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April 19, 1916]
WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. Wilmington Presbytery met In regular stated session in Winter Park church, Wilmington, N. C., April 4, 1916, at 3 P. M., and, in the absence of the retiring moderator, the opening sermon was nreached hv Rev 1. P! Wells from Ps. 23, after which Presbytery was called to order by Rev. W. M. Baker, the last moderator present, and opened with prayer by Rev. A. J. Howell. Organization: Ruling Elder Dr. Joseph Akerman was elected moderator, and Rev. P. L?. Clark and Ruling Elder C. S. Clark chosen temporary clerks. Attendance: Sixteen of the twenty ministers belonging to the Presbytery were present; thirty-one of the fiftyseven churches were represented by ruling elders, and fifty-one of the fiftyseven churches sent reports. Corresponding Members: Rev. Robert King and Rev. W. S. Lacy, of Albemarle Presbytery; Rev. W. F. Hollingsworth, of West Lexington Presbytery. and Rev. C. C. Carson, of Fayetteville Presbytery. New Church: The organization of a church at Willard was reported and a commission was appointed to organize one at Delerado Minister Received: Rev. Walter H. Goodman, from Concord Presbytery, who is to become pastor of Clarkton church. Installations: Commissions were appointed to install Rev. J. W. Purcell at Faison, Calypro and Mt. Olive, and Rev. W. H.. Goodman at Clarkton. Candidate Received: Mr. LeRoy Berry Burney, of Brown Marsh church. Commissioners to the General Assembly: Principals, Rev. W. M. Shaw and Rev. James Thomas; ruling elders, J. N. Corbett and Dr. Joseph Akerman; alternates, Rev. H. W. Koelling and W. M. Baker: ruling elders, Robert Kornegay and H. E. Walton. Foreign Missions: A popular meeting was held in the interest of this cause, at which Rev. W. M. Baker presided, by request, and short addresses were made upon the work and the needs of our several mission fields, as follows: Rev. A. D. McClure, Korea; Rev. P. L. Clark, China; Rev. 1IT TT T C? *?. n. uuuumau, uapau, nci. j. o, Crawley, Africa; Rev. H. W. Koelling, Cuba; Rev. A. J. Howell, Brazil; Rev. W. M. Baker, Mexico. Christian Education: Addresses were made on this subject by Rev. W. P. Hollingsworth, the newly elected president of James Sprunt Institute; Dr. W. J. Martin, president of Davidson College, and Rev. W. S. Lacy, field secretary of Peace Institute. Ruling Elder W. M. Cunning made an address on Ministerial Relief, in which he made a most reasonable, earnest and convincing appeal for the better care of those who are entitled to help from this Church. Overtures: At the request of the session of the First church, Wilmington, Presbytery sent up to the General Assembly the following: This Presbytery overtures the General Assembly in Orlando, Fla., to send down to the Presbyteries such changes in the Book of Church Order as will make it nossible for a session to accept the resignation of a deacon when. In the judgment of the deacon and the session, such course is wise and best. Home Missions: In connection with the Permanent Committee's report on this cause, Rev. W. M. Baker made an address, in which he stressed the great need and opportunity in the home land. The report showed that arrangements have been made to have all our churches supplied and an increased force In the unoccupied territory In our own Presbytery. Systematic Beneficence: The report on Systematic Beneficence shows that the churches contributed to all causes included therein $92,100, as against V N OF THE SOUTH. papers referred to above publishes a pretended exposition of Psalm 116:3, "The pains of hell gat hold upon me." C. T. Russell attempts to show that this and the many other references to hell in the psalms and other Scrip THE PRESBYTERIi $43,435 last year, aiid yet the amount contributed to four of the causes is less than the apportionment. Altogether the outlook is hopeful for tho future. I'resbytcrial Treasurer: Mr. James L. Wells, of Wilmington, was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. Linwood D. Latta. Time und Place of Next Meeting: White Hall church, October 4, 1916, at 3 P. M. Stated Clerk. PERNICIOUS TEACHINGS. "Pastor" C. T. Russell and his followers are showing unusual activity in these days in distributing their unscriptural, misleading and dangerous teachings. They are advertising his socalled "Studies In the Bible" at mere nominal prices and small papers packed with these pernicious teachings are scattered everywhere?in shops, on door steps, at church doors, in railway stations and other public places. Under pretense of being the people's friends, they are administering poison in the shape of sugar-coated pills. Under pretense of magnifying the great love of God, from which the effort Is made to deduce the doctrine of final annihilation, in reality "Pastor" Russell's teachings belittle the love of God by attempting to make out that His Great Gift is not so great after all and that the salvation which Jesus Christ came to procure is not really salvation in the true gospel sense. Russellism belittles the love of God by making out that His Great Gift to mankind was not so great as the true followers of Jesus Christ have believed throughout the ages. Russellism teaches Arianism of the raoikest sort. Jesus Christ existed prior to His birth in Bethlehem, but that existence was not eternal. He was one of God's creatures?high and exalted, nevertheless a creature as truly as any of the angels. When Jesus was born at Bethlehem, there was no real incarnation of the Godhead in human flesh. He was not entitled to be called Emmanuel? "God with us," for God did not really become incarnate. Even the great spirit-being who had an existence prior to the birth in Bethlehem did not enter into the body of the Child Jesus, neither was the body of our L.ord Jesus resurrected after His death ou Calvary. It was "probably dissolved into gases." The Christ which now lives in heaven is not an exalted ana giorinea numanity; ne is merely the spirit-being who existed in heaven prior to the birth at Bethlehem. Prom this It must follow that the atonement made for the sins of the world on Calvary was not a real atonement after all. For no creature, however exalted, could by his death, atone for the sins of a single guilty soul. Paul must have been wrong there>fore when he said to the Ephesian elders, "Feed the Church of God which He hath purchased with His own blood." John must have overestimated the value of the atonement when he wrote, "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." Peter, still laboring under the conviction which hs expressed in his great confession at Caesera Phillipl, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," wrote in his first letter, "Ye were redeemed, not with cor rupuDie tilings, sucti as gold and silver, but with the precious blood of Christ." If Jesus Christ was not God incarnate, how could his blood have such preciousness as to atone for the sins of the lost world? Russellism belittles the love of God also by attempting to prove that mankind was not in danger of eternal torment and therefore that from which Jesus Christ offered redemption Is not a matter of such great importance after all. One of the small tures mean simply the fear of that dissolution which we call dying. He attempts to show that the Scriptures do not teach that there is eternal suffering for the wicked after death. Why therefore should our Lord Jesus have endured the sufferings of the cross, if there was nothing from which to deliver us? Our Lord himself must have had a different conception of this matter from that taught by "Pastor" Russell when, in sending forth his disciples to proclaim the everlasting gospel he said to them, "Be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul;' but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Jesus clearly distinguished between the sufferings experienced in the hour of dissolution which we call death and the pains of hell that shall fol low after. In the parable of the rich i man and Lazarus, he certainly dlstin- 1 finishes between the deaths of the ; rich man and the beggar and the estate of misery or happiness into which they were respectively ushered after their dissolution. The Apostle John must have received a different im pression from the revelations given to him on Patmos Isle from those which "Pastor" Russell claims to i have had, for he not only pictures the joy and triumph of the white- i robed multitude before the throne. , but also as the dark background to , this glorious vision?the smoke of j the torment of the lost ascending up forever and forever. Such pernicious teachings do not magnify the grace of God. They belittle it. They minimize it. They make it of none effect. If these teachings lie correct, then the great sacrifice of the cross was unutterable folly and wuste, since there was nothing from which the blood of Jesus Christ I has really redeemed. It was because God saw and realized the awful condition into which man's sin had ( brought him, a condition from which no created being could ever have ran somed. that He "so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, , that whosoever belleveth on him should not perish but have everlasting life."?The Christian Instructor. OUR INSIDIOUS FOE, AND OUR REFUGE. By Henry W. Adams. My father, when in college, was assailed by doubts, but later got soundly converted, and all his doubts were swept away. Nevertheless, I inherited his tendency to desire to be "shown" (as they say in Missouri), and to feel like rejecting the thing that is not proved. I speak of this to show a bond of sympathy between me and the poor fellow (clerical or lay), who has been led ofT into the maze, and does not know whether God or His word Is tliat OTfl t?Hv They say generally, that John 3:16 Is the very gem of the Bible. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever helieveth in htm should not perish, but hnve everlasting life." Surely It is hard to heat, hut Luke 15:20 seems as if God was Just stooping down and telling you and me Just how He loves us. "Hut when he was yet a great way ofT, his father saw him, and had eompasslon and ran, and fell on his neok, and kissed him.** Divide that text off at each comma, and let your soul gaze into Its heights and depths, Its lengths and breadths. (239) 17 Just think of it! That boy, who had such a compassionate father, was coming home clad in filthy rags, with unkempt hair, and soiled face, but his father looked way beyond the foul outside, to his own dear son; so he didn't stop to send him to the bath, but hugged and kissed him, just as he was. The trouble with ministers and laymen, who have begun to fuss about tho mysteries and problems of God and His Word, is that they too are prodigals in the "far country." The muit or woman wno is walking with the glorified man of Nazareth, side by side (as I saw the other day, in the picture of Christ and the plowman), lias no heart to fuss about these mysteries of God and His hook. When Satan whispers in my ear that some personal affliction, or some passage In the Bible, is pretty hard, i hand myself right over to my dear Friend and Brother Jesus Christ. His ear can hear my whisper for help, and in one moment the sun breaks through the clouds, with a brightness never beheld on land or sea. One frank word to the minister who now and then utters words which may lodge a question in the minds of his young people: You cannot measure where the doubt will end! You had better throw up your job, and open a grocery store, than ruin a soul. I wish to strongly commend the course of the Presbyterian and others of its sort, in their stalwart defense of the great essentials ?r Protestant faith. When religious journals champion the cause of "higher critics" (an a few did in the case of Dr. Edmonds, in the Presbytery of Alabama 1. it is high time for God's men and God's newspapers to speak loud and strong for Him. Chicago. 111. SOME NEEDED NATIONAL. HOUSECLEANING. The growing chorus of denunciation of the evil influence of the moving pictures exhibited throughout the United Statee is swelled by complaints from across the water. It ought to Bet us to thinking to learn that France has raised her voice against the immoral pictures sent by America. Australia anil iNtJw /i6aiaiiu ua* 6 lunC H steps to protect themselves, and in Great Britain there is agitation for measures to bar the filth sent there from the United States. It is time to do more than think; it is time for action. Judicial decisions in New York and Ohio have furnished a good basis for war against Sunday shows of moving pictures in those States. That, of course, does not touch the main point as to the character of the pictures themselves. Only a very small proportion of them seem to be commendable from any point of view. Reform is not to be expected from those engaged in the business. The bills now before Congress providing for a federal commission whose license shall be necessary to admit a film to Interstate commerce or for a copyright, bills already mentioned in this paper, give the most promise of better conditions, and call for outspoken support. THK MIRACLE OF MISSIONS. It is easier to reach the educated Indians in the new India than in the old; because the new life is not hostile to Christian missions. "See me," said a native Christian woman to a Brahman who asked her to prove her religion by a miracle. "See me! I am a low caste woman speaking to you, a Brahman, these wonderful words of life. What greater miracle could you ask?"