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by steady growth in grace, and by the pressure brought to bear upon them in Holiness meetings and in other ways, have been led to give up drink, tobacco, dress, and many other evil things. There is a great want of understanding as to the will and power of God; and many who really appear to enjoy a continual light, and to be themselves earnest and valuable lights in the world, remain, unsanctified, simply for want of proper teaching. Consequently, some extraordinary trial, such as a change of officers, or the evil speaking or ill treatment of a comrade, will throw them back into the reserve list.
4. Nothing is so great a hindrance to the sanctification of our people—many of whom are in the greatest earnest to be, and to get whatever God desires—as the mixture of false with true teaching, and there is no subject upon which there may be so much good talk, not absolutely false in itself, but none the less false in the impression it produces, leading people to believe they are all right, when they are just missing, perhaps, only by a very little, the mark of the prize of their high calling. Better ten thousand times ordinary soldiers of The Army, ignorant of the whole matter, than soldiers who imagine themselves sanctified, owing to some false teaching, when they are not.
5. Just as no one can be saved until they are penitent, so none can be sanctified until they are made truly penitent, on account of the evils of their own heart and of their doings, therefore, nothing so much tends to prevent anyone's being
made holy as the daubing of untempered mortar, the sweet and pleasant teaching and singing prevailing so largely to-day, and causing persons to enjoy delightful feelings of satisfaction, when God is not satisfied with them.
Continually press everyone as to whether they are perfectly satisfying God, and, as almost all are consciously grieving Him at times, trouble them about this and show how serious it is, and how fatal it may be, till they are made thoroughly wretched on the subject. Just according to the degree to which a man is made to feel himself wretched, whilst tied to sin and grieving God, will be the heartiness and thoroughness with which he will give himself up to be fully delivered, and will rejoice in perfect deliverance.
As your knowledge of men increases, you will be able to describe their feelings and inconsistencies, and shortcomings, so clearly, that they shall see the secrets of their hearts, set in the very light of God's face, till they are made to tremble in His presence. Incessantly repeat the changes in public and private, so that your very appearance shall remind your brother of his faults. Let all your life show the same light.
6. The great villainy of the day amongst God's people is the making void His law, the pretending that we who are saved are set free from any sort of binding obligation, and cannot be by any means condemned.
So much the more is it needful for us ceaselessly to press upon His people the law of God, which was made so much more binding by the priceless gift
of His son to us, and is made so much more extreme in its requirements under the perfect illumination of the Holy Ghost. Do not allow any conscience to become easy whilst failing to pay to the very
last tittle all that God now claims from us, and whoever is satisfied with less than this is a robber of God.
The ist Epistle of John and the Revelation, which most clearly set forth what God wishes us to be, abound in the most violent expressions as to those who come short of His requirements in any way. The more perfectly you love God and men, the more earnestly and clearly will you protest against any wrong committed against Him, inwardly or outwardly.
Ceaselessly show how entirely we are required to give ourselves up to God and to be and do all that He desires, and especially dwell upon the ingratitude of any holding back from a neglect of Him who freely gave Himself up for us all.
The War Cry, No. 107.- JAN. 5, 1882.
The GENERAL'S Address at Exeter Hall
on Boxing Day, 1881.
THE GENERAL,—I want to read you the three following verses, and to make a few observations on the last of the three :
“ Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not."
It does not know that we are divine; it only
:; knows us as the Salvation Army, or professors of religion. It does not know our divinity.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is."
“ And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.”
Every man and every woman that hath this hope in him or her, this hope of seeing Him in the glory, this hope of being with Him in the “ Hallelujah Country," purifieth himself even as He is pure.
Now, let me talk to you Salvation Army people as though none of our brothers-in-law had come to
I will suppose that some morning there comes to your door a carriage, and out of this carriage there jumps a man all dressed up in livery, with gold buttons, and lace, and I know not what. He asks if you live there and says, “I want to speak to the master and mistress—I have brought a letter.” You
open this letter and you find that it is an invitation from the Queen of England for you to go and take your children to spend a month with Her Majesty, at Osborne House, in the Isle of Wight. I think your first exclamation would be, “This must be all a mistake. This must be a hoax. The Queen knows nothing of us. Who are we that we should have this honour ? However, I will just suppose that you are satisfied that this is a real affair, and that you are to spend a month with Her Majesty. Suppose, also, that the letter intimated you were not to be troubled about the expense, that Her Majesty would see about your travelling, and take care of your affairs while you were away, and engage to be your friend, and the friend of your children after you return home.
Now, then, after the first flush of excitement has passed away, and you have written letters and told your uncles, and aunts, and cousins, and all your neighbours and friends, and the Captain of the Salvation Army, and assured him that, if the Queen does anything for you, the Army shall share your prosperity. I imagine, then, you settle down, and