How Moody preached to the atheists



In East London during the visit of Moody and Sankey a hall in the dense working population of that city had been reserved one evening for an address to atheists skeptics and freethinkers. Bradlaugh, champion of atheism, hearing of this meeting ordered all clubs he had formed to take possession of the hall. They obeyed and one thousand men marched in from all directions. The atheists laughed when Moody asked the men to choose their favorite hymns, for atheists do not sing hymns. Mr. Moody spoke from: "Their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges." He poured in a broad side of telling incidents from his own experience of the deathbeds of Christians and atheists, and let the men be the judges as to who had the best foundation to rest their faith upon. He attacked them in their most vulnerable points their hearts of unbelief.

The sermon ended. Mr. Moody announced a hymn and gave opportunity for all to leave who did not want to stay for the inquiry meeting. Moody was astonished when not one man vacated his seat. After a few words Mr. Moody asked all who would receive Christ to say "I will." One person, the leading club man, shouted "I won't."

Moody said: "Men you have your champion here in the middle of the hall who said 'I won't.' I ask every man here who believes that man is right to rise and say, 'I won't.'" None arose.

"Thank God" said Moody. "Now who'll say 'I will?'" The Holy Spirit seemed to have broken loose upon that great crowd and five hundred men sprang to their feet saying, "I will, I will," till the whole atmosphere was changed and the battle was won. -- Alliance Weekly