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doubt of it. And in giving our money, we are
to secure independence of mammon. "We must not forget that we cannot serve God and mam mon. Neither is it the whole truth to say that "we can serve God with mammon." "Whether or not our gift of mammon is service to God will depend entirely on another consid eration ? the consideration of our personal ser vice. If we could serve God with the giving of mammon alone, we could purchase our sal vation. "With our mammon giving must go the giving of self in loving, devoted service to Him and our brother men! "We shall never satisfy the high expectations of Heaven for us till we become thoroughly imbued with the spirit of helpfulness to our fellows, with the spirit of Philip the evangelist, with the spirit which animated the laymen of the early Church in the sweet joy of their new-found life in Jesus. So long as there is in the wide, wide world a brother man in need of a good that we pos sess, our full Christian duty is not performed. In our own country many problems present themselves clamorously to the Christian man ? the saloon, the labor problems, the sweat shop, child labor, the social vices, political cor ruption, the immigration problem, growing out of the almost incredible influx of foreigners God is annually sending to our shores because -Ny we will not go to theirs with the message of \ good news and service, the negro problem, the ? problem of the unchurched in America. I cannot enumerate them all. AVe must adjust ourselves for service in Christ's name. The social service propaganda of the Church must become daily more insistent. The Master's "inasmuch" is to be its slogan and inspira tion. Great victories and corresponding spir itual joy await all who shall volunteer in that splendid cause. Every true Christian will rally to the colors, when he hears the battle call. "We are 011 the verge of the greatest spiritual awakening since the days of Luther. The only possibility of retarding this awaken ing with all its attendant joys and blessings i sour deafness to the Master's call. But the race is one, since our Father is one. With our social service program at home must go vital enlistment in world evangeliza tion. Do not misunderstand me. All cannot go to the foreign field. There must be division of labor. But there must be no division of in terest, sympathy, sacrifice. The social service worker at home must not lose his world-vision nor his world-sympathy. One human being is as dear to God as another. The accident of birth in no way alters man's relationship to the God of the universe. Americans are no better nor more worthy than Chinese. All are equally His children and our brothers. There must be no hostility between enlistment for service in the home-land and in the foreign field, no contrast even save for purposes of convenience and efficiency. If a man is more interested in home missions fundamentally than in foreign missions, let him pray that his eyes may be opened and his spirit enlarged to comprehend the Fatherhood of God in the universal Brotherhood of Man. But, says some one, what is a layman to do for foreign missions? We welcome the ques tion. Many laymen ought to go as foreign mis sionaries. Many have already gone. In 1916 oi?t of 2,429 missionaries in the service of eighteen of the great foreign mission boards of North America, 529 were laymen, or slightly fe' more than 21 per cent. If the Y. M. C. A. and ?pY. W ('. A. workers throughout the non Christian world be added this surprisingly large total will be appreciably increased. But more laymen should go, not merely as teachers, phy sicians, treasurers, and assistants in the mis ?frv sion stations, but to be leaders of the people in all lines of human activity, drawing the non-Christians to Christ by the holiness of their life and walk. Too often foreigners in non-Christian lands have ingloriously misrep resented our Christian teaching. The call to devoted laymen to change this condition should be peculiarly inviting. Those who do not go to the foreign field either as missionaries or as residents, can, however, find many avenues of vital enlist ment for service in world-evangelization. They can give money to send others. They are do ing that, though in not so large a way as is demanded. A part of their service will be to increase gifts for missions till every dollar necessary adequately lo man the whole world for Christ is ready at hand. But they must not stop at that, and in connection with that ultimate end as rendering its fulfilment pos sible, they will individually enlist in some, if not all of the following definite kinds of work in the local Church: (Taken from Elliott's The Problem of Lay Leadership). 1. Organize an enorgetic Missionary Com mittee. ' 2. Encourage systematic giving and tithing. 3. Support a missionary or native worker in the field. 4. Co-operate with the Laymen's Missionary Movement in carrying out its plans. 5. Personally recommend strong missionary books to individuals. 6. Collect a missionary library. 7. Help the Church to adopt as its appor tionment, the amount needfnl to evangelize the world ? (two dollars for each member annual ly). 8. Inaugurate and carry through an Every Member Canvass. 9. See that the Church adopts the best meth ods of missionary finance. _ 10. Systematically educate men concerning the missionary propaganda. 11. Ask the pastor to preach missionary ser mons. 12. See that the men of the Church attend missionary conventions. 13. Help to develop prayer Tor missions. 14. Organize a mission study class. 15. Cultivate an intelligent and active al legiance t othe established missionary agencies of the Church. These fifteen lines of work are undoubtedly splendid opportunities of enlistment. All of them are worth while, but the chiefest of them, the real dynamic in the whole program of world evangelization, is comprehended in num ber 13 ? prayer for missions. The secret of our power is in intercession. We can set no limit to the efficacy of prayer. Its power is con ditioned only on the infinite resources of God. When we laymen have entered into the closet and laid hold on the infinite power there, the evangelization of the world will, from being a fond dream, begin to gladden the earth with the radiance of a new era. Pray ? that is God's way to the world's salvation day. A GREAT PREACHER By L. S. Marye. 1 am sure that you are liberal enough in your views to publish this tribute to an eminent di vine of another denomination. The newspapers announce the death of Bishop Alpheus Wilson. In his death the Methodist Church loses one of its brightest and most gifted men. He was my schoolmate at the Fredericksburg Male Academy from 1847 to 1851. There was no brighter boy than he in the academy. He was a diligent student, and stood at the head of his classes. He was one of the advanced stu dents to whom the other boys were accustomed to go to get them to translate for them difficult passages in their Greek and Latin lessons. 1 heard him preach during the session of the Methodist Conference in Washington city sev-. oral years ago, and a finer sermon I never heard from anyone, though I have heard Moses D. lloge and T. V. Moore, of Richmond, Henry Ward Beecher, of New York, Addison Alexan der, of Princeton, N. J.f Dr. William Plummer, I probably the ablest preacher of his day in the i Presbyterian Church in America, and the elo quent Bishop Johns, of the Diocese of Virginia. No one could know Alpheus Wilson without ! admiring him for his splendid talents and loving him for his sweet disposition. May the sod press lightly on his grave and the earliest flowers of each returning spring shed their sweetest perfume on the mound beneath which he rests until the resurrection mom. Be ever green thy memory Friend of my better days, None knew thee but to love thee, None named thee but to praise. RANDOM REMARKS OF ERASMUS. A Preacher's Voice. "They open their sermon quietly, and begin in a tone so low that they can scarcely hear themselves. Then suddenly they raise their voices and shout, when there is nothing to shout about." He Liked Himself. "The English bishops are proud of my ac quaintance. The king (Henry VIII) writes me affectionate letters. . . . Good judges say that I write better than any other man living." John Reuchlin. "Poor Reuchlin! What a fight he is hav ing." "It is to him really that Germany owes such knowledge as it has of Greek and Hebrew. He is a learned, accomplished man, respected by the emperor, honored among his own peo ple, and blameless in life and character." Power of the Monks. "The pope himself is afraid to provoke the monks. Alexander VI used to say that it was less dangerous to provoke the most powerful prince in Europe than offend the meanest of the mendicant friars. Those wretches in the disguise of poverty are the tyrants of the Chris tian world." Revival of Paganism Due to Greek and Hebrew. "My chief fear is that with revival of Greek j literature there may be a revival of paganism. There are Christians who are only Christians in name, and are Gentiles at heart; and, again, the study of Hebrew may lead to Judaism, which would be worse still." Scholastic Snbleties. "I wish there could be an end of scholastic subtleties, or, if not an end, that they could be thrust into a second place, and Christ be taught plainly and simply. The reading of the Bible and the early fathers will have this effect. Doc trines are taught now which have no affinity with Christ and only darken our eyes." Erasmus and Luther. "I had nothing to do with either Reuchlin's business, or Luther's either. I cared nothing for Cabala or Talmud. . . . Luther is unknown to me. I have glanced at his books, but havo had no time to read them. If he has written well it is no thanks to me ; if ill, I am not re sponsible. I observe only that the best men are those who are least offended by Luther. . . .