VOL. LXXXV. RICHMON]
EVENING congregations are usually small.
It is a burning question with many a pastor
and the faithful ones of his church, how to
get more people to attend church Sunday night.
It is a well known fact that a large proportion
of those who do attend are not in the habit of
attending the morning service. The church
wilt be doing its best work when it secures a
le +tcndance of this class of people and
- the pure gospel. To bring this
*. -vy not pastor and people learn
from ?p" ^f the wise men of the
world. advertising. No business
man ..acceed, except he ad
,,a?'tise' ,.-reat mediums of advertiscieenicity
and printers' ink.
two suggestions for the consid..
city churches. Use an electric sign,
^ the name of the church, the hour of ser?e
and an invitation to attend. This may be
done in many ways. Have cards of invitation
printed to be distributed by the members of the
churches and others, giving about the same
information as suggested for the electric sign.
From such methods the business man expects
and gets results. Why not the church f
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SMALL Sunday evening congregations disturbed
the pastor of a Presbyterian church
in .Columbus, 0. He had cards printed inviting
those who received them to attend the services
of the church. These were distributed in
packages among the members of the church
at the morning and other services. And at
the evening service they would be given out
for the next Sunday. Frequently those who
had come to the church for the first time would
take a package for distribution. Some "times
as many as fifteen thousand of these cards
were distributed in a single week. There was
nothing sensational about the cards or their
distribution, but the DeoDle came, because t.hev
were invited, until the congregations numbered
more than a thousand. Increased collections
paid the cost.
+ + 4MEXICO
is passing through a critical stage.
Is she going to be able to right herself
and establish a stable government ? If she does
will the Church be "prepared" to enter in and
carry the gospel to all the people. If reports
in the newspapers are at all correct, the Mexican
people as a whole are not Roman Catholic
at heart. This is shown by what is reported
to have been the treatment by men, of all military
partl'Ji, of Churches, nuns and priests.
They need the pure gospel. Our Church has
done good work in that country. Will we be
ready to do all that we ought to do?
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BRAZILIANS, it is said, are becoming dissatisfied
with the Roman Catholic religion,'
and knowing no other, are in large numbers becoming
atheists. They need the pure gospel.
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D, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, JANUARY 1
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DIVORCE is one of the greatest and one of
the most rapidly growing evils of this
country at the present time. It is probable
that very few realize the enormity of this evil,
and the rate at which it is increasing. Here
arc some of the startling facts: In the ten years
from 1860 to 1870, there was one divorce to
every 1,000 of the population. In the next ten
years the number had increased until there
where two to each thousand of inhabitants of
this country. From 1880 to 1890, the number
was three to the thousand. From 1890 to 1900,
there were four to the thousand. Since that
time the number has seemed to increase steadily,
until in 1906, the last year for which the
figures are available, the number of divorces
ill this country were 72,063 against 853,290 marriages
for the same year. The number is probably
much greater now. The average of divorces
is about one to every twelve marriages.
What hope can there be for a nation where
such a state of affairs exists? The showing in
this country is worse than that of any other
BIBLE reading should occupy a much larger
place in the life of Christians than it usually
does. Often times not much benefit is derived
from reading it, because the method of
reading is wrong. Here are some suggestions:
Read it, a book at a time, the whole book at
one sitting, if possible. Read it continuously.
Read it repeatedly, read it independently, at
nrst without commentaries. Read it prayerfully,
letting tlie Holy Spirit be your teacher,
taking of the things of Christ and showing
them unto you.
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AMERICAN benevolence is gheat and is
world renowned. The result is that probably
few people in the world arc as much imposed
upon. Any man, and especially any
woman, who tells a pitiful tale can find those
who are ready to give to supply supposed needs.
The whole country is full of such frauds, many
of them being foreigners. Unless the beggar
is personally known to the giver, it is far better
that all gifts for the relief of want should be
given through some well established channel
than to be given directly to him.
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GROUNDS for thanksgiving are many.
But not manv Deonle have found a around
for thanksgiving furnished by the great European
war. Dr. James L. Barton, Secretary of
the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign
Missions, says: "I am thankful for the demonstration
that permanent peace for the
world can be assured only through the acceptance
by the nations of the principles laid down
by Jesus Christ." There can be no permanent
and abiding peace among the nations until
there is found in the hearts of men generally,
the peace of God controlling all their actions.
vi l Presbyter/an e
rHERN PRESBYTER/A N
.2, 1916, ( . i No. 1
^ AKES and fakirs are found in all parts of
me woria ana among ail classes ol people.
They are found in business, in society, in politics
and in religion. The greatest fakir in religion
of the present day, and one of the greatest
the world has ever known, is Charles T.
Russell, who calls himself "Pastor" Russell.
Pretending to believe and teach the Christian
religion and to base his teaching upon the
Bible, he, in reality, denies the inspiration of
the Scriptures and his teachings contradict all
the fundamental doctrines of the Bible. He is
shrewdness personified and he presents his doctrines
so plausibly as to tickle the ears of unthinking
hearers. But the tickling of the ears
is only that he may tickle the dollars out
their pockets into his. In this he has been xr?
successful. He is said to have become very
in ways that are not known to the public.
Hut enough is known to show that somebody is
being fooled into giyiiig 'up his money that
"Pastor" Kusscll mtiy become ribh".
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RUSSELjvI&M has less foundation to stand
upon- than has aityr bther eastern of false
religion ever foisted' tlpori' a gullible public.
Russell professes to get his doctrines out of
the Bible, but he denies its inspiration, and
makes the study of his writings more import
ant than the study of the Bible. He denies the
divinity of Christ and the resurrection of His
body. He denies the atonement, and the personality
and deity of the Holy Ghost. He denies
the immortality of the soul and teaches
the annihilation of the wicked. He denies future
punishment.' He denies the second coming
of Jesus in bodily form, and says that he
came spiritually in 1878. He predicted the beginning
of the Millennium in October, 1914. Ilq
lias since modified his prophecy.
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MILLIONS probably of European soldiers
are now collected in prison camps in all
the warring countries. However well they may
be taken care of, as to their physical needs,
they need to have the gospel carried to theni.
The Y. M. C. A. is doing something for theud,
but owing to many restrictions and limited
means its efforts have not gone very far. Gospels
and religious tracts in their cwn languages
are very much needed. Ought not the Christians
of this country to supply all of them with
the Scriptures, as a thanksgiving offering for
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od country ?
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T1IE Business Manager is very anxious to
pay up all the indebtedness for which this
paper is responsible. If all the subscribers
who are in arrears will pay what they owe, he
will he able to do thi3 very easily. The amoun;
in each case is small, but the number of these
accounts is much too large. With these aeaccounts
settled you and we will have a much
happier new year.
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