Friday, September 4, 2015

The Dangers of Unrebuked Vice

It is something that sin be not without rebuke. Even if we cannot, immediately, apply the remedy, it is something gained if Christians cry out against the pestilence and give alarm to souls, against the "superfluity of naughtiness," and the "overflowings of ungodliness." It is something that, at least, "our eyes gush out with water, because men keep not God's law." For if our youth grow up amid the scenes of shame and the open licentiousness of our days, without hearing any remonstrance, or being warned that such things are wicked and hateful to the Most High, the result may be easily foreseen.

They will breathe the atmosphere of vice, till their own habits are formed in corruption: and our civilization will sink to a still lower stage of dissolute living. Then, the carcass will be ready for the birds of prey, to which, in righteous retribution, God will give it over for destruction.

A. Cleveland Coxe, Moral Reforms, Suggested in a Pastoral Letter, 1869

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