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Editorial: ANGLICANS CAPITULATE TO THE POPE

The Pope would be "the Universal Primate" of a union of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches a high-ranking commission of both churches says.

This capitulation to the headship of the Pope is made in a final report of the Commission published 29/3/82 after fourteen years of talks. It also suggests that difficulties like the Pope's infallibility and the Roman dogmas about the Virgin Mary will not be wholly solved, "until a practical initiative has been taken and our two churches have lived together more visibly in one 'koinonia' (communion)."

It declares that the agreements already reached for example on the Mass (that the actual body and blood of Christ are present), calls for "the establishing of a new relationship between our churches as a next stage in the journey towards Christian Unity."

The report seeks to quiet the Anglican fears that Union with Rome would involve abandoning freedom of thought, conscience and action and support unscriptural dogmas.

For years I have been warning that the ecumenical churches were simply going down the Roman road. The ecumenists have vehemently denied this. Now the real truth is surfacing. The Anglicans are now prepared to acknowledge the Pope as the Head of the Universal Church and to yield submission to him even although the official teaching of Rome is that they are a bunch of imposters whose ordinations are "utterly invalid and altogether void". The 'Apostolicae curae' of Pope Leo XIII states, "We pronounce and declare that ordinations performed according to the Anglican rite are utterly invalid and altogether void".

The Church of Ireland is deeply involved in this betrayal of our Reformation heritage because the Joint Anglican Chairman of the Anglican/RC Commission is no less than Dr. McAdoo, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, and Primate of Ireland. (Continued on page 3l.)

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"IN BUSINESS FOR THE LORD"

The study of 'business' in the Bible is a great study, an interesting study and a very helpful and inspiring study. Of course I always come back to my little rule that helps me to expound the Book, where is the first place in the Bible that the word 'business' occurs? Turn back to Genesis chapter 39, and in this chapter you will find there the first reference to 'business' in the Bible. Verse 11, "And it came to pass about this time that Joseph went into the house to do his business". So the first time that 'business' is mentioned in the Bible it is about the beloved son of the father, Joseph, and he is doing his business. That is very important and it is very unique.

When we turn to the New Testament and we look in the New Testament for the first time that 'business' occurs I turn to Luke's Gospel chapter 2, verse 49, and it is the Beloved Son, the Greater Joseph, and it is the first words that are ever recorded that the Lord spoke, and what were the first recorded words of Christ? "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" So this study of business is very important.

Could I just mention to you that when the word 'business' is spoken the first time in the Bible it is related to opposition - to fierce temptation - to terrible slander and to plots of diabolical evil. If you make up your mind to do the Lord's business my brother, my sister, you are going to face the fiercest of satanic opposition. You will face the tongue of slander. You will face the fierce fires of the furnace of hatred. You will feel all the attacks of the devil if you make up your mind to get into business for the Lord. Joseph experienced that. It meant imprisonment. It meant sorrow for Joseph. It meant darkness for Joseph. It meant trial for Joseph, but Joseph still kept himself in the Lord's business.

What did it cost the Lord to do His Father's business? It cost Him a crown of thorns, nails in His hands and feet, the loneliness and darkness and nakedness and the shame of Calvary, and what did He cry? What was His last great cry from the Cross? "It is finished". What did He finish? He finished His Father's business.

Having said that, I want to ask and answer seven brief questions.

WHOSE BUSINESS IS IT THAT WE OUGHT TO BE ABOUT?

First of all, let us ask the question, whose business is it that we ought to be about?

Turn to 1 Samuel chapter 21, verse 8 and we will find out whose business it is. "Because the king's business requireth haste" (1 Samuel 21, verse 8). Whose business is it? It is the King's business that we are about. I am not about my own business, but I am doing the work of God. I am not about the Church's business, but I am doing the work of God. Of course you can have dedication about your own business. You can have [4] dedication about the Church's business, but that sort of dedication is not the dedication that God wants us to have. We must recognise that the Lord is the Master and we are the slaves. The Lord is on the Throne and we must do His commands. We have Royal service and we should serve the Lord Royally. The King demands the best and we should give our best to the Lord Jesus Christ. I trust today that in our hearts there will be born a desire that in these coming fourteen days of evangelistic outreach that every believer here will realise it is the King's business we are going to do, and we are going to do it as becomes a servant of the King.

If you had an audience with Her Majesty you would be there on time. If you had an audience with Her Majesty you would prepare yourself for that great event. We have an audience with a greater than any human Monarch. We have an audience and we do business for the King of kings and Lord of lords. Let us do the King's business in the coming days. Whose business is it? It is the King's business.

WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THIS BUSINESS?

What is the nature of this business? Turn to II Chronicles at the chapter 32 and at the verse 31, and you will find there "the business of the ambassador". Thinking of that term 'the business of the ambassador' turn to 2 Corinthians chapter 5, and let us read from verse 18, "And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation: To wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation". What is the nature of this business? "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God".

Many years ago I heard a great preacher in the principality of Wales. He said something that I never forgot. He said, "God calls the Rollcall in Heaven, and the glorified saints answered to their names, but when He called the Rollcall of the saints on earth, a mighty angel stands beside the Throne, and when the name of a saint on earth is mentioned, that angel says, 'Absent on the King's business on earth'." That is exactly what every believer is. We are absent from Heaven, we are on the King's business here on earth, and what is that business? That business is to pray men, in Christ's stead, to be reconciled to God. That is the business we have got to do.

Do I hear someone whisper, "O, that is the preacher's business". Do I hear someone say, "That is the business of the pulpit". No sir, that is the business of every believer in the church. Paul is not writing to ministers, or preachers or evangelists. He is writing to the church, and he says, "We are ambassadors for Christ". You have a job to do this week, to be an ambassador for the King of kings and Lord of lords. That is the nature of the business. [5]

HOW IS THIS BUSINESS TO BE DONE?

How is this business to be done? Let us go back to our text and we will learn how it is to be done. First of all, negatively, 'not slothful in business'. How much of God's work today is done slothfully, sleepily, sluggishly. People are not alert. It was said of George Whitefield that he was a man really awake. The whole church seems to be sleepy. The whole church never seems to be wakened. May God awake this church in these days of evangelism, and may we not do this work slothfully. "Not slothful in business".

We have already looked at 1 Samuel chapter 2l and verse 8, and it says, "The king's business requires haste". What does that mean? It means we have to get on the job now. We are not to dilly dally any longer. We are not to wait around any longer, but by the grace of God we have to put our hand to the plough, whip up the horses and put the plough beam deep into the soil and turn it over to receive the sowing of the seed. May God help us to do it. We are not to do it in a slack, slow manner. We are to do it with speed.

Look at Proverbs chapter 22, God gave me that as a promise many many years ago, it was a blessing to my soul then, and it has been a blessing as I have looked at that verse again, "Seest thou a man diligent in his business, (Proverbs chapter 22, verse 29), he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men". Diligently we have to serve the Lord. If you are going to serve the Lord diligently, my brother, you will be at these prayer meetings by the grace of God, and if distance and transport hinders you then you will have your own prayer meeting at your own bedside and you will be calling upon the Lord, tomorrow morning at 7 o'clock, that God will pour out His Spirit in these evangelistic meetings and save precious souls.

WHERE IS THIS BUSINESS TO BE DONE?

Where is this business to be done? You will find the answer to that In Psalm 107 and verse 23, "They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business (Mark it well) in the deep waters". That is where we are going to do business, in the deep waters-the deep waters of sin, yes sir, we have got to go out and reach men in their sin. We have got to go out and rescue the perishing and care for the dying, and snatch them in pity from sin and the grave. We have got to go down into the deep waters of sin. Then we have got to go down into the deep waters of Christian service. "Launch out into the deep, let down for a draught". "We have toiled all night, Master, we have caught nothing, Nevertheless, at Thy Word we shall let down the net". Doing business in deep waters. We don't know what will happen. [6]

A young man came up to the meeting in Barnsley on Friday night, shook me warmly by the hand, he said, "Do you remember me?" I said, "I do". He said, "I am here because I heard you preach". He got saved under my ministry as well many many years ago. My, my heart rejoices. It is good to do business in the deep waters. My brethren, that is our job of work this incoming week, and let us do it for the Lord. Yes, and we will have to do business in the deep waters of sorrow. There are sorrowing souls. There are lonely hearts. There are men and women that shed the silent tear. There are men and women that need the help of the hand of a child of God to lead them to that Refuge and that Rock that is higher than I. May God help us to do business in the deep waters in the coming days. May God help us to cut the shoreline, to have done with paddling on the beach, to get out into the depths where the wild winds blow and the breakers break, and push men over the bar down into the depths of destruction. May God give us a ready hand and a willing heart and a soul baptised to reach men for Jesus Christ. Where is it to be done? In the deep waters!

WHO HAS TO DO THIS BUSINESS?

Tell me, who has to do it? Turn to Nehemiah and you will find what Nehemiah writes in his book, Nehemiah chapter 13 and the verse 30, "And the Levites, every one in his business". Every one in his business. 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 and verse 11, "And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business". Every person has a job to do.

Some people are going to go out with a loudspeaker this week every night to invite people to the service. They are going to drive the cars round the various areas. I have already made a tape and that tape will be giving the invitation. My dear young person as you drive that car and switch on that tape, you are doing the Lord's business. It may be considered a very little thing but it is part in this business. Men have to come here early to be here to steward God's house. That is their business. The ladies of the church who are going to prepare the meal for each night of the mission, that is their business for the Lord. You are doing something for the Lord. It is all part you know. You know what it was said of that woman who wiped the Lord's feet with her hair? "She has done what she could". That is what God wants us to do. Not to do what we cannot do, but to do what we can. You have a job to do. Maybe, brother, God is saying to you, be at the prayer meeting. Maybe God is saying, go round your neighbours and bring them in and encourage them to come; write to that son, that daughter and say, 'There is an evangelistic campaign on and the sweet Psalmist of Israel is singing, and you come and hear him'. Write and tell them, encourage them. You say, "Paisley is not speaking at all, you will not hear him", and that will give them a rest from my voice and you will get them in to hear the Word of the Lord. Will you do it? That is your business. Who has to do it? We all have to do it. [7]

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS NECESSARY?

Tell me, what are the qualifications necessary? Turn to Acts chapter 6 and verse 3, "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business". Who can do the work of God? What are the qualifications necessary? The qualifications necessary are, first of all, honesty. Who is the Lord with? He is with those of a broken and a contrite heart. God is looking for honesty. That is the first thing. Secondly, God is looking for people who are emptied of self and filled with the Holy Ghost. Man, I couldn't do this work in my own strength, I would fail. After a couple of nights I would give up. "Be not weary in well doing". Who is going to take weariness from us? The blessed Spirit of God. "Full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom". My, how we need the wisdom of God when we set about the work of God.

WHO WILL BE OUR PARTNER?

We started off with a question, "Whose is this business?" It is the Lord's. He is the Master. I want to finish with this question, "Who will be our partner?" Thank God we have got a Blessed Partner. Turn to Acts chapter 5 and verse 32, "And we are his witnesses of these things, and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey Him". I'm in partnership with the Blessed Holy Spirit. When I go to knock on that door the Holy Spirit is with me. When I go to invite that friend, the Holy Spirit is with me. When I stand at the Church door or show a person to their seat, the Holy Spirit is with me. Praise God He is in the pulpit this morning with the preacher. He is right beside us to strengthen us in the battle. "We are witnesses as is also the Holy Ghost". Hallelujah! He is here today to be partners with us in this work. When the Holy Spirit is the senior partner the business will not fail. Let us call Him in. His Name is the Paraclete - One called alongside to help.

I was reading a great sermon by C. H. Spurgeon this week. I want to close this message by reading a few sentences from it. It struck a chord in my heart: "Why does the ignorance, the poverty, the misery, the iniquity of London reek and stink in the nostrils of Almighty God?" (My, we could say that of Belfast - the ignorance, the drunkenness, the sodomy, the immorality, the iniquity of our city reeks in the nostrils of God), "and yet we gather in a little quiet place by ourselves and we use the rose water of self-complacency and think that everything goes well". (That is exactly what the church is doing). "The devil is swallowing men wholesale, Hell enlarges herself. The Christian church scarcely makes any progress at all. Certainly no progress at all comparable to the advance of the population. Souls are not saved. On all sides there are signs of a great degeneration, and if Christians do not arouse themselves now we might [8] almost say to them 'Awake, arise, or be forever fallen'. If you could but stand by one deathbed where a soul is taking its leap into the dark; if for once in your lives you could hear the cries of a spirit as it enters into the thick darkness which is going to be its everlasting abode; if you could have painted before your eyes the reality of the last tremendous day the multitudes on the left hand, if you could but gaze for a moment at the heaven which I fear your children may miss through your indifference, or if you could but look for a second upon that Hell to which multitudes of your neighbours are descending every day, surely you would get down on your knees and you would say, 'Forgive me, great God, for all my past neglect. From this hour cleanse me from the blood of souls by the Blood of Christ, and help me to be instant in season and out of season instructing my fellow men. Never from this day 'till I die may I neglect an opportunity of telling to men how they may be saved'."

May God give us a passion for souls, for Jesus' sake!

AMEN AND AMEN!!


[9-15 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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THE SEVEN-FOLD PRINCIPLE OF PROTESTANT WITNESS
A stirring message by the famous Dr. F. B. Meyer

"They said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying; for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world." - John iv. 42.

The Protestant faith, as we are all aware, existed some centuries before the name itself was coined. We may speak of St. Paul the Apostle as the chief Protestant, but fifteen centuries passed, until the 19th of April, 1529, when the Elector of Saxony headed a great deputation into the great hall of Spires in order to protest against the Emperor's decision to limit the rights of free liberty and religion.

WHAT IS A PROTESTANT?

These were called Protestants, and their followers derived the same title. The central thought in "protest" comes from the word testis, which, as you know, stands in the English for "witness"; so that every time we read the word "witness" in our Bible the Roman Catholic reads testis in his Latin Vulgate. The prefix pro reminds us of how in the war with the Boers the word "Pro-Boer" was constantly in use, standing for "in behalf of," or "on account of." Therefore when we use the word Protestant we really mean that we are bearing witness to something that is eternal, Divine, and that we stand for it, or on behalf of it, to propagate and maintain it.

And surely the sentences that we have already cited as our text and the story out of which they come prove to us the immense power of witness-bearing - not argument, nothing destructive, but everything constructive. And it was the positive affirmation, the emphatic and positive affirmation on the part of this woman which really brought the whole of Sychar to the feet of Christ, though ultimately they did not rely on her witness, because it had brought them likewise into face-to-face fellowship with Himself, and the whole city, after Jesus had retired, congratulated themselves that they now knew Him not simply from the testimony of the woman - who must have been a soul of great power, or she never could have influenced a whole city as she did - but because they had been brought into personal and living contact with One whom they recognised as the Messiah.

We therefore are here to-day to bear our witness; and I want simply to enumerate some of those great outstanding features of our witness-bearing which are probably familiar to us all, but which need to be reiterated on such an occasion as this. [17]

THE RIGHT OF ACCESS TO GOD

In the first place, we bear our witness as Protestants to the fact that the soul of man may come into right relationship with God through the private study of the Word of God beneath the illuminating teaching of the Spirit of God. We hold that the Word of God, therefore, will commend itself to every faithful and earnest soul who shall feel that God speaks to it through its pages. You can no more doubt that than that when you stand upon the sea-beach you are breathing in the ozone, you are face to face with the far horizon and with the heaven above. The Bible bears its own witness to the earnest and devout mind. I stand there and listen to the Saviour speak. I hear Him talking to Nicodemus. I am wooed and deeply touched as He calls the sinners to His side and ascribes to them the lost sheep, and lost money piece and the lost son. I come presently to stand before His Cross: I see Him dying, dying for me. The Spirit of God brooding over the story touches my heart, and I come into face-to-face fellowship with the Redeemer and His redemption.


THE PLACE OF HUMAN TEACHERS

Presently I listen to great teachers, to Augustine, to Chrysostom, to Luther, and to others. They are holier and wiser than I, and I gladly receive the further light they may shed upon the sacred page; but directly they begin to constrain my faith, to dictate to me what I am to believe or disbelieve, my whole soul revolts. I have received by direct illumination from the Spirit of God beating upon the text of Scripture the eternal words of Life. They may help me along the line in which I am already thinking, but they have no authority to command this or the other interpretation to which they may have arrived. The essential principle of our faith is that the Holy Spirit in His illumination is not given simply to pundits or priests, but to every humble soul of man or woman who pores over the sacred page and desires the teaching of God Himself. We have the two authorities - the external authority, the Word of God, and the internal working of the Spirit of God who gives us the intuition which is more accurate in its decisions than even the findings of intellect.

And when in this double way we have been brought into union with the eternal, there pervades our minds at once a distinct certainty. A friend of mine, going into the room of an earnest Roman Catholic, found Mr. Spurgeon's sermons on his shelves. Expressing surprise, he received the answer, "He often helps me." Then in further talk he discovered that his friend, who was obeying the decisions of the Church so far as he knew them, was not at all certain as to the ultimate result. How different was Blaise Pascal, who, when he was emerging from the Roman Catholic Church into the clearer light in which he stands, wrote on a piece of paper discovered in his doublet after his death, 1654, "God of Abraham, Isaac [18] and Jacob, the God not of philosophers and savants, but of those who seek Him. Certitude! Certitude! Joy! Faith! Floods of tears!" How little we understand the emotion of that hour - unless, indeed, we have passed through it; only we feel this, that we stand here and face the eternal future, the infinite horizon that lies before each one of us, and that with the light of the Word of God on the one hand and the light of the Spirit of God on the other, we have a certitude, a certainty, which enables us to face the future unabashed.

THE ONE TRUE CHURCH

But then secondly we surely stand and witness as Protestants that the Church is composed of all those who are directly united to our Lord, and that she is based not upon an Apostle, but upon the great statement that the Apostle made. On the first of those two propositions I do not need to stay. We all here surely hold that directly a soul unites itself by living faith to the Savour, if that soul has passed through the rite of baptism or not, is highly taught or the contrary, is that of a little child or an old man, union with Jesus Christ, apart from all ceremony and rite and teaching else, makes him part of that Holy Catholic Church which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

And as to the second point, we should have thought that the scholarship of others would have saved them from the great mistake of thinking that the Church is founded upon the Apostle. Most of us know sufficient of the Greek language to distinguish between Petros, Peter, a pebble, and petra, the bedrock from which the pebble is hewn. When our Lord had received from Peter that great confession, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," He turned to him and said, with a great care choosing His words, "Thou art a pebble, but upon this bedrock, upon the statement of My union as Son with the eternal God, upon that I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."

That Peter took it in that sense is clear, because in his own epistle he says, "To Him as to a living stone, disallowed indeed by men, but chosen of God and precious, ye also are built up a living and spiritual structure." And therefore we dare to affirm that the dying thief, who in his last hours clung to Christ amid much ignorance, that he equally with the Apostle Paul or the greatest saint who has ever adorned Christianity, that these are together component parts as we are by faith, in the Church of the living God, which is built not upon Peter, but upon the fact of the eternal sonship of the Son of God.

THE POWER OF THE KEYS

But then, thirdly, just as I pass will you note that also the power to bind and loose, and indeed the power of the keys, is not confined to the [19] Apostle merely. We are witnesses to this, that it is the function of the whole Church. It is a remarkable thing that in Matt. xviii 18, this power to bind and loose is attributed to the Church as such meeting in the name of Christ. It is a very remarkable statement: it is not a coincidence. I believe the power to bind and loose refers to the Church's influence over the power of evil. I believe that when the Church by her prayer saved Peter from execution she was binding, she was restraining the power of evil; and when presently the Church sent forth Paul and the rest of them to preach the Gospel, she was loosing them as against the powers of evil for their evangel.

It surely is an interesting matter to find that the power to bind and loose therefore was not confined wholly to an Apostle, or if because of his faith he was able to exercise it, and he as a man was able to bind and loose, to bind evil and loose good, yet the Church in her union with Christ and in herself is able to exert that same power. And as to the keys, St. Peter opened the door of faith to the Jew at Pentecost, and to the Gentile in the home of Cornelius. Do you not believe that Brainerd opened the door of faith to the Indians, and Judson to the Burmese, and Carey to India? And do you not think that even the teacher who bends over her infant class is endeavouring to unlock to them the mysteries of the Kingdom of God? Every holy man, every group of people who are living in union with the Holy Spirit, has power to restrain evil and to promote good, and to unlock to the yearning, humble soul the treasures of God's grace.

THE PRIEST DISMISSED

But then, as we advance, we bear witness to the fact that we need no intermediary between our souls and the Eternal. The idea of the priest seems to be indigenous to the thought of man. You remember how Micah in the days of the Judges, when all men did as they would, invited a priest to come to his home, and said, "Now God will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest." Man has always felt, in the hurry and turmoil of his life, amid sin, conscious sin and evil, the desire for some holy man who would stand as his priest between him and the eternal purity. "Come here," says a man to his fellow, "be free from the care and fret of life: live pure and holy in the sight of the Eternal, and then help me: intercede for me, uplift and comfort me." The priest is called in to baptize the child and to administer Extreme Unction to the dying. The priest listens to the confession, and pronounced the words of absolution. The priest must take the bread and wine and make them the Body and Blood of Christ. From all that we turn, believing that the soul through the Spirit has direct contact with the great Spirit.

None of us knows the wonders of his nature. We sometimes have glimpses into our own selves; or in literature, or poetry, or music, or art, we seem to see the wonders of that extraordinary nature with which we [20] are endowed, and on the surface of which, for the most part, we are content to live. We forget that we have the endowment of the Spirit, which is our aptitude towards the Eternal, as we have our body, which is our aptitude toward the material and transient. As I understand it, the Ego, the soul of man, stands between two worlds, the eternal and the material, the spiritual and the natural, and either he can descend from the soul to the body or he can ascend from the soul to the spirit; and when he ascends by that spiral staircase into the upper layer of his nature, the spiritual, the windows may be cleaned so that he sees into the eternal, and the whole nature becomes uncovered, and the throne and the furniture of the spirit appear. Then it is that spirit touches Spirit: then it is that we reach out our arms to the Eternal and feel almost the fingertips of the Christ as He touches our grasp. And when we enter thus into that spiritual fellowship with God, we say to the priest, "Begone, we need you not; God has stooped to us and we have risen to Him, and our High Priest has entered into the Holiest and has constituted us also priests and kings to God."

THE DOCTRINE OF PAUL AND LUTHER

We bear witness also to the great doctrine of Justification by Faith. Luther was perfectly justified when he said that this is the crucial, the acid test; justified when he said that this decided whether a Church should rise or fall. You and I are aware that this has been the central battleground between ourselves and the Roman Catholic Church ever since that moment when Luther's eye caught the words, "The just shall live by faith." When the soul had been convicted of sin, when it is in an agony, when it is awake to the holiness and purity of God, when it looks around for help, promises for amendment are not availing. All seems mysterious, dark, and hopeless, until presently the transcendent thought breaks upon the soul that in the eternal purpose and by the grace of the infinite God, Jesus was the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world, that the death of the Cross mirrored in the time sphere the eternal redeeming fact in the nature of God, and that we are saved not by our works, but by accepting the extraordinary outreaching of the free mercy and grace of God. We hold and believe that directly a man by repentance and faith avails himself of the pardoning love of God, he enters into a correlation with the eternal world and with God Himself that needs nothing from him to amend or improve it. Such a faith leads to works, but the works are not co-ordinate with the faith, and he knows that he is accepted, forgiven, beloved, that he enters into communion with God. He believes, therefore, that though he works up, he works down from the Cross - he does not work up to it. He is crucified with Christ, and from the crucifixion of the soul with Christ new life bursts out like a river, to make beautiful and glad his life. [21]

THE ALONE VICAR OF CHRIST

But there is again this fact, that we bear witness that the Holy Spirit is the alone Vicar of Christ. This is all-important. To misapprehend this is to misapprehend Christianity, as I feel. We believe that when Jesus Christ our Lord ascended to sit at the right hand of God to be our Advocate, He sent the Holy Spirit of God to be our Paraclete, sitting on the throne of the Church. That is indeed fundamental. And directly the saviour sat yonder the Holy Spirit in Pentecost sat here and became the Vicegerent, the administrator and representative of the Eternal Saviour. Therefore we believe it to be one of the signs of the Apostasy, one of the indications of the great last age, when we find the Pope or any man sitting in the Temple of God giving out that he himself is the Vicar of God. We hold there is no Vicar of God, no administrator for God, but that the Holy Spirit, brooding over the Church, working in the Church the will of God, pressing the Church to missionary enterprise, lifting the Church to worship, is the true Vicar of Christ, and that no one must dare to intrude.

CHRIST CRUCIFIED AND RISEN

Then lastly we come to realise this, that our great testimony to the world after all is not to the death of Christ so much as to the Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again. Is not this crucial in your life? We all of us thank God that we stand on Redemption ground. We thank God that the Saviour by His most precious death has put away sin for ever. We realise that in the nature of God, reflected in the act of Christ, something has been done for us men and for our salvation that was not wrought for angels. He laid not hold of angels, but of human nature, and in that human nature made an expiation for the sins of the world. We can never forget that our whole religion is based upon that. But when that is granted, we hear him saying - it comes floating over the waters as they ripple around the Isle of Patmos - "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore." We go into the Roman Catholic Church; we find everywhere the effigy, the dead Christ, the memorials of Calvary. We are constantly bidden to take the steps of the Cross and to bend our whole thought on that which He did for us - and, mind you, if we are going to use all that as Paul used it when he said, "I am crucified with Christ," I agree; but surely we cannot always be looking back on the Cross, but up to the living Saviour, who day by day is bending over the Church, the Bridegroom over His Bride.

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

And when we come to the Table of our Lord, are we not almost in the [22] same position as the Apostles were on that night of the Last Supper? He said, "This is My body," but He was sitting there, and gave them to eat. He said, "This is My blood, shed for many for the remission of sins," but He was there to drink the wine and pass it round. And when you and I sit at the Table of our Lord it is not simply that we go back in our thought to the long past, but we realise that He is there in our midst, that He is breaking the bread for us, that He is pouring out the wine, that we have fellowship with Him over His death, and in His death, and through His death. But it is with Him that we have fellowship; it is not looking back over the centuries, but looking up into the face of Him who is ever present.

I say to my soul what I say to you: You and I have to live in the Word, soaking in it, and knowing as we read that God Himself is living in its pages and speaking through them. We have to believe in the daily illumination of the Spirit of God brooding over the Church, in our own lives, and working with the letter of the Word. But in addition to all that, there is the thought of the living Christ Who says, "I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."

This is our witness. I am not here to destroy. I am not here to say an unkind word of men who, though greatly misled, as I think, are seeking after holiness and purity. This would not add to our argument. We stand here to witness those principles for which our fathers died not far from this very spot. We cannot forget that; and there are men and women amongst us who would die again for our own sake, for our children's sake, for our land's sake. When we compare Britain and other Protestant lands with Spain or Spanish South America, or Ireland, how much we have to thank God for, how we need to stand with all our might against the encroachments of Rome, whether outside or inside the Church of England. As we do so, may we not hope that people may say, as the Samaritans said to this woman, "We have heard your witness, but we have seen Him for ourselves, and know that this is the Christ, the Saviour of the world"?


MISSIONARY SACRIFICES
By David Livingstone, D.C.L., LL.D. (The great pioneer missionary)

(This paper presents a most valuable side of Livingstone's character, which rather lies out of sight in his travels-his spiritual earnestness, and intense sympathy with the highest ends of the missionary office. In this respect it affords a glimpse of a vast but hitherto little known chamber of [23] the great heart of Livingstone, a chamber in which the tenderest love of wife, children, and friends lay mingled with the warmest devotion to his Lord and Saviour. Readers will mark all through this paper the bright, hopeful spirit that ever took the best view possible of men and things - that admirable charity which, while deeply impressed by the wickedness that is in the world, ever clung to the hope that the good was gaining ground, and that mainly, because he felt so deeply that God was on the side of the right, the good, and the true. - Ed.)

It is something to be a missionary. The morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy, when they first saw the field which the first missionary was to fill. The great and terrible God, before whom angels veil their faces, had an Only Son, and He was sent to the habitable parts of the earth, as a missionary physician. It is something to be a follower, however feeble, in the wake of the Great Teacher and only Model Missionary that ever appeared among men; and now that He is Head over all things, King of kings and Lord of lords, what commission is equal to that which the missionary holds from Him? May we venture to invite young men of education, when laying down the plan of their lives, to take a glance at that of missionary? We will magnify the office.


The missionary is sent forth as a messenger of the Churches, after undergoing the scrutiny, and securing the approbation of a host of Christian ministers, who, by their own talent and worth, have risen to the pastorate over the most intelligent and influential churches in the land, and who, moreover, can have no motive to influence their selection but the desire to secure the most efficient instrumentality for the missionary work. So much care and independent investigation are bestowed on the selection as to make it plain that extraneous influences can have but small power. No pastor can imagine that any candidate has been accepted through his recommendations, however warm these may have been; and the missionary may go forth to the heathen, satisfied that in the confidence of the directors he has a testimonial infinitely superior to letters apostolic from the Archbishop of Canterbury, or even from the Vatican at Rome. A missionary, surely, cannot undervalue his commission, as soon as it is put into his hands.

WHY THE WAIL?

But what means the lugubrious wail that too often bursts from the circle of his friends? The tears shed might be excused if he were going to Norfolk Island at the Government expense. But sometimes the missionary note is pitched on the same key. The white cliffs of Dover become immensely dear to those who never cared for masses of chalk before. Pathetic plaints are penned about laying their bones on a foreign shore, by those who never thought of making aught of their bones at [24] home. (Bone dust is dear nowhere, we think.) And then there is the never-ending talk and wringing of hands over missionary "sacrifices". The man is surely going to be hanged, instead of going to serve in Christ's holy Gospel! Is this such service as He deserves who, though rich, for our sakes became poor? There is so much in the manner of giving; some bestow their favours so gracefully, their value to the recipient is doubled. From others a gift is as good as a blow in the face. Are we not guilty of treating our Lord somewhat more scurvily than we would treat our indigent fellow-men? We stereotype the word "charity" in our language, as applicable to a contribution to His cause. "So many charities - we cannot afford them". Is not the word ungraciously applied to the Lord Jesus, as if He were a poor beggar, and an unworthy one too? His are the cattle on a thousand hills, the silver and the gold; and worthy is the Lamb that was slain. We treat Him ill. Bipeds of the masculine gender assume the piping phraseology of poor old women in presence of Him before whom the Eastern Magi fell down and worshipped-aye, and opened their treasures, and presented unto Him gifts - gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They will give their "mites" as if what they do give were their "all". It is utterly unfair to magnify the little we do for Him by calling it a sacrifice, or pretend we are doing all we can by assuming the tones of poor widows. He asks a willing mind, cheerful obedience; and can we not give that to Him who made His Father's will in our salvation as His meat and His drink, till He bowed His head and gave up the ghost?

CONTRAST

Hundreds of young men annually leave our shores as cadets. All their friends rejoice when they think of them bearing the commissions of our Queen. When any dangerous expedition is planned by Government, more volunteers apply than are necessary to man it. On the proposal to send a band of brave men in search of Sir John Franklin, a full complement for the ships could have been procured of officers alone, without any common sailors. And what thousands rushed to California, from different parts of America, on the discovery of the gold! How many husbands left their wives and families! How many Christian men tore themselves away from all home endearments to suffer and toil and perish by cold and starvation on the Overland route! How many sank from fever and exhaustion on the banks of Sacramento! Yet no word of sacrifices there. And why should we so regard all we give and do for the Well-beloved of our souls! Our talk of sacrifices is ungenerous and heathenish. A white man, having the bone of his arm crushed by a lion, was crossing a small stream on his way home, and feeling faint from loss of blood, tried to stoop down and drink; but he could not support the dangling limb with the other hand, and so bend himself to slake his thirst. A black man lifted up water in his hands repeatedly, till he was satisfied. Now, had he done [25] this to one of his own countrymen, he would have thought no more about it; but he had done it for a white man - he had made a sacrifice! A few days afterwards, he made his appearance, and after inquiring for the arm, remarked: "It was I who helped you with the water;" and he repeated the observation on subsequent occasions, with the addition, "As I helped you, I hope you will help me, when you recover". The white man gave a present, in order to wipe off the obligation. It is just so we are disposed to value highly what we do for Christ. We talk of "sacrifices" till, we fear, the word is nauseous to Him. We have no English female missionary biography worth reading, because it is all polluted by the black man's idea of sacrifice. It ought not so to be. Jesus became a missionary, and gave His life for us.

DEPRESSION

It is something to be a missionary. He is sometimes inclined, in seasons of despondency and trouble, to feel as if forgotten. But for whom do more prayers ascend? Prayers from the secret place, and from those only who are known to God. Mr. Moffat met those in England who had made his mission the subject of special prayer for more than twenty years, though they had no personal knowledge of the missionary. Through the long fifteen years of no success, of toil and sorrow, these secret ones were holding up his hands. And who can tell how often his soul may have been refreshed through their intercessions?

Then there are prayers for him in the family, in the monthly concert, and in the great congregation. Who has more cause for gratitude than the missionary? Who enjoys more of the special protection of God's providence, than the messenger of mercy to the heathen? He can tell of providences, not because, as the saying goes, "he who seeks providences will not want providences to seek," but because God's care is more abundantly bestowed on those who are dedicated by His Churches to His work. Think of a missionary preparing his mind for the excitement of leaving a burning ship, by reading the tract on the loss of the Kent East Indiaman, and smelling fire in his own ship just as he finished the perusal. Or of another lying sound asleep with two natives behind a bush, their fire nearly out, and a lion approaching within four yards, and, instead of springing on his prey, commence roaring, because held back by an invisible hand. Hungry enough he was, for he sat growling at them about two hundred yards off, all night afterwards. Or of another approaching a house at night, and seeing the powder flash in the pan and refuse fire a few yards off, the owner of the gun thinking he was about to shoot a wolf. Ordinary Christians would seek long enough before they met with such providences. Who has more cause for gratitude than the missionary? "Lo, I am with you." Is that presence a thing of nought? Surely His presence may supply the lack of all he leaves [26] behind. What should we think of the Israelites ignoring the presence of the Angel of the Covenant who went before them in the pillar of cloud? "Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit life everlasting."


"Did Lot's Wife Actually, Literally Become a Pillar of Salt?" By Howard Nathanael Bunce, Ph.D.

How is this story to be explained in the light of chemical composition of the human body? Is it possible for science to successfully disprove the Scriptural record? Can a supernatural event have a natural explanation?

The story of Lot's wife, like many other stories of the Bible, has been the subject of much ridicule and many jokes. A favourite expression is: "She turned to rubber before she turned to salt."

The account in Genesis 3 is very flippantly referred to as the famous snake story of the Bible. The record of Jonah is declared to be the greatest fish story ever. Back of, and responsible for, all the puns, gibes, jokes and sneers is stark unbelief. This unbelief, of course, grows wonderfully in the soil of ignorance.

Unbelief in the supernatural very logically throws one back upon the natural. If in the realm of the natural there can be found no explanation, then, to be sure, the whole matter must go into the discard.

Take the case of Lot's wife. What are some of the natural explanations offered? The following are submitted for your consideration:

1. "When Lot's wife looked back she was horrified at the terrible sight she beheld. She became transfixed on the spot. Having turned deathly pale as she stood there she resembled a pillar of salt."

2. "The moment she looked back she was wrapped in a sheet of saline incrustation."

3. "She never really became a pillar of salt. This story is an allegorical representation, a fable, a myth gotten up for the purpose of driving home some great moral lesson."

Now then, if you will be patient, the writer will present one that ought to have just as much merit as the above. Here it is:

As Mrs. Lot was fleeing with her husband from the doomed city she turned and looked back. At this point she stumbled and fell into a large salt marsh. After struggling for a moment or two she succeeded in getting hold of the edge of a large flat rock located in the very centre of the marsh.[27] With one final and successful effort she pulled herself upon the rock. As she stood there the salt dried, she died, and that's that."

Some deep thinker may deign to ask the question: "How do you explain the presence of the large flat rock?" The answer: "We had it put there for the assistance of the poor woman." When a person is trying to discredit the Word of God he moves objects, erects structures, makes statements to suit his purpose. With the doubters in the supernatural the whole Bible becomes myth.

Where is the authority for any of these attempted explanations? None whatsoever. When one is through reading them he has more questions and difficulties on his hands than before he met up with them. One guess is about as good as another. Philosophical speculation is a most unreliable basis upon which to stand.

How is it possible to account for this story? The answer is: On the basis of the supernatural. Lot's wife really, literally became a pillar of salt.

Someone is now ready to raise the question: What about the chemical composition of the human body? Naturally, the story falls; supernaturally, it stands.

Who made the human body? He who created substance can change substance. Creating material is a greater piece of work than changing the composition. Who created the earth? Who created salt?

Turn to the sixth chapter of John. How do you account for the increase of food? Turn back a few chapters to the second chapter of John. How do you account for the change in substance? By the supernatural power of Christ water becomes wine. Doubtless there are some who do not believe it.

Again. How about the resurrected body? Turn to I Cor. 15:42-44. You will note the reading: "it is sown-; it is raised." A change takes place. By whose power? The power of God. Is God able to do these things? If not, He is no God at all.

We believe the Bible. There are those who may exclaim: "How foolish; how irrational!" We come back with this question: Is it more foolish to believe God's Revelation than it is to believe man's speculation?

The reader's attention is now directed to three great points as developed from the record as it stands in Gen. 19:17-26.

l. DISOBEDIENCE. Cp. v. 17 with v. 26. The word "looked" means literally "to look desiringly." That is what they were told not to do.

2. JUDGMENT. Note verse 26: "She became a pillar of salt." Cp. Gen. 1:2. The literal translation is: "And the earth BECAME without form and void." The earth became so by virtue of JUDGMENT. Lot's wife became salt by virtue of judgment; judgment because of disobedience.

Note: (We are not to look for such demonstrations of the supernatural in judgment today. This is the age of God's sovereign grace. There is judgment, however, reserved for the future. Cp. 2 Thess. 1:7-10.)

3. PERPETUITY. Why salt? The Bible gives us a record of a Covenant [28] of salt. This was an emblem of perpetual friendliness and precious relationship. Cp. Num. 18:19. In this; salt was precious.

A Judgment of salt speaks the very opposite. Such was the case of Lot's wife.

CONCLUSION. Lot's wife in disobedience and judgment is a type of Judgment upon the land of Israel and upon the nations about. Cp. Deut. 29:18-29. Zeph. 2:8-1 1.


PEN POINTS - J. Clyde Stillion

A good urge is fine, but a good deed is much finer.

The three basic rules for a good speaker are: Stand up, Speak up, and Shut up.

The Jew is God's Miracle in Prophecy and God's Miracle in History. The Son of God became Son of Man that sons of men might become Sons of God.

Consistent teaching of evolution should recognise the fact that the Origin of Four Kinds of Flesh must be accounted for. (See I Cor. 15:39.)

Never say, when speaking of the Book, "I don't believe." Be positive! Be truthful! Tell us what you "do think" and what you "do believe."

More water enters the pipes only when the faucets are open. And if you would open the way for more Bible knowledge, give out what you have.

TEACH! ! ! ! !

THREE KINDS OF GIVERS

Some witty person once said: "There are three kinds of givers - the flint, the sponge and the honeycomb.

To get anything out of a flint you must hammer it, and then you can get only chips and sparks.

To get water out of a sponge, you must squeeze it, and the more you squeeze, the more you will get.

But the honeycomb just overflows with its own sweetness.

Some people are stingy and hard; they give nothing away if they can help it.

Others are good-natured; they yield to pressure, and the more they are pressed, the more they will give.

A few delight in giving without being asked at all; and of these the Bible says: "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver." [29]

PERTINENT PARAGRAPHS

The Bible minimizes the wish-bone; strengthens the back-bone; eliminates the bone of contention; enlightens the bone-head; locks the infidels jaw-bone and rationalizes the crazy-bone. - H. N. B.

The Bible will keep men from sin - and sin will keep men from the Bible. - H. N. B.

"Ear-tickling epigrams feed no starving lambs. If the Book of faith hope and love is not inspired, then the world is an accident and life a bad joke. Any minister of the Gospel who does not believe the Gospel is inspired is not getting anywhere. His ministry is bound to be barren of results for righteousness. If the man in the gutter had to wait for that kind of a minister he would have mighty slim chances." - (Dallas News).

Face the work of every day with the influence of a few, thoughtful, quiet moments with your own heart and God. Do not meet other people, even those of your own home, until you have first met the great guest and honored companion of your life - Jesus Christ. Meet Him alone. Meet Him regularly. Meet Him with His open book of council before you; and face the regular and irregular duties of each day with the influence of His personality, definitely controlling your every act. - John Timothy Stone.

ARE YOU A SWITCH?

Many professing Christians are like railroad station-houses; and the wicked are whirled indifferently by them, and go on their way, forgetting them: whereas they should be like switches, taking sinners off one track and putting them on to another. - Beecher.

THE BIBLE

Take up this Book, O friend. Do not read it with a hurried glance. Let thine eyes rest awhile upon some single word, and if thou art patient, it will bud and blossom and bloom and grow unto thee as a tree of life; and the leaves shall be as medicine for the healing of thy hurt. Take it into thy mouth and learn a lesson from the meadow kine who chew the tender grasses, and turn them over, and chew them again, till they have extracted sweetness and life therefrom. Chew the words of this Book over and over again (it is impossible to do so with any other book), meditate upon their meaning - upon their direct and cognate meanings; let the thoughts they suggest find full and free reaction in thy soul, and [30] from some simple word or phrase thou shalt draw the sweetness of divine love, and more and more the consciousness that thou hast received into thine innermost being very spirit and very life.


Read it on bended knee. Take up the words and breathe on them with the warm breath of sincere desire to know their intent, and music will come forth as from the fabled horn of old - music that shall have in it all the hallelujahs and hosannas of the heavenly host. - Dr. I. N. Haldeman.

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Editorial (Continued)

It is surely no coincidence that this Report has been published some eight weeks before the Pope is to process triumphantly through England, Scotland and Wales. Indeed in Cardiff a special dispensation has been granted to Pope John Paul II. He is to receive the Freedom of the city but he Freeman's Oath of Allegiance to H.M. the Queen has to be waived because the Pope is above the Queen. The Speaker of the House of Commons and Mr. James Callaghan, former Prime Minister, are to be present at the ceremony. This arrangement was worked out between Council representatives and the Roman Catholic Archbishop. The Pope will also be received at Canterbury in a reconciliation service and welcomed to Scotland under the very monument of John Knox by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland. So the two State Churches of this Kingdom, the Church of England and the Church of Scotland, will both acknowledge the Pope.

It is evident that this is a carefully planned conspiracy by the papists and ecumenists to seek to demonstrate to the world that the whole nation also acknowledges the Headship of the Roman Antichrist.

Now, anyone who dares to disagree and express that disagreement is labelled, by the Roman Catholic dominated and controlled media, as extreme. One chain of newspapers in Scotland has stated that they will carry no advertisements protesting the Pope's visit.

Protestants are thus being denied their inalienable right to protest and cry out, "No Popery".

However in this United Kingdom there are still seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to the papal Baal and never will. These faithful ones will fight to the death this proposed take-over by Rome.

As sons and daughters of the Reformers we have no intention of betraying our Protestant heritage or allowing ourselves to-be sold to priestcraft and tyranny by the treachery of Archbishops, or rather, Archbishop Runcie.

With the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury whom Rome burned at the stake I affirm of the Pope, "I REFUSE HIM AS CHRIST'S ENEMY AND ANTICHRIST WITH ALL HIS FALSE DOCTRINES".