Newspaper article titled Moody the Evangelist Makes a Powerful Address to Yale Students

Moody the Evangelist Makes a Powerful Address to Yale Students

At Battell Chanel Yesterday Morning - As a Man Soweth so Also Will He Reap Was the Burden of the Address - The Chapel Crowded to Overflowing.

Dwight L. Moody , the famous evangelist, occupied the pulpit in Battell chapel yesterday morning. It was announced in advance that visitors could not be accommodated but this notice did not hinder a large number of citizens from being present and the chapel was in consequence filled to its utmost capacity, corridors and all. The sermon was characteristic of an evangelist and many actual happenings in the eminent speaker's long experience were re-related. They fully illustrated the topics discussed and the entire discourse was listened to very closely. Mr. Moody took his text from Galatians, 6th chapter and the 7th verse , which reads: "Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap." He spoke especially to the students giving them many precepts which it followed can not help but make their lives better. He said that it is customary for students to challenge every statement that they hear. This is perhaps right. If so let them challenge this statement in the text. Let them speak right out, let us know and discuss the truth. Didn't God make Adam and Eve way back there in the garden of Eden and didn't Cain reap outside. The truth of this text applies as well to President Dwight as it does to the members of the freshman class. If you refuse to believe that does not change the matter.

The speaker said that a man once told him that he did not believe. The unbeliever was met at the outside door of the church by a sheriff who arrested him for stealing. He was later tried and tent to Jail. Perhaps a faint part of the truth of the text dawned upon him while he meditated behind prison bars. A short time ago in Ohio a president of a liquor trust suggested to the saloon keepers that they give young boys five cents so that they could create an appetite for drink. Spurgeon once said that a man to preach must always have heads in his sermon. The speaker in consequence took these three heads, saying at the time that he didn't expect to get through them but he would start. The heads were: Man expects to reap what he sows, he expects to reap the same kind of seed that he owes and he expects to reap more than he sows. No one sows except in hope. One does not reap watermelons from wheat seeds nor after learning the blacksmith trade is one competent to practice medicine. Man must reap the same as he sows. If I tell my boy that I am out of town when a neighbor comes to the door, the first thing that I know he will be lying to me himself. Merchants come to me and ask why it is that their clerks are deceitful and untrustworthy. I tell them that they teach their clerks to cheat the customers by placing foreign tags on domestic goods and the like. The next thing the clerks do is to lie to their masters. What else can be expected? A lie is a lie wherever told and it is just as black whether told in the college or in society. Just a short time ago a man died who left thirty-six millions of dollars to his two sons who are drunkards. They followed the example of their father. His life was a stupendous failure. Of what value is a college education to a drunkard. Any man can go with the current but it takes a young man of strong will to go contrary to the current. Some people say that Esau was a more famous character than Jacob but we must take the whole life of both into consideration. For the deceit practised on his father God made Jacob reap. That was centuries ago but He will also make us reap the same as we sow. Jacob got the birth right blessing but he paid a million times as much for it as it was worth. He was in Haran twenty years. He fell in love and bargained with his father-in-law. Jacob was a great bargainer. He bargained seven years for Laban's daughter and then had to wait for seven years more before he got the one that he wanted. See the effect of his deceit upon his family of sons. Remember Joseph's dream and his flight into Egypt. Think how the ten sons sent the bloody coat to their father and deceived him in the same way as he had deceived his father. He was repaid by the same kind of a trick. Think of the fall of David through adultery. The worst of all things in America to-day is the crime of adultery and the worst meanness is the way a woman is treated after she has fallen. She is ostracised from society but a fallen man can still hold up his head. We don't hang our worst murderers, those who ruin our women and those who murder their parents through dark deeds. The slow assassination of the parents is worse than the secret knife. See how David was paid through his own sin by the sin of his own son Absalom. His great grief was due to the fact that he knew the reason of Absalom's fall was due to himself. The worst thing of sowing bad seed is that we make others reap with us the results of what we sow. Man will always reap what he sows, and ignorance of the kinds of seeds makes no difference as to harvest.