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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Sosialaeth Cristionogrol. Fe fethodd yr oes hono a gweled mawr- edd Crist am ei fod yn niwyg y gweithiwr. Onid hwn yw Mab y Saer? meddent. Maent yn gweled ei grefft. ac y mae ei grefft yn myned yn ddallineb ar eu llygaid nes methu gweled ei ddynoliaeth. Fe gafodd Crist Ei wrthod gan fawrion y wlad a'i ddirmygu gan arweinwyr crefydd yn Nghanaan am ei fod yn weithiwr. Cywilydd," meddai llais gwareiddiad am ddeunaw canrif, ond yn dal i wneyd yr un peth ei hunan. Mae bod yn weithiwr eto yn warthnod yn orbyn i wir ddynoliaeth gael ei pharchu, a chael ei lie teilwng mewn cymdeithas, a'i hawliau cyflawn oddiar ddwylaw perchen golud. Fe ddywedir fod rhai o urddasolion Ty y Gyffredin, pan aeth rhai o weithwyr gonest a deallgar y wlad yno fel cyn- rychiolwyr seneddol, yn symud rhag eis- tedd yn agos i'r gwerinwr. Dyna ail- adrodd barn ddall oes Crist—" Onid hwn yw Mab y Saer? "—cael eu dirmygu am eu bod yn weithwyr. Ond erbyn heddyw mae plaid Llafur wedi dangos eu bod yn olynwyr teilwng, mewn nerth meddwl a chymeriad, i weithiwr dirmygedig Nasa- reth. Mae y rhagfarn yn myned i lawr a'r gweithiwr yn myned i fyny. Ewch i'r prif-ysgolion, Rhydychain a Chaergrawnt, gafodd eu cadw yn gloedig am oesau rhag gwerinwyr y wlad yma: ond hyd heddyw nid yw awyrgylch y prif- ysgolion yn gallu dygymod a'r syniad i'r gweithiwr fyned yno. Edrychir i lawr yn Rhydychain ar fechgyn o weithwyr sydd wedi myned i fyny i Browning Hall: Bechgyn sydd wedi llafurio yn galed i esgyn oddiwrth faino y llafurwr i eistedd ar fainc y coleg; ao eto y mae yn ngholegau Rhydychain ryw ddosbarth coegaidd, di-allu, sydd yno yn ngrym arian, ac nid yn ngrym meddwl, yn edrych i lawr ar fechgyn o weithwyr. Ond deuwch yn nes na St. Stephan a Rhydychain. Beth am ein cartrefi a'n heglwysi? Beth yw y parch delir mewn llawer ty i eneth o forwynF Mae ym- ddygiad ambell i deulu at eu morwyn neu forwynion yn ddirmyg ar wareiddiad, a'r peth agosaf i ail-adroddiad o gaethwas- iaeth sydd ar gael. Dysgir y plant i edrych i lawr ar y forwyn: fel y clywais am un diacon yn anfon ei forwyn i gapel arall o'r un enwad rhag iddi dynu i lawr urddas ei deulu ef trwy eisteda yn yr un sedd yn yr un capel; ac eto fe fyddai y diacon yna yn ddigon deublyg ei galon i roddi "Amen" i'r pregethu gondemniai yr Iuddewon oedd yn dirmygu gweithiwr Nasareth. Beth hefyd am ein heglwysi? A yw ein heglwysi yn ddieuog o edrych i lawr ar y tlawd ar gweithiwr? Dywed Dr. Amory Bradford am un gohebydd yn Boston benderfynodd fyned i 35 o eglwysi mewn dau gymeriad (a golygu penderfynu eymeriad wrth olwg y wisg, fel y mae arfer llawer). Aeth, v tro cyntaf, i'r holl eglwysi yn eu tro mewn gwisg gweithiwr hynod o dlawd. Prin y cymerai neb sylw o hono yn yr un o'r eglwysi: ac os y caffai le yn rhywle byddai hwnw mewn rhyw gongl wi th y drws: felly yn mhob un yn ddieithriad. Yr ail dro aeth mewn gwisg gwr da ei amgylchiadau, a gwychder ei wisg yn awgrymu ei fod yn un o gyfoeth- ogion y dref. Prin y cai amser i edrych oddiamgylch na byddai rhywun wedi gafael ynddo a myned ag ef yn mlaen, a'i orfodi i fyned i'r lie mwyaf amlwg a gwych yn yr holl addoldy. Dadguddiodd y gohebydd y driniaeth ddeublyg yma yn un o'r newyddiaduron, a rhoddodd bi egeth amserol i ffug-Gristionogaeth eglwys yr America. Ond yn yr America y digwyddodd hynyna ie, ac y mae yn digwydd beunydd hefyd yn ein heglwysi ninau. Mae diacon- iaid a gweinidogion, mewn llawer eglwys, wedi ail-adrodd yn gywir, yn ein gwlad ni, yr hyn ddigwyddodd yn Boston: a mentraf ddweyd fod eglwysi Boston, a phob eglwys a wna. yr un peth, yn gwneyd eu goreu i guddio un o egwyddorion tlysaf ymgnawdoliad Crist. Gweithiwr oedd yr Iesu: a'r lie diweddaf yn y byd y dylai gweithiwr deimlo camwri, neu gael ei anwybyddu am ei fod yn weithiwr, ydyw eglwys sydd yn proffesu dilyn y Saer o Nasareth. 0 bobman lie y dylai Sosialaeth Gristionogol fod yn gwastadhau pob gwahaniaeth rhwng dynion Alu gilydd, eglwys yw y man lie y dylai wneyd felly, ao y mae mewn miloedd o ongreifftisu.- Y Parch. J. Lewis Williams, M.A., B.Sc., yn Y Geninen am Ebrill.
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Organ Recitals at Bethania, 7 reorchy. The fifth annual organ recital and con- certs took place at Bethania Chapel on Thursday and Friday last (Good Friday). Although the attendance was not what had been expected on Thursday, it gained considerably on Friday evening. The sacred cantata, entitled For Christ and the Church," was performed by the choir each evening, under the conductorship of Mr. David Miles, assisted by the following eminent artistes: —Soprano, Miss M. Squires, Cardiff (winner at Swansea National Eisteddfod, 1907): contralto, Miss L. Davies Tonypandy (pupil of Mr. E. T. Davies, F.R.O.O., Merthyr Tydfil); tenor, Mr. Septimus Ashton, Treorchy; bass Mr. Aneurin Edwards Treorchy; organist, Prof. J. T. Jones, L.R.A.M., Treorchy. The programme on Thursday evening was an excellent one. It was as follows: —Part 1 (miscellaneous): Organ solos, Grand Chocur (Hollins), and (a) A Prayer (Batiste) and (b) Introduction and Fugue in B minor" (De Plavsall), Prof. J. T. Jones; tenor solo, 'Rwy'n myn'd," Mr. Septimus Ashton; soprano solo, Life of the Organist" (Gray) Miss M. Squires; contralto solo, Speak on, sweet voices" (Teresa Del), Miss L. Davies; bass solo, Eternal Rest (Picco- lomoni), Mr. Aneurin Edwards; chorus, Drylliwyd y Delyn" (D. Jenkins), the Choir. Part 2 was devoted to performing the cantata, For Christ and the Church (Pattison). The choir rendered Head of the Church," How sweet are Thy words unto my taste," The Lord is my Light (including tenor solo), 0 love the Lord, all ye, His saints," 0 Christ to Thee we consecrate," Be strong in the Lord," and Rejoice in the Lord (soprano solo included) faultlessly, and showed the effect of efficient training. I will extol Thee and Let us not be weary in well-doing," b- Miss Squires, were very well received. Mr. Septimus Ashton acquitted himself admirably in Ba ye therefore followers of God" and "Be thou faithful unto death." Mr. Aneurin Edwards was loudly applauded for But ye beloved," and I beseech you, brethren." The harvest truly is great," the aria" Now hearken unto me," and the recits. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life" and I heard the voice of the Lord saying," by Miss L. Davies, were also well rendered. The duet, 0 how amiable are Thy taber- nacles," and the quartet and chorus, Love Divine, all loves excelling," were exceptionally good. On Friday evening there was a fairly large and appreciative audience, the mis- cellaneous programme for the evening being:-Two organ solos by Prof. J. T. Jones bass solo, Y Bachgen Amddifad," Mr. Aneurin Edwards; tenor solo, Hen Gadair Freichiau fy Mam," Mr. Septimus Ashton; contralto solo, Joyous Life," Miss L. Davies; soprano solo, recit., "0 let Eternal Honours" and air From Mighty Kings (Handel), Miss M. Squires chorus, Drylliwyd y Delyn," the Choir; and another two organ solos, entitled A Prayer" (Batiste) and It Åndante and Allegro," by Prof. J. T. Jones. Part 2 was devoted to the cantata. Praise is due to all the artistes and choristers for acquitting themselves so admirably in their different parts. Mr. D. Miles is also deserving of the highest praise for training the choir to such a stage of perfection. Prof. J. T. Jones must be highly com- mended for so ably presiding at the organ. He worked hard both evenings, and also in preparing for the recitals. On the whole, it was a great success. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the secretary, Mr. W. J. Davies (Clark Street), the artistes, conductor, and all who contributed towards making the event a success.
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