prophets of Baal. Brother Scothern prayed for the sick in the name of Mohammed, and then asked for those who had been healed to come forward. None came! He then prayed in the name of Christ, and God witnessed from Heaven by wholesale healings and testimonies, thus proving that though Mohammed was dead, His Son was alive! As a result a leader of the Moslems was converted and thousands were saved. Yet neither Brother Sumrall nor Brother Scothern had had any idea of staging such a scene or facing such an ordeal, nor any ability to carry it through. In both cases, the whole thing sprang from the mind of the Holy Spirit, who knew the best way to get into the hearts of those particular people. In just such a way the Holy Spirit picked out Saul of Tarsus in mid-career and changed the face of the early worldwide church, and, again, sent Philip to convert the Ethiopian eunuch in the desert, and thus turned his queen and country to the Christian way of life.
In all real works of God the initiative and its consequences are planned by God and not by man: for the Spirit is acquainted with all the possibilities of the situation and knows just how to turn them into actualities: it is, in other words, the difference between working for God or with God. There is no guarantee of the success of the former: the latter can never fail. The rot has set in in the Christian Church whenever human planning, however wise, has taken command. For men do not think like God and cannot command the miraculous. But what men cannot do with their limited resources and outlook the Holy Spirit can achieve in ways unthought of by us, and at the correct moment. The modern leaders of great missions