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Not Afraid of Sackcloth

Not Afraid of Sackcloth

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.

None might enter into the king's gate clothed with sack-
cloth. — Esther iv. 2.

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness
of speech. — 11 CoR. iii. 12.
BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.

None might enter into the king's gate clothed with sack-
cloth. — Esther iv. 2.

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness
of speech. — 11 CoR. iii. 12.

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NOT AFRAID OF SACKCLOTH BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.None might enter into the king's gate clothed with sack-cloth. — Esther iv. 2. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech. — 11 CoR. iii. 12. In the Book of Esther iv. 2, we read, " None might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth." St. Paul in his Second Epistle to the Corinthians iii. 12 says, '' Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plain-ness of speech." In the first text we read of a refusal to face the facts of life, the hard and painful facts — " None might enter into the king's gate clothed in sackcloth." In the second we read of an unflinching sincerity of vision, and of a sincerity which does not flinch ^ Sermon preached before the Methodist New Connexion Con-ference in Salem Chapel, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Tuesday, June 12, 1900.
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37 38 NOT AFRAID OF SACKCLOTH because it is armed by a great hope — '' Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech." There are three ways in which we may deal with the harder things of life. First of all, we may take the way of the Eastern king and resolve not to see them, to bar the door against them, to act as if they did not exist. There is a second way. We may face them without the Christian hope. There is a third way. We may face them with the Christian hope, and that is the true and only wisdom. Let us dwell for a moment on those three ways or methods.
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I We may close the eyes and the ears, and say that we will not look upon the things that affright and affront us. " None might enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth." We know what that leads to, that life lived in an unreal world, in a world of imagination. We know what it has done in history through all the ages. Our fathers looked upon the NOT AFRAID OF SACKCLOTH 39 French Revolution as a mere outbreak of the spirits of hell. Considering the matter with fuller knowledge, we see that the storm was provoked by a long course of crime and folly, by a persistent deafness to the harsh discords of humanity. Rulers who believed that they existed for nothing but their own pleasure were destroyed from off the face of the earth
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