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Piety and Philanthropy

Ian M. Hay, SIM NOW, May-June, 1989, p. 2

Bible expositor Bonar Law once said that love to man is truly love "only when it is rooted and governed by love to God. Piety without philanthropy is unreal; philanthropy without piety is either immoral or impotent."

That's a sobering statement. There are lots of humanitarians who are doing good things, but if they are doing them without any relationship to God, the ultimate result is failure.