Clamping one hand around a pine board, the
other on his wrist, the man raised his arms above the level of
his shoulders and gave his second command, "Lights!"
The room was plunged into darkness. Fear grabbed every heart.
Then out of the darkness came the sharp cry, "On!"
Crack! You could see it hit. One million volts
of high frequency electricity charged through the man's body
and onto the board. Amazed, the people eyed the spitting sparks
licking their way up the wood. A flame flickered yellow as the
board ignited, briefly lighting the man's face. On and on it
crackled. Then it stopped, and the lights went on again.
The man was Dr. George E. Speake, member of
the staff of Moody Institute of Science, the Los Angeles branch
of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Strangely enough, he
was giving a sermon illustration in the Sermons From Science
Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. For the past two years
he and Jim Moon, another member of the MIS staff, have been on
loan to the Christian Life Convention to present the "Sermons."
If you have traveled to the Fair, you may
have heard Dr. Speake say that the human body is "in tune"
60-cycle current, and if that frequency is
stepped up to 65,000 cycles per second, as in the demonstration,
enough power to set the board on fire can safely pass through
his body. In other words, his life depends upon his obeying certain
natural laws. He points out how foolish it would be for him to
disregard such laws, concluding that there are also spiritual
laws which every human must obey and believe, or suffer the consequences.
To show what he means by "believe,"
Speaks asks the audience if they would believe him if he told
them he could stand on the coil and do the experiment again.
Having just seen him do it, they indicate that they would. "If
you really believe me the way God means 'believe,' you would
be willing to stand on the coil yourself!" he exclaims.
Groans throughout the audience show that some, at least, understand
that faith is more than mere knowledge of fact.
Speake hopes that those who see the Moody
demonstrations and films will be more than entertained. He wants
them to put their trust in Jesus Christ. To help them, he invites
them into the conference room for a seven-minute talk. Thousands
have stayed to hear about "Four Spiritual Laws," resulting
in hundreds of decisions for Christ.