Truth Triumphant

Truth Triumphant

“Know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free.”

John 8:32

The year the American Civil War began, Catherine Harriet Libby arrived on Earth. She taught public school in Michigan at the age of 16. The Gospel changed her and her sister Annie’s lives early in the 20th century.

"The Lord Moves in Mysterious Ways His Wonders to Perform"

Pastor Anglebarger, a devout Christian minister, most likely felt disappointed, if not discouraged! Two Libby sisters, Catherine (Cassie), and the widowed Annie, ninth-generation descendants of John Libby, attended the “failed” series of public Bible studies but ignored the Pastor’s invitation to join his York Street, Denver congregation.

Walking into a church doesn’t make a person a Christian any more than walking into a garage makes you a car.

Astute Bible students, Cassie and Annie looked for more than a superficial name-brand religion; a pro-forma social club faith, or a cosmetic cover for political nationalism parading under a religious label. The Libby sisters were searching for that transforming identity that resulted in an intuitive obeying God’s commandments in a lifestyle reflective of Jesus Christ.

“Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22, 23 “…Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:12,13

Three years passed.

After reviewing the accuracy of every word spoken from the pulpit by Pastor Anglebarger, and offering many personal prayers for guidance, the truth triumphed. Annie and Cassie, together with children of the age of accountability, were baptized into the York Street Church fellowship of committed Christians.

The news upset Cassie’s next-door neighbor, her son’s Sunday School teacher. After church services, he would routinely rush next door to set straight his family’s friend. Unprepared for her three years of intense Bible study, he routinely would leave her home, trying not to vent frustration. It took time, but eventually, the devout neighbor became convinced Cassie’s Bible theology resonated with the truth about God. Not only did he, and his family, join Anglebarger’s congregation, but he too became a minister.

The Denver Pastor’s dynamic, Bible-based message, reaches beyond a ritualized creed or sectarian nuances. Listeners were invited to join a fellowship of believers, united by love for God and powered by the Holy Spirit.

In more than a century since that “failed” series of Bible lectures delivered in the York Street Church, nine of Cassie’s own descendants entered the Christian ministry. Hundreds of other Christians trace their spiritual roots back to that Denver Bible lecture series that “failed.”

Numbers mean nothing when the silent power of God’s Holy Spirit is working on human hearts. One truth inspires the honest souls who live as free moral agents, the simple beauty of the everlasting gospel overwhelms, and truth triumphs. Mathew 24 points to signs of the end time.

Mathew 25 confirms God’s judgment is not influenced by brand name religion or pro-forma ritual. “Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”   I Samuel 16;7 God, the righteous judge, recognizes only two classes of people: evildoers, or the righteous who “obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” Revelation 14:12

While we can’t begin to comprehend how God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform, I can confirm, as fact, this story of the “failed” series of Bible lectures. Cassie, that lady of sterling character, lived an exemplary life of Christian love. Cassie was my own, dear Grandmother.

Warren LeRoi Johns

York Street SDA Church
Denver, Colorado

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