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Preaching and Hearing.

Preaching and Hearing.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 25, 2014
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Preaching and Hearing. BY ALFEED WILLIAMS MOMEEIE THE GOSPEL. JUST before this chapel was closed I found, one Sunday morning, on the vestry table a copy of the ' Christian World Pulpit,' and in one of the sermons it contained the following sentences had been underlined. "We are often invited," said the preacher of this sermon, " to extend the scope of preaching, and if not actually to secu- larise the pulpit, to administer to that love of change and novelty which is so rife in this rest- less age. Sermons, it is sometimes said, ought to embrace a far wider range of topics, to be more varied and more entertaining. But, breth- ren, it is no part of our commission to tickle the ears of our fellow-sinners ; we are not set apart and ordained as ministers of culture, to deliver A 2 Preaching and Hearing. amusing lectures on the questions of the hour. We are ordained to minister to perishing souls. From this place we speak to those who are met together, not for mental recreation, but as im- mortal beings exercised by the deepest of all human experience to those who know what it is to be tempted, to stumble, and to fall because they are in darkness and want the light of life ; and when he remembers this, the gravity of his task may well overawe the Christian teacher who is charged to minister to the souls of men. Here, we may well say, whatever our audience here
are the old universal needs, and must they not be met with the same universal helps ? How dare I withhold these ? How can I yield to the temp- tation to know any man's heart after the flesh, or offer anything in place of the one thing need- ful? And so we cannot forsake the old, old story: we preach, and we dare not but preach, the old, old truths." As the paper containing this sermon was for- warded to me anonymously, I was unable at the time to thank the sender. But I take the present opportunity of doing so. I am much indebted to him for his suggestion. The passages which he was good enough to underline, and which I have just read to you, are a fair expression of The Gospel. 3 views very commonly held. These views, at the instigation of my unknown friend, I will now ask you to investigate. Before we can say anything in regard to the preaching of the Gospel, we must first of all ask and attempt to answer the question, What is the Gospel ? This word Gospel we are apt to use through the mere force of custom, fancying that we understand perfectly what it means, though all the while the conception which we have formed of it may be extremely vague, or even positively erroneous. I can best perhaps illustrate this by a foolish remark of my own which I made a good many years ago, and for which I received a quiet but telling rebuke that I have never since forgotten. I had been brought up, you must know, in that
ultra-orthodox school which is generally called evangelical, but which really has no claim to such a title ; and I had acquired the habit of looking upon all Broad Church-men with suspicion and distrust. Well, I was one summer morning stroll- ing along the Tors at Ilfracoinbe, when I was overtaken by an old gentleman, with whom, after exchanging a few remarks about the scenery, I continued my walk. We exhausted various topics of conversation, and then began to speak 4 Preaching and Hearing. of the late Charles Kingsley, upon whose noble character my companion discoursed with elo- quence and enthusiasm. But at that time I was so very orthodox that I did not attach much value to character. My test question in regard to Kingsley and everybody else was not " Is he good ? " but " Is he evangelical ? " So I said with shame I confess it to you " "Well, what you tell me about his character may be very true, but, after all, I don't believe he has much religion." I have often wondered since that the old gentleman did not lose his temper at such an exhibition of impertinent self-assur- ance on the part of a stupid boy. Many persons would have wished me an abrupt good morning on the spot, and it would have served me richly right. But with the unruffled serenity of supe- rior wisdom, he merely replied, " What is reli- gion ? " This simple question reduced me to silence, and, better still, made me think. After a time I discovered that while I was thus talking glibly about the irreligiousness of others, my own ideas of religion, so far as I had any, were as bad as they could be.

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