Spurgeon, "THE SAINT AND HIS SAVIOR"
SIN is a madness, disqualifying the mind for sober judgment;
a blindness, rendering the soul incapable of appreciating
moral beauty; it is in fact such a perversion of all the
faculties, that under its terrible influence men will 'call
evil good and good evil, and they put darkness for light and
light for darkness, and put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter'
To us in our fallen condition demons often appear more favorable
than angels, we mistake the gates of hell for the door of bliss,
and prefer the garnished lies of Satan to the eternal truths of
the Most High.
Revenge, lust, ambition, pride, and self-will,
are too often exalted as the gods of man's idolatry.
While holiness, peace, contentment, and humility,
are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought.
O sin, what have you done! or rather, what have you undone!
You have not been content to rob humanity of its crown,
to drive it from its happy kingdom, to mar its royal garments,
and spoil its treasure; but you have done more than this!
It was not enough to degrade and dishonor; you have even wounded
your victim; you have blinded his eyes, sealed up his ears,
intoxicated his judgment, and gagged his conscience; yes,
the poison of your venom has poured death into the fountain!
Your hostility has pierced the heart of mankind, and thereby you
have filled his veins with corruption, and his bones with depravity.
Yes, O monster, you have become a
for you have made us dead in trespasses and sins!