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Ohio Annual Conference, Reports and Resolutions Adopted
			
4             REPORTS AND  RESOLUTIONS

church or not, one thing is certain:  The church is in the
midst of a transitional period.  She is in the crucible and
the acid test is being applied.  We are confident, however,
she will survive the test.  We are optimistic concerning the
future.  We believe the church will clearly visualize the fu-
ture and set herself manfully to the task of the coming
years.
  As to the condition of the world after the war socially or
religiously we cannot know at present, but we feel safe in
saying it will be amazingly complex. Our eyes have already
caught sight of a rising cloud in the east which forecasts
the revival of rabid socialism without Christ--without the
ideals of Jesus. Coupled with this, or following in its wake
are evident signs of revolution more to be dreaded than
civilized warfare. These ominous signs force us to the con-
viction that the days in which we live are the "Beginning
of Sorrow;" the time of trial for the modern church and
the day of tribulation for the true followers of Jesus Christ
is at hand.
  We face the situation with radiant hopes. This is the
anchor which we cast in the midst of a troubled sea.  As a
result of the conditions thrust upon us by this maelstrom
of universal war, we are forced to ask, can men believe in
the personal sovereignty of a wise and loving God;  in an
infinitely benevolent providence; in the guidance and care
of an omnipotent and compassionate Father!
  However we may elect to answer these question, one
thing is certain: That to loose faith means the loss of all
in this life and in the world to come.  Faith is the atmos-
phere in which all glad expectant souls live. In such times
as this the only rational procedure for the human spirit is
to school itself to an intelligent faith in God and the divine
worthiness of human life. Here are some of the sublime
and restful confidences:




			
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