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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

An Angel Of Light And The Prince Of Darkness

The following is from a message by Talmage, entitled The Abominations of Modern Society. It was preached 1872.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

"Sin, crawling out of the ditch of poverty and shame, has but few temptations.

Poets and painters have portrayed Satan as a hideouscreature--with horns and hoofs.

If I were a poet, I would describe him with . . .
manners polished to the last perfection,
hair flowing in graceful ringlets,
eye glistening with splendor;
hands soft and diamonded;
step light and graceful;
voice mellow as a flute;
conversation articulate and eloquent;
breath perfumed until it would seem that nothing had ever touched his lips, but balm and myrrh.

But his heart I would encase with the scales of a monster, then filled . . .
with pride,
with beastliness of lust,
with recklessness,
with hypocrisy,
with death,
with damnation!

In my next portrait--I would unmask the devil--
until his two eyes would become the cold orbs of the adder;
and on his lip would come the foam of raging intoxication;
and to his feet, the spring of the panther;
and his soft hand would become the clammy hand of a wasted skeleton;
and in the smooth lisp of his tongue, would come the hiss of the worm which never dies;
while suddenly from his heart would burst in all-devouring fury--the unquenchable flames of hell!

But, until unmasked, I would describe him as nothing but myrrh, and balm, and ringlet, and diamond, and flute-like voice, with pleasant and mirthful conversation."

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 2:11