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Jesus . . . said . . . Süßer the little children to, come unto me; forbid them not, for to such belongeth the \ingdom of God.”

Will youhelpuswidenthecircle? I N the work of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, a double enrollment is con­ stantly taking place. T HE two circles below tell a significant story. Last month, when the same picture was used, only one circle appeared. It embraced a representative group, the cost of whose training (exclusive of board and room) had been met. Two large companies, unpro­ vided for, were shown outside the line. Since April 1, the blu i n g of God, through the gifts of His children, has enlarged the circle. But many are still outside. If every enrolled student at the Institute is to complete this year’s training, approximately $14 ,000 .00—-$75.00 each— will be required before June 21, graduation day.

than a quarter of a century. It is He who sustains it today. Our task is to train the students whom God has sent to us; and thus we accept them solely with regard to their fitness, and without re­ gard to whether our finan­ cial prospects justify a large enrollment or not. Then as an Institute, and as individ­

At the beginning of each term, there must be the searching out of earnest, consecrated students whose life work, by the grace of God, will justify the training which the Institute offers them absolutelywithout cost. Next, the support of this work must be provided—the inevitable expense of the classroom instruction. For every student who is enrolled, there must be enlisted from one to seventy-five interested friends who will enter into partnership with the Lord and with the student, and who will assume the educational cost of that student’s train­ ing at the Institute. The supply of these funds has been the ever-recurring miracle of the Bible Institute. In the early days of each term, as at the present moment, financial resources sufficient to provide for the training of the entire group accepted as students have nearly always been lacking. Let us visualize the situation ! If the number actually provided for were separated from those for whom no provision has been made, there would be a small central group, expenses for whose training were assured. These students are represented in the picture below by the group within the circles. On each side of such a company there would be two large groups, for expenses of whose training not a cent is in hand. The miracle of the support of the Institute has been repeated each year—as God’s people have prayed and have given. From east and west, from north and south, God’s stewards have caught a vision of the meaning of Calvary, have sensed the urgent need of sound Bible training for the task of world evangelism, and have sent their gifts for the continuation of the ministry of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. This, it seems to us, has been the method chosen of the Holy Spirit in the support of this school dedicated “unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” The Bible Institute of Los Angeles is the Lord’s. It is He who has maintained it for more

ual Christians, we pray for the funds to come in. Of course, we make the facts known, as we are doing now, as George Mueller did at the Bristol Orphanage that he founded, and for whose maintenance the Lord continually provided. But the answer comes, irrespec­ tive of our efforts, through the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit. We face the facts in full assurance that He who has led us so far, still has His watch­ men on the walls, His stewards in the vineyard, and that through their prayer and giving, not a qualified student will need to be sent home, nor a class discontinued during the current term. The school year is scheduled to close on June 21, eight weeks from May 1st. Within that period, we shall need $14,000.00—$75.00 for each of the students represented in the group outside the large circle shown below. Every dollar that you give enlarges the circle and helps to include another student. Whether you give little or much is not the question. But whether, in the light of Calvary, each of us is obeying the entreaty of the Lord, is of supreme importance. Will you enter into partnership with one student and pay for the cost of his or her training? For a semester........... $75.00 Remember, your love offering to the Lord will help to train a student in the knowledge of the Word of God and enable him to take the message of salvation to some for whom Christ died. You may share in this PARTNERSHIP PLAN. Address: BIBLE INSTITUTE O F LO S A N G E L E S 558 S outh H ope S treet Los A ngeles , C alif . For a month.................................... 25.00 For a week..................................... 6.25 For a day....................... 1.00


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May is a month of memories. Memories of Mother— of her gentleness, of her watchful­ ness, of her love! Whether that mother is with you, in the happy circle of your home, or whether she is no longer on earth to receive your tribute of loving thoughtfulness, this month your thoughts will turn instinctively to her. And the recurrence of the annual Memorial Day brings to your mind also other loved ones, from whose sweet fellowship you have been parted. Oh, the love ties— how strong they are! Time does not weaken them; death does not break them. So dear to your heart is that loved one who is away, that you would do anything you could to perpetuate his or her memory. But what would you not be willing to do for One who loved you unto death, "even the death of the cross"? Hearts overflowing with gratitude seek expression. Has it occurred to you that by meeting the cost of training a student at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, you may pro­ vide a living memorial, and at the same time fulfill, perhaps. your loved one's unexpressed desire? Please do not overlook the fac-ts and faces on the opposite page. Flowers wither. The most costly gifts cannot endure. But an investment in a young person who is saved by the grace of God, consecrated to Him, not only preparing for Christian service but also actually engaging now in the ministry of soul winning, will constitute a worthy and enduring tribute to the one you love; and by equipping more laborers to be sent forth into His harvest, that memorial will bring joy to the heart of your Lord. May...and memories I Recollections of this day's action may be 6ver sweet with the fragrance of obedience to Christ. Yours in Him


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The Categorical Imperative S o P hilosophy calls it. But the Word of God uses sim­ pler and clearer language. “It was necessary" Paul told the Jews at Antioch, “that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you.” That is, as if he were to say, “I can’t help myself, I have no choice in the matter, it is a categorical im­ perative 1” The imperative lies inherently in the very nature of the case. The natural procedure is to start any Gospel program with the Jew; sentiment surely calls for it ; gratitude too, requires it, if we are at all human ; and most important of all, God com­ mands it! So powerfully was this conviction borne in to the conscience of Paul, and so im­ portant did he consider Jewish conversion, that he cried out, “I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ, for my brethren . . . who are Is­ raelites I” God is just. He promises tribulation, and anguish of soul, to the Jew first! Romans 2:9. By the same token, He asks that in all fairness, thè Gospel of Salvation, and escape from tribulation shall be given “to the Jew first!” Dear child of God ! Can you afford to be less fair than He would have you be? Will you not ask Him to let you see Israel as He sees her? And when He does, a new joy and a new blessing will come to you. Try it. Somehow, we feel that some day you’ll thank us you did. • - Our work still merits your every confidence. It is a program of world wide Gospel testimony to the Jews. Your fellowship in prayer and gift is always wel­ comed and appreciated. THE ' CHO S EN P E O P L E is of course sent to all contributors. AMERICAN BOARD OF MISSIONS TO THE JEWS Incorporated 31 Throop Ave., Brooklyn, N .Y .

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Volume XXV

May, 1934

Number 5

TABLE OF CONTENTS Around the King’s Table—Louis T. Talbot.................................. 171 The Christian Home—Our Country’s Greatest Need —Carl G. Westerdahl............................. ................................... 172 Camouflaged Evil—P. W. Philpott.................................................. 174 God Often Waits, He Never Forgets—Elmer L. Wilder.............. 176 The Mastership of Christ—William Evans....................................178 The Great Red Dragon and the Woman’s Child—in 1934 —Louis S. Bauman................... 179 Girls’ Query Corner—Myrtle E. Scott............................................. 182 Bible Institute Family Grcle.......................................... -................ 183 Our Literature Table............................. 184 Junior King’s Business—Martha S. Hooker.................................. 185 Helps for Preachers and Teachers—Paul Prichard...—...................188 International Lesson Commentary................................. 189 Notes on Christian Endeavor—Mary G. Goodner...........................197 Daily Devotional Readings............................................................... 202 I N F O R M A T I O N F O R S U B S C R I B E R S TERMS: Single Copies........................................ 15c Annual Subscription.............. I ..................................... $1.50 Two-year subscription or two annual subscriptions. 2.50 Five annual subscriptions................................... 5.00 Eleven annual subscriptions..................................... ...10.00 Subscriptions in countries outside of U. S. require 25c extra. ADVERTISING: For information with reference to advertising in THE KING'S BUSINESS address the Religious Press Association, 325 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or North American Build­ ing, Chicago, Illinois. Entered as Second Class Matter November 17, 1910, at the Post Office at Los Angeles, California, under the Act of March 3, 1879.

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May, 1934

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c Around the King’s Tables B y L ouis T. T albot

The Christian Home We knelt together, and that evening the teaching of that r\7 " E A R S AGO, when England was in the midst of a period man’s mother became a living reality to him, and the Lord JJL similar to the one through which America is passing Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into his life] Did I today, a period characterized by lawlessness and crime, the put his name down as one whom I had been permitted to situation was being discussed in the House of Lords] In, lead to Christ? No, my friends, I did not. The man’s the assembly was the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, one ofy^fnother had had a hold on him long before I was born. She the outstanding evangelical philanthropists of nineteenthVbuilt into his heart and mind the things that the Spirit of century England. He made some such claim as this: “Give ''God used in after years to bring him to a saving knowledge of the Christ of God. Her prayer and faith bore fruit. As we approach the day me a foundation of godly mothers, and give me homes that have in them those elements that make them Christian, and I will undertake to change the face of English society.” Youth and the Fam ily A ltar 6 (* " W J HAT does it mean to you to have had VV a Christian home?” The question _ How keen was his insight! (.Home is the place where char­ acter is molded, where habits are established, and where hearts are trained. A man is chiefly what his early home was. And although a boy may seem to be far away from the influences of a godly home, his wandering is only for a period, for God’s Word, taught in the home and accepted by the child, “Why,” he said, “it means everything; that’s why I’m here. In our home in China, family worship was a normal part of every day’s ac­ tivities. There was nothing spectacular about it. In fact, I cannot remember anything of out­ standing influence that occurred at our family altar. But that wholesome home atmosphere will not return to Him ypeijjy/£ /* and the constant realization of God's presence Several years ago, I w a s A nave helped me to put God first.” was put to a student of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, a young man whose parents are mis­ sionaries.

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that is called Mothers’ Day, let us ask ourselves the question: Are the homes for which we are responsible, really Chris­ tian homes ? Let us remember that a home is more than a hab­ itation. The heathen have hab­ itations, but they do not have homes. A home is more than a place where one eats and sleeps. A boarding house offers these privileges, but it may not be a home. A really Christian home is a place where there is not only companionship and love, but it is a place where there is also the fear of God, an open Bible, and the prayer of wor­ ship and petition, giving to God His rightful place. From the influences of such a home, a man cannot long depart. —L. T. T. Sealed unto the Day of Redemption (C T n w h o m ye also, having J. heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salva­ tion,—in whom, having also be­ lieved, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is an earnest of our inheritance,

unexpectedly asked to preach in the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. As I looked upon that company of derelicts— those lives ostracized from so­ ciety—I saw men and women who gave many outward evi­ dences that they had missed the way. With a deep sense of their great need, I earnestly sought for divine guidance con­ cerning the subject on which I was to speak to them. I felt strangely led to speak on the Twenty-third Psalm. I realized the probability that there were men there who had had Chris­

Another student, the eldest daughter in a family of four children, is an accepted candidate for missionary service in Africa. “In our home,” she said, “we usually sing at worship time—the old hymns, with their depth of meaning. My parents feel that music is one of the strongest ties for binding together the members of a fam­ ily. When Father reads the Word, each of us follows the reading in his or her own Bible, and every one has a part in the worship. The younger children select and read Scripture verses that become their own prayers. I was saved when I was nine. The influences of my Christian home have molded my life, and they will extend soon, the Lord willing, to Africa.”

tian training at their mother’s knee, and that if any Scrip­ ture had been taught them there, it would have been the Twenty-third Psalm. As I preached from that passage, one man in particular became deeply interested. The tears flowed down his cheeks, and I could see that he was pro­ foundly touched. At the close of the meeting, he asked me to repeat that psalm again. When I had complied, I asked him why he was interested in that particular passage. He told me that he had not always been a derelict, that he had been reared in a Christian home. And/when I had read that psalm and was preaching on it, there was the pull of old memories. His mind was carried back to his old home in England, and he saw himself once again at his mother’s knee, lisping that psalm and praying a childish prayer. “Since that time,” he said, “I have gone a long way from my mother’s teaching. But I am tired of the way I am going and the life I am living, and want to get back to my mother’s God.”

unto the redemption of God’s own possession, unto the praise of his glory. . . . And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 1:13, 14; 4:30). In this statement is suggested the fact that God has pur­ chased us unto Himself—and that He has given a seal in token of the completion of that transaction. Ephesus was a lumber mart. The lumber merchants could purchase their logs in distant forests, and these logs were then floated down to the city and there separated and claimed. But how could a man know the logs that he had purchased ? The seal that was stamped on the log was his evidence of ownership. In his lumber camp, the man who scaled the logs, after he had measured and computed the lumber in any particular log, struck the butt of the log with a heavy hammer which had an initial on the head. This mark was the seal that was indelibly implanted on the end [Continued on page 177]

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The ChristianHome O U R C O U N T R Y ’ S G R E A T E S T N E E D B y CARL G. WESTERDAHL* Los Angeles, California

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P p 1 he f undamental ML need of human so­ ciety is a Christian home life. Out of the home proceed t h e forces that either ele­ vate or degrade a na- _tiofTJ)¡When Russia -yjbroSe up the home, W/making mother and ^;!t>n mere comrades in the social fabric, the very basic unit of so­ ciety, as planned^by to cast over our present-day world. He has many forces that have long worked faithfully toward the goal of break­ ing down everything that was born of Christian faith and experience. The moving picture theater is, after all, the educator of our American people in morals and ideals. No one can estimate how many million students attend its classes every week of the year without any vacation. From the silver screen, there flow into the plastic mind of youth, ideals of social life which are born of perdition. Infidelity to marriage vows, triangle situations, looseness of morals, drinking of intoxicants, murder, robbery, and intrigue are some of the evil suggestions that are poured, several hours a week, through eye gate and ear gate into young souls ■intohearts that in most cases are as ignorant of the God- God, was set aside]No| given fundamentals of life as are the Hottentots of darkest nation can long con-_*Afric _____ .„„ lon a. tinue without the fam- ^ ,7 i The “modern” attitude toward life has also been aided ily unit and its proper decidedly by the sweep of modernism over the pulpits of

our land. The Bible has been proclaimed to. be a human book, now to a large extent outgrown. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit assertedly has been explained away psy-

home spirit.

C arl G. W esterdahl

^Unchecked in its tendencies, the home life of today is sufficient to ruin the world. It has been surrendered to the blasting materialism of modern life and to a sickly psychology that runs counter to the wisdom of the Word of God and the best experience of the pasth The domination of parents by their children TsTHëT^sGÏt of the interpretation of life offered by modern education, in its overemphasis on the self-expression of young life. The average home circle is constantly broken. The gathering of the family for intellectual, social, and spiritual fellowship is a rare thing in our time. The family altar has in general become obsolete. The only time many families meet together is at the evening meal; and after that—some are off to the movies or the dance, others to some other social engagement. Is that picture overdrawn? We fear not! Thank God, there are many blessed excep­ tions here and there. But even professing Christian homes can be found where little time is taken for the deep realities, the matters truly worth while—time for welding the family together in the things of Christ and the lofty experiences of life. In the rush and turmoil of modern life, time speeds by so rapidly that God is forgotten. /-$-f / « » / T he B reakdown The fruits of this empty life are evident today. The time- honored moral standards, which came into existence through the experience of grace by God-fearing forbears, have been cast to the winds. Cigarette smoking and drink­ ing, so prevalent among the youth of today, are merely in­ dicative of the moral breakdown which has taken place in so-called Christian civilization. Crowded divorce courts, orgies of immorality, drunkenness, and infidelity are on the increase. Death looks on with sunken eyes, as the giddy, iazzy age glides on toward the brink of inevitable destruc­ tion) / - * * / W M 7* Satan, also, is back there in the shadows, well pleased, with a smirk of grim satisfaction on his face as he sees mankind swept by the subtle charm that he has been able

chologically. The deity of Christ, as mentioned in h i g h- sounding terms, has been robbed of its true meaning. The cross of Christ, in the minds of many, has lost its atoning sig­ nificance. y|As a-, re­ sult,* ¿fg»N88fbere h a v e turned away f r o m God, have ceased to pray, and have tu rn e d unre­ s tra in ed ly to the things of the world, t h e flesh, and the deviHModernism has no revivals, no prayer m eetings—y e t the need prayer and re­ vival more than they need anything now on the national pro- g r a m of rehabilita­ tion. T he D ivine R emedy What is the reme­ dy ? The antidote for this poisoning of so­ ciety is, in the first place, a home life in our nation that will make room for Jesus

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/>./** church of today and ffhis situation has been developing for a long period. our n a tio n today

Little hands are forever reaching up­ ward. Little minds are constantly occu­ pied with the problem of some'closed door. It is a mechanical matter today; it will be a spiritual matter tomorrow; Un­ observed, some hand will close over those tiny fingers, lending its strength to the small efforts of the child. For youth will be guided. Will it be your hand, Chris­ tian parent, that lifts for your child the latch of life's new experiences— a hand that is raised daily in prayer to God for needed wisdom for the task? Threshold scenes are costly; they demand time,: patience, perseverance. Some one will pay the price. Who shall it be?

*Pastor, Swedish Mission Tabernacle.


May, 1934

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and said, ‘Now, Brother Stuart, you are in the home of a Methodist preacher; do as you think best.’ “I replied, ‘As I sit today in the family of a Methodist preacher, let us begin our service with an old-fashioned experience meeting. I want each child, in the order of your ages, to tell your experience.’ “The oldest arose and pointed his finger at the oil por­ trait of his father, hanging on the wall, and said in sub­ stance about as follows: ‘Brother Stuart, there is the pic­ ture of the best father God ever gave a family. Many a time he has taken me to his secret place of prayer, put his hand on my head, and prayed for his boy. And at every turn of my life, since he has left me, I have felt the pressure of his hand on my head, and have seen the tears upon his face, and have heard the prayers from his trembling lips. I have not been as good a man since his death as I ought to have been, but I stand up here today to tell you and my brothers and sisters and my dear old mother that I am going to live a better life from this hour until I die.’

Christ. Make room for Him at the dinner table, at the piano, in your conversation, at the family altar, in your recreation! /A return to Bible standards of home life in the professing Christian homes of America, together with a return to Bible preaching in our pulpits, is the crying need of the hour. Otherwise, there is no hope for our national life, whatever schemes our national leaders may be able to devise. Back to God in home and church is the remedy, the only remedy—apart from the return of our Lord Jesus Christ to take over the reins of human governmenTjj ^ ^ “A nd T hy H ouse ” 3 The real purpose of every home is to shape character for time and eternity. The home is God’s first school, where each generation should learn the fundamentals of holy living. A mother’s and a father’s first duty is to make provision that the home shall be what God intended it should be. On that basis is the promise given: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” It is sad when Christian parents are too busy to attend to the moral and spiritual instruction of their children. “We lost our first child,” said a man in the course of a con­ versation with a friend. The other, shocked, cried out, “I didn’t know that she was dead!” “Oh, she isn’t dead,” was the quick response, to which was added, sadly, “I was too busy.” / “What is home without a mother?” is an old question that silently gives its own answer. We might also ask: What is a mother without Christ?? What is a father with­ out Christ? A'few years ago, I saw a letter written by a young convict in an Eastern penitentiary, to a preacher who had spoken a kind word in his behalf. In that letter was the heart cry of a lad still in his teens. The letter was poorly written, the words incorrectly spelled. The writer told how his mother died when he was a mere child. He had not seen his father since he was ten years old. He went on to say that he thought that if he had had a home and could have gone to Sunday-school as many other boys can do, he would not have been where he was. There was a sob in that note. God give us more homes where Jesus Christ is known and loved, where the boys and girls from early years may be touched by the reality of Christ and, being drawn to Him by the consciousness of His presence, may learn to know Him as Saviour and Lord! G od in the H ome Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman, of blessed memory, gave the following picture in his powerful sermon on “An Old- Fashioned Home.” He received it from George R. Stuart, the great Southern evangelist, now also with the Lord. Dr. Stuart said: “When I was preaching in Nashville, at the conclusion of my sermon, a Methodist preacher came up and laid his hand upon my shoulder and said: ‘Brother Stuart, how your sermon today carried me back to my home! My father was a local preacher and the best man I ever saw. He is gone to heaven now. We have a large family; Mother is still at home, and I should like to see all the children together once more and have you come and dedicate our home to God, while we all rededicate ourselves to God, before precious old Mother leaves.’ ” Dr. Stuart promised to come. The day arrived; the boys, all grown men, gathered at the old home. He describes the gathering in the following way: “The old mother was indescribably happy. There was a smile lingering in the wrinkles of her dear old face. We all gathered in the large, old-fashioned family room in the old-fashioned semi­ circle, with the mother in her natural place in the corner. The preacher brother laid the large family Bible in my lap

“T he F ather to the C hildren S hall M ake K nown T hy T ru th ”

“Overcome with emotion, he took his Seat, and the children in order spoke along the same line. Each one re­ ferred to the place of secret prayer and the father’s hand upon the head. At last we came to the youngest boy, who, with his face buried in his hands, was sobbing and refused to speak. The preacher brother very pathetically said, ‘Buddy, say a word; there is no one here but the family, and it will help you.’ “He arose, holding the back of his chair, and looking up at me, said, ‘Brother Stuart, they tell me that you have come to dedicate this home to God; but my old mother here has never let it get an inch from God. They tell me that this meeting is called that my brothers and sisters may dedicate their lives to God, but they are good. I know them. I am the only black sheep in this flock. !Every step I have wandered away from God and the life of my precious father, I have felt his hand upon my head and heard his blessed words of prayer. Today I come back to God, back to my father’s life; and, so help me God, I will never wander away again.’ “There followed a burst of sobbing and shouting.” From such homes, made fragrant by the love and har­ mony which are born of the Holy Spirit of God, issue the blessed influences which are the true strength of a nation. No battleships, war planes, and other implements of de­ fense and destruction can protect our country from the most dangerous foes within--the disintegrating forces in our society. [A home life which is within the circle of the will of God, founded on real faith in the Word of God and the blessed Christ it reveals, and welded together in Chris­ tian love and spiritual prayer, is the supreme need of our nation—a need that Christian parents dare not overlook!) ' ” *5 /*<»/


May, 1934


T H E K I N G ' S

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C a m 1so u f l a g e d 8 v i l By P. W. £HILPOTT Toronto, OnFario, Canada

The degenerate, the drunkard, the outcast —not one of them thinks he is right; they know they are wrong. But one of the greatest tragedies of the present hour is the fact that literally thousands of earnest, sincere persons are deceived as to their relation to God. They think they are right, but they are sadly deluded, and this in spite of the numerous warnings in the Scripture against religious deception. Jesus declared that many false teachers would arise and would deceive many. And just before He pictured several striking contrasts, He stated that many in that day would say: “Lord, Lord, have we not

[The address, “Camouflaged Evil” was first delivered in the Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles, during an evangelistic campaign conducted by Dr. P. W. Philpott, with Arthur W. McKee as song leader, March 18 to April 1. Since his resignation as pastor of the Church of the Open Door, two years.ago, Dr. Philpott has been devoting his full time to evangelism, with the gracious blessing of the Lord attend­ ing his ministry. It has pleased the Lord to speak through His servant to the salvation of many souls .— E ditor .] “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; hut the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

P. W. P hilpott

A t the very beginning of human history, we see a line. It runs right up through time and into eternity. It is a line of demarcation. It divides the human race into two classes. In the New Testament these two groups are desig­ nated as “the children of the wicked one” and “the children of the kingdom” (Matt. 13:38). Paul speaks of them as “the natural man” and “he that is spiritual,” and again as “by nature .the children of wrath” and “children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” The line begins at the household of Adam; on one side we have Cain, and on the other, Abel.!' Cain represented the man of the earth, the worldly, the godless. John tells us he was “of the evil one.” He had no adequate sense of sin, and he felt no need of atone­ ment—the remission of sins through the shedding of blood. On the other hand, we see Abel, realizing himself a sinner and recognizing also his need of a Saviour. He came to God through the blood of the lamb and was accepted be­ cause of his offering. All men are numbered in one of these two classes. Either we are going in the way of Cain, or we are in the fellowship with Abel, through faith in Jesus Christ. “In Adam” or “in Christ” is the way Paul states the contrast in his first Epistle to the Corinthians. There are just two classes. You may subdivide them into many sections, but in the final issue, there are just the two classes before God, as different as day is from night and as life is from death. Jesus enforced this solemn truth at, the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, in a series of striking contrasts— two ways, two trees, two foundations—-the broad way that leads to destruction, and the narrow road that leads to life; the good tree producing good fruit, the corrupt tree bring­ ing forth evil fru it; the house on the rock foundation, that stood the test, and the house on the sand, that collapsed when the storm came. In the face of this plain scriptural teaching, it surely becomes us to locate ourselves, to ask ourselves a few pointed questions: ¡To which class do I belong ? Am I a follower of Cain, or of Abel ? There is no neutral or middle ground; I am in the suc­ cession of one or the other. To hold any other view is to be the victim of the most deadly delusion^ j-p t f - nH T he D anger of R eligious D eception “There is a way which seemeth right,” declares our tex t It is not the moral mistake that the Scripture implies.

prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils ?and in thy name done many wonderful works ? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt. 7 :22, 23). These people were sincere and they were zealous, but they Were wrong. Some folks seem to think that if people are only sincere in their religious belief, they must be all right, no matter what they believe. It would be difficult to find any be­ lievers more sincere than the four hundred false prophets in the days of Elijah. So sure were they that they were right, that they leaped upon their altar, crying to Baal to hear them, cutting themselves with knives in their frenzy. They were sincere, they were enthusiastic, but they were sincerely wrong. Indeed, I sometimes think that the devotees of false religious cults shame those who have the real truth, for they are generally working night and day to influence others. “There is a way which seemeth right.” Yet a thing that is wrong cannot be made right by simply thinking it is right. A popular way of getting rid of unpleasant truths in our time is to say, “Oh, I don’t believe that,” or, “I don’t accept it.” But that rejection does not alter the fact. Truth is truth, whether you believe it or not. “If we belieye not,” says Paul, “yet he abideth faithful” (2 Tim. 2:13). The heavens and the earth may pass away, but the Word of God abideth forever; it cannot pass away; it is truth. Believing error never makes it right. If tomorrow I should go down to one of the stores in the city, purchase a few dollars’ worth of goods, and tender a ten-dollar bill in payment, the clerk that serves me may take the bill to the cashier, with my goods to be wrapped. But in a few moments he may return, his face red, and say, “I beg your pardon, sir, but we cannot accept this bill.” Rather indignantly, I ask him, “Why?” In embarrassment, he answers, “The bill is counter­ feit.” I say, “That cannot be; I accepted that bill, and I believe it is good.” “Well,” he says,, “you may have accepted it, and you may believe it is good, and it is a good counterfeit— is not the real thing!” Do you see, friends? A thing that is wrong is never made right by my believing it.

May, 1934

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F alse B elief and “T he W ays of D eath ” “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.” I remember read­ ing years ago of a ship that was leaving Liverpool, England, for New Zealand. The captain of that vessel made a wager that on a certain day before midnight, he would be within the harbor at Port Jackson. On the day that he was to win or lose, he arrived at eventide just outside the entrance of that harbor. In those days, the entrance to Port Jackson was so difficult that if boats arrived at night­ fall, the custom was to weigh anchor and wait for day. But the captain, anxious to win the bet, and feeling sure that he could make the entrance—positive that he knew the way —ventured the channel. The next morning, one lone sailor climbed up over the rocks known as “Jacob’s Ladder” and

turn around and go back this other way, Washington is only twenty-seven miles!” You see, friends, it was a case of direction. T he P erson and the W ay You will never get to the right place if you are headed the wrong way. First, we must start right. There is an entrance to this way. Jesus said: “Strait is the gate.” And again, He said: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,” and again: “I am the way . . . no man cometh unto the Father but by me”’ jThe first step in the Christian life is the reception of Jesus Christ as per­ sonal Saviour and Lord. We all must begin with Him if we begin at afiJ'WTien our Master used those contrasts that I have referred to—the two ways, two trees, two founda- / m / tions—-He answered the questions that you may be asking: a , 7S- “Who is in the way of life? Who is building upon the rock?” “Whosoever heareth these say­

came into Port Jackson to tell that the “Duncan Dunbar” had gone down with more than six hundred souls aboard! The captain thought he was right, but he was wrong.! Some few years ago, I read a story of a physician in one of our Southern states. A nurse, who was caring for a patient of his, tele­ phoned him in the night that the patient seemed to be sinking. The doctor hurried to the bedside and wrote a prescription which he told the nurse to have filled immedi­ ately and given to the patient as instructed. When the medicine came back from the druggist, there was a note with it to this effect: “I have followed the doctor’s instruc­ tions and have filled the prescrip­ tion as he ordered it, but whoever takes this medicine will die.” The nurse telephoned the doctor; he hurried back again, very indignant. After reading the note, he picked up the bottle, poured out a dose of the medicine, and swallowed it. In a few minutes he was a dead man. He thought that he was right, but he was - wrongs fatally wrong. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end there­ of are the ways of death.” “How C an W e K now the W ay ?” I can well imagine some one’s asking the same question that Thomas expressed on the night be­ fore our Lord’s crucifixion: “How can we know the way?” Yet we must know the way, and we must take it, if we are to reach the de­ sired destination.

ings of mine, and doeth them” (Matt. 7:24), said Jesus, is the man that is building on the rock. His house shall stand the test. He is in “the way.” Today, even in religious mat­ ters, the air is filled with numerous voices, all Calling in different direc­ tions, but you can be sure of the word of the Lord Jesus. Begin by receiving Him, and you have taken a very definite step in the solving of all your religious problems. On one occasion, when Jesus Christ spoke some of the most pro­ found truths that ever fell from the lips of man, not only were the hos­ tile Jews startled by those sayings, but some that professed to believe in Him were staggered. They said: “This is an hard saying; who can hear it?” (John 6:60). And, “From that time many of his dis­ ciples went back, and walked no more with him.” Jesus, turning to the twelve, asked: “Will ye also go away?” And Peter replied: “Lord, to whom shall we go ? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the liv­ ing God” (John 6:67-69). Peter could not fully comprehend the teaching; he could not explain all that he had heard the Master say, but he was sure of Jesus; he knew Him. The Teacher was true; there­ fore to Peter the teaching was truth. In the eleventh chapter of John is the account of Jesus’ coming to

Courtesy New York Bible Society.

"W e . . . shall be caught up together with them . . . to meet the Lord in the air." Not only with Him, our blessed Lord, but with them-—our loved ones "in Christ" who have passed through the vale of death! This is the joyous prospect of the Christian. And shall we know each other on that great reunion day? Yes, beloved friends, I believe we shall. Mary knew the Lord, when she met Him in the garden. Although she did not recognize Him at first, as soon as He spoke her name, she cried, "Master!" Death had not changed the Saviour's voice, and surely the grave will not destroy the sweet tone of our loved ones' voices. I believe I shall hear again, one day, the voice of my little Scotch mother, calling, "Peter." No one could say "Peter" just as my mother could. What a blessed hope! When the Lord Jesus comes, we shall be together— with Him and with them— forever. — P. W. Philpott.

A boy was standing by the roadside on a great highway near Baltimore. A high-powered car driven by a young man came dashing by, almost like a streak of lightning. The driver observed the boy, jammed his foot on the brake, and came to a stop about three hundred yards beyond the boy. He beckoned to the lad and asked, “How far is it to Washington ?” “Well,” said the youngster, “if you keep on going that way, I think it is just about 25,000 miles.” “What do you mean?” queried the driver. “Well, I mean just that,” said the boy. “But if you

the sorrowing sisters at Bethany. When Martha met Him, she said: “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” “Thy brother shall rise again.” Martha assented: “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” And Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection, and the life . . .. believest thou this?” Martha could not comprehend the depth of that pro­ found statement, but looking at Jesus, she said: “Yea, [Continued on page 1771/


T H E K I N G ' S B U S I N E S S

May, 1934

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B y ELMER L.A&ILDER* Los Angeles, California

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O ne evening, a year ago last De­ cember, my family and I re­ at the church, to find that a burglar had been there before us. Several arti­ cles of value were missing. The type­ writer was gone. And the little box, securely tucked away in the drawer of the library table, had disappeared. The box contained only $2.54, but this was the Lord’s money-—the offerings re­ ceived at the Junior Christian Endeavor meetings, to be sent to foreign mission­

turned to our home, after a meeting

aries. To the- children, especially to our seven-year-old Ruth, who was the treasurer, it was a vast and a sacred sum. Almost immediately, the boys and girls began to pray for two definite objects: First, that the burglar might be led to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour; and then that he would return the money, that it might be used as intended, to take the gospel to those in foreign lands. For two weeks, prayer continued. And then one day an officer came to our door, asking for the number of the stolen typewriter. “Well,” he said, as he glanced at the figures, “the thief is out there in the car at the curb, with another officer.” There, within a few feet of the house, was the man for whom we had been praying! “What is his name?” I asked. “Jack Reno.” “Officer,” I said, “I’d like the privilege of talking with that man in the jail. Will you dismiss,my charge against him, so that if I may speak to him, there shall be no barrier between us?” “Oh, there are plenty of other charges against him! He’s a drug addict—has already served four terms in peni­ tentiaries. Go see him if you like.” When I visited Jack Reno, he looked up at me with sad eyes, questioningly. “Mr. Reno,” I said, “I have no animosity in my heart toward you. You broke into my home and took a few things, but I realize you did it in order to satisfy a terrible craving—an appetite which you find you cannot control.” The hard lines in his face seemed to soften. “Mr. Reno,” I added, “I believe it is providential that our paths have crossed.” He made no comment, and I went

A H ouse B ecomes a H ome W hen C hrist I s the H ead have is a change of heart, which can come only by accept­ ing Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.” A light of recognition brightened his face. “I know!” he replied. “I know what you’re talking about.” Memory reached into the forgotten past and brought back a beautiful picture. “I was reared in a Christian home”—the words came slowly, as though the value of every one of them was being measured. “As a boy, I went to Sunday-school. My mother—.” His eyes were dimmed with tears. “Is she living ?” I asked gently, in an effort to help him. “No,” he said, “she died—thirty years ago!” Jack Reno told me about that mother;—a woman who had known God and had trusted Him. As he spoke, I could easily visualize the scene at her deathbed. Reluctant to leave her precious fourteen-year-old boy, she had drawn him to her side and had committed him to God, asking earnestly that he might come to know her Christ and serve Him. Then thirty years had elapsed—years in which that prayer had been seemingly forgotten. The lad had grown, had received a good education, and had become a qualified civil engineer. But godless companions and bad habits had dragged him down, until, at last, he had actually stooped

to the burglarizing of homes in order to get money to satisfy the craving of a narcotic appetite. “You did not enter my home by accident,” I said. “Your Christian mother undoubtedly prayed that you would know Christ. And now, although for thirty years you have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ, He is still ready to save you—to answer your mother’s prayer—if you will accept Him.” During the two weeks which fol­ lowed, I visited him often. Each time, I was careful to explain the plan of sal­ vation, showing how Christ could take away sin and give peace. One day Mr. Reno said to me thoughtfully, “I believe there is something in it, and if there is,

on to tell him of the love of God in Christ, of His power to save, to liberate one from the bondage of an evil appe­ tite, and to give a new nature. Cour­ teous and attentive, the prisoner lis­ tened. “What is needed is not that you should turn over a new leaf,” I re­ minded him, “or make good resolutions, or do the best you can. What you must *Pastor, Trinity Congregational Church.

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