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THE SPIRITUAL BASIS OF "THE DRIVE.
Nothing is more gratifying and at the same time more assuring of success than the empha sis that is being put upon spirituality in the coming "drive" for finances. It is no hard task to secure money, given a sufficient amount of common sense to direct the "drive." Millions and millions of dollars have been raised during the past year, to the surprise of everybody. The money was in the country, and there is nothing so fluid, so cur rent as money. As some have said, "it was made to be spent," and the method of spend ing is to arouse an interest and get everybody to do the same thing at the same time. But we recognize that the Lord's money must come in a different way from different mo tives. The object of the "drive" is not mere ly to get money. It must bless him who gives, as well as the cause to which it is given. It must have the blood of sacrifice upon it. It must be holy money. There is 110 basis other than a clear and spiritual setting apart of what we have to the Lord's use. The foundation of spirituality is prayer. It must come through communion with our Goil. To get close to Him, we must confess our sins and draw near in humility and godly fear, in thanksgiving for all His benefits toward us. The Psalmist was right when he answered his own question, "What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?" By first taking the cup of God's salvation und calling upon His name. Then we are in the proper frame to pay our vows toward -the Lord. When we have begun to realize the gift of God to us, then we are ready to return gladly ourselves and our substance to Him. When our souls are singing with joy for His deliver ance from the bondage of sin, we are pre pared to send His saving gospel to others. When we have tasted the cup and found our Lord dear to our souls, we are anxious to hand that cup to others. Another foundation of spiritual giving is to know the will of God. More sins come from ignorance than we think. Many a man would be pious if he knew how. Gifts are measured by knowledge. To know, really to know, the deeps of the dire need is to open the heart. To know what God expects of us is going a long way toward doing what He wants us to do. Bible study (for all phases of human life is found in this wonderful book) is the secret of large and spiritual giving. Men who study His revealed will, will either pour out their soul and their treasure in His cause, or become reprobates. Not only what God says about giving ? and He has much to say ? but how our gifts are to be used, what they ought to accomplish and especially the gracious results in the uplift of the world are to be studied. When these two ends have been accom plished, the gathering of the millions will be like shaking ripe fruit from the tree. A. A. L. Contributed THE CHURCH'S FIRST DUTY. By Berkeley Minor. In these times when missions are suffering for money because of other claims, by many Christians thought to be preferred, it were well to read carefully and prayerfully John 6:15, "When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, ttf make him a king, h? departed again into a mountain himself alone." And let ua try get from it the lesson Jesus meant to teach, when he declined leadership of his oppressed coun trymen against Roman tyranny. With his mi raculous power he could easily have delivered them, and not only them hut all oppressed peo ples, of whom the world was even fuller then than now. To use the favorite phrase, he could have made the whole world "safe for democ racy." His declining this noble work teaches (me judice) that he wished his Christian fol lowers to imitate him in making the propaga tion of the gospel, the saving of the world from sin, their one great aim, all others, how ever good, being subordinated to this. Let us Christians then by liberal gifts make sure that missions, in their present scope, do not suffer for money, as they do now; at least this. Nay, let this dreadful war lead us to extend them, in the conviction that the gospel, much more than democracy, is the cure for "Prussianism" and kindred tyrannies. Richmond, Ya. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RELIGIOUS PAPER IN THE HOME. By Rev. Edward Payson Davis, D. D. The pulpit and the press are two of the mighty workers of Christian civilization. The pulpit defends and proclaims the truth by which the Holy Spirit regenerates, convicts, converts and sanctifies men, women and chil dren. "The pulpit must stand acknowledged, while the world shall stand, the most impor tant and effectual guard, support and orna ment of virtue's cause." Cold type can never take the place of the living voice, but the value of the weekly visits of the religious news paper to the homes of our people can scarcely be overestimated. The home lies at the foundation of the Church and the State, and is more ancient and precious than either of those divine insti tutions. The character of the home will de termine the character of our church member ship and of our citizenship. We are glad that the Assembly's Stewardship Committee has de cided to make subscription to our religious organs one of the objects of the Every-Mem ber Canvass next month. It will be a means of indoctrinating our people in the principles of religion and of Presbyterianism and of keep ing them informed in regard to the work of the Church. . In this practical age there is need of fresh emphasis on the doctrines, government and worship of our denomination, as well as the cultivation of the spiritual life of its officers and members. The religious newspaper culti vates high ideals in the home life, encourages the formation of the habit of reading, presses the duties of Sabbath observance, temperance, Bible study, respect for law and prayer, and is an antidote for unwholesome literature No family can afford to be without one. We do not carry other people's consciences, but we think it is the privilege and duty of all our ministers, elders, deacons and members to sup port the editors of all our papers by sending news items and brief articles on burning ques tions; by acquainting our people with these organs; by speaking a good word for them and insisting that they are indispensable helps to the pastor. No pastor can pay a weekly visit to all his people, and yet the religious newspaper does to every household that sub scribes for it. It informs, inspires, comforts, warns and guides, and all these things affect the pastor and his work. "Like people, like priest" (Hosea 4:9). We cannot succeed in this day of modern methods in religions work without giving ju dicious publicity to it. Our people subscribe for the daily papers and many of them read these papers on the Lord's Day. Religious reading should take their place. Our religious newspapers are replete with facts, figures and illustrations with regard to all the benevolent causes of the Church, and "facts are the fin gers of God." They are media of informa tion in reference to foreign and home mis sions, Christian education and ministerial re lief, publication and Sabbath school work and Iiible cause, as well as the great work the noble women of our Church are doing. The religious newspaper is helpful to many parents in teaching and training their chil dren for Christ and the Church after they are converted. It has been said that "the most important ten years of life are from five to fifteen years of age. The great majority of those who pass twenty irreligious are never converted at all." Every week a good paper publishes articles that are adapted to the re ligious needs of the young people, choice de votional excerpts, excellent suggestions for the young people's societies and the prayer meet ing and interesting stories for children. It is of the last importance that we embrace every opportunity to prepare the young people in our homes and churches for future leaders in the Church, school and State. The safe religious paper magnifies God's truth, honors God's ministers, supports the ef forts of God's Church and seeks to develop all the latent forces of God's people. It fur nishes manj' illuminating articles on timely topics; contends earnestly for the faith; keeps us informed in regard to the acts of Church courts; publishes news from all parts o? our Church ; reviews books worth reading. The marvel is that so much excellent reading mat ter can be supplied weekly at such reasonable figures. Greenville, S. C. THE BOLSHEVTKIAN SECTS. By W. H. Morse, M. D. Although all of the Bolsheviki are not of the lesser sects of the Bezpopoftschini, and although there are man}' members of these sects who are not of the "red" character, the distinction of being Bolshevikian is commonly given them. The reason should not be far to seek, for political and ecclesiastical oppres sion and persecution carried on for centuries has been calculated to provoke retaliation now that opportunity serves. One of the Duho bortsi would hardly raise a hand against the government or the Church. The same, in large measure, is true of the Popoftschini. But the lesser Bezpopoftschini have been quick and apt at outlawing religious faith, and of making the Russian Church the object of hate. Churches have been burned, worshippers mas sacred and religious teaching of all kinds banned; and wherever Bolshevik atrocities have been the worst, the blame has been at tributed to them. There are'a dozen or more of these sects. The Pomoryani had as their first teacher the noted Vikulin, who flourished in the time of Peter the Great, and built the monastery on the Nioniga near Lake Ladoga. They are to be found in every province. They believe that the Antichrist has already come and reigns over the world, unseen. They declare that he has put an end to everything in the Church that is holy. The Theodosiki came out of the Pomoryani because they held that all articles purchased in the market frpm unbelievers should have a