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VOL. LXXXV. RICHMO
AiD^r-iiviiiij i nome Missions have done well. As shown by a report from Dr. Morris in another column, last year was the best year financially the committee has ever had. Few people, we believe, realize the vital importance to the church and to the country of the work that is being so efficiently done by Dr. Morris and Dr. McMillan and their associates, under the direction of a wise committee. It is earnestly hoped that the church will during the coming year rally to the support of this work as never before, and so have a large part in winning this land for Christ. It is predicted that when the European war is over, there will be multitudes of immigrants coming to this country. Will the Church be ready for them? * -I- + KNGLAND has failed to take the stand taken by her allies on the drink question. Some of her leading men have plead for prohibition, but it has not come. Besides many other reasons that, have been given for the abolition of the sale of intoxieatinor <lrinl*- n very striking one is given by the Bishop of London. lie says that in that city an orgy of drunkeness lias broken out among women. For this the government is furnishing the money. It is trying to take care of the wives and families of the poorer class of soldiers, who have enlisted in the army, and are unable to provide for their families. The result is that many of these women have more money than they ever had in their lives, and a large part of it goes to the public houses for drink. + + + PASTORS often find that very few of the members of the church are actively engaged in any form of church work. Is this not often due to the fact that they have not been given any work to do, and very few people have much initiative? Here is a plan that has been tried with gratifying success. Let the o^aaiuu ucciae wnat departments of church work the congregation should be interested in, and then divide the whole membership up into committees and assign each committee to one ucpttiiiiieiiii. These departments WOUld. Ordl narily be Foreign Missions, Assembly's Synodical, Presbyterial and Local Home Missions, Christian Education, Ministerial Relief, Sunday-schools, Bible Cause, Christian Literature, Orphan's Home. It would be the duty of a committee to make a careful study of the cause intrusted to it, gather all the information possible and present it to the congregation in the most practical way to be discovered. The details would have to be worked out to suit each church. The pastor and session* can do much by way of suggestion and encouragement, especially by careful selection of the chairmen of the committees. One great ad- , ND, NEW J'H-1 ' T.ANTA, APRIL 12, 1( "'*7., jrial j^otes anb Com vantage of this plan is that each member would be studying at least one cause of the church's work to present it to others, and some one else would be presenting to him each of the other causes. A church that will adopt this plan will soon be a well informed church. + + 4THIRTY-THREE members were required to bring one member into the evangelical churches of this country on an average during the past year. Could any other organization exist with as poor recruiting as this? Does 14- n /it tttAnvt tl< ni ' 1 1 v i.v/v mean mat iijusl meinuers are noi on tue recruiting force? If every member of the church were actively, earnestly and prayerfully at work to win souls for Christ, each one could bring at least one soul to the Saviour in a whole year. At that rate the whole world would soon be won for Jesus. Christian, try to bring at least your one. + + + TITHING as a principle for giving to the Lord's service has long had advocates in the Christian church, and their number is increasing. Without stopping to argue whether this is the Scriptural plan for the church of today or not there are some things that may be noted in the consideration of the subject. Gratitude to God for all His goodness would seem to demand at least that much. If the Jews were required to tithe, ought not our gifts to be at least as liberal? Wc have today far more out of which to give than had the Jews. Many of our luxuries, which were un Known to them, and which we could give up, would more than provide the tithe. Our obligations and our privileges are far greater than the Jews. They had only themselves to provide for. God has called upon us to do the great and glorious work of carrying the gospel to the whole world. Those who adopt this plan find it a great blessing spiritually, and many maintain that it has brought to them greater material prosperity. It is well worth the trial. J* + + jp VERY-mcmber-canvasses have been reI ccntly made in many ehnrehes. and with most satisfactory results in securing pledges from an increased number of contrib utors for increased contributions. But the work is not done when the canvass is completed. Collections are to be made. Human nature is forgetful and neglectful. Statements should be sent to each subscriber at least once a quarter. If he has paid in full to date, it will be encouraging to him to know that his account is right on the treasurer's book. If be is behind, he will be spurred to make an effort to pay up, while the amount is small. This plan will be helpful, both to the church ,and the individual. ifnir IHT vesternPpesbytepi/wI al Presbyter/an e pern Presbyter/an )16. No. 13 merit PORTO RICO is sending across the waters to the United States a pathetic plea for the abolition of the liquor traffic. It is not meant that all the people are demanding prohibition, but many of the leading citizens are. As we understand it, Porto Rico is a territory of the United States, and therefore, if it is to have such a law, it must be passed by the Con gress of this country. In taking this beautiful pearl of the Antilles from Spain, it was claimed that the purpose of this country was to do all in its power to uplift the people of the island, who had long been down-trodden. Is there any way to do this as long as the curse of liquor remains? + + + MOVING pictures are attracting the attention of the whole country as never before. Larger multitudes are seeing them every day. But what calls special attention to them is their character, as it is being shown up by investigators of various kinds. A Pennsylvania state commission of censors has been making in vestigations. Here are some of their findings: "We believe as a result of observation that at least seventy-five per cent, of the pictures which are manufactured in this country are plainly melodrama or are so influenced by melodrama as to be assigned, properly, to this general class. At least twenty per cent, of the remainder are comedies, for the most part of a coarseness unknown at any time in the history of the American theatre upon the cheapest variety stage. The melodrama is distinguished for its lurid delineation of one or another kind of crime. The habitual visitor to the moving picture house, therefore, lives in a world in which women are betrayed; men and women murder other men and women or kill themselves; fight follows fight; until every standard of conduct of the beholder is in the most imminent danger of debasement." + + + FiwuiUtiS are sometimes both interesting and instructive. Here are some that show how a part of the money of this country is spent, and they ought to make us think. There is spent in this whole country for foreign missions each year $5,500,000, for church work $15,000,000, for education, $175,000,000. for fire losses, $202,000,000, hoots and shoes $335,000,000, moving pictures $305,000,000, bread $600,000,000, tobacco $800,000,000, for intoxicants $2,500,000,000. Think of it. Four hundred and fifty-four times as much for liquor as for sending ?rr*orv?i 1?A1? 4 - D v??V tu LIIU UU(ll IICI1. As much for liquor in one day as for missions in a year? For tobacco one hundred and fortyfive times as much as for missions. Tf professing Christians gave to foreign missions what they spend for liquor and tobacco, how much would be added for that cause?