THE NEGRO BAPTIST PULPIT.
structions to antagonize the beliefs and practices of men
everywhere, and, having conquered, to make disciples of
them. (Matt. 28: 19, 20.) Paul's ministry exemplifies this
divine plan; for no one can follow him in his work over
Asia Minor and Greece without seeing that, everywhere
and always, he was contending for the faith. His open
enemies, within and outside of the churches, kept him busy
at this. And Paul's inner life, which in some measure
some think has been portrayed for us in the seventh
chapter of Romans, shows that his inner experience was
identical in character with his outward.
I. We may accept it as a divine law that Christians
must always contend for the faith.
1. Loyalty to Christ demands it. Social influence,
family ties, wealth and culture, are sometimes powerful in
tempting to silence or apology those who stand squarely
for a New Testament Christianity. The doctrines which
we must preach antagonize human pride and worldly am¬
bition. The richest and the most honored of earth must
bow before Christ just as the poorest and most debased,
and confess their nothingness, before they can be forgiven.
The human heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and,
no matter how much culture a man has, he must be born
a2,ain. Every believer must publicly profess Christ in
baptism, and take upon himself the badge of discipleship.
He must deny himself, mortifying his selfishness, which
is the root principle of sin, and help to bring this world
to Je^us. To say these things to men is often to rouse in
them the spirit of opposition. But with those who would
obey the New Testament there can be no question as to
duty. These and all the other doctrines of grace must be
faithfully presented to men. To Christ alone are we re-