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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914
Eighth Day.—TinraaDA*. The General Assembly sat again in the afternoon at First Church, the Moderator titer. A. Grant) presiding. The Clutha Presbytery submitted an overture asking the Assembly to take into consideration the fact that many charges seriously suffered in consequence of unduly prolonged vacancies, and to instruct presbyteries to take vigilant oversight o! all Vacant charge*, and in the case of all selfsustaining charges that remained for 12 months without calling a minister to strengthen the acting moderator's hands bv appointing two additional members of tfia Presbytery, who. together with him, should form a presbytery committee to help the vacant charges to a satisfactory settlement j and to instruct, further, that if a vacant charge be not settled within 12 months thereafter (two years' vacancy in aH), the Presbytery should forthwith take steps to appoint a minister to the place in ih« interest of the charge.—Rev. J. S. Ponder (Waltahuna) moved the adoption of the report.—Rev. A. V. G. Chandler (Lauder) seconded the motion pro forma. —Bev. J. Ajtken suggested that this mattar be referred to the committee on ministerial transference, to which the Assembly agreed, the motion being withdrawn. ttsv. P. C. Durward (Lawrence) submitted the report of the committee on Protestant principles, which urged that Sunday evening lectures be given on the history of Protestant principles, and that a epmmittee be appointed to carry out this proposal. He moved the adoption, of tho report.—Bev. T. Miller (Rangiora) seconded tile motion, and thanked Mr Durward for file excellent articles he had written on fids subject.—The motion was carried. The reports of the Sustentation Fund Committee and the committee on a uniform system of bookkeeping were received and adopted. " An overture by the Clutha Presbytery suggesting that the Assembly in future meet at Easter was negatived on the voices. The customary votes of thanks wero passed. Rev. W. J. Comrie (the treasurer) moved the vote of thanks to the Tress, remarking that the Dunedin reports had been accurate and fair. In this connection we thankfully acknowledge the help given to the reporters by Rev. W. R. Hutchison and Rev. W. F. Evans, who were appointed by the Assembly to act as Press stewards, and performed that duty with marked courtesy. INDUCTIONS. An odd mistake in our report of yesterday's proceedings may have caused confusion of thought. Tt wns in the paragraph about inductions. The object of the motion was to " save" a double induction. We printed it " to have a double induction.'* THE FRASER-DICKIE CONTROVERSY. We now supply th? portion of Rev. P. B. Fraaer's article in 'The Biblical Recorder* that was omitted from our report yesterdays-omitted beeaTisf up to tho time of going to press we had not a copy of the magazine to quote from. The further quotation is material. It runs tliu? : What is his (Professor Brown's) doctrine of the person of Our Lord? On the Deity of Oirr Lord ho says : " Tho true meaning of this doctrine has been often misunderstood. It is not the declaration that God is to be found only in Jesus, but that He is everywhere and nlwavs like Jesus. It is the confession of Christian faith that in Christ we have the revelation of the true nature of the ultimate reality who is the source and law of all things." ('Theology.' p. 347.) In short, the Lord Jesus Christ is not God and man, but God in man: a man, spirit-filled. In keeping with this view of the per son of Christ is Brown'3 doctrine of prayer in Christ's name. He says ('Theology,' p. 384): "This i.« th 9 true meaning of the formula ' through Jesus Christ' with which Christian prayer is commonly concluded. We come to God through Christ or in His name, not as though throi-ph Him alone we had gained a right of access not otherwise opened to us, or as though on account of His merits God might be induced to do for us what He would not otherwise have done; but because it is through Jesus that we have learned the true way of approach to the Father, and we would offer all our petition* in the spirit of which He has set us the example." Here we have the Lord Jeeus Christ as a pious, spirit-filled man setting us an example m prayer in which we" come in our own name. Comment is needless. As might be expected, ProfessoBrown's doctrine of salvation is on the same level. Of hie doctrine of atonement we will quote from a review of Professor Warfield in the 'Princeton 'Theological Review' on Professor Brown's article on atonement in Hasting'a 'Dictionary of Ethics.' "This article," says Professor Warfield, "is chiefly notable for the etudied care with which it repudiates the authority of the Christian Scriptures in the matter, representing them, indeed, ae thoroughly inconsistent with themselves, and repeatedly intimating that later thinkers have gone wrong because misled by this or that Biblical teaching." •Naturally, Professor Brown writes sympathetically of the Unitarians: "The time has surely come' when Trinitarians, on their part, "may recognise the relative justification of the Unitarian protest and join with their brethren in recognising the central place of the historic^ Christ. and striving to conform their fdea of God to His teaching" (p. 162). In short, Professor W. Adams Brown is a Ritechlian philosopher teaching Christian theology in what was once a Presbvterian eeminarv.
PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914
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