Revivals Discussed

The Philadelphia Public Ledger recently interviewed Rev. Dr. S. Parkes Cadman of Brooklyn, N. Y., regarding certain evangelistic work now being carried on, and it is interesting to note that this well-known Congregationalist strongly objects to some of the features which characterize the teachings and methods of the evangelist whose work was under discussion. He says that the root of his objection is the evangelist's "assumption of authority to voice a salvatory dogma, coupled with the declaration that thus only can a man be saved. ... denouncing those who differ from him." More specifically, he objects to the demands for "belief in a personal devil, in an eternity of burning for those who are 'lost,'" etc.,—which show "no faith that the Father can finally save all."

Dr. Cadman states his position as follows:—

"First. No man has the right to restrict the life and love of God, in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to the holding of his personal views. I maintain that this attitude at this late day is not religious, but irreligious, and rather than being orthodox is, in fact, heterodox.

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A Sacred Union
January 13, 1906

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