F B Hole

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Frank Binford Hole was a man of God. His long life was marked by
faithfulness, devotion, patience and hope. His memory is best honoured
by remembering the massive pillars of the faith in which he laboured,
lived and died. The conspicuous feature of his life was that he lived
and laboured in the Christian Faith, and was constrained to do so by
personal experience of the love of Christ. He had every opportunity to
seek the ordinary satisfactions of life in a garish world. In
possessions and intellect he was fitted to achieve such satisfaction:
but early in life at the age of sixteen, he was met by the Stranger of
Galilee and from that moment he "endured as seeing Him who is
invisible". After King's School, (the building off the Strand is now
King's College in the University of London) and a short period in the
family business, he entered the banking profession. While still,
however, at an early age, he gave up what is usually called secular
employment and became a full-time worker in the service of Christ. His
gifts from God manifested themselves in three different ways: firstly
as evangelist; secondly as teacher; and lastly as publisher. In younger
days he was closely associated with Arthur Cutting in evangelistic
work. together they travelled the country conducting tent missions,
often in rural areas; and many persons heard and received the Word of
life through them. Mr. Hole also preached the Gospel in the West Indies
and in South Africa, and indeed visited several other parts of the
world in the course of his ministry. Most knew him best as a teacher,
that is as a minister instructing Christians in Bible Truth. Both as a
speaker and as a writer, he possessed a wonderful gift of teaching
through illustration. To illustrate the words "all joy and peace in
believing", he described a party which attempted the ascent of
Vesuvius. On their return they were asked whether they had enjoyed the
experience. "
Enjoyed it!" Mr. Hole represented the climbers as replying, "
Enjoyed it! The wretched mountain rumbled and spat fire! We were so terrified that we couldn't enjoy anything".
They had no joy because they had no peace.It is not perhaps well known
that his books on the foundation of the faith came into the hands of
Dr. Billy Graham, who not only specially commended them to his team,
but also sent an emissary to Little Britain to greet the author in
person. Lastly, as a publisher, his work has contributed to the spread
of Christian Truth to every corner of the earth. In these labours Miss
F.M.Aves was his devoted helper for forty five years. He received a
ceaseless stream of letters witnessing to the help received wherever
English is spoken through the publications emanating from his
unpretentious premises in Little Britain During these years his
fellow-writers were H.P.Barker, J.T.Mawson, A.J.Pollock and Hamilton
Smith. F.B.Hole was the last surviving member of this devoted band. The
Day will declare it - what God enabled him to achieve. He wrote several
valuable books, "The Great Salvation" and another one equally valuable
"Foundations of the Faith". He also edited and contributed many
articles to a small periodical called "Edification" and for many years
"Scripture Truth" from which a complete New Testament commentary has
been extracted and printed. These and many other articles are
reproduced here.

He was entirely careless of human estimation of
his work. To him the words of Churchill about General Gordon aptly
apply. Describing the statue of Gordon which at that time stood in
Trafalgar Square Churchill wrote "Amid the noise of the traffic as
formerly that of battle the famous General stands and inattentive to
the clamour of men inquired what is acceptable to God". It would be
entirely in the spirit of such a man if he thought at all of the
eminence of his labours to break in with his "non nobis Domine" -- "
not unto us O Lord not unto us but unto Thy Name give glory for His mercy and for Thy truth's sake".
(Psalm 115: 7). F.B.Hole lived and laboured in the certainty of the
resurrection life. and in the promise of the vision of perfect
blessedness because he believed in a living Redeemer. During the last
conversation Mr.Blackburn had with him, Mr. Hole said "
I have had at
times to occupy myself with the subtleties of the Faith but now that I
am very old I have come back to simple things.

He was a
humble man. His contributions at Fellowship meetings were usually brief
but very worthwhile. His hymn in Spiritual Songs is no. 159. "O God of
Grace whose saving power". How true the fourth line More evident now 33
years after his death "The ranks of faith grow thinner". The writer of
these notes can remember Mr.Hole's illustrating the difference between
appropriation and assimilation by the following stories:

boys were playing marbles when along came a bully who stole the marbles
and put them in his pocket and ran off. The boys chased him and
eventually overpowered him and made him restore their marbles to them.
He had appropriated them but they did not become part of him. But a boy
is about to eat an apple and another boy comes and steals it and runs
off. The boy follows him and catches him but there was nothing left but
the core. The apple was now assimilated into the thief's system".

Mr Hole was emphasising the need for formation by assimilating the Word of God into our spiritual lives.

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