CITIZENS of the United States have realized some distinct and unique advantages in living and participating in a country that has enjoyed a special relationship with the great God of heaven and earth. It must be admitted, of course, that this relationship has been unbalanced and one-sided, but in spite of national coldness and unresponsiveness to the divine wooings, the blessings and providences of Heaven have been signal and abundant. . .
THE DEVIL has devised a clever diabolical scheme to subvert the people of our time. This scheme involves what might be termed reverse psychology. This generation, because of its educational background, is largely a Godless generation. In fact, most of those who compose it are completely ignorant of God and His Word. They hold it in revulsion. There is, however, a swing toward religion. But this swing is to an intangible, mystical belief, a vague belief in an airy, indefinite, all-pervading, mystical entity that exists every where and in all things and beings this they conceive of as God. . .
INCREASING emphasis is being placed upon prophecy in the current charismatic movement. Ecstatic "prophesying" brief out bursts of praise or advice in a known language is coming to be widely accepted as a manifestation of the New Testament gift of prophecy. . .
IN PART one of this series, it was pointed out that those who question the evolutionary account use the same tree figure to demonstrate the classification of plants and animals as evolutionists do. However, they call it a "taxonomic tree" rather than a "phylogenetic tree" and use it for displaying similarities, but not for demonstrating lines of development. . .
THE notion that music has moral or spiritual significance is certainly not a late-nineteenth-century concept originating with radical revivalists or mystics. The power of music has been a source of interest and speculation by many kinds of people through the ages. Ancient philosophers and scientists such as Pythagoras and Plato were suspicious of and awed by its potential. . .
THE beast with lamblike horns of Revelation 13 "was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that it could speak, and could cause all who would not worship the image to be put to death. Moreover, it caused everyone, great and small, rich and poor, slave and free, to be branded with a mark in his right hand or forehead, and no one was allowed to buy or sell unless he bore this beast's mark, either name or number" (Rev. 13:15-17, N.E.B.).*
THE JANUARY, 1973, issue of The Ministry [which initiated the the Health Evangelism section] was a joy for at least two English men to read. Pastor Malcolm Taylor has been concerned with the wider approach to the conservative English people. My medical and theological studies have convinced me that the dual integrated role has not yet been achieved, and the development and experimentation of this approach has been a continuing and fascinating study. . .
PROBABLY the most common serious mental dis order that clergymen are regularly called upon to help their parishioners cope with is the problem of depression. It has been estimated that it affects, in serious degree, at least one person in eight at some time in his life span. . .
A FUNNY thing happened on the way to Utopia; somewhere be tween 1950 and 1970 the great American melting pot broke. Whether it was the wars and their residues, the growth of knowledge, the shrinking of the globe, the loss of belief in the American dream, all of these and many more who knows? But the dream was shattered, and to a degree is gone. . .