Excerpt from The Princeton Review, Vol. 38: October, 1866
Passing on, and attempting to answer the question, What is the character of the preaching demanded by the times in which we live? The preliminary inquiry evidently is, What are the characteristics of the times? What special inﬂuences are at work in the world? What peculiarities mark this age? Clearly everything depends upon the answer to this. In the grand problem - How is the gospel to be brought home to men? We are to look upon the times, as constituting the one variable quantity. Man remains essentially the same - spirit ual, immortal, yet sinning, and perishing in his rebellion against God. The gospel remains essentially the same - the Son of God incarnate, obeying, suffering, dying as the sinner's substitute - freely ofi'ered of God to man's faith as the way of salvation. The times, with their inﬂuences and circumstances, change daily in slighter degree, and in the course of genera tions often, if not ordinarily, change essentially. While, there fore, acknowledging the sole efficiency of the Holy Spirit, it must yet be admitted, as in accordance with the Divine method, that a message to men, to be heard and heeded of men, must recognize their altered circumstances. What, then, are some of the characteristics of the present time?
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