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j MAY I S 192} (
The Presbyterian <?.i|e South Vol. 95. No. 20. RICHMOND, VA. May 18, 1921. VJKAYER is asked each year for the General 1 Assembly. This highest eourt of our Church meets in St. Louis this week. It is made up of ii km i tried and true from all parts of the Church, but these men are neither infallible nor omniscient. They will have to consider and decide many important questions pertaining to I lie life and work of the Church. What a bless ing it would be if God were asked to guide :i II their deliberations, whenever His people meet together for public worship, by each fam ily as they kneel about the family altar, and li\ each Christian as lie engages in his private devotions. If there were more prayer for the Assembly l>efore and during its sessions, there would be less ground for criticizing its actions afterwards. + + + TKAINING men for the work of the teach ing and preaching the gospel has always l>een considered necessary. But almost since t lie very beginning of modern mission work women have been sent to the foreign field, with little or no training for their work. When wo men have been engaged for work in the churches or the mission fields of the home land, the same thing has l>een practically true. The churches are waking up to the fact that this is not wise, and that it is not right Our own Assembly's Training School is doing a fine work in overcoming this errof by fitting many young women for efficient work at home and abroad. Our sister Church of the North is doing a similar work through the Philadelphia School for Christian Workers. This school has a large efficient faculty, and is well equipped '<> give excellent training along many lines that will Jit young women for Christian work. All such schools as these ought to have the hearty support of the Church in providing all the e quipment needed, until it will not be neces sary to say to any worthy applicant that there is no room for her. The demand for trained women workers is far in excess of the supply. + + + SOLOMON said, "Of making many books there is no end." Some not so wise as Solomon are saying today, "Of making much machinery for Church work there is no end." 'he Philadelphia Presbyterian says: "The tendency to create a new agency in connection with religious work on the least suggestion has led to great expense. The machine has had in troduced into it so many wheels that it has be come clogged with its own complexity, and is :i useless burden, unproductive and expensive." Our Church has not gone so far in this direc tion as some others, but wo would do well to make a survey of conditions to see if we are inclined to go too far as a Church. When we consider the various agencies of our own Church and those of a general or interdenominational character with which the Church is connected, either directly or indirectly through the service ?f our ministers and the gifts of our people, 't may be well for us to see if there is need for any more machinery, or even for all that wo have. STRANGE indeed does it seem that any of those who are in charge of the manage ment of the foreign mission work in China should try to quiet the public mind, by saying that there is no truth in the charge that radi calism in the interpretation of the Scriptures is being taught in that country. Those who make this statement give no proof that the charge is not true, nor do they give any evidence that they have made any investigation to find out whether or not the charges are well founded. On the other hand, there are a thousand mis sionaries in China belonging to many churches, who have banded themselves together in the Bible Union to oppose the false interpretation of the Scriptures, which they say has become very common among those who are supposed to l>e there to preach the gospel of salvation to Rev. Walter 1?. Ijingle, D. D., Moderator of the General Assembly, Professor in Union Theological Seminary, President of the General Assembly's Training School. lost sinners. Instead of doing this, it is said that quite a large number are denying the in spiration of the Scriptures and casting doubt upon many of its teachings. This would be bad enough in a Christian country, where there would be some possibility of false teaching be ing offset, but it is infinitely worse in a heathen country. There a man does not often have the teaching of but one preacher of the gospel. If that one preacher to him a false gospel, what hope can there be of his being saved ? A promi nent missionary was asked what was the best means of overcoming such teaching. His reply was: "Clean out the source from which such teachers come." If this country is to continue to send out such missionaries, we do not see how the home Church can escape the judgment of God. OUR Northern exchanges seem to take very little interest in the proposed plan and constitution of the proposed "Presbyterian He formed Churches of America." Of the four principal papers of the Northern Church, The Presbyterian of Philadelphia, The Presbyte rian Banner of Pittsburg and The Herald and Presbyter up to the date of this writing have made no reference to it at all. The Continent of New York refers to it very briefly, but does not give its readers the opportunity of reading or even of knowing what its provisions are. It is not at all satisfied with the plan, which it says does not provide for union, but "just fed eration again." It says further: "We feel very sure that the U. S. A. Assembly to meet pres ently at Winona Lake will care nothing for it." We have rather a feeling that the same condition will be found in the U. S. Assembly presently to meet in St. Louis, Mo. + * + TWO overtures were sent down to its Pres byteries by the Northern General Assem bly at its last meeting. One of these was on the question of making women eligible to the offices of elder and deacon. The other was con cerning the proposed plan of that Church to unite with any and all churches that were will ing to unite with it on a very simple and meagre basis of union. In that Assembly, it seems, only a majority vote of the Presbyteries is necessary to adopt such amendments to the con stitution of the Church. From the reports of the Presbyteries thus far received, it seems certain that both of these overtures have been defeated by a considerable majority. We have always believed that the greater part of that great Church is sound in the faith, but we have known also that a minority is not sound, and this view is confirmed bv the fact that a very large number of Presbyteries voted in favor of each of these overtures. ?fr ?* + MEXICO seems to be settling down in a wonderful way. Whatever may be said of the way in which the present government came into }>ower, it looks as though it is prov ing itself equal to the handling of many of the difficult questions which face it. Every ad vance step in bringing peace and quiet to that revolution cursed country is a great help to Christian mission work. A few years ago, when the new constitution was adopted, it seemed to make this work next to impossible. But it seems now that missionaries have never had better opportunities for doing their work than at present. Our mission force has one of the best fields in all the country, in the new territory which has been assigned them in the southern part of the republic. The people re ceive them kindly and are ready to hear the gospel. The only trouble is that which is com mon to all of our mission fields, their numbers are far too small. May God call many more laborers and may His people provide the means of sending them, until all the people are given an opportunity of accepting Jesus Christ as their Saviour.