The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, April 10, 1910, Image 3

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Sermon by
Pastor Brooklyn
1 abemade.
Brooklyn. N. YM April S.-Pastor C.
T. Itussell of Brooklyn Tabernacle
preached here twice today to splendid
-audiences. Oao of his discourses was
entitled. "The Overthrow of Satau's
Empire." The other, which we report,
was on the uecesslty for the Millen
nium from the text above quoted.
Tastor Russell said:
Respecting two matters there can
te no question:
(1) That the early Church thorough
ly believed in a Millennial Kingdom,
hoped for It, prayed for It "Thy
Kingdom come; tby will be done od
earth as It ia done In heaven."
(2) It Is equally certain that today
the doctrino of the Millennium Is ta
booed as "out of date'Vout of har
mony with the views of the Higher
Critics and Evolutionists, who are
filling practically all the chairs in our
colleges and the majority of the pul
pits of Christendom.
What has led to this radical change
on the part of the religious wise men
of all denominations? Have they tak
en a step in advance or are they de
parting from the path from the teach
ings of the inspired Word of God?
That they have left the Word of God.
that they make light of It, that they
profess far more wisdom and ability
(ban the writers of the Bible and a
higher intellectual inspiration than
they, is Indisputable. The question
for us Is, Will Christians in consider
able numbers follow these leaders
away from God, away from all Divine
revelation? Will we put our trust In
literary princes who claim the right
to Instruct the world, not by Divine
appointment or authority, but by vir
tue of their large amount of self
esteem? The present day concept of the
Church of Christ Is that Cod planted
it amongst men as leaven In a batch
of dough with the Intent that it should
propagate Itself until the entire mass
would be leavened. But the Bible
apostolic concept of the Church's mes
sage Is the very reverse of this that
it is plauted lu the world, not with a
view to converting the world, but ou
the contrary to keep Itself separate
from the world and to draw tojtself
"As many as the Lord your God shall
-call" of the pure lu heart to sacrifice
'-earthly Interests for Divine Interests,
unto death, and later, by the First
Resurrection, to enter Into the heaven
1y glory of the Redeemer as his
"Bride," his "Wife." his "Joint-Heir"
in the Kingdom ylory and the Kingdom
work. And the work of that Kingdom
is set forth to be the "blessing of all
the families of the earth."
The two views are so radically oppo
site that nonj should confuse them in
their minds. If one Is right, the other
is wroug. Jf one Is Scriptural, the
other is ur scriptural. In the above
Item Dr. Browu admits that the Scrip
tural view entertained by the early
Church contemplated the Church in
-suffering find In a temporary or taber
nacle condition In the present life and
promised a share with Christ In hi
reign In power and great glory, as
Ood's Kingdom during the Millennium
The safe, the proper, the right course
is to go back and take up afresh the
doctrine of the Millennium tho doc
trine that the faithful of the Church
row being tried and tested will consti
tute the glorious Kingdom of God's
Ioar Son after their change from
arthly to spirit conditions in the
"First Resurrection" (1 Corinthians
it. 42-44).
The Laymen's Movemtnt. 1
God bless the Christian Endeavor
and Epwortb League and Students
Missionary League and the I.aymeu'f
Movement, all intent on "Storming the
world for Jesus." We bear them wit
ttess that they have a zeal for God
which we greatly admire and woult'
encourage. But their zeal Is "not uc
cording to knowledge," and Is there
fore considerably misdirected. To any
one of logical mind, who will reason
from statistics, the thought of convert
lug the world by slnglug a few rous
ing hymus or holding a few enthusi
astic meetings for .the collection of
money! money!! money!!! would bt
childish. We do not despise childish
ness. We have all had our share. But
we all should say with the Apostle.
"When I wns a child. 1 spake as a
child and understood as a child: but
when I became a man 1 put away
childish things" (I Corinthians sill. 11).
"Christian people have been fooling
themselves long enough!" Yes, It Is
as absolutely Irrational to think ol
converting the world, as It Is U!sciip
tural to believe that God ever gave us
that Impossible commission. The Unit
ed States census reports show tba.
there are twice as many heathen to
day ns there were a century ago. The
word heathen carries to many a very
wrong Impression. Many noble-hearted
Christians have gone as mission
aries to the heathen wholly unpre
pared for what they met Intelligent
reasoning ability, etc. They found that
the heathen wet full of questions,
logical questions, too, which they as
Christians had never thought of. and
whU;U they were wholly unprepared to
"Timet of rrfrohing Jull come frora t'.e
presence ol the Lord; and he ihall Knd
Jeuis Christ, which before vu preached unio
you; whom the heaveru roiut retain until (he
timea of restitution of all things, h;.ch Cod
hath spoken by the mouth oi all hit holy
prophet line the world began." Acts Li,
answer. Comparatively few of tho
missionaries are able to hold their owu
lu argument with Intelligent people lu
India, China, and Jupuu. There is no
danger of their converting those peo
ple. There is more danger of their
losing their own faith lu the Bible,
because of their misapprehension of
some of its teachings-respecting the
mission of the Church, the hope of tho
Church and the hope of the world!
Missionaries are thus handicapped!
Full of commendable seal they leave
our shores to tell the heathen that
their forefathers have gone to eternal
torment and that they are going there,
too, unless they accept Christ It Is
a rude awakening to be asked
where hell Is? and why God should
have condemned them and their fore
fathers to such a horrible eternity?
and how this could bo true and yet bo
be a God of pity, compusslon. Love?
The heathen ask, Why tho different
denominations the different theories
of the terms of salvation by Water,
by Election, by Free Grace, by joining
the Church, etc. The missionary, whol
ly unable to answer the adult native,
gathers children about him, starts n
school and does all be Is tible perhaps,
to justify his presence in a forelgu
land helping the sick and doing many
other acts of kindness which are very
commendable, whether from a religious
or humanitarian standpoint.
Preach the Gospel to All Nations.
Our Lords Instruction was that his
people should preach the Gospel lu all
the world for a if7iiwt not to convert
all the world, but for a "iritncxx" to all
the world. The mission of the Gospel
is to select the Kingdom class, a "little
flock." The first opportunity to be
come members of this Royal Priest
hood was offered to the Jews and, aft
er the gathering of a remnant from
them, and after their national rejec
tion, the message was to go to the
whole world Irrespective of national
lines, boundaries or language any
body, everybody having the "hearing
ear," wns to be Instructed respecting
Christ and the opportunity of becom
ing his disciples by a full consecration
of mind and body, time and talent,
even unto death. These were to be
promised the reward of a share lu the
First Resurrection, to be members of
the Royal Priesthood which, during
the Millennial Kingdom of Messiah,
will bless all the remaining families
of mankind all the non-elect.
We are not complaining about the
failure to convert the heathen! We
are not faulting the missionaries! We
are taking the Bible stand that all of
God's purposes are being accomplish
ed; that God's Word Is accomplishing
"that whereto It was sent" (Isaiah lv,
11); that it was not sent to convert
the world, but to gather an "elect"
sample or "first-fruits" from all na
tlons (Revelation xiv, 4). Let clrllking
Influences continue in heathendom, ns
well as In Christendom. But let all
Christians, missionaries and others,
know assuredly that their labor is not
In vain If they are seeking for the
Lord's Jewels to the best of their abil
ity. I am lu touch continually with
laborers In India and Africa and well
know that the pure Gospel of Christ
is not greatly affecting their teeming
millions. But the Gospel of the King
dom Is seeking out, blessing, sancti
fying, happlfylng, encouraging some,
here and there; some, who have ears
of faith to hear, eyes of faith to see,
and obedient hearts to obey the "call"
to suffer w ith Christ and by and by
to reign with him for the effectual
blessing of all the families of the
earth, ' by uplifting the willing out
of their present conditions of sin and
degradation and death.
The Millennium a Necessity.
We have shown the value and nec
essity for the doctrine of the Millen
nium that all Chilians who would
hold fast to their T.lbles ns a faith
anchor and who would make progress
In their study of the Word and be
co-laborers with God in the gathering
of "the elect" need to see that the
elect only are now called to be heirs
of the Kingdom for which we pray,
"Thy Kingdom come." They need to
see that that Kingdom Is God's provi
sion for the future blessing of the tum
tlevt. They need to see that the Bible
does not teach, as many of them sup
pose, that the saints are called of God
to sit lu the heavenly balcony and
look over at the non-elect lu eternal
anguish, and hear their cries.
Next let us note that the Millennium
Itself Is an absolute uecesslty for the
world, according to the statistics of
the worldly-wise. Many college pro
fessors and D. D.'s are Inclined to
speak glibly of the Second Coming of
Christ being far in the future "fifty
thousand years yet," say some. But
evidently these learned gentlemen have
not used their educational advantages
In connection with such statements.
Any school boy can figure up what the
population of tho earth would be one
thousand years from now, taking the
present population as per the census
at sixteen hundred millions and the
ratio of Increase an shown by the cen
sus reports nt 8 per cent in ten years.
Tho total would show 3,.'57.'.,12o.X)(),i)UO
population for the year 2000 A. I).
more than 2.000 for each person now
What would humanity do If the
earth were crov.dej to that extent?
Where would the necessary food, fuel
and clothlcj be found? Computing all
the tillable portion tf the earth at
twenty-live million square tulles or six
teen billion acres would give but one
acre for the support of two hundred
nud teu people, or loss than five square
yards each. At the close of a second
uch period. C'0 A. I.. at the same
rate, there would bo ten persons for
each square foot of stauding-room. In
other words they would stand fifteen
deep ou each other's hends. What
shall we think of the icisdom that tells
us that the Millennium Is fifty thou
sand years off? The answer Is found
Id Isaiah's prophecy (xxls, 14).
Are we asked how the Millennium If
at once Introduced would avert the dif
ficulties of the first statement, two
hundred and ten people for each
acre of the habitable earth? We re
ply that the Scriptures clearly Inti
mate that the rapid Increase of our
race Is associated with man's fallen
condition; as our Creator declared to
mother Eve after her disobedience. "1
will greatly multiply thy sorrows and
thy conception" (Genesis ill, 10.
The Earth Shall Yield Her Increase.
The Scriptures also Intlmnte that
with the return of humanity towards
perfection the average tncrcase will be
less, and that eventually the human
family will come to the condition
where there will bo neither marriage
nor giving in marriage, and where sex
conditions will be lost in a uniform
utandard of humanity embodying the
qualities at present displayed In the
two sexes. Further, God's promise for
the Millennium is that uuder bis bless
ing the earth will yield her increase
and tho waste places be reclaimed,
springs breaking forth In deserts.
Furthermore, recognizing the Divine
nower lu connection with tho matter
wo, can readily see how- vast con
tinents can bo raised in the Atlantic
nud lu the Pacific Ocean. But aside
from these miracles which properly
enough could accotupnuy the Millen
nial Kingdom of Christ, what can tho
world who Ignore tho Bible expect?
In other words what shall they expect
who claim that the present order of
things Is to continue, saying, "All things
continue as they were from the begin
ning of the world?" (II Peter ill, 4.)
Some may Inquire, What about the
resurrection of the millions who have
died? We reply that the world has
been only gradually working up to Its
present dense population. The people
living in the world for the past six
thousand years, according to what we
believe are trustworthy evidences,
would number altogether about twenty
thousand millions. But more than
twice that number could be burled lu
tho State of Texas lu separate graves
and more than eight times that num
ber could find standing room In Tex
as, ns a school-buy with his pencil
could readily demonstrate.
But we iiL'ed not lock a thousand
years abend. The world will find It
self In great trouble very shortly un
less the Millennium be ushered lu. Al
ready there Is a shortage of timber
What will be tho condition of things
one hundred years from now? Al
ready our capitalists are buying up the
coal deposits on speculation, realizing
that Its rapid consumption Is making
it more valuable every year. Already
geologists ate calculating the number
of tons of coal not yet mined and tell
ing us that with the present average
of Increase in t lie consumption of coal
the entire supply of the world will be
exhausted lu r than tiro hundred
years. What will be Uie price of coal
ns the vanishing point Is neared? and
how will mankind do without It. and
without wood for fuel unless the Mil
lennium come promptly with Its mirac
ulous provisions? the taking of fuel
from our atmosphere, and from water,
by methods which will, no doubt, be
simple, when mankind come to under
stand them fully, but which at present
nre so expensive as to bo of little serv
ice. Other scientific men have been study
ing the increase of lusaclty and telling
us that progress In this direction Is
terrific. Some have estimated that In
less than two hundred yenrs the en
tire world, at the present rate, will be
Insane. How opportune It would be
for the Millennial Kingdom of the
great Llfe-Glver to be ushered In with
Its uplifting Influences, mental, moral
and physical!
Last but not least the combination
of wisdom and selfishness in our day,
known as Unions and Trusts, Is so In
fluential that prices la every commod
ity are rising. Yet the trusts nre not
quite ripe yet. Their managers have
not fully learned their power. Grad
ually the upper and the nether mill
stones will apparently be drawn closer
together, while necessity will force the
masses through the hopper. How
great would those "giants" become
within another century or so. If the
Millennium be not ushered In lu the
Interim to "lift the poor nnd needy out
of the dunghtir-uslng the scriptural
figure of the work of the Kingdom!
(Psalm cxlil. 7.)
My friends, let us stick to th Bible
nnd its Millennial theory. So doing
we will be guided by the wisdom
from on high nnd enabled to pray
with the spirit nnd the understanding
also. "Thy Kingdom come; they will
be done on earth ns It Is done In
heaven." and to labor intelligently as
co-workers with God! Let us pre
pare as pupils In the School of Christ
for the great work whereunto God has
called us by the Gospel Message.
"Even so. Come, Lord Jesus; Come
"Thy Kingdom come, nnd thy will
be don on earth, even as In heaven."
The Rendition of "The Wizard"
First-class in Every Particular
From Suturday's Dally.
After watching for two months the
efforts of the Grew players to please
the theater-going public of Piatts
niouth and vicinity, and noticing the
fine patronage and enthusiasm which
greets them at their coming each
Friday night, it does the Journal
good to know that their excellent
work is so highly appreciated. With
their change of plays each week it
is naturally to be expected that some
are better than others, but they have
all been good. , Last night, as usual,
a very fair audience greeted the pre
sentatlon of "The Wizard," and we
are prepared to say that it was sim
ply grand, both In scenic effects and
staging. Every character lu this
play was well represented. Miss Pet
tes as "Julie, the child of the des
ert," was simply immense, and no
one could have possibly played this
part better. Mr. Enders, as "Jerry
Spowls, a police clerk with sporting
blood,' was also well taken, Mr.
Enders does his part In all plays to
the satisfaction of the audience. The
character of "Tom. Melleville, lieu
tenant in the British army." Mr.
Mcharry, demonstrated that he was
"right there" in his part, and was
not lacking in any particular. Mr.
Ford, was "Johnnlo on the Spot" In
the role as a tribesman, and display
ed to the satisfaction of all that he
was "the right man in the right
place.' The character of "Andrew
Sanson, a notorious French crimi
nal," was one of the difficult parts
In the play, and to say that Mr. Ben
nett acquitted hlmBelf nobly would
but half express it. Mr. Bennett Is
one of the most clever actors con
nected with the company. We would
like to give each member special
mention, but suffice to say, they all
played their parts well. With all
tho plays produced here by the Win.
Crew company, we say "the Wizard"
la tho best one produced by the com In Plattsmouth.
M. Grew has certainly been very
fort , nate In getting together a com
pany of people of which he has just
cause to be proud of. They are all
perfect ladies and gentlemen, and as
a whole, their attractions are such
as to meet the commendations of the
patrons of the Parmele, and Mr.
Grew feels very grateful for manner
In which his company has been re
ceived In this city.
Next Friday night they will pre
sent the splendl comedy, "The Ad
ventures of Miss Brown," which will
give both Mr. Grew and Miss Pettes
unusual opportunities to display their
peculiar talents, and it Is safe to Bay
that all who attend will be delighted.
They are all nice people and good
Indians, as well as good actors, and
we bespeak for them an overflowing
house next Friday night.
' In Chicago.
I remember being on a Chicago
street car, says Ellis Parker Butler,
In "Success Magazine," sitting beside
a nice old lady in mourning, a year
or so ago. She was nervous and
Kept glancing at me, and then glanc
ing away again. It made me uncom
fortable. I thought she took me for
a pickpocket or some other bad man.
Finally she could contain herself no
me,' she said, "but have you heard
longer. She leaned over, "Excuse
yet how the Cubs' game came out?"
I hadn't and her face fell, but a mo
ment she saw a possible opportunity
for consolation. Well," she asked,
"can you tell me who they are put
ting in the box today?" How was
that for a gray-haired grandma? In
Chicago all talk baseball, from the
cradle to the grave. Up to three
o'clock in the afternoon no one talks
about anything but the game of the
day before. From three o'clock on
the only subject is the game that is
being played. The school child who
can not add two apples plus three
apples and make five apples with any
certainty of correctness can figure out
the standing of the Chicago nines
with one hand and a pencil that will
make a mark only when It Is held
straight up and town.
Mrs. S. S. Gooding and daughter
Miss Stella Gooding, were passengers
this afternoon on the fast mall for
Morrlstown, S. D., Mrs, Gooding hav
ing received a telegram announcing
the death of her brother at that
Notion In hfirehy Riven Hint Oerlnif A
Co., have filed their petition a required
by the statute of the State of Nebras
ka with the city clerk of the City of
1'lnttKmouth, Nebraska, retitiestlnic a
permit to noil malt, nplrtuoim and vln
oim liquor for medical, mechnnlcat and
chemical purposes for the coming; muni
cipal year In the building situated on
the west half wV4) of lot twelve (12)
In block twenty-eltflit (2X), In the City
of HuttMnouth, Nebraxkn.
March 22, 1910. Applicant.
Boy's loftes
both the parent and the boy, are here. Clothes that
combine newest style with the best fabrics and work
manship, clothes that will stand hard wear. The
best 'values in the world from $2.25 to $7.50. In
our Boy's department will be found everything the
boy wears, our well known qualities at Plattsmouth's
lowest prices.
Clothe Your Boy Here and Save Money!
C. E. Wescott's Sono!
Local News Notes
From Suturday's Pally.
John Lloyd of Murray Is in the
city today being registered at the
Hotel Perkins.
Miss llattle Fight was a passenger
for Grand Island this afternoon on
the fast mall.
Miss Margerle Walker was up
from Murray last evening to see
"The Wizard" at the Parmele.
Miss Paulnio Oldham came up
from Murray last evening to wit
ness "The Wizard" at the Parmele.
A. L. Todd, one of the progressive
citizens from south of the city, was
a passenger this morning for Omaha
on business.
Mrs. Bent Livingston and Miss
Rachel Livingston were among those
who spent the day In Omaha today,
going up on the early train.
Needed repairs are now being
made on the platform at the Bur
lington depot, the brick-work along
the outer edge of the walk having
become loose.
Mrs. M. W. Hicks and son rtobert,
who have been visiting in this city
the guest of the McElwaln family,
departed this morning for their home
at Knoxville, Iowa.
Lig Brown, mayor of Kenosha, Is
a caller In the city today. He reports
the good people of the vicinity doing
fairly well, and that a little rain
would do lots of good.
Mrs. Alta Halter, formerly Miss
Barthold of this city, was among the
many who took the west bound train
this afternoon, returning to her home
in Denver, after a visit In this city,
the guest of ber parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Barthold.
II. D. Patterson, surveyor of Sarpy
county, departed last evening for his
home In Papllllon. He had some
work in his county that had to be
done, and will return to bis work
here Tuesday, and then finish his
survey of the avenues.
Mrs. Frank Sochrlst of Fort Col
lins, Colorado, came In yesterday for
a visit with the family of her sis
ter, Mrs. W. E. Kosencrans. Mrs.
Sochrlst has been making an ex
tended visit in the east, having Just
left Buffalo before coming here.
W. S. C. Becker who came down
from Ashland this morning with the
high school ball team of that city,
gave the Journal a call. Mr. Becker
is a son of the editor of the Ashland
Gazette, and a practical newspaper
man. We were pleased to make his
J. E. Bachelor, wife and two sons,
Alex and Andy, and their wives came
over from Fremont county, Iowa, to
attend the funeral of Miss Elizabeth
Bates, a sister of Mrs. Bachelor,
which occurred this afternoon from
the home of J. Bachelor, three miles
south of town.
ft l eYC )
Charles Cook, one of the enter
prising farmers from south of the
city Is In today, looking after busi
ness. Ed. Gansemer, one of the promin
ent citizens of this county, is tu
the city today looking after business
Chris Metzger, one of the most
promlent citizens of Cedar Creek,
was lu this city yesterday looking
after business. ,
John Warga, one of the resident
of this county from south of town,
Is In the city today, having driven In
this morning.
George Horn, one of Cass coun
ty's substantial citizens, is among
those who are looking after business
In the city today.
Wm. Puis and wife from west of
town are in the city on business to
day, having driven in from their,
country home this morning. v
Peter and eGorge Melslnger, two
of the best citizens from the west
end of the county, are In the city
today looking after business. '
C. J. Tllson of near Murray, waa
In the city today ou business and
while here called at the Journal
headquarters and added his name to
our Murray list.
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This celebrated Jack will make the
season of 1910, at my farm, one mUe
west of the A. S. Will farm, each day
of the week.
BLACK BADGER is a black Jack
with white points, a sure breeder, and
has some fine colts to Bhow his quality.
HERMS:-12.00 to insure a live colt
All due care will be taken to prevent
accidents, but should nv nrpnp nmnw
will not be responsible. When parties
dispose of mares or move from the lo-
vaui,jr, service iee Becomes aue ana pay
able immediately.
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