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Religious Indifference.

Religious Indifference.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY R. HEYWOOD

I. Saintliness impossible for me now.

The Dean of this Cathedral has, to my surprise,
thought well to ask me, for the sixth time, to give
the mid-day addresses here during one of the weeks
of Lent. Solely in submission to his judgment I
venture, then, once more to speak to you. Naturally
I have with anxiety thought about what subject
it would be helpful for us to consider. I have
decided to speak about Religious Indifference : some
causes of it^ some cures for it.
BY HENRY R. HEYWOOD

I. Saintliness impossible for me now.

The Dean of this Cathedral has, to my surprise,
thought well to ask me, for the sixth time, to give
the mid-day addresses here during one of the weeks
of Lent. Solely in submission to his judgment I
venture, then, once more to speak to you. Naturally
I have with anxiety thought about what subject
it would be helpful for us to consider. I have
decided to speak about Religious Indifference : some
causes of it^ some cures for it.

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RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE.BY HENRY R. HEYWOOD I. Saintliness impossible for me now. The Dean of this Cathedral has, to my surprise, thought well to ask me, for the sixth time, to give the mid-day addresses here during one of the weeks of Lent. Solely in submission to his judgment I venture, then, once more to speak to you. Naturally I have with anxiety thought about what subject it would be helpful for us to consider. I have decided to speak about Religious Indifference : some causes of it^ some cures for it. May I beg you with all the energy I possess to bear in upon your minds the terrible spiritual danger, because so all unperceived, because so all unrealised, of religious indifference, of lukewarmness : that is, being neither hot nor cold, not very decided, takers of no particular line ; enlisted soldiers, but not on service anywhere, betwixt and between, neither this nor that, a nondescript between two positives, indefinite ? " Blessed," said Jesus Christ,
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RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE, 65 "blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness." The religiously indifferent and lukewarm feel not that hunger, neither are they acquainted with that thirst. That is something of my meaning when I speak of Religiotcs Indifference. And this religious indifference is rampant — indiffer-ence to religion, indifference to the grace of God, to worship, to sacraments, indifference to everything save the present. Now, for this religious indifference there are many causes. I will mention some. I will mention five in my addresses this week. Here, then, for to-day, is one cause of religious indifference — saintliness, holiness, regarded as altogether out of our personal reach in these days ; hence, as a result of this state of mind, religious indifference. Religious indifference feeds and fattens upon this common but most untrue notion that holiness is now impossible, that saintliness is a virtue altogether of ancient times, that religion is no business of mine now. Now, in speaking on this matter, I will take as a text, or a motto, one sentence from the Te Demn, from that ancient and glorious hymn, which anyhow
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is fifteen hundred years old, and which has been sung in English churches anyhow since the Con-quest : "Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in glory everlasting." Make Thy servants, O Lord Jesus Christ, to be numbered (to be re-warded) with Thy Saints in glory everlasting. These words, a father once told me, were his daily F m RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE, prayer for his children. Fathers of children, mothers of children, let the words be your prayers for your children : " Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in glory everlasting." Good people, holiness is not impossible now ; saintliness is not a virtue altogether of ancient times ; to be an earthly saint now, in training, in apprenticeship for the rewarding and numbering of God's Saints in glory everlasting, is not impossible. There is not all the difference in the world between
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