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A MESSAGE from the editor by: Samuel H. Sutherland Present-Day Prophetic Paradox One of the most tragic aspects of present-day funda mentalism is its alarming neglect of -the prophetic Scrip tures. A generation ago, internationally and nationally known Bible teachers preached the premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to vast audiences everywhere with out "fear or favor." In the aggregate, millions of the Lord's people were blessed in their own lives by these truths and were led to "search the Scriptures" in their light. Widespread interest in the Word of God and what it had to say about the future was aroused, and Bible conferences became the order of the day. At the same time, sadly enough, the vast majority of the unsaved were un moved and exhibited little concern over matters eschatolo gical. Then the picture changed sharply, suddenly. The atomic age was ushered in. The stoutest hearts of men of the world are "failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth" (Luke 21:26), and now at long last they are seeking an answer to the question of what is to become of our civilization. And here is the paradox of our times. The church should have the full, complete, decisive, authoritative answer from the Word as to the "time of the end." But, tragically, this generation has failed to produce Bible teachers of the caliber of their predecessors. Where are giants like Scofield, Gray, Torrey, Riley, Gaebelein, Pettingill, Chafer, Haldeman, Blackstone, Bauman, Rood, and a host of others who knew "what it was all about" from God's standpoint, whose writ ings and sermons stirred thousands everywhere to "turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God ;and to wait for His Son from Heaven" (I Thess. 1:9-10) ? What has brought about such a state of affairs, such a paradox? When the prophetic message needs most to be proclaimed, when in a sense the world is ready for it, there are relatively few capable of presenting it with accuracy and authority, with persuasion and power. We have not far to look for an ex planation. Over the past two decades, modernism and its "country cousins"— neo-orthodoxy and the "new evangelicalism" — have muddied the stream of prophetic truth so effectively that a church congregation seldom hears a prophetic mes sage any more, and when it does, there falls upon the eats of the Lord's people a sermon so watered-down, so lacking in conviction, so apologetic, that the results are negli gible. No one is thrilled, no one is moved to say as they did a generation ago: "We must have more of this. What does the Bible say about the future?" The fact of the imminent return of Christ to set up His millennial kingdom on earth is described in the Bible as a comforting, blessed and purifying truth (I Thess. 4:18; Titus 2:13; I John 3:2-3). Incidentally, I ask in pass ing if the true church of Jesus Christ were called upon to go through the tribulation period (which most certainly it is not), how could the hope of His return ever be con sidered comforting, blessed or purifying? Possibly one
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of the reasons that congregations, even in fundamentalist circles, seldom hear prophetic messages nowadays is that there is a popular notion abroad that unless a preacher or teacher comes up with something "new," "distinctive" or "original," he cannot be considered a thinker or a scholar. The result is that publishing houses and religious book stores are cluttered up with "new" books, by "new" authors, presenting "new" concepts of God and His Word. Most un fortunate of all, these self-styled intellectuals are not satisfied simply to build their own cases, and to allow them to be compared with the writings of the past generation, to stand or fall on their own merits. Oh, no, all too fre quently they seek in every possible way to discredit the men of God who preceded them, as if to tear them down would build up the reputations of the "new" expositors. What little of constructive nature they substitute is pathetic in the extreme. All of this leads one to paraphrase the cry of Mary Magdalene, as she stood weeping at the empty sepulcher of the Lord: "They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him. " Certainly the neo-orthodox and the new-evangelical writers have taken away the Lord of prophecy and the great body of truth surrounding His re turn. What they have produced in its place cannot by the wildest stretch of anyone's imagination be termed "com forting, blessed or purifying." While it is admitted readily that about some of the minutia of prophetic events there may be differences of opinion, and that some details cannot be interpreted with any degree of certainty until the time of their actual fulfillment is nearer at hand, surely the time has come to cease magnifying these things and to proclaim once more the broad outline of prophecy in all its simplicity, beauty, and certainty. Peter de clared, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; where- unto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shin- eth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts" (I Pet. 1:19). Well, the place is dark to the point of a blackness you can feel, and God's people and the lost world need the light of prophecy. The world has been saying for a long time "Cheer up; the best is yet to come" but that is changing fast to: "The worst is yet to come." The prophetic Word agrees that the worst is indeed ahead, but it is the worst that comes before God's best. Ere there falls upon this civilization that time of tribulation "such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matt. 24:21), the Lord has declared that He will take His own to be with Him, "That where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:3). Meantime Christians everywhere should demand that their pastors declare "the whole counsel of God" including the prophecies, and to acquaint their people with the classic Scriptural writings on the Lord's return, and to voice fearlessly and clearly what God has to say about the future of this old world and of His church. There is a whole gen eration of young men and women in abysmal ignorance of these things we were taught so faithfully a generation ago. Perhaps if the Christian leaders would go back to "searching the Scriptures" and to preaching them, the next generation might be saved from the prophetic paradox of the present. President, The Bible Institute x>f Los Angeles, Inc.
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N i n e t y - t h r e e y e a r s ago our greatest American was speaking at the dedication of a memorial on the most significant battlefield of the great war between our states. There, Abraham Lincoln stated in clear, ringing words that our American youth had poured out their life’s blood in a crimson flood on that sacred soil so that govern ment of the people, by the people, and for the people should not perish from the earth. Our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution brought into being a new concept of liberty. Under the protection of these wise documents American manhood and womanhood have achieved new freedoms with great dignity of purpose. Today our American way of life is challenged from abroad by a ,great material force. This challenge comes not in the form of muskets and sabers. It comes not in serried ranks of marching feet but in books. The devotees of totalitarian government are prolific writers. Tens of millions of dollars flow every year into publishing houses from the profitable sale of totalitarian literature in these United States. The thing to be afraid of today in America is that we do not give an effective testimony to our youth of the value of American institutions and what they have cost in the history of our people. We should be afraid that communist material and socialist propaganda is not matched, answered, and exposed. If it isn’t our way of life here in the wonderland of the world will go by default, through a series of persistent half-truths and outright lies against the institutions originated by Americans that we should hold so dear. The greatest invention of the mind of man was the alphabet, that enabled him to write thoughts. By books you can learn better methods of farming. By books you can learn how to build a dam and harness a mighty river. By books you can learn how to make wise laws and govern a nation. By the Book of books you can learn God’s laws and His plans for men and receive the gift of Eternal Life with Him in the Land that is fairer than day. Even those who would destroy our freedom, and are trying to do so, recognize the power of books. They use
them to spread their deceit and falsehoods. Lenin and Stalin were prolific writers. Marx is only known and remembered by his books, perverted and false books, chief among them being a small one, the Communist Manifesto. American freedom as we know it today is challenged as never before and the challenge comes from a book, that small book, written a century ago by an embittered and unsuccessful man, known even to his friends as without normal affection even for his own family. Through the centuries since the invention of movable type and the printing press there has been one Book of all books that has been a best seller. But in recent decades year after year there is only one challenger, always the same, the Communist Manifesto. Our Declaration of Independence is a reverent docu ment based on expressed belief in God and faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. At the same time we find that in his book, Karl Marx says, and I quote, “ Christian brotherly love has been tried for eighteen centuries and found wanting. I will found my movement on a more dynamic force, class antagonism.” This is the challenge the world faces today. This is the battle cry of the im patient conquerors of 800 millions of people abroad, as these same conquerors cast their envious eyes at our American prosperity and riches. And how shall we meet this challenge? We must meet it with the truth, the whole truth about America and our way of life and the sacrifices and struggles to achieve it. Yes, and at the proper time and age and after, and only after a thorough understanding of America, there must be explained clear ly the totalitarian form of government, the purges and police methods necessary to maintain it. The evils of Communism, the cruelties and degradation of soul and body must be clearly included. You can’t separate Com munism from materialistic atheism. Communists use it as a tool. From time to time we hear of those who contend loudly for academic freedom, for the privilege of the teacher to teach whatever he chooses. They assert that the schools should be open to all ideas and all sides of every question.
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Let’s take a look at this contention and see how it works. When you set food before immature school age children do you also set poison before them and let them choose? What brings quicker and more intense condemnation on a school or home than allowing poison receptacles to be within reach of youngsters? Is it censorship to snatch poison off the food table of children? When you get out the toys for children to play with, do you also include matches? Is it censorship to snatch away the matches from a child’s hands? Do we not go to great expense in millions of dollars to provide radiant heat, steam heat, and circulating warmed air for safety in our schools? No expense is spared to provide the im possibility of harm from heat or lack of it. Is that censor ship? Do we give our growing youths knives and ice picks to play with or do we give them baseballs and footballs, tennis balls and running tracks? Is that censorship? I could give a score of such illustrations but one more will suffice, I hope. Do we let even our high school students take an automobile out into our modem traffic? Surely, they are intelligent and smart. They know how to handle the wheel and the gears. But have they the experience, have they the judgment? Even after eighteen years of age some adult has to assume the risk and sign up to be re sponsible for the minor-driver’s acts until he is twenty- one. Is that censorship? No, I think that the human race has learned a few things in five thousand years of record ed history and one is that adults must be responsible for the training of youth, that in their impressionable and formative years youth must be guided. A student in our schools has a moral right to trust that his text books are the truth and dependable and that even library books are not false and misleading. Even habits and vices tolerated in adults are so much more harmful to growing bodies. Why is it that we prohibit the sale of alcohol and tobacco to school age students? Are not young and growing minds in as great a need for food and protection? Is it censorship if, in selecting books for our school children’s desks and libraries, that our school board mem bers insist on books that “ impress on the minds of the pupils the principles of morality?” If that be censorship let’s have more of it. Is it censorship for board members to insist on the selection of books that will encourage truth and justice? Is it censorship to insist on the selection of books that teach patriotism? I warn you that patriotism, like everything else, has to be taught and to be taught effectively it has to permeate all our books and it has to be lived sincerely by both parent and teacher. I cannot think of a nation worthy of a name but which has been built on the patriotism of its people, particularly its young people. I can name many nations that have been quickly pillaged and destroyed when their people lost the ideals of patriotism and service to their country. The tragic end of that nation hastens on apace. I know that there are authors who laugh at the virgin ity of young womanhood, but their writings need not be selected for our young people. More than half of our pub lic school students come from Christian homes where God and His» Holy Scriptures are respected. Shall their ideals and standards be insulted and derided by our school books? They need not be. There are plenty of good books. The best science supports morality, truth, justice, and patriotism. True science of government, correct science includes all these attributes of loyal citizenship. Books and teachers who are purveyors of strange ideologies are enemies indeed who would cripple our children in mind and pervert their honor and understand ing. Not only must our educational methods be patterned on American freedoms, our texts vibrant with the recita
tion of the true facts of American liberties and accom plishments, but we must seek, as authors for all school books for our youth, loyal leaders who are deeply in love with American liberties. We entrust our property to employees. We commit our earnings to bankers for safekeeping. We depend on physi cians for our health. But for the development of the high est ideals of character in our children, for their training and competence in the affairs of this life we depend on school board members to provide good texts in the hands of good teachers. There is no greater earthly trust, no higher responsibility. When the great engineers designed the Golden Gate bridge they did not build it just exactly strong enough, but with the great excess strength to meet the unknown stresses of traffic and weather. There is the same need in human character for strength to meet the unexpected strain. There must be a margin of safety of strength be yond the expected need to prevent disaster. So in selecting our books we should seek to provide that margin of safety and, if necessary to err, to err on the side of safety. This is a true maxim in all fields of human endeavor. It is the responsibility of our school board members, and of parents in selecting such representatives, to take care that all of our school materials will help our teachers to build strong willed young people, clean in mind and body, that all of our school activity is designed to inspire our young men to be courageous and loyal and our young women to be beautiful in character and person with that inner beauty of the soul that shines through the outward face. Mr. Dilworth is also a member of the Board of Directors, The Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Inc.
S u m m e r S c h o o l at Wheaton Col lege (Illinois) has been in prog ress for nearly half a century during which time it has made gigantic strides. Last summer’s enrollment was one of the largest to register at this mid-western college with nearly 1000 students taking from two to ten weeks of study during the ten weeks. Instituted in 1914 by the late Dr. William F. Rise, professor of educa tion, while Dr. Charles Blanchard was serving as the college’s second president, the Summer School prog ressed under its two succeeding presi dents — Dr. James O. Buswell, Jr., 1926-1940, and the present Dr. V. Raymond Edman, at the helm since 1940. Opening with educational courses to encourage young men and women in the teaching profession, Dr. Rice instituted a four-week program which he directed until 1925. For two years, the late Dr. H. U. Roop directed a limited Summer School, with impetus added to the program in 1928 when Dr. Enock C. Dymess was named col lege registrar and director of the Summer School. When enrollment increased, the program was geared to meet the ex pansion by instituting two terms of four weeks each, effective in 1933. This proved helpful to students de siring to complete one or two courses in a limited time, with a four-week
by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Free. Two courses, Bible Civilization and New Testament Archaeology, were offered students during the ocean voyage. Lectures on shipboard and during the land travel in the Palestinian area were a part of the courses. Currently the cruises are operated independent ly by the Frees with college credit accorded a participant only if they take part in the archaeological exca vation project operated by Dr. Free at the site of ancient Dothan. In 1941 a workship for teachers was organized for the first time in the Summer School uncjpr the direction of Dr. Nelson Barnes of the Univer sity of Illinois. That year also saw the permanent leasing of the Black Hills site for the second term science expedition headed by the late Dr. John W. Leedy, as director. He was assisted by his son, Dr. John L. Leedy, and Drs. Russell L. Mixter and Paul M. Wright. The latter three still serve as faculty for the summer program in the Black Hills, now un der the direction of Dr. Donald C. Boardman. The 29th annual Summer School program in 1943 was geared to the demands of our nation at war. The College mobilized all its forces in an accelerated program including courses in engineering science, management for war training, and other projects, cooperating with the United States
period giving opportunity to earn as much as five semester hours of col lege credit. The same clear and uncompromis ing testimony and standards on which the College was founded in 1860 were maintained in the Summer School as in the regular school term. Branching out its curriculum to include courses from all of its divi sions, the Summer School included courses from the College, the Con servatory of Music, Academy (high school), and Junior Academy (ele mentary). Further forward strides were real ized in 1935 when a camp was leased in the Black Hills, South Dakota, for second term field science expeditions in botany and geology. Also instituted the same year was the Daily Vaca tion Bible school conducted under the auspices of the Christian Educa tion department in cooperation with several local churches. Provisional accreditation was grant ed the College by the North Central Association in 1913 and it was fully accredited in 1916. In 1930 it was placed on the approved list of the Association of American Universities and rated Class A by the University of Illinois in 1931. A ll applying to the Summer School as well. A Mediterranean cruise to the Holy Land was introduced to the Summer School program in 1937, conducted
THE K IN G 'S BUSINESS
Rock camp, today referred to as Wheaton’s northern campus. In the heart of the Eagle River chain of lakes, the camp site borders on Long Lake and serves a two-fold purpose— for Christian recreational and leader ship training of college students and as a camping site for nearly 800 boys and girls from ages 9 to 16 each sum mer. Today the camp has grown to 320 acres with more than 200 build ings. Harvey C. Chrouser, chairman of the department of physical educa tion at the College, directs the huge project with college students finding the camp program a natural labora tory for their training in camp pro gram and recreational leadership. This year will mark the 5th annual Summer Institute of Missions as a part of the Summer School program. The project is sponsored by the Inter national Foreign Missions association
Office of Education in a wide range of evening courses as well. During these years of expansion in the Summer School, enrollment had increased in the regular school by leaps and bounds, necessitating many changes in facilities and in the physi cal plant. In 1941 the Alumni gym nasium was completed and 1946 saw two women’s dormitories ready for occupancy accommodating 286 wom en. The Conservatory of Music found it necessary to acquire additional space for their quarters in Pierce chapel, while Blanchard hall was pressed into many services, both ad ministrative offices and classrooms. At that time it also housed the College library. Two men’s dorms were completed in 1948 and during the same year the College purchased the site in the Black Hills, South Dakota, as its west-
Pictured above: A tew of the students enjoying a rest stop on the way down from Mt. Hamey on an overnight field trip. At left young people enjoy Honey Rock Camp, often called Wheaton's Northern Campus. Below: Jim Powell, Kathy Hetzer and Margaret Pritchard, geology students, at Pegmatite Mine, in Keystone, South Dakota.. These are but a few scenes from the summer program.
era campus and instituted two full terms of summer study in field sci ences. A number of buildings as well as a modem science station comprise the 40-acre campus today, with the great out-of-doors serving the students as laboratories. More than 100 stu dents can be accommodated each term. A Christian Day Camp for boys ages 9 to 15 was established in 1949 with Christian education and recrea tional leadership majors gaining valu able experience as counselors. Also a first time in 1949 was the Summer Art program at Maranatha confer ence site in Muskegon, Michigan, di rected by W. Karl Steele, director of art at the College. In 1950, as a part of the Summer School program, the College pur chased a 50-acre tract of woodland in northern Wisconsin called Honey
and the Evangelical Missions associa- £ tion in cooperation with the Commit- g tee on Education of the National As- a sociation of Evangelicals. Dr. Dymess | directs the Institute along with the J rest of the Summer School. As the College goes into its 47th annual Summer School this year, the * program is a far cry from its initial venture in 1914. A total of 109 courses ►¿t# comprise the academic curriculum which has been multiplied many times with an increased faculty, faci lities and buildings. A ll adding to the effectiveness of an accelerated Summer School program. Under the able leadership of Dr. *"* Dymess, the Summer School is serv ing a real need in the educational programs of the country, enabling many a student to complete his col lege education in less than f o u r years.
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by Dr. Vance Havner I J J i-033- H ^ y - M I J*l J
T h e p s a l m is t declared: “ Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” (Ps. 119:54). Christians are strangers and pilgrims, exiles and aliens, passing the time of their sojourning in an unfriendly world. Matthew Henry said, “ This world is our passage and not our portion.” This world is not our rest. We have here no continuing city. This is the house of our pil grimage. While we make our way through these lowlands we have a song. Some saints do more sighing than singing, but God has put a new song in our mouths and we ought to speak in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord. SONGS IN THE HEART What is our song? The Psalmist said, “ Thy statutes have been my songs.” God’s Word was his song. He did not just memorize it or quote it, he sang it. We do not ordinarily associate statutes with songs but God’s lawbook is a songbook. His mandates are melodies, both words and music, both theology and doxology, duty and delight. The tragedy in the church today is that so often we try to have the music without the words or the words without the music, the songs without the statutes or the statutes without the songs. When the Prodigal Son re turned home there was music and dancing, which speaks of joy over one sinner that repents. There is music and dancing in the church today but not much of that kind. We are trying to produce an equiv alent of Christian joy, the effect without the cause, spirit ual delight not based on Scriptural doctrine. Some of the music and dancing emanates from church recreational buildings where millions are spent trying to make Chris tians happy. More than one church-related educational institution has been described as a football stadium with a university built on the side. By the same rule, many a church has become a playhouse with a prayer-house built on the side. One thing is certain: such a combination will never be a powerhouse! If we had less of the music and dancing we have now we might have more of the kind the Elder Brother heard when the Prodigal came home. THE JOY OF THE LORD The joy of the Lord is not mere natural enthusiasm such as any cheerleader can whip up before a ball game, a stirring of animal spirits under religious auspices. Have you listened to a frantic song leader doing a St. Vitus in
evangelistic epilepsy, leading the congregation while they sing “ There is Power in the Blood” with four “ powers,” then eight, then sixteen, until it sounds like four Wild West TV shows going at the same time? Surely that was not the kind the Psalmist was doing in the house of his pilgrimage! Nor was it one of the religious jingles you hear on radio when at the end of a program of tom-tom beating they throw in an imitation of a hymn that would slap God on the back and make the Almighty just the Big Buddy Upstairs. Away with such cheap familarity with the Eternal as though unwashed pagans could be chummy with the great I AM! “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn d e c e it fu lly ,” (Psalm 24:3, 4). When the men of the Bible came into his Presence, they came in deepest awe and profound humility. Isaiah cried, “Woe is me!” Habakkuk said that his body trembled and rottenness entered his bones. Job ab horred himself and repented in dust and ashes. Daniel found that his comeliness was turned to corruption. John fell at his feet as one dead. We come to him by the blood of his Son and there is no place for frivolous approach by which unrepentant sinners can jauntily saunter and swagger into the courts of God. God has no favorites but he does have intimates. Reverent intimacy, however, is a far cry from the coarse familiarity of a generation that is pure in its own eyes but not washed from its filthiness. You cannot have the song of communion without the statute of conversion. LIFE’S DISCORDS In Psalm 137 God’s people are pictured as captives in Babylon, exiles in a foreign land. Their conquerors taunt ingly asked, “ Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” The Psalmist replies: “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” Some Christians cannot sing in the house of their pil grimage because they have disobeyed the statutes of the Lord. Captured by the devil, enslaved by the flesh, they are exiles from the promised land of a victorious life, liv ing in the Babylon of this age. A girl who insisted that she could give a Christian testimony at a dance said to her partner as they swayed across the floor, “ I am a Christian.” He stopped abruptly and with an oath demanded, “Then what are you doing
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Someone has put it, “ It is not that our doctrine is false but that our experience is flat.” What we believe is tre mendously important but it is high time that conservative, evangelical Christianity face up some other questions: Whom do I trust, love and obey? Our Lord conditioned true Christian happiness on obedience: “ If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17). It is a 3-D formula, Doctrine, Duty and Delight. It is possible to argue over some tweedledum and tweedledee in theology and live all the while in outright disobedience to God. Our theme says, “ Thy statutes have been my songs.” The Psalmist said of the righteous man, “ His delight is in the law of the Lord” and again, “ I delight to do thy will, O my God,” a declaration perfectly realized in the Saviour himself. Some think of God’s law in terms of duty only but^he Psalmist found it a delight. With him the words were set to music. Is your duty your delight? Jeremiah said of his genera tion: “ Behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a re proach; they have no delight in it.” Call upon average church-members today to obey God and hear them com plain! Ask them to give up the world, to make Christ Lord, to give God a bit of their time and money, and some will act as though it would kill them. The Word of the Lord is not their delight. Some say they are Christians and believe the Bible but, if so, they save only the words and not the time. Yes, orthodox Christianity needs to set its words to music. At the close of a Bible conference some years ago, Lena, the Negro cook, was asked to sing for us after Sun day morning breakfast devotions. In her own inimitable way she stood with arms folded and began: Immediately we felt the Spirit’s presence. I sneaked out my handkerchief and looked sheepishly around to discover that everybody else was doing the same thing. Denominational lines made no difference. Lena’s song had lifted us above our fences and made us one. We might have argued about unification but here was unity. The song did not create it but reveal it, for it is always there though we obscure it. If we had spent that Sunday hour arguing prophecy or sanctification we might have gone out upset and belligerent. I do not mean that these things are not important. They are, but more important still is a closer walk with Jesus. I decided that maybe Lena ought to go around to a lot of our churches, conferences and conventions. She might do more with a song than we do all week in a symposium. Hot and bothered as we are, it would put us to shame, but if it called us back to a closer walk with Him; that is what it is all about anyway. Then his statutes would become our songs, words and music, and duty would be come a delight in the house of our pilgrimage. “ Just a closer walk with thee; Grant it, Jesus, if you please.”
here?” She could not sing the Lord’s song in a strange land. If we are to sing his song we must keep his statutes. We cannot have the music without the words. There are also those who say, “ It does not matter what you believe, all that is important is whom you trust.” They would have the delight without the doctrine. It sounds nice but you cannot have a miraculous experience based on a mythical gospel. If 2 Timothy 3:16 is not true and the statutes, the Scripture, are not God-breathed, then John 3:16 is not dependable. “ Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Some have said that they could be Christians even if it were proven that Jesus never lived. But the Gospel is based on historic facts, that Christ died and rose again. It is the good news of something that took place, an event in history. We are witnesses unto him but he also said, “Ye are witnesses of these things.” We testify to the facts about him. You cannot have the songs without the statutes, the doxology without the theology. Trying to have the music without the words, we end up with a synthetic faith, a simulated love, a substitute joy. It is God’s lawbook that becomes our songbook, his mandates that become our melody. A RADIANT THEOLOGY But not only would some have the music without the words, there are others who have the words without the music. The tragedy of a lot of fundamentalism lies in theology without doxology, being right without being radiant. I can remember earlier years when I attended my first Bible Conference. What blessed fellowship we had around the Word of God! We were like travelers meeting in a foreign land and discovering that we spoke the same lan guage. Recently a friend of mine whom I had known in those early years asked, “What is the matter with us these days? Now we discuss prominent personalities and split hairs over technicalities.” I know what she meant. I am not sighing for the good old times. “Distance lends enchant ment to the view.” But sometimes I do think of the Dutch man who asked, “Vot iss all dis argument? I sure vould like to get into a good old Jesus meeting.” For all our religious revival and gigantic church ac tivity these days something is missing. “ Something new has been added” but something old and precious has been subtracted. We have the words without the music, the statutes without the songs, the form without the force. We wave the scabbard but the sword is gone. JOY FROM SACRED TRUST I used to think that David’s prayer, “ Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation” applied only to people who, like David, have committed some terrible sin. But there are church workers hard at it, choir singers, denominational officials, ministers in pulpits, who have lost their song. They would be embarrassed to admit it and some would resent being told about it.
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