Nothing But The Blood
Dr. James Merritt
1 John 1:73-19
1. The greatest evangelist of the Twentieth Century, without question, was Billy Graham. The greatest evangelist before him of the Nineteenth Century undoubtedly was Dwight L. Moody. Both shared a common trait. They were criticized because of a particular subject they preached about.
2. When Billy Graham was getting started, a professor from Cornell University wrote him a letter and said, "Mr. Graham, you have great talent, and you have what it takes to be a successful minister. But if you want to continue to be successful, you are going to have to leave out the preaching on the blood. It is out of date and no enlightened man of the Twentieth Century will swallow it."
3. When Dwight L. Moody started preaching, a woman wrote him a letter and said, "Brother Moody, if you want to be effective, you are going to have to leave out that blood stuff." Dwight L. Moody said, like Dr. Graham after him, "I determined at that moment to preach more on the blood of Jesus Christ than ever before."
4. I remember when I was a student at the seminary, I had an extremely liberal professor who said, "I am sick and tired of this slaughter-house religion, and we need to get it out of our pulpits and out of our churches as quickly as possible." Well, medically, when you take the blood out of the body, the body dies. May I tell you, that is also true of the body of Christ. When you take the blood out of the body the body dies.
5. We are not only a people of the book, we are a people of the blood. The Bible is not only a blest book, it is a blood book. The word "blood" is found 415 times in the Bible. The Bible begins with blood in Genesis when Cain sheds the blood of his brother, Abel. It ends with blood in the book of the Revelation when the Lord Jesus returns wearing a robe "dipped in blood." (Rev. 19:13)
6. There is a scarlet thread that binds every page of this book. You ...
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