Sermon Illustrations

April 3, 2010

A Doctor Witnesses

Dr. Malan, of Geneva, on a trip to Paris fell into conversation with a chap who began to reason with him about Christianity. The doctor answered every argument with a quotation from the Scriptures—not venturing a single remark or application. Every quotation his companion evaded or turned aside, only to be met by another passage.

At last he turned away. "Don't you see, I don't believe your Bible. What's the use of quoting it to me?" he screamed.

But the only reply was another thrust, "If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins."

Years afterwards Dr. Malan one day tore open a letter in an unfamiliar hand­writing. "You took the Sword of the Spirit and stabbed me through and through," it read. "And every time I tried to parry the blade and get you to use your hands, and not the Heavenly steel, you simply gave me another stab. You made me feel I was not fighting you, but God."

At the close Dr. Malan recognized the name of his Paris-bound companion of years before.—Arthur Mercer in "Problems"

Subjects: Bible, Scriptures

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