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“A recent writer beautifully explains the real cause of Laodicea’s self- satisfaction: Is Laodicea then a victim of spiritual hallucinations? We think not... What, then, is the reason that God contemplating, the condition of the Church of Laodicea, sees one thing, while Laodicea, considering her own status, beholds an entirely different condition? The reason lies in the fact that God and Laodicea are really looking at two different things. Laodicea gazes upon material things. She tends to observe her achievements, which are not inconsiderable. She thinks of her missionaries at the ends of the earth. She recalls the hospitals and dispensaries which her wealth has erected, and which her generosity maintains. She surveys the schools, academies, and colleges in which she purposes to lead her young people in the way that is right. She counts her printing presses and publishing houses, established to enlighten the world. She remembers her stately houses of worship, erected in many cities of many lands. She counts her membership and analyzes her offerings. Her mind goes back to her humble beginnings and traverses with a subtle and unconscious pride, the years of growth, of progress, of attainment. It is a splendid showing. Laodicea is happy, is complacent. She has a flawless doctrine, a competent organization, a triumphant message. Who can deny these things?-Gwynne Dalrymple, ‘The Church of Laodicea’, in Signs of the Times, Nov. 14, 1933.” (Taylor Bunch, The Seven Epistles of Christ, 1947, 232-233)

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