The Lectures

In presenting Willis F. Gross, who lectured on Christian Science, the Rev. Ralph J. Haughton said:—

The appearance of a Congregational minister, in good and regular standing, upon this platform this afternoon may seem to some persons something of an anomaly. While I have no apologies to offer to any man, there are just three reasons which it seems to me fully justify my acceptance of the very kind invitation extended to me a few days ago to preside over this gathering today. The first reason is, that the longer I live the more charitable I seem to be, and the greatest thing in all this world is charity. The second reason is the fact that I have lived long enough to discover that no one sect or denomination or individual has a monopoly of divine truth. The third reason is the glorious fact that Jesus the good Shepherd has his sheep in many folds.

The highest revelation which we have of God is that He is love, and love is both the test and the badge of Christian discipleship. It was Jesus himself who said: "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." There is a very beautiful incident in the life of Jesus, standing out before my mental vision today. It took place in Capernaum. John said unto him, "Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, ... and we forbade him, because he followeth not us." Jesus replied, "Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part." That is the spirit in which I have accepted the kind invitation to be here.

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