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Still, I am sorry that Luther's books have been
published. I tried to prevent it, as I thought they would cause trouble." Despotism of the Mendicant Friars. "As long as the pope says what they say, these friars call him more than God. If he contradicts them, he is no more than a dream. .- . . They tyrannize over the conscience of the laity for their own purposes. They brazen their feats. They forget Christ, and preach preposterous doctrines of their own invention." "The sacred writers are set aside as an tiquated. No word of Christ is heard in the pulpits. The talk is all of the powers of the pope and the latest development of theological dogma. . . . Whatever the monks do not like is hereby. To know Greek is heresy. To speak grammatically is heresy. To dissent from them in least degree in word or act is heresy." RELIGION AND THE ARMY. By Rev. C. A. Hyland. I have been greatly interested in the contro versy between the Baptists and General Fun ^ton relative to the holding of revival services imong our soldiers on the border. Those who, |ike myself, have been reading the Menace, jublished at Aurora, Mo., have had the oppor ! unity of seeing an exhaustive account of the ffair given by special correspondents. The act that the government employs chaplains on regular salary to look after the spiritual in terests of the soldiers is a confession on the part of the government that soldiers have souls. Whether these souls are "lost" souls or not brobably is not the part of the government to letermine. However, each soldier has a right |o determine the matter for himself, and has a light to be shown by those who have the spir tual welfare of men at heart whether his soul a lost soul or not; and, whether, having a )st soul, there is in the gospel of Jesus Christ Iimple salvation for a lost soul. It strikes me, lierefore, as being beyond the province of an irmy officer to determine a question of this and, and thus to deprive those most intimately oncerned of the opportunity of finding out for lemselves. Some of the readers of the Presbyterian of le South have doubtless seen Dr. Jones' book, 'Christ in the Camp, or Religion in Lee's Irmy." (By the way, Dr. Jones was' a Bap list minister, as well as a chaplain in the Con federate Army.) Imagine Generals Lee or Itonewall Jackson forbidding the holding of re Sgious services among his soldiers lest there a riot among them. Who can read Dr. Dab ley's great sermon, "The Believer Saved by Vlmighty Grace," preached before the soldiers |f Stonewall Jackson, and not feel that these loldiers were told they were lost, but could be wed by divine grace? The present commander of our forces at the J*ont is not the only army man who has placed estrictions upon the kind of preaching gol fers should hear. Years ago I held a charge ear the border in a town near which was an imy post. Some of the officers and their fam es attended the services of the different urches in the town. Some of the enlisted ?n also came to church. In fact, there were jme really religious men among them. But it purred to the Protestant ministers of the ^vn that it might be a -?opd idea to visit the st once a week and hold religious services for the soldiers. With this idea in view Relegation of us visited the post and had a j? versa t ion with the officer in charge. We re cordially received. We made known our khes, and left believing it would be agree to all parties to bold said aeftices. But in supposing the way to be open for the holding of religious services we were mis taken. "Within the next day or two we received a communication from the commander virtual ly withdrawing any permission which may have been given. There was every mark of sincerity in what the commander said to us. But he greatly underestimated the interest men, even soldiers, are likely to take in the simple preach ing of the gospel, and he placed a very low estimate upon our ability to deal with men. His suggestions implied that we had very little real, genuine, common sense, and that in our zeal to set forth "the bare tenets of Church doc trines," we might fail to interest the soldiers. lie said: "As I understand, your proposed Friday evening meetings here are of the na ture and method of the usual religious services in your respective churches on Sunday ? of course, somewhat secular in matter, and order of procedure." He thought we would fail, if this were the case, to enlist the interest of the soldiers. To quote again, he said: "It is best done by a course of lectures, instructive, moral, semi-religious if you choose, upon any or every topic ? any of the ordinary branches of knowl edge ? any topic of popular or curious thought : any theoretical speculations, whose affirmatives or negatives, if rendered probable, would vast ly affect mankind. Those and kindred sub jects would excite their thought and engage their attendance. These lectures might be opened and closed by pfayer and singing, if desirable. And into them may be interjected strong moral lessons, and even lofty and puri fying religious thoughts. In this way you will get and retain them." Again, "Remember, please, that the plane of thought, of morals, of conduct o fthe enlist ed man, is much lower than that of the man of high morality and educationn and that, there fore, simple and, almost, elementary subjects interest and help him. The bare tenets of church doctrines, preached, no matter how log ically or eloquently, "will not make or retain audiences of soldiers." Further, "Any subjects may be chosen to lecture upon ? Language, History, Geography, Ethnology, Chemistry, Astronomy, Industries, Mechanical Truths; anything as a Mordant; Truth, Justice (its Rise in Civilization) of men or of God ; Mercy, Love, Limits of Thought, and ten thousand other things, all hinging upon, and enlarging one's view of religion." As an illustration of an elementary subject the good man proposed the following : "Origin, Progress, and Modifications of Religious Thought, and the Influence Upon it of Civili zation!" The exclamation-mark is mine. Yokena, Miss. Selections A MAN'S WORK. As our churches face the busy weeks that are now before them, their motto ought to be, "Work for every one, and every one at his work." In determining each member's place of service the special responsibilities that rest upon Christian men ought by no means to be forgotten. Some time ago a well-known Ca nadian minister, addressing a men's gathering in Toronto, said, ? "This business of religion is a man's job, and the manhood of the Church ought to get behind it." This is a sentiment, popularly expressed, which is entering deep into the hearts of the Christian men of Can ada to-day. Far from being a matter exclusive ly for women or for the gentler and more fem inine type of manhood, there ia that in the religion of Jesus Christ, when truly appre hended, that appeals with irresistible force to the heart of a strong man. The founder of the Christian religion and the Lord and leader of the Christian Church to-day was himself a man. It is true that Jesus Christ was representative of a universal and perfect humanity. Those qualities of purity and pity which shine most beautifully in womanhood were conspicuous in his char acter. But these qualities are not the exclu sive possession of women. They arc essential to the noblest type of manhood as well. Jesus Christ possessed them ; and along with them he possessed those other qualities of magnani mity, of courage, of endurance which are most distinctively virile. It is the voice of a great and noble-hearted man which sounds across the years saying, "Follow me." The motives, also, by which Jesus urges his claim upon men's allegiance are such as appeal to manhood. To those whom he sum mons Jesus offers a cross. He appeals to that capacity for sacrifice for a worthy cause which lies deep in the human heart and is a token that God's image in us has not been altogether blotted out. He offers also a character. He responds to the kingly instinct, to the desire for self-mastery, -which is man's true inher itance and which forms itself again and again ? often so pathetically and hopelessly ? In the breasts of the fallen and enslaved. With the restoration of a character Jesus offers his fol lowers a career. He will give them something to work at, something worth while, something that will fill their lives with joyful excite ment and satisfaction. This is the last reason why religion is a man's work ? because many of the things that have to be done are such as a man must do. "Woman has her sphere of service, a noble and absorbing one, and the line between her work and man's must not be too sharply drawn; but there are battles to be fought and loads to be lifted where the strong arms and the broad shoulders of men are needed. There are many forms of appeal that are ef fective in presenting the message of the gos pel to men. Not the least powerful is the re minder that Jesus needs men and that he has a man's work for them to do. ? Toronto Pres byterian. A GOOD CHURCH MEMBER. ? He believes in his Church. He loves it. He gives himself to it. He prays for it, and speaks kindly of it. He does not put a stumbling block in the way of his brethren, and avoids those things which grieve or cause them to offend. He is charitable in his judgments, and promotes peace. He feels it a duty to build up his own congregation. He cheers his brethren and his pastor by regular attendance upon the public services. He helps the pastor, and does not leave him to preach to empty pews, with an aching heart, or to carry on the prayer meetings alone, tl is no slight excuse that keeps him from the Lord's Supper. The ap pointments of his Church and the memory of his Saviour are sacred to him. He does not trifle with either. He does not long continue derelict in duty to the Church, so as to be come liable to discipline. He keeps his cove nant solemnly made with his Church when he entered its fellowship. God bless our good members, old .and young, and constantly in crease their number! Let lively stones be laid into the spiritual temple. Coming nearer to Christ means seeing things more and more from his standpoint, and doing things more and more as he would have them done.