Speaking with New Tongues

"Judge a man by the company he keeps," is a familiar adage which would lose none of its meaning if it were made to include the language he employs. No effort of the imagination is needed to discover a man's nationality by his speech; indeed, it is comparatively easy to tell by this token whether he is cultured and refined, or the reverse.

No one ever recognized this more clearly than did Jesus when he said, "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. .... For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."

Pursuing this line of thought we come naturally but irresistibly to the declaration that certain signs were to characterize those who believed in Christ. It is not necessary for our present purpose to consider all that was required as evidence of this belief, but it may be well to notice the distinction made between those who merely professed to believe the truth, and those who really understood it. This distinction was to be marked by certain signs, "They shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues."

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Among the Churches
August 22, 1903

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