Forgetting God Sermon Illustrations

Forgetting God Sermon Illustrations

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Leaving Out God

If we study the public documents, the charters, and political compacts of long ago, we will find that God has a great place in the thoughts of those who formulated the documents. Our own Constitution was founded upon much of Bible truth. But a study of later papers, such as the treaty of Versailles, and other important pronouncements, reveals the total absence of God's name. Thus the race progresses in godlessness. —Young People's Full Gospel Quarterly.

Sayings of the Sages on Returning to God (selected by W. P. Wilks)

Above all things, this country needs a nation-wide revival of old-fashioned prayer meeting religion.—Richard M. Edmonds.

It is either Christ or chaos; either the kingdom of God or world revolution.—David Lloyd George.

The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. It can be saved only by becoming permeated with the spirit of Christ and being made free and happy by tho practices which spring out of that spirit. Only thus can discontent be driven out and all the shadows lifted from the road ahead.—Woodrow Wilson.

Henceforth the majesty of God revere;
Fear Him, and you have nothing else to fear.—James Fordyce.

His "Forgotten" Son

The Holy Spirit wonderfully overrules mistakes when He is dealing with souls. Dealing with an anxious, inquiring woman at the close of a service, I asked if she could quote any Scripture. She gave John 3:16, but used the word "forgotten" instead of "begotten." Taking advantage of the thought of the word I asked her, "Do you know why God 'for­got' his Son?" "No." "It was because the Lord wanted to remember you. God in Heaven was willing to part with His Son for a little while that He might have you forever. He let His Son be enveloped in terrible darkness, so that He might give you a crown of light. He let him die so that he could give you eternal life. It was for you that God `forgot' His Son." —Dr. Walter L. Wilson, in Romance of a Doctor's Visits.

What a Modern Scientist Says:

I think the greatest discovery will be along spiritual lines. Here is a force which history clearly teaches has been the greatest power in the development of man and history, yet we have been merely playing with it, and never seriously studied it as we have the social forces. Some day people will learn that material things do not bring happiness and are of little use in making men creative. Then the scientists of the world will turn their laboratories over to the study of God and prayer and the spiritual forces, which as yet have been hardly scratched. When this day comes the world will advance more in one generation than it has in the past four generations. —Dr. Charles Steinmetz.

Getting Back to God

"People must get back to God," says Roger Babson, the great statistician. "For a long time it has been considered rather smart to be irreligious. Now people must get back to God. Above all, they should start praying. They seem to think that there is something about prayer that is not exactly red-blooded of two-fisted.

"When business worries me," says Mr. Babson, "I think of God. If someone has been unkind to me, I think of God. If I should come face to face with disaster, I should think of God."—Boston Herald.

"Away with Him!"

A correspondent of the Palestine Review writes: "One of the great attractions of Palestine is that you are with other Jews. When you go through the streets on Saturday, shops are closed; when you go on Sunday, they are open. In the bus you meet Jews; in the theater you sit next to Jews; in the cafe you eat with Jews; in the hospital you are with Jews. There are the marvelous nights with a million stars. There are ghosts everywhere of Abraham and Jacob, Isaiah and Jeremiah, Akiba and Bar Cochba. Every step tells a story,—Biblical, Talmudic, Medieval, Modern." But nothing of Christ! He is the great Forgotten One. And not merely forgotten. Dr. Christie writes in the British Weekly that "multitudes in Israel" are determined to blot out the geographical evidences of Christianity (in Palestine), and warnings have been given to "take away your dead Christ from our land.' Sunday School Times.

Says General Dwight D. Eisenhower:

"The longer one lives close to the turmoil and sacrifice and suffering of the battlefield, the more he becomes conscious of the eternal worth of the spiritual values inherent in the Christian religion. Moreover, because this war constitutes a direct conflict between the forces of evil and those of Christian principles of human rights and dignity, every moment which increases general familiarization with those principles has a direct uplifting effect upon the soldiery and citizens of the United Nations. In such efforts I stand ever ready to as sist."

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