Reade, "Christian Meditations")
Contradictory as it may seem, many virtues
approved by men, may be exhibited by those
who are lost.
sympathy for the afflicted,
elegance of manners,
patriotic displays of courage,
and such like popular virtues, may form
a wreath around the brow, or emblazon
the tomb, of the unbeliever.
But, what is highly esteemed among men
is abomination in the sight of God!
The trumpet of fame has sounded the
many, even to the ends of the earth, who, at the
last trumpet, shall hear these words sounded out
before an assembled world: "Depart from Me, you
cursed ones, into everlasting fire, prepared for the
devil and his angels!"
How empty is the breath of human praise!