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VOL. 29

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doctrine is sound to speak against what wc believe, and we will guarantee him an attentive hearing by men and women who have studied the question. Our more than a-quarter of a century has not brought to us one such advocate, and yet it is generally known that such opportunity is open, and that we are ready always to discuss the matter with any representative man. Those who have heard Mr. Urquhart when speaking upon his own peculiar subject, will know of the force and fluency with' which he delivers his address. It needed but a few minutes' listening to him when speaking against Conditional Immortality to know that he was dealing lRe\'ealing with an unfamiliar theme. Now, ,r<lleafmeS9. why do not the local folk, who are so anxious to smite us, either study the subject for themselves, or get somebody who has? The fact that Mr. Urquhart is an able defender against Higher Criticism does not of itself convey that he is equally furnished to handle this subject. If any of our local ministerial friends will study this matter, wc will gladly loan them the strongest literature to be found on their side, and with yet more pleasure discuss the matter publicly with them afterwards. We say this, not because there is any special desire to trail the tail of our coat around, but because there i such an evident desire to get somebody who will completely rout us. The fact is, that so long as a man does not, and will not, study this question, so long 'will he unreasonably desire to overthrow the doctrine of Conditional Immortality; but when he begins to study it he finds that the arguments on which he has relied vanish into thin air, and the texts he fondly thought gave him Bible support have yielded testimony against him. The majority of those who imagine they can find evidence in opposition to Conditional Immortality approach the subject from the side of the final destiny of the unsaved ; they read into these passages their own idea of the immortal soul, and then imagine they have settled the whole subject in their own favour. Can the force of folly further go? Why do not these dear people sit down with the resolve that they will carefully study man's nature, and examine every Bible text that bears upon the subject, and that with their findings from this examination they will read

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history of Conditional Immortality in the city of Auckland is marked by a succession of attacks upon it, that have shown how it is hated by some who profess to love the Bible, and how utterly impotent have been the onslaughts? Twice over, the powerful aid of J oseph Cook was inyoked, and he smote it with a phrase, but it lived. Evangelists of all denominations have assailed it, but it lives. Men have spat at it, denounced it, consigned its advocates to the hottest hell, but it has lived through it all. Henry Varley was enlisted to accomplish that which all the local $miting at "defenders of the faith" could not \tl'utb. do, and which all preceding visitors had left undone, and before a vast audience he delivered his carefully-written speech. Still the doctrine lived, and we have not known of a single believer in the doctrine who was influenced to forsake it. Once more the attempt has been made by the ~lse of a man who bears an honoured name, who is esteemed by all Bible lovers as a faithful warrior against that teaching which would rob the Bible of its truthfulness, to show that Conditional Immortality is a folly. How loudly these things speak of the felt weakness of the local ministers, who in their respective churches "hold the fort." These never come into close contact with ~ advocates of the doctrine; they only encounter the young and inquiring mind in their own assemblies, and yet so powerless are they before the inquirer that the aid of the visitor is sure to be invoked, that he may do that which cannot be done without it. We can once again assure our friends who are so anxious to destroy the doctrine that our church building is open to any orthodox advocate who is sincere enough to believe that his

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afresh the texts which deal with future punishment?' H this were done, they would agree with us that those dread passages which affirm the doom of sinners must be accepted in their plain significance, because they apply to persons who possess no immortal soul, but are addressed as perishing, 'sinning men. Such a study would be worth far more than the course some of these gentlemen have had in the collegiate or university training through which they have passed.

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there is no evidence whatever to be found from Genesis to Malachi regarding man's immortality-his life after death? I shall make the admission quite frankly that there is a :a jfatefu[ strange silence in the Old Testa:aDmissIOn. ment regarding that immortality. No student of the Bible can be blind to that fact. There is a strange silence regarding man's immortality in the Old Testament." Let us say here that we are not prepared to make this admission as Mr. Urquhart makes it. We prefer to particularise and say that the Old Testament is absolutely silent upon an immortal soul, or spirit, and that the New Testament is just as silent on both. But, taking his assertion at its face value, if the Old Testament is given up, whence can our friends draw testimony to support their belief? What does it mean, this admission? That for, at least, four thousand years God has been dealing with men, recording human failure and sin; declaring His purposes of redemption; working into human history the great plan which should accomplish salvation; sending His servants to proclaim His purposes, His claims, and the issues to follow from obedience or disobedience, and yet-and yet-"Hear, 0 heavens, and be astonished, 0 earth," neither He nor one of His servants has so much as mentioned, by even the slightest hint, the existence of the immortal soul, which it is supposed all this plan and teaching were designed t.c save! That some of the writers of the Bible might have failed to mention it is conceivable, but that all of them should, without exception, have believed in the existence of the immortal soul, and have laboured and written that it might be saved, and yet have never mentioned it, is a thing which is absolutely beyond belief. Those who heard.fhe.admiesicn.rnade by the lectureran admission which nothing that followed weakened in the least-and yet can believe that he delivered a damaging attack upon our position, are surely incapable of giving a right value to a fact, or are so blinded by prejudice that they are determined to believe against any evidence. Into an examination of the texts adduced by the lecturer as supports of his own belief, we do not here enter.' There is no need that we should. They have been dis-

cussed in our pages again and again when others have presented them, and they were reviewed in the address, to which an Groun~ of open invitation was given to quesMission Zeal. tion on the matter. It is sufficient for us here to say that we should hold our present faith on very slight evidence if anything then said could shake us in the least. The assertion that belief in Conditional Immortality destroyed missionary zeal' was refuted in a letter sent to the public press, citing evidence which showed that for their numbers the relievers in the Life views are well to the fore in mission enterprise, and even that letter did not cite all the facts in support of our contention. If the lecturer intended to convey the idea that belief in eternal misery is the true incentive to missionary zeal. then it rests with us to ask. What is the support of missions now. when not one in ten of preachers ana members of our orthodox churches accept the doctrine, ana it is as certain as can he that missionaries no lonzer present that doctrine to thf' neonle they seek to save. as once it was done in the f'flr1v davs of missions? The tr11th is, that on this matter Mr. Tlrrmhart is stranded. snd the tide of thouzht in the Christian Church is flowinz nast him.

There is yet another thing- that should be mentioned. Mr. Urquhart has been enzazed in a conflict against the Higher Criticism. He has done veoman service in this struggle, and the Church is indebted to him. But it is within our province to ask. ''Without the doctrine of Soul-immorjfiobt tbe 'lRoot talitv, whence could the Hizher lError. Criticism have obtained its vitalitv?" It is because it holds to this belief, as Mr. Camphell does, that it can make a stand against Bible truth, It unites the two Satanic statements. ''Ye shall be as gods" and Ye shall not surelv die." and from these derives its strenzth. Mr. Uruuhart is warring with its results; we do battle at its origin. If the dozma of Soulimmortality is not true, Higher Criticism has no standing ground. In common with Romanisrn. Sniritualism. Theosophv, Unitarianism. and manv an other 'ism. it loses all its vitality. Mr. Urquhart makes his own work difficult, because he admits as Bible truth the Lie of the great Deceiver. Deny it, and no one of these can live ana claim to have any influence on the Church of the living God. The lecturer and others may, if they will. hew at the branches. but so long as Goa gives us strength for the conflict we shall lJly our wealJon at the root of the tree, and if they join with the foes of the Church to hinder us in our work, they had better stand clear of the swing of the axe. "

Zionism at present seems to be under a cloud. It certainly does not possess the vigour and enthusiasm which characterised it under the leadership of Herzl, Several

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things have occurred to weaken it-the seeming impossibility of securing a home in PalZionism 'Uln~er estine for the oppressed Jews witha ctouo. in a reasonable period has turned the attention of some of the leaders to the idea of founding a colony or State elsewhere which might serve as a resting-place for the suffering people until the land of Palestine is accessible (although it is said that "the ruling powers of the Porte are more than ever ready and willing to go into the question of the Zionist proposals and that definite schemes are being seriously taken into consideration"); another matter . which militates against it is that Russia has definitelj decided that Zionist societies are not to be allowed any more in Russia. The GoverItor of Minsk protested to the Senate against the legalising of a society in hie town, with the result that the Senate has prohibited the societies altogether. The action is grounded on the fact that Zionist societies are calculated to separate the Jewish community from the rest of the population, and thus> accentuate race hatred. continued sufferings of the Russian Jews, towith the callous indifference to this condition of on the part of the rich Jews of Bri tain and else has called forth a passionate protest from Mr. I Zangwill. In a recent speech he said: "Hunting and horse-racing, B <tall to halls and dinners and operas, are Bction. legitimate enough in the piping times of peace, but when we are on a war footing, when the agony of our people cries to us from the shambles 01 Russia to the 111 ellahs of Morocco and from the Ham of Tunis to the ruined villages of Roumania, then I say that if our upper classes do not pause in their pleasurings and make a su preme effort of salvation, the blood of their brothers will cry out against them from the ground. And not only against them, but against every Jew, however lowly, who has done less than his utmost. Judea expects every man to do his duty. . What land in the world but shows us amid all our humiliations Jews mighty in wealth and name and power, merchant princes, statesmen, soldiers, judges, financiers? This Jewish power is a mockery to us-we enjoy only the envy it arouses, not the salvation it might afford. This power has destroyed us again and again - let it now stand up and save us. Money thrown to us is not enough-we want the brain, the heart, the soul, of our best and strongest, not the dregs of their time or the scatterings of their philanthropy " A short time ago we informed our readers of the project for putting the Bible into the new auxiliary language, Esperanto. At the recent Congress held in Cam bridge a committee was set up to consider ways ana means for giving effect to this desire. An English clergyman, a Ube :JSible in Protestant pastor, and a Roman lEsperanto. Catholic abbot were appointed as The gether things where,

the Committee. The Catholic withdrew his name on the ground that the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church would disapprove of his collaboration with Protestants, and would not permit the usc of a translation made by such collaboration. No doubt the abbot is thoroughly conversant with the spirit of the Church to which he belongs, and has voiced quite accurately its attitude. But what a miserable spirit it is. We learn that other causes are in operation which will for the .present hinder the further progress towards the realisation of the ideal, but we notice that the author of the language is now engaged upon the translation of the Book of Psalms. Being a Jew by race, and thoroughly conversant with the original tongue, he is undoubtedly the most suitable translator for the task. Thirty-two of the Psalms are issued, and contain readings that are very suggestive, and put quite a new light on the text. The translator disclaims to translate as a theologian; he is translating the wonderful book as literature. Possibly this may be a defect in some instances, but the sincere reader desires first of all to know the exact wording of a passage, and then by comparing Scripture with Scripture he can form his theological conclusions for himself. That is a sphere where no man has a right to enter and dominate the thought of another. 'We are rather curious to know what will be the effect in the Dominion of the new Papal decree concerning marriage. On Easter Sunday there comes into operation the decree that marriages of Roman Catholics are only legal when performed by a priest in the presence of two witJl)apal "'erSU5 nesses; so that a marriage by a State 'JLaw. Registrar or by a Protestant minister, duly authorised by the State, is not a marriage, according to the Pope. It should be clearly understood that marriage in this country is a civil contract, and the law refuses to take notice of an'y marriage that has not this authorisation. At the marriage the person who performs the ceremony, be he Registrar, Catholic priest, or Protestant parson, must be State authorised to act. Without that authorisation the ceremony is invalid, even if all the Roman hierarchy were present to give it validity. In Italy marriage is a civil contract, only legal when performed in the office of the Mayor of the place wbere those who wish to be married reside. The Italian law refuses to notice church marriages. They cannot be registered, and the children of such church marriages are illegitimate, and lose to a large extent the right to inherit real property. It is very certain that the priests here will not attempt to perform the rite of marriage without State authorisation; where their power will be pressed will be, in obedience to this decree, the refusal to recognise any as married who have been married by the Registrar or by Protestant ministers. Let it be understood that such refusal does not affect the legality of a proceeding which is, and always must be, so far as our laws are concerned, first of all a civil

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contract. The marriage by a priest is only valid because of it, and is invalid without it, and all the vapourings of the Pope and Cardinals cannot change this position. For long the fate of the Jews in Home hung upon the personal character of the Popes. "Whenever, in mediaeval times a Pope was consecrated, the Hebrew congregation were among the attendants, standing with sla vish gestures full of fear or timid hope, while the chief Rabbi 3-ewtsb fma},?ortn lR011ll'. at their head carried on his shoul~ del's the mysterious veiled roll of the holy law." Sometimes the Jew was protected, but often he was proceeded against with faggot and sword, and always was he compelled to live in the Ghetto, shut in by gates, at which Papal soldiers were mounted, and which were closed at nightfal1. 'I'here are many persons still living who have seen that Ghetto, for, till the deliverance in 1870, it remained the Jews' prison. "lVIany an English visitor to ROlW~, prior to the Garibaldian movement, and during the miserable years of the temporal power of the Pope, has seen a group of Hebrew people kneel bareheaded and beg permission for the Jews to dwell in Home another year." But great changes have taken place. Amongst the benefits accruing from the breaking of the temporal power of the Papacy has been that the Ghetto is no more, and but a few short weeks ago a British-born Jewish citizen of Rome was elected as Mayor of the city. Mr. Ernest N athan is now the Mayor of Rome, occupying the chief municipal seat in the city where once the members of his race were permi tted to remain only at the sufferance of the Pope, and within the limits of the Ghetto.

vVe clip the following from an American paper, and think it so good that we gladly pass it on, with a request that our dear friends who think so highly of the immortal soul may give us a reasonable answer to it. Such answer we shall be glad to print :-"If you have an immortal 1lmanteb-an soul which is the real entity, the :answer! responsible and knowing ego, at what time during your existence did you come into possession of it? Somebody says, 'When I was born !' All right. If you got it when you were born, and it is the real man, why was it entirely dependent upon the development of your physical organism for knowledge and for power? When a baby you knew nothing but to cry when hungry and in pain; when ten years old you had learned to read; when eighteen you went to college; at thirty-five you astounded the world, perhaps, with your wisdom; at fifty-five you begin to decline physically and mentally, and as you went down the hill towards old age and the grave you became a child again. Now, if the soul is immortal, and is an entity separate from the body, which lives and thinks on after death, why are these things so?"

The Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, was asked through the columns of the Chrisiian: "Is the immortality of the soul, apart from faith in Christ, a Scriptural truth, and may we assume that 'death' and 'perish' mean extinction?" The question is very faulty, but it goes suffiGl,llestion auo ciently near to the heart of things :answers. to be considered interesting. Now note what the Principal has to say in reply. To the first part of the query he carefully avoids saying anything which answers it, save that by implication he allows that the Scripture does not speak of the "immortality of the soul." He says: "Scripture does not speak of the immortality of the soul, but of the man-that is, of the whole being, spirit, soul, and body, and does not distinguish between them." "In my judgment, the root meaning of death is not annihilation or non-existence, but separation. Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body; spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God." "But-but," we say, "what is the soul? It i not said here; but if the word be accepted in its well-understood meaning of 'life,' we have but li.ttle objection to the statement. He is assuming a meaning for the word 'soul' which should be proved before any further step is taken." But the Principal goes on: "In like manner life, according to the New Testament, is much more than existence, the root idea being union. Physical life is the union of soul and body; spiritual life is the union of the soul with God." ~ ow, it would be possible to show very easily the weakness of this statement by New Testament teachings; but it will be sufficient here to say: "Very well, if the physical life ceases when soul and body are separated, and if spiritual life is not, because there is no union with Goel, WHA'l' LIFE REMAINS FOR MA~? The answer to that will afford a little exercise of thought to our opponents, and we can afford to wait till it is produced.

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A LONDON newspaper offered recently a prize for the best answer to the question, "What is home?" Here are a few of the answers received:"A world of strife shut out, a world of 10\e shut in." "Home is the bl0800m, of which heaven is the fruit." "The golden setting, in which the brightest jewel i.~ 'mother.' " "The father's kingdom, the children's paradise, the mother's world." "The centre of our affections, around which 'our heart's best wishes twine." "The jewel-case, containing the most precious of all jewels-domestic happiness." "A little hollow scooped out of the windy hill of the world, where we can be shielded from its cares and annoyances."-Leaves of Light.

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Can the following utterances of our Lord and His Apostles, as gi ven in John v. 28, 1 Cor. xv. 22, and Phil. ii. 10 and 11, be qualified to mean less them all of the first Adam's children? (1) John Y. 28 qualifies itself "all that are in the tombs," and it divides this "all" into two parties; the one is raised to life, the other to judgment to be meted out by the Son of Man. (;2) 1 Cor. X\'. 22 i claimed by many as being limited to those who "in Christ," but we do not so confine it. \\' e note that this "all" is divided into three port.ions-lst, Christ; 2nd, they that are Christ's at His coming; 3rd, then cometh the end , at a period beyond the millennium, as in Rev. xx. 4, 1l. (3) Phil.ii. 10, 11, can be rightfully applied only to those who shall be privileged to Jive at the time when Christ shall rule. It is a mere stretch of imagination, having no foundation in the text, to suppose that all of Adam's children are here included.

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".:\f" Oil', while the Pharisees were b zathered toaether , b Jesus asked them a question, saying, What think ye of the Christ? Whose son is He ?"-M:att. xxii. 41, 42. An important question, truly. Important in that day, in view of the Hope of Israel, and of the relationship of their Messiah to the whole world. Not the less important to-day, for the same reasons as were then significant, and for the additional value which the after circumstances supplied. From that day to this this important question has been pressed upon the sons of men, and on the answer to it which the individual has given has depended his present assurance of salvation. 'I'here is not wanting an abundance of evidence testifying to the generally admitted importance of this theme. 'I'he numerous "Lives of Christ" which have been and still are, issued from the Press, put forward by different, and sometimes opposing, schools of thought, clearly show the deep interest which centres in the query we repeat to-night. It is an old question, and it is ever new. I make no apologies for putting it before you. Before I press it, however, it is necessary that we look at the setting in which it is originally found; and it is equally necessary that we try to understand it in its original meaning, for it seems that to-day many believers are quite ignorant of its original import. This is a bold statement, but its truth is my justification. According to the narrati ve that immediately precedes the passage I have chosen, Christ has just presented Himself to the people and rulers as the rightful claimant to the Davidie throne, and has been rejected. He then delivers the parables of the Wicked Husbandman and the King's Marriage Feast. The Pharisees and Sadducecs listen to these parables, and judge pretty accurately of: the meaning of His words. Smarting under His description of their folly and futility, they try to ensnare Him in His talk. They put before Him subtle questions, not with any desire that He should solve them for their benefit, but that, being taken off His guard, He might er iminate Himself, that some charge against Him might be brought which would bring Him to death, that they might be rid of a presence which had become intolerable to them. His sweeping denunciation of wrong-doing had galled them, and, wincing beneath the lash, and hating His righteousness, they had determined that "this man should not rule oyer" them. How subtlv framed was that apparently artless question concerning the tribute monev, In the past they had been under direct Theocratic rule. God was their lawgiver and King. The promi ses implied that this former state


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THE longest sermon on record was preached by Rev. Isaac Barrow, a Puritan divine of the 17th century, who delivered a sermon in Westminster Abbey lasting three and a-half. hours. One of the shortest sermons ever preached was a sermon the celebrated Dr. Whewell was fond of repeating. It occupied barely a minute in deli very, and the following is said to be a verbatim report:My tex t is found in Job v, 9: "Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward." I shall divide my discourse into three heads. First, man's ingress into the world; second, his progress through the world; and third, his egress out of the world. Firstly, his ingress into the world is naked and bare. Second lv, h is progress through the world is trouble and care. 'I'h irdlv, Iris egress out of the world is nobody knows where. Conclusion. If we live well here we shall live well there. I can tell you no more if I preach a full year. Benediction. However, a shorter sermon than this is the famous chari tv sermon of Dean Swift. He took as his text: "He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again" (ProI'. xix. 17). After reading the text he said: "You have heard what God has said, and you know the object of th is ga thering. Now, if YOU like the securitv,J' come clown with the clust."-Selected.
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been before the world for nearly nineteen centuries. It has had its victories, and still abides, claiming to be from God. Christ is its central figure. What think you of Him as a Saviour? In view of your own mortal nature, and the yawning grave? He stands before us offering eternal life upon faith and obedience. What think you of Him? What think you of Him now? In His position as Intercessor? In that relationship of Advocate which He now sustains to those who have put their trust in Him? It is a good 'thing to have a powerful friend at court, and He is that to every faithful follower of His. These and other questions we may put, and cover the ground usually thought to exhaust all there is of provision in Him, but we put another question, based upon the text, What think ye of Him as the Coming King? It has been said that, given the perfect Ruler, an autocracy would be the purest and best form of government for the world. Well, He is the perfect man. No sin or stain is found in Him. And His knowledge is perfect for the exercise of righteous judgment, for He knows what is in man. The powers He manifested when upon earth may be accepted as the pledges of His ability and willingness to abolish all evil. His sympathies were always available for the oppressed, and He is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. The wants of men He can supply, the diseases of men He can remove. Death itself is submissive when He speaks the word. What think ye of Him? I call before me that first man, who sinned in Eden, and brought death upon man, and ask him as I point to this divine man, who serves humanity, vanquishes Satan and his hosts, and conquers death, "What think ye of Him?" and he answers, "This is the Seed of the Woman who should bruise the serpent's head." I ask the patriarch Abraham, and he replies, "This is the Seed in whom all nations shall be blessed." I call the patriarch Isaae, and he declares that this is He to whom "the gatherings of the people shall be." Moses, the Lawgiver, declares Him to be "the Prophet" greater than he, to whom all, on pain of utter destruction, should hearken. Balaam points to Him and calls Him "the Star out of J acob," and David looks to Him as the rightful possessor of his throne. The prophets as they pass in rapid succession name Him "Son of Man," "Immanuel," "the Prince with the Four Names," "the Root of David," "the Branch," "Leader and Commander of the People," and when the New Testament opens it gathers up these names, and asks, with all the weighty significance they can give, What think ye of the Christ? In view of the modern phase of thought, which not only takes from the Lord His position of Davidic ruler, out also denies the Virgin Birth, it is mine now to press upon you the words of the Lord, If David calls Him Lord, how is He his son? What answer is being given in your hearts to this question? He is before us as the Christ of God, in whom all the covenant blessings are to be realised. But the demands these make upon Him

are such that no one of merely human race can possibly accomplish them. There is not one of these promises that can ever be realised if He is of human origin only, for, ere He could bring in these blessings, He must first be cleansed from the Adamie taint; but this cannot be removed save at the cost of a life. But the life of the sons of Adam is already forfeited. The saviour for man must have a free life. One which could be free of the claims of death, and one which could remain untainted by sin. His life was free, and He was stainless. He therefore had a worthy life to offer, and in love to man and obedience to God it was given. God, well pleased with His Son, raised Him from the dead, and now the way is open for Him to proceed with His work, as Son of Man, as Heir to David, and as Son of God. That work shall soon be completed, and whilst its full accomplishment tarries the gracious question comes to us, and calls for joyful acceptance of the Grace of God, as in loving, tender, persuasive tones we are asked, What think ye of the Christ? (Notes of Address by Editor.)


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(Selected by Mrs. Jennie Parker.) "Your way is dark," the angel said, "Because you downward gaze; Look up! the sun is overhead; Look up and learn to praise;" I looked. I learned: Who looks above Will find in heaven both Light and Love. "Why upward gaze?" the angel said; "Have you not learned to know The Light of God shines overhead 'I'hatrnen may work below?" I learned : Who only looks above May miss the work of Love. And thus I learned the lesson-s twain: The heart whose treasure is above Will gladly turn to earth again Because the heavens is Love. Yea, Love that framed the starry height Came down to earth and gave it Light. "Occupy till I come."

At an evening prayer-meeting in a Maine village the senior deacon, Dominicus Jordan, arose to make appropriate Scriptural remarks about the death of the late Miss Simpkins. In conclusion the deacon said: "I respected Miss Simpkins, the members of this church respected Miss Simpkins, the citizens of this town respected Miss Simpkins; but now she's dead and gone to the Lord, and the Scripture saith, 'The Lord is no respector of persons.' "-The Circle.

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It would have given us great pleasure to have stepped upon the platform immediately to reply to the address, PAGE THE MON~'H . .. 33--36 but as that could not be, the earliest opportunity for QUES'rION CORNER .. 37 reply was taken, and on the Thursday evening an adLONG AND SHORT SERMONS 37 ECHOES FROM WEST STREE~' .. 37-39 dress on "Unconditional Immortality: Is it Scriptural?" Two MISTAKES 39 was given in West Street. This was well attended, and ASSOCIATION NOTES 40-41 at the close questions were invited, and answered. MILLENNIAL DAWNISM .. .. 42-43-48 THE HOME CIRCLE-ALPHABETICAL '['RU'I'RS OF MAN'S We have now a word to say to our friends and fellow44 NATURE LETTERS TO A YOUNG FRIEND ON ~'HE STUDY OF PROPHECY 45-46 believers in the Tabernacle, and in other churches in the CHURCH AND MISSION NEWS .. 46 city, and we wish them to ponder it. Formerly the CHRIS~'IAN BAND 46-47 47 MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES opposition to the Life views was so bitter that no Conditionalist could be comfortable in fellowship with an orthodox church, but of late years the policy of these churches has been to tolerate the believer in Life only in Christ, so long as he does not disturb the church. / ~ There are some, indeed, who boast of this toleration, and MONTHTLY ORGAN say that there is no need for any organisation which puts this truth prominently forward. The incident just Dtw Ztaland Eoangtllstlt and Publltatlon JI$$oclatlon. occurred is a little comment upon this. We know several Baptists who believe in Life in Christ only, and EDITED BY GEORGE ALDRIDGE. who believe in the reality of the principle of toleration. A.SSISTED BY SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS. Very well, let us here ask, What is that principle worth? The Editor wishes it to be understood that, while he exercises a general super In the light of this incident, what is its value? It is nsion over the articles and Correspondence appearing in the ST..l.NDUD, respoualbility for sentiments expressed rests upon the individual writer. not long since that language was used in the Tabernacle by a blatant visitor which virtually consigned to eternal misery those who believed in Conditional Immortality. Elssoctatton 1Aotes. We have not heard of a word of protest from the authoThe toleration which alWe beg to acknowledge receipt of 15s. from J. M.1VI. rities against this language. lows, and as in the case of the recent lecture arranges for Edgehill Fund. We desire to urge upon our readfor, the advocacy of Eternal misery, and does not permit ers that they render us assistance in support of our of question or reply, can hardly expect reasonable men to brother, who is holding up the truth of a Living Saviour appreciate it. Now, let us ask our friends anot,her quesfor a dying world in far-off Central America. tion. I f there were no organised community in this For some weeks past the weekly Class at West Street city holding to the Life views, how, and by whom would has been considering afresh the Bible teachings on Man's they be defended? Certainly not by those who, although Nature, and these studies have proved to be interesting. believing in the Life teaching, yet continue to support A little added stimulus has. been given to the study by by presence and sympathy a teaching which denies their the unexpected attack upon Conditional Immortality doctrine and affirms that man is now immortal, and that delivered by Rev. J. Urquhart. This gentleman is wellGod will hold the sinners in eternal misery as a means known for his able defence of the Bible against the atof keeping the saints in eternal safety. tacks of Higher Criticism. We learn that he had been Let not our friends imagine that we thus write berequested to speak upon the questions of Conditional cause we are anxious that they should forsake their preImmortality and Final Restoration. That he is not sent communions, and ally themselves with us. Every well versed in the literature and teaching of either docreader of our paper, and every attendant at our services trine was clearly evident from his addresses. We are knows that no attempt is ever made to induce any to interested in the first of these, and are ready always to leave their present fellowship; but when the plea is put hear what can be said against the view we hold. Fully forward of toleration in their respective churches, then a third of Mr. U rquhart's audience was composed of we must speak out and say that the toleration extended strong Conditionalists when the lecturer made his ontowards them is worthless. There is one church in this slaught on the doctrine. They heard him patiently, city of which it is said, that not only are believers in and, Bible in hand, tested his utterances. Whether or Conditional Immortality tolerated, but that those who not the Tabernacle folk are satisfied with the presentabelieve in the doctrine can speak of it was perfect freetion we cannot say. If they are, it is because they are dom, and speak as strongly, and as clearly, as if in the determined to hold to the old doctrine, though it has assembly, say, of West Street, Auckland, or Pollen not a shred of evidence to rest upon. When Mr. UrquStreet, Thames. Well, this is very pleasant to hear, hart was here on a former visit, and lectured against but it is hard to believe, and we confess to a feeling of the Higher Criticism, questions were invited from the incredulity, which becomes stronger when it is added, audience, but when he spoke on Conditionalism no oppor"Of course, we don't use the phrase, Conditional Irnmortunity was afforded. Why?

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Just so. So long as the hearers do not imagine that you are teaching Life only in Christ, they will listen, because they believe that you are using Bible terms in the same sense in which they understand them. But the practical test of that is shown in that when a member of that church did speak out so plainly that there could be no mistake, then objection was taken, and the spirit of toleration came to a sudden stop. Recently the question was put to two deacons, who think that Conditional Immortality is right, but that they are quite right in being where they are, because that view is tolerated. "If I were a member of your church, should I be allowed, in the exercise of the same privileges as other members, to speak what I believe on this subject, when it was in.troduced ?" The good brethren were obliged to answer in the negative. The Editor of this magazine desires to say for himself that such toleration is not worth a straw, and that the truth and value of Life only in Christ would be more clearly seen, and be better appreciated, if there existed open opposition to it on the part of those who do oppose it in their hearts, and use every means of destroying it, whilst they profess to tolerate it, and say, "What does it matter, retain your fellowship with us, but don't make a fuss."

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of troubles through which he has recently passed, and says, "Yet I have many more mercies than I deserved. I can praise my Almighty Father that I am kept by the power from above. I am here quite alone, and if it were not for the BIBLE STANDARD,the Faith Library, and the dear old Bible, I should be utterly downhearted. " Another, a staunch friend for years, yet connected with a people not accepting the Life views, writes: "It is a rare thing to see a fault in the STANDARD. Of all the religious publications I have ever seen, it stands not to be compared, but to be contrasted with them. Whatever may be done in the future, keep the STANDARD going. Enlarge or improve, as you like, but keep it going . Truth, I find, is accepted by people very grudgingly, even in matters of everyday life, and this applies doubly to Bible truths. Pagan superstition has got such a hold on the people that many Bible truths are positively obnoxious to them. Tell the people that they are not going to Jesus, but that Jesus is coming to them. Tell them of the Resurrection from among the dead, and of the destruction of the wicked, and they think it is time to get away from such an infidel. Our greatest, if not our only hope is in educating the young, for I believe there is a time not far distant when there will be a great upheaval on this question-when it will become the question of the age; when the religious world will be divided into two parties-Roman Catholics and Conditionalists. You and I will not live to see that day, but twenty-five or fifty years will make a great difference in the attitude of the people. The many are called, the few are chosen. The many will go to Rome, and the few will be for Christ, so that it will be asked, 'Shall He find faith on the earth?' " Ours is a life of continual conflict, with much to discourage, but we occasionally get an uplift by such testimonies as the foregoing, and then we are heartened once more for the never-slackening conflict.

Here are some words of cheer which may be considered as spoken in meeting. These dear brethren are far away from us, and from each other, but through our columns they bear a witness which should be acceptable to the whole brotherhood. The first is from an Anglican, who writes: "I am much interested in your work. I don't think the paper is quite as aggressive as it used to be. I trust your people will not keep back the whole truth for the sake of peace. Your books have greatly helped to make me a Bible student. Our Archbishop some years ago said he wished his flock would study the foundation for our faith. Your. books enabled me to do so, and what is the consequence? I have a work on 'Theology,' in which it is said that the Bible must be explained by our 'Articles, Creeds, Confessions,' etc. But these make the Bible a mass of contradictions, for the Articles and Creeds contradict each other. 'I'ake our first Article as an example. 'There is but one living and true God, everlasting (right), without body parts or passions (nonsense, as God could not love, or be angry, or be jealous), of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the Maker and Preserver of all things visible and invisible (right), and in union of this Godhead there be three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.' I think that about as contradictory as the theological definition of the soul: 'The soul is an active, thinking, and immaterial substance, it is uncompounded, indivisible, incorruptible, indestructible, and intangible, without exterior or interior surface, is not extended, and can never come in 'contact with matter. ' 'I'hanks to books and tracts sent out by your people, I have been enabled to see the false teaching and superstition taught by our Church." An isolated brother writes describing the long series


lmnmne.
A CERTAIN women's club had a full meeting, and an important discussion was on. In the midst of it one woman rose and asked the privilege of the floor for a moment. It was granted, and the interrupter, in a voice strained with emotion, said: "Is there a Christian Scientist present?" A woman, arrayed with laborious maznificence arose on the other side of the room, and " , in a stately tone of kindness, said: "I am a Christian Scientist." Then across the intervening space the first woman's sweet voice said: "Would you mind changing seats with me? I am sitting in a draft." -Bellman.

If we should sweep intemperance out of the country, there would be hardly poverty enough left to give healthy exercise to our charitable impulses.-Phillips Brooks.

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selection, exigencies of space forbidding a more lengthy and detailed reference. We append the number of the page from which our quotations are taken, so that they can readily be verified. The first chapter of the book deals with the Creation of the world, and we are told that the seven days of the Mosaic account refer to a period of 49,000 years, each day being 7,000 years. Consequently, God's "Sabbath Day" has continued till now, and stretches right on to the close of the Millennial Age (19 and 29). Abraham was elected to be a type of J ehovah (170 and 361). Paul is one of the twelve Apostles, and took the place of Judas. The eleven Apostles mistakingly cast lots, and chose Matthias (139, 208, 215, 412). The Lord's Supper should be celebrated only once a year (465), and is not to be observed in remembrance of His death, but of His resurrection (384).

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.Ji(rLLENNIAL DAWNISl\1: one of the latest of the numeris ous sects of these latter days. Mr. Russell's disciples need not be offended at this statement. In a sense, we are all "sects" - that is, claimants to be one of the numerous sections out of which Christ's Church is composed. Every now and then a man gifted with a clever brain and a skilful pen arises, makes known his personal views as to how Scripture should be understood, and his published books secure a certain following. For a limited time the enthusiasm of his followers causes a stir in the theological world, but with the death of the founder of the new sect the new teaching begins to lose ground, the believers in it diminish in number, and finOoncerning our Lord Himself, we read that He did ally the sect is lost in obscurity. Then another Teacher not originally share in the Divine nature. The exact arises with a representation of what he considers to be words are, "To Him first, therefore, would be granted the truth, and so generation after generation confusion the opportunity of attaining to the Divine nature and becomes worse confounded. We need only mention as its glory, honour, and immortality" (64). "As a reexamples the late Dowie, with his vagaries, Mrs. Eddy ward He should be highly exalted to the Divine nature" and her Christian Science, Thomas of Ohristadelphian (164). "The Son simply acted for J ehovah, using fame, J ezreel and the Temple at Chatham for the powers and energies not in any sense His own" (47). 144,000 saints, Worthington of Christchurch and his frauds, Baxter, who pointed out Louis Napoleon as Anti"Jesus was begotten as aNew Creature at the time of His baptism at thirty years of age" (706). A resurChrist, White of the Seventh-day Adventists. And now rected spiritual body has not flesh and bones, thus denyRussell, of Millennial Dawn fame, is an addition to the ing our Lord's account of Himself, as described in Luke ranks. xxiv. 39, in which He says He is not a spirit, but "it is But there is a specialty about Mr. Russell's position. I Myself" (68). He cannot very well have a successor, because Christ returned to this earth (so he asserts) in 1881-though As to the present age, we are instructed that the as yet invisible to mortal eye-and in October, 1914, world is not now under trial (166), and the unrightwill end the "Times of the Gentiles" and commence the eous dead are "prisoners of hope" (353). It is not a Millennial Age. He claims to present to us the truth numerous class who will lose life itself in the Second in its entirety. He rejects and condemns alike all secDeath (165). The "remainder of the race"-i.e., the tions of the Christian Church as more or less Antioutside heathen-will not be on trial for life or death Christian, but the members of the Millennial Dawn everlasting till the Millennial Kingdom has been estabsect, who stand aloof from all other sects, possess the lished. And even those who now receive the grace of truth in its fulness, which-as set forth by their leader God in vain will have a further opportunity for justifi-may be regarded as without any admixture of error. cation (130). There shall be another trial for the reThis is a proud boast for any fallible mortal to make. demption of the .entire race (396). We are now in the Let us see how it bears the test of examination. "harvest" time, and the separation of the "wheat" and We have just finished a careful perusal of V01. VI. of . its gathering into the "barn" is now in progress (554). the "Millennial Dawn" series. Part of its contents have "Christ Himself is now present superintending the sepbeen previously set forth in the earlier volumes, but aration, and seeing to the bundling of the tares, and here we have the latest and maturest thoughts of the shall destroy them as 'tares' without destroying them as author. N eeclless to say, we agree with much therein human beings" (200). Immanuel is present, estabset forth being views of truth as commonly accepted by lishing His Kingdom (662). In the year 1881 the the Church at large. But this does not blind us to general call to membership of Christ's Church ceased. what we consider to be gross error which pervades the About twenty or thirty thousand of those members will book and vitiates the whole of Mr. Russell's teaching. be found unworthy, and you and I and others thus have an opportunity as vacancies occur of filling up the places The sixth volume bears the title of "The New Creaof those who are going out (who prove themselves untion," which subject is worked out through seventeen worthy) . There has been no general call to the world chapters. In reading, we noted passages to which exsince 1881-admission to the Church is only "on appliception may be taken, but so numerous have these become before reaching the close that we can only make a cation as opportunity permits" (95 and 156). We have

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every reason to believe that the definite fixed number of Methodist, Lutheran, he mentions by name) are all inthe elect is H4,000 souls (179). eluded in Christendom, which the Scriptures call "BabyOf the Millennium we learn that the blessings thereof Ion" (430). But the Lord is sending forth His reapers apply not only to the sixteen hundred millions now Iiv(Mr. Russell and his friends), "a little flock," to gather ing on the earth, but also to the lilt} thousand millions the wheat into the garner from amongst all the denomiwho have gone into the tomb (335). The non-elect will nations (430-431). He terms the reapers "The New then accept the wonderful Divine provision on the Creation, the Royal Priesthood" (608). 'I'he Reformers Divine terms (50). They will be awakened from their of old had "a glimpse of true light," but Mr. Russell slumbers and come forth to a more Iavourable condition has "the light of Divine revelation," whether ministerthan these of the present time (6gb). 'I'he trial the~'ng orally or through the printed page (61). He has will be along totally different lines to the present (n1) printed "our new Bible" with references to the Dawns, I'he world will not have access to or direct dealings wi Towers, and booklets, in the wide margin (250 and 323), the Father, out will deal directly with Christ until the and states that the several volumes of Millennial Dawn dose of the Millennium, when the perfected ones shall (with the Bible) constitute text-books for their studies be presented to the Father (400). .Now we have Iel(325). He compares himself to Peter and Paul and lowship with the Father, but in the next age this fellowJames and John, the "Watch 'I'owers" being his epistles, ship will come only at its dose (107). The mass of by which he confirms the faith and crystallises the charmankind during the Millennium will be required to acters of his followers (257). Paul forbad women takcome as nearly up to the perfect standard as possible, but ing the lead in the Church, but Mr. Russell says, "A sisallowances wilt oe rnade (359). ter may read this book, or other of our publications Here are one or two extraordinary statements con- explanatory of the Scriptures, which will not be teaching cerning the resurrection. It was in 1878 that the dead on her part, but by the author quoted (270). If there in Christ arose. The Apostles and faithful saints of is no presiding Elder present at a service, let Brother the entire age, down to our own day, are already glorified Russell representatively be present as teacher in the and made like the Master Himself (j(jil). it will be Dawns and Towers-your chosen elder, if you so prefer necessary for all those who would have a part in the (281) - (this is, of course, in imitation of 1 Cor. v. .First Resurrection to go down into actual death (100). 3,.,j). Then he admonishes his followers to have noPaul's words in 1 'I'hess, iv. as to "we who are alive and thing to do with the semi-religious societies, clubs, remain," only mean that though such will die, they will orders, churches, "We place upon one level all of them not remain dead, their resurrection follows the next which hare any religious ceremonies, teaching, etc. Their moment-they shall not "sleep" (724). The hope of things, their worship, their teachings, their doctrines, "an instantaneous change" without dying is a delusion, are unclean to us. The eyes of our understanding have the change is at the moment of death (jb~). "Uhrisbeen opened" (581). Sunday Schools are regarded as tiasi parents loth to leave tliei dear ones can rern~rnber injurious, and act demoralisingly upon both parent and that the;y themselves on the other side the veil will haoe child, and have much to do with the present-day conduct stilt as good an opportunity of 'Watching over the interof the so-called "Christian World" in the matter of disesis of their loved ones as they now have, and a rnuch obedience to parents, family insubordination, and infiubetter oppo1'tunity than now to exercise a protecting care ences towards superstition and subordination to priestove?' them-a providential guidance in their affairs under craft (545). And he further tells us that "now, and Divine wisdom (555, 556). Paul when he spake of only now, is the Helmet of Salvation presented, in such "being baptised for the dead" (1 Cor. xv. 29), meant a way and shape that the humblest soldier of the Cross that as members of Christ's body they were members of can put it on. Now the whole armour is supplied, and the great atoning sacrifice on behalf of the dead world, not too soon, for the needs of His faithful." And an because they hoped for the world's promised resurrecexplanatory footnote informs llS that "the Watch Tower tion (456). It is not true that Lazarus was resurpublications are for the thorough equipment of His rected, he was merely awakened, re-animated, it was faithful-intellectually, as well as otherwise (658). merely that the machinery of his life was started again We have finished our task. There is no need to make (703) . any lengthened comment. The teaching speaks for it111'. Russell evidently regards himself as specially self. Each member of our community must determine God-sent to this generation, and his teaching as the light for himself, for herself, as to whether or no all this is of revelation to mankind. He speaks of his work as in- accordance with the Scriptures. We deem this teachbeing "the Lord's harvest-work" (286). The "Church ing to be man-devised and deceptive, unscriptural, and, at Alleghany" is the term by which to designate his corn- therefore, untrue. That Christ has been for some years munity (83). He will not recognise the name of "Respresent on earth, that the first resurrection has (partly) titutionists," or "Dawnists," or "Watch Tower People," taken place, that the number of the Church is accombut stands on the name "Christian" in its broadest and plished, and that the only opportunity for now becoming fullest sense (84). The Roman Catholics, Protestant, a member of Christ's mystical body is by the apostacy of and Greek Churches (Baptist, Disciple, Presbyterian, (Continued on page 48.)

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Twenty-two years ago we published in the STANDARDa series of Bible readings on Man's Nature. Believing that there are many new readers of our paper to whom the information then given will be helpful, we re-publish them, with such revision and additions as will make them more useful. Our inquiry in this paper is, What is Man? We mean by this, What is his nature? Is he mortal or immortal? Some will probably turn away from this question and say, "We are not at all anxious to press this question. We desire to know wuether or not the soul is immortal." We must, however, put our question in our own way; but we do not press it without reason. We ask, What is Man? and we mean by it-the man as a whole, his PERSONALITY. The term "man" will, then, be seen to cover more than the word "soul," as that is cornmonly used, and is, therefore, more important. ( 1.) Do the Scriptures teach that man had a beginning? Yes. JJefinitely, clearly the Bible speaks on this point, thus: "I have made the earth, the man, and the beast that are upon the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm" (Jer. xxvii. 5). Was man directly created, or was he evolved? There is but one authority on this question. It does not, and has no need to change. The so-called scientific theories on the origin of man change from generation to generation, but the Bible does not. No certain knowledge can be obtained on this point save as it is revealed, and revelation declares that man was CREATED. God created. man in His own image" (Gen. i. 27). (3.) When was man created? "And God created man in His own image And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth d(LY" (Gen. i. 2631). Approximately that date is from six to seven thousand years ago. Many wild assertions have been made in former days regarding the longer periods of time said to be covered by Egyptian and Arcadian records, but modern scholars are scouting the extravagant estimates of their predecessors, and are showing that the dates computed from the monuments agree very closely with Bible chronology. (4.) Of what material was man formed? "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground" (Gen. ii. 7 . (2.)

Let us stay a moment here to note that this is pure revelation. No OBe of the SO?s of men could know anything of the ongin of man, because such origin antedates consciousness. Only as he received a positive revelation from His Maker could he know. That being given, the knowledge is complete. Reflection upon this will add to the weight of its solemn importance. The declaration is not to tampered with. God has here used terms which are easi ly understood, and by them imparts information to His creatures. Do they convey truth? If God used them thcy must. Yet man dares to tamper with them and to change their significance so that they no longer teach what upon the surface they unmistakeably say. The Larger Catechism says: "After God had made all other creatures He created man, male and female; formed the body of man of the dust of the ground, and the woman of the rib of the man, endued them with living, reasonable, and immortal souls" (Q. 17). Note here the wide difference between this and the Bible statement. The Catechism says that God formed the "body of man," whereas the Bible emphatically affirms that He formed THE MAN. Let us cleave to the Word. It makes no mention of "immortal souls." (5.) What is the language of Jehovah on the material from which Adam was crea ted ? "Of the dust of the ground" (Gen. ii.
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"In the sweat of the face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Gen. iii. 19). These statements are emphatjc , but they become still more impressive in the light of following Scripture affirmation. (6.) What is the belief of Bible Characters on this theme? ABRAHAM answered and said: "Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but ditst and ashes" (Gen. xviii. 27). JOB: "Wilt thou bring me unto dust a,gain" (Job x. 9) ? ELIHU said: "If He set His heart \,pon man, if He gather unto Himsel f His spirit and His breath, all flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn aga,in unto dust" (Job xxxiv. 14, 15). SOLOMON: "All go unto one place; all (man and beast) are of the dust, and all tU1'1tto dust: aqain" (Eccl. iii. 20). DA VID: "For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we O1-edust" (Ps. ciii. 14-16). Other Old Testament passages can be profitably compared - Job. xvii. 16, xxxi ii , 6; Ecc!' xii. 6, 7; Ps. civ. 29, 30, cxlvi. 3, 4. PAUL: "The .first man is of the earth, earths]" (1 Cor. xv. 47). "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels" (2 Cor. iv. 7). (7.) To what part of Adam is the term "man" applied? "'~he Lord God formed man out of the dust of the grollnd" (Gen. ii. 7). (8.) Is this before he lived, or after? Before, for God "breathed into his nostrils the breath of li fe; and man became

a living soul" (Gen. ii. 8). It is, there-fore, the inanimate organism which God calls MAN. The man in creation is organic, and the sentence passed upon him for his sin relates to the dissolution of that organism. May we not add to that the important Bible truth that God has provided for man a redemption which, when perfected, is organic redemption? Thus creation and redemption are harmonious. The Bible does not at creation devote itself to the body of man, and in its record of redemption confine itself to some supposed spiritual part of man. It is a consistent Book, and deals consistently wi LI\ the man in whose interests it is written, and in the past, present, and future views him as organic. (D.) When man dies, to which part of him does the term "man" apply? "Dust thou art, and unto dust shall thou return" \ Gen. iii. 19). "All flesh shall perish together, and 1nan shall t-urn. again unto dust" (Job xxxiv. 15). ( 10.) Is man anywhere termed immor tal? No; there is not a single allusion to man as an immortal being, apart from tne work of Christ on his behalf. By His work, and in resurrection, irn. mortality may be obtained. "This mortal must put on immortality" (1 Cor. xv.). "Clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life" (2 Cor. v.4). (11.) Then, shall we conclude from this that man is MORTAL? Yes. "Shall mortal man be more just than God?" (Job iv. 17). The word here translated "mortal" (enosh) occurs in the Hebrew Scriptures about 500 times, and always conveys the idea that man, whose name it is, is a mortal, perishing being. If man was "formed" of the dust; if that which is dust-formed is man; if man is mortal; if man turns again to dust; how is it that we are taught that he is an immortal soul? "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." We have produced more than these, all testifying that ~LAN IS MORTAL. THERE ARE NO BIBLE WITNESSES, AND THERE IS NO BIBLE TESTIMONY TO THE CONTRARY. EDITOR.

Filial Love.
The three sons of an Eastern lady were invited to furnish her with an expression of their love before she went away for a long journey. One brought a marble tablet with the inscription of her name; an~ther presented her with a ri~h garland of fragrant flowers. The thud entered her presence, and thus addressed her: "Mother, I have neither marble tablet nor fragrant nosegay-bl~t I ha:<e a heart; here your memory .IS pr~C1ous. And this heart, full of affectIon, WIll f~llow you wherever you travel, and remam with you wherever you repose."

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served a remnant of them, who, when .Iudah is restored, shall in their turn be likewise restored, not again to form a separate Kingdom, but to be rejoined to their brethren. Thus the twelve tribes shall again form one nation under the rule of the house of David. The name of their common father "Israel" is then applied to the whole nation; "I will have mercy upon the whole house of Israel" (Ez. xxxix. 25). "They shall be no more two nations, nei ther shall they be divided into two Kingdoms, and David, My servant, shall be their prince for ever" (Ez. xxxvii. 15-28). Foreshadowing this, Amos declares : "It may be the Lord will be gracious to the remnasit of Joseph" (v. 15). And, again, "I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob" (ix, 8). "I will sift the house of .Iacob among all the nations, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth" (verse 9). And then follows a glorious prophesy of the raising up of the tabernacle of David and the closing of the breaches thereof, that it may be built as in the days of David and Solomon before the distressing description took place; "I will bring again the captivity of lily people, Israel, and I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be plucked up" (ix. 11-15). Let me repeat and emphasise this. Arnos declares that David's throne shall be re-established, but for the ten tribes in their separate condition there was no hope, no future. He pronounced the enti re destruction of the K inqdom. in Israel. It began with the sin of rebellion, and the national religion all through was that of the golden calves. Therefore was the Kingdom "blotted out." The ten tribes were henceforth only an aggregate of individuals, good or bad. They had no separate corporate existence. trod Himself will raise up the throne of David, but there is none to raise up the Kingdom of Israel (v. 2). But the curse which extinguishes the Kingdom does not touch the race. There should ever be a remnant, of which a few in every age would be found faithful and worthy to bear the name of Jacob or Israel (Isa. xliv. 5). And in the latter day God will "assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of .Iudah. Ephraim shall not envy .Iudah, and Jl.ldah shall ont vex Ephraim." Thus shall be saved "the remnant of His people" (Isa. xi. 12-16). The five closing verses of Amos have no reference to "the enlargement, prosperity and perfecting of the Christian Church," as one Commentator declares. Amos was a Hebrew, with a message to Hebrews. The natural and obvious meaning of these glorious words is that the whole nation of Israel shall yet be restored to their own land. And if the Divine word can fail as to Israel's restoration and pre-eminent glory in their land, how can we trust it when it promises to us of this dispensation "blessings in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus?" All attempts to apply to the Christian Church what is said respecting "the tabernacle of David" (ix. 11) are unnatural and futile. The partial return from Babylon is the pledge of a

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It was "two years before the ea.i-tnquake" (i. 1) - a terrible catastrophe which must have wrought fearful destruction (Zeck. x iv. 5), that Amos prophesied. This earthquake probably was the first great token of God's displeasure towards Israel during the long ane! prosperous reign of Jeroboam H., the herald of those heavier judgments which broke upon Israel, wave after wave, until the last swept Israel into captivity. Amos prophesied during the time that Uzziah, King of .Iuda.h, and Jeroboam IT. were contemporary, i.e., between B.C. 809 and B.C. 784. It was in the year B.C. 722 that Israel was carried away in a body to the northern region ru led over bv Assyria. 111e prophet's residence, Tekoa, was 12 miles south of .Ierusa lern and 6 miles f roiu Bethlehem. Evidently he belonged to the Kingdom of Judah. His employment was that of shepherd and gardener (vii. 14, 15). He had not been trained in the school of the prophets which had been founded by Samuel (2 Kings iv. 38; vi. 1). God, who called David from the sheep-fold, Peter from the fishing net, and .da.tthew from the Custom-house, ga,"c commission to this humble cul tivator of sycarnoro fruit to "Go, prophesy unto My people, Israel." He was to denounce thc idolatry sanctioned by the State, to foretell the ex ti nction of the Royal family, and the captivity of the people. At the moment of his bcing sent, the mightiest of the Sovereigns of Israel was on the thronc-he reigned forty-one years-and it was a time of unc'oudcd prosperity. The Kingdom of Israel under Jeroboam 1I. was secure, and stretched to its utmost bounds, Damascus and Harnath being within its borders. Only a few years earlier Jeroboam';' father, King Jehoash, had fought with Ahaz, King of Judah. and, gaining a complete victory, took Ahaz prisoner, and, entcring Jerusalem as Conqueror, had broken down its walls and plundered the Temple of all its treasures, which he carried to Samaria. Except an inspired man, no one but a madman would nave deemed it probable, or even possible, that within about 50 years this great and predominant nation of Israel should come to its tragic end, while the weakly Kingdom of .Iudah should continue to hold on its way. From Tekoa to Bethel (vii. 13), where was the Israelit.ish temple, the rival of that at Jerusalem, was 24 miles, so that in a single day the shepherd of the wilderness could reach the chief scene of his mournful labours. The mission of Amos must have been a most powerful and effective one. Evidently his words of woe shook Israel

through and through. Men's minds were so disturbed that at last the High Priest, Amaziah, per onally intervened by complaining to the King, and strove to arouse his fears and jealousy (vii. 10. For some reason the King would not interfere with the fanatical southerner, which caused the indignant Priest himself to accost the prophet, addressing to him some most insulting remarks, hinting that Amos was a mere needy adventurer seeking to earn his bread by giving utterance to certain clap-trap prophecies, and advised him to return to the southern Kingdom of .Iudah, where he might find a better market for his wares. Amos heard calmly, and answered quietly, but then, as a lightning flash, there came "the word of the Lord" (vii. 16), which made known the terrible punishment that should overtake the arrogant mortal who had dared contemn and despise the message of the Most High Goel. Before dealing with this prophecy as a whole, I desire to direct your particular attention to the fact that Amos, with the utmost distinctness, foretold the utter and entire ending of the ten tribes as a nation. Ephraim as a nation tOT ever cease!l to exist after Shahnaneser, the Assyriun, carried Hoshea, the last King of Israel, and the Israelites in a body to a far-distant land (2 Kings xviii. 9-12). The Kingdom of Israel then ended, never to be restored. Their country was at once occupied by strange people, who afterwards were called Samaritans, with whom the people of Judah, or Jews, "had no dealings" (John iv. 9). Let me quote in full the sentences which bear out this statement. First of all, we have this prefatory word: "Ye have not returned unto Me, sai th the Lord. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, 0 Israel" (iv. 11, 12). God does not for thc moment disclose what He will do-" thus wi II I do." 'Vhat dreadful doom is hidden under the word "thus ?" The punishment hangs in suspense. The day of Jehovah is approaching, the day of prophets, priests and sacrifices is ending. The nation was incorrigible a Sodom and Gomorrah, and, tnough repeatedly "plucked as a brand from the burning" (iv. 11), they persistently refused to return to the Lord. So only one thing remained to be done. As (L nation they should be "blotted out from under heaven") (see 2 Kings xiv, "27, where God still suspended the final sentence). In accordance herewith, Amos declared: "The virgin of Israel is fallen, she shall no 111o,-e rise" (v. 2). "The end is come upon My people, Israel; I will not again pass by them any more" (viii. 2). Contrast this with the sentence pronounced upon Judah, "I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee, but I will not make a full end of thee" (Jer. xlvi. 27, 28). Again, Amos says: "They shall fall and neve1' rise up again" (viii. 14) ; "the eyes of the Lord are upon the sinfu I Kingdom, and I will deetroi) it from off the face of the earth" (ix. 8). But a careful reader will distinguish between the nation of Israel and the remnanti of Israel. The ten tribes are not extinct. God has graciously pre-

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MARCH, 1908. TAPu.-The monthly service is still well attended at this place, and we continually pray that the seed sown may fall into good ground. MATAToKE.-Here, too, successful services are held monthly at 3 o'clock in tile afternoon, and a weekly Bible Olass is conducted by our Brother Taylor, which is well attended, and we are hopeful that blessing may result to those who are interested in Bible study. W AIOMo.-Bro. Taylor has been requested to commence a monthly service at this place, some seven miles down the sea coast, where a big smelting works is being erected, and where it is expected a considerable population will soon reside. This we shall endeavour to do, and trust some good may be done by our presentation of the Gospel.-E.O.M.

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AUCKLAND.-There are all thankful heat. our has we have it close our church excessive water though weather, the evening have is no doubt we are Our had not at not doors on account kindred a spell materially either sincere sympathy. that we to the Alobliged over of the of warm affected or

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Sunday. December 29th: Bro. W'hite presided. and spoke from .John xv. 5, "Love and Hatred." We were pleased to have with us in fellowship this morning Bros. O. Aldridge, O. O. Brown, C. Bunker, Bradburn and Donaldson. Tn the evening Bro. Aldridge gave a review of the events of 1907. Sundav, .Tanua rv 5th. 1908: Bro. Aldridae presided. ~nd gave an exhortation. basing his remarks on the last chapter of Revelation. verse 20. The followino brethren testified: Bro. Foster. of Wnihi: Bros. G. A. Green and E. Aldridge. Tn the evening Bro. Aldridge g'lve a moving and convincing address entitled. "Behold. He Cometh-s-a New Year Message." from Revelation i. 7. This discourse was marked by deep earnestness. and was such as to carry conviction to all who had the privilege of listening. Sundav. .Tanua.rv 12th. ]908: Bro. Wild presided ... 1S 'text being Luke xiii. 9. In the evening the subiect spoken to \\'AS "The .Tudgeship of Ohrist." Sundav, January 19th. 1908: Bro. Aldridge nresided. Third chapter of .Ion 11. This is 'I testimony chapter. .Tohn testlfies of Christ. Nicodemus testified: "Thou are a Teacher sent from God." This was not sufficient for SAlva tion. Romething more is needed-a ~hange of Nature. as ind icated bv Cln-ist's reply. Tn the evening Bro. A ldridrre g<tve' a forceful address on "Chr+st. the Judge of His People." Tn oonsequence of Chr-istmas Day and ]'J('w Yen Day falling on Wednesdays. the Bible Class was suspended, but resumed on the 8th January. when a series of I=ctu res was commenced. entitled. "Alnhabetical Truths on Man's Nature." For those who do not understand the Rible do-trine 011 this important matter.' t.his is a grn,nd onpor tun itv to acquire th~t knowledge, more especially as questions are, not only a lloweu, but even invited. W.G.

W AIHI.-OUr Sunday School Anniversary took place on Sunday, February 9, and was considered by all to be a great success. We now have over 50 children in our various classes. Bro. Foster conducted all the services for the day, and in the evening gave a very instructive and stirring address on t..e very appropriate subject of "Sowing and Reaping." In the afternoon five of the scholars gave nice and suitable recitations. Louie Hales sang "Inspiration" very nicely, a trio was given by Flossie Day, Emily Law and Agnes Donaldson. and Daphne Bestic sang very sweetly "He Wipes the Tear from Every Eye." At the evening service Mrs. Rhoda Wi lliams, of Auckland, sang "Galilee" in a manner which evoked a great deal of praise. Every child in the Sunday School was made happy by receiving a prize, the first prize being won by Emily Law. The parents and friends of the children attended well both afternoon and evening, and showed much interest in the work of the scholars. Bro. Bestic has had the training of the children in his hands, and the way they sang reflected the greatest credit upon his patience and care. Sister Donaldson presided at the organ, and helped towards the success of the Anniversary by coaching the soloists. Our meeting for fellowship is well attended, and we are all cheered by the warm, zealous part our new brethren take in the service. We have certainly had our Heavenly Father's blessing resting upon us of late. A new interest is also imparted to the evening service, where our Bro. Foster every week holds forth the Lamp of Life and Truth in Christ Jesus. The week-night Bible Class continues to bp A source of a ttrncbion to all our members. D.D. THAMEs.-Rince our last report we have held our Annual Sundav School Festiva 1 in Mr. Deeble's Paddock, at Parawa i, and it was a gre-it, success. oven though we missed so m-mv children, who have been removed with their parcnts during tl'e past veal'. Games of all sorts were indulged in. and a fine supply of tOYS was competed for bv the children. The dav (.Jalluuy 2.9th) was cxeessi vely warm; still voung and old had a very nleasant tim~. 'Vp have a lso to chronicie the fa('t of ou r loss in the removal of our Hro. G. (l.raham and Sister Graham and f'ami lv. who i,llve zone to reside in Aucklan(l. Our Bro. (lr"ham has been 0111' Church Treasurer for years, and it would be difficu't to giv(, him too mnr-h pra.ise for the manner in which h(' filled that office. And as a Deacon he was ever a nxious to do his very best for our Church. 'YE' hope and pray that his residence in Auekln nd mav be a blessing to himself and fn.milv. whom we sorelv miss. We have also had the n'easure ~f a visit from Bros. Lawrence, senior and junior. from Dunsd in who stayed over one Sunday, and we much appreciated their fellowship. OUl' Bible Class has resumed again after the" holidays, and we are hopeful of a good session.

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December ;JIbt: Bro. C. Garrett gave an appreciative address on our "Past Walk and Conduct Towards God," showing by the yearly summing up how far short we have come even to our own standard of measurement; but when we come under the Divine standard of measurement we sink lower still, because we have failed so many times, and in so manv ways. The lack of controlling the mind and bringing it 'in to a right channel of thought is the cause of much failure and wrong-doing which brings remorse to the penitent. Then, we have not always been kind. forbearing, and helpful one to another. Perhaps our worship towards God has been of a stingy and meagre character. God has 1I0t been in all our thoughts, and so we are found wanting. Let us mark well our past failures, so that we may profit by overcoming them in this present year. allowing the wisdom of God to guard our hearts from evil, and so to become strong in the Lord. January 6th: Bro. G. Aldridge gave a verv instructive and helpful talk on difficulties in the Christian walk, which he termed "Lions in the way," first exhorting us to be strong in the Lord and renounce sin. Solomon in his day spoke strongly against the sluggard who always sees difficulties in the way, and is content to remain in his present condition. and probablv will come to want. "The slothful mo n will gain nothing. and because he refuses to nlough his field it is covered over with thorns. He dare not venture into the street, lest he is devoured bv a lion" (Prov. xxii. 13). What about our difficulties? Do they appear as lions in the way? Let us face them in God's strength, Most likely when we gpt un to them we shall find them chained. and so we pass uninjured. Other lions. wren seen from a distance, appear terrible, but upon closer examination we find them to be but skins, stuffed with straw. And all our fears and anxiety have come to nothing. Nothing great or good can be obtained by indolence;

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never heard an unkind word spoken to or of anyone. The natural way they have of performing little acts of kindness and affection brings to one's mind Wordsworth's lines: "That best portion of a good man's His little, nameless, un remembered Of kindness and of love." life, acts

only by stress and effort on our part can the good be reached; men of old oucained a good report because they dared to face the difficuh.ies. It is because we don't want service that we shun the path of duty, and so see lions in the way. It was the disobedient prophet who was slain by a lion. Let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. January 13th: Bro. L. Falkner took us a mental trip to Palestine. Entering the country by Joppa, we visited some of the most important cities, which once had been great and prosperous. but have now become a mere collection of huts. or have dwindled to the dust. Many places of interest were visited. such as the place where the temple once stood. the Dome of the Rock. where the angel stayed his hand from destroying .Ierusalern. Next we saw Abraham's oak a.t Hebron, then on to Nazareth. and thence to Mount Carmel. where Elijah met the prophets of Baal. As we visited the Dead Sea \Y(' ."ought of tile cities which once stood there; of God's mercy and judgment re' !:("nling that place. As the Lord in former times watch NI over it to do it good. so He has also watched over it to bring a 11 the evil upon it which He has spoken bv His servants. Palestine has been n:'ade sacred in our memories by being associated with our Lord and His re' dempfive work, his sacrifice for sin, and His triumph over the grave. Surely He shall come again, and Israel and Israel's land shall yet rejoice in her King. .Ianuary 26th: Sister M. Green read a paper on "Force of Habit," which contained some very helpful and practical suggestions for every-day life. Seeing that habits have great influence over our lives, either for good or for evil, therefore wc cannot be too careful that we form good habits in youth, as they soon become part of ourselves, and will show forth in our daily walk. If good habits are formed they will help us over many difficulties and save us from snares and pitfalls, which others less caref~tl fall into. Let us not use our powers 111 an un discriminate fashion, but to purpose, such as building up our own character founded on the truth and on the love 'of God, because the ways of the Lord are right. 'VI' can also form the habit of kindness in the home and in business life; also. be regular in our communion with God and meditate upon His Word daily, building upon the sure foundation with rnn teria l which will stand the scrutiny of tllP great Master Builder. May it be ours to hear the Master saying, Well done, good and faithful servant. The Christian Band has held regular meetinzs at the top of West Street on Sunaa; evenings during the mon c.i, a~d the glad tidings of the Words of Ll!e have been proclaimed with no uncertain sound by Bros. E. ~Thite, A. Green, L. Falkner. and C. B. King, assisted by the choir. C.C.

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HABIT, Webster tells us, is a disposition or tendency leading us to do easily, naturally, and with growing certainty, what we do often. To-day I inquired of a young friend what to her mind was conveyed by the phrase, "The force of habit," and she replied, "I think the force of habit means the difference to 0111' lives that habits really make." And is it not perfectly true that our habits do exert a powerful influence over our own lives, and, directly, over the lives of those with whom we come in contact? Each one of us, from our own personal experience and observation, knows something of the strength of this influence, or force. This being so, how very careful we shou.d be what habits are acquired by us, and also by those over whom we have an influence. Every child is like one of those establishments we recentlv heard of having "Room and Power to' Let," and it is tile parents' and teachers' responsibility and careful care to see to it that that "room and power" be not let indiscriminately.' It must be let only to such tenants as wi 11 be a credit to the establishment; then, when the child is old enough to manage its own affairs, he will in all probability continue to let his "room and power" to the same class of tenants. Especially will this be so if he has taken into his heart and life the Lord Jesus Christ. for then he will always have a Friend nigh at hand to guide him in his choice. Though the word "habit" does not. occur in the Biu.e, I think that the word "way" is frequently used with the' same force; as, when Israel, wandering from Jehovah, is besought to leave their evil ways and to return to the Lord. whose ways are right, Hosea xiv. ]9 says. "For the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shail walk in them." So, in reality, the Bible has much to say upon this subject. and gives num~r ous illustrations of the force of habit. hoth good and bad; and in ['roverbs xxii. 24 and 25 warning is given ag'Iinst friendship with a man given to bad habits, "Lest thou learn his ways and get a. snare to thy sou I." . T think that when one's heart IS filled with love to God, to his Redeemer, and to his fellowman, and when, like Daniel. of old he has formed the sweet, restful, refresl;ing habit of regular communion with God, hope, faith,ioy, kindness, and all kindred habits, will follow quite uaturallv while the bad habits will hesitate t'~' enter. Speaking of kindness brings to my mind a certain home, where the habit of kindness is practised by every member of the family from the sweet, gentle. honoured mother down to the youngest child. The welcome one receives has such a genuine ring about it, and tIle. very a.tmosphere seems to be filled with goodwill. The parents and children all speak so gently to one another, and I have

The Bible tells us that we shall each have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged according to our works. Then, since our actions are largely the result of the force of habit. how diligent we should be to see to it that no habits are allowed to take root in our hearts, save only such as give promise of a Iruitage which shall be pleasi'ng to Him. i I like to think that we are not left to s ruggle on as best we may, but that HI' , 0 will be our Judge hereafter is now our ever-present Friend, our Strength. our Guide, who is anxious for us to let Him help us win from His kind lips the longed-for words, "Well done." M. GREEK

TO A DAISY. "Wee, modest, crimson- tipped flow'r," I would not heedless thee destroy Nor briefer make thy little hour, For thou are sure a source of joy. To all upon thy winsome face \rho will but pause to gaze awhi le A ray thou art of tend'rest grace That from dark thoughts might wcl l beguile. 'I'hv ~Iaker surely hath in thee Embodied for our human eyes An emblem of humilityA lesson true in simple guise. If on lv we could lea.rn aright 1;he' teaching such as thou impart'st From carkiug ea re 'twould free us quite, And f rom the evi l wean our hearts. And He who Tn speech Deep lessons And from is the living Word of the divinest pow' 1', drew Irom lowliest bird, the humble wayside flow'r.

Oh. M aster Teacher, sent from God! Teach us our lives to live aright. To travel this, our mortal road, By guidance of Thy Spir-it's light. Oh. Thou who Father art of Men! Tf ill Thv lowliest works such grace 'l hou hast im plu.nted, tongue nor pen Can tell the glory of Thy face. -J.D.B.

EVENING AND MORNING. May your last thought at Night and your first in the Morning be of- , A dying Saviour's love, A risen Saviour's power, An ascended Saviour's grace, And a returning Saviour's glory.
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some of its present members, so that we may fill the vacant place, is teaching that has hardly been paralleled for audacity. Also, the positive assurance to all men that they shall certainly have another and a better chance for salvation during the Millennial Age is misleading, and not in accordance with the words of our Lord and His Apostles. The vile Emperor N ero, we are told, may yet be "highly respected and his past fully forgotten" (717-718), and the two thieves who were crucified with our Lord "shall come into Paradise, and then, by becoming obedient to its laws, shall live in it and enjoy it for ever" (69). And this "word of peace" is spoken concerning all generations of unrepentant mankind. The day is coming when "the world in general shall experience restitution to human perfectionthey shall be like the first Adam before he sinned, and like the perfect "man Christ Jesus" was before His begetting to newness of nature" (721). It gives us no pleasure to attack the views of others, but when a religious Teacher lays down certain doctrines that appear to us anti-Scriptural, and also grossly dishonouring to the Divine personality of our Lord, we do not hesitate at once to raise the danger-signal and warn the members of the Christian community to which we belong against this fresh deviation from God's truth. Indeed, in this case, it may fairly be said that Mr. Russell-unwittingly, may be-has repeated in a new form the devil's lie. "You shall not surely die" was the serpent's declaration in the garden. Is not this precisely what is taught concerning mankind as a whole (with but very few exceptions) in the pages of Millennial Dawn? And for this reason we thus strenuously combat it. Rotorua.

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"I don't believe that alcohol in any form ever has, or ever will, do anyone any good. I am now sixty years old, and since I have entirely given up wine, spirits, and beer, I find I can do as much work, or more, physically and mentally, than I could do when I was thirty. I am always well, always cheery, laugh at the 'downs' of life equally with the 'ups,' and always feel fit and in condition. If' only some of the young men would try going without liquor for three months, I don't believe they would think liquor at all necessary again. Get some of your splendid young men to try it, and 'report proceedings, after the three months." - Lord Cluules Beresfonl in a recent letter to General Barron,

AUXILIARY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. TO DECEMBER, 1908. Messrs. Armstrong, Buehanan, Coulam, sen., Gibson, jun., J. Hamon, J arvis., McDell, Peake, Philip, sen., Reynolds, E. dames Bishop, Garratt, Herring, J arvis, N odder, Misses Freeman, Sissons. Good, Gibson, A. J. LeRoy, Wilcoek, MesNicholls, sen.,

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