Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1922-1923 Page: 29
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hort. We can pray that God may use us to bless the boys and
girls who are given into our charge. We can work and pray that
the purpose of Abilene Christian College, aside from the opportunity
to function in the secular education of the young, may be
realized. We can teach the Bible as the Word of God. We can
work and pray to the end that the truth of the message may
mould character and may be the lamp of life; that students may
use the message in the various forms of religious work; and that
by the clearer thinking and broader culture that comes through
study of the Word of God, they may grow into full grown men
and women in the Lord.
WHAT WE CANNOT DO.
We cannot always succeed in making over the boy that has
been allowed to "go wild" or "to the bad" at home. We make
unusual effort to inspire and develop noble ideals, but we do not
always succeed. It is, however, a pleasure to us to assist parents
in conserving the spiritual life of their children. We believe no
better place can be found for the development of the better side
of a student's life.
Though we are patient and forbearing to a great extent we
often decide that the greatest good to the greatest number demands
that insubordinate students be sent home. We cannot afford
to keep indefinitely in our group any boy or girl who will
demoralize other students or be the occasion of leading others
We cannot make preachers. We do not propose to try such
a thing. We do offer the best environment we can for rapid
development of the Christian character, and we offer courses of
especial value to those who are to become public ministers of
the gospel. A soul may be more likely to develop into a public
servant here than he would elsewhere, for we seek to enlist all
Christians in active service as they feel disposed to render; but
only the grace of God can lead people to be true servants. We
often succeed in leading people to accept the Christ. We also
are used of the Lord in impressing His call on the hearts so as to
lead some of them to respond. We do not manufacture preachers
or try to uphold the notions of "clergy" and "laity" in any ecclesiastical
sense. We magnify the importance of Christian living
in every field. The noble appeal of the public Christian ministry
is held up as such, to which individuals may or may not
decide to give their lives.
We cannot outline courses that are the best to be had and
SESSION OF 1922-'23
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