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Forth to the realms of darkness go

Where, like a river’s ceaseless flow,

A tide of souls is drifting down

Blasted beneath th’ Almighty’s frown.

No human skill nor power can stay

That flood upon its gloomy way;

But God’s own love devised the plan

To save the ruined creature, man.

Basil Manly Jr., from the original version of Manly’s hymn “Soldiers of Christ, In Truth Arrayed.” The “omitted stanzas” stopped being sung at Southern when Manly left the seminary in 1871 to become president of Georgetown College. This is from Michael Haykin’s excellent article on Manly in the Spring 2009 issue of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.

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Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency 
of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

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