A Priceless Story: D.L. Moody & the Plymouth Brethren

The great evangelist D.L. Moody once attended an “Exclusive” Plymouth Brethren convention in which the conference hosts put up a large banner in the conference room which read, “JESUS ONLY.”

After one of the sessions was over, someone had left the door open. While the conference attendees were sleeping, a wind blew into the doorway and knocked part of the banner down. The following morning, when everyone walked into the conference room, the sign read, “US ONLY.” The part of the banner that had the letters “JES” had been torn down!

Presumably, God was finding them out. “US ONLY” was the message they were unwittingly sending to the world.

Sectarianism, elitism, and exclusiveness are like body odor. Everyone else can smell it except those who have it.

One of the outstanding marks of our Lord’s character is His radical inclusivity. When Jesus walked this earth, He despised the spirit of separatism, elitism, and self-righteousness. And He still does today (Hebrews 13:8, NKJV).

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”  ”Do not stop him,” Jesus said. ”No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,  for whoever is not against us is for us.” (Mark 9:38-40)

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  • Tom

    D.L. Moody was an evangelist but not “The Great Evangelist” as stated in Mr. Viola’s article. D.L. Moody was the leading catalyst in changing the Christ mandated response to the Gospel from water baptism to the sinner’s prayer which is no where in NT scriptures. Instead of “The Great Evangelist”, he should be remembered as “The Great Deceiver”! In the book of Acts chapters 15 and 22 the Apostle Paul had for 3 days been praying and fasting and after all that praying and fasting the Apostle Paul still had his sins washed away at his baptism. No sinner’s prayer then, and no sinner’s prayer now. God’s way is baptism, D.L. Moody’s way is a sinner’s prayer. You choose!