Solomon, the wise
man, said, "To everything there is a season, and a time to
every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time
to die." Those vital decisions and acts of man which go to
make up the balance-sheet of life, and which decide the future
destiny of all mankind, we consider problems of eternal
moment. Millions of precious souls are today sailing on
uncertain seas; but there are messages enough for their
guidance, if we can catch these messages and send them on.
God's part is complete; the message to a lost world is on
hand; our responsibility, then, is to transcribe and transmit
it correctly; for we, every saved soul, are, in Christ's
stead, to teach men how to become reconciled to God.
To the end that the
world might be reconciled to him, God uses every constructive
agency. In time past he's taken humble fishermen, weak men,
impulsive men, natural liars, rich men, educated and
uneducated men, and transformed them by his grace and mighty
power into instruments of usefulness, and their sermons and
writings have sent a holy thrill vibrating down through the
ages. The world of humanity has been hypnotized by sin, and
must be aroused quickly, or they may sleep the sleep of death.
What's needed today is a message that's positive, aggressive,
and progressive---a wholesome, saving, life-giving message
which will appeal to the moral, intellectual, and emotional
part of every man. Natural philosophy can't explain the
operations of the Spirit of God, no more than scientific
elucidations can reveal how forms of life can spring from
transparent, homogeneous protoplasm; yet the Lord, which is
infinite in wisdom, has seen fit to awaken the slumbering
souls of men through the foolishness of preaching, and his
written Word. Noiselessly as the opening of the rose-bud or
the rising of the morning sun, God speaks to the souls of men,
and as silently and softly as the snow-flake falls upon the
meadow land, he speaks peace to troubled hearts. The day of
speculative theology is past, and men demand eternal verities.
The object of this volume is to stir men to action, to
stimulate progress, and to awaken responsibilities, which
automatically will kindle holy fires on cold family altars,
and transform men from a dead sea into a sea of glass mingled
with celestial fire, reflecting the true image of Almighty
© J. Grant Anderson.
Franklin, PA., Jan. 18, 1921.
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