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This Greek Mother gave birth to twins during the earthquakes. Her home and possessions were demolished. Rev. Douglas Stewart took the photograph at the time of the earthquakes.
YOU CAN BRING JOY THIS CHRISTMAS TO A NEEDY FAM ILY IN GREECE Evangelical believers suffer the loss of loved ones, homes and all their posses sions in earthquakes. • Will you, as a token of your gratitude to God for the gift of His Son, help a desti tute Greek family this Christmas season by sending your gift to: GREEK RELIEF FUND
They have urgently appealed to us for immediate and continued assistance. It will take many months to relieve the suf fering people. $10.00 will enable us to send a food or clothing parcel to a needy Greek family. All gifts will be sent directly to Greece to administer to the physical and spiritual welfare of the Greek Evangelical believers. They are depending on YOU!
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ARTICLES DOES GOD CARE ABOUT YOUR HOME LIFE? ................................. 10 EMMETT TILL — an editorial from Life .......................................... 11 SHOULD CHRISTIANS FEAR? — Vance Havner ............................... 12 THEY CALL IT SAMARKAND ............................................................... 14 CULTS OF OUR DAY: UNITY — Part three— Louis T. Talbot ...... 15 DAYSPRING AND DAY-STAR — Charles L. Feinberg ...................... 34 I WAS A HEATHEN — Dorothy C. Haskin ........................................ 48 FEATURES FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK ................................................................ 6 PEOPLE— A monthly column of names in the news ........................ 7 UNDER THE PARSONAGE ROOF — Althea S. Miller ...................... 8 READER REACTION ................................................................................ 9 WORLD NEWSGRAMS — James O.Henry ........................................... 31 OUT OF THE LAB 4 — Donald S. Robertson .......................................... 32 THEOLOGICALLY THINKING — GeraldB. Stanton ............................... 33 JUNIOR KING'S BUSINESS — Martha S. Hooker ............................ 36 BOOK REVIEWS — Donald G. Davis ....... :.......................................... 38 MISSIONS — Oran H. Smith .................................................................. 40 DR- TALBOT'S QUESTION BOX ......................................................... 46 TALKING IT OVER — A psychologist answers — Clyde Narramore 47 ADVERTISERS' INDEX .............................................................................. 50
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COVER A fter a lengthy editorial conference we decided that the theme for this Christm as issue would be, "F o r God so loved." W e agreed the theme should be worked out in simple vertical lines to draw our thoughts heavenward to once again remind us that God so loved that He came and dwelt amdng sinful man. For articles on Christm as in this issue see pages 6 , 32 , 34 , 36 and 47.
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A Christ-centered Christmas I Many Christians deplore the fact that the Christmas season has taken l i o n the aspects of a pagan celebration, and of course they are right, but since things are as they are and there is not much we can do to change them, we should not miss the very great advantage the Christmas season offers for some real soul-winning service. Certainly there is no time in the whole year —- not even Easter when the world is so con scious of Christ, not as personal Lord and Saviour, it is true, but of Him as a personality Who once lived on the earth and Who for some reason had the greatest influence of anyone who ever existed. We meet people every day who do not know the purpose of His coming. Here then is a great mission field already prepared for us! If we arm ourselves with attractive Christmas tracts, in which many publishing companies now specialize, as we make purchases we can hand them out to weary clerks in the stores. The question, “May I give you a little Christmas greeting?” accompanied by a pleasant smile, will not be resented, and thus the Word of God in regard to the great salvation Christ brought through His incarnation, death and resurrection, is passed on to those who may never before have had the matter of their personal acceptance of Him presented to them. There is also the opportunity provided by the Christmas cards we regularly mail to unsaved relatives and friends into which we may insert attractive gospel messages in tract or booklet form. Again, there is the opportunity for a testimony to the person next to us on the bus, the salesman at the door, the newsboy, the milkman, the one laboring beside us in office, shop or school, whose hearts are softened at this season. There is among Christians a growing revulsion to the commercializa tion of Christmas which has turned our greatest religious holiday into a mere travesty, especially in the matter of giving. Christmas shopping grows more frantic and frenzied every year as each one endeavors to outdo another in the purchase and exchange of elaborate gifts. Sales persons look upon the season as the most hectic of the year, and their troubles do not end with Christmas Day either, because of the aftermath of that old American custom of returning undesired gifts after the holi days. Last Christmas I heard above the din in a department store the harried voice of a clerk exclaiming: “ I simply hate Christmas!” No wonder you hear more and more frequently declarations like these from Christian people: “ This year it is going to be different” ; “ I am cutting down on the exchange of gifts” ; “W e are going to spend Christmas as the Lord intended.” Perhaps one solution lies in the right kind of Christmas giving. As hanks have their systems of planned Christmas saving, why could not the Lord’s people develop some plan of Christian Christmas giving for His work? A large proportion of believers give at least one-tenth of their income to the Lord for the support of their churches, missionaries and other forms of Christian service in which they may be interested or engaged. Above this tithe, which is not a matter of law but only of con venience in setting aside a definite sum for Christian work, there are “ Gifts and Offerings” and out of this “ extra” could come this special Christmas giving. For people of moderate means this would necessitate cutting down on gifts to friends and relatives but it would be eminently rewarding. If at the beginning of the New Year, a definite sum could be set aside and this practice .continued throughout the year, there would be a Christmas savings fund accumulated for the Lord’s work.
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DOES GOD ANSWER A CHILD’ S PRAYER? By Missionaries Georgia and Emanuel Papadopoulos “The Lord must have led me to you,” said a dear mother who met us in the street. “Please come home with me and speak a few words of comfort to my husband. He is suffering from cancer and his condition is truly desperate. I am so weary of life,” she con tinued, “for not only must I pro vide and care for him, but also for our three little ones.” As we neared her home, two little boys ran out crying, “Come, doctor, make our daddy well, so he can go to work again and bring us bread and food and clothes.” They tugged at our hands, thinking we were physi cians. How deeply our hearts went out to them! We can never forget the sight of that house. It consisted of one small room, with a dirt floor, on which were two or three little stools and a bed on which the father lay, looking more like a corpse than a living person. The children were really in pitiful plight, clad only in rags. The father was moaning with pain, almost too weak to talk. We sat by the bed and encour aged him from the Word of God. We prayed for his soul and the healing of his body. What was our surprise when the little ones spontaneously joined in. “Oh, dear God, make Daddy well, please. Have mercy on us. We are hungry and suffering. Amen.” How we would love to return to this family with food, cloth ing and a Bible to minister to their physical and spiritual needs. How wonderful it would be if we could have a definite sum of money each month to minister to them and others in similar dis tressing circumstances. Pray for them, and for us. Note: Wouldn’t it give you great joy to be able to walk into this poor home with bundles of food and clothing at Christmas time, and share a little of your bless ings with them? You can do just that through these missionaries of the American Mission to Greeks. For $5 this family can purchase locally 40 lbs. of nour ishing food. For $6 they can re ceive a 22-lb. clothing package. And for $1 they can be given a Greek Bible. All this can be done through the American Mission to Greeks, Inc., Rev. Spiros Zodhi- ates, General Secretary, Dept. K, Box 423, New York 36, N.Y. Our Canadian friends should write to 90 Duplex Ave., Toronto 7, Ont.
A monthly column of names in the news. When a group of Southern Cali fornia ministers, headed by Baptist James T. Martin, last year tried their hand at running a Christian cruise to Hawaii the results were beyond their own expectation. Bolstered by such a whopping success pastor Martin is now organizing three more cruises: one to Central America and two to Alaska. (See page 4.) In Korea this winter the hiding was over for thousands of young chil dren. These were the children fa-
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thered by American and other U.N. troops. Mothers hid the racially mixed tykes because they knew of the bitter hatred Koreans have for mixed chil dren. But a child can only be hid so long. They were coming out now and n eighborhood children were pouncing upon them with almost in human contempt. Bob Pierce of World Vision, tirelessly told Americans back home what was happening. In his audience one night was Harry Holt, an Oregon farmer. Holt, his wife and six children held family council and decided to adopt eight of these mixed babies. But the law said only two could be adopted by any one family. Holt pleaded his case with Oregon’s Democratic Senator Richard L. Neuber- ger. Neuberger went to work and with the help of others a special bill was pushed through and signed by President Eisenhower. Off to Korea flew farmer Holt. From the thousands of unwanted children he picked eight. Asked how it felt to now have a fam ily of 16, Mrs. Holt said, “Our family is happy that we can bring these chil dren to our home to teach them of our Saviour’s love and share with them the Christian inheritance— eternal life through the redeeming blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
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by Althea S. Miller A ll But The W o rk H e entered the house with an air as crisp as an autumn day. “ I like school,” the near-eight- year-old announced to anyone in terested. Mother was. “Praise the Lord,” she said aloud. In her heart Mother mar velled: “Can this be Paul Kent making such a breath-taking an nouncement? He never li - -” “ I like school, all but the work. But that playground is sure swell.” “This is more like it,” Mother muttered to herself. “We’re back to normal. Paul Kent and work never did agree.” As the third grader launched into detailed explanations of the wonders of the school playground, Mother scrubbed potatoes for dinner and asked herself why her young son disliked work so violently. She con cluded that Kent was not alone in his dislike. Actually, if she had anyone who could take over in the kitchen for her she’d dash to the type writer and work at something far more to her liking. What is work? What makes work? What is the purpose of work? Work must be any task to which one is bound or to which there are obligations to perform. Work, in the disagree able sense, is doing anything one doesn’t like to do. The ball player will work his legs and arms al most off for the sheer love of the game. To him, such work is not work in the disagreeable sense. Sin in the human race brought work for daily bread upon men. “ In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread . . .” (Gen. 3:19). There is a certain deterrent to sin in work. God knew this and cursed the ground “for man’s sake.” Some Christians like church “ all but the work.” Work stands between them and an abundant testimony for Christ. They love the brethren—up to the point of work where a brother needs a lift. One day “ Every man’s [be liever’s] work shall be made manifest . . . and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (1 Cor. 3:13). What kind of a workman are you?
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Sirs: In your October story “A Reunion for.. Class Number One” you state “Ruske became a chiropractor and is now thought to be dead.” I have just checked and Paul Ruske is in the home for the aged operated by the Mennonite Brethren Church here in Reedley. He is 82. Reedley, Calif. David Doerksen Mission to Migrants Sirs: I was thrilled to see the October number with the pictures of some of my very dear old friends in the first graduating class and to read of Anna Bethke’s work. She was in my class of 1919. Santa Cruz, Calif. Lillian R. Waghorn Misplaced Byline Sirs: Your magazine gets better and bet ter. But on page 24, October K.B., the poem “Trusting” was written by me and not Elayne Tedder as you indicate. Wilmington, Calif. Martha Snell Nicholson Christmas Trees Sirs: In the discussion “Worship of Trees” (Dr. Talbot’s Question Box, October K.B.) I discover a statement which does not sound in keeping with sp iritua l enlightment. Dr. Talbot says, “ . . . how could Jeremiah know about a Christmas tree, when Christ mas was only celebrated after the coming of Christ . . .” It is my belief that God was writing and knowing and that Jeremiah was only a human instrument to convey the message. I have been withholding judgment on the Christmas tree. But as I grow older and study God’s Word more and more and try to live by it with a good conscience both toward God and man it becomes increasingly difficult for me to get joy out of all that glitter. Aberdeen, Wash. Mrs. C. A. McIntosh The Error Seen Sirs: I thought that you might like to know that the three writings on Sev enth-day Adventism in your March, April and May issues have had a lot to do with my husband seeing the errors of Seventh-day Adventism. Aft er six months of real Bible study, prayer and searching my husband has come through. Wilmington, Del. Mrs. Alma Matthews D E C E M B E R , 1 9 5 5
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this man got up at four o’clock in the morning and before breakfast read through the entire Gospel of John. He underlined passages that seemed to speak particularly to him. That evening he chatted with his wife about these passages but her only reaction was one of great ir ritation. Here is great loneliness for a brilliant young man. But there is no despair. He kno>vs from per sonal experience that God wants to, and can change all inner turmoil to peace. Instead of fretting, this man is making room in his busy life to devour great portions of the Bible and to devote much time to prayer. He has found that God does care. Right now wherever you are and whatever you’re going through let me say on the authority of God’s unbreakable Word that He does care. He cares about you and every problem that touches your life. He does not want you to give up in lonely despair. The Bible says, “ Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father . . . Fear ye not there fore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” If you’ve never come to Him for forgiveness, come right now. If your loved ones need Him, trust Him now as never before. The Bible says, “ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long- suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” This is His loving will for you and for yours this day, this hour, this very minute. — L. H.
cern of this meeting is to pray for the requests sent in by readers. Every request is prayed for indi vidually and out loud. One of the most frequent requests is from men and women wanting prayer for the conditions in their home. It would bring tears to your eyes if you could read these letters that come in day after day. A mate that doesn’t seem to understand . . . financial problems . . . a pending divorce. It’s an almost endless list. And each looming problem is a threat to the home and all it repre sents. Many of you reading this right now are keenly familiar with this problem. Your home conditions may be so crushing that there seems nothing left but empty despair. Day after day after day. The same prob lems closing in again and again. And because they are such personal problems there are few people you can . . . or dare . . . discuss them with. You are left alone. Here’s what I mean. This is the story of a school teacher from Colo rado. He’s married and the father of three children. Neither he nor his wife were Christians although they attended church regularly. Their home was in turmoil and he was drinking rather heavily. Then this summer he received Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. He says Christ immediately changed his way of living where years of psychological counseling had utter ly failed. But his wife is the same. She cannot understand that God will invade an individual and com pletely change his life. Recently
BACKGROUND. W e reprint the editorial on this page not be cause of its theology but because it tells in a simple, basic way a fundamental truth that even Chris tians sometimes overlook. As you know, Emmett Till was a 14-year- old Chicago Negro lad who was sent by his Government office worker mother on a family visit to her home town of Sumner, Miss. Em mett stayed with his mother’s uncle, Mose Wright, a sharecropper and sometime preacher. Before Emmett left for his visit his mother warned
lahatchie River. The skull was smashed by blows and pierced by a bullet, and a heavy cotton-gin fan was lashed to the neck. Bryant and Milam were brought to trial (before an all-white jury, although the county is 63% Negro). The white people in the region raised a defense fund of $10,000. It didn’t take the jury many minutes to declare the smugly arrogant, cigar-puffing defendants not guilty. And for the deep South another blot was added to its already ugly record in the field of human justice.
him “ to be very carefu l. . . to hum ble yourself to the extent of getting down on your knees.” She told him Chicago wasn’t like Sumner. One day Emmett and a cousin went to nearby Money, Miss, to buy 2c worth of bubble gum. As they left the store Emmett whistled at a white woman. The white wom an’s husband, Roy Bryant and his half brother, J. W . Milam, later went to Mose Wright’s cabin and took Emmett Till away at gunpoint. Three days afterward Emmett’s body was found in the muddy Tal
Emmett Till n Mississippi the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till still goes unpunished. It will be punished, nevertheless, for there is a higher law than Mississippi’s. Emmett Till was a child. One of the South’s traditions is the religion of Jesus, who said: “ But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a mill stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Men can be forgiven for prejudice, as a sign of ignorance or imperfect understanding of their religion; no righteous man can condone a brutal murder. Those in Sumner, and elsewhere, who do condone it, are in far worse danger than Emmett Till ever was. He had only his life to lose, and many others have done that. Those who condone a deed so foul as this are in danger of losing their souls. The soul of Emmett Till himself was known but to few, but it was a thing of value. It was fashioned on July 25, 1941 by the Lord God who placed on it this distinctive seal: This is M y son, akin to all others, but unlike any one of them. Like each of M y children he is unique, irreplaceable, immortal. I hereby send him among other men, who are his brothers. He went, and was slain. In the dark night of this deed his childish cries for mercy fell on deaf ears. But they were heard, nonetheless, and the Hearer made an entry, that night, beneath certain names, writing once more: “ It must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” Sleep well, Emmett Till; you will be avenged. You will also be remembered, as long as men have tongues to cry against evil. It is true now as it was when Christ said it almost 2,000 years ago: “ For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid that shall not be known . . . Whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light . . . Be not afraid of them that kill the body . . . Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell . . . Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? . . . Fear not, therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” ( Courtesy Life Magazine. Copyright Time Inc. 1955.)
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by Vance Havner
“ Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling . . (Phil. 2:12). “Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear . . (1 Pet. 1:17). 1 am well aware that what is in mind in these verses is a rever ential fear of God and not a nervous fear of judgment. We are not to be subject to bondage all our days through fear of death. He that feareth is not made perfect in love and perfect love casteth out fear. Many verses could be brought up to reprove us for an improper fear, for trembling when we ought to tri umph. But we have with us many dear souls who, for one reason or an other, are sore beset by fightings within and fears without. They get scant help from most sermons and books that seem, somehow, to move all around their problem but never actually touch it. Some of these fearful souls were born that way. They are temperamentally set in a minor key. Others have become that way through great adversity or illness. Melancholy plays devilish tunes on unstrung nerves. Some are afflicted with that perverse ingenu ity of mind, of which MacLaren writes, that manages to distill a bit ter vinegar of accusation out of grand words in the Bible that were meant to afford them but the wine of gladness and of consolation. Whatever the precise form of their trouble these trembling souls will get scant help from most preachers and teachers and books. Certainly they can expect nothing from the school of happiness boys who fairly trip through the Chris tian life with a tra-la-la. Christians with naturally sunny dispositions who have not had much trouble can do nothing but theorize at best and a cheap gay optimism will not do for Mr. Fearing. Indeed it will
not do for anybody. Try as you will, you cannot build up from the gospels a hail-fellow-well-met Jesus giving hooray pep-talks. The Man of Sorrows Who sighed and wept, and groaned in spirit because He knew the world’s heartbreak does not fit into our cheer-leader brand of American Christianity very well. There is a world of difference be tween what this world calls happi ness and what God calls joy. There are other Christians of ro bust rugged constitution and faith who will have little patience with Mr. Fearing. Strong of will and dogmatic, they seem so sure and positive that they but make him the more wretched and drive him to despair. They may admonish him to “ snap out of it” but they cannot help him for their sturdy natures just cannot understand such fellow-travelers and may terrify him further by accusing him of some secret sin when he has al ready perhaps confessed more than he is guilty of. Other earnest and well-meaning souls would like to help Mr. Fearing and they try but they have never had any such experiences as his and that totally disqualifies them. Our Saviour was tempted in all points like as we are and that is one reason why He can help us. But not every Christian has been along the desolate sloughs of despondency and passed sleepless nights and been tor mented by bugaboos and hobgoblins of the soul. It is impossible to help such weary pilgrims through such lowlands if you have not been their way. Experience grants an insight because “ you know how it is.” This scribe knows . whereof he
writes. He made his way through several dismal years when, like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress, he could not distinguish the voices he heard and verily thought the whis perings of the Accuser sprang from his own mind. He dared not turn to some for help for their very hilar ity discouraged him. And what a failure many devotional writers and spiritual helpers turned out to be! He was not helped out of his dun geon by experts. When he emerged he had sympathy he had never had before for all similarly afflicted. But, a lth ou gh many helpers failed, he became well-acquainted with some rare and precious souls both of the past and present who did not disappoint him. What a fresh debt to dear old John Bunyan! Modern psychiatrists would have a picnic analyzing the Bedford tink er’s ups and downs but that im mortal pilgrim knew more about the human heart than all the ex perts of today. Who has better described the misgivings of some of us than Christian (who is of course Bunyan anyway) saying in the Valley when he perceived that God was with others similarly beset: “ And why not with me? though, by reason of the impediment which attends this place, I cannot perceive it?” And Mr. Fearing himself! Alex ander Whyte grows exuberant and says, “ Show me another passage in our whole literature to compare with John Bunyan’s portrait of Mr. Fearing.” Now I do not defend Mr. Fearing nor do I hold him up as a model for Christian conduct. Per haps he should have gone through singing instead of sighing and stur-
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Christians Fear? dy souls would now call him a neu rotic. But I perceive that he did not get into as much trouble with sin and Satan as some of the hardi er souls. “ The highest flames,” says Jeremy Taylor, “ are the most trem ulous” and the pilgrim who quakes in his hoots, whatever else he may be guilty of, will not likely rush into the rash and precipitate sins that so often ensnare the bold and venturous traveler. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling and pass the time of our sojourning here in fear. Mr. Fear ing may be afraid of the wrong things but even at that he will learn more readily the right kind of fear than he who boasts of no fear at all. According to Bunyan God was very good to Mr. Fearing and when the poor soul got to the river where he thought he should be drowned forever and so never see that Face with comfort that he had come so many miles to behold, no such thing happened. Instead, the water of the river was lower than ever and he went over “ not much above wet- shod.”
hinted at it: they should cease wor rying about their acceptance and cultivate the godly fear of our texts. W e have only to commit the keep ing of our souls unto the faithful Creator; our Lord will keep all we commit unto Him against that day.
of ease. They envisioned a fight and a struggle and they would give all diligence to make their calling and election sure. They made it life’s supreme concern to walk circum spectly; they worked at it and prayed over it and were profoundly concerned lest they be castaways. They were burdened over the plague of their hearts and the pov erty of their souls. They were bur dened over the state of the church and the plight of the world. Ezek iel’s man with the inkhorn would have marked them because they did mourn for the abomination of their generation. Dear friend, if you are set in a somber key, God can use you. He starts with the bass in stringing His instruments and today He has all too few serious souls to offset the high-pitched piping of our time. Turn your tendencies to good ac count. You will be in the company of Jeremiah weeping over his peo ple and Paul willing to be accursed that Israel might be saved . . . and the Lord Himself with His heart broken for us all. And what shall we say of Augustine and Ruther ford and McCheyne and Fletcher and Fox and all that immortal host who truly passed the time of their sojourning here in fear? Surely this present hour is not conducive to levity among God’s colony still here on earth. The cri sis demands appropriate conduct and we had better be at our godliest as we thread our way through these days. Soberness becomes the chil dren of light and while Mr. Fearing should not be afraid as to his ac ceptance at last he may well fear God in his sojourning now. END.
EacK morning at eight the editorial staff of King's Busi ness m agazine g a t h e r s for prayer. Oveh the years God has answered the heartcry of thou- sands. Should - you have a request we would count it a privilege to take it to the throne of grace. Your request w ill be held in the strictest confidence. Address: The Edi tors, King's Business, 5 5 8 So. Hope St., Los Angeles 17, C a lif. w w i * m sm M ■ ■ 1 m a But we do well to exercise another kind of fear, not dread but a holy and reverent fear of God. The man who lives that way is far nearer the spirit of the New Testament than the glib, flippant sort who has never tasted deeply of human mis ery. The old hymnwriters thought the Christian life to be serious busi ness. They were bidding their souls be on guard and would have them stretch every nerve and press with vigor on. They would not be carried to the skies on flowery beds
And dear Alexander MacLaren with his matchless sermon on “ The Witness of the Spirit!” He is very patient with Mr. Fearing. “ There are none so far away from false confidence,” says he, “ as those who tremble lest they be cherishing it . . . There may be, and there often is, the combination of a real con fidence and a false diffidence, the presence of faith, and the doubt whether it be present.” Now the real trouble with such fearful ones is that they have a mis placed fear. They are fearful about the wrong things. I have already
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M ayell, Birch, Fu ller & Ireland For the older folks, their heart's desire.
they call it T he idea of tottering off to an old folks home at some specified age isn’t exactly appealing to most people. But for a lot of older folks, even with substantial funds, there often isn’t a better place to go. For some Christians, however, the problem is being solved with the opening of a new “ life-care residence” in Santa Barbara, Cal. The new residence is called Samarkand, which (in a city with strong Spanish roots) is the Arabian way of saying, “ heart’s desire.” Samarkand is the brain child of Lionel V. Mayell, large-scale builder of luxury-type apart ment homes in Southern California. Mayell and his close friend, Dr. Clyde Narramore (public school psychologist and active Christian layman) sold the idea of a high-class residence for Chris tian oldsters to Southern California petroleum magnate A. Otis Birch. Others in on the project 14
are Dr. Charles E. Fuller, director of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, industrialist Robert G. LeTourneau, Philadelphia financier Leon Sulli van and a dozen other Christian laymen. Samarkand is made up of a group of 34 elaborate villas surrounding a hotel-type central building and located on 16 tropical-lush acres in the Santa Barbara hills. The residence will provide all meals, medical care, chapel, recrea tion and hobby facilities. A few backers of the idea for awhile enter tained some rather well-defined doubts about filling up Samarkand. There seemed to be a question if there were many Christians around with the kind of cash a luxurious retirement calls for. But the doubts soon melted away like a stray cloud in a sunny Santa Barbara sky. “ Heart’s desire” was finding plenty of customers. THE KING'S BUSINESS
CULTS OF OUR DAY: PART THREE
UNITY Unity believes that through perfection of the body man will be come the equal of God Himself with power over the mind and body
By Louis T . Talbot
because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3 :18 ); “ But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags . . . and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Isa. 64:6). We have no righteousness, in nate or otherwise. We have no Christ-consciousness which we can develop. We come to Christ as lost men and women, crying for mercy. We have nothing in which to glory except the cross of Christ by which we are crucified unto the world and the world unto us. All that we have, or ever shall have, of spir itual blessing, victory or peace, must come from and through our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is “ . . . made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption . . . He that glori- eth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Cor. 1 :30,31 ). A I ih e Unity type of salvation is self-righteousness, lik e Mrs. Eddy’s “ self-immola- m tion,” and has no reality. It can only be a sham because there is no genuine righteousness apart from the cleansing through the blood of Christ. This blood they have spiritualized away, and “.. . . CONTINUED
means conscious existence in the body” (Talks on Truth, pp. 150-51). How is this change taking place? “ These life germs of Jesus’ body form the nucleus of a new race organism for all people. A ll per sons everywhere may partake of (eat) the radiant body (bread) of Jesus by exercising faith in Him as the great source of pure Spirit sub stance, sown as soul seed for the saving of humanity from sense con sciousness” (Teach Us to Pray, pp. 68, 69). God’s Word completely refutes any such teaching. “ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3 :23 ); “ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us . . . If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1: 8, 10); “ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that be lieveth not is condemned already, A First-Hand Account On page 48 of this issue is a special first-hand, account by one of Americas leading Christian writers of what it is like to be a follower of false religions. It’s an article we think you’ll not want to miss. — ED.
"W ■'■T TT hat kind of salvation 1 / / does Unity teach if it does not believe in the ▼ ▼ salvation from sin re vealed in the Word of God? In one word, it is eternal life in the body. Christ-consciousness for which they strive is a means of acquiring health, prosperity and happiness here and now. Sickness and poverty are not to be the ex perience of Christians. Since the day Mrs. Fillmore heard the old metaphysician Weeks declare: “ I am a child of God, therefore I do not inherit sickness,” freedom from all ills of the body and all limita tions of this life have been the goal of Unity. “ W e must be perfect as Jesus Christ was perfect. There is no other way . . . If I am in any degree a sinner, I have in that de gree a corruptible dead body . . . I must get rid of carnality; that is all. The quicker I do that, the quicker I shall become alive” (Talks on Truth, p. 155). “ Salvation is finally attained when the cycle of rebirth is broken and ‘man comes to birth no more.’ The true spiritual body is to replace the physical body and the man be comes like Christ. This is to be done here on earth . . . Eternal life
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