FROM OUR EXCHANGES

[Rev. W. F. Adeney, M.A., D.D., in The British Congregationalist.]

Fear has always hindered the spread of light and truth in the church of Christ. It tried to check Biblical inquiries during the greater part of the nineteenth century. Bishop Colenso, Samuel Davidson, and Robertson Smith were all sacrificed to fear, shameful fear, for in each case the church concerned has been forced to honor the memory of its heretics. Fear has kept back the honest teaching of young people, and so has prepared them to fall an easy prey to the shallow, skeptical orator. A faithless fear in every case. If it had been a strong faith, we should have been spared all this flustering of the self-appointed guardians of "the ark of the Lord." Can we learn one lesson from these humiliating flusters of timorous religionists,—the one true lesson that it is wiser to trust God and to possess our souls in patience, knowing that He can guard His own cause, since truth is truth and right is right?

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