State of Morals
and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you,
as becometh saints. Eph. 5:3.
There is an alarming commonness in conversation at the present day, which
shows a low state of thoughts and morals. True dignity of character is very
rare. True modesty and reserve are seldom seen. There are but few who are
pure and undefiled. . . .
thoughts harbored become habit, and the soul is scarred and defiled. Once
do a wrong action and a blot is made which nothing can heal but the blood
of Christ; and if the habit is not turned from with firm determination, the
soul is corrupted and the streams flowing from this defiling fountain corrupt
men and women who invite temptation; they place themselves in positions where
they will be tempted, where they cannot but be tempted, when they place themselves
in society that is objectionable. The best way to keep safe from sin is to
move with due consideration at all times and under all circumstances, never
to move or act from impulse. Move with the fear of God ever before you and
you will be sure to act right.
dangers to which all, both old and young, are exposed are daily increasing.
Moral derangement, which we call depravity, finds ample room to work, and
an influence is exerted by men, women, and youth professing to be Christians
that is low, sensual, devilish. . . .
have learned the truth and do not have works corresponding with their profession
of faith are subject to Satan's temptations. They encounter danger at every
step they advance. They are brought into contact with evil, they see sights,
they hear sounds, that will awaken their unsubdued passions; they are subjected
to influences that lead them to choose the evil rather than the good, because
they are not sound at heart. . . .
no training we need so much now as the preparing of young men and women to
have moral rectitude and to cleanse their souls of every spot and stain of