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The Earnest ChristianVOL. 97 FEBRU-ARY, 1909 NO. 2EditorialHoliness the Central IdeaThat was an accurate conceptionand most fortunately expressedwhich the late Bishop Peck of theMethodist Episcopal church oncecrystallized into the title of a masterlybook on holiness, when hecalled it, "The Central Idea of Christianity."Holiness is assuredly the centralthought and purpose of the wholeChristian system. It is the centraltruth of Scripture—^alike in the OldTestament and in the New. Hencethe inspired writings are called "TheHoly Scriptures." They were "givenby inspiration of God," and that tothe end "that the man of God maybe perfect, throughly furnishedunto all good works" (2 Tim. 3: 17).Jesus prayed to the Father, "Sanctifythem through Thy truth: ThyWord is truth" (John 17:17).Holiness is also the central ideaor thought of the Incarnation andthe Atonement. The angel of theLord pre-announced to Joseph concerningthe birth of the Christ-child,"She shall bring forth a son, andthou Shalt call His name JESUS:for He shall save His people fromtheir sins" (Miatt. 1:21). RegardingGod's purpose toward ns in ChristSt. Paul exclaims, "Blessed be theGod and Father of our Lord JesusChrist, who hath blessed us with allspiritual blessings in Christ: accordingas He hath chosen us in Himbefore the foundation of the world,that we should be holy and withoutblame before Him in love," etc.(Eph. 1:3, 4). The central thoughtin the divine mind, even before theworld was made, regarding theearthly manifestation and work ofJesus Christ, here appears to havebeen man's complete redemptionfrom sin to holiness, in Him. Tothis end He was born, and to thisend He died and rose again, andfinally ascended into heaven.The central idea in connectionwith the institution of the Church isalso that of holiness. "Christ alsoloved the Church, and gave Himselffor it; that He might sanctify andcleanse it with the washing of waterby the Word; that He might presentit to Himself a glorious Church,not having spot, or wrinkle, or anysuch thing; but that it should be holyand without blemish" (Eph. 5: 25-27). All the travail of His soul—in the wilderness, in the lonely nightsHe spent in prayer upon the mountainbrow, in the agony and bloodysweat in Gethsemane, and in Hisanguish on the cross—was to the endthat His Church, collectively and individually,inight be sanctified intruth, and at last presented untoHim as His holy, beautiful and gloriousbride. Then, and only then,

84 (2) THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN"He shall see of the travail of Hissoul, and shall be satisfied" (Isa.53: 11).The same idea was central in thechoosing and ordaining of the variousorders in the ministry by thegreat Head of the Church. "WhenHe ascended up on high, He led captivitycaptive, and gave gifts untomen; • • • * ^n^ He gave some,apostles; and some, prophets; andsome, evangelists; and some, pastorsand teachers; for the perfecting ofthe saints, for the work of the ministry,for the edifying of the body ofChrist: till we all come in the unityof the faith, and of the knowledgeof the Son of God, unto a perfectman, unto the measure of the statureof the fulness of Christ" (Eph.4: 8-13). The legitimate missionof every Christ-called and God-ordainedminister, therefore, is that ofleading believers into the experienceof full salvation, and perfectingthem individually and collectively,80 far as in him lies, in the likenessof Christ their Redeemer and Lord.Holiness is also the central ideaof the Law and the Gospel. Theformer commands it, thereby showingus our own fallen condition, ourinability to stand before God inlegal righteousness; while the latterdiscloses the remedy for our fallenstate—the grace of God in ChristJesus, whereby, when we truly believein Him, our sins are remitted,and the Holy Spirit is given to renewour fallen natures and sanctifyus wholly, "that the righteousness ofthe law might be fulfilled in us, whowalk not after the flesh, but afterthe Spirit" (Rom. 8: 4). Hence,while legal holiness has been forfeitedand can not be regained,evangelical holiness is made gloriouslypossible to all the children ofGod.'Holiness, too, is the central ideain all the types, prophecies, provisions,promises and prayers ofScripture—^in fact, the central ideanot only of Christianity, but of revealedreligion from first to last.All is a revelation of the holiness ofGod, of the necessity of holiness inHis creatures, and of the divinemethod of bringing fallen men fromsin to holiness, and so to eternalblessedness. The central thought ofall is summed up in the single briefinjunction, "BE YE HOLT; FOE I .\MHOLT" (1 Pet. 1: 16).Glorying in the CrossIt was a lofty note of Christianfaith and courage struck by SaintPaul when he exclaimed, "But Godforbid that I should glory, save inthe cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,by whom the world is crucified untome, and I unto the world" (Gal. 6:14). Many can glory in the morepleasant things of Christianity—inits teachings, in its spirit of philanthropy,in its purpose of world-wideevangelization, in the simplicity ofits worship, in the sublimity of itsmorals, and in the magnitude andgrandeur of its achievements, who,nevertheless, shun the real cross ofChrist, and to whom the requirementto take up Christ's cross daily andfollow-Him is a grievous offense."Jesus hath now many lovers of

His heavenly kingdom," says a'Kempis, "but few bearers of Hiscross. He hath many desirous ofconsolation, but few of tribulation.He flndeth many companions of Histable, but few of His abstinence. Alldesire to rejoice with Him, few arewilling to endure anything for Him.Many follow Jesus to the breakingof bread; but few to the drinkingof the cup of His passion. Manyreverence His miracles, few followthe ignominy of His cross. Manylove Jesus so long as no adversitiesbefall them. Many praise and blessHim so long as they receive anyconsolation from Him. But if Jesushide Himself, and leave them but alittle while, they fall efther into,complaining, or into too much defectionof mind."There are some, however, wholove the Master for His own sake,and not merely for the comforts and •other benefits they receive; who arestill loyal to Him when to followHim involves reproach and shame;who bless Him, and'sing and shoutHis praise, in tribulation and anguish,as well as when all goes welland the multitudes applaud, and cry,"Hosanna to the Son of David!" Theylove Him for what He is, not merelyfor what He does, or what ^e gives.To them He is "the chiefest amongten thousand and the One altogetherlovely," however much He may be"despised and rejected" by theworldly wise and prudent amongtheir fellow men.These are they who truly glory inChrist's cross. By their faith inJesus they have been brought intosympathy with His crucifixion, andled to know "the fellowship of HisEDITORIAL (3) 35sufferings." They "have been crucifiedwith Christ," and with Himhave become "dead" to the worldand sin, and have also "risen withHim" to newness of life "throughthe faith of the operation of God."Such can say with the apostle, "Godforbid that I should glory, save inthe cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,by whom the world is crucified untome, and I unto the world." Theworld with its manifold allurementsappeals to them in vain. Theya-arequite content to let all its vanityand pomp and show, all its treasure,fame and glory, all its gayety, glitterand grandeur, pass unheeded, fascinatedas they are with Christ, Himself,and with "those things whichare above, where Christ sitteth atthe right hand of God."The true disciple of Jesus, whohas entered the life that is "hid withChrist in God," not only iears thecross for his divine Master, but gloriesin the Cross of Christ. It isHis joy to bear reproach for Jesus;to be ostracised and shunned by menbecause of his devotion to the Redeemerof mankind; to have hisname cast out as evil, and to be buffeted,spit upon, shut up in prison,or banished to some lonely isle forthe word of God and the testimonyof Jesus. He proves the truth ofthe Scripture which says, "If ye bereproached for the name of Christ,happy are ye; for the Spirit of gloryand of God resteth upon you" (1Pet. 4:14).They grievously err. therefore,who shun "the offense of the cross,"thinking thereby to get on more easilyin the Christian pilgrimage. Theway of freedom and rest, the way of

36 (4) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANvictory and holy joy, the wav offruitfulness and final exaltation, isthe way of the Holy Cross. Any andevery other way of attempting toserve God and gain eternal life isa way of bitter bondage and of spiritualdeath. Self and the world willever rule the life with unrelentingtyranny until the individual is enabledto cherish the cross of Christ,and say of it, as did the apostle,"Whereby the world is crucified untome, and I unto the world." This isthe point of full emancipation andof perfect victory."Why, therefore, fearest thou totake up the cross which leadeth theeto a kingdom?" says a' Kempis oncemore. "In the cross is salvation, inthe cross is life, in the cross is protectionagainst our enemies, in thecross is infusion of heavenlv sweetness,in the cross is strength of mind,in the cross joy of spirit, in the crossthe height of virtue, in the cross theperfection of sanctity."There is no salvation of the soul,nor hope of everlasting life, but inthe cross. Take up, therefore, thycross and follow Jesus, and thoushalt go into life everlasting. Hewent before, bearing His cross, anddied for thee on the cross, that thoumightest bear thy cross and desireto die on the cross with Him. Forif thou be dead with Him, thou shaltalso live with Him; and if thou beHis companion in punishment [suffering],thou shalt be partaker withHim in glory.""In the cross of Christ I glory.Towering o'er the wrecks of time; "All the light of sacred story,Gathers 'round its head sublime."The New York Tribune of January4th contains a telegraph dispatchstating that on the Sundayprevious, in the city of Cleveland,Ohio, eleven thousand young peoplepledged themselves with solemnityto take Jesus as their pattern fordaily living for the two followingweeks. They were to speak as Hewould speak. "They will performtheir ordinary vocations as heretofore,but in all their actions theywill use Christ as their model. Theywill mend their dispositions, andwill endeavor to keep in a cheerfulframe of mind both at home and attheir work."We are not now concerned withthe individual preparedness for sucha lofty life, possible only throughThe Eleven Thousandthe indwelling Spirit of Christ, norwith the success of this concertedeffort which God alone can finallydetermine. With the fact of thiseffort we are impressed, and withits significance.What a move of the mind Godwardit evinces! What workingsof the Holy Spirit it attests! Weare so disposed to think that Godhas lost His grasp on the world aswe see everywhere the ruin sin haswrought. But where sin abounds,grace doth much more abound. Werejoice at the evidences of the workof the Holy Spirit in this day,shown in this and other movements,the great growth of organized effortfor the spread of the gospel.The laymen's movement—was not

our own Church born of laymen'sconventions? — the Bible Study,Prayer and Sabbath ObservanceLeagues; these all point to thequickened spirit of the Church today.Join the eleven thousand. Youwill find this life worth living. Itmeans peace on earth and good will.Quarrels, grudges and disputes end,as this life is begun. It means theend of pride's dominion. It meanspeace and joy. Jjiving like Christmeans emancipation from the worldidea of success, from the world'senthronement of selfhood; it meansthat Jesus Christ is crowned Lordof the life.In the Christ life, men do speakwith other tongues. The sharp, biting,bitter word of envy, of strife,is spoken no more; rather the wordsthat make for peace, the soft answerthat turneth away wrath, thewords of comfort, of love, of fellowship.Peter no longer curses anddenies his Lord, but with the powerof the indwelling Spirit he boldlyproclaims the crucified Christ to bethe Messiah."How can I live like Christ," doyou ask? "By having Christ withinyou," is ihe reply. Open yourheart to Him and He will controlits very affections. To live likeChrist means to have Christ within;so the apostle says, "I live, yet notI, but Christ liveth in me." Withoutthis indwelling Christ, theChrist-like life becomes a vaindream, a mockery, the most discouragingeffort that humanity canundertake. It means, however, tothe honest soul, a revelation of hisown feebleness, of his own sinful­EDITORIAL (5) 37ness and of his absolute need of amoral power outside of himself.With the effort of soul uplift coniessoul enlightenment of the soul'sdeep need of a Savior from thepower of sin and self.The world needs men and womenwho live like Jesus Christ. Theywill purify political and social life,they will soon erect on the fallenruins of false social and politicalsystems a Kingdom of God. Soshall His will be done on earth asin heaven. Millions no longer willsuffer in dire want while thousandsenjoy or misuse unearned millions,a menace to themselves, to societyand to industry.The Church needs men andwomen who live like Christ; whoby their lives, adorn the religionthey profess; who are zealous ofgood works and of good words;who speak openly; who do notspread an evil report nor backbite;in whom the spirit of love supplantsthe spirit of envy, of self-seeking.The church which can show a scoreof men and women who are honestlydoing to others as they wouldthat others should do to them, willspeedily become a power in anycommunity. These people are wantedin trade, in the shops, in the offices.Everywhere there is a demandfor the honest measure, thefull equivalent. Yet this is justwhat every child of God is doing,and what every church member is .professing to do—to live like Christ.Shall not our lives harmonize withand make good our- professions?BENSON HOWARD ROBERTS.Prayer is the mightiest lever.

38 (6) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANPilate asked, "What is Truth?"as if aletheia and iaseleia had littleor no connection. He was notaware of the fact that the Kingof Truth stood before him.The world had come to believe innothing beyond the realm of thesenses. Pilate as much as said,"Bah! What is Truth? I understandpo.sitive science, but as for yourhigher notions of so-called Truth itis ail a chimera." But what Pilatemay have called a chimera the worldis coming to recognize as the onlyreal and enduring, even eternaltruth. More powerful than armiesof mail-clad warriors! More influentialthan weapons of war! Bulletsof truth ai'e more powerfulthan bullets of lead. They, afterthe impact, are but battered piecesof lead; but truth, after the impact,takes root and fills the world withfragrance and beauty.Luther's discovery, that "The justshall live by faith," and Wesley'smessage of "conscious salvationthrough faith," not only shook thenations of Europe, but promise togirdle the world with the glory ofGod. To His disciples, Jesus said,"I am the way, the truth, and thelife."What, then, is Truth? Is it conformityto fact? Yes. Is it conformityto standard or ideal? Itcertainly is. Is it conformity to thehighest good? Yes, and it is alsothe analogue of the Divine! It isconformity to Jesus Christ; to absolutereality. It is God-likeness incharacter and in freedom. TheSODS of truth are free men in JesusTruth versus ImitationChrist. "Ye shall know the truth,and the truth shall make you free.""Truth," says John Ruskin, "is afaithful representation of any fact.Hence," he continues, "truth andimitation can not be the same."Imitation can only be that whichappears; whereas ti-uth is the essenceor soul quality of that whichis. Imitation may approximatetruth by a thousand degrees, buttruth is truth, as round is round.What folly, then, to attempt to imitateJesus Christ, who is the Kingof Truth! We must be born, orbe begotten of the truth. We areslaves of the law, but sons of God.Not servants, but free-born! "Ideasof truth," says Ruskin, "are inconsistentwith ideas of imitation."W'hy? it may be asked. Becausethe nearer an imitation representsthe truth, the more fully it deceives.So he who acts the most like Christ(imitates Christ) not being Christlike,is the most dangerous enemyof the truth, because he who mostperfectly imitates Christ, not hav-^ been "Christed," or begotten ofChrist, the most fully deceives unspiritualseekers after the truth.Again Mr. Ruskin says, "Nopainting can be good that deceivesby its imitation, because nothingcan be good or beautiful which isnot true." So no life can be goodwhich deceives by its imitation, becausenothing can be morally beautifulwhich is not true. Hence Jesussaid, "Either make the tree good,and his fruit good; or else make thetree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt;"i. €., do not deceive; do not pretend

THE SPIRITUAL LIFE (7) 39to be what you are not. The moreperfectly you succeed, the fartheryou are from the truth, becauseyou thus deceive the more perfectly.Hence, no life can be morally goodwhich merely imitates the Christlife."But whoso looketh into the perfectlaAV of liberty, and continueththerein, he being not a forgetfulhearer, but a doer of the work, thisman shall be blessed in his deed.""For it is God which worketh inyou both to will and to do of Hisgood pleasure;" and "We all, withopen face beholding as in a glassthe glory of the Lord, are changedinto the same image from glory toglory, even as by the Spirit of theLord.""Holy Spirit, Truth Divine,Dawn upon this soul of mine;Word of God and inward Light,Wake my spirit, clear my sight."Holy Spirit, Truth Divine!King within my conscience reign:Be my law, and I shall beFirmly bound, forever free."A. L. WHITCOMB.The Spiritual LifeElements in the Prayer of Faith"When prayer dies in us, then thesoul closes itself against revelation,"says Hermann, of Germany.Prayer unveils the soul to thelight of heaven. It means morethan as a recent writer has said,"to go out at night and look up atthe stars." To commune with Godin prayer is the most diflBcult andpenetrating work in which we canengage. It awakens and calls intoaction the highest elements of ourbeing. It requires all there is ofus to really pray. So that a disinclinationto pray is to be regardedas a bad symptom. We fail to pray,not because of a lack of time, andpressure of duties, but becausesome difference has arisen betweenus and God. Many are constantlyshorn of power and usefulnessthrough a failure to pray, and theyare unable to pray because of anRev. F. M. Campbellunderlying unwillingness to give upall, to yield the vital point, to God.We need to say with the disciples,"Lord, teach us to pray."Prayer originates in an intenseheart desire. It is a movement ofthe soul toward God. That intensityof desire so essential to realprayer is awakened only as we aremade deeply conscious of our needby the divine Spirit. Desire is theoutgoing of the heart for some objectthat will bring gratification. Itis the power that moves the world.Starve a desire and it will graduallydie; but indulge the same, andit will become a ruling passion.Much, then, depends upon the attitudewe sustain toward God andourselves. If we neglect the deeperyet higher impulses of the soul,spiritual declension will set in, andwe shall soon wither and die. 0th-

40 (8) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANers may become anxious and wonderwhy we are so discouraged, butallthe time, down in our hearts, weknow just where the trouble lies.We must pray to live. Spirituallife begins and continues throughcommunion with God. As the sun'srays are necessary to stimulate theseed germ and cause it to reach outand take hold upon its environment,so the Spirit of God must awakenthe soul of man and enable it to layhold on eternal life in Jesus Christ.The expression of desire in prayeris a confession of need to God. Manysincere and good people are oftenperplexed because others insist thatit is necessary to pray out loud inorder to get the best results. Now,the reason for insisting on thiscourse is not arbitrary, but psychologicaland moral. No desirematures till expressed in action.Expression deepens and entrenchesthe desire, and contributes to thebuilding of character. It is not necessaryto pray in order to make theAlmighty propitious and favorable,but rather to remove a moral barrierin us that deters Him from beinggracious unto us. Prayer is aclearing house experience that mustprecede justification by faith. It isthis inward subjugation of heart tothe divine will that is wrought outin the struggle of prayer. And wecan pray only as we move towardthe light that shines upon ourhearts. It is the stimulating influenceof the Spirit and this peculiarinward movii^ of the hearttoward God that give the soulpower to express itself in prayer.This confession of heart in prayervindicates the attitude of the Almighty.We are made to own upthat the wrong is in us. In thisway we are able to "pray through"—till every moral diflSculty is sweptaway, and the soul is in sweet communionwith God.True prayer culminates in a heartfaith toward God. "With the heartman believeth unto righteousness;and with the mouth confession ismade unto salvation." Jesus Siiidto the Jews who disbelieved Him,"Ye will not come to Me that yemight have life." The diflSculty in exercisingfaith is not circumstantialbut rather inward and moral. It isimpossible to believe God with theheart while we are quibbling oversome divine requirement. A concealedidol will destroy the vitalityand grip of faith. In fact, it willinhibit the rise of faith. We maycontinue to hold tenaciously to ourcreed, and even maintain the sameintellectual attitude, but if there isa moral hitch in our hearts, we shallsoon discover that our connectionwith Heaven is broken. And a lifeof prayer is absolutely essential tothe maintenance of this vital unionwith God.The natural end of prayer is faithin God. The whole inward struggleof the soul in prayer prepare theheart for the vital action of faith.Prayer supplies the desire and createsthe expectation and venturefound in all genuine saving faith.Faith assures us of tJie realization'ofour desire. Faith is not anend in itself; it reaches out and layshold upon the eternal God. Itbrings into operation a divinepower that is adequate to every humanneed. As faith apprehends

THE SPIREDUAL LIFE (9) 41(lOd, an assurance is begotten in usthat "we have the petitions that wedesired of Him." This inward assuranceof faith is a fundamental elementin the consciousness of everyreal Christian. It sustains him in thedarkest hours of life, when all elsefails us in utter disappointment.Faith waxes strong as our personalweakness and limitations becomemore apparent. It refuses to go ouunanswered. And then, furthermore,genuine faith cannot go unanswered,for it was awakened andfostered by the Spirit. In a profoundsense Jesus Christ is "theAuthor and Finisher of our faitli."We trust not in horses and chariots,nor in any part of this fleeting materialorder, but in the all-wise, everpresent,omnipotent fuad everlastingGod. -The year 1908 is gone. Where?Into eternity, out of which it came.It was but a fragment thereof.What did it bring to us? A seriesof opportunities. What has it takenaway? Our record.In recent yfears men have found away to catch the sounds that makethe air to vibrate on cylinders preparedwith care. On these all thewords we may speak, in earnest orin jest, the songs we sing or thesobs we utter, our laughter or ourmoans, are recorded, being markedthereon by lines, dots or indentations.These, becoming hardened,can be made to reproduce whateverwas sung or spoken. Thus the cylinderbecomes a record, and a truthfulone, from which we may sometime hear again, to our joy or sorrow,what we had long forgotten.The year just passed will doubtlessprove to be a cylinder of God'sown invention. It is of very ancientpattern, of intricate and complicatedmake. Each dweller onthe earth has made thereon his imprintof thought, word and deed.This record, perfect and completeNew Year ReflectionsRev. W. Gouldin every detail, will be carefully preservedand some day each one amongall the tribes of men now livingshall be made to face that record;and according to its contents willGod, the Judge of all, deal witheach soul in righteousness. Howshall we stand in God's estimatebefore our record? Serious question,and one that may help us aswe face the coming year!It is not wise to shrink from contemplationof the truth! Facts cannotbe obliterated by shunning inquiry.Has the past been markedby deeds not pleasant to contemplate? We should avoid the likein days to come. Does any visionof the past give pleasure as we viewit, we may learn therefrom the secretof true happiness. Pleasuresthat will not bear reviewing are notworth seeking! It is in the lightof eternity alone, as it shines onus through the Word of God, illuminatedby the Holy Spirit, thatthe whole truth concerning ourlives, our conduct and their consequences,is fully revealed.Does a review of the past reveal

n42 (10) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANfailure, fault, or sin, it should leadus immediately to Christ, who alonecan forgive and save us from theconsequences. Does it show anythingin our conduct concerningwhich God can say, "Well done,"rejoice and be thankful for thegrace He has given, without whichit would have been impossible.Learn also that every step welltaken in the path of life enables usto tafce a higher one.The Present ApostasyRev. E, P. MarvinWe now face a general apostasyof the Christian Church. Intelligentand orthodox Christians seeit with sorrow. Some think it transient,and others regard it as propheticof the near coming of theLord.One manifest cause of this apostasyis our splendid, rich and luxuriouscivilization; but primitiveChristianity prevailed in spite ofthese worldly influences. This is notthe great primary cause. Worldlinessis both one cause and oneeffect of apostasy. The supremecause is the falling away of faith.Our "higher critics" with theirmodernized infidelity are at thehead of it.Hear a faithful and an able witness:"The greatest foe of the Churchto-day is to be sought in nothing external;no unfavorable surroundings,no outside opposition, notempter or attitude of the worldwithout: none of these things cangreatly hinder her success or handicapher progress. The greatest difficultyconfronting the Church todayis to be found in her own condition;her lack of seriousness, a.certain thinness or superficiality ofconviction as to spiritual realities,a pitiable shallowness of repentancedue to such superficiality, alack of virile faith that makes realtie great verities of the gospel whenit deals with sin and with grace.Hence there is wanting an intensityof earnestness in prosecuting herwork, and an appreciation of hersupreme need of God's immediatepresence and of the interposition ofHis divine power."There is too much of froth andfrills, too much of the entertainmentbureau and the social exchange,too much of the gospel ofsoup and soap, instead of repentanceand faith; too much of a feverish,restless activity, a sort ofhobby-horse exercise of much motionwith little progress, and toolittle of communion with God andearnestness in waiting upon Him;too much magnifying of machineryand of methods, societies of everyconceivable kind for every imaginablething, so that with the multiplicationof meetings on the Lord'sday, we are in grave danger, in a"well organized" church, of desecratingthe Sabbath by religious dissipation."This seems to be the growingvogue of the day; the trend is towardsa formal and mechanicaltype of religion, totally unequal toresisting the rising tide of worldli;

THE SPIRITUAL LIFE (11) 43ness within the Church that afterall is its most dangerous foe."What the Church needs most todayis a retm-n to the primitivefaith and fervor of the gospel, andthe two will always go together;with revitalized energy of faith willcome revived fervor of feeling, andthe result will be a deepening ofconsecration that will wait constantlyon God until He pours outa blessing that no amount of machineryhas been able thus far evento simulate. In such condition nofoe could harm her, no power onearth or hell could hinder her. TheChurch of Christ can be seriouslywounded only in the house of herfriends."Loci-port, A'eic York.Keep Your Blessing and Get MoreI don't suppose it will be out ofplace for ine to say that I am stillreligious. Slow ^.->ap — no, never.Backslide—no, never. Cool off—no, never. Give up my crowd—no,never. W^ell, how glad I am that Iam in the great Holiness Move, andthen how thankful I am that thegreat Holiness Move is in me; andthen glory to God for a salvationthat I am not ashamed of. Theother day I heard of a preacherwho was so sorry for me that hesorter looked on me with pity. Well,I felt so good in my soul; but 1remembered that I had traveledmore in a single year than he willever travel in his life at the gait heis pacing now, and that I hadpreached to more people in a yearthan he has preached to since hejoined the conference, and that Isee more souls kneel at the altarin a single year than he will see inten years; and again I have receivedmore for my work in the pasttwelve months than he has receivedin ten years. Now I don't refer tothese things because they bother me,for they don't; neither do I referto them as one that is a bragger,'Bud" Robinsonfor I am not; but the point I wishto make, or rather the question Iwant to ask, is this: What kindof eyes is there in the head of a manwho knows nothing and goes nowhereand sees nothing and never.,gets anything done, and yet can loot,through his tobacco smoke and pityme? Now,.I am willing for the fellowto pity me, but I want the dearbrother to know that I am havingthe best time on earth. No manabove ground has a place t want.I have a job of my own that justsuits me, and if it were possiblefor me to exchange my place withthe President of the United States,which it is not, of course, I woulda million times rather be Bud Robinsonin the Holiness Move thfento be President in the White House.Every preacher needs the love andsympathy of all other preachers,but the man that the God of bothheaven and earth has laid His handon and called him into the field oflabor is not the man to be pitied;and if a man has eyes so dull andheart so hard, and a head so thickthat he pities us because we haveand enjoy the blessed experience of

44 (12) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANsanctification, we are at a placewhere we can really pity him; andto-day I want it known in threeworlds that I am having such agood time that a fellow who blowsblue smoke and trots after thelodges is so far below where I amthat the only way I could get onthe same plane with him would befor me to backslide; for I am up inthe Canaan land, and I don't thinkthat he lives in the country at all.I have never seen him in this landof promise. I look on all preachersof the gospel as the chosen vesselsof the Lord, and every preacherneeds the love and respect of allother preachers. We can help andencourage each other, and by thegrace of God we will do it. Thelittle sacrifice that a fellow has tomake to get wholly sanctified looksso small to him after he gets theblessing that he is almost ashamedto ever refer to it again in this life,and for a fellow to pity him becausehe has the blessing only adds tothe stream of joy that flows throughhis heart and life. To see a fellowblow out a big mouthful of smokeand look over his glasses and lookprofound, and give his head a tossand pity the poor little fellow thathas gone after the second blessingwhen he himself has had a thousandblessings! Oh, well, it almosttickles us to death; that is, we whohave received the second blessing,properly so called.Now, reader, whatever you do,don't go around looking for pity becauseyou are in the holiness revivalthat is sweeping over the land;for if we will stand true and beloyal to the Captain of our salvation,some of these days we willmeet the Savior in the air, and wewUl be so glad that we stood trueto Him and His great cause that wewill shout for at least a thousandyears, and never let the angels hearthe last of it.Don't you see, dear reader, thatthe man who has been born of theSpirit, then baptized with the Spiritand made holy and filled with allthe fulness of God is not a candidatefor pity? A wholly sanctifiedman is in a position and a conditionto really look down on theman below him and pity him. Theman needs pity who is down underthe cloud of tobacco smoke, and noman is able to help him only thefellow who is above him, spiritually.He is prepared to reach down andtake him by the hand arid lead himon up into the blessed experienceof full salvation.Well, we have the best thing onearth, and I want to make a motionif I can get a second to it, that wekeep what we have got and get allwe can. Well, amen.—PentecostalHerald.I have read of Caesar that, whenthe day appointed for a great feastproved to be gloomy, he was so enragedthat he commanded all thosewho had bows to shoot up their arrowsat Jupiter, their chief god,as in defiance of him for that rainyweather. Their arrows fell upontheir own heads, and many weresorely wounded. So all our murmurings,which are so many arrowsshot at God Himself, will -returnupon our own heads.—The SundaySchool Chronicle.

CHRISTIAN WORKChristian ^iVorkBrotherhood for Christian ServiceMany churches fail in the matterof effective service for God and theirfellow men because no one organizesits members for co-operative effortand gives direction to their activities. Most people in our churchesare of a character to require leadetshipin service, and all can accomplishmuch more in an organizedcapacity than can ever be accomplishedwhere each member isleft to take initiative for himselfand work in goodly measure independentof his fellow Christians.It should be the pastor's care tosee that the working force in hischurch is duly organized and giventhe proper kind and amount of workto do. We are living in a time whenit is not enough for Christians to begood, they should be good for something. President Charles G. Finney,who was no visionary characteror mere enthusiast, tells us weshould teach even young convertsthat the only thing God leaves themon earth for after they are convertedis to pull sinners out bf thefire, and that unless they do thisthey would be better dead thanalive.We are often asked to give adviceas to how the young people ofthe church may be organized forservice. This is a somewhat diflBcultand delicate question to answer,especially where there is nogeneral society for the young peoplein the denomination. DifferentBy the Editor(13) 45places and varying conditions arelikely to require different modes ofprocedure. The pastor and oflBcialboard should be able to decide wisely concerning this in most instances.The following form of organizationfor the young men of a Methodistchurch in Washington, D. C,was published by the late Rev. B.T. Roberts, during his editorship ofthis magazine, who said, amongother things, "We see in this anasimilar moves a hopeful symptom.The rules are not very stringent,but they are good as far as they go-We do not see how any one can doless and be a Christian." We givethis form of organization place,. thinking it may serve as a partialguide to pastors in organizing wholesocieties, or the young men, or theyoung people as a whole, for systematicservice on their respectivefields of labor.RULES OF THE CHBISTIANMOTTO.BBOTHEBHOOD."Let no man despise thy youth; butbe thou an example of the believers, inword, in conversation, in charity, inspirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Tim. 4: 12).. BUr.ES."I. We, the young men of the '—church, form ourselves Into a society, tobe called, 'The Christian Brotherhood,'for the conversion of young men." 'I have written unto you, yonng men,because ye are strong, and the word ofGod abideth in yon, and ye have overcomethe wicked one.' (1 John 2: 14)."II. The officers of this society shall

4G (14) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANbe a president, who shall be the pastorof the church, ex officio, and an advisorycommittee of five appointed by the pastorannually, whose duties shall be to providefor the efficiency and success Ofthe Brotherhood." 'Be ye followers of me, even as Ialso am of Christ' (1 Cor. 11: 1)."III. The duties of members of theBrotherhood shall be as •follows:"1. Personal consecration to Christ" 'I beseech you, therefore, brethren,by the'mercies of God, that ye presentyour bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptableunto God, which is your reasonableservice' (Kom. 12: 1)."2. Secret prayer at noon each day." 'At noon will I pray, and cry aloud:and He shall hear my voice' (Psalm 55:17)."Christian courtesy toward each other."'Be courteous' (1 Pet. 3: 8)."4. To labor for the conversion ofyoung men, by conversation, distribution— of religious books, invitations to tfiehouse of God, prayer, and by good example." 'He that winneth ,^uls - is wise,'(Prov. 11: 30)." 'They that turn many to righteousness[shall shine] as the stars for everand ever' (Dan. 12: 3)." 'He which converteth- a sinner fromthe error of his way shall save a soul fromdeath, and shall hide a multitude of sins'(James 5:20)."5. To hold prayer meetings onWednesday evenings, after lecture, andat other times, subject to the pastor'sappointment; and to give a monthly reiwrt,on the last Wednesday evening, oftheir latwrs in accomplishing the objectsof the Brotherhood." 'Not forsaking the assembling of ourselvestogether, as the manner of someis; but exhorting one another: and somuch the more, as ye see the dayapproaching' (Heb. 10: 25)."IV. All moneys necessary for the attainmentof the objects of the Brotherhoodshall be raised by contributions."V. These rules may be changed bya majority vote of the members of theBrotherhood." 'In- the morning sow thy seed, andin the evening withhold not thy hand;for thou knowest not whether shall, prosper,either this or that, or whether theyboth shall be alike good' (Eccl. 11: 6)."It .is not expected that any organizationthat may be effected willconform in all respects to the foregoing, which is here printed morefor .its suggestiveness than as amodel to be followed to 'the letterby other societies. The main thingis for our societies, and especiallyfor our young people, to be organizedfor service, and then set to,work and kept at work. In societieswhere there are-enough of eachclass to warrant it the young menand young women might profitablybe organized into separate societies—into a Brotherhood and a Sister- .hood—and each given their respectivelines of service and fields ofoperation, all to be done in harmonywith the regular order of servicesand of church work, and with theapproval of the pastor and thechurch oflBcials.Where societies have too fewyoung people to warrant this methodof organization, it would be well toorganize all there are into one society,which might be called theYoung People's Alliance for ChristianService. Those who join itshould sustain such a relation tothe church as a whole as did theminute men of revolutionary timesto tbe American army as a whole."To every one his work," and, "Allat it and always at it," are rulesthat should find a hearty responsefrom all.There is much talent for servicegoing to waste among us that might

CHRISTIAN WORK (15) 47and should be utilized by wisely oi"-ganizing it, and carefully directingit toward the accomplishment ofthe ends desired. Our young peopledesire to work for the Lord. Letus give them a chance.WorkThe sincerity and reality of prayerwill be tested by work. It is notenough for the Church to be clean,and free from evil of every kind, itsmembers must go about doing goodin the community. Many unbelieverscriticise the Church unmercifullyand say all manner of evil againstit falsely. How shall we put tosilence these accusers of the brethren?We may use strong arguments,and preach convincing sermons, andwrite good books in defense of thekingdom, and all these will do good.But there is a better way. The apostlesays, "That by well-doing ye mayput to silence the ignorance of foolishmen." This is the strongestargument. Nothing will put to silencethose who falsely accuse theChurch so effectually as constantwell-doing on the part of those whoprofess to be the followers of theLord Jesus Christ.The work to be done is abundant.The call is loud and strong for laborers."Go work in my vineyard today,"is the call which every Christianmay hear if he will listen. Thevineyard is large. It includes thehome, the Church, the Sundayschool, the young people's societies,the missionary societies of theChurch, the community, the city, thewhole world. "The world is my parish."Wherever there is a vine ofgrace, water it and help it to growand prosper. Wherever there is aharvest ready for the garner, thrustin the. sickle and reap. Whereverthere is a stronghold or evil, lay toa hand and help to pull it down.Wherever there are thorns ^nd briarsof error and wickedness, rootthem up.That is an old story about StephenH. Tyng telling an applicant forchurch membership who did notwant to be called on to do anythingthat he had made a mistake, andshould go round the corner andunite with the church of the heavenlyrest. Heavenly rest is a sweetname for a church, and an attractivegrace, but every Christian mustbe a diligent laborer in the vineyardof the Lord, and any rest which isnot perfectly consistent with strenuouseffort is not the rest thatJesus promised to His disciples.Every Christian should be a worker.The work of the Church is oftenleft to a very few, while the largemajority seek to escape the burdens."All at it and always at it," was oneof Mr. Wesley's mottoes. In thisway early Methodism made rapidprogress. Every Methodist was aworker. The people believed in salvationby faith alone, but they practiseda religion which was full ofgood works. The prosperous churchis a working church."Work while the day grows brighter.Work in the glowing sun,Work, for the night is comingWhen man's work is done."—Christian Advocate.

48 (16) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANTke ^A^ord of GodAmong the numerous difficultieswhich, for the common reader ofthe Bible, may need solution or explanationis the fact that God issometimes said to repent (Gen. 6:6; Jer. 18: 7-10). The questionraised is, "How can it be possiblefor an all-wise, almighty and allholyBeing ever to repent? Is therenot a grave inconsistency here?"The solution of this difficulty mustbe found in the different senses inwhich the term repent is used inthe Scriptures. In the Old Testament,where we find the term usedwith reference to the Divine Being,it is "a translation of the Hebrewnihani or nicham, and hithnahem orhithndchem—to lament, to grieve;(a) in regard to others, hence to. pity, to have compassion; (b) in regardto one's own goings, hence, torepent; often one who repentsgrieves for the evil he has brought •on another (Exodus 13: 17; Judges21: 15; Job 42: 6; Jeremiah 8: 6,etc.)" (Smith's Bible Dictionary.)Now when God is said to repentwe must understand the term in thefirst of the two foregoing senses—that is. He grieves on account of themisconduct of His moral subjects,also because of their sufferings, andfor the whole train of evil consequencesdue to their departure frommoral rectitude; in view of whichHe is moved to take a differentcourse from that formerly pursuedtoward them, or from that whichGod's RepentanceAn Exposition, by the BditorHe might otherwise pursue. Hence,in Genesis 6: 6, we read that "Itrepented Jehovah that He had mademan on the earth, and it grievedHim at His heart. And Jehovahsaid, I will destroy man whom Ihave created from the face of theground," etc.In this passage the expression,"It repented Jehovah," etc., is explainedby the last clause, "and itgrieved Him at His heart." He doesnot, like sinful men, so grieve overHis own course as to condemn Himselffor what He has done, or as tochange for the future what He hadbefore fully determined to do or tobring to pass. But the wrong doingof His creatures compels Him to assumea changed relation towardthem, as changing one's course intraveling involves a changed relationof the sun toward him. Thereal change is in the purpose, not inthe sun.How often is it the case in travelingby rail on a winding trackthat the sun is now on our right,and in a few moments more, is as directlyon our left. Not that the sunhas in reality changed its place, butwe have made a change in ourcourse which makes the sun appearchanged to us, andin whichitisrelcfweZychanged with reference to us.Now, God is the Sun in the moraluniverse — "th'e Father of lights,with whom is no variableness,neither shadow of turning" (James

THE WORD OF GOD (17) 49.11: 17). Literally it reads, "with ing Spirit He is immanent throughwhom is no parallax." Parallax is all space and within all things.the difference between the real andthe apparent position of a heavenlyBeing "without parallax" God isalways in the zenith of the moralbody. If one person could be on realm. It is always high noon withthe surface of the earth and anotherHim, and hence on His part thereat the center, and both were is "no turning of a shadow," as someobserving the same stellar body, that translate the phrase, "neither shadowof turning." body would appear to each to be *He changes notin a different position in the heav­unto the ages of the ages—"theens. The angle formed by imaginarylines projected from the personat the earth's center to the personon its surface and to the heavenlybody, would be the measure of theparallax. It is by getting the measureof the parallax that the scientistis enabled to calculate the distanceto the heavenly bodies and tomeasure their bulk. But it is saidof God, "the Father of lights," thatHe is "without parallax." Hence,He is for ever unmeasurable, andcan not be located as to distance,in terms of space, since He, as omnipresentSpirit, transcends allspace, although as vital and vitaliz­same yesterday, to-day and for ever."Twice in the year the sun shinesvertically down on the equator ofthe earth. At those seasons a personstanding on the equator wouldcast no shadow. Just so they wholive and walk in the center of God'swill enjoy the unclouded light ofHis countenance; bnt they who turnaway from the straight pathway ofobedience to Him find that whileHe has not changed, His relationto them and His method with themhave changed; and this changedrelation and method are what ismeant when the Lord is said to repent.The BibleThis Book contains—the mind ofGod, the state of man, the way ofsalvation, the doom of sinners,and the happiness of believers.Its doctrines are holy, its preceptsare binding, its histories are true,and its decisions are immutable.Read it to be wise, believe it besafe, and practise it to be holy. Itcontains light to direct you, food tosupport you, and comfort to cheeryou. It is the traveler's map, thepilgrim's staflf, the pilot's compass,the soldier's sword^ and theChristian's charter. Here Paradiseis restored, heaven opened,and the gates of hell are disclosed.Christ is its grand object, our goodits design, and the glory of God itsend. It should fill the memory, rulethe heart, and guide the feet. Readit slowly, frequently, prayerfully.It is a mine of wealth, a paradiseof glory, and a river of pleasure. Itis given you in life, will be openedat the judgment, and be rememberedfor ever. It involves the highestresponsibility, will reward the greatestlabor, and condemn all who triflewith its sacred contents.—Unknown.

50 (18) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANA Chicago daily some time agocontained the following:A New Discovery(?)"A great German biblical critic hasstartled theological students by announe-Ing that he has discovered that the Epistleto the Hebrews was written by awoman. Further, he is prepared to stat*who was the author. She was none otherthan the wife of Aquila, Prisca or Priscilla.The couple are often mentionedby St. Paul and of them it Is recordedthat "they laid down their own lives" forthe apostle, and also that they had "achurch in their house." The commentatorpoints out the absence In thatepistle of the "I, by myself, I," that isconspicuous in the Pauline epistles, andgives various other reasons, based on Internalevidence, for his new notion.Among them is the audacious statementthat the bad grammar shows the writerto have been feminine."The last sentence of the another evidence that "Great menare not always wise." Howevergreat any man may be in his reputationfor scholarship and criticalability, the utterance of such astatement should invalidate hisclaim to seriousness and soundjudgment in the general theory ofwhich it forms a part.Pulpit and Pe^vPastoral VisitingRev. A. D. ZahniserWhile the pulpit efforts of a pastorshould be the ablest and best ofwhich he is capable, they form acomparitively small part of thework of a minister of Christ.God's plan regarding a pastor orshepherd of his people is that of aheart relation, a conscious feelingof Christian fellowship. This conditioncan only exist where the pastorpossesses a personal knowledgeof the peculiar circumstances andconditions of the individaal membersof l\is church and congregation.This can only be obtained byconstant pastoral visitation.Mr. Wesley, instructing the pastorsof early Methodism, insists onthe imperative necessity of. this importantwork. A few citationsfrom the minutes of a conferencein 1784, including some quotationsfrom Richard Baxter, may serve to"stir up [our] pure minds by wayof remembrance.""Family religion is shamefullywanting, and in almost everybranch. For what avails publicpreaching alone, though we couldpreach like angels? We must, yea,every traveling preacher must instructthe people from house tohouse. Our religion is not deep,universal, uniform; but superficial,partial, uneven; it will be so untilwe spend half as much time in visitingas we now do in talking uselessly."We will find many hindrancesboth in ourselves and in the people.In ourselves there is much dulness,laziness; so that there will be much

PULPIT AND PEW (19) 51ado to get us to be faithful in thework. We have a base man-pleasingtemper; so that we let men perishrather than loose their love. Welet them go quickly to hell, lest weshould anger them."Some of us have a foolish bash-. fulness; we know not how to begin,and blush to contradict thedevil."But the greatest hindrance isweakness of faith. Our whole motionis weak because the spring ofit is weak."We are unskilled in the work.How few know how to deal withmen, so as to get within them, andsuit all our discourse to their severalconditions and tempers; tochoose the fittest subjects, and followthem with a holy mixture ofseriousness and terror, and loveand meekness. And after all it isgrace alone that must do the work;and when we have made some impressionon their hearts, if we looknot after them they will soon dieaway."But great as the work of pastoralinstruction is, it is absolutelynecessary. For after all of ourpreaching, many in our audiencesare almost as ignorant as if theyhad never heard the gospel. Mostof them have a sort of confidencethat God will save them, while theworld has their hearts. I havefound by experience that one ofthese has learned more from onehour's close discourse than fromten years public preaching."Oh, brethren, if we could butset this work on foot, and prosecuteit zealously, what glory would redoundto God. He would dwell inour habitation and make us His delight."Look around you and see howmany are still in danger of damnation.How can you walk, talk, andbe merry with them when you knowtheir case? Methinks when youlook them in the face, you shouldbreak forth into tears as theprophet did when he looked uponHazael. Oh, for God's sake and forthe sake of poor souls, bestir yourselves,and spare no pains that mayconduce to their salvation [from sinhere and in heaven hereafter]."What cause have we to bleed beforethe Lord, that we so long haveneglected this good work. Andwhy might we not have done itsooner? The greatest hindrancewas in ourselves, in our littleness offaith and love."But it is objected, 'this will takeso much of our time that we shallhave no leisure to follow ourstudies.'"We answer. Gaining knowledgeis a good thing, but saving souls isa better. By this very thing youwill gain the most excellent knowledge,that of God and eternity.You will have time for gainingother knowledge too, if you willspend your mornings therein. Onlysleep not more than you need, andnever be idle or triflingly employed.If you can do but one, let yourstudies alone. We would throw byall the libraries in the worlds ratherihan be guilty of the loss of onesoul."Write this upon your hearts, andit will do more good than twentyyears' study. Do this in earnest,and you will soon find what a work

52 (20) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANyou have in hand, in undertakingto be a traveling preacher."No pastor with any degree ofreasonable consistency can expectto have marked success as a soulwinner,who does not constantlyand persistently follow the courseprescribed by Mr. Wesley and Mr.Baxter.A minister may be fluent inspeech, faultless in rhetoric, faithfulin dispensing the truth, fearlessin denouncing evil, both in his pulpitutterances and the productionsof his pen; pleasing in manner, andpious in life, all of which will befruitful after their kind; but if hefails to find and hold the hearts ofhis people, by the faithful performanceof his pastoral duty, acquaintinghimself with their home lives,and heart experiences, impartingthe personal and private instructionneeded, correcting the inconsistent,comforting the sick and sorrowing,exhorting and reproving the erring,he misses the work of his high calling,robbing both himself and thepeople he serves of the most beneficialknowledge and bounteousblessings belonging to this relation.Moreover, every preacher calledto the high office of a pastor, thoughlacking proficiency in many of theprincipal elements usually considerednecessary to success may, byconscienciously pursuing the cotu-seprescribed above, entering heartilyinto the work, secure the most usefulknowledge, become deeply pious,spiritual, and devoted, signally successfulin soul-winning, and alwaysin demand.Blairsville, Pa:A Threefold Vision the Need of the ChurchThere is an old adage that says,"What our eyes see our hearts canbelieve." What we believe promotesto action. Things come to pass accordingto our real faith. Many aman fails because the people believehe will fail. Faith is a mightyfactor in success. I believe thatwhich the great majority of ourchurch members need is to seethings as they are, to see our obligationsin relation to conditions, andto see the promises and rewards asGod has placed them in His Word.This can be done only as we seekfor, and ask God to give us theright vision of all things.First of all we need a vision ofliteral conditions, to see things justRev. J. R. Moueras they are. When blind Bartimeuswas asked by the Master what hewould have Him to do for him, heanswered, "Lord, that I might receivemy sight." He desired a realvision, sight to see things as theywere.There is no prayer better suitedto our needs than this one,—Lord,that we might see—see the perishingthousands of souls without Godand without hope, at home andabroad, souls for whom we are responsible.As a denomination weare responsible for our percentageof the unsaved millions, and Godwill demand an account of our stewardship.Our people must see andknow these facts. We must see our

PULPIT AND PEW (21) 53opportunity. There never was atime when opportunity was sogreat. There never was a more xirgentdemand upon us; never so easyto do great things for God and Hiskingdom as now.There are at least ten times ournumber for whom we are responsible,who are looking to us for help,and may be saved if we do ourwhole duty. This fact should quickenevery heart. We ar* anxiousto have abundant fruit to gather,great harvests to reap, fatted cattleto sell, and increase in wages. But,oh! are we anxious to win precioussouls for Jesus? I think of fruitsdecaying and no one to gather them;of wasting grain and no one to harvestit; of fatted cattle and no oneto market them. It would seem sadindeed. But, when I think of themillions of souls perishing withoutChrist and no one teaching them, Icry, "Lord, send us to the rescue."They will be lost forever if we donot help to save them.We must see and know our financialpower, what we ought to do andwhat we can do. If our whole membershipwill tithe according toGod's plan in His Word, we canraise one million dollars for missionsevery year. What a wonderfulpower and blessing we willprove to be when our people seeand act!This is the Lord's portion of ourannual earnings. Let us rendertherefore to God the money due him.The next vision is to see the willof God in our relations to theseconditions and opportunities. ThePsalmist prayed, "Open thou mineeyes, that I may behold wondrousthings out of Thy law" (Psalm 119:18)—to see and understand theWord of God; to see that love demandsobedience. "If ye love me,keep my commandments." "Go yeinto all the world, and preach thegospel to every creature." Missionsis the gospel in action. There isbut one thing that counts. It isdoing, going.We need to see that our receivingdepends on our doing. The wonderfulblessing that requires increasedspace to hold it is the answer tothe bringing in of our tithes. Godis waiting for us to put Him to thetest. He is ready to bestow thepromised blessing when we meetHis demand. God's plan is a wonderfulcondition which, when met,mearis a marvelous fulfilment. Godwants us to exchange our gold andsilver, our time, and service, our all,for souls of men. Souls are theonly bank account we can have inheaven. "Bring ye all the tithesinto the storehouse." We need toemphasize that word "all" and seewhat it means to God n His work,and to us in answer to His promise.If we in this age of great prosperityand opportunity do not give untothe Lord His righteous portion. Hewill call a halt, and we shall sufferloss.The third vision is the faith thatsees the unseen — the promisedpower, the conquering help, theovercoming results of united effort.The fearful, trembling, faint-heartedyoung man is an example of manyto-day. He was ready to run away,faint, or die, when Elisha prayed

54 (22) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANfor him, "Lord, I pray thee, openhis eyes, that he may see." Manyare fearful, they faint at giving.They need a vision. They shouldsee the happy thousands redeemedby the gospel of God through theblood of Christ, see the chariots offire and the horsemen in the holymount, see the great waste of lifeand wealth turned into the channelof blessing, see the overthrow of sin,the triumph that will be final, thewaving of the palms, the happysaints, the home gathering, theLamb of God that takes away thesins of men. They should see thethings that have not jet enteredinto the heart of man. If we meetthe conditions we shall see.—ReligiousTelescope.Giving the Minister a ChanceA cartoon appearing three orfour years ago represented a preachersitting on a chair surrounded bythe members of his congregation.These members were walking in acircle around him, winding him upand tying him to the chair by cordswhich they carried. One was labeled,"Financial Considerations;"another, "Literary Demands;" athird, "Social Obligations;" afourth, "Demands for Amusement,"both sexes being represented. Thelesson taught was that the preacherwas tied up to each one of thesemembers and felt himself under obligationto supply what every onewanted. Naturally he became impotentin his position, while the requirementsof his parishioners, beingunsatisfied, made a breach betweenthem and him.A GREAT EVANGKLICAL DETERMI­NATION.TEXT—"For 1 determined not to knowanything among you, save Jesus Christ,and Him crucified."—1 Cor. 2: 2.The text is autobiographic.Sermon OutlinesVerySome church members fail to realizewhat a preacher is for. He isnot to open the way for questionablesocial functions, to give himselfwholly to the literary polish of aSunday essay, or remain quiet inthe face of crooked plans for makingmoney. His business is to tellmen how to save their souls. If heis hampered, or rendered completelypowerless, the cause of the Lordgoes by default, and the men themselveswho have made censoriousand unrighteous demands are heapingto themselves the greater punishmenton account of it. The ministerought to have a chance, andpreachers are few and far betweenwho will abuse the privileges theirpeople give them of preaching apure, wholesome, and helpful gospel.—ReligiousTelescope.startling is this avowal. Not a narrowdetermination, as we shall see.I. Paul determined not to knowanything save the Crucified as hisdominating idea.II. Paul determined not to knowanything save the Crucified as the•ground of salvation.;

PULPIT AND PEW (23) 55III. Paul determined not toknow anything save the Crucified asthe subject of religious teaching.IV. Paul determined not to knowanything save the Crucified as thecenter of personal religious life.V. Paul determined not to knowanything save the Crucified as themotive and end to Christian icork.VI. Paul determined not to knowanything save the Crucified as thepattern of character.Shall we not emulate Paul's greatevangelical determination?Shall we not now and evermorebe true knights of the Son of God?—Synopsis of a Sermon by DinsdaleT. Young, of England.ILTHE COMFORTER.TEXT—"But the Comforter, which is theHoly Ghost, whom the Father will sendin my name, He shall teach you all things,and shall bring all things to your remembrance,whatsoever I have said untoyou."—John 14: 26.WE NEED A COMFORTER.1. In aflfliction (Railroad accident).2. Bad conduct of friends (CyrusW. Field).3. OUT own shortcomings.I. THE COMFORTER PROMISED.1. The Holy Spirit.2. The Spirit of truth. He willlead into truth. (Apostolij age. Dr.Nevins).3. Saved through belief of' thetruth.4. Error brings confusion anddeath. Future punishment.II. THE WORK HE DOES.1. Convinces.2. Converts.3. Sanctifies.4. Leads.5. Comforts.III. HIS ALL-SUFFICIENCT.1. Always present.2. Forever. Acts 2:17. It SHALLBE.3. A safe leader.4. Promised.IV. REASONS WHY SO LITTLE OFTHE HOLT SPIRIT'S POWER IS FELTANDSEEN.1. Unbelief—"not so much asheard whether there be any HolyGhost" (Acts 19: 2).2. Resisted.3. Pride.4. Covetousness.[The above is from a sketch iu thehandwriting of the late Rev. B. T. Roberts.—Editor.]IILA MODEL CONGREGATION.TEXT—"Now therefore are we allhere present before God, to hear allthings that are commanded thee of God."—Acts 10: 33.I. All who knew of the servicewere present. "Are we all here."II. Tlsey were on time. Theywaited for the preacher.III. They were in a devout spirit—^"present before God."IV. They came with the expectationof hearing a divine message."To hear all things that arecommanded thee of God."—HomileticReview."Soft words, smooth prophecies, aredoubtless well;But to rebuke the age's popular crimeWe heed the souls of fire, the hearts ofthat old time."

56 (24) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANIne Foreign FieldThe Student Missionary VolunteerHark! I hear their voices calling, comingfar across the wind.Bidding me to leave the homeland, otherscenes and faces find;Strong the spell is cast upon me, swaysmy spirit to and fro,But the voice of the unknown callsme; it calls and I must go.Earl N. BergerstockTo the lands beyond' the ocean, e'en toAfric's farthest shore,Where the millions sit in darkness; shallI take them light—and more?Sit I idle? last the message: "Go to. all the world," and lo!The voice of the dying calls me; Itcalls and I must go.Other voices hold me ever, other handswould bid me stay.Fondest ties of love would bind me; Othe pain to say them, nay!IjOvIng arms reach out to keep me, eyeswith love-light all aglow,Btit the voice of the unknown callsme; it calls and I must go.Dearest hopes and fondest memories, eachwould hold me to my home.And life's cares would be the sweetestdid I never need to roam;But the homeland does uot need me, andthe message seems to grow,As the voice of the unknown calls me;It calls and I must go.Dying for the love of Jesus, blessed nameso dear to me;More like Thee, O Father, make me; liftme upward unto Thee. ~Give me grace and give me power! ah.Thou wilt not say me no.'Tis the voice of God that calls me;it calls and I must go."Here am I, send me," O Saviour! I willgo where Thou dost lead,To the millions weeping, praying, wherethere is the greatest need;To Thy voice my spirit answers: "I havechosen, Lord." I know'Tis Thy voice, O God! that calls me,and I answer: "I must go."—Christian Advocate.[The following interesting l&tter wasaddressed to the editor of The ChristianWitness and published in that paper sometime «ince.—BDITOB.]Dear Editor: — It is doubtlessknown to all readers of missionarynews that China is by no means asleeping giant. A few years ago itwas common to hear her spoken ofas a giant awaking from his sleep.Judging by the recent trend' ofevents, in some respects she is moreawake now than is the country inwhich yon dwell. As you have no-Among the Hills of Hunanticed in secular news items the.imperialdecree provided for the abolitionof the opium trade, as wellas the cultivation of the poppy andthe production therefrom of the nativedrug, together with its sale, allwithin ten years. That sudden decreewas an eye-opener to many whohave been accustomed to seeingthings move slowly over here. Butnow after an effort of only a fewmonths to enforce the decree, thecentral government becomes impatient,thinks ten years is too distant

THE FOREIGN FIELD (25) 57m,for the beginning of China's Utopianage, and memorializes thethrone to limit the time for the completeabolition of opium to fiveyears! That looks like a large proposition,but I am not ready to predicteither success or failure. StillI shall not be surprised to see Chinayet teaching America how to put anend to a bad business. However, itseems to me that Christian Americawill have something to be ashamedof if China rids herself'of the curse"of opium before the former hascleansed her hands in connectionwith the traffic in strong drink.That China is in "dead earnest"about the matter of opium is nolonger a question to those even whohave been the most skeptical. In beginningthe war at Peking, she beganat the right place. But it willnot be ended there. The officialsat the capital and in the provincesare being rapidly purged. Thereseems to be no mercy shown. Officialsare given rigid tests, if thereis suspicion that they use the drug.If found "guilty" there is no alternative.He must free himself eventhough he dies in the attempt. Somedie, for instance, the governor ofthe province of Auhui; some arecured and hold their posts. Others,failing, resign, commit suicide, orare compelled to leave office. It isreported that some radical changesare shortly to be made at Peking,and it is supposed these consist ofthe removal from office of a numberof high officials who have failedto rid themselves of that habit withinthe allotted time.Going beyond the official class theenforcement of the stringent lawsmade by the central government dependslargely upon the interest oflocal officials in the matter. If theofficials in any one section are themselvesopium users, or if their revenuederived from its sale is large,naturally there is more laxity in enforcinglaw.In Shenchow, along the mainstreet, at least, shops where opiumis sold and smoked have nearly allbeen closed. However, it can stillbe purchased somewhere, we know,from the fact that two men whohave been our most skilful masonshave been daily smokers. One madean effort to break the habit, butsaid he could not stand the test.The other says he wants to breakoff but cannot as long as he is working.So he smokes in order to beable to work, and vice versa. Slavesthey are! But China's day of salvationis coming. Among theyounger men who-have not acquiredthe habit we can see the promise ofa redeemed people, and our heartsexult with hope. I hope to live tosee the day after the present generationhas passed when we shall nolonger see, as it were, the wrecksof opium scattered along the shore.Since the recent opening of ournew church and an additional streetchapel, we are able to reach in someway an average of two hundred peopledaily. The Lord is with us, andHis Word will not return void.Yours in Christ,C. E. RANCK.Shenchow, October 21, 1908.Use no timber that will not bearstorm. Never sleep while you skirtthe reef.—Joseph Cook.

58 (26) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANOur Young PeopleI have written them, keen, and sarcastic,and long,With righteously wrathful Intent,Not a stroke undeserved nor a censuretoo strong;And some, alas, some of them went!I have written them, challenging, eager tofight,All hot with merited Ire:-The Letters I have not SentLaying a FoundationMrs, Adelaide L. BeersAnd some of them chanced to be keptover nightAnd mailed the next day—In the fire.Ah, blessed the letters that happily goOn errands of kindliness bent;But much of my peace and my fortune IoweTo the letters I never have sent—Amos B. Wells.When the wise master builder woulderect a magnificent structure, he studiescarefully the minutest details of thefoundation. If the building is to be alofty edifice, he plans to dig downwardin proportion to the height, for hisfoundation. In any case his buildingmust rest upon a rock bottom.There Is a great craze now m NewYork City for sky-scrapers, and an immenseamount of labor is put upon thefoundation of these buildings. Millionsof dollars are spent in excavating anddrilling, getting in readiness for the cementand stone placed far below thesurface of the ground. The Singer, theMetropolitan and the Equitable Lifebuildings, tower upwards to the heavens,-forty-five, fifty and sixty-two stories Inthe air, bewildering the beholder withtheir "dreadful heights." Bradford L.Gilbert has conceived the idea that theweight of the floors and walls must besustained not by the walls themselves,but by the foundation as a whole. Withsuch an anchorage, he claims that theselofty buildings are secure and can easilywithstand the rage of the elements.Great characters are not formed accidentally,nor in a day. The world isfamiliar with the patient repetition ofthe lessons of John and Charles Wesley.Susanna Wesley could repeat thesame truth twenty times if necessary,in order that her sons might be wellgrounded in wisdom and righteousness..411 nations are still reaping the fruitsof Methodism, and rise up to call herblessed.Doubtless problems arose in the homi:circle of Mrs. Catherine Booth that taxedall her powers. This estimable womancarried her children to church when theywere mere babies, frequently laying themdown within the chancel rail while sheproclaimed the gospel. She insisted onevery child's submitting to God as soonas it could understand what it meant.To-day, the news of salvation for thepoor and outcast is carried around theglobe by her sons and daughters.Should there not be as much anxiousthought in forming a perfect characterthat shall shine resplendent througheternal ages as in rearing walls that willmost surely crumble under the ravagesof time? No sacrifice should be countedtoo great that our boys and girls maybe so anchored on the Rock, Christ Jesus,that the winds of temptation andbillows of sinful folly can never overthrowtheir life-structure.The years of man's life are so brief,but threescore and ten, and if by reasonof strength fourscore, yet Is thetime none too long to prepare for an

OUR YOUNG PEOPLE (27) 59eternal existence hereafter. Dr. Hillissays: "The slnggard who idles untilJuly's fever is come, may awaken to fearand then with re-doubled strength opena furrow and cast In a sheaf, but thoughhe toil and sweat, and pray and weep,the time is short. • Nature will not foigive,and the frost will cut down thegreen corn. In Labrador, the frnits andgrains will not ripen, the summers aretoo short. And in Life's August, no repentantman may begin anew his career.There is not space in which to lay hisenterprise. Before death comes, he willhave just time enough to set up a tent—a man who should have built a cathedral-soul."In youth the mind is very plastic,aud impressions made In this period arelasting. The memory seizes and retainstruth or error, doctrines true or false.Whatever is embedded in the memory islike blocks of marble placed deep in thefoundation of a building. Aristotle declaresemphatically: "It is not possibleto overthrow, at least, it is not .easy tooverthrow by theories, what has been ingrainedin the character in early life."Children acquire habits of thought andaction that become a part of them. Ifthe mother teaches the daughter to bescrupulously neat in the keeping of thehome and in her personal attire, shewill follow this pattern to the day of herdeath. But if a slatternly example is setbefore her in childhood, she will find itdiflicult to overcome her fax habits, eventhough she struggles to do so in afterye.nrs. If the boy is taught to be selfreliant,brave and helpful, he will goforth to act the part of a hero In life'sconflict. Some too fond mothers makethemselves slaves in waiting on theirboys, and the son grown to manhoodgoes out into life, helpless as to caringfor his own wants. Wherever he goeshe expects others to run at his beck andcall.The mind of the child is not only impressionable,but the imagination Is veryresourceful. This may be seen in theirgames, "the perfection of making somethingout Of nothing," Ruskin sa;ys. Intheir world of fancy the broomstick becomesa fiery steed, the rag doll a real,live baby. Since this faculty Is so vivid,much care should be exercised in theselection of reading matter, and the highestideals should be placed before them.The child is a natural imitator, thereforeshould be surrounded by the most godlycompanions, and be given the very bestexamples of piety. How soon the childwith a frank disposition will learn topractise deception! If the mother constantlydeceives the servants, the visitors,and continually lives an Inconsistentlife, the child readily acquires the artof covering and shading the truth, andsoon can prevaricate as shrewdly as themother. "Children have a tremendousbelief in the sacredness of laws," andexpect to be governed by rules. When'these are broken by them, they really aredisappointed if they are not compelledto pay the penalty. A little nephew haddisobeyed his father by playing in thestreets. His conscience troubled him, andhastening to his father's study he repeated,"Papa, spank Ben," holding himselfin readiness to receive the strokes;This age is characterized by lawlessness.Disciplinarians are criminallycareless in government, and the nationreaps a harvest of socialism and anarchy.Children may be seen on the streetsbreaking the Sabbath, while the parentsare worshiping God in the church. Considerthe effect such a course must haveupon the observant child. "My mammadoes not really believe In God's law orshe would insist on my keeping His commandmentsand attending worship -withher." The Christian mother who takesher child with her into the secret placeand pleads with God for its conversion,and'follows all prayers with a consistentlife of truth and love, is making aholy impression more lasting than inscriptionsupon stone and marble.The success of the great evangelistMoody, was due to the early principlesso earnestly inculcated in his heart by hisChristian mother. By precept and exampleshe taught him to be very conscientious.All his life he was illustriousfor keeping his word, and preferredto walk miles rather than ride on the

60 (28) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANstreet-car on Sunday. Mrs. Moody wasa widow in straightened circumstancesamd trusted God for her daily needs.When but,a lad of eight years Dwlghtand his elder brother were thrown intogreat peril through a drunken boatman.With simple, trusting faith they calledon God, and were safely landed.If we enter the humble home of MartinLutlier's childhood, we shall soonleam the secret of his vigorous oppositionto a hypocritical priesthood in lateryears. His parents despised monks, designatingthem as "full of cant and hypocrisy."In his tender years they sowedthe seeds Of a purely evangelical faith,which afterwards burst into blossom inthe heart of the despairing devotee ashe tolled up Pilate's staircase, and fromthat time he proclaimed fearlessly to penance-ladenIndulgence buyers, "Tbe justshall live by faith."Many other notable instances might beenumerated, which- prove the truth of thepromise, "Train up a child in the wayhe should go: and wljen he Is old, hewill not depart from it."Seattle Seminary. •A Field of OpportunityClarence S. MarshYoung people are naturally active. Theproblem is to find outlets for activity thatwill afford us some development and, atthe same time, add to the sum of humangoodness.Our church is criticized, justly and unjustly,within and without, because wehave no young people's organization forwhich we feel responsibility, and throughwhich we may find an outlet for religiousactivity. True, we have no Christian Endeavorsociety, Epworth League, orYoung People's Union; but are we makingthe most of what we have? Whatabout' the Sunday school? In manyplaces It is poorly manned, sadl>equipped, and falls far short of doingthe good that ought to be done.Yonng people with trained minds, andpower for hard study, are leaving thework of Sunday school teaching to bedone by untrained, overworked men andwomen, who are consecrated to persistenteffort at what they know ispoorly done. We love these faithfulworkers for what they are doing. Butis the Sunday school filling the largestplace of usefulness under such conditions?The work of tbe Sunday school is tooffer systematic Instmetion in the Bible,and to train the young for lives of Christianservice. To do this, we must applythe best known methods of conductingschool work. And here falls the responsibilityon those who are blessed withthe advantages of the schools. .Five daysin the week we sit imder successfulschool management, while on Sunday weplacidly take our places In schools thathardly deserve the name.It is not always the fault of the capableyoung people themselves that theyare not more prominent and active inthis work. In some places they are notinvited to take any responsible part Inthe service, and occasionally they areeither frowned down or "frozen out" ifthey show a disposition to offer eithersuggestion or aid. We are glad to believe,however, that such eases are comparativelyfew. Too often it is the case ^that, when urged to take a class, or to assumesome other responsibility in the Sundayschool, those among our young peoplewho are competent to do the work theyare requested to do, are unwilling totake the responsibility. Surely this oughtnot so to be.We are confronted by an alarming condition.A responsibility is upon us. Atabont the same age that the boys andgirls leave grammar school they are turningaway from Sunday school, becauseit is not attractive. We need methodsand systems that will give effectivenessto the organization, bring ont talents andstimulate study. Let us not be contentuntil these are obtained. Good will resultto the school and to ourselves—pres-

EXPERIENCE (29) 61ent and future good. For there Is nodoubt that systematic study of the Wordof God will be an incalculable force Inmaking staunch Christian characters forus and the coming generation.Let us then, as young people, take newinterest in the Sunday school. It Is forus. It is ours. If it is iminterestlng andunfruitful, we are largely to blame. Godcalls us to serve Him by strengtheningthis agency for-the spread of His kingdom.If we respond, the church will feelthe impetus of the Sunday school, andwe shall know the blessedness of service.ExperienceA Running SketchBy the late Rev. B. T. Roberts, Pounder of The Earnest ChristianI have nothing good to say of myself.Bnt the praise of God shall be continuallyin my mouth. What do I not owe to divinegrace? I am a debtor to the boundlessmercy of God to a degree that can neverbe expressed. My inclinations by natureare to evil. My earliest associates, manyof them, went to ruin. But God's Spiritfrom my earliest recollection, strove withme and restrained me. I never drankwine but once, and that was at a NewYear's call. Tobacco I never used, andprofanity I abhorred. It was all of grace.A Presbyterian minister came to mtone day when a boy and invited me togo to Sabbath school. I went. I committedmany chapters of the Bible tomemory. At one lesson I recited thewhole of the Epistle of James. Yearsafter I studied law. Many of my associatesopenly rejected the Bible, but myknowledge of Its contents not only keptme from infidelity, but enabled me toexpose and refute their sophistical objections.Yet I was far from being aChristian. I was ambitious, proud andworldly. At times I was powerfully convicted,but I thought it was the part ofmanliness to resist as long as possible.•Conviction left me,-and my heart becamehard.At length it pleased God to answer theprayer of my friends in my behalf. Heawakened me to a sense of my lost condition.The instrumentality was veryhumble. A pious, illiterate cooper—avery bad stammerer, gave In his testimonyat a regular Sabbath afternoonprayer-meeting. I was there by invitationof friends, and his testimony foundway to my heart. There was no specialreligious interest, bnt I felt that it wasmy duty to be a Christian. I commencedto pray. It was very hard work, butGod encouraged me to persevere. As thelight of the Spirit shone, I gave up onething after another, but I clung to myprofession. For three weeks or more, Ipleaded with the Lord to convert me;but to' let me have my choice in the businessI would follow. Many who hadpower with God prayed for me, but Ihad to yield. Christ demanded an unconditionalsurrender. I made it. Thejoys of pardon and peace flowed into mysoul. My cup was full, my happinesswas unspeakable.The study of law was abandoned. Icompleted the college course at Middletown,Conn., in 1848, receiving one ofthe honors of the class. The same fallI joined the Genessee conference of theM. E. church, and was stationed at Caryvllle.The society was weak, and thechurch edifice small. By the blessing ofGod there was a good accession to thecliurch, and the house of worship was enlarged.In May of the next year I was marriedto Miss Ellen Stowe, of New York. Atthe close of the year we were stationedat Pike, Wyoming Co., N.. Y. Here welabored two years, and God gave, us aprecious revival.A camp-meeting held at Collins, in theyear 1849, was made a great blessing tomy soul. The subject of holiness receivedspecial attention. Rev. EJeazer

63 (30) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANThomas, presiding elder of the district,was theu a flame of fire. Itrs. Palmerattended the meeting, and labored for thepromotion of holiness with great zeal andsuccess. While I was at Middletown, Dr.Redfield held a protracted meeting inthe Methodist church. Sueh scenes ofspiritual power I never had witnessed.The convictions I there received neverleft me. .\t the camp-meeting they weregreatly increased. Two paths were distinctlymarked out before me. I sawthat I might be a popular preacher, gainapplause, do but little good in reality,aud at last lose my soul. Or, I saw that Imight take the narrow way, declare thewhole truth as it is in Jesus, meet withpersecution and opposition, but see athorough work of grace go on, and atlast gain heaven. Grace was given tomake the better choice. I deliberatelygave myself anew to the Lord, to declarethe whole truth as it is in Jesus, andto take the narrow way. The blessingcame. The Spirit fell upon me in anoverwhelming degree. I received a powerto labor such as I never possessed before.This consecration has never been takenback. I have many times had to humblemyself before the Lord for havinggrieved His Spirit. I have been but anunprofitable servant. It is by grace alonethat I am saved. Yet the determinationis fixed to obey the Lord and take thenarrow way, come what will.Our next appointment was at ilushford,N. Y. The Spirit of the tx)rd waswith us all the year, and good was done.The next year we were stationed at NiagaraSt., Buffalo. We found the congregationrun down—the state of spiritualitylow, and the people greatly di»couraged. The temptation to lower thestandard was strong, but God kept usfrom compromising. Dr. Redfield waswith us several weeks, and held a protractedmeeting. A great interest in thecommunity was excited; but we met withunexpected opposition from ministers occupyinga high official iwsitiou in thechurch, and the progress of the revivalwas stayedWhile here my attention was drawn tothe evils of the pew system. I saw thatthe house of God must 6e free for allwho choose to attend, if the masses wouldbe reached and saved. I began to writeand preach upon the subject. The NiagaraStreet chu>rch was in delrt, and I offeredto see the debt paid off if theywould make the house free. The offerwas declined. Thousands of dollars wereafterwards spent in rebuilding and beautifyingit, all the modern expedients forraising money—such as re-selling thepews, holding fairs and festivals, andgiving popular lectures, were resorted to. in order to pay off the indebtedness.Hut all these were unavailing—thechurch passed into the hands of the enemiesof Jesus, and is now owned and occupiedas a place of worship by the linealand religious descendants of thosewho put the blessed Savior to death. Ithas become a Jewish tabernacle. [Laterit passed into the hands of the Free Masons,who demolished the original structure,and erected in its stead a MasonicTemple.—EDITOB.]From Buffalo we were appointed to laboriu Brockport. The Lord favored ushere with a thorough and extensive revival.Many precious souls were brougntinto the justifying and sanctifying graceof God.At the close of two years we went to.\lbion. We followed that man of God,William C. Kendall, under whose labors,there had been a most powerful revival.We entered into his labors, and thechurch enjoyed a good degree of prosperity.While at Albion I wrote an article forthe 'Sorthem Independent entitled, "NewSchool Methodism." There was alreadya strongly marked division among thepreachers of the conference, some of thembeing committed to the doctrines of holinessand "the old paths" of spiritual religiongenerally, and others sympathizingwith the more popular forms of worship;the leading ones of the latter class belongingto the Masons or Odd-fellows.JIInIst€rs belonging to the latter classhad published what we considered veryunkind and unjust things against us. Tocorrect the impressions they were making,I published in the yortheni Inde-

EXPERIENCE (31) 63pendent the article referred to. I endeavoredto write with the utmost fairness.I have looked over the article since withall the impartiality I could command,and can see in it nothing to condemn.One of the bitterest opposers we everhad, said: "Your article is written Inas mild and candid a tone as such factscan be stated In."A bill of charges was brought againstme for writing that article. I will notenter into details. But I was foundguilty of "immoral and unchristian conduct,"for writing that article. Sentence—"Reproof by the Chair." I received thoreproof, and was sent to Pekin. TheLord again favored us with a graciousrevival. The work of God went on theentire year. The action of the conferencedid not appear to cripple my influence.At the next session of conference I wascharged with "Contumacy" In publishinga second edition of "New School Methodism."On the trial it appeared that Ihad no part in getting out the second edition; and had no knowledge that its publicationwas intended. One preacher testifiedthat I handed him a package. Onthis charge and testimony I was turnedout of the church. Six other preacherswere subsequently excluded from thechurch on frivolous pretexts. We appealedto the General Conference. Ourappeals, with one exception, were disregarded.The General Conference refusedto investigate these matters.Here was a trial such as I never anticipated.Bnt Jesus did not forsake me.I never felt His girding power as on thatoccasion. Satan told me I would havenothing to do, but his suggestions haveall proved false. I have been most sorelyassailed; it seemed as if hell would overpowerme at times; but Jesus has provedvictorious. Bless His name! In Himwill I trust, and He has promised to keepme to the end.Th'e experiences through which I havepassed, have had a good effect in manyways. They have cured me of sectarianbigotry. I have lost my denominationalzeal. I feel a deep sympathy with everyenterprise that has a tendency to promotethe kingdom of Christ in its purity.I have learned to rely more fully onGfod. He does not appear to me as a Beingafar off, and who anciently felt aninterest in those who endeavored to serveHim, but who now makes less markedinterpositions in behalf of His children.He is to me the ever-present LIVING GOD.To Him I go with confidence, with allmy wants, and all my complaints. Iendeavor to do my duty, and then leavethe disposition of events with my heavenlyFather.I have learned from the things whichI have suffered, to be extremely cautionsin giving countenance to any measuresthat bear oppressively upon any individual.The exercise of church disciplinesometimes becomes necessary, but itought to be the last resort. We shouldfeel a deep sympathy for all, even the erring.To-day my soul is happy in God. Heis leading me by His Spirit. I knowbut little, comparatively, of saving grace,but I am pressing on. I have commencedanew to seek the Lord, and my businessshall be to seek Him the rest of my days,as earnestly as the covetous man seeksfor gold. In Him isi fniness of joy. Iheed not labors and trials, if I may onlyhave a consciousness of the presence ofmy heavenly Father. He gives me plentyof work, and helps me in doing It.My special mission is to preach the gospelto the poor. I believe that churchesshould be as free as the grace we preach.The Lord allowed me to be thrust outas I was, because He saw that in thismanner this work could be carried on tothe best advantage. The work is progressing,and I expect to live to see freechurches all over the land—especially inthe cities, where the poor are congregated.This is a blessed work! I knowthat I am at my Master's business. Hehas compassion upon me. "Like as afather pitieth His children, so the Lordpitieth them that fear Him. For He knowethour frame; He remembereth that weare dnst."—Earnest Christian of January,1865.Send us a good list f>f subscribers.

64 • (32) THE EARNEST CHRISTIANCorrespondenceFrom an Afflicted Preacher[The following Is a personal letter, The January number of THE EABNESTbut as many of our readers have known CHRISTIAN was sent to every i)ersonthe writer of it for many years, and will whose name was found upon the mail listbe interested to learn of his condition received from the former publisher, Rev.and possibly in offering him some tern- B. H. Roberts, some of whom had not reporalrelief, we give it place in this num- newed for the new publication,ber of THE EABNEST CHRISTIAN.—EDITOR.] In making ajjplication through the Chi-MiTCHELL, S. D., Dea 9, ,'08. cago post-office for second class postageDEAR BROTHER HOGUE: privileges we were informed that suchYour letter of sympathy, more valuable names as were not paid would not be adthanthe money so kindly enclosed. Is missible.just now at hand. I feel that you are This restriction, together with themore deeply afflicted than I. I was so terms which call for payment of subbadlywrecked before, there was little scrlptions in advance, makes it necessaryto lose and yet to be unable to walk or to diaeontinue all whose subscriptionsstand, and to have paralysis of internal are not paid to February and beyond,organs, implies a miserable deal of dIs-W. B. ROSE, Publisher,agreeable, hard work for others. ^^^^s''' BB^- ^^_^Wife has been very iworly for months. CONTENTSA little better of late. Night before last •.she took palpitation of the heart, aud has EDITORIAL :such weakness since that she is poorly Holiness the Central Idea 1able to give me the care which I could Glorying in the Cross 2net well receive from others—at least The Eleven Thousand 4without breaking up the boys' teaching. Truth versus Imitation 6which can hardly be afforded. THE SPIBITUAI. LIFE:I had been unable to bring in any sup- Elements in the Prayer of Faith 7port for four months, and was planning New Year Reflections 9to break out again in meetings, as a The Present Aipostasy 10necessity, though really unfit Keep Your Blessing and Get More. .11My new stroke was very unexpected. But CHRISTIAN WORK:I am making rapid Improvement I sit Brotherhood for Christian Service. ..13comfortably in a rocker (except disa- Work 15greeable liabilities at any time), and can THE WORD OF GOD:read and write this way. I had a good God'B Repentance .16deal of pain at first, much nervous ag- PULPIT AND PEW:gravation from hips to feet, and sleep- Pastoral Visiting 18less nights, more tedious than painful, A Threefold Vision the Need of theetc Church 20• * * * * * * . Sermon Outlines 22My greatest affliction has been mental THE FOREIGN FIELD:and spiritual. I trust you are spared Among the Hills of Honan 24that. The brethren are showing me much OUR YOUNG PEOPLE :kindness In response to what appeared Laying a Foundation.; -...26In the paper, and it helps much in the A Field of Opportunity 28added cost of sickness. "We have all EXPERIENCE iand abound." A Running Sketch 29With obligation and sincere apprecia- OORHESPOWDENCE :tion, C. M. DAMON. From an Afflicted Preacher 32

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