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The Presbyterian of the South
Vol. 9G. Xo. 9. RICHMOND, VA.. MARCH 1, 1922. A Whole Program for the Whole Church n rc ffi?Trr :. * i PROGRESSIVE PROGRAMS JtA eiiiiyy 8 I. SPIRITUAL LIFF ? The Family Altar Promoted. II. EVANGELISM ? Fifty Thousand New Members. III. MISSIONARY EDUCATION ? Foreign and Home Mission Study Classes. IV. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION? The Dedication of Life THE EIGHT OBJECTIVES. V. RELIGIOUS LITERATURE ? The Missionary Survey and Church Paper in Every Home. VI. STEWARDSHIP ? Adequate Support for Approved Causes. VII. EVERY MEMBER CANVASS? Much From Some, Something From All. VIII. MINISTERIAL SUPPORT ? A Living Salary for Pastors. Much from Some $4,500,000 for Benevolences Somethi,,? from An Will You Do Your Part in Putting Through This Program March 12th? STUDY, Pray, Work, Give should be the program of every member of the South ern Presbyterian Church, especially during the next few days. Study to get all the informa tion possible in regard to the work the Church is doing, as to the needs of keeping up and of increasing the work, as to the results already accomplished, and the opportunities that are open to tlio Church. Pray for God's guidance and that He may show just what He wants each of us to do. Give liberally of the means that God has given. There is no more real way in which most people can show their love to God and to their fellowmen than by providing the means for carrying on the work that God gives His Church to do. The demands are great, but they are not greater than the means with which God has bountifully supplied His people. Shall the work of God suffer? Shall many souls be lost, because the gospel is not given to them ? This will be the case, unless God's peo ple unitedly study, pray, work and give. CHANGING the Constitution of the Gen eral Assembly , so as to have its members elected for two years, is before the Northern Church, as well as before ours. In our case it is in the hands of an ad interim committee. In the Northern Church it has been approved by the Assembly and been sent down to the Pios byferies. In speaking on this subject, the Continent says: "All who are moderately fa miliar with the recent history of the Presby terian Church know that one effort, after an other has been made to decrease the cost of the General Assembly and increase its legislative value ? for what will accomplish one of these things is pretty sure to have good effect in fhe direction of the other. But every one of these attempts has failed. Some of them have been defeated in the Assembly itself ; others have got by the Assembly and been beaten in the Presbyteries. And in every case it is the same kind of conservatism ? or more properly, inertia ? which comes up to resist the change. Almost precisely the same plea is always resorted to ? Fome change would "be good, but this is not vhat's needed. Plainly enough then the first condition for progress is to break down this barrier. Until some change is made, no better ment is possible. Get in earnest and force one change and then anything becomes possible that common sense calls for. The two-year term is no all-effective panacea; that's true. But, with out reasonable question or dispute, it will en dow the membership of General Assembly with a much more practical intelligence about its duties and the problems it handles. That gain will be real and valuable. And beyond that tlie way will be cleared for whatever further changes may lead on to perfection." SACRIFICES have to be made in the in terest of the work of God's kingdom. This is true even of Church papers at times. This issue of the Presbyterian c* the South is de voted to advancing the interests of the Presby terian Progressive Program, and the reading matter in it has been furnished largely by the Assembly's Stewardship Committee. It is with real pleasure that we unite in the great effort being put forward by the Church to carry out the Progressive Program. We have given all the space possible to this important subject, even at the expense of sacrificing some of our regular departments. But we are sure that our readers will be interested in looking into the faces of so many of the leading ministers and laymen of our Church and in reading what each one has to say on the matters that are of such vital interest to our Church. We have felt it necessary to withhold the church news which we usually publish. This will appear in next week's paper. PEREGRINE PAPERS are a series of travel articles written by Rev. Dr. W. H. T. Squires, and which we are publishing each week. They are concerning places and matters of in terest in the Holy Land and in adjoining coun tries, and they are proving very interesting to our readers. They will be continued for about five months longer. This issue of the Presby terian of the South is being sent to 10,000 homes into which no Church paper goes regu larly. If any of these new readers would like to have the pleasure of reading these articles and the other good things that are published each week, we shall be glad to have them sub scribe for the paper. The price is only $2.50 a year. Any one subscribing now can have the five articles of this series which have already been published, without any additional cost, as long as our supply of papers containing them lasts, if request is made for them when the subscription is sent in. Address The Presby terian of the South, Richmond, Va. RECRUITS for the work, which God ha 9 given the Church to do, have always been needed, and many more are needed today. There has been a theory held by many in the Church that whenever God called men and women to give their lives to mission work, the Church would provide the means for sending them out. But it seems now that there is danger of this theory not holding true. There are a large number of young men and young women who have volunteered to go out as the representa tives of the Church in doing its God-given work of saving lost souls, but the Church is slow in providing the means for sending them. A liberal gift on the part of each member now will relieve the various committees of their embarrassments, and liberal subscriptions in the Every Member Canvass will put the work for another year on a solid basis. MEXICO in the prohibition column wo.ild seem strange indeed and, yet the Asso ciated Press sends a report from Mexico City, which says: ''The 'wets' in Mexico are frankly alarmed. They say there is a real pos sibility that Mexico City, at least, may go 'dry' before the end of the year, and that if so, the next step would be to- make the entire republic nrid of alcoholic beverages. President Obregon does not say that he is a prohibitionist, but within the past few months he has given his unqualified support to certain legal measures which aim to cut down drinking and eventually to put intoxi cants under the ban." THERE ARE 2417 CHURCHES IN ODR ASSEMBLY? 1697 REPORT NO EVERY MEMBER CANVASS? IS YOURS ONE OF THESE?