Oh, when we go out to preach in a corrupt city, a worldly minded city, given over to the acquisition of the almighty dollar, where the boys and girls are living lives of debauchery and shame, and we are there by ourselves, and begin to get scared, then we need only to have a meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the secret of power.
And whatever we do, when we go to a place like that, let us not try the oratorical method. But let us get low before God and hold up the cross. Then we ourselves won’t be able to take in the fulness of the blessing God will send upon us. If we take hold of a great enterprise, if we have a spark of reason left in us, let us remember that if the work is of God, and it is right to do it – if it ought to be done, and we feel impressed that we are the ones to do it, and we want to win, we can win only by the realization that the Lord Jesus Christ is with us.
B. H. Carroll (1843 – 1914)
President, Southwestern Theological Seminary (1908 – 1914)