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Rev. Stephen F. Olford, (right) pas tor of New York’s Calvary Baptist Church, recently met with Evangelist Billy Graham and Mr. Harold C. Gibbons
Dr. Paul S. Rees and Dr. Arthur F. Glasser have accepted invitations to serve on a five-member committee to administer the R. Kenneth Strachan Memorial Fund for World Evange lism. The Memorial Fund was an nounced in May for the purpose of honoring the memory of the Latin America Mission’s late general direc tor, aiding world evangelization by applying the principles for which Dr. Strachan was widely known. “ The acceptance by Dr. Rees and Dr. Glasser of our invitation to be mem bers of the committee is a source of great encouragement to us,” said Dr. Horace L. Fenton, general direc tor of LAM . “ The participation of these choice servants of the Lord on the committee will mean that the group will have a world-wide out look, and that Dr. Strachan’s concern for evangelism around the world. . . will be truly reflected in the Memo rial Fund which bears his name.” Mr. Cecil Potter, member of the Board of Directors of the Narramore Christian Foundation, welcomed sev eral hundred friends at the ground breaking ceremonies held on July 11 for the new international headquar ters of the Foundation. The property was donated to the foundation by Mr. Harry Calvin Weaver and is located
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his views alphabetically. Christ is defined as “ the Universal Idea, the idea of Sonship, the Perfect Man . . . Christ within each and all” (pp. 57809). Of Death he says: “ The principle of Life cannot know death” (p. 583). Further definitions conden sed from this 71-page glossary include: “Devil —the only devil we shall ever know will be that which appears as the result of our negative thinking. (p.584); Hell — discordant state of being . . . not a location (p. 598); Indwelling Christ — generic man, Real Man (p. 601); Indwelling God: The Real Man . . . as much of God as he is able to embody . . . The Divine Spark, Birthless, and Death less; Salvation —not a thing, not an end, but a Way . . . through Man’s unity with the Whole” (p. 631). Under Saviour, Holmes states that Jesus is “ the great Way—shower to mankind” and continues, “Let us not waste time, then, in theological dis cussions” (p. 631). Jesus is also said to be “ the greatest of all the mys tics,” (p. 344) and “ A Man, distin guished from the Christ” (p. 603). As the central teaching of the cult is that of Spiritual Mind Healing, metaphysical treatments for 38 dif ferent diseases and classes of ills— from cancer to insanity — are de scribed. In addition, there are the in evitable metaphysical charts, medi tations reminiscent of Unity, and de tails about “ the thing itself, the way it works, what it does, how to use it.” As an author, Holmes was much given to capital letters, not only as most metaphysical writers are for words Truth, Life, Man, etc., but also for complete paragraphs. There is much of pantheism in this teaching: “ Realize God, in and through all, and unify with the Whole” (p. 629) and the Hindu word karma, (fate) appears frequently. “How are we to get it [the Truth] ? Only by penetrating deeper and deeper into our own Divine Nature . . . There is no place except within that we can do it” said Holmes (p. 364, Science of Mind.) References to the mind of man as part of the uni versal mind and absorption into the Whole remind one of the Buddhist Nirvana, the cessation of existence. This is a fearful and confused cult completely given to ontology, and containing not one single soul-saving tenet. It is another “do-it-yourself” religion, denying the sa lv a tion Christ accomplished for us. It has no substitutionary Saviour, no shed blood, no heaven, no peace, no real love of God. Those who follow it are “without God and without hope” in this world and in the world to come.
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first works, faith working by love. Adding more wheels to the machinery is poor procedure when we do not have enough power to move the wheels we already have. We hear much about the perils of over-organization but the trouble is really under-motivation. Nothing is so boring and tiresome as “church work” without the Holy Spirit. Today iniquity abounds and the love of most has grown cold, as our Lord predicted. Revival is simply Christians and churches getting back from works to first works. Our Lord told us how: Remember, Repent and Repeat. We must take an inventory and compare our present state with our earlier condition when we did what we did because we loved the Lord. Business firms take stock and we go to doctors for phys ical check-ups. The church ought to take time now and then for self-examination. Remembrance must be fol lowed by repentance, a radical change of mind accom panied by confession and forsaking of sin, restitution and reconciliation, getting right with God and people. There must be separation from the world and submis sion to the Lordship of Christ. Then we are ready to do again the first works, to repeat, for we will have returned to our first love which produces first works. It is Revival or Removal for our Lord says, “ Repent or else I will remove thy candlestick.” Here is the heart of our problem today in the church at large, the denomi nation, the local church, the individual Christian. Why do we do what we do in church? Is it “works” or “first works” ? Until we face this and do something about it we are wasting our time. There is the frightening possibility that we may be developing in our churches today a generation of Phari sees who, with the best of intentions and unaware of their delusion, are doing many things that Christians do without being Christians at all or without a Chris tian motivation. High-pressure American promotional methods under religious auspices can produce an amaz ing output of “ church work” without the Holy Spirit being anywhere near the place. Church loyalty totally unrelated to love for Christ can turn out statistical wonders. These dear workers would be horrified if we raised any questions but our Lord knows the difference between “works” and “ first works” and says “ Repent . . . or else.”
/^UR L ord said to the Church of Ephesus: “ I know thy ** works” (Rev. 2 :2 ). Then He commanded them to “ do again the first works” (v. 5). What is the differ ence between the “works” of verse 2 and the “ first works” of verse 5? It lies in what He said in verse 4: “ Thou hast left thy first love.” It has been pointed out many times that the Thes- salonian church was commended for its “work of faith and labour of love and patience of hope” while the Ephe sians were credited only with work and labour and patience. They were busy with church work that were not motivated by the love of Christ. One wonders some times what our religious activities would look like if we eliminated all that is not the spontaneous expression of our love for Christ. It is about time to ask, “Why do we do what we do in church?” Do we do it because somebody has to, because we were appointed to do it or from a mere sense of duty? Sometimes we drive the automobile into the repair shop and say “Check the motor.” It’s about time we checked the motive in God’s repair shop. There has never been as much “works” in the church as now but not much of it is “first works.” We are long on “works” and short on “ first works.” It does not seem to matter much what the preachers preach or how the church members live so long as we raise the budget and keep the statistics high. We boast of our numbers when we ought to confess the sin of pride in empty figures. I go from church to church and do not often see even half of the membership so loudly advertised. The ineffectiveness of our witness to the world today lies in the fact that we are majoring on “works” when we need to get back to “ first works.” “ First works” are the things we do because we love the Lord, the outward expression of an inner effection, “ the love of Christ constraining us.” First love produces first works. Young Christians and young churches put us to shame with their zeal. A brand-new convert is always a refresh ing phenomenon but in trying to assimilate him into regular church activities we often exterminate his fer vor. How to keep first love and first works from degen erating into dead works is a major problem among us today. We try to remedy the situation by stepping up our activities when what we need is not more works but
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NO S T ORK W I T H O U T A WEDD I NG “ MAY I come to the parsonage to- morrow and have a talk with you?” the dark-haired teenage girl asked. “ I have something I want to discuss with you,” she said. “ Certainly you may,” I replied, and we set the time. At the parsonage I asked the pas tor about this young lady. “ Oh, was it Linda? [not her real name]. Must have been. . . . She’s one of our fine young girls . . . she’s in trou ble with a no-good fellow,” he replied a bit hesitantly. Then he unfolded a bit of the case telling how Linda had since come back to the church, asked forgiveness of God and the people and had been restored to fellowship. Everyone was now anxious to help her as she faced this ordeal, alone. Linda’s story was not very differ ent from many another. She told of loving a fellow, who quit her be cause of parental interference. She SEPTEMBER, 1965
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started going with “ this guy, whom I didn’t know very well,” to try and bring around Jim, whom she really loved. Maybe he’d be jealous and would return to her, she reasoned. But this new fellow had other in tentions. On a very early date he took her to a secluded spot and forced the issue with threats. She yielded — now, the dreaded results! But this is not all the story. Linda had been going all out with Jim, before, hop ing in this way to win him. She hated the “ other guy,” but it was too late. Her yielding to him had been made easier by her sinful indulgence with Jim. One could multiply such cases, many of them in religious circles. The moral conscience about sexual indulgence is pitifully low among our young people. For example, while I was counseling Linda, she said, “ But I’m not a had, girl!” “What do you mean, you are not a bad girl? Aren’t
you going to have a baby out of wed lock, and isn’t that sort of bad?” I asked. “ Oh, I mean, I didn’t do anything so bad. I loved Jim. I hated the guy who forced me. I mean, I know girls in high school who go out with two and three different fellows the same night! That’s what I call being a bad girl.” In other words, the fact that she loved Jim made sexual indulgence all right to her. Here was a 20-year-old girl, reared in a deeply spiritual, evangelical church, with this kind of outlook on so serious a matter. Linda was dead in earnest. She was not hypocritical. Has someone, somewhere, failed youth in this crucial age? Have the ministry and the Sunday sch oo l teachers failed to enlighten them about these matters? Has a “ false modesty” hindered, if not almost completely shut out our ministry to 13
leap in 1963. Another amazing fact, contrary to common opinion, is that for 1963, for instance, 78 out of 119 girls came from UNBROKEN homes, while only 35 came from broken homes! Likewise, 78 of these for the same year were “ high school girls,” with only 13 college girls. The rest were working girls, except a mere 7 who were unemployed. What is even more astounding is that 85 of these came from Protestant homes, 32 from Catholic homes, and only two from homes with no religious back ground or some other religion! Evi dently, many “nice girls” are getting into trouble. Furthermore, we must consider that other types of girls who get into trouble often do not bother to go to a Home. These figures also represent a higher type of girl from better homes, and are some what selective. They are sobering, nonetheless, even as they stand. Fairhaven Executive D ir e c t o r , Donald Pownell, states another dis turbing fa ct: “While the national birthrate has been decreasing during the past four years, the illegitimacy rate is rapidly rising. The most rapid rise is among those over 20 years of age.” He explains. further: “While the number from broken homes seems to be rising, many of the homes would seem to be average in income, edu cation and cultural advantages. Many are members of churches . . . even the number of girls raised in par sonages is appalling!” (Italics mine.) Mr. Pownell noted also that “ Preg nancy is not scholastically selective. We have girls who are scholastically low, many who are average . . . and some who have a very high I.Q.”
Fairhaven in Sacramento, California, seeks to provide a Christian home and hospital fo r unwed mothers in need. Clean facilities are provided in the buildings.
ment plans are being discussed. Then they should be kept on the highest level and never allowed to descend to the place of passion-arousing discus sions. This is not love, and may lead to arousing lustful, fleshly desires, which should be repelled and held in check, even as one would hold in check any other human desires which are unwholesome. Fourth, extreme petting is possi bly responsible for more difficulty be tween couples than any other one thing. This is purely physical and biological, and has no true basis in love before marriage. This is the type of play in which married cou ples should engage, and is very un becoming for single people, even though engaged. It is both emotion ally and psychologically upsetting and unwholesome. It develops desire and creates tensions which cannot be satisfied without sinful indulgence, and is therefore a bad practice. Reports from F a irhaven Rest Home for Girls, Sacramento, Califor nia, a state-licensed home operated by a group of dedicated Christians, for unwed pregnant girls, are en lightening. Their official figures show a steady increase in such cases over the past three years, from 107 girls admitted in 1961 to 119 in 1963. The peak age in 1961 and 1962 was 17, while it dropped to 16 by a large
youth, in a day when they are far more enlightened about biological and physiological matters of sex than their elders? Every normal girl looks forward to a lovely wedding, and a happy mar riage, with a good husband. No nor mal girl willingly would sacrifice all this for the wanton pleasure of sex ual indulgence which destroys all hope of any of this in the end. What, then, are the major contributing fac tors causing thousands of teenage girls every year to have to meet the stork without a wedding? Several things contribute to this situation. First, far too many girls haven’t anywhere in their homes to entertain their dates. This means car riding to far away places in some instances and late hours of return ing. Many times it indicates bore dom, for the want of anything to do. So, it is natural that the couple find extreme petting, playing, and other exploratory ventures all too easy to accomplish. Second, lack of any proper recrea tional outlets and things to do to gether are also another contributor. Third, discussions of matters per taining to sex when alone are often responsible for ventures which are unwholesome. There is no need to discuss such matters until engage ment, or at least, till the pre-engage- 14
School and studies continue at Fair haven as girls await their time. Pointing out one reason for the rising tide of births out of wedlock, Director Pownell says, “Unfortun ately, unwed intercourse is becoming socially acceptable in the teenage bracket. The sin is to be caught.” He further states that “ incest is also a larger problem than acknowledged. THE KING'S BUSINESS
The cold wife with a daughter should beware.” Undoubtedly the Fairhaven report probably represents a fair national average in similar circumstances. One of, the most frustrating things is the dreadful fact that pregnancies are taking place more and more among unwed girls of a religious background, and often those who are church members. The following astounding figures are from a U.S. Public Health Sur vey Service, for 1962: “ One child out of every 19 in the U.S.A. is born to an unmarried mother. In 1962, 240,000 children were born out of wedlock in the United States. In 1962, teenage mothers accounted for nearly 150,000 of the illegitimate births. Of these, 5,200 were born to girls under the age of 15.” Admittedly, these are cold, brutal facts and very unpleasant to face, but so is the social and moral situa tion of our day. Dodging it is not helpful, and even facing it, without doing something to help change it, is of little value. What, then, can parents, ministers, and teachers do to help turn this horrible tide and save our girls from such tragedies? First, parents should read widely in youth and sex problems and come to understand the nature and needs of their young girls. Counselors face these problems all the time. Girls are constantly telling me in coun seling sessions that their mothers have given them little or no counsel in these matters. Often the best Christian mothers seem to have a horror of discussing sex with their sub-teenage or teenage daughters. When a mother waits till the girl is 14 or 15 to discuss such problems, she has waited far too long! Maybe this would have served a generation ago, but not today. Girls should have complete instructions in sex and morals and what to do to protect themselves by the time they are 11 or 12, and in some instances, even earlier. Do not press this informa tion upon the girl, but answer her questions as soon as she asks them, candidly, unashamedly. Sometimes a mother may start to discuss such matters with her 13-year-old daugh ter only to have her say, “ Ah, moth er, I know all about that!” She has waited too long; the girl’s mind may already be poisoned by alley chit chat and school-girl information. Second, ministers should be well prepared to counsel teenage girls and fellows in matters of sex and morals, as well as religion. Seeing what a large percentage of religious girls get into trouble, and often with fel lows of the church as well, the min- SEPTEMBER, 1965
and warnings about its misuse, would service to check many ventures and save the couple untold sorrow, es pecially the girl. Fifth, girls themselves should seek the aid of parents and their pastor or teacher in securing the best books to be read upon this most important subject. Reading is probably the sec ond best method for obtaining such information. The primary method is discussions with the girl’s mother; or if she is deceased, or will not dis cuss it, some other Christian mother may be helpful. Whatever else a girl does, she must make up her mind early in life that any type of sexual meddling, either with other girls or with fellows, is definitely OUT. In this day of grow ing homosexual misbehavior, every girl must be careful in her associa tion with other girls. The moment a girl tries to become too familiar or starts suggesting evil things, put her in her place without a second of hesi tation. Homosexual misbehavior, once started, may become a horrible thing in one’s life. It is often very diffi cult to fully break away from, even in adult life. Keep the mind pure, the body clean, the activities on the highest plane, and those with whom you asso ciate of the best type, and your to morrows will be filled with peace. There is a lovely wedding, a good husband and a happy home in your future, if you do not mess up your life for a moment of fun on your way toward it. Remember, there is no price so high as that paid by the girl who chooses sexual indulgence in any form. As certain as she lives, She must reap a bitter harvest some where down her lonely pathway. Make up your mind, then, that there will be no stork without a wedding.
ister needs to speak plainly in coun sel on this matter. Silence here may mean ruin to his youthful parishion ers. He should preach sermons now and then upon the problems of youth in the social, moral and religious fields. He should speak courageously and plainly about sex problems. Cer tainly, always he will maintain the dignity of the pulpit, but he must speak out on this most disturbing problem. Of the many young people who counsel with me in various parts of the nation possibly over half of them have definite problems arising from some kind of sex situation. To help them solve these successfully is to help them over one of youth’s rough est hurdles. Third, Sunday school teachers, es pecially, need likewise to be informed and prepared for this type of coun seling. Often the young girl will turn to the teacher when she will not go either to her parents or the pastor. Fourth, parents should also help their young people to find better ways of providing proper entertain ment, places to go and things to do on dates. Give the girls better in structions on how to care for unfor tunate situations which often arise while on dates, especially when two date alone, and in cars, the modern substitute for the older “ parlor,” or living room. Often the very fact of boredom leads to unfortunate situa tions arising between the dating couple. Sometimes, especially with younger teenagers, ignorance of the sexual organs and their functions lead to investigatory ventures, and hence into deep trouble. Proper and full information about all biological and physiological matters concern ing sex, with thorough information
A dedicated nurse encourages several of the girls at Fairhaven.
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