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Mid-Rhondda Free Church Council and the New Theology. A series of meetings, under the auspices of the above Council, to counteract the New Theology movement, has been held during the Easter holidays. The opening service took place on Tuesday afternoon at Trinity Chapel, Tonypandy, when the Rev. R. R. Morris, M.A., B.D., Dolgelley, preached an eloquent sermon. In the evening, under the presidency of the Rev. E. Richards, the Rev. R. R. Morris delivered a lecture on The Foundation of Faith." In opening his lecture, Mr. Morris eaid that lie wished to proceed in a proper spirit, the subject being far too sacred to handle in the manner of a pugilistic ex- hibition. He had a gesuine and sincere respect for the gentlemen who were the leading advocates and promoters of the New Theology, who, like himself, were Working for the 'same ends—truth over error, right over wrong. He, however, believed that the orthodox remedy for evils was better than that of the New Theologians, whose remedy was really no remedy at all. Why was the New Theology necessary ? What faults, what defects could be found with the Old Theology? We were told the Old Theology had lost its hold on the masses, had ceased to be a power; that it was an article for one day a week, like Sunday clothes, and not for everyday use. Lhey were told by these Jeremiahs that the people were getting tired. Why were these things so? In Wales, the land of religious festivals, this had a curious sound. The Welsh were not tired. If there was a difference between Wales and England, the reason was not far to seek. It was a fact that the Gospel had not found a hold in Eng- land as it had in Wales. The lecturer at this point read a quotation from the Rev. R. J. Campbell's book, which says that one-fifth only oi the inhabitants of London attended public worship. Mr. Campbell thought they had been given stones instead of bread; therefore, they had turned their backs. Nothing, said the lecturer, could be further from the truth. The question he would like to ask was, Had it ever been different? Had there ever been a time when the people were thirst- ing for the Old Theology ? Had they been in the habit of attending worship? They had not come into contact with the Gospel; they could blame the churches if they liked but they could not blame the Gospel for not being what the people needed. London needed to be reminded that London was not all the world. It was only to be expected that the Old I Theology would encounter greater difficulty to leaven London than any other part of the world. But why take London as a criterion ? If it had been a failure in the great city was it necessary for it to be a failure elsewhere? Why not take Scot- land? Why not take Wales, where the Old Theology had had a fair chance and had commended itself to the conscience? Granted the Old Theology was most un- popular among large masses of the human race, to the lecturer its unpopularity was its strongest evidence. The Gospel was to regenerate men, not to please them. Again the rev. gentleman quoted extracts from Mr. Campbell's book to show how much the Old Theology was misunder- stood by him. Mr. Morris said that it Was most incorrect to say that the Old Theology taught that God worried about sin. Who ever thought that God was so full of worry about sin that He was not able to attend to anything else? Sin never unsettled the Divine mind for a moment. Stars, seas, vegetable and animal life continued as if sin had never entered into the world. It was not correct to say that sending God's Son from heaven to earth was one expedient out of many, many schemes tried, and this the best. It was the only plan for men's salvation. There was no need for any other. Sal- vation was the primary idea in the Divine mind. Why did not a wise God prevent ? God did not sanction sin. God abstained from preventing sin because, by not preventing the entrance of sin into this world, he opened a field for exhibit- ing His own love. Mr. Campbell, in order to substantiate his opinion of the Old Theology, appealed to the men who had given up going to church. The Old Theo- logians did not recognise such an autho- rity. If Mr. Campbell and his friends refused to believe their records, they ought at least be allowed to say what their position was. Mr. Morris, continuing, said that he did not agree with Mr. Camp- bell's interpretation of the doctrine of the fall as taught by the Old Theology. It was time that the Old maintained that sin deserved everlasting punishment; but it was not a place where God inflicted arbitrary and unnecessary punishment. Sin had in itself the ingredients of hell, and no more was needed. All the misery of the lost was self-inflicted. He con- tested Mr. Campbell's views on the in- spiration and infallibility of the Bible. He (the lecturer) did not regard the Bible as something God had throwii-ta-way from himself, but as His living Word, never out of date, and which met all necessities. Was the New Theology a form of Chris- tianity, or was it another religion quite distinct? It was not Christianity. It was as much outside Christianity as Mohammedism or Buddhism. Votes of thanks to the lecturer and chairman brought the meeting to a close. The services were continued at Bethania on Wednesday.

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