Current Events

Vol 5:6 (June 1959)

Current Events

Communism And Religion: At this moment all men who profess any religion are acutely aware of the intentions of the Communistic movement.

Pope John XXIII suggests the closing of ranks by all nominal Christians against these sinister threats.

In the United States, Dr. Edwin T. Dahlberg, President of the National Council of Churches, has called upon Christians everywhere to regard the subjugation of the Tibetan people as a cruel violation of international standards of religious liberty and human rights.

It might well be that crises in world affairs will combine all Christendom, and produce the united religious-political front pictured by the beast with seven heads and ten horns upon which is seated, as in a saddle to control, the scarlet attired woman (Rev. 17).

The description of the woman reminds one of the Spanish Inquisition, the night of St. Bartholomew in Paris, the massacre of the Huguenots and the Waldoneses, the martyrdom of John Huss and many other saintly men.

The woman is identified as “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”

The word of God is plain, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

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The Bible The Bestseller: At the 143rd annual meeting of the American Bible Society, delegates learned that this one society distributed 16,629,486 copies of the Holy Scriptures last year. The previous record was 16 million in 1951.

By the end of 1958 at least some portion of the Bible had been published in 1,136 languages and dialects; the complete Bible in 215, the New Testament in 273, and one or more of the Gospels in 648.

Notwithstanding this tremendous effort there are more than 1,000 tongues in which no part of the Bible has yet appeared.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

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Washington, D.C.: Recently, after a private interview with President Eisenhower, Dag Hammerskjold, Secretary General of the United Nations, was asked by newspaper reporters for a statement. In his characteristically evasive manner the Secretary replied: “You know, Gentlemen, a private interview is a private interview.”

This capable executive, who speaks fluently several different languages, knows not only how to speak, but when not to speak. There is a pertinent exhortation which says, “Study to be quiet, and to do your own business.”

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Time, May 25, 1959: Roman Catholics in the United States have increased 47.8 per cent since 1949. For the 13th consecutive year, the Church of Rome reports more than 100,000 adult converts; 140,411 in 1958, a total of 1,301,335 in the past decade. What a challenge to evangelical Christians!