Excerpt from The Church of England Pulpit, and Ecclesiastical Review, Vol. 10: July to December, 1880
You will have seen already, brethren, with what purpose I am appealing to this testimony which human nature gives to the personal inﬂuences that chieﬂy determine the character Of our lives. Does it not illustrate the larger truth, that the deepest and most powerful motive in our whole life and conduct is the fear and love of God? In the forefront of the commandments, which stand for a practical summary of the moral law, we are met by the solemn statement, God spake these words, and said. There are arguments, powerful arguments, for each one of those commandments, founded on their reasonableness, their utility, their relation to the dictates of human conscience 3 but no word of all this is Spoken. Only we hear God spake these words, and said. And The mount that burned with -fire, the blackness, and darkness, and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and voice of words, - what was all this solemnity of publica tion but an impressive enforcement of the truth that the dictates of morality are the voice of God P It is matter of simple fact, that when that voice has ceased to sound in human ears, the law has ceased to hold its rightful place in human hearts and lives. To pass from the wide generalities of history to what we have ourselves known and felt, it is a matter of fact also that the sense of God's presence - the in ward feeling that He is near us, about our path, and about our bed, Spying out all our ways - has been a deterrent from wrong, a provocative to all good, such as no mere statement of moral verities, on their own account, ever could, or did, supply. Therefore it is that men rely on the sanctity of oaths, and te ligious vows, that they have been wont to make the most solemn engagements of their lives in the courts of the Lord's House, that they call upon Him to witness their tender of national allegiance to earthly rulers, that their very salutations and tokens of friendship have some request for His benediction woven into their familiar form.
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