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I FINE ADDRESS
DELIVERED AT THE FIRST SAP;
T1ST CHURCH BY REV. J. A.
1 MAXWELL, OF McKEES
PORT, PA.,
AT THE COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
OF THE CHURCH LIBRARY
SYSTEM OF CHRISTIAN
EDUCATION.
SUBJECT: '^CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
AND THE LOCALCHURCH."
LARGE CROWD WAS
PRESENT.
r
Takng the Scriptural analysis of
man, he is made up of body, soul
and spirit. This is the most reliable
statement concerning the constituent
parts of a man that I know of. If 1 >
wanted to know how many parts '
there are in a watch I would take '
the statement of a watch-maker before
I would the statement of a 1
blacksmith, because' he made the :
watch. There are some psychologists
and physiologists who say that there
are only two parts in a man. But
I would rather take God's word, be- '
cause He has made a man anu the i
psychologists haven't. .When God 1
made Adam, He certainly knew what
He put into him. Weil, there being '
three pants to a man. every [tart is :
a subject for development. We begin
this life with these three parts in a !
very weak and helpless- condition, yet 1
in them are potencies and possibili- '
ties that no person can measure. s
When Lyman Beecher was born he 1
weighed two and a half pounds, yet
in that two and a half pounds were !
possibilities and potencies wrapped up '
that no one of the whole world ever (
dreamed of. It was ail there in that '
little bunch of two and a half pounds. '
The problem of education is not to '
put things into people, but bring out 1
of them what God has put into them '
at birth. 1
me necessity ui meuiai ucvcivj
ment is very great, seeing the money
and care expended. But then man
has a soul also, a soul that requires
development just as truly as does the
body or does the mind. Culture is as
necessary for the soul as for the mind
or body. A person has no more, trn! v
a full-.fiedged soul when he comes into
the world than he has a full-fledged
mind.
There is no greater need for mental
development than there is for Chris
tian education. When the development
of the mind does not Iteep pace
with the development of the body, injury
is sure to result. These two must
be developed together. They are so
vitally related that we cannot have a
high state of cultivation in one
without the same in the other. But
when we put the emphasis upon mental^anri
physical development to the
disregard of the soul's cultivation, injury
is bound to result also. When
a man's head is bigger than his bodyit
isn't a healthy state. When a
man's head is bigger than liis heart
or soul it isn't a healthy state. It is
an abnormal condition. Now, if yot:
were to observe, the heresy that disturbs
our churches comes from
sources where the intellectual predominates,
where men's heads are larger
than their hearts. Christian education
is important. But here's the
question: Who is to give it? Where
are people to get this Christian education?
From our public schools?
No; certainly not. The public school,
as it is now, has no right to teach anything
distinctly Christian. It is not
its function. Well, shall we depend
upon our colleges and universities,
founded and maintained by Cnnstian 1
money to do it? Well, there are two
things facing us at this point. The ^
first is that they are not doing it. The 1
devotional and religious atmosphere 1
and life of our colleges and universi- t
ties to-day are not calculated to culti- 1
vate a very high religious life. People
are sending their sons and daughters r
to our great educational institutions r
"With faith in the Bible and the church a
and in Jesus Christ, to have tliem 1
come home with a sneer on their coun- f
tecance for what they once believed, t
with no greater appreciation for the c
church and prayer and Bible read- t
ing, and often not as much, as when c
they left the home. 1
Why. a professor in one of our great ^
universities read to a class in English t
literature two pages from a book that ?
contained allusions to or illustrations i
from the Bible and scarcely anybody c
in the large class before him knew i
what. thr.v moant. There was no per- t
son there who had ever heard ot the t
waters of Marah. or the Cave of Ada! i
luni, or the Valley of Dry Bones.
Well, where are you going to get it? <
We come back to two institutions to :
get it: The church and the family. (
Let us take up the family. There t
stands the fact again that the family <
isn't doing it. The family altar, fam- i
ily Bible reading, family prayer, fam- '
ily devotion, all this is of the pa3t. t
It is not of the present. While it is i
to be sadly deplored that it is so, 1
while we should hang our heads in (
shame that it is so and weep bitter 1
tears that it is true, yet, friends, it is .
so. Nothing is to be gained by wink- i
ing at it. It is so. Why, the presi- 1
dent of the Western Reserve TJniversi- i
ty sent out a large number of Bible p
questions to young men who had been o
brought up in Christian homes, which a
he .had them answer without invest: h
Ration, and it was alarming what they r
did not know. One said that Joseph 1
of Arimathea was a young man who h
had a coat of many colors. Another t
said that Saul, the son of Kish. was v
converted on his way to Capernaum. C
Two young men were discussing this b
matter one day, when the one said d
to the other: "I'll bet you ten dollars V
that you don't know the Lord's pray- j C
er." He took him up. He said "Mow t;
just listen to me repeat it?'This y
night I lay rue down to sleep.' " The a
other fellow broke in and said "Here's c
your ten dollars, for you do know u c
after all." We are driven back to y
the local church for the securing of i c
what we caii Curistian education. J t]
I congratulate you upon what I he-- j e
lieve is a solution for one of the I o
gravest things that confronts us as ; t<
churches co-day. the lack of Christian j ti
education. Having: now come slow * i]
to the college in the First Baptist j t]
Church of Fairmont, let us take a few f<
moments to see what Christian educ i o
tion will do for people. c
It Will Produce Steadfastness. ' C
There is a vacillation and unrelia- t<
bility and shiftiness among so many j lc
people that they readily fall a prey \ s?
to any new ism that comes along. ] g
Tliey don't have any back bone, any j C
stamina, any power to resist, but just \\
field to the latest fad of the times. o
They are easily carried away. The e:
east wind catches them up like down j tl
ind oh ^_ey go. In Mrs. Ward's book a
Robert Elsmere. you know she repr- d
:ents a dbntest between "Squire Wei - :i
lover and Robert Elsmere. 'Squne C
iVendover is against Christianity. In ; u
speaking with Robert Elsmere he I a;
lrops a few words against the-mira- I tl
lies and claims of Christ, and Robert ; p
Slsmere just surrenders without a pro- | k
est. He puts up no counter argument, j J<
>ut throws up his hands without a j
.vara. i\ow nun is> ci n uc i-"*- < j?.
are of things as they now are among
nany churches. When I first went U
.6 McKeesport, I called on the meni- ^
iers. and one lady told me: "O Mr.
Maxwell. I am not a Baptist any long- ^
?r. I have' joined the Russelites." 1 '
:aid I was sorry, told her wherein 1 ^
hought she was wrong, left her in *
he hope that she would see her error l\
ind repent. The next time I saw her ^
asked her if she was of the same ^
nirtd as when I saw her before. She
;aid: "O no; I have changed my
nind in regard to that belief." I was j ^
dad. hoping that she had changed for
lie better. "No. no." she said. "! u
lave joined the Christian Science
Church." Well, I told her wherein 1 ,?J
houglit she was wrong and left her. .v
loping that my words had done some IS
,rood. The next time I called. 1
j
isked her if she was still of the same
nind as when I last talked with her.
O. no." she said. "I have joined the j
spiritualists." E thought, well, surely j m
hat's the end; she is as far as she ! ^
:nn go. I have not seen her for-sev- j j
tral years, but I know that if there I
(T
ias anything new come along that i
he has joined it. Now. what does
hat woman neecl? Why. she needs '
Christian education. Take spiritual- j}<
sm, for instance, the last ism to
cl
t'hich I knev; that she surrenderee;
Cow. she thought that it was some- tl
It ins new, just going to sweep "the 1)1
vhole world in a few weeks. What ni
vould an education do for her? Why. cj
he would learn that this fake is as old c
is the hills: that the Brahmins held n(
eances, made tables dance, heard G
wrappings thousands of years ag?>. *c
Vhy. she would learn that one thous.nd
years before Christ the Greeks
iracticed Spiritualism. She would
lave learned that all the fathers tell
is of these things practiced; that
ohn denounced the Nicolaitans or
Inostics, just Spiritualists, in his episle,
that it is nothing new. but somehing
that has been tried for fou.*
housand years and found to yield
lothing but revenue for the mediums.
At the present day there is a curen
t, dangerous current, in which
nany, many people are being caught
ind carried away from the truth and
lope of the Gospel. Personally, I re
:ard nothing more dangerous than the
eaching, attracting so many, as to the
livinity of Jesus Christ. I mean the
eaching by which fie is regarded as
l good man. the best man the world
tas ever known, exemplary in every
vay, yet nothing more than a mi. i
ind His death nothing more than :t
ipectaeie 01 nciui^iu, vaiu<iu?;
t has a moral influence in inspiring
ithers to heroic deeds. Very prettv,
sn't it? We need Christian educaion
to-day to make v>eople firm in
he deity of ?esus Christ and the
,'iearious nature of Christ's sufferings
md death. We need an education t >
counteract teaching^ like that of
Strauss and Draper. Harr.ack an 1
?hanning and Dr. Everett Hale, and I
uher such inen. What belter thin ; |
can be done than to have people think 1 W
.vith men like Stalker and Geiko and | H
Hurray and Hoardman, about this wo .- ! E
lerful character? Then let people ; *
ead the history of the church. Let
hem see in the early years of the
church's life a class of people called
Ebionites, who held and taught thai
lesus Christ was no more than a
man. Let them see this people with
his as a central truth living and dy- fl
ing within a few decades, hot able to j
erpetuate themselves. Let them read
-f another people who -were willing to
ccord to Jestis Christ a place a little
dgher than the .Ebionites,^ but only
aid way between God and man, and
et them see the Gnostics too being
lotted out in a few decades. Let
hem learn of the JCeoplatonisxs also.
.*ho weie willing: to accord to Jesus
Ihrist the character of a lovely man.
lit withheld from him the honor of
eity. Let them learn of this people.
.ho. though willing to place Jestis
Ihrist alongside of Abraham arid I yhagoris
and many other great men.
et lived, nourished and died within
few decades. Let them see another
lass, called Arians, willing to asribe
to Jesus Christ pre-existcnce.
et net equally with God, see Arianisin
oloring to some extent Christian
hought but never getting strength
nough to conquer. Let them read
f the S?ecinians that came in the six3enth
century with another concepion
of Christ, but not as God. Let
tern see. ^ociaiiianism die. too. Let
. i
tiem see English Presbyterians at- t
ictcd by its influence, the weakest r
f all protestant denominations in that r
ountry. Let them read of how the
ongregationalisis at one time seemed
> be going; over wholesale to this
)w conception of Christ- Let then.- 1
ee those who remained in the Ceng re- ^
ational body holding to the deity of 1
hrist coming to number now TOO.OpO %
'iiilc those who held to the lower (
inception of Christ dwindling to sev- 1 1
nty thousand in America. Then see | c
lat God has placed his stamp of (lis- 1
pproval upon anybody that denies the [
ivinity of Jesus Christ. Let him ;:co 1
lat the lower conception of Jesus [
hrist that many to-day would haw 11
s believe as true lias had a fair trial 1
gain and again?lias been weighed in H
le balances and found wanting. Pec ^
Ie discovering this will not he easily 1
;d away from the true doctrine ol 0
?sus Christ.
Then we have a good many pes so
Lists among us. There is a tendency ^
nvarrf pessimism everywhere. Many a
eople think that this is a day of a
eresies and isms and cliques. "There y
ever was such a fanaticism in the 0
[story of the wo rid a .s now. Every- s
ling is going to the bow wows." ;
o\v. what, those people need to know 0
i a little church history. Yon have i
lat in your course, too. It is a good ling.
It will keep a person sweet, p
Dim Morley says that true education v
uts sunshine into your heart and j-.;
ikes moonshine out of your head. v
ow, if a person will study the his- y
>ry of liie church, lie will find tiiata'l ]<
t the bad people are not in ike ,
lurch as it. is to-day. Why. do you p
now that I have discovered that flier .1 r
; not an ago to whose church 1 ' a
ould art her belong than -this one. ! a
hey hold up to us the Puritan iatii- ; l:
~s as examples of high Christian liv- v
Lg, pious men. It's false. Why, thos
r>!v'
ien, as much as we honor them, were ; <
oefully short in the prime virtue of y
le Christian life, love, charity. They fl
illed people that wouldn't believe a- a
ley thought they ought to. The pres- \
it church cannot parallel by a great a
?al the fanaticism and foolishness of n
ist people. All the isms of the world j_.
ave not been spared for the present t]
lurch. Go back to the second cen- o
iry. There you find a class of pco- p
e who came to feel that because God j,
ado Adam and Eve without any f;
othes, therefore it is wrong to wear ^
othes, so they went around in naked- f<
3ss. This society of Adamites, came n
i number a great many people. Can 0
? m nro
.HI gUL lljj iiilj lilUJo viu.- I fJ
? V '
Pr?s6iKi iis>
T" iie C rcsii
cal Productio
"ft Trip 10
1116 MO!
Founded on the subject by
Vcrne." From the Earth
Moon direct.
lows thai
GP
ttee and Miff
.-idiculous or preposterous than that? w
But that was in the second century. e>
tYell, come down to the seventeenth N'
century, when a society of people ^
sprang up who taught that the fruit w
.vliich God forbade Adam and Eve to te
?at was potatoes. So they counted, it
he unpardonable sin to eat potatoes. ^
They styled themselves the Potatoites.
Tan you produce anything in the pros- hi
mt age more ridiculous than that? 1,1
See persons of the past. lashing thein- cc
;elves. supposing that thus suffering. 1,1
hey were partakers of Christ's suffer- ?c
ngs. that this pain was meritorious Ci
md sanctifying anguish. Can you
natch that consummate nonsense from ar
he church of the present? See persons
climbing to the top of high pil
ars. made by themselves, and there C
iving in the sky the rest of their
ives, others chaining themselves to
ocks and crags and peaks of tho
nountains and spending their lives in
his loneliness and dreariness. Can
i.ii mntr?h iiint tomfoolery out of the
>reseni church? O yes, your course |
>f Christian education is designed to i
nake a person cheerful, hopeful, opti- j
nistic. ! M
It Produces Enthusiasm.
You know that in Christian work
here is a good deal of fit fulness. A
rreat many go by jerks and spurts,
its and spasms. 11* you can get them Jti
chen a fit or spasm is 011 they will h.i
to something, but there is a great ?]ti
>art of the year in which the fits don't ?i;
omc. When there is a special meet- or
ng and they finally get worked up. or
hey do very well for a time, but it
s not long until decline sets in and | on
heir interest is reduced almost to to
tothing bv th'e time another special w?'
tieeiing comes around. If some per- T1
011 conies and makes a stirring ad- in;
Iress about missions, tells a few piti- rit
ul and harrowing stories about molli*
rs giving their babies to-crocodiles. Iai
hey become wonderfully interested in thi
nissions. Bur after the person is im
one with his crocodile stories this en
orson's interest is gone. Now, there's pr
picture that is not of fancy or im- j At
filiation. The great question i.s to on
ecure perennial interest in the hearts
f members. II' one could keep up i
ome kind of a. commotion or seusa- M
ion the year around iliai would he
ne solution. II one could keep behind
hem all the year he might keep them
oing. if one could hold his services
n a cemetery where people could i
reep over their dead, he might keep : "T
hern going, but to get an interest that j
ou can depend upon the year round i
ear in and year out, that, 's the pro? - 1
sin. Here is the solution, in eutica- sa;
ion. For illustration: 1 believe thai Ilk
r you have persons who will take foi
his course in missions they will have be
11 intelligent conception of mission- is
ry work that will give them a con- '
iuuous and reliable interest. Then, Of
'lien you want to take a collection fo~ j in;
lissioas you will not need to hav I :n<
ome agent come arotmd and stir up
he people, but you will have an in- At
si est upon which you can draw at I3u
r.v time. Over in an association ??f tin
kennsylvania. a certain mail came to gk
certain church to take lip a foreign Ik
lissionary collection. Mo preached Kn
efore he did so. and told thorn about Tli
he second coming of the Lord, and cal
or some of them to feeling that the qn;
,ord was just waiting to come whou the
eople gave a good-sized offering to ra<
<-n missions. Well, in this highly -Ja<
rough! state they gave 390. The Fit
Dreign missionary man wont of?. The mc
ext time it. came the turn to take an thi
ffering for missions there was no "-sl
erson there to stir them, but they coj
P. Meed's
J | f 1
the following spec
"me G?
Train Rot
Qjl ' One of the
citing and se
to the moving psctu
photographed
^ v\ jn, it I K g-\ g / ^ I
} dm mom
and opera House,;
, Prices, ioc;joe
\ 7 *~7
ere left to give according to their ,
ery-daj- interest, and they gave I
ow . that great slump meant some
ing. It just meant this: There
as no "bottom to their missionary inrest.
The thing is to get an intelllsnt
foundation into our J.ord s worn.
;ad people to know the history o: j
e work, the wonderful tilings that I
tve been accomplished, the obstacles I
spite of which they have been ac j
impiislied, tlio needs of the fields,
e vastness of the work. l.ol them '
t into the company of men like i
irey and .Tudson and Morrison and !
! m
ttton, ancl then you'll set a missiony
life instead of a missionary spoil. ^
WEEPING I
INJUNCTION S
j !"c
SUED AGAINST STRIKING MA- ] S<
CHIN'STS ON SANTA FE
RAILROAD. |
t I ML wUKi\tno. r ir t ivi c.i\ mi> u ,v(
COPPER SMITHS HAVE JOIN- ?t
ED MACHINISTS. [u
tl
ALB! QUERQl'B. X. M.. April :h>.? cc
idge Banker, of the "District Court. w
is issued an injunction upon the : e - 01
iest of the Santa Fe Railroad against sc
ncliinists, boiler makers, their help- w
s and apprentices and metal work- tc
s now on strike, restraining thorn si
j;n interfering with the adonis and vi
uployes of the company or from on- R
ring" upon the company's right o* th
ty and other grounds and property, ec
te injunction Is the most far roaclv g<
g ever issued by a court in the tor- at
ory. kt
The strike situation has assumed si
rger proportions by the action of of
0 metal workers, copper smiths, pipe fr
;n, with their apprentices and help
s. the boiler makers and their ap- ot
entices and helpers in walking our. w
1 effort is being made to have the or
icksmiths join the strikers. ro
MELANCHOLY DAYS H
\v<
WE BEEN WITH US THIS WEEK Cf;
IN POLICE COURT NEWS. ,vj
OO WARM FOR WHISKEY AND re
TOO COOL FOR BEER." r-v
Police Conn lias kept up about t he
me all week. This week has been nt
e the "rnehinclioiy hays," loo warm vv'
whiskey straight, and too cool for T1
er, so the average number this week ti<
about two. to
The first one tip was George W'eitb. in
Rcor Fortney arrested Iiijn for he- be
r drnnlc and indecent. His assess- w!
'lit was five and costs. in.
The next one was a man named fi\
idorson. While coming out of t h
rns* saloon last night It is claimed in
xt he knocked Frank Jackson's j
lsscs off. breaking them to pieces, j
> had too much "swill" in liirn to i
ow exactly what he was doing. 1 Jo
ey got into a quarrel and Anderson th
(led Jackson names a yard and a di
arter long. For a time it looked as Gi
>ugh there would be a mixing of fir
*<>s (Jackson Is a colored man) but O!
skson went away and sent Officer in
truing after his tormentor. This nc
?rning Anderson admitted every- te
ng except the breaking of the
)ecks." He was assessed eight and
ds.
High CJ
;tal features and ?(
=eat "ft Dc
iDery,"
Feat u
most ex- ,,
\\ oriel s G ri
tnsationai rade at c;
ires ever ranffenieuts
Bros.
^ j.. S' k ys
Ifob dliu
GAMING PRACTICES
ROUGHT TO LIGHT BY A CRUSADE
AGAINST THE WESTERN
UNION TELEGRAPH I
COMPANY
* AN ENDEAVOR TO PREVENT
THAT COMPANY FROM REPORTING
RACE TRACK
ort/M oonMc ...
in c. vv o w r wu r\w ???w.
NEW YORK. April ."0.?Police Comlissioner
McAdoo tool; notice to-day
E the crusade started by Capt. F.
orton Goddard against the Western
niun Telegraph Company In an eneavor'to
check that company from
irnishlng race track news to pool
routs. The commissioner said: "1
utice by the newspapers that Captain oddard
and District Attorney Jcr>tne
have apjtcaled to the tuotjil
use of the Western Union directors .
> use their power and prevent, pool
tiling in this city, if Mr. lidrris K.
yssup. Mr. Russell Sage, Mr. J. H.
ehielf and other highly respectable
nil lemon who have given such
rong evidence in the past of tlieir
op interest in the moral .welfare of
ic community will call on nic in
impaiiy with Superintendent Dealey
ho says ho does not know what goes
i in pool rooms, bill thinks it is
metking like shooting balls, or plays .
here .Mary and her little lamb meet
> gambol. 1 will take pleasure in
towing llieni the evil effects of tills
ce. The wives, daughters and sisth
of bread winners, the clerk and
ic laborer complain that the hardtrned
money of tlieir supporters is
unhlcd away. Then comes debt,
id It may be crime. The room
>opors have reduced the bet to the
liallesi arnounts so that even an
no iniv ten rns 10 sneculafe and ..."
om it 10 cheat.
"If .Mr. Jessup, Mr. Dealey and tho
hers won lil like to see It and. they
ill rivit me notice in advance, 1 will
ideavor to show them u. ladles'* pool
om where they can see women
mibling a way tlie money which their :
isbands and fathers gave them to
lv tlie necessary bills of tlie family."In
such places are also to be found
>men from disreputable bouses, and
mtacl. or association with them ljy
minim women who have a deepoted
passion for gambling, very soon
ulis in suggestions lor betting roonthai
bring otherwise re spec tahle
mien lo I he last step. 1
' In the second band distribution of
urn from a telegraph company's
Ires die gambling is not even, square.
.to hidden operator behind a partliii.
with a hole about large enough
admit your hand, knows the result
many instances before he accepts '
is I cart show .Mr. Jessup a place
hlrh wi are besieging, kept by a v'
eorioiis criminal that would closet In
. minutes IT I hati tbo power, under
law. to snip the wire that leads
o tho back room."
Former Legislator Dead.
I 'A itKI-1RSBURG, April .30.?Hon.
soph M. Meyer, a former member of
. state legislature from this county,
ltd ibis morning at his home on
eon street, after an Illness of some
ne. lie was born in .Moriroe county,
lio. 71 years ago. and has resided
this city for many years. The fu
ral will take place Saturday afrnoon.
I have three of the best lots iiiMorr
sale at a very low rate. ,~H.
H. LANHAM. X
? y
[ass
)0 others:
HI
jy uu
tne Girous,"
jrinj* the Ringlinj; Bvo's.
utest Circus on the pa- /. ' VS
hicajjo. By special ar-'
with the Ringling
sine to ail.
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