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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, February 19, 1919, Image 2

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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

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