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The Central Presbyter/an 6 the Southern Presbyter/an VOL. 93. RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, MAY 28, 1919. No. 22 Cbttortal JSotes anb Comment INCONSISTENCIES are found sometimes in those who have the best intentions. This leads to the doing of evil that good may come. We have just received from a friend a full page advertisement in a daily paper which seems to be one of a series. It is advertising Life Through Faith in Jesus Christ. It is well writ ten and scriptural, and no doubt attracted the attention of many readers of the paper, who in it read more of the word of God than they were accustomed to reading. Our first thought was that this was an excellent plan of present ing the gospel to many who would not hear it or read it otherwise. It is a pity that the secu lar press is not used more to carry the gospel message to the millions of this land who read practically nothing but these papers. Every heresy or false religion that starts up any where gets into the secular papers at once and gains great publicity through them. Christian Science, Russelism and many other cults owe their success largely to their publicity depart ments, which know very well the value of the daily papers and the magazines. Christian peo ple would do well to learn a practical lesson from them. As we read the advertisement we referred to we thought that some Christian man or men had learned this lesson. But we find that in doing so they entirely overlooked an other very important lesson given us by God Himself, and that is that the Sabbath is to bo kept holy, and that nothing shall be done which will tend to its desecration. This advertise ment appeared in a Sunday issue of the paper. We believe that the Sunday secular paper is one of the great curses of this country today, and that it should not be encouraged in any way. Putting this advertisement in it helped the publication of the Sunday paper. It seems to have been a paid advertisement, and there fore it made that issue of the paper just that much more profitable than it would have been otherwise. But more important than that, the publication of such an advertisement is an en dorsement of the Sunday paper by Christians who are trying to advance the religion of Jesus Christ, while the paper itself is a great hin drance to true religion. When Christian peo ple stop advertising in and stop buying and reading the Sunday newspapers they will no longer be published. + + ? ORGANIZATIONS are becoming more and more numerous. This is true of business, of social lifk and of philanthropic and reli gious work. It probably grows out of the fact that such wonderful opportunities are present ed for doing things along each of these lines. The individual with a broad vision sees some thing that ought to be done. It is too big an undertaking for him, so he tries to associate others with him in the work. Then comes the organization. An immense amount of work has beeri accomplished in this way. Indeed it is hard to accomplish much without organiza tion. But there is danger of overdoing even a good thing, if proper care is not taken. The need of ?f many kinds has never been more foi^. - than during the period of the war ana construction days. And the people of Vi?. ^7 , ^ ry have never been as willing to lend then aid to any good. Many of these organizations are doing most excellent work and are to be highly commend ed. But before one joins one of them or gives his work or his money to it, he ought to be sure that the work it claims to do is a needed work and that it is being properly done, with out waste of the money given to it. There are enough organizations about which no question can be raised, including the Church, to use all the labor and money that can be furnished them. Do not be deceived by high sounding names or well prepared prospectuses. These are easily prepared. Do a little investigation or seek the judgment of some in whom you have confidence. Rev. A. M. Fraser, D. !>., Pastor First church, Staunton, Va. Moderator of the General Assembly, New Orleans, La., May 15-22, 1919. ? ? ? HUNGARIANS are revolutionary in politi cal matters, but tliey seem to be no less so in ehurch matters. The clergy of the Cath olic Church in Hungary have taken a very ad vanced and radical step. They are demanding that their bishops shall be elected by the clergy by secret ballot, that they shall be represented by an ambassador at Rome, and that they he allowed to marry. It may life that that Rome ruled country may get a blessing from the war. THE FEDERAL COUNCIL is so varied in its undertakings and is so continually branching out in new directions that it is hard to keep up with all its activities. Here is the latest: "Announcement is made by the General Committee on Army and Navy Chaplains that the committee has established a bureau of in formation for the use of pastors and churches concerning matters relating to war activities and experiences. This action has been taken as the result of numerous inquiries which have already been made of the committee for in formation concerning war risk insurance and compensation, the question of allotments, the location of individual soldiers whose relatives have lost track of them, court-martial cases, etc. The committee is in touch with the va rious departments and bureaus of the govern ment and will do its best to answer questions and to furnish reliable information to ministers of churches and others who may apply." We wonder what it will undertake next. It is a good thing to help those in need, but we can not help wondering why the Council should undertake to do the work that is being done already by the government and by the Red Cross. And we wonder how much more the Council will undertake to do without giving the churches which it represents an opportunity to say whether they approve of its proposed actions. * * + MODERATORSIIIP of the General Assem bly is the highest honor which our Church can bestow upon one of its members. One of the things that make it a high honor is that it comes to a man unsought. If any man, no matter who he might be, were known to be electioneering for this high office, it is very certain that he would fail in securing the honor. More than once a man has failed to receive the honor because his friends did some previous Assembly electioneering. In our Church we believe in this matter the office should seek the man, and not the man the of fice. In the Northern Presbyterian Church it has become quite the custom to have modera tor campaigns previous to the meetings of the Assembly. In the most conservative of our ?xehanges from that Church we find that at least two moderators of the Assembly have been nominated by the Presbyteries to which they belong and which are sending them as commissioners. We hope no such practice will ever find countenance in our Church. Every commissioner ought to go with his mind open and unpledged, so that he can be free to vote, under the guidance of God's Spirit, for the man that seems to promise the best serviee for the Church. What is needed is the man who can best fill the office. He should be well in formed as to the work of the Church and be able to handle impartially any matter that comes be fore the body.