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Dr. Charles E. Fuller, twentieth-century pioneer in Christian radio, who on
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January, 1968, marked the 25th an niversary of POWER Sunday School Papers, published by Scripture Press Publications of Wheaton, Illinois. Dr. Victor E. Cory, founder and presi dent of the organization, along with an editor, Laurin J. Zorn, realized that Sunday School papers were often un interesting. Careful study and re search brought about a new teen pocket-size paper that told factually and dramatically what God had done in the lives of Christian people. Sensing the need for a full-time P O W E R editor, Scripture Press hired James R. Adair, a former news paper reporter, in July of 1945. The paper has grown into several for various age groups. Besides the regular distribution channels for these papers, countless thousands of copies go to reforma tories, prisons, hospitals, orphanages, military bases, etc., through a sepa rate organization known as Power for Others.
THE OLD FASHIONED REVIVAL HOUR as a means of preaching the Gospel to the unsaved and of teach ing the Word of God to believers. For years a defender of the Scriptures, he fervently and boldly taught its fundamental truths, including the pre-millennial return of Christ, over the air. Beginning with a 100-watt station in Santa Ana, Calif., this broadcast expanded literally all over the world so that at one time it was aired over 1,000 stations. At the time of Dr. Fuller’s death, it was carried by 500 stations with a total wattage power of 4,450,000. The weekly listening audience in the 1940’s was an esti mated ten million. Dr. Fuller received many broadcasting awards including the “ Gold Microphone” from Ameri can Broadcasting Company and an “ Award of Merit” from the National Religious Broadcasters. Radio was not the only interest of this dedicated servant of the Lord. Graduating from the Bible Institute of Los Angeles in 1921, he later served on its board — for some time as chairman — from 1929 to 1934. He founded the Calvary Church of Placentia, Calif, of which he was pastor for ten years. He organized the Fuller Evangelistic Association to assist mission agencies and to train evangelists; he was co-founder with Dr. H. J. Ockenga of Boston of Fuller Theological Seminary; con ducted public meetings all over the country. Following the War, the broadcast from Municipal Auditori um in Long Beach attracted a large live audience, of which many were servicemen. Until her death in 1966, Mrs. Fuller participated in the broad casts and edited Heart to Heart Talk. The Memorial Services, held in Lake Avenue Congregational Church of Pasadena, Calif., with pastor Dr. Raymond C. Ortlund presiding, were attended by many prominent Chris tian leaders. One son, Daniel, dean of Fuller Theological Seminary, Daniel’s wife, and four grandchildren, sur vive. Undoubtedly Dr. Fuller received an abundant entrance into the heav enly mansions where awaited many
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Editor James Adair holds copies of POWER Sunday School papers for three age groups, while the first editor, Laurin Zorn, displays one of the first issues published. Wydiffe Bible Translators has experi enced sudden attacks upon its work, launched by the Viet Cong in various parts of Viet Nam, bringing tragedy and loss. The Wycliffe Language Cen ter in Kontum has been completely demolished. The Center was used not only by Wycliffe personnel but also by members of other missions as a linguistic and translation workship. Using the words of Esther 4:14, we often say of Christian leaders that they have “ come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” This statement can be applied most appropriately to
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WILL YOUR HEART HELP US lift him out Of his misery? Hopeless, lonely despair is all he’s ever known. Until he and hundreds of homeless, abandoned, destitute children like him find their way to a Compassion Home. Here, perhaps for the first time in their lives, they trade their old life of misery for a new life of joy! Every day, nearly 22,000 little ones in 170 Homes are fed, clothed, sheltered and educated in a Christian atmosphere—thanks to thousands of generous American sponsors,
trophies of the grace of God, won to Christ through the Old Fashioned Revival Hour which had presented faithfully the old-fashioned Gospel of a crucified, buried and risen Saviour. Dr. Harold W . Hoehner joined the Faculty of Dallas Theological Semi nary and Graduate School of Theol ogy, Dallas, Texas, as Instructor in Bible Exposition with the start of the spring semester. Dr. Hoehner just returned from Cambridge, Eng land, where he is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree at Cambridge Univer sity. He is a graduate of Providence- Barrington College and holds the Th.M. and Th.D. degrees from Dallas Seminary. Dr. Bob Finley, who has served as president of International Students Inc. since its inception in 1953, an nounced his intention to devote full time to speaking engagements and evangelism among foreign nationals. In so doing, he turned over his ad ministrative responsibilities to the executive vice president, Hal Guffey, and to the other three vice-presi dents, of ISI, John Bjorklund, Terry Martin and Bill Viekman. Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian, assistant pro fessor of Bible at Wheaton College, has been named president of Haiga- zian College, a Christian liberal arts school in Beirut, Lebanon. Bilezikian will succeed the acting president, Dr. Joseph Spradley, associ ate professor of physics at Wheaton, who is currently on a leave of ab sence. Dr. Spradley temporarily re placed Dr. John Markarian, the found ing president.
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Chaplain Steve P. Gaskins, Jr., U.S.A., Retired, and Secretary for Distribution to Armed Forces Personnel of the American Bible Society, presents com memorative copies of the Society’s new est publication, “Good News For Mod em Man” to Chief Petty Officers Al fred Zalewa (right and in blues) and Paul Otarzewski (left and in whites). Lieutenant Commander Robert Austin, USN, Executive Officer (Gold) of the USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620) looks on. (The Petty Officer in the back ground is unidentified.) The presenta tion was made in commemoration of the American Bible Society’s 150th anni versary of its gift of 65 Bibles to the crew of the frigate USS JOHN ADAMS in 1817.
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1 a message from the editor " C hortly after the turn o f the century, unbelief in varying degrees began to make itself heard in theological circles by an increasing number o f churchmen. This unbelief manifested itself by a growing skepticism, which tampered with the truths o f the Bible and presented a questioning attitude toward the in fallibility o f the Word o f God. Denominational leaders who want ed to be "Christian” in their attitudes toward these agnostics and "spiritually troubled brethren,” instead o f exposing them im mediately for what they actually were— wolves in sheep’s cloth ing— listened to them, sympathized with them, pitied them, mild ly admonished them, but allowed them to remain in positions o f theological trust and responsibility, both in seminaries and in pulpits o f the land. These faint rumblings o f unbelief were heard at first as though they were the distant roll o f thunder. Practically nobody paid much attention to it. The church was "too secure” ever to become infected with the virus o f unbelief. Church leaders complacently went on their ways, completely ignoring the dangers that these rumblings presaged. Now and then, warnings were thundered out by men o f God who could, foresee what was coming upon the church o f Jesus Christ. But, alas, they shortly were shouted down by the great host o f churchmen who con fidently exclaimed, "This can never happen to us!” Denomina tional seminaries and denominational leaders in large measure, blindly went on their way, confident that these unbelievers and skeptics would somehow gradually disappear. Alas, they did not disappear! The storm o f skepticism and unbelief grew louder and louder. Skeptics became more numerous. They occupied places o f teaching responsibilities in theological seminaries in increasing numbers. Products o f the seminaries who were infected by these doubters and doctrinal deviates went out into the churches and began to preach their unbeliefs. Many lay-leaders o f the church were shocked when they heard such mouthings by so-called men o f God who had come to their churches pledged to build up their faith in the Word o f God and the truths which are found therein. But they began to realize that they were stuck with these men and the denominational leaders saw to it that the men were allowed to remain in their pastorates. The laymen could do nothing about it. Indeed, all too many o f the laymen who them selves were instructed in the finer points o f theology, readily succumbed to what they heard, little realizing what the end results most surely would be. Finally, the storm broke and every one o f the major denomi nations became affected and infected with this virus o f unbelief. THE KINO'S BUSINESS
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One would dare say that today real Bible-believing ministers o f the Gospel are in the minority in every major denomination throughout our land. A book appeared in April, 1967, which clearly reveals some o f the end results o f the apostasy. Written by "a priest o f the Anglican Church in Canada,” it is entitled, A Church W ithout God. The utterly blasphemous extent to which men will go when they break loose from the moral standards presented in the Word o f God is vividly portrayed in this book. Yet it is widely heralded as a book that "takes into account the positions o f modern thinkers who are constructive, conscientious, and forward-looking.” It is totally incomprehensible that such an individual would desire in any way to be connected with a de nomination established and built upon the authority o f the Word o f God and upon a lively faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But this man seems determined to remain in his denomination. At this writing, it is not known whether the author has been unfrocked and dismissed from his denomination or not. Certainly there has been no indication that he has withdrawn willingly. In the book, he has presented what to many minds are most shocking state ments. These include: "There once was a God, now there is no God . . . He once lived, but somewhere in history He died . . . Traditional Christianity will fare no better than the Greek mytho logical religion . . . It will know moments o f great influence far into the future, but once decayed, it will never come back . . . The Bible was written and edited like any other set o f books. It is not the last word on anything . . . Jesus did not rise physically from the dead . . . The doctrine o f after-life— for myself it is a doctrine that has no meaning . . . Love is the test and the only test o f moral action. It is the only commandment . . . if love is satisfied, then adultery is not wrong . . . It is difficult to under stand why the mother church decided to follow after legalism. Jesus Christ spent much o f His life denouncing the law. He broke the sabbath, He broke the ritual food laws, saying that they were absurd. He said practically nothing about sexual law. None o f the normal Puritan shibboleths about sex derive either from Jesus’ teaching or His practice.” In a footnote, the author tells o f a family life conference recently held at which the following question was suggested as a good one to ask one’s self: "When the woman wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair, did she perform a highly sexual act? Else where in the book, the author says o f himself, " I claim to be a Christian and an Anglican, yet I can say in all seriousness, that (continued, on page S9)
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CULTS CRITIQUE by Betty Bruechert N o cult was ever more of a mis nomer than this if by “ light” one means the truth of God as re vealed in His Word. Very similar to Unity, the Church of Religious Science, Scientology, and dozens of sects now devoted to ontology (sci ence of being), this one is unique is that in its literature there is no mention of God at all. Reference is made to an impersonal “ Supreme Ruling Intelligent Power called Uni versal Life Energy latent in every individual.” According to this cult, most people do not know how to con tact this great supply of universal forces so its basic aim is “ to insure to the individual — liberty, self-reli ance, self-determination and pursuit of happiness.” By its own definition: “ The Lightbearers, an international, educational, scientific, non-sectarian, non-political, humanitarian organiza tion, was founded in 1921 by Eugene Fersen, international president and supreme leader, to show people, re gardless of race, nationality, creed or belief, how to obtain through the science of being, the finest and best out of life, materially, mentally and spiritually . . . physically, to rid yourself of all physical ailments; . . . mentally, to develop all mental facul ties such as will power, initiative, reason, foresight, intuition; . . . spir itually, to imbue every thought and act with an irresistible emotional fire . . . to weld body, mind and soul into a complete and unified whole.” With headquarters in the “ Great Tower of Light,” Seattle, Wash., the objectives of this cult are among other things, “ the creation of centers throughout the entire world . . . the foundation of schools . . . establish ing of clubs and libraries, chairs and scholarships in colleges and univer sities . . . the publishing of news papers and periodicals.” The members of the organization are advised that they should realize their great responsibility as light- bearers to the world. They are told they will have the knowledge and power to lessen the evil which ignor ance and fear have brought upon humanity. No remedy for sin is pre sented ; no Saviour; no personal God. Any resemblance to science is as co incidental as that which is set forth in any similar ontological cult. No figures for the number of adherents could be secured.
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Missionaries from South East Asia, knowing how much those in that part of the world love drama, have suggested that this play be taken overseas this summer where it will be presented before thousands of interested spectators. Those who see it will identify with the characters and the power of the Gospel will make a tremendous impact on their lives. The dramatic ending presents to the audience the way of life and the way of death so vividly that many may turn to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will use this dynamic method of communication to show people that there is a life after death and a Hell to avoid. At the conclusion of the play, a national evan gelist will give the audience an opportunity to make sure of their eternal destiny. The audience will have seen in the play the result of those who have placed their faith in church membership, baptism, sincerity, success in business, and other good works. They will have heard that there is salvation in none other but the Lord Jesus Christ and they will have been projected to the very portals of Heaven where the entrance requirements and the awful destiny of those who do not have their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ are plainly stated. We believe that God will use this method of evangelism to reach many with the Gospel this summer. Will you pray with us? A word from Dr. Dick Hillis, General Director of Overseas Crusades, Inc. Dear Friends: Recently I saiv a group of Biola students put on a Christian play which portrayed the reality of life after death and the urgency o f making a decision to receive Jesus Christ in order to escape eternal judgment. Had I not been a Christian, I should have felt compelled to make a decision.
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A woman was outside the church crying. She sobbed, “ I am just like the man in the play. I don’t know where I’m going.” She had just seen “Revolt at the Portals,” a Christian play written by Roswell Rogers which portrayed for her the reality of life after death and the teaching of the Word of God concerning Hell. She and her husband were planning to cele brate her birthday in a bar. Instead she told her husband, “ Honey, I want to go to a church.” He thought she was kidding, but after he was con vinced o f her earnestness, they picked out the church where the Biola students were putting on “ Revolt at the Portals.” The result was her sal vation. This play, directed by Steve Terrell, who played Clarence, the elder son, on the Life with Father television series, is a dramatic new way of com municating the Gospel. God has been using it around the Southern California area, but this is just part of the story.
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The six characters in the play: a business execu tive, a hypochondriac, a disillusioned young man, an atheist, and one true believer, give everyone in the audience an opportunity to identify with them. The play is true to the Word o f God as it deads with one’s excuses for not being Christians and the final destiny o f the characters. The student cast w ill go out this summer to present the Gospel through this play in the Philip pines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. I am confident many will trust Jesus Christ as Saviour as a re sult o f this unique ministry. Overseas Crusades will do the set up and fol low up, along with other evangelical missionaries. One veteran missionary, after seeing the play, asked that Hong Kong be included in the itinerary as he is convinced of its value. We are trusting God to supply the need of this group so that this vision may become a reality — and can we count on you to pray for the students as they, at considerable personal cost, lay aside other things this summer to carry the message of salvation to the Orient? D ick H illis Mr. Peters very carefully explains to R. A. Tycoon what the qualifications of entering Heaven are, and how they were set down very clearly in the Bible, God’s Word. The Gospel is clearly represented at this time. It’s not money, baptism, church membership, Christian parents that gets a person into Heaven, but faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. During a conversation with Miss Jones, Rip’s bravado is revealed as just a front for his fears and insecurity. Here he faces his moment of truth: his whole life has been a put-on, a facade to mask his inner insecure emotions. R. A. opens the other door, the lights go out and red lights flash behind the door with one of the members of the cast uttering an ear-splitting scream. Then the lights go out and a voice comes over the loud speaker, "He that has the Son has life, and he that has not the Son has not life, but the
word is not with man but with his Maker. I f that is the case, we must be near that day for we seem on the verge of discovering what only God can reveal. No matter how impressive civilization appears, the man who knows his Bible only smiles at our vaunted progress. We see the majestic skyscrapers rise in their glory of glass and steel. We hear the jets go over. We watch highways belt the nation. We see mechanical marvels pour out of our fac tories and read of uncanny discoveries in our lab oratories. Some of us are not too impressed. It is only little man playing with his toys. One of these days the house he built with his blocks will come clattering down on his head for “ AS IT WAS . . . SO SHALL IT BE.” The Scriptures tell us why the Cainitic civili zation fell (Gen. 6:1-8). We read that “ God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination o f the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” We read that the earth was corrupt before God and filled with vio lence. What could better describe our own time? Behind all the glitter and glare, the human heart is still deceitful and desperately wicked and we wallow in lawlessness. We can fly in the air like birds but we do not walk the earth like men. Our Lord described the last chapter o f our civilization as a carcass awaiting the vultures. We are told that in the days before the Flood
“ o u t as the days o f Noe were, so shall also the D coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:37). “As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son o f man” (Luke 17:26). History repeats itself. We fancy that we are living in a new age when actually we are playing an old cracked record and by now we should be learning some of the lessons it teaches. True, we have nuclear power, television, deep freezes and give-away shows but these are only a few frills on the same kind of civilization that existed before the Flood. The fourth chapter of Genesis tells us about that civilization. Cain built a city and when men started building cities they multiplied their trou bles. Jabal was the patriarch of country life. Jubal excelled in arts. Tubal-cain started manufactur- ing. They had all the elements o f material civiliza tion and it was a time of advancement and culture. But, for all that, the antedeluvian age ended in destruction. Today we live in a fairyland of gadgets and gimmicks. We ride the skies and are headed for the moon. We have harnessed the atom, conquered diseases and devised machines that almost think. We seem close to the secret of life itself. It looks as though any day we might reach the ultimate. But we know from the Word o f God that our Tower of Babel will crash in ruin. Just when man thinks ■ he has reached the Promised Land of “ Peace and Safety,” God will step in and take over. The last
the sons of God married the daughters of men (Gen. 6:1-4). Some think these sons o f God were fallen angels. Others believe that the passage re fers to the intermingling of the evil descendants of Cain with the godly line of Seth. In any case, it was an unholy mixture and God sent judgment upon it. This is a day of unholy mixtures. We are sep arating what God has joined, in the breakdown o f marriage and home, and we are mixing what God has separated. When we do that, we are in trouble. All kinds of reformers are cooking their Mulligan stews. Some think that we can take care o f the bad eggs of humanity by mixing everybody into one omelet. The nations are gradually being merged in to one world state, the churches into one world church, all religions into one world faith. Com munism would create a classless order by erasing all distinctions. The races are being mingled into what opens the door to mongrelization. The pro fessing church and the world have married. Pro motors o f these projects seek to embarrass Chris tians by making them appear unloving and un- Christlike if they refuse to be swept off their feet by this avalanche. All of these schemes for leveling the mountains, into one plain, all these movements for steamrollering all individuality into one uni formity, are part of the program of Antichrist, getting humanity ready for the Ultimate Lie. They are the designs of unregenerate men to build the kingdom without the King, a counterfeit millen nium and a profane Paradise. Be not deceived! This godless pre-flood amalgamation produced giants (Gen. 6:40), but they ended up clinging to the wreckage of a drowning world. Today we boast of giants in industry, education, science and poli tics. But along with the tycoons and the moguls comes the Deluge! The whole gigantic set-up is doomed to destruction for “ as it was, so shall it be.” God’s Spirit will not always strive with man. This civilization will perish, not by water but by fire. The earth already is stored up for judgment as Peter tells us. There will be scoffers who see no signs o f our Lord’s return and who thereby be come signs themselves, advertising the very thing they deny! Luke tells us that in the days of Noe and Lot they were “ eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building.” Now all of these pursuits are proper in their place but when engaged in to excess or to the exclusion of God and the things o f God, they become sinful. Today these things have become our life. Listen to people talk on the streets, in hotel lobbies, wherever they gather, and you will find that ninety per cent of the conversion is about some form o f eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building. Worldliness is not limited to a few selected sins like dancing and gambling. Worldliness con sists in being taken up with this world until it 12
becomes our life. America is obsessed with eating and drinking, from the honky-tonks to cocktail parties in diplomatic gatherings; marrying and giving in marriage, with Hollywood setting the pattern; buying and selling, until we shall be re membered, not by great music, but by singing commercials; planting and building, like the rich farmer in our Lord’s parable, whom God called a fool. Every great nation has gone this way to ruin but we do not profit from their example. One of the lessons of history is that we learn no lessons from history. We read that the generation of Noah’s time “KNEW NOT until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming o f the Son of man be.” They could have known if they had lis tened to Noah but they chose to be ignorant. Peter writes o f scoffers who are willingly ignorant and then he exhorts, “But, beloved, be not ignorant....” It is bad enough to be ignorant when it can’t be helped. Wilful ignorance is inexcusable. The outstanding characteristic o f this nuclear age, believe it or not, is ignorance. We never had more Ph.D.’s but our modern problem is educated ignorance. Will Rogers said: “ The stupidest fel low in the world is an educated man when you get him off the subject he was educated on.” Our Lord said: “Ye do err, NOT KNOWING the Scriptures, nor the power of God.” When a man does not know the Scriptures or the power of God, he is an ignoramus, no matter how many diplomas grace his study walls. Day by day now we watch and hear experts in television panel dis cussions and symposiums (a symposium has been described as a place where we pool our ignorance). We hear these specialists diagnose the ills of the world and prescribe treatment and we feel like saying, “ Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.” These men do not know what time it is and will not know until judgment falls. Only the Christian who knows the Scriptures and the power of God belongs to the modern tribe of Issachar with understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do. But there is a bright side to this picture. Dark as was the age before the flood, Enoch walked with God and Noah preached righteousness. God has always had His remnant, His pinch of salt in the midst of all the corruption. He has His faithful minority in this world today. Only He knows how many there are. There are more than some think and fewer than most think. Be not deceived by impressive statistics of church membership. Re ligion is popular and joining a church is quite the thing to do. But in all this nominal Christianity, this modern Sardis that has a name to live but is dead, God has a few who have not defiled their garments. We are told concerning Enoch that he walked with God, he pleased God and God took him (Gen. THE KING'S BUSINESS
about the state of his soul. He replied, “ I thatched my roof in dry weather.” Noah prepared for the Flood in dry weather. He also got his family into the ark. He prepared the ark “ to the saving o f his house.” Today we are more interested in getting the children into busi ness, into society, into popularity, or else while we are busy here and there, they get away. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved AND THY HOUSE.” You cannot believe for them, but you can get into the ark yourself and use every appointed means to bring them in with you. Noah condemned the world, not by denouncing it, but by the testimony of a godly life and message. Nothing so shames the ungodly and shows up the wicked as a holy life. We are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them, not with Pharasaic censure, but by turning on the light of Christian example. We are so anxious to be hail-fellow-well-met, so afraid of being criticized or laughed at, that we lose our best opportunity to convict and convert sinners by the influence of a surrendered, separated and Spirit-filled Christian life. Noah became an heir o f righteousness. He be lieved and obeyed God and was justified by faith that looked to a coming Saviour. Today that Sav iour has come and the only righteousness God accepts is Christ Himself made unto us righteous ness. No righteousness of our own will do; it is only “ the good that is not good enough.” Noah accepted the plan God provided. Our ark is Christ, our refuge from the wrath to come. Noah was not only an heir but a herald of righteousness. He preached it for one hundred and twenty years without a convert. Righteousness is not a popular subject. People do not crowd churches to hear prophets of righteousness. They want peace and joy but righteousness comes first. They want to feel good but they do not want to get right. They want a sedative for their miseries but not surgery for their real trouble. They are like a man with a broken arm who wants the pain eased without setting the arm. Finally, Noah was on the right side o f the door of the ark when God shut it. We read that “ the Lord shut him in.” One is reminded of another verse: “When once the master o f the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are” (Luke 13:25). The storm is about to break. “ As it was, so shall it be” and so it is today. In the day of judg ment all that will matter is: Which side of that door is your side, when God shuts it ? Let me point to the door of safety: Our Lord said, “ I am the door: by me if any man enter in, HE SHALL BE SAVED, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” 13
5:24; Heb. 11:5). What a biography! What bet ter epitaph for any man’s tomb! It is still possible to walk with God, even in this missile age. It is not easy, it never has been, but by Divine grace it can be done. “Who walks with God must take Ms way, Across far distances and gray, To goals that others do not see, Where others do not care to he. “ Who walks with God must have no fear When danger and defeat appear, Nor stop when hope seems all hut gone, For God, our God, moves ever on. “Who walks with God must press ahead When sun or cloud is overhead, When all the waiting thousands cheer, Or when they only stop to sneer; “When all the challenge leaves the hours And naught is left but jaded powers; But he will some day reach the dawn, For God, our God, moves ever on.” And there was Noah. Right in the midst o f the description of the awful conditions of his time, we read: “ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” What kind of man was he to endure in such an age ? It will help us to know for “ as it was . . . so shall it be” and so it is with us today. We read: “By faith Noah, being warned of God o f things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Heb. 11: 70). Noah feared God. There is no fear of God before our eyes today. The Almighty has become a grandfatherly being, trotting His children upon His knee and winking at the wickedness o f the sons of men. We are to pass the time of our so journing here in fear, not dread but reverential awe. There is little preaching of hell and judgment lest we frighten people away. It is better to scare them into heaven than to lull them into hell. My father was converted through an old-fashioned, hair-raising sermon on, “He that being reproved hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy.” We need to get some of these texts out of the mothballs and back into circulation. Noah prepared an ark; he got ready for judg ment. It is appointed unto men once to die and after death the judgment. God has appointed a day; He has ordained a judge; He has commanded repentance. We have a date with Deity, an appoint ment with the Almighty. Another text that needs to be recovered from the mothballs is “ Prepare to meet thy God.” An old Scotsman was asked MAY, 1968
Eo«^uUJatte)u “Working five days a week makes my homemaking a frantic, part-time job,” continued Ethel. “ I can only give it the frazzled end o f myself rather than my best.” “You’ve been doing very well,” replied Duane, “and that boat is almost in sight. We’re living in a different world from the one for which that was written.” Ethel went to bed with a heavy heart, but committed the matter to the Lord, asking for His def inite guidance. She didn’t have to wait long. In the morning, Tammy was much worse and the doctor had to be called. Ethel couldn’t go to work and leave Tammy. Since the illness proved to be a prolonged one, another buyer was hired in Ethel’s place. The boat would have to wait, or be forgotten. If you are one o f the ten mil lion working mothers, you under stand some of the difficulties and pressures which must be faced. There is a high cost involved. Over 150 major research projects have been conducted on the effect of working mothers on children, and many other studies on the effect of the mother’s job on her husband, her community and her home. One-third of all career women are mothers, and the per centage is increasing at an alarm ing rate. As enlightening as re search may be, we have but to look around us to see examples of the consequences of working mothers. Bill walked leisurely home from school, not anxious to reach his destination. The house would be empty anyway. Hostility smoth ered him as he thought of his
A t five o ’ clock , Ethel locked her office door and dashed to her car. Through traffic and fog, she rushed to the comer grocery store, then to the day nursery for Tammy. As she drove almost recklessly to reach home before her husband Duane, she felt strange forebodings. An hour later, Tammy, looking flushed and feverish, refused her dinner. Duane showed annoyance and said, “ That’s all we’d need is to have Tammy get sick so you couldn’t work. Our plans for the boat would go up in smoke.” “ The way I feel tonight, I won der if it is worth it,” replied Ethel. “ I can’t work all week, keep house, and shoulder the re sponsibilities of wife, mother and ready-to-wear buyer.” Later that evening, Ethel spoke to her husband alone about a por tion of Scripture which had trou bled her all day. Paul, writing to Titus, instructs him to “Teach what is fitting and becoming to sound (wholesome) doctrine—the character and right living that identify true Christians . . . wise ly train the young women to be sane and sober-minded, temper ate, disciplined . . . HOMEMAK ERS . . .” (Amplified Bible).
friend, Jim, who was cheerfully greeted by his mother and served cookies and milk. He thought of the new davenport and drapes his mother had purchased recently. Cold comfort they were. He felt tempted to destroy them. Something had to give or Bill felt he would explode. “ I’ll walk it off,” he thought and headed down toward the docks. As he watched a mother and son board a sight-seeing boat, his resent ment rose to a fever pitch. “My mother is too busy to ever do anything like that with me,” he whispered to himself. Just then he saw Joe walking toward him. “ Hello,” said Joe in his gut tural voice, “watchya doin here?” “ Just thinking,” replied Bill. “Wanna come with me? I’m gonna have some kicks,” said Joe. “Like what?” querried Bill, torn between apprehension and excitement. “Just come along and see for yourself,” answered Joe, “ I need some money and I know how to get it.” Bill followed him, feeling al ternately guilty and revengeful, and before an hour had passed, found himself in trouble. An offi-
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plishment because she had been able to help in reaching a family goal. It had been challenging and fun because no one shirked his share of the work load. In the Evans home there were no young children to suffer the consequences of a working moth er ; no young mind to be tried by a feeling o f insecurity. But there are many homes where small chil dren are tossed from relative to friend or neighbor, to nursery school and back home — never quite sure where they belong. One of the basic needs of a growing child is security. A moth er needs time with her children for discipline, for training, for showing affection, and teaching the Word of God. This can rarely be done effectively on a part-time basis. What material advantage can take the place of adequately preparing a child for a well-ad justed adult life? A part-time situation which does not conflict with the home schedule of father and children may stem the tide of overwhelm ing obligations. But if the reason for working is to escape the bore dom of an unhappy marriage, or a dislike for the role of a wife and mother, it is rarely the right an swer. Pamela took a long look at her orderly household and thought, “ This is so daily, and for what purpose? I never hear a commen dation; they all take every effort for granted. I’m going to look for a job and use my abilities where they will be appreciated and where I can get paid for my ef forts. Someone else can be the maid around this house.” Pamela went job-hunting on her own and accepted a position as an interior decorator. That evening she announced to Don and the family that she was going to work . . . that she was tired of staying home. A woman would be coming on Monday to do the “ chores” and keep the house in order. For one-half hour Don tried to dissuade her, but to no avail. He pointed out that she had accepted
the role of a mother when the children were born, and that she committed herse lf to being a housewife when she married him. Hadn’t he always provided every thing she desired? Pamela went to work in spite of his protests. She enjoyed her work, stifling her conscience, and knowing it was a purely selfish motive. Neither did she consider the consequences of her husband’s hurt ego, and the damage to her children. The result was that eventually the home was threat ened. The problem for Pamela and Don was finally resolved in pro fessional counseling. She was helped to see that her restlessness stemmed from a lack of under standing of the importance of the role of a homemaker, and Don was able to gain insight on the importance of showing apprecia tion for a job well done — a job that is by no means all glamor. But for every Pamela and Don there are countless broken homes. The happiest homes are those where the husband assumes the God-given role of a provider, fa ther and husband, and the wife assumes the role of a “keeper at home” as God meant it to be. Caught unwittingly in the cur rent of the stream of life, it be comes difficult to escape, but God’s plan is best. No one partner can do the job alone. It must be “ each for the other and both for God” for complete fulfillment in marriage. In Proverbs 31 where we have the description of the ideal, vir tuous woman we find she is in dustrious, “works willingly with her hands,” and “ looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent and self-pity) she will not eat.” For the married woman, her role is important as a co-worker in a team ordained of God for a Divine purpose, as wife (help meet) and mother, (a high call ing). With God’s help, it should bring fulfillment that no career can challenge. Q b |
cer had caught them purse-snatch ing and took the boys to Juvenile Hall for a hearing. Bill got off more easily than Joe because this was his first offense, but the seed of delinquency had been planted and this was not to be the last of Bill’s misdemeanors. One cannot accurately judge the motive of wives and mothers who work. Arrangements that work well for one family may prove disastrous for another. Some children without the securi ty of a mother in the home at all times get into serious trouble; others develop responsibility, in dependence and maturity. We are living in days of economic pres sures. Many families cannot meet the family budget with a single salary. But true motives need to be examined, and we should count the cost. The Evans examined their bud get and called a family confer ence. With two sons in college and a daughter in high school, their finances were being drained to the breaking point. They faced a crisis. “ I can see no other solution ex cept my working,” volunteered Mrs. Evans. “Why don’t I contact the bank where I worked before the children were bom? It has been a long time, but I believe I could adjust.” “ I think I had better quit col lege and go to work,” exclaimed Bob. “No,” added Mr. Evans, “ If mother doesn’t mind, and we all co-operate with her to lighten the home responsibilities, maybe this would tide us over. She would be home from the bank by the time any of you were home from school.” Mrs. Evans did return to the bank, and the family gratefully co-operated in every way. They accepted a share of the home duties, and together worked their way through their financial crisis. It resulted in a close family rela tionship. When Mrs. Evans at tended the graduation of her two sons, she felt pride and accom
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