King's Business - 1922-11

1183 Argument should be avoided as far as possible; the utmost patience should be exercised. Some one has said, “ More men are won by siege than by attack.” ^ — Biederwolf. ate ELEMENT OF VARIETY Some in the church strenuously ob­ ject to any method of Christian work which is out of the ordinary. On this point Dr. Biederwolf says: “With what supreme wisdom did the Almighty institute change and variety in all His ways and all His works. One can well imagine the monotony of life without this provision. If the sun stood always in the same place; if the tides wore always in or always out, and the moon and every star hung fixed in the sky, and there were no recurring seasons to relieve us with their change and the new order of things; if the clouds assumed a uniform shape and hovered over us always in the same spot; if every leaf on every tree were shaped alike, and every bird was like the other, and all whistled the same song; if the infinite variety of shape and tone and color and expression which God has poured into His creation with such lavish hand had been made in every instance to conform to one rigid design, the whole universe would have lost the soul of its loveliness, and man would have cried for relief from a prison house like that. “ It is not surprising, therefore, that there should be a special attractiveness to mian in the new, the novel, the sur­ prising, the exceptional, the extraord­ inary and the unusual. All people tire of sameness. Recognizing this the wise pastor will introduce the element of variety into all his services as much as

T HE K I N G ' S B U S I N E S S go to any service between Sundays. The week-day meetings are poorly attended and many, if not most, are dreary and dull affairs.” (c) “ Five-sixths of the church have little or no interest in generàl church work. They take no church paper, attend no conventions or other church gatherings.” (d) “Nine- tenths of the church do no work for Christ, either in teaching, public prayer, administrative or benevolent work that means real service.” (e) “Ninety-five out of every hundred in the church never led a soul to Christ, nor ha-'"' they ever done any personal work of a soul-winning character.” APPROACHING MEN FOR CHRIST One way is by prayer. Heaven is full of redeemed spirits because people have prayed. Pray definitely for God to re­ generate that soul and live expecting Him to do it, and if you die, die believ­ ing it shall be done. Another way is by literature. This is one of the most effective methods and one that everybody can employ. It is said that Richard Baxter was converted by a tract brought to his father’s door in the pack of a pious peddler. Baxter wrote “ The Saint’s Rest,” and that con­ verted Philip Doddridge. Doddridge wrote “ The Rise and Progress,” and that converted William Wilberforce. William Wilberforce wrote “ Thé Prac­ tical View,” and that converted Thomas Chalmers. Another way is by letter. It was a letter that brought Henry Clay Trum­ bull to Christ, and thousands have been won in this way. And if the Christian workers of this country would dedicate their pens to what Bishop Hughes has called “ Postal Evangelism,” God would surprise this world with a mighty work for Jesus Christ. Then perhaps most important of all is the personal interview. This should always be when the man is alone.

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