When the church has to resort to ball games, feasts, and picnics to keep up interest in the work, it seems that the gospel has about lost its power there. Could you imagine Paul at Ephesus as a located preacher having ball games, banquets, and other worldly affairs to keep the men, women, and young people interested in the church? I fear that some are borrowing so much from the denominations that they will be a long time in paying back. Now, as the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, all these things may be a power for something, but not for salvation nor to God. If the gospel will not hold people for the Lord, then nothing else will (Rom. 1:16).

By H.M. Phillips in The Gospel Advocate, June 30, 1935.

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