the time to b ty yotir Spring outfit! Or stock is complete, and are receiving new gi ode right along. Before buying Clothing and Fur- nishing Goods be sure and call at THE NORTHWESTERN. Ilolter's Block, Opposite Grand Central Hotel, 1\\IMT....8M1\TeAra M. r r • J. D. GROESBECK & CO., _u al i t t svaro co a o n k d ,ig a eat p ing ROHi . iptca\r, or=mi..„ Nails, Giant POWDER, CAPS and Fuse, IN . 007077.3/NTWAIR.M, C ROC IC 1:;?d , Lamm Chandeliers, Sash, Doors and Mouldings. Plated Ware, Glassware and Bar Goods. Agonts for the Celibrated Buckeye Force Pumps and Shutler V7agons, TIN SIP )13 Igcoanection where all kinds of Job work and Re- pairing will be done. ear Opposite Court House, 13onldor a e Montana, Justlie-Opelied, Boulder HOT Springs. Wgndie ',ski Curative Properties ! IX ALL CAMS OF Chronic, Musitular and Inflammatory Rheumatism, Loa Poisonin Constitutional Weakness, and. General Debility. A PLEASANT RESORT! IFTERT-CLASS / OTEL AND BATHING ACCOMMODATIONS. ilediebord by Stage from Helena, Butte, Wickes, Elkhcrr, Cornet, and all tnta in the Territory. Terms moderate. A)Irst-elaas Physic': DR. IRA A. LEIGFITON 9 Is constantly in attendance. rot full infon ation address, TROTTER it KEENE, Boulder, Mont. The Windsor House. KEENE & TR )TTER, Prop's. BOULDER, Mont. ;Everything First , Class.f i l BOARD PER WEED \ DAY,. ST 00 2.00 GRAN D CENTRAL HOTEL F1 ANK FARNHAM, Proprietor, Netyptit, Ne 1y Finished Througout and Centrally Located. THE L i:ADINCI HOTEL IN BOULDFR The Tables a T Supplied with the Best in UP i arket. BOARD AND I ODGING BOARD PER D 1.50 Stage.* Ei`rom All Pointet Stop at This lioteL $7.00 Tak n Up. One iron gray horse, 8 years old, weighs about 1,( )0 lbs., and bears an arrow brand o left thigh. Own- er esti have the e& is by proving prop- erty and paying iarget. Inquire of Jos FLE - rctika, at Frank Hoopes' ranch on Lower Beithter, ThE SIN AND EVIL OF UNHOLY MARRIAGE. A Sermon Preached at Boulder and at Wickee, May 2 4 2,1887. Strayed. Strayed from Philip Wagers ranch near Comet, one red steer, two years old, branded W on hip, slit in right ear and hole in same ear. One white steer, two years old, branded W on hip, slit and also hole in right ear. A suitable reward will be paid for their recovery. Pinup WaotL, 41.1 ns Cornet Mower**. BY Rev. Jesse C. W/LSON. TEXT -\Be ye not ut equally yoked to- gether with unbeliever*. --1. vi. 14. The topio I wish to present to you to day is the evil of the marriage of believers with unbelievers. This is the basis of the meaning of the text when it says \Be ye not unequally yoked together wiih unbelievers.\ That this is the true meaning is evi- dent from the context and from sins alluded to in the first epistle to the Corinthians which occasioned the writing. That other practices were prevalent among them, of wrong, is evident also. These or some ef them are covered by this brief injunction and what is said of being unequally yoked with unbelievers in point of marriage, will equally apply to an unequal yoking in lines of business partnership and the intimacy of so- cial fellowships. The principle is bread in application and deep in its significance. There is much said in many quar- ters about the low spirituality of the church. While I believe that there never has been a time of more vig- orous and healthful pulsation in the veins of the church's spiritual life during the centuries which have in- tervened since the days of the Apos- tles and Fathers than now, the charge is yet in a measure true. The church is not as spiritual as it might be nor as she ought to be. And in some quarters she has only a flame to live, nothing more. It is in the hope of pointing out a great occasion of this evil that I call your attention to this topic of vital interest. I believe there is no One thing which is the occasion of more mischief to the church's true welfare than this widespread practice of unequal yoking with unbelievers. If there were one way in which the enemy of all good could successfully hinder the progress of the church we would naturally and reasonably ex- pect it be through appealing to the passions strongest in human nature, since it is to the gratification of these that Christianity is opposed. Avar- ice, and the appetite for drink are only intemperate desire for things that may not be wholly wrong in themselves. Gluttony also. Natural affection of one person for another, congenial, and of opposite sex, is one of the strongest. It is through these channels that worldliness steals in and disinantlestbe church. It is by at- tending to these vital points of attack that we shall therefore do most in de- fending the church's life and estab- lishing the work of her hands. Therefore I invite you to consider with me this proposition, that the marriage of believers with unbeliev- ers is an evil, prohibited in the word of God, and resulting in great dam- age to the church of God and to in- dividuals concerned. Before we pro- ceed to the first point let us remem- ber that neither prohibitions nor com- mandments given in the word of God are ever without good foundation of reason. God is never arbitrary as man oftentimes is, without any rea- son. There is always underlying a command some principle of truth or just.ice or righteousness which occa- sions its utterance. 3ometimes this is expressed, sometimes it is not; but it is always there. And as truths, such as are found in geometry - that the squares of two sides of a right-angled triangle are equal to the square of the hypotenuse; or, as in music, that an octave consists always of so many natural intervals, no more, no less. As these truths do not die with one generation, but are eternally the same, so the obligations which spring frcm truths that are such are not cut off with the passing of one generation, but are the same with all time and all generations are equally, one with another, under the obligations of these truths. If there be no principle of justice underlying a command its obligations may pass away as expedieecy with a genera- tion or a period. hut if these obli- gations are based on a truth which is the same from generat on to gen- eration then the obligations are co- extensive and co -eternal with the truth, just as the obligation to prac- tice justice and probity one with an- other is co -eternal with the throne of the God of justice and probity. and obligatory upon all who claim to be His children, from generation to gen- eration. Now it will be seen from the following quotations that the prohibition of the marriage of be- lievers with unbelievers rests on a solid basis: that the human heart ever since the fall i Eden, is naturally inclined to take up with the evil rather than the pod; that there is a disposition and a tendency to forsake ways that are right and principles that are good fo; those that are evil. In view of *metier fact that the at- tainment of the blessings which at- tend and consummate the following of ways and prieciplea that are good, is worthy of the utmost effort and any sacrifice, in order to cut off the repult of a fearful evil,Gtod has kind- ly prohibited foe all times a grand occasion of it. Thus it was that the Lord said to the Israelites upon entrance into the land of Canaan these words (in which prohibition and reason are combined): \When the Lord thy OW shall bring thee into tbe land whiAher thou goest to possess it and hath cast out many nations before thee, thou shalt make no covenant with th4m, nor show mercy unto them; nei her shall thou make marriages wi , them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter 4.)alt thou take unto thy son, for they pill turn away thy son from followinK me, that they may serve other gods; so will tlie anger of the Lord be kindled agar you and destroy thee suddenly.\— bent. vii, 1-4. So also Joshua admitioislies the Is- raelites many years akerward as he was about to pass away. and be no more among them: \Take good heed therefore unto yourselves that yb . loves the Lord your God. Else if ye do in anywise go back and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, evert those that re- main among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them and they to you; know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these na- tions from before you, but they shall be snares and traps unto you and scourges unto your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God bath given you.\—Joshua xxiii., xi, xii. It will be seen from these quota- tions that the Lord takes it for grant- ed that there will be a tendency in the hearts of his people to go after the evil when they see it, particular- ly when they see it approved by rela- tives and persons socially well-dis- posed; and the evil result of so ski- ing He describes by the use of such figures as -traps\ and \snares\ and \thorns\ and \scourges.\ Whatever a trap or a snare is to fowl; what- ever a there or a scourge is when ap- plied to a person's flesh, that and more would connection by marriage be with these unbelievers and idola- ters in leading his people to forsake truth and the right ways of their God. Therefore seeing those results, in order to prevent them he orders that no marriage witil unbelievers shall be ever consummated. That this evil result foreseen to the peo- ple of Israel did actually take place, landing the people of God in idolatry, lewdness, witchcraft, and all the sins and degradation of the people amend them, bringing upon them a separa- tion from righteousness and the waye of their God, is the constant repeti- tion of their history. In this conneetton, also, may be quoted the action of Ezra and Nhe- miah, at a later period of Jewish his- tory, showing their view of the evil and its results. When the children 2„ Israel had returned from captiv- ity and Ezra had succeeded after great effort in rebuilding the temple it was showed to Ezra by the princes of the people that a great many among them had taken wives from the daughters of idolatrous people of the land who still remained, and were doing according to thuir abomination. It is said of him that when he beard it that he \rent his garment and his mantle\ and \plucked off hair from his bead and beard and sat down as- tonished.\ Then assembled to him every one that trembled at the words of tne God of Israel, because of the transgression of those who had been carried away captive. After this Ezra and the princes make confession of the sin unto God. A proclamation is sent out to all the children of the captivity to gather together at Jeru- salem in three days on pain of separ- ation from the nation and forfeiture of estates. This dune, beginning with rulers and including every one who had transgressed, wives taken from these idolatrous people were put away and Judah cleansed of its evil connection. So twenty years later, under Nehemiah, when some of the Jews had fallen into the same practice again, it is written that Ne- hemiah as governor contended with them and reviled them and smote certain of them and plucked off their hair and made them swear by God that they would put their idolatrous wives away. Thus did these good men regard and enforce the law whose transgres- sion so surely led the people into the practice of things abominable to God and out of the practice of things ob- ligatory upon them because right arid good. Human nature is the same to -day that ;• was in olden times in all material respects. It is inclined to take up with the eril. It is dis- posed to forsake the ways of recti- tude. Even the best of people are constantly tempted to leave the ways of virtue and God. There is no path for virtue and vice together. A man cannot hold truth sacred and practice lies; for all principles of truth, jus- tie,e and right are so closely untt;.c1 that who is not for is against. Cul- ture and education makes little dif- ference. Corinth and the Corinthi- ans, to whom Paul was writing, were shining lights in these respects in the ancient world. It would seem as though Paul saw and we at least now can see in them the antitype and pic- ture of the 19th century, with its 'luxury, its culture, its wealth, its education, and as though God had designed by this command, suited to and drawn forth by the condition of the Corinthians to illustrate and em- phasize thos truth for our times. Cul- ture makes no difference. God is God and the human heart is the same in all ages and Paul comes down to the Corinthian and to the 19th cen- tury with &repetition of the old com- mand, \Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.\ it is of no moment to say that the, prohibi- tion of this practice was intended for olden times only. For in additionore - Tact that the prohibition it ex- pressly made in the New Testament and thus for the gospel times, let me point out the other fact not often noted that people were gifted with neural dispositions, not to say feat- ures as beautiful then as now. Nat- ural disposition and the degrading effect on account of contact with per- sons deprived of natural virtues had little to do with the prohibition of intermarriage. Where in all history can be found a character more beau- tifully modest and pure and lovable naturally than that of Ruth, the Moabiteas? I dare say that there are few alluded to in the Rear Testament and few in modern times that possess more beauty and grace of disposition. It is no wonder that Boaz, the old man, was so easily disposed to wed her. And so there were thousands like Pharaoh's daughter, with kind- ness of heart and lovable dispositions 'among these idolatrous people. And in the influence that they would thus wield in leading into practices that were evil because of their commend- able natural disposition lay a portion of the danger to the people of God. Nor can we safely say on the other hand that the adulterous practices of the 19th century or the habits of in- temperance and the greed of gain, are any legs an abomination to God than the habitsof those clever Ilivites whose records we are now decipher- ing, or of those Egyptians whose mummies now go to confirm scrip- ture,or than the practice of the Greeks in worshipping with lascivious hon- ors the god of wine and love, in fol- lowing after Bacchus and Venus and Muni -lion. The sin is the same how- ever dressed. And a man of tbe 19th century who makes a god of money, whose ruling passion is avarice, is doing as badly as an ancient idolater and worse, for he to -day with all the ligh ehich we have from history, common reason, and truth, knows better; while he of the olden time evil ways perhaps did not. Hence the condition of times as improved ar the character of human nature as being then more degener- ate naturally have nothing to do in lightening the obligation which Paul enforces to the Corinthian Christians, and it remains the obligation of the church to -day. (It may be interpolated here that to all practical intents the ways and thoughts and principles of unbeliev- er's to -day are as subversive of the faith if carried out and as diametric- ally opposed to the requirements of Christianity in its pureness as were the ways of those idolatrous people - opposed to the ways and principles of the people of Israel. The parallel holds) We are now ready to consider the second point: the evil result to the church and the individual. The re- lation of this subject to the church of God is one of far-reaching impor- tance. The sacred rites of marriage do not affect simply the parties ire- rnediately concerned. They affect in a greater or less degree all per- sons to whom these parties are in any way related. Particularly is the church of believers affected rnd that in a large measure Religious mat- ters are ever regarded with supreme importance and whate 'er affects or touches them in any way becomes dignified with the same consideration and interest. Now it is,admitted on all sides that one who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, who has been re- deemed by the death of the Son of God, who entertains a sorrow for sin and a gracious hope of heaven and who therefore owns himself to be a child of God is under obligations to advance the interests of the cause of truth and salvation in every way that is open to him. If tie believes. him- self to be eternally saved, by all the laws of love and sympathy for an err- ing race, he is bound to do all that he can to secure tho salvation of oth- ers. If he does not, as did many of the early church, give himself per- sonally to the work of preaching the gospel or in other ways ministering the word, he is at least bound to sup- port the ordinances of the church, in- stituted by the Son of God and his epodes. Thus the believer ought to be forward irOli maintaining tbe weekly gathering together on the Sabbath day, and the meetings for prayer and praise. Whatever work that is started by the church that is holy and benevolent he ouglft, to en- deavor to assist. As Paul says \we are constrained to thus judge that if one died for all then all are dead,\ i.e., as far as selfish, worldly interests are concerned, and be goes on, \that they which livion i.e., through Christ, spir- itually, \shpuld bencefugth not live unto themselves hut unto Him who died for them and rose agaiu.\ , There are many ways of assisting in church work. All that is right and good should first have our approval atid hearty influence. Then when it is possible and compatialo with du- ties our personal presence and assist- ance is owing. Hand in band with this goes the obligation to assist with our money and property. Nor is it enough to pay money and withhold one's 'personal assistance and good cheer. The believer in Christ is bound to be whole -hearted and true and do all in his power to establish the king - limn of God in the canto Nor is this kingdom confined to our own town and eicinitt. Our prayers and tears and efforts encircle the earth and look upon thervast arid west, the north and south as the field and ev- ery tribe and race as the object of love and brotherly endeavor. Such is the life and such the obligation of the believer. Not that he will ex- perience this all at once, but this is the direction in which his sympathies and endeavors go. And in thus ad- vancing the cause of the kingdom of Christ he is bound not only to do what he can but to refrain from doing anything that will injure... - Now how much is unidn with an unbeliever calculated to ttasist in re- sponding to these holy obligations? Even if it %ere possible for such an unequal yoking to hinder in no re- spect the performance of all Chris- tine duties, is such action, important as it is in shaping the whole course of life, affecting many others besides self, and starting into being forces that never cease the influence for weal or woe, is such action in con- summating marriage with unbeliev- ers, consistent with and responsive to holy obligation? It seems to me that it is not. Our example speaks louder than our words. If one may do it then may all. And when ail believ- ; ers far and near, in high position and in low, have taken this course then the church of God is at an end. And when a believer's union is Consum- mated with one whose influence is known to be ngainst the church and against the faith and religion of Jesus Christ the evil becomes tenfoldovorse. The case of Solomon in high position may be taken as an illustration. h was not so much the number as the origin and character of his wives which brought the evil upon the church and nation of Israel. David also hai many wives, but it was tte daughter of the king of Geshur of an idolatrous people, who gave birth to the lad who brought sorrow and shame and exile to his father's throne and family. And in the cue of Solo- mon it was the daughter of Pharaoh of idolatrods Egypt and women of idolatrous Moab and of iidolati-ous Am men ites and of - :d Astir( U: Edoin- ites and of idolatrous Zidonians and of idolatrous Hittites, of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, \Ye shall not go in to Ultim a neither shall they come in to you:\ to whom he cave in love. \And his wives turned away his heart after other gods.\ \And Solomon went after Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Zidonianis and after fvfolech, the abomination of the Am- monites.\ \And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord was angry with Solomon.\ The result foreseen followed. From Solomon on, idolatry and wickedness gained such a position of strength in Israel and Judah that to dislodge it the kingdom must be destroyed and the people sent into eyile until they should learn that to obey is better than sacrifice. Tsus did the kingdom and Israel suffer by one nran's sin. It would be easy to point out cases within the circle of your observation and mine where the union by tnarri- age with unbelieving wives and with unbelieving husbands, to say noth- ing of those passing under the garb of professed believers but really hypocrites and enemies, has brought tiouble and disquietude itlid damage to the church of believers and king- dom of God, by those in high posi- tion and those in low. So sacred and intimate are the relations whioh bind believers one to another that to be oblivious to these considerations is to be recreant to the Master and a 4 fol- lower of the world. I would that I had time to enlarge upon the evil which results to the individual in a measure proportionate to the evil; but this cannot be done. I could tell you of tears that have been hurriedly wiped away as the unbdlieving hus- band enters the door of kindly words and benevolent 'designs that have been given into silence because of the known dislike of the head of the house to such endeavors; I could tell you of desires and endeavors to attain to something higher and no- bler and lovelier in life rudely shat- tered and spoiled by the careless laugh and unbelieving jest and pro- ject urged for some worldly course, on the part of an unholieving wife. Sonic have held on to the truth for years under such treatment; but it would be easy to find instances where a shattered faith or a loveless home have been the result of such union. It matters not which party be the un- believer, the other is sure to suffer. I appeal to you who have made the . mis- take if it be not so. I appeal to you wee, I appeal to you wives, who are still unbelievers and unprofessed fol- lowers of the Lord Jesus Christ, to bear witness that if the faith of the Lord Jesus be truth and if heaven be a reality and the duties of repent- ance and prayers ,stal`holy endeavor be requisite for entrance there thott your influence, your words,your ways in regard to these things on your loved wife or - on your loved husband is evil and only evil continually. And I appeal to the word of God before whom everything is naked and open, if I have not given a true pieiese -f what transpires. But one point metre. Tr Isi the Jews ie the time of Nehemiah when they bad cumraitted this error that their children spake half in .. tbe speech of Ashdod and could not speak in the Jew's lancruage, but ac- cording to the language of each peo- ple. The fruit of such marriage is to be considered. • What shall be the training of the children? Asa Chris- tian you are bound to train the chil- dren in \the nurture and admonition,\ io the right ways of the Lord. Where is the family altar? _ Where is the Cbristiau reproof and counsel from an unbelieving father? Where is the right example from the unbelieving head of the family to nail fast the -ins striation of the word? Yout own choice has deprived you or it. If it be the case that the wife is an unbe- liever. in our day, e -hen the mother has so much to do and so much op- portunity to instruct the child, the re- sult is worse. But in either case it is had. Nothing is more contagious in a family or church than belief of the trspe unless it be unbelief of the same. It depends on the personality and nature of the person In every case which of the two, father or moth- er,shall triumph inthese things. And yet unless both are believers the oth- er is a weight and a drag in religious life, and the children speak \half in the Jew's language rind half in the speech of Ashdod\ or Moab. Such progeny are not Jews. For the sake of the children both parents ought to be believers. The children need the best of training and the best of ex - ' ample in a Christian home. And what centers of influence and holy joy might such homes become in advanc- ing the triumph of the kingdom of God upon the earth! - If-a person must needs marry let him seek the direction of God in this important rriatter. If an unbeliever seek the hand of you, a believer, and you love him, nevertheless let him wait until he love your Master, too. Now if ever will he look into this subject cif religion, and ii you are true to vour opportunity and power you will have him ii) due time at the feet of Jesus. God will surely bless such loyalty,and until such soul union with Jesus has been coosummated that of the - body had better be de- ferred. 'Oh, for such a faith in the church and God would be honored and bless his people! Now, in conclusion, if there be any here who have made this mistake, or if there be. any who were converted after marriage in unbelief, do not fail to caution your friends in respect to this duty. Train up your 'children in the way they should go; give thesis the benefit of the counsels which they need. And if there be unbelievers here who think of incurring the high and holy obligations of marriage, do not ask a Christian, a believing wo- man, to put within reach of your blighting breath of unbelief that which she values and ought to value more than life. For right and further views on this sub, ject in entertaining form see the -Chris- tian at Work,\ 1887, with a story of early times whose pot and scene is laid in the Catacombs of Rome -AUTHOR - Notice to Creditors. Estate of Cornelius Griswold, deceased Notice is hereby given by the undersigned administrator of the estate of Cornelius Giiswold, deceased, to the creditors of and all persons having claims against the said deceased, to exhibit them with the necessary vouchers, within ten months af- ter the drst publication of this notice to the said admlnistratrix, at Boulder, in ths said county of Jefferson. lIE.LEN B GRISWOLD, Administratrix of estate of Cornelius Gris- wold, deceased. Dated at Boulder, this 4th day of May, 1887. Dissolution Notice. BOULDER, Mont, April 10, 1887. To all whom it may concern.: The co. partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned, Wm. Trotter and -C, F Parker, in the hotel business at Boulder and Boulder Hot Springs, is this day dis- solved by mutual content, C. r. Parker retiring. WIC TROTTER. C. F. Paltaxit. FOR SALE ; A Rauch of 200 Acres in the Sub- urbs of Boulder City. The undersigned °Jeri for sale his tine ranch adjoining Boulder. It consists of 80 acres of good hay land, from which can be cut annually from &O to 100 tons of merchantable hay. Balance of the land agricultural and pasture'. Irrigating ditches rover the entire ranch, a branch of the Boulder river runs tbroufh the ranch. The Improvements cousistin part of a large, neat 'tad good dwelling house, milk house, stables ' corrals and other out houses; also a good well of excellent per, manent water. This is a splendid property, elongsidc a growing town, and will be sold at a bar- gain. Call on 8.8. HARPER, On the premises, or at this (Ace. Eouldsr, Talhly lArt •