Those who live the life, who are Christians indeed, draw the world after them. In their churches they receive truest nourishment, strength to live—thinking far less of serving God on Sunday, and far more of serving their neighbors during the week. The sociable vile, the masterful rich, the deceitful trader, the ambitious poor, who are attracted by offers of a salvation other than deliverance from sin, are nowhere to be found, and all are the cleaner and stronger for their absence; while the publicans and the sinners are drawn instead, and turned into true men and women.
If any tell me my doctrine is presumptuous and contrary to what is taught in the New Testament, I will not defend my beliefs, the principles on which I try to live. I appeal to them instead, whether or not I have spoken the truth concerning our paramount obligation to do the word of Christ. If they say I have not, I have nothing more to say; there is no other ground on which we can meet. But if they allow that it is a prime, even if not the prime duty, then what I insist upon is, that they should do it, so and not otherwise recommending the knowledge of him. If your opinions are wrong, the obedience alone on which I insist will set them right; no one can know Christ to be right until he does as Christ does, as he tells us to do. For him who does not see that Christ must be obeyed, he must be left to the teaching of the Father, who brings all that hear and learn of him to Christ; He will leave no man to his own way, however much the man may prefer it.