Nothing could be more scriptural than praying to God in the name of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Yet as surely as the Christian is thus to pray, so surely he is thus to live. For "whether we eat or drink, or whatsoever we do, all is to be done in the name of Jesus Christ and to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians:10:31
). If, therefore, we desire to live unto God, it is necessary to bring our whole life under His will and to make His glory the sole end and measure of all we say and do. For if Christianity has not changed a man in the ordinary course and conduct of his life, what has it done for him: and what can be the meaning of the Scripture that says, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new" (2 Corinthians:5:17
)? Indeed, nothing more absurd can be imagined than wise, sublime, heavenly prayers and times of devotion added to a life of vanity and folly. At best, such a man could only be said to sing and pray like a Christian and live like an atheist. How could such a religion demonstrate any hope of real salvation
to the man who has been enlightened enough to know that self
is the root and substance of all sin?