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THE BILLY SUNDAY CAMPAIGN
SUNDAYGRAMS. What would you think of the man with the withered hand that had been cured, if he had gone around with it wrapped up, and Just un wrapped it in the synagogue on the Sabbath and looked at it and then wrapped it up again. That is just what some people do with their re ligion. They keep it in cold stc \ge all the week and just take it out on Sunday. For every two nominal Christians in this country there are three peo ple who are not even Christian In name. Of the nominal Christians one out of two is a liability to the Church, instead of being an asset. The war brought the challenge that Christianity had failed. It was the failure of civilization that was not not Christian. Why has the Church not made civilization Christian? She has been too lazy and too stingy. It has been compromizing with sin. Heaven, earth and hell are interest ed in you. The earth will cheat you, hell will damn you and heaven wants to save you. God isn't wrong because you. con demn Him. Religion isn't wrong because you condemn it. Tou are wrong. God and. religion are all right. The power of the Jews and of the Romans who killed Jesus is all gone. The power of the cross is the greatest power in the world to-day. There is no salvation out of the deity of Christ. There is no forgive ness, except through faith in Jesus. Every community needs to be toned up. The war toned us up pa triotically. We need to be toned up spiritually. War with Satan will do it. "Away with Jesus, give us Barab bas." What would you say of America if she said away with Wil son and give us the Kaiser? And yet many are saying away with Jesus. Opportunity for doing right im poses the obligation to do right, and there can be no .compromise. I wonld not insult Jesus Christ by ' presenting him as the highest type of manhood. I present him as the Bible presents him ? the Son of God conceived by .the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin. I have no right to exercise per sonal liberty ?r license, if by doing ?o I curtail the liberty of another. No man ever did anything in the world that was worthy of applause that did not meet with difficulties which he had to overcome. Some people think the Bible Is a good thing to die by, but not to live by. It seems to hurt the liquor people that I get a little money (or preach ing. Don't you think I have done as much good in the world as Anheuser Busch? A motorman might as well try to run his car by blowing on the vesti bule as tor a man to try to save him self. If you ever do anything decent, the devil's bunch will be sure to knock you. The man who knocks at religion hasn't got brains enough to feed a gnat. There are not enough angels in heaven to make you decent, if you don't want to be decent. There are not devlla enough in hell to make you vile, if you don't want to be vile. You say T had a hard start. I was born with the devil in me. I am here to tell you that you can be born again with the devil out of you. Some people are wearing the same spiritual clothes they put on when they were converted twenty-five years ago. It you were wearing the same garments today that were put on you when you were born, you would be a physical monstrosity When I preach I move men, when I pray I move God. If it had not been necessary to pray, God would not have told us to pray. When you live In a community without Christ, don't think you are better than anybody else. It your chauffeur is a Christian, he Is a bet ter man than you are. If your cook is a Christian, she is a better woman than you. This world will never be won to God by an unaided clergy, agy more than a general can win a battle with out soldiers. When you can measure the depths of God's giving to you, by that same standard you may know the depths of your responsibility to give to others what God has given you. "Freely ye have received, freely give." The mission' of the Church is to get people to see themselves as God sees them. Men do not attend church as they ought to. They need the Church much more than the Church needs them. The attempt to socialize the Church is of the devil. There is no blackness or darkness that will hide the sinner from God. In front of every man and woman there is a grave. You can't get around it. You must go on to It. You say you don't believe in hell. You will not be there five minutes before you will believe it. If you fol low the devil you go to hell. If I could go to hell and preach one ser mon offering salvation, I would de populate hell in fifteen minutes. Yet you are not trying to keep out of hell. The man who falls from a twenty story building is Just as really lost when he has fallen ten feet as he will be when he strikes the ground. You might as well shoot green peas with a popgun against Gibraltar or try to dam Niagara with tooth picks as to try to overthrow the Bible. Life is the realest thing in this world. When a man is alive he knows it. When he is dead some body else knows it. In the case of doubt take the safe side. God does not keep a half way house for anybody. It is either heaven or hell. I'd rather have standing room in heaven than to own the world and go to hell. The first need man had in the world was for salvation. The first promise was salvation. Man's last need will be salvation. All heathen nations believe in the judgment. You are a fool to deny It. The only way to meet the charge of inefficiency is to become efficient. The only way to become efficient is by the grace of God, who Is sufficient for these things. Our sufficiency is of God. Therefore, I call on the Church to get on her knees and - get con verted. That is my call. One of the favorite questions, both in public discussion and in private debate nowadays, la why do not more men go regularly to churchT And like all church questions it is a good deal easier to ask than it is to an swer, and the pews undoubtedly con tain more women than men, but this (act need not occasion any alarm, I think. It doesn't prove that the Church Is losing hold or that men have aban doned the Church. Women have always taken more Interest In re ligious organizations and they have more time, and it seems to appeal more to their nature, perhaps, I don't know. Now, if the mere fact that the minister sees more feathers than he does whiskers, and more false hair than he does bald heads, If that be a sign that religion doesn't appeal to the masculine proportion of hu manity, then neither does the sym phony, nor art, nor the museum. For the masculine proportion, my friends, of listeners at a high-class musicals, or among the visitors at an art gal lery, is even less than it is at church. Isn't that a fact? Sure it is! Women go daffy over pictures, men don't much. Women listen to music and say, "Oh, It is divine." Man listens and says, "That Is punk." But wait a minute, don't get ex cited. It is rather interesting to note that at any public gathering, the number of men present is sort of inverse ratio to the Intellectual value of the performance. At a vaudeville, the men outnumber the women ? always! See what enormous crowds are at a prize fight. Go down to a base ball game and see how many men there are. More than the women, but the fact that the seats at a prise fight are crowded, my friends, with men, while the pews of the church with women, that doesn't prove that the Church is on the down grade, I don't think ? not at all. Elijah addressed a prayer to God and to the God from whom he ex pected help. That's why he got his answer before sundown. The three years that ho spent out there in the cave taught him how to get a prayer through to the throne of God in three minutes, something that has never been taught in any theological semi nary I've ever heard about on God's dirt. Now, I wouldn't give a rip for the preaching which never let's a sinner know that he's an old sinner. And there will be sure to be discontent, my friends, and disappointment for the preacher who is always shooting with nothing In his gun but bird shot. The man that plows with a forked stick gets all the crop that he de serves, and the man who prays the same old rat-eaten prayer Is on the same par with him. Get something new.