Rev. David James Burrell and Attorney Philip Mauro
were two of the sixty six (66) contributing writers to the Fundamentals.
The Fundamentals is a four volume set of books which sets forth the basics of the Christian faith. To encourage missionaries, pastors and others who were sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Fundamentals were deemed necessary because of the liberalism that was taking over the Universities and churches. There were sixty six (66) authors, who contributed ninety (90) articles. This set of books, the Fundamentals was compiled by Rev. R.A. Torrey. You can find the Fundamentals on blueletterbible.org., under Commentaries.
Life or Death ?
Do you know the difference between life and death?
You’re probably thinking, what a silly question!
However, I challenge you to read the following two excerpts with an open mind.
This first one was written by Rev. Burrell.
“The man who does not know God has not begun to live.
He may eat and drink, make merry, accumulate a fortune or wear a crown;
but he has not entered into that better life of high hopes and noble purposes and aspirations which make us worthy of our Divine birthright.
For “this is life eternal, to know God.”
To put ourselves into just relations with God is literally a matter of life or death.
All theologies are worth mastering but THEOLOGY is indispensable.
We must know God.”
The second excerpt is also from The Fundamentals,
this article written by Philip Mauro, Attorney-at-Law.
The following is part of his personal testimony:
“I came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ on May 24th, 1903, being then in my forty-fifth year.
I did not at that time fully understand what had happened to me, and only learned subsequently, through the study of the Scriptures, that, by the grace of God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, I had been quickened Ephesians 2:5, and had passed from death unto life John 5:24…….
….I had become a church-member and communicant at the age of sixteen; had been for many years thereafter quite a regular attendant on church services, and had heard innumerable sermons; yet I was as ignorant as any Hottentot concerning God’s one and only way of salvation.
Such is the wretched condition of millions of excellent people in this “Christian” land and in this “enlightened” century.
The Gospel is hid from them because “the god of this age” hath blinded their minds “lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Worldly Prosperity Unsatisfying
“Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again” John 4:13.
Let me add briefly, as touching my material circumstances, that in the practice of my chosen profession (law) I was sufficiently successful to gratify my own ambition and to excite the envy of others; that I was blessed with excellent physical health; and that my domestic relations were all that could be desired.
Nothing seemed to be lacking that could insure or contribute to happiness and contentment.
But peace of mind and rest of conscience are not to be found in what the world calls “easy circumstances.”
Notwithstanding that I had apparently every reason to be well satisfied with my lot, and every opportunity to enjoy the good things of this world, my mental condition was anything but satisfactory.
It is hard to picture the state of a mind subject to increasingly frequent and protracted spells of depression, for which there seemed to be no reason or explanation.
Certainly I was thoroughly discontented, desperately unhappy, and becoming more and more an easy prey to gloomy thoughts and vague, indefinable apprehensions.
No longer could I find mental satisfaction and diversion in the places and things which once supplied them. My gratifications had been largely of an intellectual order, and my mind had been much occupied in efforts to pierce the veil of the material universe, and to discover what, if anything, lay concealed behind it.
This quest had carried me into the domains of science, philosophy, occultism, theosophy, etc., etc.
All this pursuit had yielded nothing more reliable than conjecture, and had left the inquirer after the truth wearied, baffled and intellectually starved.
Life had no meaning, advantage, purpose or justification; and the powers of the much-vaunted human intellect seemed unequal to the solution of the simplest mysteries.
The prospect before me was unspeakably dark and forbidding.
Where Is the Wise?” (1 Corinthians 1:20)
But some remedy against settled despair must be found.
So I followed others in the attempt to find distraction in the gaieties, amusements and excitements of a godless, pleasure-seeking world, among whom I was as godless as any.
Some good people who were interested in me, and who had an inkling of my condition, assured me that what I needed was more “diversion” and “relaxation,” and that I was “working too hard,” etc.
This view of the matter was urged by church members.
No one told me the simple truth; namely, that I needed Christ and His salvation.
O, the innumerable millions who are stumbling through life, vaguely conscious of a great need, but ignorant of its nature, and having no one to tell them!
I have given this description of my unhappy state at some length in the belief that among those who may read it, many will recognize it as a description of the main features of their own condition.