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“SALVATION" FOR 1903.
As heretofore, the turn of the Year is unmarked by change in the plan of SALVATION, which still seems to have comprehended the most important subjects which it is possible to select; while those less important may well, as they must be dispensed with, in a publication evoked by the peculiar religious needs of the times and not by the mixed aims of projectors. In the hope of presently enlarged opportunity and material for its Jews' department; but with undiminished breadth of view to all the more urgent interests of the truth and kingdom of God; “SALVATION” will continue (if the Lord will) to press the same objects as from the first, in summary as follows:
I. GOD AND REDEMPTION The all-absorbing centre for every Christian's life and hope and powers of every sort.
II. THE REVELATION OF GOD In the Christ and the Prophets and Apostles authenticated by Him; as inerrant and inviolable per se, and also by demonstration that commands the submission of the rational intellect with a force proportioned to its training in the principles of exact, positive and comprehensive science. The same Revelation, further, the object of incessant critical search for its yet imperfectly discovered riches.
III. THE CHURCH OF GOD In the Wilderness, wandering, sinning, ignorant though self-satisfied; yet still the Body of Christ in the world as holding in Him One Absolute, Divine and Undivided Head, and thus inviolably One for the loyalty of every one of His members.
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FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS. We are anxious that all who have not had an opportunity to follow the Biblical Examinations begun in the first volume of this periodical, shall be enabled to review them in connection with the present and future continuations of the same.
Because the expenditure for printing fresh and clarified views of the Evidences, Truths and Demands of the Most Holy Faith, was justified to the conscience of the Publisher, by a conviction that some of these views are of profound importance in the representation of that Faith to mankind, whether before or after believing. The same conviction, therefore, impels him to offer the first two volumes in paper covers, as far as possible to all NEW SUBSCRIBERS, if desired, without charge; or to such as feel free to pay the cost of binding and postage, at 25 cents each for Volumes I. and II., (1899 and 1900-), or 50 cents for any volume in cloth binding.
We take pleasure in connecting with subscriptions to “SALVATION,” in a club price of $1.50 per year for both, the valuable Jewish-Christian quarterly published by Mr. B. A. M. Schapiro, lately missionary to the Jews in Brooklyn. A range of information on the general Hebrew question and people, not available in a small monthly journal like ours, is afforded the readers of “The People, the Land, and the Book," together with a fac simile in miniature of the Hebrew Scroll of the Law kept in the Jewish Synagogues, as a gift to every subscriber.
PRINCIPAL CONTENTS OF VOLUME IV.
p. 47; xix:1-12, p. 48; xix: 13-17, p. 80; xx: p. I-16; xx: p. 17-34; xxi:
THE APOCALYPSE: The Evil Æon, Babylon the Type, 12; Assyria the
Method with the Critics, 55; Late Archæological Discoveries, 55; 'Higher
The Testimony of Jesus, 208; The Bible and Anglo-America, 209; Wonder-
WHERE CHRIST IS MARCHING ON-OR CALLING.
EDITORIALS: Life of John Hall (24) and the Warszawiak Controversy,
120, 224; Persia, 223; Jews in the McAll Mission, Paris, 377; Chicago,
JEWISH MISCELLANY: Increasing Affliction, Europe, 64. Jewish Colony
The Only Firm Ground for Christian Assurance. 1
HOW MUCH OF A CHRISTIAN CAN ONE BE WITHOUT
BEING SAVED ? Many will say unto Me in that Day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name exercise many powers? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you. Matt. VII:22-3.
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass or a clamorous cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophesy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And if I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor), and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing. 1 Cor. XIII:1-3.
These quotations have doubtless been a terror to many sincere followers of Christ. For what fruit of the Spirit or evidence of salvation can we name, except the intangible element of love, that is not here declared compatible with a state of damnation ? Nay, what is the evidence of love itself, that is not here named among those exercises that may have nothing to do with it? And as to the consciousness of love in itself, as sentiment or emotion, who does not know that every emotion known to man may be cultivated, up to any pitch of tears, or zeal, or self-sacrifice, by sufficiently purposeful and persistent practice, under natural motives, without producing or involving anything similar to the all-round goodness of God in Christ, which is undoubtedly what Paul, John and the other Apostles, with their common Master, meant by the word love. I remember, many years ago, the case of a woman among the most devoted and saintly-esteemed members of a church, whose cruelty to a little 'bound' girl in her house was so outrageous as to invoke the interposition of the law for her punishment and the release of her victim. Here was an evident instance of religiosity cultivated to an unusually high degree, without abating in all directions, in one direction, at least, the depravity of that nature from which we are to seek salvation. Such inconsistencies between the parts of character in individuals are rife, in smaller degrees, within the religious acquaintance of all, and, alas, within the personal experience of the most of us. Special philanthropy, as well as special zeal for Christian truth and Church, has been too often conspicuously displayed in connection with a malignity that passed the border of natural human wickedness at its worst.
We need not go to any of these extremes of inconsistency, to find in ourselves enough of the same kind of thing, to be terror-stricken