Writing in The Sunday School Times many years ago, Newman Hall told about a Christian friend who was invited to debate publicly with some men who had no use for the Lord or the church. The believer said, "When you can find me twelve families who were once Christians but by embracing your views have become more virtuous, useful, contented, and happy, I will think it worthwhile to argue with you and not before." Then he said, "I can find you one hundred families who were once living only for this present world, but who because of Christ have become better husbands and wives, better parent and children, more virtuous, and sober, and happy." Hall concluded, "Yes, let religion be tested by its purifying power."