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[The Christian Intelligencer]

From this terrific struggle will come an impetus to enlarge the scope and application of the gospel of love and peace to all the world. The church has been playing with the great task of evangelization committed to her by her Master. She has viewed with something of complacency the spread of a so-called "Christian civilization" among the nations of the earth, rather than given herself to the more difficult but far more essential task of implanting among them the real seed of gospel truth and life. Now she has seen the calamitous consequences of such substitution. The fields of the world have been sown with tares more freely than with wheat, and the inevitable harvest is being reaped.

But if in the coming year or years the lesson shall have been learned and the church shall bend its energies more wholly to the work of the intensive rather than the extensive cultivation of the spiritual life of men, and shall be more concerned to bring men into a spiritual relation to Christ rather than to a formal relation to the church, even the leanness of these years of famine will have been well endured for the fulness of the blessings which will be hereafter experienced. Such, then, should be the prayer and wish of every Christian for the year upon which we are entering, and such will be the outcome of even the cruelty and passion of the present strife, if men shall thus be convinced that only through the Christ can the world be brought to temporal or spiritual peace and blessing; because there is no "salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven give among men," than the name of Jesus, whereby they can be saved.

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