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The Universalist Leader quotes these words from Dr. Washington Gladden:—

"There is nothing that the Church needs to-day so much as faith in God. Its weakness is not due to its uncertain hold on some of the minor theological beliefs; it goes a great deal deeper. The doubt which paralyzes it is the deadly uncertainty about God. We are hearing much of the need of a new evangelism, and the need is great; but the note of this evangelism which must he sounded first and clearest is the glorious truth that God reigns, and His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and that His dominion endureth for ever and ever. If one church could really get hold of this truth and believe it, and make men believe it; if Mammon could be cast down from his throne in the hearts of the Christian people and God could be exalted thereupon; if men could really feel that the justice, and truth, and purity, and integrity, and love in which God is revealed are worth more than money; that the weapons which are not carnal are mightier far in our warfare than all the powers of this world—the feebleness and infirmity of the Church would soon depart, and she would go forth to her conquests fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners."

Are the ideals of the Spirit possible of achievement? Are they worth the sacrifice their attainment demands? Out of the past comes the answer in the cry of the soul's loyalty, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning!" Whatever the cost, the things of the Spirit are supreme. No man can surrender to Babylon's seductions without forfeiting his manhood. Shadowy the ideal may seem, in contrast with the very real prizes of sense, but none the less it is more real than they, and no lower satisfaction can be compared with the reward with which God crowns the loyalty of the soul.

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March 3, 1906

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