Saturday, January 30, 2010
Billy Sunday Sayings Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone or an obituary in a newspaper. The Lord is not compelled to use theologians. He can take snakes, sticks or anything else, and use them for the advancement of his cause. I believe that a long step toward public morality will have been taken when sins are called by their right names. Your reputation is what people say about you. Your character is what God and your wife know about you. If you took no more care of yourself physically than spiritually, you'd be just as dried up physically as you are spiritually. If you live wrong you can't die right. Look into the preaching Jesus did and you will find it was aimed straight at the big sinners on the front seats. If good preaching could save the world, it would have been done long ago. Churches don't need new members half so much as they need the old bunch made over. There wouldn't be so many non-church goers if there were not so many non-going churches. Too many churches are little more than four walls and a roof. There are some so-called Christian homes today with books on the shelves of the library that have no more business there than a rattler crawling about on the floor, or a poison within the child's reach. Home is the place we love best and grumble the most. There is more power in a mother's hand than in a king's scepter. I don't believe there are devils enough in hell to pull a boy out of the arms of a godly mother. There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing. To train a boy in the way he should go you must go that way yourself. Don't stop with telling your boy to do right. Show him how. Be careful, father, or while you are taking one lap around the devil's track your boy will make six. If you would have your children turn out well, don't turn your home into a lunch counter and lodging house. Not to walk in the straight and narrow way yourself, is to give the devil the biggest kind of a chance to get our children. Some homes need a hickory switch a good deal more than they do a piano. Better die an old maid, sister, than marry the wrong man. Whiskey is all right in its place -- but its place is hell. The normal way to get rid of drunkards is to quit raising drunkards -- to put the business that makes drunkards out of business. Riches have never yet given anybody either peace or rest.It won't save your soul if your wife is a Christian. You have got to be something more than a brother-in-law to the Church. You can't raise the standard of women's morals by raising their pay envelope. It lies deeper than that. The reason you don't like the Bible, you old sinner, is because it knows all about you. Going to church doesn't make a man a Christian, any more than going to a garage makes him an automobile. The difference between God's side and the devil's is the difference between heaven and hell. God keeps no half-way house. It's either heaven or hell for you and me.A man can slip into hell with his hand on the door-knob of heaven. The Bible will always be full of things you cannot understand, as long as you will not live according to those you can understand.The inconsistency is not in the Bible, but in your life. God likes a little humor, as is evidence by the fact that he made the monkeys, the parrot -- and some of you people. Yank some of the groans out of your prayers, and shove in some shouts. If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power. What have you given the world it never possessed before you came? The Bible says forgive your debtors; the world says "sue them for their dough." Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in .I am not the author of the plan of salvation, but I am responsible for the way I preach it. I am an old-fashioned preacher of the old-time religion, that has warmed this cold world's heart for two thousand years. When I hit the devil square in the face some people go away as mad as if I had slapped them in the mouth. The backslider likes the preaching that wouldn't hit the side of a house, while the real disciple is delighted when the truth brings him to his knees. To discover a flaw in our makeup is a chance to get rid of it, and add a new line of beauty to our life. It is not necessary to be in a big place to do big things.