Among the unmerited charges made against those who hold the truth of the Mystery is that we have exchanged realities for dreams, and that we have ceased to be a practical force in the church or the community. We wonder how many husbands and wives would rise to the intensely practical measure of Ephesians 5? How many homes would survive the scrutiny of Ephesians 6:1-4? And how many businesses would survive the audit of Ephesians 6:5-9? We are convinced that God knows what is important. Not a word is said in Ephesians of societies for making known the gospel; these may after all be evidences of our failure- they should never be necessary. "Charity begins at home". If every house in the village kept its own door-step clean, the whole street would be in order. And if every believer ensured that, by the grace of God, his or her home and business life were in harmony with the teaching of these chapters, the hosts of darkness would receive a blow that no prayer meeting or aggressive campaign could ever inflict. Why not let God's instruction hold? Why try to conduct the church of the Mystery upon lines of our own divising? There are cries of "Back to Pentecost" and "Back to the primitive Church". Might we not more rightly say- "Back to the base line of Ephesians 5 and 6?"

 

from page 167, Testimony of the Lord's Prisoner