“A clear view of the state of the people of God at the present time reveals many things that are calculated to cause sadness and discouragement. Worldliness, lack of brotherly love, divisions, contentions, and strife are conspicuous features of our truly deplorable condition. And along with this there exists an astounding lack of any sense of shame because of the spectacle we present in the eyes of an observant and jeering world. Surely, if ever there was a time for humiliation on the part of God’s people, and for a turning to Him with sorrow of heart and shame of face, in the spirit of Daniel (9:3-20), that time is now.” Philip Mauro
The above quote is from Philip Mauro’s “Looking for the Saviour,” written in 1913. Is it fair to assume that human nature remains unchanged? Or, do we wonder what Mauro would have written of today’s church?
Although Mauro’s (one of my favorite authors) views of some doctrines (especially eschatology) changed greatly over the course of decades, his stance for the church’s need for readiness never did. He states, “We believe the Holy Ghost, in speaking of watching for the Lord’s coming, always says, ‘Today,’ never ‘Tomorrow,’ or the day after.”