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The Central Presbyter/an 6 The Southern Presbyter/an VOL. 93. RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, MAY 7, 1919. No. 19 Cbttorial iiotes anb Comment THE General Assembly is to meet in New Orleans on the 15th. There are a num ber of important matters to come before it for discussion. There will be the question of union or federation with other ehureh bodies. The committee to whom this . matter was referred last year, we understand, has prepared its re port, but they have not yet made it public. Then there will be the proposition of Mr. J. 13. Spillman in regard to a joint treasurer for all the Executive Committees. The work of all of our committees will deinai d the most care ful consideration. Not least of these will be the Foreign Mission Committee, with its debt of $212,000. Something must be done to li quidate this debt, or the work will be serious ly handicapped. There are many other mat ters of vital interest to the Church. They will demand for their proper solution all the wis dom of all the commissioners. For this reason every commissioner should go with the deter mination to give every question most careful consideration and all the time that the work of the Assembly needs. Nothing but a provi dential dealing of God should make a man late in reporting, or make him leave before the work is complete. + + ? PRAYER, by order of the Assembly, is asked of the whole Church before and during its meeting, that God's Spirit may guide it in all of its deliberations. We send our commis sioners to the Assembly, but we realize that they need divine direction in deciding the many difficult problems that come before them. God has promised to give His Iloly Spirit to them that ask Him, and our Saviour says that he will guide into all truth. He also says that if two shall agree as touching what they ask, it shall be done unto them. The commissioners will pray, and let the Church at home pray, and there will be two great volumes of prayer going up to the throne of grace, which will bring a great blessing. If there were more prayer on the part of the Church before the Assembly meets and then during the days it is in session, there would be less occasion for criticism afterwards. ? + ? PRINCETON UNIVERSITY has for gener ations had a reputation that made it seem one of the safest educational institutions in this coi/ntry to which to send a young man. The Philadelphia Presbyterian says: "Today this high excellence is imperiled. The first as sault was in her religious and moral life. It began when she substituted in her Bible chair German destructive criticism for the historic evangelical faith. The evil effects of this in fluence have been such as to reduce her reli gious life to a very low condition. Her Y. M. C. A. has lost its prestige and her chapel ex ercises have become the center of false teach ing. It is also reported that some marks of socialism have appeared. Yery recently the attack has been on her high intellectual stand ard. It is impossible to maintain a lofty and intellectual type upon a degenerate religious basis. Princeton has been noted for her em phasis upon the study of man rather than upon the study of things. The humanities have al ways held a prominent place in her curricu lum. She has aimed to produce noble, able men rather than vocations. She has furnished the men and left it to other institutions to prepare them for occupations. According to the discussions in the university, there is now a decided effort on the part of many in the faculty to reverse this order and to magnify the study of material and physical forces, and to make the production of men secondary, and to emphasize the ability to earn one's living." * + + Ifyt f^ou Come By Rev. N. Keff. Smith, D. D. O hear the Saviour's loving voice, He tenderly bids you, Come; O hearken that you may rejoice, He tenderly bids you, Come. Chorus: Just as I am, my only plea, His precious blood was shed for me; And from all sin He sets me free ? He tenderly bids you, Come. Upon the cross He died for thee, He tenderly bids you, Come; His precious blood is offered free, He tenderly bids you, Come. From sin and guilt it washes white, He tenderly bids you, Come; It makes us spotless in God's sight, He tenderly bids you, Come. He offers you sweet, peace and rest, He tenderly bids you, Come; That you may bo supremely blest, He tenderly bids you, Come. To fellowship with all the saints, ^ He tenderly bids you, come; To share their pleasures and complaints. He tenderly bids you, Come. To heaven at last with joy supreme, He tenderly bids you, Come; To rest beside its crystal stream, He tenderly bids you, Come. Ponchalonla, La. ? ? + CHINA is so far away and it is such a big country that it is hard for us to realize the problems of the missionaries. We have just seen that an effort is to be made to reacli the jinriksha men in Nanking. There are 10,000 of these men in that city. With their little carts they take the place of the electric cars of oirr cities. Their work is hard and trying and they are poorly paid. It is said that many of them have no homes, and that none of them have much of comfort. They need the gospel, but think what it. means for a small mission force to reach these 10,000 men with the message of salvation. And yet they constitute only one class-in that great city. Verily the missionary's task is great. BUILDINGS in which to preach the gospel are a very essential part of mission work. Many a promising work has failed just for the lack of a building. Montgomery Presbytery has had in operation for several years a plan, which is used in other parts of the Church also, and which has accomplished much good. As many members of the churches of the Presby tery as possible are enrolled in a church build ing band. Each one agrees to pay one dollar whenever called upon, provided not more than two calls are made in one year. This money is given with the understanding that it is to be used in building a church in some place where the people cannot build without help. It is further agreed that the money thus raised is to be the last payment on the building, so that it may be completed free of debt. We are informed that this plan originated in East Hanover Presbytery about thirty -five years ago. In about six j'ears ten churches were built, which could not have been built with out this help. For some reason the plan was allowed to fall into disuse, and since that time nothing like as many churches have been built in any subsequent period of the same length. This Presbytery is taking steps to revive the plan, so that other needed churches and manses may be built. ? * ? SESSIONS sometimes have a fear of the roll of their churches being too large. They find that they have on their rolls some mem bers that are not active in Church work, and it may be they are negligent even in attend ing public worship and fail to contribute to the support of the Church. One elder writes us that his session placed twenty-five such per sons on a "retired list," and did not report them to Presbytery. We do not know by what law of the Church this can be done. And the question arises, Is it wise to do this? That there are such members in almost every church there is no question. But are not they just the people that need the Church ? We know nothing of the case referred to above, but we wonder how many times in the last year the elders of that church have visited those mem bers, and how often they have asked each of them to do some definite woik for the church. These people who show so little interest in the welfare of the church are "babes in Christ." They need the careful nurture and training of the church, their spiritual mother. It may not be possible to develop all the indifferent mem bers into actjve ones, but many of them can be. The business man who has something to sell works hard to interest those whom he hopes will become his customers. lie is not ready to give up because of indifference shown at first. lie goes again mid again, and if he finds one argument does not answer he uses another. The Church might profit by his ex ample.