Satanic Vices

Elder Sylvester Hassell;

The terrible, wave of infidelity, heathenism, and atheism, thus well described and rebuked by Mr. Davidson, of Vermont, swept over Europe in the eighteenth century, and over the Northern States of the Union in the nineteenth century, and is sweep­ing over the Southern States in the twentieth cen­tury. This diabolical down-rush of the human race to perdition was foretold, and the certainty of its awful punishment by the only living, holy, and Al­mighty God was declared in Matt. xxiv; II Thess. i, 7-10; I Tim. iv; II Tim. iii; Rev. iii, 14-22; xix, 11-21. The irreverence, corruption, and violence pervading this wicked and adulterous generation are like the same satanic vices that pervaded nearly the whole human race in the days of Noah; and as unbelievers were destroyed by a flood of water then, so shall they soon be destroyed by a flood of fire. The sun shall become black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon as blood, and the stars shall fall, and the heavens depart as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island be moved out of its place, and the kings of the earth and the rich men and the chief captains and the mighty men hide themselves in the dens and rocks of the mountains, and say to the moun­tains and rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand? Rev. vi, 12-17. Then all the indifference and irreverence and infidelity and atheism will be instantaneously and everlast­ingly driven from the minds of the human race; for even the devils or demons or evil spirits believe and tremble (James ii, 19); but our poor, ungodly, irrev­erent, and sinful race, deceived by Satan, the chief enemy of God and man, seems to be more stupid and more wicked than even the devils. May the Lord graciously save his people everywhere from such un­utterable folly and sinfulness. [source]

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