If I Were The Devil (Video)
By Paul Harvey (1918-2009)
Proverb 30:12, “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.”
This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965:
If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.”
To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square.” In the ears of the young married, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . .
If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild.
I would designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.
If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.
Paul Harvey, Good Day.
Paul Harvey Was a Good Man, But Religious And Lost
By David J. Stewart | May 2012
Note that Paul Harvey, although a good man worldly speaking, was an unsaved Seventh-day Adventist. SDA's teach that salvation is a process of divine probation and a future judgment to determine who is worthy.
These concepts are totally unbiblical. Biblical salvation is a free gift (Romans 5:15; 6:23), paid for by Jesus' precious blood (1st Peter 1:23). We are saved by believing that Jesus is the Christ Who died, was buried and rose again for our sins (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). That is the Gospel. If you ADD or SUBTRACT anything, you've perverted the Gospel. The Gospel excludes all forms of self-righteousness. We are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, that is, the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ (John 3:15-16; Matthew 6:33; 2nd Corinthians 5:21).
Religion is a road to Hell my friend. Sincerity is a dangerous thing (Proverbs 14:25). Satan is a liar of liars, the father of all murderers and thieves, and a deceiver (John 8:44; John 10:10; 2nd Corinthians 4:4; 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15; Matthew 7:13-15). Religion wants to fit us with glasses, but the Lord wants to open our eyes with the truth (John 6:63).
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