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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, November 16, 1921, Image 1

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The Presbyterian ~3f the South
Vol. 95. No. 46. RICHMOND, VA.. NOVEMBER 16, 1921.
DISARMAMENT or limitation of arma
ment is the most important subject with
which the governments of the world has to deal
today. The conference now in session in Wash
ington is therefore one of the most important
that has ever been brought together in the his
tory of the world. So far as anything has been
said up to the time of this writing, it seems
that the able statesmen who make up the con
ference have come together with but one thought
uppermost in their minds, and that is to find
some plan by which the peace of the world can
l>e assured, and at the same time the nations
of the world be relieved of the enormous and
crushing burdens of continued preparations for
war. Able and gifted as these men are, it
must not be forgotten that they are human and
therefore their wisdom is not infallible. They
have selected wise counsellors to advise with
them on important matters. But what they
will need in their deliberations is the counsel
and guidance of the All-wise God. Let His
people everywhere besiege His throne of grace
daily, that He may direct this conference to do
that which shall be for His glory and for the
]>eace of the world.
NOVEMBER 20th is the day suggested by
the General Assembly as a special time
to consider the great subject of Sabbath obser
vance. There is probably no sin that is creep
ing into the Church at the same rate as is the
desecration of the Lord's day. And naturally
when the Church is lax in its views and prac
tices 011 this subject, the world will go far away
from the proper reverence for the day. It
would be well, indeed, if all of God's people
would take their Bibles and Bible concordances
and make a careful study of the subject. Some
will be surprised to find how much the Scrip
tures have to say about the Sabbath. It will
l>e found that the observance of the Fourth
Commandment is referred to oftener than that
of any other of the ten. Specific instructions
are given as to what may or may not be done,
great and almost unbelievable promises are
made to those who keep it holy, and terrible
threats are made against those who violate it.
Earnest effort should be made to teach God's
people His will concerning this day, and God's
people ought to do all in their power to observe
it properly themselves and to do all in their
power to persuade others to do likewise. The
Church should, of course, take the lead in ad
vancing the interests of Sabbath observance,
but it has a strong and effective ally in the
Lord's Day Alliance. The Assembly asks the
churches to make a contribution to support the
Alliance in its work. It is doing much good
work in stemming the tide of Sabbath desecra
tion. Contributions should be sent to Rev. I.
Cochrane Hunt, D. D., Chattanooga, Tenn.
HOME MISSIONS is the foundation work
of the Church. In proportion to money
and effort spent, more souls are won for Christ
in Home Mission fields than in most of the
strong, established churches. Home Missions
result in the establishing of new churches and
Sunday schools, which soon become regular sup
porters of all the departments of Church work,
and they furnish many young men and young
women for life service in the Church. The
church that goes after the people gets them.
There are a great many people in this country
who are out of reach of the chn relies as usually
conducted. Home Missions carries the Church
to these people, gives them the gospel and wins
them for Christ. The General Assembly's
Executive Committee is doing a great work, but
it reports that it is obliged to leave undone
much work that ought to be done, and leave
many without the gospel, who ought to be
reached, because the gifts of God's people are
not large enough to enable them to do the work
that God points out to them. This is Home
Mission month, and the response of the Church
ought to be liberal.
BIBLE or no Bible in the public schools is a
question that has interested many people
for a long time. Some States have laws which
forbid the use of the Bibles in their schools,
but they are not many. Some have laws which
permit or authorize its use. Some have no gen
eral laws on the subject. The decision to use
or not use the Bible is often left to the local
l)oard of school trustees. The Presbyterian Sy
nod of the State of Washington has taken ac
tion to make an appeal to the Supreme Court of
the United States, asking it to establish the
right of the people to have the Bible read in
the schools. This court years ago declared
that this is a Christian nation, and this would
seem to carry with it the right of the people
to establish and develop the Christian religion.
Whatever may be the decision of the court on
this subject, the Christian people of most of the
States can secure the reading of the Bible in
the schools, if they will bring pressure to l>ear
on the local school authorities.
SUNDAY schools, are not always given the
credit that is due them for the good work
they do. Sometimes teachers become dis
couraged because they cannot make the impres
sion upon the boys and girls that they want to
make. They may be making a far deeper and
more lasting impression than they realize or
than they may ever know. William J. Coates.
Vice-President of the American Federation of
Labor, recently said: "I owe what little abil
ity and influence I may possess to the wonder
ful woman who was my Sunday-school teacher,
and there today scarcely arises to confront me
a problem requiring mature consideration and
deliberation that I do not pause and think of
her and wonder in what way she would have
me play my part. I pity the man who has not
had the sustaining influence of the Sunday
school and the Sunday-school teacher. It is a
leash which holds us to a path of justice and
BEER is now to be manufactured for medi
cinal purposes, according to a ruling of the
United States Treasury Department, and be
cause Congress has refused for months to pass
a bill that has been before it prohibiting its
being made for this purpose. If beer has medi
cinal value, which is not generally believed, and
if it should l>e prescribed by honest physicians,
and that means the vast majority of them, there
would be no more objection to the manufacture
of beer than there is to the manufacture of mor
phine. But unfortunately one unprincipled
physician in a community can start flowing a
great stream of beer. This very fact lays upon
the ninety-nine honest physicians the responsi
bility of seeing that the one dishonest one is
made to observe the law. This should be done
for the sake of the medical profession, as well
as for the public good. It also behooves every
law-abiding citizen, who has the good of his
country at heart, to see that the law is strictly
observed in this as in all other matters. Every
good citizen should at once write to his or her
Congressman, urging the immediate passage of
the anti-beer bill.
CZECII O-S LO Y A KI A includes old Bohe
mia, the land of John Huss. The Cath
olics of this country have largely revolted from
Rome and have established their own National
Church. But in this.conntry there have always
l>cen some who have clung to the teachings of
Huss. Before the Groat War there were about
175,000 of these Protestants, who are really
Presbyterians and since the conclusion of the
war their numbers have been doubled and there
is a constant stream of members flowing into
the Protestant churches.
OCR sister Church in the Xorrh seem? to
be having trouble about the teaching of
some of its missionaries in the Orient. Ac
cording to the Philadelphia Presbyterian there
is a feeling in some quarters, and the charge is
made, that some of these missionaries are not
sound in their teaching, according to the stand
ards of their Church. The General Assembh
directed its Foreign Mission Board to make an
investigation. Thus far we have seen no re
port from this investigation. In the meantime,
the Presbyterian says that there is trouble in
the minds of some j>eople as to the disposition to
be made of their gifts for this cause. The re
sult is that some members of that Church are
withholding their eifts, and instead of sending
them lo the Foreign Mission Board, they are
sending them through other channels. It is to
be hoped that it will be found that these charges
against these workers are unfounded, but if
the charges are true the missionaries should be
re-called from the field.
MARSHAL FOCII, Commander of the Al
lied Armies, who is now visiting this
country, has given another evidence of his no
ble spirit and high character. As a French
man, he has l>een accustomed to the use ?f wine,
if not of other liquors. But when he arrived in
the United States, he announced that he would
observe the prohibition law in letter and in
spirit. What a blessing it would be if all the
Christian men and women of this country would
follow his admirable example.
BOOKS for boys of the right kind are not
as numerous as they ought to be. This is
specially true of books teaching morality and
religion. But Rev. Wade C. Smith, pastor of
The Church by the Side of the Road in Greens
lioro, N. C., has just published a book that will
prove of great value. It contains fifty short
chapters, each of which contains one or more
interesting stories, which carry their own les
son. They are such stories as any normal boy
will enjoy reading. The book has the striking
title, "Say, Fellows."

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