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The Lord's Second Coming: a Motive for Personal Holiness

R. A. Torrey: I did not have the choice of my subject tonight, but if I had I surely would have chosen the one that has been assigned to me, "The Lord's Second Coming: a Motive for Personal Holiness." It is from that standpoint that the precious truths that we have been studying have appealed most to me and have meant most to me.

Four Epochs

There have been four marked epochs in my Christian experience. The first was when I was led to surrender to the will of God, and to accept Christ as my personal Saviour. For a number of years I had been consciously fighting against the will of God. In my innermost heart I knew that I was called to preach the gospel, before I was converted. That is the reason I was not converted sooner, because I was determined that I would not preach the gospel but would practice law. The first marked epoch came in the middle of the night, when, all alone in my room, I jumped out of bed in an agony of heart to take my life, but instead dropped on my knees before God. Instead of sending myself into eternity, lost, as I had intended to do when I jumped out of bed, I said, "O God! I will preach the gospel"; and in connection with my surrender to the will of God I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.

The second marked epoch in my life was when I was brought to see that the entire Bible, from the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of the Revelation, was the very Word of God, absolutely without error, absolutely trustworthy, a complete and perfect revelation from God Himself, concerning His own character, nature, will; His purposes and plans; and regarding man, his nature, his character, his ruin, his need, the way of his salvation, his duty and his destiny; and when I was led, through finding out that the Bible was from beginning to end the Word of God, to say in my own heart: "I will take my stand upon it as the Word of God; I will obey every commandment I find in it; I will believe and claim every promise in it, and step out on every promise I find in it that belongs to me as a believer in Jesus Christ."

The third great epoch in my life was when I discovered that there is, beyond question, a definite experimental [i.e., personally experienced] baptism with the Holy Spirit for every believer in this present day; and when I sought, claimed, and beyond question obtained that definite baptism with the Holy Spirit for myself.

The fourth great epoch in my life was when I got hold of the truth, and the truth got hold of me, of a personal, visible, glorious, imminent return of our Lord. It lifted me above the world and its ambitions. What did I care whether I was rich or poor; what did I care whether I had honor or contempt; what did I care whether I was well-fed or hungry? The Lord Jesus is coming back again! I had been very ambitious, but when the truth got hold of me I had but one ambition, and that was to please my Lord, Who might come at any time, and to please Him at any cost.

A Motive In Seven Aspects

In the Bible, the return of our Lord is presented as a motive to holiness in seven different aspects. You will find four of them in Luke 21, beginning with verse 34:

"But take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and so that day come on you suddenly, as a snare, for it shall so come upon all those that dwell on the face of all the earth. But watch ye at every season, making supplication that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

Four of the aspects in which the return of our Lord is made a motive for personal holiness are found in these three verses.

I. SIMPLICITY IN LIVING

In other words, holiness in the gratification of appetite:

"Take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting." (Luke 21:34)

The whole passage has to do with the return of our Lord, and the events connected with it; and our Lord says: "Be ready for that day, and be ready in this way: First of all, see that your hearts are riot burdened down with a self-indulgent life, too much gratification of the appetite." We hear a great deal in these days, - we have lectures without number and books without number - about the dangers of eating too much, and eating too rich food. Did you ever hear a sermon on this subject from the standpoint of this passage: "Do not let your minds be dimmed by an indulgence of your stomach, because the Lord Jesus is coming, and you want a clear head when He comes; lead a simple life, simple in what you eat, simple in what you wear, simple in every respect, because Jesus is coming again"?

II. TEMPERANCE IN THE MATTER OF DRINKING

That is, holiness in the matter of the use of alcoholic stimulants. All of us have heard a great many temperance sermons, and I presume that many of us have preached a good many temperance sermons. Did you ever hear a temperance sermon preached from this standpoint: "Do not indulge any more in alcoholic stimulants to any greater extent than will prepare you for the coming of the Lord"? How much indulgence will that be? How much alcohol does it take to befog a mind ever so little? One drop will befog it a little.

[ABCOG: This includes drugs. But, there is strict abstinence is not required: "Drink no longer [only] water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities" (1 Timothy 5:23), etc.]

III. FREEDOM FROM THE BONDAGE OF THE CARES OF LIFE

That is, holiness in not being submerged in worldly cares, responsibilities, and duties. There is many a man and many a woman who would not overeat, who would not overdress, who would not think of touching a drop of alcoholic stimulants, but who is tremendously preoccupied with the cares of this world. If it is a man, he is taken up with his business duties and his responsibilities; and if it is a woman, she is taken up with her domestic and household cares or with her social duties. You are letting worldly cares choke out the study of the Word and choke out prayer. You remember, in the parable in the eighth chapter of Luke, verse 14, our Lord tells us that the thorns that choke the Word are "cares and riches and pleasures of this life."

My brethren, if a man is in business he should be diligent; if a woman is a housekeeper she should keep house well; but is your business or your housekeeping choking out your spiritual life, crowding out the daily and earnest study of the Word of God, so that you say, "I have not time for an hour each day to study the Word of God, and I have not time for prayer?" To you Jesus says, "I am coming again. Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be burdened down with surfeiting, drunkenness, and the cares of this life." I am not dwelling on this, because I am hurrying on to something else that may come closer to most of us here tonight.

IV. AN INCENTIVE TO PRAYER

"But watch ye at every season, making supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36)

In true Bible holiness, prayerfulness is a very large element. A man or woman who is not a man or woman of much prayer is not a holy man or holy woman, according to the Bible example and type of holiness. We have seen that our Lord Jesus was preeminently a man of prayer; that in the very short account of His life which we have in the four Gospels, covering so very few pages, there were no less than twenty-five instances in which the words "pray" and "prayer" were used in connection with Him; and that there were numerous instances mentioned of our Lord's praying, where those words were not used. We saw that He would arise a great while before day, while His fellow workers were yet sleeping and go out into the mountains to pray. We saw how on one occasion, after a hard day, when He had gone aside for rest, being very weary, instead of finding rest He found a great company of people; how He went out and welcomed them, and spent a whole day in most exhausting ministry; and how, when He was left alone at night, with an opportunity to sleep, He did not sleep, but spent the whole night in prayer to God. A man or woman who does not know what it means to spend hours alone with God in prayer is not a holy man or woman, after the Bible model. Prayerfulness is one of the most important elements of a really holy life.

I think that more of us who are in the ministry fail to accomplish what God has in mind for us in our ministry through neglect of prayer than through any other one cause. One of the most effective pastors that America ever knew was the elder Stephen H. Tyng, who was one of the callers of the first premillennial conference. It is reported that when he lay dying, with his friends gathered around his bed, he said to them, "I do not wish that I had preached more; I do not wish that I had done better pastoral work; but I do wish I had prayed more." I believe when every one of us stands on yonder shore, and looks back on the life that we led here on earth, we will each of us, without exception, wish that we had prayed more.

The motive to prayer, to that very essential element of holiness held out in the passage that I have read, is that the Lord is coming, and the only way to escape the things which are coming upon the world, is by watchful, intense, constant prayer.

"Watch ye at every season, making supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36)

You and I will never escape them; you and I will never stand before the Son of man in that great and glorious day, unless we have watched unto prayer, and that not merely at special seasons of fellowship like these, but "at every season."

V. AN INCENTIVE TO ABIDING

If you will turn to I John 2:28, you Will find the fifth biblical aspect in which the return of our Lord is held out as a motive for holiness of life:

"And now, my little children, abide in him; that, if he shall be manifested, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming."

Here the return of our Lord is held out as a reason why we should abide constantly in Him. Abiding in Christ is not merely an essential of holiness, but it is the very heart of holiness. It is the whole secret of real holiness, - abiding in Jesus, and He abiding in us; an utter giving up of any self-life; an utter giving up of any attempt to become what we ought to be in our own strength; simply the surrender of our lives to Jesus Christ, to come in and indwell, and live His life out through us. We can never be holy in any other way. Struggle as much as you please, pray as much as you please, study your Bible as many hours a day as you please, attend as many conferences as you can, you will never attain holiness that way.

We hear a great deal in these days about the imitation of Christ, about taking Christ as our example and imitating His life. We are told nowadays by a certain school of teachers that that is the very essence of Christianity, - walking in His steps, imitating Him, following Him, being what Jesus was. In that great classic of the dark ages, which has come down to what we may call the bright ages but which are very dark still - in "The Imitation of Christ," by Thomas A Kempis, the whole thought is that we are to study Christ and imitate Him. That was the whole thought of the book that a few years ago had such a tremendous sale - "In His Steps, or What would Jesus Do?" [by Charles Sheldon] The idea was to study and find out what Jesus would do in business, what Jesus would do if He ran a newspaper; imitate Christ, in other words. That, we are told, is the very substance of Christianity. It is not Christianity at all. You cannot do it. The most discouraging thing that any man can undertake is to attempt to live like Christ. The most utterly futile thing that anybody can undertake to do is to attempt to live like Christ. It is not the Bible method. God does not expect it of anybody, for God knows it is absolutely impossible. If you start out in all earnestness to imitate Christ in everything, you will be the most discouraged and utterly hopeless man on earth; for though you go at it earnestly and honestly, you cannot do it; and God does not ask you to do it. That is not the Bible way.

The Bible way is to look to the Holy Spirit to form a living Christ within us; and instead of our imitating Him, just letting Him live His life through us in our daily life. That is the easiest thing in the world. As you do that, you will be like Christ, as you let Christ do the living, abiding in Him, just as the branch abides in the vine. The branch does not try to bear grapes of itself. It just lets the sap and life of the vine flow in, and the grapes come, and cannot help coming, from the life that comes from the vine. When you and I get to the end of our self-efforts after likeness to Christ, and let Christ come in to dwell down in the very depths of our souls, we will be like Christ without trying.

There is a woman in the State of Iowa who, I am told, is a very holy woman. A friend of mine who had been greatly helped by her thought it would be a great thing to get her to come to a certain city where he and his colleagues were holding meetings, and have her talk to the people. She came. The ministers of the town became very much interested, and asked her if she would not address them. She did so, and after she had spoken they began to ask her questions. One of the ministers, who was somewhat concerned lest they get some extreme doctrine of holiness, said to her, "Mrs. H., do you mean to say that you are holy?" She dropped her head a moment in thought, and then, looking up with a radiant smile, said, "Jesus in me is holy." That is it! You and I are not holy, and never will be, in ourselves; but, thank God!, the same spotless Lamb of God Who walked this earth, in Whom no man could find any fault, is ready to come and make His dwelling in our hearts; and has already come, I presume, into the hearts of most of us. So if you will give up your struggles and self-efforts after being like Him, and just let Him naturally and simply live out His life through you day by day, people will look at you and know what a Christ-like life means. That is the whole secret of real holiness.

The passage I read holds up as the motive for just letting the Lord Jesus live out His life through us the fact that He is coming again; and when He comes, the only way to be glad is to be like the coming One; and the only way to be like the coming One is to just let Him be the One Who makes you like Himself, and just let Him live out His life through you. We have become very happy here as we have talked and sung about our Lord's glorious appearing. I am not at all sure that it will be a very happy day for some of us when He comes. For those in whom He does not dwell, for those who have a mere formal religion, for those who are simply observing the external ordinances of religion, even though they are very active in preaching and other forms of Christian activity, it will be a very wretched day. They will say:

"Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works?" (Matt. 7:22)

And He will say to them: "I know you not." Oh, friends, the Lord Jesus is coming! That same Jesus Who was taken up into heaven, the very same Jesus, is coming. If you and I have ceased our self-life, and have just let the Lord Jesus live His life out through us, that will be the gladdest day we ever knew; but if we have not - let me read it again -

"And now, my little children, abide in him; that if he shall be manifested, we may have boldness -" (1 John 2:28)

the word "boldness" means "all-spokenness," "perfect confidence"

"- and not be ashamed before him at his coming."

VI. AN INCENTIVE TO READINESS

The sixth aspect of holiness that is set forth, with the motive of our Lord's return inspiring us to it, you will find in Matthew 24, beginning at verse 42:

"Watch therefore; for ye know not what day your Lord cometh. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. Therefore be ye also ready: for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh."

Here it is held out as a motive to that element of holiness that is called "readiness," "preparedness" for the Lord's return. That is a very comprehensive description of holiness, readiness for the coming of the One with the searching eyes of fire, Who knows us through and through, Who knows not only our acts, but our words spoken in secret, before Whom not one single imagination of the heart is hidden.

Two Simple Rules of Living

That suggests two very simple rules of living. The first is this:

Do not do anything that you would not be glad to have your Lord find you doing if He should come.

I have found that one of the simplest rules to satisfy my heart about questions that have perplexed a great many people. A great many questions arise with every one of us. Oftentimes we say that we are trying to find out the will of the Lord, when in reality we are simply trying to get the Lord to fall in with our desires. One of the simplest rules I ever found to make it clear to me whether a thing was right or not was to ask myself this question: "If the Lord should come this moment, would you like to have Him find you doing that?" It is simply wonderful how that clears things up.

Time and time again I have thought about entering upon a certain course of action, and then I have said to myself: "The Lord may come; I do not know. He may come within an hour; I do not know. Would you like to be doing that if He should come?" And I have left undone a great many things I thought of doing.

I had a friend in Minneapolis who was very fond of the doctrine of our Lord's return. He was one of the "Brethren," as they are called. This doctrine was a very precious one to him. One day he was walking up Washington Avenue, thinking about the coming of the Lord, and rejoicing in the thought that He might come at any time; but as he was thinking about it he was puffing away at a cigar. The thought suddenly came to him: "See here! You are rejoicing about the coming of the Lord; how would you like to have Him come and meet you on Washington Avenue, right now, with this cigar in your mouth?" That was enough. He took the cigar out of his mouth and threw it into the gutter; and never lighted another. It has always been a difficult thing for me to come on a platform with some brother who was on the program to speak on the coming of our Lord, and hardly be able to sit near him because he was reeking with the odor of tobacco. But may there not be something in your life or mine that is far more displeasing to God - if you can compare things that are displeasing to God - than indulgence in this filthy habit? Never do anything you would not be glad to have the Lord find you doing, if He should come!

The other very simple rule is this:

Never go anywhere that you would not like to have the Lord find you if He should come.

When I lived here in Chicago I used to get letters from some of the more respectable theatrical managers, telling me that they were putting on some so-called classical play of a very high order, and suggesting that they would be very much complimented if I would occupy a box at the play. I have had that happen time and time again when some especially fine play, "highly spoken of by bishops and clergy," was to be put on. Did I go? Well, if that particular thing had not been so clear to me that I did not have to settle it, I would have simply asked myself, "Would you like to have the Lord come and find you sitting in a private box at the theater, which the management gave you so that they could put in the papers the next day the fact that you were there, and thus encourage somebody else to go?" When the Iroquois Theater was burned down here some years ago, among those who were taken out as charred corpses were five ministers of one of our denominations. I will not mention which one, for it might just as well have been any other as that one. For my part, I would rather die somewhere else. But it is not death that is held out here; it is the coming of our Lord. I would rather my Lord would find me somewhere else if He should come.

The motive that is held out here for this readiness is not that of death. That is the motive we constantly hear, and put forth in our preaching, "You may die at any moment"; but this is an infinitely higher motive than that of the coming of death, - the Lord is coming! Would not the bride, if she knew that her lover was coming, be careful not to be doing anything that would displease Him when He came? You know, there are some wives who are not anxious for their husbands to come back right away, because they are having a fine time flirting with other men. So there are many professing Christians who are not at all anxious for the speedy return of our Lord. They are flirting with the world. Never go anywhere you would not like to have the Lord find you if He should come. It may be at morn; it may be at midnight; it may be tonight; I do not know.

A letter was handed me a few moments ago asking what train I was going to take out of town tonight. I do not know. I may go on the up-train. I do not know of anything revealed in the Word of God that has to come to pass before my Lord comes. There are a great many things that have to come to pass before He comes to the earth to destroy the Antichrist, and to judge the world; but there is nothing revealed that must come to pass before He comes in the air, when we shall be caught up to meet Him in the air, and be forever with the Lord.

[ABCOG: Though disagreeing with Torrey about the secret rapture, we agree that God has complete flexibility about the return of Christ, "For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth." (Rom. 9:28). Prophecy is not "history written in advance". Prophecy can fail (1 Cor. 13:8 and Jonah).]

VII. AN INCENTIVE TO SERVICE

Here in this very same passage the coming of our Lord is held out as a motive to holiness in the seventh aspect, from verse 45 to verse 51 [of Matt. 24]:

"Who then is a faithful and wise servant whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming -"

(That is what a lot of theologians are saying. I heard a preacher in this town say that the Lord could not come for two thousand years. That is very popular theology just now. That is the theology of the unfaithful servant, or "evil servant" as he is called here.)

"- and shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

The aspect of holiness described here is that of faithful, untiring service in feeding the flock the Word of truth, and in going out to win the lost. The man or woman who is not a soul-winner is not a holy man or woman, in the Bible sense of holiness. Bible holiness is active holiness; Bible holiness is holiness that leads us to forget self, and go out to win others.

The idea of holiness that people had in the dark ages was a cloistered holiness. The man who wanted to be holy went into a monastery and wore a hair shirt; and the woman who wanted to be holy went into a nunnery. There they spent hours and days in fasting, vigils and prayers. They went through a great many very austere penances. Sometimes they became anchorites, and went out into the desert where they never saw anybody, living alone with wild beasts out in the desert. Some, like Simon Stylites, were hoisted up on to a great high pillar, where there was scarce room to stand, and there they sat or knelt year after year, having their food hoisted up to them, never coming down; and people would come along and admire the holy man up there on top of the pillar! That is not holiness. That is an extreme form of unholiness - selfishness, which is the very essence of unholiness. The very essence of holiness is love; and love goes out,love does not hide itself; love does not go off by itself and try to be holy. That is pure selfishness, nothing more or less. Love forgets self and burns self out in the pursuit of others.

When I was over in India I saw a "holy man," as he was called. I saw a number of them, but this particular one attracted my attention. There he sat, in a sort of cage, without a piece of garment on him, except a little cloth around his loins. He was dirty; the dirtier he was, the holier he was, he thought. He had a little pan of coals down in front of him. People would toss him small coins, or bring him food. There he sat, hour after hour, with his eyes rigid, not seeing - or at least trying to appear not to see - anybody. I thought I saw him sort of look out of the corner of his eyes occasionally to see how much was being tossed into that pan, though. There he sat, with every muscle in his body apparently motionless. I stood and watched him for a long time. There he was, covered with ashes and filth from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet. But he was a holy man! That is where the Theosophists have gone to get their ideas of holiness! Esoteric Buddhism! He was a holy man! His holiness consisted in contemplation, Nirvana, in its highest form, not in thought but in the absence of thought, the absence of feeling, the absence of anything and everything else except dirtiness. That is not the Bible conception of holiness.

The Bible conception of holiness is one going alone with God, to drink in His life and be filled with His Spirit; and then going out to burn himself out in the service of his fellowmen. Have you that kind of holiness? If you say, "I love to go to conferences like this; our fellowship is so sweet, our singing is so wonderful, and these great truths that we have heard about are so wonderful that I would just like to spend the rest of my life here," then you are very unholy and very selfish. Ecstacy is not holiness. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Christian holiness is that of going out to win others, like Christ.

What was He like? Turn to Luke 19:10 and find His own definition, or why He came into this world at all:

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

It was for that He came to this earth; it was for that He left heaven, with all its glories, where He was worshipped by the angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, and came down into this world to be spit upon, to be blindfolded, to be scourged until His back was one mass of wounds, to be nailed to the cross, and die the most awful death of heartbreaking agony that could possibly be suffered, - to seek and to save that which was lost. It was for that He came; it was for that He suffered; it was for that He died; and if you would be holy men and women, you must be like Him in that respect.

It is very pleasant to come to a convention like this, to hear the sweet singing, to enjoy sweet fellowship together, to be led up into the very highest mountain peaks of truth, to have your hearts filled with ecstacy; but unless, having received the Word of God, you go out to give others their meat in due season, when the Lord comes you will be cut asunder, and given your portion with the hypocrites. That is what He says. Oh, friends, if you and I are to be holy, we must burn ourselves out in saving the lost.

"If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me." (Matt. 16:24)

A cross in those days was a very real thing, consisting of two great pieces of wood nailed together. Jesus Christ was stripped of every garment He had on, laid on His back on that cross, while the nails were driven into His hands and feet; and then they plunged the cross into a hole in the ground, and let Him hang, His bones staring up at Him, His heart melted within Him, until at last, with breaking heart, He cried, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46) And He did it to save you and me; and having saved us, to send us out to have essentially the same kind of experience.

Oh, it is easy to go around the world conducting great evangelistic meetings, getting three or four pages of space in the biggest newspapers of the world every day. That is very easy, and it appeals to personal ambition. I know something about it. But the more I knew of it, the more sick my heart got of it; and I have often thought, "Oh, if I could only suffer a little for my Lord!" I felt that I was having too easy a time altogether. I wanted them to say unkind things about me occasionally. They got to doing it finally, praise God, but it was nothing. I often thought it would be a comfort if they would only stone me once in awhile.

Oh, friends, that is what the Lord calls us to. We had a picture taken here yesterday, because there were 2,000 people assembled in a meeting at ten o'clock in the morning. Listen! God will call some of us to stand alone; not with 1999 others, but alone, and be lied about, stoned, covered with mud, and perhaps be killed. But, oh, to win souls by dying! The coming of the Lord is the motive. If some one, say some physician or expert, should come to me tonight and say, "Dr. Torrey, you have not more than a week to live. I have been watching you, and I see that you have a fatal affection of the heart." I think that would be an incentive to do more this next week than ever before in my life. But, oh, that is nothing, nothing, to the thought that the Lord is coming; and because He is coming, I want to be pleasing Him when He comes. I want to go out and suffer, work, and win souls, and if necessary, die to save some lost one.

Oh, friends, we have had glorious times here; but what for? Just that we may write letters to our friends, telling them about it? Oh, no. It is that we may get the inspiration that there is in the thought of our Lord's coming, again, and let that lead us to what God has told us in His Word it should lead us to, the leading of simple lives, abstaining from everything that might in the least cloud the mind, refusing to be submerged in the multiplied cares of this busy world, that we may watch and pray, and pray and watch; that we may know what it means to spend hours alone in prayer, thinking of China, India, Egypt, Africa, and the corners of the earth, crying to God in the hours of the night, thinking of Chicago; and then that we may be ready every moment, so that if the Lord did come, the Lord Himself living in our hearts, we would just be glad.

The other day a great many of you said amen to the last prayer in the Bible, "Surely I come quickly" (Rev. 22:20). You said, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." Many a man says that when it is a lie, a hypocrisy. You do not want Him to come; but it sounds well. You know, some of you who said that, that you are leading double lives. You know, some of you who said that, that you are so careless in your conduct toward other women that if your wives knew what you were doing, it would break their hearts. Oh, hypocrite, to say, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus," when your, imagination is vile, your conversation doubtful, and your conduct questionable! Some of you said, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus," and you have not led a soul to Christ in a year.

Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming! Oh, let us go from this place to lead the simplest lives that God makes it possible for us to live, to give up self-indulgence utterly, to spend hours in prayer for this old perishing world, and then go into the slums of Chicago, into Africa, India, China and Japan, and work ourselves out, burn ourselves out, winning souls!

Address given by Dr. R. A. Torrey, Dean, The Bible Institute, Los Angeles, Cal., at the Prophetic Bible Conference, held at the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, February 24-27, 1914


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