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so that they must have tithed to the ohureh on
some unknown principle. The proud Pharisee boasted that he paid tithes of all that he pos sessed. but no one knows his occupation. When Christ addresses his scathing denunciation di rectly to the Pharisees who tithed their mint and rue and all manner of herbs, but neglected the weightier matters of the law, such as mer cy and judgment, there is no intimation as to their occupation. When he said, ''This ought ye to have done and not leave the other un done." he did not intend to endorse the tithe, as practiced by the Jew, as a rule for the ob servance of the Christian Church. He was talking to Jews and telling them what good Jews should do under the Jewish law. There is no passage whatever in the New Testament that endorses the law of the tithe for the Chris tian Church. Indeed, there seems to be no rule whatever in the New Testament. As touching the "col lection for the saints" Paul admonished the Corinthians that on the first day of the week they should lay by in store as God hath pros pered them, but this does not seem to have been intended as a system hut was a special collection that Paul was to receive when he came. Paul also said that the Lord loves a hilarious giver but the Church has never been very noisy when the plates are passed. The question of finances troubled the Apostolic Church very little. We read of no building enterprises ; great churches and cathedrals, universities and hospitals were not in their plans, the matter of salaries was never mentioned and their missionary work seems to have been performed under the con straint of the love of Christ. When the apos tolic dispensation was given to the Gentile Christians not a word was said about tithing or giving. For several years the followers of Christ were considered a sect of Jews and they may have continued their regular tithing to the Jewish authorities, but when the Christians finally broke with the mother church there was a disposition to reject all that was possible of the Pharisaical Church, even to the Sabbath day, and it is likely the tithe was also re jected. There is no evidence that the tithe was ab rogated. It was simply a principle and a sys tem of giving or paying unto the Lord. We first read of it in the Uible when Abraham tithed to the Priest Mechisedec, centuries be fore Moses made it a law. Then Jacob prac ticed it as a religious duty and Moses adopted it for his people. The children of Israel seem to have prospered most when they were lion estly paving the tithe as a religious duty. The prophet Malachi was stating history as well as a promise when he told degenerating Israel that the windows of heaven would be opened if they would but bring in the tithes and of ferings. That result follows today just as surely as it ever did in the history of the Jews. The individual or the church that gives liber ally as a religious obligation never finds the windows of heaven closed. They are blessed of God, and truly, the liberal soul is made fat. If, then, the principle and system of the tithe were of so great benefit to the giver when hon estly observed, besides yielding sufficient and abundance for the Lord's work in ancient times, why not observe it now? The tithe was based on the Lord's declara tion: "The land is mine," and the tithe was only a reasonable portion for the Lord. But under the present dispensation we belong to the Lord. Now, it is a law that all that be longs to the person or thing owned also belongs to the owner of the person or thing. Therefore we are only stewards for the Lord. We seem to be as anxious to escape the responsibilities of our stewardship as the Jews to cseape the tithe. Do -we not err therein? Do we not close the whitlows of heaven to ourselves denying ? the gospel to the needy heathen? Any pastor will declare with much emphasis that the sin of the Church next to unbelief is withholding from the Lord. One of the secrets of the suc cess of the Methodists in raising their tremen dous Centenary fund was the slogan, "A mill ion tithers in Methodism." It is true some of their pastors deceived their people by insisting that Christ endorsed the tithe for the Christian Church and it would have been far better to have presented the tithe merely as a tried and an invariably successful system of religious giving. It is just as successful to the giver as to the church or other object of the giving. It acts both ways. Of course, any system will do that provided it is a system that makes the giver feel that he is giving as much as he can afford and giving it cheerfully. But where is there any other system? The present methods of giving do not yield enough to keep the work going. The living is poor for ministers and missionaries and the work of the kingdom lags for want of money. We all know that wherever tithing is being tried it yields much more than ever before. If pastors will present it as a system of giving and urge their people to try it. they will find not only the financial problems solved but their people taking a much greater interest in the Church and missions; because, where their treasure is there will their heart be. Principles never die and it is entirely premature to say that the tithing principle is dead or obsoles cent. It is very much alive and the only suc cessful method advocated bjf anyone. Many tithers get so cheerful about it that they in crease the proportion as their ability grows. Nearly everyone can tithe. Many can do bet ter. so the average should be the tithe. A tither seldom goes back to the old way but more often gives more. It is a happy pastor and a prosperous church when a third of the mem bers are tithers, but two-thirds of them should be tithing. It is the growing conviction among pastors that the church will not succeed in the work it should do unless the principle of the tithe is generally practiced. North Cohocton, N. V. UNDERMINING THE FOUNDATIONS. By Rev. James Russell. The Supreme Court of Nebraska handed down an opinion declaring the reading of the Bible, supplication to God, singing of sacred hymns in the public schools of that State, arc prohibited by the Constitution; all the justices concurred in this. If reading of the Bible and supplication to God be unlawful in the school room, it must also be unlawful in the homes of these children. Who is this that takes the foundation stone, the Bible, from our nation and government ? Nebraska is not aione in this work. California, through a recent deci sion of its Supreme Court, says that it is un constitutional to read the Bible in public schools or colleges of that State. Is all this due to the overflow of immigra tion from the Orient, or from whence is it, that our religious liberty is to be taken from this great republic and our Bible from the coming generation, the stone which is the foun dation of civilization, peace, liberty and happi ness? Chester, S. C. The men who stand straightest in the pres ence of sin bow lowest in the presence of God. ? F. B. Meyer. Heart to Heart MR. MOODY'S INFLUENCE. I remember with a great deal of admiration the work of that extraordinary man, Mr. Moody. lie was not a learned man, as yon know, and the doctrine that he preached was always doctrine which seemed to have inevi tably something personal to do with you if you were in the audience. And whenever 1 came into contact with Mr. Moody I got the impression that he was coming separately into contact with one person at a time. I remem ber that 1 was onee in a very plebeian place; 1 was in a barber shop, lying in a chair, and 1 was aware that a personality had entered the room. A man came quietly in upon the same errand that 1 had come in on and sat in the chair next to me. Every word that lie uttered, though it was not in the least didac tic, showed a personal and vital interest iu the man who was serving him, and before 1 got through with what was being done to me 1 was aware that 1 had attended an evangelis tic service, because Mr. Moody was in the next chair. I purposely lingered in the room after he left and noted the singular effect his visit had upon the barbers in that shop. They talked in undertones. They did not know his name. They did not know who had been there, but they knew that something had ele vated their thought. And I felt that I left that place as 1 should have left a place of wor ship. Mr. Moody always sought and found the individual. ? From an address by Professor Woodrow Wilson. THE ENRICHING YEARS. The poetry of all growing life consists in carrying an oldness into a newness, a past into a future always. So only can our days possibly be bound "each to each by natural piety." 1 would not for the world think that twenty years hence I should have ceased to see the things which I see now, and love them still. It would make life wearisome beyond expression if I thought that twenty years hence I should see them just as I see them now, and love them with no deeper love be cause of other visions of their loveableness Ami so there comes this deep and simple rule for any man as he crosses the line dividing one period of his life from another, the same rule which he may use also as he passes through any critical occurrence of his life: Make it a time in which you shall realize your faith, and also in which you shall expect of your faith new and greater things. Take what you believe and are, and hold it in your hand with new firmness as you go forward : but as you go, holding it, look on it with con tinual and confident expectations to see it open into something greater and truer. ? Phillips Brooks. ATTACKS ON RELIGION. From Leslie's. The cheapest sort of attack upon religion is that of the newspaper headline writer who plays up the clergyman's son or Sunday school teacher or church member haled into court on a criminal charge. The rare instances of lapses simply reveal the weakness common to human nature, and bring out by contrast the over whelming majority of cases in which religion shows itself to have a real power over human conduct. The unthinking and the scoffer feed upon such sensational headlines, while the scoffer at all religions is furnished a new text for his tirades. Great newspapers should be above playing into the hands of those who seek to discredit the Vtark of the churches.