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The Universal Religion

"Moses Drury Hoge (1818-1898) was the beloved pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia for 50 years. Known for his pulpit skills, hundreds would flock to hear him each Sunday, and many were converted under his ministry. The sermon that follows is characteristic of Hoge's pulpit style: polished, clear, practical, and thoroughly Reformed. This particular sermon was chosen as a good illustration of the victory oriented, postmillennial preaching of the Southern Presbyterians. We heartily commend it to the reader." - Chris Strevel

"That thou mayst know the certainties of those things wherein thou hast been instructed." - Luke 1:4.

My theme for two Sunday afternoons was "the certainties of religion" and those who were present may remember that I had occasion to allude to a very pathetic incident in the history of one of the most eminent citizens of this commonwealth - a man of the staunchest patriotism, a man of the most indomitable courage, and who was honored by his fellow-citizens with one of the highest offices within their gift. He was sadly troubled with skeptical doubts, and one day, in conversation with me, he told me of the particular one that greatly distressed him. He said that if jesus Christ was what he represented himself to be, that the birth of the Son of God was the most important event in all the procession of the ages; that if Christ died on the cross for the redemption of the world, then there was no fact comparable to that, either in this world's history or the history of any other world, because the birth and death of the God-man, of the Redeemer of the race, was the greatest fact that could possibly exist in the universe of God.