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Positiveness of Belief. Its Need and Efficiency.

Positiveness of Belief. Its Need and Efficiency.

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BY WILLIAM H. H. MURRAY.


"That we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried
about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,
and cunning craftiness, whereby they he in wait to de-
s ceive."— Ephes. iv. 14.
BY WILLIAM H. H. MURRAY.


"That we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried
about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,
and cunning craftiness, whereby they he in wait to de-
s ceive."— Ephes. iv. 14.

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POSITIVEESS OF BELIEF. ITS EED AD EFFICIECY.BY WILLIAM H. H. MURRAY."That we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carriedabout with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,and cunning craftiness, whereby they he in wait to de-s ceive."— Ephes. iv. 14.MAY inquiries have been addressed to me late*ly, especially from those in* and beyond my,own congregation who have recently fyeen converted,and who from this fact are now called upon to con-sider many matters of duty upon which they hawnever reflected, concerning the necessity of a fixfcdand definite belief. Some are troubled in their mindstouching the matter of creeds and verbally-expressedformulas of faith ; and the passage that I recited asmy text has been suggested as one upon which theydesire me to base a discourse. The request beingreasonable, and one perfectly natural for people intheir position to make, I comply.I do this the more readily, friends, because youwho are acquainted with me know that I do not wor-ship formulas nor bow down to creeds. I am not4* 81Digitized by VjOOQlC82 POSITIVEESS OF BELIEF:conscious that I was ever impelled by the love of an-tiquity. Mildew and mould are not to me objects of 
 
reverence. I care no more for a piece of parchmentinscribed in the third century than for a pamphletbearing the impress of the Riverside press. " TheMayflower," in itself considered, is no more to me thanany respectable -looking craft in your harbor to-day.Is it needed? Does it bring men nearer to God?Does it enlarge the mind ? Does it stir the best sym-pathies of the heart ? These are the questions I putto my judgment concerning any matter brought forme to consider. These compose the real touchstoneof value. Every generation has to sit in judgmenton its own needs. A change in condition and circum-stance often, as you know, begets a change in duty ;"and what was wise in the father becomes folly in the. conduct of the son. Every age has to debate and de-cide what is right and expedient for itself.I have often said to you, that I do not care a rushfor a belief or &. doctrine that does not better a man,and quickert him to Christ-like labor ; and I repeat it,hoping by the repetition to make it more emphatic,an£ embed it* more deeply in your memories. Andyet I believe in beliefs, and I believe in creeds, — written formulas, express statements of faith. Theyare, in my opinion, needed and helpful. Theystrengthen and steady the churches. They strength-en thf individual disciple. They hold an importantposition among the forces that are evangelizing theworld. And I wish this morning to suggest to youcertain considerations that may cause this to appearmanifest to you.Digitized by VjOOQlCITS EED AD EFFICIECY. 83
 
One reason, then, why a positive expression of faithis valuable to a man, is because it compels him totake a position. It centralizes his powers, and bringshis energies to a focus. It quickens thought, becauseit opens him up to attack. It is only when a man'sfeet touch the bottom that he begins to feel thepressure of the current, and braces himself to resistit. In morals, no believer should drift. Religion, inits doctrinal teachings, is too grave a matter for oneto have no conviction upon. It is only when youhave clearly decided in your own mind what to think of Christ, where to locate him in the grades of essence and being, reached a positive and heartfeltconviction touching his nature and attributes, thatyou begin to know what and how much he is to yoursoul, or where you stand in your relations to him. "Pass, now, from yourself to others, &nd you findthat the birth of positive conceptions in your ownmind dates the birth of your influence for good overothers. You must get a foothold somewhere before*you can ever lift men. Before you can teach the ig-norant, you must have instructed your own mind. %The very first thing that a seeker after" truth desiresto know is, what you have discovered to be true. Thefoundations of his faith are to be hewn from thesame quarry from which you blasted yours. It is thepositive element in your convictions of duty whichcharms and impresses him.The positiveness of conviction also gauges the in-fluence of an organization. o church can live onnegation. A think-as-you-please church is not a tern-Digitized by VjOOQIC

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