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purpose of God in this dispensation: "IIow
first God visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name. And to this agree the words of the prophet, as is written: After these things 1 will return, and I will build again the tabernacle of David which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up." Dr. Snowden says: "The very point of this argument is that 'the tabernacle of David' is built 'again' in the Christian Church or in the kingdom of God in the Christian dispensation" (p. 54). ".lames' express argument at the council in Jerusalem was 'that the. tabernacle of David' was built 'again' in the Christian dispensation" (p. 2:17). Peter says: "After these things . . . T will build;" the agile-minded Professor makes it "is built" or "was built," which is temporal ly "before these things," i. e. post is pre, after is before! IIow he jazzes his tenses! And to slide coming "last days" back into "the days then present," i. e. about A. I). 68 when 2 Timothy was written; to have already building or huilded a tabernacle the construction of which, according to Aets is to take place at the close of or "after" the Christian dispen sation, is a feat of exegesis that recalls the jazz attempt of a trombonist to execute a glissando with all the valves open! In the light of the foregoing from the Pro fessor's book, association of ideas brings to mind the comment of Editor Gaebelein in "Our Hope" (May, 1921), "This book was pub lished two years ago. It provoked laughter and pity for the professor who wrote such ex pository nonsense, such wild and fanciful ex planations to pervert the meaning of the Word of God, that spiritually minded Christians who know the truth, laughed and then pitied th* blindness of the professor." At the Ascension, Acts 1:11, it is written, "Ye men of Galilee . . . this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." In his book, "The Second Coming of Christ," "A Message for the Times," published by the Methodist Hook Concern (now the Abingdon Press), James M. Campbell says of this text: "A very unnecessary difficulty has been intro duced by translating the Greek phrase hon tropon, 'in like manner.' What it really de notes is not mode but certainty ; and that is unquestionably its meaning in every other in stance in which it is used in the New Testa ment. There are in all six other instances in which the expression hon tropon is used in the New Testament," which he gives, "and in none of them can it possibly be construed in a model sense." The word tropos occurs "in all" not only six, but thirteen times, translated "conversa tion" (lleb. 19:5) once, "manner" twice, "means" twice, "way" twice, and six times "as." That shows what the translators think of it. Weymouth translates it "in just the same way." The classical and biblical Greek lexicon of Liddell and Scott, Groves, of Robinson, Thay er, Green, all give the definition "manner," but none of them give "certainty." Of all the commentaries on Acts, probably none ranks higher than Hackett. On this text he says: "The expression 'in like manner,' is never employed to affirm merely the certainty of one event as compared with another. It signi fies 'in what manner,' i. e. visibly, and in the air." Alford : "Hon tropon, in the same manner as: to be taken in all cases literally, not as implying mere certainty." Bengel, De Wette, Meyer, Olshausen, Lange, Wordsworth, etc., etc., give the modal sense. We turned our self loose into the libraries of three ministers and of a theological seminary, ransacking everything we could lay our hands on bearing on the subject, and not by a single expositor did we find Dr. Campbell sustained. Indeed not a single one even mentioned "certainty" except Hackett and Alford, and they to deny it. And such stuff is the dear Methodist broth er trying to put over on an' unsuspecting public. Precisely contrary to the truth ? fallen from the grace of sane and accurate scholar ship ! And he quotes as against a modal sense, Matt. 22:H7, ' ' O Jerusalem . . . how often would 1 have gathered thy children together even as (tropon) a hen gathercth her chick ens under her wings," and asks, "Does any one for a moment suppose that those words in dicate the outward form in which our Lord was to gather spiritual wanderers to Himself?" May there not be other brooding than by feathered wings? The Englishman's Greek Concordance, under the word tropos, puts after the word "as" in Matt. 2:t :'M, the paren thesis (lit. what manner), and so far each of the other five occurrences where the Greek words is translated "as!" Oh, scholarship, what follies are perpetrated in thy name! And here are some, if not intelligent at least intel ligible. quotations from this "message for the times." "The second coming of Christ, while coin cident with th? coming of the Iloly Spirit, was not identical with it" (p. 26). "The second coming of Christ is a thing of the past rather than of the future" (p. 41). The eschatological (last things) ideas of the first three Gospels are noticeably wanting in John's Gospel, which was written much later. "For this change no satisfactory reason can be given save that the events described in the eschatological discourses of the synoptical Gos pels had passed into history, Jesus having re turned" (p. 72). Hv Christ's "first coming he was incarnated in a human body ; by his second coming he is being incarnated in the whole body of hu manity" (p. 121). "Those who are still looking for Christ to come are nineteen hundred years too late" (p. 121). Tantrum? Another definition of jazz is "Music with a jag on." The Abingdon Press should have a theological Keeley cure at tached. In the Methodist Episcopal Church the Board of Bishops has long prescribed the Con ference Course of Studies for incoming minis ters. A quadrennium or two ago they dele gated their duty to a committee, which they appointed, of theological professors, etc. So (let us put it mildly) "modernistic" was the new course, that the Southern California M. E. Conference, in October, 1917, by a vote of 119 to 67, passed such a torrid set of resolu tions protesting against it that almost a riot (sanctified of course) seemed imminent. At the last General Conference, May, 1920, at I)es Moines, the committee was "released," and the Bishops' meeting at Portland, Ore., in June, issued a new course which, from a theo logical standpoint, is far from being above re proach. Among the authors to be read, marked and inwardly digested are Prof. A. C. McGiffcrt, who was allowed, indeed assisted, to depart from the Presbyterian Church be cause of his doctrinal misdemeanors; Prof. W. N. Clarke, of the Baptist Colgate University, who in his "An Outline of Christian Thc ology," says, "No visible return of Christ to the earth is to be expected" (p. 444) ;? Prof. Harris Franklin Kail, of the Methodist Gar rett Biblical Institute, Evanston, 111., who is to indoctrinate the 3,000 or more young Meth odist dominies by his book, "Modern Premil lennialism and the Christian Hope." Here are some sentences from an editorial in Ihe Philadelphia "The Presbyterian," of June 9, p. 7 : "Professor Hall, however, not only rejects what is peculiar to the Premillen narians; lie rejects what is held in common by all Christians that hold the Scriptures to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. There is 110 place in his view of the future for the second return of our Lord. ... It goes without saying that Pro fessor Rail does not regard the Bible as au thoritative. ... He is aware that only after the Scriptures are critically reconstructed do they yield the eschatological views presented in this book. . . . The writer, therefore, can not but think that he has emulated the wis dom of the nurse who threw out the baby with the bath." Such is the jazz, tantrum, jag pabulum that is to be fed to this generation of Methodist preachers. Shades of the staunch preinillen nial John and Charles Wesley! If they could only get ouija board connection with the Bish op and other descendants, wouldn't they say things? As they cannot, let lonesome Editor Munhall of the "Eastern Methodist," take notice and rise to the occasion. GROUCH CAUSED BY BAD HEART. As a surgeon entered a Methodist hospital recently his first remark to the Methodist min ister who was visiting there at the time was: "I have a grouch on this morning; don't feel like working; things aren't going right." Upon being questioned as to the cause, he re plied: "Grouch is heart trouble; that's all it is. No man with a good working heart, a heart filled with God, can ever have a grouch. I find it so in my case, and I have studied the cases of others. You Methodists, you preach ers have the only solution for grouch, and that is Christ." That isn't a bad sermon ? in fact, it is a good one. It is truth, unadulterated. Grouch and God can't live together in the same heart. ? Exchange. THE FOREMOST AMBITION. The foremost ambition of every pastor should b.3 to make his own Church a great success. It is here he is responsible. If each pastor biuhls up his own Church in every spiritual way, making it a glory to God, in evangelistic, spiritual and missionary work, he is doing the task which God has given him to do. If he neglects this work, it will ordinarily go undone. He is the one to do it.? Exchange. "God has His people among all denomina tions of Christians, but none of them are the better for being sectarian. I will leave you to regard your own party, but I will not leave you because you are not of my party. I want to love the image of God wherever I find it, in preference to any party. ' '?Rowland Hill. "Carnal men say prayers, but they cannot pray. It is natural for a man to dread wrath, but it is super-natural in man to love holiness. We know nothing of life till we are bora, so we know nothing of spiritual life till we are born again. There will be no cry to be save?l till the beginning of salvation has created that cry in our hearts.' * ? Rowland Hill. "Though I am imperfect in myself, there is a word that tell mc I am complete in Christ ? the redemption is completely wrought out. Th?' righteousness that is unto all and upon all them that believe is a robe of which it is truly said 'no age can change its glorious hue,' but it will be our everlasting ornament in the mansions o?k glory." ? Rowland Hill.