Editorial Postscripts

From the Ministry back page.

L.E.F. is editor of the Ministry.

Neglect!—Caution can easily become weakness, carefulness degenerate into timidity, and conservatism drift into recreancy toward duty—if we allow delicate situations to keep us from declaring the divine portent of the times. The long forecast but now pres­ent fulfillment of prophecy, and the current accomplishment of predicted signs of the times, are inescapable realities. We have a divine mission to perform, a divine message to give. That commission is not confined to con­ditions of peace, safety, and prosperity. If we are silent in the„ hour of storm and peril, we shall prove recreant to duty and faithless to our task. The more difficult that task, the .greater our need of fidelity. The more for­bidding the world situation, the greater the need of guidance, comfort, and security for bewildered mankind. The preacher who fal­ters here seals his lips, and is guilty of moral cowardice. Likewise, the advent writer who today stills his pen from fear is guilty of neglect as a watchman on the walls of Zion.

Contacts!—Friendly contacts with religious leaders and organizations not of our faith, and participation in some of their meetings and conventions when invited, is to be commended—so long as there is no compromise of principle, no surrender of truth or of freedom of evangelistic action. These funda­mentals we must never yield. We ourselves have lost much because of our clannishness and isolation. We have missed real opportunities, and because of our aloofness and our separa­tion, our views and our motives have often been misunderstood. On the other hand, we have certain bounden obligations to discharge to­ward these religious leaders in witnessing to our faith, in correcting misconceptions, and in implanting seeds of truth. Many of the honesthearted among these groups are yet to embrace this message. Others will someday stand forth in our behalf when pressure and persecution arise. Still others will have their lips silenced as they see our sincerity, and sense the frankness, the soundness, and the reasonableness of our positions. Finally, we must warn men of every estate concerning im­pending disaster for neglect or defiance of God's final message to mankind. So, both for their sakes and for our own, let us mingle with these religious leaders without compromising, as witnesses justly proud of our faith, and con­scious of its vital import to all the inhabitants of earth.

Misunderstandings!--If you wish to misunderstand a fellow worker, if you wish to remain suspicious of him, be sure to keep your distance from him. Really knowing him might change your preconceptions and melt away your prejudices. Close acquaintance might reveal a nobility of character that would wholly disillusion you. You might find a devo­tion to God and truth, a sacrificial life of service, a spirit of fellowship and cooperation, that would call for a radical revision of early evaluations. So, if you wish to keep on dislik­ing someone, be sure to keep away from the object of your antipathy.

Latitude!—We do not concede that there is but one accepted norm in preaching. Neither should we expect all writ­ers to conform to one matter-of-fact, una­dorned style in denominational literature, ex­cellent though it be. Surely there is rightful scope for effectiveness and true elegance in writing forth the glories of this matchless message. Not all minds and tastes are repre­sented by those who usually play the role of critic to our literature, but who themselves rarely offer serious writing for others to criti­cize. For the sake of effectiveness in reaching different types of minds, let us recognize legiti­mate latitudes in style. Due leeway must be left for the expression of variant personality in our denominational writing. May Heaven spare us from the deadly monotony of a stand­ard literary style that alone would be orthodox !

Scholasticism!—A growing attitude of uncertainty and tentativeness re­garding fundamental positions is making in­roads among some who are molded by univer­sity training, and who have unconsciously adopted the attitude of modern, skeptical scho­lasticism. Some of the points at issue, how­ever, have been established and settled by competent study, and confirmed and validated by inspiration. To contend for perpetual un­certainty concerning such, under the guise of the "open mind" appeal—ever studying and never coming to certainty and finality—is con­trary to the whole genius of revealed truth, and ruinous to the propagation of a movement that must spread by conviction and establish itself through certainties. We are not as others without Spirit of prophecy guidance. Beware of the leaven of skeptical scholasticism!                                                           

L. E. F.

Advertisement - Digital Discipleship (300x250)

Ministry reserves the right to approve, disapprove, and delete comments at our discretion and will not be able to respond to inquiries about these comments. Please ensure that your words are respectful, courteous, and relevant.

comments powered by Disqus

L.E.F. is editor of the Ministry.

October 1942

Download PDF
Ministry Cover

More Articles In This Issue

Creationism's Challenge to S.D.A.'s

A call to preparation for the coming climax

Coordinate With Evening Meetings

Radio evangelism in action.

Organization of 30-Minute Program

This is an hour of decision for millions of souls.

Sustained Evangelistic Program

Radio evangelism in action.

Successful Song-Leading Principles

The monthly music of the message column.

The Greater Bible Work No. VII

Part seven of our continued examination of the bible worker.

Working Among Hungarians

A report from Hungary.

How War Affects Evangelism

The monthly challenge of a world task column.

Mission Languages in Our Colleges

Readers of the Ministry will be glad to learn of a new step now being taken by the General Conference in behalf of mis­sions.

College Ministerial Seminars

Current field training notes.

Editorial Keynotes

Bounden Obligations in Evangelism

Spanish Broadcast in Los Angeles

A look at our Spanish broadcast in Los Angeles.

Evangelism Through the Newspapers

Because the newspaper constitutes one of our greatest potential audiences.

Small but Fruitful Efforts

We should not despise small things.

The Training of the Nurse

In discussing the coordination of medical work with missionary activity in the train­ing of nurses, we must presume that the personnel of our institutions have a well-de­fined vision of the purposes and objectives for which our sanitariums have been founded.

Medical Evangelism in Action

The value of medical missionary work in connection with evangelism is apparent when we consider the fact that it accomplishes, as nothing else can, two great purposes.

The Conference Nurse--No 1

The place of the nurse in the church schools.

Whole Wheat and Its Use

The natural 100 percent whole wheat bread is to be used and valued.

Avoid Extravagant or Reckless Expressions

Guidance on correct speech and cultured conduct.

Church-Supported Schools

A look at religious world trends and ideas.

Bulletin of the Deluge Society

What is the purpose and scope of the "So­ciety for the Study of Deluge Geology and Related Sciences," and its official organ, the Bulletin of the Deluge Geology?

View All Issue Contents

Digital delivery

If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version.

Sign up
Advertisement - Southern Adv Univ 180x150 - Animated

Recent issues

See All
Advertisement - Healthy and Happy Family - Skyscraper 160x600