Excerpt from A Sermon on the Crime Against Freedom: In Kansas and Washington
Isaiah LVIII: 1.
Cry Aloud, Spare Not; Lift Up Thy Voice Like A Trumpet, And Shew My People Their Transgression, And The House Of Jacob Their Sins.
I speak to-day to those who know my manner of life, my habits of speech and my methods of doctrine. I speak to those who know that, as a minister of the gospel, I have not been guilty of undue interference with politics. I have studiously and religiously abstained from the introduction of any theme into my sermons and addresses which was not relevant to the advancement of Christ's kingdom and the salvation of souls. I speak to-day on the outrages in Kansas and Washington, because politics have now assumed a most solemn and momentous connexion with religion. The principles are in danger on which our republican system rests. The foundation is shaken which holds up our freedom of speech and our freedom of worship. I believe that this is a more important hour for our country than any other known in the history of this continent - more important than any crisis in colonial or revolutionary times, - because the essential doctrines which underlie a free government are now assailed with more subtility and relentlessness than ever before. I believe that the election of the coming November will decide the destinies of this Republic. I believe that ministers of the gospel have a responsibility before God, in such times as these, for the use of their political influence, and that their account in the judgment will be unspeakably dreadful if they are faithless to Freedom.
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