As the end nears and the message swells into a loud cry in all the earth, more depends upon our faithful workers. They are the spiritual guardians of the church. They are the watchmen on the walls. To every minister and worker the Lord declares:
"So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." Eze. 33:7-9. "These words of the prophet declare the solemn responsibility resting upon those who are appointed as guardians of the church, stewards of the mysteries of God. They are to stand as watchmen on the walls of Zion, to sound the note of alarm at the approach of the enemy. If for any reason their spiritual senses become so benumbed that they are unable to discern danger, and through their failure to give warning the people perish, God will require at their hands the blood of those who are lost."—"Gospel Workers," p. 15.
One of the primary agencies provided to assist the faithful watchmen is our denominational organ, the Review and Herald. It gives counsel and encouragement to the advent flock. It provides timely warning and admonition. It sets forth the message of truth in its varied aspects. It chronicles the progress of our manysided world-wide work. It is indeed the chief missionary paper of the movement, enlisting the help and co-operation of our people in all of our regular work. Everyone who knows the English language should read it. No one can afford to be without it. The Review should be in every home. If such a circulation of the Review should obtain, the message would spread as never before. Many believers would be fired with new zeal to finish the work quickly. Tithes and mission funds so greatly needed to answer the Macedonian calls for help, would be forthcoming. New recruits could be sent forth.
If any of our ministers, pastors, or other workers have been remiss in placing the Review in every home, now is the time to awake. As watchmen on the walls, let us do our part to strengthen the spiritual life of our people. A deeper work of grace is needed in the hearts of God's people. Much time is spent in reading newspapers and magazines that should be spent in reading the Review and other Christian literature.
The editors and publishers of the Review and Herald are doing their utmost to make our church paper all that it ought to be for our people. They are working constantly and untiringly to this important end. They are deserving of our prayers and support in the work they are doing.
The responsibility for the circulation of the paper rests largely upon our workers in all parts of the field, who are in personal touch with the churches and the members, and can build up the circulation of the Review and Herald as can no others. We earnestly invite you to take an even greater interest than ever in the past, in seeing that every family in your church has a copy of the Review and Herald. It will be a blessed ministry to make a full presentation to the church and to visit the homes of our people in so important a matter as the circulation of the Review and Herald. We believe God's blessing will rest upon you and your church as you enter heartily into this campaign. May God abundantly bless you and give you a large fruitage for your labor.
Washington, D. C.