The doctrine of justification by faith-a Biblical truth, and a blessed relief from sterile legalism and unavailing self-effort has in our time fallen into evil company and been interpreted by many in such manner as actually to bar men from the knowledge of God. The whole transaction of religious conversion has been made mechanical and spiritless. Faith may now be exercised without a jar to the moral life and without embarrassment to the Adamic ego. Christ may be "received" without creating any special love for Him in the soul of the receiver. The man is "saved," but he neither hungry nor thirsty after God. In fact he is specifically taught to be satisfied and encouraged to be content with little.
Thine own eternity is round Thee,
And long teast upon Thee still:
We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.