Sermon Illustrations

Illus.: The Soap Manufacturer

A soap manufacturer, who was not a Christian was walking down the street one day with a friend who was a minister. The soap maker said, “That so-called gospel you preach has not done much good in the world. I see lots of wickedness in our world.” Just then, they passed by a child who was making mud pies. His face and hands, and feet were filthy. The minister said, “Your soap hasn’t done much good in this world either. I see lots of dirt and many dirty people.” “That’s not fair,” said the soap maker. “Soap is useful only when its applied.” “Exactly,” replied the minister. “And so it is with the gospel.”