Newspaper Page Text
V L. \
The Presbyterian of the South VOL. 94. RICHMOND, VA., APRIL 7, 1920. No. 14 Cbttorial j%oteg anb DR. CALDWELL was unavoidably prevent ed from furnishing his article on the .Millennium, as soon as lie expected to do so, i< in I for that reason we have been delayed in giving it to our readers. We give the first pari of it this week. It has been necessary to divide it into four parts. The remaining parts will appear in the next three issues of 1 his paper. It will be well for those who are interested in this important subject to keep the various parts, after reading them, so as to he able to lead them over again all to gether. This is a very interesting and impor tant subject, and Dr. Caldwell treats it in a very able manner. The reading of his discus sion will not only be interesting, but it will lie profitable. Few subjects are occupying the thoughts of Christians more than the Second Coming of our Lord. + + CHINESE CHRISTIANS are greatly in need of a Bible Dictionary that is ortho dox in its teaching. It seems that the only ?nie they have was prepared by men imbued with the ideas of higher criticism, and it is really doing much harm in undermining the faith of the Chinese in the fundamentals of the Christian religion. Under the leadership "!' Rev. Dr. Henry M. Woods, of our mission to China, a Bible Dictionary of great value and sound in the faith has been prepared. Its publication is delayed because there is no money available to pay the cost. The. Synod of Virginia appointed a committee, with Rev. Dr. E. W. McCorkle, of Rockbridge Baths, Va., as chairman, to make an effort to raise the $20,000 needed. At last accounts only a small part of this had been secured. We sug f<'st that the Church make the publication of this book of several volumes a memorial to Mrs. II. M. Woods, who for thirty-seven years labored with her husband in China, and who recently died in this country, while Dr. Woods was at his post of duty on the other si?le of the world. We know of no better way i'? perpetuate the influence of her life and work among the people for whom she labored *o long. We shall be glad to have the views "f others on this subject. + + + p OLYGAMY is still taught by the Church of * the Latter Day Saints, as the Mormons 'all themselves, and their missionaries that are found all over this country are teaching it more openly than ever. Rev. R. B. Cheney, of Superior, Wis., writing to the Baptist, says: fwicc recently I have been called into homes 1 ''at have been greatly distressed because of 'he teachings of Mormon missionaries. In each <ase I charged the Mormons with being as f>rmly polygamists as they have ever been, and '"?th times polygamy was championed and de 1<inded. One missionary said, 'Polygamy was I i^ht until the United States legislated against II The other missionary said, 'Sure we are l'"l.vgamists; God commanded it and Jesus ( 1,l'ist taught it/ One of these young men v?>lunteered the information that he 'was not a polygamist' ? he 'was not pure enough.' 'Then,' I replied, 'the purer a man is, the more wives lie should have ? is that your philoso phy?' ' Yes,' he answered. This brazen cham pionship of the outlawed curse of plural wives was too much for the happy couples in these homes, and they will not be troubled further by these scoundrels masquerading in the garb of sainthood. But the surprising thing to me is that polygamy should be thus openly and boldly championed at this late day and by young men ? the possible future leaders of this powerful and unscrupulous organization." It should be remembered that the Mormons have 2,000 missionaries at work in this country preaching their doctrines, though usually they conceal their belief in and practice of poly gamy. The only way to meet their propa ganda is to turn the light on and let the peo ple see the blackness of this blot upon our nation, which now covers several States and will cover others, if its advance is not checked. + + + It Has Come at Last During all the war period and since that we have kept the subscription price of The Presbyterian of the South down. Notwithstanding the greatly increased cost of production, we have kept the price at what it has been for the hist fifty years. The cost of paper on which to print began to rise at the beginning of the war and it has continued to rise. We tried to meet the rise by using a cheaper grade of paper. This was not satisfactory to us or to our readers. We have gone back to the better grade of paper, though it is now costing us exactly three times as much as it did five years ago, and we fear that it is going to cost us more in the future. There have been heavy advances in other items of cost. The result is that we have been publishing the paper at an actual loss. We hoped that prices Would come down, so that we would have no further losses, but they continue to rise. We l?elieve that our readers do not want us to fur nish them the paper for less than it costs to produce it. and so we feel that they will agree that we are justified in raising the subscription price a little. We do not propose to increase it to the extent that most prices have increased. After the first of May the subscription price will be $2.50 a year, if paid in advance, instead of $2.00; and $.3.00 if payment is delayed three months. Any subscription not more than three months due paid before May 1st will be credited for a year for $2.00. Look at your label and see to what date you are paid up and send in the amount due and $2.00 for another year and save the advanced price. + <? + FOREIGN MISSIONS are being most loyally supported by the Northern Presbyterian Church, according to a statement issued a few days ago by Dr. Robert E. Speer, who is one of their secretaries in charge of this work, lie reported that the receipts up to that time from the churches had been 91 per cent, in ad vance of last^year. That is certainly making a very good showing. It is to be hoped that in the year upon which we have just entered our Church may do as well. We have the money. It belongs to God. The question is, Will we use it for God ? Ministerial relief has a wonderful offer made it by Mr. C. E. Graham, so well known for his liberality to all the causes of the Church. He secured a very valuable office building in Jacksonville, Fla., at what was practically a forced sale. It is said by tliose who know it and are capable of estimat ing its value to be worth at least $1,000,000. It is now paying 6 per cent, on that amount. It cost Mr. Graham $700,000. He will sell it to the Committee on Ministerial Relief for $500,000, thereby making a gift to the com mittee of $200,000. The committee has $100, 000 which it can invest in this building; but in order to accept this very liberal offer it must have $400,000 more. A business man of large experience told us that he knew this building well, that it is located in the best business section of Jacksonville, and that he considered it well worth its estimated value of $1,000,000. The income from this investment would aid very greatly in taking care of in firm ministers and the widows and orphans of ministers, many of whom are having very hard times in these days of the high cost of living. Any liberal-hearted people who want to aid in making this offer available can write to Rev. Dr. II. II. Sweetsf Louisville, Ky. + + + FOURTEEN years ago the union was formed between the Northern and a part of the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches, and dur ing all these years there have been contentions and law suits over the possession of church property. The last case decided by the courts was that of the Mt. Zion church in Kansas City, Mo. This decision was rendered just a few days ago. It seems that the church was built many years ago, and it has always been a Cum berland church. In its membership there were forty-six who opposed the union of the two Churches and three who favored it. These three brought suit to have the church property all turned over to the Northern Presbyterian Church, and the Federal court decreed that this should be done. The forty-six members are turned out of their church home, and the three, who it is said had not been in the habit of attending the church, are given possession of all the property. This may be in accordance with the law of the land, but it is not according to the law of love. + + + JEWS are more numerous in New York than they are or ever have been in any other city in the world. There are 2,000,000 of them. That means that every third person in that great city is a Jew. The Committee on Evan gelization of the Northern Presbyterian Church has just appropriated $50,000 to erect a build ing for work among these descendants of God's Chosen People, and $5,000 for conducting it for a year. We are glad to see this work started. We are told the Jews are responding to the appeal of the gospel since the war, as they have never done before. It seems strange that Christians have done so little to give these people the gospel. We realize that it is diffi cult work, and yet it is not so difficult as work among heathen peoples.