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THE CHARACTER AND PRINCIPLES
 
 
 
 

III

THE CHARACTER AND PRINCIPLES OF THE SPIRIT-WRESTLERS TO-DAY

 

We have seen what the belief and practice of the Spirit-Wrestlers were a hundred years ago. The vitality and validity of their belief and life are shown by the fact that both survive to this day. The following extract from a letter from one of them speaks for itself as to the spirit in which they live and endure persecution:—

"January 2nd, 1896.

"The concern of most importance to me when thinking of my fellows is, that they might as far as possible try to become humble and meek, which is indispensable for entering the kingdom of God.

"I think that when they have begun to be worried, and their material state to be ruined, they must be very careful not to be tempted. I hold that anxiety for material well-being constitutes already a great stumbling-block and injury to the soul.. . .I ask that you will advise all who know me not to be angry, not to grumble at the Government because it oppresses them. But let them bear, with God's help, any trial which befalls them. Let them only remember what Christ, and afterwards the apostles, had to suffer for