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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48

I War Against Certain Doctrines

I War Against Certain Doctrines

that I believe to be wrong (cheers), and I give to every other human being every right that I claim for myself. (Applause.) Of course I did not intend to-day to tell what we must do in the election for the purpose of being saved.

The next thing I find is in the seventh chapter and the second verse: "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again." Good. That suits me. (Laughter.) And in the twelfth chapter of Matthew, "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in Heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother;" "For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He shall reward every man according"—To the Church he belongs to? No. To the manner in which he was baptised? No. (Laughter.) According to his creed? No. "Then he shall reward every man according to his works." Good. I subscribe to that doctrine.

In the sixteenth chapter: "And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst, and said. 'Verily I say unto you, Except ye shall be converted page 7 and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.' I do not wonder that a reformer in his day, that met the Scribes and Pharisees, and hypocrites—I do not wonder that he at last turned to children and said, "Except ye become as little children." I do not wonder: and yet, see what children the children of God have been! What an interesting dimpled darling John Calvin was! (Laughter and applause.) Think of that prattling babe known as Jonathan Edwards! Think of the infants who invented the inquisition—(laughter)—that invented instruments of torture to tear human flesh! They were the ones who had become as little children.

So, I find in the nineteenth chapter: "And behold one came and said unto Him, 'Good Master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" And he said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? There is none good but one that is God; but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." And he said unto Him, "Which?"

Now, there is a pretty fair issue. Here is a child of God asking God what is necessary for him to do to inherit eternal life, and God says to him: "Keep the Commandments," and the child said to the Deity, "Which?" Now, if there ever was an opportunity given to the Almighty to furnish a