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[Percy Pegler in The Methodist Recorder]

The Lord of the temple is seeking to cleanse us today by confronting one man after another of us, in the quietness of our own hearts, and demanding a cleansing there. If we submit to it, he adds us to the little groups of men growing up here and there who are going to make the churches new places. Then, and not till then, will the churches speak to the nation with the only authority that is worth anything; and when they do, the nation will listen, for it knows the voice of humanity's Lord, when it hears it. That process is going on. How far it will go, how fast it will go, depends upon how many people listen and how completely they obey. The Lord of the kingdom may succeed in cleansing the churches more quickly than seems to us possible. On the other hand, the process may be slower, or it may be checked. If it is checked, he will speak outside the churches just as once he discarded Judaism in the temple. What is going to happen, how soon it is going to happen, depends upon how many people listen to him when he says as he looks around the dusty, tawdry temple of our own hearts, "Take these things hence."

[T. R. Glover in The Constructive Quarterly]

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