Signs of the Times

Rollin H. Walker in an article
in The Christian Advocate
Chicago, Illinois

[Jesus] deeds of kindness were spontaneous overflowings of gratitude from his sense of God's love for him. ... He knew that ... men are sure in time to see through charity that is given for a show and piety that is a mere performance. Such hypocrisy in time becomes the object of derision. The man whose prayers are a mere performance fails completely to gain the power of self-control that comes from real, humble supplications.

When a man deep in his heart commits himself to God, ... he gets such an inflooding of grace that he is not tempted to parade either his piety or his charitable deeds. Let a man pray the Lord's Prayer with all his heart, and he gets a blessed deliverance from "vain repetition." The name of the heavenly Father is so hallowed in his mind that he regards ostentatious giving and praying with horror. ...

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February 21, 1953

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