Signs of the Times

[Acton Gazette and Express, London, England]

This war has been searching the church like fire, and has exposed the vast amount of wood, hay, and stubble which has been covered with veneer and painted to look like enduring marble. The process is painful but wholesome, and the effect on the church and society will be highly beneficial and, we may hope, permanent. She did not stop the war, because she permitted among her own members and in her own bosom the discordant passions of jealousy, suspicion, and misunderstanding, which are in close kinship to similar passions that have been smoldering in Europe for years, and of which this world conflagration is the natural outcome. Beelzebub cannot cast out demons. You must be rid of the beam before you can extract the mote....

March 22, 1919

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