Smith’s Turnips

Smith’s turnips… Wm Sowders June 25, 1945



No one knows what ministers God is making undergo. No minister knows anything about that other minister, like the other minister, knows about himself. Hardly any minister can point his finger at another unless there are three fingers pointing back at him.

Any time a minister gets boastful and uncovers something a brother minister has done, he uncovers himself. The Bible plainly teaches:

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (MAT 17:1-2)

If I don’t know a thing by my own eyes see it, God forbid I would take something somebody else, told so and so and accuse my brother of a thing. God forbid that I take what somebody else said and tell somebody and put another burden on top of another’s head.

If you had tried as many as I have, you would be discouraged trying cases and finding the author of tales that are told. It is a mighty hard thing to find the author of a lie. When you trace it back, you go this way and around that way and it goes right

back to the party who told you and then they said, “They did not,” and so and so said they did not tell them and there it is. – Worse after you get through with it.

You know what Smith’s turnips were?

That is just the way it goes. I have found there is just so much surmising. If somebody tells you something about somebody, there is just a spirit to enlarge and surmise and it is 75 times bigger than when it was first told and when it goes to another they will enlarge it and to another and they enlarge on it and to another and soon,

“It is just facts! I saw it with my own eyes!”

I’m no judge in no case unless I saw it with my own eye. You can’t go to court and say, “Your onor, so and so told me no later than yesterday they even saw him do it!” The judge will ask you, “Did you see it?” If you tell him no, he will mighty soon tell you, “Well get down from the witness seat we won’t bother with you.” Don’t you think God’s court is more honest than mans? If I don’t know a thing I had better keep still. There is a danger of me telling something on somebody that someone told you that somebody never did do, they just surmised and it just almost looked like it. “I’ll tell you right now, it made me think it is so!” And that fellow tells somebody and leaves the “almost” out and by the time three or four hear it,

“it is a fact!”

And they have the poor fellow hanging by his heels.

Will God ever remember that and bring measure back to us? The same cup we measure out will be measured back to us. I have seen too much of that! I have seen people right on the Camp Ground – men take me out and tell me something on a preacher and in two months they were right in the place they said he was. And this Brother went right into the rut the other Brother was said to be. “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith.” (ECC 10:8-9) “Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment.” The one that told me about the other one, – it was only two months and he was right in the same rut.

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