“At the heart of every human problem is the problem of the human heart.”

The American dream of a “Great Society” demands for its fulfillment great men and women. To multiply material comforts, health benefits, and educational opportunities does not in itself produce character and greatness. With all our prosperity and the vastness of our benefits and subsidies, what are we accomplishing? Year after year, with sickening monotony, the statistics reveal further increases in crime, vice, drunkenness, narcotics addiction, juvenile delinquency, and broken homes.

The social gospel seeks the salvation of the individual through the improvement of the social order; the uncorrupted Gospel of the New Testament seeks the improvement of the social order through the salvation of the individual. We cannot build a better society without better men and women, any more than we could build better houses without better materials and workmanship.

If the heart is right, the possibilities for adjusting human relationships and for healing wounds are unlimited. “Out of [the heart] are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23b). “Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit” (Matt. 7:17). And if all the evils that afflict mankind could be removed in one grand gesture, the world still would not be rid of evil. Out of the foulness of unchanged hearts the flow of evil would continue unchecked.

Basic to all virtue, morality, and integrity is the knowledge and acceptance of the law of God. If character is not grounded in the fear of God, it is on very precarious footing. Basic to the whole fabric of biblical doctrine is the original pronouncement of the law of God in the Ten Commandments. Moral relativism eliminates the absolutes, ...

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