Signs of the Times

[J. V. Tinnin, in the Panama American]

A significant utterance of Paul is found in II Corinthians, "Ye are our epistle, ... known and read of all men." This remark of the apostle was addressed to his new converts and members of the church he had established in Corinth. He was reminding them that they would be watched and read as if they were open letters to the world. If the reading of these epistles awakened pleasant thoughts, the praise would be given to him, rather than them, whose name they bore. While if the daily perusal of these open letters conveyed unfortunate impressions, their witness would appeal utterly in vain, and not the letters, but the writer of the letters, would be criticized and discredited. ...

Much of the unwilling skepticism that prevails among the best sort of men today is not so much a denial of God as the doubt which has darkened their faith when they sought for God in the faces of His people and found Him not. The greatest propagators of unbelief are unchristlike, ... while the lowliest living epistle who shows the marks of Jesus, has more persuasive power than mightiest eloquence.

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June 29, 1935

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