It is matter of common knowledge that one well-known teacher among Open Brethren very rarely attends conferences where the ministry is left to the leading of the Spirit. Nor is he the only one thus minded. Again, at certain large annual summer gatherings there was for years a chairman to lead each meeting, and at the outset it was announced by him that the conveners had invited certain brethren to speak, and, while these would be left free among themselves as to the ministry, no one else would be permitted to speak. Occasional attempts by others were promptly suppressed.Thus did the conveners notify the Spirit of God what persons He might or might not use to edify the gatherings. Apostasy is taking up of a different position to that formerly held. Is, then, such conduct, personal or collective, less than apostasy from what is admitted to be the Scriptural principle and practice? and is it not, therefore, in this matter, apostasy from the Scripture itself?
Then Mr. Lang wrote,
The advance of this evil can be at least retarded if hearers and speakers who revere the Spirit, and value His methods, cease to attend such gatherings, and support those only where He is fully honored.
When the Son of man returns, will He find faith on the earth?