Words That inspire Works

Preaching that is not followed by practice, or words that do not lead to good works, are the cause of much of the current indifference to morality and true goodness. Empty words have given rise to disillusion among many inquiring young people, and even certain mature students of theology have gone so far as to proclaim that "God is dead." What many of them mean, perhaps without knowing it, is that uncertain faith in God unaccompanied by demonstrations of His ever-presence is fruitless; that any theodicy, however intellectually stimulating or ritualistically impressive, is empty that fails to show men how to prove evil's powerlessness over the good that God bestows.

Christ Jesus saw clearly the danger of words without works. In his glorious Sermon on the Mount he said: "Ye are the light of the world. . . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matt. 5:14, 16; He knew that words alone, even faith alone, are insufficient to heal and regenerate ourselves and our fellowmen.

Healing a Bee Sting
September 9, 1967

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