Signs of the Times

[Bishop Clement C. Hoyler, as quoted in the Press-Gazette, Green Bay, Wisconsin]

Whenever nations forgot God, whenever individuals turned their backs upon God, they inevitably invited their own destruction. On the other hand, whenever men and nations turned to God and took a new grip on the things of God, blessings came to the race. So today, many statesmen and all the real thinkers of the nations are recognizing the fact that the only remedy for the ills of the world is a return to God.

The need of such a return must be felt by every individual, and deep down in every human heart there is a longing for God and for a life on the highest spiritual level, just as the Scotch highlander and the Tyrolese long to get back to their native hills and mountains after years of absence. We are living too much in the lowlands. We have allowed the things of earth to control us too much. The world and her evils have gotten between God and us. We need to renew our fellowship with Him. Old and New Testament saints have felt the same need.... David got away from God when he sinned and had to seek God's pardon for his iniquity. Peter got away from God when he denied the Son of God and had to weep bitter tears of remorse. He found full restoration only at the feet of Jesus. So today the backsliders ... must form the resolve of the prodigal son: "I will arise and go to my father."

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May 20, 1933

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