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Tke Gospel in Medical Practice

Tke Gospel in Medical Practice


In This Issue EDITORIAL --.--.-. page 3 A December When Joseph Bates Worked Fast—Portrait of a Seventh-day Adventist—What Europe Teaches Us o£ Disappearing Gold—"Slow of Heart to Believe" GENERAL ARTICLES - - - - - - Page 7 The Importance of Healthful Dress—The New Birth Ex­ perience and the Moral Law—The Foreign Mission En­ terprise and the Home Church—Christmas Gifts THE ADVENTIST HOME CIRCLE - - - Page 13 Enlisting the Spirit of Youth—No Apologies REPORTS FROM ALL LANDS .... page 15 The Australasian Union Conference Annual Committee Meeting—Itinerating in Southern Rhodesia—Doctors' Wives Support Medical Missions—In Buenos Aires AgainMedical Work in Burma—A Rallying Center for Michi­ gan Youth—A Call From the Islands of the Pacific—El- sinore, California, Company—"Out of the Cities"—A Mis­ sionary Family—General Conference and Overseas Spot News—North American Spot News POETRY Prayer to My Guide, p. 9. Copyright 1947, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Washington 12, D.C. [The Review subscribes^ to Religious News Service, the well-known interde­ nominational news gathering organization. Many of the items below are taken directly from this service.] f PROTESTANTISM in Italy has shown a general increase of 8 per cent since the end of the war, with the Seventh-day Ad­ ventist and Pentecostal sects claiming the largest individual membership gain—20 per cent—according to a survey made by Protestant leaders in Rome. The survey was said to have disclosed that the increase in Protestant adherents has stemmed mainly from opposition to policies of the Christian Democratic Party and the "intense political activity" of the Roman Cath­ olic clergy. It was reported that besides actual converts, there is a growing number of so-called sympathizers, who are unde­ cided whether or not to join a Protestant church but are fre­ quenting Protestant services and reading Protestant literature. f DR. H. C. GOERNER, professor of comparative religion and missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who has just returned from a trip to Europe, said he found no discern­ ible trend toward a revival in Europe. He addressed the Louis­ ville Ministerial Association. Dr. Goerner said he found Eu­ rope's churches "reduced to the status of museums," coupled with a feeling among the populace that religion was "decadent" -a«€t-^%acrc formality." He-strggestetl dial what T±re~^tmTffienT' needs is a forceful evangelism to "spread religion by con­ tagion." The professor declined to pose as an authority on Europe because, he explained, he spent only a few months there. But he said he did stay ^ong enough to discover that Europe is pervaded with a "pessimistic, fatalistic feeling that a third world, war is Jnevitabla,"_______._____—————— f EARLY definition by the Roman Catholic Church of the As­ sumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma of faith was urged in Madrid, Spain, by an Assumptionist Congress spon­ sored by the Franciscan Order. The congress was attended by the Most Rev. Pacifico" Perantoni, Minister General, and lead­ ing theologians of the order from all parts of the world. The recommendation was contained in a series of conclusions made public by the congress, which declared, "It is highly oppor­ tune that the doctrine of the Assumption be defined as soon as possible as a dogma of divine faith. (Belief that the body of the Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven shortly after her death is universal among Catholics, but has never been in­ fallibly proclaimed by the church as a dogma of faith.) f THE American Bible Society has presented Metropolitan Gregory of Leningrad and Novgorod with 10,000 copies of the first Russian Bible to be published in the United States. The prelate also received 5,000 Russian Testaments and psalms, 1,000 Greek New Testaments, and 100,000 Russian Gospels. The Scriptures are a Christmas gift from the society to Pa­ triarch Alexei of Moscow, supreme head of the Russian Or­ thodox Church, for the churches and people of Russia. ^[ MORE than 2,500 students and faculty members from U.S. and Canadian colleges are expected to attend the Student Conference on Christian Frontiers at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, December 27 to January 1. Several hun­ dred mission leaders from sixty foreign countries and staff representatives of foreign and home mission boards will also attend the sessions, according to Dr. Winburn T. Thomas, gen­ eral secretary of the Student Volunteer Movement in New York. The conference is planned as "the most representative gathering of Christian youth since the war." ^f TRUE peace cannot be achieved except on the basis of Chris­ tian "justice, understanding, and unselfishness," Pope Pius XII declared at an audience with Dr. Miguel Amado, who pre­ sented his credentials as minister from Panama to the Vatican. "It is supremely necessary today," the Pope admonished, "to recognize God and the divine law in public and private life, in international relations, in discussions of social problems, and in cultural and family life. 1872 ^f "THE church at Vassar [Michigan] have been doing a noble work in putting up a neat and commodious house of worship. The building is 30 x 47 with 18 ft. posts. It is well furnished in every part, and will comfortably seat about 300 persons, by using the gallery. The whole cost of the house and lot on which it stands will not exceed $1800.00. . . . The dedication services were held on Sunday, Nov. 10. The house was filled to its utmost capacity. The Lord gave us freedom in the ser­ mon, and also gave His rich blessing as evidence that He ac­ cepted the offering of His people."—I. D. VAN HORN. 1897 ^[ C. M. GARDNER and Floyd Bralliar report that progress is being made in the work at Provo, Utah. The church mem­ bership has increased from nineteen to thirty, and several are awaiting baptism. Forty persons are attending Sabbath school, -and—a—diurch school is~~beirig conducted When the school" opened there were twelve students, but the enrollment is now over forty. 1922 ^[ A REPORT comes from J. S. Hindbaugh concerning the work at La Paz, Bolivia: "A little_gve£__a_year_ago we had only_thir- " teernnembers in our Sabbath school. . . . Now we have sixty- eight members. A year ago there was not an Indian woman or child attending our Sabbath school; now the women and children are well represented. Just last February we baptized our first Indian sisters. ... I had to talk to the men several times before I could get them to bring their wives and chil­ dren to the meetings. At first the women were very timid. Now they come in smiling, as if they were a part of the Sab­ bath school, and they are." REVIEW AND HERALD

A December When Joseph Bates Worked Fast E VERY time their prayerful study brought a new vital doctrine to light, our pioneers made haste to spread the truth abroad. So it was in 1848 when they saw, by study of the prophecy of Revelation 7, that the Sab­ bath was the seal of the living God. Angels were holding the winds of universal war in order that the sealing mes­ sage might go to the four corners of the earth. This light came to them clearly as they were in a meet­ ing in Dorchester, Massachusetts, near Boston, in 1848. They had studied the topic even earlier, and James White wrote that in this meeting they were praying for more light, and praying the Lord to show them whether Elder Bates should write about it. In the midst of the meeting young Mrs. White was given in vision a view of this seal­ ing message. Speaking to the group in vision, she described the rise of the Sabbath truth as the seal of the living God. She saw it spreading like the beams of the rising sun, showing brighter, ever brighter, shining forth stronger and clearer to the end. James White wrote to one who was not there: "She saw many interesting things about this glorious seal­ ing Sabbath, which I have not time or space to record. She told Brother Bates to write the things he had seen and heard, and the blessing "of God would attend it."—E. G. WHITE, Life Sketches, p. 116, footnote. .They had been praying for guidance, and here they had an answer to their prayer. Preparing the Little Book With this commission given him in the vision and by his brethren, Elder Bates evidently lost no time in getting at the task. The Dorchester meeting was called to open in November, 1848. The exact date, "November 17," was written by pen on the margin of the General Conference copy of the little book by Elder Bates, A Seal of the Living God. (The penmanship of the marginal date is plainly that of J. N. Loughborough, the chronicler of our early times.) How long the Dorchester meeting continued we do not know. Elder Bates must have been back at his Fairhaven home and settled down to study and preparation for the writing before the end of November. But, as the book was published in January, 1849, it is clear that he must have had the manuscript ready for the printers to begin on before the end of December. Typesetting by hand from penwritten matter was slow work in those days. And press work was slow of execution in a small town (New Bed­ ford) in the days of 1849, as compared to work with the improved machinery of modern times. So that month of December, 1848, must have been an exceedingly busy month of studying and writing for the old sea captain turned writer and evangelist. His work was a book of about eighty pages—large page size. It was in fairly small type. It would appear, from most of the first tracts and pamphlets, that our pioneers wanted to get as much said as possible on the paper stock that they were able to afford. Elder Bates dedicated the book to the 144,000 of Reve­ lation 7, some of whom, he says, had already accepted the DECEMBER 18, 1947 seal of the living God (the Lord's holy Sabbath). Our pioneer writer on the Sabbath question said: "To this people [already keeping the Sabbath and looking for Christ's soon coming], and all who do not bear these dis­ tinctive marks, but are perfectly willing to share, and bear reproach with them, I respectfully dedicate the following pages." The Spirit of prophecy had also spoken as to the mean­ ing and scope of the sealing message. And there on the title page of the book the elder set forth without apology the expectation of the little flock that the message of the seal of God would bring 144,000 souls to the knowledge of the Sabbath and Advent truths. How the worldly scoffed at that in 1849. They said it would take our pio­ neers 144,000 years to do it! But the band of believers had faith in God. Small Resources but Great Faith and a Great Truth That was the situation as Joseph Bates worked away at his task. No one had ever written on the subject before. It must have seemed a wonderful thing to the elderly pioneer to be studying and writing, and writing and studying, and putting down on paper the exposition of that prophecy of God's agencies holding the winds of uni­ versal war in check in order that the message of the seal­ ing Sabbath truth might be carried to the four corners of the earth. It was$too much even for their faith to grasp as it opened before them at the Dorchester meeting. Years later Joseph Bates used to say that in those first days they did not see "a tenth part" of the great volume of present truth that was to be opened to them later as they contin­ ued to study. Thus one feature of doctrine after another was discov­ ered as,the pioneers searched the Scriptures in the days following 1844. And as truth was found, with what joyful hearts did they hasten it out to the people by the printed page. w. A. s. Portrait of a Seventhrday Adventist W HEN we have a photograph taken we often are disappointed. We tell the photographer that the picture does not do us justice when in fact it shows us just as we are, with our blemishes, our wrinkles, and a tendency to frown. What we want is a picture of the way we would like to see ourselves. So the photog­ rapher goes to work touching up the negative here and there, and, lo, we have a picture that flatters us. But that does not mean that the blemishes are not still there. The Bible tells the truth about us. It shows us just the way we are, and also the way we ought to be. But God has a better plan than merely touching up our spiritual portrait^ It is His purpose that we shall be changed into the likeness of Him who is our pattern. We are told that when Christ comes "we shall be like Him." Paul says that Christ gave Himself for the church "that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Him­ self a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Eph. 5:25-27.

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