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ARTICLES IN CHRIST IS LIFE — Do We Dare Try the Leap of Faith? .............. 10 HOW TO WIN OUR LOVED ONES — George H. Moore ................... 11 SALVATION AND THE JEW — Charles L. Feinberg .......................... 14 RADIO KOREA— Photo Story .............................................. 16 THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE — Hannah Whitall Smith .................. 18 GOOD NEWS — Photo Story ....................................................................... 47 UNDER THE PARSONAGE ROOF — Althea S. Miller ............... FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK ................................... ........................... 6 READER REACTION ..................................... ................... .................... 7 HYMNS YOU LOVE — Phil Kerr ...................................... ............. 8 PEOPLE — A monthly column of names in the news ........................... 9 WORLD NEWSGRAMS — James O. Henry .............................................. 21 OUT OF THE LAB — Donald S. Robertson .............................................. 22 THEOLOGICALLY THINKING — Gerald B. Stanton .......................... 23 24 DR. TALBOT'S QUESTION BOX ................................................................ 26 TALKING IT OVER — A psychologist answers — Clyde Narramore.. 27 MISSIONS — Oran H. Smith ....................................................................... 28 BOOK REVIEWS— Donald G. Davis ........................................................ 30 ADVERTISERS' INDEX .................................................................................... 50 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION YOUNG PEOPLE'S TOPICS — Chester J. Padgett .................................. 33 SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS — Homer A. Kent, Allison Arrowood .. 36 OBJECT LESSONS— Elmer L. Wilder ...................................................... 44 COVER This month's cover graphically tells the story of one of America's largest tract publishers, Good News of Chicago. That's President Clyde Dennis looking over a press sheet on which are printed 11 complete tracts at one time. The press shown can turn out 400,000 tracts a day and this year alone Good News expects to distribute 44 million tracts. For the story see page 47. — Art & Design : Marvin Rubin 4 JUNIOR KING'S BUSINESS — Martha S. Hooker FEATURES
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ALCOHOLISM IN GREECE One of the main products of Greece is wine. In some villages because of the shortage of water and the absence of milk, people have nothing to drink but wine. This is cause for much concern among Christians. Despina and Eleftheria, are twin sisters and the victims of alcoholism in Greece. Their father comes from a Protestant fam ily, but that means nothing, because the Protestants just as much as the Greek Orthodox need Christ in Greece. When he was younger he used to go to the Evan gelical Church, but one glass of wine led to another. Repeatedly he has been pun ished by the police. He is the father of seven children, the oldest of whom is 14. He is not able to work steadily and whan he does work he spends most of his money on drink, while his wife and children go hungry. It is a real martyrdom for the family to live with him. He smashes the windows and everything else in the house. As soon as the children hear him coming they run and hide under their grand mother’s bed. “The plight of the children is desper ate,” writes Miss Anna Hadjimanoli, one of the missionaries of the American Mis sion to Greeks at its orphanage in Kater- ini, Macedonia—the only Evangelical chil dren’s home in Greece especially for home less and needy Protestant children. “We had to take Despina and Eleftheria in. They were starving, along with the other five children in the family. They are so happy here in the orphanage. Please help them to stay by finding foster parents for them.” Will you be a foster parent to these children in Greece? It will thrill you to undertake such a missionary project. Their support is only $15 each a month. They also need someone to provide for their Christian education in our Evangelical School at $10 a month. If you write ex pressing your desire to care for a child in Greece, we shall send you the child’s name and picture and you will have a wonder ful personal relationship. We have just received an urgent appeal from our orphanage. The beds they have are falling apart. They need 65 beds at $10 and 65 mattresses at $8. The Lord will bless you for providing a bed and mattress for a little orphan in Macedonia. Send your letters and contributions to Rev. Spiros Zodhiates. American Mission to Greeks, Inc., Dept. K, P.O. Box 423, New York 36, N.Y. (In Canada: 90 Duplex Ave., Toronto 7, Ontario.) If you wish to see a beautiful 30 minute color sound film on the Lord’s work in Greece, write and book “Man of Mace donia.”
is the theme of 2nd International CongressonProphecy to be held November 6-13, 1955 in Calvary Baptist Church, New York City |N THE FALL OF 1952, the first International Congress on Prophecy was convened under the auspices of the American Association for Jewish Evangelism. Standing room was at a premium in many of the sessions. Since 1952, there has been a marked acceleration in the race for supremacy among the nations of East and West. Apostasy in the spiritual realm is on the increase. For millions the future is bewil dering. It is a day of con fusion and fear. To declare God’s message for the present hour, the sec ond International Congress on Prophecy will meet No vember 6-13 this year, again at Calvary Baptist Church, New York. Under the leadership of Dr. V. R. Edman, president of Wheaton College, out standing Bible scholars have been invited to give fresh in terpretation of God’s plan for this atomic age: D r . W illiam C ulbertson D r . A lva J. M c C lain D r . W ilbur M. S mith J udge W. R. W allace D r . W illiam F. K err D r . E. S chuyler E nglish R ev . H ermon B. C entz D r . M. R. D e H aan D r . C hester T ulga D r . J. P almer M untz D r . J ohn F. W alvoord D r . A llan A. M ac R ae D r . J ohn S. W imbish and many others. For Advance Program Write to DR. A. B. MACHLIN, DIRECTOR Dept. K WINONA LAKE, INDIANA This ad is made possible through the courtesy of DeMoss Agency, Inc., Albany, New York.
other hummed a tune as she polished the piano and made mental notes regarding “com pany” meals for district confer ence days. This is always the hardest part of entertaining to her. Meal planning, food prepar ation, finding new ideas fo r preparing commonplace foods are an u n i n t e r e s t i n g but very necessary part of marriage and motherhood. Whee, there’s that siren! “To the kitchen you must go; O how awful,” Mother improvised as she obeyed duty’s call. A spright ly near-six-year-old came out of nowhere to raise precious arms for a love. “How old will I be when I grow up?” Althea whispered in Mother’s ear. “If you don’t eat any better than you have lately you’ll never grow up, Sweetie. You are so thin. Drink this glass of milk while I get lunch ready.” “How old will I be when I grow up?” — Mother pondered the question the remainder of the day. “You may dislike cooking and all that goes with it,” she reminded herself, “but you know the importance of food to these precious children. And as each one grows he takes stronger food which his body can handle.” “How old will I be when I grow up?” could well be asked by many a professing Christian who confessed Christ years ago but who has never matured in spiritual things. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are be come such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat be- longeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:12-14). How old will you be when you grow up? END.
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results : that special august issue
F or months in advance of our August issue we asked you to pray that God might be glorified in this venture of faith. You not only prayed, but by your works you demonstrated your vital concern for the multitudes without Christ. We had to increase our printing by 60 percent to take care of the extra orders you folks sent in. Never in our history have we had such an overwhelming response from our readers. This has proved to us that you are the wonderful kind of people that have concerns that are greater than your own immediate needs. All too often nowadays Christians are constantly seeking to pamper their own spiritual lives, while completely forgetting the primary mission of bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have not yet found Him as their Saviour. Your response is a healthy indication. It shows a proper perspective. We believe when we witness to the saving power of Christ He will be honored and in turn will fill our lives to over flowing. As a staff we are praying daily for each of those thou sands of issues that went out to your unsaved friends and loved ones. We know on the authority of His unbreakable Word that this witness will not return empty. The seed has been planted and He is able.to bring forth the fruit. Because your response was so good we are now already planning for another such issue next Winter. Pray with us that the right articles may be selected to the everlasting glory of our Saviour.
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D eeper Depths 11Tearly 50 years ago the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Inc. was founded, V bom of prayer and evangelism. From a handful of young people in -L" its first classes it has grown to an influential institution with almost 5,000 students in its four day schools, its correspondence and evening schools. Its missionary alumni serve in all countries of the world under many of the mission boards. Its child evangelism and young peoples’ workers, Christian education directors, song leaders, evangelists and min isters fill places of responsibility throughout this land and others. Its influence is deeply felt in the United States, particularly along the Pacific Coast where so many graduates occupy flourishing churches, many of which they themselves have built and organized. With such accomplishments for which there is deep and sincere gratitude to God, to Whom belongs all the glory for what He has wrought through His servants, should not the Bible Institute be content to “rest on its laurels?” Should it not be satisfied that so many hearts, young and old, are being reached by its graduates? When one begins to think like that, he is reminded of such Scriptures as Exodus 14:15: “And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward” and Isaiah 54:2: “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.” So in obedience to such commands, the campus campaign has been launched and the Insti tute is looking forward eagerly to the day when, with the necessary three million dollars in hand, it shall be able to “possess the land” at La Mirada. There is a “holy discontent” with past or present attainments; there is the desire to press on to greater heights and deeper depths. Deeper depths” — that is what most concerns us, for it is the keynote of spiritual progress. A tree must grow downward before it can grow upward. We too are to be first “rooted and grounded in Him,” our Saviour and Lord. The spiritual welfare of our school is our paramount interest. While naturally we look forward to a spacious campus, to adequate and appropriate buildings, to “elbow room” in which to accom plish our tasks, yet at the same time we realize that these outward things, though desirable, are not sufficient to insure a radiant spiritual life and testimony. This comes alone through deeper personal acquaintance with Christ Himself on the part of every individual member of the staff, the faculty and the student body. As the life and nourishment of the branch depends wholly upon its contact with the vine, so our spiritual sustenance must be derived from our Living Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. Personal communion through prayer and reading of the Word of God and faithful witnessing to the lost will put down our roots and make us strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Another consideration that makes spiritual advance imperative is that we will be opposed by the enemy of our souls and of the propagation of the gospel — even Satan himself. Trials, temptations, discouragement and difficulties will certainly come in connection with our campus cam paign. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principal ities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12). But if we individually and collectively keep in close touch with our Lord, abiding in Him as His Word abides in us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we shall come through to certain victory, no matter what storms may rage about us, or what obstacles may fall across our pathway. Let deeper depths” be our daily experience as we work and wait for our soon-coming Lord.
“Through the influence of Campus Crusade for Christ, my wife Barbara and I have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ in a more vital way. In the three years that we have been active in the Crusade at UCLA, we have seen many scores of students trust Christ as their Saviour and become effective witnesses for Him.” So speaks Boh Davenport (above), All- American fullback and chairman of Campus Crusade for Christ at UCLA. Would you like to have a part in this strategic work? Campus Crusade needs men. It is doubtful if there is a more strategic mission field in the world than the 2,500 college campuses of America. From UCLA the work has spread to many other campuses across our country with hundreds of decisions for Christ. Win the campuses to Christ today and we win the world to Christ tomorrow. If you are interested in devoting full time to campus evangelism, please address your corre spondence to Campus Crusade for Christ, 1385 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles 24, Calif. if you cannot go, you can pray and give to send others on their way.
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I Think When I Read Words by Jemima Thompson Luke I Children for several generations Jhave been singing Jemima Thompson Luke’s beautiful song: “I think when I read that sweet story of old, When Jesus was here among men, How He called little children as lambs to His fold—I should like to have been with Him then.” Jemima Thompson was born in London, August 19, 1813; and married Samuel Luke, a Congre gational minister, when she was 30. She began writing poetry for religious journals at the age of 13. Later she published books of verse and edited a juvenile mis sionary periodical. In early life she intended going to India as a missionary, but ill health pre vented. She died February 2, 1906. While visiting a neighboring school one day (in 1841) she heard the children singing a marching song to the tune of an old Greek melody known as Sa- lamis. The. melody intrigued her and she decided to adapt sacred words for it. She “searched Watts and Jane Taylor and several Sun day school hymn books for words to suit the melody, but in vain.” Finally she was inspired to write the poem “I Think When I Read” while riding a stagecoach. At least three tunes have been used with her poem, besides the original Salamis melody for which it was intended. I ’ ve Found A Friend Words by J. G. Small Music by George C. Stebbins “I’ve found a friend, Oh such a friend, He loved me e’er I knew Him. . . These words were written by a Scotch preach er in 1863, and received musical embodiment 15 years later while Stebbins was engaged in evan gelistic work in Providence, R.I. James Grindlay Small (1817- 1888) was a brilliant graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He aspired to become a minister of the Free Church of Scotland, but was handicapped by peculiarities of speech and manner. However, he won distinction as a writer — several of his volumes were widely published.
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Newswires out of Milwaukee a fortnight ago were carrying the story of the first formal heresy trial ever held in the Northwest Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America (membership: 2,061,004). On trial was 31-year-old Rev. George Crist Jr. The charges: “Holding, teaching and preaching doctrines in conflict with the Lutheran faith.” Pastor Crist made it unmistakably clear where he stood. He openly denied the virgin birth of Christ, expressed doubt about the resurrection and ascension. As for Christ’s miracles Crist blandly ap pealed to naturalistic explanations. Sample: Explaining the miracle of the loaves and fishes he theorized that Jesus prevailed on those who had brought lunch to share it with those who had not. The synod, considered one of the more liberal Lutheran groups, charged these views proved that Crist had abandoned the funda mental principles of Scripture inter pretation which guided Luther in the Reformation. The verdict: guilty. Recommendation: immediate suspen sion from the ministry. In Pasadena, Evangelist Merv Rosell announced this month the release of a dramatic, hour-long, color motion picture, The Glass Mountain. The new film, featuring Rosell, is produced by Westminster Films (Skid Row Stop gap, Cargadero, Of Wings and Mis sions) . Back in America after a 41^-month European preaching mission, Evange list Billy Graham gave forth with an observation or two. Said the lanky preacher: “One of the most moving moments of my tour was in a church in Geneva on the eve of the Big Four conference with President Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles there praying. As the President knelt with his head bowed in prayer, I remarked to a friend that ‘I believe God is really on the side of that man.’ ” Graham spoke to about 4 million per sons during revival meetings in Scot land, London, Paris, Nuremberg, Hol land and the Scandinavian countries. The evangelist said there is a great spiritual hunger all over Europe but in Sweden and Denmark the people were less receptive. “Morals in Scan dinavia are very low.” Graham’s next crusade begins in Toronto Sept. 18.
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Do we dare try the leap of faith? 1 recall during my student days at the University of California that a group of us one day were discussing the claims of Jesus Christ. The conversation turned to the role of faith in Chris tianity and it was soon evident that there were two schools of thought on this subject. Part of the students held that we understand, therefore we believe. The other view was that we believe, therefore we understand. This was a healthy discussion. And a basic one. It is alto gether reasonable for an intelligent human being to desire to fully understand a proposition before accepting it. Think about it. Isn’t that true in your own life? It just naturally rubs us the wrong way when we’re expected to blindly accept some thing because someone says we should. This being the case is there any place for the second point of view: we believe, therefore we understand? I think there is. It is plain objective fact that no one comes to Jesus Christ by the way of understanding before believing. God is unknowable by reason alone. The Bible says, “If anyone wills to do His will he shall understand the teach ing.” Here is God’s approach. If we will to know Him then we will understand. But always the first step is faith. Now aren’t we back at the unacceptable position of blindly believing something because someone says we should? I don’t think so. The intellectually honest and open person isn’t afraid of making an objective experiment in a certain field merely because he doesn’t understand all the facts. If this weren’t true we’d still be in the dark ages as far as scientific achieve ments are concerned. It seems to me the sensible thing to do in such a situation is to try an experiment and see if it works. If it does work then it is no longer blind faith. I think this is the way we must approach Christianity. Let’s study over the claims of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible. Recall that Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” You’ve tried other ways and they haven’t worked. You owe it to yourself to make the test of seeing if Jesus Christ can’t bring forgiveness and peace and real, deep-down meaning to your life. Millions have made the test and uniformly attest that indeed Jesus Christ is the answer to all of life’s problems. But you will never know if it will work in your life until you personally make the experiment. No one else can do it for you. Not your dearest loved one, not your church. “If any one wills to do His will he shall understand the teaching.” Are you willing to be willing to make the experiment of trust ing in Jesus Christ? — L. H. ( I f you desire more help on what it means to become a child of God, you are invited to write The Editors, The King’s Business, 55 8 So. Hope St., Los Angeles 17, Calif.)
Perhaps your relationship with God isn’t always what you’d like it to be. Each month this special page is written to help seeking hearts find that in Christ is abundant life. When you’ve read this page won’t you clip and share it with a friend?
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BY GEORGE H. MOORE I n a little tract, How to Pray For the Unsaved Members Of Our Families, Letgers stresses that we need to make special note of God’s recognition of the family as a unit, and the promises for the salvation of that unit when one member of the family claims the promise in faith. The following Scriptures are given to substantiate this point of view: Gen. 7:1; Ex. 12:13; Joshua 2:17-21; Acts 2:37- 39; 1 Cor. 7:14. With faith and obedience, there must be commitment. N o rm a n Grubb, in his little book, Touching the Invisible, emphasizes the fact that there is the work of the cross About the Author George H. Moore has had 11 years ex perience as pastor in the Friends Church in California, Oregon and Idaho. He has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa and has taught at George Fox and Penn Colleges and is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Biola Bible College in Los Angeles.
—that which Christ did for us in the shedding of His blood —; and there is the way of the cross which Christ calls His disciples to travel. The only way that we can expect the work of the cross to become a reality in the hearts of our unsaved loved ones is for us to be willing to walk in His way. Jesus said of Himself, prophetically, and of us who are His followers, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone” (John 12:24). Crucifixion of the old self must precede the resurrection of a productive, fruitful life. When making preparations for this article, the writer telephoned a friend to see if she with her hus band would share the circumstances that led to his conversion. Consent was gladly given, but her first reaction was most interesting and i l l u m i n a t i n g . Said she, “I will admit that I was the greatest hin drance to my husband’s finding the CONTINUED
an God? a title of an early book by J. Edwin Orr poses a question that must be an swered by every Christian
who expects to win an unsaved loved one. The conviction must be firm that God can bring forces into operation that will lead to the conversion of the ones dear to our hearts. F a i t h and confidence in the power of God to act does not just happen. But that confidence can be secured by any Christian who will make the effort. Basically it results from a personal search as to the methods which God uses in the answer of intercessory prayer. The important things of life require systematic diligence. This is no exception. As you go through the Bible, with pen and paper at hand, make a note of prayer promises, of prayer answers, the circumstances involved. Give special attention to the relation of faith and obedience to prayer.
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How to Win Our Loved Ones continued Lord. For it was not until after a series of meetings in which I had to face up to some things I needed to do in my own life, that convic tion began to come to my husband.” Here is their story with the Scrip ture references which they consid ered to have a bearing on it. one who is to be a “fisher of men” must use as much sense in the selection of and in the placing of his bait as the trout fisherman. A thoughtless, roughshod approach has no place in this specialized, pre cision work.
to win her husband may need to cultivate some interest in her hus band’s work and give him praise for every advancement; may need to be willing to go on a camping expedition, even though she may have a natural aversion to bugs and snakes; may need to learn enough about football or baseball so that she can at least listen intelligently. The Apostle Paul had a word for it: “All things to all men, that I might win some.” Another quality of the mature Christian p e r s o n a l i t y so much needed in those who expect to win others for Christ is inner poise! The natural reaction to this chaotic era is to indulge in worry and fear. Science has unleashed forces that threaten to destroy mankind; self ishness and the greed of men threaten his economic security; shocking acts of delinquency and immo r a l i t y threaten the mo r a l structure. It is no wonder that fear and anxiety generated by these events have resulted in an alarming increase of mental disorders. But in spite of such circum stances, there is no excuse for the Christian to operate on the same level as the worldling, for Christ teaches us implicitly that faith and trust must replace worry and fear. All of our much talking about trusting in the Lord is but hollow mockery if we worry and fret just like any one else. Inner poise can only come from a life of day by day faith and trust. Often living with our unsaved loved ones is not easy. Frequently it would appear that they are being difficult just to aggravate, to trip us up, to make us stumble so that they can make light of our profession. We are tempted to anger, to be come impatient; but here is the opportunity to demonstrate super natural grace which will bring con viction to them. Of course we live in difficult times. For that matter, every gen eration has. The very nature of liv-
A lady in a certain church, at prayer meeting, would exhort the people to join her in her prayers for the salvation of her husband and family. He was a local busi nessman. But her habit of discuss ing the gossip of the local congre gation along with her laments over being removed as church pianist did not impress the family with the quality of her profession. T he trite, cynical statement that the home is where we love each other the most and treat each other the worst, is too often true of those who are praying for unsaved loved ones. The home should be a place of courtesy. The one who is seeking to win his loved ones should prac tice deeds of thoughtfulness and k i n d n e s s . The habit of saying “Thank-you” for little things is golden. Other-centeredness is essential to a winsome life. The exhortation of the Apostle Paul, “Think not every man on his own things, but every man on the things of others” is a command to keep us from self- centeredness. The person who in fluences another for Christ cares for more than his soul, although this is of major importance. He must also care for him as a person — his likes and his dislikes, his interests and hobbies. The unsaved one may show little interest or con cern for spiritual things and for the new loves and interests of the Christian in the church. But this is no excuse for the Christian to retaliate by being so absorbed in the work of the church that he or she has no time for the interests of the one who is in need of the Sav iour. The Christian wife who wants
“ 1. The spiritual condition of the saved p a r t n e r before the Lord needs to be examined first (Ps. 34: 18; 66:18). 2. A quiet testimony in the home is essential — wherein the wife (if saved) should be sub jected to her head (the husband) in all things (1 Pet. 3:1). 3. ‘Count all things loss’ (Phil. 3:8-10). After the days of conviction on my hus band’s part and much strain, God brought me to the end of myself and it was when I could pray from the depths of my soul, ‘Lord, use me whatever the cost!’ that God began , t h a t mome n t , to work . Praise His name. The end result was a soul bom into God’s family (Gal. 4:19).” The Price They Paid is the name of a little booklet telling of the con ditions that brought revival to dif ferent mission areas. Invariably the missionary found that the first obstacle to revival was not the hard ness of the hearts of the people, but the lack of a surrendered self on the part of the missionary. When there was complete s u r r e n d e r , “rivers of living water” began to flow and impossible situations be came the “proving grounds” for the working of the power of God. Only as our inner attitudes are in har mony with God’s standards are we in a position to be channels for His power. Then, and only then, can we prevail in intercessory prayer. Faith and consecration must be accompanied by the outward prac tices of a mature p e r s o n a l i t y . Among these practices, tact and good judgment rate high. Some seem to possess a higher degree, naturallv, than others; however, the Scriptures enjoin us to pray for wisdom and understanding. The
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asked for the Bible and began to read it. At meal time, he said grace, and from that time on, took an active part in church affairs. By this time, he was 82 years of age. A year of service on the church board thrilled his heart with joy that he could still render a little service to his Saviour. At this ad vanced age he had begun a new life. Five years later, his wife passed away, but he testified that the joy of those five years exceeded all the joys of their previous mar ried life. Even a self-righteous man is not immune from the persistent prayers of a loving wife who will lead a consistent Christian life. M uch of this article has dealt with the husband- wife relationship, but the principles noted are ap plicable to all members of the fam ily. Bishop H. C. G. Moule has written: “How is it with your fam ily? Do you recognize that they also belong to your Master? By the He brew law of slavery they would do so; and they do so by the law of Christ. Is your first concern, your first prayer effort, for your chil dren, that they should live unto God, should be of use for God? True, you cannot almightily bend their wills, nor give them grace. But you can present them unre servedly and daily to One who can. Can you, by His grace, so live before them as to commend Him to them as their end and all? And can you so manage their education as to have a first regard, and not merely a second, to their establish ment in the faith and their prepar ation for God’s service?” It is not enough to merely tell our loved ones that we love them and that we love Christ. We must act as if we did. Prayer, faith, con secration, the elements of a mature Christian personality — these, the Lord will use to bring our loved ones to Christ. END.
However, his wife did live a consistent Christian life, and was greatly concerned for the salvation of her husband. She prayed consis tently to that end, but year after year nothing happened. There was no apparent indication that the Lord was answering her prayer. Still she persisted. For 35 years she prayed! Toward the close of this period, Mr. S. required hospitaliza tion for a short time, and was visit ed by the pastor. Still, he showed no evidence the Lord was dealing with him. Sometime after this, he was in attendance at the regular Sunday morning Bible class. The pastor felt Prayer Each morning at eight the
ing is difficult. But do the unusual! Use the tactful technique of sur prise. Do the supernatural and by doing so give indisputable testi mony of the validity of your faith by meeting each day with serenity, poise, faith and trust. It isn’t the natural reaction but the super natural. And that is what will count. T he following cases will illus trate some of the points which have been made. I will start with the story of Bill and Mary. The names are fic titious, but the people are real. Bill wasn’t interested in religious things.. He didn’t want anything to inhibit his desires. The army called him, and he was soon overseas. He en tered into all of the vices available. After their marriage, Mary had become a Christian. Many a wife with such a drunken, carousing husband would have made this along with his unfaithfulness, grounds for divorce, but not Mary. Instead, she loved him and prayed. In spite of the fact that she knew what kind of a life he was living, she had no reproach for him in the letters which she sent regularly, only the manifestation of a meek and a quiet spirit. When he returned from overseas, there was still no reproach; nothing but love. She lived her life on a supernatural plane, and that was what the Lord used to convict Bill. Such a life and such love was more than he could stand. It got him! He broke under it and was saved, and today, he and Mary are working faithfully in their church. I n sharp contrast to Bill, Mr. S. was a fine moral man. In fact he was so moral that he could see no r ea son for be i ng a Christian. He believed that he lived his life on a plane as high or higher than most Christians, which was probably true.
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led to give an invitation for those who would like to accept the Lord. To this Mr. S. responded. On leav ing, that morning, the pastor asked him, “Are you trusting the Lord?” And he said, “Yes.” The pastor wondered if he replied in this man ner out of mere courtesy. But the wife of Mr. S. soon dispelled any doubts of the reality of the experi ence. For on arriving home, Mr. S.
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Here a Hebrew scholar T here are those who claim Israel has had its chance and has sinned away its op portunity and day of grace by unbelief. Some are prepared to say that the Jews as a whole cannot and will not be saved. Strangely enough, those who pro pose this view do not cite Scripture for this position. The reason is ob vious: there is not one single par ticle of Scripture truth to be found in this claim. Then there are those who have surrounded the Jew with a certain halo and feel he does not need to be saved, because he is of God’s ancient people. He has, as it were, a charmed life and a spe cial dispensation or distribution of God’s grace allotted to him. This view is identical with the Jewish doctrine to be found in one of their prayers: “There is a portion for all Israel in the world to come.” No Bible proof can be given for this position either. It is a matter of personal opinion or tradition of men. Still others feel the Jews do not need to be saved now, because all Israel of all ages will be saved in the future. They point to the pas sage which reads: “For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in; and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of £ion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from
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Jacob: and this is my covenant unto them, When I shall take away their sins.” Those who advocate this view forget that there is no assurance that individual Jews will be living at that time who are on earth at this time. How do we know that individuals now living will continue to that hour? The Bible never places the acceptance of the Messiah by faith and the reception of His salvation, as a fu ture decision. It always presents the matter of decision in the pres ent. Moreover, we cannot fail to take into account the Scripture statement that there will be un worthy in Israel who will come into judgment, just as the Gentiles will. In short, the Scriptures do not support this view any more than the others. The question still remains and demands a clear an swer: Do you, as a Jew, really need to be saved? The Universality of Sin and Condemnation Jew as well as Gentile is under sin and the curse of God. You may inquire under what condemnation the Jew rests. The apostle Paul answers it in these words: “But if thou bearest the name of a Jew, and restest upon the law, and glori- est in God, and knowest his will, and approvest the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having in the law the
form of knowledge and of the truth; thou therefore that teachest an other, teachest thou not thyself: thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adul tery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou rob temples? thou who gloriest in the law, through thy transgression of the law dishon- orest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gen tiles because of you, even as it is written.” Did the apostle mean to imply by this very forceful passage that the Jew was in greater need of salvation than the Gentile? Hear him set forth the bill of particulars: “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks [Gentiles], that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none that understandeth, There is none that seeketh after God; They have all turned aside, they are together become unprofit able; There is none that doeth good, no, not so much as one: Their throat is an open sepulchre; With their tongues they have used de ceit: The poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruc tion and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Dear friend,
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and the Jew standing before God or whether he must come to God the same as the Gentile
for both. He is rich toward both, and the same enablement is pro vided for them alike. That grace which has saved both Jews and Gentiles in the early days of the Christian era, is still doing so. A man in Ireland, convicted of sin, was on the point of believing when the devil raised his oft- repeated objection: “If you believe, you could not keep it. What about tomorrow?” The worker dealing with him pointed to a water wheel nearby. “ What turns the wheel today?” “The stream.” “What will turn the wheel tomorrow?” “The stream.” “And the days after?” “The stream.” The anxious man was led to see that there was abun dant grace to save, keep and meet all his need. This rich grace is available to Jew and Gentile con tinually. The Imperative Need For Immediate Action and Decision When God’s way is not chosen, there will always be peril and fail ure and loss and perdition. The Bible puts it this way: “What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who followed not after righteous ness, attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith: but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that About the Author Charles L. Femberg is Director and Professor of Semitics and Old Testament at Talbot Theological Seminary, Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University.
law. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by works. They stumbled at the stone of stumbling; even as it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence: And he that believeth on him shall not be put to shame.” The time allotted for decision is now. No other time is promised us. “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of sal vation.” The pleadings of the Holy Spirit in your heart keep stressing “Today! Today! Today! Today!” What is done must be done now. When Antiochus the Fourth of Syria was met by the Roman Am bassadors, bringing the Senate’s word f o r b i d d i n g his war with Egypt, he fully expected to reply on the next day. Popilius Lunas straightway drew a circle around Antiochus in the sand, and said, “Decide now, before you step out of that circle.” This brought him to a decision at once; he gave up the war and returned to his capital. The message of high heaven con cerning eternity is, “Decide now,” for now is the only time we have. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is not promised us. We have only now to decide. There is no instance in Scripture where any individual or nation is appointed an opportunity to receive Christ as Saviour in any other age or time, other than the one in which they live. Take your oppor tunity now! Believe and be saved! END.
this is an all-inclusive indictment which includes every Jew and Gen tile on the face of the earth. The Jew is a sinner by nature and by practice, for all have actually sinned and come short of the glory of God. You may seek to deny it, but it is nonetheless still true, trag ically so. The law is unable to help, because it can only condemn the violator and is powerless to justify him. There is need for God’s right eousness. It will not do to he busy manufacturing your own. It cannot be recognized as acceptable in the sight of the thrice holy God. All in Israel are lost without the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. What an urgency this places upon you to heed this message! WTen the Duke of Kent, the father of Queen Victoria of Eng land, lay dying, his physician tried to soothe his mind by referring to the distinguished position in which God had placed him. His quick and correct reply was: “Remember, if I am to be saved, it is not as a prince, but as a sinner.” Christ came to call, not the righteous, but all sinners to repentance. And all alike are sinners. The remedy is specifically the same for all suffering from the same disease of sin. Both Jew and Gentile must be declared righteous in God’s sight by the same medium and channel of faith. God’s grace, His unmerited favor, is provided The Impartiality of God's Grace and Salvation
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