REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS.
THE STATE OF THE CHURCH
To the Bishop and Conference:
We, your Committee on the State of the Church, begs
leave to submit the following report: With the death-
knell of advanced civilization ringing in our ears and our
vision of a conquered world under the dominion and sway
of the Prince of Peace somewhat obscured by the smoke of
battle, with hearts of compassion stirred to the very depths
by a world war such as there never was before, with mili-
larism the ripened fruit of abnormal and inhuman selfish-
ness calling for sacrifice everywhere and from well nigh
every one; it is pertinent to ask what of the Church?
That we are in the midst of a changing order no one
doubts; the world to-day is not the world of ten years ago
and it will be still more transformed a decade hence. Physi-
cal changes require long periods of time; physical changes
may come like a catyclysm. Science terms the former
process evolution; the latter may be classed under various
terms, such as evolution, regeneration, redemption.
In the realm of organic life it may require ages to work
out clearly defined physical changes. But in the realm of
human life a few men in one day ,or one hour, may make
decisions that will destroy the achievements of centuries
and throw a hemisphere, yea, an entire world into a chaos
of confusion and strife.
In like manner the voluntary choices of men and nations
may in a year, or a decade, change the course of history
and revolutionize the moral life of mankind. The Bible, in
its profound revelations of spiritual processes makes room
for such sudden transitions and redemptions. It declares
that individual men may be translated by an instantaneous
rebirth from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of
God's dear Son.