King's Business - 1915-04


T H E K ING ’S BUS INESS “Dismayed by the horrors of a war in bringing' ruin to peoples and nations, we turn, 0 Jesus, to Thy most loving heart as to our last hope. O God of Mercy, with tears we invoke Thee to end this fearful scourge; O King of Peace, we humbly implore the peace for which we long. “From Thy sacred heart Thou didst shed for the world divine charity so that discord might end and love might reign among men. During Thy life on earth Thy heart beat with tender compassion for the sorrows of men; in this hour made terrible with burning hate, with bloodshed and with slaughter, once more may Thy divine heart be moved to pity. “Pity the countless mothers in anguish for the fate of their sons, for the numberless families now bereaved of their fathers; pity Europe, over which broods such havoc and disaster. Do Thou inspire rulers and peoples with, counsels of meekness, do Thou heal discords that tear nations asunder. ‘Thou who didst shed Thy precious blood that they might live as brothers, bring men together once more in loving harmony; and, as once before, to the cry of the Apostle Peter: ‘Save us, Lord, we perish,’ Thou , didst answer with words of mercy and didst still the raging sea, so now deign to hear our trustful prayer and give back to the world peace and tranquility. “And do Thou, O most holy Virgin, as in other times of our distress, be now our help, our protector and our safeguard. Amen.” . , Everyone must sympathize with the Pope’s longing for peace and ap­ prove of his action in urging the church under his administration to pray for peace, but certainly the Pope, if he is infallible, should quote Scripture cor­ rectly He refers to “the cry of the Apostle Peter: ‘Save us, Lord, we perish’/ ’ But in the inspired record this is not recorded as Peter’s cry, but as the cry of the whole company of the disciples (Matt. 8:25, 26 )/ And Peter is not specified at all in any account given of the incident. The Pope seems to have confused this incident with another in the 14th chapter of Matthew, where Peter attempted to walk on the water and got his eyes off his Lord and onto the winds and Waves and began to sink, when he cried “Lord, save me” (Matt. 14:30). Possibly, this is not altogether a blunder on the Pope’s part; for it may seek to give him a prominence in this incident which the Bible record does not, and that, therefore, he does not hesitate to corrupt the Word of God in order to gain his point. It is furthermore to be noted that the disciples did not appear in a very favorable light in the incident to which reference is made, for after offering the prayer to which the Pope inaccurately refers, our Lord immediately rebuked them, saying, “Why are ye fearful, oh, ye of little faith?1’ (Matt. 14:26). We will not stop to point out other things in this proposed form of prayer that show the Pope’s ignorance of Bible teaching.

A testimony by Sir W. Robertson Nicoli on the im- portance of the faith and hope of the Second Coming as found in the following clipping from the Bible of To-day, is full of suggestiveness: A G reat W eakness in M odern B ible T each ­

Faith and Hope in Second Coming of Our Lord

ing —The Faith and Hope of the Second Advent, by W. Robertson Nicoli, editor of The British Weekly. Dr. Nicoli preached the sermon on the occa­ sion of the centenary of Dr. Horatius Bonar, in the Grange United Free Church, Edinburgh, on January 24. In closing his discourse, which was

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