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No. X-2 is Hong Kyung Joo. Both parents of this boy died during the Korean conflict. His uncle took him in but after a time found that he could not earn enough to buy food and clothing for him. The Superintendent of our Hope Orphanage brought him to the Home. He is in the 7th grade and doing well. Each of the children pictured, in fact, all of those in our Orphanages, have heart breaking stories. But they are learning to live happy, Christian lives, sing Christian songs, study the Bible and earnestly pray. They are led to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Grasp this God-given opportunity to bring up a boy or girl to be a Christian leader in Korea, so greatly in need of the saving Gospel. Literature for your group gladly supplied. Just write or phone.
The ESEA is caring for over 11,000 Korean orphans, chil dren of lepers, deaf, dumb and blind children and war widow’s children. Its work is widely known. The Korean govern ment has given their highest honor to ESEA. It is registered with the Illinois Secy, of State and Internal Revenue Dept, of the U.S. Govt. Dedicated, con scientious, economical work through 10 years has produced wonderful and lasting results. More than 13 million meals are served each year in our 118 orphanages. Each one is a Christian institution with Bi ble believing staff and Board members. Sponsors are urgent ly needed. Write or phone now.
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The swiftly moving events of the present hour are converging on the time of the end. The lateness of the hour is apparent, but no one knows how late. Viewed in the light of prophecy, it would appear that the time for the ushering out of this present order and the ushering in of a new order is at the very doors. It is therefore high time for the voices who speak for God to cry aloud and spare not. And it is time for the church to hear the voice of the prophetic word, “ For the time is at hand” (Rev. 1 :3 ; 22:10). The political and religious scene is moving swiftly into the pattern of events set forth in the prophetic word. For most students of prophecy these aspects of eschatological events of the end time are more obvious. But the ramifications are little realized. In some small way students of prophecy recognize the necessity for widespread preparation for the appearance of the superchurch and the superstate, but they little realize the nature of that preparation. I. THE PLANS IN THE M A K IN G Less than a decade and a half ago, the United Nations came into exis tence. It took on proportions that were never a part of the League of Na tions and commended itself to the government of the United States of Am erica. On its face its purpose was to promote good international relations to the end of maintaining peace among the nations of the world. This is one aspect of this giant organization of nations that has been constantly before the public. And it is this one thing that gradually has been win ning approval from the rank and file of the citizens of this land and for that matter of the world. A n y thinking individual must conclude that this great organization is far more complex than it appears on the surface. It must be recognized that the divisions and departments of this organization are multiple, all of them working under a common purpose and toward a common end to accomplish the gigantic task of promoting peace. The superplan must inevitably provide for peace not only for the present but also for the future. And this plan must of necessity envision an organization that en larges and solidifies and finally becomes absolute and universal. To accomplish this feat, there must of necessity be a preparation of the minds of the peoples of all sovereign states. They must be prepared to surrender their sovereignty for the common good of the whole. This requires education. Therefore, from the very 'outset of the United Na tions there has been a division of it known as UNESCO — United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It has been the pur pose of this division to conceive, produce, provide,~ and promote a master plan for the education and preparation of the peoples of the world for world government. To the average person the plan up to this point is quite acceptable. It is the application of the plan that brings the problems ....... II. THE PLOT AGA INST FREEDOM OF EDUCAT ION A t first glance, the plans of UNESCO would never be regarded as a plot against the freedom of education in this land. In a series of nine vol umes prepared by this organization, the procedure is outlined under the very acceptable title, “ Toward World Understanding.” The titles on these various books are very disarming: (1 ) Some Suggestions on Teach ing about the U. N . and its Specialized Agencies; (2 ) The Education and Training of Teachers; (3 ) A Selected Bibliography; (4) The U. N. and World Citizenship; (5 ) In the Classroom with Children Under 13 Years of Age; (6 ) The Influence of Home and Community on Children Under THE KING 'S BUSINESS
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13 Years of Age; (7 ) Some Suggestions on the Teaching of Geography; (8) A Teachers’ Guide to the Declaration of Human Rights; (9 ) Some Suggestions on Teaching World History. From the C o n g r e s s i o n a l R e c o r d this statement describes the pro cedure adopted by these booklets. “ They begin by advancing the totally unAmerican doctrine that the prime function of public education in the United States must be that of capturing the minds of our children, at the earliest possible age for the cause of political world government.” Kvery teacher, every subject, and every moment of school hours are to be care fully directed to accomplish this purpose. There is to be ah elimination of everything that would in any way produce loyalty to the nation on the one hand, and a supplementing with everything that will in any way produce world-mindedness on the other. The procedures are augmented by a number of things in order to in sure success. Not only are methods employed to discourage patriotism, but these include definite efforts to destroy parental control, corrupt the morals of the children, suppress the truth, and poison the minds of these teachers. III. THE PROMOTION OF THE SCHEME UNESCO has been able to carry its plans so far that they are being implemented by legislation in the Congress of the United States. A bill known as “Convention Against Discrimination in Education” may shortly come before the United States Senate in the form of a treaty. Ratification of this treaty would deliver the entire American educational system into th UNESCO-international control. National, state, and local control of education would disappear immediately. It is shocking to think that such a thing could happen. But on the other hand, the movement in the thinking of the citizens of this country, including those who sit in high places in the government, has shifted, and how far, it is impossible to estimate. Under the guise of good, our own Congressman could be swept into a vote for something that in its out working could produce nothing but a loss of freedom, and a loss of freedom at a point where eventually we could lose all our freedoms. The preciousness of our freedom, especially in education, needs again to be stressed. The precariousness of the situation only emphasizes the value of our freedom. If the freedom of education is lost, the foundation is then laid for the loss of every other freedom that we count a part of the American way of life. IV . THE PERTINENCY TO THE CHURCH To the church there is a freedom that rises even above that of educa tion, and that is the freedom of religion. But freedom of religion and freedom of education are vitally associated. They cannot be separated. If freedom of education is lost, this will penetrate farther than the public school. It will include every private and parochial school as well. This will mean a definite change in the curriculum of the private and parochial school. Such change will strike at the very heart of true religion, which is truth. Truth as it is set forth in the Bible is the very foundation for conserva tive Christianity. Liberalism, the refection of the Bible, now sweeping through Christendom, will thus be aided, bringing on not only limitation of operation for believers, but also persecution for those who refuse to conform to the limitations. This can result in widespread destruction of the forces of true Christianity. It is therefore evident that the church has the largest stake of all in the proposed legislation. Not only will civil and educational liberties be lost, but even more important than those, religious liberty will be lost, for they all go together. Though the loss of all these appear in the pro phetic picture of the endtime, it is the business of the believer to do all he can to prevent the loss of them. This can well mean that every energy should be bent in the direction of bringing pressure to bear upon our Con gressmen. But it certainly means that this is a time for prayer and new dedication to the task committed to us. Now is the time to act.
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This new column of THE KING’S BUSINESS is devoted to opinions of readers on various subjects. Ideas ex pressed should not be construed as necessarily reflecting the opinions of THE KING’S BUSINESS or of The Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Inc WHY CONDEMN DIVORCE? In the comment (January, 1962) concerning divorce, there is a Biblical answer. Under the law divorce can be seen: Deut. 24:1-4; Matt. 5: 31, 32; 19:3-9. Under the church age, in which we live, divorce is strictly forbid den: Romans 7:2-3; I Cor. 7: 10-11, 39. If the church does not take a more definite stand on di vorce, our home life will soon be a thing of the past. Today our churches are pat terning their standards too much after the movie world, instead of the Bible. Whenever a preacher per forms the marriage ceremony for a divorced person, he breaks that part of the mar riage ceremony which says "the union in which you are now entering is dissolved by death only." What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Rev. Harry A. McGimsey, Hemet, California. Divorce has become the scourge of our nation. Truly there are misunderstandings, but, as Christians, what ought we do— run to an attor ney ; run away from each oth er? We ought to run to the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ who can iron out each wrinkle in our lives. Anegla Santucci, Castro Valley, California.
I was a little upset over the letter concerning di vorce. We condemn divorce be cause the Bible does. Divorce happened to some members of my family, and because of it their children have never lived it down. When we break one of God's commands we must always pay. }irs. Fred M. Stranz, Cen- tralia, Washington. The questioner started by asking why the church con demns divorce, when actually it is the Bible. One minister I have talked with has said, "I always have and always will marry divorced people when asked to." The Bible, however, forbids this ac tion. Divorce no more cures un happy marriages than death cures leprosy. Marital dis cord is due to a lack of love. I do not mean sexual attrac tion or any other physical emotion. The love of Christ will clear away hatred, fear, deceit, cruelty and indif ference. According to Matthew 19:9 (and other Scriptures), a di vorced woman has no right to marry, and the one who di vorces his (or her) mate is hardly to be commended. John the Baptist was a Jew and it was quite common and legal for a Jew to marry his deceased brother's wife. Al so it reads, "Phillip's wife" not "Phillip's widow." Herod had taken to wife a woman whose husband was still liv ing. John the Baptist was im prisoned and beheaded be cause he voiced his disap proval. He did not trim down his sermons to please men, even kings. Mrs. Gladys Hamersley, Comox, B.C., Canada.
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“ nr'oDAY the people of Russia are more nationalistic -1L than communistic,” said a Christian friend of mine. In the last two years, this businessman has twelve times walked the streets of Moscow and mingled with the Russian people. I was both surprised and pleased as I listened to my friend cite illustrations. These are the questions that came to my mind: Is nationalism weakening Commun ism right at its very heart? Have the Communists been unsuccessful, after all, at indoctrinating the Russian people? Are the Communists facing at home a rival loy alty that might destroy them? Is the world situation more hopeful that it looks on the surface? As I 'have since reflected upon my experience with Communist strategy in China, I have come to the con clusion that Russian nationalism may be the cleverest weapon Communism has yet forged against us. The Communist Party in Russia is not large, but it has a grandiose end in view: the conquest of the world. To reach this goal is must have the support of the non- Communist majority of Russians. In its early history, the Party held the people in subjection through clever, persistent brain-washing and intimidation. Mass liquidation of all who opposed the Communists or who failed to co-operate with them soon produced a subjugated people. But suppressed masses do not build international strength. A cause must be in vented that would give the Russian people — millions who were not Marxists •— a sense of destiny and im portance while speeding the Party toward world domi nation. So “Mother Russia” has been made the god of the Russian people. Patriotism is taught from every textbook. While the Communist leaders are careful to check the total loyalty of each Party member, they do not force
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the majority of Russian people into doctrinaire Marx ism. Rather, by a sort of pseudo-nationalism, the minor ity controls the majority. In the hands of the power- hungry Communist leaders this nationalism is a solid, terrifying reinforcement to international piracy. The Communist Party in Russia has had forty years to establish its identity with the motherland. All in formation to the people is screened by the government and passed through government-controlled press, radio, and television. This means the people hear only what the Party wants them to hear. The Party has built up the national wealth and international prowess of Russia. The country has been industrialized, mineral resources are being exploited, the waste lands of the northeast are being developed. Russia claims to be the scientific giant of the world. The people enjoy greater educational opportunities and more material prosperity than ever before. Though there are dissatisfactions, frustrations, resentments because of curtailed liberties, the Russian people stand behind the Party in its international movements because it repre sents the motherland — Russia. The Communists have achieved for Russia the world prestige that any people covet. I myself naively hoped that the destruction of the power of Communist leaders by the Western world in satellite countries would bring'the Russian people rally ing to the cause of freedom. However, because of Russian nationalism, this is no longer possible. So thoroughly have the Communists exploited the natural patriotism of the people that when the Communist Party finds itself in danger, the Russian people feel that the whole mother land is threatened. America has now two enemies in Rus sia: an aggressive communist ideology, and an expan sionist Russian nationalism more subtly dangerous be cause actually they are one. This same strategy is used by Communists in the subversion of other nations. Into chaotic new countries the Communists come, offering a disciplined political organization, a manageable economic system, and ex perienced leadership in education and industrialization. The Communists claim to work for the good of the peo ple, building the nation, bringing it both internal sta bility and international significance. We saw this hap pen to Cuba in the past year. But soon the new nation begins to experience the destruction of basic human values. “ The good of the people” turns out to be a superficial economic good, ministering to the advancement of the state rather than the individual. Furthermore, soon the state is subjecting all its foreign affairs to the Russian policy-makers. It be comes more and more pro-Russian in its international outlook. How is this accomplished? For more than two dec ades the Communists have •hand-picked key youth in every land. Each one is given free transportation to Rus sia and free schooling upon his arrival. These youth never leave Russia until they are converted Communists. At no time during their training is it suggested that they should renounce their own citizenship and become Russian. They are not to become Russians, but are to become Communists, whose ultimate loyalty will be to the Party leaders in Russia. Their task will be the con version of their own countries’ governments to Com munism, and their eyes always will be upon Russia as the heart of world revolution. When the Communist leaders are satisfied that the young trainees have fully accepted Marxism and are totally dedicated to the Communist cause, then and then only do they return them to their own countries. Each
young radical upon his arrival in his homeland becomes active in patriotic movements, and wins his countrymen to the movement he supports. Korean youth were not told to make North Korea Communist. They were told to save it from the Ameri can imperialists. Thousands of Vietnamese youth gave their lives to save Vietnam from the French — they thought. Actually, they were conquering it for Com munism. As I write, Laotian farm boys are leaving the hoe to take up the gun. Ask them what they are fighting for and they will tell you they must save their beloved land from American imperialism. They are patriotic, they are nationalistic; but they have been deceived. Their nationalism will destroy the nation, for they are helping Communist-trained Laotian leaders to win the country for Communism. Mao-Tse-Tung and his cronies, all educated in Rus sia, used the same method to take over China. Their patriotic propaganda was so clever that thousands of Chinese youths joined the Communist army. Here again they were told that they were saving China from the West. I was captured by the Chinese Communists in 1948. A nineteen-year-old lieutenant ordered my family and me out of our home. During the two months, he and his men lived in our house, I had opportunity to ques tion him. The young lieutenant had been a Communist only eleven months. I asked him why he had put down his books and taken up arms to fight for a foreign power. He didn’t know what I meant. I told him that he was not fighting for his motherland, but for international Communism, which was determined to enslave the whole world, and that, when it was over, a Russian would be sitting on the top of the Communist hierarchy. The young soldier was incensed. The Russians were China’s best friends, he declared. They alone supported China in its struggle to rid itself of imperialism’s chains. The lieutenant spoke for thousands of others who helped Communist-trained Mao Tse-Tung conquer China, The bait the Communist used to trap and deceive these youths was patriotism. Russian or Communist-manipulated nationalism is dangerous for the free world. Does it follow that Am erican nationalism is the answer to this dangerous foe? Is the Christian to let himself become absorbed in an anti-Communist American nationalism? There is no ques tion but what the building of a new patriotism in the hearts of our youth would strengthen our nation. How ever, the deliverance of the world from Communist chains will not be brought about merely by a fresh upsurge of Americanism. If America is to be spared, it will be be cause God’s people call upon Him for mercy that they might be given time to glorify Him through the further spread of the Gospel both at home and abroad . American foreign policy advocates self-determination for all peoples. We want man’s inherent longings for liberty and law to be realized in the developing govern ments of new nations. America stands for the extension of the freedoms expressed in our Bill of Rights. As Christians, we have’ obligations to God, govern ment, church, and world. We dare not shirk our political responsibility. “Honor all man,” says Peter. “ Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the King.” Honoring the king or government includes praying for and obeying, submission and service. Today the Communists are using nationalism to spread an inhuman and atheistic system across the globe. Let us as Christian Americans renew our dedication to God and to- our country as it opposes this evil.
W e have a word for it nowadays, “ trouble-shooter.” Big business employs men to look out for possi ble “ bugs” and breakdowns. God has such men in the .church. They are New Testament prophets. They are Divinely equipped for the job. They have an instinct for locating trouble and a genius for exposing it. Naturally, th£y are not popular. It is much more pleasant to be a Gamaliel, keeping everything quiet in Jerusalem than a Paul, exceedingly troubling Philippi. Such men are called trouble-makers but they do not create the situa tion; they reveal it. If they call attention to the bushels and beds that smother Christian testimony, they should not be accused of making the bushels and setting up the beds. They do not put delinquent Christians on the spot. Such people are already on the spot. The prophet merely reveals the spot. We need some sanctified trouble-shooters today. We have trouble aplenty. We are beset without and within. The temple of Truth is not endangered half as much by woodpeckers without as by termites within. The atheists who hammer on the outside make a lot of noise, but the pests who bore on the inside are doubly dangerous be cause they are so quiet about it. The New Testament teaches pest extermination. Today the idea seems to have gotten around that we should never disturb the status quo but go along with it, termites and all. The church has a right and a duty to screen out all varieties of bugs. It will take more than brains. If brains could untie the knot, they have had plenty of time to do it. Man is not going to think himself out of this dilemma. Indeed, it is a wisdom that knows not God that has brought us to the edge- of this abyss. We recognize the value of con- secrated intellects and well-informed minds. I have heard of a brother who said at prayer-meeting, “ Lord, I thank Thee that I’m ignorant.” Someone remarked: “ Evidently he .has a lot to be thankful fori” But it will take more than a symposium of brilliant minds and panel discus sions by the intelligentsia to solve our riddle. Our Lord did n6t hold seminars in Rome, Alexandria and Athens. He set the pattern. Hp was the supreme Prophet of all time. Prophets are a peculiar lot. They have moved nations and changed the course of history. They did not do it with carefully worked-out theses from a post-graduate school. Amos had no travel cards and boasted no degrees but he was more than a match for Amaziah, the court preacher of Bethel. John the Baptist did not draw crowds to the Jordan by putting on a public debate with the rab bis. He had no gimmicks. He did not even offer a copy of Isaiah to the oldest grandmother present or a free cam el ride to whoever brought most people to the meetings. He lived in touch with Headquarters and spoke for God. There is not much demand for prophets today but never was the need greater. Churches all too often want highly specialized professionals, experts in public rela tions, able to minister acceptably in Suburbia where church membership is fast becoming just good business. Prophets are too disturbing. A prophet is a contradiction to his generation. He is a cause of general uneasiness. He stabs fhe consciences of Ahabs and Herods and keeps
Darius awake all night. He plays havoc with the serenity school and irritates the tranquilizers. He has never learned to talk in such a way that half of what he says cancels the other half so that he finishes without having said anything. Just when false prophets of peaceful coexistence have almost lulled everybody into a stupor, the true prophet blasts the neighborhood with a siren that cries aloud and spares not. While scholars write wordy vol umes that nobody reads, the prophet says it in one color ful paragraph. He locates the trouble and proposes the remedy. He does not write a treatise on the subject; he calls to repentance. Joseph Parker said, “ The man whose sermon is ‘Repent’ sets himself against his age and will for the time being be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man . . . ‘off with his head.’ ” You had better no.t preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.” Let it be said again, the true prophet is not a trouble maker. There are false prophets who set up straw men to knock over, who create crises and invent issues. There are also false prophets who cry “ Peace” when there is no peace, who would have us save our hides at the cost of our honor and preserve our skins though it cost our souls. The true prophet belongs to neither category. Ahab accused Elijah of troubling Israel. Elijah promptly set the matter straight. “ I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the com mandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Balaam. That was the trouble and Elijah did not create it; he re vealed it. Ahab was the trouble-maker. Elijah was the This age of Laodicean lukewarmness, of peaceful coex istence, of conformity and togetherness, naturally hates prophets. We are not training prophets because there is no demand and there are no candidates. We are turning out every other conceivable kind of religious specialist, but not prophets. Peace is the theme today and prophets deal with trouble. Somebody is sure to ask, “ But doesn’t the Bible say, ‘Blessed are the peace-makers,’ and not, ‘Blessed are the trouble-shooters’ ?” True, but the surest way to have peace is to deal with the troubles that pre vent it. A sick man has no peace because he has trouble and the doctor must first be a trouble-shooter before he can be a peace-maker. Ahab and his false prophets will of course accuse Eli jah of troubling Israel. But the prophet will understand* that, now as then, they are merely passing the buck. He is not creating the trouble; he is condemning and cor recting it. He will not be disturbed by those who do not know the difference between a trouble-maker and a trouble-shooter. The secret of his confidence lies in his fellowship with God. Elijah said to Ahab: “ As the Lord God of Israel liveth, BEFORE WHOM I STAND . . .” At that moment he was standing in the presence of a king but evidently he was not too much impressed. A man accustomed to communion with the Almighty will not be flustered before Ahab. With such credentials, he can meet any situation and rise to any occasion. We need a trouble-shooter of that caliber today. trouble-shooter.
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