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world in order to be good makes re
If a man runs away from the world
in order to be good, by his very act
he says that religion is simply and
only a private affair with him, a
something labeled for-external use
and home consumption only. This
idea of religion has produced men
whose private lives are good, but
whose public lives are very bad.
Men in whose hands the virtue of
your wife or daughter would be as
safe as in your own. but who will
every year drive hundreds of cases of
yirtue over the line into vice by the
pressure of starvation wages which
Thirdly, running away from the
world in order to be good makes mo
You have seen men whose whole
religion was summed up in a deca
logue of don'ts" and whose whole ef
fect seemed to be to curb the life of
It is significant, however, that Je
sus said "thou shalt" oftener than He
said "thou shalt not." I think He did
that because He knew that the best
way to avoid doing bad things was
to be everlastingly busy doing good
Lastly, running away from the
world in order to be good is not Chris
tian. Jesus mingled freely and frankly
with the rough and tumble of every
day life. He rubbed elbows with all
sorts and conditions of men.
But when He left them they were
not quite so common as they were be
fore He met them, and that is the
acid test of your own religion when
you follow it directly into the heart
of the world.
Your sole thought should be not to
keep the man by your side from
dragging you to hell, but your sole
thought should be to lead that man
For those four reasons I am con
vinced that to be a Christian does
not demand running away from the
world in order to save one's SELF
half so much as it does getting into
the world in order to save IT.
The sentence has been ringing
down the centuries, "W&at shall it
profit a man if he gain Qte world
world and lose bis own soul?" But
when once a man's soul has been
saved, it is a good thing for him to
say, "What shall it profit a man if
he saVe his own soul, but the whole
world be lost?"
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ject: "THE INNER WALL."
"I understand the Blanks are strict
"Strict! I should say they are.
Why, they won't even let their chil
dren eat animal crackers." New
A SURE REMEDY' '
Doctor You must go away for a,
Overworked merchant But, doc
tor, I'm too busy to go away.
Doctor Well, then, you must stop