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po Grace is not a thing which I use; grace is something which uses me... 
ted, Grace is not something which I improve, but which improves me, employs 
uch me, works on me; and let people talk as they will about universal grace, 

it is all nonsense, there is no such thing, nor can there be. They may 

sai talk correctly of universal blessings, because we see that the natural 

gifts of God are scattered everywhere, more or less, and men may receive 

or reject them. It is not so, however, with grace. Men cannot take the 

grace of God and employ it in turning themselves from darkness to light. 

1 The light does not come to the darkness and say, use me; but the light 
-t comes and drives the darkness away. Life does not come to the dead man 
sical and say, use me, and be restored to Life; but it comes with a power of 
i its own and restores to life. The spiritual influence does not come to 

- the dry bones and say, use this power and clothe yourself with flesh; but 
stor it comes and clothes them with flesh, and the work is done. Grace is a 
ae thing which comes and exercises an influence on us. 

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From Ben Hartley, editor of the 
Survey, for whom we hold high, per- 
sonal esteem, comes one of the best 
arguments we have seen lately for 
the value of the independent church pa- 
per (such as the Journal). Wrote Mr. 
Hartley, in response to complaints 
that the Survey airs but “one side” of 
certain issues: “. .. many other issues 
resolved by our church cannot be 
cpened to debate in the pages of the 
denomination’s official publication. 
For example, our church’s boards and 
agencies have policies and programs 
which Survey editors are committed 
to support.” Right. And only the 
independent paper can debate the 
merits of these, analyzing trends and 
suggesting improvements. 

A letter from the esteemed author 
of our Circle Bible Studies, Dr. Man- 
ford Geo. Gutzke, tells us that his 
home recently was broken into by 
burglars evidently after money as noth- 
ing else was taken. Dr. Gutzke went 
on to say: “Perhaps I should feel 
flattered that they seemed to pay 
special attention to my office and my 
desks with the result that all my files 
and projects of work are strewn about 
in chaos. I must admit they certainly 
looked like confusion before, but I can 
testify they are chaos now. There is 
one sober truth which I would not 
particularly want the burglar to know 
and that is that my office certainly 
did need reorganizing; and he did, in 
a sense, some preliminary work along 
that line.” 

The Rev. Joseph S. Jones of Rt. 1, 
Morehead City, N. C., had an article 
in the Journal some time ago entitled 
“Communism — Ku Klux Klan — and 
the Presbyterian Church.” Subse- 
quently someone obtained permission 
to re-print it. Mr. Jones has lost the 
name and source of the re-print. If 
anyone knows, will he please contact 
Mr. Jones? 

One person who’s hard to find is 
the failure who admits he is a self- 
made man.—The Dry Side, Green Bay, 

. Wis. 

August 17, 1960 


Rev. Edward B. Cooper 


Rev. Samuel Miller 


Dr. L. Nelson Bell 


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Rev. G. Aiken Taylor, Ph.D. Editor 

Rev. Henry B. Dendy, D.D. 
L. Nelson Bell, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Arthur H. Matthews 

Managing Editor 
Associate Editor 

Editorial Assistant 

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® and talk like you! 


sight into the work of a missionary 
is afforded if you just follow Miss 
Gladys Aylward, affectionately known 
as the “Small Woman” as she moves 
about among the refugees in the work 
to which God has called her. 

revealing in- 

Joined by a little Chinese Bible 
woman, pbeiore going out they pray 
for the people of China behind the 
Bamboo Curtain and those who they 
will meet in their walks. 

Then, for several days they walk 
together through the teeming masses 
of refugees searching for those who 
will listen. Meeting people in the 
street she holds out her Bible and 
asks, “Have you ever seen anyone 
with a Book like this where you have 
come from?” 

The answer invariably is “No.” 

Then, humming a little hymn tune, 
she asks, “Do you ever hear people 
singing songs like this?” 

“No, we never do.” 

Then she asks, “‘Do you know if peo- 
ple ever get together in little groups 
and talk like this. ..?” After listen- 
ing a few moments to the Gospel, 
sometimes their eyes take on new in- 
terest as the hunger of the heart shows 
through, exceeding the hunger of the 
body. Occasionally, among the refu- 
gees there will be one who says, with 
excitement, “Oh yes, we do know of 
} people who get together in little groups 
And they still do!” 

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Behind the evil Curtains of the 
world, the light still shines! 

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“The grass withereth, the flower 
fadeth: but the Word of our God 
| shall stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). 

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—Adapted from 
World Vision Magazine 



M. Bell 

Dallas Presbyterians 
Planning For Hospital 

DALLAS, Tex. — Presbyterians of 
the Dallas area are planning to raise 
$4 million to start construction of a 
300-bed hospital. 

Plans for public solicitation of that 
amount to apply on the $7.5 million 
cost were announced recently by Dr. 
Frank H. Kidd, Jr., chairman of Pres- 
byterian Hospital’s Board of Trustees 
and a deacon in Highland Park 
church. He simultaneously revealed 
the appointment of Roderic M. Bell, al- 
so a Highland Park deacon, as admin- 

The new institution will be under 
joint sponsorship of the three branches 
of Presbyterianism in the area: the 
U. S., U.P. U.S.A. and the Cumberland 
churches. Of the 15 board members, 
11 are from U. S. churches. Five of 
the 15 are ministers, five physicians 
and five laymen. 

The board expects the hospital to 
help meet a critical bed shortage in 
the Dallas area. There are now only 
2.7 of the recommended 5.4 beds per 
thousand population. Four existing 
hospitals have urged construction of 
a Presbyterian hospital. 



Men Of Congo Mission 
Planning To Return 

MONTREAT, N. C. — About 20 
men from the Congo mission are plan- 
ning to go back into the Congo from 
Southern Rhodesia, officials of the 
Board of World Missions have learned. 

It was reported that the male mem- 
bers of the mission volunteered at 
Salisbury to return to their stations. 
Leaders of the native Congolese Chris- 
tian church sent an appeal to Dr. C. 
Darby Fulton, executive secretary of 
the Board, to allow the missionaries 
to continue their work. 

The Board has authorized the mis- 
sion to take whatever action it deemed 
proper during the emergency. 

Those returning to the Congo will 
find three Southern Presbyterian mis- 
sionaries already there. They are 
helping to man a dispensary set up in 
Leopoldville after nearly 400 Belgian 
doctors were forced to leave the coun- 

A group of Congo missionaries at 
the World Missions Conference here 
also met to make plans, looking to- 
ward the possibility of returning. 

Eisenhower Proclaims 
‘Day Of Prayer’ 

ident Eisenhower has designated Wed- 
nesday, October 5, as a National Day 
of Prayer. In a proclamation he re- 
minded Americans that each citizen 
can enjoy the blessings of liberty. 

“It is not by our strength alone,” 
he said, “nor by our own righteous- 
ness, that we have enjoyed the abun- 
dant gifts of our Creator... In this 
time of testing we shall ever place 
our trust in the keeping of God’s 
Commandments, knowing that He who 
has brought us here requires justice 
and mercy in return. 

“As we lift our thankful hearts to 
Him, we will see clearly the vision of 
the world that is meant to be and set 
our hearts resolutely toward the 
achievement of it.” 



Florida School Policy 
Under Court Attacks 

MIAMI, Fla. — Presbyterians and 
other Protestants leading the opposi- 
tion to an all-out legal attack on re- 
ligious observances in Florida’s pub- 
lic schools are preparing for their 
second court skirmish late this month. 

Companion suits were brought 
against the Dade County school dis- 
trict by a Unitarian, an agnostic and 
three Jewish parents, who said they 
intended to take the case to the United 
States Supreme Court for a decision. 
They have the backing of the Amer- 
ican Jewish Congress and the Civil 
Liberties Union. 

It is the first time in American 
jurisprudence that a whole constella- 
tion of religious practices in the pub- 
lic schools has been attacked in a 
single case. Under attack are such 
practices as Bible readings in as- 
semblies and classrooms; distributions 
of Bibles and religious literature to 
students; prayers and grace before 
meals; Christmas, Easter and Hanuk- 
kah programs, baccalaureate services; 
and the imposition of a religious test 
for teachers and other school em- 

A Presbyterian lawyer, E. F. P. 
Brigham, is an attorney for Protes- 
tant intervenors who are defending 
the religious observances in the 

During the first four days of testi- 
mony in July Mr. Brigham quizzed 
a Unitarian minister on use of the 
Lord’s Prayer in school. The Uni- 
tarian said some members of his faith 
did not approve of its use because 
“locating God in heaven is objection- 
able to many Unitarians.” 

While the court battle raged, the 
Presbytery of the Everglades ex- 
pressed “genuine dismay” over the 
suits. A resolution passed at the Pres- 
bytery’s quarterly meeting noted: 
“One of the original, fundamental 
freedoms established by our Founding 
Fathers was to worship as they de- 
sired; the interpretation of religious 
freedom taken by those opposing Bi- 
ble reading is that of freedom from 
worship, which is ungodly and con- 
trary to human experience.” 

The resolution recalled the place of 
the belief in God in American history 


and the place of prayer in the prac- 
tice of such public bodies as the U. S. 

Also voicing opposition to the suits 
were the Greater Miami Council of 
Churches and the Greater Miami Min- 
isterial Association. The same two 
organizations passed resolutions three 
years ago expressing disapproval of 
attempts to keep Christians from pray- 
ing as Christians in public meetings. 

Among the witnesses during the first 
part of the trial was a 17-year-old 
Jewish girl who said she found such 
expressions as “in Jesus Christ our 
Savior’s Name, we pray” to be “ex- 
tremely offensive and sectarian.’”’ She 
also said she objected to the use of 
the name of God in school, except 
when used in the pledge of allegiance 
to the flag. 

While testimony was being taken, 
young people of Shenandoah Presby- 
terian Church conducted an around- 
the-clock prayer service. 

More testimony will be taken later 
this month, after a recess declared 
because of a death in the family of 
the judge. (See editorial, ‘More 
Thoughts,” p. 10). 

Dem’s Prayer Protested 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (RNS) 
Two Minnesota Jewish organizations 
have protested reference to America 
as “a Christian nation” by Methodist 
Bishop Gerald Kennedy, Los Angeles, 
in his benediction at a session of the 
Democratic national convention in Los 

A telegram was sent by Rabbi Moses 
Sachs, secretary of the Minnesota 
Rabbinical Association, and Samuel 
L. Scheiner, executive director of the 
Jewish Community Relations council, 
to Sen. Hubert Humphrey, co-chair- 
man of the Minnesota delegation. 

“We were dismayed to hear Bishop 
Kennedy in his benediction pronounce 
America ‘a Christian nation’ and ex- 
plicitly exclude a sizeable number of 
Americans from his prayer,” the wire 

“As representatives of the Minne- 
sota Jewish community, we hope that 
you will use your good offices to the 
end that future prayers at the Dem- 

ogatic convention are as inclusive of 

all Americans as possible. 
for your cooperation.” 


A Negro Baptist minister, the Rey. 
E. A. Anderson, Los Angeles, who 
gave the invocation at a later session, 
also made reference to the United 
States as “a Christian nation” in his 

Bible Course in Ohio 

Ruled Unconstitutional 

Protestant church - sponsored Bible 
course given in at least seven public 
schools of the Blackriver Consolidated 
School District was declared unconsti- 
tutional here by Ohio Attorney Gen- 
eral Mark McElroy. 

The attorney general ruled on the 
course — a 30-minute, non-sectarian 
Bible study each week — at the re- 
quest of Dennis Dannley, prosecutor of 
Medina County. 

Mr. McElroy said the course violat- 
ed provisions of Article 1, Section 7 
of the Ohio Constitution and the First 
Amendment of the U. S. Constitution 
which outlaw the establishment of a 
state religion. 

The course was sponsored by 14 
Protestant churches united under the 
name “Association for Religious Ed- 
ucation in Public Schools.” 

Schools involved are in rural areas 
of three Ohio counties. The course, 
or one similar to it, has been given 
in some Ashland schools for 16 years. 

Mr. McElroy noted in his decision 
that constitutional objections to re- 
ligious instruction in public schools 
centered on four points: instruction 
in a specific version of the Bible; the 
singing of hymns or verse with in- 
struction; compulsion or use of public 
school authority to encourage atten- 
dance, and the use of time and facili- 
ties of a tax supported institution to 
support a particular religion. 

The ruling was asked for as a result 
of the addition of the Spencer public 
school to the Blackriver School Dis- 

Children in the Spencer school were 
given notices which told of the “re- 
ligious. education in our. schools in 
grades one through six.”” Miriam Jones, 
a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, 
was to teach the course, according to 
the notice. She has also taught the 
course in the other schools. 






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Years ago agnostic General Lew 
Wallace determined to write a book 
“exposing” supernatural Christianity 
as a fraud. In order that he might 
know his subject he began to study the 
Bible. But the Spirit of God spoke 
to him through the pages of the Book 
Divine, and he finally became con- 
vinced that its contents were true. 
Instead of trying to undermine and 
destroy it, he became its friend, and 
wrote Ben Hur, one of the greatest 
Christian novels ever produced. 

The Bible is read today because it 
is worth reading. The reason why 
800 out of every 1000 books are for- 
gotten within one year of their pub- 
lication is that there is so little written 
worth remembering. But the Bible 
lives on because it is God’s Book. The 
American Bible Society tells us that 
the entire Bible or Scripture portions 
have been translated into over 1100 
different languages. The Word of 
God has been burned, criticized, and 
betrayed, yet it lives on. 

In Psalms 119:140 we read, “Thy 
word is very pure; therefore thy ser- 
vant loveth it.” That word “pure” 
in the Hebrew contains the idea of 
refining, as when gold is purified 
through the refiner’s fire. Someone 
has said concerning the Word of God 
that “it is absolutely perfect, with- 
out the dross of vanity and fallibility 
which runs through human writings.” 

Experts tell us that pure gold is 
so fixed that if an ounce of it were 
set in the eye of a glass furnace for 
two months it would not lose a single 
grain. In the handling of gold bullion 
it is necessary to weigh the gold at 
regular intervals, because pieces of 
it chip off and a certain amount of 
deterioraton sets in because the bul- 
lion is not pure gold. So even with 
the most perfect of human words, 
there is still some dross in them. 



Only the Word of God is beyond the 
pale of criticism. It has stood the 
fires of attack and corrosion for cen- 
turies, and is just as upright in its 
integrity today, just as pure, and just 
as effective as the day it was written. 
It is still “sharper than any two-edged 

When I use the term “unique” and 
apply it to the Bible I do not mean 
that it is odd, but that it stands ab- 
solutely alone, that it is the only one 
of its class in all the world, that it is 
different from any other book ever 

written. The Bible is unique in its 
origin, unique in its message, and 
unique in its effect upon men. 

In answering the question “Can God 

be known?” we believe that the only 
way the true God can be known by 
man is through His Holy Word. God, 
then, has made Himself and His gra- 
cious purposes known to man in an 
immediate and direct Word of God 
which is reverently to be received in 
simple faith. This authoritative mes- 
sage has not been attained by human 
effort; discovered by human wisdom. 
It stands entire waiting only to be ac- 
cepted. In fact, both the revelation 
and the process through which it was 
enshrined in a written record must 
be viewed as a part of the redemptive 
work of God. “God, who at sundry 
time and in divers manners, spake 
in times past unto the fathers by the 
prophets, hath in these past days spok- 
en unto us by His Son.” (Heb. 1:1,2). 

God, then, can be known because 
God has spoken. The Bible comes 
to us with the voice of authority and 
must be believed because it is the 
Word of God. For this reason the 
prophets reiterated over and over 
again, “Thus saith the Lord.” Our 
own Westminster Confession of Faith, 

Chapter I, Section 4 says, “The au- 
thority of the Holy Scriptures, for 
which it ought to be believed and 
obeyed, dependeth not upon the testi- 
mony of any man or church, but 
wholly upon God, (who is truth itself) 
the author thereof; and therefore it 
is to be received, because it is the 
Word of God.” 

The Bible is a collection of 66 
pamphlets or short books written by 
about 40 different writers at different 
places and at times extending over 
a period of 1600 years. Few of the 
writers of these books knew each 
other, and none of them knew what 
collection of their writings would be 
included in one volume many hun- 
dreds of years after they were written. 
Yet the remarkable thing about these 
writings is that they all fit together 
like the stones of an arch and support 
each other in a way which no other 
literature could do. 

This did not occur by chance. God 
was behind these men guiding them 
by His Holy Spirit and supernaturally 
preserving them from making the er- 
rors into which all other authors nat- 
urally fall because they are human. 
Yet we conservatives do not believe 
in “the dictation theory of inspiration” 
for we hold that the personalities of 
the various writers appear in the books 
they wrote. They were simply guided 
by God so that they would make no 
mistakes, and for that reason we be- 
lieve that the Bible is our only “‘in- 
fallible rule of faith and practice.” 

We have, for instance, the wonder- 
ful writings of Moses in the Penta- 
teuch. He may not have been an 
eloquent public speaker,: but he cer- 
tainly wielded a facile pen. We see 
the Shepherd—King David writing in 
the Psalms descriptions of the beau- 
ties of nature with which he was so 
intimately familiar. Amos was called 


from being a herdsman and a vine- 
dresser to be a prophet of God and we 
see the rough marks of his calling in 
his divinely inspired words. 

In the New Testament, contrast the 
simple, yet beautiful, style of the 
Apostle John with the long in- 
volved sentences of erudite, university- 
trained Paul, the theologian; or think 
of Luke, the physician-traveller, — and 
note the medical and nautical terms he 
employs in the two books he wrote. 
God was working througk all these 

I am one of those who is old-fash- 
ioned enough to believe that the Bi- 
ble not only contains the Word of 
God, but that the Bible is itself the 
Word of God — that it is a unique 
Book because it is of divine origin. 
Those liberals who declare that “lit- 
eral infallibility of Scripture is a 
fortress impossible to defend” not 
only utter sheer heresy, but would 
foolishly stake their claims for eternal 
life upon the fallible opinions of finite 
men rather than upon the infallible 
Word of the Infinite and Eternal God. 


The Bible is the only Book in all 
the world that has the audacity to tell 
man just what a miserable creature 
he is. It claims, without contradiction 
from cover to cover, that man was 
specially created in the image of His 
Maker with mental and spiritual fac- 
ulties that fitted him for communion 
with his Creator and for worship and 
understanding of His works. It then 
goes on to state that man by the ex- 
ercise of his self-will disobeyed the 
command of God and fell into sin, 
and that this brought pain, sorrow, 
and death into the world. 

The Scriptures are clear and agreed 
in stating that man is a sinner, and all 
the writers emphasize that because of 
our first parents’ sin all the world is 
guilty before God. Romans 5:12 — 
“Wherefore, as by one man sin en- 
tered into the world, and death by 
sin; and so death passed upon all men, 
for that all have sinned.” Jer. 17:9— 
“The heart is deceitful above all things 
and desperately wicked.” Ezek. 18:4 

“The soul that sinneth, it shall 
die.”” Romans 6:23 — “The wages of 
sin is death.” Eph. 2:1,4 — “You 

. . were dead in trespasses and sins 

. were by nature the children of 

The Bible also harmoniously tells of 
God’s wondrous plan of salvation. Yes, 
while God is a God of holiness and 
justice Who will in no wise spare the 

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guilty, He is also a God of mercy and 
grace Who wants to see men live. 
Therefore, when men because of sin 
were unable to keep His covenant of 
works, He provided another way — 
a by-faith way of righteousness. He 
sent His only begotten Son to die up- 
on the cross for us. When we place 
our faith in this Savior our sins are 
laid upon Him, and His perfect right- 
eousness is laid to our account. John 
3:16 — “For God so loved the world, 
that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in Him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life.’ 

Romans 3:24 “We are justified 
freely by His grace through the re- 
demption that is in Christ Jesus.” 

Titus 2:14 — “Our Savior Jesus Christ 
gave Himself for us that He might re- 
deem us from all iniquity.” 

So the message of the Old and the 
New Testaments is essentially the 
same, for the scarlet thread of redemp- 
tion runs throughout the entire Bible. 
In the institution of sacrifice the of- 
fering of the blood of a lamb looked 
forward to the offering of the Lamb 
of God and His precious blood on the 

God has worked some very surpris- 
ing results with some imperfect people. 
cross of Calvary. Substitutionary 
atonement is the teaching of both 
Testaments, and the redemption fore- 
told in the Old is the redemption re- 
vealed in the New. 

Furthermore, the Bible not only 
agrees on what we need to know in 
order that we might be saved from 
sin, it also agrees on the information 
necessary to live the Christian life. 
There are some who object to the 
view that the Bible contains our rule 
of faith and practice, for they hold 
that since we are under grace we no 
longer need a law. However, the Bi- 
ble clearly teaches that the law of 
God is of eternal validity, and we en- 
deavor to keep it today because we 
love the Lord and desire to please 


No other book ever written has 
changed the lives of men like the Bi- 
ble. It has transformed enemies of 
Christ and His Church into friends of 
God and His Gospel; it has made sin- 
ners into saints; it has changed man- 
eating savages into dedicated Chris- 
tians. It has lifted the level of so- 
cieties, it has raised the status of 
women in the world, it has been the 
motivating force behind every good 
movement ever started. 

/ AUGUST 17, 

An old professor of biology used 
to hold a little brown seed in his hand, 
and say, “I know exactly the composi- 
tion of this seed. It has in it hydro- 
gen, carbon, and nitrogen. I know 
the exact proportions. And I can 
make a seed that will look exactly 
like this seed. But if I plant my 
seed it will come to naught; its ele- 
ments will simply be absorbed by the 
soil. But if I plant in the good ground 
this seed God made, it will became a 
plant because it contains the mys- 
terious principle we call life.” 

The Bible looks like other books. 
We cannot altogether understand its 
marvellous power. But planted in good 
ground, it shows that it has the life 
principle in itself, for it brings forth 
fruit in the hearts of its hearers. 

How important it is, then, that we 
get this Gospel out; that we take it 
to the ends of the earth, and that we 
send out more and more missionaries 
to spread the glad tidings of salvation 
through faith in Jesus Christ to those 
who do not know Him. Much of the 
world still lies in darkness, and many 
do not know Christ Who alone can 
cleanse from sin. There are still al- 
most 2000 tongues into which the 
Word has not yet been translated. The 
immensity of the task sometimes stag- 
gers us, but let us never forget that 
we have a great God who is able to 
accomplish great things through will- 
ing hands and hearts. 

This unique Book, the Bible, is the 
only answer to competing “isms” such 
as international Communism. Let no 
one mistake it — we are already in 
a great religious war, a war between 
godless totalitarianism and Bible Chris- 
tianity. Communism is a religion to 
its devotees and if we only had the 
zeal which they use in propagating their 
gospel of hate, our Gospel of love 
through the grace of God in Jesus 
Christ would spread more quickly and 
penetrate more deeply. 

May God, then, enable us to appreci- 
ate more fully the great heritage that 
we have in the Gospel of His grace, 
and in that Book, His Holy Word, 
which stands alone as containing the 
only answer to the problems that per- 
plex this old world. 

“How precious is the Book divine, 
By inspiration given! 
Bright as a lamp its precepts shine, 
To guide our souls to heaven.” 
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The Rev. Mr. Cooper is pastor of 
the Sharon church, Charlotte, N. C. 


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What does the Church expect when it asks: “Do you receive and adopt the Con- 

fession of Faith... ? 

The Vows of ‘Teaching 
and Ruling Elders 


Christian Brethren: 

I need not say that the faithful 
adherence to our doctrinal standards 
is a matter which stands essentially 
connected with the peace of the Pres- 
byterian Church. On this subject, it 
is of the utmost importance that there 
be a concurrence of sentiment, in fa- 
vour of some rational and scriptural 

On the one hand, if such absolute 
uniformity in the mode of explain- 
ing every minute detail of truth be 
contended for; if men are to be ac- 
cused and subjected to discipline for 
not expounding every doctrine con- 
tained in the Confession of Faith, in 
the same precise manner with every 
other subscriber who has gone before 
him — the Church must inevitably 
be kept in a state of constant mutual 
accusation and conflict. Quietness and 
peace will be out of the question. 

On the other hand, if all sorts of un- 
scriptural opinion, except the extreme 
of heresy, should be freely coun- 
tenanced by any of our judicatories; 
if that refusal to censure any form 
of doctrinal error, short of palpable 
Unitarianism, be adopted as the pre- 
valent policy, it will be impossible 
much longer to keep the Church to- 
gether. Or rather, it will not, much 
longer, be worth keeping together. For 
it will cease to be what the Church 
was constituted and intended to be, 
a “WITNESS FOR GOD,” in the 
midst of a corrupt and ungodly world; 
— a witness for the truth as well as 
the order of His family. 

Following is a letter written in February, 1833, by the Rev. Prof. Samuel 
Miller, of Princeton Seminary, on the subject, “Adherence to our doctrinal 
Standards.” — Abridged by the Rev. Morton H. Smith. 

It is well known, that when min- 
isters are ordained in the Presbyterian 
Church; or when those already 
ordained are received into our body, 
they are called upon to give their 
formal assent, among others, to the 
following questions: 

1. “Do you believe the Scrip- 
tures of the Old and New Testa- 
ments to be the Word of God, the 
only infallible rule of faith and 

2. “Do you sincerely receive 
and adopt the Confession of Faith 
of this Church as containing the 
system of doctrine taught in the 
Holy Scriptures?” 

Here, it will be observed, the BIBLE 
is declared to be the Only Infallible 
Rule of Faith, and the Confession of 
Faith of the Presbyterian Church is 
recognized as only a summary or com- 
pendious view of the manner in which 
the members of that Church agree in 
interpreting the Scriptures. In this 
sense only are we in the habit of call- 
ing our “Confession of Faith,” and 
“Form of Government,” our “ecclesi- 
astical standards.””’ Not ultimate stan- 
dards of faith and practice; but stan- 
dards or tests, for ascertaining the 
manner in which we, as a Church, 
profess to interpret the Bible. 

How is this public subscription, or 
assent to the Confession of Faith, to 
be understood? Is it to be considered 
as precluding all variety of opinion? 
Is it to secure perfect uniformity in 
the manner of construing every min- 
ute article, as to censure and ex- 
clude every possible diversity of ex- 
position on any point? Such perfect 


uniformity among 3,000 ministers is 
not to be realized. It is well known 
that the framers of the Westminster 
Standards differed on minor points, 
yet they were all substantial and sin- 
cere Calvinists. The same is true of 
the Dutch Synod, and also of the 
American Presbyterian Synod of Phila- 
delphia of 1729, who first adopted the 
Westminster Confession and Cat- 
echisms for the American Presby- 
terian Church. They were all sub- 
stantial, sincere Calvinists; and, there- 
fore, unanimously, and with good faith, 
subscribed to the Westminster Stan- 

An impartial jury would answer the 
question of the meaning of the words 
“the system of doctrine taught in the 
Holy Scriptures,” in the following 
manner: “Since the primary object 
of subscribing an ecclesiastical creed 
is to express agreement in doctrinal 
beliefs; since the manifest design of 
the Confession of Faith of the Pres- 
byterian Church is to maintain what is 
commonly called the Calvinistic sys- 
tem, and since this has been the uni- 
versal understanding, ever since that 
Confession was formed, we judge that 
no man who is not a sincere Calvinist, 
that is, who does not ex animo (from 
his heart) receive all the distinguish- 
ing articles of the Calvinistic system, 
can honestly subscribe it. 

We cannot resist the conclusion, as 
fair and honorable men, that unless 
a candidate for admission does really 
believe in the doctrine of the Trinity; 
the incarnation and true Deity of 

Jesus Christ; the personality and Deity 
of the Holy Spirit; the fall and entire 


native depravity of man in virtue of 
a connection with Adam, the progenitor 

of our race; the vicarious atoning 
sacrifice of the Redeemer; the justifi- 
cation solely on account of the right- 
eousness of Christ, set to our account, 
and made ours by faith; sovereign 
and unconditional personal election to 
eternal life; regeneration and sancti- 
fication by the power of the Holy 
Spirit; the eternal punishment of the 
impenitently wicked, etc; — unless he 
sincerely believes all these and the 
essentially allied doctrines which have 
been considered as distinguishing fea- 
tures of the Calvinistic system, and 
believes them in substance, as they 
are laid down in the Confession, our 
verdict is, that he cannot honestly 
subscribe to it. 

It appears to me that nothing can 
be plainer, than that a Pelagian, a 
Semi-pelagian, or Arminian, to say 
nothing of more radical errorists, can- 
not possibly, with a good conscience, 
subscribe the Confession of Faith of 
the Presbyterian Church. To erect 
a barrier against the encroachment of 
these errors in England was one of 
the main objects of the formulation 
of the Westminster Standards. Again, 
our own Church, in 1729, in her 
“adopting act” had the errors of 
Semi-pelagianism and Arminianism in 

The question, however, is, how 
minor differences in the mode of ex- 
plaining Gospel truth may be decided. 
No position in morals can be plainer, 
than those principles which the Con- 
fession in language directly proscribes: 
which it was expressly and specially 
intended to exclude; and which the 
actual administration of the Church 
under it, is known to have again and 
again condemned and excluded. The 
advocate of such cannot possibly, with 
a good conscience, subscribe to its 
articles. Such a subscription is a 

If there be such a thing as “lying 
to the Holy Ghost,” here it is. It is 
destroying the very intention of a 
creed; the object of which, as all al- 
low, is to ascertain and secure con- 
currence in faith. If the system of 
doctrine taught in the Confession be 
wrong, let it by all means be changed. 
But as long as we profess to hold cer- 
tain doctrines, let us really and honest- 
ly. hold them. I would unspeakably 
rather discard the Confession alto- 
géther, than adopt a principle which 
would render its use a solemn mock- 

I shall close with remarks along 
this same line made by the late Dr. 
John Witherspoon: “I cannot for- 
bear warning you against a piece of 
dishonesty which may possibly be 
found united to gravity and decency 
in other respects. I mean a minister’s 
subscribing to articles of doctrine 
which he does not believe. This is 
so direct a violation of sincerity, that 
it is astonishing to think how men 
can set their minds at ease in the 
prospect, or keep them in peace after 
the deliberate commission of it. The 
very excuses and evasions that are 
offered in defence of it are a disgrace 
to reason, as well as a scandal to re- 

What success can be expected from 
that man’s ministry, who begins it 
with an act of such complicated guilt? 
How can he take upon him to reprove 
others for sin, or to train them up 
in virtue and true goodness, while he 
himself is chargeable with direct, pre- 
meditated, and perpetual perjury? ... 
I have particularly chosen to introduce 
the subject upon this occasion, that 
I may attack it, not as an error, but 
as a fraud; not as a mistake in judg- 

ment, but an instance of gross dis- 
honesty and insincerity of heart. I 
must beg every minister, but especial- 
ly those young persons who have an 
eye to the sacred office, to remember 
that God will not be mocked, though 
the world may be deceived. In His 
sight, no gravity of deportment, no 
pretence to freedom of inquiry, (a 
thing excellent in itself,) no regular 
exercise of the right of private judg- 
ment, will warrant or excuse such a 
lie for gain, as solemnly to subscribe 
what they do not believe.” (Wither- 
spoon’s Works, Vol. I, pp. 313-4.) 

* a * a 3S 

Dr. Miller’s Letter is taken from a 
volume entitled LETTERS TO PRES- 
It was published at the time of tension 
between the Old and New School ele- 
ments in the Church in the early 
1830’s. Since our church today is 
in many ways faced with similar ten- 
sions, and since the question of sub- 
scription is again involved, these words 
of Dr. Miller may be useful for our 

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More Thoughts on Religious Freedom 

The increasing consciousness of re- 
ligion in American life has resulted in 
an increasing tension between religions 
with a consequent snarl in the practi- 
cal application of the principles of re- 
ligious “freedom” as such “freedom” 
is guaranteed by the Constitution. 

All over the country incidents are 
occurring which tend to indicate that 
there is no such thing as a society in 
which people of different faiths can 
live together without stepping on each 
other’s toes. Apparently the day is 
not far when America must decide 
whether it shall be considered a god- 
less nation or a Christian nation. 
There seems to be no middle ground. 

In Massachusetts, a man is unhappy 
over “In God We Trust” on our coins. 
In New York, a school principal ob- 
jects to “this nation, under God,” in 
the pledge of allegiance to the Flag. 
In Miami, Fla., a Jewish girl finds 
prayers in school ending with “in the 
Name of Jesus Christ” highly offen- 
sive. And — also in Miami a radio 
advertising salesman insists that his 
“freedom of religion’ allows him the 
freedom to keep religious influences 
away from his children. Therefore— 
he insists in court — the rest of the 
children in the school system must 
also be kept from religious influences, 
to protect his “freedom.” 

In Pennsylvania, children belonging 
to a strict sect refuse to watch edu- 
cational films in school, throwing au- 
thorities into a tizzy. And a harried 
county prosecutor in Ohio has asked 
the Supreme Court to close two Amish 
schools because (in effect) they aren’t 
teaching anything. It seems that the 
Amish don’t believe in education be- 
yond grammar school and in order to 
comply with state requirements that 
children attend school until they are 
16, they are running their own schools 
which — it is alleged — teach virtually 

We have all heard of cases where 
Jehovah’s Witnesses refused to uphold 
the government of the U. S. in pledge 
or in service; where Quakers refused to 
fight; where Mormons wanted to prac- 
tice polygamy. 

PAGE 10 / 

One of these days we may be shocked 
to hear of a sect caught in the act of 
human sacrifice. Should such an 
eventuality occur, what will we do if 
they plead immunity on the grounds 
of religious freedom? We will prose- 
cute them to the full extent of the law, 
that’s what we will do. And the law 
under which they will be prosecuted 
will be one based on the Christian in- 
terpretation of right and wrong — 
not on some obscure sect’s interpreta- 
tion of right and wrong. 

The fact is that it is the Christian 
concept which secures the very free- 
doms which the non-Christians enjoy 
and for which they contend. We can 
go further: It is the Protestant Chris- 
tian concept which secures the very 
freedoms which others are now trying 
to claim as their own. 

If there is to be real religious lib- 
erty in America, we must — at the 
very least — declare that this is a 
Christian nation and that others who 
enjoy the privilege of worshipping as 
they choose must nevertheless recog- 
nize that they are “guests” of a Chris- 
tian “host’’; and that their “freedom” 
must not destroy, upset or embarrass 
the form and order native to the land 
in which they enjoy their “freedom.” 

This is to say that a Jew may prac- 
tice his religion without molestation. 
But if he (or she) goes to public 
school in these U. S., he (or she) must 
sit quietly while prayers are offered 
in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The NCC And 
Party Platforms 

Once again meddling in politics “fon 
behalf of 33 constituent Protestant 
and Eastern Orthodox communions’”’ 
the National Council of Churches 
sought to influence the framing of 
both party platforms prior to the na- 
tional conventions. This is what the 
NCC urged upon both Democratic and 
Republican platform committees, as 
an expression of the will of the 

—More general disarmament. 

—Recognition of Red China. 
was couched in circumlocution: “ 
we urge the maintenance of channels 
of reconciliation, communication and 
influence with the community of man- 
kind,whatever the form of government 
to which peoples are subjugated.” 



—Support for the Connally Amend- 
ment, respecting U. S. sovereignty be- 
fore the International Court of Justice. 

—Relaxation of immigration and nat- 
uralization laws. 

—Implementation of citizen’s rights 
granted by the Constitution. 

—Throttling of the Un-American Ac- 
tivities committee. (The reference 
was to “abuses in investigative pro- 

—Government intervention against 
those who would use “official docu- 
ments” to attack such religious or- 
ganizations as the NCC. (The refer- 

ence was to the Air Force Manual 

There were a total of 12 points in 
the communication. The reader is left 
with a distinct impression that the 
NCC wanted both political parties to 
go further “left.” Thus, in politics 
as well as in theology, there are quite 
a few among the however many mil- 
lions of Protestants they claim to rep- 
resent, who would just as soon be 
represented by someone else. 

Lost — One 
Christmas Gift 

In December 1959 Dr. Carl MclIn- 
tire put on a great campaign to raise 
a Christmas gift for the Korean Pres- 
byterian Church which he reported 
was so courageously fighting the 
ecumenical movement. It has been 
reported that Dr. McIntire raised well 
over $100,000. On the surface this 
sounds like a most generous effort 
in behalf of a church doing battle in a 
common cause with Dr. McIntire. 

But Dr. McIntire seems to have a 
capacity for presenting “truths” or 
“information” that support his claims 
and ignoring any contrary evidence. 
If Dr. McIntire had presented all the 







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facts about his Christmas present, it 
would have been embarrassing to him. 

The most embarrassing fact about 
this Christmas present is that it was 
declined by the leaders of the church 
for which Dr. McIntire claims to have 
raised it. Dr. McIntire should have 
this letter in his files if he keeps all 
his correspondence. 

A second embarrassing fact is that 
the leadership of this same Anti- 
Ecumenical Assembly has published 
repeated statements for distribution 
throughout the Korean Church, saying 
that it has no connection and will 
have no connection with the I.C.C.C. 
sponsored by Dr. McIntire. This lead- 
ership withdrew from the W.C.C. and 
is opposed to certain phases of the 
ecumenical movement related to the 
W.C.C. but it is also opposed to Dr. 

Meanwhile evidences of the distribu- 
tion of funds to churches and institu- 
tions over a wide area are beginning 
to mount. Churches that had been 
receiving small subsidies from our 
pioneer evangelistic funds have been 
offered larger subsidies to desert our 
mission. Home areas that 
have received help from the larger 
churches in Seoul suddenly have plenty 
of money from other sources. Institu- 
tions by waving the banner of anti- 
ecumenicity have had their coffers re- 
plenished. Does this mean that the 
I.C.C.C. team that had its offer reject- 
ed by the church leadership, has taken 
to by-passing that leadership and sub- 
verting the church beneath? Would 
the good fundamentalists who thought 
they were giving to conserve purity of 
Christian doctrine, have given so gen- 
erously if they knew their money might 
be used to subvert a church that was 
already conservative through and 
through? Dr. McIntire should give a 
very careful accounting of his steward- 
ship so that the leadership of the Ko- 
rean Church that he claims to honor 
and the generous donors in America 
might know that all has been on the 
level with this Christmas gift that 
seems to have gone underground. 


—John Talmage 
Southern Presbyterian Mission 
Taejon, Korea 


Dr. L. Nelson Bell 


In the April issue of Christianity 
and Crisis there is a rather plaintive 
editorial against conservatism, be it 
theological, economic or political. At 
one place we read: 

“Precisely because the American 
consensus has left these persons 
behind, their voices have taken on 
stridence and have sought forums 
for expression in the church, the 
armed forces and other somewhat 
sheltered places. The public fo- 
rum will no longer listen.” 



editorial ends with these 

‘The leftward drifting of the whole 

temper of America — in race, 
economics, the use of government, 
taxation — is the real fear. The 
effort to normalize some old 

pietistic theology is better seen as 
the rationalization of a reaction- 
ary political and social ideology.” 

The effort to shrug off a rising tide 
of resistance to a theological liberal- 
ism which has fostered in its wake 
economic and political philosophies 
cannot be so easily accomplished for 
there is a growing concern on the part 
of intelligent Christians, a concern 
not for the status quo or the so-called 
American way of life, but for a Chris- 
tian faith based on divine revelation 
and not human hypothesis. 

Relevant to this concern is an ar- 
ticle in a recent issue of the Satur- 
day Evening Post by one of America’s 
most influential theologians. That he 
is a chairman of the editorial board of 
Christianity and Crisis makes the char- 

acterizing of some who have never 
succumbed to theological liberalism 

(or who are now in the process of re- 
jecting it) as “left behind persons” 
more significant. 

In the Post article the author says: 

“Incidentally, most modern Bibli- 
cal scholars take it for granted 
that Christ’s resurrection was not 
a public event in the same sense 
as the crucifixion, but rather a 
spiritual experience of his dis- 

/ AUGUST 17, 

ciples, a symbol of the early Chris- 
tian faith that Christ’s death rep- 
resented the climax of a histori- 
cal drama in which both the di- 
vine mystery and the human sit- 
uation were definitely clarified. 
The resurrection stories, however 
dubious, as records of “public” 
historical events, are witnesses to 
the fact that the church, which 
was formed by the inspiration of 
the life and death of the Man 
Jesus of Nazareth, did not regard 
His death as merely the martyr- 
dom of a noble man but as a 
drama in which ultimate mys- 
teries about God and man were 

What these liberal theologians fail 
to realize is that there is a growing 
revolt against such rationalizing of 
historic Christian truth and that this 
revolt is wide-spread. 

Those who teach in liberal theologi- 
cal circles need to realize that the 
world in which they live is not only 
far removed from men and their needs 
but it is incapable of reaching the 
masses because it is predicated on the 
explaining away of vital Christian 

That the resurrection, on which the 
Christian hope is centered, is ex- 
plained away in this doctrinaire fash- 
ion is a matter of the deepest concern 
to the Church. 

It is to be hoped that these liberal 
theologians will some day awake to 
the fact that they cannot explain away 
vital doctrines of the Christian faith 
and leave that faith intact. It is they 
who stand in judgment, not those who 
are willing to accept the record of 
Holy Writ at face value. 

—L. N. B. 

The older I grow — and I now 
stand on the brink of eternity — the 
more comes back to me that sentence 
in the Catechism which I learned when 
a child, and the fuller and deeper its 
meaning becomes: “The chief end of 
man is to glorify God and enjoy him 
forever.”’ — Carlyle THE NEW DIC- 



Bible Material: Isaiah 30-31; 36:1-37:20 
Devotional Reading: Ephesians 6:10-17 

The making — and breaking — of military alliances 
has been a favorite pastime of the nations from the 
earliest days of history down to the present time. 
In the fourteenth chapter of Genesis we have the in- 
teresting account of the battle of the four kings allied 
against five in which Lot was captured and then res- 
cued; and the mysterious character, Melchizedek ap- 
pears. When Joshua invaded the land of Canaan 
the kings of the South and then the kings of the North 
banded together against him. It has been this way 
down through the ages. 

As a sample of the danger of military alliances, let 
us think of that wicked king Ahab: “And Ahab king of 
Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt 
thou go with me to Ramoth and Gilead? And he 
answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy 
people; and we will be with thee in war’ (I Kings 22). 
They enquired of the Lord, but in spite of the warning 
of Micaiah the prophet they went to battle. The re- 
sult was the death of Ahab. Jehoshaphat almost lost 
his life also. “And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah 
returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem. And Jehu 
the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and 
said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the 
ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? Therefore 
is wrath upon thee from before the Lord”. (Read the 
whole account in II Chronicles 18-20). 

Jehoshaphat made other alliances with Ahab. The 
worst was one in which he married his son to the 
daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. This almost ruined 
Judah, for Athaliah usurped the throne and led the 
people into Baal-worship. These military and family 
alliances often lead to terrible sins. We find ourselves 
“helping the ungodly and loving those that hate the 
Lord”. And this is the grave danger we face today. 
We are far stronger if we go alone than when we ally 
ourselves with heathen and ungodly nations. 

Isaiah 30, 31 

In these two chapters the prophet warns his people 
about the danger of seeking help from Egypt: “Woe 
to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take 
counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a cover- 
ing, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 
that walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked 
at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength 
of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! There- 
fore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and 
the trust in the shadows of Egypt your confusion .. . 

I. Jsaiah’s Warnings about Egypt: 
5S oS. 



The Danger of Military Alliances 

Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and 
stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are 
many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; 
but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither 
seek the Lord! .. . Now the Egyptians are men, and not 
God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit.” 

How much better would it have been for them to 
have steered clear of heathen Egypt and simply trusted 
the Lord to save them! “For thus saith the Lord God, 
the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest shall ye 
be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your 
strength: and ye would not And therefore will 
the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, 
and therefore shall he be exalted, that he may have 
mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: 
blessed are all they that wait for him.” These words 
of Isaiah are just as true today as when spoken by the 
prophet, and just as true for us as for Israel. If we 
will return to God and trust Him we shall be safe 
and saved from the dangers which threaten us. Let us 
not put our trust in any alliance with other nations, 
but repenting of our sins, let us trust in God! 

These messages of Isaiah must have had some effect, 
for we study about what one king did and how God 
wrought a great deliverance. We know that Isaiah had 
great influence with good king Hezekiah, about whom 
we now study. 

II. Hezekiah and Sennacherib: 36:1-37:20 

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah Sennacherib, 
king of Assyria, came up against the defenced cities 
of Judah and took them. He had already overthrown 
the Northern Kingdom and taken Samaria. The king 
of Assyria sent Rabshakeh against Jerusalem with a 
great army. And Rabshakeh said to them, “Say ye now 
to Hezekiah, thus saith the great king of Assyria, what 
confidence is this wherein thou trusteth? Egypt is 
like a broken reed. But if you say, we trust in the 
Lord our God: is it not he, whose high places and 
whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away? Then Rab- 
shakeh stood, and cried in a loud voice in the Jews’ 
language, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall 

(Cont. on p. 15, Col. 2) 


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"To Foreign Missions a Snare” 




FOR AUGUST 28, 1960 

God, Strong and Faithful 

Scripture Lesson—Isaiah 40:18-31 
Suggested Hymns— 
“Great God, How Infinite Art Thou” 
“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” 
“How Firm a Foundation” 

Program Leader’s Introduction: 

When things are not going to please us, most of 
us become impatient. When the fish are not biting 
in one place, we want to move on to another. There 
are times when impatience is justified, and there are 
times when it is very unwise. It is always unwise 
to become dissatisfied with God’s way of doing things. 
Although it is clearly wrong, there are many who do 
become impatient with God when the things of life 
do not measure up to their expectations. 

In these verses (18-31) of the fortieth chapter of his 
prophecy, Isaiah speaks to his own people about their 
dissatisfaction with God. ‘Their dissatisfaction shows 
itself in two ways. (And if we become impatient with 
God, we are apt to show it in the same way. We 
either forsake the true God, or we accuse Him of for- 
saking us. Both are terrible mistakes) . 

The Lord’s people were not in a very enviable po- 
sition when this prophecy was first given. The setting 
of the story is in the latter part of Hezekiah’s reign or 
in the early part of Manasseh’s reign. Only two tribes 
still had their freedom, and they were economically 
weak and threatened by enemies on every side. The 
other ten tribes had already been conquered. In their 
discouragement many of the people lost their faith in 
the strength and faithfulness of God. Some sank to 
idol worship along with their seemingly prosperous 
enemy neighbors. These were the ones who forsook 
God. Others had a nobler conception of God’s 
strength, but they decided that God had forgotten 
them. They complained that God no longer heard 
their prayers or remembered His promises to them. 

They were the ones who accused God of being unfaith- 

Isaiah had some stern words for his people. These 
same words apply to us, if we are tempted to become 
dissatisfied with God and His dealings with us. 

First Speaker: 

In the first part of this passage (vv. 18-26) Isaiah 
speaks in scornful tones to the idol worshippers. His 
technique is to ridicule them. He does not try to prove 
the existence of God or any particular thing about 


His nature. Those people were convinced of the ex- 
istence of God just as surely as we are. They knew 
Him as the mighty Creator. Their need was not 
to have God proved to them, but to be reminded of 
His greatness. They were not ignorant of God’s na- 
ture, but they were forgetful. It is almost certain that 
the majority of them went through the form of wor- 
shipping God, but in daily practice they were trusting 
something else. They were worshipping and serving 
idols. They put their trust in creations of their own 
hands. Isaiah used keen sarcasm to remind them of 
the folly of idolatry. Their hand-made gods were 
powerless to move themselves and would fall over had 
they not been propped up. In sharp contrast to the 
impotent idols, the prophet reminded them of the 
creating, sustaining God. “It is He that sitteth 
upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants there- 
of are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens 
as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell 
in: that bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh 
the judges of the earth as vanity” (vv. 22,23). 

We, in this age, may not be tempted to carve out 
images to worship, but can we truly say that our wor- 
ship is devoted solely to God? We are convinced of 
His existence and we have a clear knowledge of His 
nature, (so did Isaiah’s people) but do we always wor- 
ship the Creator instead of the creature? What comes 
first in our lives? What is our idea of success? Is it 
our idea of success to make a fortune, make a name 
for ourselves, or to please God? 

If any other goal comes before God in your life, 
that goal is your God. We can make idols out of ideas 
and ambitions just as surely as people in Isaiah’s time 
made them of metal and wood. We, too, need to be 
reminded constantly that God is our mighty Creator 
and Redeemer. We need to remember that it is by 
the Power of God that we have come into being. It 
is by the power of God that we have been saved from 
sin and death. There is no weakness in God, but the 
weakness of our faith makes Him seem powerless in 
our times of trouble and temptation. We do know 
God, and we believe in Him. May He increase our 
faith in His might. 

Second Speaker: 

There were other people in Isaiah’s time who had 
a truer idea of God’s power. They knew that God 
was strong enough to deal with their problems, but 
they imagined that God had forgotten them. They 
accused Him of being faithless. In the second part 
of this passage (vv. 27-28) the prophet speaks to them. 


it i 



In-our own day, and sometimes in our own lives, we 
can find people who utter similar judgments against 
God. ‘There are those who say, in time of trouble, 
“Why did God let this happen to me?” Others wonder 
why God withholds the punishment of evil men and 
the destruction of the wicked. They do not question 
God’s power, but, far worse, they question His judg- 
ment, His faithfulness, and His goodness. To them 
it is not a matter of what God can do, but of what He 
will do. To them it is not a matter of ability but of 
character. Is it not worse to question God’s honesty 
and goodness than it is to raise questions about His 

To all people of this mind, both in modern and 
ancient times, Isaiah spoke the convicting truth that 
it is not a matter of God’s faithfulness but of theirs. 
God “. . . fainteth not neither is weary . there is 
no searching of His understanding. He giveth power 
to the faint; and to them that have no might He in- 
creaseth strength” (vv. 28b, 29). We are reminded 
of the God whose promise we put to music in these 
words: “I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause 
thee to stand upheld by my righteous, omnipotent 
hand.” If it ever seems to you that God is far away 

that He has forgotten you, then examine your 
faith. When faithlessness appears in our relationship 
with God, it is sure to be our faithlessness. There is 
no variableness with our Father in heaven, and our 
Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and 

Third Speaker: 

To those who have weak faith Isaiah gives another 
reminder: Our own strength, at its very best, fails 
miserably to meet the demands of life. “Even the 
youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men 
shall utterly fall.” Experience offers bitter proof of 
the truthfulness of these words. All who try to live 
their lives without reference to God will meet a sure 
and certain spiritual defeat. 

The opposite of self-trust is trust in God. This 
brings us to one of the great verses of the Bible: “They 
that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall 
run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not 
faint.” (vs. 31). These lofty words assure us that 
when we trust in God we shall find sufficient strength 
for every need. When we trust Him to remove the 
burden of our sin through Christ, we are enabled to 
spring up from the deep shadows of death and hell 
and soar in the sunlight of His love. When we trust 
in the Lord we find strength to be victorious through 
the trials of life. Life, however, is not made up mostly 
of crises. There is a great deal of sameness. Ordi- 
narily, life is more like a long walk than it is like 
a glorious race. The hum-drumness of much of life 
is apt to make us discouraged and may tempt us to 
forget God, but He has not forgotten even those of 
us who are His walkers. When we trust in God, He 
supplies strength to walk without fainting and the 
inspiration to make everyday life beautiful and mean- 
ingful. This is no mystery when we remember that 
the Lord Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world.” 

Closing Prayer. 


S.S. LESSON—from p. 12 

not be able to deliver you. 

But they held their peace: 
for the king’s commandment was, answer him not.” 

They came back and told Hezekiah the words of 
Rabshakeh. And when the king heard it, he rent his 
clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and went into 
the house of the Lord. In our time of trouble let us 
go to the house of the Lord. We will find help there. 
He sent some men to Isaiah the prophet telling him 
of his trouble. And Isaiah said unto them, “Thus 
saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words that thou 
hast heard. Behold, I will send a blast upon him, 
and he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own 
land: and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his 

own land ... Then the angel of the Lord went forth, 
and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and 
fourscore and five thousand . . . So Sennacherib went 

and returned and dwelt at Nineveh. And it came to 
pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch 
his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote 
him with the sword.” 

We see in this account how Hezekiah trusted in the 
Lord and Jerusalem was saved from the enemy. But 
all the kings of Judah were not like Hezekiah and the 
land was captured later by the king of Babylon. Oh, 
if nations would only learn that it is better to trust 
in the Lord than to trust in men, as Israel trusted in 
Egypt and other allies. The Jews seemed to have had a 
hankering after Egypt. They grew up in Egypt as a na- 
tion and in their journeys in the wilderness they 
often longed for the things of Egypt, forgetting, it 
seems, that their lives had been made bitter by the 
bondage of Egypt. It was but natural, perhaps, for 
them to look to Egypt but Egypt was poor help. They 
found real help only when they trusted the Lord. 


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LEON MORRIS, Th.M., Ph.D.—‘Studies in John” 

Seeking to honor the Word of God and the God of the Word. 

At least 150 ministers, students, laymen will attend 
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Dangers for our Country. 

During my lifetime our nation has made at least 
two very unfortunate alliances. We were the ally of 
Japan — a heathen nation — in the first world War 
and had to fight her in the second after her sneak at- 
tack on Pearl Harbor. We had Russia as an ally in the 
Second World War and she has become our rival and 
deadly enemy. We would have been better off with- 
out either of these allies. 

What is it that makes a nation great and strong? 
Righteousness. What is it that weakens and destroys? 
Sin. I am afraid we are putting our trust in the wrong 
things. We are piling up deadly weapons but we 
are not disturbed over our sin. We are trying to line 
up allies all over the world, paying for their friendship, 
and not always asking, “What sort of nations do we 
need as allies: Christian or heathen; good or bad?” 
Some of these nations may prove to be like Egypt, a 
poor help. 

Let us trust in God and see to our righteousness as 
a nation and He will protect and guide us. Let our 


CHARLOTTE, N. C. — Steele 

itors Friday afternoon, and that night 

people turn from their sins and seek God before it is 
too late. It is time for us to seek the Lord even as 
Hezekiah sought Him, for we face some deadly foes 
in Russia and China. These two countries would like 
to see us fall. 

IV. Personal Application; 
Ephesians 6:10-17 

How about our own personal lives? We face deadly 
enemies in our war, “For we wrestle not against flesh 
and blood, but against principalities, against powers, 
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against 
spiritual wickedness in high places.” The arm of 
flesh will fail us. If we trust in ourselves we will fall. 
We need a stronger ally than Egypt, which might well 
represent our old human nature. “Be strong in the 
Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole 
armor of God — truth and righteousness, the Gospel 
of peace and the shield of faith; the helmet of salva- 
tion and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of 
God, praying always.” Our only safety is having God 
as our ally. Have we put on the whole armor of 
God and are we trusting Him each day? 

Devotional Reading: 


MONTREAT, N. C. — Women of 
the Church dedicated their new 
$50,000 Winsborough Building and 
presented their annual birthday offer- 
ing to Stillman College during the 
Women’s Conference here. 

Dr. Sam Burney Hay, Stillman pres- 
ident, accepted the $170,298 check, 
which he said will be used for con- 
struction of a new classroom building. 
It will be named for the late Dr. 
Alex Batchelor, secretary of the 
Church’s Division of Negro Work for 
many years. 

Following the presentation by Mrs. 
W. A. McCutchen, board chairman, 
and Miss Evelyn Green, executive, it 
was announced that the 1961 offer- 
ing will go to Christian literature — 
one half for publication of literature 

Creek Presbyterian Church, one of the 
seven oldest churches in Mecklenburg 
Presbytery, highlighted the celebra- 
tion of its: 200th anniversary the week 
of July 24-31. 

Dr. Marion A. Boggs, moderator of 
the General Assembly, preached July 
24, and the Rev. Watt M. Cooper, for- 
mer pastor, was guest minister July 

Four colonial homes in the Steele 
Creek Community were open to vis- 


“Steele Creek Heritage,” a presenta- 
tion prepared in cooperation with the 
Protestant Radio and Television Cen- 
ter, was shown. 

Historic articles were displayed Sat- 
urday during a choir concert on the 
lawn of the church and during a pic- 
nic afterwards. 

The Rev. J. R. McAlpine, III is cur- 
rent pastor of the church, which has 
had prominent guest speakers in the 
pulpit each month of the bicentennial 

in the Tshiluba language for work in 
the Congo, and one-half for Chinese 
language literature for the new Chu- 
pei Bible School in Taiwan. 

Miss Mary Quidor, board treasurer, 
revealed that the largest contributions 
for the new Stillman building came 
from the Synod of North Carolina, 
with $22,956, and Texas, with $22,- 
260. She reported, however, that per- 
capita giving was led by Mississippi, 
with an average of 65 cents and Ap- 
palachia, with an average of 64 cents. 






5 OEE ae. 

Members of the second largest group of missionaries 
ever to be commissioned by the Presbyterian Church, 
U. S., in one year, photographed with their language in- 
structors at Montreat before their Aug. 3 commissioning, 

First row, left to right — Miss Aristeia Fontes, Portu- 
guese instructor; Miss Edla Oliveira, Porteguese instruc- 
tor; Mr. Mina Sa’adeh, Arabic instructor; Miss Esther 
Cummings, Professor of Languages; Miss Elda Vivas, 
Spanish instructor; Mrs. Margaret Chang, Chinese in- 
structor; Mrs. George McKee, French instructor; Mr. 
Lictor Martinez, Mexican scholarship student. 

Second row — Eugene L. Daniel, Candidate Secretary; 
Rev. J. K. Ha, Korean instructor; Rev. Chuhachi Eguchi, 
Japanese instructor; Rev. and Mrs. Reuben Sulc, Brazil; 
Miss Esther Rice, Taiwan; Miss Barbara Taggert, Mexico; 
Mrs. Lictor Martinez, Mexican scholarship student. 

Third row — Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Sisk, Brazil; 

George , Brazil; Dr. and Mrs. A. T. Trimble, Jr., Taiwan; 
Rev. and Mrs. John R. Crawford, Congo. 

Fourth row — Rev. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Richards, 
Iraq; Rev. and Mrs. Carl J. Hahn, Brazil; Miss Rebecca 
Glenn, Brazil; Miss Mary Lee Smith, Brazil; Mrs. E. G. 
Cochrane, Brazil; Rev. and Mrs. John H. LaMotte, Congo; 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Etheridge, Brazil. 

Fifth row — Mr. and Mrs. Adger McKay, Mexico; 
Rev. and Mrs. James B. Moore, Japan; Miss Pansy Duke, 
Brazil; Miss Nancy Wooddell, Congo; Miss Ann Broom, 
Taiwan; Miss Mary Kay Kepler, Taiwan; Mr. and Mrs. 
Dean Tuttle, Congo. 

Sixth row — Rev. and Mrs. David Hamilton, Mexico; 
Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Goette, Korea; Rev. Clarence G. 
Durham, Korea; Miss Mary Alice Mounts, Secretary to 
Mr. Daniel; Mr. Donald Watt, Brazil; Rev. and Mrs. 
Vincent Stubbs, Japan. 



for a copy to be sent to the Assembly’s 
committee on possible revision of the 

the Oct. 20 meeting, which will be 
held at Greenville. A statement on 
the subject, presented by the Rev. 

ROLLING FORK, Miss. — Central 
Mississippi Presbytery, in a quarterly 
meeting here, adopted a _ resolution 
affirming its stand in favor of reten- 
tion of the present wording of Sec- 
tions 3, 4.and 7 of Chap. III the Con- 
fession of Faith. The resolution called 


The resolution described the sections 
“as a part of the whole counsel of 
God” and encouraged the proclama- 
tion and exposition of the Doctrine 
“with special prudence and care.” 

A request for an overture on di- 
vorce and remarriage wa; decketed for 


A. H. Freundt and signed by a num- 
ber of ministers, was recorded in the 

Ruling Elder Clem O. Read of the 
Edwards Church was elected to suc- 
ceed Dr. R. McFerran Crowe as mod- 


MAXTON, N. C. — Thirty stu- 
dents in the “Flying College Course’”’ 
on Asia, sponsored by Presbyterian 
Junior College and Flora Macdonald 
College, are due back home the third 
week in August. 

Price H. Gwynn, Jr., dean of Con- 
solidated Presbyterian College and 
teacher of the course, reported after 
arrival in Tokyo that all is well with 
the group. The class is studying Asian 
Civilization in one course and Con- 
temporary Problems in Asia in anoth- 
er. Credit will be given by the spon- 
soring institutions. 

The group left Los Angeles July 1, 
and will return after flying around 
the world. 


DECATUR, Ga. — Atlanta Presby- 
tery has ordained Harold Bailey 
Prince of Columbia Theological Sem- 
inary to work as a librarian. He is 
thought to be the first man ever or- 
dained by the Presbyterian Church, 
U. S., for such work. 

He came to the Seminary in 1951 
as its librarian and since that time 
has completed the course of study for 
the bachelor of divinity degree. He 
was graduated in the class of 1960. 

For ordination he was examined by 
the Presbytery and approved for ordi- 
nation in the category of a Teacher. 


Church here has completed a $450,000 
rehabilitation and enlargement pro- 
gram that included enlargement of 
the sanctuary, addition of a Christian 
Education building and renovation of 
the entire plant. Work began two 
years ago. Dr. J. R. McGregor is pas- 

Church, located between Fairbanks 
and Sterlington, has dedicated its new 
building, which includes a sanctuary, 
Sunday School rooms, kitchen and 
study. The Rev. Robert R. Shepper- 
son, minister, said men of the Church 
completed the interior of the educa- 
tional wing. 


Where Do 

Great Ideas |: 
Come From? : 

[his is addressed to each member in a local congregation of the re 
Presbyterian Church U.S. . . thi 
The youth who will produce A GREAT IDEA may I Go 
be in your congregation. a 
He may not as yet have “waked up’? cal 
Help him discover his potential. the 
He may be confused about a possible life work? _= 
Get him acquainted with the Presbyterian Guidance dis 
Program. ) ab 
He now is choosing a college: . 
Give him the right kind of information and acquaint 
him with our Presbyterian colleges. 
He may need some financial help? | 
Write for the Handbook on Scholarships for local 
churches, and see about establishing such a scholarship 3} w 
fund in your own congregation. 34 
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NEW TESTAMENT, by Oscar Cull- 

The Westminster Press, Phila- 
330 pp. $6.50. 


For the past 20 years, Dr. Cull- 
mann has devoted a great deal of labor 
to his study of the New Testament 
Christology. His investigations in this 
field are characterized by thoroughness 
and precision. 

Professor Cullmann describes Chris- 
tology as the science whose object is 
the Person and work of Christ. The 
reader is reminded that the New Testa- 
ment hardly ever speaks of the Per- 
son of Christ without at the same time 
speaking of His work. 

All who are looking for a scholarly 
answer to the question, “Who was 
Jesus?” will find a vast amount of 
helpful material here. All twelve chap- 
ters lead to this conclusion: “We have 
seen that the first Christians achieved 
this perception in a threefold way: 
through the acceptance of the witness 
given in the life of Jesus with the 
events of Good Friday and Easter; 
through the powerful experience, both 
personal and in common worship, of 
the presence of the Kyrios, who is 
identical with the incarnate Jesus, as 
the ‘Lord’ of the Church, the world, 
and the life of each individual; through 
the reflection, carried out in faith in 
the present Lord and the crucified 
Son of Man, concerning the relation of 
this Jesus Christ to all the rest of 
God’s_ revelation. These are the 
sources of early Christian Christologi- 
eal conviction. For the modern man 
there are no others. But all three in 
mutually clarifying interaction are in- 
dispensable for answering the question 
about Jesus.” 

—John R. Richardson, D.D. 
Atlanta, Ga. 

THIS IS MY GOD, by Herman 
Wouk. Doubleday & Co., New York. 
349 pp. $3.95. 

Prior to the publication of this vol- 
ume Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize 
novelist and playwright, had been en- 
gaged largely in the writing of fiction. 
This is a work of non-fiction and is 
marked by rare literary brilliance as 

well as careful and thorough scholar- 

Partly a history of Jewish customs 
and religion, partly a statement of the 
author’s own convictions, the book was 
for some 10 years in preparation be- 
fore it went to press. It is intended 
for all who are interested in the his- 
toric Jewish faith, and therefore should 
have appeal to both Jews and Chris- 

It is interesting to note that this 
renowned Jewish scholar has greater 
respect for conservative scholarship 
than many professing Christians of 
our day. He shows that those who try 
to discredit most of the old Testa- 
ment and especially the books of Moses 
as chopped-up conglomerations of very 
late forgeries rather than authentic 
documents of antiquity do not base 
their views on sound scholarship. 

The theory that imposed evolution 
on Old Testament religion, says Wouk, 
stood the Bible on its head and must 
be rejected. He observed that it is 
a hard thing for men who have taught 
these false ideas concerning the Old 
Testament for so long and given their 
lives to a theory to see these things 
fall apart. He recommends that ser- 
ious scholars dismiss the documentary 
theory entirely and come back to the 
reliability of the historicity of the 
Old Testament. He observes that 
with our safest scholars the Torah is 
now taken as certainly Mosaic in ori- 
gin and in content. 

Seminary students who have become 
confused in their thinking by teachers 
who are weak in their faith will be 
encouraged by the reading of this 
work to reject the incompetent bibli- 
cal scholarship that repudiates the his- 
toric veracity of the Old Testament. 
The purchase of this book by Chris- 
tian ministers and seminarians will 
prove to be a profitable investment. 

—John R. Richardson, D.D. 
Atlanta, Ga. 

ray. Baker Book House, Grand 
Rapids. 71 pp. $1.75. 

Here the able Professor of Syste- 
matic Theology in Westminster Sem- 
inary sets forth the teaching of Cal- 
vin on Holy Scripture and on Divine 
Sovereignty. Calvin frequently speaks 
of the Scriptures being dictated by the 
Divine Spirit, but his emphasis there- 

in is more on the result than on the gate. 


method. We are encouraged to hear 
the Word as the Voice of God speak- 
ing to His people, and to yield to His 
authority. For the Word of Scrip- 
ture to be divinely vivified it must 
not be separated from Christ who is 
the soul of the law and the focal 
point of the whole of Holy Scripture. 
But this involves no incongruity be- 
tween the finality that belongs to 
Christ as the incarnate Word and the 
finality of the Scripture as the Word 
of God written. For Christ is never 
brought into contact with us apart 
from Scripture. By the written Word 
and in His Spirit Christ encounters us. 

Concerning election Calvin teaches 
that we were chosen in Christ, not 
in ourselves. Treating of the sovereign 
will of God, Murray holds that there 
is an equal ultimacy here as to repro- 
bation and election; but admits there 
is a radical distinction between the two 
in that condemnation always presup- 
poses guilt and ill-desert: ‘“Reproba- 
tion must never be conceived of apart 
from the ground or basis which re- 
sides in us... the ground of condemna- 
tion is sin and sin alone. So reproba- 
tion always finds in men themselves a 
basis which never can be applied of 
election...the ground of damnation 
is sin and sin alone.” Perhaps, the his- 
toric Methodist formulation is not as 
far from Calvin on the doctrine of 
Reprobation as it is of Election. 

Murray is particularly able in set- 
ting forth the distinction between the 
secret and the revealed will of God. 
Every sin is against the revealed will 
of God but is in His decree. “It is 
this sovereignty of God’s Providence 
even in the realm of sin that is the 
precondition of His sovereignty in re- 
demption. Otherwise there would be 
a sphere beyond His control and thus 
beyond the reach of His saving grace. 

—Wnm. C. Robinson, Th.D. 
Decatur, Ga. 


Clyde W. Taylor. Moody Colportage Li- 
brary, Moody Press, Chicago. 128 pp. Pa- 
per, $1.50. A survey, with maps, charts 
and diagrams, of the world situation in 
Missions, complete with tables of statistics, 
by the Executive Secretary of the Evangeli 
cal Foreign Missions Association. 

MAN, by G. Coleman Luck. Moody Col- 
portage Library, Moody Press, Chicago. 128 
pp. Paper, $.39. A sort of running com- 
mentary on the text of the Gospel of Luke, 
preceded by a brief introduction contain- 
ing statements of purpose, authorship and 



Daniel B. Lott, from Eudora, Ark., 
to the Tallulah, La., church. 

Arthur S. Gear, from Charlotte 
C.H., Va., to the Cool Spring, 
Laurel Grove and Peaks churches, 
Bedford, Va. 

R. W. Rien, from Meridian, Miss., 
to the Taylorsville, Miss., church. 

W. O. Nelson, from Robbins, N. C., 
to the Heidelberg group in Meridian 

R. E. McCaskill, from Havana, Fla., 
to Quincy, Fla. 

William E. Shenk, from Bristol, Va., 
to the Cottage Hill church, Mobile, 

Marvin Williams, from Austin, Tex., 
to the First church, Lufkin, Tex. 

Francis E. Watson, from Clarkton, 
Mo., to the Hunter Memorial church, 
Sikeston, Mo. 

Anderson W. Buchanan, from Good- 
water, Ala., to the First Church, 
Tifton, Ga. 

Raleigh M. Engle, Chester, S. C., 
will become pastor of the Lafayette 
church, Norfolk, Va., in Sepetmber. 

M. McChesney, Pensacola, 
Fla., has accepted a call to the First 
Church, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

J. Bruce Frye, Horse Shoe, N. C., 
will become Assistant to the Presi- 
ident, King College, Bristol, Tenn., 
with special reference to the de- 
velopment of the college, in Sep- 



Your editorial, “Why A Low View 
Of The Bible Is Harmful” impressed 
me very much. I don’t think the pro- 
fessor of Bible at ____.____ where I 
go to college thinks much of the Bi- 
ble. He doesn’t seem to think it is 
very wonderful and he is always chang- 
ing things in it. But he says that it 
is God’s Word and that we can be 


a Christian while we understand it 
differently from the people who lived 
in other centuries . . . Sometimes I 
don’t know what to think. 


As we said, a low view of the Bible 
(which in our book betrays an unbe- 
liever) can be detected by two atti- 
tudes: 1) the view that teachings of 
the Bible are wrong or no longer ap- 
plicable because “we know better’; 
2) the view that other sources, other 
texts, other information are as good or 
as equally necessary in Christian teach- 
ing. Thus we warn students (and any- 
one else) against any teacher who, 
confronted by a difficult passage, says 
it is wrong instead of trying to under- 
stand it; who wants to make the “testi- 
mony of the Church,” or the “cumula- 
tive experience of man” as important 
as the Bible in learning about Christ. 


Enclosed is a check for a subscrip- 
tion to the Journal for the Brandon 
Public Library. Certainly our Library 
must be one of those better libraries 
that carry copies of the Journal. 

—Mrs. Anna Neill 
Brandon, Miss. 

Several public libraries display the 
JOURNAL on account of the far-sight- 
ed interest of such friends as Mrs. 

Neill.— Ed. 


What I am concerned about is the 
specter of our political future. I am 
a life-long Democrat. We must have 
political parties of course to preserve 
our nation as it is, but beyond all 
of this I’m an AMERICAN and to 
permit lesser considerations to endan- 
ger our country is not proper al- 
legiance to our heritage. In the re- 
cent convention an organization was 
revealed which in every detail dis- 
closed that stealth which has char- 
acterized the Roman Catholic hier- 

archy’s threat to our existence. This 
I cannot support. 
Consider for the moment: I be- 

lieve there are 25 Federal Judgeships 
to be appointed in the near future. 
At least two vacancies to be filled on 
the Supreme Court. An entire Cab- 
inet to be appointed. U. S. Marshals, 
thousands of minor Federal appoint- 
ments and many others not known 


to the ordinary citizen. It is frighten- 
ing to realize that a vast number 
of these will be Roman Catholic and 
under the mesmeric control of the 
priesthood. It simply must not come 
to pass if America is to survive — 
what nations have succeeded in 
throwing off the yoke when once 
about their necks? 

—/(Rev.) Claude D. Peake 
Clyde, Tex. 

We will continue to try and pre- 
serve our interest in principles rather 
than i personalities. However, we 
frankly confess that we share the an- 
guish of one of our Brazil mission- 
aries from whom we have just heard. 
Said he: “When I think of a Roman 
in the White House, all I can say is, 
somebody don’t let it happen!!””—Ed. 


I praised the Lord when I read that 
Dr. Gutzke was to furnish the Circle 
Lessons for next year... This year 
his lessons were gems. We so need 
the Spirit inspired teaching of Dr. 

—Mrs. Pauline Hall 
Columbia, S. C. 

We have been looking over some 
of the new lessons in Philippians. To 
us they are even better than last 
year’s.— Ed. 

Tue Lorp Is WorKING 
in the HoLy LAND 


Rosenberg, Founder and General 

Rev. Leon 
Director, with two of our orphans 
Our obligations to needy children 


Conditions there are the Lord’s chal- 
lenge for your cooperation, prayers 
and help. 


The American European 
Bethel Mission, Inc. 

252 N. Dillon St. 
Les Angeles 26, California 

Dept. SP