Friday, April 8, 2011
The Effect of the Christian Message
(The following is excerpted from a sermon by G. Campbell Morgan)
It is life unto life, or death unto death. It produces jealousy or joy, blasphemy or belief; the spirit of hell which pursecutes, or the spirit of holiness, which seeks to save. The preaching of the cross for evermore appeals to the intellect of men, and divides them. It stirs the emotional life, producing opposite and conflicting emotions. It storms the will, and demands belief, or blasphemy. The preaching of the word divides as nothing else in the wide world can to.
On the one side, are those that judge themselves, unworthy of this age-abiding life; on the other hand are those who are disposed to this age-abiding life. These will blasphem and believe not. On which side do I stand? That question must be answered in the secrecy of the soul.
(J. Frank Norris was an admirer of G. Campbell Morgan.)