"No other gods"

Since the beginning of the present war, the Christian church has come in for more or less criticism at the hands of the religious press, because the church in the centuries of its existence has failed to put an end to the conditions which have made possible in this twentieth century the most brutal and devastating war in centuries. In considering this criticism it is well, however, to remember that the church is but an aggregation of individuals, and that criticism of the church is not necessarily criticism of Christianity.

The value of any institution must be in the appeal it makes to the individuals who compose it, so to order their daily lives that they will show forth the fruit of their professions. If therefore the criticism to which we have referred will induce Christians to be more consistent with their professions, it will prove its value. Jesus said, "By their fruits ye shall know them," and it is by this standard the world will pass judgment on all who profess to be his disciples.

Likeness and Revelation
April 3, 1915

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