A Better and Nobler Way
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from
before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well. Isa. 1:16, 17.
Ignorance, pleasure loving, and sinful habits, corrupting soul, body,
and spirit, make the world full of moral leprosy; a deadly moral malaria
is destroying thousands and tens of thousands.
Many are sunken in sin. Many are in distress. They are pressed with
suffering, want, unbelief, despondency. Disease of every type afflicts
them, both in body and in soul. They long to find a solace for their
troubles, and Satan tempts them to seek it in lusts and pleasures
that lead to ruin and death. He is offering them the apples of Sodom,
that will turn to ashes upon their lips.
A terrible picture of the condition of the world has been presented
before me. Immorality abounds everywhere. Licentiousness is the special
sin of this age. Never did vice lift its deformed head with such boldness
as now. . . . The iniquity which abounds is not merely confined to
the unbeliever and the scoffer. Would that this were the case, but
it is not. Many men and women who profess the religion of Christ are
guilty. Even some who profess to be looking for His appearing are
no more prepared for that event than Satan himself. They are not cleansing
themselves from all pollution. They have so long served their lust
that it is natural for their thoughts to be impure and their imaginations
corrupt. It is as impossible to cause their minds to dwell upon pure
and holy things as it would be to turn the course of Niagara and send
its waters pouring up the falls. . . . Every Christian will have to
learn to restrain his passions and be controlled by principle. . .
If lasciviousness, pollution, adultery, crime, and murder are the
order of the day among those who know not the truth, and who refuse
to be controlled by the principles of God's word, how important that
the class professing to be followers of Christ, closely allied to
God and angels, should show them a better and nobler way! How important
that by their chastity and virtue they stand in marked contrast to
that class who are controlled by brute passions!
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