The most wicked man, the most consummate hypocrite I ever knew!
(George Everard, "Help on the Way to the Better Land!" 1873)
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not love" (one of the blessed graces of the Spirit), "I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal." 1 Corinthians 13:1
There may be the gift of utterance — and no spiritual life. Balaam, and Judas, and multitudes beside have had this — and yet have been dead in trespasses and sins.
Men may offer fine prayers before others — men may preach eloquent sermons — and yet, like Judas, be far from God!
The most wicked man, the most consummate hypocrite I ever knew — was one of the most gifted preachers, and could electrify an audience by his persuasive oratory!
"Many will say to me on that day: 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly: 'I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!'" Matthew 7:22-23