"Thou livest, and art dead." (Rev. 3:1.) Every church has on its roll members of whom this is a true description. The greatest of all names is "Christian." By virtue of their connection with the Church, believers bear that great name—and that name implies life, and life eternal. But as a matter of fact the name is all they have. They are dead.
A minister was asked to conduct the service of a godless man who was a member of his congregation, and the family insisted that a public funeral be held in the church. This was the brief and powerful sermon preached by the minister. Pointing to the coffin in front of him, he said, "This corpse has been a member of my church for twenty-five years."