There is chronic complaint concerning the chronic emptiness...

Sunset-The Pacific Monthly

There is chronic complaint concerning the chronic emptiness of the pews in the American churches. "What is the matter with our churches?" is the theme of never ending controversy. Efficiency experts have advised scores of remedies, from consolidation to advertising, yet the number of vacant seats does not become less.

Is it true, then, that man's spiritual nature is being smothered under the increasing size and pressure of his physical needs? Late in April a New York attorney and a Baptist minister debated for three evenings in one of the largest of the Los Angeles auditoriums, the subject being the state of the dead according to the teachings of the Scripture. The attorney's interpretation denied the existence of a state of everlasting torment; the minister interpreted the Bible to prove that the wicked and unbelievers would find eternal punishment in hell.

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