King's Business - 1928-03

T ri e

March 1928


K i n g ’ s

B u s i n e s s

under criticism, will certainly have reason to be greatly alarmed about the doctrinal position o f the Bible Institute. Be it re­ membered that there is one hundred per­ cent loyalty to the chief executive among faculty, workers and student body, while the board o f directors has reaffirmed com­ plete confidence. Mr. Reynolds, therefore, questions the loyalty o f all o f his former fellow-workers when he attempts to label the dean as a Modernist, an assumption for which those who know these servants of God will be slow to fall. Space forbids detailed discussion of this'book, nor need we use more than one illustration to reveal the method that has been used throughout. Headline: DE ITY OF C H R I S T QUESTIONED. P roof quotation underneath: “Jesus evidently was 'conscious o f this fact and came to realize that His disciples also were struggling with the question.” Turn to the book and you will discover that Dr. Maclnnis was showing that Jesus WAS conscious of the fact of His deity and came to realize that His disciples were disturbed over the question o f who He was. Hence our Lord’s question to Peter and the fisherman’s great confession of Him as “ the Son o f the living God,” which was commended by our Lord and pronounced a revelation from the Father. Mr. Reynolds concludes that Dr. Mac­ lnnis “infers” that Jesus at one time, did not know of His deity. “ Is that the kind of a Christ YOU believe in?” he asks. It might be said that orthodox scholars have widely differed as to when our Lord, as man, became conscious o f His Messianic mission. We must pause to express our utter dis­ approval. o f such tactics in handling the words o f another man. In Isa. 29:20-21 will be found a warning to those who watch for iniquity in others and seek to “make a man an offender for a word and lay a snare for him.” Mr. Reynolds is not the only one who, in the name of /orthodoxy, has resorted to juggling men’s words. Nothing perhaps has done more to bring the cause into disrepute in recent years and .it is beyond our comprehension how any man can consider himself a der fender of the Christian Faith and resort to such tricks. The harmfulness of Mr. Reynolds’ book lies in the readiness o f many to absorb anything in the nature of criticism o f a man’s orthodoxy. It is regrettable that there should be leaders ready to accept such material and reproduce it without personal investigation. Others, imbibing the subtle insinuations, will take up Dr. Maclnnis’s book to read into it the no­ tions previously conceived. ■We deplore the necessity laid upon us of making any reference to the circum­ stances which gave rise to Mr. Reynolds’ printed attack, nor would we do so ex­ cept for the fact that he has widely an­ nounced that his criticism o f this book was the cause o f his dismissal from the Institute. In the interests of truth, it must be said that his services were dispensed with for very different reasons (o f which he was. fully advised), as may be ascer­ tained from the records o f the board of directors. Our brother has taken a course which, the writer is certain, will be bit­ terly regretted when he gets the right perspective, and we can only ask our read­ ers to pray that this young man may speedily be brought to see that he is only spoiling for himself a very useful career. —B.

When I asked you which pieces of money you would choose from this pile, most of you chose the dollar and fifty- cent piece. The poor little penny felt very lonesome. You know, boys and girls, thè penny cannot do as much as the big dollar can, but do you know it is found mòre often in church and Sunday school than the dollar is. I wonder why we choose the dollar and other big pieces o f money for ourselves, and give the pennies to God. I wonder if any of us are spending nickels and dimes for candy and ice cream during the week, and only have a penny left for God on Sunday? . That is what Jesus meant when He spoke to the rich young man. He can see into our hearts just as He saw into this young man’s heart,- and He knows whether we love Him with all our hearts. If a penny is all you have to give God'knows that too. He knows if you have nothing at all to give.- (Teach M. V .) (Prayer.) A MOST remarkable document comes to * * hand. Our only reason for giving it notice is that the circulation of the book is, financially backed by a small group unfriendly to the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and seeking to disturb the confi­ dence o f those contributing to the work. •M. H. Reynolds, formerly employed by the Shop Department of the Institute, the asserted author, takes issue with Dr. Mac- Innis on the basis o f his recent book, “Peter, the Fisherman Philosopher.” ■ It never would have, occurred to us that Mr. Reynolds was equipped to undertake a critical discussioiiilof a work o f philoso­ phy, prepared especially to appeal to col­ lege students. Frankly speaking, much of the phraseology o f this review seems for­ eign to the vocabulary of Mr. Reynolds as we have known him through the years. His book is a protest against the idea o f subjecting Bible truth to any tests of reason. He believes that there is no such thing as a Scriptural philosophy. He would make no attempt to meet the mod­ ern philosophers on their own ground. He would apparently leave those who have imbibed in our colleges the, notion that our Christian Faith is wholly un­ reasonable, to grope on in their confu­ sion. - Yet a Modernist professor in a Southern California University, having read Dr. Maclnnis’s book, frankly admits (to use his own expression), “Dr. Mac- Innis has taken our stuff and turned it against us.” The serious thing about Mr. Reynolds’ production is that he makes free use of black headlines purporting to state what Dr. Maclnnis believes, yet hot in a single instance will the quotations which he gives underneath bear' out his assertions when carefully read. Furthermore, in nearly every instance, quotations are used wholly without regard to their connec­ tions and frequently the answers to Mr. Reynolds’ charges are found upon the very pages from which lines are taken, but for some.reason they are totally dis­ regarded. Those who read Mr. Reynolds’ book (at SOc per) without carefully noting the statement in fine type at the very end, that the headlines and bold-face type are of his own devising, and without carefully comparing all quotations with the book Review of “ Peter, The Fisherman Philosopher” ■B y M. H. R eynolds

FRED S. SHEPARD ’S BLACKBOARD OUTLINE T rue T iming e s t OF -L /OV E Love—Lord with all thy heart.— Mark 12:30.

possible with God." Riehes have such a tug at the heart o f man that he who pos­ sesses them must have special favor and grace shown to him before he can turn to God with all of his heart. God knows the difficulty under which he is laboring; hence, He makes it possible for those who possess wealth to come to Him.

Loving Jesus Best O f All. Mark 10:17-27.

Memory VerseS-“ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy Jieart.” Mark 12:30. Approach.— Place by itself a cent; pile near it a number o f coins. •Ask the chil­ dren which they would rather have: As Jesus sat near the treasury one day, look­

ing at the people as they cast in their gifts, He saw many offering great gifts. To those He paid little atten­ tion. At last a poor widow came and cast in a very small coin—: less than a cent. Jesus said: ' “ She hath cast in more than ye .all.”

It was all she had, and she gave it for love of Christ. Jesus looks at our hearts, and when we give our best to Him He is sat­ isfied. Lesson Story. —What a beautiful story .we had last week of Jesus among the boys and girls, placing His loving hands upon them, picking them up in His arms and praying for them. Have you given your heart to Jesus so He can bless you too? One very important lesson we learn from Jesus as He lived here on earth was that He was never idle, but was always going about doing good. Boys and girls are generally busy, but are you always busy doing good? In our story today we see Jesus leaving a tovjn, and a fine young man running to meet him. I wonder why He is running to meet Jesus with an anxious look on his face. This young man had become in­ terested in Jesus as he saw Him going among the people and had seen His deeds and heard His words (Mt. 19:22). Here we learn that this man who ran to Jesus was young (Mark 10:22). He was very wealthy (Luke 18:18). He was one of the rulers or lay-managers of the local synagogue. This young man asked JeSus what to do that he might have everlasting life. As Jesus talked with the rich young man, He found he had lived a very good life. When Jesus asked Him to sell his goods and give it to the poor, our story tells us the young man turned away sorrowful. He was not willing to trust the Lord Jesus to take care of him, but he wanted to keep all his money. He was trusting in the money to care for his needs.

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