By WILBORNE HARRELL A
I had a rather unique expert-]
ence Sunday night—unique fori
me, at least. All day Sunday I
had been tracking the killer
hurricane Donna by radio, and
when WCDJ, the local station,
went off the air at 6 o’clock, I
switched to a Florida station
and caught a newscast in which
the announcer said that Donna
was heading for the Carolinas,
packing winds of 120 MPH, at a
forward speed of 35 MPH, and
would pass close to Edenton,
North Carolina. He pronounced
it Eddington—but that did it.
I’ve seen plenty of hurricanes,
but this is the first one that*
ever ran me out of my house.
I’Ve ridden them all out. But|
I had heard several newscasts!
that had an ominous tone, not!
t» my liking; and aware of]
Donna’s viciousness, I fled to the!
armory. I wasn’t the onlv onct
thgre, believe me, a coupla hun-|
Weekly Devotional j
By JAMES MaeABNZIR I
As father-in-law of Billy Gra
ham and editor of The Presby
terian Journal and Christianity
Today, Dr. L. Nelson Bell is
well known in Christian circles.
In the ; current issue of The Jour
nal appears an article by him:
“A Call To Sober Evaluation.”
which deals with the fact that
the “old-line major denomina
tions” are losing ground to the
smaller, newer groups.
That they are is conceded by
all. George W. Cornell, Religion
Editor for the Associated Press
wrote recently of “the much
heralded upsurge of church af
filiation among the simple, rela
tively small. Gospel-preaching
groups.” Others, notably Dr.
Henry Pitt VanDusen and Dr.
Arnold Hearn, both of Union
Seminary, New York, view
ed the trend with alarm. They
feel that any return to simple
New Testament Christianity is to
be deplored, and are deeply con
cerned that while the twelve j
largest denominations in the
U. S. show an increase of only
21% for the past ten years, the
smaller, conservative groups have
increased by 88^.
Why? Dr. Bell lists several
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dred people thought as I did —
it’s better to be safe than sorry.
OVERHEARD IN THE ARMORY
—Penny, a kid whose father is
a professional wrestler, said,
seeing the crowd gathered, “Dad
dy, when do you wrestle?” An
other woman said her mother
was raring to go home, and com
plaining that she could have
stayed home and gotten some
sleep. This woman said her
mother wasn’t afraid of hurri
canes—in fact, she wasn’t afraid
of anything but mice.
Few people realize the tre
mendous amount of work done!
by the National Guard, the Red
Cross and others when disaster,
or even near disaster, strikes.
A big bouquet of thanks should
go to them.
The funny papers are so
adults. Kids nowadays arc too
reasons. First of all these
smaller denominations preach
the simple Gospel of salvation |
through faith in Christ. Christ
Himself is central in their
preaching, and the emphasis is
on a personal relationship with
Him. In the larger denomina
tions the trend is toward salva
tion by works, and exaltation of
the church machinery as such.
The church (or denomination- is
held up as the means of grace,
and its programs, organization,
boards, etc., and regarded as
Nor do our old-line denomi-|
nations stress a personal, indi
vidual relationship with Christ
as once we did. Once again
Churchianity has replaced Chris
tianity. We have honored the
body (the church) above the
Head (Christ). One is related j
to a religious experience through
the programs of the denomina
tion rather’ than through a face
to face encounter with the living
Christ. The result is, of course,
that many are simply not saved. [
They are merely orthodox.
Further, the smaller groups
speak with authority. They ac
cept the Bible as the very words
of God, and make no apology
for it. There is entirely too
much unbelief in high places ir.
our major denominations today;
too much exaltation of the hu
man mind above the Word of
j smart for the funnies.
, lam neither a Republican nor
a Democrat, or belong to any
regimented group. Ido not vote
for parties, I vote for pcrsonali
! ties, efficiency, capability—or, in
! short, I vote for the man I
j think best qualified to hold the
j office. In county, city. State
and national elections, the MAN.
and his stand on vital issues,
receives my first consideration 1
i —and my vote.
Some people may say that I
|am what W. O. Saunders, the
late well-known writer and edi-j
tor of the Elizabeth City Inde-j
pendent, called a “mugwump” —
: a fellow who sits with his mug|
jon one side of the fence, and j
| his wump on the other.
>No compromise with communism!
God. Instead of allowing the!
Bible to sit in judgment of us, I
too many now presume to sit in
| judgment of the Bible. This, of!
course, affects the content of]
'our preaching. We give nice!
little religious talks, lectures on
How To Be A Well-Adjusted j
Person, book reviews, biograph-!
ies of great men. discussions of
politics and social issues, and \
the like—and entirely ignore the
Word of God. People want
something more on Sunday than 1
they can find on the editorial
page during the week. Many
have discovered they must leave
the denqminational monolith and
migrate to the “Full Gospel
Tabernacle” to find it.
Another difference is in the
Sunday School literature. De
nominational stuff is too often
centered around anything and
everything but the Bible. The
educational philosophy of John
Dewey has permeated and cor
rupted many of our denomina-
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tional Sunday School (excuse
' me: Church School) hoards, with
| the result that our children now
j read about Jack and Jane and.
I Spot rather than David and,
j Samson and Daniel. The lilcra-'
turc of the newer, smaller de
nominations is Bible centered
rather than church centered!
(witness, for example, that the!
I old-line denominations have bo-,
gun to call their Sunday Schools,
! “Church Schools", while the
smaller sects call theirs: “Bible
| Schools.” Also, the Vacation
! BIBLE School has become the
I Vacation CHURCH School). >
Finally, the smaller groups
emphasize the Bible method of
church finance: Tithing. While
the old line churches stay busy
trying to wring money out of
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the like: the newer, Gospel
preaching groups are supported
by their own members. Os
course their members love their!
churches! “Where your money
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