King's Business - 1920-03

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What Holds You Back? “ Strive to enter in at the strait gate” (Lk. 13:24). What are the things against which men have to strive to enter God’s king­ dom? That against which most peo­ ple have to strive, if they would enter into life, is the pride of their own heart. There Is no hindrance standing between more people and God than that of pride; and there is no sin which peo­ ple are more anxious for others to think them guiltless of than pride. Therein lies its subtlety. Many are being kept out of the kingdom by some false con­ ception of God, or by some doctrinal difficulty. Because you cannot grasp within the compass of your finite mind infinite things, is no reason why you should not heed the compassionate voice of the Omnipotent One, Who calls you to personal, individual, immediate responsibility. Strive to pass the nar­ row door, and beyond the place where it swings upon its portal, find the breath and the magnificence, the sweetness and the light of God’s kingship and com­ radeship with Christ.— G. Campbell Morgan. The Logic of Skepticism A skeptical young man said to an old Quaker who was pressing the claims of God upon him: “ Don’t talk to me about God’s promises. Why, I do not believe even the Bible.” Then did the Quaker say, “ Dost thou believe in France?” “ Yes, though I have not seen it I have seen others that have; besides there is plenty of corroborative proof that such a country exists.” “ Then thee will not believe anything

thee or others have not seen?” “ No, to be sure I won’t.” “ Did thee ever see thine own brains?” “ No.” 1 “ Ever see anybody that did?” “No.” “ Does thee believe thee has any?” The Sin of Denying Sin Deny sin, says Christian Science, and it will not bother you. Suppose the Allied Armies simply had denied the ex­ istence of the German armies for a while, and took up‘ their daily life 'as though Germans and German armies did not exist. How soon would victory have come to the Allies? No, salvation does not come by any such suicidal insanity as the denial of the existence of sin. God does not deny the existence of sin; He declares it in words of righteous wrath and indigna­ tion, and in expression of His eternal enmity against this terrible reality, sin. The cross of Christ, the Son of God, is God’s recognition of sin. “ The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6). “ But the scripture hath concluded all under sin” (Gal. 3:22). One of the first steps for man to take, for his salvation, is not to deny but to recognize his sin. Throw Away Your Rags Ah Indian and a white man, being at worship together, were brought under conviction by the same sermon. The Indian was shortly after led to rejoice in pardoning mercy. The white man for a long time was under distress of mind, and at times almost ready to de­ spair, but at length he also was brought to happy experience of forgiving love. Some time after, meeting his red broth-

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