I would unmask the devil!
(Talmage, "The Abominations of Modern Society", 1872)
"Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light!" 2 Corinthians 11:14
Poets and painters have portrayed Satan as a hideous creature, 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 beastliness of lust,
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.
"So that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes." 2 Corinthians 2:11