[forthright] What You Read Will Influence What You Become.

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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 13:50:25 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: From Friend to Friend

What You Read Will Influence What You Become.
by Phil Sanders

"If you can induce a community to doubt the
genuineness and authenticity of the Scriptures; to
question the reality and obligations of religion;
to hesitate, without deciding whether there be any
such thing as virtue or vice; whether there exists
any such being as God, you have broken down the
barriers of moral virtue and hoisted the flood
gates of immorality and crime.

"I need not say that when a people have once done
this, they can no longer exist as a tranquil and
happy people.  Every bond that holds society
together would be ruptured; fraud and treachery
would take the place of confidence between man and
man; the tribunals would be scenes of bribery and
injustice; avarice, perjury, ambition and revenge
would walk through the land and render it more
like the dwelling of savage beasts than the
tranquil abode of civilized and Christianized
men."

McGuffey's Reader, 1854

"Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I
may not sin against You" (Psalm 119:11).
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