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Dr. Campbell Morgan at .Tonypandy.


Dr. Campbell Morgan at Tonypandy. Lecture at Ebenezer Chapel. On Thursday evening, long before the time announced, the spacious edifice was packed to its utmost. Before Dr. Morgan arrived, Mr. R. R. Williams, Olydach Vale, spoke a few words, stating that the doctor and his staff had come to the Rhondda entirely free of charge, even paying their own railway fare (applause). On the doctor entering the church, the whole assembly stood up- in a body, thus showing their appreciation of the ser- vices rendered during the "retreat." Aftetr the reading of the Scripture, which was selected from the 16th chapter of St. Matthew's Gosper and read by the son of Hr. Morgan, the latter said that the Westminster staff had been staying in the locality for a few days, and they could not possibly go without showing some expression of the gratitude they felt, and he would ask two members of his staff to speak on their behalf. Mr. Arthur E. Marsh then rose. and in a. few chosen words expressed thanks to the many friends for the kindness in which they had treated them. Sister Miller afterwards spoke on behalf of the sisters, and also expressed their heafty and sincere thanks to all concerned. Dr. Morgan also stated his high appre- ciation to the churches for their generosity in placing their buildings for the holding of the meetings that had been held during the" retreat." Dr. Campbelli Morgan then delivered his lecture on The Church Its Construc- tion. Its Campaign, Its Keys." He took as the basis of his subject the passage of Scripture which had been read by his son. Commencing his lecture, the rev. gentle- man said that we were told on every hand that the character jof the Christian Church was setting. We were conscious, he said, that the Church was living in an age of criticism, and there was a great deal of that criticism coming from within, and a great deal coming from without the Church; but he never took pains to defend the Church from the criticism that came from without. He wanted his hearers to ask themselves, not what did Paul, and Peter, and John teach concern- ing the Church, but what did Christ teach? We were often told, said the doctor, that we should get back to Christ; and he for one was quite content and willing to get back to the Christ. Coming to the term Church, he said that he would not allocate the term to any particular body. The term belonged to him (Dr. Morgan), and lie was also a High Churchman. He did not care to be degraded, and he was a little tired of being called a Nonconformist, because he confirmed with all that Christ said. He was, he said, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. Christ had made two references to the Church, and both were to be found in St. Matthew's Gospel. The passage he had chosen as a, guide was an exclusive statement of Christ's, and the teaching of the apostles was not a contra- diction to it. The place where the words were uttered was Cosarea Philippi, which was on the border of the Jewish territory. and on every hand were to be found numerous rocks. Christ, he said, had led them out to the home of ruined idolatry. The rulers of the nation had rejected Him, and now He comes forth and preacheth repentance. How was Christ I received? asked the lecturer. First, they sympathised with Him; then they criti- I cised Him; then they crucified Him. When Christ asked His disciples whom did they themselves say He was, they did not answer and say that he waa a Prophet, but that He was the King Himself. Imme- diately Peter said: Thou art Christ." Christ said: "Thou art Peter." "May God deliver the Church," said the rev. gentleman, from the unholy passion for statistics. Christ said one was enough to go on with." The word Church, said the doctor, had no actual affinity with the Greek word translated Church. At the back of the word Church was to be found the word Ecelesia, and when Christ spoke it, it meant called out, and sug- gested a separation. Christ, said the speaker, was the administrator, and he also was the rock and the foundation of the Church. If the Church was built on Peter or any of his followers, it would have gone long ago; but it was built on the essential rock Christ Jesus, and Mr. Morgan had no fear so far as the stability of the Church was concerned, and if Christ built it, said he, it must be a beautiful and glorious Church. No man had LJ Clr.nli. because it was only now being built, and it was not fair to judge any building by the scaffolding. When the Church was finished, it would be magnificent. We knew something of it as it stood to-day. In the continent and in the village the Church had done a great work. Dealing with its cam- paign," he said that the second part of his subject was a picture suggesting a battle, and that the Church would be built so strongly that even Hades would not be able to overthrow it; but, said the lecturer, that was not it, it was a picture of the Church of God as an army in this world fighting against everything that imperilled humanity, and the Church had to get down into humanity. Coming to its keys," he said that the word keys meant a scribe. Ezra was a scribe, and a scribe in the pulpit was the interpreter of the law of God. He was the man who set lip the moral standard of the people, and Christ meant that they were not only to be builders, but also scribes of all the ages, declaring morality and insisting upon its being carried out. The great morals of the city was learned from the Church. The Church must stand and rise again and again. In the name of God," said Mr. Morgan, we will make our boast that we belong to this great Church of Christ, and we are fighting under His banner." Unless the local churches were fighting a battle whereby men and women were set free, she was failing. People should give their lives to the Church and see to it that they fulfilled its great ideals, and in falling into line they would be making it easier for others to fall into line also (applause). The Rev. M. H. Ellis occupied the chair.

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