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RICHMOND, VA., APRIL 21, 1920. i ' No. 16 '4 <?bitorial JJoteS atib Comment CHlilNA for Christ What an inspiring slogan that is ! What a vision it suggests ! Think of the four hundred million of that age (tld empire being won for Christ. The Chin es Christians have started a movement with this slogan expressing their aims and desires. A largely attended meeting of missionaries and Chinese Christians has recently been held in Shanghai to launch this movement. It is felt that it should be distinctly a Chinese move ment and that it 'should be directed by them. Dr. Cheng has been made secretary of the move ment. In speaking of it he gives two reasons for the undertaking: "(1) The unusual will ingness on the part of the more enlightened classes outside the Church to study and investi gate Christianity; (2) The unusual willing ness and readiness on the part of the Christian Church today for action, for sen-ice, and even for sacrifice." Among the tasks to be under taken by the movement, says Dr. Cheng, are: "(1) The conquest of illiteracy; (2) the en lightenment and training of Christian workers and ministers; (3) the training in stewardship; (4) reaching the unreached ; (5) Christianizing the public conscience; (6) deepening the spirit ual life of the Church." + + + DELOUBET'S SELECT NOTES ? what ? A Sunday School worker has not used and been bleesed in using them. For forty-five years this volume has been published and spread \ broadcast over the land and been used by Sun day school teachers of all the churches. The J news that the author of these Notes, Rev. Dr. F. N. Peloubet, has ceased his labors on earth to enter the higher service on high of Him whom he served so efficiently here, brings a feel ing of a real loss to the .multitude of those who have learned to depend so upon his practical help in the study of the Sunday school lessons. Having used these Notes ourselves for many years, both in Sunday school and in editorial work, we have studied carefully the* volumes as they have come out year after year, and we liave never, seen in one of them the slightest urning away from "the old paths" of sound interpretation of the word of God, nor have we ever known any one to criticize adversely Dr. JMoubet's work. He has been an inspiration *uany a teacher and lias done probably more* '!ian any other- man since the days of the Apos tles to spread the truths of God's revealed word, for in all these years thousands of teachers h^ve '"'eu drinking at the fountain which, flowed from his great heart and have thus been to pass on- the* water of life received ti rough him to those whom they .taught. So, | ?ugh God has called the worker to Himself, "s work will go on for many years to come in hearts and lives of the teachers and pupils many Sunday, schools of many churches, "'ty his work will follow him. It is for ,Ul|ate for the Bible students of the land that o work that Dr. Peloubet has done so well lie carried on by Dr., Amos R. Wells, who w ,a8 been closely associated with him in the reparation of the- Notes for many years. TITIIIXG was tbe law of the Jews given them of God. They paid two- and possi bly three tithes besides their free-will offerings. There are some who say that the law of the tithe is not binding under the Gospel dispensation. But few of these will hold that Christians of this day ought to give less for the support of God's work than the Jews of old did. Suppose all of the memlyrs of our Church paid one tithe what would the result be ? We have no way of answering this question definitely. But let us see what we can do in finding an approximate answer. Presbyterians as a class are not poor people. Let us assume that the average in come of the members of the Church is only $500, a very low estimate. According to last gear's, report, we had 364,000 members. On this basis their income was $182,000,000. One tithe of this would be $18,200,000. We gave to all causes $6,934,156. Are we giving as the Lord has prospered us? A Wise Subscriber Taking advantage of our offer to accept payment Tn advance for subscriptions for any length of time at the present rate of $2 a year, one of our subscribers has* just paid his subscription for five years. The opportunity is open for others to do so until May 1st. Remember that after that date the price of The Presbyterian of the South will be $2.50 a year, if paid in advance. If payment is delayed three^ months, it will be $5.00. Look at the date on your label, which shows the time to which your subscription is paid. If it is not more than three months due $2 will advance the date'a year. If it is more than three months behind, send $2.50 for each year and then send $2 for another year. Act at once. Do not wait until after May 1st. + + 4? PASTORS' salaries are being raised in many churches, and yet any one who will look; into the matter will see that far too little has been done in this direction. It/is probable that our Church has done more in this direction than some other denominations and yet we have done far too little. From 1915 to 1919 the total increase of amounts paid for pastors' salaries by our whole Church was a little over tweifty two per cent. During that time there had been about six per cent, increase in the number of ministers, so that the proportionate increase in salaries during those years was only about six teen per cent. There have been further in creases during the past year, but yet the salaries of a large part of the pastors have not b?en raised anything like, enough to meet the in creased cost of living. Th^ churches have raised unusually large amounts for many causes and in this work the pastors have taken the lead, but they can do nothing for themselves. The churches, led by their officers, should come to their relief liberally and at once. rilfeyfe ^ v_,\ t ^ 1 CITY TEMPLE in London is the church of which Dr. Joseph Parker was for a long time pastor. It seems not to be satisfied witli any home grown pastors in recent years. Its last pastor was* Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, from America. It has just called Rev. F. W. Nor wood, of Australia. The church seems to reach out as widely theologically as it does geographi cally. The church is Congregational. *j2Dr. Newton was a Universalist. Mr. Norwood is a Baptist. It is remarkable how omnivorous some spiritual appetites are. + + 4. METHODISTS of England are trying to get together in organic union. The main branches of this Church in that country are the Wesley an Methodist Church, With a mem bership of nearly 500,000 ; the Primitive Methodist Church, with a membership of a little more than 200,00 ; and the United Methodist Church, with "Tfearly 200,000 members. It is said that progress is being made toward union, but that there is strong opposition on the part of some. It is said that if the union is ef fected a number v of the members of these churches will leave and unite "with the Church of England. This would seem to be jumping out of tlie frying pan into the lire. If they cannot agree with those who differ so slightly, how aan they expect to get on. with those who differ so widely as the Church of England ? + + + ^ CRITICISMS are sometimes made because the critic does not get a full knowledge of the subject of which he is speaking or writing. Our attention has just been called to a criticism 1 of the Interchurch World Movement, whick seems to us to be of this class. The writer is very severe in criticizing it because it does not - .appropriate a large sum of money for a certain department of Church work which needs money very badly, when as he stfys it is raising such enormous sums. There are some facts that he overlooks. The Interchurch Movement is not undertaking to raise large sums of money jjself. It is merely trying to aid the churches in rais ing the money they say they need. The Inter church Movement does not make up the budget for the churches, nor does it have any budget of its own. The budget which it presents is the sum of the church budgets. The only money that will be received by the Interchurch Move ment, beyond that provided for its expenses, will be whatever is given by people who do not care to give through any special church. This will not be appropriated lby the Movement, l>ut will be turnod over by it to the churches co-operating with the Movement in the campaigns. The chttvcltes themselves will decide how this is to bo ?used. Each church is expected to raise and spend its own money and the Interchurch Movement is just a "big brother," trying to aid it .by securing information and disseminating it among the people, and by inspiring the Church to do its duty and come up to its privi lege in providing the money needed to do the work the Lordi has given it to do in building up Hig kingdom in the world.