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BOARD OF DIRECTORS BIBLE INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES J. M. I rvine , President H oward F rost , Vice-President J. M. R ust , Treasurer A lexander M ac K eigan Secretary G A. Lux, Asst. Secretary
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ED ITOR IALS The Indispensable Christ........................ ............... 141 Contending Without a. Contentious Spirit............141 Missionary Motives — .... ................................. 142 So ’Tis—With CompanionateMarriages:—....... ....142 W e’ll Do Our Best— By His Help..—............... -143 Tobacco Testimonials ...... 143 Dr. Gaebelein Lets Loose on “ Bullingerism” ........144 Seed Pickers ........................................-.............. .......144 Frustrating the Feuds....... ..........— ..........-.........— 145 Editorial Flashlights ............................................. ...146 * ' * * * ART ICLES Evangelism Imperative— Dr. Mark A Matthews..148 John Wesley And Our Lord’s Second Coming — Rev. Joseph W . Kemp......................................150 Two Meditations by Dr. J. Stuart Holden............151 Genesis and Geology—Dudley Joseph Whitney..152 Standing In the Gap — The late Mrs. Penn-Lewis....:.........- ............ 154 To Whom Should W e Pray? P p —Rev. Oliver M. Fletcher..............,.................155 The Hymns o f Fanny Crosby — Prof. John Bissell Trowbridge..................... .157 The Personal Testimony o f Dr. John McNeill....159 Biola Bands in Hunan, China .—Christine I. T illing........................ .................. 162 * * * * DEPARTMENTS Heart to Heart With Our Young Readers............158 Passages That Perplex—K. L. B.......................... 160 The B.B.B.B. Page.................. 161 Finest of the Wheat— .................... —......—.........164 Striking Stories o f God’s Workings— ............ .166 Hymn Stories ............... -............................................ 168 Junior King’s Business.—........................................171 International Lesson Commentary......................... 173 Bioja Table Chat.......:................................._............ 185 Notes on C. E. Topics.................................................186 Book Table ..................................................................189 Illustrated Daily Text ............................:................ 194
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The Indispensable Christ B OME prominent “ Christian leaders” today tell us that the historical Christ is not essen tial to Christianity— that even if we should find that such a person never lived, it would not affect Christianity in the least. Prof. Charles Bentheir, a former Baptist minister, is quoted as saying: “ Jesus made religion a personal matter. His Messianic message was not: Make me and my words the means o f your religion. It was : Let religion be to you and with you what it is to me and with me ; a means of
was not a code but a PERSON . So preoccupied with H IM was the apostle Paul that he said, “ For me to live is CHR IST .” Let us remember there is no salvation apart from HIM . He it is who must be lifted up that men might be drawn to God— not simply a doctrine. What the sun is to the natural world, Christ H IM SELF is to the spiritual world. He is the life-blood o f Christianity. Christianity is CHR IST H IMSELF , or it is a counterfeit.
Contending without a Contentious Spirit T HE other day a friend of ours gave us a copy of
personal life ; an expression o f personal experience; a token of personal relation ship with God and self iden tification with G od ; the King dom of Heaven is within you, and having found it, you are sons and daughters of My Father and your Father.” But he who opens the pages o f Holy Writ does not have to read far to discover that Christianity c e n t e r s about a Divine Person who LIVED and w h o N O W LIVES . Jesus defined Chris tianity in terms of Himself. “ I AM the Bread of life— the light o f the world— the resurrection and the life—the way, the truth, and the life— the vine— the door— the good shepherd.” I AM . Christianity is devotion to the Divine Person of Christ, not just to a creed. “ Come
John Newton’s famous let ters on religious subjects, and although it was published in 1830 the leaves were still un cut. While the print is ex- asperatingly fine, it deserved better, at the hands of the years. It was worth cutting the leaves if for nothing else than to get this choice bit on “ Controversy” : ■ “ There is a principle of self, which disposes us to despise those who differ from us ; and we are often under its influence, when we think we are only showing a be coming zeal in the cause of God. “ Whatever it be that makes us trust in ourselves that .we are comparatively wise or good, so as to treat those with contempt who do
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not subscribe to our doctrines, o f follow, our party, is a proof and fruit of a self-righteous spirit. Self-righteous ness can feed upon doctrines, as well as upon works : and a man may have the heart of a Pharisee, while his head is stored with orthodox notions of the unworthiness of the creature, and the riches of free grace. “ It seems a laudable service to defend the faith once delivered to the saints; we are commanded to contend earnestly for it, and to convince gainsayers. If ever such defences were seasonable and expedient, they appear to be so in our day, when errors abound on all sides, and every truth of the Gospel is either directly denied, or grossly misrepresented. And yet we find but very few writers of controversy who have not been manifestly hurt by it. Either they grow in a sense of their own impor tance, or imbibe an angry contentious spirit, or they insensibly withdraw their attention from those things which are the food and immediate support of the life of faith, and spend their time and strength upon matters which at most are but of a secondary value. This shows, that if the service is honorable, it is dangerous. What will
unto ME— Confess ME before men— ME if any man enter in, he shall be saved; tions are the very heart of the Christian message. The message of Christ cannot be separated from Christ H IMSELF . Men need JESUS, not merely .a system of teaching or a set of ideals. No man can hope to live the teachings of Christ who does not have CHR IST H IM SELF. . “ Christ IvOeth in me,” said Paul, and this was the secret of his victorious life. Christ is Himself the Gospel. As Dr. Dale' has said: “ He came not so much to preach the Gospel, but that there might be a Gospel to preach.” Faith in Christ H IMSELF is the one condition of His help. “ Ye believe in God—- believe also in ME .” O f those who thus receive Him, he says: “ Neither shall any pluck them out of MY HAND .” “ Because I live, ye shall live.” To all believers He left the. Lord’s supper, a memorial to H IMSELF . “ This do in remembrance of ME .” When we come to the message of the apostles, they are determined to preach nothing else save CHR IST and H IM CRUCIFIED . From first to last their Christianity
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it profit a man if he gains his cause and silences his adver sary, if at the same he loses that humble, tender frame of spirit in which the Lord delights, and to which the promise o f his presence is made.” EH Missionary Motives T HE Missionary Review o f the World tells of the re sults o f a Questionnaire recently sent out to discover the motives o f missionaries. * In response to the ques tionnaire to pastors, missionary secretaries, teachers and other Christian workers, the objective that received the most votes was “ The training o f a native Christian leader ship” ; second came “ The promotion o f universal brother hood” ; and then “ Sharing with others our personal knowl
forts, cultivation of -nationalism, efforts to promote human brotherhood are all well in their places, but no one o f these objectives, nor all of them together can ever lead men to know God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent, and through Whom alone, eternal life is to be found. So ’Tis—With Companionate Marriages B RA ZEN LY proclaiming the marriage of his daughter as being the companionate type advocated by Judge Ben Lindsey, E. Haldeman-Julius, radical propagandist and Atheist, sets himself up'before the public as a model for modern parents. I f ,Julius, without the blare of this unseemly publicity, had seen fit to marry off his daughter before she was
edge o f Christ,” and the “ Christianization o f all aspects o f national life.” The fewest votes were given to the ob jectives: extending denomina tional beliefs, the evangeliza tion o f the world in this gen eration, the salvation of souls from eternal death through faith in Christ and “ the over throw of false religions which cannot save and which blind men to the truth.” This would seem to reveal a serious situation—a lack of firm, settled convictions as to the objective t h e d i v i n e Founder o f .the missionary en terprise set for His followers. The editor of The Review then briefly sets forth the ob jectives so clearly stated by the New Testament, as fol lows : 1 .T o lead men to
through her high school course to a young man in his employ, who is unable at present ,to foot his own matrimonial bills, the incident could be regarded as being none of the public’s business. Among the mentally deficient, he may recruit some followers, but most American parents still have sense enough, even in this modern age, to see that their boys and girls are through their school days before tackling such a big task as matrimony, regardless of what label it bears. Unfortunately for Halde- man-Julius, an enterprising newspaper reporter, up and spoiled this perfect sample of companionate marriage. It de veloped that the daughter came to the Julius home altogether too soon after the marriage of the supposed parents. The v a l u e of t h i s information seemed to be in the fact that the noted Atheist has delighted in comparing the morals of preachers with those o f Athe
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claim and which He made effective by His life, death and resurrection (Matt. 24:14; Mark 16:15 and Acts 1 :8 ; 13:32). 2. To teach the people, o f all lands and nations, races and conditions to know God as revealed in Christ and to understand and observe the commands of Christ as He taught the Way o f Life and service (Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 1:16; Acts 5:42; Rom. 1:5). 3. To extend the Kingdom o f God— His sov ereign rule—throughout the earth by persuading men to become loyal followers and servants of Jesus Christ and by .obedience to the laws of God, as inter preted by Christ, in personal, social, industrial and civic life (Luke 9:2, 11, 60; Acts 28:31). 4 .T o teach and train the followers'"of Christ — to “ feed the sheep and tend the lambs” o f His fold— so as to build up a strong, intelligent Church, with a fulness o f life so that young and old, by precept and example will be true, strong disciples and effective, loving ministers to others (John 10:10; 20:21; 21: 15-17).
ists and in publishing all the scandal on off-colored clergy. Julius was in a bad fix, so he explained thus. He declared that he and his wife were the original compan ionate marriage couple of the universe. He avowed that while they were both in College, before marriage, they lived together in companionate relationship. This daughter came as the result of that wholesome and beautiful union! But— o h ! O h !— this story also had a weak spot in it. A crusty old miner, who didn’t relish the thought of this daughter being branded as an illegitimate, rose up in his wrath and brought forth the proof that this daughter was not the offspring of the Haldeman-Juliuses at all. She was an adopted child and he, the miner, is the father. What might the Atheist’s rejoinder be to that? There was nothing to do but calmly concede to the undeniable proof. So this is the perfect sample o f the original com panionate marriage. Let us hope that the “ daughter” will make a, better record, in spite of the home influences she has had. And by the way— it might be well to take anything that Haldeman-Julius says, with a little salt.
The questionnaire beyond a doubt has laid bare the heart o f our modern missionary problem. Many o f the newer type of missionaries are evidently failing to make a distinction between the main objective of Christianity and its by-products. Education, increase of creature com
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We’ll Do Our Best—By His Help W ON ’T it be a great day when a man may be pastor o f a spiritual church and fully satisfy everybody with his preaching ? What a glorious time it will be when a man can teach a Bible class and no fault will be found with his interpretation! Needless to say, we look forward to a time when we can edit a Christian magazine and al ways be rightly understood and all readers wili be pleased. Long search for a career that would not mean quarrels and strife— for. his was an :over-shy nature-brought Edgar Ransome at last to the purchase o f a publishing house which printed nothing but children’s tales and nur sery rhymes. “ Now,” said he to himself,-“ I can be happy and peace ful. The world cannot quarrel with anything in this.” “ There’s just a little unfinished business here,” his predecessor told him when the deal was completed. “ Pro tests from nuts all over the country, but we have to do something about them.” • “ What are they?” Edgar inquired, in quavering tones. “ Here’s one from a Sunday-school superintendents’ conference objecting to the story o f the ugly duckling. They say it’s an indecent reflection on the mother duck,” the outgoing publisher replied. “ And here’s a set of resolutions from the Stepdaugh ters of the Siwash asking us to eliminate ‘F e e ! F ie ! F o e ! Fum’ from the story o f ‘Jack the Giant Killer.’ They claim it borders on profanity. “ The West Harmony Undertakers’ Association wants us to stop printing ‘Babes in the W ood.’ They object to it on the ground that it contains an inferential slight on their profession,” he continued. “ Then there’s the Ideal Clothing Merchants, Inc. They ask to have ‘Baa! Baa! Black Sheep!’ discontinued on the general theory that the less said about wool the better.” “ Just a moment,” Edgar interrupted, “ are there many like that ?” -T “ Hundreds,” said the departing one. “ They come in every mail.” A fter a moment’s pause Edgar spoke again, hesitat ingly. “ Would you,” he inquired, “ would you reconsider our deal ?” “ Not on your life /’ the seller assured him heartily. “ I ’m glad to get out. Now I’ll be able to have some peace once in a while.” Yes, we know just how Edgar felt, for with all our 4esires to be helpful to all our readers, and with all our prayers for divine guidance, someone is sure to draw con clusions which we had not anticipated. Tobacco Testimonials O NE of our readers, who frankly confesses that he enjoys an occasional pipe and doesn’t quarrel much with tobacco, is nevertheless greatly disturbed over what he calls “ hypocrisy in advertising,” He encloses clippings o f tobacco advertisements in which the dealers would make it appear that cigarettes are a real boon to one’s health. In one testimonial, a school teacher recommends the filthy weed on grounds that he would cer tainly censure in one of his pupils. Says this teacher:
would ‘rip me open’ and cause additional pain, and if you’ve had the experience you know that-to be so. However, I had a package o f ‘Luckies’ in my coat pocket and persuaded my nurse to get them. She did, and I smoked eight that day. To make it short, I smoked all the two weeks at the hospital with nary a cough or throat irritation or the least discomfort, and by the way, smoking was prohibited at the hos pital, but nurse - kept my door closed and window open so I enjoyed my smokes to the full extent. “I am just a school teacher in a small town and not setting a good example to my pupils because I smoke, I suppose, but there is certainly ‘pep’ in Lucky Strikes. “ Sincerely yours,
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A. McPherson." Mr. McPherson frankly acknowledges that his example is a bad one, yet the American Tobacco Company considers his testimony good advertising. That should be enough to show the real nature of this monster— the tobacco trust. Notice four things: 1. McPherson was forbidden by his doctor to smoke. He went contrary to medical advice. Is that a good thing to advertise ? 2. McPherson broke the rules of a hospital. He slipped one over. What kind o f an influence is that for a teacher who requires his pupils to obey rules? Is this a good thing to advertise ? 3. McPherson persuaded a nurse also to go contrary to instruction in permitting him to break a rule. What kind of ethics is that for a nurse? Who would care to leave a loved one in the care of that nurse? Is this a good thing to advertise ? 4. McPherson says: “ I ’m not setting a good example,” and we can only surmise that McPherson, being a little
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Behold! The lodge lodgeth together—and they eat. The club clubbeth together—and they eat. The church hath a social— and they eat. The young people elect officers—and they eat. And even when the missionary society meeteth together—they eat. But this latter is in a good cause, because they eat in remembrance o f the poor heathen who have not much to eat. Behold! hath man’s brains gone to his stomach, and doth he no longer regard intel lectual dainties that thou canst no longer call an assembly or get together a quorum or even a “ baker’s dozen” except that thou hold up the baker’s dainties as a bait ? Be it true, that the day cometh that to get a crowd at prayer meet ing the preacher must hold up a biscuit ? Yea, verily, thou hast heard o f the child races of the world. But, behold, it is nigh thee, even at the door. For as one calleth unto the child and sayeth, “ Come hither, sweet little one, and I will give thee a stick of candy,” even so must thou say to his grown-up papa and mamma, “ Assemble ye together and we will serve refreshments!” And, lo, they come like sheep in a pen.
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same period as recorded by the other writers. This was indeed consistent with their teaching of the failure of Christ’s original proposition and its postponement. But the work of slicing the New Testament did not stop there. Others proceeded to show that the book of Acts recorded a second kingdom offer to the Jews after the resurrection, and that the church referred to there could not be the Body of Christ, but must have been a Jewish “ kingdom assembly,” thus making a distinction between the Bride o f Christ and the Body o f Christ. It was asserted that not until the 28th chapter o f Acts, v. 28, when Paul turned to the Gentiles, could there be anything like present church truth. It was said that the earthly Kingdom proposition was then '. for the second time abandoned. The Epistles were, however, spared as “ the truth for the Body of Christ.” Still there are those who feel that this process o f dis section has not gone far enough. They profess to discover that no church existed until A . D. 62, when Paul wrote Ephesians, referring to the revelation of the mystery to him. In consistency with this latest idea, all epistles written before A. D. 62 are dropped from the list of writ ings, having to do with “ Body truth.” As a recent writer puts i t : “ Correct partitioning between the earlier and later writings of Paul is necessary.” Out goes the precious Epistle to the Romans, good-bye to the Thessalonian epistles; 1st and 2nd Corinthians are gone; Galatians is no more. The writings of Peter, Janies and. John and the book of Hebrews are all Jewish. Jude and Revelation have to do with the future Jewish proposition. What have we left? Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, Philemon, Titus and Second Timothy, all written in A. D. 62 or later. Now it only remains for some one else to pick out the verses in these epistles that do not belong to us, and the work ¡will be done better than the critic’s pen-knife ever could have done it. It is' strange indeed that 2 Tim. 2 :15 should be made the authority for these new distinctions. “Holding a straight course in the word o f truth” is the evident meaning of the Greek. The revised version gives i t : “ rightly hand ling the word o f truth.” What Paul here-pleads for is straightforward, fair handling of Scripture, as opposed to endless distinctions and by-plays of ingenuity. May God help us to hold a straight course in the Scriptures, seeing the harmonious development of the Gospel truth. v Seed Pickers “ Certain philosophers encountered him [Paul] and some said, What will this babbler say ?”—Acts 17:18. T HE Epicureans were materialists. The Stoics were moralists. In the one, the sensual nature resisted the claims of the Gospel; in the other, self-righteousness and pride of intellect rebelled. It was not strange that these gentlemen branded Paul, the preacher o f the cross of Christ, as a mere “ babbler” (the word means, “ seed- picker” ). Although Athens was called the brain o f the world, Paul was fearless of its sophistries, gave no heed to the browbeating, and jumped into the arena with the message of “ Jesus and the resurrection.” The term “ seed-picker” was taken from birds that picked up stray seeds. It was applied to men who were looked upon as having picked up only the crumbs of learning. Modern philosophers and scientists could scarcely invent a more sarcastic phrase to apply to the Gospel preacher. We are apt to think that abuse of this kind has been reserved for us in these so-called “ days of enlightenment.”
short of funds at the time, saw a good chance to pay his hospital bill, even though he had to stretch his morals a few points. Is this a good thing to advertise? Our correspondent says: “ When an advertiser advo- catés the breaking of rules intended to safeguard the health of people who are sick, and attempts by cleverly worded suggestions, to put daredevil ideas into children’s minds, the advertiser not only wins a host of very able enemies, but he lowers the standard and the prestige of all advertising. “ Do not let us drag medical or ethical morality down to such inky depths of hypocritical cant. If we are not careful, morality will soon be made the deceiving slave of all deceit.” And may' we add— that while our correspondent has taken a step in the right direction in opposing such unprin cipled advertising, how much greater would be his influence over the .young, if he could himself sáy: “ I do not use the stuff!” Dr. Gaebelein Lets Loose on “ Bullingerism” A MOST timely editorial has appeared in Dr. A . C. Gaebelein’s splendid magazine Our Hope. It is headed “ Mis-leading Teaching” and characterizes a certain system of interpretation which has been- in vogue among sane Fundamentalists in recent years as " fanciful and far fetched ISM .” This line of teaching is traced by Dr. Gaebelein, back to Dr. Bullinger, a Church o f England clergyman. His “ hair splitting theories,” Dr. Gaebelein rightly says are “ now being circulated by a number o f Fundamentalist Bible teachers, evangelists and pastors.” To quote Dr. Gaebelein: “ According to Bullingerism, one’s.Bible reading should be confined to the prison epistles o f Paul. The Old Testament, these teachers say, is Jewish, so are the Gospels, and a Christian should have nothing to do with them. The book of Revelation is like wise Judaized. . . . They teach that the church did not begin on the day o f Pentecost and the entire book of Acts is Jewish also. The church came into existence in the last chapter o f Acts . . . . Bullingerism denies that the church is the Bride of Christ . . . . and declares that Israel is the Bride. Then baptism and the Lord’s Supper are not ordinances of the church but belong to the kingdom.” We can heartily endorse the position taken by Dr. Gaebelein against this subtle, unscriptural and divisive line of teaching. He declares that he is grieved to see these recently invented theories creeping into Bible conferences and even Bible Institutes. We also have been grieved over the same thing and can say that these teachings have gained no foothold in the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Dr. R. A. Torrey, the first dean o f our Institute, always stood opposed to these views, and the present dean has been backed by his entire faculty in warning against the errors of Bullingerism which have been so widely propagated in certain popular Christian magazines. We have been watching for several years the growth o f this system of error, which was based upon a wrong understanding o f 2 Tim. 2:15. In the name of “ rightly dividing the word o f truth,” a company o f the brethren in England attempted to show the necessity of dissecting the New Testament, dividing off Matthew, Mark and Luke as having to do only with a Jewish kingdom offer, therefore not being directly related to the church. John’s Gospel, which presents Christ as the Son o f God, for some reason was spared to Christians. As time went on, some saw the inconsistency of leaving John in this category, since this Gospel is a record of the
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But the world has not changed. The “ wisdom of the wise and the understanding of the prudent” have made no ad vancement. It is the same old natural mind that pits itself against the Spirit o f God. We need not hesitate more than Paul to meet it with the saving Gospel which is the “ power of God unto salvation,” for experience is a safer teacher than reason. History repeats itself. The world’s philoso phies go down into the dust, but the Gospel abides as the one satisfying Bread of Life. Though the learned brand you as a seed-picker, thank God that it is your privilege to bear the precious seed (Psa. 126:6), that has in itself (apart from your own abilities) the power to save, and by faithfully sowing it you shall “ doubtless come again with rejoicing, bearing your sheaves with you.” . .^, 14 . Frustrating the Feuds M AN Y Christians seem to-overlook the fact that Jesus Christ during His preaching ministry confined Him self largely to the pressing of very practical duties. While we hear much about “ following the teachings of Jesus,” there seem to be a large number who forget what He taught. Take, for instance, the course o f action He prescribed for the settlement of misunderstandings (Mt. 18:15-17). Dr. Torrey has said, “ There would be no long-cherished feuds in the church if these words were obeyed.” I f a brother trespasses against us (and the word “ tres pass” suggests that the matter is no mere trifle), we are to go to him in a kind spirit and show him his error. A fellowship in the Body of Christ has been severed. A cold ness has been brought into the church. ; Is it well that such a state o f things should be allowed to drift along? Our Lord would teach that, provided the offender does not soon confess his sin (Mt. 5:23-24), the offended one should approach the offender in the matter. “ I f he hears, thou hast gained thy brother.”. If ypur motive is to go and cram his words down his throat and thus gain personal satisfaction, leave the matter alone. But if your desire is to mend a broken fellowship, you may gain your brother and save the church from a bad situation. If he will not hear, persevere in seeking peace by call ing upon him again, taking two Christian witnesses with you. A united, prayerful reasoning with others may help. If the man still refuses to right the wrongs be has done, “ tell it to the church.” Invite thé prayers of the brotherhood and let him have the judgment of spiritual people in the matter. If he stands out against all this, but one course is left— “ Let hint be unto thee as a heathen man.” What is the Christian attitude toward the heathen? Do we hate them? Nay, we pray for them and work for them, knowing that they need salvation. A professing Christian who could persist in an action that he has been shown is thoroughly wrong, would surely show himself devoid o f the Spirit o f Christ. He needs converting and he can only be regarded as the rest of the heathen world. Will Jesus’ plan work? We believe it will. •Put it to the test. Straighten out that misunderstanding that has made you a star-gazer when you have met that other Christian. Do not let the breach widen.
“In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3 :6). In all thy ways— - Yes, not just here and there, and now and then, When all is fair and bright; But everywhere, and all the days From morn till night. Acknowledge Him— Yes, by His grace and through His mighty power, Just live to make Him known; In loving word, and look, and deed He may be shown. And then He shall— Yes, His own word, through all the days to come Shall be fulfilled to thee, He shall direct thy paths, and thou Shalt guided be. S. C. McK.
Dr. Hurlburt Takes Up Africa Work Dr. Charles E. Hurlburt has resigned his position as Superintendent of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, as having taken effect January first, in order that he may be able to give his chief time and strength to mission work in Africa, to which God called him many years ago. A t the present request of the Board of Directors o f the Bible Institute, he continues to give such time and counsel in an honorary way as his mission interests permit. W e shall give a fuller account in our next issue. Scientists Not Infallible The Forum magazine recently published an article by Major Leonard Huxley, son of the great Evolutionist of the last century. The following paragraph, coming from such a source, is most striking: “ Men o f science must not pride themselves on being free from error. In their own often very narrow fields of study their conclusions should carry great weight; but they themselves often fail to realize that, outside those fields, they are trusting largely to their common sense, whilst not seldom claiming for the opinions they hold the infallibility o f scientific truths. Scientific workers are apt, moreover, to pay too little attention to traditional warn ings passed on from generation to generation; warnings which are often the crystallized wisdom o f wise men in many past ages.”
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An Ohio paper says that the smallest volume in the world would be “Who’s Who in Italy?” * * * A recent writer has been setting up a plea for “untheological Christianity.” Someone replies, “You might as well plead for a boneless body.” * * * In Metropolitan area there are 350,000 Jewish children o f public school age. Only 70,000, one in five, receive any religious in struction. Shall nothing be done for the souls o f these children? ♦ * * If all the people reach heaven who are consigned there in funeral sermons, the place will be well crowded. One editor suggests that if some o f them get there, “it should take at least fourteen years for them to be naturalized.” . * * * Out of 5,962 faculty members at 100 state universities and colleges canvassed by “ The American Association on Re ligion,” Chicago and New York, 4,718, or 72 per cent, are church members, while 27 per cent have no religious affiliations.” * * * Modern science says: “Whatever goes into the germ-cell must come out in the offspring.” Bill Nye long ago expressed the same idea, when he said that every man should live with the thought ever be fore him that he might some day wake up to find himself a forefather. * * * “ Believed to be part of the true cross o f Christ, a fragment of wood has been sent to Father Douglas o f St. Luke’s Church.” So runs a paragraph in a news paper. Will we never reach the end of these bits o f wood from the Cross? Lit erally tons o f this “true wood” existed in pre-Reformation days, and still it comes. O f what virtue would it be, if one actually did have a splinter o f the Cross? * * ♦ The constant blowing off of the A. A. A. A. in the press o f the country reminds us of Abraham Lincoln’s remark about a boat that plied the Mississippi. It had such a big whistle that every time it was blown, they had to stop the boat to get up steam. If these Atheists have anything left after they are through telling the pub lic what they are going to do to the Chris tian religion, we may expect them, to pro duce some actual proof that there is no God. * * * A man who recently made application to be admitted to the Los Angeles County Poor Farm, arrived on the scene and asked an official where he was to park his
sedan. Informed that the county did not provide garages, he motored away in dis gust. And that is the way some people want to come to God. Where will they put their self-righteousness? Heaven has no place for it. Better come empty- handed, brother. You’ll stand a better chance of getting ifl. * * * Dr. William Brady, noted writer on health topics, refer? to the letter of a six- teen-year-old girl who worked in an office which was filled from morning until night with the smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Dr. Brady states that the con dition to which she was exposed led di rectly into the first stages of consumption, and he comments: “ It is inexcusable for a business man to subject an employee to such poisoning.” Can it be that any pro fessed follower of Christ is in need of such a hint ?
ing “his own sick and unhealthy children, as well as dead and half-rotten animals.” What earthly sense is there in Christians trying to compromise with the evolution theory as held by most o f the scientists? Dr. Biederwolf refers to the pathetic ef fort o f would-be “ Christian evolutionists” who are “willing to allow that God b.eathed His moral likeness into this low browed, hair-covered, ape-like, repulsive creature somewhere along down the ages, when it became respectable enough to have this dignity thrust upon it. But tell me,” says Dr. Biederwolf, “how could such a beastly creature be the type and the pat tern o f the Christ, as Paul (Rom. 5 :14) distinctly says our first ancestor really ' was?”-.\vj ' JA A - * * * A fair sample o f what one must guard against in using one-man Bible transla tions, comes out in Moffatt’s New Testa ment, Lk. 23:44-45: “ Darkness covered the whole land until three o’clock, owing to an eclipse o f the sun.” There is no in dication that an eclipse was in the mind o f Luke, or that one took place. It is only at new moon that there can be an eclipse o f the sun, and the crucifixion was the time o f the Paschal full moon. No eclipse lasting three hours has ever been recorded. I f the darkness is to be con nected with any natural phenomena, it might better be associated with the earth quake, which might have filled the air with heavy clouds of dust. It is a safe rule to trust these modern versions only in so far as they accord with the apparent meaning as given in our accepted versions. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer a few weeks ago carried this heading: “ Bishop Blesses Hunt Club.” Under the shadow of an Episcopal church, the saintly bishop, bear ing a crucifix, blessed the members o f a hunting club, together with their horses and hounds. He was assisted by the vicar o f the church. “ I am happy to take part in this most unusual occasion,” said the bishop, “when we call God’s blessing upon us to enjoy our sport and community af fairs. Bless, O Lord, the rider and the horse,” intoned the vicar. “ Bless ■ the hounds that run; and by their running give strength and cleanness o f mind to all who join in this sport.” The huntsman’s horn rang out. Up went the forty-seven tails o f the pack. The riders sprang to their saddles. They were off. A few minutes later rain came in deluges, and the hunt was called off. Thus was the Bishop’s prayer answered. We do not read that the Bishop included in his bless ing the fox or the rabbit, which it was hoped would be chased for an hour by baying hounds, racing horses and men and women, until it dropped from sheer ex haustion. * * *
Ingersoll’s “ IF” Robert Ingersoll, the notorious infidel o f an earlier generation, had a godly aunt to whom he sent a copy o f one of his books attacking the Bible. On the fly leaf was written over his signa ture : “ I f all Christians had lived like Aunt Sarah, perhaps this book would never have been written!”
You’ve often heard it said that Jews are not found in prisons. They are said to be a law-abiding people. Rabbi Katz of New York, who is one of the chaplains of Sing Sing, recently let it slip that 16 per cent of the prisoners there are Jews, and that 10.6 per cent o f all prisoners in the State are Jews. Considering the propor tion o f Jews in the state population, that would seem to be a very large proportion of law-breakers. Let us not get the idea that the Jews do not need the Gospel in order to make them law-abiding citizens, * * * About 800 dialect translations o f the Bible in whole or in part have now been made. One o f the most recent of these was by Rev. T. C. Vinson, a Southern Presbyterian missionary, for the' Balubas, one of the largest tribes of Central Africa. It took years o f strenuous toil to produce this translation, a task that many a man would have considered a thankless one. But Mr. Vinson now has the thrill o f see ing the light o f the glorious Gospel let into that dark corner o f the world. * * * H. G. Wells tells us that our first an cestor was an eater of decaying meat, eatPage 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68
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