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NEWS A,D CITIZEN, THURSDAY, JULY 2, 1896.
THE MKJliT 1 HUNTil ARCHER3 OF OLDEN TIMES AND Coi PEL ARROWS. KeT. Dr. Tilmase I'rrdrhtM a Unique and Inpirlng plhcourne I'or 1 Uic.fi 7!io Are Trying to lie Successful iu Spiritual I Archery A I'lain I'ath. Washington, Juno 28. All pooplo .who are trying to do pood v. ill find this discourse of Dr. Tuluiaj?o inspiring as 'well as unique. His toxt was Genesis x, 9 : "Ho was a mighty huuter before the Lord." In our day, hunting is a sport ; but in the lands and the time9 infested with wild beasts it was a matter of life or death with the people. It was very dif ferent from going out on a sunshiny aft ernoon with a patent breechloader, to shoot reedbirds on the flats, when Pol lux and Achilles and Diomedes went out to clear the land of lions and tigers and bears. My text sets forth Nimrod as a hero when it presents him with broad shoulders and shaggy apparel and eunbrowued face, and arm bunched with muscle "a mighty hunter before ,the Lord." I think housed the bow and the arrows with great success practicing archery. I have thought if it is such a grand thing and such a brave thing to clear 'wild beasts out of a country, if it is not a better and braver thing to hunt down and destroy those great evils of society that are stalking the land with fierce eye and bloody paw, and sharp tusk and quick spring! I have wondered if there is not such a thing as gospel archery, by which thoso who have been flying from the truth may be captured for God and heaven. The Lord Jesus iu his ser mon used the art of angling for an il lustration when he said, "I will make you fishers of men. " And so I think I have authority for using hunting as an illustration of gospel truth, and I pray God that there may bo many a man to day who will begin to study gospel archery, of whom it may, after a while, bo said, "Ho was a mighty hunter be fore the Lord." Conversion. How much awkward Christian work there is done in the worldl How nmy good people tliero aro who drive souls away from Christ instead of bringing them to him! All their fingers are thumbs religious blunderers who up set moro than they right. Their gun lias a crooked barrel and kirks as it goes off. They aro like a stupid com rade who goes along with skillful hunt ers. At the very moment when ho ought to be most quiet, he is crackling an alder, or falling over a log and fright ening away the game. How few Chris tian people have ever learned the lesson of which I read at the beginning of this service, how that the Lord Jesus Christ at tho well went from talking about a cup of water to the most practical re ligious truths, which won the woman's 60ul for God. Jesus in the wilderness was breaking bread to'ihe people. I think it was good broad. It was very light bread and the yeast had dono its work thoroughly. Christ, after ho had broken tho bread, said to tho people, "Beware of the yeast, or of tho leaven of tho Pharisees. " fc-o natural a transi tion it was, nnd how easily they all un derstood him I But how few Christian peoplo thero nro who understand how to fasten tho truths of God and religion to tho souls of men ! Truman Osborne, one of tho evangelists who went through this country years ago, had a wonderful art in tho right direction. He camo to my father's houso ono day, and while we were all seated in t ho room ho said, "Mr. Talmage, nro all your children Christians?" Father said, "Yes, all but Do Witt " Then Truman Osborne looked down into tho fireplaco and began to tell a story cf a storm that came cu tho mountains, and all tho sheep were in tho fold, but thero was ono lamb outside that perished iu tho storm. Had ho looked mo in tho eye I should have been angered when ho told that story. But he looked into the fireplaco, and it was so pathetically and beautifully done that I never found any peaco until I was sure I was iusido tho fold, where the other sheep wore. Tho archers of olden times studied their art They wero very prcciso in tho matter. The old books gave special di rections as to how an archer should go and as to what an archer should do. He must stand erect and firm, his left foot a little in advauco of the right foot. With his left hand he must take hold of the bow in tho middle, and then with tho three fingers and tho thumb of hi9 right hand ho should lay hold of tho ar row and affix it to tho string so precise was tho direction given. But how clumsy we are about religious workl How littlo Bkill and care we exercise 1 How of ten our arrows fail tho mark! Oh, that there wero more institutions established in all tho towns and cities of our land where men might learn the art of doing good studying spiritual archery, and known as "mighty hunters' before tho Lord!" A Choice of Weapons. In tho first place, if you want to be effectual in doing good, yon must bo very sure of your weapon. Thero was something very fascinating about the archery of olden times. Perhaps you do not know what they could do with the bow and arrow. Why, tho chief battles fought by tho English Plantagenets wero with the long bow. They would tako the arrow of polished wood, and feather tt with tho plume of a bird, and then it Would fly from tho bow string of plaited silk. Tho broad fields of Agiiicourt and Solway Moss and Neville's Cross heard tho loud thrum of the archer's bow string. Now, my Christian friends, we liavo a mightier weapon than that. It is tho arrow cf tho gospel ; it is a sharp arrow; it is a straight arrow; it is feath ered from tho wing of tho dove of God's Spirit; it flics from n bow mado out of tho wood of tho cross. As far as I can estimate or calculate it has brought down 400,000,000 souls. Paul knew how to bring the notch of that arrow on to that bow stt and its whir was heard through the Corinthian theaters, and through the courtroom, until tho knees of Felix knocked together. It was that arrow time stuck iu Luther's heart when ho cried out: "Oh, my sins! Oh, r.iy sins!" If it strike a man in the head, it kills his skepticism; if it strike a man in the heel, it will turn his step; if it strike him iu tho heart, he throws np his hands, us did tho Emperor Julian of old when wounded in the battle, cry ing, "O Galilean, thou has conquered!" In the armory of the Earl of Pem broke there aro old corselets which show that tho arrow of the English used to go through tho breastplate, through the body of tho warrior and out through the backplate. What a symbol of that gos pel which is sharper thau a two edged sword, piercing to the dividing asunder of body and soul, and of tho joints and marrow I Would to God we had more faith in this gospel 1 The humblest man, if he had enough faith in it, could bring 100 souls to Jesus perhaps 500. Just in proportion as this age seems to believe less and less iu it, I believe more and more in it What are men about that they will not accept tfteir own deliverance? There is nothing pro posed by men that can do anything like this gospel. The religion of Ralph Wal do Emerson was the philosophy of ici cles; the religion of Thoodore Parker was a sirocco of the desert covering up tho soul with dry sand ; the religion of Renan was tho romance of believing nothing; the religion of the Huxleys and tho Spencers merely a pedestal on which human philosophy sits shivering in tho night of the soul, looking up to the stars, offering no help to the nations that crouch and groan at tho base. Tell me where there is one man who has re jected that gospel for another who is thoroughly satisfied and helped and con tented in his skepticism, and I will take the car tomorrow and rido 500 miles to see. him. Tho full power of the gospel has not yet been touched. As a sports man throws up his head and catches the ball flying through tho air, just so easily will this gospel after awhile catch this round world flying rom its orbit and bring it back to the heart of Christ. Give it full swing, and it will pardon every siu, heal every wound, cure every trouble, emancipate every slave and ransom every nation. Yo Christian men and women who go out this afternoon to do Christian work, as you go into the Sunday schools, the lay preaching stations and the peniten tiaries and the asylums, I want you to feel that you bear in your hand a weapon compared witli which the lightning has no speed, and avalanches have no heft, and tho thunderbolts of heaven have no power; it is the arrow of the omnipotent gospel. Take careful aim. Pull the ar row clear bank until tho head strikes the bow! Then lot it fly! ' And may tho slain cf the Lord bo many! Gooil Hun tin;; Ground. Again, if you want to be skillful in spiritual archery, you must hunt in un frequented and secluded places. Why does the hunter go three or tour citw-t; ir. tho Pennsylvania forests or over Ra- quette lake into the wilds of tho Adirou- daeks? It is tho only way to do. Tho deer are shy, and ono "bang" of tho gun clears the forest. From tho Cali fornia stage you see, as you go over tho plains, In re and there, a coyote trotting along, almost within range of the gun sometimes quito within range of it. No ono cares for that; it is worthless. The good game is hidden and secluded. Ev ery hunter knows that. So, many of tho souls that will bo of most worth for Christ and of most valuo to the church aro secluded. They do not como in your way. You will have to go where they are. Yonder they aro down in that cel lar; yonder they are up in that garret. Far away from tho door of any church, the gospel arrow has not been pointed at them. Tho tract distributor and city missionary sometimes catch a glimpse of them, as a hunter through tho trees get a momentary sight of a partridge or a roebuck. The trouble is, wo aro wait ing for the game to como to us. Wo aro not good hunters. Wo aro standing in some street or highway expecting that tho timid antelope will como up and eat out of our hands. We are expecting that tho prairio fowl will light on our church steeple. It is not their habit. If the church should wait 10,000,000 of years for tho world to como in and bo saved, it will wait ill vain. Tho world will not coma What tho church wants now is to lift its foot from dam ask ottomans and put them iu the stir rups. We want a pulpit on wheels. Tho church wants not so much cushions as it wants saddlebags and arrows. We have got to put aside tho gown and kid gloves and put on tho hunting shirt Wo have been fishing so long in the brooks that run under tho shadow of the church that the fish know us ; that they avoid the hook and escape as soon as wo como to the bank, while yonder is Up per Saranao and Big Tupper's lake, where the first swing of the gospel net would break it for the multitudo of the fishes. Thero is outsido work to bo done. What is that I seo in the backwoods? It is a tout Tho hunters have mado a clearing and camped out. What do they raro if they have wet feet, or if they havo nothing but a pine branch for a pillow or for the northeast storm? If a moose in tho darkness steps into tho Iako to drink, they hear it right away. If a loon cry in tho moonlight, they hear it. So iu tho service of God we havo exposed work. Wo havo got to camp out and rough it. Wo aro putting all our care ou tho peoplo who como to our churches. What aro we doing for Iho thousands upon thousands that do lot come? Havo they no souls? Are they sinless that they need no pardon? Are thero no dead in their houses that they noed no comfort? Are they cut off from God to go into eternity no wing to iiear them, no light to cheer them, no welcomo to greet them? I hear today surging up from tho lower depths a groan that comes through our Christian assemblages and through our beautiful churches, und it blots out all this sceno from my eyes today, as by tho mists of a great Niagara, for tho dash and tho pluugo of theto great torrents of lifo dropping down into tho fathomless and thundering abyss cf suffering and woe. sometimes think that just as God blot ted out tho churches of Thyatira and Corinth and Laodiera, because of their sloth and stolidity, he will blot out American and English Christianity and raise ou tho ruins a stalwart, wide awake, missionary church that can tako the full meaning of that command, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel tn everv creature. " Spiritual Archers. I remark, further, if you want to suc ceed in spiritual archery you must have courage. If tho hunter stand with trem bling hand or shoulder that flinches with fear, instead of his taking the cat amount, the catamount takes him. What would become of the Grecnlander if, when out hunting for the bear, ho should stand shivering with terror on an iceberg? What would have become of Da Chaillu and Livingstone in the African thicket with a faint heart and a weak kuce? When a panther comes within 20 paces of you and it has its eye on you and it has squatted for the fear ful spring,- "Steady there!" Courage, O ye spiritual archers! There are great monsters in iniquity prowling all around about the commu nity. Shall we not of ?he srrengtu'of God go forth and combat them? We not only need more heart, but more back bone. What is the church of God that it should fear to look in the eye any transgression? There is the Bengal tiger of drunkenness that prowls around, and instead of attacking it, how many of us hido under the church pew or the com munion table ! There is so much invested in it wo are afraid to assault it ; millions of dollars in barrels, in vats, in spigot, in corkscrews, in gin palaces with mar- blo floors and Italian top tables, and chased ice coolers and in the strychnine and tho logwood and tho tartaric acid and the uux vomica that go to niako up our pure American drinks. I looked with wondering eyes on tho "Heidelberg tun. " It is the great liquor vat of Ger many, which is said to hold tK)0 hogs heads of wine, and only three times iu 100 years it has been filled. But, as I stood and looked at it, I said to myself; "lhat is nothing 800 hogsheads. Why our American vat holds 2,500,000 bar rels of strong drinks, and we keep 200, 000 men with nothing to do but to see that it is tilled." Oh! to attack this great monster of intemperance, and tho kindred monsters of fraud and unclean ness, requires you to rally all your Christian courage. Through tho press, through the pulpit, through the plat form, you must assault it. Would to God that all our American Christians would band together, not for crack brained fanaticism, but for holy Chris tian reform. I think it was in 1793 that there went out from Luckuow, India, under tho sovereign, the greatest hunting party that was ever projected. Thero were 10,000 armed men in that hunting party. Thero were camels and horses and elephauts. On some princes rotf4 i i i i . .i - . auu royai iames umier exquisite m,,us- mgs, ana ouu coolies waited upon thii train, and the desolate places of India were invaded by this excursion, and tho rhinoceros, tho deer and elephant fell under the sSrokj of saber and bullet. After awhile the party brought back trophies worth 50,000 rupees, having left the wilderness of India ghastly with the slain bodies cf wild beasts. Would to God that, instead of hero and thero a straggler going out to fight these great mi nslers of iniquity in our coun try, the million membership of our churches would bund together and hew in twain these great crimes that make the land frightful with their roar and aro fattening upon the bodies and souls of immortal men! Who is ready for such a party as that? Who will bo a mighty hunter for the Lord? The Game. I remark, again, if you want to be successful in spiritual archery you need not only to bring down tho game, but bring it in. I think ono of tho most beautiful pictures of Thorwaldseu is his Autumn." It represents a sportsman coming homo and standing under a grapevine. Ho has a staff over his shoulder, and on the other end of that staff are hung a rabibt and a brace of birds. Eveiy hunter brings homo tho game. No ono would think of bringing down a reindeer or whipping up a stream for trout and letting them lio iu the woods. At eventide the camp is adorned with tho treasures of tho forest beak and fin and antler. If you go out to hunt for immortal souls, not only bring them down under tho arrow of tho gospel, but bring them into tho church of God, tho encampment wo havo pitched this sido of tho skies. Fetch them in. Do not let them lio out in tho open field. They need our prayers and sympathies and help. That is the meaning of tho church of God help. O ye hunters for tho Lord, not only bring down tho game, but bring it in! If Mithridatcs liked hunting so well that for soven years he never went in doors, what enthusiasm ought we to have who are hunting for immortal souls! If Domitianus practiced archery until ho could stand a boy down in the Roman amphitheater, with a hand out, tho lingers like that, and then tho king could shoot an arrow between the fingers without wounding them, to what drill and what practice ought not wo subject ourselves in order to become spiritual archers and "mighty hunters before tlto Lord!" But let mo say, you will never work any better than you pray. The old archers took tho bow, put ono end of it down besido tho foot, elevated tho other end, and it was tho rulo that tho bow should bo just tho size of the archer ; if it wero just his size, then he would go Linto tho battlo with confidence Let me say that your power to project good in tho world will correspond exactly to your own spiritual stature. Iu other words, the first thing in preparation for Uhnstiau work is personal consecration. Oh, for a closer wulk with God, A culm und lumvonly framu, A light to Khluu upon tho run J Tliut loads mo to tho Luml). I am sure that tliero are . some hero who at some time have been hit by'tfip Gospel airow. You felt tho wound cf that conviction, and you plunged into tho world deeper; just as the stag, when the hounds are after it, plunges into Scroon lake, expecting in that way to escape. Jesus Christ is on your track to day, impenitent man! not in wrath, but in mercy. O ye chased and panting souls! here is tho stream of God's mercy and salvation, where you may cool your thirst! Stop that chaso of sin today. By tho red fountain that leaped from the heart of my Lord, I bid you stop. Is there in all this houso anyono who can refuse the offer that comes from tl.-o heart of the dying Son of God? Why, do you know that there are, in the ban ished world, souls that, for that offer you get today, would fling tho crown of the universe at your feet, if they pos sessed it? rut they went out on the mountains, tho siorui took them, and they died. There is iu a forest in Germany a place they call tho "deer leap" two crags about 18 feet apart, between them a fearful chasm. This is called tho "deer leap" because cuce a hunter was on the track of u deer. Jt came to one of these crags. There was no escape for it from the pursuit of tho huuter, and in utter despair it gathered itself up and in the death agony attempted to jump across. Of course it fell, and was dashed on tho rocks far beneath. Here is a path to heaven. It is plain, it is safe. Jesus nia:i: it out for every man to walk in. )'.at hero is u man who says: "I won't walk, in that path. I will tako my own way. " He comes on until ho confronts tho chasm that di vides his soul from heaven. Now his last hour has come, and he resolves that he will leap that chasm, from the heights of earth to the heights of heav en. Stand back now, and give him full swing, for no soul ever did that suc cessfully. t him try. Jump! Jump! 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