The men's meetings which Mr Moody inaugurated here three weeks ago have gone on nightly, with only one short break. The attendance, of course, fluctuated; but the interest has always been sustained, and the impression was sometimes very deep. One marked effect can be seen in the new vigour and sense of unity given to the Association. The members have got a new view of the power of Christian manhood when banded together to resist and overcome the evil, - a new confidence in
themselves and in one another.
Mr Moody's return visit to Dundee.
The series of meetings was wound up by an address by Mr Moody on Friday night to an audience of about 1,200 men, in Ward Chapel, admission being by ticket. Mr Moody had a meeting immediately before, in Free Chapelshade Church, with all those who had received good during his previous visit and a few of the Christian workers. He spoke with great earnestness and feeling on the necessity of confessing Christ, and the reward the faithful confessor won. The young people before him listened with close attention and devotion while he urged them to make the Christian course they had started on no barren, negative thing, but a constant witness for Christ, and an untiring effort to win souls. At the close he took an affectionate farewell of his young friends in Dundee and pled with them to keep true to their Lord. He referred to the notices he was receiving almost every week of the death now of one and now of another who had been in deep sympathy with his work, or who had been induced under his preaching to give their hearts to Christ; and the black draping of the pulpit from which he preached was a touching memento of one known and loved by very many present, who has so recently gone to be with the Saviour whom she trusted. This meeting was the last of a series of "Converts' Meetings," which have been held weekly in Free Chapelshade Church since February, principally under the charge of Rev. Messrs Laing, Macpherson, and Ewing.
Large Men's Meeting.
At the close Mr Moody crossed the street to Ward Chapel, where the men's meeting had been assembled some time.
He spoke for nearly an hour to a deeply impressed audience, making "regeneration" his starting point. At the close a large number of inquirers went into the schoolroom behind; and after conversing with them for some time, Mr Moody returned to the church, and addressed the ministers and Christian workers present. He explained how he wished the Dundee Young Men's Christian Association to take a new start, and become a power on the side of Christ in the community, as so many of the Christian Associations in America are. He said that in this country we had too low and secular a conception of what a Christian association could do.
"Times of Blessing," July 9th, 1874.