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Abercynon Free Church Council. "THE GLORIOUS FUTURE." The annual meetings of the Abercynon Free Church Council were held on Monday. The special speakers were Prof. Levi, Aberystwyth, and Aid. Edward Thomas (Cochfarf), Cardiff. In the afternoon a conference of the representa- tives of the different churches was held at Car- mel Welsh Wesleyan Church, the ReT. Rice Owen presiding. The Rev. J. R..Hughes opened the meeting, after which the Rev. Morgan Jenkins read a. paper on the "Outlook of the Christian Church." Although there were a great many difficulties facing the Christian Church of to- day, and which threw a shadow of gloom over it, Mr. Jenkins said he saw a bright gleam of sunshine through it all. Briefly, some of the shadows as described by him were: (1) Tne decline of some churches during the past year. (2) It could not be said that this was the case in Wales, but in England a large number of the most, talented young men would not enter the ministry, a.nd, therefore, in time the quality of the ministry and the strength of the Church would suffer. (3) The young men of to-day would not bear the burdens of the Christian Church. The worst enemy that the church had was within itself, and there was a. great battle awaiting the Christian Church. Taking the other side of the question, it was re-assur- ing that there was a much better future for the Church. (1) The unrestfulness of Christian thought brought about by higher criticism. Never wa3 the Bible investigated as i( was be- ing done to-day, and they might rest assured that this higher criticism would help the Chris- tian thought and not destroy it. (2) This great social awakening would revive the Christian Church. (3) The tendency of uniting forces which was in the Church at the present day would prove of infinite value, a unity of Chris- tian character and Christian life as well as a unity in one vast body. He believed that there was a great and glorious future for the Chris- tian Church. It had done good work in the I past, was still doing good work, but its best work lay not in the past nor the present, but was to be in the future. Professor Levi then addressed the meeting on "The Duty of the Christian Church." Af- ter speaking for some time on tho formation of the laws of this country, he stated that the freewill within a man was a law making power. The laws were made by man, but he must be of high moral character. The life of many an old man or woman living in some remote corner was a law in itself. He was afraid that we had come to think too much of the multitude and too little of individualism. The law was per- haps made by one man. Of course, it required many to pass it. He was afraid that a preach- er even would not preach one of his best ser- mons unless there was a large congregation pre- sent, and yet the greatest Preacher that ever trod this earth delivered one of His best ser- mons to a woman of low character whilst seated a.t a well-side. How often also did Ho send the multitude awav, and kept the few followers. The church should deal more with individuals. The ministers should think more of them, but it cannot be expected of a minister to do this in addition to the work some minis- ters already had, viz., of obtaining so many new members in the year, and of defraying so much of the church debt. The chuach should create good moral characters. The useless people should be weeded out. If there were only ton good men left he believed that' they would savo the nation. Most of the leaders in Wales to-day were Christian men—men of high moral character—and he firmly believed with the last speaker that there was a glorious future for the christian Church. Aid. Edw. Thomas, Cardiff, and the Rev. W. Jones having addressed the meeting in Welsh, votes of thanks were accorded to Rev. M. Jen- kins for his paper a.nd to the speakers. In the evening a public meeting was held at Bethania Chapel. The chair was taken by the Rev. J. T. Williams (president of the Free Church Council), and amongst those present were the Revs. Mr. Jones Rice. Owen Mor- gan Jenkins, ,1. R. Hugbes, D. P. Davies, A. B. Morgans, D Ellis Jones (vicar), and Coun. T. W. Jones, etc. Prof. Levi gave an address on the disestab- lishment of the Church of England in Wales. Ho said that it was almost unnecessar.y for anyone to speak to Welshmen on disestablish- ment, as they were well acquainted with the subject, and had been so for many years. The best summary of the question that he could give them was that given by a poor man break- ing stones on the roadside. A curate approach- ed him one day, and said he was sorry to see him compelled to live on the parish, and then advised him to go over to the church. The poor labourer replied, "Well, sir, it is bad enough to have my body on the parish, but if I come over to the church my soul will be on the parish as well." That, in a nutshell, was the present state of the Church of Eng- land. It would not do for Wales to forget that she owed her grand nationality to her re- ligion. The national glory of Wales was based on religion. He disagreed with those people who were always down on the denommationai- ism of Wales. He compared them to various flower gardens differing in colour and fra- grance, but all breathing the same life; or they were like regiments differing in rank, but all belonging to the same glorious army. The difference between the Free Churches and the Established Church was that all the churches rrere willing to work together, but the Church of England was not willing to co-operate with the Free Churches. He should welcome dis- establishment even without disendowment. His strongest argument for disestablishment was the teaching of Christ that His Church though in this world was not of this world. The Church would be immensely benefited by its separation from the political bond. The pre- sent Bill was the noblest Act of emancipation ever attempted. He closed a most vigorous address by quoting the words of the Dean of Canterbury: "You can never stop disestab- lishment, God's hand is forcing it on, and hand cannot keep it back" (loud cheers). Coun. E. Thomas (Cochfarf), rising amid cheers, said it was no use concealing the fact that disestablishment meant a hard fight be- tween the Free Churches and the Established Church. They had been fighting for forty years, and must fight on till the battle had been won. He asked if the Church objected so much to Nonconformists getting money why they clung so tenaciously to it themselves. A great deal of money was unquestionably taken from the people of Wales. The Church had taken the wages without doing the work. In 1570 the vicar of a parish went about playing the fiddle at ravels and indulging in drink, and on Sunday went to take care of people's souls. Ho urged the audience not to be satisfied with a mere second reading of the present Bill, but to insist on carrying it through as far as the House of Commons could go, and leave the Lords to do what they liked, for he could as- sure them that if the Lords refused, Wales would demand a National Council, and pass their own measures. He cave several instances to show that the Church of England in Wales was totally unable to secure the most com- petent men for every office. He had been watching the effect of the freedom of religion in America during his prolonged stay there, and would not rest till we had the same liberty in Wales. Votes of thanks were accorded the speakers, and the Rev. Rice Owen then proposed, and the Rev. Morgan Jenkins seconded, the following resolution: "That this meeting of Free Churchmen of Abercynon heartily welcomes the Premier's measure for the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales as a mea- sure long overdue in the interest of religious equality, and express its emphatic desire that it shall bo passed through every stage possible in the present session of Parljament." On be- ing put to the meeting it was carried by a vast majority. ENTKBTAINMKNT. — On Monday evening, a very interesting entertainment was g-ivon at the English Wesleyan Chapel by the Band of Hope. Mr. J. R. Jones presided. Recitations were given by Walter Osborne. Nellie Titley Edith Howells, Mrs: Stone, George Davies: dialogue, What Drink has done," bv J Os- borne, W. Maddox, B. Morgan, C. Maddo"- a quartette by Messrs. J. Titley, W. Osborne' J. Osborne, and W. Osborne; selections bv Mr W. B. Morgan's (Treharria) Party; solos bv Lvan Evans; and duetts by Nellie Titley and! A. Daniel, and Misses B. Morgan and Wil- liams (Treharris). Miss L. Howe presided at the organ. Are you looking1 for anything;? If so a Wan^ A«l. in our columns will grci it to- -°:i

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