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when the church was more strongly have been a number of convictions intrenched than now, Federal laws in the last six months. The church were enforced in the Territory of was finally brought to her knees in a Utah. So vigorously was the Ed- professedly abject surrender. The munds-Tucker law enforced that church promised anything and everyhundreds of polygamists were in jail thing to gain statehood, which once or prison or fugitives from justice secured opened the way for them and thousands
disfranchised. to violate, as they have done, every This same law is being enforced now vow and promise then made. Morin the Territory of Arizona and there monism is still a menace to the nation.
THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT MUKTI *
BY MISS MINNIE ABRAMS, MUKTI, KEDGAON, INDIA In January, 1905, Pandita Rama with hands outstretched to God. I bai spoke to the girls of Mukti con shook some who were praying to cerning the need of a revival and see if I could speak some promise of called for volunteers to meet with God to them, but could get no one her daily to pray for it. Seventy to listen to me. From that time on volunteered, and from time to time our Bible room was turned into an others joined until at the beginning inquiry room, and girls stricken of the revival there were 550 meet down under the power of conviction ing twice daily. In June Ramabai of sin while in school, in the indusspoke to the Bible School, calling trial school, or at work were brought for volunteers to go out into the to us.
Lessons were suspended for village about us to preach the Gos a time, and we all, teachers and stupel. Thirty young women volun dents, entered the school. The Holy teered, and we were meeting daily
were meeting daily Spirit poured into my mind the mesto pray for “the enduement of sages needed by the seeking ones, power,
when the revival came upon and as I heard their prayers, their June 28, at 3:30 a. m.,
confessions of sin, and saw how God called by the matron and one of dealt with them I learned many our old girls, saying, "Come over lessons. After strong repentance, and rejoice with us,
confession, and entering into assurceived the Holy Spirit.” When we ance of salvation, many came back, arrived at 3:45 all the girls of that in a day or two, saying, "We are compound
their knees, saved, our sins are forgiven; but we weeping, praying and confessing want a baptism of the Holy Ghost and their sins. The newly Spirit-bap- of fire." I had spoken in the church tized girl sat in the midst of them, one Sunday from Matthew ji: 11telling what God had done for her, "He shall baptize you with the Holy and exhorting them to repentance.
Ghost and with fire." To me, this The next evening, June 30, while word fire had always meant Pandita Ramabai was expounding trials, losses, sicknesses and difficulJohn (viii) in her usual quiet way, the ties which God allows to come into Holy Spirit descended, and the girls lives to bring us nearer all began to pray aloud, so that she Him; but the Holy Spirit had evihad to cease talking. When I ar dently taught our girls through this rived, nearly all in the room
passage, and through Acts :3weeping and praying, some kneeling, “And there appeared unto them some sitting, some standing, many tongues parting asuuder like as of
* From the Indian Witness, April 26, 1906.
fire-and it sat upon each one of while those who have received this them,” as well as through the experi- mighty baptism for
baptism for service are ence of the first Spirit-baptized girl, growing in power for service. to expect an actual experience of The Word of God and the examfire; and God met them in their
ple of these holy lives filled with expectation. They cried out with
power for service convinced me that the burning that came into and upon
this baptism of the Holy Ghost and them. While the fire of God burned,
fire is for all who are willing to put the members of the body of sin,
themselves wholly at God's disposal pride, anger, love of the world, selfishness, uncleanness, etc., passed be
for His work and His glory. I fore them. Such sorrow for sin, such sought and found the same blessed suffering-suffering under the view experience and am convinced that of the self-life, while it was being all the baptism of the Holy Ghost has told out to God, the person being not been received in its fulness unwholly occupied with God and her til the fire has actually wrought sinful state! This would have been within us for purification, and until all too much for flesh and blood to the One who is a consuming fire bear, save that all this was inter
with humility, with mingled with joy, God wooing the
love for lost souls and with comstricken soul on, until the battle was
passion like to that of Jesus ; until won. Finally complete joy and as
God's holiness, power, grace and surance followed repentance. The
love have been revealed through the person who had been shaken violent
power of the fire of the Holy Ghost, ly under the power of conviction now sang, praised, shouted for joy. surpassing the knowledge of Him Some had visions, others dreams. we had received through intellectual When I compared all that I saw avenues. Hitherto we have written with the word of God, I felt that very little about the wonderful visiwe had received the Bible type of tation of the Spirit at Mukti. Many the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. looked upon
mere excitement Such intense seeking could not have and prophesied that there would be been endured save that it had been
nothing left after the bubble had done in the power of the Holy burst. Nine months have proven Spirit. They neither ate nor slept
that there is real fruit, and much until the victory was won.
fruit in the lives of those wrought the joy was so great that for two
mightily or three days after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit they did not
wrought upon have produced the even care for food. After receiving greatest abundance of fruit. Hitherthis manifestation of the Holy Ghost,
to the Christians of India have had some whom I knew had been truly such a meager life that there lias God's children had such marvelous been a small harvest of fruit. We power for service, and such power to who are preachers, teachers, workers prevail in prayer, that I began to and leaders of the people share in feel that they had an experience this deficiency of life and power to which I did not possess.
It is the prayer of
the writer that many may seek and Some of the Results
obtain that close union with Christ
in His death and resurrection resultIt is now nine months since this revival began. Lives are truly trans
ing from this baptism that He be formed, and those fully saved are able to pour into them. that abunwalking with God in daily victory, dant life which bears much fruit.
MISSIONS IN THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL in the interests of other great topics An advance step in the right di
which are in danger of being wholly rection was taken in the interests neglected by some teachers and disboth of Sunday-school work and of proportionately emphasized by others missionary education when the fol -for example: Sabbath observance, lowing missionary resolutions, pro temperance, systematic giving, and posed by Mr. Charles G. Trumbull, Bible study. Regular instruction in editor of the Sunday-school Times,
these subjects in connection with were adopted by the Sunday-school Bible study in course is to our mind Editorial Association at its fifth an much more to be desired than quarnual meeting, held at Winona Lake, terly lessons with Scripture passages Indiana, June 6-9, 1908:
selected out of course. RESOLVED: 1. That the Sunday-school MISSIONS AT MOUNT HERMON Editorial Association urgently recommends
SCHOOL to all Sunday-school lesson-help editors and writers the specific missionary treatment of The twenty-fifth anniversary of every lesson in the International Series that Mt. Hermon School, founded by Mr. is susceptible of such treatment.
Moody, was held June 30 to July 3. 2. That a permanent committee of the Editorial Association be created in accord
Some interesting facts should be given ance with the by-laws of the Association, to the public. The church is made up to consist of three members, and to be only of faculty and students, and has known as the Association's Permanent Committee on Missions, whose duty it shall
no wealthy members, yet the Sabbath be to secure, from such expert missionary offerings for the year amounted to workers as it pleases, suggestions as $1,790, three hundred and fifty conwhich of the International Lessons or por
tributing weekly by the envelope systions of lessons are susceptible of mission
tem. Interest in missionary giving is ary treatment, and suggestions also for such treatment, which information shall be com- stimulated by frequent addresses on municated to all lesson-help editors suffi missionary lines. ciently in advance of the publication of the
After meeting all expenses, the lesson helps to enable all who wish, to take advantage of those suggestions.
church contributed $775 to various 3. That the Young People's Missionary missionary objects. Movement or other available agencies be The missionary work has its headrequested to furnish to all lesson-help editors syndicated missionary material inclu
quarters in the room in which the ding both reading matter and pictures,
Student Volunteer Movement had its which can be currently or incidentally used birth, at the Student Conference in in any or every department of their various
1886. On June 28 the twentieth periodicals. 4. That the Young People's Missionary
anniversary of the founding of the Movement be requested to confer with the
Movement was observed with appromissionary societies with reference to the priate exercises and a bronze tablet feasibility of preparing supplemental mis commemorating this fact was sionary lessons for use in the Sundayschool.
veiled. Six more Hermon men have 5. That the Editorial Association heartily entered the foreign mission field durendorses the memorial which Dr. A. L. ing the past year, making thirty-five Phillips has addressed to the International Sunday-school Executive Committee look
in all since the school started, while ing to the establishing of a Missionary De
hundreds are engaged in Christian partment of the International Sunday work in the home field. school Association, and earnestly hopes that the International Executive Committee FIVE KINDS OF MISSION WORK will take early action to that effect.
Five specific methods have been This is much better, both from the recognized by the Church of Christ standpoint of consecutive Bible study in its work on the foreign field. and of missionary instruction, than Preaching, teaching, healing, indusspasmodic and occasional missionary trial, and literary work—all these are lessons or addresses. We believe that the special departments in which are a similar resolution should be adopted to be exercised the gifts of the Lord
to his Church. That the first is pri as may be necessary, for the organization mary, historically and logically, we and proper leadership of a union congre
gation. all agree, but that the rest are essen
2. It might be well to consider the adtial all have come to see who have visability of securing from Englishcarefully 'studied the development of speaking communities in mission lands, inmission work.
vitations to prominent Christian teachers
in America to deliver courses of sermons In the fifth annual report of for calculated to quicken spiritual impulses eign missions of the United Free and to develop moral purpose into aggresChurch of Scotland, we find the fol sive Christian living. But in this as in lowing clear statements concerning everything else connected with the religious
interests of these communities, it seems to industrial work:
be of the first importance that local initia"The missions have been too slow tive should be encouraged. These Englishto help the converts to the self-sup
speaking communities abroad have no deport and consequent self-respect so
sire to be the objects of missionary effort.
As Mr. Robert E. Lewis remarks, “They necessary to the Christian character;
do not want to be missioned and won't be." but recent events have awakened 3. Members of this Conference should them to a sense of their duty in this
keep themselves informed through the mis
sionaries concerning the religious condition department, and recent experiences
of the English-speaking communities and have shown how successful and prof should ascertain the needs of such comitable such work may be.”
munities as to pastors and buildings for
union churches. THE NEEDS OF ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITIES IN MISSION LANDS
TWO WITNESSES AS TO POPERY The committee appointed by the Two very significant papers have Foreign Mission Boards of the lately appeared in The ChristianUnited States and Canada to report one from that veteran missionary of on this 'subject has found after ex
Florence, Dr. Alex. Robertson, and tensive correspondence that the re the other from Avary H. Forbes, ligious life of these communities is Esq., of London. Dr. Robertson writes extremely low and that their influ- plainly about matters in Italy, Mr. ence is generally anti-Christian. In Forbes of conditions in Ireland. Both the larger centers like Shanghai, papers are calm, careful, judicial, but Hongkong, etc., where the English- they present facts that Protestants speaking population is 5,000 or more,
will do well to ponder. the religious interests are fairly well No man perhaps understands betcared for by the Church of England ter what the papal religion is in its and by union congregations. In the native soil than Dr. Robertson, and he cities whose English-speaking people asks who they are that patronise and number from 200 to 2,000—such as
really uphold Pope, priest and papal Yokohoma, Amoy, Peking, etc.—the ceremony at Rome? And he answers English American Episcopal that two facts are undeniable: First, Church has resident pastors or chap- they are not Romans or inhabitants lains and also union Protestant con
of the Eternal City; second, they are gregations (at present all without Protestant visitors. pastors). The smaller English-speak On the one hand, the people of ing communities are mostly composed Rome are profoundly indifferent to of missionaries and government of
Italians never refer to ficials, The committee makes the fol- it, except to express contempt or lowing recommendations:
carelessness; and most of them seem
oblivious to the existence of the 1. It would suggest that the Conference of the Mission Boards consider the ad
Romish Church and hierarchy. They visability of suggesting to Mission Boards seem to have come to the conclusion that in the middle class of communities a
that Roman Catholicism is both missionary, presumably a representative of
superstitious and hostile to intellithe strongest mission in the place, should be authorized to give so much of his time gence and progress.
But Protestants, visiting Rome, Apprehensive that bombardment seem to think it their first object to would follow, it was judged a case attend Romish functions and espe for pleading with God, and because cially 'to get an audience with the the Samoans had made much of the Pope. Some keepers of hotels and Scriptures, they were thus singled pensions are Vatican agents and their out for special prayer.
The week places of entertainment centers of before, ex-Governor Holliday had papal propaganda. There priests and been shown the lesson, as it stood in Sisters of Charity are found as lobby the Miracles of Missions,' and, tho ists and visitors, making acquaint he did not attend the convention, ances of Protestant guests and of later, on his way to New Zealand, he fering them facilities for access to passed by Samoa, and had a message papal sights and ceremonies.
sent by him to King Malietoa. Yet, Dr. Robertson contends, the “The day of the hurricane was spirit of the papacy is still that of the about March 15. The German menInquisition, and needs only the poa' of-war were all wrecked or beached, er to use Torquemada's weapons withi and the same is true of the Nipsic, equal cruelty.
the Vandalia and the Trenton. It Mr. Forbes gives results of similar was April before we heard of it. But observations in Ireland. He testifies February 15 was the day of the conthat, even at Kingstown, close by vention at Winchester and the public Dublin, open air preaching of the prayer. This hurricane, like another Gospel, in which there was no con- burning bush, ere the century was to troversial method implied, there was close, riveted attention upon this notnot only opposition but of the most able interposition in behalf of a peoviolent sort. He gives proof, far too ple in love with God's word.” ample, that Inquisitorial intolerance reigns there, restrained only by law,
OPPORTUNITIES FOR HEROES and not always kept at bay even by "Mr. Phillips, I think if I had lived the police and local magistrates.
in your time I would have been heroic ANSWERED PRAYER
too." Wendell Phillips, standing on A correspondent from Kernstown, his doorstep and pointing to the open Va., writes, of the hurricane that, places of iniquity, near by, said: some ten or more years since, raged "Young man, you are living in my at Apia, in Samoa. About a month time and in God's time. Be assured, before, because of what was deemed no man would have been heroic then the urgency of the case, at conven who is not heroic now.” So said tion meetings of the Lutheran Phillips to a young man who had been Church, the burden of prayer, Feb- looking over the relics and memorials ruary 15, was for the Samoans, be of the Abolition contest. cause of their peculiar exposure. He
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE says:
“While Bayard and Bismarck were Some one has well asked, how there debating the right of that people to can be any value in atonement trade with either of the nationalities which is not an atonement, connected at hand, they for fear that they were with suffering which was not sufferabout to lose their second king, as ing, in a body which was not a body, they had their first, had fired on the offered in expiation for sin which was German marines, upon their landing. not sin.