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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, November 24, 1920, Image 17

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twenty-live years of age not enrolled
in any Sabbath school of any Protes
tant denomination; thirteen million
under twelve years of age are receiv
ing no religious instruction. ? Religion
is the nation's greatest asset, yet CO
per cent, of the voters of this repub
lic, those who make the nation's laws,
make no profession of any religion.
This lack of religion is threaten
ing the security of the three pillars
of modern society ? the home, the
Church, the State. Bolshevism ? God
denying, law-defying, man-deflling ? is
raising its ugly head in a menacing
manner. The United States Depart
ment of Justice has issued a warning
that there are 300,000 "radicals" at
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doctrines of lawlessness and discon
tent; many of them advocating a gov
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flowing again. There is every indi
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millions to the alien population al
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Winning the World.
America is the Church's key posses
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world for Christ, it must win our own
land for Him. The world needs Amer
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Before the great war twenty-six na
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own. Of what value would the ab
stract teaching concerning the supe
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have been if America had shown a
failure in pratice, and if more than
50 per cent, of the people had openly
expressed a disbelief in democracy as
a desirable form of government? ?
How can the Church in America ex
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non-Christian lands in a way that
they will desire it when two-thirds of
the American people are outside of
the enumerated Christian ranks, and
by their life and conduct contradict
our Christian testimony? Home Mis
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America's example to commend Christ
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will can meet the need. It is' a tre
mendous undertaking to give the gos
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the Church in our own land and bring
them to a determination to make
Christ supreme in their lives. But
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A Plea for Equity.
The Assembly's Home Missions has
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