King's Business - 1928-12


“Present roitlf tlje Enrit* (2 C or. 5:8) October 25, 1928


UN* Editorial matter and account o f Memorial Service will appear in our next issue.

“For if the trumpet g ive an uncertain sound, who shall p repare h im se lf to th e ba ttle ?” — l Cor. 14:8

T h e above qu estio n w as of imm ense im p o rta n ce in th e day th e A postle P aul first raised it; and it is equally so today.

The Gospel of the Kingdom W ITH

An Examination of Modern Dispensationalism By PHILIP MAURO

It is very evident to all th a t a t th e p resen t tim e th e a ir is charged w ith various d isco rd an t sounds of dubious and conflicting signification. M r. Philip M auro, w ell-know n Bible teach er and m em ber of th e b a r of th e U nited S tates Suprem e C ourt, has, during the p a st few years, m ade a careful stu d y of these divers a n d stra n g e so u n d s; an d in this, his la te st book, he reveals in a m o st im pressive m anner the source from w hich they come. CAN YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?

1. D id C h rist com e to raise u p again, a n d to m ake p e r­ m anent, th e “ m iddle w all of p a rtitio n “ betw een Jew an d G entile o r to tak e it aw ay .en tirely an d forever? 2. D id H e com e to resto re the “ shadow s“ of the old covenant, o r to abolish them ? 3. Do w e find in th e W ord of God a c le ar definition of w h at is know n as “D ispensational T eaching“ ? 4. Do th e S c rip tu re s reveal and distinguish seven “ dis­ p en sations,“ comm only designated in c u rre n t teaching as follow s: a. Innocence, b. C onscience, c. H um an G overnm ent, d. P rom ise, e. Law . f. G race, g. T h e M illennium . 5. D id C h rist com e to rein state th e bonds-w om an and h e r son in the fam ily of A b rah am a n d to m ake th e son

of th e bonds-w om an to be h e ir w ith th e son of th e free w om an? 6. W as it a n y p a rt of th e w o rk of C hrist— a. T o revive a n d re co n stitu te th e Jew ish nation? b. T o re-establish th a t p eople in th e land th a t w as once theirs? c. T o revive th eir system of w orship, etc. ? 7. W hen th e tim es of th e G entiles a re ended, w h at th en ? a. W ill th e “ day of th e L ord“ th en com e? 8. W ill C h rist a p p e a r suddenly, as a thief in th e n ig h t; as th e ligh tn in g th a t lig h teth from one p a rt to an o th e r u n d e r heaven? a. W ill th e d o o r of salvation th en b e shut? 9. W ill th e dead be raised a n d th e righteous sep arated from th e w icked?

T h e above a re som e of th e m any questions pressin g for settlem en t a t th e p re se n t discussed in this rem a rk ab le book. E very C h ristia n an d Bible stu d e n t should possess a copy a n d stu d y it carefully. C lear a n d S c rip tu ra l answ ers to th ese go a long w ay tow ard s m aking y o u “a good soldier of Jesus Christ,'* tho ro u g h ly eq u ip p ed an d ab le “ to give a n an sw er to every m an th a t a sk e th y o u a reaso n of th e h o p e th a t is in you.” (1 P e te r 3 :1 5 ; 2 T im . 2 :3 .)


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“And I have brought to thee Down from my home above, Salvation full and free, My pardon and my love; I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, What hastthoubrou&ht to me?"

My glory-circled throne, I left for earthly night, For wanderings sad and lone; I left, I left it all for thee, Hast thou left au&ht for me?

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Myself “Here am I, have m e” “Take my life and let it be

I am the clay. Mould me and make me After Thy will, While I am waiting Yielded and still.”

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee." “Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter,

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Number 12

Volume X IX

December, 1928

Table o f Contents

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D r . J ohn M. M ac I n n is , Dean D r . R alph A tkinson , Associate Dean R ev . J ohn H . H unter , Secretary of Faculty R ev . W illiam H . P ik e , Secretary Evening School R ev . A lan S. P earce , Secretary Cor. School R ev . A lbert E. K elly , Student Secretary D r . G. C ampbell M organ D r . J ohn M c N eill D r . C harles E. H urlburt R ev . A lva J. M c C lain C hristian M. B ooks R ev . K eith L. B rooks P rof . A lfred A. B utler M iss F lorence C haffee R ev . J ohn A. H ubbard P rof . H . W. K ellogg M iss R uth W alter P rof . H . G. T ovey P rof . J. B. T rowbridge M iss C harlotte L. W oodbridge H . W. B oyd , M.D. M rs . A lma K. M oss

EDITORIALS Who Is the Christinas Christ?................ ...............717 The Immaculate Conception........ .........................717 Illumination and Inspiration ...... .......................... 717 “Where There is No Vision, the People Perish” 718 Gold Tried in the Fire.......................................... 719 Riflers of the Sptil..... .......................... 720 Making God’s Word “of None Effect”............... 720 A Christless C h r i s tm a s . . . . . . : . . , . . . ........... 721 Editorial Flashlights-,L-'....::....’.’.:1-:--..:...... 722 * . * * ARTICLES Mr. Philip Mauro Throws Down the Gauntlet - -Editor-in-Chief :......................... ,....... ........... 724 The Great Bible Famine in Russia....................... 725 The Preexistence- of Jesus Christ ■>*—D r.'R . L. Stephens..... ,.... .............. ...... -.......726 Christmas Carols and Their Use —Prof . John Bissel Trowbridge....................... 727 Where “Love and Justice” Meet ■ffi—Late Rev. R. L. Lacey................ .................. 729 The Birth of the World’s Saviour ¡ ¡ |—Late A. C. Dixon, D.D............. ....... .............731 The “Why?” and “How Long?” of Affliction ■ - K . L. B..............................................................733 The Only Hope of the Future ML-W. Bell Dawson, M.A., D.Sc., F.R.S.C...... 735 Virgin Birth An Absolute Necessity —-J. A. A. in The Christian ..... ......................... 738 Magnificent Tributes to Dr. Morgan.......... .........738 Three Unanswerable Facts (contributed)..........--759 Prayer-—Answerable and Unanswerable | | | j —Rev. Cornelius D. Mayhew.................... .—...760 * * * DEPARTMENTS Passages That Perplex ..........................................740 The B. B. B. B. Page.................. 741 Heart to Heart With Our Young Readers....:...... 742 Striking Stories of God’s Workings..................... 743 Finest of the Wheat.................................. 746 The Junior King’s Business...,............................... 749 International Lesson Commentary........................751 Notes on Christian Endeavor............................... 761 Our Literature Table..............................-..............767 Illustrated Daily Text ........................................... 771

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GaJRlBUTE to DR.JOHTi M c 1\[EILL Pastor of the Church of The Open Door, now returning to Liverpool, England N OT a prince but a veritable king in the pulpit is Dr. John McNeill. In my early years I had the privilege and pleasure of hearing some Remarkable men— —Dean Stanley and Canon Farrar at West­ minster Abbey, K n o x Little and Scott Holland one to drink as from an overflowing fountain, to be fed with the “finest of the wheat.” I shall not soon forget when he came from Philadelphia to the National Bible Institute and preached on “The Lame Man That Was

Healed,” challenging the ministry to see that mir­ acles of g r a c e were wrought, that the world may be dumbfounded in their presence. His ni i n i s.t r y. has been crowned with suc­ cess wherever .he has g o n e . His sociability, actuated by his lovabil- ity, is worthy the admi-, ration of men. I have heard; a few say, that they did not understand his Scotch accent. Will s u c h remember t h e words of the poet: “Defects through all of nature run, And spots are on the sun.” I have never had any

at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Dr. Parker at City Tem­ ple, Spurgeon at his tain ernacle, Newman Hall at ' Christls C h u r c h . Every one was a giant. One not only got superb thought; but beauty and originality in interpreta­ tion, of the Scriptures;. and always recognized . such a spiritual atmos­ phere in the service that one was lifted into the heavenly p l a c e s with Christ Jesus the Lord. Great changes have been wrought since those days, Preachers today have their minds cen­ tered too much on the literary finish, the schol­

trouble in this regard, but I have been worried exceedingly at times over the condition of my own heart with its unfitness to receive anything from the Most High. The preaching of Dr. McNeill grips the conscience and seeks to influence the will to a surrender to Jesus Christ on the spot and moment, and whatever passage of Scripture he takes, he finds place to expose the tragedy of sin and to exalt his Lord and Master, Jesus. Christ, as a Deliverer from it, I deem it an honor to pay this humble trib­ ute to this faithful servant of God in the min­ istry of the church. It is a loss indeed to know that he is leaving the city of Los Angeles. It will be a rare man indeed who can hope to mea­ sure: to his standard as his successor. I feel sure that he has a great future yet, notwith­ standing his long ministry, With his strong physique, culture in its flower, a soul that is filled with passion for the King, glorious t r i - , umphs he may yet be expected to, win for the Master. r— J , Williams.

arly expression, charm of style, because they have in view the publication of the sermon rathèr than the! winning of souls and the up­ building of saints in Christ Jesus. That has beet1 my impression for some time now, of present-day preaching. In contrast to this, Dr. McNeill, while he has the scholarly expression, a style peculiarly his' own, allows for the free and full opera­ tion of the Spirit of God which gives power, 'beauty and fragrance to the service, always reverential, thoughtful, worshipful, spiritual. Nb cheap, clap-trap methods ever characterize his services. I have thought that an audience was ‘highly favored who had the privilege to listen to John McNeill. I heard him. preach his last sermon at Wàshington Heights in New York City to a crowded audience on -'Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” and what a service it was in freshness and spiritual power, leading

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Who Is th e Christmas Christ? E was born in the meanest of circumstances but the ajr above was filled with the hallelujahs of ?the heavenly host. His lodging was a cattle , pen, but a star drew distinguished visitants from afar to do Him homage.' His birth was contrary to the laws of life. His death was contrary to the laws of death. No mir­ acle is so inexplicable as His life and teaching. He had no cornfields or fisheries but He could spread a table for 5,000 and have bread and fish to spare. He walked on no beautiful carpets, but He walked on the waters and they supported Him. His crucifixion was the crime of crimes, but, on God’s side, no lower price than His infinite agony could have made possiblei our redemption. When He died few men mourned, but a black ¡crepe was hung over .the!;sun. Though, men trembled not for their sins, the earth be­ neath shook under the load. All nature honored Him ; sinners alone rejected Him. - Sin never touched Him. Corruption could not get hold of His body. The; soil that had been réddenèd" with His blood could not claim His dust. Three years He preached His Gospel. He wrote no book, built no church, had no money back of Him. After 1,900 years, He is the one central character of human his­ tory., the perpetual theme of all preaching, the pivot around which the events of the ages revolve, the only re­

The Romanist contention is that if Mary were to inherit the guilt of Adam’s sin even for an instant, she would be in the power of Satan and, therefore, could not have been the chosen instrument of the Holy Ghost in bringing the Saviour into the world. Therefore, they -give us not only à sinless man, the Christ, but one sin­ less woman, His mother. She is said to have been the only woman from whom the guilt of sin was excluded from the first instant of her conception. Where do the Catholics find Scripture warrant for this teaching? The greeting of the Angel Gabriel, “Hail, full o f grace!” But this signifies nothing more than the high favor granted her in being the chosen virgin. The sinlessness of. the Saviour in no way depended upon Mary (although without doubt she was a devout maiden), but upon the fact that He was “born not of bloods, nor o f the will o f the flesh, nor of the will of man, but o f God” (Jn. 1 :l3) or “conceived of the Holy Ghost” (Mt. 1 :20). Catholic writers appeal to, the writings of “the doctors of the church” quoted by Pòpe Pius in the bull of 1854. Satan was; created perfect—and sinned. Adam was created perfect—and sinned. Our Lord was not a cre­ ated man. He was begotten of God by and through the Holy Ghost, As a Person, He was preexistent, there­ fore, His sinleSsrteSS in no way depended .upon Mary. That which was begotten was not a person, but simply a human nature for that Person. Because this human nature was begotten by the Holy Spirit from the seed of the woman, it was holy— “that holy thing.” Since its

g e n e r a t i o n of the humán race. ■ Was it'merely the Son, of Joseph and Mary who .crossed ’the world’s . hèrizon 1,900 years ago? Was it merely human blood that was spilled on Calvary’s hill and which has work­ ed such wonders in men and nations through the centuries ? Your own heart must answer - . “My Lord and my God !” The Imm acu la te Conception N O doubt -many of our readers hear ministers speak of “the immaculate conception” as though it concerned the manner of our Lord’s conception in the womb. That par­ ticular mystery, however,- is known as the incarnation and we should be exceedingly careful as to the terms we use.' “Immaculate conception” is a Ro­ man Catholic dogma that Mary, from the instant of her Conception, from the first moment of her existence

quality was thus produced, there was nò sin in it, regardless of what Mary might have been. In the virgin birth a sinless human nature was joined to the eternal personality of the Son. His human nature did not sin because it could not be given the consent of His unique personality. It was the personality of deity manifest in the flesh. He alone was immaculate. As Illum in a tion and Insp iration S we expected, our editorial re­ view of “The Supplementary Bible” in our September issue has broüght forth some to a strong de­ fense of the “continuous inspiration” theory. The editors of this new Bible make the claim that that which in­ spires is inspired, and the poetry selected by seventy modern scholars is said to be inspired in the same sense as the Scripture writings. Dr. William Barrett M i l l a r d , editor of the Supplementary Bible,

was immaculate, free from all taint of original sin. It is not meant that Mary was. miraculously conceived, but that by miraculous power she was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin. Pope Pius IX declared this in the bull, “Ineffabilis Deus,” issued in December, 1854-

writes us : “I wonder how long it has been since K. L. B. has attended church and joined in singing that grand old hymn: ‘How Firm a Foundation.’ In writing that immortal hymn thé saintly George Keith submerged his own personality in order that G6d might

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illumination from the Holy Ghost in extraordinary mea­ sure, as well as inspiration, but God, who often conjoined these two gifts in man, often also saw fit to disjoin them, proving that they differ essentially and that when united they are independent. Every true believer has the Holy Ghost, and may have a mind illuminated by the Spirit to appreciate and enjoy the truth of God, but this does not mean that he is inspired as were the writers of Scripture. When we behold some of the very prophets who en­

speak through an inspired pen. Listen to the last stanza and remember that God Himself is speaking: “ ‘The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose, I will not, I will not, desert to his foes That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.’ “Neither Moses, nor Isaiah, nor David, nor Paul ever trans­ mitted a divine message more directly or consciously.” Most assuredly when a devout servant of God yields

joyed the highest de­ gree of illumination, bending o v e r their own pages a f t e r having written them, trying to discover the meaning of the things they had been led to write by the Spirit who came up­ on them, and ac­ knowledging t h a t they could not un­ derstand their own words, it should be apparent that divine inspiration is some­ thing entirely dif­ ferent from illumina­ tion (1 Pet. 1:11). Our Lord Himself tells us that the sim­ plest-minded believer on this side of the cross knows m o r e about the meaning of s o m e of t h e things these prophets

himself to the con­ trol of the Spirit of God and writes in harmony w i t h the Word of God, he transmits a divine message and brings what we often call “i n s p i r a t i o n” to others. As Dr. Millard s a y s fur­ the r: "If one will turn over the pages of any good hymnal he will easily find a score of instances in which God is speaking through the sacred poet just as t r u l y as He : did through the Psalmist of old.” But h a v e Dr. Millard and his sev­ enty editors care­ fully examined the unique c l a i m s of Scripture as to its method a n d extent



h r i s t m a s



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M ay Christmas joys

o'er whelm your heart,

And peace, goodwill to you impart, Which will throughout the year hold sway To gladden every passing day.

(Fred S. Shepard)

wrote, than the greatest of them ever knew (Mt. 11:11). We maintain that nothing can be added to the revela­ tion we have in Scripture. .God has given us His plan to be carried out until Jesus comes again. Not a single new truth has any Christian writer been able to add to what is revealed within the two covers of the Bible. “The impugners of these doctrines,” says Dr. Gaussen, “ask us if we are bold enough to maintain that the Holy Scrip­ ture is a Jaw of God even in its words, as hyssop, or as an oak, is a work of God even in its leaves. We reply, with all the fathers of the church—Yes, even in its words, even to one jot or one tittle.” Dr. Millard contends further that the poets of the Supplementary Bible were prophets in the same sense as the Scripture writers. This point we will discuss in our next issue. T HE adversary of souls toils with consummate skill to prevent the vision of spiritual things or, in the case of those who behold “the Lord in the beauty of holiness,” does all he can to divert them from the vision and to nullify its power. When Stephen “saw the glory of God,” Satan led those who had no such vision to rush upon him and to take his life, and up to the present time if the spiritual vision of God’s children be clear and gen­ uine there will be a host of visionless.souls to rush upon them, to charge that it is blasphemy and to make outcasts of those whose eyes have seen the King.

of inspiration? These editors seem to be talking about a very different kind of inspiration from that about which we read in the Bible. If we accept Jesus Christ as the Infallible Teacher, the very Son of God, we must reckon ourselves His students and receive what He believed. Speaking of the Old Testament, He said: “I t is easier for heaven and earth to pass than for one T IT TLE o f the law to fail” (Lk. 16:17). Did the saintly George Keith have anything to add to the revelation of the mind of God as given in His Word, and was he controlled by the Holy Ghost to the extent the curse of God should rest upon the man who should alter the dot of an “i” or the cross of a “t ” ? Would he have dared to say: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but M Y WORDS shall not pass away”? (Lk. 21 :33.) We contend that only in so far as George Keith quoted the very Word of God in his beautiful hymn, could he have said “My words cannot be broken.” Are we to understand that upon Lord Byron, whose poems we find in the Supplementary Bible, was put forth divine power in the same sense as upon the “holy men of God” who were moved, not by the will of man, but by the Holy Ghost, to write the plan and program of God for the human race? We are told that they set forth the purpose of God, “not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth” (2 Pet. 1 :21). Was Byron a man who communed with the Holy Ghost and wrote under His control? The difference between illumination and inspiration, we believe to be a difference of kind, and not of degree only, as our friend Dr. Millard is wont to understand. There is no doubt but that the Scripture writers received


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Gold Tried in th e Fire It has been said that “a sanctified person is like a silver bell—the harder he is smitten, the better he sounds.” This has been brought to mind by a letter recently received from a missionary from whom God has seen fit to take a precious little daughter. We quote the father’s letter : “She was a great joy to our hearts during the little time that she spent with us, seldom having caused us the loss of a moment’s sleep, which was unusual in this trying climate. She was just getting to the age where we could see continual growth and really enjoy her.. She was just beginning to pick up cute things and only a day or two before she went to bed sick, I remember when ‘grace’ was said at the table the only part she could say was ‘Jesus, Jesus’, and would put her little hands to her eyes after laying down her spoon when the rest of us bowed our heads. Sometimes she would come in with the ‘Amen.’ While we cannot see why she was taken from us so soon in life, we know that some day we shall know, if not here on this earth, then in the hereafter. The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away, as Job said. ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord.! ” Who can fail to see that the gold of these missionar­ ies' hearts has been tried aiid made more beautiful in the furnace of trial ? Who knows how far-reaching the results may be in that far-away land? Here is another para­ graph from the letter: ’ ‘!The highest French official here at Sibut and those under him, as well as traders and all the white people in Sibut, were out to Olive’s funeral and we pray that something may have been said that will awaken them. When the High Commandant of this whole district, including a number of the posts besides Crampel and Sibut, beard one native pray at her funeral, he asked Mr. Seymour afterward if he (Mr. S.) had written out the prayer for him. Then he was impressed with the-singing of the natives at the grave. Surely the power of the Holy Spirit can change lives and we pray that these French people will recognize that it is God’s changing power and not man’s, in their hearts. Seven natives were baptized afterward.” Chrysostom affirmed that had not Satan pierced through the body of Job, the bright beams of his graces would have remained hidden within him and would not

There is urgent need of great humility, but there is equal need of living, unswerving faith, that the soul who would minister in His name and in the power of His Spirit may be able to speak the things which he has “seen and heard” and his “hands have handled of the Word of Life.” The Master has said, “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me,” and this vision is real and living. “He that hath my commandments, and keepefh them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” There can be no changing from glory unto glory into His likeness save as this mani­ festation is a real, living, vital experience. “Blessed are the eyes that see, and the ears that hear” the things of God. Not only does our own spiritual transformation de­ pend upon the reality of these experiences, but “where there is no vision, the people perish.” It is this mani­ festation of our Lord in fulfillment of His promise that brings the joy of salvation, and when the Lord restores the joy of His salvation then we “teach transgressors His way and sinners shall be converted unto” Him. Has Satan been, winning in your own life? Has he prevented you from communing with God enough to hear His voice? Do you know His presence in times of persecution and of darkness and of bitter opposition from those about you, or has your life been comforted and transformed by the vision of Him till you, with the be­ loved apostle, have been able to write, “We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” ? Few experiences are more needed than this, and none are more freely offered in all the boundless grace of God. Lonely Pilgrim! Weary Toiler! Storm-tossed soul! The Master waits to ful­ fil for you this sure promise, “I will manifest myself.”

THE FIRST PRAYER IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS In “Thatcher’s Military Journal,’’ under date of December, 1777, is found a note containing the identical “first prayer in Congress,” made by the Rev. Jacob Duche, a gentleman of great eloquence. The prayer is as follows: O LORD, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers o f the earth, and reignest with power supreme and un­ controlled, over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments! look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these American States, who have fled from the rod of the oppressor, and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be only dependent upon Thee. To Thee they have ap­ pealed for the righteousness of their cause: to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and sup­ port which Thou alone const give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care. Give them Wisdom in council and valor in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our adver­ saries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause; and if they still persist in Sanguinary pur­ poses, oh! let the Voice of Thine own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle. Be Thou present, 0 God o f wis­ dom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly. Enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scenes o f blood may be speedily closed, and order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst Thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds: shower down upon them and the mil­ lions they here represent such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this present world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask, in the' name and through the merits o f Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Saviour. Amen!

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have shined unto Us. If he had not sat down in ashes, wè had never come to the knowledge o f his spiritual riches. The same can no doubt be said of our missionary friends whose hearts are now lonely •for a little time..., The natives have seen a new light. Would our friends have seen such a light in our lives had we been similarly tried? .. Riflers of th e Soul "That which was committed unto; thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us” (2 Tim. 1 :14). T HE Holy Spirit'is the “Spirit of truth” (Jn. 16:13),. He is appointed of Christ to receive of the things of Him and show them unto uS (Jn. 16:14). It is not strange,, therefore, that we read that it is through the aid of the Spirit that the truth is to be re­ tained. He alone can effectually guard it from robbers who would rifle the soul of its hallowed possessions. The best safeguard against the darts of doubt is to invoke the aid of the Holy Spirit in retaining the truth of God. Let Him apply the Word to the heart, thus daily renewing the inner man. Let Him read'the Bible to you. Yield all to Him and Christ will become so real to the soul that no power of earth or hell can take Him away. The proportion of your self-giving to the Holy Spirit will be the measure of your discovery of the wondrous things in the Word, and of your ability to retain its pre­ cious truths.

Making God’s Word “o f None Effect” T HE tragedy and pathos of what is happening in the church today is illustrated by the following incident. One of'our friends, whose fdlowship wè'hàW eitjbybd for many years, has recently felt in conscience bound to warn the religious, reading public against us and'qur Institute -because he beliéves we are untrue to the Wdrd of God. As seventy-five percent of. his readers have, no means of knowing \yhat. we have /lyritten or what we really teach, We askòd hÌmJf hié 'Wóùid nót he wifling to publish' a brief statement from’ us ipdicatihg the tinès-we followed in answering, thè charges he has brought against us and scattered throughout the world. He refuses to do this and gives as his reason, among other things, that some of our statements are unscriptural. As an illustration of this he quotes our statement to the effect that our Lord was made like unto His brethren in all things, sin apart. He says, "There is no such Scripture. We are told He was ‘like unto his brethren’ (Heb. 2:17) but not in all things. Doubtless you confuse with this the other passage in Hebrews that tells us that our Lord was tempted in all points like as we are, sin apart.” Hebrews 2 :17 reads as follows : “Wherefore it be­ hooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren.” The reading of this part of this verse indicates that our friend made Several mistakes. First, he took a statement concerning our Lord from our letter and used it as though it had been given as a quotation from Scrip­ ture. The fact is we used no quotation marks but simply made the statement concerning our Lord, believing it to be


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Silent night ! Holy night ! Shepherds quake at the sight, Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia; ■ AChrist, the Saviour, is born! Christ , the Saviour, is born! Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light, Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, ' Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lòrd, at Thy birth. AS THE SONG HAS BEEN CHANGED Silent night ! Holy night ! All is calm, all is bright, Round Thy Children, Father on high, Beams the light of Thy starry sky; , Silent night ! Holy night !..... Shepherds kneel at the sight! Glories stream from heaven afar, Golden beams from the eastern Star;' Comes the glorious morn, Comes the glorious morn! Silent night! Holy night! Shineth now God’s pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face, Bring the dawn of redeeming grace, Peace and heavenly love,’ Peace and heavenly love. Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

the exact fact as presented in the Scriptures. There was no attempt to quote, although as it now turns out, we hap­ pened to use the very words of Scripture. In the second place, he cites a passage of Scripture, quoting a few words from it, and thén flatly, contradicts the clause immediately preceding the words quoted from the verse. This verse reads, “It behooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren.” Our friend says, “He was like unto His brethren but not in all t h i n g s This is rather a serious statement for a man who has undertaken to black-list institutions and teachers in the name of defending the inerrancy of Scripture. In the third place he not only flatly contradicts the plain Word of God, but denies the completeness o f the incarnation, which is a deadly heresy which strikes at the heart of the New Testament evangel. Just think of the tragedy of faithful servants of God and loyal teachers of the Word being black-listed around the world on the basis of such loose work and judgment as that ! The fact that our friend means well makes the thing the mòre pathetic. No wonder our Lord denied His servants the right to pull up the tares. If the rest of us are responsible to these self-appointed guardians of the Faith, to whom are they responsible? When the Pope fails in his ethics and exegesis to whom shall the saints look? Our fathers answered, “No creature possesses power or authority to judge the Word of God. God has graciously explained His mind and will in His Scriptures. These we must hear and receive and not as in worldly kingdoms, be made to submit to the expositions of some one man who is empowered to give them at his pleasure,” As a result the Reformation shook Europe. We are won­ dering if the time has not come for a new reformation, a new movement away from the traditions of the doctors to the very Word of. God, the only infallible rule.of faith and practice. HE utter disregard for spiritual things and the tendency toward a Christless Christmas, comes out in the program of a Southern California high-school entertainment. School-teachers in many places are cringing, before the modern Christ-haters and are ready to pay almost any price to have peace with them, even to altering the words of great hymns of the church. The program before us contains the words for three hymns to be sung at the Christmas' celebration. In the hymn, “Joy to the World,” thè word “Saviour” is removed and the word “Father” substituted. In the hymn, “Oh, Come, all Ye Faithful,” the name “Jesus” is removed and the word “mighty” put in its place and the closing line, “Christ, the Lord,” is made to read, “Worship the Lord.” But worse than this, is the revised version of the Christmas hymn, “Silent Night.” Here are two versions : AS THE SONG IS Silent night ! Holy night ! All is calm, all is bright, Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child, Holy Infant so tender and mild, ^¿£. m . A Christless Christmas

What is this but the Spirit of Herod that sought the Christ-child’s manger-bed to destroy Him if possible, that first Christmas night ? When school-teachers sanction such alterations in the hymns of the church, they show clearly what their attitude to the Bible is, and that they are ready even to insult the Christian conscience of a great city.. They are utterly dead to all sense of loyalty to the Son of God. What is the sense of celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ at all, if HE is to be cut out of it ? Thank God there are multitudes of godly teachers throughout the land who would not stand for such dis­ loyalty to Jesus Christ, to say nothing of such disrespect to the country in which they live, which was founded upon the Bible. The number of the other kind, however, are on the increase. Let Christian people keep their eyes on the doings in the schools. God help this nation if it plays the craven act of Pilate and again delivers Christ over to the Jews and Atheists to be crucified—crucified within the very nation that He, and He alone, has made mightiest of all nations on earth today. We will have a Saviour-less, Lord-less, Christ-less, meaning-less Christmas if atheism is allowed a hand in the affairs of our schools. Our Christmas Cover To our good friend, Rev. G. A. Griswood of San Diego, we are indebted for the beautiful painting repro­ duced on the cover of this issue. While the artist made use of many colors, it will be interesting to know that we have reproduced it by a three-color process, the effect being to bring out all of the colors originally used. Three plates were made, and one- impression made on top of another. Thanks to Mr. Griswood, and thanks to our efficient printers whose work throughout the years has won many comments as to its high character. —Managing Editor.

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The man who once most wisely said, “Be sure you’re right, then go ahead,” Might well have added this, to wit, “Be sure you’re wrong before you quit!” * * * One divorce a year to each 135 couples. That’s our record now. Daily paper says: “The lifelong trips on the sea of matrimony are rapidly being re­ placed by excursions.” * * * 48,500,000 people in Japan worship Buddha. Shintoism, a form of ancestral worship, has about 16,000,000 adherents. There are' 71,317 Buddhist temples in Japan and 35,079 Buddhist chapels. Turkish Parliament has decided to drop Arabic for the Latin alphabet. Fifteen years will be allowed for the 14,000,000 inhabitants to learn the West­ ern system, during which time both aphabets may be Used. * * * U. S. Department of Commerce recently stated that of the ninety-four countries whose inhabitants smoke Amer­ ican cigarettes, more than half of the total shipments is consumed by China. * * * Two young men were arrested recently in Los Angeles, charged with a $10,000- pay-roll robbery. The wife of one, a Catholic, testified that she was at home at the time, praying for the success of the robbery. * * * Murderer of Obregon, according to the papers, went to confession just before committing the murder. Asked how he could do that when he knew that he was about to commit a murder, he replied that the confession was for sins committed, but that killing Obregon was no sin. * * * Faster! Faster! Faster! People are speed crazy. Professor Charles F. Park, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, expert on automobile traffic, states that the situation is growing worse. Manu­ facturers are advertising faster cars. People will buy these cars. Average high­ way speeds' are increasing. Sixty-nine per cent of the highway accidents in Massachusetts last year; Professor Park computes, were due to speed “too fast for existing conditions and the kind of driver.” * * * * Since 1921, more than 3,500,000 people have been injured and more than 100,000 killed by automobiles in the United States, while money, losses have been more than $3,000,000,000. * * * * Southern Methodist says : 1“Men have learned many new things, but they have not learned how to begin the Christian life without the new birth, nor how to maintain it without reading the Bible and prayer.”

Here is a real “wise crack” from Sir Oliver Lodge! Speaking before a large audience in London,. Sir Oliver declared that there are still “stupid people, even at the present day, who take that great poem, the; first chapter of Genesis, and interpret it literally ,as if it were a state­ ment of fact.” All right, Sir Oliver. Put us in with the “nuts” ! sjs sfc 5(5 j(: Dr. W. J. Hampton,1vauthor of “Re­ ligion -of the Presidents,” says Herbert Hoover’s mother was a Quaker preacher; of grace and beauty as to appearance, and remarkable ability as a preacher. She was well educated, having been grad­ uated from a prominent seminary and attended the University of Iowa, in which state, in the Quaker village of West Branch, Herbert Hoover was born. * * * * Seattle Times says: “Life has a very of evening things. For every woman who makes a fool out of some man there’s another who makes a man out of some fool.” ♦ * ** National Safety Council estimates 95,500 deaths by accident in this country in 1927, an increase of four per cent over 1926. Only one-fourth occurred in in­ dustry; one-fifth were the result of auto accidents. Only 91j: railroad passengers were killed, or one for each 9,100,000 carried. This proportion ** J. S. Mill says the whole mechanical outfit of a capitalistic country can be reproduced in about ten years. Hence the. prospect of repeated and costly wars in the future need not lead us. to the pessimistic view that suicide is to be the fate of machine civilization. He thinks we may admit the reality of the perils ahead without adopting the counsel of despair. -* * * * Lewis E. Lawes, Sing Sing warden, tells us that a comparison of the per- centage of foreign-born and native-born prisoners shows that foreigners are not, on the whole, more criminal than natives. Crime is not, in the light of Sing Sing records, thepeculiar .heritage of the foreign-born. How does this line up with Bible.teaching ? * * * * Ellen Terry had her coffin made in the form of a cradle, expressing her belief that death is but a child’s sleep. She wanted no one to wear mourning. Isn’t this the Christian’s view ? Early Chris­ tians called the graveyards “cemeteries” (sleeping places). “The child is not dead but sleepethf’ said Jesus. “Our friend Lazarus is fallen asleep.” Beau­ tiful thought—the coffin a cradle—not a last resting place (for the Christian). large as that of20yearsago. * *

U. S. Attorney, Chas. H. Tuttle, of New Y o rk : “The enemy of twentieth- .,century Christianity is not twentieth-century science but twentieth-c e n t u r y material­ ism.” * * Wm. W. Gregg, in “North American Review ” : . “Most of the so-called Mod­ ernist churches, whose appeal is chiefly intellectual and to the highly educated, are losing ground or barely holding their own as compared with churches where the appeal is more to the emotions!” ; * * * O. If. Cheney, Vice President American Exchange Irving Trust Co “If _ the next generation of business men could receive , the training that- comes from a real religious education and the proper care from wise parents, there would be less need of codes of ethics for trade associations, fewer Sen­ ate investigations, and more peace and quiet for the Fed­ eral Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.” * * * Dr. Faunce, President Brown University, in "World’s Work”: “Evolution is a theory that has not been proved, a hy­ pothesis that cannot be prov­ ed, a guess, if one prefers to call it so, a mode of explain­ ing things that may be dis­ carded for something better.” (Dr. Faunce is known as a Liberalist.) ♦ * * Dr. Howard A. Kelly, noted surgeon, Baltimore : “The crying sin of our day is not the teaching of evolution in our colleges, but failure of Christian parents so to live, to teach, and to pray with their children in their daily home Hfe as to render them impregnable to any teaching which then fills their heads.”

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Ralph C. Norton of the Belgian Gospel Mission writes that a great housecleaning is going on in some quarters of Belgium. Idols and crucifixes are disappearing from the walls. In some cases great packages j of these objects are being carried to the river side and there cast in. One woman had a particularly elab­ orate and ornate shrine in which was ensconced a beauteous idol. She had re­ moved all the others, but when a worker visited her, it was remarked that she had draped a white cloth over this shrine, until such a moment as she should receive courage to destroy it also. These idol destructions have been followed by multiplied baptism. At one post a pre­ cious service was held in which twenty of the choicest members were baptized. * * * * Now we know why some church mem­ bers are so busy digging themselves. The rotogravure section of the Sunday paper, has been indicated as the cause of a severe skin irritation. This “Sunday

paper dermatitis” was described by Dr. Edward A. Oliver, of Chicago, at a meet­ ing of the American Medical Association. The dry color used in making the roto­ gravure ink is said to be the offending substance. It contains paranitraninline. sje 3|c ijc 4s Christlife Magazine comes back at some of us who discounted the pyramid date-setting. “We were not surprised,” says that paper, “th a many -adopted the attitude that nothing occurred. We really anticipated that the great bulk of those interested would be disappointedfIS that the ordained event would escape general recognition. Let it be at once remarked that we -seriously believe a definite something did .o&ur—something which marked the beginning of a most serious epoch in the history of the World. We further believe that the truth as to this historical event will« shortly be established beyond reasonable doubt.” * * * * American churches gained 12,698,122 members in the ten-year period between

1916 and 1926, according to census of religious bodies completed by the Depart­ ment of Commerce. In 1926 there were 213 different sects, which reported 231,- 983 local organizations and claimed a total of 54,624,976 members. In' 1916 a similar survey disclosed 200, with 41;g 926,854 members. The Roman Catholic Church, with 18,605,003, led in 1926 and reported an increase of 2,883,188 members over its total of 15,721,815 in 19l6. The strongest Protestant organization in the country, is the Baptist church, with a total of 8,440,922 members in 1926. Methodist Episcopal has a total of 8,070,- 619 white and colored members. * * * * Before the British Association for Ad­ vancement of Science in September, Sir Richard Paget said primitive man sang, grunted or' roared to express emotion, ju st as the higher animals do now. To1 illustrate his 'idea of the evolution of speech, he used a pipe, an organ reed and a cork plunger. With this apparatus he was able to produce numerous sounds. This is very enlightening, is it not? Some! highly educated men have been known to grunt and roar even in our day. Step on someone’s foot in a streetcar, and you’ll hear some of those primitive sounds. That should pass for proof of this evolution business. * * * *' CiphersBcpunt for nothing anyway. Gospel Message (Fundamentalist),, pub­ lished in Kansas City, repeated in The Searchlight, published at Virginia, Min­ nesota, tells its readers 600 members left the Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles, in July, in protest against the Bible Institute. This church has no con­ nection whatever with the Bible Insti­ tute.' The number who left was sixty, and they departed because their pastor preached a Gospel sermon in connection with Passion Week Services, in a church which has a Modernist pastor. The Gos­ pel Message refers to the offending pas- tor as “one Of the professors of the Bible Institute.” Had the editor mentioned the fact that the man who committed this crime of preaching the Blood Gospel in a modernistic church was none other than Dr. John McNeill, world-renowned Scottish evangelist and one-time associ­ ate of D. L. Moody, most of his readers would have laughed at the attempt to label the pastor of this famous church a sympathizer with modernism. Its mem­ bership is still over one thousand. .* * * * Dr. E. E. Free, writing in Week’s Sci­ ence, says that “of all germ-killing chem­ icals known to biologists, it is probable that the most effective, and perhaps the one which will prove most useful prac­ tically, is that which :nature manufac­ tures for use in tears. At a recent meet­ ing of the Section of Ophthalmology of the Royal - Society of Medicine, in Lon­ don, Mr. Frederick Ridley described ex­ periments with this remarkable substance, named lysozyme by its discoverer, Dr. Alexander Fleming. One teaspoonful of pure substance, ’ extracted from human tears; would be enough to impart antisep­ tic powers against certain eye bacteria to over one hundred gallons of salty water. This same antiseptic has been found, Mr. , Ridley stated, in the bodies of the white corpuscles which circulate in human - blood, and which destroy germs that in- • vade the body.

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