"Missions on the Pacific Coast"
By R. Y. Blalock
Caldwell, Idaho, April 20th, 1931.
"Dear Brother [T. P.] Simmons:
I see from your most excellent little paper, under "The Policy and Program of This Paper," you say you 'will be glad to give place to the report of sound missionary work.' That is good. Many true Baptists, who cannot cooperate with the Northern convention on this coast (because to do so we would have to support evolution and alien immersion, and other nonscriptural practices), are doing direct church mission work; and we cannot get recognition in reporting our work in their papers.
"We have three associations of true Baptists on this coast, who do not receive alien immersion, and who oppose evolution with all of its evils.
"Elder W. M. McCart, of Portland, Oregon, is a general missionary evangelist, recommended by these associations of churches. He is doing a good work. He is now in a meeting at Maxwell, California. We expect to have him with us the middle of May. Elder G. W. Reynolds of Silver Lake, Oregon, is associational missionary for the Middle Oregon Association. The writer is a missionary for Idaho, recommended by the Middle Oregon Baptist Association, and local churches. Most of these independent churches support The China Direct Mission.
"We have only three small regular Baptist churches in Idaho. The northern convention has churches in most of the leading towns. They hold open communion, receive alien immersion; and many of them endorse the evolution teaching as to the origin of man. There are a few churches here, calling themselves "Fundamentalist Baptists," who have pulled out of the northern convention because of evolution in it; but these so-called "Fundamentalist Baptists" receive alien immersion and hold open communion. They most all oppose us because we will not endorse these things. Some of them will not let us preach in their church houses, but will let most any other denomination in.
"Many of our people in the South do not know how to sympathize with us out here in our struggles in standing for the faith once delivered to the saints. Many have come here from the South since I came here, who claim to be true Baptists when they came; but they have not been able to stand out against the machinery and money of the northern convention, and have surrendered to them.
"Life is a battle. It takes the grace of God, and a backbone like railroad iron, to enable one to stand up for the truth against all the powers of darkness one meets out here.
"Pray for us. And may God bless you in your undertaking to run this paper. Be true to Him and His Word, and God will be with you; and his true servants will back you up.
"Yours in Jude 3,
R. Y. BLALOCK"
[From T. P. simmons, editor, The Baptist Examinier, June 1, 1931, pp. 5-6. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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