Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Now, many people go to church as a rich man goes to an hotel. He has his big boxes, his trunks, his wife, his children, and plenty of money, and he wants to find commodious apartments. Many people think that if they have clothes, and a good supply of money, and are well-appearing and good-paying boarders in the hotel of the Church, they are just the kind that we want. We do not want any such folks. We have too many of them already! This, in respect to a man's qualifications for entering the Church, falsifies the fundamental idea of Christianity; for we look upon men, and know that they are fallible, imperfect, and that by the force of evil passions from within, and the pressure of temptations from without, imperfection has wrought itself into sins in innumerable instances.
(H. W. Beecher.).
Parallel VersesKJV: Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.