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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, April 17, 1918, Image 1

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DR. WILLIAM DENNIS MORTON has been
called to his heavenly home from his
earthly home in Rooky Mount, N. C. Tues
day morning, April 9th, the call came. Up to
a few hours before his death he seemed to be
in his usual health, when he suffered an at
tack of acute indigestion. Dr. Morton was
born in Botetourt, County, Va., June 7, 1S43.
He was a soldier in the Confederate Army.
He was educated. at Hampden-Sidney College
and Union Seminary, from which he gradu
ated in 1860. He was licensed by West Han
over Presbytery in 1868, and was ordained by
Muhlenburg Presbytery in 1870. lie served
as evangelist for that Presbytery for two
years. In 1872 he became pastor at Morgan
field, Ky., where he remained \intil 1882. Then
for two years he was evangelist for the Synod
of Kentucky. He was pastor at Booneville,
Mo., from 1885 to 1889. In 1888 he was Mod
erator of the Synod of Missouri. From 1S89
to 1891 he was evangelist for the Synod of
North Carolina, and from 1891 to 1896 he was
pastor at Henderson, N. C. From 1896 to
1899 he was evangelist for the Synod of Mis
sissippi. In 1899 he was called to the pastor
ate of the church at Rocky Mount, N. C., and
remained there until his earthly work was
done. He received the degree of Doctor of
Divinity from Westminster College, Missouri,
in 1890. In 1900 he was Moderator of the
Synod of North Carolina and in 1903 that
Synod appointed him a Director of Union
Theological Seminary, which office he filled
most acceptably up to the time of his death.
In every position which he was called to fill
he did yeoman's service for the Master. lie
was a strong preacher of the pure gospel, and
stood high in the esteem of all that knew him.
In the Church Courts he was wise in council
and active in work. His family and his church
havo the heartfelt sympathy of many friends
in many parts of the country.
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CANNOT the churches do something to stop
the war? is a question often asked. We
have never seen any answer to this question
coming from those who ask it. Let us con
sider the question as applied to the Church in
this country. What can it do to stop the war?
Suppose the Church could act as a unit and
exert its full influence, what can it do? So
far as this country is concerned, how can the
war be stopped ? It must be done simply by
withdrawing from the fight and calling all of
our troops home, or by some compromise with
our enemies, or by gaining a victory over our
enemies. Suppose the Church could settle the
question, what course should it pursue? If
we were to call home our troops and with
draw all help from our Allies, that would prac
tically insure their defeat and German Kul
tur would rule the world. We could not es
cape it. Our enemies would not consider the
question of compromise, and indeed there can
bo no compromise between right and justice
on one side and wrong and oppression on the
other. The only way to establish righteous
ness and peace is to win a complete victory
over our enemies. Suppose one of our neigh
bors has a dog of vicious tendencies. We have
tried to be friendly with him and to gain his
confidence. After a time he goes mad and
attacks the children of some of our other
neighbors who are not able to kill him. Shall
we shut ourselves up in our house, knowing
that unless the dog is killed he will attack our
children? Or shall we join our neighbors who
have been attacked and kill the dog, so that
we may be free from any danger from him?
We may dislike to kill a fine specimen of a
dog, but we must protect ourselves and others
from his mad attacks, else there will be no
safety in our community. Sad as it is, there
seems to be no human possibility of stopping
this fearful war, except by a victory over our
enemies, no matter how great the cost may
be. If the Church can do anything, it is only
that it urge all of its people to be loyal and
true to the cause of righteousness, and that
those at home be willing to make every sacri
fice necessary to aid those who have gone forth
to the battle. And let united and constant
prayer go up to the God of battles that He
may speedily give us and our Allies a complete
victory.
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KAXAMOIM is the name of a Japanese who
was converted in his early life and spent
a number of years in the ministry. Becoming
unsettled in his convictions, he gave up the
ministry and entered the government service
for twenty years. Five years ago his wife
died and his affliction brought him back to
God. lie determined to return to the preach
ing of the gospel. He spent five hours a day
for six months preparing a sermon to present
all the plan of salvation that a Japanese need
know to become a Christian. He goes up and
down the land preaching that one sermon,
often repeating it night after night at the
same place. He is listened to eagerly by the
multitudes that fill theatres and other places
in which he preaches, and his sermon is three
hours long. He is said to be accomplishing a
great deal and winning many souls for Christ.
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PROHIBITION is inarching. The liquor
people are seeing their defeat in the near
future. President M. J. Fontana and the direc
tors of the California Wine Association, repre
senting half the industry in California, have
issued a statement to manufacturers recom
mending that they sell their stocks, buildings
and equipment as soon as they pan do so, even
at a loss, if necessary. They say: "The direc
tors have reached the decision that the fur
ther pursuit of a business with-a future so
uncertain is not wise; that any plans for its
continued development are not warranted."
WAR has brought a new vision of Christ
to many souls. Men who have never
known him or have known him afar off are
beginning to know him not merely as a Sa
viour who paid, the debt of their sins on the
cross thousands of years ago. They have
learned to know him as an ever-present friend
and companion. This knowledge is adding
courage and strength to the soldier in the
trenches or wherever he may be. But this new
vision of the Saviour in some eases is making
the man see other things in the wrong light.
He thinks he has made a new discovery of
the character of the Saviour. It is new to
him. lie thinks no others have ever known
the Saviour in this way. Sometimes he sets
himself up to pass judgment on the Church
and its ministers for not preaching a living
Christ. One of those whose heart lias been
opened to receive the Saviour in something of
his true character writes: "The Church of
dim religious light and medieval symbolism is
as dead as the lifeless Christ that some of
her ministers have preached." He says this
as though it were the general characteristic
of the Church and the preachers of the gos
pel. The fact is that, whatever the medieval
Church may have preached, the Church of to
day preaches a living and life-giving Christ.
There are millions of men and women in the
world who have found Jesus to be an ever
present comrade, as well as Saviour, as they
have fought the daily battles of life. The sol
dier who wrote the letter from which the above
sentence was quoted probably had not gotten
very close to the Saviour before he went into
the trenches, so he did not know how close
many others are walking with him. It is sin
cerely to be hoped that he may be spared to
return to his home church that he may learn
how close many are walking with Jesus, and
that by his* own close walk he may be able
to draw others into the same fellowship.
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NATIONAL PROHIBITION has been ap
proved by ten States, whose Legislatures
have voted in favor of the prohibition amend
ment to the Constitution. They are, in the
order in which they ratified the amendment,
Mississippi, Virginia, Kentucky, North Dakota,
South Carolina, Maryland, Montana, Texas,
Delaware, South Dakota. The lower House of
the Nebraska Legislature has voted for it, and
it is expected that the Senate will soon do
likewise."
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CHRISTIANITY is making progress in
Japan. The latest reports show that
there are 4,240 members in the churches con
nected with our mission in that country. Dm*
ing last year 526 new members were added.
There are 4,652 in the Sabbath schools. The
churches gave last year about $20,000 for re
ligious work.

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