King's Business - 1914-06

350 THE KING’S “W hat God wants,” says H. W . Webb- Peploe, “ is men great enough to be small enough to be used.” "P rayer is the first and chief method of helping to solve the missionary problem. Will not every reader help in the effort to get a definite group of people at home into the habit of supporting by daily prayer each missionary in the thick of the fight.— /. Campbell White, Miss. Rev. T he C hurch and prayer for missions. “Mr. Benjamin Starr, a layman of Homer, N. Y., has been investigating the amount of prayer offered in the average church for the spread of the Gospel. ‘I have found,’ he says, ‘that in the majority of churches I visited there was almost no time spent in prayer for the salvation of the world.’ ” I know a man who went to a brotherhood meeting on Sunday: afternoon, and sang with all his power until the perspiration ran down his cheeks the well-known hymn, “ Throw Out the Life Line,” and when Monday morning came he was too tired to rise five minutes earlier than usual to put out the linen line for his wife. “ R eligion has its comedies. One of these made its appearance in a police arrest in ------ city last week, when two brothers of the ages of twenty-one and eighteen con­ fessed to one hundred burglaries. Burglary was their business, but they would not pawn a religious emblem, like a cross, but threw it away; and they kept the Sabbath day holy and went to a Lutheran church, “ working” the other six days o f the week. Thus religion has its pick of the Command­ ments; it values the Fourth but gives over the Eighth to the Higher Criticism.” N oticeable losses are sometimes the first evidence of the coming of God’s power into a life or an institution. At the time o f the great revival in Wales it is said that two ministers were talking together somewhat as follows: “ Has the revival reached you

BUSINESS yet?”' asked one. “ Yes,” was the answer, “ How many additions?” “ No additions yet, but, blessed by G od! some subtrac­ tions,” was the fervent rejoinder. As in a church, so in the individual life: God’s power to bless us by subtracting from our lives the things that ought to go is a cause for thanksgiving indeed. And only when we are willing to let anything and every­ thing go as He may direct can God carry on his empowering work in us to the full. —3'. S. T. T he comparative efficiency of drinkers and non-drinkers has often been tested with invariable results in favor of the non-drink­ ers. But a recent experiment has interest­ ingly tried out the difference of efficiency in the same men on days when they took liquor and days when they abstained. In order to make the experiment more convincing, the amount of alcohol administered on the drinking days Was very minute—less than is contained in one quart of 4 per cent beer. But on days when the. subjects ‘of the ex­ periment consumed this small amount of alcohol, they were found able to hit a tar­ get on an average of only three shots out of thirty. On days, however, when the same men took no alcohol at all, they hit the mark twenty-three times in thirty shots. W ith the approval of the Pope, Roman Catholic scholars are at work on a new version of the Scriptures to supplant the Douai version. They admit “the existence of many needless obscurities and faults in the current (Douai) version.” If they re­ frain from making “the Word of God of none effect” by “their traditions” in mar­ ginal comments, this new version may prove a furtherance of the Gospel. But if popes are infallible, how shall those scholars, or even His Holiness himself “escape the dam­ nation of hell? When the revised version of the Vulgate was issued, in 1589, the Pope declared it to be “true, genuine, authentic,” and invoked the curse of Almighty God on any who should attempt to change it. So great were its blunders that his successor,

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