A recent comment on one of my posts with a link caused me to contemplate on the character of those who wish to sound one way in public, but in private are completely different. It is impossible to know a man's true character without knowing his life, or at least discovering what those who know him best believe about his life. Granted, sometimes people can be fooled, but in the old days when pastors stayed at the same church for thirty, forty and even fifty years, it was very, very difficult to teach one thing and live another.
Men will put great trust in the words of one whose life agrees with his teaching. If they can detect something inconsistent in his character, the man's power is ended.
But if a man is evidently carried away with the one idea of being and doing good, and consumed with the purpose of glorifying God, then his utterances have power.
It is not what he says, but the man who says it, that makes the impression.
It is the life behind the words, the holy confidence in God every day exhibited, the calm restful walk with God which everybody can see in his very face, which, to a thoughtful man, makes his feeblest accent more powerful than the most furious declamation of a mere rhetorician.
C.H Spurgeon's "Words to Rest On"