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Permit me to read to you a little passage out of a little book. I love the little book
and accept all it says. It has been the light and joy of my life. I commend it to you. It
is our final authority for faith and practice. It is our most precious possession. If you
hear of anybody who flouts its authority and threatens to destroy it and dislodge it
from the minds and hearts of men, blow your trumpet, turn the bell of it Wake
Forest way, and our little company, little but loyal, will be at your side on the dot.
In the course of his speech he reiterated that the "Bible is the final
authority for faith and practice," and dwelt on his acceptance of other
cherished Baptist doctrines, especially the redemptive power of the
Cross, and the new birth, and as confirmation related his own personal
experience of conversion. "He built his address around the Cross of
Christ," said Dr. L. Johnson. The following paragraph was central in
The Cross is the central fact toward which all previous history converges, from
which all subsequent history diverges with a crimson tinge forever. Redemption is
there, or it is nowhere, individual redemption and social redemption. Christ
crucified works in the individual life a revolution so universal and so radical that
there is no describing it save in His own immortal figure, the new birth. When the
name of our dear brother, F. M. Jordan, was called this morning, you cannot guess
what I thought about at once. I recalled a revival meeting which he held in Wake
Forest College away back yonder in the seventies, and but for the renovation of the
building I could point you out the pew on the back of which I wept my heart out as I
said to my Lord that the experiences which I had at the age of twelve might have
been genuine or not, one thing was certain now, that He was mine and I was His
forever. I do not know what occurred in the deeps of my nature then. I have no
psychology of conversion. I do not have to understand it in order to be assured of its
reality. And you do not know what occurred in the deeps of your nature when you
had the same happy experience, and you do not have to understand it. I only know
that when I yielded my heart to Him my surrender was my victory; this slavery of
love these intervening years has been my emancipation.
Some thought that the discussion was more like a revival than
anything seen in a Convention in years. Others said that the speech
left no doubt of the soundness of faith of President
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