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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, June 11, 1919, Image 1

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SOUTHERN BAPTISTS have taken a de
cidedly advanced step in regard to their
Church papers. The first step -is to follow the
action of our own Church in directing its Mis
sion Boards to see that their missionary maga
zine is sent to every pastor. Our Church sends
The Missionary Survey to all the ministers of
our Church. The second step is to urge the
State Boards to see that a Church paper
is sent to each pastor. They maintain that
this would be a good investment for the Church,
as the Boards "will be more than reimbursed
in receipts1 for all the causes they foster." In
our Church there are about 2,000 ministers.
At the regular subscription price of the Presby
terian Of the South it would cost $4,000 to send
the paper to each of them. But if there is any
one who wishes' to invest some money in this
way, either for the whole Church or for any
particular State, we are ready to make large
concessions as to the amount. The third step
taken in this direction js to recommend "that
the State Boards apportion an adequate number
of subscribers to each Association in each State,
and that the Association in turn apportion ita
apportionment among the churches. These ap
portionments of subscribers to the papers are to
be made in the same way that apportionments
are made for missions and other causes." If
such a plan were adopted in our Church, the
Synod would apportion to the Presbyteries, and
the Presbyteries to the churches, the number
of subscribers which it would seem each church
ought to secure among its members. The editor
of one of the Baptist papers says : "The appor
tionment plan by the State Boards will bring
the best results if carried out. This plan was
put in operation in Georgia independently of
State Convention action, and it has resulted in
an unprecedented increase in the circulation of
the Index. The apportionment plan was adopted
by one other State Baptist paper and the appor
tionment was published about the middle of
February. It resulted in 1,400 new subscribers
up to the 10th of May. The apportionment plan
as recommended by the Southern Baptist Con
vention will add thousands of subscribers to the
State Baptist papers of the South. This will
increase the effectiveness of the enlistment work
which is being done by the Homo Mission
Board and the various State Boards. It is of
vital importance to put the recommendations of
the Southern Baptist, Convention into operation
at once. It will greatly help to make the $75, ?
000,000 program a success."
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T} APTISTS seem to be coming to the con
elusion that their absolute congregational
ism is not entirely satisfactory. In his address
to the Northern Baptist Convention just held
its president asks this significant question: "Is
there a Baptist denomination in any organized
business sense, or are we just individual
churches, in individual States, in individual
societies, each pursuing the separate course
which most approves itself to individual judg
ment regardless of what others are thinking or
doing or of the vastly greater accomplishment
possible through well directed co-operation ?" It
always has been a surprise to us that this great
Church has been able to hold together so well
and do such a great work as it has accomplished
in the world when it has no written creed as
its guide, and when the connection between the
various congregations is only "a gentlemen's
agreement." The fact is that the voluntary
connection in their Associations and Conven
tions is really almost as binding as though they
were more closely organized. Yet if they had
some closer organization, it is probable that
they could unify their power as they have never
been able to do.
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Dwelling and Walking
With Christ
I have a Friend so precious,
So very dear to me,
He loves me' with such tender love,
He loves so faithfully,
I could not live apart from him,
NI love to feel him nigh, _
And so we dwell together,
My Lord and I. ?
Sometimes I'm faint and weary,
He knows that I am weak,
And as he bids me lean on him,
His help I gladly seek;
He leads me in the paths of light
Beneath a sunny sky,
And so we walk together,
My Lord and I.
? Old Huguenot Hymn.
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MEMORIAL DAY in New York seems to
have been taken advantage of by the Ro
man Catholics to bring their church before the
public. Who was responsible for the plans
carried out the papers which report them do not
say. It seems that in connection with and as
a part of the Memorial Day exercises the Cath
olics, led by an archbishop and other high dig
nitaries of the church, celebrated a "field mass"
in memory of the soldiers and sailors who "gave
their lives for the liberty of the United States
of America during the late war." The thought
comes to us as to what would have been said
if the Presbyterians of New York or any othei
Protestant denomination had proposed to have
a ^rvice on such an occasion. We are inclined
to think that presumption of such a proposition
'would have been denounced in more than one
quarter. We do not believe that any church
should force its peculiar doctrines or practice
upon the public when people are practically
not left to choose whether they will attend the
services or not.
STRIKES may or may not be justified, but
certainly they are very inconveuifent at
times to those who are not directly connected
with any differences that may arise between
employers and employees. A strike is responsi
ble for our having to use the paper upon which
the Presbyterian of the South is printed this
week. For more than a month the employees
of the mill which makes our paper have been
on a strike, and the mill has been closed. No
paper could be made or shipped. The result
has been that we have had to do the best that
we could, and this paper is the best that we
can now buy of the size that we need. We
hope that by next week we shall have our regu
lar paper. This is one of the results of after
war conditions, and we feel sure that our read
ers will sympathize with us in our troubles in
this matter.
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SOCIAL work is being urged upon the Church
in many quarters. The claim is made that
this is necessary in order that the world may
be saved. A speaker before the Northern Bap
tist Convention in its recent meeting in Denver,
Col., said : "We believe the world will never
be saved by social reform, by hygiene, by soup
kitchens or modern plumbing. It will be saved
only as individuals are saved, i. e., transformed
in purpose and allegiance and made partakers
of the divine nature." If a man's relations to
God are right, his relations to his fellow-man
will take care of themselves.
? ? ?
UNION between the Northern and the
larger part of the Cumberland churches
was consummated in 1906. Very sot.n legal
suits were instituted in civil courts k. decide
property rights. There were so many of these
that the General Assembly appointed a special
"Committee on Legal Matters Connected with
Reunion." For thirteen years this committee
has been engaged in directing the fights in the
courts to gain possession of property belonging
to divided Cumberland congregations. The
committee has just completed its work and been
discharged. We wonder how many weak, strug
gling bands of Christians i>ave been left with
out any part of the church property for which
they helped to pay. We wonder how much of
bitterness has been engendered during those
thirteen years of litigation in the courts, in
which the stronger were trying to take every
thing from the weaker.
? ? ?
REPORTS from the Northern Presbyterian
Church show that it has 9,823 churches.
Of this number 3G received 100 or more on
profession of faith during the past yeir. From
75 to 99 were received bv 56 churches; 50 to
74 by 158 ; 25 to 49 by 671 ? 10 to 24 by 1,751 ;
5 to 9 by 1,413; 1 to 4 by 2,212; and 3,526,
or more than one-third of all the chunthes, had
no additions on confession of faith.

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