The scandal that weakens the Church

The loose way in which many members wear their plain obligations to the church is a scandal which enormously weakens its influence.  Desultory church attendance, neglect of public worship, failure to identify oneself of the church’s work and mission in the world, niggardly gifts, lack of a personal interest and loyalty: these are ways in which the laity of today rob god of the honor to which he is entitled. Raymond Calkins on Malachi 3 in The modern message of the minor prophets, 140. Quoted in the Word Biblical Commentary, volume 32 by Ralph L Smith.

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