“Hold-Fast”

A Sketch of Covenant Truth and Its Witnesses

By: John E. Hazelton

“Hold fast the form of sound words” (2 Tim 1:13)

“An everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure” (2 Sam 23:5)

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The following pages are but a slight sketch of a vital subject; they aim in a simple way to show the continuity through the centuries of the testimony to “the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). The Author has, so far as possible, given interesting quotations, bearing upon present-day perils, so that it may be said of each Witness referred to at any length, “He being dead yet speaketh.” With Montesquieu the writer would say, “I have culled a garland of flowers, and the only thing I can call my own is the string that binds them.”

If, by this little volume, anyone is led to consider more carefully the paramount importance of pure doctrine, gracious experience and godly practice, the writer will be thankful, and if the perusal of the book leads some to read further upon the same lines, or induces one with an able pen and more leisure to write, what will be an easy matter, a better book upon the same subject, the time spent upon this will not have been in vain.

Brevity has been studied, for few persons have time or inclination to read lengthy volumes. The illustrations have been given in order that young people may be attracted, and some of the portraits will revive sacred recollections in the memories of older friends. The limits of the book forbade the inclusion of any but representative names. The non-appearance of some that may be looked for was a necessity, as a connected narrative has been attempted, and not the compilation of a biographical dictionary. Footnotes and references have been omitted, as it was thought they would only be an encumbrance.

Manifold failings on the Author’s part, of which he is painfully conscious, will be apparent to every reader, but be felt a call to make a beginning in treating of a subject of urgent importance.

His desire is that something to the honour and glory of our faithful Covenant God and to the good of His people may result from the publication of “Hold-Fast”.

February, 1909



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