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It maybe hoped therefore that this appeal will result not merely in an increase in the number of directly evangelistic workers, but will also serve to call attention to the need for the encouragement of the evangelistic spirit in all departments of missionary labour. In this matter it should truly be said of all mission workers : We are not divided ; all one body we.' The newly formed Evangelistic Association of China has a great work to do in quickening and helping to sustain the evangelistic impulse.
The account we publish of the meetings of the representatives of the Churches of the Anglican Communion recently
held in Shanghai is especially interesting in Tbe Anglican
view of the complete nature of the representaOburcb Congress.
tion to these gatherings, including as it did among its members a fair proportion of Chinese clergy. It is to be hoped that this is another big step forward in the movement which must ere long become general throughout the churches at work in China, for giving an adequate place to Chinese representatives in councils called to consider matters of church government and administration. The Chinese are capable and worthy of such a trust.
Moreover it is becoming certain that many denominational difficulties and the barriers contingent upon inherited sympathies and race antipathies (however small these may be) will largely disappear as our Chinese brethren, both lay and clerical, come to the front in matters concerning the welfare of the church. The non-essential prejudices inherited and revealed by the foreign missionary, which he sometimes is not sufficiently careful to avoid passing over to the Chinese pastorate, will the quicker vanish as the point of view of the Chinese Christian is brought to the forefront.
The longer the delay in passing a share of responsibility on to the worthy and capable among the members of the church of China, the greater the difficulties are likely to become. All possible freedom should be left to the Chinese in the solution of the distressing problem of Christian unity, in the hope and faith that what has been among the most signal of the failures of the church of the West may be the crowning success of the far Eastern church. “A little child shall lead them."
The royal road to conquest in the kingdom of God can be no other than that which was trod by the Divine Founder
of that kingdom. It is a way of unwearied service and tbe Gift of tbe Spirit.
effort, unceasing diligence, self-abnegation, and
persistent prayer. The forces which make for the conversion and renovation of a people are not in the hands of those who are continually tarrying for signs and wonders, for the day of the expected outpouring of grace, when it will be their part simply to put in the sickle and bind the sheaves, but with those servants of God who, from day to day, through good report and ill, success and failure, in devotion to the Divine command, work faithfully in the vineyard. Such as these are the conquering legion of the Cross.
Days of spiritual revival and of the witnessed outpouring of the Holy Spirit are the things which are given, grace upon grace, for the encouragement of the church and for the Divine testimony to the faith. They can never take the place of the dutiful daily service called for by the command of Christ and by the needs of men. No man can claim the gift of the Spirit whose daily tasks are left undone while he turns aside to make testimony to his claim. Obedience is the first thing the Lord requires from His people. “Lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for the
The missionary of the Cross must be diligent if he is to be a devoted soldier of Christ Jesus.
THE following statement upon Evolution and the Teaching of Scripture, coming as it does from one of the leading orthodox preachers of to-day, Dr. Campbell Morgan will, we believe, prove of interest to our readers :
I suppose no one to-day denies the fact that there is, as we have said, an evolutionary process in the activities of Nature. In the early days of the discovery there were not wanting those who imagined that this was the one and only process of natural activity. That view has been entirely abandoned.
When we approach human life, and Biblical Revelation concerning it, the questions confronting us are : Does Science claim that man is the result of an evolutionary process, and of that alone? And does the Bible teach that the evolutionary process had no part in the creation of man?
To these enquiries I should reply, as to the first, Science does teach that there are evidences of the evolutionary process in the creation of man, but it also recognises that there are facts in the being of man as he is to-day which cannot be accounted for as resulting from this process.
As to the second question, I should affirm that the Bible does not deny the evolutionary process in the Divine creation of man, but that it does affirm that ere he became a man, in our full sense of the word, another process of Divine activity-supernatural-was employed.
“ The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."--St. James v, 16.
" For where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of theme "--St. Matthew xviii, 20.
Nothing is a more sure and regular That the rebuke of dispensary and indication of the birth of true religion hospital opportunities not followed in the heart than the presence there up may be removed by the appointof a desire to do good. Desire to do ment of such an increased number of
“the spot of God's chil- evangelists, both foreign and Chinese, dren, " the spot which the inward as will enable the church to go into operation of His grace throws out every home where the medical work upon the surface of the moral con- has revealed the love of Christ. (P. stitution. No devout man ever lacked 260.) altogether this uniform mark of a That the Home churches will realize devout mind. For did not our Lord the need stated in the Evangelistic go about doing good? And is He Appeal and meet fully the demand not our great Exemplar ? And must for more men and women to emphasize not Christian men seek in some way the importance and to do the work of or other to do good if they would the direct preaching of the Gospel at all conform themselves to this to the heathen. (P. 274.) Exemplar?”—Goulburn's “Personal For the Anglican Communion, that Religion.'
its provisional organization may be
made permanent and that the church PRAY
may have power from on high to For all “Mission Philanthropies” carry on a great work to the glory in China that they may be carried of God. (P. 293.) on in the spirit of the Lord Christ and so be a convicting revelation of
A PRAYER FOR GOD'S NEEDY ONES. His mind to the heathen.
O Lord, whose sovereignty over For the people of China, that an all maketh Thee to be gracious unto insight may be given them into the all, relieve and comfort, we pray true joy and blessedness of helping Thee, all the persecuted and afflicted; • those who are any ways afflicted, or speak peace to troubled consciences; distressed in mind, body, or estate.” strengthen the weak; confirm the That there may be immediate and
strong; instruct the ignorant; deliver lasting good results from the recent the oppressed from him that spoileth itinerary from the Chefoo School him ; relieve the needy that hath no for the Deaf ; that the desire to do helper; and bring us all, by the may be roused in those who have waters of comfort and in the ways of the power and means, and that the
righteousness, to the kingdom of rest information given as to method may and glory. Through Jesus Christ our stir to action. (Pp. 243, ff.)
Saviour and our Lord. Amen. For the blind, the deaf, and dumb, the insane, the lepers, and all who
Give THANKS are afflicted, that means may be found For the work being done in instituwhereby their afflictions may be tem- tions for the blind, the deaf, and pered and used to their sanctification. dumb, the sick, the insane, and all
For all schools, hospitals leper col- other philanthropies of the Christian onies, and homes for the afflicted, and church in China. for those who work, as well as for For the interest aroused and the those who come to dwell in them, movement begun amongst nou-Christhat they may minister to the greater tian Chinese a result of the glory of God.
itinerary from the Chefoo School for That those who endure the rigors Deaf. (Pp. 243, ff.) of pioneering in these fields may For the pioneer work of the John receive such encouragement
G. Kerr Refuge for the Insane and support from their fellow-Christians the exainple it has set. (Pp. 262, ff.) as will effectually dispel all doubt For the real help to Christianity in as to the work being worth the China that has been, is being, and we struggle. (P. 247.)
know surely shall be given by the For an increased number of such work of medical missions. institutions until the heathen shall For the examples of faithfulness, know the true meaning of the words devotion, and strength found in the „, Christian charity.”
lives of Dr. Ament and Mr. Clinton.