King's Business - 1911-09

ISlhJj A t k r t U . - ^ttuUipllcatiort of ^ibte. Schools GOOD sign of the times is the world wide recognition of the Bible Institute as a necessary factor in the work of aggressive evangelism. Those who have been careful students of the trend of the times in church life, have long been aware of the fact that God designed them to meet the present emergency. -All over our own land and on the missionary fields there is an increasing demand for interdenominational schools where the common people may be taught the fundamental things of God's Word, and be in some measure qualified to meet the satanic assault upon the Scriptures and to win men and women for Christ. It is proposed to erect a Bible In- stitute in Korea as a memorial for Dr. A. T. Pierson, whose life was so largely given to teaching the Word of God and to missionary enter- prises. In a recent issue of the Christian Worker's Magazine is the following: "We are interested in the news from Nanking, China, that three theological seminaries, representing four denominations—the Methodist, Disciples and Presbyterians, North and South—are to form a union Bible school to do the work of all these institutions, except that which is technically, denominational. We are interested in it because of the union, which was made for the sake of economy in the use of money, and to draw the educated young men of the church into a closer mutual fellowship. But we are even more interested in that it is to be a Bible school rather than a theological seminary, although the latter has its place. We are informed by The Missionary Review of the World that the secret of this co-operation is found in a testimony of Bishop Graves, of Shanghai, who has been engaged in training men for the ministry ever since he went to China. Experience has taught him that the best way to teach theology is to make the Bible the center of all the teach- ing, and to devote the greatest amount of time to giving the students the fullest knowledge of the Old and New Testaments and, in addition, to teach all other branches of theology with constant reference to the Holy Scriptures. In this way,-he believes, the training is made more real and practical. These were the ideas animating D. L. Moody in founding the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, whose success and blessing are attributable to the fidelity with which they have been carried out in the last quarter of a century. It is, marvelous how the two ideas go together the study of the Bible, and denominational union. Almost every» shade of belief of evangelical Christendom is found in the student body of that Institute, and yet the, loyalty of all to the teaching of the Bible is abso- lutely supreme. Moreover, the work and the fruitage of their labors, demonstrates the wisdom of the principles both of Mr. Moody and' Bishop Graves. It is encouraging to learn, too, how these principles are gaining ground in other places. During the past summer a representative from St. Petersburg, Russia, and another from Copenhagen, Denmark, spent some time at the Institute, studying its life and methods with the view of organizing a similar work in those cities. The Bible is the hope of the church and the world."

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