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VOL. LXXXIV. RICHMONI CbltOl THE good opinion of our readers is always much appreciated. A well informed i subscriber writes us: "Your paper, as far as a I know, is the best religious weekly in the t world." We realize that others may not agree 1 with him entirely. But we also realize: from \ what he says that the Presbyterian of the a South satisfies his desires, as we believe it 1 does those of many others, if we can judge from what is often said by our readers. J- -i. -A. J r r T d October, the month of ingathering, is the month set apart for Foreign Missions. Shall there not be in this month a liberal gathering of the first fruits into the Lord's treasury? No special appeals are to be made at the end of the Church year for Foreign Missions. So says the General Assembly. Did the Assembly make a mistake? Or did it show its faith that the Church would do the right thing at the right time? Shall the Church not justify the faith of the Assembly? + + + ?7* UKMAL announcement is made that the < -T World's Sunday-school Convention, ar- i ranged to be held in Tokio, Japan, in October, 1916, has been postponed to a date as soon as possible after the close of the great war. i The last great Convention was held in Zurich. < Fifty-eight nations were represented there. ] The invitation to hold the next Convention in Japan was greeted with intense interest. That it has to be postponed, and to so distant and indefinite a date, even though it was appointed ; for a year hence, indicates the strength of the j conviction that the present war is yet far from 1 its end. ] + + + Are you looking for a good investment? 1 Then invest in that which will give saved souls j as dividends, and nowhere do such investments ] receive as large dividends as in the Foreign ; Mission work. Think of it, souls for dividends. How many stars will there be in your crown? 4* 4* 4* TIIE indiscriminate denunciation of "the higher criticism" is as unwise as it is unintelligent. Dr. Orr, in his "Problem of the Old Testament," has very properly said that the question should not be, as too com monly assumed, between "higher critics" and "non-higher critics," for, adds he, "The real cleft goes much deeper, viz., into a radical contrariety of view as to the natural or supernatural origin of the religion of Israel." . + 4* + Is the Foreign Mission work undertaken by our Church too great? How shall we measure the greatness of the work to be done? Shall t be by what we are willing to undertake, or by the needs of those for whom we work? When we have supplied their needs, and only * then, will it do for us to talk about reducing the work. mbwt The Southh meliII ) The Centra OQmijIF^t- %/ The Sout ). NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, OCTOBER 6, rial iloteg anb Comi Our Church in joining with other Churches n dividing up the field for foreign work has ssumed the responsibility of giving the gospel 0 33,000,000 heathen souls. More than a milion of these die each year. Last year 4,059 cere won to Christ. Who is responsible for ill the rest of the million who died without dm? j. 4. 4. |" N a number of cases, especially such as 1 Jonah and Daniel, our Lord refers to insident or life as real. If his confirmation of he facts to which he referred as historic be lenied, then the conclusion is inevitable that ither he was ignorant, knowing not what he said, or that he was a deceiver, teaching for 'acts things that lie knew to be untrue, or hat lie winked at errors prevailing about him uid was willing to fall in with them. Either if these conclusions being inevitable, it folows that he was not omniscient or honest, ft is little wonder that those who deny his :estimony to the Old Testament and Old Testament facts tend towards the denial of his leity. It is both the logical and practical result of their attitude. + ^ + Pastors and officers of the churches, sec to it that 110 member in your church is deprived if the privilege of giving to Foreign Missions. Make an Every Member Canvass. + + 4* A WRITER in one of the religious papers, t\1 nn/1 1'a?? n1>t/\nri V picuuui^ lui iiiuiu uaiciuiucAd ui pruparation for public prayer, has suggested that it would be a revelation to many a minister to read a stenographer's verbatim report of liis "long prayer," and that it would be apt, if read about breakfast time Monday morning, to give him a very severe fit of indigestion- It is not often, alas, that public prayers show as much careful thought as they should. They are more marked by set forms and phrases and repetitions of the same old things than anv part of our service. + + + If the Christian feels the need of anything to strengthen his faith in his religion, let him look and see what this religion is doing in the dark places of the earth. + + + IT is a most unfortunate trait which some have of never seeinir anv crood whatever in their neighbor. There are few men so utterly bad that if one will get down under the crust of a very unattractive manner or a very surly disposition, he will not find some thing worthy and pleasant. There's some way to every man's heart.. It is our business to find it and to get a welcome lodging there4 + 4* "Shall we whose souls arc lighted With wisdom from on high, Shall we to men benighted The lamp of life deny?" Western Pr?esbytef?/aflh \l Presbyter/an vern Presbyter/an 1 "ncncix/ffn I 55 VlFHi|fH A sf^TE rncnt Selfish theory says we cannot afford to give to Foreign Missions, we need all we can give at home. Experience shows that the more the Church gives for Foreign Missions the more it has for home work. Try it. + + + SATAN is opposed to the truth. The world after him is its enemy. Yet Satan can not resist it. And the world, in spite of its indisposition, admires it. There is inherent power in truth which neither Satan .nor the world can overcome or successfully withstand. It compels respect for itself, little as it may secure obedience. And at last, by its own force, it secures the frank admission of even its bitterest present opponents. It is for this reason that the Church that is faithful to the truth will prevail at last. + + + The little church at Antioch sent its two great preachers, Paul and Barnabas, to be missionaries to the heathen. Are we willing tn cuprifinnc 9 + + + IT is the regular custom in most of the Presbyteries to appoint a minister "to declare the pulpit vacant," when they have dissolved a pastoral relation. This provision is needful, under the law, only in a case where the dissolution of the pastoral relation is due to the deposition of the pastor. Possibly there was a time when pastorates were rarely terminated except for special cause. Another oldtime custom, now out of vogue, in many Presbyteries was that of appointing supplies for the pulpits of the ministers sent as commis sioners to the Assembly. 4* 4* 4* In the fifty years from 1800 to 1850 the average annual gain in church membership in heathen lands was 2,800. In the ten years from 1900 to 1910 the average annual gain was 85,200. 4* 4* 4* ECAUSE we find alcohol in nature and r> appetite for it in man, some people, consulting their own wishes and interests in the case, try to argue that the drink habit is justified and that the traffic in intoxicants is perfectly legitimate. Let us apply the principle a little further, and see how it works! Because the brutal or unclean instinct is found in man and opportunity to indulge it is given, and temporary pleasurable results follow, that instinct is right, and the facilitating of its indulgence by a regular traffic is an eminently proper thing! Tn India, whore Christian missions were pronounced in advance to he the dream of a lunatic, the English Lieutenant-Governor of Ilengal has recently stated, "In my judgment, Christian missionaries have done more lasting good to the people of India than all other agencies combined."