The dark dungeon of ignorance!

(William Secker, "The Consistent Christian" 1660)

"God has called you out of darkness—into His marvelous
 light." 1 Peter 2:9

The papists cry up 'ignorance' as the mother of devotion.
But we cry down 'ignorance' as the father of superstition.

It is no wonder that Christ should be so much undesired
—when He is so much unknown.

Satan binds all his captives down in the dark dungeon
of ignorance!
Like the cunning falconer, he blindfolds
his birds
—that he may carry them to hell more securely!

Darkness is the devil's element—and the sinner's

Utter darkness—is the recompense of inward darkness.
"My people perish—for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6

An ignorant man neither cares what he does—nor
knows where he is going. When such a one is taken
off the earth—he cannot be taken into heaven!
"Taking vengeance with flaming fire on those
who do not know God!" 2 Thessalonians 1:8