THE INFORMATION #826
MARCH 6, 2015
Man is the same today that he has always been. He is a rebel against God. He may, in some generations, hide his rebellion a little more carefully than at other times, but there is no change in his heart. The men who builded the city against God back in the days of Babylon had the same hatred as that which possessed the men who nailed the Lord Jesus Christ to the cross.— Donald Grey Barnhouse
WHEN THIS WORLD CATCHES FIRE
BOOK THREE: SAVAGE NOXTOWN
CHAPTER TEN: PART EIGHT: KINGDOM COME
Now, just before the New Year I decided in a rare fit of religiosity to go see the hateful Reverend John Cross, for he was slated to speak at the Church of Christ the Redeemer, and I had it on very good authority that none other than Richard B. Stolas his own self was going to be there to pass the basket. I had thought that Cross had long ago deserted Noxtown in search of greener pastures, especially after having been given a verbal drubbing by Jim Whitey, the notorious loocher and former circus clown. I figured that I might as well see what Cross could do when he was surrounded by respectable people, some of whom were his friends. There’s a big difference, after all, between giving a speech to an ignorant mob as has it in for you, and giving a speech before an assemblage of your adoring acolytes.
“Virtue,” said he, as the time for the sermon came nigh, “is happiness. Vice is misery? Who will say me nay?” Not a soul stirred. The crowd was hushed, as though they were waiting for the second coming.
“‘If the Bible is right.’ How many times have you heard those words? IF the Bible is right. Such an imposture. Of COURSE the Bible is right. If Moses were alive today, what do you suppose he would do? To see our young people worshipping at the feet of ragtime and ballroom dancing? To see our adult citizens in thrall to rushing the growler and reading smutty newspapers by new-fangled electric light? To see our very babes in arms addicted to zwieback cookies and patent medicines? Do they not know that Jehovah is a jealous God, and that thou shalt have no other Gods before Him?
“You may think it little more than a harmless indulgence to own poodle-dogs, or to parade around in fur coats, or to play a harmless game of cards. But I say unto you that such indulgences take away the Glory of God that is his, and must be stopped in their cradle! Such indulgences–for that is what they truly are–must be hunted down in their dens and scattered to the four winds!
“I say unto you that God does not tolerate the foul-mouthed apostate nor the base hypocrite.
“He does not look kindly upon the craven and feeble-minded criminal nor the law’s vagabond.
“He hates the skulking denier of the faith and the timid fellow who follows the stars instead of residing his faith in one true God.
“He hath interdicted the necromancer, the fortune teller and the astrologer.
“He sneers at the cold-blooded scientist who does not believe in God.
“He gazes with stern visage at the yellow coward shivering in fear and the despicable murderer, his hands red with blood.
“He is scornful of the fearful man, afraid to give money to the Lord to fight the Devil as well as the cowering man, unrepentant in his sins.
“He is deeply disturbed by the arrant rogue who saith in his heart There Is No God and the dastardly man who goes to church for appearance’s sake but never helps his neighbor when he gets into trouble.
“He has no sympathy for the defector–disloyal to his people, his tribe, and his country; the faithless man, to whom truth means nothing; the false man, who trades in lies; the false-hearted man, whose meanness is the undoing of works of faith; nor does He love the frightened man, who will not testify; nor the gutless man, who will not relinquish his bad habits; nor the perfidious man, who spreads the poison of the so-called Age of Reason.
“His wrath shall fall with good reason both fitting and meet upon the pigeon-hearted man, full of fuss and flapdoodle, who cannot or will not commit his life to God; the sneaking man, who pretends to believe; and the spiritless man, who has ceased to believe and doesn’t know it.
“He is openly displeased by the timorous man, who will not defend his creed; the treacherous man, who will betray his creed whenever it should prove expedient; and most of all, the unmanly man, about whose loathsome deeds I need not expound upon further.
“In fine, He will not tolerate the servile man–the man, if you may even call him such, who snivels before worldly authority and neglects his one True Lord.
“Need I speak further? I need not.
“For all of these, ALL– Jehovah abominates!
“Friends, this is not to say that if you recognize yourself as a humble sinner in this catalog of notoriety, that all hope is lost. No! You have but to repent of your sins–and you will be bathed in the cool waters of Righteousness! And all of you will be destined to go straight to Heaven!
“Heaven! That wonderful place! Imagine if you will, a cool garden. The sun is beating down, but there is a warm breeze, and all is well. Oh, I can assure you that there will be no poodle-dogs, or furs, or cigarette-smoking, or card-playing, or Socialism in heaven!
“People will be too busy in worshiping THE LORD. If this sounds like a paradise to you, then you should do everything you can to get on board the Cannonball Express headed skyward and nonstop to those pearly gates.
“Friends, I ask you–would you not gladly spend a dime to ride a trolley?
“Then why not make a pledge of one dollar so you can go to heaven? AH-MEN!
“My good friend Mr. Stolas will pass among you now, and so I would urge you to be generous with your faith donations.”
I wasn’t expecting the people to respond with much enthusiasm to Cross’s message, but, to my vast surprise, I watched as the basket was filled not once, twice, or even three times, but a total of four times–in each case overbrimming with bills. Whether it was because the people were more afraid of offending The Big Man than they were of pleasing the preacher, I couldn’t say.
In fact, I’d rather not say.
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