by Neil W. Anderson, Publisher
Tolbert Fanning and William Lipscomb, the founders of the Gospel Advocate, possessed clarity of purpose. They were diligent students of the Word. Their goal in publishing the paper was “the maintenance of the doctrine of salvation through the gospel of the grace of God.” They knew “the gospel was the power of God to salvation” (Romans 1:16) and believed men were saved only through obedience to the gospel.
When David Lipscomb joined up with Fanning after the Civil War, his conviction for biblical truth caused him to sacrifice personal time and money throughout his 50 years as editor to keep the Gospel Advocate’s influence strong. He maintained his warnings about innovations being introduced into the church such as instrumental music, external agencies doing the work of the church, women’s role in the church and a wide acceptance of higher criticism that denied the inspiration and authority of the Bible.