A Sermon

The Christian World Pulpit

Christian Science is producing remarkable results, especially in America, and will, if I mistake not, be producing equally remarkable results in our own country before long; and I would like to conclude this morning by simply stating in a word what seems to me the life-giving truth which is producing these wonderful results. It is possible in a Christian community, where the truth that God is love has been long known, if not yet fully understood, to appeal to the intelligence of men and ask them whether it is not self-evident, whether it may not be taken as the axiom, that God is love. I put it to a young man on Sunday night who had been a strong and even violent agnostic, leading many others astray. I put it to him: "Granted that there is God, and that God is wise, is it not evident to you that God must be love?" He looked up at me, and his eyes filled with tears, and he said: "Oh, yes; that is evident." Did you ever try an atheist with that? You try him. I have not yet met the man or woman who could look into my face and dispute it. Now, says this modern way of thinking, venture to dwell upon that, to meditate upon it, to let the thought become so familiar that you will dare to draw the natural deduction from it. Think of it! There is but one infinite, omnipresent Holy Spirit, that is God, in all men, in all times; one God, and He is love. All power is His, and the wisdom that made the world; all life has sprung from Him; all life is ordered by Him. Nothing has ever got out of His hands; nothing has ever evaded Him. Everywhere God; and everywhere the same—steady, persistent, triumphant love. Now draw the deduction from it. What does that mean? God in every man. Then that power of God vanquishes what we call sin. Sin is some delusion of the spirit, which goes when the truth of God is recovered. Think of it. This power—that is, love—vanquishes suffering, disease. Death is a shadow, is a delusion. These are false thoughts, which vanish when the truth of God fills the soul. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." And so, by a renewing of the mind, as the apostle puts it, ye shall know that holy and acceptable and perfect will of God—that God is love.

From sermon by R. F. Horton, D.D.
The Christian World Pulpit, London, England.

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