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What Must i Do to Be Saved

What Must i Do to Be Saved

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY WILLIAM BURNET WRIGHT



Sirs, what must I do to be saved ? — Acts xvi. 30.

BY WILLIAM BURNET WRIGHT



Sirs, what must I do to be saved ? — Acts xvi. 30.

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WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED ? BY WILLIAM BURET WRIGHT Sirs, what must I do to be saved ? — Acts xvi. 30. This is a question often asked, and rarely answered. Every good resolution formed, every evil habit combated, evinces a soul asking what it must do to be saved. At times the quest grows eager. The man is burdened with the weight of his immortality. Unrest deepens into anguish. Silent ques- tionings become outcries. He turns to those in whom he confides, — the men on whom he recognizes the livery of the Great King, — saying, " Sirs, what must I do to be saved ? " The question was asked by many persons, in varied and dissimilar circumstances, of the inspired teachers. By them, I think, it was never answered twice in precisely the same terms. If each of us should ask the question of many religious teachers, it is probable that we would all receive nearly the same reply; we would be answered in one 178 THE WORLD TO COME. of two or three stereotyped phrases, — we would be told to " believe in the Lord Jesus Christ," or to " give our hearts to Jesus," or " to love Jesus." I will endeavor to remind you, first, how the Master and his Apostles answered the
 
question, and then to compare our answers with theirs. 1. As far as the ew Testament shows, when any man inquired what he should do to be saved, the inspired teachers pointed him to some one definite, intelligible act. It was generally something he was least in- clined to do. It was always something he could not possibly misunderstand. We will commence at the beginning. John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, " Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Many hearts were stirred by religious feel- ing. Multitudes came to the preacher, ask- ing what they should do. Their fears and their hopes had been excited. They felt the need of more instruction. " What do you mean by telling us to repent ? We want to repent. Tell us how. What shall we do ? " To each the prophet returned a swift, clear-cut, piercing reply, — such a reply that WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED t 179 the seeker could not remain in doubt what he ought to do next ; could not remain an instant groping for the door, as a man gropes in the dark. We have reports of four interviews with four different classes of inquirers. First. The Pharisees and Sadducees came to him. They represented the religious
 
classes ; they filled that place among the con- temporaries of John which professing Chris- tians, church -members, occupy among us. Some of them were good men. Some of them were bad men. All supposed them- selves special favorites of Heaven, because they were lineal descendants of Abraham. God had covenanted, long before, to remem- ber the seed of Abraham forever. On that promise they grounded their hopes. When these men asked, " What shall we do ? " John said to them, " Stop saying to your- selves we have Abraham to our father ; for God is able of these stones to raise up chil- dren unto Abraham. Judge yourselves by the same standards you apply to other men. A wicked Pharisee is not better off than a wicked publican, but worse; for he sins against more light. If you are good men, and bear good fruit, well ; if you are bad 180 THE WORLD TO COME. men, and bear bad fruit, the axe is laid at your roots ; ye shall be hewn down, and cast into the fire." From the ew Testament we have fabri- cated a theory the f ac-simile of that which the Pharisees constructed from the Old. We have abused Paul's doctrine of the per- severance of the saints, into a notion that men who have passed through a certain gamut of emotions will be saved, whether they become saints or continue sinners. This notion, utterly without scriptural war- rant, tinges our thinking, and twists our practice. Translated into the language of

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