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Sunday morning worship was finally abandoned because as the
number of students increased no adequate method was found for
keeping a check upon attendance, and many students known to be
absent regularly failed to indicate it.
Through the years of President Taylor's administration, as in the
previous years, there were numerous revivals of religion. Often the
preaching was by the pastor of the church, but more often by some
invited preacher. Seldom did these revivals fail to result in much
interest among the students and numerous conversions and baptisms.
Typical and at the same time one of the greatest of these revivals was
that of March 18 to April 2, 1892, when Dr. William E. Hatcher of
Richmond, Virginia, assisted the pastor, Dr. W. R. Gwaltney, and did
the greater part of the preaching. Dr. Hatcher had just those qualities
that attract able and intelligent young men. He was one of nature's
noblemen, and had all the culture of his Virginia heritage. He was a
man of superior intelligence and a preacher thought worthy to occupy
the pulpit of the great Spurgeon for a season. He had large human
sympathies and a large experience in dealing with people of all
classes and conditions and all degrees of culture. In speaking of him
and the meeting President Taylor, writing in the Biblical Recorder of
April 13, 1892, says
"It was evident from the first that he had come with the single
purpose of seeking to do good in the Master's name. His preaching
was natural, simple, and in the power of the Holy Ghost. It was
largely addressed to Christians, but was carried to the hearts of all.
The old-fashioned doctrines of sovereignty, repent-
mind a greater reason, is due to the regulations that require students to attend
devotional exercises, will they, nill they. At Wake Forest there are twelve services
weekly that are of a religious character. Attendance at seven
of these is compulsory. We are opposed to this regulation in vogue in many of
the colleges of the country. We are opposed to anything that savors of ecclesiastical
tyranny. Not only is it a violation of religious liberty, but of civil law, which says:
`No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place or
ministry whatever'." Lynch believed that if the attendance were voluntary it would
be good, but good or bad, he was opposed to the regulation on principle. Though
this regulation was still in force when Lynch was pastor of the Wake Forest Church,
it is only fair to say that his friends knew that he still was opposed to it.
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