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, "THE PHARISEE AND THE
I want to talk to you this afternoon on
tnw fretfglon and hot tho sham substi
tute tohfch fiomo people call religion.
Ther art eome people with whom for
faalliy seems to make up for true re
ligion, like tho Pharisee.
Iri every community there are peoplo
like those carping critics ns llv tho dnj'S
bf JtesUe ChMst The Pharisees' religion
;3T M s religion of forms and observations.
of forms nnu rituals They made a great
hubbub. Christianity does hot consist
( of forms and rituals, do not Corset that
tor a. minute. There are a lot of peoplo
Who hevf had dellglon of the hearts they
fiever had a religion experience. You did
hot Have a religion experience If your re
ligion Is reduced to a tot of forms and
rituals t am going to show ou today
the two purposes of God In this parable.
FirstTo show Borne people who think
Ibey are rellrrlous that they aro not.
Second to show why the prayers of
some people are answered and some aro
not. Some people are omnipotent when
they bo on their knees. The prayers of
some aro Hover answered, they never I
nnwn nnui Ik in ku utivu u iinui ltd
swtrcd, from God.
A parable Is n photograph, a picture. It
la a picture of two beings that contrast.
I hold up my thumb, and you say, yes, I
aeo It in size and location. I hold up my
finger and you say, yes, I sco It in size
and location. I hold up my thumb and
finger and you take it In. It Is two
beings, opposlto In character and form,
directly oposlto In ovcry way.
YOU GET WHAT YOU LOOK FOR.
"So those two men camo to the templo to
pray both received what they camo for.
You always got what you aro looking for
anything you want. You aro not dis
appointed. You nlwajs get what you aro
looking for. If you are looking for a
scrap, you get busy and you will get what
you camo for. You will get what jou
camo for this afternoon. Did you como
with your prldo puffed up like a poisoned
pup, or did you como to hear something
that will mako you better men and
thought I might say something you didn't
like, and then you would go out and talk
about It? Then, by the help of God, sis
ter, you will get what you aro looking
for, If I have to go out of my way to glo
It to you. You always get what jou are
looking for In this world.
"86 thoso two men camo to pray tho
first was tho Pharisee. Ho was nice and
smooth, and his attltudo wns nice and
smooth, and ho seemed to say: 'If jou
want to know how to do It, nsk me. for
I'll show you.' There aro lots of Chtls
tians like that today, and If ou want to
eft one, look In the glass and jou will
find one of them when you go home.
PRETTY NICE AND SMOOTH
"Bo you will notice his attitude while he
Was praying was pretty nlco and smooth,
and that reminds mo of a minister whom
I mot In Chicago, and he didn't say this
to criticise; ho was a good man. but he
said to me, 'William, I have listened to
you preach and pray, and I am Interested
In yqu, and I would like to mako a few
suggestions to you that I think will In
crease your effectiveness.'
"I said, 'I thank jou, doctor. I am
willing to stand en my head In a mud
puddle If you can gle mo somothlng that
will increase my power to savo sinners
and get them to follow Jesus ChrUt. If
you've got anything to offer, go ahead.'
"He said, 'When jou pray mako an
acrostic on tho word Acts. I always do
that, Ho said, "Tho letter "A" stands
for Adoration, and when I pray I adoro
God. "C," I think, stands for Confes
sion. "T," I think, stands for Theology,'
and I Bald, 'Doctor, we'll part company
right there. I knotv no more about theol
ogy than a Jackrnbblt does about ping
pong or an elephant about crocheting.'
"He said whenever I pray to make an
acrostic on the word Acts. I said: 'The
Lord bless you, doctor; you are all right
If you can follow a form like that, but
lr I should I would not get any higher
than the gas Jet. You fight tho devil j our
way, and I'll light him my wnj", but don't
growl at me because I don't fight your
way, because If I did I would not bo any
better than you are," nnd If I preached
as your preacher preaches, I would not
be any better than your preacher Is.
LENGTH" OP SOME TONGUES.
"You can't thank God with one breath
and turn around and run down and vilify
and assassinate somebody's charncterwlth
the next. You can't thank God with ono
breath and gossip about jour neighbor
with the next, yes, hang over the back
fence, with a shoe on one foot nnd a
slipper on tho other, and 'Oh, have J'ou
heard the latest?' Their tongues are so
long they can sit In the parlor and Hclc
the skillet In the kitchen.
"If you read the first 17 chapters of
Luke, and, by the way, you ought to read
them before you read tho 18th. Don't
read the Bible 11 ko jou read a novel
the last chapter first. And I want to say
to you if you read a novel In the same
milk and water, elder and chalk. In
different way you read the Bible, you
would get Just as little out of It as you
get put of the Bible.
"The Pharisees were tho church gang
of that day, the churchy gong In tho days
of Jesus. Every church, so far as my
experience goes. Is cursed with three or
four men who want to run the business.
You go to the devil! You have no more
to say than that fellow that sits by your
side. You can't toll the preucher what to
do, and hero Is ono thnt won't let you
tell him what to do.
RELIGION ALL RIGHT
"Lots of people go to church to add a
little to their social standing; lots of
people Join tho church for the samo
motive that a man blows up a safe; for
What he can get out of it.
"I used to-play baseball. I used to fire
on the railroads. I have been an athlete,
and I have loaned thousands of dollars,
I can say thousands, to ball players and
actors and actresses, and all the money
X have ever been beaten out of In my
life I have been beaten out of by church
"Religion Is all right. Christianity Is
not at fault. It Is the hypocrites who pro
fess it that are at fault,
"We are going daffy over culture. It
Is all right In Its place, but it is all
'wrong when you make It take the place
Of Christianity. America needs a tidal
wave of religion; a cyclone of redemption
and culture In the world won't educate
anybody out of hell.
"When you get right down to facts
there Is nothing wrong with people but
iho devil In them.
"When l etaxtcd In to preach I said tho
"irpuwo- with the people Is In the head;
you have got to show them, and I had
as line a aormon as yqu ever beard, all
ready (it's In the waste basket now) I
trot the Encyclopedia Brltannlca and
"Webstera Unabridged Dictionary, and got
soira words and sentences long enough to
maUa tho jaw of a Greek professor fequeolc
ior a week afterward If he tried to pro
jiounea some of them, but one day I said
to myself. 'Lord, I got this thing doped
eitt wreny, there Is nothing the matter
rttl anybody but they got the devlL" I
t eut my old gun and loaded It with
ifMlir, dynamite, rock salt and railroad
tmSw, and I pulled the trigger and the
am ha been hunting their holes and
tfe fathers have been flying ever since.
reBSONAWTY, NOT CLOTHES
v'Csfl is not anxious about your clothes,
whether you come in a lunoiutne or
M boot, h wants your personality; you
s.'t jOa a little money on the eollao-
your boys imd girls run the streets all
Hours of tile day or night the feet of
"If you want td break up a church,
don't come; If ynu do come, always come
late It It's too wet, or too dry, or too
cold, or too, or too w.lndj don't come
at all The preacher can't he eloquent
to. wood and varnish. Don't Imagine the
front seats were Intended for you; peoplo
might think you were conceited
"You don't know I used to Are on a
tnllroad, and we Used to put the loaded
care In front and the empty cars behind
to pull easy. Whon jou do eome, come
bound to find fault, and don't for the
world ever think about the pastor of
church; jou will help him It you do.
Don't sing! Just sit around like a bump
on a log. Good muslo will give the devil
cold feet. I suppose that Is the reason
to many scraps start In the choir lofty
Don't attend prayer meeting, and If you
do, don't take part. You can always
Justify yourself by saying; 'Paul says
that women should keep still In meeting.'
brolhif, went to North Dakota, and we
ono day f said to my wife, 'Nell, let's
go and see Ed,' and wa went Kear
Fargo, when we were riding along there
on a little branch, I saw cleats painted
black on the telegraph poles. I asked Ed
about It, and he said, That represents tho
tops of the snowdrifts laBt Winter. That's
for tho officials riding along In their prl
vnte car to see whero tho snowdrifts
"Fargo In North Dakota Is the prettiest
town I ever laid eyes on The streets
are ns level as a floor. A man could sit
In his cutter and touch the top of tho
telegraph poles during the snowdrifts.
I was shown whero the snow had blown
and drifted to the top Of a barn, 65 feet
I was going West ono time and they una
tiuu 4se e fitidiUF a4 then g to thy
asrai hk; K-nre mw. ns QOMirt
ii wm m$ tiy w44J
''Well, that doesn't apply any more to
you today than wearing sandals on your
feet Don't encourage the pastor, but bo
sutc to toll his faults to overybody at
meeting. If hie sermons help you, never
let him know, but If he Bays something
jou don't like, bo sure you tell him about
It. If j'ott sco a stranger In tho audience
don't shnko hands with him; if you do ho
might come back again. Give him tho
Icy hand, tho marblo heart and a Klon
"Don't try to bring nnjbodj to the
church The church might bo filled that
way. Lot tho pastor do all tho work; ho
has nothing special to do. Preaching is
a picnic: ho has nothing to do, only two
new Bcrmons to get up every week, run
prayer meeting, marry people and bury
them, mako church callB, prny for tho
djlng, tako tho church subscriptions;
nothing to do but Just wait on you nnd
icomo nnd visit you See that his salary
Is always behind He docBn't have to eat
like the rest of you God Bent tho ravens.
and he's got plenty yet. If he doesn't visit
you ns often ns you think ho should,
treat him coldly. Ho has nothing partic
ular to do but call on you. If there Is
nnjbody tbnt Is willing to carry on tho
work of God. be sure to find fault with
them and call them bold and forward.
IN YOUR OWN HOME.
"Don't bo particular how God's church
looks Bo suro nnd havo your own
homes fine, with Persian and Axmlnstor
rugs, brlc-n-brac, candelabra and every
thing of the finest. Be sure nnd have
jour own home fine Don't care what
God's house looks like. Don't care If
It looks like a rummago sale or a Junk
shop. God Is entitled to the best church
that can bo built. I don't believe In wor
shiping God In a llttlo chicken coop, un
palntcd chicken coop.
"You will spend three or four thousand
dollnrs for an nutomobllo, and I don't be
grudge jou that I wish overybody had
an automobile that can afford It But you
won't nut am thing In the collection box.
You women spend more for a hat than
you would glvo to tho cause of religion
In a lifetime. I don't begrudge you tho
hat. but when jou sweep down the nlslo
with a $50 hat and a J200 dress and put a
plugged cent In the collection box I do
begrudge J'ou that.
"I want to tell you God don't stand for
thnt kind of thing, either.
"Insist on your views being adopted In
nil things, don't give In to the majority.
This Government Is ruled by n majority
Government We run this Government by
majorltv and I would Ilko to run overy
body that way, too. But the Church
Isn't run that way. Let the tall wag the
GET BUSY AND FIGHT.
"Then, again, If jou see that overybody
la working harmoniously, get busy and
start a light.
"If tho minister wants a quartet, you
Insist on a choir. If the minister wants
a choir, you Insist that a quartet Is the
"Services rendered In such opposite di
rections could not meet with tho samo
result. This old Pharisee comes sneak
ing Into the synagogue? it was open all
the time like this temple, and they meet
there and discuss all the questions of
religion and Jesus at a little reception
or wedding watched that bunch of high
brows coming In and sweeping down and
taking conspicuous places, and Jesus
said: 'Come down from your high
horses' the better way Is to come up
higher than go down lower. It Is better
to find qualities that will enable you to
sit up hlgrfer than go down.
"These fellows were always training to
get in the limelight, and they camo to the
synagogue and got conspicuous places,
and bo this Pharisee came Into the syna
gogue and he prayed, 'I thank God that
I am not ob other men are, plunderers,
murderers, ndulterers nnd publicans. I
fast twice a week and give tithes of all
my property,' and he went out that was
bin prayer. I think that after the record
ing angel got that he dropped the pen
and threw up the sponge. I can Imagine
a lot of peoplo sitting around the church
and saying. 'That is my Idea of relig
ion that Is It; I am no sensationalist; I
don't want anything vulgar, no slang.'
Why don't you use a little, Bud, so that
something will como your way? And It
will come as straight as two and two
COME OUT IN THE OPEN.
"Then In comes this old publican and
he saj s, 'God be merciful to mo a sinner,
and he looked down at the ground. The
other fellow, I thank God that I am not
as other men are, plunderers, murderers,
adulterers and publicans. I fast twice a
week.' And In comes this old fellow and
the Phairseo said, 'Nor as this publican.'
And the publican said, 'God be merciful
to me, a sinner,' That Is my idea of re
ligion. Make tho confession as public as
tho transgression. If you hit the booze
and stagger down the street, then say,
'I'm a booze holster, God,' Do the thing
in public; settle with God Almighty out
In tho open, God don't like men who fight
behind ambush. Come out In the open.
That's the idea. That's what I believe In.
"I was down In a town in Indiana,
Doctor Hays, whero the Presbyterians
would not kneel down when I asked them
to get down and pray. The Presbyterians
wouldn't kneel for fear the people would
think that they were Methodists, And
their leader got up and tried to apolo
gize, and I told them that they had the
devil In them and they wouldn't apolo
gize for that he ought to go and skin
"Services rendered in such opposlto di
rections cannot meet with the same re
sults. If two men were on the top of a
tall building and one should Jump and
one come down the fire escape, they
couldn't expect to meet with the same
degree of safety. Two men came Into
the temple and one said, 'Thank God I
am not as other men are,' and one said,'
'God be merciful to me, a sinner." The
first man went to his house the same as
when he came out of It 'God be merci
ful ta me. a sinner,' That man wag
Justified. I am Justified In my faith in
Jesus Christ. I am no longer a sinner.
I am Justified as though I had never
sinned by faith In the Son of God. That
man went down to his house Justified,
NEVER SAW HIS FATHER.
"My father went to war. He enlisted
In August and I was born the 18th of
the following November, I never saw
my father He never came back. My
mother sent Ed and me to the Soldiers'
Home. We went there and stayed for
years. I stayed there until I was 14 years
"Then J went b Mv with Colonel John
jtostt, Governor ot lie state. Bd, my
nrms and she wanted to leavo tho train
at a certain little flag statlon-they will
top tho train If you will come from a
certain distance and tho woman wanted
to get off the train. The brakeman came
In nnd called tho name of tho station,
and the woman said; "Don't forget me,'
and he said, 'Sure.
"There was a traveling man there, nnd
ho said: 'Lady, I will see that tho brake
man don't forget you don't you worry.'
And she settled down, And, nflr the
train hAd (rone on n white, the traveling
T-ntnrr eaidi- 'Nowr-ladyrweire-<lnH
near that place; ou hen Better oe get
ting ready they won't stop long They
had gohe On n half or three-quarters of
an hour and he said' 'Lnd', neros
your station And she tied her fascina
tor over her head and hopped out of tho
train Into tho storm Tho train had gono
on about three-quarters of an hour, and
the brakeman came In nnd said, 'Where's
that woman?' The traveling man said!
" 'She got off.' Tho brakeman saldt
Then sho's gono to her death. We
stopped tho train because there was
something tho matter with the engine
nnd wo stopped to fix It sho has gone to
her death on the prairies.'
"They sent orders back, called for vol
unteers nnd wont back and looked for
A -. . . ..! . -t i.! u tba ti 4lAkft
two engines piuwiiik iji.u ,uhu . . .r.l,.l . unrt 1ipv
Was a woman with a llttlo bauy in nor l ;"',,,"" ,, ,,' ,i,t. , nvnrni
,r,n. nhA wanted o lenvn tho tra n T found her out oh tho prairies covoreu
with n shroud of Ice and snow, woven
about her by tho pitiless storm, and with
tho little babe folded In her breast.
"Sho followed his directions, but hie di
rections woro wrong. That la tho way
those preachers of false doctrines are
robbing people of God. Two men went
Into the tomplo to pray; ono was a
Pharisee, ono wne a publican. 'God, I
thank Thee that I nm not as other men
nrc, plunderors, murderers, adulterors,
publicans. I fast twice n week, give
.... - . t- -.. it, Im went out
and went to hell Then co.me ?
TBbllfcan, and be said God be merciful
to me, a sinner.' There wes n o long
winded wind-jamming about this fellow.
The Uss Religion you've got the longer it
takes to express it.
"POWER OF GOD TO GAVE Ma"
"They both got what they went for one
went for nothing add he got nothing; the
other for salvation, nnd he got It
"Thank ycu, Jesus. I came to you o
years ago for sahatlon, and I got salva
tion Thank the Lord, I can look In the
face of every man and woman of God
everywhere nnd say that for 2 years I
havo lived In Bnlvatlon. Not that Ltako
any credit to myself for thatiltVwas
nothing Inhorent In me; It was the" power
of God that saved mo and kept me.
"Oh, Lord, sweep over this city and
savo the business men of this community,
tho young men nnd women. Oh, God, savo
us nil from tho cesspools of hell and cor
ruption. Holp mo, Lord, ns I nun con
sternation into tho ranks of that miser
able, God-forsaken crow wno nro iduuuik,
fattonlng and gormandizing on the peo
plol Get overybody Interested In honesty
and decency nnd sobriety, nnd mnko them
fight to the last ditch for God. Thcro aro
too many cowards, four-flushers In tho
RUSH tiF EXPORTS TO U. S,
FROM GREAT BRITAIN
Lower Tariff Has Affected -Worsteds
LONDON, Jan 8 -The uftlclal trado re
turns published yesterday by tho Board
of Trade for December and for tho calen
dar j car give somo Indication of tho ex
tont to which the tower tariff of tho
United Btatos has permitted tho Incrcnso
In British exports of woolen. , and .wor
steds across tno Aiianui;. mi....
Ing that shipments of worsted yarns were
completely suspended In December, owing
to tho home demands for military pur
poses, nevertheless for tho calendar year
tho total shipped to tho United States
amounted to 1.9S5.000 pounds, against oniv
73,000 pounds tho preceding year.
A much more sensational Increase Is
shown by woolens nnd worsteds. In tho
former, while tho December outgo was
only 302,000 yards against 377,000 yards, tho
total for tho year shows the phcrtomonnl
Increase to 8,219.000 yards In 1014, ns com
pared with 2,190.(X yards tho preceding
year, while In tho case of worsteds tho
total shipments to tho United States wore
32,790.000 yards, agilnst only 9,216,000 In tho
preceding yenr. Tho exports of worsted")
In Eeoerriber amounted to VlSim
Milnat 1.1S3.60O Vfttil In n...,, "
.. ... oviniBM ljl
The exnorts of erittnn I- "VS
showed ft total Of Jt'J.WS.OW W
whleh 4,800,000 yards were to lU i
Btatcs, 124,032,000 yards to India, tfl
j'ards f J China, ,OJ,009 yards to uJ
orlands, 8,169,060 yards to Egypt J1
iuo.vw .vttiun ill ouuiu America,
tTnf n.rAlTihul'. 1019 It.- i-.j.
OJ.000 JArds. of which 6.RS1 w i fetll
to tho United Btatcs, 22, m.OM ilJp I
tnrlln. C0.418.O00 vntAn in rli?ifttUM
yards to the Netherlands, l.ljiW'SI
14,403,000 yntds to South America, i;
v or mo ctticnuar year ivn th ,v(. I
of cotton amounted to B,735.S8R.MAt5?'l
comparing with 7,076,232,000 yaraTn feT
ASK DELAWARE FOR lEtBOlrWl
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Wnn,1i tvlin In lmlil In th. ? '"Wl
County workhouso nwnttlna iri.i X
charge of being Implicated In thi wfJI
will probnbly be turned over to th rl
cral authorities. ln
WoodB was indicted by a Federal ft
Jury In Baltlmoro several darg aro "
chargo of robbing the postomce at Aft '
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